Digital sales break £1bn barrier

first_imgAdvertisement More than £1bn was spent on downloaded films, music and games in 2012, the highest annual total.Sales increased 11.4% from 2011, meaning that a quarter of the entertainment market is now digital.But figures released later by entertainment retailers will also show a big drop in physical sales – more bad news for high street shops. – Advertisement – Sales of CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray and video games fell by 17.6% in 2011 although they still make up most of the market.Kim Bayley, director general of the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA), which will release the figures, said that breaking the £1bn barrier was an “incredible achievement” for retailers.“This reflects their huge investment in new and innovative services – which means you can buy music, video and games literally at any time of the day and wherever you are.“At the same time I suspect that many people will be surprised to learn just how resilient the physical business still is – with three-quarters of entertainment sales still on disc.“Downloads offer convenience and portability, but people still seem to value the quality and tangibility of a physical product.”More than half of the digital sales went on video games, which grew 8% to £552m.Films and music had a smaller share of the digital market but sharper growth – downloaded films up by 20% and music by 15%.BBC technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones said: “The entertainment industry has been struggling to adapt to the digital age.“And while consumers are now paying for downloads, that’s not making up for the rapid fall in high street sales.”Sales of video games in shops were particularly badly hit, with retailers blaming a lack of compelling new titles, he added.Digital sales, 2012Music £383m (up 15.1% on 2011)Films/video £98m (20.3%)Video games £552m (7.7%)Total: £1,033m (11.4%)Credit: BBClast_img read more

Fifa 14 new gameplay trailer launched

first_imgAdvertisement A new gameplay trailer from Fifa 14 has been released by EA, a few days ahead of E3. The 90 second clip whizzes through a series of scorching goals, crushing tackles and flying takedowns.EA is promising a range of refreshed features including an entirely new ball physics engine, allowing more powerful controlled shots from distance. A precision movement system allows players to quickly turn, pivot and accelerate, while ‘protect the ball’ lets strikers fend off defenders from the ball.Have a look here: – Advertisement – Credit: The Guardianlast_img read more

Smile Launches First True 4G LTE In Uganda

first_imgAdvertisement Smile Group CEO (Center), Uganda Country Manager (Left) and Spokes person addressing the media last weekSmile Communications Uganda Limited  today launched the first true 4G LTE broadband network in Uganda. Smile has had commercial customers using its 4G LTE services for the past six months and, with the launch, Smile becomes the only operator in Uganda to operate a full true 4G LTE service.4G LTE or ‘Fourth Generation Long Term Evolution’ technology is set to become the global standard in the delivery of mobile data and voice services for at least the next decade, and possibly beyond. The benefits of 4G LTE lie in the radically improved user experience which enables ultra-high-speed internet access, stimulating digital innovation and accelerating broadband penetration. Smile’s network utilises true 4G LTE as its core technology, allowing it to deliver services with unparalleled speed, reliability, quality and ease-of-use, whilst maintaining competitive pricing. Smile’s all-LTE network transcends many of the inherent technical limitations of existing 3G and 3G+ networks, allowing it to maintain consistent, high-quality services even with high subscriber and usage volumes.[related-posts] – Advertisement – According to Smile Group CEO Irene Charnley, “4G LTE was chosen since it is the only standard which evolves continuously to meet the fast-expanding information, communication and entertainment needs of the people of Uganda.”According to Fiona McGloin, Country Manager of Smile Uganda, “Based on feedback and usage data from our commercial customers, there is clearly an increase in demand for broadband access and services. In the past month alone, we’ve seen significant growth in our customer numbers and data usage. Smile is poised to capitalise on this demand and to raise customer expectations by delivering a better, faster, easier, and more reliable internet experience.”Daniel Jaeger, Vice-President of Alcatel-Lucent in Africa said: “We are very pleased to accompany Smile to extend their 4G LTE services in Africa. After the recent launch in Tanzania, and now in Uganda, high speed wireless broadband becomes a reality, it will allow consumers to benefit from true high added-value services of 4G LTE technology.” He added: “Alcatel-Lucent has deep and global expertise to meet service providers’ challenges, and the introduction of the Alcatel-Lucent LTE solution by Smile in Uganda will make a significant contribution to the country’s economy in all sectors”.Smile recently announced the extension of its agreement with Alcatel-Lucent to serve as Smile’s sole LTE network provider in three of its East and Central African markets.Alcatel-Lucent is providing comprehensive Design, Build, Operate and Managed services for Smile’s national LTE networks in Tanzania, Uganda as well as the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).Uganda has seen breathtaking growth in mobile subscriptions and internet use, but overall internet and broadband penetration rates remain relatively low. “This,” says Charnley, “presents us with a huge opportunity for growth. As the internet becomes more ubiquitous and more accessible, people in Uganda have become accustomed to high quality and consistent service. True 4G LTE is the only way to meet these expectations.”Smile launched Africa’s first true 4G LTE network in Tanzania less than a month ago, and is the only Ugandan operator currently to utilise the 800 MHz frequency band (as opposed to the 2.6 GHz range used by other operators). Operating within the 800 MHz band provides Smile customers with more efficient indoor coverage, which means a much more consistent and faster internet experience. In contrast to ADSL (which provides average data speeds of 1 Mbps) and existing 3G networks (with average speeds of 3 Mbps), Smile’s true 4G LTE technology allows customers to experience data download speeds of 6 Mbps on average.last_img read more

Tumblr is launching live video today

first_imgAdvertisement Live Video is getting a new player. Tumblr is repotedly launching its live video streams tommorow..The report from TechCrunch bases this on the blog, which is replete with cryptic posts about upcoming livestreams set for today, June 21. There is also the ability to search for live videos.Some of the messages on the blog include:“We will broadcast live from the surface of Mars”“We will inflate a very big thing in a very small room”“A Harlem Globetrotter will teach you how to basketball” – Advertisement – Each off the above streams will occur at different time.However, Tumblr has not confirmed the report. Let us keep tuned to the blog for any updates.last_img read more

Facebook unveils Watch Platform for Exclusive TV Shows Sports

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook has today announced the launch of an upcoming platform called “Watch,” designed to air Facebook-exclusive TV shows.Watch is Facebook’s official platform for shows on Facebook, and it will be available on mobile, desktop, and in Facebook’s TV apps. According to Facebook, its shows are “made up of episodes – live or recorded – and follow a theme or storyline.”Watch includes a Watchlist so Facebook users can keep up with their favorite shows, and it includes personalization to people find new shows to watch. Show discovery categories will include things like “Most Talked About,” “What’s Making People Laugh,” and “What Friends Are Watching.” – Advertisement – Along with serving as a platform for end users to watch shows, Watch is also a platformthat’s meant to help creators and publishers find an audience for their content, build a community, and earn money. In today’s announcement, Facebook outlines what kinds of shows it thinks can be successful:– Shows that engage fans and community. Nas Daily publishes a daily show where he makes videos together with his fans from around the world. The Watchlist makes it easy for fans to catch every day’s new episode.– Live shows that connect directly with fans. Gabby Bernstein, a New York Times bestselling author, motivational speaker, and life coach, uses a combination of recorded and live episodes to connect with her fans and answer questions in real time.– Shows that follow a narrative arc or have a consistent theme. Tastemade’s Kitchen Little is a funny show about kids who watch a how-to video of a recipe, then instruct professional chefs on how to make it. Each episode features a new child, a new chef, and a new recipe. Unsurprisingly, the food doesn’t always turn out as expected.– Live events that bring communities together. Major League Baseball is broadcasting a game a week on Facebook, enabling people to watch live baseball while connecting with friends and fellow fans on the platform.Facebook expects Watch to become “home to a wide range of shows” in all categories, from reality to comedy to live sports. Facebook has also already funded some shows, such as “Returning the Favor,” a show that stars Mike Rowe finding people who do extraordinary things for their community.Facebook says Watch will be available to a limited group of people in the United States on mobile, desktop, and its TV apps. The company is aiming to make it available to additional U.S. viewers “in the coming weeks.”Credit: MacRumors, Facebooklast_img read more

STAR SPECIALS Jeremy and the amazing technicolor dreamcoat

first_imgBookmaker expects Corbyn not to budge on beige suit choice despite PM’s attackStar Sports unveil betting on the colour of Jeremy Corbyn’s suit for next week’s Prime Minister’s Questions, and expect him to stick to his trusted beige whistle.Jamie Loughead, Star Sports spokesman, comments:You’d think the Prime Minister would have enough on his plate after his failed negotiations in Brussels and his party in civil war, but his focus is firmly on Jeremy’s suit. We’re confident that Corbyn will don his trademark beige and come out fighting!What colour suit will Corbyn wear to PMQ’s on 2nd March 2016?Beige EvensBrown 2/1Cream 5/1Navy Blue 6/1Black 8/1Red 20/1Union Jack pattern 1000/1last_img read more

£50 FREE BET Liverpool v Everton

first_img£50 FREE BET IFIF LIVERPOOL COME FROM BEHIND TO WIN To celebrate the launch of our brand new betting site we are giving all NEW CUSTOMERS a £50 FREE BET if LIVERPOOL COME FROM BEHIND TO WIN.You simply need to open an account and place a bet at evens or above, of at least £10, on any market at between 9am on Sunday 2 December and 4.15pm on Sunday 2 December. TERMS AND CONDITIONS(1) This promotion is for new account holders only. To qualify, you must open a new account at anytime from 9am on Sunday 2 December to 4.15pm (GMT) on Sunday 2 December.(2) In addition, you must place at least one bet online with before 4.15pm (GMT) on Sunday 2 December. The bet must be for a stake of £10 (or more), on a selection at evens or above, on any market as displayed on the web site.(3) The bonus promotional offer of £50 will be paid as a Free Bet if LIVERPOOL COME FROM BEHIND TO WIN (Liverpool v Everton 4.15pm). The Free Bet will be valid for a period of 7 days from the point of issue and must be used within this period otherwise will expire.(4) If, for any reason, the event(s) do not take place or are declared void for betting purposes this offer will also be voided.(5) The bonus Free Bet, if successful, will be credited within 48 hours, direct to your online account.(6) Free Bets may not be used in conjunction with any other current promotion.(7) Star Sports reserve the right to withdraw or refuse any Free Bet promotion at any point.(8) Free Bet stakes are not returned with winnings.(9) Free Bet awards cannot be exchanged for cash.(10) Free Bet awards can be used online, tablet or mobile only.(11) The Free Bet must be used within the timeframe specified on the promotion details and may not be either part used or carried forward.(12) This promotion can only be used once per person and per account. Only one bonus can be awarded per person, household, shared computer or shared IP address. In the event of a customer opening more that one account to claim multiple offers we reserve the right to suspend/close duplicate accounts and void any bets placed.(13) Usual Star Sports Betting Rules and Terms and Conditions apply, these can be viewed at If you have any further questions about this promotion you can contact our customer service team read more

BettingPeople ADRIAN and DAVID DENT

first_imgInterview: ADRIAN and DAVID DENT Brothers and Equine Artists Adrian & David Dent are as renowned for their art as they are bon viveurs. In business together as Dent Fine Art they display their work on racecourses around the globe. Their love of music and fashion shines through in their eclectic mix of artistic styles. In part one they talk passionately about their work and in part two with equal zeal on their campaign ‘Save Kempton Park’. Meeting Adrian and David Dent.ADRIAN and DAVID DENT (part 1 of 2)Equine artists David and Adrian Dent talk about their love or art but also fashion, racing and living life to the full. Their early beginnings perched on shelves in betting shops to displaying their art in racecourses around the world, music, and having work featured in Vogue.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>ADRIAN and DAVID DENT (part 2 of 2)In part 2 of this #BettingPeople interview with Adrian and David Dent they talk about their ‘Save Kempton Park’ campaign, sharing some very strong views on the subject and comments for The Jockey Club.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>last_img read more

Retiring Rice Players Sandy Havens Man for All Seasons

first_imgAddThis Share1CONTACT: David KaplanPHONE: (713)348-6777EMAIL: dkaplan@rice.eduRETIRINGRICE PLAYERS’ SANDY HAVENS “MAN FOR ALL SEASONS”For 35 Years,Director’s Groundbreaking Productions Have Enriched the Life of theCityIn 1963, when SandyHavens was trying to make it on Broadway, he heard about an acting job. It mighthave been just the break for a handsome young man with talent. He hurried to thetheater for an audition, only to be told by the stage manager, “I think we’vealready made our choice. Some new guy.”The new guy wasRobert Redford, who would fare pretty well as an actor. But Haven’s star wouldalso shine, in a different constellation, but no less brightly.One year later, heaccepted a position at Rice Universitylast_img read more

New professional masters degrees at Rice offer alternatives to PhD and MBA

first_imgAddThis Rice University is consistently ranked one of America’sbest teaching and research universities. It is distinguished by its: size-2,700undergraduates and 1,500 graduate students; selectivity-10 applicants for eachplace in the freshman class; resources-an undergraduate student-to-faculty ratioof 5-to-1, and the fourth largest endowment per student among private Americanuniversities; residential college system, which builds communities that are bothclose-knit and diverse; and collaborative culture, which crosses disciplines,integrates teaching and research, and intermingles undergraduate and graduatework. Rice’s wooded campus is located in the nation’s fourth largest city and onAmerica’s South Coast. ShareCONTACT: Lia UnrauPHONE:(713) 348-6778EMAIL: unrau@rice.eduNEWPROFESSIONAL MASTER’S DEGREES AT RICE OFFER ALTERNATIVES TO PH.D. ANDM.B.A.Mix of Practical Specialties in Science, Business Aims to GiveStudents an EdgeTo provide students withadvanced technical training as well as business and communication skills theyneed to succeed in industry, Rice announces three new professional master’sdegree programs, which the Wiess School of Natural Sciences will offer beginningin the fall of 2002.This combination ofpractical training and business skills will allow students to move more easilyinto management careers in research and development, design and marketing of newscience-based products or consulting in fields in which technical training isvalued, said Jennifer Slimowitz, curriculum coordinator for the newprograms.The 21-month degreeprograms — one in nanoscale physics, one in energy exploration and the third inanalytical and computational environmental science — are part of a nationalinitiative sponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.Prospective students forthe Sloan Professional Master’s Degrees include both bachelor’s degree graduatesin technical fields and people working in industry who want to expand andenhance their skills and career opportunities.The master’s degreeswill combine technical courses, management courses and team training, a sciencepolicy and ethics course and practical hands-on training through extendedindustrial internships. A seminar series will feature both outside speakers andstudent speakers.The programs also willinclude exposure to entrepreneurship through the Rice Alliance for Technologyand Entrepreneurship, a collaborative effort of the schools of engineering,management and natural sciences, and writing and presentation coaching by Rice’sCain Project, a program aimed at equipping science and engineering students witharticulate, persuasive communication skills. Students also willengage in science policy and ethics discussions with members of the James A.Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice. External industryadvisers are playing a key role in development of the programs to ensure thatthe curriculum and skills are relevant to industry needs. The nanoscale physicsprogram combines a strong component in quantum theory with the study ofpractical nano- and meso-scale devices, aiming to provide students with theability to understand, invent and build new nanoscale structures. Students alsowill benefit from a yearlong course in experimental physics. The energy explorationprogram focuses on earth science as applied to the exploration of hydrocarbonenergy resources. Students will become proficient in applying geologicalknowledge and geophysical methods to find and exploit reserves of oil andnatural gas.The analytical andcomputational environmental science program focuses on the quantitative aspectsof environmental science. It is a cross-disciplinary effort incorporatingcourses from environmental science, statistics, earth science, chemistry andapplied mathematics, with electives in chemical and mechanical engineering,biology, ecology, economics and sociology. Graduates will be prepared withfinely tuned skills and knowledge valuable to industrial and governmentalorganizations that deal with environmental issues.The Sloan ProfessionalMaster’s Degree program is continually looking for companies that would beinterested in hiring Rice students as interns. Interested parties should contactSlimowitz at (713) 348-3188 or .For more informationabout the Sloan Professional Master’s Degree programs visit .last_img read more