Is Mobile Video And Internet TV Killing Free TV?

Is free TV going the way of newspapers?

The older people among us have all been brought up with free television. You switched on the set, selected your program, watched your program and gritted your teeth through the ads. However there weren’t many other options, other than to listen to the radio, so you ended up sitting there watching what was offered, including the ads.

All this changed when cable came along. Cable was a revolution in television allowing us to, for a price, have a much greater selection of content, and to make that selection based on some interests.

For instance if you were interested in sports you had some choices on what type of sports you watched. Whether it be football or golf you were able to watch your favorite sports if you chose the right channel or service.

Many preferred documentaries, and if you chose the right channel or service you were able to watch as many documentaries as you wished.

However even whilst cable was developing free TV managed to survive. Cable came at a significant cost and many people simply chose to watch for free and put up with the limitations.

However mobile television and video is now changing all that, and there is some question about how free TV will manage to survive into the future and what form of content it will serve. Continue Reading →

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Mobile Device Use Is Going Stratospheric

There’s one mobile device for every single person on the planet

It wasn’t that long ago that a mobile device simply referred to a phone. It was big, bulky and heavy and not many people could either afford one or carry one.

And of course in those days the only computer used was a desktop. Laptops were a twinkle in the eye and smart phones were the same.

However in the space of a decade or more that has all changed. Laptops are everywhere and are taking over desktops, and just about everyone now has some form of mobile device.

Nowhere is the advance of technology more obvious than in mobile devices. It has taken a few years to take the simple telephone from that proverbial brick to it now what is no less than a hand-held computer.

Modern computing power has got faster and faster and uses hardware that is getting smaller and smaller and the result is that we can now produce a relatively inexpensive, small hand-held device which is smarter and more effective than any computer that ever went into the space shuttle.

The uptake of mobile devices is extraordinary. It took around 45 years for ordinary phones to become commonly available in commonly used. It took around 7 years for the first mobile phones to really take off and smart phones have been around for 4 years.

It is now an extraordinary statistic that there are almost as many mobile devices in the world as there are people in the world. In a 2013 data forecast by Cisco it was estimated that there are now around 7 billion mobile devices in use across the planet and that’s roughly the same number as the number of people on the planet. Continue Reading →

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How To Listen To Curated Radio On Your Mobile Phone

Curated radio is now just an app away

There are of course quite a number of apps which allow you to listen to radio on your mobile phone or other mobile device. One of those is NPR One.

However the NPR One app is slightly different than those which have come before, and allows you to connect to a stream of public radio news and stories which have been curated for you. In other words you don’t just switch on a radio station and listen to it, but you get curated content from the ends of the earth. The best stories and the best news.

The new NPR One app is not the first app offered by the organisation, it has a range of already existing apps for listening to syndicated programs across the nation or for catching local public radio.

However the difference between this new app and previous ones is the curation of radio segments and news articles.

And is not just curated radio segments and news articles, it’s much more than that. The app will curate a mixture of radio segments as well as news articles which are based both on your location as well as on your interests.

Of course everyone likes to have local news. After all who wants to listen to news about something happening in a town at the other end of the country? And everyone has their own interests, if your interest is opera you do want to be listing to football? Continue Reading →

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‘ET Phone Home’: 5 Clever Ways to Connect Your Mobile Phone To Your Car

There has been a real boom in the mobile phone industry in recent years with people getting hooked on various gadgets, phones, tablets, and what not. A revolution might be a word to describe the recent trend as people have them in their hand all the time; checking on Facebook, taking pictures, and texting.

 

You see it everywhere, but the biggest problem is in the traffic.

 

Todays cars are often equipped with ways to connect your device to the car, making it more safe. This is sometimes not the case with smaller cars, or cars that are older. When that is not the case, or when people use their phone the wrong way while driving it represent a great danger. You are threatening the safety of other people in traffic. Making calls, texting, there are so many ways to distract your attention of the road.

 

So to overcome that problem, people have come to idea of connecting your mobile phone to your car. There are probably more ways of doing that, but in this article we are going to explain five of the most common.

 

Bluetooth

Bluetooth is probably the most common way of connecting your device to your vehicle. Modern cars have built-in headset system so it’s fairly easy to establish a connection. You can make phone calls, even play music by connecting your phone to stereo system in your car, all without holding your phone in your hands. They have built in display that can also be connected to your mobile device and interact on much higher level, completing more complex tasks.

 

Analog Cable

Another easy way of connecting your phone to your car is by analog cable. Even if your car don’t have built-in headset you can by one and connect it to your in-car charger. Then using your phone speaker or car stereo you can make calls. Even when it comes to listening music, you can connect your device using cable directly into car audio system and play what you ears want to hear. Except, no one wants to deal with cables any more now that anything can be connected wirelessly, so this is going to be a thing of the past and very soon indeed.

 

USB Cable

Using USB cable is also a way to make a connection, todays smartphones have lots of options that can be performed on cars built in displays. You can charge you phone via usb, which can be handy if you plan to use you phone as navigation device.

 

FM Transmitter

If you want music from your phone to play on your car audio system FM transmitter is the best option. Some smartphones have it built-in, so you only need an app to connect it, but if not, you can buy one for relatively low price and connect it to your car’s power source. Then you can simply stream a song to your car stereo.

 

Factory Installed Systems

Factory-installed systems are becoming more common, so it is also becoming easier to make a connection. Companies are installing systems in their cars that can connect to your mobile device and perform wide variety of tasks, such as reading your messages out loud, having voice commands (we can see what Google is doing with his voice system), and lots of other nifty features.

 

This is something that is becoming more common with the new brands of cars, especially SUVs that are produced to be family cars where safety is important. SUVs are often equipped with gadgets and technology to keep the kids entertained. Connecting your mobile to the cars entertainment system has therefore become something that is becoming increasingly popular.

 

In future, there are going to be a lot more options to connect are phones to our cars. With technology developing at this pace, who knows what tomorrow is going to bring. 

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