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  • Radio: someone still loves you | Teic.ie
    if commercial broadcasters plan on launching digital stations too or whether listeners actually want them From the off we ll be using a lot of the rich resources that we have to hand in RTÉ but over time it will develop change and evolve says Ms Martin There have been fears in the industry that all we ll do by launching more stations is cannibalise our own market but we think media is become more and more focused and this is an extension of that You ll have the likes of 2FM playing more general music for a wide audience and then its sister stations on DAB playing a more specific genre RTÉ s initial plans include three music stations ambient electronica station Chill alternative station 2XM and dance station Pulse RTÉ Junior which is aimed at 2 12 year olds and RTÉ Choice which will repeat Radio 1 s content at different times replay archived programming and relay international broadcasts Despite the scale of these plans the DAB service will remain a niche project for RTÉ with just 0 05 of the overall radio budget expected to be spent on the platform for now DAB has been the standard of choice for many European countries including the UK which is far more advanced in its digital radio plans than Ireland It has hit a rocky patch however with Channel 4 recently pulling out of its Digital4 consortiums DAB plans as a means of saving 10m UTV Radio was a 10 shareholder in the Digital4 group and it along with companies like BSkyB is now left deciding how it can proceed without the main player The problem in the UK has been a distinct lack of public interest in the format despite the huge amounts of money invested by the BBC into the technology s rollout So why is Ireland so keen to follow suit In spite of Channel 4 we re encouraged by the overall market development across Europe earlier this year a UK working group proposed the analogue switch off for 2020 so it s clear that they re confident in DAB too says Ms Martin DAB itself is also an aging format one that is being replaced in countries like Germany by the DAB standard which is said to resolve many of the issues created by its predecessor The UK itself is even planning a slow conversion to DAB although it has the legacy issue of over 6 million incompatible DAB units to deal with first Our biggest priority was making sure we could give choice to the consumer and the fact that there were over 300 different types of DAB sets out there it was the obvious choice also we wanted to be compatible with the North s digital radio system says Ms Martin It s entirely possible that Ireland will switch to the DAB standard over time though and that wouldn t be difficult for RTÉ to do it would really come down to the

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  • Mobile broadband goes mainstream | Teic.ie
    a standing start to the 95 000 customers we have now says Mr Gallagher What happened I d say is that when it first launched so many people wanted it and we were trying to keep up with that demand but we ve gotten there now I think At present most users of 3G broadband need to purchase a USB device and a SIM card The SIM card slots into the device and provides the 3G connection just like on a mobile phone while the device itself plus into the laptop or computer This method could be on the verge of changing however with an international consortium working on a way to put SIM card slots into mainstream laptops removing the need for a separate plug in device The technology to do this is already there and has been utilised in a handful of laptops so far what companies like Three want to do is drive down the cost of the technology and eventually make it a standard feature in all computers just like WiFi is today Besides network operators like Three and Vodafone the working group also features software and hardware manufactures the most notable of which is Dell We were actually the first to give the option of a 3G connection in one of our laptops over two years ago says Bob Bennett client product manager for Dell in Ireland and the UK Since then we ve made the option available on almost all of our commercial Inspiron laptops The technology Dell uses in its commercial division has already seeped slightly into the consumer end also with the manufacturer partnering with Vodafone to provide a built in service for its ultra portable Inspiron Mini 9 Vodafone and Dell have a strong relationship across Europe when it comes to 3G broadband offers however Mr Bennett stressed that the built in SIM slots they ship machines with are not locked in to Vodafone and can be used with rival network s cards Part of the reason for the working group is to ensure this kind of cross network compatibility is possible but for manufacturers like Dell it is also a case of getting greater demand which will lead to lower prices The chip costs a fair amount of money to put it much more than WiFi That price will come down just like with everything and the good news is there s more companies making them now because they see demand coming from manufacturers Damien Gallagher believes the demand from customers is also there and will only increase as the service and speed improves I have a funny feeling that long term as prices fall on mobile services that people will look at their fixed line and ask what value am I getting out of this he says If you have DSL at home you have to pay line rental before you even include the cost of the broadband that s against something like 20 or 30 for mobile broadband

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  • A matter of definition | Teic.ie
    HD content too A recent European study found that almost one in five households have a HD ready TV but just one percent of them use it to watch HD broadcasts So a sizeable portion of HDTV sales appear to be a result of to space conscious consumers but many others have bought HD because they see it as a future proof investment Their forward thinking is already beginning to pay off too perhaps earlier than they may have expected There will be a good number of chances in 2009 in areas like DTT Digital Terrestrial Television which will be good for HD said Mr Maguire Blu Ray has won the format wars too and this year is looking like a very interesting and competitive year for it The Blu Ray format which was spearheaded by companies like Samsung and Sony was one of two HD home video formats to come to market in recent years the other was HD DVD In February the latter format surrendered from the war leaving Blu Ray as the likely successor to DVD assuming consumers are interested in upgrading DVD went through a bit of a rough patch but it s back on form now said Mr Maguire We still sell a lot of DVD players but they tend to be up scaled DVD is a standard definition format but an up scaling player connected to a HDTV gives the viewer a far better albeit less than HD quality picture Blu Ray sales have improved since it became the definitive HD format helped along by the natural decrease in hardware and software prices However its greatest source of market share has been the Playstation 3 Sony s games console doubles as a Blu Ray player and while not the best selling console in Ireland or the world has long been the cheapest way for early adopters to get access to the HD format It has also managed to put the format into the hands of people who may not even have been looking for it something which may pay dividends down the line Games played on the PS3 are also produced in HD quality much like its market rival the Xbox 360 Both of these devices along with Sky Digital s HD product have probably been the most accessible form of HD content in Ireland to date particularly because they do not require the buyer to re purchase their entire movie back catalogue in order to enjoy them Cable company UPC which owns Chorus and NTL has promised a HD product in the second quarter of 2009 too while DTT providers Boxer have pledged to provide a HD channel on their service at some point in the future Improving broadband speeds also allows for the download of HD content be it through the Xbox or Playstation download service or straight to the home PC which a more technically capable user can then stream to their HDTV Broadly speaking people s choices for HD content

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  • Market bite of Bluetooth | Teic.ie
    SMS message which will be received by the phone whether the owner wants it to or not Bluetooth messages works by broadcasting to all enabled devices present within a short range of the broadcast station The recipient gets a prompt on their device asking them if they wish to accept or reject the message assuming they accept they can then access whatever content is being offered In the case of Bluemedia customers are offered access to news games and TV guides amongst other things Depending on their location the content may also include local information for example in Jervis Shopping Centre in Dublin the broadcast gives details of special offers available in the centre s shops The key selling point for Bluemedia is that they provide content the user wants with some form of advertising included as straight out adverts would turn the customer off instantly I don t see that kind of marketing as sustainable the customer would be thinking I ll never download from them again said Mr Keily who said keeping the customer on side is vital to long term survival If a restaurant sends its customers a message just saying Welcome to our restaurant the customer will never accept a message from them again The bottom line is the customer and if you start messing with them you don t have a business Large companies in Ireland have also begun to try out Bluetooth marketing for themselves with cable company UPC recently offering downloads of their latest advert to those standing near their trial bus shelter ads seen around the capital People are quite savvy nowadays and we have to try and stay on the cutting edge said Rhona Bradshaw head of marketing at UPC Ireland The next demographic coming up are growing up with this kind of technology and it s second nature to them Ms Bradshaw said they saw the trial as a success with over 11 000 downloads made during a four week period despite it being available in just ten locations Ms Bradshaw added that Ireland was the first place UPC had tried this type of marketing and the results seemed positive overall There are a number of new forms of marketing appearing out there and Bluetooth is certainly seen as one that is emerging at the moment she said Notwithstanding such positive results many will likely see Bluetooth marketing as yet another move by advertising into people s personal space or at the very least another form of spam Unsurprisingly both Ms Bradshaw and Mr Keily disagree We ve not had any complaints about our campaign the same can t be said for email marketing and SMS said Ms Bradshaw It s actually quite difficult to get a Bluetooth message you have to have it switched on you have to have it set to visible and then you have to physically accept the message said Mr Keily In fact that first hurdle trying to get people to switch their Bluetooth on

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  • The incredible shrinking laptop | Teic.ie
    especially if you have bigger hands Acer s Aspire One will sport a 9 screen and will also be available in Ireland in early August with the cheapest model selling for 299 The machine will run on the Linux platform and house an 8GB flash hard drive it will also have a webcam and WiFi connectivity as standard For those with a bit more money and patience two more versions of the machine are due out towards the end of August and in early September one with a 120GB hard drive for 349 and another with the same large hard drive running on Windows XP for 399 When you see the actual product it becomes a must have said Roberts That s why we re targeting retail channels first to ensure that they re easy for consumers to find Traditionally desktop computers have always cost less than technically comparable laptops while the cheapest laptops on the market have tended to be the bulkiest With both of these issues addressed with netbooks manufacturers like Acer are expecting to get interest in the device from across the board including students business users and families This is the kind of thing that would make sense for people who have a PC at home and want a laptop for portability or to keep their kids off the main computer it s also for people who already have a 15 laptop but want something they can easily take travelling with them said Roberts Students are also going to find it attractive as it sure beats carrying some 1 200 machine around that might get lost or stolen Martin Cullen from HP agrees We had expected most sales to come in education but we ve seen interest broaden out across the market he said Corporate users doing a lot of travelling don t need to have every document on their laptop with them and they don t need to be carrying such a heavy machine either this is perfect for people who want to stay connected on the go but need to do more than their smart phone allows It s particularly useful for people flying especially when you consider the space and weight restrictions in place today In fact manufacturers and retailers including the Carphone Warehouse say the netbook will be the next mobile phone that must have item that will become ever present in a relatively short space of time We ve had research done in the UK which asked young people if they d rather have a mobile phone or a laptop in the past it was 100 in favour of mobiles but now it s 50 50 between the two said Tara Blake Head of Marketing at the Carphone Warehouse in Ireland 3G mobile broadband has been a phenomenal success for us too and being able to connect to the internet anywhere has also made laptops more attractive Carphone Warehouse are so sure of the way things are going they have commissioned

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  • Phone Wars | Teic.ie
    of which is the Blackbery Bold The challenge posed in competing with the iPhone is arguably more difficult for RIM than competing with Nokia The iPhone began life as an mp3 player with phone functionality and is only now beginning to develop attractive business features The Blackberry is on the other end of the spectrum and must now incorporate multimedia functionality if it wishes to remain competitive 18 months ago all business users were concerned about was whether the device did email or not now there s a more convergent view and people want a single device that does everything said Mr Cruise We found that people are using their business phones in their personal lives too and they want a decent camera to take some pictures of the kids and a media player to listen to music in their spare time So in addition to the brand s well known email connectivity the Blackberry Bold also offers a suite of business applications for document and spreadsheet editing on the go as well as housing a media player to compete with the iPhone s strongest selling point The other two aspects of RIM s strategy are still very much under wraps with the company giving little away about their so called Thunder and Kickstart phones at present What is known at present is that the Kickstart will be a clamshell or flip phone design a first for the company and another sign of an attempt to broaden the appeal of Blackberry beyond its currently limited audience But while Apple did not invent the touch screen phone its use of the technology in the iPhone has seen many others follow suit in recent times RIM will do just that with the Blackberry Thunder the first time the company has shunned a physical keypad since its inaugural device in the mid 1990s Both new Blackberry models are expected in the coming months You re going to see a lot of me too touch screen devices coming out in the next few months particularly in the run up to Christmas said Ms Smyth A lot of companies are now incorporating it and trying to attract consumers and pro sumers professional consumers Some of the other touch based smart phone devices on the market include the LG Viewty which is an unashamed attempt to beat Apple at their own game and the more business focused HTC TyTN II also known as the HTC Kaiser available from 3 Mobile However rather than being purely touch based like the iPhone and Viewty the Kaiser device is an attempt at bridging the gap between the iPhone and Blackberry In addition to a large touch screen on the front of the device the Kaiser also houses a slide out physical keyboard underneath The device is actually more of a Personal Digital Assistant or pocket PC with a built in mobile phone however it is lacking in areas like media player functionality The touch screen based smart phone Vodafone

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  • From ink into the ether | Teic.ie
    digital talk radio station in the near future We were long looking for a way into the British radio market but we couldn t justify the prices of individual stations at the time said John McCann the Group Chief Executive When The Wireless Group came up for sale the other media companies were otherwise engaged and we saw an opening so we came in with a very late bid and snapped it up But even radio focused media groups are diversifying in different ways Denis O Brien s Communicorp has grown from the single operation of Dublin s 98FM in the early 90s to become an international player It has 37 stations scattered across Eastern Europe and is already one of Ireland s biggest commercial players If its bid for Emap s Irish stations is passed by the competition authority it will become the country s second biggest radio group behind RTÉ Communicorp offered to pay 200m for control of Today FM Dublin s FM104 and Donegal s Highland Radio in July which went unmatched by rival bidders including UTV We only acquire items at the right price and to be honest I think Denis O Brien was willing to out bid the others at any price said John McCann UTV were expected to show serious interest in the three stations from the outset however two of the other prominent bidders The Irish Times and TV3 were surprise entries which showed how valuable radio diversification has become It was a unique opportunity that we felt we could not miss out on but unfortunately someone else wanted the stations a lot more than we did said Maeve Donovan We re always willing to go for these kinds of unique opportunities and something like that won t come on the market again for a very long time The Irish Times has been showing an amount of intrigue in radio recently and has joined Thomas Crosbie Holdings in the four aforementioned licence applications however it never held more than a 10 stake in each bid Going from a minor role in a local niche station to complete ownership of the biggest commercial station in the country would have been a somewhat audacious move for the newspaper group to make but it too was unable to pay above O Brien s price to pull it off However while the move from one media platform to another is seen as a natural progression for many of Ireland s media companies some investments have been somewhat less obvious The Irish Times has been reaping the rewards of its large and at the time controversial investment in new printing facilities for a number of years now and is contracted to print the likes of Metro The Mail on Sunday The Sunday Star and The Galway Advertiser UTV on the other hand bought Direct Net Access before it had made any radio acquisitions and later re branded it as UTV Internet From here the company has developed a

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  • Video: INQ Mini 3G preview | Teic.ie
    big new feature of this device is its Twitter client which promises users always on access to their favourite tweet streams We take a quick look at the device and what it has to offer in the video below stay tuned for a full review in the days to come Related Posts Eircom unveil faster broadband packages No Comments Mar 29 2010 News Facebook to make privacy settings changes No Comments Dec 3 2009 iTunes 10 to include music social network Ping No Comments Sep 1 2010 Opinion Catching up with Commodore 2 Comments Apr 26 2010 Add a Comment Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked Name Email Address Website Comment Popular Posts Recent Posts Opinion Will Google s Chrome OS be dead on arrival 26 11 2009 6 Comments IRMA loses in bid to force three strikes on UPC 11 10 2010 2 Comments Smart barcodes coming to Ireland from next week 09 04 2010 4 Comments Palm Pre review 30 10 2009 3 Comments Opinion Aesthetics matter especially in computing 27 02 2010 4 Comments Apple Watch coming to 7 more countries but Ireland isn t one one of them 04

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