Stuff Gadget Awards 2012 – Cloud App of the Year winner
BBC.co.uk and iPlayer
As far as cloud streaming goes, good old Auntie Beeb has led the way in 2012. During a year in which all of us (even the cynics) went a little wibbly over the Olympics, the BBC remained rock-solid throughout. Over those two weeks, the Beeb dominated our lives, broadcasting 24 live-stream channels of mostly obscure sports straight to our TVs, PCs, tablets and smartphones. Successfully integrating Freeview, multi-platform mobile apps and the web meant that the likes of Wiggins, Hoy, Farah and Ennis were flung into the homes of 51.9 million people – 90% of the UK population. That ain’t no cloud; that’s a ruddy great thunderstorm.
Streaming radio from the founders of Skype. It’s got 18 million tracks, putting it on a par with Spotify.
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Interactive comic with Stuff cover model Brandon Generator from Edgar ‘Shaun of the Dead’ Wright.
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