Spotify, Guardian and Indy partner with Facebook to offer new social apps

Consumers will soon be able to access music, movies and news on their mobiles via Facebook after Spotify, The Guardian, The Independent and Vevo joined up to be part of a new range of social apps.These companies, along with Cinemur, Myvideo, Deezer and Dailymotion are among the 33 European launch partners joining up to roll out a new range of social apps which is helping the social media site cement its position as a multi-entertainment platform.Founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg announced the company's latest move at the...

By Verity Gough, 26 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Consumers, Content, Devices, Mobile, Smart TV.

Proof that online video doesn’t mean the death of TV

Online video.  It’s the death of TV, or so I’ve been told.  There’s only one problem though…I really love my TV.  And so do a lot of other people it seems.

A recent analysis of two of the largest over-the-top (OTT) video providers in the U.S. highlights this fact, and suggests that the days of the TV as the centerpiece of the living room are far from over.

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By Ciena, 24 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Consumers, Content, Europe, Industry, Infrastructure, IPTV, N America, Smartphones.

UK Prime Minister pushes for social networking restrictions

Users of Twitter, Facebook and other such social networking sites could face a ban if they are found to be using them to organsise criminal activity following the widespread social unrest witnessed across the country last week.Speaking in the Commons last week, Prime Minister, David Cameron said that the government were working with the police, intelligence services and industry to look at "whether it would be right to stop people communicating via social networks if they know they are plotting violence, disorder...

By Verity Gough, 15 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Content, Devices, Mobile.

Amazon Web Service suffers outage

Amazon‘s cloud offering suffered a brief outage this week causing a break in service to parts of America’s East Coast, shutting down a number of sites including Netflix, Reddit and Foursquare.

European services were also disrupted as lightening struck a data centre in Ireland’s capital, Dublin.

The Amazon Web Service was restored quickly after a half hour break but the incident was reminiscent of a similar disaster suffered by the organisation in April which lasted for two days.

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By Verity Gough, 13 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Cloud, Consumers, Content, Europe, Security.

Blackberry gets caught up in UK riots

Blackberry has become embroilled in the national riots following reports that rioters used the mobile company's messenger system to coordinate the violet attacks witnessed across Britain this week.

Widespread attacks across Britain's cities including London, Birmingham, Bristol and Manchester has forced a spotlight onto Blackberry's messenger system which has been a popular means of the gangs coordinating the attacks. However Blackberry, which is owned by Research in Motion, has been quick to offer full...

By Verity Gough, 12 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Consumers, Content, Devices, Mobile, Networks.

Orange partners with Apple to offer free movie app

Orange is set to boost its media credentials with a free film download accessible to customers via their Apple iPhones, thanks to a new partnership.

Orange: Film to Go, set to launch on 11 August is the latest initiative by the mobile giant and follows on from the hugely popular Orange Wednesdays two-for-one cinema tickets offer.

The new scheme will be supported by a multi-platform advertising campaign which illustrates films being watched 'on the move' via various devices including laptops and mobiles.In order to access the free...

By Verity Gough, 09 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Content, Mobile, Operators.

Five top Cloud trends for 2012

As Cloud computing becomes less of a buzz word and more the norm for forward facing organisations, we take a look at five trends tipped to be hot in 2012.

A recent poll by research firm Gartner revealed that worldwide Cloud adoption is growing at an annual rate of around 17 percent while industry surveys show 50 percent or more of organisations polled have implemented some form of cloud computing.

So now we have dipped our toes in the proverbial waters, what’s next for the Cloud?

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By Verity Gough, 08 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Cloud, Consumers, Content, Industry, Security, Smartphones.

Signs of Multi-screen Video Maturity

Making all TV multi-screen TVVerimatrix recently co-sponsored Videonet report with RGB Networks, “Making all TV multi-screen TV,” that provided an in-depth analysis on the approaches operators are considering when introducing, and effectively scaling,...

By Verimatrix, 02 June 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Content, IPTV, Security.