Sky Go App Coming To HTC Sensation, Samsung Galaxy S2, And Others Next Month

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Sky Go, the streaming service that’s available for iPhone and iPad is coming to a handful of high-end Android phones next month.

Sky Go allows you to watch 39 of Sky’s TV channels live on your phone over 3G and Wi-Fi on your iOS device and will be heading to brace of Android phones including the Samsung Galaxy S2 and the HTC Sensation.

The full line up of Android phones to get SkyGo is as follows:

  • HTC Desire
  • HTC Desire S
  • HTC Desire HD
  • HTC Incredible S
  • HTC Sensation
  • Samsung Galaxy S
  • Samsung Galaxy S2

Channels available include Sky 1, Sky News, Sky Movies and Sky Atlantic.

All Sky Sports channels, that’s 1 through to 4 plus Sky Sports News come included, as well as ESPN.

Though you’ll get access to live content on the Sky Movies channels, we understand that on-demand movies via the Android SkyGo app will come on line ‘later in 2012’ – nothing more concrete than that at the moment.

Sky spokesperson said that there’s an effort to “continue to bring more devices on board. Sky will be assessing demand going forwards.”

Holly Knill, Head of Sky Go, said: “Sky Go is all about helping more people watch the TV they love wherever and whenever it suits them, so I’m delighted to announce the roll out of Sky Go to Android. We know how much Android users have been looking forward to the launch of Sky Go on Android smartphones, and we’ve done everything we can to make sure that our bespoke design is worth waiting for.

“This latest announcement is all part of the process of constant evolution that has seen Sky Go move from strength to strength over its first six months, and we look forward to bringing more developments to the service as the year progresses.”

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Obama’s Old Chrysler 300C Up For Sale On eBay

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A Chrysler 300C once owned by Barack Obama has been listed for sale on eBay. The starting bid is $1 million — 66 times the vehicle’s blue book value.

The 2005 Chrysler 300C was leased and driven by President Obama while he was an Illinois state senator from 2004 through the summer of 2007.

The digital auction, which is being managed by seasoned eBay car seller Lisa Czibor, claims to have documentation proving that Obama once leased the car.

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The Blue Book value for the 2005 Chrysler — which is in excellent condition and has 20,800 miles on it — amounts to $16,683 in New York City market.

“Please understand that the $1 million dollar starting price is not a joke,” Czibor writes in the ad, noting that other cars once driven by superstar politicians have sold recently for figures running into the millions.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s 1977 Peugot, for example, fetched $2.5 million last year at an auction.

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The World’s Most Expensive Office Tower

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The price tag for One World Trade Center, the signature skyscraper under construction at Ground Zero in New York, has risen to more than $3.8 billion.

According to WSJ, the price tag for the building has shot up $700m from the latest public estimate, making it the world’s most expensive new office tower.

Once completed, the 1,776-foot tower will be the tallest in the U.S., but it won’t be the highest in the world.

In comparison, the developer of the world’s tallest tower, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, said it cost $1.5 billion to construct.

Most of the cost overruns are due to the security measures being taken in the design of the building.

Conde Nast has already signed a lease to move its headquarters to more than 1 million square feet at 1 World Trade Center!

BMW Electric i5 For 2015?

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BMW will launch a mid-range MPV aimed at larger families in 2015, to complete its ‘Project i’ series of upcoming electric vehicles.

Although the first ‘i’ model — the i3 — hasn’t even hit the roads yet, BMW executives are already planning to augment the range.

Essentially, the proposed i5 is designed to compete with models such as the recently launched Toyota Prius V, an enlarged version of the hybrid bestseller which can seat up to seven passengers and offers plenty of cabin space.

It could be built on the platform of the i3, an all-electric hatchback concept due in 2013 which features a 125kW motor, a top speed of 150 km/h and an optional range extender which uses gas to ensure the it doesn’t run out of juice.

The model will be priced above €50,000, giving it a considerable premium compared to the Prius V, which starts at €23,000.

Its second model, the i8, is a high-performance sportscar slated for release in 2014.

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Amir Khan Introduces Fiancée Faryal At £150,000 Engagement Party

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Amir Khan has certainly scored a knockout. The boxer had an enormous smile on his face last night, and one look at his stunning fiancée shows why.

Khan, 25, and 20-year-old Faryal Makhdoom revealed their plans to marry earlier this month, and made it official this weekend by exchanging rings in front of 1,000 of their nearest and dearest at a lavish engagement party.

The couple celebrated with a £150,000 bash at the Bolton Wanderers' Reebok Stadium.

Friends including Ricky Hatton watched as Amir presented his wife-to-be with a £100,000 platinum ring encrusted with three staggering diamonds.

In return, beautiful Faryal gave her beau with an equally bling platinum ring.

After the party Amir tweeted: 'Amazing day, I'm so tired and my fiance faryal looked so beautiful and was very patient, everyone loved it, I love my ring faryal got me x' (sic)

Last night the happy couple posed for pictures as they were showered with rose petals after the ceremonial exchanging of rings.

Faryal wore a deep red sari and elaborate jewels to complement her stunning features.

Wife to be: Amir Khan became formally engaged to Faryal Makhdoom at the couple's lavish engagement party last night at the Reebok Stadium in Bolton

The stunning ring features a platinum band and three enormous diamonds.

During a visit to her family in New York earlier this month, Amir gushed over his love: 'A lot of girls back home have said to me, "Your girl is beautiful" – and that's great because people can be so jealous.'

The student and her family jetted into the UK for the engagement celebrations and Faryal plans to move to Bolton following their wedding.

But she has had to work on understanding her husband-to-be's thick accent.

'I was used to London accents and thought that's how everyone spoke in Britain,' she told the Sun last week.

'But when Amir opened his mouth it was completely different.

'It was like he was speaking in a foreign tongue — so I just used to nod, agree with whatever he was talking about and say, 'Yeah'.

'He'd say things like "daft" and "innit" and I had no idea what they meant. He'd say, "Don't be daft!" – and I'd be wondering what daft was supposed to be!'

Amir shouldn't expect to see her beloved cheering ringside at any of his future matches.

Faryal says she 'never' wants to see her husband-to-be fight, and while he was losing to Lamont Peterson in December, she was back in the hotel room 'praying with his mother.'

Online 2012

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As we are just about to close the 2012 January door, it’s time to look what the coming months will bring into 2012 social media. Specifically, let’s take a look at three key social media trends that will drive the ways in which you’ll engage with friends, family, community or customers and even promote the growth of your business in the year ahead.

Facebook will continue to dominate social media.

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We have successfully extended our reach far beyond our own home base throughout the Web (primarily through Facebook Connect and Open Graph). As a result, Facebook remains an integral part of online life and not just another destination.

While it’s fine to branch out and experiment with other platforms, don’t neglect Facebook just because it’s no longer the newest, coolest kid on the block.

Google+ will survive but only as a niche network.

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On the flip side of the social media coin, we have Google+. Once hailed as a Facebook-killer, Google+ will continue to grow, but it’s ultimately destined to be relegated to a niche network.

The best thing Google+ has to offer is its integration with other components in the Google toolbox. Use Gmail, Google Docs and Reader? Google+ makes a nice complement to them.

But beyond that, Google+ brings nothing new to the table. It’s not necessarily awful, nor is it awesome. It just is. And as a result, it doesn’t have the magnetic pull necessary to lure users away en masse from their established online homes.

So if you’re plotting how to allocate limited time and resources to social media this year, you don’t have much to lose by keeping your focus on more proven, well-established platforms like Facebook and Twitter.

The future of online communication hangs in the balance.

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Depending on who you talk to, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) is either necessary legislation critical to combating the loss of millions of dollars in revenue, or it’s the greatest threat yet to freedom of speech online.

No matter which camp you fall into, there’s no denying that SOPA represents a major step towards having sweeping government intervention in our online affairs. At the risk of waxing political, mixing our unwieldy, slow-moving, filibuster-loving government with a fast-paced, innovation-driven Internet environment seems like a recipe for disaster.

Fighting piracy is vital, and the protection of intellectual property deserves new and creative solutions. But SOPA law in 2012, the rules of content, copyrights and social interaction online might be wiped clean and rewritten.

Today we stand at the tipping point…the only question is, which way will the new law take us? and is this the beginning of the end of WWW (world wide web)?

Tax Deadlines Put Back By HMRC Over Strike

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No fines will be handed out to anyone who submits their self-assessment tax returns online in the first two days of February.

The official deadline for submitting forms is 31 January, but a planned strike for that day is set to cause last-minute disruption.

So HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has effectively put back the deadline by two days.

More than two million people have still to file their returns online.

The tax authority has changed the procedure after earlier telling the BBC that there would be leniency owing to the strike.

The public sector union, the PCS, is planning strikes at call centres and inquiry offices to protest against the appointment of private companies to run call-handling trials in two contact centres.

Fines

The countdown to the tax return deadline has started in earnest. On Tuesday, 182,530 forms were filed online.

HMRC is introducing a much tougher system of fines this year. The £100 penalty will apply whether or not there is tax owed.

Penalties can mount up if a taxpayer neglects to send in a form, to £1,300 after six months and £1,600 after a year.

Even so, 600,000 of the nine million people who have to fill in the returns were expected to put off submitting them until 31 January.

On past form, 15% per cent of them, about 90,000, will ring for help and may find it impossible to get an answer, owing to the strike on deadline day.

"We have always been very clear that we want the returns – not the penalties. For that reason, we do not want anyone who cannot get through for help and advice on 31 January to be disadvantaged in any way," said HMRC's acting-director of general personal tax, Stephen Banyard.

David Gauke, exchequer secretary to the Treasury, said: "This strike could have caused thousands of people to incur fines, so I am pleased that HMRC has taken this commonsense approach.

"The government does not want anyone trying to file their tax return on time to be unfairly penalised because they were unable to get through for help and advice on the 31st."

Those who have tax to pay will not face any interest on payments made on 1 and 2 February.

Appeals

Anyone who files after 2 February will be fined £100, although the normal appeals procedure is in place.

This requires taxpayers with a "reasonable excuse" to write to their tax office quoting their unique taxpayer reference. They should not wait for the penalty notice.

Examples given of valid excuses which would normally be accepted include the loss of documents through theft, fire or flood and the onset of a life-threatening illness.

Those choosing to send in tax returns on paper were required to submit them by 31 October. Some 34,000 penalty notices were sent out after the deadline passed.

Fines Threat For Credit Text Messages

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Firms face raids and fines of up to £500,000 for sending unsolicited text messages about credit or compensation.

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) said tackling the issue was a "high priority".

Typical messages claim recipients are entitled to money, promise to write off debts or find a loan, or suggest accident compensation can be claimed.

But in many cases, the products they are selling can actually make people financially worse off.

The ICO said it was investigating several cases at the moment, and had identified certain companies to target.

The Consumer Credit Counselling Service (CCCS) charity is running a campaign against unsolicited texts, and believes the messages cynically target vulnerable people.

Late-night texts

Sarah Stocks, from Plymouth, said she started to be bombarded by texts after enquiring online about applying for a loan. She decided not to go ahead with the application, but by then, her contact details were already being used.

"I got [texts] all the time, sometimes four or five a day. You know, you're lying in bed reading, about to switch off the light, and you get a text at 10.30pm. But when you pick it up it says 'Do you want a loan for £5,000?'," she said.

"It is just absolute harassment. I think they have sold my details on to more companies."

Many of these texts can be from legitimate companies, and come after a box is ticked, or terms and conditions are agreed to that allow the company to get in touch.

But others are randomly generated, and are against the law if no consent has been given to allow such messages to be sent.

These companies do not know anything about the recipient or their finances, or even if the phone number is real. If a reply is sent, the number becomes more valuable because the sender knows it is genuine.

Christmas concerns

The CCCS is highlighting this issue on social networking site Twitter. It is asking people to tweet every time they get an unwanted spam text.

Matt Hartley, who is helping to run the campaign, said one person received 90 messages from debt and loan companies on Christmas Day.

"These companies are really preying on financially vulnerable consumers. In many cases they are offering services that could make their situations much worse. It is a really big problem," he said.

Many of the texts were from fee-charging debt management companies, even though charities would help people sort out their finances for free, he said.

Steve Eckersley, head of enforcement at the ICO, said the issue had been elevated to a "high priority".

"Our recent survey reveals that half the population has received this type of spam texts, causing people alarm and distress. I am particularly worried about vulnerable people in the community, that they are being targeted," he said.

It can be difficult to pin down who is sending these texts, because many come from unregistered pay-as-you-go SIM cards.

But he said the ICO had made progress and was investigating the possibility that some cases were linked to organised crime.

"We have been able to identify where these text messages have been sent from. And that is really important to us because we have been able to focus our activities around particular premises," he said.

"The next stage of our investigation is to execute search warrants, and we have got several premises identified that we are going to target."

'Helpless'

After more than a year of constant texts, Sarah Stocks has finally got some peace – by changing her mobile number.

"I begrudge having to do that, but I did not know what else to do. I feel really annoyed, angry at times, quite helpless," she said.

The ICO said the best way to prevent companies sending spam messages was to be very careful about giving out a mobile number.

It suggests that anyone buying something online should check the privacy policy carefully, and tell companies not to contact them by text.

But if it is too late for that, people already receiving them can take certain steps.

Mr Hartley, from the CCCS, said: "Don't reply. Instead, report it to your mobile network. You can also complain to the Information Commissioner, online, by e-mail or over the phone."

Samsung Galaxy S3 To Go On Sale In UK In April Following MWC

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Eldar Murtazin, chief editor of Mobile-review, claims Samsung will announce the Galaxy S3 at MW3 2012 in Barcelona at the end of February, with the smartphone hitting the shelves just over a month later.

Murtazin claims the Galaxy S3 will run Android 4.0, also known as Ice Cream Sandwich, come with a new 12mega-pixel back-facing camera and a HD screen. He also suggests the new handset may feature a 1.6GHz quad core processor.

Separate reports at the end of last year claimed the new phone may also be ‘outfitted with 3D technology’.

The Samsung Galaxy S2 won numerous awards last year after the vast majority of tech analysts and journalists deemed it to be the best smartphone released in 2011.

The S2 was unveiled at the 2011 Mobile World Congress and was released in the UK in May.

Rolls Royce Bespoke Boom

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More than half of clients who specified a Rolls-Royce Ghost in 2011 turned to bespoke personalisation.

The service, which includes anything from the application of unique paint colours, coach lines and tread plates to whole vehicle designs featuring champagne sets, humidors and picnic cabinets, helped drive Rolls-Royce to record sales last year.

In total, 56% of Ghost and Ghost Extended Wheelbase models sold around the world featured bespoke design in 2011.

The move to highly personalised Rolls-Royce Ghost models follows an increase in sales of bespoke Phantom family cars last year.

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More than eight in every ten Rolls-Royce Phantom models passed through the hands of the team’s designers and skilled craftspeople, before being delivered to a client.

In August 2011 Rolls-Royce announced an expansion of its bespoke operation to meet growing demand, doubling the number of bespoke experts working at the Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood by the end of the year.

The company is also about to expand its manufacturing facility, partly due to the increase in demand for bespoke cars. Work will begin next month.

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