WINOL: Features Archive

At the age of just 15, Paul Blackburn was wrongfully imprisoned for 25 years. Presented, edited and produced by Tom Morgan.

Media Law - Year Three Notes Archive

A collection of posts looking at media law, including tips for journalists, case examples and information on the various codes of conduct. Click here for more.

American Election 2012 - US Embassy Report

Myself, Lee Jarvis, Sam Sheard and Kirsty McDonagh spent the evening at the US Embassy as part of WINOL's coverage of the 2012 American election.

Work Experience: The One Show

This blog post serves as a summary of what I got up to during my time at the BBC and also provides some information on how the One Show is run.

Work Experience: PC Advisor

After breaking up from University for the summer, I arranged two separate work experience placements to keep me occupied over the break. The first of these placements was at PC Advisor in London.

Work Experience: Basingstoke Gazette

After breaking up from University for the summer, I arranged two separate work experience placements to keep me occupied over the break. The second of these placements was at the Basingstoke Gazette.

HCJ Notes Archive: Year One and Year Two

A collection of lecture notes, seminar papers and seminar summaries from Year One and Year Two on the HCJ course at the University of Winchester

Friday, 26 August 2011

Is the Google TV on Its Way to the UK?

Google's Internet television has been on sale in the United States for almost a year, but is now the right time to bring the product to the UK?

The Internet search giants newest gadget enables users to watch both online content and traditional TV channels at the touch of a button. The set has the ability to switch seamlessly between TV and the Internet without having to adjust any wiring. Google's attempt to bring together the world of online and offline entertainment has intrigued the US market, but admittedly it's not been a phenomenal success.

It's thought the product wont hit UK stores this year however, with technology experts estimating a March 2012 release. Obviously, the English version of the product will differ to its American counterpart in a number of ways, the main of which being the choice of networks from which to choose from.

Google have stated UK models will allow users to connect directly to streaming sites BBC iPlayer and ITV player. Among the other features set to accompany the television are the ability to use Android devices as remote controls and a heavy emphasis on YouTube integration. Furthermore, due to Google's recent acquisition of mobile developer Motorola, it's thought Motorola handsets will also be linked to the product in some form.

Despite a host of network features and network choices, the Google TV has still split opinion. Some have labelled the device as 'limited', suggesting that although the set attempts both online and offline entertainment, it fails to perfect either. Discussing Google's attempt to break into the television market, Tellybug's Matt Millar claimed: “Any system that requires you to move a mouse pointer around a TV screen will fail.”

It's expected  Google's executive chairman Eric Schmidt will make a formal announcement confirming talks about the gadget making its way to the UK at this weekends Edinburgh International Television Festival.

It'll be particularly interesting to see if the UK version of the product differs in any other ways we are yet to hear about. The concept of a television set that brings together online and offline entertainment is still very fresh, so it's hard to tell how the market will receive this technology. Will the set prove popular with English customers or will it flop? We'll have to wait and see.

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Steve Jobs Resigns From Role as Apple CEO

Earlier today it was announced that 57-year-old Steve Jobs was to step down from his role as Apple CEO.

Jobs, currently on medical leave for an undisclosed condition, released a heartfelt letter to his peers, revealing how he felt it was the right time to pass on his responsibilities.

In his letter, Jobs stated: “I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple's CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.”

It's thought the stresses associated with such a role at the company may have endangered the Apple co-founders health had he decided to continue. Jobs went on to suggest Tim Cook as the new CEO of the company.

According to Apple's site, Cook is primarily responsible for the company's worldwide sales and operations. He is also heavily involved with the electronic giant's supply chains on an international level.

Amazingly, Apple's share price has more than tripled in the past three years

Jobs is not leaving the company in its entirety, instead taking on a new role as Chairman of the Board. Art Levinson, on behalf of Apple's board, told the media: “In his new role as Chairman of the Board, Steve will continue to serve Apple with his unique insights, creativity and inspiration.”

Fans of Jobs were quick to voice their sadness online, with social networking site Twitter erupting with goodbye messages and best wishes as the news hit the web.“Thank you Steve Jobs for giving us all things cool, innovative, smart & mobile”, one user wrote.

It's not all doom and gloom for Apple, however. Steve Jobs was quick to mention that the company may have its 'brightest days' ahead of it. What's more, with rumours of an upcoming iPhone 5 and new product line overhaul teasing gadget fans across the world, this could very well be the case.

Steve Jobs was undoubtedly an incredible asset to Apple and a key member in shaping the company into what it is today - One of the world's most innovative technological companies.

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