Ian Livingstone, the chief executive of BT is stepping
down from his role at the head of the company to take up the
position of Minister of State for Trade and Investment in the
Livingstone will remain chief executive of the BT
Group of companies until he steps down from his post and the board
in September, at which point he will be succeeded by Gavin
Patterson, head of BT Retail since 2008.
“It has been an incredibly hard decision to leave BT at such an
exciting time. However, the opportunities ahead and the
strength of the management team that Gavin will lead mean that the
company is in a great position,” Ian Livingstone said. “I am
immensely proud to have led this company over the last five years.
We have made huge progress over the last few years but I know there
is still so much more that BT can and will do.”
Livingstone will take up his front-bench government position in
December but will join the House of Lords prior to this. The exact
start date of Patterson will be announced in due course, BT
The current chief’s departure does indeed come at an interesting
time for the company as the BT Wholesale network continues to roll
out fiber and copper based fiber-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) superfast
broadband to the masses. The company is also in the midst of
an intensifying battle with Sky around its TV offerings.
Singapore’s telecommunications operator Singtelannounced
today that it would partner e-commerce platform Shopify in four Asian
countries – Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and India – in a bid to
broaden the Canada-based service’s reach in the region.
Shopify is an online software-as-a-service e-commerce platform
that enables entrepreneurs to create digital shopfronts. Despite
being available for anyone who wants to sign up for the service,
Shopify has been rather passive in Asia. With Singtel’s backing,
however, the service seems set to create more footprint in the
Mr Loo Cheng Chuan, SingTel Group Digital Life’s Head
SingTel is excited by the tremendous growth opportunities in the
e-commerce market. By 2015, 35% of Internet users in the Asia
Pacific region will make purchases online, and 30% of these
transactions will be performed on a mobile device [citing figures
from IDC]… With more than 468 million mobile customers in 25
countries, SingTel is uniquely positioned to enable entrepreneurs
to seize opportunities.
The company said that it is currently working with payment
providers in each country to enable transactions in local
currencies by September.
It will also be negotiating with delivery partners to give small
businesses competitive shipping rates, and will
provide optional add-on services such as search engine
marketing, social network integration, inventory management and
email marketing capabilities. Enterprises that sign up with
Shopify will also be able to seek help via a local hotline
technical support 24/7.
Singtel also told TNW that it will promote Shopify to businesses
via online marketing and direct sales channels, and it will work on
getting a link up on its website in the near future for customers
to easily access the service.
The Singapore and India Shopify websites are currently in
operation already, and the service is priced from S$17 (US$13.50)
per month. The Malaysia and Indonesia sites will likely go live
next month, Singtel said.
Merchants can either access Shopify via a Web browser or
smartphone app to customize their online stores, keep track of
orders and manage customer data.
Based in Ottawa, Canada, Shopify has powered over 16,000
online stores (ranging from Amnesty International to Angry Birds) and a
user base that is spread to 79 countries across the globe
since its launch in 2007.
Interesting stuff coming out of the Gotta Be Mobile blog which
claims that in 2014 LG will release a smartphone that is always
listening out for voice commands. At the moment if you use Siri,
the iPhone voice assistant, you...
iOS 7 comes with a pretty sleek new look, but you need to be a
developer to actually check it out before this fall. Thankfully,
you can get the look and feel of iOS 7 really easily with a few
jailbreak tweaks and themes. Here's what you'll need.
A three year project to explore the possibilities and
implications of what the “3D Internet” on a mobile would look like
and what benefits it could offer has finished, leading the way for
future work in the area.
While 3D on mobile might feel a little excessive to some, you
only have to look at the number of apps beginning to integrate 3D
modelling or mapping, for example, and it’s a short leap to wonder
what the whole of the Internet would be like (and how we could
navigate it) if it was in 3D.
The Chiru project (officially
known as the ‘3D User eXperience for Mobile Network Virtual
Environments’) was carried out by the Center for Internet
Excellence (CIE) at the University of Oulu in Finland with backing
from Nokia, Intel and Tekes,
the Finnish funding agency for technology and innovation. It set
out with a clear vision: to study and improve the way people
interact with 3D information and also looked at things like how
data services can be presented in a virtual space and creating
design guidelines for 3D interfaces.
“At CIE, our main focus is accelerating the deployment of 3D
Internet services and applications. The most important question is
to understand how people interact with three dimensional
information and what do we need from technology to create a smooth
and immersive user experience”, Mika Ylianttila, Director of the
CIE, said on Wednesday.
“From the business perspective, the 3D Internet space is a huge
opportunity and we are seeing more and more businesses and research
being built around 3D Internet. The Oulu area has unique expertise
and provides a living lab environment to test and develop 3D
Internet technologies and services,” he added.
The ultimate aim for the ambitious project was “to lay the
groundwork for the 3D Internet” but also looked at Mixed Reality,
also known as augmented reality (AR).
While a number of the findings have perhaps become more obvious
than they were when the researchers set out in 2010, it also found
that people are far more comfortable using augmented reality in
most situations (a normal view of the world augmented with digital
information) but preferred a pure 3D model in cluttered situations
as it’s less distracting and omits other “disruptive elements” like
The project looked at several different elements of technology
during the study and investigated things like 3D object capture
using Xbox Kinect alongside a 3D capturing module for RealXtend
Tundra, visual design aspects of UIs and the user overall
experience and things like how to connect
multiple concurrent 3D spaces with portals (shown
However, perhaps some of the most interesting research was
carried out on the visualization of sensor data which they did by
using GPS with mobile WiFi and Bluetooth data (as well as some
other wearable sensors) for visualization and content creation.
“GPS data was used for controlling an agent in a 3D virtual
environment depicting a real city. Also WiFi and Bluetooth
connection data was used to measure pedestrian traffic and
demonstrate how virtual cities can be populated according to
different types of city zones. Furthermore, accelerometer and
proximity sensor data was used to capture and visualize elderly
patient activities,” the group said on its project page. You can
see a video of the elderly patient activities research here.
In addition to the user-side and design requirements of what the
3D Internet might look like and how it could be built, the study
also looked at the technology involved such as seeing what impact
3D content (geometry, surface maps, materials, etc.) had on mobile
battery life, as well as trying to formulate a mathematical model
so that the demands of any 3D space on battery life could easily be
Building on the project, the CIE said it will now continue its
research with new projects focusing on a Tekes-backed Mixed Reality
study. It also said it will run projects and training programs with
local authorities to turn parts of their research into
While research into the area is no longer a new topic and we
have seen the increasing use of augmented reality in mobile
devices, such as Nokia’s City Lens or
LiveSight features, but there is clearly room for future
development of the technology and a need to increase awareness
among users. Projects such as this, while they might have no
immediate practical outcome, do just that and are a vital key to
innovation in the space.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it’s been confirmed
that the GateGuru team will continue to work in New York City.
Company employees will now report to Bryan Saltzburg, General
Manager for New Initiatives and leader of the TripAdvisor Flights
product and SeatGuru brand moving
GateGuru is a robust travel app that combines all sorts of
useful travel information, including holidaymakers’ itinerary and
flight times, a section for information about their chosen airport
– tips, amenity information, a visual map and the like – and rental
car bookings through Avis.
“Flying is often an essential part of a trip and we have
continually developed our suite of flights products, from the
pricing and availability search on TripAdvisor, to our
award-winning SeatGuru.com, with seat maps and more,” said Steve
Kaufer, co-founder and CEO TripAdvisor, Inc.
“GateGuru nicely complements our existing flights products and
we look forward to working with the GateGuru team as they continue
to manage the GateGuru app and add great functionality to the
TripAdvisor mobile experience.”
acquired Wanderfly, a New York-based “travel inspiration site”
last October. It then
picked up Tiny Post, a mobile photo storytelling app in March
this year, hinting at a renewed push to improve TravelAdvisor’s
mobile presence. JetSetter, a service that notifies members of
special travel deals, was then
added to the list in April, rounding out the company’s rather
extensive shopping list.
Modern smartphones and tablets can
help you go without printers, but they can also help you print.
You could even start print jobs from anywhere and pick up the
document when you arrive at home or the office.
If you still haven’t found the elusive paperless office, here’s
everything you need to know about printing from your Android phone
or tablet. It’s surprisingly easy — certainly easier than setting
up Windows networked printers in the past.
Anyone who's tried to
tether to their iPhone or iPad will recall how iOS manages to
craft its own passwords when used as a personal hotspot. The aim is
to ensure that anyone sharing their data connection will get some
degree of security, regardless of whether they tinker with the
password themselves. However, three researchers from FAU in Germany
have now worked the structure behind these auto-generated keys -- a
combination of a short english word and a series or random numbers
-- and managed to crack that hotspot protection in under a minute.
To start, the word list is listed to around 52,500 entries, and
once the testers are able to capture a WiFi connection, they used
AMD Radeon HD 6990 GPU to cycle through all those words with
number codes, taking just under 50 minutes to crack with rote
entry. Following that, they realized that only a small subset (just
1,842) of the word list was being used.
Factor in an even faster GPU -- a cluster of four AMD
Radeon HD 7970s -- and they got the hotspot password cracking
time to 50 seconds. The Friedrich-Alexander University researchers
added that unscrupulous types could use comparable processing power
through cloud computing. ""System-generated passwords should
be reasonably long, and should use a reasonably large character
set. Consequently, hotspot passwords should be composed of
completely random sequences of letters, numbers, and special
characters," it says in the report, which outlines the trade-off
between security and usability. However, as ZDNet notes,
Apple's cycled password approach still offers more protection than
static options found elsewhere. Check out the full paper at the
There’s been a lot of talk around Yahoo and Best Buy making
unpopular decisions about employees who work from home. While we
all have our opinions on the subject, it’s important to realize
these decisions impact the companies that made them and no one
As a result of the bad press telecommuting has received, the
flexible work benefit has been getting a bad rap. It’s unfortunate
because flexible work and telecommuting aren’t the same thing.
Telecommuting is working from somewhere other than a centralized
office, whereas flexible work is when schedules have opportunities
for flexibility –- employees can come in early then leave early or
they can work four 10-hour days instead of five 8-hour days.
Another week, another Pure Digital radio, this time the company has
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by the pic is largely aimed at those who want a tranny for their
kitchen. To that ends...
I must admit to being rather taken by the very retro, but in a
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Daniel Schröder aus Köln ist leidenschaftlicher
Computerspieler und mit seinem großen Hobby an die Öffentlichkeit
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27-Jährige ist Autist. Gizmodo hat mit ihm über seine Behinderung
und seine Karriere als Let’s-Player gesprochen – und wie beides
Eine hübsche Verzierung der
Schaumschicht auf dem Café Latte kriegt man heutzutage fast in
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BuzzFeed reporter and a Rolling Stone
contributor Michael Hastings has died in a car crash Tuesday in Los
Angeles. He was 33
BuzzFeed's editor in chief Ben Smith posted a statement
about Hastings' death on its site
"We are shocked and devastated by the news that Michael Hastings
is gone. Michael was a great, fearless journalist with an
incredible instinct for the story, and a gift for finding ways to
make his readers care about anything he covered from wars to
politicians," he wrote.
Japanische Designer haben ein gutes
Händchen bei der Gestaltung von Luftbefeuchtern und der Chokotto
Oasis aus Papier bildet da keine Ausnahme. Er benötigt keinen
Stromanschluss und keine Akkus - man gießt einfach nur Wasser in
den Tank und er blüht auf wie eine Blume.