“Leningrad Blockade Survivors Accept Apology from Dozhd TV who asked should they have Surrendered to Nazi’s”

#AceWorldNews says Deputy editor of the TV channel “Rain” Tikhon Dzyadko and host Julia Taratuta met with survivors of the Leningrad blockade on Friday to apologize for a recent poll asking whether the city should have surrendered to the city to the Nazis in order to save hundreds of thousands of lives.

The veterans association accepted the apology, saying they did not believe the television station should be shut down.

Following the poll, nearly two dozen cable and satellite providers dropped the station, which the channel said would result in its effective closure.

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#AceGuestNews & Views: ” The Year Ahead – Beautiful Content Everywhere, Feeling the Love”

#AceNewsServices says l have a number of people that send me posts all year round and would like me to post their Guest Views some l have found not to our news groups ethos, but occasionally someone has thought it through and their views are worthy of print. These are their view’s and l thank them for their input.

Their Thoughts and Feelings about 2013 and 2014:   

More than anything 2014 is going to be a year of beauty, acceptance, and becoming more comfortable with the fact that we’re not alone. even in our own thoughts.

In 2013 we saw:

  1.  The demise (more of a lowering of expectations) of 3D and movement to the next era of insanely brilliant moving image brilliance with 4K content and growing possibilities
  2. The death (realignment) of the PC, rise of everything mobile, constant connection
  3. The stimulated deterioration of long-term thinking being replaced by ultra short-term images/messages that are replaced in a nanosecond by newer/funer images/messages
  4. Business pressures demanding a more rapidly deployed and flexible infrastructure that could respond/react in minutes/hours rather than days/weeks economically. The Cloud
  5. The “horror” to discover that even our most innocuous utterances, activities were being followed by someone, somewhere but not enough to skip a beat or a keystroke

The list at first blush may look like a very pessimistic view of our “progress” but actually the last two years have been a major seismic shift – forward – in becoming increasingly more comfortable with the speed of technology change/adoption. And it’s only getting better…faster.

In 2014 we’ll see:

  1.  4K content production, delivery, enjoyment will increase more rapidly than many expect not just because people will buy UHD TV sets more quickly than anticipated but because more 4K content – new and old – will be appreciated and we’ll see a demand force the move more quickly than we did with  the shift from SD to HD. The change will also have a positive/negative effect on what we watch, when we watch it, where we watch it. OTT (over the top) quality streaming will enable more viewing options forcing the change of cable/satellite firms to become service providers, not gate keepers.
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The first developers of IBM PC computers neglected audio capabilities (first IBM model, 1981). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  1. First appearing in 1977 the PC has had a good run and is being rapidly augmented – not replaced – by new tablets and smartphones. It’s estimated that more than a half billion of the desktop/notebook systems are in use today and the technology is on track to keep them fresh and relevant. The challenge (opportunity) for the industry is to offer a range of screen sizes for tablets and smartphones so they meet the uses of each consumer not broad theoretical “groups.” The 9-12 inch tablet will establish itself as the entertainment/work device of choice by Gen X, Gen Yers while the 3-7 inch phone/phablet will become the communications/entertainment device of choice for Gen Cers
  • The instant-on acceptance of TVs and appliances has raised the expectations of people in almost everything they see, hear, do. It is difficult to “find the time” to sit through something as exciting and breathtaking as Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity without the addition of show Tweets and 3-minute YouTube views of outtakes and goofs. Fortunately the human computer – the mind – is upgrading itself to make multitasking easier to manage, control, live with…I hope
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    Image via CrunchBase

    1. The Cloud will experience a lot of upheaval in 2014 that will also have a mixed effect on the computer hardware/software industry. The industry will experience a lot of change this year as startups will be squeezed out or acquired by others and the herd will be thinned to the point where the dominant players will be Amazon, IBM, Google, Microsoft. This consolidation of horrendously big data centers will also place a lot of pressure on hardware producers like Dell and HP as well as software providers such as Oracle, SAP and VMware which will have a much smaller prospective customer base. The saving grace for these organizations will be the growing SMB (small to medium business) segment which is growing very nicely
  • While we all “knew” that businesses were spying on each other and tracking customer activities on the Internet and we “knew” governments were spying on each other, 2013 marked the turning point where we now “really knew” it. While we will continue to give lip service to transparency, the security industry will enjoy solid – but futile – growth in every area – consumer, business, public organizations. Globally governments, businesses, individuals will use all the tools they can develop/find to keep their friends close and their enemies even closer. The black hats/white hats will finally become grey hats
  • Image representing IBM as depicted in CrunchBase

    Image via CrunchBase

    Conclusion: 

    • Lower cost video capture solutions like Black Magic’s 4K $400 and $4,000 cameras combined with high-performance, low-cost video post production systems will reduce overall content production costs so studios, indies and businesses will deliver more eye-popping content more quickly
    • Standards organizations like SMPTE (Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers) are already developing more efficient solutions for delivering (streaming) content rather than forcing native 4K content delivery. Rather than relying on pushing  more pixels through the already cramped pipe they will focus on more delivering higher frame rates, better bit rates and a broader color gamut more effectively with lower bandwidth requirements
    • While producing new 4K content is an expensive/time-consuming process, studios, content owners and firms like 4K Studios are finding they can mine their libraries of content, economically re-purpose/represent old movies/shows and find an eager market for the material
    • UHD TV set manufacturers are “stimulating” people to replace their “old” HD sets more quickly and are working directly with content owners to deliver material now rather than waiting for the cable gatekeepers to negotiate distribution
    • The perfect storm of new Xbox and PS4, growing array of versatile media players like Roku, Nuvola, NetFlix, Hulu and UltraFlix are giving consumers just the content they want – mixture of free/paid – helping legacy TV services to become less relevant
    • Today there are a half billion PCs in use and the sales growth has obviously slowed as mobile devices – tablets/smartphones – take more of the consumer’s budget. Still only about 230M + tablets will be sold this next year and more than 500M smartphones. Three players will continue to dominate the tablet market – Apple, Samsung, Amazon – and two will dominate the smart phone market – Apple and Samsung. The big struggle here will be in the OS arena – Android, iOS and Windows.  To be more in control of its own destiny you can expect to see Samsung move more of its mobile devices from Android to Baba in a slow, cautious fashion
    • Face it there are just too many cloud service companies in the pool and 25 percent of them will disappear this coming year either through acquisition or bankruptcy. The economy of scale plays too big of a roll for second tier service providers to make the heavy investment in infrastructure
    • Because C office folks see huge savings by buying into the cloud it also means less IT investment – servers, storage, software – which could reduce global IT spending to single-digit growth. It will also require a major focus shift from enterprise to SMB sales
    • I’m not quite certain why Snowdon’s “revelations” of the foul activities of the #NSA (National Security Agency) gets so much attention but it has certainly stimulated the security industry. People have put, gathering, grabbing big data on the Internet for years. Look in the mirror…you are big data. And there’s money to be made, things to be found in your data. It’s what people gave freely to get free stuff! It’s the financial motivation to mine that data that fuels Facebook’s/Google’s growth. It is just too tempting for governments, organizations not to tap into. It’s not that people didn’t know that spies, espionage, surveillance didn’t know it…it’s on the news and the storyline of every movie, TV show. Everyone is suddenly outraged even though he/she wants to know what the other is thinking/doing while protecting their thoughts/ideas/actions. Covering up my stuff while finding out dirt about the other guy is a big business, getting bigger. Just know everyone !

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    “Communication Devices Provide Entertainment For Every Age and Every Taste – But are they Really Making Us Happier or More Self-Reliant on Virtual Feelings”

    #AceMediaNews says “Communication Devices Provide Entertainment Options for Every Age and Every Taste” but are they really making us Happier or More Self-Reliant on Virtual Feelings”

    Entertainment Options for Every Age, Every Taste

    “Too many 40-year-old adolescents, felons, power drinkers and trustees of modern chemistry.” – Dalton, “Road House,” Silver Pictures, 1989

    It’s interesting to watch the TV networks and cable providers brawl over who is/should get the biggest share of the entertainment payment pie.  Especially when both sides are making handsome profits.

    But they always seem to “work things out.” Cost is simply passed along to you!

    But fewer folks are tolerating the constant increases because today consumers have more options … a lot more options.

    Those that do … its habit!

    For Gen Yers who grew up always knowing the Internet was there for them, it’s become their first choice for entertainment with almost limitless “TV” channel choices.

    And it all happened relatively quickly:

    –        1999 – Victoria’s Secret fashion show “aired” online, choking the Internet

    –        2000 –  Samsung introduced the first cellphone with a built-in camera and people started uploading all their best stuff to the web

    –        2005 – YouTube formed but online video infrastructure could barely support viewing activity

    –        2010 – a team of scientists/engineers send a GoPro camera into near space (80,000 ft) and the online video has been viewed more than 3B times and copied hundreds of times

    –         2012 – the 4.13 minute Gangnam Style video was posted on the web with duplicates at YouTube and Facebook. To date, there have been more than 20B GS views, 40M copies downloaded, billions of mentions/likes/links around the globe. No one said taste was a prerequisite for being on the web!

    New choices keep coming every time we turn on our smart TV set, tablet or smart phone.

    Smart Options – Today’s smart TVs, like some of LG’s units, are not only being bought by consumers, they are finally being connected to the Internet  with streaming media players like the Nuvola as people begin to move beyond the standard cable/satellite bundled offerings. With the Internet, people can find and enjoy content that is of interest specifically to them, rather than the general audiences networks try to appeal to. The anything, anytime audience is also gaining the attention of marketers and advertisers.

    The Times Warner Cable/CBS negotiations (and blackout) will probably help a whole bunch of people realize they do have an option to the constantly rising cable bill.

    Dalton warned both sides, “I want you to be nice until it’s time to not be nice.”

    Connection Options

    Today’s smart TV can be connected to TV sets with your Xbox, PS, NanoTech Nuvola or Roku to deliver a world of news, information and entertainment.

    Sure, everyone would like to upgrade their screen to a smart TV; but face it…even with prices coming down they ain’t cheap.

    And it’s hard to justify a new set when the present one is only a year or two old if the content isn’t 4K quality.

    Dalton calmly said, “I want you to remember that it’s a job. It’s nothing personal.”

    That’s why, according to ABI Research, the global market for smart streaming devices and dongles will surpass 18 million units this year. The research firm projects the market for smart units and dongles will grow at a rate of 10.8 percent through 2018, thanks to areas like the Asia-Pacific and Latin America.

    Then too, people like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon and iTunes are producing their own entertainment to compete with cable networks.

    Freedom of Choice – The rising cable/satellite company monthly charges plus the younger generation that is growing up on the Internet (who never had a conventional TV connection) are helping people seek out new options for their TV time. Cable cutting is only a minor movement but it is forcing the entire entertainment industry to take a fresh, new look at its business model.

    Rising monthly charges and professional alternative content are making it very easy for more and more people to cut the cord and move their viewing to the Internet.

    Of course, there’s always the tablet or smart phone for viewing.

    If you’re connecting at home, you’re probably using a cable operator, cheaper but still…

    The number of online video viewers this year will be about half of the 2B plus people who use the internet.

    Cable Plus

    But it’s not always a matter of cutting the cable.  There are a number of reasons people want to watch their content over the internet or add the online activity while viewing cable shows.

    My TV – Consumers around the globe are adding the Internet to their TV/entertainment viewing options on all of their devices. In many instances, people blend plain-old-TV with Internet connected device activities.

    What does bother the content selling side of the cable company is the trend that is being set by the younger generations to simply do everything on the Internet.

    Researchers at RVA recently found that more than 25 per cent of under-35 broadband users consistently got all of their television/movie programming through the Internet and didn’t access broadcast or cable programming at all.

    Life on the iNet – While cable/satellite companies continue to have good viewing numbers, they also see those numbers decreasing. They are really focused on the Gen Y and teen generation audience which has had never bothered to sign up for the rising annual TV fees but has always taken advantage of Internet-available news, information, entertainment.

    About half of this group had never purchased programming from a cable or satellite television provider.

    Across all age categories, a growing number of broadband consumers are now receiving all of their programming from the Internet.

    Content owners think that direct relationship is a natural growth, so expect a mish-mash – pay TV and OTT coming to your smart TV or smart dongle/box.

    Traffic Boom

    The video/audio content over the iNet push has surprised (thanks to the kids showing the way).

    Global internet traffic has skyrocketed:

    –        1992 – 100GB/day

    –        1997 – 100GB/hr

    –        2002 – 100GB/sec

    –        2007 – 2,000GB/sec

    –        2012 – 12,000GB/sec

    –        2017 – 35,000GB/sec

    Wade looked at all the potential entertainment coming across the wire/airwaves and said, “I’ll get all the sleep I need when I’m dead.”

    Content suppliers are feeding an almost unquenchable demand and infrastructure folks are rushing to keep up because according to a recent study, 60 per cent of the streams suffer quality degradation leading to re-buffering, slow start-up or poor picture quality.

    FTTH (Fiber to the Home) folks in the Americas like to say they’re going to be the ones that meet the demand but people like Cisco, Ericcssen and Alcatel take a less myopic view and look at the global demand.

    Infrastructure Build-Out – Consumers have kept the leading Internet suppliers and providers very busy (and profitable) by demanding higher-quality video content. The demand for content on any device is projected to continue to increase to the point where video will be the primary consumer of Internet traffic in the near future.

    All forms of IP video (Internet video, IP VoD (video on demand), video files exchanged through file sharing, video streamed gaming, and videoconferencing) will reach 86 percent of total IP traffic.

    By 2015, Internet video will account for 55 percent of all consumer iNet traffic.

    By 2017, global IP video traffic will be 73 percent of all iP traffic.

    Internet video to TV will be 14 percent of consumer Internet video traffic by 2017 and by then, VoD will be equal to six billion DVDs/month!

    But it isn’t all just about mindless entertainment.

    The smart TVs, boxes and dongles will deliver a lot more to the home viewer/user.

    Resource Center – Almost every segment of business is finding new opportunities to deliver news, information and entertainment over the Internet. Cable and telco firms see growing sales/service opportunities, while other business segments see opportunities to get closer to their customers.

    Over the next few years, we’ll also localize and personalize our communications, messaging, shopping and music/visual entertainment.

    Telcos and cable folks are also “encouraging” us to upgrade our appliances, connect them to the iNet and manage our homes from anywhere.

    The healthcare industry is also focused on newer, better and more advanced/complete ways of monitoring and delivering healthcare.

    All of it–not just to your lowly flat screen but also to your tablet, smart phone and, oh yeah, computer.

    As Dalton said, “It’ll get worse before it gets better.

    Then, he looked at both sides in the contract negotiations and said, “My way… or the highway.”

    Courtesy of #AceMediaNews 

     

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    Death at School:Parents Protest Dangerous Discipline Video

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    Español: Logo Vectorial de YouTube (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

    I saw this video today on YouTube and just had to provide a post, about the discipline applied in certain schools in the US and before you watch ,it is very graphic and may upset certain people!

    The fact that “Special Needs Children” are being locked up for hours on end to be able to teach them a lesson, defies all morality!

    Something Sickening Is Happening To Some Of Our Schoolchildren.

    I have a ginormous soapbox I wanna get up on right now. Watch this and then do some of your own research. What you’ll find will probably be appalling.

    At 5:06, the kids themselves describe their own experiences. That should be all you need to hear to understand something is seriously wrong here.

    WARNING: This video includes disturbing scenes involving children.

    Alana Karsch

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