Every so often, some enterprising computer company will claim they’ve finally fixed the TV. They’ll talk about how they’ve turned a dumb terminal into a smart computing platform that extends your work and play to a gigantic screen. Then, we’ll watch as the idea flops because they fail to line up content deals or wind up delivering a confusing, haphazard experience. That was the story of Google TV, which became the laughing stock of the industry after Google chairman Eric Schmidt bet that it would ship on the majority of new televisions in 2012. (He was sorely wrong.)
But what these companies seem to be realizing as their content deals fail is that they don’t need to “fix” TV quite yet. The proper opening salvo may simply be to put desirable content in front of people who use television the same way as ever.
Enter Android TV.
via Exclusive: this is Android TV | The Verge.
Running out of power is pretty much the biggest pain of modern day smartphones, and while sitting around waiting for them to charge isn’t usually the end of the world, there are still better things you could be doing.
Enter StoreDot, an Israeli technology company with a special battery and charger that can supposedly cut re-juicing time down to around 30 seconds. The prototype charging unit, designed for the Samsung Galaxy S4, was demoed for the first time at Microsoft’s Think Next conference in Tel Aviv, Israel, today – but most of the innovation comes in the battery pack itself, rather than the charger.
via StoreDot Promises to Recharge Your Phone in Just 30 Seconds… in 2016.
“Harmonic is making Ultra HD a reality by offering the broadcast community an end-to-end solution for UHDTV content preparation and delivery,” said Thierry Fautier, vice president, solutions marketing at Harmonic. “At NAB, Harmonic will demonstrate how broadcasters can use our integrated video compression, storage, and delivery solutions to deliver 2160p60 10-bit content based on current joint EBU/DVB/SMPTE recommendations using consumer-grade technologies for decoding, connectivity, and display on Ultra HD TV sets.”
via Harmonic Brings Cutting-Edge Ultra HD HEVC Solutions to the 2014 NAB Show | Harmonic Inc.
NEW YORK (TheStreet) — Following weeks of speculation, Amazon (AMZN_) has announced Amazon Fire TV, its new streaming device, that will compete against the likes of Apple (AAPL_), Google (GOOG_) and Roku in an increasingly crowded market.
via Amazon Unveils Amazon Fire TV – TheStreet.
The importance of small cells in delivering on the potential of LTE can’t be understated; but for that to happen, it’s vital we make sure operators have the ‘street smarts’ to effectively deploy them. If we do, I’m sure LTE will enjoy a very bright future.
via Being Streetwise – Urban Small Cells for LTE | The LTE World Series Blog.