BBC Trust Boosts Web Budget, Cuts TV and Film Money

BBC sites are responsible for <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7954941.stm">40 percent of the visits to iPlayer</a>, according to Hitwise.The BBC Trust, which watches over the broadcaster’s budget on behalf of UK citizens who pay the license fee that funds operations, has agreed to a £30.7 million ($44.3 million) budget increase for the BBC’s web ventures. That brings the total to more than £145 million a year for the next three years.
Meanwhile, traffic to online video web sites has risen 40.7 percent in the UK over the last 12 months, with YouTube garnering 62.9 percent of those visits, according to the Beeb. Further, traffic to the BBC’s iPlayer is up 152.1 percent, and is second to YouTube among video sites with an 11.2 percent share. Hopefully the budget increase will be enough to cover the growing bandwidth bill.
The extra money comes at a time when the BBC is otherwise scaling back, and it comes with some conditions.
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Running QuickBooks for Windows on Your Mac

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QuickBooks is one of those key business applications that many people who are considering a switch to the Mac are worried about leaving behind. While QuickBooks 2009 for Mac might be the perfect answer for many, others do not want to give up some of the key features of the Windows version.

Intuit provides a list of key differences, and I think the most important ones are the industry-specific editions of QuickBooks Premier, multi-user access, and the ability to create an Accountant’s Copy of your company file. If you need any of those features, then you’ll want to continue to run the Windows version of QuickBooks.

Fortunately, there are several good methods to accomplish this feat that won’t break the bank or leave you pulling your hair out. Just remember that you are still running Windows (with one exception pointed out below). You will need to make sure that you are protected from viruses and spyware. You might be tempted to turn off networking entirely to avoid the anti-virus tax, but QuickBooks receives frequent updates over the Internet and many people use the DirectConnect features to pull down their financial statements through the intertubes as well.
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4G: Forget Cell Towers, Bring on the Femtocells

Will personal cell towers replace the giant monstrosities currently sitting on rooftops and beside highways? Manish Singh, a VP with Continuous Computing, says that may be the case with the 4G buildout. He spoke with me about the company’s new line of software and hardware for carriers deploying LTE networks, noting that those in North America and Europe are asking whether they should deploy citywide — or one consumer at a time, using femtocells. Read More about 4G: Forget Cell Towers, Bring on the Femtocells

Qualcomm Backs Femtocell Maker, ip.access

With an undisclosed investment in femtocell company ip.access, Qualcomm is raising the profile of the nascent market. Femtocells are tiny base stations that connect to a consumer’s existing broadband connection to improve cellular reception in a home or office. Carriers such as Sprint, Orange and TMobile are all deploying or have plans to deploy femtocells. Carriers (in most cases) like femtocells for their ability to improve coverage without requiring network build-outs in rural areas and to offload users from increasingly strained 3G networks.

Qualcomm’s backing is noteworthy because it has hinted that it will develop a femtocell chip of its own and also because CEO Paul Jacobson had previously cast doubts on the technology saying interference from femtocells could cause problems for other home networking equipment. With this investment, perhaps Qualcomm intends to solve those problems and reap the rewards of a growing market.

In another indication of the market’s growing maturity, today the Femto Forum said it has come up with a standard that will make femotocells interoperable with a variety of carrier equipment and gateways. That means carriers may feel more comfortable trialling the devices without being locked in with one vendor. However, the resulting standard is likely to force equipment makers such as ip.access, UbiquiSys and Alcatel-Lucent to revamp their existing equipment. So it’s a good thing ip.access has deep pockets behind it.