Swedish cable operator Com Hem has launched Hemtelefon i Mobilen (Home Phone-Mobile), an app that can be installed on Android phones and iPhones that enables fixed phone calls to be received on mobiles.The service allows up to five mobile phones to be connected to the same home phone number. The app also enables Com Hem customers to benefit from lower call-rates from mobile phones at home, outside the home or internationally via WiFi.The app is avaialble free of charge from Google Play and the Apple App Store.
Mark Zuckerberg discusses AR at F8 2017Facebook signalled a major push into augmented reality and launched a VR app for communicating with friends at its F8 conference yesterday.Speaking at the developers event in San Jose, California, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced Facebook’s new Camera Effects Platform, which is designed to giving developers the power to build AR tools.“If you take one thing away from today, this is it: We are making the camera the first augmented reality platform,” said Zuckerberg in his F8 keynote.The Facebook boss described the previous rollout of camera functionality across all of Facebook’s apps as “act one”. Act two, he said, is “giving developers the power to build for augmented reality in the first augmented reality platform: the camera”.Starting with ‘basic effects’, Zuckerberg showed images of Snapchat-style photo overlays like facemasks, but said that as an open platform users will be able to create their own and “instead of having 10 to 20 options to choose from, you’re going to have thousands”.The Camera Effects Platform includes two products. Frames Studio lets users design frames that can be used either with profile pictures or in the new Facebook camera. AR Studio can be used to create masks, scripted effects, animated frames and other AR technologies that react to movement or interactions during live videos. Frame Studio is available globally, while AR Studio is now open for beta applications.Discussing the use of AR in a general sense, Zuckerberg described the power of overlaying digital content onto the real world via glasses or contact lenses and said that doing so would “make our physical reality better”.“You want to watch TV, we can put a digital TV on that wall and instead of being a piece of hardware, it’s a US$1 app instead of a US$500 piece of equipment,” he said.“Think about how many of the things we have in our lives actually don’t need to be physical, they can be digital, and think about how much better and more affordable and accessible they’re going to be when they are.”At F8 yesterday, Facebook also launched a new virtual reality app, Facebook Spaces, which is designed to let users hang out in virtual environments “as if you were in the same room”.The app lets users interact, share 360° videos and photos and “relive personal memories from your own Timelines, or even make new ones,” according to Facebook.Facebook Spaces is available in beta now for Oculus Rift and Touch and can be downloaded from the Oculus Store.
Seventy percent of UK viewers aren’t satisfied with the TV and video content they currently have access to, despite spending an average of £47 per month on TV, movie and video subscription services.This is according to research by Amdocs, which found that in order to access the TV shows, films and live sports they want to watch on a regular basis, viewers believe they would need to increase the amount they’re currently spending up to £74 (€84) per month or £888 per year.“We are in a golden age of content, with massive investment in original programming and new ways to consume it. But customers are still having to jump between TV applications and content providers to find the programming they want,” says Amdocs CMO, Gary Miles.“This is confusing and frustrating. Furthermore, the monetisation model varies a lot by service provider, but clearly we are entering an age of three primary models: pay per view; ad-funded; and subscription.”Amdocs found that the average UK consumer uses two TV subscription services, with 68% of UK respondents claiming they would be prepared to pay for a single provider that could package all their preferred content in a dedicated bundle. Some 64% said that they would be happy to ditch their current providers if this type of ‘perfect content bundle’ was available.The research is based on a survey, conducted by Vanson Bourne, which sampled 1,000 UK viewers to gauge their attitudes towards TV subscription services, payments, and advertising. Amdocs is a provider of software and services to communications and media companies.
On the BBC NI’s Sunday Politics the DUP leader was asked about the late Martin McGuinness’s absence given his contribution in helping to bring the tournament to Northern Ireland.Mrs Foster said she was “sure there were many people that would have loved to be here, but unfortunately can not be here”.“But for Northern Ireland the legacy this will leave will be immense,” she said.Mrs Foster and Mr McGuinness were first and deputy first ministers when it was confirmed Portrush would host the event this year.Asked if the legacy of the Open was a testament of what the DUP and Sinn Fein can do when they work together she hoped it would help restore Stormont’s power-sharing institutions.“Things have changed absolutely and we really regret that we have not been in government for two-and-a-half years,” she said.Open Champion Shane Lowry of Ireland celebrates with the Claret Jug on the 18th green during the final round of the 148th Open Championship held on the Dunluce Links at Royal Portrush Golf Club“The position of my party is we should have been in government right through that time and if there were issues that needed to be solved it could have been dealt with in parallel talks.“Of course Sinn Fein took a different position and pulled the government down.”She said “serious negotiations” were continuing between the parties.“Of course it is odd we don’t have a government we need to get the government back up and running again,” she added.Ahead of the first round of The Open, Michelle O’Neill paid her tribute to the role Martin McGuinness played saying he worked “tirelessly” on the project.“I want to commend all that have worked to bring this prestigious event to our shores,” she said.We can’t ignore facts, says McGuinness son over his role in bringing Open to North was last modified: July 23rd, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: Peter Unsworth (Chairman of The R&A Championship Committee), Peter Dawson (R&A Chief Executive), Simon Rankin Captain, Royal Portrush Golf Club, First Minister the Rt. Hon. Peter D Robinson MLA, Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness MLA, Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister, Arlene Foster with the Open Championship trophy at Royal Portrush Golf Club on June 16, 2014 in Portrush, Northern IrelandTHE son of Martin McGuinness said facts can not be ignored and everyone played their part in bringing The Open to the North of Ireland.Fiachra McGuinness made the comments after DUP leader Arlene Foster refused to be drawn on the contribution his late father made in bringing the championship to Royal Portrush. Sinn Fein MEP Martina Anderson accused Mrs Foster of being “incapable” of acknowledging the role the former deputy First Minister played in securing the event.Referring to a DUP tweet which included a picture of Mrs Foster at a press conference to announce the Open and which did not include Martin McGuinness although he was there, Foyle MP Elisha McCallion said it was “bitterly disappointing [Arlene Foster] unvalued his hard work …. and would rather try to erase his legacy”.She said those types of sentiments needed to stop in order for agreement to be found in the Stormont talks.The championship returned to Northern Ireland after a near 70-year absence. Organisers did not consider Northern Ireland as a venue over the decades the Troubles raged on. ShareTweet Arlene FostermCO OFFALYDunluce CoursedupFIACHRA MCGUINESSMARTIN MCGUINESSPortushsays McGuinness son over his role in bringing Open to NorthSHANE LOWRYSinn FeinWe can’t ignore facts