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Ready for a space flight? May 31, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Science.
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A Lifetime Experience for Stephen Hawkins

Stephen Hawkins, the British physicist who has been nailed in wheelchair for over forty years, had a unique lifetime experience. Despite the serious health problems he faces, Hawkins managed to make his lifelong dream come true. He flew under conditions of zero gravity not once but eight times. Talking to the reporters shortly after his experience, he appeared pretty excited, saying that the zero-gravity flight was amazing.

A zero-gravity flight can take place with a specially modified Boeing 727 known as G-Force One.

The said conditions are created when the plane reaches 10,000m and then goes into a sharp dive to 2,600m, with the passengers experiencing low-gravity conditions for about 25 seconds.

Each flight costs about 3,500 dollars and includes 15 sharp dives. But the leading physicist had this unique zero-gravity experience for free.


Joost TV on the Web May 31, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Internet, Media.
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From the Skype and Kazaa founders

The founders of VoIP software Skype and peer-to-peer application Kazaa announced that they would allow users to watch TV for free on the Web.

Users will watch TV through a special programme they will have to download. The programmes will also include advertisements. Joost has struck deals with Warner Music, Endemol and September Films, among others. The trial edition will be available to a limited number of users, featuring comedies, sports, music and documentaries, stated its Managing Director Frederic de Val. Joost belongs to TCP Holdings SA, stationed in Luxembourg but has also offices in New York, London and Leiden, Holland.

Originally, the programmes will begin to be aired from a small number of file servers and then distributed automatically from user to user through peer-to-peer software.

Scandinavian entrepreneurs Janus Friis and Niklas Zennstrom are behind the new global broadband and television service. They became famous with the popular Kazza exchange archives service and free telephone calls over the Internet before selling Skype to eBay for $US2.5 billion in 2005. Their names are a guarantee for attracting interest in Joost, especially after the successful video services of You Tube and Google Video.

In parallel, more telecommunication companies are planning to offer their services on Web TV, using IPTV (Internet Protocol TV) technology.

BBC – YouTube agreement May 31, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Media, YouTube.
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Future multimedia approaching

BBC, the world’s oldest public service broadcaster, formed a partnership with Google’s YouTube, the video-sharing Web site, to create three branded channels on the site showing clips of BBC programs.

The channels will show clips of BBC programs as well as specially commissioned content and video diaries, taking viewers behind the scenes of popular programs. The deal includes an advertising-funded channel showing clips of BBC news, which will only be available outside the U.K. There will also be two entertainment channels showing content from the BBC and BBC Worldwide, the BBC’s commercial arm, which will include a limited number of ads. BBC hopes to approach the 70 million Internet users with this move.

“It’s essential that the BBC embraces new ways of reaching wider audiences with non-exclusive agreements such as these”, BBC Director General Mark Thompson said in his statement. It is a revolutionary move expected to attract new viewers in Britain, he said.
American television networks, NBC, CBS and FOX have signed similar agreements with Google’s YouTube.