On January 4, 2008, a day before CES 2008, Warner Bros. (the only major studio still releasing movies in both HD DVD and Blu-Ray Disc format) announced that it would release only in Blu-Ray Disc after May 2008. This included other studios that came under the Warner umbrella, such as New Line Cinema and HBO -though in Europe, HBO distribution partner, the BBC, announced it would continue to release in both formats while keeping an eye on the market.
This year's NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) show had written/unwritten themes:
- bigger, faster, cheaper.
- close enough is good enough.
- what happens when the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) "steals" the broadcasters' spectrum
Maybe people like Jobs and Schmidt aren't omnipotent gods, but don't tick them off.
Adobe insulted Steve back in '96 when they helped Gates first and wouldn't do a special version of software for the lowly Mac.
Now Jobs looked down to the apps developers and said, "They need to be reminded of the order of things…"
BAM!!! he eliminated Flash from their iPhone connection and wouldn't let it on his tablet.
With the iPhone®, iPod touch® and iPad™, Apple® has flung open the door to interacting with touchscreens and having fun doing it. This has created a whole new market for programmers and integrators, with Crestron leading the way. Crestron released the industry's first fully functioning iPad app before the iPad was even available.
By the time PC-based digital signage users realized that the February 2010 Microsoft security updates were causing their PCs to crash, it was already too late. Their PCs were plagued with the dreaded "blue screen of death" and rolling reboots, causing the digital signs they were using to deliver targeted messages to completely shut down.
Over the past 10 years we've studied the formation of more than 50 companies in the PC/CE/communications content arena. We've also talked with the heads of several venture capital organizations about the subject.
We realize this isn't startling that 90 percent of them were started by engineers, beyond that, we focused on the disciplines that are generally found in engineers and entrepreneurs,
The goal? See why so many individuals--and organizations--fail.
John LeMoncheck is the President and CEO of SiBEAM, a pioneer in developing intelligent millimeter wave technologies for wireless communications.
SiBEAM is a privately-held fabless semiconductor company and founding member of the WirelessHD™ Consortium. A pioneer in developing intelligent millimeter wave technologies for wireless communications, SiBEAM is the first to build 60GHz chipsets using standard CMOS technology. The first applications for the company's innovative technology are based on the WirelessHD™ specification for home multimedia content delivery and A/V connectivity.
Yan Rodriguez is VP of Business Development at SALT Division of HomeRun Holdings Corp.
We thought it would be fun to look back and see how we did. We will take a look at some of the early technologies we reviewed, predictions our writers made and all and all just take a trip down Home Technologies memory lane.
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