BRITAIN: ‘ BBC to launch US online subscription service next year ‘


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#AceMediaNews – Sept.17: ‘Over-the-top’ video service could boost revenues and allow American fans to watch shows on demand, as UK government reviews public broadcaster

The BBC will launch an online subscription service in the US next year, boosting revenues for the British public broadcaster and allowing viewers to watch shows on demand.

“We’re launching a new OTT [over-the-top] video service in America offering BBC fans programmes they wouldn’t otherwise get, showcasing British actors, our programme-makers and celebrating our culture,” the BBC’s director general, Tony Hall, said at the industry’s RTS Convention in Cambridge.

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Original Article: http://www.theguardian.com/media/2015/sep/17/bbc-us-online-subscription-service

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The most popular paid iPhone app right now is an ad blocker


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#AceTechNews – Sept.17: Apple’s iOS 9 update, which launched yesterday (Sept. 16), allows users to block ads, trackers, and other content in its mobile Safari web browser for the first time. An initial crop of ad-blocking apps is already proving to be popular.

Ad blockers are currently the no. 1, 3, 6, and 12 best-selling paid apps in the US iPhone app store. The top app, Peace, was purchased 12,000 times yesterday for $2.99, according to Marco Arment, its developer. Arment notes that it wasn’t even available until about 7pm Eastern time last night, so that sales figure only represents a portion of the day. (Arment, previously the co-founder of Tumblr, is well-known in the tech community for creating Instapaper—an early web and mobile app that cleaned up and saved web articles for easy reading, including stripping out most ads.)

No one knows how popular ad blocking will eventually be on mobile devices. Long possible on the desktop web, blocking ads is still a relatively niche activity in the US, but more popular in some European countries, according to a recent Wall Street Journal article (paywall).

But it’s certainly something to watch. Mobile is projected to represent a larger portion of ad spending, from just over 10% in the US last year to almost 30% by 2019, according to eMarketer. If users block a substantial portion of ads, that could easily affect many publishing businesses. (One fear is that small publishers, which lack the resources to invent new ad technology or sell other products, could be hit hardest.)

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However, it’s easy to see why these tools could become popular. Bad ads are more noticeable and obnoxious on mobile, where bandwidth is already constrained, screens are small, and users often pay for internet access on a metered basis. An inexpensive, one-time ad-blocker purchase that increases privacy, makes the web faster, and prevents wasting money on bandwidth to load bloated ads sounds like an attractive proposition, whether it’s ethical or not.

Read this next: The five biggest changes coming to your iPhone in Apple’s iOS 9 update


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FEATURED: ‘ Auto industry get updated with Google & Apple effects ‘


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#AceTechNews – Sept.17: For many years, there was a running gag at each January’s CES that Apple had “won the show,” despite the fact that it doesn’t even show up at CES in any official capacity at all. The original iPhone was announced smack in the middle of CES in San Francisco, not Las Vegas, prompting planes full of weary tech journalists to abruptly leave the Nevada desert only to return the following day. And even when Apple doesn’t explicitly interfere with the show, there have always been the inevitable rumors and comparisons: Can this new Samsung phone compete with the iPhone? What is Apple going to do with television? Is there any tablet that matters other than the iPad?

It’s perceived as a standards-bearer, a unilateral force that is silently dictating the temperature and direction of the market from afar. Auto shows are starting to fall under a similar spell: Apple and Google have become indelible parts of the conversation, even though neither company has announced a commercial transportation product and may not for several years. (Apple hasn’t even officially acknowledged that it’s working on cars at all.) Nowhere has that phenomenon felt more real than this week’s IAA — the globally important Frankfurt auto show — where the world’s biggest automotive brands spent most of their airtime talking about electrification, autonomy, and the connected car. Those topics are in line with the current state of technology in the industry, but the influence of the automotive non-traditionalists in the Valley was palpable with almost everything executives in Frankfurt said.

Celebs to Rock the Mall for Pope Francis Address


Thousands of people are expected to head to the National Mall for Pope Francis' congressional address. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Thousands of people are expected to head to the National Mall for Pope Francis’ congressional address. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

#AceMediaNews – Sept.17: While roughly 50,000 people are expected to stand on the Capitol’s West Lawn to watch Pope Francis’ congressional address, thousands more are expected to rally on the National Mall across the street and they’ll be rocking out to some Earth-friendly tunes.

The “Rally for Moral Action on Climate Justice” has been planned for some time, and signs advertising it can be spotted all around D.C. But this week, organizers announced the performance lineup, featuring some familiar names.

The rally will kick off at 7:30 a.m. and last until 12:30 p.m., and will feature religious leaders as well as some famous musicians, including Moby, Natasha Bedingfield, rapper Sean Paul, and Victoria Justice.

The stars are slated to perform “Love Song to the Earth,” a song that brought together big names such as Paul McCartney and Bon Jovi. Proceeds from the song benefit the United Nations Foundation and “Friends of the Earth,” a group that advocates for environmental policies to address climate change.

Climate change is just one of the controversial topics Pope Francis could discuss during his historic address to Congress next week. And though some lawmakers might disagree with the pontiff, his climate comments will likely receive a warm reception from the audience outside.

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‘I’m turning into a sheep:’ Reviewers hilariously destroy Apple’s ‘Move to iOS’ app


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#AceTechNews – Sept.17: Among all the iOS 9-launch hubbub, you might’ve missed an interesting factoid: Apple launched its first-ever Android app on Wednesday

The app, called “Move to iOS,” is designed to help Android users switch to an iOS device, by transferring their contacts, photos, messages, bookmarks and other data to an iPhone or iPad

Unsurprisingly, the app is getting absolutely destroyed by reviewers on Google Play (hat tip to VentureBeat for noticing), many of whom had given it a meager one star

See also: iOS 9 review: A need for speed, and Maps that actually work

Many of the reviews don’t really reflect the app’s functionality; instead, they’re rants by Android users who simply don’t like Apple. But boy, are they hilarious Read more…

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