The British Broadcasting Corporation is testing what it calls ‘Perceptive Radio’ that uses local data and built in sensors to adjust itself and even change a script in real time.
It has shown the prototype at the Thinking Digital Conference in Gateshead, United Kingdom, aimed at giving listeners a more localised experience.
Developed by the BBC it looks into a possible future of broadcasting, adding a new direction for the listener.
Requests by the Red Cross saw trained and prepared radio amateurs involved in the tornado-devastated areas of Oklahoma on Monday, May 20.
Officials said the twister claimed 24 lives including 10 children. More than 375 people were reported injured when the tornado swept through areas including Moore, Oklahoma's 7th largest city.
ARRL Oklahoma Section Emergency Coordinator Mark Conklin N7XYO, reports that the Red Cross called for help with their food handling centre at the Incident Command Post.
He said the strategic post served the areas suffering the brunt of the tornado. The radio amateurs there have now been stood down.
Meantime the Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) was in Moore, ready to support and assist. It helped survivors find family and loved ones, with mobile phone services disrupted.
The tornado damaged or destroyed 1200 homes and affected 33,000 people. Moore and other towns have a big clean-up task ahead.
Property damage is estimated at $2 billion, utilities are still down in many areas, and some businesses destroyed with employment lost.
The National Weather Service said the tornado cut a 27-kilometre long swath in 50 minutes, generated winds ranging 200-210 miles per hour, making the storm in the most powerful category possible.
Another twister in May 1999 damaged twice as many homes, and according to the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management that was deadlier - in an area known as tornado alley.
In May and June this year as a series of tornadoes ripped through the South, Midwest and Northeast of the US leaving a trail of destruction and devastation.
The creator of the GIF, short for Graphics Interchange Format, is puzzled why some people want to say it like the word ‘jiffy’.
Steve Wilhite, the brains behind the GIF, claims it has a hard ‘g’ like ‘gift’ and is definitely not pronounced ‘jiffy’.
He set the record straight during the annual Webby Awards ceremony where he accepted a lifetime achievement award.
The GIF has been around since 1987, before the internet, but remains in use along with other image formats.
Well-known educator and new WIA Director, Fred Swainston VK3DAC is heading to Christmas Island and found it too tempting not to take some radio equipment along.
After his duties at the WIA annual general meeting in Perth this weekend, he will be off to the beautiful location northwest of the Australian mainland.
The main reason is to watch some unique bird species and enjoy the very beautiful scenery and wildlife.
Fred will be VK9DAC on the DX entity, IOTA OC-003, ITU54 and CQ29 from May 28 until June 4. His website is www.vk9dac.coffeecup.com
The Yarra Valley Amateur Radio Group will be the back-up in Australia and see its website www.yvarg.org.au for details.