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Oracle slurps another storage upstart: Front Porch Digital joins Ellison's crew

The ceaseless hoovering up of small companies and startups by business behemoths has seen Oracle buy Front Porch Digital. Why did Larry Ellison latch on to this outfit? Front Porch Digital (FPD) is a content storage management (CSM) business. Its software products sit in a server between a media network on the one hand and a …
Chris Mellor, 16 Sep 2014
Uber - living the dream

Criticism of Uber's journo-Data Analytics plan is an Attack on DIGITAL FREEDOM

Why can’t Old Media just accept we have it beaten, lie down and die? It’s taking forever. Nothing saddened me more this week than reading that bold new data journalism initiatives from Uber were being shot down before they had even reached Seed stage. My bromate, the Uber VP Emil Michael, has sent dead tree media Offendotrons …
Steve Bong, 22 Nov 2014

Welcome, weary digital titans, to the Disruptive Mindfulness UnSummit

In a pop-up mind gymnasium, 700 miles from Moscow … The warm, salty water of the flotation tank lapped gently around my midriff. In the total darkness, my three companions were beginning to relax. Snowden’s anxious gibbering had subsided into deep breaths. Just then, what sounded like an underwater volcano erupting resonated …
Steve Bong, 26 Sep 2014

Study accuses media companies of cooking the books on piracy losses

A study by the London School of Economics and Political Science has found that media companies are overstating their losses to piracy, that policies to cut off internet users for copyright infringement don't work, and finds that those industry sectors that have embraced digital sharing are growing as a result. "Neither the …
Iain Thomson, 03 Oct 2013

Whodathunkit? Media barons slit own throats in anti-freetard crackdowns

Hollywood could slash piracy rates by simply making its content easily and legally available, rather than trying legal and technological hacks to sustain its current business model. That's according to researchers from libertarian think tank the Mercatus Center. The team analyzed file-sharing news website TorrentFreak's weekly …
Iain Thomson, 15 Oct 2013
Virgin Media Digital Media Centre

Got a Netgear router from Virgin Media? Change your admin password NOW

A Wi-Fi security flaw leaves Virgin Media subscribers' wireless connections vulnerable to takeover by hackers. The vulnerability, identified by IT consultant Paul Moore, means Virgin Media Superhub router/modem combo devices leak users' passwords every time they reboot. The issue arises because the Netgear-manufactured device …
John Leyden, 10 Mar 2014

Digital GIANTS in BLOODY battle to put your EYEBALLS in a JAR

As consumers become ever-more attached to their gadgets - variously glued to PCs and tablets, and, after-hours, laptops, game consoles and mobiles – the gigantic digital businesses are competing with each other to capture and monopolise users' screen time on internet-connected devices. And all of the contenders are using many …
Chris Mellor, 04 Dec 2013
BBC Testcard

BBC announces plans to spend your cash on digital goodies

BBC Director General Tony Hall has announced a bunch of new features for its digital products that show the corporation at its most imaginative – and its most cynical. The most interesting is new and still fairly modest: integration between the BBC's music output and third-party commercial music services – and it launches today …
Andrew Orlowski, 09 Oct 2013
G-RAID Studio

G-Tech intros glossy HHD box: Because media 4Kers need external storage too

G-Technology goes for 4K workstation external storage at NAB with glossy curvy and black hard drive boxes plus a portable SSD to round out its product set. Digital media workstation users are the new elite and 4K workflows are the driver for higher capacity and higher-speed storage to feed the cylindrical cool for workstation …
Chris Mellor, 10 Apr 2014

Telstra unites and rebrands digital media ad assets

Telstra has merged its media advertising assets, Sensis Digital Media, Telstra Classifieds and BigPond Advertising into a newly created group branded the Telstra Advertising Network (TAN). The new entity will be led by Telstra stalwart Michael Padden and sit within Telstra, Innovation Products & Marketing (TIP&M). The merged …
The Register breaking news

BBC's Digital Moneypit Initiative known to be 'pile of dung' for years

BBC executives ignored warnings that the corporation's £100m+ digital media extravaganza project DMI was on the rocks - and now it's being reported that the National Audit Office had been misled about the state of the project. The extravagant scheme was cancelled by new Director General Tony Hall last month, with almost £100m …
Andrew Orlowski, 07 Jun 2013
The Register breaking news

Amazon erects 'digital hub' near Silicon Roundabout

Amazon is opening a new eight-storey office in London just west of Shoreditch's Silicon Roundabout to house design teams, software devs and engineers from its July 2011 acquisition Pushbutton and its video-on-demand subsidiary LoveFilm. Staffers at the new centre will work on developing platforms and APIs for "the next …
Anna Leach, 23 Jul 2012
The Register breaking news

NSW to become digital alley

A new taskforce has been named by the NSW government to develop a ten year Digital Economy Industry Action Plan, supported by an initial $AU3 million fund to drive creative digital content projects. NSW government Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner reaffirmed his commitment to turning NSW into a "digital alley" hub. "The Digital …

Verizon to Intel Media: Hey chip-fryer. Guess who can help you with OTT TV?

While many of us spend time talking about the technology alternatives that can or will be used to bring content to the masses over the internet, and especially to portable devices – companies like Intel, Verizon and all the US cable TV companies spend more time wondering about the business model that will go with that technology …
Faultline, 04 Nov 2013
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Anti-download biz sued for 'abusive' robo-call demands for money

Internet piracy hunter Rightscorp, which shakes down alleged copyright infringers for damages, has been accused of harassment, abuse and illegal debt collection. A class-action lawsuit [PDF] filed in California claims the business broke a load of US laws while making automated robo-calls accusing people of illegally downloading …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Nov 2014
Samsung LE52M87 - "Frontline" image copyright ABC

ABC seeks help for digital content sharing plans

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) is seeking “ … business consultancy services for transition of file based content ...”. The Corporation has issued a tender for those services because it's decided that digital change is coming and figures it needs help to plot a course away from tape-based media and current …
Simon Sharwood, 07 May 2012

Is your kid ADDICTED to web porn? Twitter? Hint: Don't blame the internet

Parents' biggest concern about life online is admen stalking kids across the web, according to new research. Unveiling the results of its study [PDF] at the Family Online Safety Institute's annual conference in Washington DC on Wednesday, Hart Research noted that 57 per cent of parents feel the harms outweigh the benefits when …
Kieren McCarthy, 13 Nov 2014
PlayStation Vita

Sony SPILLS GUTS on OTT service, so far for PlayStations only

Sony has unveiled its widely expected PlayStation Vue OTT TV service, telling us everything we need to know except the most important part: the price. At present it is just a US phenomenon, which makes sense – if it can make it there it can make it anywhere. It is referred to as a cloud-based TV service and claims to reinvent …
Faultline, 17 Nov 2014
BBC logo 2012

BBC man Linwood 'was unfairly sacked' over £100 MILLION DMI omnifail

A BBC technology chief who took the fall for the Corporation's failed £100m Digital Media Initiative was unfairly dismissed, an employment tribunal has ruled.. The tribunal that found that the BBC broke the law in suspending its chief technology officer, John Linwood. The tribunal found Linwood was unfairly dismissed under the …
Gavin Clarke, 07 Aug 2014
The Register breaking news

Telstra creates new digital unit - tosses in fun stuff

Telstra has re-focussed its ambitions to morph into a media-centric carrier, consolidating all its media businesses into a single division - Telstra Digital Media. Telstra’s digital media assets, including Foxtel, earn $AU4 billion in annual revenue and employ approximately 4,000 people. The new division will manage Telstra’s …
Oculus Rift VR system prototype

Audio playground: How does an Oculus Rift with surround sound sound?

Wi-Fi music streaming and virtual reality both just received audio boosts, with news from Bose, DTS and Oculus. Bose has done a music streaming supply deal, like Sonos, with Deezer, but for Deezer's Premium Plus service, not the higher-rated lossless Elite service Sonos is involved with. It's a US region-specific deal and marks …
Chris Mellor, 09 Oct 2014
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Signiant to SkyDrop files into Amazon and Azure clouds

Signiant, a supplier of large (100GB and up) file transfer services to media companies, has launched a new product it calls SkyDrop to send the files to Amazon or Azure instead. The company already has a Media Shuttle product which is used by many digital media customers to send large files to customers and partners in the …
Chris Mellor, 03 Apr 2014
netflix

Netflix bullish after six-country European INVASION

By any measure, Netflix’s European expansion – adding six more countries – could not have gone better, although this still does not mean the operator will achieve its bullish forecast of penetrating one-third of all homes within seven years of launching in every market. That almost hubristic forecast will depend on factors yet …
Faultline, 29 Sep 2014
Pushmi-Pullyu

We must SMASH the Democratic Deadlock with MINDFUL EVIDENCE

“They fuck you up, your Mum and Dad,” the great Poet Laureate Sir John Betjeman once wrote. Harshly, I think. My own father, the late financier and diplomat Gilbert Xavier de Bong, who died designing the Richard M Nixon Presidential Library, bequeathed me many gifts. Not least of which is a deep moral purpose in life. “If it …
Steve Bong, 07 Nov 2014
The Register breaking news

Chernin gets very digital in Asia

Former News Corp COO and trusted Murdoch right hand man, Peter Chernin, is emerging as a significant digital media protagonist in Asia. Chernin launched CA Media, an operating and investment vehicle, in China and India late last year headed up by former Star TV exec Paul Aiello, and is opening a third office in Jarkata soon. …

ePassport to Transnistria: NEXTIFYING the Nation State with BONG

[The story so far: Bong has summoned the world's most sought after enterpreneurs and thinkfluencers to Transnistria for the first Disruptive Mindfulness Unsummit. But... why?] The sea of mud stretched in every direction. Ancient, rusty Soviet tractor parts mocked us with their silent tales of record-breaking production …
Steve Bong, 10 Oct 2014
H.264 image scaling

HEVC patent prices are out. Look who's NOT at the codec party: Microsoft and Google

The MPEG Licensing Authority (MPEG LA) has released pricing for High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) that is almost certainly low enough to claim the market overnight. HEVC is the successor to the tech used to encode video stored on Blu-ray Discs and streamed in high-definition digital TV transmissions the world over. The …
Faultline, 03 Oct 2014

Apple seeks patent for mood-sensing technology

Apple is seeking a patent on something it calls “Inferring user mood based on user and group characteristic data” that its application says would figure out how you are feeling and “... then deliver content that is selected, at least in part, based on the inferred mood.” The patent application observes that “While the …
Simon Sharwood, 03 Feb 2014
The Register breaking news

TiVo plunges into Swedes after penetrating Virgin Media

The announcement that Com Hem of Sweden has cut a deal with TiVo this week shows how the TiVo strategy is rolling out in Europe and points to more and more deals being likely in the future. Expect it to drift outside of Europe soon, as well. Com Hem gives another 643,000 cable customers in Europe a chance to buy TiVo service. In …
Faultline, 30 Jun 2012
Sony X85 65-inch flat panel 4K TV

Put a 4K in it: Quantum soups up StorNext bundles for Pros

Quantum has added Pro Storage bundles to its StorNext file virtualisation and archiving range aimed at making StorNext more cost effective for digital workflows in the 4K era. These workflows deal with displays with around 4,000 pixel horizontal resolution, such as ultra-high-definition TVs. Video files for such displays will be …
Chris Mellor, 28 Mar 2014
BBC logo 2012

‘Scapegoated’ BBC tech boss calls foul, kicks off unfair sacking tribunal

The BBC’s former technology chief John Linwood claims he was made a scapegoat for the collapse of the Digital Media Initiative – the corporation’s £125m media sharing and archiving project that was axed a year ago with nothing to show for it. Linwood was placed on gardening leave (on full £287,000 pa pay) as the project was put …
Andrew Orlowski, 07 May 2014
Play-Fi video

Audio tech upstart DTS takes on Wi-Fi speaker juggernaut Sonos

Audio tech supplier DTS is taking on Sonos’ wireless speakers with its Play-Fi tech, which it claims employs open and lossless audio technology. DTS doesn't make its own kit, but rather develops and licenses its technology to OEMs who sell consumer brands. The latest OEM to jump aboard the DTS ship is the Fine Sounds Group with …
Chris Mellor, 25 Jul 2014
Google sign outside Mountain View headquarters

Google nets Spider.io to thwart fraudsters

Google is looking to boost the security and fraud prevention arms in its advertising business with the acquisition of London's Spider.io. The company announced on Friday that it had agreed to terms on a deal to integrate the fraud-detection specialist into its advertising services. The company will seek to help Google spot fraud …
Shaun Nichols, 22 Feb 2014
Twitter girl

Move over, John Pilger, let us IT scandal-mongerers stick it to you

Many thanks to the gentle readers who wished me well over the last couple of weeks as I lay in bed watching the ceiling spin. For those of you who enjoy listening to people whose name you are familiar with but whom you don’t really know talk at length about their petty illnesses as if they were life-threatening events of …
Alistair Dabbs, 13 Jun 2014
Brazil flag

Telefónica bids for Vivendi's Brazilian bits: Telecom Italia gasps

Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica’s unexpected €6.7bn bid to buy Brazilian broadband operator GVT, which is owned by French media conglomerate Vivendi, has put the cat among the pigeons across the Mediterranean at Telecom Italia, Italy’s largest telco. Telefonica, which owns O2 in the UK, is already the largest mobile operator …
Faultline, 08 Aug 2014
The Register breaking news

Yahoo! apps! showcase! makes! social! media! moves!

Yahoo!’s annual Project Runway new-product event has seen the introduction of several skinny bits of software and one plus-size model: Livestand – an iPad app designed to present you with content based on your personal whims. Livestand uses HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript to build a news reader, in part generated from Yahoo’s own …
Iain Thomson, 02 Nov 2011
Monty Python dead parrot sketch

BAD SANTA: Don't get ripped off this Christmas

The season of horror and expense will soon be upon us, and with it lots of gift guides telling you what you should be forking out for. But before we get stuck into that, how you should buy it is just as important. Youtube Video As the recent collapse of Phones4U showed, even something as simple as choosing the wrong way to pay …
Nigel Whitfield, 16 Nov 2014
The Register breaking news

Low-priced home digital media connections promised

HDMI cables used to connect a multitude of every day home audio and video devices may become a thing of the past if a new standard by the HDBaseT Alliance catches on. "HDBaseT technology is poised to become the unrivaled next-generation home networking transport to meet the ever-changing trends in the digital media market," …
Rik Myslewski, 01 Jul 2010

Twitter takes on GOOGLE, swallows wannabe YouTube firm

It looks like Twitter is going head to head with YouTube with the acquisition of SnappyTV. The video platform lets users edit and share clips from live TV broadcasts, among other things. It also gives Twitter new video opportunities for both organic user-derived sharing and from Twitter’s sponsored-content platform Amplify. …
Faultline, 02 Jul 2014
ISIS Islamists in Iraq

No, thank you. I will not code for the Caliphate

Late last year, in a dimly lit meeting room... Outside, the chant of the mob grew louder, and ever more terrifying. “Death to the Jews! Death to the Christians!” I gulped hard. My assistant มาลัย (which means "Garland of Flowers" in Thai) gripped the table. Through the open window I could smell burning paper, and possibly …
Steve Bong, 24 Aug 2014
The Register breaking news

Yahoo! hooks Adobe digital-media veteran

Yahoo! has reportedly hired an Adobe Systems veteran to head up its online applications. Bryan Lamkin has been named senior vice president of applications products, apparently taking over the portfolio from Scott Dietzen, who joined Yahoo! with its $350m purchase of open-source email start-up Zimbra. Dietzen will become vice …
Gavin Clarke, 27 Apr 2009
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There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES

A new report from the European Audiovisual Observatory shows what a sorry state European TV and film production is in when compared with the US market, and shows that US programming is increasing its stranglehold on European TV and video services. While the initial functions of the European Audiovisual Observatory were mostly …
Faultline, 21 Jul 2014
MP Margaret Hodge in the Commons

MP 'shocked' at failures 'at the top' of the BBC over epic DMI tech fail

Labour MP Margaret Hodge, chair of the Public Accounts Committee, has said that the failure of the BBC to realise that its Digitial Media Initiative uber-project was headed for certain doom went "right to the top". Hodge, who is due to quiz senior members of the Beeb again on Monday next week, said that she was shocked by the …
Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos rolls up another $437m, lights Amazon's cigar with it

It's not black magic that Amazon works on its financial results each quarter but red magic – because however massive a haul of cash the company pulls in, it just can't seem to turn a profit. Odd, that. The e-tailer's net sales were up 20 per cent for the third quarter of its fiscal 2014, year-over-year, bringing in a whopping $ …
Neil McAllister, 24 Oct 2014
WD My Cloud EX4

Bay pride: WD slips out FOUR-DRIVE network FILE STASH

WD has fixed the limited space and lack of RAID on its 1-bay My Cloud box by introducing a 4-bay one, the EX4. The first My Cloud box, providing data access to all your home/small biz network, was powered by a dual-core ARMv7 processor running Debian Linux. The single-core, 2GHz Marvell 88F6282 processor inside this new 4-bay …
Chris Mellor, 13 Nov 2013
Zoeller at the Samsung forum

Samsung slams door on OLED TVs, makes QUANTUM dot LEAP

Samsung has said that it intends to focus on UHD TVs using LCD panels augmented by quantum dot technology, instead of pushing OLED as a commercial replacement for LCD. This is the kind of decision that might mean that OLED never takes off in the larger form factors. Kim Hyun-Seok, the head of Samsung’s TV business, told …
Faultline, 10 Nov 2014

Young, fun and full of comely tech skills? Then BT needs you!

BT is on the hunt for around 300 freshly qualified science, biz and IT graduates to work in research and development for the telecoms giant, but it might have a tough time finding enough skilled young folk to fill the posts, it has warned. The company is hoping to recruit a further 730 bods to take on apprenticeships in …
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Feb 2014
LG EA93 21:9 monitor

French telco takes on US rival Netflix... with whose dongle?

There were never going to be any prizes for guessing that the first user for Chromecast rival “Cast”, introduced by SoftAtHome in March, is likely to be Orange France Telecom. SoftAtHome's dongle was put together around the integration requirements for Orange’s IPTV service, integrating set top chips and software. So when we …
Faultline, 14 Jul 2014
Game of Thrones Season One Blu-ray disc set

HBO shocks US pay TV world: We're down with OTT. Netflix says, 'Gee'

HBO this week has finally done as Netflix said it would, admitting that it WILL provide over-the-top (OTT) streaming content to the masses in the United States. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings predicted back in May 2013 that HBO would need to make this move soon, claiming it was inevitable. When in future we teach technology history …
Faultline, 17 Oct 2014
Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos reveals Amazon's brutal scale in annual letter

Amazon's mercurial chief executive Jeff Bezos is equal parts John D Rockefeller and Henry Ford, judging by his annual letter to shareholders. In the letter, which was published on Thursday, Bezos took investors "on a tour that samples a small subset of [Amazon's] various initiatives". What this makes clear is that Amazon is …
Jack Clark, 10 Apr 2014