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Archive for February 2nd, 2011

  1. BBC iPlayer app set to arrive for iPad

    If you’re an iPad owner who’s patiently been waiting for the BBC iPlayer app, your wait is almost over.

    A Twitter message posted by Geoff Marshall, a BBC Online engineer, has revealed that the app will be released on Thursday 10 February.

    “iPlayer App for iPad is being released this Thursday – 10th Feb. 3G connection is browse only. Browse and Playback requires Wi-Fi,” Marshall tweeted.

    Marshall describes himself on his website as working ‘for the BBC as an Interactive Operations Engineer, keeping services such as the iPlayer running’.

    “I’m not the developer! I’m merely the support-tech dude that has get it going again when it’s breaks!” he tweeted.

    It will be UK only at launch, Marshall said. He also played down rumours that it would be compatible with the iPhone. “It would appear to be iPad only,” he tweeted in response to the question: “With recent news about iPlayer for the iPad, how about for the iPhones and iPod touches?”

    Rumours that the BBC was to release an iPlayer iOS app at some stage in February circulated last month amid speculation that they would be a farewell present to future media and technology director Erik Huggers, who is leaving the BBC for Intel and will take up his new role some time at the end of February.

    The BBC also announced plans for an international roll-out for iPlayer for iPad in December.

  2. O2 Retains Carbon Trust Standard Accreditation

    UK mobile operator O2 has won the Carbon Trust Standard award for the second time.
    The mobile network was recertified with the accreditation for “successfully measuring, managing and improving carbon efficiency across its business by nearly 18%, based on turnover.”
    O2 were awarded the Carbon Trust back in January 2009 and have become the first mobile operator to be reinstated.
    In the past two years, they have cut carbon emissions by nearly 30,000 tonnes CO2e and over the course of five years, improved carbon efficiency by 22%.
    The Carbon Trust Standard recognises organisations for real carbon reduction, certifying organisations that have measured, managed and genuinely reduced their carbon footprint and committed to making further reductions year on year.
    Ronan Dunne, UK Chief Executive, O2, said: “By retaining the Carbon Trust Standard we’ve proved that by using technology to measure energy usage, connect people, and encourage new ways of working – we can make a major difference to climate change.”
    To achieve the Carbon Trust Standard, organisations must firstly measure their direct carbon footprint (for example, onsite fuel and electricity use), prove that good carbon management practices are in place and demonstrate genuine reduction in their emissions over a three year period.
    The Carbon Trust Standard certificate is valid for two years. The recertification is equally robust and demands an even greater focus on carbon reduction since companies typically have targeted ‘low hanging’ fruit during their first certification.
  3. Brits In Fear Of Driving Abroad

    In a new travel survey undertaken by Carrentals.co.uk, results demonstrated that Brits are scared of driving overseas.

    Factors such as unfamiliar areas, regulations and unusual driving on the right hand side of the road make are said to make driving abroad very stressful for UK nationals.

    According to Carrentals, 10% of respondents found it to be too tricky driving on the opposite side of the road; 14% said they were stressed because they don’t know the rules and regulations for that particular country’s roads; 26% are stressed because of the other drivers’ actions on the road; finally, 47% of respondents find it most difficult to find their way around in unknown areas.

    Commenting on the results of the opinion poll, Mr. Robinson of Carrentals, said: “Brits can reduce the stress when driving overseas by planning ahead, looking at the map and, of course, knowing, their car is properly insured.

    “We suggest purchasing car insurance with a 3rd party insurer, not with a car rental company, which typically offers expensive and not always comprehensive policies.”

  4. World’s First iPad-only Newspaper Arrives

    The worlds’s first iPad only newspaper has arrived – the brain child of News Corporation’s Rupert Murdoch.
    The digital, touch-screen newspaper, called The Daily, will cost 99 cents (60p) a week and will be sold exclusively via Apple’s iTunes store.
    It is initially available only in the US, and News Corp have employed 100 journalists to work on it.
    It will feature news articles, interactive graphics, HD videos and 360 degree photos designed to work with the iPad’s touchscreen.
    “Our target audience is the 15 million Americans expected to own iPads in the next year,” said Mr Murdoch.
    “In the tablet-era there is room for a fresh and robust new voice. New times demand new journalism,” he said.
    It is believed that Apple will use the tie-in with News Corp to change the way it charges for subscriptions.
    “That is quite a big deal,” said Adrian Drury, principal media analyst at research firm Ovum.
    “The specific terms News Corp have negotiated are unknown, but every other publisher now faces paying 30% of their hard won application subscription revenue to Apple,” he said.
    The editor of the Daily promised breaking news stories.
    “Others re-use content but the Daily has hired expensive US journalists and has its own editorial staff,” he said.
    “Its parent has deep pockets, and this is going to buy it time to build an audience and refine its model,” he added. ”Anecdotal evidence [suggests] that such publications have strong download sales when they first come to market, but when it comes to subscriptions, getting people to repeat buy, it gets really tough.”
  5. Survey Shows Half of Us Leave Car Running to Warm Up

    A new survey indicates that half of UK motorists leave their vehicle unattended to let it ‘warm up’, thus rendering their car insurance policies invalid in the event of a theft.

    The research carried out by a leading insurance company, found 47% of people said they leave their car outside to defrost and warm up while they nip back indoors to keep warm.

    It is estimated that £12.7m worth of vehicles are stolen when an owner goes back into the house while their car engine is still running. The trend of leaving cars idling is more common during the colder winter months as drivers wait for demisters and heated windscreens to clear frost and ice.

    However, many are unaware that leaving the keys inside the car can invalidate their car insurance cover.

    A survey spokesperson said: “Leaving a car with keys in the ignition provides a perfect opportunity for thieves, and we as motorists are especially likely to do this at this time of year. People have an ‘it won’t happen to me’ attitude and think it’s fine to quickly nip into the house. However, in reality, it can and does happen everywhere in the UK.”

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