The Weekly Record: Sky announce changes, LittleBigPlanet2 arrives, and €5m deal for SBI

Saturday, January 22nd, 2011

Murray from Flight of the Conchords is barely relevant to this piece.Satellite Broadband Ireland secured a big contract, Sony launched a game but first it’s time to talk about the telly.

Those of you who’ve seen all those ads for Sky Atlantic with Dustin Hoffman won’t be all that surprised by our opening item. Sky has confirmed a number of changes to its Electronic Programme Guide (EPG). Taking effect from 1 February, the changes include 33 channels in Sky’s HD pack will swapping positions in the EPG with their Standard Definition (SD) counterparts. This change will only affect Sky+HD subscribers. Other channels, including MTV, Universal, and SyFy will move to high profile slots while Living will be rebranded as Sky Living.

Business software firm Pegasus Software has launched Opera 3, the next generation of its flagship Opera software. Opera 3 is designed to eliminate the need to run separate finance, CRM or service systems in organisations. The integrated software encompasses financials, supply chain management, business intelligent tools, CRM and a whole lot of other stuff. Really I’m not going to list off everything. Pegasus has included a new rental option for Opera 3.

The IE Domain Registry (IEDR), the managed registry for Ireland’s official internet address dot-ie has reported that the total number of dot-ie domains grew by 12.9 percent net in 2010 to 153,419. New registrations for the final quarter of 2010 were marginally up by 0.7 period on the same period in the previous year to 8,593 bringing total new registrations for the year to 36,587, making it the strongest performing fourth quarter in the IEDR’s ten year history. Total 2010 registrations are down slightly on 2009 by 1.3 percent.

IT security firm Sophos has found that social media users are becoming increasingly susceptible to attacks from cybercriminals. Sophos reports that the number and diversity of attacks grew steadily throughout 2010. A study by the firm found that 40 percent of social networking users have been sent malware such as worms via social networking sites, a 90 percent increase since the summer of 2009. Sophos also reports that 67 percent say they have been spammed via social networking sites, more than double the proportion less than two years ago, and 43 percent have been on the receiving end of phishing attacks, more than double the figure since 2009.

Business software firm Infor has announced its Epiphany Shopping Advisor product is now available for purchase. Pricing is variable, based on the customer’s integration requirements, deployment scale, and existing customer relationship management (CRM) IT infrastructure. Shopping Advisor is designed to be used by retailers managing their own e-commerce sites, as well as e-commerce service providers managing a portfolio of sites for a diverse client base.

Satellite Broadband Ireland (SBI) has secured a €5 million deal with Eutelsat Communicationsto sell broadband services via KA-SAT, the world’s most powerful commercial satellite. The initial 3-year broadband utility contract will allow SBI to sell Eutelsat’s next-generation Tooway satellite broadband service, with download speeds of up to 10Mbps and upload speeds of up to 4Mbps. SBI will start to deliver the service in Ireland and plans to expand across Europe. KA-SAT forms the cornerstone of a new European communications infrastructure which includes eight main satellite gateways across Europe, including one in Cork, connected to the internet by a fibre backbone ring.

And finally… LittleBigPlanet 2 launched nationwide yesterday on PlayStation 3.  LittleBigPlanet 2 will provides updated ways to play and share, including a revamped graphics engine, a fresh storyline,  and added accessories and equipment for Sackboy.  Along his adventure, the stitched together character will have access to new equipment to aid him on his journey, including a grappling hook, power gloves, a magic bag, and more, all anchored by a fresh storyline . Players will also have the opportunity to add customisable Sackbots (robot Sackboys) to their creations. These interactive, programmable characters bring the game to life and allow users to record animations and voiceovers with them, as well as customise sizing and clothing for each individual or group of Sackbots. Of course we just hope they get Murray from Flight of the Conchords to do one of their ads again.

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