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Blue Planet II comes to iPlayer in 4K HDR

Blue Planet II comes to iPlayer in 4K HDR

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The BBC's Blue Planet II programme is to become its first TV series to be made available in 4K resolution and high dynamic range (HDR) colour via its iPlayer catch-up service.All seven episodes of the marine-themed show are being made available to UK-based owners of select TVs.Until now, the BBC had only released programmes in this format via ultra-high definition (UHD) Blu-ray discs.Netflix and Amazon already stream some of their shows in 4K and HDR.The BBC suggested that owners of compatible screens should enjoy "the spectacular animals, vibrant coral reefs and deep blue oceans" as never before.More vividThe term 4K refers to the fact an image has four times as many pixels as a 1080p HD one, meaning it should appear more detailed and crisp.However, to appreciate this, viewers need to be ...
New kids messenger app unveiled by Facebook

New kids messenger app unveiled by Facebook

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Facebook has launched a new version of its Messenger app for kids, giving parents complete control over what their children see. Messenger Kids is being trialled in the US as a standalone app that does not require a main Facebook profile - allowing children under the age of 13 to use it.The app is controlled through a parent's Facebook account, from which contacts can be added and approved.Facebook says the app has been designed to enable children to "safely" video chat and message friends and family.It added that during 18 months of development it consulted with 1,200 parents, as well as online security and child development specialists.:: Facebook's new London office brings 800 jobsImage:The app is currently only available in the US on Apple's iOS operating system"Parents are increasingl...
Venezuela unveils virtual currency amid economic crisis

Venezuela unveils virtual currency amid economic crisis

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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has announced the creation of a new virtual currency in a bid to ease the country's economic crisis.He said the Petro would be backed by Venezuela's oil, gas, gold and diamond wealth.Opposition MPs, however, poured scorn on the plan.Venezuela's economy has been hit by falling oil revenue and the plummeting value of its existing currency, the bolivar.President Maduro has also railed against US sanctions which he describes as a "blockade".In a televised announcement on Sunday, Mr Maduro said the new crypto-currency would allow Venezuela "to advance in issues of monetary sovereignty, to make financial transactions and overcome the financial blockade"."The 21st Century has arrived!" he added to cheers from supporters.Venezuela: To default or to payVenezuela ...
OMG happy bday! Txt msgs turn 25 2day :-) x

OMG happy bday! Txt msgs turn 25 2day :-) x

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We send 96 billion text messages every day in the UK but the very first, sent 25 years ago today, was pretty simple: "Merry Christmas.""Spelt with the full words - not Xmas," says Neil Papworth, the British engineer who sent it, eschewing the abbreviations that would define the medium.That first SMS (it stands for short message service) wasn't even sent on a mobile phone. Handsets could only receive messages, not send them, so Mr Papworth typed out the season's greetings on a computer.Image:Neil Papworth, the British programmer who sent the first ever text message"I don't know if they really thought it was going to be a big thing," Mr Papworth says.:: Neil Papworth: It's been an entire generation since I sent that messageIt took a while for texting to catch on. SMS-capable phones were only...
Motorola mocks rivalry between Samsung and Apple in new ad

Motorola mocks rivalry between Samsung and Apple in new ad

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Apple and Samsung have been battling it out for years, taking on each other's phones in print and TV advertisements. After the unveiling of the iPhone X in September, Samsung released an ad titled “Growing up” to boast about the qualities of its latest Galaxy phone. The minute-long Samsung video follows an avid iPhone user who seems to become disillusioned with the Apple brand over the years. In the end, the main character switches to the new Galaxy phone after passing a man waiting in line for the iPhone X (the man's hairline is even styled to mock the X's notch display). The ad concludes with the tagline “Upgrade to Samsung,” a veiled reference to Apple's products. Now, Motorola has put together an ad that bests Samsung's message: “Up-upgrade to Motorola.” Motorola even hired an ac