- Streaming Sticks and the iPlayer http://i.co.uk/?p=18836
- Global Sub-sea Connectivity http://i.co.uk/?p=18821
- The Tech Billionaires List 2014 http://i.co.uk/?p=18710
We’ll leave you with Google‘s Doodle tribute!
We’ll leave you with Google‘s Doodle tribute!
Getty Images yesterday announced the availability of a large number of their images on an embedded basis for use onblogs and some social media platforms (twitter & tumblr)
Their words are:
“Share images on blogs and social media
Getty Images is leading the way in creating a more visual world. Our new embed feature makes it easy, legal and free for anybody to share our images on websites, blogs and social media platforms.
Follow these simple steps:
We have done a little experimentation and would add:
As with YouTube social media images operate by way of a precomposed link.
Where enabled, you may embed Getty Images Content on a website, blog or social media platform using the embedded viewer (the “Embedded Viewer”). Not all Getty Images Content will be available for embedded use, and availability may change without notice. Getty Images reserves the right in its sole discretion to remove Getty Images Content from the Embedded Viewer. Upon request, you agree to take prompt action to stop using the Embedded Viewer and/or Getty Images Content. You may only use embedded Getty Images Content for editorial purposes (meaning relating to events that are newsworthy or of public interest). Embedded Getty Images Content may not be used: (a) for any commercial purpose (for example, in advertising, promotions or merchandising) or to suggest endorsement or sponsorship; (b) in violation of any stated restriction; (c) in a defamatory, pornographic or otherwise unlawful manner; or (d) outside of the context of the Embedded Viewer.
Getty Images (or third parties acting on its behalf) may collect data related to use of the Embedded Viewer and embedded Getty Images Content, and reserves the right to place advertisements in the Embedded Viewer or otherwise monetise its use without any compensation to you.”
Well done we say and even if, as other commentators have noted, it may lead Getty Images to include adverts at a later stage we have no objections.
One mini suggestion is that on their filtering search facility it would be nice to have embed, twitter and Tumblr categories!
We’ll leave you with an I image from their collection!
More importantly, for us over here, Roku are making their stick available in the UK from April. Whilst the $ conversion rate is unimpressive £49.99 is not wholly unrealistic if it performs as well as their existing offerings.
In our words it plugs into your TV’s HDMI port and needs power via a USB input either from a TV connection or via an AC adaptor. It’s basically controlled from a remote.
Roku say they have over 8 million players streaming 1.7 billion hours of content in 2013 which they reckon translates into 13 hours per week per player which is quite a lot!
In the meantime the BBC have announced that BBC Three could well become a solely online broadcaster available via their iPlayer – maybe they will launch their own streaming stick the iPlayer for iPlayer!
We’ll leave you with CNET’s instant reaction to the Streaming Stick – remember they are informing a US audience re content etc
A rather fascinating map, sponsored by Huawei Marine Ndetworks, from TeleGeography (a division of Primemetrica Inc) caught our eye (or I). It is an interactive and regularly updated graphic of the sub-sea cables around the world.
According to TeleGeography’s research Director Alan Mauldin in an interview with CNN “… for international communications, over 99% is delivered by undersea cables.” “75% of faults are due to external aggression — the majority through human activity such as fishing, and ship’s anchors. There are also geological factors such as sub-sea earthquakes and landslides, shifting tectonic plates and typhoons.
During the 2011 tsunami in Japan about half of their cables had outages, but the operators were able to reroute capacity to other routes, so Japan held up very well.”
There’s another graphic an interactive global internet exchange map which warrants some attention. They also have a more limited 2014 version compiled with the support of Mobily which has been used as the backdrop for the full interview between Alan Maudlin & CNN .
We’ll leave you with Trinity Aniumation’s video of the sub-sea cable laying process from which we borrowed our header graphic.
Yesterday it was the billionaires and today it’s the US crowdfunding company Kickstarter reaching the not insignificant landmark of having received $1 billion in pledges from a total of 5.7 million participants. We reckon that means an average of $175.
“The 5,708,578 people who have backed a Kickstarter project come from 224 countries and territories, and all seven continents.”
Having started in April 2009 they moved to promote UK projects from October 201 and since then have expanded into Canada (September 2013) followed by Australia and New Zealand (November 2013).
The overall breakdown by country of funding (as opposed to projects) is USA 66.3% UK 5.4% Canada 4.4% Australia 3.2% Germany 2.2% France 1% and Japan Sweden the Netherlands and Singapore all at 0.7%.
You can have a tour round their interactive map of all the 224 countries and discover that they had, inter alia, 11 backers from Antarctica and 7 from the Falkland Islands but apparently none from South Georgia and the Arctic is not present!
One of the first of this years listings comes from the Hurun Report and first appeared at the end of last month. It ranges from Bill Gates at #1 to Vadim Moskovich at # 1,867. He occupies this position based on the alphabetical ordering of his given name as there were 132 just scraping in at the $1.0 billion level.
On our rather wide Technology definition (suitably caveated as our analysis has been of a somewhat cursory nature) we have identified 166 in our listing ranging from Bill Gates to Yuji Otsuka in this case the last of our 8 with a mere $1 billion. Interesting to see the comparatively new arrival of Brian Acton of Whatsapp at #50!
At a parochial level James Dyson who collects a Technology categorisation from Hurun comes in as the top UK tech billionaire at number 39 (overall ranking # 352).
At a really parochial level we were impressed to see that, whilst outside our sector, a couple of local boys had made good with both Peter Hargreaves and Stephen Lansdown figuring at #’s 892 and 848 with $2.1 and $2.2 billion respectively.
We’ve simply numbered our rankings with no equals, simply reverting to a given name alpaberica basis. If we have unintentionally insulted anybody we apologise unreservedly!
The complete listing can be obtained from the Hurun Report site.
So Nestle via their KiKat multi pack bars are offering an (unsurprisingly) android Nexus 7 tablet as the major prize with Google Play credits (£5) as the secondary offering.
On the other hand Mars via their Galaxy bars are offering not a Samsung Galaxy tablet but a Kindle Ereader at the primary level with an e book at the secondary level
To date having consumed many of these offerings we have simply one £5 Google Play credit and many pounds to show for our efforts!
As it’s St David’s day we’ll leave you with Karl Kenkins Ademius
Geo Networks have linked up another customer from Enfield to Docklands using their impressive fibre system which uses London’s Victorian sewage system. According to Thames Water this allegedly measures some 67,000 miles in total.
Whilst this sounds incredulous the London Subterranea graphic can be explored in much more detail at source and you begin to grasp the enormity of that network.
Computer Weekly have some underground shots which are worth viewing.
It’s a bit dated (2008) but Geo’s video explains all!
“Sir Tim Berners-Lee wrote a paper on March 12, 1989 proposing an “information management” system that became the conceptual and architectural structure for the Web.”
So starts the Pew Research Center’s “The Web at 25 in the US” report whose overall verdict is that “The Internet has been a plus for Society and an especially good thing for individual users”. We think they may have underrated it!
A lot of the underlying research is current having taken place earlier this year but unsurprisingly they use much of their historic data.
We’ll leave you with their – How hard would it be to give up chart.
As part of his address to the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona Mr Zuckerberg also mentioned Deloitte‘s report Value of connectivity – Economic and social benefits of expanding internet access which was produced for Facebook, basically in support of internet.org’s mission of extending the internet to the 2/3 of the world’s population who currently have no access.
As detailed in the important Notice from Deloitte, repeated in full below, this is an assessment and they go to some lengths in detailing its scope & limitations.
In spite of all the caveats it’s definitely worth reading.
The, sort of, headlines are :
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