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FrequencyCast UK - Show 82

The show notes to go with Show 82 of our technology radio show.

Listen to, or download, FrequencyCast Show 82 (31 mins)

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Show 82 NEWS

Here's a look at the news stories covered in Show 82:

  • Freeview LogoFreeview Disruption: Some advance warning for Freeview viewers. If you're a regular listener, you'll be aware of our warning that you can expect Freeview disruption in 2013 when the new 4G networks get launched and a million homes will need a TV aerial filter. Well, it looks like 2018 will be even more disruptive as we can expect 5G to start to occupy the 700MHz range used by Freeview, meaning Freeview will have to move frequencies. Proposals aren't finalised, but if they go ahead, some viewers may have to replace aerials, stand to lose channels, or will need to upgrade to a Freeview HD box on 2018. More: 5G is on the way

  • More Freeview HD channels: On the plus side, to help the migration to Freeview HD, up to 10 new HD channels may be advertised by Ofcom - although as there were no takers for the 5th Freeview HD slot, it's not clear who'd take them! Interesting times ahead.

  • BT Vision LogoMore BT Vision channels: Now some good news for BT Vision and BT YouView customers. 11 new channels are coming soon, delivered over Broadband. This includes 3 channels from Discovery, two from Nat Geo, two Eurosport channels, GOLD, Watch, Alibi and FX

  • Bye Bye Windows Messenger: Next - Anyone still using Windows Messenger, formerly MSN Messenger, for online chat, note that it'll be gone by April 2013. Your options from 2013 are now the Microsoft-owned Skype, or Facebook's messenger

  • Sky+ on the iPhone: Next, Sky+ users with an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch note that the new iOS app now lets you control your box over wi-fi. Change channels, fast forward, and best of all, manage existing and future recordings. Available from the App Store now.

  • Updated iTunes: In other news, a redesigned iTunes was released in November 2012. iTunes 11 has a "mini view" and "up next" feature, plus a new-look store.

  • Now TV now on Roku: Sky's new on-demand movies service "Now TV" is now available on the 49 tiny Roku 2400 media player. The Roku also offers Netflix, the BBC iPlayer and has wi-fi - handy for anyone without an Internet-enabled TV.

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  • Apple and Android Watches: Rumours of an Apple iWatch continue to trickle into us here. There's already an Android one, the Sony LiveView SmartWatch, which pairs with Android phones and has dropped to a bargain price of 65.

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  • Other Rumours: Other rumours last month include the arrival of Microsoft retail stores in the UK, no doubt pushing the rather odd Windows 8 upgrades, and we've also heard that an iOS Google Maps app isn't that far away, to placate all those whose maps have been downgraded free of charge by Apple.

  • And Finally: Regular listeners to local radio will be familiar with their station's jingles. From next year, there'll be a radio station dedicated to jingles of today and yesteryear. JingleMadRadio is testing now, and you can listen at - Great for anoraks and enthusiasts, the station has secured permission from the world's leading jingle makers, and also carries top-of-the-hour jingle news.

FOCUS: Gadget Show Live 2012 London

Gadget Show Live London 2012

VIDEO MONTAGE - Kelly and Pete at Gadget Show Live!!

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Cast 82: Interaction

Thanks to everyone who got in touch with us since the last show. In this show, we respond to the following mails and calls:

Smart Meter Accuracy

This is from Thomas: "I am a 83yr old Pensioner, and have had a new Smart Meter installed. It seems to be showing a higher than normal use. Are there any meters, not too expensive, that I can use to monitor actual use of power used, other than EDF fitted meters."

There are no domestic products you can buy to monitor your gas consumption, so you'll have to trust the smart meter. As for electricity, there are several power monitors you can get. These typically have a transmitter which clamps onto one of the leads connecting to your incoming electrical supply, and a receiver with a screen to show consumption. As they're using inductance, they're not going to be as accurate as the home's electricity meter, but it will give you an idea.

Oh - and still no news on when British Gas will be installing our smart meter, so we can put it to the test. Shame.


Weather Station & Raspberry Pi:

Andy Berry says: "How's your weather station doing? You may be interested in my web site at The weather data is driven from a Raspberry Pi connected to the Maplin USB weather station. It can be left on all the time for minimum cost and uploads to the web site every 10 mins. The software is python based and instructions on how to configure are on my web site."

Well worth a look. At the moment, our Pete is using a Watson wireless weather station and Cumulus software to upload data via a PC to the net via a PC. More on our Weather Station page.


Windows Live Messenger

Darren Ney asks: "Is it true that Microsoft will be doing away with windows live messenger by Easter text year and replacing it with Skype? Windows Live Messenger is far better."

As we reported in the news section, Microsoft bought Skype in 2011, and the company is now putting its efforts into Skype as their main tool. Windows Live Messenger, formerly MSN Messenger, has 100 million users, and they'll be able to import contacts into a new version of Skype to make the transition easier.


Wireless senders and Virgin's TiVo

We had a podline call from a listener asking whether it's possible to use a video sender with a Virgin TiVo box. The answer to this is yes, most of the wireless video senders seem to work with the newer Virgin TiVo boxes. Apparently the TiVo Commander app for Android makes controlling your TiVo another room a doddle


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