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3D Channel's Satellite Broadcast Now Pan-European

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3D Channel's Satellite Broadcast Now Pan-European

Dutch TV Channel Brava 3D is the first free to air pan-European 3D channel as starts broadcasts via the Astra satellite.

The channel offers a classical music, opera and ballet in 3D.

BravaD says the Astra satellite provides a cost-effective route to European TV platforms, and is confident of a substantial market for its services.

Informa research predicts 25 million European households will have Continue reading...

Goal for Nike World Cup Ad

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Goal for Nike World Cup Ad

Nike has made one of the biggest Facebook ads in the site’s history as Nike prepares for the World Cup.

The powerful 3-minute video features Nike-sponsored stars like Cristiano Ronaldo, Didier Drogba, Wayne Rooney, Ronaldinho and Landon Donovan. It focuses on those moments when someone has the opportunity to write their own future by playing exceptionally.

Roger Federer, Kobe Bryant and Continue reading...

1 Million Download Movies via Wii

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Wii and Netflix

Owners of Nintendo's current home console are perfectly happy with Wii Definition quality: about 1 million Wii users downloaded from the Wii's Netflix streaming service one-month since its launch.

It took Microsoft three months to get that same figure on the Xbox 360.

Go Wii and Movie Downloads

Stream HD Content over 802.11n without a STB

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Stream HD Content over 802.11n without a STB

Avega Hooks Up Cisco, Maybe Apple

Avega (the Australian Company who developed the next-gen of audio wireless technology now being used by Cisco) will roll out a video wireless system that will stream HD content over a normal 802.11n wireless network without a set top box.

Avega Systems is now a US entity. With the development team still based in Sydney this start-up could become a major CE Continue reading...

The Yahoo Connection, It Could Work

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The Yahoo Connection, It Could Work

Is it possible that ho-hum Yahoo has finally a new hit up its sleeve? Now there's a real reason for Steve Ballmer to keep wooing Yahoo...

Many have tried internet over TV but Yahoo has a new approach: a set of widgets called Yahoo ConnectedTV, designed for a new wave of "connected HDTVs" that will begin hitting the European market (at least Korean brands) in Q3 2009. Think iPhone Apps but for Continue reading...

100X Internet Traffic Increase by 2015

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100X Internet Traffic Increase by 2015

At NetEvents in Portugal, the Nokia Siemens Networks Head of IP transport Bernd Schumacher told his audience that most operators agree that 100X increase in internet usage can be expected by 2015. Operators expect 5 billion users and are scrambling to cut operational costs.

Schumacher says “the future has already started” but how will carriers accommodate this surge? And what's in it for retail? Continue reading...

The Sky is Falling...

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The Sky is Falling...

At NetEvents in Portugal, Nokia Siemens Networks Head of IP transport Bernd Schumacher told his audience that most telecom operators agree that 100X increase in internet usage is expected by 2015. Operators expect 5 billion users and are scrambling to cut operational costs.

Below you can see a chart detailing the explosion of consumer traffic. That by itself puts pressure on the current internet infrastructure, enough pressure that AT&T claims the internet could implode if no investments are made.

But you have to add to this consumer explosion both the business traffic (and their new love of video) and the latest craze of device-to-internet traffic (where razor blades tell their warehouse what truck they are taking to the store).

Schumacher says “the future has already started” and predicts most carriers will have to move to Carrier Ethernet technology to attempt to accommodate the surge.The widening financial crisis globally only serves to underline the main concern of all carriers, a concern that existed before the Wall Street crisis emerged and a concern that is now exacerbated by the crisis: Who can now afford to spend billions on infrastructure?

Why does retail need to know about this?Two very important facts emerge from Schumacher’s presentation: first, keep repeating this word to yourself..femtocell, femtocell, femtocell…It’s an odd name for the consumer product that may bail mobile operators out of their crisis.

A femtocell is a small cellular base station, typically designed for use in residential or small business environments. It connects to the service provider’s network via broadband (such as DSL or cable); current designs typically support 2 to 5 mobile phones in a residential setting. A femtocell allows service providers to extend service coverage indoors, especially where access would otherwise be limited or unavailable.

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EU Backs Nokia in Mobile TV Standard

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The European Commission decides Nokia’s DVB-H will be the preferred European mobile TV standard. Some EU states (UK, Germany, Netherlands) opposed setting DVB-H as the single standard: now EU countries will now be required to encourage the use of DVB-H. EC hopes this year's soccer European Championship and the Olympic Games will boost consumer take-up of mobile TV.

Go Mobile TV EU-Style

Era of “Near Field” Devices to Begin

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Era of “Near Field” Devices to Begin

Near Field Communication (NFC) is a standards-based, short-range wireless connectivity technology to enable 2-way interactions between electronic devices.
The technology is based on RFID, which makes it compatible with the existing contactless infrastructure already in use for public transportation and payment. NFC is suitable for applications that can make plastic cards and paper tickets obsolete, resulting in cost savings and a solution to business/consumer needs in multiple industries.

Communication is enabled by bringing two NFC compatible devices within a few centimetres of one another or for the two devices to literally "touch" one another. NFC is compatible with the 13.56 MHz family and is based on the ISO standard 18092 approved in 2003 that integrates standard 14443 (which defines so-called "proximity" systems that can reach over 10 cm), as well as Sony's FeliCa and Philips's MIFARE systems (e.g. Oyster).

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The Resurgence of Powerline

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Running the network across inexpensive electrical wiring instead of cable, fiber or copper was such a simple idea that I.T. executives sniffed it away. Now “PowerLine” is back and its commercial “voltage” is simply humming. PowerLine is gaining ground because utility companies are developing "smart grids" to meet regional mandates to conserve on energy. In some parts of the world, these utility grids al Continue reading...

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