…suspect nabbed while attempting to sell laptopJust hours after bandits broke into the car belonging to a soon-to-be wed couple from the media, within the vicinity of the Georgetown Marriott Hotel on Saturday, a suspect has been taken into custody after attempting to sell an item which was stolen during the robbery.Bandits had smashed a window to gain entry into the car parked on Battery Road, Kingston, as popular iNews reporter Ramona Luthi and her fiancé were in a pre-wedding photo shoot around 16:00h.The robbers managed to cart off the laptop computer, two camera lenses, a battery pack and several storage devices, as well as a handbag containing several important documents and a quantity of cash belonging to the couple and the photographer, all of whom are members of the media.Altogether, these items carry a value in excess of $500,000.Shortly after the incident, a prospective buyer of the Asus laptop computer, which went missing from the car, cancelled the transaction based on the suspicious actions of the perpetrator who was on a mission to sell the stolen item.The woman instead contacted the Police, allowing for ranks to intercept the suspect who was nabbed with the stolen item in his possession. In addition, one of the hard drives which were taken from the car was also retrieved.Meanwhile, the man has been taken into custody where his fingerprints are expected to be cross-checked with those that were lifted from the damaged vehicle.Investigations into the matter continue.
Russia’s State Duma has passed a bill banning advertising on cable and satellite pay TV channels, which is set to take effect from the beginning of next year. According to reports, the bill is designed to level competition between Russia’s basic, free-to-view, cable channels, and cable channels that make money from ads and subscriptions.All channels that are available exclusively on a paid basis, as well as those that can only be accessed using a TV decoder will be included in the ad-ban.Exempt from the ban are all national, universally accessible and terrestrial channels – essentially the major state-run networks.According to an FT report, Russia’s ‘big three’ state owned networks have lost market share over the past 10 years, while the proportions of households that view cable and satellite channels has risen.The legislation went through quickly, passing its first reading on Tuesday and its second on Friday. Pending approval from Russia’s upper house of parliament, it is due to take force from January.According to a Moscow Times report, the heads of several Russian channels have voiced concerns at the bill, claiming that around 150 of Russia’s 270 cable and satellite channels will be placed on the brink of survival and the ad-ban will increase the price of paid TV services.
Mozilla’s mixed reality team has launched Firefox Reality, a new web browser designed to work on stand-alone virtual and augmented reality headsets.Firefox Reality was designed to move seamlessly between the 2D and the immersive web and is available now in the Viveport, Oculus, and Daydream app stores.The browser supports voice searches and Mozilla said it is working with creators to bring “an amazing collection of games, videos, environments, and experiences” to the Firefox Reality home screen.“We had to rethink everything, including navigation, text-input, environments, search and more. This required years of research, and countless conversations with users, content creators, and hardware partners,” said Andre Vrignaud, head of mixed reality platform strategy at Mozilla.“The result is a browser that is built for the medium it serves. It makes a big difference, and we think you will love all of the features and details that we’ve created specifically for a MR browser.”Mozilla said that the initial launch is version 1.0 of Firefox Reality, with version 1.1 “right around the corner”. It added that it has an “always-growing list of ideas and features that we are working to add to make this the best browser for mixed reality”.Earlier this year a new startup featuring members of the original Mozilla VR team launched a virtual reality browser for web VR content called Supermedium. This was created by developers Diego Marcos and Kevin Ngo and technical artist Diego Goberna to let users experience VR without downloading large native apps.
Pay TV operators and others are now embracing the world of OTT and multiscreen video, but the business models have in many cases still to be worked out. As more premium video services are made available over unmanaged networks to multiple devices, operators will face a growing threat of internet piracy. How aware are operators of the threat and what measures do they think are necessary to protect their business?In August 2013 DTVE carried out a survey of over 160 industry professionals on their perceptions of multiscreen video business models and the threat of internet piracy. We also looked at service providers’ concerns and the ways in which they might be addressed. Multiscreen Video and Piracy: The Big Picture provides key insights into industry perspectives on piracy, its impact on service providers and ways to tackle the threat posed by the illicit consumption of content.