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By Alfred Poor • Apr 27 2012, 1:00pm
An article by Stacey HigginbothamÂ for GigaOMÂ cites a fascinating statistic from the Sandvine Global Internet Phenomena Report.
According to last fall’s version of the report,Â half of all our Internet use is related to video.
Netflix and YouTube alone account for more than 37% of the total traffic.
And according to the recently released spring update to [...]
By Alfred Poor • Apr 26 2012, 1:00pm
Have you seen the new IKEA Uppleva television? It apparently is designed to make it easy for consumers to choose a new HDTV that fits in with their Scandinavian decor.
The set hasn’t been released in this country yet, so we don’t know what the price will be.
Without this detail, it’s hard to assess [...]
By Alfred Poor • Apr 25 2012, 1:00pm
Did you ever hear the squeal of feedback in a public address system? It occurs because a sound coming from the amplified speakers finds its way into a microphone, where it travels to an amplifier that makes it louder.
This louder sound comes out of the speaker and goes back into the microphone louder than [...]
By Alfred Poor • Apr 24 2012, 1:00pm
We’re a society that is joined at the hip to our technology: literally.
With smartphones in holsters and ebook readers and tablets in our shoulder bags, we now take our digital connections with us wherever we go.
But you may be in for a shock when you try to read your indispensable device when you’re [...]
By Alfred Poor • Apr 23 2012, 1:00pm
According to a report by Leichtman Research Group, Inc.
(LRG), 24% of U.S.
households had a television connected to the Internet in 2010.
By last year, this rose to 30%.
LRG’s latest research shows that this share has jumped to 38% this year.
The survey includes video game consoles, Blu-ray players, network media players (such [...]
By Pete Putman • Apr 21 2012, 2:27am
This year's NAB looked more like a hybrid of CES and InfoComm than anything else.
By Alfred Poor • Apr 20 2012, 1:00pm
The legendary rapper, Tupac Shakur, made an appearance at Coachella in California last weekend, in spite of the fact that he’s been dead for more than 15 years.
He performed on stage alongside Snoop Dogg, including a “live” shout-out to the Coachella audience.
Putting aside the creepy factor of performing with dead singers, let’s talk [...]
By Alfred Poor • Apr 19 2012, 1:00pm
On Monday, the Consumer Electronics Association announced that participants in the eCycling Leadership Initiative managed to recycle 460 million pounds of consumer electronics in 2011.
This number is even more impressive when you consider that this is more than one and a half times the 300 million pounds that was recycled in 2010.
Drop-off locations [...]
By Alfred Poor • Apr 18 2012, 1:00pm
Two weeks ago, Best Buy announced that it was planning to close 50 stores as part of its cost-cutting moves designed to help reverse its recent financial losses.
Over last weekend, the company released a list of the stores that will close.
These stores are expected to close permanently by May 12.
This obviously is [...]
By Alfred Poor • Apr 17 2012, 1:00pm
If this keeps up, you’ll be getting a new toaster when you upgrade your cable subscription.
Cablevision announced on Friday that members of its Optimum Rewards loyalty program now get a new perk: discounted car rentals from Hertz.
The deal also offers free rental upgrades and free membership in Hertz Gold Plus Rewards.
Wow, when [...]
By Alfred Poor • Apr 16 2012, 1:00pm
If you have a smartphone or tablet, chances are good that there’s a version of the MLB At Bat 12 app available for your device.
And it appears that baseball fans are discovering the free program in unprecedented numbers.
The freeÂ At Bat Lite version gives you scores, video highlights, news reports, and more.
The full-featured [...]
By Alfred Poor • Apr 13 2012, 1:00pm
When most people think of YouTube, they think of user-generated content (UGC) that focuses on cute cats and fan videos.
The fact is that YouTube has had pay-per-view content for years, and now its movie rental library is filled with some appealing and current titlesÂ with something for just about everyone.
But a recent post in [...]
By Alfred Poor • Apr 12 2012, 1:00pm
In 2000, Sony was worth an impressive $200 billion.
Today, some estimate that it has lost 90% of that value and is worth just $20 billion.Â A report from Reuters indicates that the latest cost-cutting strategy will involve laying off about 6% of the company’s workforce, or about 10,000 jobs.Â It is planning to sell off some [...]
By Alfred Poor • Apr 11 2012, 1:00pm
It looks as though 2012 will pick up right where last year left off when it comes to dust-ups over retransmission fees.
Owners of local stations continue to hit cable and satellite subscription television services with increased charges when the contracts come up for renewal.
The FCC won’t let the services use the same content [...]
By Alfred Poor • Apr 10 2012, 1:00pm
Ever come across a great YouTube video but didn’t have time to watch it? It’s kinda hard sticking a Post-It note on your monitor that will help you get back to it later when you want to find it again.
Fortunately, there’s a new solution that people are using.
I’ve been spending a lot of [...]
By Alfred Poor • Apr 9 2012, 1:00pm
The National Advertising Division (NAD) of the Council of Better Business Bureaus has issued a recommendation that Samsung stop making certain claims about its 3DTVs.
In a release last week, the NAD made the following statement: Following its review of the evidence in the record, NAD concluded that the advertiser's substantiation was insufficient to provide [...]
By Pete Putman • Apr 6 2012, 4:47pm
It seems like everyone's got one these days.
Do they really work? Are there any differences between models? You may be surprised at my test results.
By Alfred Poor • Apr 6 2012, 1:00pm
There’s a reason that more cartoons are in 3D than live action content.
That’s because animated images typically are much simpler than real-world objects, which means that they can be manipulated more easily and precisely.
This is important when you are trying to adjust the differences between the left and right views of a scene.
By Alfred Poor • Apr 5 2012, 1:00pm
Last week, Microsoft launched three (anticipated) new services on their Xbox Live system.
Subscribers can now get Comcast’s XFINITYÂ TV, HBO GO, and MLB.TV.
You need to be a subscriber to each of these services in order to get it streamed to your Xbox (just as you have to have a Netflix subscription to access its [...]
By Alfred Poor • Apr 4 2012, 1:00pm
The fourth quarter of every year for consumer electronic retailers is like the rainy season for farmers; it’s a make-or-break time of year when you have to compensate for the slower sales from the other three quarters.
So it was like theÂ Dust BowlÂ when Best BuyÂ posted a $1.7 billion loss.
This is not quite as [...]
By Pete Putman • Apr 3 2012, 8:24pm
It has Wide XGA resolution, weighs all of 1.4 pounds, and cranks out 200+ lumens.
What else is there to say? (Oh yeah, it also has a Mini HDMI connection.)
By Alfred Poor • Apr 3 2012, 1:00pm
Video gaming consoles have come a long way since the early Atari 2600 and other devices.
We’ve gone from pixelated little cartoon characters to almost life-like “meat puppets” that live out adventures in an immersive three-dimensional world.
The Xbox 360, Playstation, and Wii provide a window onto interactive entertainment enjoyed by millions of consumers worldwide.
By Alfred Poor • Apr 2 2012, 1:00pm
Have you ever heard of Hon Hai? It’s the parent company of Foxconn, which in turn has been in the news a lot lately as the firm that assembles many of Apple’s products.
Foxconn is a giant in its own right, assembling components for a wide range of manufacturers, large and small.
And now it [...]
By Ed Milbourn • Apr 1 2012, 2:55pm
Of course! But it may not be the way one may think.
Although we are certainly capable of producing TV in 4K/UHTV (2160p) or SHDTV (4320p) and reproducing the same, bandwidth limitations remain the real problem for distributing this level of quality.
With 4G interactive personal communications gobbling up most of the usable spectrum and assuming most, if not all, local interconnections will be wireless, there is simply not enough air left for real-time UHDTV – unless one wants to watch Monday Night Football on Tuesday night.
So, what is needed is a whole new approach to reproducing television images that is relatively immune to bandwidth limitations.
One approach that offers the most promise is...