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The BBC launches iPlayer Radio

The BBC has launched a separate iPlayer app for radio;
using audio content from the existing BBC iPlayer to offer a separate service
from its TV service.

Available on desktop and mobile devices the iPhone app
will be released before others (such as Google’s Android) which are still being
developed due to complications with Flash. In the mean time users on other
mobile devices will be able to access the iPlayer radio through their web

“BBC iPlayer Radio is the platform on which we will develop radio
stations as fully multimedia brands so that as well as listen, audiences will
be able to watch, share and engage with BBC radio,” said Mark Friend,
controller of multiplatform and interactive for the BBC’s Audio & Music

“Our next steps will be to make live radio more interactive, make it
easier for people to enjoy the BBC’s vast audio archive and strengthen radio’s
position as the number one place for discovering music in theUK.”

The BBC is one of the last radio services to create a separate app and will
have to compete with other already on the market such as Capital Radios apps
which has been available for year and offers an interactive experience for

World of Warcraft cities hacked

Hackers have targeted the online adventure game, World of Warcraft
(WoW) this month. The hackers were able to create a character that could
destroy all other characters- including those controlled by the game.

Olivia Grace, contributing editor of website WoW Insider, said: “It was a
significant hack. They discovered a method to roll a level-one [beginner]
character, which ran to the major cities.

“We don’t know exactly what they did, but somehow they were able to
kill every single player’s character in that city and every single computer
controlled character – and they were doing this repeatedly.”

Game creator Blizzard Activision has already resolved
the issue and hot fixed it so it cannot be repeated. The game has over
10million subscribers across the world, with the majority of players believed
to be in china.

Rural business can’t flourish without broadband access

Economic development in rural communities cannot happen without proper access to the Internet the Country Land and Business Association (CLA) warned recently. Currently 1/5 of people in rural areas do not have access to broadband which is adequate for business needs.

The CLA has criticised government plans to provide broadband coverage at speeds of at least 2MB per second to all areas of the UK by 2015 saying that progress has been too slow. The organisation has also predicted that the government will fail to meet their target date.

The CLA has historically campaigned for improved rural broadband provision, stating that all operators should be legally obliged to provide coverage to remote rural areas.

Minister for Culture, Media and Sport Ed Vaizey has said that the broadband programme is on track and he is confident that the government’s targets can be achieved.

Here at Freetimers we remain more than a little skeptical, particularly after the previous phase of rural broadband development, of which Freetimers was a participant with our DSB – Distributed Satellite Broadband – development (see, was basically undermined by government encouragment of BT to do just enough to undermine the rural broadband marketplace for other prospective providers.

Facebook to remove photo tag tool

Following recommendations from the Data Protection Commissioner of Ireland, facebook has suspended the facial recognition feature on the website.  The feature recognised faces in the background of images and allowed people to be tagged.

The Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) gave Facebook six months to comply with its recommendations in December.  DPC Mr Hawkes was encouraged by the decision to switch the feature off for European users by 15th October 2012.  The facility is no longer unavailable to new users.

He said that Facebook “is sending a clear signal of its wish to demonstrate its commitment to best practice in data protection compliance.”

The xx new album goes viral after they released it to just one fan

The xx, who became a word of mouth phenomenon when they produced their first album in 2009, recreated their past viral triumph by releasing a stream to their second album Coexist to one superfan on Facebook days before its official release date.

Just 24 hours later the site crashed due to the millions of streams. XL Recordings and Microsoft worked together to create a visual map of how the stream was shared, inspired from the maps used to track flight paths. The map has a burst of lights and lines showing how the stream moved from one computer in London across the globe.

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