Mumbai City FC to partner with Fanmode in ISL-II

Fanmode to be the official Fan Involvement Partner for Mumbai City FC

London-based technology startup called Fanmode has partnered with Mumbai City FC for the upcoming Indian Super League. The partnership will see Mumbai City FC fans be provided with an exclusive app through which they can not only follow their team with live score updates, social feed but also spur them by cheering for them in real time.

“Fanmode is really excited to pioneering its fan involvement service in India with Mumbai City FC for ISL 2015. The founders of Fanmode greatly believe in the Indian Sports Market and hence Mumbai City FC being one of the most progressive sports entities in India seemed like the obvious choice to partner with” said, Piyush Choudhary, General Manager, India, Fanmode.

Indranil Das Blah, CEO Mumbai City FC commented, “Building and maintaining a fanbase is extremely important for us and we believe that Fanmode will help us a great deal in doing that. Very excited to have partnered with Fanmode and have an app exclusively for our fans.”

Through the Mumbai City FC Vibecast app (fans will be able to ‘high-five’ each other, Wave their team flag, and cheer their team on (among many other actions) from wherever they are during a match. The cheers would be appearing on their official Website and Facebook page in real time. The idea behind this is to try and bring the fans closer to both their teams and each other.

We look forward to an exciting season of the ISL and wish Mumbai City FC the best of luck and ask their fans to spur them on during game time cheering for their team wherever they are. Download now: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fanmode.mumbaicityfc

The 2nd edition of the Hero Indian Super League started on 3rd October in Chennai. Mumbai City FC will play their first home match against Chennaiyin FC on 16th October at the fortress, DY Patil Stadium, Nerul, Mumbai.

NZ/India Cleantech Investors Announce $100mn Partnership

London/New Delhi headquartered cleantech and green infrastructure investors ETI Dynamics, and New Zealand’s first dedicated cleantech investors Greenhouse Capital, today announced a exclusive partnership to mobilise $100m to expedite the export of New Zealand clean technologies into Indian, Asian and African markets.

The partnership was jointly announced by ETI Dynamics CEO, Sanmit Ahuja, at the first bi-annual joint ETI Dynamics/Greenhouse Capital Cleantech Investment Forum. “New Zealand has a great deal of innovation to offer the world and ETI Dynamics is delighted to be working closely with Greenhouse Capital to realise the many growth opportunities available,” he said.

Ahuja further said, “The maturing of cleantech over the past decade and the emergence of cost-effective sustainable solutions will ensure that sustainable innovation becomes the norm in large industrial verticals before 2020. Penetration of sustainability in the core businesses of industries such as oil and gas, power and utilities, chemicals & materials, mining & metals, will have a tremendous positive impact – a total addressable market of $3 trillion to $4 trillion.”

Investors, cleantech companies, banks and government attended the event, which was followed by a series of more detailed investment discussions with companies seeking funding and offshore growth opportunities.

Greenhouse Capital will also be a key partner for one of eight regional Cleantech Innovation Hubs that ETI Dynamics is setting up.

Greenhouse Capital Director Duncan Stewart described the partnership as a significant step forward for the Kiwi cleantech sector and trade relationships with India. “We are thrilled to be working closely with ETI Dynamics. They have a large portfolio of projects in India and other regions that could benefit hugely from the clean technologies we produce in New Zealand. ETI Dynamics also has global growth aspirations, so the potential for New Zealand is vast.”

ETI Dynamics and Greenhouse Capital expect to announce multiple investment deals during a trade mission to Delhi in September.

New Content Horizons Event a Great Success

Futuresource Consulting, debuted the brand new ‘New Content Horizons’ event on Tuesday 02 June at the stunning Ham Yard Hotel, London. Sponsored by Panasonic, Rovi Corp, West 10 Studios and Digital TV Europe, the day explored the evolution of TV and Video content delivery. Key industry influencers (WWE, Eurosport, DTG, Freesat, MTG, Dolby, BBC, Rovi Corp, Sky, EE, Sony computer entertainment, Glory Sports and many more) gathered together to discuss the content, service and hardware drivers that are shaping the future landscape.

Attendees included; Amazon, Apple, BBC, British Video Association, Hasbro, John Lewis, Lionsgate UK, Livewire Sport, NBC Universal, Nordic Cinema Group, Samsung, Sky, Sony Pictures, Studio Canal, Talk Talk, Tenshi Ventures, Universal Music Group, Verrents, Vitec, Warner Bros and many more.

Three panel sessions took place during the afternoon, topics included; OTT Challenging the Traditional Broadcast Landscape, Premium Sports and 4K, UHD and beyond. Futuresource also shared their ground breaking research into how studios are driving digital ownership, the relationship between hardware and content and consumer insights from its latest wave of Living with Digital research.

Keynote speaker George Barrios, WWE, shared his experiences of the new WWE Network commenting that the WWE network has 1.3m Global subscribers ,90% customer satisfaction with 53.4 hours of viewing per home.

Futuresource analyst Carl Hibbert led an interesting panel session called ‘OTT Challenging the Traditional Broadcast Landscape’ with Simon McGrath, General Manager of thePlatform, Matt Rennie, Managing Director of The Box Plus Network, Matthew Huntington, CTO of Freesat and Jakob Mejlhede Andersen, Executive VP of Programming and Content Development at Modern Times Group. Simon McGrath stated that ‘the UK is aggressive and fast moving in terms of new content services’, they all concluded that Pay TV operators are managing to fend off OTT or embrace it.

Charles Dawes, Senior Director of Product Marketing, Rovi Corp took us down memory lane from the TV guide to the EPG to the new graph based technology which is now enabling the Rovi transition to dynamic metadata. He believes that multiplatform personalization is the way forward with ‘63% of users spending over 10 minutes searching for content today’.

The ‘Premium Sports’ panel led by Richard Gillis, Unofficial Partner, comprised of David Kerr, Managing Director Eurosports, Alex Chamberlen, Managing Director Omnigon, David Gibbs, Director Sky Sports Digital and Ivan Farneti, COO Glory World Sports. One key message to take from this session is that the clear line between digital and TV is obviously now blurring, Gibbs stating that ‘20% of Sky’s live sports events are now viewed on the Sky Go platform’.

David Sidebottom presented fascinating Futuresource research on how the studios are managing their business in the light of the transition to digital, 39% of Global video revenues will be subscription VOD by 2018.

The final panel session of the day ‘4K, UHD and Beyond’ held by Jack Wetherill, Senior Market Analyst Futuresource involved Andy Quested, Head of HD and UHD BBC, Simon Gauntlett, CTO DTG and Chris Johns, Chief Engineer Broadcast Strategy, Sky. The general consensus with the panel was that 4K and UHD TV are ‘not like the 3D fiasco’ stated Andy Quested. At the moment there are multiple standards for TVs, they all agreed that a new standard needs to arranged, a challenge they have set themselves for the coming year.

Matt Stagg, EE gave a fascinating presentation about the challenges and opportunities EE faces with TV on the go. Stagg said “all mobile operators need to separate video streaming from mobile data and ultimately charge for duration and not MB/GB”.

Finally Sony and Dolby gave us a glimpse into the future with virtual reality demos and presentations of their latest products. Panasonic demonstrated their P2 cast solutions, a cloud based news production system that takes full advantage of the network features of the P2HD camcorders with AVC-ULTRA recording.

Blizzard, King, Sony, CCP announced for 2015 Game QA Loc Forum

Theres more, Europe’s only meeting dedicated entirely to QA and localisation in the games industry is heading to Barcelona!

That’s right, the third installment of the European forum is trading London for sunny, summery Barcelona… sun, sand, sangria – and now a Game QA and localisation event to boot. More than 180 people met in London last year, where the Game QA and Localisation community focused on automation, hearing some fantastic talks and examples of the how, when and why of implementation. With that in mind, I’m very pleased to announce some the fantastic speaker line-up for this year, which includes Blizzard, SEGA, King, CCP Games, SEGA, Bigpoint, Rockstar Lincoln and SCEE to name but a few.

While automation is still a hot subject in both fields, this June with the change of scenery comes a change of perspective. This arena will examine the role and place QA and localisation have within game development. While historically seen as a ‘necessary evil’, these days it feels like it’s finally turned a corner, entering a new era where quality and immersion – both outcomes of effective QA and localisation – are actual selling points for games, even going as far as differentiating against competition. Yet why is it that both internally & externally the old perception of being the outsiders, or not as critical to the end result, still commonly persists?

The event will look to explore that role that these essential functions play in the bigger picture, and to equip ourselves with the ammunition and confidence to sell our functions and demonstrate their ROI; both to studio or publisher execs and – eventually – to the public. Of course, attendees will also discuss the ever-important matters of planning, budgeting, team culture and people management, best practices and further thoughts on automation, continuing the mission to help raise the bar for the quality of QA and localisation throughout the games industry.

People wishing to attend can book online or for more information that brochure is available for grabs online.

Media Contact: Jane Cook at Jane.Cook(at)iqpc(dot)co(dot)uk / +442073689327

CloudFlare open their first international office in London

CloudFlare open their first international office in London

CloudFlare has announced the opening of their first office outside Silicon Valley. The company has expanded to London.

CloudFlare spoke about the need to expand presence internationally:

We decided to open an office outside Silicon Valley for two major reasons: to get access to high quality software engineering, network operations and technical support folks, and to expand our 24/7 operations and support. Not to mention, London has a vibrant start-up community that we are very happy to now be a part of.

CloudFlare added that they are hiring in both San Francisco and London offices. Check out the openings here.

EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE LAUNCHES EE

A new company, a new network, a new brand

EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE LAUNCHES EE

• EE to become the UK’s most advanced digital communications company

• EE network switched on today

• EE’s new customer brand to launch in the coming weeks with pioneering superfast 4G LTE mobile services and fibre broadband

• EE’s superfast 4G service to launch in 16 cities by Christmas, covering 20 million people – a third of the population. Nationwide 4G roll out to accelerate through 2013 with 98% of UK population covered in 2014

• EE’s superfast fibre broadband service to reach more than 11 million households and businesses by end of year

• Over 700 EE-branded stores to open – more than any other operator

• Orange and T-Mobile customers to benefit from the UK’s biggest and best mobile network, and more stores than ever before

Everything Everywhere today announced the launch of EE – the UK’s most advanced digital communications company. EE will become the new name of the Everything Everywhere business and its network.

EE will also be launched as a new superfast customer brand in the coming weeks. It is a brand born in the digital age, designed to serve both consumers and businesses, offering the UK’s only 4G mobile service and complemented by fixed-line fibre broadband.

The new EE brand will stand alongside Orange and T-Mobile. Together they will provide mobile services to 27 million people, now served by the UK’s biggest and best network.

Olaf Swantee, CEO of EE said: “Today we launch a new company, a new network and a new brand for Britain.

“Our plans to revolutionise the UK communications market with a faster network and an exciting new brand for the digital age are built on solid investment and a simple belief that customers deserve better.

“We look forward to connecting the country with superfast mobile speeds in the coming weeks, months and years.

“And it starts today, with the announcement of our new business, our new brand and a new digital infrastructure that our company, our customers and the country can be proud of.”

EE – superfast 4G and fibre

The EE customer brand will launch with 4G services for consumers and businesses in the coming weeks.

It will be the first brand in the country to offer a mobile 4G service – the pioneering new technology that offers superfast mobile internet at speeds typically five times faster than 3G speeds today.

EE will also launch a fibre broadband service to homes and businesses with fixedline internet speeds typically ten times faster than today’s average broadband speeds.

It means that EE’s 4G customers will be the first in the UK to enjoy superfast speeds on their mobile and at home or at work.

With superfast 4G mobile, customers will be able to:

• Access the web on the go without waiting

• Download high-definition movies in minutes

• Watch live TV on the move without buffering

• Play live multiplayer games on the go

• Download large email attachments quicker than ever

• Make high quality video calls on the move

Four cities – London, Bristol, Cardiff and Birmingham – are switched on today for the company’s engineers to begin live testing and systems integration, in readiness for the customer launch.

EE’s 4G network will cover a third of the UK population in 2012 – over 20 million people – and customers on the EE brand will also have access to the largest 3G network in the UK outside of the 4G cities. Further towns, cities and rural areas, will follow rapidly with 2013 population coverage to reach 70%, with 98% covered by 2014.

EE’s 2012 launch schedule will see 16 areas of the country connected to 4G by Christmas – the UK’s four capitals and twelve other major cities. The 16 cities are London, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Derby, Glasgow, Hull, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Sheffield and Southampton. EE will offer a range of state-of-the-art devices alongside its superfast 4G mobile network with more to be announced shortly.

Today, EE confirmed it is to launch the following 4G devices:

Samsung Galaxy SIII LTE – with a 4.8 inch HD Super AMOLED display, you can watch videos on your mobile like never before. Innovative Smart Stay automatically recognises when you are looking at the phone, maintaining a bright display for continued viewing pleasure.

Nokia Lumia 920 – flagship Nokia Windows Phone 8 smartphone. Take bright, blurfree photos and videos in any light conditions with PureView technology – Optical Image Stabilisation and Carl Zeiss lens and view on a 4.5” PureMotion HD+ capacitive display.

Nokia Lumia 820 – colourful, stylish, innovative design, with a 4.3 OLED WVGA screen. Capture great photos and movies with an 8MP Auto Focus camera, with Carl Zeiss optics and dual LED flash. Charge wirelessly without plugging in using a Wireless Charging Shell.

The HTC One XL – high quality entertainment and precision navigation combine in this handset, thanks to a large 4.7″ HD touchscreen display. Full HD video, and front and rear facing camera let you capture crisp, vivid photos and movies in high quality wherever you are.

Huawei Ascend P1 LTE – a powerhouse dual-core processor is packed in to this handset’s slim design. Take stunningly clear images or HD videos on an 8MP autofocus camera with LED flash and playback on the 4.3″ high-res touchscreen. Huawei E589 Mobile WiFi – hook up to five devices to the EE 4G network, making your existing phone, laptop or digital screen superfast even if they’re not 4G. Long battery life of up to 10 hours, enjoy 4G wireless broadband anytime, anywhere.

Huawei E392 Mobile Broadband stick – download and upload documents and files in super quick time on the go with this device. Make your laptop mobile and superfast, by hooking it up to the EE network. You’ll stay compatible with 3G too and seamlessly switch to the optimal connection.

EE’s superfast fibre broadband service will launch at the same time to complement the company’s superfast 4G mobile service. It will be available to 11 million households and businesses by the end of the year reaching two thirds of UK households and businesses by the end of 2014.

Service, everywhere

The company also announced it is to open EE-branded stores with more than 700 being unveiled across Britain’s high streets in line with its customer brand launch. The new EE stores – formerly Orange and T-Mobile shops – will serve customers of all three brands, giving them access to service and sales in twice as many locations as before.

More than 10,000 EE staff have been trained, and will offer specialist advice in store, on the phone and on-line. The company has trained its Customer Team staff to become experts in mobile operating systems, meaning its customers will get a specialist service, regardless of which device they use. It is the only operator to offer dedicated expertise based around device operating systems.

The EE network

The EE network – which launches today – has been created by bringing together the former 3G and 2G networks of Orange and T-Mobile, coupled with a three-year £1.5bn investment for upgrades and new 4G services.

With the Orange and T-Mobile networks now combined, from today customers will begin switching over to the new seamless EE network, the largest in the UK. By the end of the year, all 27 million customers will be using the EE network. It means that Orange and T-Mobile customers can now get faster 3G service, with speeds of up to 21Mbps, and more coverage than ever before.

EE will also launch superfast 4G mobile and fixed-line fibre broadband services in the coming weeks. It will also offer standard broadband via ADSL in non-fibre areas. Orange and T-Mobile customers

Orange and T-Mobile customers will continue to benefit from the best 3G and 2G mobile network.

It means that from today – and over the coming months – customers using Orange and T-Mobile will begin to see their phone signal indicator change to EE, whether they are on 3G or 2G, showing that they are on the UK’s biggest and best network. This is at no extra cost and there are no changes to their existing price plans.

Facebook announces establishment of engineering hub in London

Facebook announces establishment of engineering hub in London

Facebook is now hiring engineers in the city of London. The company said:

London is a perfect fit for Facebook engineering – it’s a global hub, and it has a vibrant local startup community with lots of great technical talent. Our team in London will start small, focusing on building a core of great engineers, and then grow over time and eventually focus on building products in key areas like mobile and platform. We are a culture of builders, and the environment we plan to create in London will reflect that. Despite the size of our service – 900 million users and growing – we still push new code to the site every day. We eliminate unnecessary process and give all our engineers the opportunity to work on the things that matter most. Our engineers in London – like those in Menlo Park, New York, and Seattle – will be able to pursue great ideas and ship products quickly.

If you are a web developer based in London, you might want to consider their London Jobs Page.

Microsoft working on their first retail store in London

Microsoft working on their first retail store in London

Online sources are reporting that Microsoft is working on opening their first retail store in the city of London next year.

They are also working on launching a self-branded online store for the UK market sometime this year.

The company has registered a private limited company in UK which would be required for these retail operations in the UK market.

Microsoft recently revealed plans to open 75 new retail stores in the next two years. Most of these would be located in USA and Canada.