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BBC iPlayer And VPN

Online streaming to catch-up with TV shows has gained popularity over the years. Services have been put up to cater to this popularity and people who most prefer the internet over the actual television. One example of this kind of service is from British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) with its BBC iPlayer. There are certain restrictions though that has been put in place for these kinds of services such as it could be restricted to certain regions only and there are fees in place before the contents can be watched by the viewers. This is certainly the case for BBC iPlayer.

The BBC iPlayer’s access is limited to the residents of the United Kingdom. Other countries around the world may not be able to access this service ideally even those that are geographically near them such as Ireland. BBC iPlayer in Ireland cannot be accessed and shows cannot be watched while in Ireland and this is what both Irish natives and tourists are complaining about. This is because licensing rules and fees have been applied to its usage. However, the people seem to still want to watch using this service. Research studies have shown that in spite of the limits imposed, the BBC shows are still so popular around the world and they use the BBC iPlayer to access the contents. So, how does one do this?

In Ireland, it is already known that this service is restricted. No one can access the service without paying the fee and it might not even be possible due to location conditions. If a user does not have an IP address that states it’s from UK, then don’t expect that the content from BBC iPlayer can be accessed.

Both the residents and tourists in Ireland though have found ways to circumvent around these constraints for BBC iPlayer in Ireland. The use of Virtual Private Networks (VPN) and proxy servers have paved the way to do so. Since the limitation imposed is mainly on IP addressing of regions, these can be bypassed if you have a good VPN service that effective cloaks your identity and pretend that the IP address is from UK. No worries as it’s neither illegal nor breaches any copyright law as buying or downloading content is not the same as streaming but of course, BBC is not fine with it and is also doing its best to block these.

Incredible Tech Deals That Did Not Push Through

There are many business deals that did not push through because of some disagreements or some details that have not been ironed out in time. It is disappointing for the parties involved particularly if the deal will change history. There are some incredible cases of business tech deals that did not take place but in truth, the outcome was not exactly bad news for users.

Before Facebook ruled social media, Myspace was already the revolutionary platform. The thing is, Myspace was forgotten when several new social media platforms appeared. Myspace disappeared and no one seemed to care. However, News Corp bought the social network for $580 million, an extremely profitable deal in 2005 because the site was currently in its best moments. The first year was great because Myspace value was estimated at $12 billion; however, it declined terribly because the platform lost its popularity and people moved to other social media platforms that adapted to new needs. In 2011, News Corp sold Myspace for $35 million.

If you were born during the time when movies were rented, you are certainly familiar with Blockbuster. Netflix is the real deal right now. Blockbuster lacked the vision to go into online movie streaming; otherwise it would have reaped the benefits of being the first in the new market. In 2000, Netflix offered Blockbuster to handle its online component but Blockbuster did not see it as a good enough deal for the company. Nowadays, Netflix is running the show.

When Google was the new kid on the block, Excite was the second most popular search engine after Yahoo. It was very unlikely for a new company to replace its position. Google’s co-founder Larry Page made an offer to Excite to replace its technology with Google Search but the offer was turned down. The rest is history.

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A Breakthrough in Memory Technology through 3D Xpoint Technology by Intel

For decades, industries have searched for a solution to reduce the lag time between the processor and data to achieve a faster analysis. Today, Intel Corporation and Micron Technology has unveiled 3D XPoint Technology that has the potential to revolutionize any device, application or service that benefits from fast access into large sets of data. 3D XPoint Technology is a major breakthrough in memory process technology and the first new memory category ever since NAND flash was introduced in 1989.

Massive amounts of new data are generated from the explosion of connected and digital services. In order for this massive amount of data to be useful, it needs to be stored and analyzed very quickly. This is the challenge faced by service providers and system builders because they have to balance cost, power and performance trade-offs in the design of memory and storage solutions.

3D XPoint Technology will provide performance, density, power, non-volatility and cost benefits for all available memory technologies in the market. The technology boasts of up to 1,000 times faster and up to 1,000 times greater endurance compared to NAND flash with 10 times more density than conventional memories. This new class of non-volatile memory achieves the goal that industries have been seeking for in their memory and storage solutions.

The performance of 3D XPoint Technology could also enhance the PC experience so that consumers will enjoy faster interactive social media and faster collaboration to achieve a better gaming experience. The non-volatile nature of the new technology will be a great choice for low latency storage applications since data will not be erased even if the power is turned off.

Retailers will also benefit from 3D XPoint Technology because it will allow them to quickly identify fraud patterns in financial transactions. Healthcare researchers will also be able to process large amounts of data in real time to accelerate complex tasks like genetic analysis and disease tracking.

3D XPoint Technology is a product of more than a decade of research and development to address the needs for a non-volatile, high performance, high endurance and high capacity and memory for an affordable cost.

Blinding White for Your Twitter Homepage Background

If you notice a stark all-white background instead of the customized background when you are viewing your profile, main timeline and notifications, do not worry because it is not just you. Twitter has decided to remove wallpapers from user’s homepages and notification timelines last Monday.

All background images are only available where logged-in users will see them publicly in Tweet pages, list pages and collections pages. Twitter’s pre-set background or the user’s customized wallpapers have been replaced with what some people refer to as “blinding white”. Previously, users were allowed to change the background image on their profiles which also showed as their wallpaper on the Twitter website.

However, Twitter has also made an improvement because it now easier to manage your account’s security and privacy settings. A new data dashboard has been introduced to provide users with a detailed look at all their privacy and security settings so that users can easily manage account access, block accounts and block access to third party apps.

The password-protected dashboard can now be accessed through your account’s main settings menu under “Your Twitter data” where you have an overview of your account history. This also includes the exact date and time when you signed for Twitter including all the apps and devices that are currently authorized to access your account. For example, if you have been using a mobile phone to access Twitter, it will show the date when it was activated for Twitter. The same info is available when you used an Android tablet.

The reason why Twitter has made improvements on the security and privacy settings is to give users an easy way to verify that everything should look the way it should be. It is important for users to have control over their information that is why Twitter has made the deliberate design decisions.

For example, if you see a login activity from an app that you do not recognize, you can easily go to the app tab in your setting to revoke its access to your Twitter account. If you notice there are logins from suspicious locations, you can change your password immediately and enroll in login verification for additional security.