BBC giving away mini computers to help students learn programming

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In the United Kingdom, the British Broadcasting Channel (BBC) is giving away tiny micro:bit computers to children in year 7 (I assume similar to grade 7 here in North America) across all of the UK. The computers are similar to how a Raspberry Pi would work and function. The idea is if they give the computers out to students it will encourage them to get into programming and teach them the basics of hardware design.

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Motorola president states obvious: Apple charges too much

 

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In a recent interview with the BBC, Motorola President Rick Osterloh took a moment to respond to criticism from Apple’s lead designer, Jony Ive. Ive, in an interview with the New Yorker, stated that the Moto-Maker allowed Motorola to abdicate its responsibility as a designer (note: Ive did not actually mention Motorola by name).

Osterloh told the BBC that Motorola believed in a different philosophy involving consumer engagement with the design process. Read more

The Doctor and the Dalek game launched for tablet devices

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The BBC has launched a new game for tablets based on their immensely popular Doctor Who series. The latest title, The Doctor and a Dalek, has users follow along with The Doctor on a mission to destroy the Orb of Fates aboard an old Gallifreyan ship, the Starbane. The game encourages players to learn about fundamental coding principles by having them solve puzzles linked to a computer coding curriculum. Although the game is entertaining, it is also part of the BBC’s Make It Digital initiative which is designed to help users learn skills and concepts for the digital age. Read more

Congratulations Samsung— the Galaxy S 4 is set to be featured on BBC’s Watchdog

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There have more more than a few of us who have complained about Samsung’s habit of loading up crap unnecessary extra apps on its flagship devices, but it looks like the BBC has had enough of Sammy’s shenanigans. The famed British network will air a special episode of its Watchdog series pointing out some very serious issues that identified on the 16GB variant of the Galaxy S 4 smartphone. In fact, Host Anne Robinson poses this simple question best: “Samsung… claims that its brand new Galaxy phone has an extra-large memory, but what did it forget to mention“? Well– while the smartphone no doubt introduces some well… “unique” apps, much of the apps take up an extraordinary space on the device, resulting in roughly only half of the total storage capacity being available to brand-new owners.

Naturally, Samsung will probably want to rebuke the bold Watchdog claim by highlighting its 16GB Galaxy S 4 certainly has a microSD slot for users to take advantage of, but remember— regular apps can only be installed onto the phone’s internal memory, so there is the potential for owners to simply run out of room. Moreover, owners can always buy the larger capacity variants of the device as well because well— bigger is better anyways.

Hit the break to check out the teaser video for yourself.   Read more

BBC iPlayer updated with Android 4.2 support, fresh UI and improved video quality

After unleashing a breadth of information regarding future plans for its iPlayer Android app, the BBC has released an official update, bringing numerous fresh features to the radio and TV-streaming application.

Users can now experience a polished UI, keeping in line with Google’s very own Holo style guidelines. Support has also been added for Android 4.2 in version 1.5.0.666, something that many fans had been complaining about since the initial release of the Nexus 4. Perhaps one of the biggest changes, though, is much improved video quality, which should help soothe the eyes of visually picky viewers.

The app is available to download now from Google Play via the download link below.

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BBC will provide 24 live Hi-Def streams of the Summer Olympics

The Summer Olympics of 2012 is upon us. What’s your favorite sport, or which will you be sure not to miss, as long as you have access to the live event? Could it be Football, Basketball, Water sports, Rowing, Shooting, Cycling, and the list goes on. As for myself, I will pick up and watch a little of whatever I can. With the help of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) there’s a good chance you’ll get to see your favorite sport live.

The BBC is pulling out all the stops to get this year’s Summer Olympics in London broadcast in as many ways as possible. They will be streaming 24 live HD streams throughout the event. Included, you’ll be able to stream to any one of your Android devices, or web-enabled TV by way of the BBC mobile sports site or mobile applications. The Android app will support streaming HD video over 3G and WiFi, giving the ability to watch live any one of the games. So prepare yourself for overload of Olympic coverage, and enjoy the Summer Games!

Source: techradar

 

BBC News for Android adds home screen widgets

There are plenty of news apps available, but I won’t touch any unless they have a widget. One of Android’s greatest strengths is widgets, which makes you more efficient. BBC News just updated and now supports widgets, both big and small. You can even shuffle the order in which categories appear.

In addition to the widgets, they added a new “Send to BBC News” option so you can report anything major that happened in your area, and the ability to move the app to your SD card which is always handy for those that have limited space.

Just hit the download links below

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