Hong Kong operators could oppose 3G plans

first_img Previous ArticleLenovo and BlackBerry linked, againNext ArticleMexico takes tougher line on mobile competition AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 12 MAR 2013 Vietnam to halt import, production of 2G, 3G handsets Tim joined Mobile World Live in August 2011 and works across all channels, with a particular focus on apps. He came to the GSMA with five years of tech journalism experience, having started his career as a reporter… More Read more Related Tim Ferguson Hong Kong’s mobile operators could legally challenge government plans to auction off a portion of 3G spectrum that they hold.South China Morning Post sources said CSL, SmarTone Telecommunications, Hutchison Telecommunications Hong Kong and PCCW’s HKT could oppose what is thought to be the preferred option of the Communications Authority.The government originally presented three options for the 3G spectrum licences when they expire. These were to renew them at a reasonable fee, put up the existing 3G spectrum from public auction, or to auction off a third of the 3G spectrum held by each operator.The plan will be decided in October, three years before the 3G spectrum licences expire, but the sources said the government has chosen the third option before operators have filed their submissions to the public consultation on the proposals.The operators sent a letter to members of the Legislative Council’s panel on information technology and broadcasting last month, saying the plan is “at odds with international practices” in which incumbent operators’ licences were renewed when they expired.The letter added it will have “a serious adverse impact” on consumers as it could lead to an inability to make or receive calls, dropped calls, slower data speeds and increased service degradation in shopping centres and on the MTR metro system.They also warned that the uncertainty created is likely to prompt the operators to reduce investment in their 3G networks.Legislator Charles Peter Mok said the government wants to avoid being seen as colluding with the incumbent operators and feels the addition of an operator to the market could increase competition. ¿Qué apagados de red nos esperan en 2021?center_img Home Hong Kong operators could oppose 3G plans Author Verizon 3G shutdown chugs along Devices Tags 3GHong Konglast_img read more

10 secrets of super-happy couples

first_imgWomen’s Health Australia:Whether you’ve been together for six months or six years, spend some time each day acting as if you just started dating. Ask him what he thought of that TV episode or share what you’d do if you won the lottery. “Over time, couples stop asking those exploratory, get-to-know-you questions because they think they already understand each other,” says Terri Orbuch, author of 5 Simple Steps to Take Your Marriage from Good to Great. But because we all continue to change and develop, little daily check-ins like this are what keep the connection growing, according to Orbuch’s research of 373 pairs. Chat about something beside the daily grind – at least for a bit.Read the full story: Women’s Health Australia More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

It’s Party Time

first_imgJayson King’s concert It’s Party Time takes place on Saturday December 29 at the Joseph Stone Auditorium, at 8pm. The cast will include The Great Pretenders with Dennis Maart, Rashaad Adams, Tony Butler and Ruth Maart. The Soul Sisters, Natalie Mafuye, Marsha Thomas and Nicolette Gwaba, who have just returned from Spain, will pay tribute Donna Summer, Aretha Franklin, Pointer Sisters and others while Bruno Hernandez leads Gypsy Latino with some of the hits made famous by the Gypsy Kings.Also on stage will be Kaz Davis, one of the top soul singers of the 60s, Sumaya Hendricks singing some of Gloria Estefan’s songs, and Jayson King who will feature some of his favourite songs. Tickets cost R150 and can be booked from Mainticket on 021 633 4299 or Computicket. Pictured are The Soul Sisters, from left, Natalie Mafuye, Marsha Thomas and Nicolette Gwaba,with Belinda Qaqamba Fassie, far right.last_img read more

Appeal court throws out libel claim over CPS press release

first_imgVladimir BukovskySource: PA ImagesPhotographed in 2015A press release stated that the defendant, Vladimir Bukovsky faced five counts of ‘making an indecent photograph’. Bukovsky brought an action for defamation on the grounds that an ordinary reader might understand the words to mean that he had been directly involved in, or at least present at the scene of, the sexual abuse of children. The claim was struck out in the High Court by Mr Justice Warby, now head of the Media and Communications List, last year. On appeal, Greg Callus of media and communications set 5RB argued the ‘hypothetical ordinary and sensible reader’ would not understand that the word ‘making’ had a particular meaning in the context of a criminal statute which included downloading.However, Lord Justice Simon, giving the lead judgment, backed the High Court’s decision. He said a ‘crucial feature’ of the words complained of was the context of the publication – in this instance, an announcement by a prosecuting authority of a decision to prosecute the appellant in which the words used ‘directly reflected the statutory language’. ‘Words can have a special meaning when used in statutes and by lawyers,’ Simon said. The phrase ‘making a photograph’ does not necessarily imply that the maker was present at the time the photograph or image was made, he added. The fact that the phrase is not in ordinary usage would alert the lay reader to the technical nature of the statement. Lord Justice Peter Jackson and Lord Justice Gross agreed.Bukovsky, a prominent former Soviet dissident and critic of the current Russian government, denies all charges. He is due to appear in court in February 2018. Lay readers understand the special meaning of words used by lawyers, the Court of Appeal has said, dismissing a libel claim over a Crown Prosecution Service press release.The judgment in Bukovsky v Crown Prosecution Service states that the appellant, was charged in 2015 with a number of offences, including making indecent photographs of children contrary to section 1 of the Protection of Children Act 1978. The charges were related to images allegedly downloaded and stored on his personal computer.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*#last_img read more

St. Cloud Rox Defeat Rochester Honkers 15-5

first_img 720p HD 360p 1080p HD ROCHESTER–  The Rox were away this weekend and came out with 15-5 win against the Rochester Honkers yesterday (Saturday). Michael Strem, Brett Pope, and Chris Martin of the St. Cloud Rox had multiple hits and RBI’s helping bring the Rox to a win.The Rox will face La Crosse at home today at 6:05 p.m. For full coverage of the game tune in to 1390 The Fan.  1/1 About Connatix V56892 Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Skip Auto (360p) About Connatix V56892last_img

Appiah invites 31 players into Olympic team

first_imgOlympic team coach, Kwesi Appiah says, he expects the team to enjoy good preparations ahead of the 2011 All-Africa Games qualifier against Nigeria.Appiah, who is overseeing Ghana’s two-leg tie against Nigeria, has named a 31-man squad to begin preparations on Monday at the Tema Sports Stadium.Some members of the Under-20 team which won the World Youth Championship in Egypt two years ago have been called up.“We hope to make good preparations and be ready for the first leg game. The squad is a blend of both local and foreign players and we hope to get the best out of every player,” Appiah told www.ghanafa.org.Ghana plays Nigeria for the qualification ticket from Zone III to participate at the games in Mozambique with the Black Meteors going away first on the weekend of 24-26 June, 2011.Ghana squad Goalkeepers: Joseph Addo (Hearts of Lions) Daniel Agyei (Liberty Professions) Collins Addo ( New Edubiase).Defenders: Daniel Addo (FC Zorya) Jonathan Mensah ( Udinese) Ibrahim Aziz (AshantiGold) Daniel Opare ( Standard Liege) Michael Boakye (AshGold) Amos Frimpong (B.A Stars) Samuel Inkoom (Dnipro) David Addy (FC Porto) Massahudu Alhassan (Genoa) Daniel Gyamfi (Liberty Professionals) Sabato Mohammed (Asante Kotoko)Midfielders: Edwin Gyimah (Wa All Stars) Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu (Udinese) Afriyie Acquah (Palermo) Isaac Cofie (Piacenza) Rabiu Mohammed (Udinese) Abeiku Quansah (OG Nice) Andre Ayew (Olympique Marseille) Gladson Awako (Heart of Lions) Wakaso Mubarak (Villarreal) Daniel Kofi Agyei (Fiorentina)Strikers: Jordan Ayew (Olympique Marseille) Opoku Agyemang (Al Sadd) Maxwell Boadi Acosty, Charles Boateng (Reon) Dominic Adiyiah (AC Milan) Nathaniel Asamoah (Asante Kotoko) Richmond Boakye-Yiadom (Genoa)Source: Ghanafa.orglast_img read more

Outright ban on alcohol ads ‘unlikely’

first_imgThe government’s final decision on alcohol advertising was keenly awaited by the alcohol industry and by the media, which depended heavily on its advertising expenditure. Opponents of alcohol advertising claimed that alcohol caused accidents, lowered productivity and caused health and social problems, but Zane Dangor, special adviser to Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini, said a task team set up to probe the issue had adopted the approach that it was a public health issue rather than one of cost to the economy. 31 August 2011 For the SABC alone, annual advertising spending from alcohol companies amounted to between R250-million and R400-million. They were particularly interested in France, where restrictions were placed on TV, internet and radio advertising of alcohol . A proposal emerged in Parliament on Tuesday for “significant” restrictions on alcohol advertising and, possibly, a ban in particular segments of the media .center_img A government task team investigating restrictions on alcohol advertising would probably not recommend an outright ban, according to a report in Business Day on Wednesday. Dangor said the task team would submit its report to an inter-ministerial committee soon. Dangor told a parliamentary media briefing by the social protection and community development cluster of ministers that the task team was looking at models used in other countries. Sapalast_img read more

I Don’t Know Much About Art But I Know What’s Online

first_imgNo one can have a “museum experience” without stepping foot in a museum. Let’s just get that out of the way. It doesn’t matter how digitally precise your online version of “The Forge of Vulcan” is, tilting your head to draw the light across the raised ridges of paint is not an electronically duplicable experience. That doesn’t mean digital art collections don’t have great value. After all, art books do. So here are half a dozen great digital art collections you can visit to inspire your own trip, or your own thinking about art, or to remind yourself or to learn a bit for no other reason than digital art is better by far than no art at all. In order to keep from wandering off the path never to be seen again, let’s focus on Western painting. The Prado on Google EarthThe Prado is an unending-feeling gallery of some of the greatest paintings in the Western tradition. Getting there via Google Earth may feel similar. Download the program, install it, open it, select the 3D building layer, enter “Prado Museum” and enlarge, enlarge, enlarge. Might be easier to panhandle the airfare. State Hermitage Museum: Digital Collection Russia’s Hermitage has partnered with IBM to provide a vast digital collection. Replete with a visual search function and a zoom, the presentation contains major and minor painters from every era of Western painting. The ability to sketch a search, or search by palette, is pretty awesome, but the Java function is clunky, the navigation is like getting lost in, well, the Hermitage perhaps, and the resolution is not unearthly, but it’s worth it for the content.The National Gallery, LondonProbably one of the best in terms of resolution and detail, as well as ease of use when it comes to eyeballing the masterworks. You could just stare at the detail in the background of Aachen’s “The Amazement of the Gods” until you went slowly mad. Seeing it in person must require some sort of medication arrangement with the museum.The GuggenheimThe Goog (as we call it, we who are in the know) does something interesting as an intro. It pairs a Daily Highlight with a Recent Acquisition. On this day the former is Baselitz’s “The Gleaner” and the latter Gonzalez’s “Waiting Crowd.” Unfortunately, the expanded versions are not that big, though the detail’s not bad. You can, though, search through the online offerings from the Goog’s outliers – Bilbao, Venice and Berlin, in addition to their home museum in NY.The Jewish Museum This museum in Paris houses a good representation of the work of the Ecole de Paris. Sanely organized, it is searchable by artist, object and geography. Telling the tale of an entire people and its history through art is a fascinating one and focuses a visitor’s mind, whether they’re more focused on the history or the art. MoMANew York’s Museum of Modern Art is a behemoth in its area. So the content is generous. Possibly the most important thing is the level of resolution on the scanned images. The images, unfortunately, are not provided with context so much as it with collection data. You can click off to a page devoted to an author, but it seems most useful when a combination of artist and painting background is provided with the painting, So it may not be as illuminating to a non-professional as it could be. No Stand OutsThe collections of museums are making their way online, if for no other reason than they serve as a kind of advertisement. I have yet, however, to come across an outfit, small or large, whose goal was to make their entire collection, or even a substantial majority of it, available online. The few that tried did not hit the trifecta of navigational ease, resolution and information that would make it the most useful. Do you know of one I missed? Please point us to it in the comments. Again, this survey was tightly focused on purpose. If you know of a great art collection available digitally that features non-Western art or is in general organized differently, by all means suggest that as well. And, if you’re an iPad user, you might want to take a look at Art Authority, or read this review by ReadWriteWeb’s Marshall Kirkpatrick. Art Authority provides access to “40,000 paintings and sculptures, organized into eight period-specific rooms.” 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Tags:#art#web Related Posts center_img curt hopkins 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe Applast_img read more

Energy Efficiency & Out-of-the-box thinking: What if the 98% computed?

first_imgI was recently quoted in an article by Randall Stross of the New York Times, as part of my role in the Green Grid, regarding how the conceptual “Data Furnace” might improve the energy efficiency of my vacation home in Central Oregon. In winter, my electric bills are quite high; I need to leave some electric heat running all the time to keep the pipes from freezing. When I arrive for a weekend of skiing, I turn up the electric heat until the pellet stove warms up. It costs me a small fortume.How would a “data furnace” improve the efficiency of my home? Well, it wouldn’t in the sense that physics thinks about efficiency. But from an economic perspective, it could. Computers fundamentally turn electrical energy into heat. The difference is that computers provide a computational resource while doing so, which might be solving protein structures or even be billed on a compute trading scheme as a cloud resource. That’s energy that doesn’t need to be spent elsewhere, all while providing exactly the same heat to my home.Now, although with wide variance, it’s generally estimated that about 2% of the world’s energy is spent on computing. I spend essentially all of my professional life making that energy use more efficient.This morning I asked an interesting “out of the box” question: “ what if the other 98% computed?” Of course it’s impractical to think of all that energy computing but the scale of 50:1 gives you some pause. What if?What about water heating? According to the US Department of Energy I can expect to spend about $300 per year on electrical energy for water heating (about 5000 kWh). This is more than enough energy to run two highly efficient servers at full load continuously for an entire year.Clothes dryers consume up to 12% of household electricity. What about the heater in your dishwasher? Your waterbed? Your aquarium? Your coffee maker?It’s not too out of the blue to imagine that all of these resources could, in some not too distant future, provide useful computational work. While a detailed business model would present some unique challenges, it is certainly an intriguing idea to think that not only should all energy that computes be as efficient (i.e. heat as little) as possible, but indeed, that all energy heats should also compute as much as possible..How would this solve my particular problem? Well, imagine if I could offset the cost of the electricity I use with a higher value-add business service. This can be seen in the picture below. When I need to generate heat, an intermeidiate service could auction that resource to a bidder. In the right circumstances, it could be a win-win. Someone gets a low cost compute resource. I get help with my electricty bill.What an interesting challenge! Think of the benefit to society that opportunity could deliver! How much faster could we decode everyone’s genome? How much faster could we advance our understanding of fundamental matter and black holes? How much faster and more efficienctly could we render movies? What about digesting ever-larger data-sets?So, what are the biggest challenges with this, and how would you solve them? Software architecture? Security? Reliability? Market models? Your comments are welcome.last_img read more