Posted: January 11th, 2013 | Author: Patrick Thornton | Filed under: Podcasts | Tags: Apple TV, digital cameras, iTV, smartphones, TV | 1 Comment »
We kick off 2013 with a predictions show. What will happen this year in technology? We use our research and knowledge to try to make well reasoned guesses.
We had so much fun doing this episode that we’ll have a part two next week.
What are your 2013 technology predictions?
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Posted: May 5th, 2012 | Author: Patrick Thornton | Filed under: Main | Tags: Comcast, electricity, gas, Internet, RCN, TV, utilities | 1 Comment »
My Internet is down. Now I know what it feels like to be Paul Miller. What an animal.
While I hope not to find out what it is like to go an entire year without the Internet, I am lamenting my lack of Internet right now. My wife and I were planning on streaming a movie to our Apple TV. Without Internet, our collection of movies and TVs shows that we purchased and are storing in the cloud are inaccessible. Worthless.
This is one of the issues with relying on the cloud for storage. I have good (by U.S. standards) DOCSIS 3.0 cable Internet at up 50 mbps. Speed I have plenty of.
But what good is all that speed if it’s not reliable?
I recently switched to RCN, so I don’t know how reliable it will be. This is the first outage I’ve encountered, but in my years if using Comcast, I can’t recall an outage this big (it’s not just me or my building that’s being affected but rather the entire area). The weather has been completely fine for weeks.
Yes, utilities go down, but Internet still seems to go down a lot more than electricity, water and gas. Why is this?
Interestingly, I can’t recall my cell phones Internet connection ever going down. I can remember the network being saturated and virtually unusable, but it was still a live connection. Is there something about our Internet grid that makes our local Internet ISPs unreliable?
Recently the Internet at my work went down for most of the day. Some cable had accidentally been cut. I can’t say that I ever recall the same happening with electricity. When electricity goes down there is usually an easy-to-spot reason, and a cable being sliced in half is usually not it. Most of the time when Internet goes down, it just doesn’t seem to make any sense.
The Internet is becoming a critical utility in many people’s lives, but it’s reliability is not treated like a utility. We are given reliability that is worse than Cable TV, which is hardly a serious utility.
My wife needs to do research this weekend for law school finals. She’ll have to go to a coffee shop to get work done, which is probably a bonus in some ways. Hopefully, the coffee shops in the area are using a different ISP.
On a less serious note, without the Internet this post is not being backed up to Dropbox (I should probably hook up a USB drive right about now). Godspeed if my machine crashes before the Internet comes back and all of you people miss this fantastic post). Alas, I guess I’ll have to spend the night not enjoying the Internet, and watch a movie that I have on hand.
It looks like I shouldn’t be in too big of a rush to put all of my movies, TV shows and songs in the cloud.
Posted: January 11th, 2012 | Author: Patrick Thornton | Filed under: Notes | Tags: mobile, Nielsen, TV | 1 Comment »
I’m surprised by this number. I suspect that tablets are a big part of this and will continue to push more mobile viewing in 2012. If people increasingly want to watch TV and video content on mobile devices, TV and video producers will have to change how they allow content to be viewed.
There is still a lot of TV content that can’t be viewed on mobile devices, and we still live in a cable dominated world. Imagine how many people would watch TV content on mobile devices if we didn’t live in a cable dominated world where its hard to get new content anywhere else. Mobile TV viewing could be exactly what it takes to break up cable and give us shows on our schedules: streaming when we want to view it, not based on a TV schedule.
Imagine being able to get every TV episode every made on something like Netflix. The idea of a DVR would seem silly. Why would I record TV, when I can watch it whenever I want on demand?
Mobile marketer has some more info from the Nielsen study that points to how tablets are changing TV content:
The Nielsen data shows that not only are consumers watching TV on different mediums, they are also interacting with it differently, especially on tablets.
According to the data, 30 percent of tablet owners surveyed said they looked up a product on their tablet after seeing it featured on TV.
Additionally, 40 percent of tablet owners surveyed in the study said they looked up information related to the program while they were watching.
Posted: October 31st, 2011 | Author: Patrick Thornton | Filed under: Podcasts | Tags: American Academy of Pediatrics, Clay Shirky, glowing screens, iPad, iPhone, James O'Keefe, Jay Rosen, Nest Learning Thermostat, politics, secondhand TV, smartphones, TV | No Comments »
We are back to our normal episode style of talking about several topics, and this week’s episode is truly a potpourri.
We kick off by chatting about the Nest Learning Thermostat. It’s a really great idea, and could truly make an impact in people’s lives. This gets us thinking about what other common household appliances need a tech and design makeover. This leads us to discover that we have the same crappy Cuisnart coffee maker.
Political trickster James O’Keefe is at it again, this time targeting Jay Rosen and Clay Shirky. We discuss how O’Keefe is not a journalist, and then we discuss journalism bias. We have advice for O’Keefe.
What O’Keefe really needs is an editor. He needs someone to say, “this isn’t worth doing,” or “this isn’t worth running,” or “this will hurt your credibility.” A good editor, even one as biased as O’Keefe would have told him that his latest piece was stupid, boring and was going to cause people not to take him seriously.
We then discuss how the American Academy of Pediatrics is recommending that children under the age of two should not view glowing screens — TVs, computers, iPads, smartphones, etc. No Sesame Street. No Baby Einstein. Not even “secondhand TV.”
But this is isn’t so black and white. Jeremy wonders whether not allowing his children to use computers, tablets and smartphones until they are older may put his children at a disadvantage compared with other children who were allowed to experiment. And when you watch a video like this, you can’t help but think that using certain glowing devices is a much different experience than watching a TV.
Listen to this week’s show:
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- Nest Learning Thermostat — This is the kind of device that helps make technology usable.
- Rosen, Shirky targeted by O’Keefe — James O’Keefe tries to do another deceptively edited gotcha piece. This time, however, it comes off as really dull.
- No TV for you (youngins) — The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no glowing boxes — TVs, iPads, laptops, smartphones, etc. — for children under the age of 2.