Interactive TV games specialist Playjam has launched a new platform to provide Adobe’s developer network with access to PlayJam’s platform APIs and enable developers to provide games to Adobe-AIR-enabled TVs, Blu-ray players and set-top boxes.Using PlayJam’s SDK, developers will be able to integrate global billing, CRM and game servers to add features such as cross-network tournaments, leaderboards and real-time mass participation events, according to Playjam. Adobe AIR for TV enables developers to build 2D and 3D games using GPU acceleration available on LG’s range of Smart TVs.The SDK will initially be made be made available to members of PlayJam’s closed beta developer partner programme ahead of general release in December.
Phlipp HummWhile fixed-mobile convergence in the form of bundling is a reality in most European countries, “true convergence” has yet to emerge will only happen if enabled by a favourable regulatory regime, according to Philipp Humm, Vodafone’s CEO for Europe.“So far convergence has been driven by discounts and the herd effect,” said Humm, delivering a keynote at Cable Congress in Brussels this morning. “The higher the discounts the more customers will choose a converged product.”While take-up had accelerated in countries like Spain and Portugal, where incumbents and alternative providers had engaged in intense price competition, in countries where discounts were low only a small proportion of customers were converged, said Humm.Humm said that mobile players like Vodafone had bought fixed assets to avoid being squeezed out by incumbents. However, while convergence had been a defensive move initally, but it was now a strategic priority and “the right choice for our customers”. He said that “convergence is our future and one that we are committed to”.Humm said that consumers will come to understand that they can consume content everywhere as content and software move to the cloud and TVs become computers, while 4G becomes ubiquitous. In the UK, he pointed out that 4G customers currently use 2GB of data but Netflix 4G customers use four to five GB.“Once you are in the cloud you will never return to device storage,” said Humm. Operators will migrate to all-IP networks and Vodafone is already doing this, he said, while virtualisation of mobile networks is already happening.True convergence will happen when content and software is in the cloud, said Humm.“The beauty of true convergence is that it is super-sticky,” said Humm. “Let’s hope that on the way we don’t destroy value as the incumbents in Spain and Portugal have done already.”Humm said that “intelligent regulation” was nevertheless required, enabling in-market consolidation and facilitating cross-market consolidation. There should be non-discriminatory access to NGNA broadband outside existing operators’ footprints, he said.Humm said that the EC seems to be more supportive towards consolidation now, but operators like Vodafone hope to see action to match the talk.He also said that public subsidies had to take into account of the nature of infrastructure investment.“We see ourselves as an infrastructure based player. You need to create a level playing field. The way subsidies work is you are kind of subsidising the incumbent. Operators can upgrade their existing infrastructure to VDSL, which is cheaper than investing in the ground. If we invest we need to invest from scratch,” said Humm.Humm said operators need access to premium content. He said operators had to convince content rights owners to give up monetising every distribution channel individual and “monetise customers instead”. He said they should “never stand in the way of what customers want”. He said he also looked to regulation to prevent exclusive content tie-ups that would not benefit consumers.“We don’t want to buy rights; we want to distribute content. But if others buy exclusive rights, we will need to buy exclusive rights,” he said.Humm said Vodafone had 10 million TV customers currently. Fixed networks account for 15% of revenues. He said Vodafone wanted to “get Europe back to growth” and fixed would be “a major factor in turning our European business around”. Humm said Vodafone could not have “one solution for all markets” but would move in this direction over time. At the same time it is investing in Project Spring for the upgrade of its mobile networks.Taking questions after his presentation, Humm said mobile operators had to learn how to market fixed networks. “We see huge benefits of getting cable know-how to kick-start our DSL business again,” he said. “The biggest synergies in acquisitions are always in-market. The biggest is if you can merge mobile to mobile but mobile to cable enables you to create synergies from the backhaul network and so on.”Addressing future trends, he said that Vodafone is investing in machine-to-machine applications, particularly in automotive, as well as energy monitoring and smart home applications. Humm said as Vodafone penetrates more a more consumer areas, it will see a big uptake of 5G, where low latency enables the distribution of HD video on the move. “That will be the next wave,” he said.
ShareTweet In a statement following the attack, Gillens Fuels said: “It is sad that you can’t lock the gates of your business after a hard days work and for your property to be left alone.“We are a small family run business who work hard to provide a good service to the people of the town, a business that has been operating many years and does so much for local charities and people.“It is disgusting that people can enter our property and vandalise our lorries and then set it on fire.“This is a fuel yard filled with kerosene, gas oil and bottled gas. “The lorry was parked next to numerous oil lorries with kerosene on board.“If that fire had not been contained in time our whole livelihood would have been up in flames not to mention the businesses on either side of us. “Someone could have been seriously hurt but Thankfully no one WAS hurt and we would like to thank the fire service acted so quickly.“To those who entered our property and done this CCTV will be checked and police are on the matter.”POLICE STILL ON THE TRAIL OF ARSONISTS WHO TARGETED GILLENS FUEL YARD was last modified: November 16th, 2016 by John2John2 Tags: #CONSTABLE DEVLINCRegganHEATHER ROADPOLICE STILL ON THE TRAIL OF ARSONISTS WHO TARGETED GILLENS FUEL YARD Poliee received a report of a lorry on fire at Gillens fuel yard on Heather Road.Substantial damage was caused to the DAF lorry and also to a JCB front loader.Investigating officer Constable Devlin said: “I would ask anyone with any information about this incident to contact Strand Road Police Station on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 1445 of 21/10/16.“Or if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.” POLICE in Derry have renewed their appeal for information about those behind an arson attack at a family run fuel yard last month.They have been studying CCTV from the yard in the Creggan housing estate but still need the public’s assistance in helping to catch and prosecute those responsible.The arson attack happened around 10.30 pm on Friday, October, 21.