Will it be a Problem for Global Music that YouTube still has Full Albums?

Lyor Cohen has a new role as the new head of global music for YouTube. Unfortunately, he isn’t off to a good start in his new position. On Monday, the longtime music executive claimed that YouTube now has a solution to help its Content ID team stop users who post full albums without the artist’s or […]
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The evolution of bunny rabbit ears

During my twelve years of using smartphones, I’ve never felt the need to use a case. I’ve instead kept my phone in good condition by ensuring that it gets a pocket to itself alongside nothing else such as keys to scratch it. I also ensure that I handle it carefully.

The evolution of bunny rabbit ears

I understand the argument about the need to protect a phone with a case in order to maintain its resale value. But I neither buy expensive phones nor do I sell them on. I haven’t bought a premium device since 2010’s HTC Desire HD (if that counts as one), and that felt like it had armour plating. I just no longer see the point of shelling out loads of cash with so many good inexpensive phones to choose from.


Naturally, my phones do pick up tiny scratches and the occasional dent, but this I view as natural wear and tear sustained in the rough and tumble of the real world. Also, this minor damage to my phones gives them unique character, makes them mine.


But things changed when I got my latest phone, a Huawei P9 Lite. I noticed after just a week that the back of this phone was beginning to scuff (and minutely scratch and dink and dent and chip, you name it), just from being picked up and put down all day. The fake metal material that the back was made of seemed terribly, well, scuffable, and it was beginning to look ugly.

The evolution of bunny rabbit ears

Consequently, I attached the supplied case that had come with the other accessories in the phone’s retail box. I already had a screen protector affixed – I hadn’t removed the one that had helpfully been applied in the factory – as I normally would have – because I’d heard that the screen on the P9 Lite wasn’t made of Gorilla glass.


Here are some interesting facts about phone cases:


  • There are 3,000,000 web pages of smart phone cases on Amazon UK, 32,000,000 on Ebay, and 2,700,000 on Tesco.com. If all the cases advertised in these pages were heaped together to form a bonfire, the resulting conflagration would stretch to the moon and back sixteen times.


  • Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has a phone case made of corgi skin.


  • All new mobile technology journalists must serve an 18-month apprenticeship reviewing cases before they are allowed to review smart phones.


  • The BBC has commissioned a 13-part documentary series titled ‘The Evolution of the Smart Phone Case: From Buttons to Bunny Rabbit Ears’, to be hosted by well-known case-o-holic, Stephen Fry.


  • Wikipedia describes the phone case as ‘a phone-shaped piece of some material or other, slightly larger than its intended phone, designed to cover the said phone, protecting it from scratches, dents, solar radiation and missile attacks’.


  • Contrary to popular belief, the phone case was invented before the mobile phone, thus qualifying as a ‘solution waiting for a problem’. Some people believe it was invented by K-Tel, originally as a pillow case for Barbie.


What a lot of crock you say? Of course it is. But that’s because even though they may come in a variety of styles (pouches, sleeves, holsters, shells, skins, bumpers, flip cases, wallets, body films), cases are boring.

The evolution of bunny rabbit ears

Steve Litchfield used to give away phones and accessories in a weekly draw for those listeners who contributed ‘a virtual pint of beer’ to the running costs of his excellent podcast, The Phones Show Chat. But then I guess he ran out of phones, and he started to give away accessories only, including cases. I must admit this struck me as a bit of a comedown. It was like whereas before you could win a car, now you could only win stuff like a spare tyre, a pair of fluffy dice, or a bag of ball bearings.


Incidentally, not long after I fitted the case to my Huawei P9 Lite, the phone slid out of my pocket as I was riding my moped at 35 kph along a busy road in Phnom Penh. I had to dismount and leap out into the road with the fearless resolve of Robocop raising his giant revolver at the oncoming traffic (in my case a halting hand). I managed to retrieve the device from the tarmac before it could be crushed under the wheels of a truck carrying half a herd of cattle, in effect getting run over and trampled at the same time.


My $219 scuffable phone was undamaged, as was the freebie case. I had been lucky. I can’t say that I’m a convert to using cases – a drop of the magnitude my phone suffered that day is a rare occurrence – but I’m not complaining.

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  • Business Travelers Ponder Flying Without Laptops

    International air travelers might soon rediscover magazines, paperbacks and playing cards. Airline passengers have become hooked on their laptops and tablets to get work done or just kill time during long flights. But U.S. aviation-security officials appear determined to ban large electronic devices in the cabin of flights from Europe.

    Business travelers are worried about lost productivity, laptops in checked baggage being stolen or damaged, or even leaving the machine home if their employer won’t let them check it on a plane. Parents are pondering how to keep children occupied.

    On Wednesday, U.S. and European Union officials exchanged information about threats to aviation, believed to include bombs hidden in laptop computers. Airline and travel groups are concerned about the possibility that a ban on laptops and tablet computers that currently applies to mostly Middle Eastern flights will be expanded to include U.S.-bound flights from Europe.

    The officials agreed to meet again [this coming] week.

    The airlines are still talking to government officials about how a laptop ban would look at European airports. It will require one set of screening rules for U.S.-bound travelers, another for people headed elsewhere.

    Nearly 400 flights leave Europe for the U.S. each day, carrying about 85,000 people, according to airline industry and U.S. government figures. The flights are popular with vacationers and critical to many business travelers, who often buy pricier tickets.

    The laptop ban in March covered far fewer flights — about 50 on an average day — and hurt Middle Eastern carriers by targeting their hub airports. Emirates blamed the ban among factors reducing demand when it scaled back flights to the U.S.

    Expanding the ban to Europe will hit American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines and their European partners, and it will affect many more travelers.

    Airlines fear that expanding the ban will lead to more flight delays…
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    Microsoft's Beam Game Streaming Service Gets Mixer Makeover

    Microsoft’s video game streaming service is getting a face-lift, new features, and a new name — Mixer — as the Redmond company integrates a Seattle startup it acquired nine months ago.

    The rebrand of the former Beam streaming service also brings the software a more prominent place on the home page of Xbox game consoles, the company said Thursday. That’s a reflection of the growing importance of game broadcasting and Microsoft’s ambitions to broaden its gaming franchise beyond selling consoles and titles like “Halo.”

    Streaming services, led by Amazon.com-owned Twitch, have become big business as a new generation of gamers opts to broadcast their own gameplay, or tune into web-streamed games played by others.

    Microsoft got into the action in a bigger way in August when it bought Beam.

    The Seattle company, founded by young repeat entrepreneurs Matt Salsamendi, 19, and James Boehm, 20, built streaming tools that gave people watching the action greater ability to interact with each other and those doing the streaming.

    That functionality is about to expand, adding the ability for up to four streams to be displayed on the same page, allowing players to keep tabs on and chat with friends, even if they’re playing other games. Others can watch the action on one pane.

    A separate feature, in testing, will let players on iOS and Android smartphones broadcast their gaming to the re-christened Mixer service.

    “This is a pretty significant update across the board,” Salsamendi said.

    The company’s business model is built on optional subscriptions, $5.99 a month, for viewers who choose to support a particular streamer they enjoy.

    There’s no advertising around stream broadcasts yet, though Salsamendi says they’re looking at it and other ideas.

    Microsoft has given the former startup more resources to work with as it looks at new features. Beam numbered about 20 employees when it was acquired by Microsoft….
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    Schools Using Smart Phone Technology Against Sex Assaults

    The same technology that keeps kids glued to their smart phones is being used by some schools as protection against sexual assaults. Using apps, victims and bystanders can alert school officials, police or parents to trouble. While the systems can be used by kids pranking each other, app developers and school officials say most claims end up being credible. Reporting happens as events unfold and administrators can respond immediately.

    The real challenge is money. Not all schools can afford the apps, some of which base their cost on the number of users or size of a student population. However, school insurance companies increasingly are picking up the tab, seeing the apps as a tool to mitigate risk.

    Experts also warn that these apps should never be considered the sole way for a school to address the issue of student sexual assault.

    Here are a few of them:


    New Jersey-based creator Todd Schobel launched this app in 2013. His inspiration was Amanda Todd, a 15-year-old who committed suicide after posting a video on YouTube in which she held up flashcards describing how her topless image ended up on the Internet, triggering a relentless barrage of bullying. The app — championed by Amanda’s mom — allows victims and bystanders to report anonymously to administrators, teachers and virtually anyone the school deems appropriate. There are no parental controls. Users can send either a single text or have a two-way chat, and can attach pictures, screenshots and video. The person who receives the alert can forward the information to law enforcement or suicide response teams, depending on the risk. The app stores all evidence and notes regarding incidents in a secure cloud-based server so school administrators can collect and analyze it over time.

    Number of users: More than 2.5 million in K-12, according to the company.

    What it costs: Schools…
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    Sony Xperia XZ Premium now on pre-order with Three

    Sony Xperia XZ Premium now on pre order with Three

    Want to get a shiny new Qualcomm 835-powered Sony Xperia XZ Premium? If you’re looking to get one with Three, you can pre-order it right now. It’s available to buy from June 2nd.

    Three are offering the handset on their  “Advanced Plans”, which means that you can get the first six months half price. Prices start at £49 a month with a £129 upfront cost. If you choose an Essential Plan, then the Xperia XZ is £32 a month with a £129 up-front cost for a 24-month contract.

    Don’t forget to have a look at our hands-on gallery of the XZ Premium from Barcelona if you’re considering this one.

    Full details can be found below..

    26th May 2017 

    Pre-order the Sony Xperia XZ Premium with Three


    Sony’s XZ Premium is first handset to feature 4K HDR display  


    Three UK is pleased to announce it will be ranging the hotly anticipated Sony Xperia XZ Premium. The device will be available to pre-order in Deep Sea Black from today and available to buy from June 2.

    If you purchase the new flagship Sony device on Three, you will get to enjoy all the usual benefits that Three offers, including 4G at no extra cost and Feel at Home. This allows customers use their phone abroad at no extra cost, and has recently been extended to 60 destinations worldwide, including Australia, USA, Brazil and Singapore.

    Troublesome coverage blackspots will also be a thing of the past for Xperia XZ users on Three, as the device functions on the network’s low-frequency 4G Super-Voice service – an innovative network rollout that is helping improve signal for customers indoors and in rural areas all over the country.

    Those choosing the device on Three will have access to the new customer rewards app Wuntu. Wuntu delivers a tailored range of rewards, money-saving offers and one-off experiences, direct to the mobile of its customers each week.

    Customers choosing an Xperia XZ on Three’s Advanced Plans will get the first six months half price, with plans starting from £49.00 a month and a £129.00 upfront cost. On Three’s Essential Plan, the Xperia XZ is £32.00 a month with a £129 up-front cost for a 24-month contract.

    For more information about the device, and to view all available tariffs, please visit www.three.co.uk

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  • These are the Wrong Arguments Against Net Neutrality

    The past few months have been quite crucial, and sometimes filled with bitter dissent, because of the proposed removal of the FCC’s net neutrality rules that may greatly affect the way servers can now handle data from its customers that may affect individual privacy. The debate goes on whether they should just be left in […]
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    Why Government Intelligence Services Won’t Share Discovered Software Bugs

    It’s been more than a week since the WannaCry ransomware attacks began ripping across the world, affecting more than 200,000 people and 10,000 organizations in 150 countries. Though most of the threat has been checked, the threat of further infection still looms. The prevalence of WannaCry has shown just how crafty wide-scale ransomware attacks can be, endangering public infrastructure, […]
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