- Boxee is releasing it's last PC based software release. Still minus Netflix :( http://allthingsd.com/20111226/boxee-to-release-last-software-update-for-pcs/
- Apple is still rumored to be getting into the TV market (only 32 and 37 inch?) http://allthingsd.com/20111227/supply-chain-chatter-has-two-apple-tvs-targeted-for-midyear-launch/?utm_medium=referral&utm_source=pulsenews.
- Sony is selling it's part in the Samsung/Sony LCD venture. http://allthingsd.com/20111226/sony-unloads-lcd-venture-stake-on-samsung/
- LG to unveil a Intel based phone at CES. http://9to5google.com/2011/12/30/lg-will-launch-first-intel-medfield-powered-android-smartphone-at-ces-2012/
- Apple using/not using an IGZO display in iPad3 http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/11/12/29/apple_again_rumored_to_switch_to_igzo_displays_for_ipad_3.html. Well whether or not they do, it's probably good to know what the heck IGZO is. IGZO is a transistor made from an oxide consisting of Indium, Gallium and Zinc (ergo IGZO or sometimes referenced as InGaZnO). It reportedly has higher resolution and lower power usage, and can also be produced on current TFT LCD production lines. http://sharp-world.com/corporate/news/110421.html
- Want a box that can tweet if your washer overflows? Try Twine. http://www.tomsguide.com/us/Twine-Spool-Twitter-KickStarter-MIT,news-13711.html. Cool stuff.
Saturday, December 31, 2011
Saturday, December 24, 2011
- A second screen app to remind you that your game is on adds the functionality to turn it on. No more scrambling for remotes. http://www.engadget.com/2011/12/21/are-you-watching-this-sports-tracker-for-android-adds-remote-co/
- Gracenotes brings out a shazam like app. I love when an app defines a new genre. You have to admire Shazam for that. http://www.engadget.com/2011/12/21/gracenote-launches-acr-tv-recognition-habu-mood-based-music-cur/
- IEEE is working on a standard to merge Home Plug, Moca, WiFi, and Ethernet. http://www.cedmagazine.com/news/2011/12/ieee-all-in-one-home-networking-standard-progresses
- Walmart has @WalmartLabs for increasing it's on-line presence. It's only the sixth largest on-line retailer. http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/12/21/us-walmart-ecommerce-idUSTRE7BK1EZ20111221
Thursday, December 22, 2011
- Cord Cutters rejoice! The Super Bowl will be streamed for free. http://www.fierceonlinevideo.com/story/nfl-nbc-stream-super-bowl-live-online/2011-12-20
- This is an older article about the future of social and over the top TV. Although I disagree with the we'll all be cord cutters and cable is evil view, it's full of interesting ideas and facts. For example, Radio took 38 years to reach 50 million listeners. TV took 13 years to reach 50 million viewers. Facebook added 100 million users in less than 9 months. Just realize Comcast has 22 million subscribers. While I don't believe free over-the-top video will kill MVPD, with the scale of the numbers, someone is going to figure out monetize a low cost OTT solution that will grab a percentage of that audience. Make sure you watch the YouTube video for more amazing facts on the scale of internet services. http://www.appmarket.tv/opinion/1229-so-shall-tv-be-disrupted-or-democratised.html
- Smart TVs are selling faster than 3DTVs. Kurt Scherf, of Parks Associates states it the best: "Smart TVs expand a household's available content choices without raising content costs" http://www.fierceiptv.com/press-releases/smart-tvs-outpace-3d-tvs-holiday-season
- Here an obligatory "Links of the year" from VideoNet. It's a good summary article for catching up on what's happening on TV landscape from a technology standpoint over the last year. http://www.v-net.tv/videonets-pick-of-2011/
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
- Intel demo'ing a prototype Android Phone: http://
androidcommunity.com/intel- gives-us-a-better-glimpse-at- its-android-prototype- 20111221/
- Apple is awarded a patent on the smartphone. Actually it's a patent on switching from a phone call to an app, but this is so general it's crazy. These type of patents must stop. http://www.engadget.com/
2011/12/20/apple-awarded-a- patent-for-in-call-app- switching-starts-draftin/
- Here's a look at new computing form factors. I think the wearable is going to be a big new market. http://allthingsd.com/
20111219/beyond-tablets-the- next-five-computing-form- factors/
- An overview of Showtimes and Into_Now tablet apps. http://allthingsd.com/
- How far we've not come. Here's an amazingly accurate GE video from 1954. Tivo, Cell Phones, 3DTV, Home Automation. http://www.
- Google looking at wearable technology: http://9to5google.
com/2011/12/19/google-xs- wearable-technology-isnt-an- ipod-nano-but-rather-a-heads- up-display-glasses/
- ATT pays four billion dollars to not buy T-Mobile. http://www.att.com/
gen/press-room?pid=22146&cdvn= news&newsarticleid=33560& mapcode=corporate|wireless- networks-general
- Here's a good article on what's wrong with TV (http://www.engadget.com/2011/
12/16/editorial-whats-wrong- with-tv-and-what-it-might- take-to-chang/). While I think they blow the issues out of portion, since it's the most used form of entertainment, but gives food for thought on how to make it better. Just food for thought, the average american watches 4 hours of TV a day, the average american watches 5 movies a year. I don't think people hate TV.
First, let's just get this out of the way. The Kindle Fire is not an android tablet, it's a Amazon tablet that happens to run the Android OS. From the first power up, it's not a stock android UI, and if you're used to Android tablets, get ready for some re-learning. It doesn't come with the System bar of Honeycomb or the buttons of Pre-Honeycomb android. It has it's own bar at the bottom, similar but different. Don't expect a standard launcher, it's a custom UI focused on one thing, selling you things on Amazon.
- Here's a quick overview of MHL, a mobile version of HDMI that usesthe micro USB connector and supports charging. http://gigaom.com/
- Zynga went IPO, raised a billion dollars, but closed below it's opening. http://allthingsd.
com/20111216/zynga-slumps-5- percent-on-first-day-of- trading/
- Here's a good infographic on 3D for the USA Today Generation.
- WSJ is reporting that Apple is talking to media executives about it's vision for AppleTV. Maybe this is real'ish? http://online.wsj.
com/article_email/ SB1000142405297020479110457710 6531093742246- lMyQjAxMTAxMDEwODExNDgyWj.html
- Facebook makes a lot of money off your information: http://gawker.
- First, Stuxnet targets Iranian nuclear power plants (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
Stuxnet), now Iran downs a US spy drone by spoofing GPS co-ordinates http://www. theregister.co.uk/2011/12/15/ us_spy_drone_gps_spoofing/. Hacking is becoming an WMD.
- Chrome is the #1 browser. It's the first time a non-Microsoft browser has held this position since tracking started. http://www.computerworld.com/
s/article/print/9222706/ Chrome_15_puts_IE8_in_rear_ view_mirror_takes_No._1_spot
- The new term of the day: The Sports Tax. It's how much you are paying for sports on cable, whether you like sports or not. http://www.nytimes.com/
2011/12/16/business/media/for- pay-tv-clients-a-steady-diet- of-sports.html. BTW this is what help fund the Angels signing Albert Pujols. http://articles. latimes.com/2011/dec/08/ sports/la-sp-angels-fox-tv- 20111209
- Apple buys chips from Samsung made in theUSA. http://www.reuters.com/
- This article makes some great points on how voice control could change TV. I am amazed how people are anointing the next AppleTV as the end all product when it's hasn't even been announced. http://allthingsd.
com/20111215/with-siri-tv- apple-will-dismantle-the-tv- networks/
- MPEG DASH - a streaming standard with DRM has been ratified. http://www.
streamingmedia.com/Articles/ Editorial/Featured-Articles/ MPEG-DASH-Specification-is- Ratified-and-Streamlined- 79382.aspx
- Official I'm old post of the day: 64% of 24-35 year olds own smartphones. http://blog.
nielsen.com/nielsenwire/ online_mobile/report-the-rise- of-smartphones-apps-and-the- mobile-web/
- iPad Approved for cockpits. Digital Flightbags go away? http://www.zdnet.com/blog/apple/faa-approves-ipads-in-the-cockpit-american-airlines-to-start-friday/11865
- In The Air Net unveils Android based THER IFE System. http://t.co/TlI4nILB
- Can Amazon save Ultraviolet? http://www.fierceonlinevideo.com/story/hollywood-sees-amazon-leverage-ultraviolet-its-too-late-holiday-season/2011-12-14
- Tons of Intel news. Intel lowers estimates http://www.eetimes.com/electronics-news/4231286/Intel-cuts-Q4-guidance-disk-drive-shortage, announces wireless re-org http://www.eetimes.com/electronics-news/4233223/Intel-announces-mobile-and-wireless-reorganization-, and a deal for NFC technology http://www.eetimes.com/electronics-news/4233150/Intel-Inside-NFC-deal. One analysts thinks the lower estimate is driven by more than HDD storage issues. http://www.eetimes.com/electronics-news/4233155/Intel-weakness-HDDs-Nomura?cid=NL_EETimesDaily
- After AMD states it's not a Intel wanna-be ( http://www.pcworld.com/
article/245365/amd_shifts_ course_from_intel_rivalry.html ), it announces it's ramping up utrathins to complete with Intel's ultrabooks (http://www.theverge.com/2011/ 12/12/2630083/amd-ultrathin- laptops-2012-australia).
- Rumor of the Day: Verizon looking at buying Netflix ( http://www.bloomberg.com/
news/2011-12-12/verizon-very- serious-about-interest-in- netflix-bibb-says.html)
- LG states it doesn't want to be saddled with supporting every DLNA device interacting with a DLNA-certified TV ( http://www.cepro.com/
article/why_smart_tvs_spurn_ dlna_evil_plot_to_charge_ tolls/)
- Popcorn Hour announces C-300 that can support Blu-ray. This is Sigma based. ( http://www.engadget.com/
2011/12/13/popcorn-hour-bulks- up-for-the-c-300-can-juggle- an-extra-hard-di/)