Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Four Tech Links of the Day for 01/30/2012

  • Canonical (the makers of Ubuntu Linux) are doing interesting things with User Interfaces. Unity is interesting if not overly popular Linux UI. They announced UbuntuTV at CES. Now they are demoing another UI change with HUD, a search oriented menu-ing system. 
  • Here's an infographic showing the breakdown of the costs and profits with the iPad. Apple pulls in $150 per iPad. Compare this with the $18 loss with each Kindle Fire sold. Of course, the Kindle pulls in an additional $136 per user in Amazon sales. Still Apple wins. 
  • Is 802.11n too slow for your wireless needs? Here comes WiGig. Transfer a DVD in 60 seconds. Downside? A range of 1 - 3 meters. 
  • Another mind blowing stat for the day. Since Facebook opened up it's open graph for app developers four months ago, 5 billion songs have been shared

Sunday, January 29, 2012

The Four Tech Links of the Day for 01/29/2012 (Weekend Edition)

  • Pinterest is the new social website darling. However, it does have some issues. I'm interested to see how it grows. 
  • Apple has had some good stats come out. iPads are outselling desktop computers. More impressive is the fact that more iPhones are being sold than babies are being born. 
  • Android tablets had some good news too. They are up to 39% of the market. Of course, this article shows almost forty percent is the Kindle Fire. Tying with the Samsung Tab as the most popular Android based Tablet. 
  • Intel and Samsung are both over $12 Billion in capex spending. As a reference, their capex budget would be the number 200 on the Fortune 500, the list of largest companies in America. 
  • Finally, with all the talk about SOPA/PIPA, I'd like to share a link remembering how my hero Mr. Rogers helped save the VCR in the first major battle between technology and the MPAA. 

Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Four Tech Links of the Day for 01/25/2012

  • Netflix's 4Q announcement exceeded expections. They have almost recovered 3/4 of the subscribers they lost with the Qwikster debacle. 
  • Intel wins another French IPTV company:  Bouygues
  • Are you curious about Automatic Content Recognition? Think Shazam or Soundhound for TV. Here's a good intro panel talk on it from ITVT.
  • As our CEO has been saying for years. 4K is the next great resolution. Here's an overview  from CNET
  • Wearable Computers? Several companies are jumping on this trend: FoxconnAdaFruit and Wimm

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Four Tech Links of the Day for 01/24/2012

  • Apple and Intel had record breaking quarters. Google had 25% growth. Where's the bad economic times? Oh yeah at Yahoo and AMD
  • Google re-vamped it's privacy policy to use your data across apps. Some people seem to be very upset, but I not sure I see why. They were collecting it all before, but just couldn't use it across the board to improve all Google apps. I'm a bit biased, but don't see the issue. 
  • In the Apple quarterly report, it is stated that Apple sold 1.4 million units in the holiday quarter. This makes it the best selling over the top box besting Roku. Of course Xbox sold 900K units in one week. Unfortunately it's a game console not an over the top set top box, so Apple still wins. Either way, AppleTV is becoming a pretty awesome hobby for Apple. 
  • Google is pushing self driving cars. Sounds cool, but there are several legal issues that need to be resolved first. 

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The Four Tech Links of the Day for 01/23/2012

  • Apple announces a project to create and publish textbooks. Unfortunately, books built with Apple's tools can only be sold through Apple. With the Kindle Fire and Barnes and Noble Nook available at 1/2 the price, why force students to buy a more expensive iPad? I realize what the business model is, but for education shouldn't we have higher standards? 
  • Microsoft puts a hold on trying to be a over the top service provider. If Microsoft can't afford it, who can? May Google/YouTube and Koldcast have a viable model. Instead of pushing high cost popular content, create a source for people to publish new and interesting content on the cheap. Remember, South Park started as a viral video
  • The Kindle generates $136 per user. I guess the loss of up to $18 dollars per unit is covered. 
  • Another legitimate use for BitTorrent. They are testing Peer to Peer video streaming. I wonder how this will impact cable modem users since cable companies are already throttling bittorrent due to impacts to other users. 

Sunday, January 15, 2012

The Four Tech Links of the Day for 01/15/2012 (CES Edition)

  • Samsung's Allshare stills seems to be the only solution that understands how to demo the Connected Living Room and 2nd screen solutions. 
  • The Connected Home is the next big thing, with demos from LG, Samsung, etc. May we should figure out the connected living room first before including the rest of the house. 
  • Roku's MHL based streaming stick seemed to have a lot of buzz. 
  • Intel pushed the ultrabook, including innovative convertible designs. Could the convertible save WinTel with Win8? 
  • Intel also announced a smart phone reference design. The performance of the single core Medfield competes with the dual core ARM processors out there. Makes you wonder how the next gen will perform?
  • Qualcomm showed several demos around All-Joyn, an open source peer-to-peer connectivity library they open sourced.
  • Sharp announces a easy to install, easily expandable solar panel system.
  • Previous Link Update: LG and Sony new GTV hardware not going to available until mid year. LG has a TV and Sony has a buddy box and new Blu-ray Player. 

Friday, January 6, 2012

The Four Tech Links of the Day for 01/05/2012

  • Google announces LG, Samsung, Sony, Vizio, Marvell and Mediatech as partners at CES. Maybe Eric Schmidt was right and every TV will be GoogleTV. 
  • Still Samsung is putting out a 3.0 update to their Smart TV SDK. 
  • On the mobile side, Google added handwriting recognition to Google Translate. Cool. 
  • SoundCloud gets $50M more in VC money. They also mention in the article the group who invested the money (Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byer) had Mary Meeker join their board of directors. If you don't know who Mary Meeker is, she's a very well respected analyst who gives awesome presentations with a ton of facts. (Example 1, Example 2 and Example 3). 

Thursday, January 5, 2012

The Four Tech Links of the Day for 01/04/2012

  • Patent News of the Day: Kodak is looking at selling 1100. At a bargin price, I'm sure. Google bought 217 patents and patent applications from IBM. 
  • Schmidt says Google is planning a tablet to compete with the iPad3. Rumor mill says it's a 7" tablet priced to compete with the Amazon Fire. 
  • Barnes and Noble is looking at spinning off the Nook
  • Apple TV Rumors abound: It's 50"! It's has patented backlighting! It can jump a tall building in a single bound! Okay the last I haven't seen yet but I can't wait to see the miracle of modern technology that the ghost of Steve Jobs is producing. According to the internet, Samsung, Vizio and the rest should just give it up. 

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

The Four Tech Links of the Day for 01/03/2012

  • The Commodore 64 is 30 and older than most engineers at Videon. In honor of this, here's a bit of history on it. 
  • Java ME has jumped Android as the 2nd most popular mobile OS. Apple wins because this survey counts the iPad also.  Of course the real problem is Java ME doesn't have a unified Market or App Store, and used in low-end "dumb" phones, so what drives independent developers to it? 
  • Here's a great overview on Hulu's recommendation system. Both Hulu and Netflix have a technical blog with real engineering information. I found interesting and informative technical articles on both sites. 
  • One thing to keep an eye on is the "The Internet of Things". As devices become more automated and internet connected, the internet will be more populated with "things", washers, light bulbs, cars, speed limit signs, etc, than actual people. Here's an overview of what is happening in this space.

Monday, January 2, 2012

The Four Tech Links of the Day for 01/02/2012

  • Green Goose is a company selling stickers that sense motion and broadcast it over wifi. Pretty cool, for what I'm not sure.
  • Vevo (a music video website) is paying out $100 million in royalties. It's scheduled to profitable beginning this year. 
  • Intel has announced Cedar Trail, with Levono supporting it. In more Intel news, leaks of an Intel Tablet. Supposedly picked up for $50. 
  • Watch a rumor begin: An analyst suggests Apple should do ala carte TV. TaDa, it's a rumor