November 27, 2006
Great post over at Mashable on this BBC report claiming that 43% of Brits who watch video via the net or mobile devices watch less TV. Now thats a big scary number but the fine print is that this group represents only 9% of the British population. Of course thats the only bit of good news if your a TV broadcaster. The rest of the article goes on to point out that the group most likely to watch now and in the future is the 16-24 set (28%). The very group most attractive to advertisers, despite the fact that they’ve got no spending power.
June 16, 2006
There is alot of google bashing these days from sites that track its "evilness" to pundits urging it to embrace its evilness. As an early, and modestly loyal, user of most Google applications I'm inclined to like their products (except Google Video, which sucks ass and Picasa, which still isnt as good as ACDSee8 ). So when I came across a paper called "Social- and Interactive-Television Applications Based on Real-Time Ambient-Audio Identification" I thought it would be about as interesting as reading a Microsoft patent application. But I took the plunge and came away with a startling realization; Google groks the future. While the cable networks are throwing video at every buzzword that appears in the WSJ and tripping over each other trying to replicate broadcast on the web, Google is thinking about ways to bring mass-personalization into your home. Read the rest of this entry »
May 16, 2006
What does it take to build a business that gets a whole meme named after it? How do you get to be part of the Web 2.0 goodness that has been exploding all over the media? I dont know, but the web does provide access to lots of people that do. I contacted 10 of them for their answers to these questions and more.
Firing up my email program, along with a bit of courage, I emailed the founders of 10 different companies a series of questions about how they started their businesses and any lessons they'd picked-up along the way. I expected to get a few cruel letters of rejection and disdain from some overworked PR flack distrustful of blogs and unsure of their validity or usefulness. Instead, six founders running some of the Webs most interesting companies (at least the ones I use most often) agreed to chat with me.
Score: Indie Blogger 1, PR Flacks 0! Read the rest of this entry »
May 10, 2006
Everyone has probably experienced the problem of traveling to your country home and having to figure out how to take all your music with you. Do you buy another music server? Do you just hire the bands you want to listen to and let them stay with you? What to do, what to do?
Enter MP3tunes. Michael Robertson announced that his company MP3tunes has turned on a feature that allows you to sync your MP3tunes locker with your Tivo box and play your music. Dont have a locker? No problem they have created a demo account for you to test out the new feature. Michael's minute has details on how to set it up. As a paying member of MP3tunes I can tell you I'd rather have a better way of getting my 40GB worth of songs into my locker then the ability to stream to a device I don't own.
March 29, 2006
So what do you get for the guy or gal with every iPod accessory on the planet? Why the iBuzz of course. Billed as the iPod accessory that lets you "Feel the music in a whole new way!" This device, offered by Condomania for $60 bucks has to qualify as the be the funniest iPod accessory available. However, the device may not be as entertaining as the press release that announced it to the world.
From the press release:
"Already a best seller in Europe, the iBuzz is a small capsule-shaped device that vibrates in sync with the music on your iPod or MP3 player. It can safely vibrate inside or outside of you or your partner with his and her attachments included. Turn up the volume, turn up the vibrations! iBuzz comes with a headphone splitter so you can listen on one end while, well, vibrating on the other."
While I have no idea what the "male attachment" could possibly be or do, the very idea of folks walking around listening to "Good Vibrations", while feeling vibrations is a bit much. This is technology that can truly touch the lives of many lonely people in very personal ways and I for one am glad to see it available in the US.