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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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PvdA Beteugel financiële problemen scholen [NL 2012 CampaingWatch

door Jeroen Dijsselbloem op 3 september 2012

Financiële problemen van scholen vormen een gevaar voor de toekomst van het onderwijs. Daarom presenteert de Partij van de Arbeid een actieplan (pdf) om de deze problemen aan te pakken. Ook de Algemene Onderwijsbond (AOb) luidt de noodkloken doet een beroep op de politiek om in te grijpen. Financiële problemen leiden tot slechter onderwijs. Het is dus zaak om scholen financieel gezond te houden.

De PvdA wil openbaar maken welke scholen onder verscherpt toezicht staan en ervoor zorgen dat ouders op de hoogte zijn van de financiële situatie waarin de school van hun kinderen verkeert. In ons plan maken wij daarnaast extra geld vrij voor actiever financieel toezicht door de Onderwijsinspectie. Scholen in de problemen moeten hulp inroepen om erger te voorkomen.

Een kort parlementair onderzoek moet de feiten rond de financiële positie van scholen snel boven tafel krijgen. Dit onderzoek moet aantonen of de financiering van scholen door de overheid op dit moment voldoende is en of scholen in de toekomst met deze middelen de steeds hoger wordende rekeningen kunnen betalen.

Scholen laten ons weten dat ze geen geld hebben voor de gewoonste zaken zoals schoonmaak, de energierekening en onderhoud van het gebouw, omdat de prijzen flink zijn gestegen. Er wordt steeds vaker in rode cijfers geschreven.

Aan de andere kant zijn er ook scholen die onnodig oppotten. Daar zou een maximum aan gesteld moeten worden. Gaan scholen daar overheen, zonder goede verklaring, dan moet er een korting op de bekostiging volgen. Onderwijsgeld moet immers ten goede komen aan goed onderwijs.

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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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EVS moves into news production

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After dominating live and fast turnaround sports and latterly gaining ground in live/near live studio production, Belgium’s popular server systems vendorEVS has moved into the news production sector.
At IBC, EVS will unveil its new Breaking News toolset, based on its ingest and playout servers for newsroom operations. The company claims the infrastructure is “the first and only ingest and playout infrastructure on the market that can be used across production areas from news to sports, entertainment and other programs.”
The system will offer collaborative production tools for journalists and content management solutions, which is said to “easily integrate with any existing production infrastructure.”
Speaking to TVB Europe, the company’s new CEO Joop Janssen, who joins EVS from running the Vitec Group on 3 September said: “EVS is a phenomenal company with a fantastic, young team which has continued to grow the business since 1994. It has been helped this year by many sports events, but it has also had a lot of success in studio-based production, where there are still opportunities to grow.
“If you look at where EVS’ strengths are, apart from the pure technology, it is in adding a lot of value to content in a very short timeframe. In a matter of seconds in fact EVS systems can add so much more to content giving clients a lot of opportunities in production and archive.”
Also at IBC, EVS will showcase the evolution of itsXT3/XS production servers, featuring triple encoding capabilities. This means that system can simultaneously support I-frame codecs for live replays, Long GoP Sony HD XDCam 422 50Mbps codec for reduced bitrate media sharing, and Proxy media for augmented connectivity and control of the production operations. The new features will be available in early 2013.
Also likely to turn heads at IBC is the C-Cast technology, which allows viewers to use their smartphones, tablets or laptops to access extra content and view clips during a live stream. Several European broadcasters are eyeing it for second screen apps during soccer coverage.
C-Cast’s latest features will include the ability to replay clips at variable speeds as well as the ability to import third-party statistics and analysis information integrated into a timeline.
By Adrian Pennington

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CEO: Apple will ‘double down’ on product secrecy

RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif. – Tim Cook shares at least one thing in common with the late Steve Jobs, the man he replaced last year as Apple’s CEO: a strong belief in keeping product development to close to the vest. At the D10 conference, where Cook took the stage for his first in-depth public interview since taking the helm, he announced that Apple would “double-down” on (product) secrecy.

Indeed, Cook stayed true to his word during the interview conducted by All Things D’s Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher— he wouldn’t spill the beans on any of the products Apple might introduce in a couple of weeks at its World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC).

But Cook did weigh in on a number of topics, from what he learned from his predecessor to his thoughts on Apple TV.

And in the very definition of understatement, Cook said of Apple, “we’ve had a few decent quarters.” (Apple reported record quarterly profits in March. Net profit for the quarter rose 94% year over year.)

Here are edited highlights from Cook’s appearance:

On being CEO. “It’s an absolute incredible time to be at Apple. I’m loving every minute of it…Never have I seen the things I can’t talk about today — the juices are flowing and we have some incredible things coming out.” Working at Apple, Cook said, is “my oxygen.”

On the iPad and tablets. “I’ve never seen a product in technology that consumers loved pretty instantly and business loved and education loved and people of all ages loved. I think we’re in the first inning on the iPad. It’s only been two years.

I really believe that the tablet market will eventually surpass the PC market. Everybody at the beginning kind of laughed that off and said no way. Today I think there’s a lot more believers. I would guess there’s a lot of people in this audience that use their iPads a lot more than they use their computers. And I know I do that. And I love the Mac. We didn’t invent the tablet market. We invented the modern tablet. In my view the tablet and the PC are different. Products are about tradeoffs. The more you look at a tablet as a PC the more the baggage of the past affects the product (negatively).

I don’t see the tablet replacing the need for all PCs or all Macs. What I see is the tablet for some people takes over what the PC was about for them.

On the death of Jobs and his impact. “I learned a lot from Steve. It was absolutely the saddest days of my life (when he passed away.)

As some point late last year somebody shook me and said, ‘it’s time to get on.’ That sadness was replaced by this intense determination to continue the journey. I learned that focus is the key not just in running a company but in your personal life as well. He also taught me that the joy is in the journey. And he taught all of us that life is fragile.

Another thing that Steve taught us was not to focus on the past. Steve told me when he called me to his home to talk about being CEO…he told me (he) witnessed what happened at Disney when Walt passed away. He said people would go to meetings and all sit around and talk about what Walt would have done. And he looked at me with those intense eyes and he told me to never do that, to never ask what he would do — just do what’s right.”

Steve was a genius and a visionary. I never really viewed my role was to replace him. He was irreplaceable. Steve was an original and I don’t think there’s another one of those being made. I never felt the weight of trying to be Steve. I am who I am…and focused on being a great CEO at Apple.

If (Steve) were sitting here he would tell you that one person can’t do it all. You could have an “S” on your chest and a cape on your back and not be able to do everything. He brought in great people and set a standard. His legacy was in leaving that foundation.

Patent wars among Apple, Samsung, Google: Is it a problem for innovation? “It’s a pain in the ass. We can’t take all of our energy, all of our care, and finish the painting and have someone else’s name on it. We can’t have that. The worst thing in the world that can happen to you if you’re an engineer and you’ve given your life to something is for someone to rip it off and put their name on it. ”

The TV business. It’s not a fifth leg of the stool. It’s not the same market size as the phone business or the Mac business or the music business or the tablet business. But last year we sold 2.8 million Apple TVs. This year just in the first six months we sold 2.7 million. This is an area of intense interest for us. And so we’re going to keep pulling this string and see where it takes us. I think many people would say this is an area in their life they’re not really pleased with. It’s an interesting area.

Right now our contribution is Apple TV.

(When asked about whether Apple is making a TV set.) “You were right, I’m not going to tell you.”

“We would look not just at this (TV) area but other areas (and) we would ask can we control the key technology? Can we make a significant contribution far beyond what others have done in this area? Can we make a product that we all want? We think we’re reasonably good proxies for others. Those are things we would ask about any new product category.”

Among other subjects Cook touched on: he said he didn’t think Apple has to own a content business. He said Apple didn’t look at buying Instagram before Facebook’s acquisition. And while he wouldn’t rule anything out, Cook says he is not looking at any big acquisitions right now.

Cook said Apple has to be social but doesn’t have to own a social network. Twitter is deeply integrated into its iOS mobile operating system and OS X Mountain Lion, the newer version of the Mac software that is coming this summer.

He named Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luthor King as two of his heroes, and said Disney’s Bob Iger, who sits on Apple’s board, is one of the CEOs that he admires.

And he recalled the time in 1998 when Jobs tried to woo him to Apple from Compaq, he had no intention of joining. Cook fielded a number of calls from recruiters and finally agreed to meet with Jobs. He flew out on the redeye on a Friday night for a meeting the next morning. “The honest to God truth is that five minutes into the conversation I wanted to join Apple…He painted a story, a strategy that he was taking Apple deep into consumer at a time that I knew that other people were doing the exact opposite. I never thought following the herd was a good strategy. You’re destined to be average at best. I saw brilliance in that.”

Cook resigned from Compaq immediately.

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Report: Smartphones, not computers, drive most Facebook use – CNN

Facebook users spend more time accessing the site via mobile than on computers, a new report says

(CNN) — According to comScore’s new Mobile Metrix 2.0 reportreleased Monday, Facebook’s mobile usage is on the rise. In fact, the report revealed that Facebook users spent more time accessing the social network on smartphones than on computers in March.

Facebook users spent an average of 441 minutes — or 7 hours, 21 minutes — accessing the social network via smartphones during the month. By comparison, users spent 391 minutes — or 6 hours, 31 minutes — checking out Facebook on PCs.

The comScore report also revealed that smartphone users spent more time on Facebook than on any other social media network, including Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Foursquare. In fact, Facebook is the second largest mobile property behind Google. The social network garners more than 78 million unique monthly smartphone visitors, 81 percent of which access Facebook through its mobile app.

Besides showing that people spend a good chunk of time on Facebook, the data underscores the importance of a mobile strategy for the social network’s business success. Facebook currently makes little revenue from its mobile app — the app doesn’t include ads, and only started to include “sponsored posts” in users’ news feeds last March.

Facebook admitted its mobile struggles in its recent IPO documents. “If users increasingly access mobile products as a substitute for access through personal computers, and if we are unable to successfully implement monetization strategies for our mobile users,” the company writes in its filing documents, “our financial performance and ability to grow revenue would be negatively affected.”

In light of these stats, a Facebook smartphone makes all the more sense. The company could capitalize on its mobile leadership position. But because Facebook has not officially made any announcements about its hardware plans, it’s unclear when a Facebook phone will actually enter the market. In the meantime, we can hope that the company continues to update its mobile apps.

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Apple defeats Wall Street expectations, sells 35 million iPhones in second quarter – Washington Post

NEW YORK — Apple Inc., the world’s most valuable company, trumped skeptics once again by reporting blowout iPhone sales.

Apple says it sold 35 million iPhones in the January-to-March quarter, almost twice as many as it sold a year ago and above analyst expectations.

Apple’s stock was down 2 percent at the close of regular trading, as investors believed phone companies had reined in iPhone sales. In extended trading, the stock rallied $40.02, or 7.1 percent, to $600.30.

“They’re delivering the goods much stronger than even the biggest bulls would have thought,” said Brian White, an analyst with Topeka Capital Markets. “It’s Apple fever at its finest.”

Net income in the company’s fiscal second quarter was $11.6 billion, or $12.30 per share. That was nearly double the net income of $6 billion, or $6.40 per share, a year ago.

Analysts polled by FactSet were expecting earnings of $10.07 per share for the latest quarter, Apple’s fiscal second.

Revenue was $39.2 billion, up 59 percent from a year ago. Analysts were expecting $37 billion.

IPad sales came in below analyst expectations, at 11.8 million units. But that was still two and a half times as many as it sold in the same quarter a year ago. Apple launched a new iPad model in the quarter, and supplies are still tight. White believes short supplies of the new high-resolution screen are to blame.

Mac sales were also slightly below expectations, at 4 million. That was up 7 percent from last year. Meanwhile, the overall PC market grew about 2 percent.

Windows PC makers are now hoping Windows 8 will give them a better chance at competing with Apple, both in PCs and tablets. Intel CEO Paul Otellini last week said he believes PCs and tablets will merge into one light device with a keyboard and a touch-sensitive screen.

Apple CEO Tim Cook dismissed that idea on a conference call with analysts Tuesday. Tablets and PCs work best as separate devices, playing to their own strengths, he said.

“You can converge a toaster and a refrigerator, but those things are probably not going to be pleasing to the user,” he said.

Cook also dismissed concerns that phone companies aren’t satisfied subsidizing each new iPhone by hundreds of dollars, and are trying to curb iPhone upgrades by their subscribers. AT&T Inc.’s Tuesday morning earnings report provided signs that the company is doing just that.

“IPhone is the best smartphone on the planet to entice the customer who is currently using a traditional mobile phone to upgrade to a smartphone.” Cook said. “There’s a win-win-win there.”

Analyst Abhey Lamba at Mizuho Securities agreed, saying he doesn’t expect phone companies to change their subsidies any time soon.

“IPhone is selling well because consumers want it, not because carriers are pushing it,” he said.

IPhone sales accounted for 58 percent of Apple’s revenue, more than ever. Three years ago, the figure was 27 percent.

Keeping with the trend over the last year, Asia, and in particular China, accounted for much of the revenue growth. Sales in “Greater China,” which includes Hong Kong and Taiwan, were triple those of a year ago, and accounted for 20 percent of Apple’s revenue.

For the third fiscal quarter, ending in June, Apple is expecting earnings of $8.68 per share and revenue of $34 billion. Both figures are well below analyst expectations, but that’s usually the case with Apple’s forecasts. The company is famous for low-balling its forecasts.

During the quarter, Apple announced that it would start paying a dividend this summer. It has ample cash to pay for one: the company’s hoard grew to $110 billion during the quarter. However, the company doesn’t look at the whole pile when it decides how much it can pay out in dividends. Instead, it only looks at the $63 billion it has in U.S. accounts. Like other U.S. multinationals, it doesn’t want to bring back overseas earnings and have them taxed again at the U.S. corporate tax rate of 35 percent.

Apple’s market capitalization is $559 billion, including the rally in extended trading. The world’s second most valuable company, Exxon Mobil Corp., is worth $407 billion.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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Apple says 4G labeling is legit

Apple is defending its decision to market the latest iPad as a 4G-compatible device, answering a complaint from the Australian government’s consumer watchdog.

The company said Thursday in an Australian federal court that its decision to tout the tablet as 4G was not deceptive, the Australian reported. The tablet, which is compatible with 4G networks in the United States, does not work on Australian 4G networks. Apple has offered refunds to Australian consumers who felt they were misled by Apple’s marketing.

Apple has said that it was clear from before the launch of the iPad that its tablet would not work with the 4G networks in Australia.

Apple’s Australian Web site says that its iPad works on the country’s “HSPA, HSPA+ and DC-HSPA” networks, without mentioning the “Ultrafast 4G LTE” that it promotes on its Web pages in America and Canada — the only countries where the iPad is 4G LTE-compatible.

The dispute over the iPad touches on another point of contention on the labeling of the world’s mobile networks — namely what exactly is 4G. Apple is running into problems because the LTE frequencies of U.S. and Australian networks aren’t compatible.

The International Telecommunications Union, a standards-setting body for telecommunications services, identifies just two technologies as “true” 4G networks: LTE Advanced and WiMax Release 2, which aren’t as widely deployed.

But, technically, carriers can (and do) apply the 4G branding to LTE networks, WiMax networks and HSPA+ networks with the blessing of the ITU because they provide a “substantial level of improvement in performance…with respect to the initial third-generation systems now deployed.”

That’s why U.S. carriers all advertise 4G networks, though each is running a slightly different flavor: Verizon’s 4G network is an LTE network; AT&T’s is a mix of LTE and HSPA+; T-Mobile runs an HSPA+ network. Sprint is the odd man out on the WiMax standard but is building LTE infrastructure.

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Half a million Mac computers ‘infected with malware’ – BBC News

Apple laptop computer

Its report claims that about 600,000 Macs have installed the malware – potentially allowing them to be hijacked and used as a “botnet”.

The firm, Dr Web, says that more than half that number are based in the US.

Apple has released a security update, but users who have not installed the patch remain exposed.

Flashback was first detected last September when anti-virus researchers flagged up software masquerading itself as a Flash Player update. Once downloaded it deactivated some of the computer’s security software.

Later versions of the malware exploited weaknesses in the Java programming language to allow the code to be installed from bogus sites without the user’s permission.

Remote control

Dr Web said that once the Trojan was installed it sent a message to the intruder’s control server with a unique ID to identify the infected machine.

“By introducing the code criminals are potentially able to control the machine,” the firm’s chief executive Boris Sharov told the BBC.

“We stress the word potential as we have never seen any malicious activity since we hijacked the botnet to take it out of criminals’ hands. However, we know people create viruses to get money.

“The largest amounts of bots – based on the IP addresses we identified – are in the US, Canada, UK and Australia, so it appears to have targeted English-speaking people.”

Dr Web also notes that 274 of the infected computers it detected appeared to be located in Cupertino, California – home to Apple’s headquarters.

Update wait

Java’s developer, Oracle, issued a fix to the vulnerability on 14 February, but this did not work on Macintoshes as Apple manages Java updates to its computers.

Apple released its own “security update” on Wednesday – more than eight weeks later. It can be triggered by clicking on the software update icon in the computer’s system preferences panel.

The security firm F-Secure has also posted detailed instructions abouthow to confirm if a machine is infected and how to remove the Trojan.

Although Apple’s system software limits the actions its computers can take without requesting their users’ permission, some security analysts suggest this latest incident highlights the fact that the machines are not invulnerable.

“People used to say that Apple computers, unlike Windows PCs, can’t ever be infected – but it’s a myth,” said Timur Tsoriev, an analyst at Kaspersky Lab.

Apple could not provide a statement at this time.

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Daily Report: Old Money, New Tech (New York Times daily Report)

Fresh from college and graduate schools, the children of some prominent dynasties are taking a different career path, spurning their legacies in retailing, real estate and finance for a future in technology, reports Evelyn M. Rusli in Friday’s New York Times.

Justin A. Rockefeller, 32, the fourth-generation descendant of John D. Rockefeller, the oil tycoon, is a partner at the venture capital firm Richmond Global and a director of business development at Addepar, a financial software start-up. The real estate heir Joshua Kushner, 26, helped to found Vostu, a large Brazilian online game company, and recently raised $40 million for his own technology investment firm, Thrive Capital. David Tisch, the grandson of Laurence A. Tisch, who turned a small hotel into a vast conglomerate, is also a technology investor. And Harrison LeFrak, the son of the real estate billionaire Richard LeFrak, started making technology investments after the financial crisis, when many investors closed their checkbooks.

If many of these heirs to vast fortunes don’t know how to program code, they have other attributes that can help them become successful investors: wealth and well-connected families.

“They view this as the next great frontier,” David Hornik, a partner at August Capital, told The Times. “There’s not much money left to be made in timber or coal.”

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