BBC launches first ever arcade game, Doctor Who Time Vortex 360

Doctor Who fans can pilot the TARDIS as it careers through the depths of the space time vortex in the BBC’s first ever 360 arcade game, Doctor Who Time Vortex 360. Fans simply need to visit bbc.in/dw360 using their smartphone or tablet and by physically moving their mobile device through 360 degrees, they will be…

BBC micro:bit computer – free to every year 7 child in UK from October

The BBC has unveiled the micro:bit, a pocket-sized codeable computer (pictured above) with built-in motion detection, compass and Bluetooth technology, which is to be given free to every child in year 7 or equivalent across the UK from October. That's approximately 1 million units. A collaboration between 29 partners, including Lancaster University,  Barclays, Samsung and The…

The BBC is making a show about the making of Grand Theft Auto

Today the BBC has announced a new initiative called "Make It Digital" which is aiming to do all sorts of worthy activities with young people to encourage them to code - including the dishing out of free Micro Bit Raspberry-Pi type devices to 12 year olds. Sounds pretty good, right? And fits in with the…

BBC publishes digitised Radio Times schedules going back to the 1920s

Warning: By reading this post, you're at serious risk of following a link that will swallow the rest of your day. The BBC has today launched a new tool to search and browse old TV schedules - so now you can go back and relive your youth, by remembering all of those hours wasted watching…

Ceefax would have been 40 today! Write BBC League Cup report to celebrate

Long before the days of the internet and email the only way you could get information quickly was via Ceefax. It used part of the analogue TV signal to transmit its pixellated stories directly to your TV screen in an age well before home computers and when the only electronic game was Pong - a…

Was the BBC hit by a DDoS attack?

It appears that the disruptions caused to the BBC's iPlayer and website last weekend were possibly due to a DDoS attack. The iPlayer service was out of action over most of the weekend because of problems with the database behind the catch-up service. The faults also meant that only a simplified version of the BBC's…

BBC technical problems affect iPlayer and homepage

TV viewers were unable to watch or listen to their favourite BBC shows online for more than 24 hours over the weekend, when the corporation's TV and radio iPlayer service was hit by technical issues. The gremlins also got into the BBC website's front page. An error message on the page reads: "Due to technical…

BBC to trial Ultra-HD

The BBC's Research and Development department has announced that it will trial Ultra-High Definition (UHD) broadcasts this summer. The broadcaster says that In a series of closed trials, BBC R&D will work with its strategic research partner, Arqiva – as…