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New copper-based fabric promises germ-free hospital environment

Reuters Technology - September 29, 2014 - 8:31am
A children's burn unit in Chile is using a newly developed copper-based material in its hospital gowns that limits the spread of bacteria, fungi and viruses, creating a safer environment for patients and doctors. Elly Park reports.

German commercial broadcasters to stay on DTT in Hessen

BroadbandTVNews - September 29, 2014 - 6:48am

DTT households in German federal state Hessen will continue to be able to receive commercial TV channels on digital terrestrial frequencies. Read the story »

Tesco is closing its Clubcard TV streaming service

EngadgetHD - September 29, 2014 - 5:30am

When Tesco launched Clubcard TV early last year, everything we saw suggested that the ad-supported streaming service would be nothing more than an experiment. That hunch has proved accurate, because the company has said it will shutter the free service on October 28th. According to a Clubcard TV support page, Tesco didn't get "the level of repeat usage [it] had hoped for," so it'll close the service in order to concentrate on its more established resource, Blinkbox. The supermarket giant will still offer Clubcard points alongside Blinkbox movie purchases, though, which will suit those who intend to watch films on the new (and supposedly bigger) Hudl 2 when it's unveiled later this week.

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Via: The Next Web

Source: Clubcard TV Support

AMC inks Formula 1 deal

BroadbandTVNews - September 29, 2014 - 5:05am

AMC Networks International – Central Europe, which operates Sport1 and Sport2, has signed a three-year exclusive deal, commencing March 2015, to broadcast all Formula 1 races in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Read the story »

Cable Europe outlines agenda

BroadbandTVNews - September 29, 2014 - 3:11am

Cable Europe is not asking for more regulation but a level playing field. There cannot be different rules for OTT and linear services, according to Matthias Kurth, executive president of Cable Europe. Read the story »

EKT wins Telefonica Playbox contract

BroadbandTVNews - September 29, 2014 - 2:45am

Eagle Kingdom Technologies Ltd (EKT) has won the bidding from Telefónica to supply the new Playbox OTT Set Top Box (STB). Read the story »

Dailymotion launches Dailymotion Exchange

BroadbandTVNews - September 29, 2014 - 2:44am

Dailymotion Advertising has today announced the launch of Dailymotion Exchange (DMX), a new private video marketplace dedicated to the automated purchasing of advertising space on Dailymotion, in all territories. Read the story »

Canal+ Spain repackages

BroadbandTVNews - September 29, 2014 - 2:30am

Canal+ Spain has introduced a new simplified packaging structure with an emphasis on accessing content across devices. Read the story »

Ireland emerges as land of ‘bingers’

BroadbandTVNews - September 29, 2014 - 2:28am

‘Bingeing’ is on the rise in ireland; with 1.4 million people watching hours of the their favourite TV series back to back, according to Eircom Household Sentiment Survey (eHSS). Read the story »

GM spider silk made by silkworms 50 percent stronger than alternatives, say researchers

Reuters Technology - September 29, 2014 - 2:16am
Japanese researchers say they have successfully managed to genetically modify silkworms with dragline protein genes from common spiders to increase the strength and quality of silk. It raises the prospect of making spider silk production commercially viable. Joel Flynn reports.

Oxford University scientist uncovers physics of the guitar

Reuters Technology - September 29, 2014 - 2:07am
An Irish scientist, who is also a semi-professional guitarist, has devised what he says are the first known equations explaining the physics behind playing the instrument. Dr David Robert Grimes, of the University of Oxford, says that mastering the physics of guitar playing could help instrument manufacturers and musicians alike. Jim Drury went to meet him.

Breakingviews: Rocket warning signs

Reuters Technology - September 29, 2014 - 2:00am
Sept. 29 - If big-name US venture capitalists are to be believed, Rocket Internet is flashing warnings signs ahead of its IPO, says Breakingviews.

Lithuanian cableco expands

BroadbandTVNews - September 29, 2014 - 1:48am

The Lithuanian cable operator Cgates has acquired two companies – JSC Ukmerg?s TV (Ukmerg?je) and UAB Rakarin (Skuode) – for an undisclosed fee. Read the story »

Belgacom secures Netflix deal for Proximus TV

BroadbandTVNews - September 29, 2014 - 1:21am

Belgacom has signed an agreement with Neflix to bring the SVOD service directly to the Proximus TV set-top box. Read the story »

Dutch SBS to launch SBS9 in 2015

BroadbandTVNews - September 29, 2014 - 1:21am

SBS Broadcasting in the Netherlands will be launching its fourth channel, SBS9, on January 1, 2015. Read the story »

Blow for Hungarian pay-DTT

BroadbandTVNews - September 29, 2014 - 12:38am

The Hungarian pay-DTT platform MinDig TV Extra saw a surprising fall in its subscriber total in August. Read the story »

OpenCo festival showcases UK’s most exciting top tech

Reuters Technology - September 29, 2014 - 12:00am
Sept. 29 - Some of the UK’s most exciting businesses will open their doors to the public as part of the first OpenCo UK Festival. Find out what goes on behind the curtains of the UK’s most creative companies

SoftBank wants to break into movies by acquiring DreamWorks

EngadgetHD - September 28, 2014 - 9:08am

SoftBank may have already bought both a major mobile game studio and one of the US' largest carriers, but it apparently isn't done expanding its turf just yet. Both Hollywood Reporter and the Wall Street Journal claim that the Japanese carrier is now in talks to buy DreamWorks Animation, the movie studio you likely know for How To Train Your Dragon and Shrek. Reportedly, SoftBank chief Masayoshi Son wants to wield exclusive content as a weapon against rival mobile networks. While the sources aren't diving into specifics about the potential partnership, it wouldn't be surprising if you could eventually buy Sprint phones that come bundled with DreamWorks' latest flicks.

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Via: The Verge

Source: Hollywood Reporter, Wall Street Journal

Real space battles would be more 'Asteroids' than 'Star Wars'

EngadgetHD - September 28, 2014 - 3:56am

You're probably aware that most sci-fi space battles aren't realistic. The original Star Wars' Death Star scene was based on a World War II movie, for example. But have you wondered what it would really be like to duke it out in the void? PBS is more than happy to explain in its latest It's Okay To Be Smart video. As you'll see below, Newtonian physics would dictate battles that are more like Asteroids than the latest summer blockbuster. You'd need to thrust every time you wanted to change direction, and projectiles would trump lasers (which can't focus at long distances); you wouldn't hear any sound, either.

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Via: Geeks Are Sexy, Neatorama, Gizmodo

Source: It's Okay To Be Smart (YouTube)

Sony is shutting down PlayStation Home in North America, too

EngadgetHD - September 27, 2014 - 5:33am

It was only a matter of time. When word came down that Sony was shuttering the PlayStation 3 virtual space, PlayStation Home, in Japan earlier this year, the service's domestic days were likely numbered as well. Citing a "shifting landscape" as the cause (and likely no public outcry that the oft-laggy environment was missing from the PlayStation 4), senior community manager Paul Sullivan writes on the PS Blog that the last day to run around the hub will be March 31st of next year. Don't start fretting just yet, however, as the electronics giant plans to release new downloadable content for the quasi-Second-Life experience ahead of that. Perhaps it's time to do a mournful diva dance in your virtual domicile to commemorate this event. A bit rusty with the proper moves? Check the video after the jump for some inspiration, then.

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Via: Gamasutra

Source: PlayStation Blog

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