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The past five years have certainly been an eventful time for the CRTC — with broadband controversies and foreign ownership issues garnering plenty of headlines, to name just two examples — and we now know who will be leading the Canadian regulatory agency for the next five. The Prime Minister’s Office announced today that it has appointed longtime civil servant Jean-Pierre Blais as Chairperson, with his five-year term set to begin on June 18th. Blais comes primarily from a legal background, and has previously held positions at Canada’s Treasury Board, the Department of Canadian Heritage, and the CRTC itself — all of which Prime Minister Harper says makes him “well qualified” for the job, and gives him a “comprehensive understanding of the broadcasting and telecommunications sectors and the role of the CRTC.” He replaces Konrad von Finckenstein, who’s term ended in January, at which point the government indicated he would not be reappointed for a second term.
Canadian government appoints Jean-Pierre Blais as new CRTC head originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 08 Jun 2012 18:02:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
The Summer Olympics of 2012 is upon us. What’s your favorite sport, or which will you be sure not to miss, as long as you have access to the live event? Could it be Football, Basketball, Water sports, Rowing, Shooting, Cycling, and the list goes on. As for myself, I will pick up and watch a little of whatever I can. With the help of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) there’s a good chance you’ll get to see your favorite sport live.
The BBC is pulling out all the stops to get this year’s Summer Olympics in London broadcast in as many ways as possible. They will be streaming 24 live HD streams throughout the event. Included, you’ll be able to stream to any one of your Android devices, or web-enabled TV by way of the BBC mobile sports site or mobile applications. The Android app will support streaming HD video over 3G and WiFi, giving the ability to watch live any one of the games. So prepare yourself for overload of Olympic coverage, and enjoy the Summer Games!
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In honor of the star of iOS game Nyan Cat Adventure, 21st Street Games held a birthday party for Nyan Cat’s first year as one of the most viral videos on YouTube, totaling almost 70 million views since its release on April 5 of 2011.
21st Street Games held Nyan Cat’s birthday party in their NYC studio, with Nyan Cat creator Chris Torres in attendance. The party was also attended by over 6,000 viewers on USTREAM, the popular internet broadcasting website, and was featured on USTREAM’s front page. The party also gained notable attention from Mashable, Buzzfeed, and was featured on MSNBC’s Technolog in their “Pre-Caffeine Tech” column.
Worried what your smartphone says about you? The Beeb isn’t. That venerable British broadcasting institution is adopting a “four screens” strategy, with the overarching goal of creating a mobile news site that embraces devices of all specs, sizes and prices. Known as ‘responsive design,’ the company’s back end will reportedly tackle the task of figuring out the specific demands of your phone or tablet and then deliver a touch-screen optimized site suited to your unit’s particular profile. The changes, set to affect about 26 percent of BBC News Online’s traffic, haven’t been given a firm scheduling as of yet, with a tentative rollout on track to hit simpler phones first, while the more robust features, reserved for more capable tech, set to come later. According to Head of Product, Chris Russell, it’s all part of a “wider ‘under the bonnet’ project” aimed at spreading the News division’s reach to all corners, especially those less fortunate areas where internet access can “be crucially important to their lives.” Hit up the source below to read Russell’s full take on this move towards digital universality.
BBC News Online adapts mobile site to smartphone demands, doesn’t discriminate against specs originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 28 Mar 2012 05:21:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
With more than a little excitement, streaming website Ustream announced today that their Android app had been downloaded 2.5 million times. Interesting, since it’s been out for almost exactly 2.5 years. Anyhoo, to celebrate the conjunction of two completely unrelated statistics, they’ve updated their app with some significant new functionality, including a complete user interface overhaul.
Version 2.0 builds on the tablet interface introduced last year and adds in an ICS color scheme and Korean language support. You can finally rotate your screen for smartphones, and finding the video you want is somewhat easier. Most significantly, there’s a new Quick Broadcast widget. Just tap the widget on your Android home screen and you’re instantly broadcasting to the entire world. Just make sure you’ve got your screen lock enabled – butt-dialing is bad enough.
The new app works for both smartphones and tablets. Standard Ustream users will be greeted with some in-app advertising, but subscribers won’t have to deal with it (after logging in, of course). If you get fed up with the advertising during a marathon broadcast session, there’s good news: you can upgrade to an ad-free subscription right inside the app via Google Wallet. Happy streaming, Internet denizens.
Earlier this year when Path came under fire for uploading the entire contents of users mobile address books (contacts) to their private servers, it launched a myriad of individual lawsuits. This week we’re hearing that 13 of those plaintiffs are seeking to build a class against a group of well known apps.
The new class action suit alleges that billions of contacts from the wireless address books of millions of wireless mobile users were stolen without their knowledge or permission. The lawsuit alleges that these actions took place in “homes, coffee shops, restaurants, bars, stores, and businesses all across the nation,” which turned the victim’s address books into, “mobile radio beacons broadcasting and publicly exposing the unsuspecting device owner’s address book data to the world.”
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Many apps add a convenience feature that allows users to check their address books, Facebook profiles, and Twitter followers against other users to connect with people that they already know from other social networks and apps. Most of these apps broadcast some kind of permission warning in iPhones and every Android app is required to state which permissions the app is going to use before pushing an OK button, thus allowing the app to do so.
Path, Twitter, Apple, Facebook, Beluga, Yelp, Burbn, Instagram, Foursquare Labs, GoWalla, Foodspotting, Hipster, Linked In, Rovio Mobile, Zeptolab UK, Chillingo Electronic Arts and Kik were all named in the suit.
So far only Linked In and Zeptolab have made any comment to the press about the suit. Linked In’s Hani Durzey told CNet:
“Yes, we’ve seen the suit. It’s baffling, because quite simply, our mobile apps do not do what is alleged in the suit.”
Zeptolab said: “As far as we know we have not been legally served with any lawsuit, and thus have no comment at this time.”
DBSD North America and TerreStar Networks probably aren’t the first two companies you think of when talking about cutting edge broadband, but they’re integral to Dish Network’s LTE plans. Both companies were in dire straights, with TerreStar declaring bankruptcy in 2010 and DBSD filing for Chapter 11 in 2009. But, Dish doesn’t want them for their customer base or portfolio of services — it wants their spectrum. The FCC approved the transfer of the spectrum last week, but did not grant the company a waiver to immediately start using its new radio real estate to start broadcasting LTE signals. Still, it was a good enough sign for the satellite company, which completed the purchase of the two properties. Now it just has to put those plans to expand into broadband and cellphone service into action.
Dish buys TerreStar and DBSD, inches towards LTE future originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 13 Mar 2012 07:29:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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NTT DoCoMo, the major Japanese mobile phone company, has announced a new smartphone and tablet. The Aquos Phone SH-06D, and the MEDIAS Tab N-06D will be Android based. Both devices will be waterproof, and are compatible with Japan’s new and much-hyped V-High multimedia broadcasting service. They will only be available in Japan, and the smartphone should be on the market in March while the tablet will be available for purchase in April.
The Aquos SH-06D smartphone will feature a 4.5-inch high-definition 3D display and 1280 x 720 pixels resolution. It sports a 1.2 GHz dual core processor, and it comes with a charging stand with a built-in antenna so you can watch multimedia broadcasts while the phone is charging. The SH-06D has a 8 MP rear-facing camera, and you can choose from Magenta Red, White or Blue Black. The smartphone is compatible with DoCoMo’s mobile-wallet services and can receive one-seg mobile TV.
The MEDIAS Tab N-06D has a 7-inch screen WXGA high-definition screen and a 1.2GHz dual core processor. It is the world’s thinnest tablet at 9.9mm, but that’s only when you’re comparing it to other waterproof tablets. It will have speakers with high quality audio, and it is compatible with DoCoMo’s “Xi” LTE service. Just like the smartphone, it also uses DoCoMo’s wallet and one-seg mobile TV services. What do you think about these new devices? Let us know in the comments.
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NTT DoCoMo has launched two waterproof Android devices in the glare of the rising sun, and interestingly both are compatible with Japan’s new “V-High” broadcasting service — which means they’ll receive the much-hyped multimedia Nottv channel once it starts transmitting on April 1st, as well as the usual one-seg transmissions. We already peeped the Sharp Aquos SH-06D in an FCC filing, but now we know a couple more tidbits: namely that there’s a 4.5-inch HD glasses-free 3D display on top of a 1.2GHz dual-core processor. The Medias tablet has a similar processor and also sports a seven-inch WXGA HD display, a thickness of less than 10mm (0.4-inches) plus compatibility with DoCoMo’s “Xi” LTE service. Not bad for a morning’s work.
Aquos SH-06D and Medias Tab N-06D are waterproof, Nottv-ready and official in Japan originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 16 Feb 2012 03:02:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
The highly anticipated HTC Endeavor is reportedly going to be released at HTC’s press event the day before Mobile World Congress kicks off in Barcelona Spain at the end of the month. We’ll be there live and broadcasting on AOL and Slacker Radio from the event.
Digitimes reported Sunday that an no uncertain terms:
HTC will unveil Endeavor on February 26, one day before the opening of the 2012 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the paper indicated.
The HTC Endeavor is said to be sporting an quad-core processor clocked at 1.5ghz (Tegra 3). This will be a move away from their long term relationship with Qualcomm and the SnapDragon line. Nvidia said last week that they are holding an exclusive press event to unveil more quad-core firsts.
The device is also expected to have a 4.7″ 720p HD screen, 8 mega pixel rear shooter, 1.3 mega pixel front facing camera, 1GB of RAM and Beats Audio.
Only time will tell for sure, but Digitimes seems pretty convinced.
Anglophiles have been able to get their British Broadcasting Company News fix on Android for a while now, but if you prefer a larger screen, you were stuck with an upscaled interface on tablets. Until now, that is: the BBC just announced an updated News app that plays nice with Honeycomb and Ice Cream Sandwich tablets. At the moment the app is only available to UK users, but according to the news service the international version will soon be updated as well.
Just as before, the app allows readers to access all the portions of the BBC News website in a mobile form factor. A useful addition is the ability to customize your homescreen (a la Google Currents) to see only the news that you care about. Video links contained in each story will play without opening another app. Like any good reader app, you can customize the size of the displayed font to your liking. A few features from the smartphone version have yet to make it to the tablet app, including homescreen widgets and Flash support.
The app is a free download in the Android Market, though as mentioned before, it’s currently only approved for UK users. Early reviews of the tablet version indicate great success - if only all news outlets suported tablets to this degree! (Cough.) We await the international version with bated breath.
The National Broadcasting Company or NBC for short has recently launched its own Android app that allows personalization and customization for regular viewers. The app will feature a whole slew of features that include video galleries, reviews, previews, and trivia games among other features. It even offers local listing support in its schedule line up so you won’t miss that episode of The Office you’ve been dying to see.
The NBC app will offer more personalized experiences for subscribed users as they can tailor make their NBC feeds and TV episodes. If you haven’t subscribed there is a handy feature built in that will allow you to do so in the app. As of right now, you cannot watch full episodes but NBC promises that you will be able to soon.
So with that hit the break below for the links and QR codes to obtain a copy of this app. Enjoy!
Dyle couldn’t have found a better showcase than CES to exhibit its next gem. It’s only been a few days since we first heard that the joint venture between MetroPCS and the Mobile Content Venture would bear fruit in 2012, and, well, we’re in Las Vegas and we’ve seen it take its first steps. Although live TV broadcasting to mobile devices couldn’t exactly be considered cutting-edge, judging by our time with the handset, this is one of the greater implementations of the concept. The company tells us that the app is set to hit its beta stage within the next few months at no cost, but that might change depending on partners and networks. Speaking of partners, Samsung alongside the Metro carrier will be the first to have the chipset-embedded smartphones on the market — yes, that means you won’t actually see the circa 1990′s antenna. Dyle’s also partnered up with Belkin to bring the service past phones and onto tablets, however, unlike the Sammy-branded phone that’s expected to use the chip, the tablets will be able to pick up the airwaves by doubling the headphones as a receiver. Jump past the break to see the mobile telecast in action.
Hands-on with Dyle Mobile TV, broadcasting live to a handset near you (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 12 Jan 2012 14:02:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
The TDGN team is on the ground at CES 2012, we’ve been here since Friday broadcasting live all week long. Tonight is TDGN’s official CES 2012 kick off party on Slacker and AOL Radio. Give it a listen at http://slacker.com/tdgn.
All week long hear exclusive coverage, interviews, gadget briefings and more. You’ll be front and center broadcasting live from all the best events with all the latest action. You can hear TDGN on Slacker Radio on AOL Radio, Sonos Systems, Ford Sync and of course the Slacker Radio app.
Clear Channel radios immensely popular iHeartRadio app is now available on the Xbox 360. The new Xbox version allows the user to control iHeartRadio using their hand or voice via Kinect or through a traditional controller.
iHeartRadio recently announced a partnership with Cumulus broadcasting that gives iHeartRadio listeners nearly 1000 terrestrial radio stations to choose from as well as custom programmed content specifically for the app.
iHeartRadio also has full customization available that they bill as “like Pandora”.
“We’re excited about the debut of THE NEW iHEARTRADIO on XBOX 360 and to bring this first-of-its-kind experience to our iHEARTRADIO listeners,” said CLEAR CHANNEL DIGITAL Pres. BRIAN LAKAMP. “This is another example of how we are committed to offering personal music experiences wherever our listeners are.”
iHeartRadio has been on both Apple’s iOS App Store and the Android Market for over two years.
Those of you with a penchant for old computers or video game consoles know that Android makes a great emulation platform. Now you can add the BBC Micro to the list of supported virtual systems. Developer Little Fluffy Toys, Ltd has released the first publicly available version of Beebdroid as a side-load app, with an Android Market release expected sometime in the future.
For the uninitiated, the BBC Micro is not a tiny, slightly stuffy news anchor who shouts out understated headlines from your shirt pocket. No, the BBC Micro was a standardized set of computers and operating systems funded by the British Broadcasting Company in the early 80s. It was distributed to classrooms across the UK as part of a nationwide literacy program, and by a happy coincidence, it got a lot of children interested in computers andd technology. You can think of it as the Macintosh for a generation of British youngsters.
The app is still in early beta, and currently the developer is not posting it to the Android Market. If you’d like to download Beebdroid and try it yourself, just head on over to littlefluffytoys.com/bd.apk (direct link) and install it via your phone’s browser or file explorer. For those with a healthy appreciation for computer science history, it’s a guaranteed nostalgia trip.
Reports surfaced a few days ago that Sony Ericsson would be preparing new phones with Windows Mobile 7 in the next few months. CEO Bert Nordberg spoke with The Wall Street Journal on the company’s plans and direction, assuring investors (and customers) that their support for Android isn’t going anywhere. In a time of uncertainty for Android’s top-tier manufacturers, the support is much appreciated.
When asked if Sony was planning a a wholesale switch to Windows Phone 7, Nordberg said:
At this point I wouldn’t feel comfortable investing in a platform that isn’t as good as the one that we currently use. Therefore we have remained with Android, but I am quite curious about Windows Phone.
Sony isn’t the only one looking to diversify, even if they aren’t broadcasting it. Both Samsung and HTC manufacture Windows Phone 7 devices, with the latter making a considerable chunk of their sales on the relatively new platform. Combine that with Microsoft’s ARM/tablet push in the upcoming Windows 8, and both smartphones and Honeycomb tablets might be seeing some considerable competition from Redmond very soon. The only major manufacturer that absolutely won’t be building anything for Microsoft any time soon is Motorola because… well, you know.
Despite being considerably behind in market share, Sony Ericsson has certainly demonstrated their willingness to embrace Android. The XPERIA line covers a diversity of usage case scenarios: currently they’re preparing the Arc for power users, the ray for the budget-conscious, and the XPERIA Play is a solid choice for mobile gamers. But with the Fightin’ Apple Legal Team And the Microsoft Corporate Raiders ready to pounce on any Android manufacturer that dares to succeed, Sony may be looking to Microsoft platforms as a buffer in the ongoing worldwide patent wars.
Moving right along with today’s seemingly unplanned Honeycomb extravaganza, Ustream has pushed an update to its official app that, among other features, adds support for Honeycomb tablets. Now you can watch video streams or broadcast your own right from your tablet. Naturally, the update offers a new interface to take advantage of the large display, have a look:
The update also brings some nice updates for phones, like the ability to move it to the SD cards and improved device support, including the Nexus S running Android 2.3.4.
You can pull this update directly from the Market…
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Our friends at Ustream have let us know that a new Honeycomb version of their Android application is now available. Ustream for Honeycomb brings viewing and broadcasting into one nice, neat package. It brings nearly everything you enjoy from the web version of Ustream over to your Android tablet so you can broadcast on the go without a clunky setup. Find the free upgrade in the Android market.
- App to SD to free up storage space
- Enhanced stream handling for less buffering!
- New screens for Honeycomb tablet devices
- Improved device support, now including Nexus S on Android 2.3.4