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ARTE FIERA 2013

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International exhibition of contemporary art

25–28 January 2013

Bologna Exhibition Center

A “new ARTE FIERA” to further strengthen the national and international leadership of the largest Italian fair devoted to modern and contemporary art. A strategy that begins with the appointment of two new artistic directors for the exhibition, Italian art experts Giorgio Verzotti for contemporary art and Giorgio Verzotti for modern art.

ARTE FIERA 2013, International exhibition of contemporary art, will offer a complete panorama of artwork thanks to the presence of distinguished modern and contemporary art galleries and to the creation of even stronger synergy with Bologna and its cultural institutions.

ARTE FIERA 2013 Events

ARTE FIERA Conversations – The 2013 edition will host Arte Fiera Conversations, panels, talks and debates all gathering in two new frames. Talks of “In the Spotlight” will be focused on personalities speaking about their direct or professional art-related experience. Those of “Looking forward” will have the purpose to present peculiar patterns for artistic and cultural expression.

Italian Stories Exhibition – Curated by Laura Cherubini and Lea Mattarella
The exhibition features around eighty selected works by artists represented by the galleries participating in Arte Fiera 2013. It spans the twentieth century through the younger generations, concentrating not just on the most important characteristics of Italian art but also on the way in which our country’s culture has served as a stimulus and source of inspiration for artists outside Italy. It is a story in images of the way we are, the way we see ourselves and the way others see us.

A New Section: SOLO SHOW – Among the announced initiatives, supplementing the sections devoted to modern and contemporary art, is the new SOLO SHOW section for galleries that intend to present exhibits focusing exclusively on the works of a single artist. The artists who take part in this new ARTE FIERA initiative will be selected by the Artistic Committee from among the proposals submitted by exhibiting galleries.

Award Euromobil Under 30 – The seventh edition of the Euromobil Group Award is addressed to the under 30 Italian and foreign artists whose works are exhibited at Arte Fiera 2013. The Award will be assigned by a jury of experts and critics. The prize will be presented during Arte Fiera on Saturday, January 26th at 16.00 at the Euromobil Group Space “I luoghi dell’arte, i luoghi del design.” The winner will be invited to “interact” with the Collectons of Euromobil Group, main sponsor of Arte Fiera.

ART CITY Bologna 2013
Museums, exhibitions, events in town – ART CITY Bologna represents the programme of exhibitions and institutional initiatives proposed, on the occasion of Arte Fiera, through museums and public places in town. Giorgio De Chirico at the Archeological Museum, Marino Marini at the Archiginnasio Library, Bas Jan Ader at Villa delle Rose give you a small anticipation on the over twenty exhibitions that will be a further chance to discover Bologna.

Art White Night – Saturday January 26th, night will come alive and enlighten the Bologna city centre during the Arte Fiera’s White Night. An extraordinary event that will involve museums, exhibitions, art galleries and shops open to public until midnight and many other initiatives all over the town.

Opening times
Preview by invitation: Thursday 24 January, 12–9pm
Opening to visitors: Friday 25–Monday 28 January
Opening hours: Friday 25–Sunday 27 January, 11–7pm; Monday 28 January, 11–5pm

Daily ticket: 20.00 EUR
Pass for 4 days: 35.00 EUR
Sectors: Modern and contemporary art; publishing houses, bookstores, institutions;
Entrances: Costituzione Ovest entrance and Nord entrance

Organisation: Arte Fiera – BolognaFiere
Viale della Fiera, 20, 40127 Bologna, Italy
T 39 051 282 111 / artefiera@bolognafiere.it

www.artefiera.bolognafiere.it

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The Move to Full SCPC-TDMA Convergence

ImageOct 26th, 2012 by Carlos Placido   More from this Analyst | Profile

Shaped by the vision of an all-IP future, satellite markets served by TDMA and SCPC solutions have blurred over the past several years. Products and feature enhancements introduced by manufacturers at either camp have consistently reinforced this notion that, despite conceptually different ways of accessing satellite spectrum, there is increasing overlap among the market segments that TDMA and SCPC equipment vendors target.

One clear example of SCPC-TDMA convergence can be perceived in iDirect´s recent release of performance measurements on the Evolution X7 Remote. On October, 17th iDirect announced reaching 100 Mbps of aggregate IP throughput using the new X7 Evolution modem, operating with either TDMA or SCPC return access. Triple digits in Mbps of aggregate throughput flowing through a single site has, until recently, been only possible using SCPC modems.

For years, SCPC technology has been associated with dedicated point-to-point links and TDMA with shared multipoint applications. Peak data rates as well as network topologies and end-to-end latency requirements were also considered aspects defining which technology to use. However, these associations are gradually disappearing. The iDirect announcement follows a number of product launches and moves by other key players, reinforcing this notion of convergence. Sample developments include:

  • Gilat´s launch of the SkyEdge II Accent Dual Waveform VSAT, featuring a dual SCPC/TDMA return
  • Comtech´s development of the Advanced VSAT system, combining outbound DVB-S2 ACM with SCPC returns to better serve multipoint networks
  • Newtec´s diversification from broadcast and multipoint products towards TDMA and SCPC
  • Romantis´ release of a satellite router supporting various modes of operation and topologies including SCPC, TDM/SCPC, TDMA/TDMA and partial / full mesh

Beside the benefits of operating in both TDMA and SCPC modes at high speeds, one key aspect that NSR envisions will become the norm (when technology vendors introduce high-performing edge systems) is the ability to gradually incorporate software-definable enhancements that augment a platform´s future value. It is expected that iDirect will utilize the X7 Remote as a springboard to port process-intensive edge enhancements in future releases of its iDX management software.

Such an ability to simultaneously provide flexibility and performance is key in high data rate applications. Towards high-speed links, the CAPEX/OPEX value proposition shifts the attention to OPEX-saving considerations.  With most systems closely approaching the limits of efficiencies at the transport layer, future efficiencies will need to come from the use of sophisticated application-aware compression and bandwidth optimization.

The introduction of a high-speed modem by iDirect could also position the company as a flexible alternative to SCPC modems for high-speed links over specific high-throughput satellite (HTS) networks, such as O3b. Given the low-OPEX, high(er)-CAPEX characteristics of O3b (relative to traditional FSS) their value proposition will tend to make economic sense towards high data rates. For a long time, there have been questions of whether O3b would embrace SCPC solutions, TDMA or both. The iDirect X7 lowers the perceived risk by offering both TDMA and SCPC returns with high aggregate IP throughputs.

Bottom Line

Just like other aspects of the industry, satellite ground networks are being reshaped by the globalization of high-throughput satellites and technology evolution, enabling higher processing power at the network edge. Looking forward, NSR envisions interesting innovations like the X7 that will equip service providers and operators with new levels of flexibility, speed and operational enhancements.

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Major Businesses AT&T, Verizon see double-digit IPTV growth in Q3 2012

Michelle Clancy | 28-10-2012

IPTV continues to be a growth area for video in the United States, with the two biggest purveyors of the service, AT&T and Verizon Communications, both keeping up their records of subscriber additions in the third quarter of 2012.

AT&T saw a net addition of 198,000 U-verse TV subscribers and 613,000 high-speed Internet subscribers for the quarter—strengths that drove a 2% increase in wireline consumer revenue growth year-over-year—the telco’s best show in more than four years. U-verse TV customers totaled 4.3 million out of 7.4 million U-verse subscribers in the third quarter.

Third-quarter wireline revenue totaled $14.8 billion, a 1.6% decrease from last year’s figures, but its expenses, $12.9 billion, also decreased 2.1% year-over-year.

The news could be even better for the fourth quarter, as carrier is looking to convert at least three million of its 18 million DSL customers to its U-verse TV offerings. DSL broadband connections decreased by 42,000 in the third quarter, but the broadband average revenue per user (ARPU) increased almost 10% year-over-year as online video use has pushed users to convert to higher tiers of service.

“[Our] strong performance allows us to increase our free cash flow guidance to $18 billion or higher this year, exceeding our previous outlook by $2 billion,” said Randall Stephenson, AT&T chairman and CEO, offering full-year guidance heading into Q4.

Verizon meanwhile saw a 4.6% year-over-year increase in consumer wireline revenues, the highest in a decade; and consumer ARPU was up 10.3% year over year, to $103.86.

The company added 119,000 new subscribers for FiOS TV, ending the quarter with 4.6 million video connections. That was less than the 150,000 that the telco was expecting, but still a year-over-year increase of 15.4%. The FiOS network now claims 17.4 million households. Verizon said that it expects to add 150,000 new TV additions in the fourth quarter as well.

Together, AT&T and Verizon claim 8.9 IPTV customers, accounting for the lion’s share of the U.S. customer base. Overall in the U.S., IPTV subscribers will more than double to 18.6 million in 2017, according to Parks Associates. Parks also said that satellite’s share of the pay-TV market will drop to 30% by 2017, while cable’s share will fall to 52%, even as IPTV’s will rise to 18%.The resulting competitive shift will drive cable in particular to roll out innovative service bundles in order to retain customers.

The firm said that IPTV will thus lead the next stage in pay-TV service growth as telcos leverage their fibre-based broadband offerings to attract new customers with advanced IP-based features and higher speeds to accommodate connected set-tops and TVs. A new, big player on the scene will impact the market as well: Google is rolling out fiber-based, 1Gbps Google Fiber+TV in Kansas City.

“Cable TV providers are losing subscribers to IPTV services from AT&T, Verizon and CenturyLink,” said Jim O’Neill, Research Analyst, Parks Associates.. Satellite providers also will experience subscriber loss as telcos continue to expand fiber footprints, leverage pricing on triple- and quad-play bundles, and offer advanced TV Everywhere products. Going forward, subscriber retention will become the focus for cable and satellite providers.”

Read more: AT&T, Verizon see double-digit IPTV growth in Q3 2012 | Rapid TV News http://www.rapidtvnews.com/index.php/at-t-verizon-see-double-digit-iptv-growth-in-q3-2012.html?utm_source=newsletter_843&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=rapid-tv-news-current-edition-2810#ixzz2Ad4SzIOv

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Reflections observations of crossmedia from live stream

Reflections, observations of cross media from live stream

Using “Las huellas de Wuaneetunail” (The tracks of Wuaneetunail) performance real time animation by Yolanda Duarte for Sunday Matinees at the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo Bogota, as a case study for Streaming Media Europe, London October 15-17, via: http://www.livestream.com/hoeksteenlive

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Het Carré-debat nadert. Dit zijn de politieke gevoeligheden en valkuilen CampaignWatch Verkiezingen 2012

                                               Carré wordt vanavond omgetoverd in politieke arena. Foto Hollandse Hoogte / Wim Ruigrok

Door Marije Willems

Vanavond staat het Carré-debat op het programma. Het debat waar Job Cohen zich in 2010 al hakkelend en stotterend liet overrompelen door zijn politieke tegenstanders en waar Jan Peter Balkenende onderuit ging met zijn opmerking ‘U kijkt zo lief’ in antwoord op een lastige vraag van presentator Mariëlle Tweebeke (video). Wat zal na het debat van vanavond beklijven en wie richt zijn pijlen op wie?

De leiders van de acht grootste partijen (VVD, CDA, PVV, PvdA, D66, GroenLinks, SP en ChristenUnie) gaan met elkaar in debat over de economie. Daarbij ligt het voor de hand dat de zorg, de sociale zekerheid en de overheidsfinanciën in crisistijd aan bod gaan komen.

DIT ZIJN MOGELIJK DE ONDERWERPEN VANAVOND

Roelf Jan Duin, politiek verslaggever van Novum Nieuws, twitterde alvast de mogelijke debatonderwerpen van vanavond door:

EN ZO KAN HET UITPAKKEN: DE GEVOELIGHEDEN PER DEBAT

Ervan uitgaande dat dit best weleens de onderwerpen van vanavond kunnen zijn, bespreekt NRC’s politiek-financieel redacteur Erik van der Walle de politiek-inhoudelijke gevoeligheden per debat.

Debat 1: Europa. Nederland moet zijn uiterste best doen om de eurozone bijeen te houden.

Van der Walle:

“Bij dit item komt zonder twijfel de uitspraak van demissionair premier Mark Rutte aan de orde dat er geen cent extra meer naar Griekenland mag. Samsom en ook Pechtold hebben direct afstand van dit standpunt genomen: de kans bestaat dat Griekenland het tempo van bezuinigen wil verlagen, waardoor het land extra krediet nodig heeft. De consequentie om Griekenland nieuw krediet te weigeren, waar PVV-lijsttrekker Geert Wilders ongetwijfeld voor zal zijn, kan groot zijn.

“De afgelopen tijd werd Rutte met name door het CDA aangevallen op zijn behoudende pro-Europese koers. Ten opzichte van Sybrand Buma kon hij dat steeds gemakkelijk counteren door te wijzen op de belangrijke rol van minister De Jager van Financiën en staatssecretaris Knapen voor Europese Zaken, beiden CDA-bewindslieden. Ook Pechtold en Samsom brengen dit mogelijk naar voren, maar hun pro-Europese koers is in de ogen van Wilders juist onverdedigbaar.”

Debat 2: Zorg. Alle patiënten moeten meer zelf gaan betalen aan hun eigen zorg.

“Dit kan voor de SP een belangrijk onderwerp worden om zich op te profileren ten opzichte van de PvdA. De SP wil nauwelijks op zorg bezuinigen; zonder ingrijpen zijn er in 2017 in de zorg 140.000 mensen extra aan het werk. De SP wil dat aantal met 25.000 personen terugbrengen, de PvdA en ChristenUnie minimaal het dubbele. In geld uitgedrukt: de PvdA wil 4,5 miljard euro op de zorg bezuinigen, de SP 750 miljoen.”

Debat 3: AOW/Pensioen. Het is eerlijk om de AOW-leeftijd nu al te verhogen.

“Deze discussie heeft sinds de doorrekening van het Centraal Planbureau een nieuwe dimensie gekregen. Ook de SP blijkt nu bereid te zijn om de AOW-leeftijd te verhogen – te beginnen met de rijkere AOW’ers – waardoor de PVV alleen is komen te staan in het debat. Deze partij wil 65 jaar als AOW-leeftijd handhaven. Probleem voor Wilders hierbij is wel dat hij deze keiharde voorwaarde aan het begin van de formatie in 2010 inleverde. De leeftijd zou toen naar 66 jaar gaan in 2020. Inmiddels is door de Kunduz-alliantie afgesproken de leeftijd eerder te verhogen, te beginnen in 2013. De drie partijen waarin de PVV zich bij dit debat geconfronteerd ziet, hebben alle het zogeheten Lenteakkoord ondertekend.”

Debat 4: Crisis. Het is nu beter om de economie te stimuleren dan fors te bezuinigen.

“Deze discussie is ook al grotendeels binnen het Lenteakkoord gevoerd. CDA, GroenLinks en VVD hebben ervoor getekend dat het tekort komend jaar op maximaal 3 procent zal uitkomen. Door wat meevallers komt het tekort volgens de laatste prognose uit op 2,7 procent. Dat biedt volgens bijvoorbeeld GroenLinks de mogelijkheid om korte metten te maken met de langstudeerboete. Ook kan de voorgenomen forenzentaks worden beperkt, bijvoorbeeld door die belasting voor gebruikers van openbaar vervoer niet in te voeren. VVD en CDA zullen er minder snel mee instemmen het tekort direct weer tot 3 procent ‘aan te vullen’.

“Niet alleen door het Lenteakkoord heeft dit debat zijn scherpste kantjes verloren: uit de doorrekening van het CPB bleek ook de SP de stimulering van de economie beperkt te houden. In 2013 komt de partij van Emile Roemer uit op een tekort van 3,1 procent. Door enkele meevallers is de kans groot dat dit tekort zelfs onder de 3 procent uitkomt. De PvdA heeft in dit opzicht de SP links ingehaald: de plannen van de PvdA zouden in 2013 leiden tot een tekort van 2013.

“Wellicht komt ook het begrotingstekort in de doorrekening bij de VVD in dit item nog aan de orde. Een beetje onderbelicht, maar uit de CPB-berekeningen blijkt het tekort als gevolg van de plannen van de VVD later weer te stijgen, waardoor het in 2015 zelfs op 3 procent komt. De SP wil dan op 2,1 procent zitten, de PvdA 2,3 procent.” – Erik van der Walle

EN DAN POLITIEK-STRATEGISCH: DE UITDAGINGEN EN VALKUILEN

NRC-redacteuren Herman Staal en Freek Staps schrijven vandaag in NRC Handelsblad dat de opmars van de PvdA de andere partijen dwingt hun campagnes aan te passen. Wat zijn de uitdagingen voor de VVD, PvdA en de SP en wat zijn hun valkuilen:

VVD:

  • De opdracht voor de VVD in het laatste deel van de campagne is duidelijk: de grootste partij blijven.
  • De uitdaging is Mark Rutte als redelijke rechtse leider neer te zetten, maar ook als premier. Het studentikoze moet er af; zijn debattrucjes werken minder dan in 2010.
  • De grootste valkuil is een felle machtsstrijd tussen Rutte en Samsom.

PVDA:

  • Samsom kan zich – vrij van afspraken met electorale concurrenten – positioneren als redelijk in het midden. En de kiezer staat dat blijkbaar wel aan.
  • De uitdaging voor de PvdA is dit vol te houden. Op de achtergrond speelt dat Samsoms succesformule niet oneindig houdbaar is. Hoe groter zijn populariteit, hoe meer hij betrokken raakt bij het spel, hoe moeilijker het is om de verstandige buitenstaander te blijven.
  • De valkuil is in eerste instantie Samsom zelf. Voordat de campagne begon stond hij bekend als ruziemaker en niet altijd even diplomatiek. Kiezers houden er niet van als passie omslaat in agressie.

SP:

  • Roemer kreeg in 2010 nog de lachers op zijn hand met: ‘U kunt mij niet verwijten dat ik te vroeg piek.’ Nu is precies dat gebeurd.
  • De grote uitdaging voor Roemer is die spiraal te doorbreken. Dat is een week voor de verkiezingen eigenlijk nog nooit gelukt.
  • De valkuil voor Roemer is dat hij blijft praten over zijn eigen falen en fouten. Dat bevestigt het beeld dat het nu tussen Samsom en Rutte gaat, en dat hij niet is opgewassen tegen de hitte van de verkiezingsstrijd.

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Exhibiting at IBC September 6 – 11 2012 Rai Amsterdam

IBC provides an unprecedented chance to communicate your company’s vision and showcase innovations to a global audience. Interact with 50,000+ attendees from 160 countries attracted by the wealth of technological advances and strategic thinking that IBC uniquely offers. Join 1,300+ exhibitors in one of fourteen carefully themed and easy to navigate halls and take advantage of IBC’s host of activities to generate leads, raise your profile, develop distribution channels, move into new markets or network with peers. Achieve your business goals at IBC2012. ibc.org

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Cedia Expo 2012 Indianapolis

 

CEDIA EXPO is the show to attend if you are working with technology in the home. Re-energize your revenue at this year’s CEDIA EXPO 2012 where every overlapping technology within the integrated home connects.

The leading tradeshow in the residential electronic systems industry, CEDIA EXPO is the only show that serves every home technology professional, no matter their service focus.

Attending CEDIA EXPO gives you an advantage over the competition by providing:

  • Exposure to up and coming technologies
  • Exclusive FREE training on the latest product lines
  • The industry’s most comprehensive education with CEDIA University courses

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IFA Newsticker 3 September 2012

IFA International Keynote: Noel Lee on the fusion of entertainment, sport and fashion

LG with OLED and the largest 4K televisions
NewTV app offers sightseeing flights around 6,000 coastal hotels

Cuckoo wristwatch provides wireless contact to smartphone
Sennheiser gets sporty

United Navigation puts emphasis on innovations

Intenso with new tablets and a turbo hard drive

Developed for Nokia and which have active noise suppression and Bluetooth to provide the best possible enjoyment of music from a mobile phone.

Television sets are becoming intelligent, along with refrigerators and washing machines. Yesterday’s branchenforum@IFA at IFA t also the Smart Home , all the components of which are now available
Homes that are networked and can therefore be described as ‘smart’ now start with the television sets, which are acquiring growing internet capabilities and are capable of providing and distributing more programmes than ever before from a variety of sources. technology.

World debut for the Philips Homecooker from Jamie Oliver

Video robots and musical light bulbs from Hong Kong

Last year Germany was the largest European importer of electronic goods from Hong Kong, with a value of 4.44 billion US dollars, and is the sixth largest market in the world for these products. A total of 41 companies are represented this year at IFA 2012, 24 of them under the auspices of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council . A variety of products are on display, including the prototype of a miniature robot from iReach Technology , whose built-in video camera with zoom and night viewing capability can transmit images to the screen of the cordless remote control unit and store them on an SD card. Introduced two years ago, the “Singing Bulb” is now in regular production. It is being exhibited by Sensor Industries and consists of an LED lamp with a conventional E-27 screw fitting and built-in loudspeaker, which is supplied with a signal by a mini-transmitter connected to a smartphone or music player.
LG with OLED and the largest 4K televisions

The display by LG at this year’s IFA offers some fascinating technology. One of the main exhibits is the 55 inch OLED television, which is due to be launched onto the market this year at a cost of less than 10,000 euros. The technology is based on WOLED s, i.e. white OLEDs, generating brightness by using four identical, white, organic light diodes. The colour is produced by a filter known as the Colour Refiner.t passive 3D. It is also possible to screen two programmes simultan-eously.
NewTV app offers sightseeing flights around 6,000 coastal hotels
Sennheiser is exhibiting its new range of sports headphones at IFA 2012. These five models have been developed in collaboration with the sports goods manufacturer adidas and have been tested by professional athletes. The new sports models can be worn in the ear canal, in-ear, with an ear hook, with a neckband or with a headband. All of them have been designed to be highly resistant to water, perspiration and cold. Three of the five new models are also provided with a control unit and microphone built into the cable. After completing one’s training session the headphones can be simply rinsed under a tap.

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PvdA Help, de wachtlijsten komen!

(NL Campaign Watch 2012)

Wat te verwachten viel gebeurde bij het televisiedebat tussen de lijsttrekkers bij Knevel & Van den Brink. Zowel Rutte als Pechtold waarschuwde voor wachtlijsten in de zorg als het verkiezingsprogramma van de PvdA wordt uitgevoerd. En jawel, het schrikbeeld van eind jaren negentig werd er weer bijgehaald. Naar die wachtlijsten van eind jaren negentig moeten we zeker niet terug. Maar anders dan Pechtold en Rutte doen geloven waren die wachtlijsten niet rechtstreeks gevolg van de budgettering in de zorg. Ook in de jaren tachtig kenden we een systeem van budgettering en waren er weinig klachten over wachtlijsten, terwijl de kosten van de zorg niet explodeerden zoals we de laatste jaren zien. Waardoor kwam het dan wel?

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IBC2012, the premier annual conference and exhibition for professionals engaged in the creation, management and delivery of electronic media and entertainment content worldwide

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Hoeksteen CorssMedia Live Real Time Coverage of ibc 2012

Between 6 – 11 September you can mix with over 50,000 of the industry’s finest minds and wisest investors from across the international electronic media spectrum to do business, debate, share insight, network and lead.

World-leading speakers and analysis provides essential context to understanding the industry.

IBC2012 is the place to do business, cultivate relationships and communicate with the world.

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