Friday, October 12, 2012

The Four Tech Links of the Day for 10/11/2012

Dish backs off from making Blockbuster a Netflix competitor
Dish CEO Charlie Ergen announced that he is backing off from positioning Blockbuster as a Netflix competitor. Interestingly, it was because Dish hasn't been approved to use it's satellite spectrum for terrestrial usage which undermines a part of Dish's business model for selling hardware for streaming video.

Spotify loses $61 million
Internet golden boy Spotify is gaining users and doubling sales, but it's bleeding cash. It lost $61 million on sales of $244 million.

Second screen examples
If you're curious about what second screen apps are, this article give several great examples. My favorite is feeding Cookie Monster cookies and he counts them.

Connected devices to out number people 6 to 1 by 2020
The International Telecommunications Union's latest “State of Broadband” report states by 2020 connected devices will out number people 6 to 1. In my house, they out-number us 6 to 1 already.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

The Four Tech Links of the Day for 10/10/2012

Oyster to be the Spotify of books
First there was Netflix with all-you-can-watch DVDs. Then Spotify gave us all-you-can-listen to music. Now Oyster is looking to give you all-you-can-read ebooks for a monthly fee. It just got funding so lets see where it goes. 

New standard for wireless speakers
To push forward wireless speakers, Wireless Speaker and Audio (WiSA) Association was formed. Now they've released a compliance test specification to improve inter-operability. How will Monster Cable over-charge for wireless speaker wires? 

Google Cultural Institute releases 42 web exhibits
On the Internet that is known more for rule 34 and pictures of kittens, Google is trying to do some good with the Google Cultural Institute. Starting today it will host 42 web exhibits ranging from Queen Elizabeth's coronation to the fight against apartheid. 

The Tesla Link of the Day
As most geeks, I have a little hero worship for the great and wonderful Tesla. If you don't, here's a link to seven videos about Tesla to turn you. 

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The Four Tech Links of the Day for 10/09/2012

Google brings movies to GoogleTV
Google updated Google Play for GoogleTV to support buying and renting movies. This closes one of the big holes for GoogleTV. Content plus $99 devices could be the kickstart GoogleTV needs.

Boxee rumored to release a cord cutters dream box
The Verge got their hands on a beta Boxee TV box that could be the ultimate cord cutters box. It supports over-the-air HD channels, DVR functionality and the laundry list of web video services like Netflix, YouTube and Vudu.

California passes bill to support open source college text books
California governor Jerry Brown signed two bills that will fund the creation of college level textbooks that will be under the Creative Common Attribution License. This will allow anyone to print or modify the textbooks for use in class. When will someone do this for elementary and high school textbooks?

Stewart/O'Reilly debate breaks on-line streaming
The only thing that will kill on-line video is it's own success coming too soon. For example, Rumble 2012 was a debate between Jon Stewart and Bill O'Reilly at George Washington University. You could watch it on-line for $4.95, unless the servers crashed and you didn't get to see it. That's what happened to many of the viewers.

Friday, October 5, 2012

The Four Tech Links of the Day for 10/03/2012

Neil Young jumps into audio formats
Neil Young showed up on The Late Show and showed a prototype of the Pono music player. The Pono will use a high resolution audio format whose quality will greatly exceed the quality of MP3.

Half of all Americans have a smartphone or tablet
A recent survey shows that 50% of U.S. adults own a smartphone or a tablet. Just remember the iPhone was introduced in 2007 and now smartphones are out selling PCs.

MoviePass is Netflix for theaters
MoviePass is an innovative way to try to get people back to theaters  It is a Netflix-like monthly subscription for as many movies as you want to go see.

iPad Mini Rumors Flying
With pictures of the rumored iPad mini showing up all over, the release date is now rumored to be October 17th, unless of course it's delayed.

Condon Link of the Day: Google Wallet for Web Content
Here's an innovative project from Google, micropayments for web content. For more information on it, check this article on CNET. I think it's really cool because my son worked on it.


Monday, October 1, 2012

The Four Tech Links of the Day for 09/29/2012

Google releases Field Trip app for Android
Google has released an android app, Field Trip. Field Trip is a location based app that sends you notifications whenever you're near items of interest. I have to give Google credit, with apps like this, Google Goggles, and Gesture Search, they have put out some of the most innovative apps on smartphones.

Zeebox launches in the US
UK based Zeebox is one of the most successful second screen apps and now it's available in the US. Zeebox is a mix of a social app and TV guide, showing you what your friends are watching. It's touted as the future of the program guide.

Rumor of the Day: $99 Nexus 7
With the release of the new Amazon tablets and the rumored iPad mini, the rumor mill has Google raising the playing field with a new HD nexus at $199 and the original nexus 7 at $99. I don't know if it's true, but I want it to be.

NFC business cards
Moo.com is looking to bring business cards to the 21st century by adding NFC. With these cards, your NFC reader on your phone can import the information using it's built in NFC hardware, unless of course you have an iPhone 5.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The Four Tech Links of the Day for 09/26/2012

TI pulling out of the mobile market
TI, who produces the chipsets behind the Amazon Fire, has decided to pull out of the mobile market. One of the reasons cited is top sellers Apple and Samsung both decided to produce their own chip rather than go with a 3rd party chip manufacturer. This limits the upside of the mobile market. TI said they will re-focus on the embedded markets like automotive, vision and robotics.

Apple A6 Teardown
iFixit has an in-depth teardown of Apple's new A6 processor. Interestingly, Apple laid out the ARM cores in the processor by hand rather than use computer automation. This should make the A6 fast, but makes Apple the first chip manufacturer in years to do this.

Operation Unlike unleashed
Facebook has started Operation Unlike. Facebook is deleting fake accounts and the associated likes for each. This has cause several pages to lose thousands of users. For example, Zynga's Texas HoldEm Poker lost 96,000 fans today.

We're watching more web video on TV than PCs
While cord cutting isn't taking off as advertised, connected TVs are making an impact on how we watch web video. NPD announced that for the first time, consumers are watching more web video on their TVs (33%) than on their PCs (31%).

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The Four Tech Links of the Day for 09/25/2012

Will your next computer be a mirror? 
MIT is doing work on a bathroom mirror that contains a computer, touch screen and camera. Why? The first application is medical. MIT has already demonstrated the ability to check your pulse, and this article has videos demonstrating it's usage as a hub for medical information.

California approves driver-less cars
California has joined Arizona in approving driver-less cars. Of course, Sergey Brin from Google was there wearing his Google Glass eyewear.

Rumor of the Day: Intel states Windows 8 will release before it's ready
In a private Intel event, Paul Otellini, CEO of Intel, was rumored to say that Microsoft's Windows 8 is going to be released before it's fully ready, and will push out an update to fix issues. This same strategy backfired with Vista, giving Vista a reputation for being buggy and unstable.

An Android tablet for $59.99
If you are looking for the cheapest tablet available, the Matrix One is leading pack at $59.99. It's not the fastest with a single core 1.5Ghz processor, 512 MB of memory, and 4GB of storage, vs. the Nexus 7 having a quad core processor, 1GB of memory and 8GB of storage for $199. However, it does run a fairly recent Android release, Ice Cream Sandwich, and comes with the Google Play Store. Not bad for less than $60.