With hacking becoming an increasing concern as of late with such as Anonymous and LulzSec making headlines, has abated. McAfee has brought those fears back to the forefront thanks to a whitepaper released on Wednesday.McAfee says that it has uncovered a massive hacking operation that has targeted at least 72 government agencies, companies, and organizations in 14 countries since 2006. Worse yet, McAfee has reason to believe a single foreign government may be behind the attacks.The company declined to name who it suspected to be responsible for the hacks, however it said it had alerted all affected parties to the hack as well as local law enforcement and th for rail seating at the Molineux stadium next season.They will be the first club in the UK to take the step.There will be rail seats throughout the Sir Jack Hayward Stand at the club’s home ground.Wolves managing director Laurie Dalrymple made the aat investigations were underway. McAfee first discovered the ring in 2009 in an investigation of security breaches affecting defense companies. Most of the attacks were believed to have planted something called a “” on the victim’s computers, allowing the hackers in. Thus, McAfee has dubbed the hacking campaign “Operation Shady RAT.”China has repeatedly been suspected of cyber-espionage, although proof of such attacks has been hard to come by. , it wouldn’t be too hard to suspect that McAfee could be looking to the Chinese on this one: the governments affected are for the most part on shaky terms with the country.Hackers targeted the US, Canadian, South Korean, Vietnamese, Taiwanese, and Indian governments. The UN was also targeted as well as defense contractors. All told, the targets of these hackers seem to indicate a ‘state actor,’ as the information pilfered would have little commercial benefit.”The presence of political non-profits, such as the a private western organiUnited have made an opening offer of £35million to sign Dembele, according to reports in France.The former Celtic and Fulham striker has netted 23 times in Ligue 1 this season and has attracted attention from a number of top European teams.Ole Gunnazation focused on promotion of democracy around the globe or U.S. national security think tank is also quite illuminating,” threat research VP Dmitri Alperovitch said in the report. “After painstaking analysis of the logs, even we were surprised by the enormous diversity of the victim organizations and were taken aback by the audacity of the perpetrators,” he continued.While the firm has evidence of attacks over the past five years, it suspected that the cyber espionage may have gone back much further than that although it had no hard evidence.If it is indeed China, it’s likely the country would never admit to any kind of wrongdoing. As recently as last month, officials were stressing that the country does not spy on others. “The Chinese government opposes hacking in all its manifestations,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hong Lei said at the time.
In a potentially historic milestone,i van Bronckhorst has cut ties with Manchester City to take charge of China’s Guangzhou R&F.The former Feyenoord boss has been appointed new coach of Guangzhou R&F.Van Bronckhorst had been contracted to the City Group, where he was in line to the Xbox 360 has outsold the PlayStation 3 for the first time in itsAntonio Conte is seeking a reunion with Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata.Corriere della Sera says he is prepared to let Mauro Icardi leave provided Morata comes in.That would see the former Chelsea manager reunited with Morata, who is currently out on l history in Japan, according to statistics from Media Create. Sales of Microsoft console shot up some 500 percent on the back of the Bandai release Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation, which debuted at #2 on the Japanese video game charts this week.The console sold 17,673 units during the week, up from 3,718 in the week previous. This was just enough to place it in the #2 spot ahead of the PS3, which sold 17,434 consoles. This was down week to week from 18,785 units two weeks ago. Nintendo’s Wii is still outselling both by far, with 37,617 consoles sold. “Kiss your loved ones, hug your friends, because if this keeps up we’ve reached the end of days,” Alexander Sliwinski wrote for in reporting the news.
A patent war that stretched over two continents and over three years is set to conclude this week as Research in Motion, purveyor of the BlackBerry, agreed to settle a long-running case originally filed by Visto, a wireless e-mail firm based in California. According to a (rather terse) jointly issued press release, “The key terms of the settlement involve RIM receiving ovic is unlikely to be around at AC Milan next season, it has been revealed.The 38 year-old Swedish striker’s deal runs to June.But Sky Italia journalist Luca Marchetti warned: “For me it remains difficult, because of the policy that Milan will hava perpetual and fully-paid license on all Visto patents, a transfer of certain Visto intellectual property, a one-time payment by RIM of US $267.5 million, and the parties executing full and final releases in respect of all outstanding worldwide litigation.” Visto has licensing arrangements in place with Vodafone, T-Mobile, and Sprint Nextel Corp. It two months after that company settled with NTP Inc, a five-year legal jihad that nearly cut off BlackBerry service in the US. Visto’s choice to shop the case to a notorious for extravagant, often fantastical patent-suit awards, as well as the suit it filed against Microsoft five months earlieror AC Milan wing-back Diego Laxalt.Laxalt has joined on loan with option to buy at the end of the season for €12m.“I come to Toro with great enthusiasm, ready to put myself immediately at the disposal of the Coach and my teammates,” Laxalt told t, led many observers to accuse the firm of . Subsequent suits and countersuits were filed in California, Canada, and Europe.
iOS users now have an updated VoIP app to work with following the release of and . The latest version focuses mainly on stability and accessibility improvements, but there are also a few other enhancements and new features to enjoy. There’s a new sign in screen in addition to a number of minor UI tweaks.Anyone who finen Klopp after last week’s Champions League elimination.Klopp has come under fire for criticising Atletico Madrid’s style of play after the defeat.“I am really upset by people who think that everyone should attack completely,” Van Hanegem said.“Lds the app prone to crashing should be happier with this new version. Skype promises generally-improved stability, and auto-restart in the event of a crash. This is hardly a ringing endorsement for a chat tool, buo prove himself undroppable.Batshuayi will start against FA Cup opponents Hull City today.“He starts tomorrow,” Lampard said of the Belgian. “Yes, this is a chance for him.”We have seen [Abraham’s] breakthrough and the consistency of his game, but t it’s a step in the right direction. Surely, it’s better than untimely disconnects during an important video chat.While the app can be used with and device running iOS 4.3 or higher, if you want to use it to make video calls you’ll need a device with a front-facing camera. If you have used Skype on a desktop platform, you’ll be aware that it is possible to re-position video windows when you are in the middle of a call. Skype 4.0 brings the same option to iOS — meaning that you are now able to move your video preview window. The UI changes are little to get overly excited about, amounting to little more than a slight redesign to the messaging and contact sections of the app as well as minor movements to app elements. Some iPhone users are reporting problems with Bluetooth headsets so if you are currently using such a headset, you might want to think about holding off updating your software until Skype addresses this.You can find out more by paying a visit to the review pages for of and .
Blending multiple images of a scene into a single panorama is one of those tasks that might seem easy — at first, anyway. After all, if you could just align one image over another at a point where they share some common feature then that’s the job almost finished. Right?If you’ve ever tried to do this manually, though, you’ll know the reality can be far more complex. There are barrel distortion, vignetting, and many other camera and lens issues to consider. And you’ll need to take account of variations in image exposure, alignment, and the list goes on. Although, of course, if this seems too much like hard work, then you could just get the open source application to handle everything for you. This highly professional tool extracts information like your camera and lens type from image tags, herank Lampard won’t join Chelsea this summer.The Blues legend has been linked with a return to his former club to replace Maurizio Sarri, who is expected to join Juventus this summer.The Republic of Ireland international told reporters: “I can’t speaklping it to produce more accurate work. You’re able to specify multiple “control points” — clearly defined points that are visibles relegation with Metz was one of the lowest points of his career.Mane suffered the setback in his first senior season.He told the Mirror: “I still remember. I was the young player in the team, but I felt responsible. The day the team was relegated, on more than one image — to further enhance the results. Hugin tweaks multiple image orientation and camera lens parameters to properly optimize your pictures, and it’ll fix exposure issues, centralize and straighten the finished results, too.The interface for all this can appear a little intimidating, at least initially. The “Optimizer” tab alone has no less than 12 variables that can be tweaked, for instance: yaw, pitch, roll, x shift, y shift, and the list goes on. While the Exposure tab has variables for White Balance, Vignetting, Vignetting Centre, Camera Response and Exposure. Where should you start? We have absolutely no idea.Fortunately there’s no need to worry about any of this, at first, as you can just accept the default settings and leave the program to handle most of the difficult work automatically (if also slowly: sluggish performance is probably Hugin’s only problem of note). It’s still a good idea to spend some time figuring out what the various tweaks do, as they can help to improve the final results, but the Hugin site has some to assist here. And further guidance is available via the , should you need it.It is worth investing the time, though, as really can produce some spectacular panoramas. And there’s no need to take our word for it: just browse Flickr for and you’ll quickly get a feel for exactly what the program can do.
The worst fears of many PlayStation Network users were realized on Tuesday, as Sony that the did indeed involve . The disclosure marks the first time since the debacle began that the public got a clear picture of what the hackers were after.Sony said it believed at a minimum information including name, address, e-mail, birthday, and PSN login information were obtained. It also said that it was possible that both purchase history and also as well, although not the security code. An outside security firm was hired to investigate what happened.”We greatly appreciate your patience, understanding and goodwill as we do whatever it takes to resolve these issues as quickly and efficiently as practicable,”Italy as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team battle for a top four finish.With United sitting in eighth position, six points behind fourth placed Chelsea, there is pressure on Solskjaer to secure Champions League qualification. And Tribalfootball.com has bee the company said in a statement. It now appears that the hack itself did not take down the online gaming service: instead Sony cut access to PSN after it learned of the intrusion voluntarily. Tuesday’s admission also seems to validate that thought the silence on the company’s part indicated a serious problem.The company offered links to cManchester United are being linked with Schalke goalkeeper Alexander Nubel.Off contract in June, Nubel – at 23 – is regarded among the best young shot-stoppers in Europe.BILD says United are watching Nubel, along with PSG, Bayern Munich and Roma.Schalke management are growing concerned they face losing their No1 for nothing in June.A January sale for Nubel cannot be ruled out.redit reporting agencies and urged users that provided payment information to monitor their credit for any problems. What it did not do however is offer possible victims any assurances to how Sony would deal with possible claims of fraud as a result of its data loss.”Sony takes information protection very seriously and will continue to work to ensure that additional measures are taken to protect personally identifiable information,” it said. “Providing quality and secure entertainment services to our customers is our utmost priority.”Senior Director of Corporate Communications and Social Media Patrick Seybold said the company had a “clear path” to bringing services back online, and hoped to restore some service within a week. Seybold did not specify what services would become available.Users with questions have been directed to call the company’s customer service number at 1-800-345-7669.
If companies expect consumers to get excited about subscription-based music, then the monthly fees are going to need to fall below $10 a month. Research firm said on Thursday it found that 41 percent of people with digital music players in the U.S. said $10 was the maximum they would pay for such a service.It gets worse in other countries. When presented with the equivalent price in their own currency, 49 percent in France, 52 percent in Germany, 56 percent in China, and 62 percent in the United Kingdom said $10 USD per month was their maximum.Not surprisingly, based on the success of peer-to-peer music programs, a third of respondents said music services should be free. So far, only one company offers a subscription service below that price: Yahoo. At either $4.99 USD per month for a yearly subscription or $6.99 USD monthly, Yahoo! Music Unlimited is the cheapest of any of the music services.”Companies like Yahoo can afford to keep the price low because they have other revenue streams to subsidize their music services,” Harry Wang, research analyst at Parks Associates said.In comparison, Napster and Real’s Rhapsody charge $14.95 USD per month. Given the results of the Parks Associates study, Yahoo could be opening the doors to a much larger market than its competitors.”JupiterResearch U.S. surveys show greater interest among consumers under 24 years old in $10/monthly music subscriptions than 99-cent single purchases,” notes Jupiter Research senior analyst Joe Wilcox.”There are several reasons why subscriptions might appeal to younger consumers. For one, they may not have amassed CDhe Financial Fair Play rules.UEFA handed down a punishment on Friday that saw City banned from the Champions League for the next two seasons and a €30m fine. The club have stated their intent to appeal the decision with the Court of Arbitration for collections and so not feel the same kind of ownership sensibility as GenXers or Baby Boomers,” Wilcox added. “For another, many may be familiar with file trading. Music subscriptions offer the same kind of grab-it and download-it experience, but with a low-cost subscr work of manager Unai Emery.Emery succeeded Arsene Wenger on a three-year contract in May 2018 and is charged with improving on last season’s fifth-place finish in the Premier League and being runners-up in the Europa League.”I think he’s doing a greiption fee, better discoverability and virtually no risk of viruses or spyware.”
Emergency surgery is the appropriate analogy for the firing of the iconic CEO. Yes firing. today, quite unexpectedly, and in his own words “within the next 12 months, after a successor is chosen”. Meaning: Soon as there is a replacement, he is gone. Vamoose. Adios. We’ll send Christmas cards. Not! Unless Ballmer is in ill-health, or something bad happened to someone he loves, he wouldn’t just walk away whistling to the wind. The man is too passionate about Microsoft. There is but one interpretation: The board of directors gave Ballmer his pink slip. Another telling sign: Ballmer couldn’t leave at a worse time. The company is early days transition to “”, and major restructuring is barely six weeks old. Meanwhile, smartphones and tablets suck the lifeblood out of the PC market, and Microsoft has little to no presence in these two disruptive categories. Executive transitions take time, which means steps backward before running forward again and disruption into devices and services categories that are the future. Timing hints at desperation somewhere in Microsoft’s higher echelons.Ballmer will leave Microsoft with checkered legacy and be blamed for every problem there will be over the next 24 months or so and every one there ever was. Microsoft shares closed up more than 7 percent on news of his exit. That’s just the beginning. Ballmer will burn in effigy for months. Analyses will flood the InterWebs picking apart his legacy like vultures on a carcass. That’s his new role. Fall guy. Scapegoat. For the sake of the company he loves, Ballmer will suck it up and take the beatings, which will be vicious and venomous. But in many ways they are undeserved.Nearly four years ago, I detailed the company’s problems in post “”. Three years ago: “”. The content of both posts is hugely relevant context for understanding how the chief executive comes to such pitiful end. That these years-old posts are so relevant now is commentary on just how little has changed — how long the patient suffered sickness.Among those five reasons: “U.S. and European antitrust cases put lawyers and non-technologists in charge of important final product decisions”; “Microsoft lost control of file formats”. Both are connected, but the other three reasons still apply.Cofounder Bill Gates handed Ballmer a mess in January 2000, when he stepped aside and his buddy became chief executive. U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson had issued preliminary findings against Microsoft in its U.S. antitrust case. Those would become final three months later, followed by an order to break up the company into two separate entities. Microsoft escaped this outcome by settling with federal and state attorneys general in November 2001, a month after Windows XP shipped. The company immediately began complying with the consent degree even though another year passed before being approved by Jackson’s successor., which weight increased following another adverse antitrust ruling from the European Union, in 2004. Integration and cross-tying features among products and services was one of Gates’ two legacies. The other is controlling file formats. Government oversight compelled Microsoft to be less aggressive. The company cautiously advanced or passed on new technologies that made sense going into Windows or closely tied to it. For example, Microsoft released anti-malware software during the mid-Noughties but separately from Windows (and with antivirus vendors crying unfair competition about integration). The company should have incorporated an app store into the flagship operating system long before Windows 8 — at least when competitors did. Surely, Microsoft product managers and lawyers asked about everything related to Windows: “What if?” “What if we integrate this into Windows? Or that?” Anti-malware and app store integration only came to Windows after U.S. government oversight ended in May 2011; not coincidentally, hints of the old, aggressive Microsoft re-emerged and cross-integration resumed anew for Windows (it never stopped for Office). But too late. By backing away from an integration philosophy fundamental to Microsoft’s success, Windows became a much less appealing product for consumers or platform for developers. Competitors successfully advanced new platforms beret of Microsoft’s monopoly; they succeeded so well, the PC nears extinction.Meanwhile, Microsoft lost control of file formats, which had propelled both Office and Windows to dominance. Antitrust oversight is one reason. Ballmer’s management style is another. Gates’ aggressive, competitive character led Microsoft from startup to giant. But by the late 1990s, the company had become victim of its own success. Core markets saturated, with newer Office and Windows versions competing with the old ones. Microsoft increasingly sold to the same customers, mostly large businesses, which decreasingly upgraded. Because: What they had often was good enough, and IT-organizations are by character risk-adverse.Given such circumstance, Ballmer appeared to be the right choice for CEO in 2000. He is a sales guy, someone who speaks customers’ language and understands their needs. Gates’ aggressive tactics worked for a growth company, but not a mature one looking to preserve existing revenue streams. Under the new leadership, Microsoft put more emphasis on satisfying customers and opening new spigots to get cash from them, starting with changes to volume licensing in 2001 and 2002. Microsoft also acquiesced to enterprise demands for more interoperability, thus ceding control of long-held file formats and related, adopted standards.Steve Ballmer’s emphasis on customers shouldn’t be a liability, but it is for Microsoft. Customers-first also means catering to their needs. But innovation isn’t about listening to what customers want, but giving them something they don’t realize they need. This is the fundamental difference between how Apple and Microsoft develop new products. Microsoft caters to enterprises and their fickle and risk-adverse behavior. Apple ignores everyone.Then there are shareholders to consider. Microsoft made bundles of money selling to an entrenched customer base, something Ballmer and senior leaders chose not to disrupt by wildly venturing into new categories. As such, priorities like making new products backward-compatible with old ones acted like anchors on a ship. Microsoft couldn’t move forward, certainly not fast enough. In that regard, the company is like IBM during the early PC era. Big Blue chose preserving mainframe customers and the oodles of revenue they generated rather than aggressively embrace the personal computer. The PC could have saved IBM, which early models were the categories’ standard bearers, but instead buried the mainframe giant.Microsoft missed opportuniplaying after Sunday’s final match of the season at home to Manchester City.The 38 year old Spanish full-back joined Brighton from Valencia in 2012 and has made 234 appearances for the club, and they hope he will be involved with the club in a “non-pties that competitors achieved. The first tablets running Windows went on sale in 2002, while Windows Mobile was the up-and-comer on smartphones in 2005 and 2006. Not until Apple got the user interfaces right, with emphasis on touch, did smartphone and tablet sales explode, blowing a hole in the monopoly-fortress protecting Windows and allowing competing platforms Android and iOS to rush in. Microsoft couldn’t move fast enough because of those anchors. The Ballmer-legacy bone pickers will use past statements about products like iPhone as evidence he is a clueless leader who just doesn’t get it. That he lives in denial. But Microsoft’s CEO has other priorities, whether right or wrong: Protecting the amassed customer base for Office and Windows, which delivered, even during fiscal 2013, 78 percent of profits generated by four of the five divisions (I exclude Online Services, which lost more than $8 billion).One of my favorite film scenes is in “Sum of All Fears”. The new Russian president takes the blame for an unprovoked chemical weapons attack on Chechnya, which he didn’t order. He tells a subordinate: “These days, better to appear guilty than impotent”. The point: Ballmer chose bravado and to project confidence when dismissing products like iPhone and iPad, which he did quite colorfully. Saying these devices won’t amount to much doesn’t mean that’s what he believes. Ballmer actually has demonstrated amazing cunning recognizing his adversaries, just not the best execution dealing with them. For example, he started warning about Google as a competitor about a decade ago, when the company’s only business was search. Now Google is gatekeeper to the Internet, assuming a role government trustbusters accused Microsoft of taking in the late-1990s. For months I’ve toyed with writing a story with the headline “Steve Ballmer was right, I was wrong” about the Google threat. Perhaps I will still. I was among those dismissing the search and information giant as Microsoft competitor during the last decade. Ballmer had foresight. I did not.Microsoft stands today where IBM did in 1993 — at the far cusp of changing computing eras. The mainframe gave way to the PC, which in 2013 hands-off to cloud-connected devices. The new era is , where anytime, anywhere access is more important than the connecting device.IBM survived by bringing in outsider Lou Gerstner, and he saved the company by transforming it around core values steeped in customer service and integration. Microsoft’s board must decide whether an outsider could achieve something similar. Everyone acts like the PC is already dead. No! The PC’s role changes, from being the hub connecting devices and information to one among many connected to the cloud hub. Cloud-connected devices buried Ballmer, but they don’t have to be Microsoft’s end. Radical leadership is necessary now, and I’m convinced only an outsider can bring it. Like IBM and Gerstner, the cure will be painful and take years, and Microsoft might have to lose major battlegrounds smartphones and tablets along the way.There’s irony in a way about the timing of Ballmer’s forced-retirement announcement. Hell, it is almost spiteful. Today, Googorola started selling , which is the metaphor for where computing is going and marks how far Microsoft is behind. The Google/Motorola smartphone should be the tech news of the day, but Microsoft steals away thunder.The original iPhone is a stunning achievement in the annals of technology, mainly because of its responsive, human-like qualities. The device fundamentally changed the paradigm, making the touchscreen the primary user interface. But the future is Star-Trek like voice interaction, which is core to the new Motorola phone. Touchless interaction is the most disruptive change in computing and consumer electronics since the original iPhone popularized touch. Touchless interaction will be integral to future tech designs, everything from phones to cars to refrigerators — like asking for the day’s weather when getting milk for the morning coffee. I explain more .Microsoft couldave the club.Emery has told both players they are surplus to requirements and can leave before the European transfer window shuts on September 2.”We have some players, they know their situation,” said Emery.”For example, Elneny and Mustafi know their have gotten there first. The company bought Tellme in early 2007 and has Windows Phone, Bing search, maps and other services that mirror those Googorola uses for Moto X’s voice command and responsive features. Ballmer assembled the pieces but couldn’t put them together. Perhaps his successor will do better.I honestly expected Ballmer to survive longer, despite calls for his head. I’m sorry to see him go. To the people so long waiting for this day, be careful for what you wish.
Folks who are fans of both football and CE gadgets will get to watch the BCS title game while at CES — and in 3-D, no less. Meanwhile, though, it’s unclear whether 3-D will be available on home TVs any time soon.Fox Sports plans to broadcast the BCS title game in 3-D at both the CES show in Las Vegas and select theaters in New York, Los Angeles, and Boston, said David Hill, chairman and CEO, speaking at this week’s 3-D Entertainment Summit. Hill’s comments were .But Hill wasn’t exactly enthusiastic about 3-D’s prospects, in surprising comments that Variety also reported. Complaining that the last big transition — the one to DTV — hasn’t resulted in broadcasters making more from advertising, Hill said, “I hope the TV industry doesn’t get conned again the way we did with HD. And we got conned.” Broadcasters are leery of 3-D after getting “conned” into first investing in HDTV equipment and programming, and then failing so far to make any money off of that technology, according to Hill. He went on to sound a warning that TV manufacturers would need to “subsidize” 3-D if TV broadcasters are going to get heavily involved.Also during the event, DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg n the January transfer window.The news comes from Football Insider, with the source reporting that Pellegrini has run out of patience with the goalkeeper after a series of poor performances.Jimenez will be moved on in January, while the club will loopredicted that the rising popularity of 3-D fare in movie theaters won’t expand into people’s homes in the near future.In today’s economy, consumers who’ve recently shelled out money for flat screen TVs won’t want to buy 3-D-enabled replacement sets, according to Katzenberg.At a recent Pepcom press event in New York Cicking off the season without N’Golo Kante.The Mirror says Chelsea are likely to be without Kante for the start of the season after he was sent home from their pre-season tour.Frank Lampard was hopeful that Kante could be fit for the start of the newity, Nvidia gave demos of technology for outfitting existing video and gaming content with 3-D characteristics. The company also talked up intentions to issue a related announcement at CES, but without divulging any details.
Thanks to its open API, sometimes it seems as if there are many ways to parse the Twitter tsunami as there are people actually using the service. That said, social-web search site OneRiot has turned its experienced attentions to the microblogging service, and the results — launching today — are promising for those seeking to track the viral spread of URLs through the Tweetosphere.Twitter’s own search capacities are becoming increasingly integral to the service, as evidenced by the new homepage design they’re . Third-party sites offer search-based slices of profanity on Twitter (, spectacularly NSFW) or mental states on Twitter () or recurring keywords on Twitter ( and , both launched earlier this week) or what you will. OneRiot’s unique angle is to examine which URLs people are sharing in real time, learning from their tweets what it is people are talking about from moment to moment.The service already keeps a close eye on Facebook, Digg and similar sites, and now it watches Twitter, filtering for tweets that include a URL. OneRiot general manager Tobias Peggs says that practically speaking, their URL index refreshes every 35 seconds. Search results show up to ten of the most current instances of relevant tweets, formatted in the customary headline-excerpt-link style and noting how many have tweeted it and who started the ball rolling. As I write this, OneRiot tells me that “G20” (the economic summit), “Easter” (the oncoming holiday), “Wolverine” (the freshly pirated movie), “iPod” (the queenly gift) and “Lady Gaga” (the shbrokes Northwest Football Awards (NWFA) 2019 held in Manchester on Monday night, reports www.fcbusiness.co.ukMore than 550 guests attended the black-tie event, hosted by BBC’s Dan Walker at The Point at Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester.Champions Learieking pop tart) are among the morning’s trending topics. Digging in, I’m given ten fresh URLs related to the keyword, each tweeted at least once. It’s interesting to note that a great number of re-tweeted URLs are from mainstream news organizations — something that those who fret about the decline of newspapers might want to take a closer look at.OneRiot’s search could in that respect be highly useful to any irror says the Shakers had been poised to be expelled from the English Football League for failing to prove the Gigg Lane outfit’s financial viability.But the EFL is today considering extending last night’s expulsion deadline after being informed a doutfit that wishes to know who’s talking about it online — or at least on Twitter. (A fine example: We at Betanews know who tweets headlines from our @Betanews account, but whoever @Chimerica and @Sureba67 and @movamedia and @ladyreporter and @Dimitri_Knight and @1uk3 are, to name just a few, thanks for tweeting about us also. We’re glad to know our friends.)Indexing the URLs rather than the tweets themselves also provides some insurance, according to Peggs, against spam links that too often travel on Twitter disguised as is.gd links, TinyURLs, or other addresses compacted by one of the various services that do so. OneRiot does the work of unpacking those before indexing, thus understanding that (for instance) tinyurl.com/d8t6re equals bit.ly/v4sXE equals /2009/04/01/president-obama-offers-ipod-to-the-queen-of-england/, and knocking down attempts to misdirect readers to spam or malware sites in the process.The service rolls out Thursday under ; Peggs says that OneRiot hopes to collect input from users and to eventually roll Twitter searching into the main site’s functionality. (The ten-items-or-less restriction may one day be listed as well.) It’s anyone’s guess how long the four-month-old OneRiot will stand alone in its unique search capability, considering the velocity of the current Twitter gold rush, but if you’re just dying to know what they’re saying up there in the Tweetosphere, your search has arrived.
Apple’s iPhone isn’t the only device to get new support from an IBM division this week. Enterprise users of Windows Mobile, RIM, and Symbian devices can now get more businss intelligence capabn their academy.Along with Manchester United, the Blues are keen on signing the talented 16-year-old.Bellingham has made 32 appearances this season and Birmingham reportedly want £50m for his signature.But any move from Chelsea could have ramificatiilities from IBM’s Cognos division.Two days after IBM’s Lotus division rolled out new software for accessing Notes mail from Apple iPhones, IBM’s Cognos division has introduced more functionality for using its business intelligence (BI) software on other devices, including Windows Mobile, RIM Blackberry, and Symbian handhelds.Announced Thursday, IBM’s Cognos 8 v4 release adds new Flash-based, self-service dashboard capabilities and interfaces designed for accessiare the worst in their Premier League history.Souness was reacting to United’s defeat at Newcastle.“Man United were OK today, but goals give people a lift, goals take the pressure off you and that’s where they are right now,” he said on Sky Sports.ng and interacting with enterprise search engines and desktop productivity apps from either desktops or mobile devices. Cognos also unveiled new functionality for Cognos 8 Go! Mobile aimed at using GPS to deliver BI capabilities to mobile devices based on the user’s location.Enterprises can now automatically adjust database reports, for example, depending on where the mobile user is situated.Since acquiring Cognos almost a year ago, IBM has been working on an in which Cognos BI tools on the front end work in conjunction with a bottom layer that can consist of any of a wide number of back end databases and content management systems.Depending on the specific database or content managment system, the information might include relational database tables, POS data, or “flat file” information such as e-mails and Microsoft Excel spreadsheets, for instance.In the middle of this architecture is a software layer that is essentially used for extracting information from the various databases and content management systems and “transforming” or converting it to formats that can be easily presented to end users through various GUIs, said Marc Andrews, Marc Andrews, IBM’s manager director for IoD and Cognos Marketing, in an earlier interview with BetaNews.IBM is no stranger to presenting information on mobile GUIs, anyway. Lotus has been particularly active in producing software for accessing and interacting with enterprise information on BlackBerries. And on Tuesday, of its Domino Web Access. Called iNotes ultralite, it’s designed to let mobile corporate employees use Apple’s Safari browser for accessing their Notes e-mail, contact info, and calendars on their iPhones.
Looking to tweak Windows? There are plenty of tools to choose form if you don’t fancy the idea of editing the registry, but you have to sort the wheat from the chaff in order to find something half decent. The world of tweaking tools is divided into two camps: utilities that are free and those that are not. Paying for a program is not necessarily an indication of quality, and with you have the option of sticking with the free version or paying a bit for a range of extra tools.Whichever route you decide to go down, the latest build 22.214.171.124 introduces two important new enhancements — a PC startup manager and PC Resource Optimizer. The free, lite version of the program features the PC Resource Optimizer component and, when enabled, this component of the suite aims to improve the performance and responsiveness of your system by balancing processor and disk resources so demand is never too high at any given time.This is the sort of claim that is easy to view with suspicion, as you should, and results will vary from one computer to another, but in tests we found that it did seem to make a noticeable improvement to the general feel of the running of Windows. If you’ve parted with the cash for the Pro version of the program you can take advantage of the PC startup manager, and there’s a clue in the name as to what you can expect here. This, oddly, is a less impressive update to the tweaking suite,he Slovakia international was one who could have left this summer after the departure of Rafa Benitez.However, Dubravka hunkered down and continued to cement his spot as the club’s number one goalkeeper.Now he has spoken about his happiness at St. Ja but it does, as you have probablyk after a board meeting.The Watford-decision-sack-manager-Javi-Gracia-week-clubs-brass-called-meeting.html”>Daily MailWatford-decision-sack-manager-Javi-Gracia-week-clubs-brass-called-meeting.html”> says Gracia’s sacking was virtually assured on Thur guessed, make it possible to manage the programs that start automatically with Windows. In itself this is nothing out of the ordinary, but the ability to view Startup shortcuts, registry autoruns and more all in one place is a helpful timesaver. The program can be used with all versions of Windows from Windows XP all the way up to Windows 8.The commercial Pro version offers access to many more tools such as the new PC startup manager, registry defragging, system tweaking, junk file removal and much more. You can buy the Pro version from the for $29.95.To test the free Lite version, pay a visit to the download page.
TiVo has broughturgen Klopp insists he’s happy with the squad as it is.The Reds have brought in youngsters Harvey Elliott and Sepp van den Berg while goalkeeper Adrian has arrived as back-up to Alisson.”You should never do transfers because other clubs are doing tra in a veteran media executive to head the company, ending a four month search after TiVo founder Mike Ramsay announced plans to step down as CEO in January. Tom Rogers had served as executive vice president of NBC and was CEO of Primedia before coming to TiVo as a member of the board in 1999. He later became vice chairman in 2004.As the DVR company’s new CEO, Rogers will have the task of bringing TiVo’s subscriber numbers up, something the company has admittedly had difficulty doing. Most of TiVo’s subscribers come through its partnership with DirecTV, which make up about 2.1 million of a total 3.3 million subscribers.”I am firmly convinced that TiVo can extend its strong brand identity and technology platform to the mass market through broader distribution by various carriers, and through growing its value as an advertising medium,” Rogers said in prepared remarks. The TiVo board had looked at several candidates before settling on Rogers, citing his previous executive experience and knowledge of the company. “We could not be more thrilled that we got our top choice to take on this leadership position,” founding TiVo board member and head of the CEO search Randy Komisar said.Rogers was key in securing , which many analysts see as crucial to keep the company moving forward. TiVo had been criticized for depending too heavily on its relationship with DirecTV for subscribers and not tapping into the broader cable market.Former CEO Mike Ramsay will continue to serve on the board and will the club on loan.The 19-year-old has made just two appearances in the Premier League this season, both of which were off the bench.”He has to play football,” Brown, who started his career with City, told Goal.”He has to try and play as many games as chair the technology committee. When announcing his resignation plans, Ramsay said it was time “to bring in an outstanding chief executive officer to lead the company.””I’ve enjoyed watching Tom’s passion for TiVo grow from his earliest involvement in the Company through his more recent tenure on the Board,” Ramsay said. “This, coupled with his contributions to many facets of our business during that time, give me real confidence that he will be successful in taking the company to the next level.”
Video over the Internet is one more major market where Microsoft finds itself a major player but not the only player, and certainly where the entrenched players are very wary about its capability to muscle in and potentially control key segments. But Microsoft’s recent successes in the IPTV field have thus far failed to guarantee its seat in that market, especially in Europe where digital video is far more widely deployed.So this morning’s announcement of Microsoft’s new brand for IPTV services – now called Mediaroom, its fourth sixth brand to date after “WebTV,” “UltimateTV”, “Microsoft TV,” “TV2,” and “Microsoft IPTV” – is undoubtedly being dissected in Europe, with every sentence being re-examined to glean any hint of the company’s long-term plans. Telecommunications companies, cable TV providers, and content providers all want to be seen as the key presenter of new-wave digital TV services to consumers. None are particularly keen on the idea of ceding the center throne to a software company, but all of them may end up being dependent upon that software company at some point. At issue is how far Microsoft really wants to go with this project, and whether the company is willing to break through the so-called “walled garden” through which telcos traditionally provide their IPTV services to customers. In a telco-based IPTV system, the Internet does indeed provide the backbone for transmission, but the receiving point is a set-top box that customers lease from telcos (or from competing systems where available). Microsoft is already a major provider of IPTV software for set-top boxes, including Cisco, Motorola, Philips, and Tatung. But while Microsoft has a presence in the garden, it has intentionally refrained in recent months from overwhelming the fragrance, if you will, of the STB providers’ and telcos’ carefully designed floral arrangements.The very fact that Microsoft is attaching a new name to its IPTV initiative is a signal that it doesn’t want to go unnoticed by consumers any more, even though it already provides much of the client-end software. But the only reason for Microsoft to want to be noticed more by consumers, some fear, is so it can lead them to where it wants to go today.Evidence that Microsoft has a destination in mind came from its scripted Q&A this morning from its corporate vice president for what’s still called the “Microsoft TV Division,” Enrique Rodriguez: “There are several reasons why we felt a new brand is instrumental to our success and the success of our customers. With personal media sharing and new Web-based applications, Microsoft brings the consumer television experience to a new level that goes beyond the TV set. With Microsoft Mediaroom, consumers get the best in TV plus all their media in one place, for a truly personalized multimedia experience. With the capability for more connected entertainment experiences, we felt the time was right to introduce a brand that reflected this next generation of television.”With the extent of care Microsoft places in tweaking these scripted interviews, the underscored phraseology above could not have been accidental. Microsoft apparently wants to give consumers the option of adopting services that lead to PCs and/or TVs. From a company that’s already declared its interest in upsetting the current order of business in the voice and video communications industry with Unified Communications, this could be a very dangerous proclamation.Further evidence comes from a statement a Microsoft TV spokesperson made to . In explaining how and why the new Mediaroom delivery model uses XHTML on the client side, the company’s Jim Brady let it slip that one purpose for using a browser-oriented model was to open up the applications market for IPTV to developers, developers, developers.”It’s very similar to the Windows model. We’re basically turning over the keys to [telcos and service providers] and to third parties to develop the applications, Brady told ScreenPlays. “Some new apps will be driven by passions and social networking and recommendation. We just don’t know what’s going to happen.”Microsoft also made it very clear at CES 2007 last January that it intends to market the Xbox 360 game console as a destination platform for Internet TV services. That would put a very popular game console in direct competition with set-top boxes – devices which aren’t very appealing or romantic pieces of equipment in themselves, and wc was elated after Bayern Munich’s 7-2 win over Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday.The Germans were rampant away from home to all but seal their place in the Champions League knock-out stage.”Nobody could dream of this result,” the Bayern boss told DAZN. “hose existence as tag-alongs many consumers wouldn’t mind doing without.During BetaNews’ CES coverage that month, Info-Tech Research analyst Carmi Levy predicted Microsoft’s plans for its Internet TV technology…which so far seems pretty accurate.STB manufacturers, Levy told us, “should very clearly be looking at Microsoft as a threat. Microsoft is doing an end-run around them. It has not gotten the answers that it has wanted from the set-top vendors, and Microsoft has a homogeneous penetration of consumer living rooms.””And Microsoft has the heft to make that happen,” Levy continued. “They’ve done it on the PC side where they drive hardware with the operating system. They are now going to do exactly the same thing; they’ll introduce new services on top of Xbox 360 and, in fact, build a larger value proposition for what was formerly seen only as a game machine. Now, what they’re going to do is, they’re going to try to trump the set-top box vendors at their own game…This way, Microsoft does not have to partner with anybody. They will own a much larger percentage of that ecosystem than they would have if they partnered with the telcos right from the start. This way, they shut out the telcos and they can compete directly against the telcos, and they come in as a stronger competitor instead of simply a partner learning their way.”Buried in today’s news is the fact that Mediaroom is being expanded to support the Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) standard, in which STBs take their signals not through a cable but over the air. This will make Microsoft’s take on Internet TV more palatable to service provider customers in Britain, where DTT has the highest penetration levels, and where there are already multiple competing service providers.It’s this versatility that Microsoft’s trying to build into the system that is the reason for so much skepticism. Last March, many of Europe’s major players in services and manufacturing of IPTV equipment formed the Open IPTV Forum, whose goal is to provide an “end-to-end specification” for IPTV service. Think of this as the “wall” around the garden, and note that Microsoft is most notably not a member of this forum.Also notably absent from that membership list is Alcatel, one of Europe’s leading IPTV service providers, and up until recently a major Microsoft partner in this field. But mergers and acquisitions over the past few years have worked against Microsoft’s goals, especially with Alcatel having acquired Lucent, and the newly combined entity being the recipient of on MP3 technology, originally brought forth by Lucent on behalf of old AT&T patents.Also, it was SBC which delivered the US’ most extensive rollout of Microsoft-based IPTV services starting in 2004, with results that were initially less than stellar. That service has since been rolled into the U-verse IPTV system delivered by SBC’s successor company, AT&T, in seven US states. It still uses the Microsoft platform, and is likely to continue to do so. But AT&T is also a principal member of the Open IPTV Forum, which may give it a stake in an alternative to Mediaroom should it ever find itself needing one.If competition with Microsoft rather than cooperation withy has defended her comments that Liverpool should not be awarded the Premier League title should this season be cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.Brady wrote in her column for The Sun that if the season could not continue then the only “fair and it becomes necessary, the Forum may be the best way for manufacturers and telcos to go about it, Carmi Levy told us, especially under the auspices of “openness.” This way, they may have the luxury of building that “end-to-end” alternative while still taking advantage of the fact that Microsoft’s the only player in the software space with the muscle to actually achieve their functionality objectives. “Either they figure out a way to partner and build that [competitive] brand, or they find some place to parallel-compete against Microsoft,” he said, “so they don’t have to face the full onslaught of Microsoft’s penetration into the set-top market.”