November 8, 2007

the gPhone

Windows Mobile disappoints. The iPhone is beautiful but it's still really expensive.

The Open Handset Alliance announced Android, an open-source mobile phone operating system. Members include three of the big five handset manufacturers -- Samsung, Motorola, LG (but not Sony/Ericsson or Nokia) -- as well as HTC. Members include mobile operators China Mobile, Telefónica, T-Mobile, Sprint, Telecom Italia and NTT DoCoMo (see: Wikipedia top 20 global mobile network operators).

Look for the Android Software Development Kit (SDK) release November 12.

See also:

Posted by bernh003 at 12:23 PM · media delivery · technology to watch

October 26, 2007

How much does your information cost?

Two megabytes of data takes about a pound of coal.

One 8.5x11" sheet of paper takes 13 ounces of water to make from wood (two ounces from post-consumer recycled paper).

Peter W. Huber and Mark P. Mills, "Dig more coal -- the PCs are coming," Forbes magazine, May 31, 1999.

Laura Hudson, "The Paper Problem," Comic Foundry, October 1, 2007.

Posted by bernh003 at 1:05 PM · power/energy

October 8, 2007

Cathie Black, George Lois, and USA Today

Cathie Black, How George Lois Took USA Today From Y&R, Advertising Age, October 8, 2007.

Posted by bernh003 at 11:30 AM

September 16, 2007

txt your radio request

Antony Bruno, " Radio stations keying in to text-message promotions,", 9/16/2007

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July 16, 2007

first TiVo viewer data released publicly

Brian Steinberg, How to Stop Them From Skipping: TiVo Tells All, July 16, 2007.

What don't people fast-forward through? Movie trailers and direct response ads, apparently.
Doesn't look like putting your ad first or last in a pod gets people to actually watch it.
Includes a great quote about 30-second ad coming under scrutiny.

Posted by bernh003 at 6:19 PM

June 20, 2007

Cine Gear Expo 2007

Google news search: "Cine Gear Expo"
Cine Gear Expo Los Angeles, June 2007

Posted by bernh003 at 4:00 PM · film

April 14, 2007

NAB 2007 announcements

Google news search: NAB 2007 "Las Vegas"

National Association of Broadcasters, April 14-19, 2007

Posted by bernh003 at 4:00 PM · technology to watch

April 7, 2007

David Lynch PSA

on YouTube

Posted by bernh003 at 3:14 PM

March 22, 2007

social marketing: harder than it looks

Michelle Taute, "Popularity Contest," JupiterIMages Creative Brief, March 2007.

Having a MySpace page doesn't make you an expert. Audiences are averse to the hard sell. Don't be a poser.

Posted by bernh003 at 11:35 AM

March 14, 2007

Getty buys Scoopt

Daryl Lang, "Getty Gets Scoopt, A User-Generated Photo Service," Photo District News, March 12, 2007.

Image giant Getty buys Scoopt, one of a wave of online companies that collect amateur images and make them available to the press and as stock and royalty-free art. Reuters and the AP recently added ways of submitting user-generated content.

Posted by bernh003 at 8:50 AM

March 12, 2007

Google + local media

Nat Ives and Andrew Hampp, "Newspapers and Radio Find Unlikely Ally in Google," Advertising Age, March 12, 2007.

Google is auctioning local newspaper ad space and radio ad time. 900 radio stations have signed up. The New York Times and The Seattle Times report revenue increases. TV execs are watching closely.

The US radio ad market is a $20 billion business.
The US newspaper ad market is a $42 billion business.
The US television ad market is a $68 billion business.

Mike Lemke, Sr VP for Sales and Marketing at The Seattle Times, believes his paper is reaching new advertisers.

Google began its first trial November 2006, letting 100 advertisers bid for space in 50 newspapers.

Posted by bernh003 at 9:48 AM

March 7, 2007

podcasting demographics: summary

Several surveys (Pew Center for American Life, Podtrac) focused on podcast audiences were conducted more than a Moore's cycle ago.

Nielsen/Netratings and Podtrac continues to monitor.

July 2006, Nielsen announced that 6.6% of the U.S. adult online population, or 9.2 million users, have recently downloaded a podcast, and that 5.2 million people in the U.S. have downloaded a vodcast.

Web users age 18-24 are twice as likely to download a podcast as Web users on whole. Web users 25-34 and 35-44 were also more likely than Web users on whole to download a podcast.

A Spring 2006 Podtrac poll suggested the presence of over 22 million podcast listeners and viewers:
56% use content on computers; the rest use portable devices
88% listen to or view the entire program
41% of adults online at the end of 06Q1 were aware of the term "podcasting," up from 32% 05Q4.
75% of podcast listeners come from iTunes
(Podtrac claims a database of over 55,000 detailed demographic records of podcast users.)

A December 2005 Podtrac survey suggested that:

32% of respondents were familiar with the term "podcast"

about 11% had listened to a podcast; of those, about two in five had done so in the past week

78% of those who had ever listened to a podcast were male, but 51% of the respondents who had listened in the last week were female.

Pew Center for Internet and American Life's Jan-Mar 2005 survey of digital music player (DMP) ownership, found that, by race and ethnicity:
16% of African-Americans and English-speaking Latinos
9% of non-Latino whites

The same survey estimated that 36 million Americans download music or video files and that 22 million U.S. adults (11% of the population) now carry digital music players (DMPs).

On campus, the iPod is more popular than beer.

Student Monitor found that 73% of 1,200 U.S. undergraduate students said Apple iPod was "in," up from 59% the previous year.

iPods: 73% of students (Hispanic students: 77%*; women: 76%)
drinking beer: 71% 71%
drinking other alcohol: 67%
text messaging: 66%
downloading music: 66%
going to clubs: 65%
instant messaging: 63%
working out: 62%
coffee: 60%

Incidentally, although not technically related to vodcasting, in early July 2006, YouTube's estimated audience grew by 75% in one week.

Posted by bernh003 at 11:18 AM · podcasting

Educational Attainment in the US

"Educational Attainment in the US: 2005," U.S. Census Bureau.

Percent of High School and College Graduates of the Population 15 Years and Over:
80% high school graduate and higher
24% bachelor's degree or higher

Bachelor's degree or higher
27% non-Hispanic white alone
10% Hispanic of any race

(civilian noninstitutionalized population)

Posted by bernh003 at 8:00 AM · podcasting

March 6, 2007

radio ownership among the global poor and extremely poor

Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Duflo, "Economic Lives of the Poor," MIT Working Paper 06-29, October 31, 2006.

The authors studied the poor (households living on less than $2/day) and extremely poor (less than $1/day) in 13 countries: Cote d’Ivoire, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Peru, South Africa, Tanzania, and East Timor. One of many findings was that radio ownership varied widely, from 11% in rural Udaipur, to more than 70% in South Africa and Peru, in rural areas in inverse proportion to money spent attending festivals.

Posted by bernh003 at 9:34 PM · media delivery

March 5, 2007

raising the rates for streaming music

Eliot Van Buskirk and Sean Michaels, "Listening Post: U.S. Copyright Royalty Board Rejects Webcasters, Embraces SoundExchange," Wired magazine, March 4, 2007.

According to new rates released by the United States Copyright Royalty Board, streaming 16 songs an hour to 1000 listeners will cost:
$111,900 in 2006
$153,900 in 2007
$195,800 in 2008
$251,800 in 2009
$265,700 in 2010

Posted by bernh003 at 10:34 AM · media delivery

February 27, 2007

more on Joost

Abbey Klaassen, "Why Joost Isn't Just Your Average 'YouTube Killer'," Advertising Age February 26, 2007

Posted by bernh003 at 10:35 AM · media delivery

February 10, 2007

load balancing the grid

Roland Piquepaille, "Storing wind power in cold stores," ZDNet, February 10, 2007.

Posted by bernh003 at 4:17 PM · power/energy

January 30, 2007

large-scale wind-powered condensation device could extract moisture from the air

Phillip Adams, "Water from wind," The Australian, January 27, 2007.

Max Whisson

Posted by bernh003 at 8:42 PM · power/energy

January 29, 2007

Indian company could aid U.S. power transmission system

"Big plans: PowerGrid eyes US foray," The Times of India, January 29, 2007.

Posted by bernh003 at 12:58 PM · power/energy

summit to assess fight against climate change

"Climate summit opens in Paris," Agence France Presse, January 29, 2007.

Sylvestre Huet,"Les climatologues enfoncent le clou," Libération, January 29,2007.

Friday, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will issue its first report since 2001, to focus on efforts to stop global warming.

Posted by bernh003 at 6:39 AM · power/energy

January 28, 2007

The Guardian declares French art house cinema in free fall

Angelique Chrisafis, "It's oui to rom-coms and non to art house as cinéphiles die out," The Guardian, January 29, 2007.

Posted by bernh003 at 8:06 PM · film

viral e-mail contest

Germ at Channel 4

Posted by bernh003 at 7:50 PM · media delivery

one-frame ad

"(Subliminal) One-Frame Ad," MIT Advertising Lab blog

Posted by bernh003 at 7:23 PM · advertising

movie premieres simultaneously at Sundance and on Second Life

John Brownlee with Eliza Gauger, Lisa Katayama, and Annalee Newitz, "Table of Malcontents: Sundance 2007: Is It Live, or Second Life?," Wired magazine, January 28, 2007.

Posted by bernh003 at 5:26 PM · film

January 19, 2007

Digital is Global.

Today, the unit where I work, the Digital Learning Group, is launching a new Web site about itself, coordinated by my friend and esteemed colleague Sara Hurley.

Posted by bernh003 at 10:00 AM · media delivery

Online video is its own format.

Andrew Hampp, "Marketers Still Not Realizing Full Potential of Online Video," Advertising Age, January 18, 2007.

Hampp cites an eMarketer projection that suggests there will be 157 million online video viewers by 2010.

He also quotes Brian Buchwald, gen’l mgr NBBC, NBC’s online video syndication company: “We need to move away from repurposed broadcast advertising into a model conducive to the web -- 5-second spots, 15-second spots, things that are more contextual around a video player or pre-roll process -- to engage in the overall ad pie."

Posted by bernh003 at 9:52 AM · media delivery

January 16, 2007

Are you juiced?

"Skype founders unveil `YouTube Killer',", Jan 16, 2007.

The3 Dutch founders of Kazaa and Skype announced Joost [pronounced "juiced"], to be based in London, a service which will let subscribers watch tv on their computers after downloading software.

Posted by bernh003 at 3:27 PM · media delivery

January 12, 2007

Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp.'s Roewe 750

" China’s SAIC fuel cell Roewe 750," Motor Authority, January 12, 2007.

The car is already available in a hybrid gas-electric model. The fuel cell model could go into production as early as 2008, although there is a lack of hydrogen fueling stations.

Posted by bernh003 at 8:43 AM · power/energy · power/energy · technology to watch

January 11, 2007

instant collaboration

fest mob organizers call this a "social mobile experiment." They invite anyone at Slamdance/Sundance Film Festivals to record their experience by text message, camera phone, e-mail or other means, and anyone watching from elsewhere to post their questions.

To join fest mob by phone, text FOLLOW FESTMOB to 40404 or visit

Posted by bernh003 at 6:23 PM · Web

January 10, 2007

SlingCatcher / Clip+Sling

Abbey Klaassen, "CBS Deal With Sling Lets Users Upload TV Content, Legally," Advertising Age, January 9, 2007.

Sling Streams iTunes Content to TV," Slashdot January 9, 2007.

Anne Becker, A href="">"Breaking CES News: Sling, CBS Let Viewers Clip and Send TV," Broadcasting & Cable, January 9, 2007.

Jeremy Reimer, "SlingCatcher brings PC-to-TV video for $200," arstechnica January 8, 2007.

According to arstechnica, Sling Media's new SlingCatcher will send video from PC to TV, has HDMI and component connectors as well as WiFi and Ethernet, works with iTunes -- sounds familiar -- and media-agnostic, or codec-agnostic, if you prefer. (Windows Media Center+XBox 360 doesn't do DivX or Xvid and AppleTV does only what QuickTime can play.)

Posted by bernh003 at 8:54 AM · media delivery · technology to watch

solid capacitors last longer

Solid Capacitor Motherboards Introduced, Slashdot January 9, 2007.

Could personal computers become less disposable?

Posted by bernh003 at 8:48 AM · power/energy · power/energy · technology to watch

most/least optimistic business leaders in the world by country

"EU business 'more upbeat than US'">/a>, BBC News, January 10, 2007.

Grant Thornton surveyed 7,200 bosses in 24 countries, representing 81% of global economic output, giving each country a score representing its level of optimism among business leaders:

India 97%
Philippines 88%
China 85%
Singapore 84%
Ireland 82%
EU: 46%
global average: 45%
Britain: 43%
Italy 21%
US 14%
Turkey 0% (down from 58% last year)
Taiwan -3%
Japan -5%

Posted by bernh003 at 8:29 AM

European Commission calls for new renewable energy goals

"EU plans 'industrial revolution'", BBC News, January 10, 2007.

"EU warns inefficient energy firms", BBC News, January 10, 2007.

"More biofuels, renewable energy in EU plans", CBC News, January 10, 2007.

"Chrysler questions climate change'", BBC News, January 10, 2007.

Posted by bernh003 at 8:22 AM · power/energy

January 9, 2007

What is Jobs announcing?

Apple CEO delivers his keynote address at MacWorld Expo 2007 Monday morning, January 9, 9-11am Pacific Time.

TechDigest says it will be live blogging of the event.

Google news search: "steve jobs" "macworld expo" 2007
html | RSS

Q.: What is Jobs announcing?
A.: AppleTV (html|RSS) and iPhone (html|RSS).

Posted by bernh003 at 11:00 AM · media delivery

January 8, 2007

open source innovation of sustainable power

Harvest the sun's energy in all its forms. Contribute your ideas today.

Posted by bernh003 at 9:08 PM · power/energy

Love means never having to say "wall wart."

Well, maybe just one wall wart. Is Wireless power finally here?

Posted by bernh003 at 9:05 PM · power/energy

MacWorld 2007

Google news search: Macworld "Steve Jobs"

Macworld Conference and Expo, January 8-12, 2007

Posted by bernh003 at 7:00 PM · technology to watch

announcements: CES 2007

Google news search: "Consumer Electronics Show" "Las Vegas"

International Consumer Electronics Show , January 8-11, Las Vegas

Posted by bernh003 at 4:00 PM · technology to watch

Toast 8 now includes TiVoToGo for Mac

"TiVoToGo Comes to Mac," Wired January 8, 2007.

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December 26, 2006

a Nobel for James Brown

Joe Gross's call for a Nobel Prize for James Brown's innovation in music. in the Austin (Texas) American-Statesman, Dec 27, 2006. new search

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December 21, 2006

How many information sources for an Afghani village?

George Packer, "Knowing the Enemy," The New Yorker, December 18, 2006.

Article about Dr. David Kilcullen, Lt Col, Australian Army, author of “Twenty-eight Articles: Fundamentals of Company-Level Counterinsurgency,? and others. Kilcullen "...calculated how many sources of information existed for a Vietnamese villager in 1966 and for an Afghan villager in 2006. He concluded that the former had ten, almost half under government control, such as Saigon radio and local officials; the latter has twenty-five (counting the Internet as only one), of which just five are controlled by the government. Most of the rest—including e-mail, satellite phone, and text messaging—are independent but more easily exploited by insurgents than by the Afghan government."

The article also mentions the Army and Marine Corps' first new counterinsurgency field manual in more than two decades, FM 3-24/MCWP 3-33.5 (final draft, June 2006) which begins, "This manual is designed to fill a doctrinal gap. It has been 20 years since the U.S. Army published a manual devoted to counterinsurgency operations, and 25 since the Marine Corps published its last such manual."

(See also: Robby Kennedy, "Army writing new Counterinsurgency Field Manual, Army News service March 3, 2006.)

This means the U.S. went to war on a counterinsurgency field manual written before the Web, first publicized by CERN August 6, 1991 (compare: Internet).

Posted by bernh003 at 7:56 PM · media delivery

December 1, 2006

Has Maxell released holographic storage?

In September 2005, Maxell announced it would release its first holographic storage product in late 2006.

Posted by bernh003 at 8:00 AM · technology to watch

November 11, 2006

Is Riken's MDGrape-3 the fastest official supercomputer in the world?

As noted here earlier this year, the 28th list of the top 500 supercomputers in the world is announced at SC06 Tampa, the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis. One important question about the list is whether the MDGrape-3 has qualified. Whether or not it is deemed a supercomputer according to the keepers of the list, it's achieved a remarkable advance in speed, economy and power consumption, at three times faster and one-tenth the cost per calculation of the next fastest computer in the world.

Posted by bernh003 at 4:00 PM · technology to watch

November 10, 2006

Cine Gear Miami

Google news search: "Cine Gear Expo"
Cine Gear Expo Miami, November 10-12, 2006.

Posted by bernh003 at 4:00 PM · film

October 18, 2006


RSS TV spec1.1 released Oct 6

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September 24, 2006

NAB New York announcements

Google news search: NAB "New York"

Posted by bernh003 at 4:00 PM · film

September 5, 2006

networks target TiVo

CBS and TiVo have agreed to offer the premiere episode of a new CBS sitcom, "The Class," to 4.4 million TiVo subscribers three full weeks ahead of its broadcast debut, September 18.

Stuart Elliott, "In a TiVo World, Television Turns Marketing Efforts to New Media," New York Times September 5, 2006.

Posted by bernh003 at 11:00 AM · media delivery

August 31, 2006

open source radio

CBS Radio is gathering listener podcasts from around the world, which are broadcast on 1550 AM KYCY in San Francisco and streamed at

Posted by bernh003 at 11:09 AM · media delivery

August 26, 2006

a review of bandwidth in some countries around the world

Alan Stafford, "Broadband Abroad: Internet Connectivity Outside the United States," PC World, August 23, 2006.

see also: wikipedia: broadband worldwide

Posted by bernh003 at 10:38 AM · media delivery

What's YouTube worth?

Sony paid $65 million for Grouper, which has less than 1% market share of online video, according to traffic-tracking firm YouTube could be a steal at $1 billion," c|net news, August 24, 2006.

Posted by bernh003 at 10:27 AM · media delivery

August 15, 2006

if it's paid for...

Greg Sandoval, "Studios to OK copying movie downloads to disc," c|net news, August 10, 2006.

Posted by bernh003 at 12:15 AM · media delivery

amicus curiae in Capitol Records v. Deborah Foster

amicus curiae filed by EFF, AALL, ACLU

Posted by bernh003 at 12:12 AM · media delivery

August 10, 2006

video: picture of a person every day for three years

by Ahree Lee

Posted by bernh003 at 8:37 PM · art

August 7, 2006

What's the word from Jobs?

Google news search: "steve jobs" iTunes movies WWDC

Posted by bernh003 at 3:00 PM · film · media delivery

August 5, 2006

solar wireless

Green WiFi: solar panel, battery, router.

From slashdot.

Posted by bernh003 at 10:17 PM · technology to watch

August 2, 2006

Everyone has their doppelgänger.

I once entered a cafe and saw my father reading at a table near the back. I approached him to sit down and talk and got quite close before realizing it wasn't him.

Christian Küsters and Mischa Haller are looking for four people who look like this.

Jane Perrone, "Are you alike?" The Guardian, August 1, 2006.

Posted by bernh003 at 12:19 AM · art

July 31, 2006

MDGrape-3 breaks petaflop barrier

The MDGrape-3 supercomputer at Riken in Yokohama, Japan has been clocked at one petaflop (one quadrillion calculations) per second, three times faster than IBM's BlueGene/L at Lawrence Livermore.

The MDGrape-3 was not announced in time for the official summer 2006 list of top 500 supercomputer sites and, because of a technicality, might not be eligible for future editions of that list, but has likely set a new standard not only for speed but also for economy and energy consumption. Riken estimates MDGrape-3 costs $15 per gigaflop, compared with BlueGene/L at $140 per gigaflop.

Newsfactor magazine, "Japan Bests IBM in Supercomputer Stakes," July 26, 2006, from Slashdot.

Posted by bernh003 at 6:35 AM · technology to watch

July 29, 2006

YouTube demographics

According to Nielsen/NetRatings, weekly U.S. Web traffic to grew from 7.3 to 12.8 million unique visitors the week ending July 16. Between January and June 2006, a larger audience spent more time looking at more YouTube pages. The YouTube audience is currently 60/40 male. Visitors between 12-17 years of age are nearly 1.5 times more likely to visit YouTube than the average Web user.

Neilsen/Netratings, "YouTube U.S. Web Traffic Grows 75 Percent Week over Week," July 21, 2006.

Posted by bernh003 at 3:20 AM · media delivery

more podcasting demographics

9.2 million people in the U.S have downloaded a podcast.
5.6 million people in the U.S. have downloaded a vodcast.
Web users age 18-24 are twice as likely to download a podcast as Web users on whole. Web users 25-34 and 35-44 were also more likely than Web users on whole to download a podcast. Web users above age 45 were less likely to download a podcast.
Vodcasting trends slightly older than podcasting.

Nielsen/NetRatings, "Podcasting Gains an Important Foothold Among U.S. Adult Online Population, According to Nielsen/NetRatings," July 12, 2006.

Posted by bernh003 at 3:06 AM · podcasting

podcasting demographics

An agency connecting podcasters and advertisers has hired Taylor Nelson Sofres to survey listeners.

Posted by bernh003 at 3:01 AM · media delivery

July 28, 2006

new development in French music-related IP law

Thomas Crampton, "Parts of French 'iPod Law' Struck Down," The New York Times, July 28, 2006.

Posted by bernh003 at 6:19 PM · media delivery

July 27, 2006

TiVo to measure tivoing past the ads

TiVo's new Audience Research and Measurement divison will show ad-viewing patterns (but not, initially, issue ratings for individual ads) based on a sample 20,000 out of its 4.4 million units.
The article forecasts 15% of U.S. homes to have a digital video recorder (DVR) by end of 2006.

David Lieberman and Laura Petrecca, New TiVo service to measure its ad-zapping fallout, USA Today, July 26, 2006.

Posted by bernh003 at 12:31 AM · media delivery

very early edge: HD-DVD

The author of this highly informative piece has reviewed three dozen HD-DVDs and 11 Blu-ray discs and gives a slight overall edge to HD-DVD, including market factors, not just resolution and perfomance. It's still way too early to tell.

Peter M. Bracke, "Blu-ray vs. HD DVD: Round One," High-Def Digest, July 3, 2006.

See also: Jessica Wolf, DVD Producers Straddle Mature, Emerging Markets," Home Media Retailing July 24, 2006.

Posted by bernh003 at 12:17 AM · media delivery

July 25, 2006

Netflix and Cinflix: compare and contrast

You've heard of (or maybe subscribe to) Netflix; here's Cinflix, devoted to titles from Korea, Hong Kong, India and Japan.

Posted by bernh003 at 10:17 PM · media delivery

YouTube, Phanfare and compare and contrast

Blog of Phanfare, a site with a different business model than YouTube. See also:

Posted by bernh003 at 10:12 PM · media delivery

more rental, fewer theatrical viewings

"Among those who saw fewer movies in the first half of this year than the first half of last year, ticket prices (49%) and time (40%) are big factors affecting their theatre-going behaviors. More than a third says DVDs come out so quickly so they are willing to wait (36%) and that they are watching more movies that they rent on DVD (35%) — while one-third (33%) say the reason is that the movies this year aren’t as good."

from HarrisInteractive. "Surging Rental Market Contributes to Slouching Box Office,"The Harris Poll, no. 62, August 11, 2005 (conducted July 12-18, 2005).

Posted by bernh003 at 10:04 PM · film

July 24, 2006

flexible, multi-layered, very thin processors

University of Wisconsin, Madison

Posted by bernh003 at 11:11 PM · technology to watch

It's the wild west out there.

Frank Ahrens, "Networks' Nervous Foray Online," Washington Post, July 23, 2006.

Posted by bernh003 at 1:36 PM · Web · advertising · media delivery

July 22, 2006

YouTube exposure revives sitcom pilot

NBC ordered six scripts of "Nobody's Watching," a WB comedy pilot from last year, less than a month after the episode emerged on YouTube.

Josef Adalian, NBC revives 'Watching'," Variety, July 20, 2006.

from slashdot

Posted by bernh003 at 11:05 PM · media delivery

Microsoft ipod

Carly Mayberry, "Microsoft confirms plan to take on iPod," The Hollywood Reporter, July 22, 2006.

video at Google and YouTube

Brad Cook, "Microsoft Confirms It Originated iPod Box Parody," the iPod observer, March 14, 2006.

The following story cites NPD research that claims Apple's iPod currently has over 50% market share of all digital music players:
Bary Alyssa Johnson, "Microsoft Announces Its Own iPod Competitor," PC Magazine, July 24, 2006.

Posted by bernh003 at 9:00 AM · media delivery · technology to watch

July 21, 2006

How much does it cost to build a smart phone?

Motorola Q tops Blackberry with features.

Arik Hesseldahl, "Unmaking Motorola's Q Phone," Business Week, July 20, 2006, from Slashdot.

Making Good Film and Television for No Money

discussion with Sean Covel, Chris Wyatt and Ari Fishman; moderated by Bill Rude, Walker Art Center, July 18, 2006.

Posted by bernh003 at 8:58 PM · film

ads on bags... one and two, MIT Advertising Lab (news feed)

see also: ad-land

Posted by bernh003 at 6:07 PM · advertising

July 18, 2006

rumor: iTunes movie rentals?

Supposedly, Apple will announce a deal with major studios at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) August 7 to allow consumers to rent (not buy) movies from iTunes.

Ryan Katz, "WWDC surprise: Apple to announe iTunes movie rentals," Think Secret, July 18, 2006.

Two Macworld editors continue the speculation:
Philip Michaels and Jim Dalyrimple, "Are movie rentals in iTunes' future?" Macworld, July 20, 2006.

Posted by bernh003 at 11:07 PM · media delivery

July 17, 2006

Consumers care less about consumer electronics brand name than ever before.

29% of respondents in a Vertis survey this year said brand name was the most important factor in consumer electronics purchases. This is down from 50% in 1998 and 40% in 2004.

Laura Blackwell, "Brand Name Influence for Consumer Electronics Losing Luster," PC World, July 11, 2006.

Posted by bernh003 at 1:55 PM · advertising

proof of concept: Memory Spot

HP announced a very small chip (4 millimeters square or smaller; compare Compact Flash which is about 40 mm on a side) called Memory Spot. It currently holds between 32 and 512 kilobytes (KB) and has a small processor on board, powered by the magnetic field of a read/write device held at very close range. (Contrast RFID tags which hold less but can be read at greater distances, say, 30 feet.) The chip has a transfer speed of 1.25 megabytes per second (MB/sec).

512 kilobytes (KB), or half a megabyte (MB), is enough to hold basic personal information on a small town's worth of people (see: "How much space does a lot of data take?"), or a one-minute .MP3 greeting (64 kbps).

The transfer speed is fast enough for office productivity purposes, playback of compressed media and recording of source-quality audio, but currently only about a third the speed necessary to record even standard definition video (or HDV) at 3.6 MB/sec. The latest (133x) Compact Flash cards claim sustained write speeds of up to 20 MB/sec.

One source speculated that Memory Spot cost could be ten cents per unit when production reaches scale, or about four times the cost per gigabyte of Compact Flash today. A dime for 512 KB works out to about $200 per GB, while the lowest legitimate price on today's latest Compact Flash card is $116 for 2 GB, or about $58 per GB. Hard drives are still the most economical for the moment; a LaCie d2 external hard drive is $189 for 250 GB, or about $0.75 per GB.

Press release. " HP Unveils Revolutionary Wireless Chip That Links the Digital and Physical Worlds; Grain-Sized Chip Could Be Attached to Almost Any Object, Making Information More Ubiquitous," July 17, 2006.

John Markoff, "H.P. to Unveil Radio Chips to Store Data," New York Times, July 17, 2006.

Jack Schofield, "HP Memory Spot chip adds digital content to physical world," The Guardian, July 17, 2006.

Posted by bernh003 at 8:12 AM · technology to watch

July 10, 2006

proof of concept: magnetic chips

Existing types of memory:
-dynamic random access memory (DRAM): cheap -- $5 for 512 megabits (mb), or about $80 per gigabyte (GB) -- stores a lot, but loses information when it loses power
-static random access memory (SRAM): fastest, but also loses information when it loses power
-flash memory: retains information without power, but is relatively slow

New possibility:
-magnetic random access memory (MRAM): wildly expensive at the moment -- $25 for four megabits (mb), or about $50,000 per gigabyte (GB) -- but faster than DRAM and as fast as some SRAM; retains information without power, can store information indefinitely

Don Clark, "Freescale Brings Chip to Market Based on Magnetic Technology." Wall Street Journal July 10, 2006.

Posted by bernh003 at 12:10 AM · technology to watch

July 6, 2006

TiVo past the ads...?

What will happen to television advertising if viewers can skip it on TiVo? One strategy is for ads to get shorter: five seconds, and even one second, in duration. Can they stand on their own? I think viewers are ready for anything.

Laura Petrecca, "Five-second ads try to counter TiVo," USA Today, July 6, 2006.

The article cites Forrester Research statistic that, at the end of 2005, 12.2% of U.S. households had DVRs, such as TiVo, and their estimate that the figure will grow to half of all U.S. households by the end 2010.

Posted by bernh003 at 5:54 PM · advertising

June 30, 2006

1 in 5 Americans age 12 and older owns a digital music player

Ipsos research indicates 1 in 5 Americans age 12 and older owns a digital music player, up from 1 in 10 three years ago.

Future Tense, June 30, 2006.

Posted by bernh003 at 1:20 PM · media delivery

June 27, 2006

Federal guidelines for security on mobile devices

The Office of Management and Budget released new federal policy for all federal agencies:

Brian Krebs, "OMB Sets Guidelines for Federal Employee Laptop Security," Washington Post, June 27, 2006.

June 22, 2006

"RSS" vs "news feeds"

Nielsen found "RSS" has poor name-recognition and recommends referring to "news feeds" instead.

interview with Lee Gomes,>Wall Street Journal, June 20, 2006.

Posted by bernh003 at 5:44 AM · Web

June 15, 2006

Why buy ads when you can sponsor the whole station?

Snapple has sponsored an entire radio station (WFNX Boston) for 40 days. For two million dollars, DJs will discuss Snapple-sponsored events, but the station will air 55 minutes of music per hour and no ads.

Jim Sullivan, "Boston radio station cuts down ad 'clutter' - to one sponsor," Christian Science Monitor, June 15, 2006.

See also: August 22, 2005 issue of The New Yorker.

Posted by bernh003 at 6:32 PM · advertising

June 14, 2006

Netflix vs. TV?

Netflix appears to be considering delivering video over IP.
Paul Bond, The Hollywood Reporter, June 15, 2006.

Posted by bernh003 at 9:27 PM · media delivery

Nielsens to include mobile and other video along with TV

The Nielsen ratings will integrate TV with digital viewing habits, including Internet, iPods and cell phones, and include out-of-home television viewing in its figures.

Paul J. Gough, "Nielsen ratings digitized," The Hollywood Reporter, June 15. 2006.

see also: Arbitron's Portable People Meter
"Four Leading Radio Groups Sign Agreements For Arbitron PPM," Radio Ink, June 6, 2006.

Posted by bernh003 at 9:20 PM · advertising

June 9, 2006

Fun's over when the power runs out. (proof of concept: nanotube capacitor battery)

Disposable batteries are bad for the environment. Rechargeable batteries die eventually and take time to recharge. (Rapid chargers shorten long-term battery life.) Shooting video and stills and recording audio in the field, not to mention mobile computing, lasts only as long as the batteries powering the gear. Good people at MIT might have a real advance in mobile power supply based on a capacitor made of nanotubes, each 30,000 thinner than a human hair:

super Battery, ScieCentral News, June 8, 2006.

This is second only to a safe way to make power travel through the air. :) Could be good for hybrid vehicles too.

Posted by bernh003 at 8:09 AM · technology to watch

Family hard drive purchased at flea market

Couple's Supposedly Destroyed Hard Drive Purchased In Chicago, Yahoo! News, June 1, 2006.

Posted by bernh003 at 8:08 AM · privacy or security

iPod. More popular than beer.

Associated Press, "Survey: College Kids Like IPods Better Than Beer, Fox News, June 8, 2006.

Apple surpasses beer on college campuses, CNN News, June 8, 2006.

Mike Snider, "iPods knock over beer mugs," USA Today, June 7, 2006.

Student Monitor found that 73% of 1200 U.S. undergraduate students said Apple iPod was "in," up from 59% the previous year.

iPods: 73% of students (Hispanic students: 77%*; women: 76%)
drinking beer: 71% 71%
drinking other alcohol: 67%
text messaging: 66%
downloading music: 66%
going to clubs: 65%
instant messaging: 63%
working out: 62%
coffee: 60%

* see: "podcasting demographics" from Pew Center for Internet and American Life, as of Jan-Mar 2005, digital music player (DMP) ownership by race and ethnicity:
16% of African-Americans and English-speaking Latinos
9% of non-Latino whites

Posted by bernh003 at 8:05 AM · advertising

May 31, 2006

more podcasting demographics

Jason van Orden, New Podcasting Demographics from Podtrac May 31, 2006.

Author summarizes new Podtrac poll suggesting the presence of over 22 million podcast listeners and viewers:

56% use content on computers; the rest use portable devices
88% listen to or view the entire program
41% of adults online at the end of 06Q1 were aware of the term "podcasting," up from 32% 05Q4.
75% of podcast listeners come from iTunes

Podtrac claims a db of over 55,000 detailed demographic records of podcast users.

Posted by bernh003 at 11:05 PM · podcasting

May 23, 2006

Ellis G.

Artist Ellis G. uses sidewalk chalk to trace silhouettes of signs and other objects on New York sidewalks.

John Carluccio, dir., "The Life of a Shadow,", April 19, 2006.

Posted by bernh003 at 10:31 PM · art · film · film · media delivery

May 17, 2006

one estimate of current world podcasting audience

Dana Gardner claims current audience of 10-15 million for podcasting worldwide.

Posted by bernh003 at 12:54 PM · media delivery

May 16, 2006


Google news search: expo "Los Angeles"

Electronic Entertainment Expo

Posted by bernh003 at 4:00 PM · technology to watch

May 10, 2006

no moving parts

Maxell plans to launch its first holographic storage product September 2006 with 300 GB capacity and 20 MB/sec throughput. When throughput improves, this could eventually lead to direct-to-edit recorders with no moving parts.

"Maxell Introduces the Future of Optical Storage Media With Holographic Recording Technology" (press release), Maxell Corporation of America, November 18, 2005.

Colin Barker, "Maxell focuses on holographic storage," c|net news, November 28, 2005.

Posted by bernh003 at 2:43 AM · technology to watch

February 23, 2006

How much space does a lot of data take?

Paper files get lost all the time. It's been reported several times that file cabinets auctioned for surplus were discovered to contain records with real people's social security numbers. Any new technology is disruptive. Automation, particularly in the form of electronic data, makes the problem of accidental mishandling of sensitive information acute.

A county public health worker accidentally e-mailed the names of thousands of people who are HIV-positive to nearly a thousand colleagues. It's difficult to imagine a co-worker making and distributing a thousand photocopies without noticing the highly sensitive information on them (although a newspaper recently re-used paper in its newsstand distribution materials that had been used once to print subscriber billing information, including customer credit card information).

When a laptop with personal information on it is stolen from an employee's home or car, the numbers of people affected is often staggering -- in the hundreds of thousands, or more.

Here are two simple calculations to help people understand the magnitude of the problem.

1. How much text fits on a jump drive?
Let's make some reasonable assumptions and see how the math plays out.
1 GB space on disc
filled with a number of three-page Microsoft Word documents
1" margins all around
12 point Times font, single-spaced
printed single-sided
(This is the same as double-spaced text printed double-sided.)
A 1 GB jump drive can hold about 50,000 pages of text.

2. How much space on disc would you need to represent basic data about the entire U.S. population?
allow the following number of characters for each of these fields:
30 name
20 e-mail
60 address
8 date of birth
10 phone
9 social security number
137 possible characters per record
1 byte per character
137 bytes per record
300,000,000 U.S. population (population clock)
Basic personal information on everyone in the U.S. would fit in 38 GB.
Basic personal information on everyone in the world would fit in 829 GB.

There are methods arguments to make along the way. At the moment, one gigabyte seems to be the most popular denomination for jump drives, although this can change rapidly. In the first example, document page length is an important assumption. I have no data on the average page length of a Word document, but three pages seems reasonable. I created mock-up MS Word documents (see: of widely differing page lengths and checked the file size of each. MS Word exacts a toll in file size for each document created. Once the document is created it can have a little or a lot of information in it for a regular additional amount of file size. So hundred-page documents are a more efficient way to store large amounts of text than one-page documents (although not necessarily a pleasure to work with).

The estimate in the second example works better in the U.S. Of course, people outside the U.S. don't have social security numbers, although they might have a national identifier of similar character length. Even here, not everyone has an e-mail address. It would be interesting to hear an estimate of how many people in the world have no fixed land address. Allow 20 characters for a national ID, and the recordset could still be represented in 896 GB. The point is, with missing data points, that's the maximum space on disc such a recordset would require given today's population.

Turn the method on credit card transactions, as the payment industry surely has done. How many characters to represent an entire credit card transaction? How many transactions per day in a country? On the Internet? In the world? How much space on disc to represent the information? Not as much as you'd think.

I'd love to hear your thoughts and am open to debate if you run any of the numbers yourself.

Posted by bernh003 at 6:10 PM · privacy or security · white papers

February 10, 2006

biometric vulnerabilities

Clarkson University professor Stephanie C. Schuckers has fooled most fingerprint recognition devices with Play-doh molds.

Science Daily, "Clarkson Engineer And 'Spoofing' Expert Looks To Outwit High-Tech Identity Fraud, December 20, 2005.

see also:
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Iris Challenge Evaluation (ICE)

Biometric security measures based on iris scans, facial recognition and especially fingerprints, are susceptible to spoofing in most current versions.

Steve Ranger, "Crime of the future--biometric spoofing?" ZDNEt Asia from Slashdot

January 27, 2006

Whenever, wherever.

Stephen Soderbergh released his latest film, Bubble, in theaters, and on DVD and cable all on the same day.
At the 2006 Consumer Electronics Show (held January 5-8), News Corp. announced it intends to release movies in high definition 60 days after theatrical release, on cable or disc or by download. (The time from theatrical to rental release in the U.S. was six months in 1994 and four months in 2004.)
Rainbow Media, a division of Cablevision, plans to release 18 to 24 films per year on cable the same day as they open in theaters.

Gary Gentile, "'Bubble' hits theaters, TV, DVD on same day," USA Today, January 18, 2006.

Georg Szalai, "News Corp. exploring high-def film rentals," The Hollywood Reporter, March 1, 2006.

Anders Bylund, ars technica, January 12, 2006.

Posted by bernh003 at 10:06 PM · film · media delivery

December 27, 2005

more podcasting demographics

Nino Marchetti, "The Demographics of Podcasting," Digital Trends December 27, 2005.

Article summarizes a survey commissioned by Podtrac, a podcast advertising and measurement service, conducted by Taylor Nelson Sofres in December 2005.

32% of respondents were familiar with the term "podcast"
about 11% had listened to a podcast; of those, about two in five had done so in the past week

78% of those who had ever listened to a podcast were male, but 51% of the respondents who had listened in the last week were female.

Posted by bernh003 at 11:00 PM · podcasting

July 11, 2005

podcasting demographics

Podcasts and RSS news feeds are subscription-based technology elements. A person reading the Web can read a story on, say, a newspaper's Web site, or that person can subscribe to the newspaper's RSS news feed and have a synopsis of the story included in an index of as many other such stories as they like. The result is a Web page that serves as a real-time index of personal interest. Pretty cool.
A person listening to the Web can go find a piece of audio, either by browsing a Web site or buying it from a service such as iTunes, or that person can subscribe to a podcast and have new audio segments pushed to them as they are released, without having to go looking. Very cool.
By coincidence, a podcast is built on an RSS news feed. Happy synergy.

Widgets are currently limited to users of Mac OS X 10.4 and users of Dashboard on OS X up to 10.3, but when Microsoft releases Longhorn (likely next year) widget-makers will have a broad new platform for which to develop.

iPod is a brand name; the generic name for the kind of thing that it is would be digital music player or MP3 player. Digital music player might be the better term for the long run.
So who uses digital music players? Who uses podcasts? In January through March of this year, the Pew Internet and American Life Project conducted two national surveys. Here are their estimated results, dated 4/3/2005:

36 million Americans download music or video files.
22 million U.S. adults (11% of the population) now carry digital music players (DMPs).
14% of Internet users and 3% of non-Internet users have DMPs. Those with six or more years of Internet experience are twice as likely as those with less than three years of Internet experience to have a DMP.

more about Apple iPods and other digital music players (DMPs)
Of U.S. adults, the following have DMPs:
-by gender
9% of females
14% of males

-by Internet access
25% of those with broadband both at home and at work
21% of those with broadband at home
10% of those with dial-up access at home

-by household income
18% of those living in households earning more than $75,000/year
13% $50,000 to $75,000/year
9% $30,000 to $50,000/year
7% of those living in households earning less than $30,000/year
although 20% of respondents did not share information about household income with the researchers.

-by age and residence of children
15% of parents living with children under age 18 in the home
8% of parents who don't have children living at home

-by age
19% of those ages 18-28
14% of those ages 29-40
11% of those ages 41-50
6% of those ages 51-59
1% of those age 70 or older

-by race and ethnicity
16% of African-Americans and English-speaking Latinos
9% of non-Latino whites

So there's considerable nuance to the demographics of DMP ownership, but this seems like an audience we're be interested.

Of American adults who own DMPs (est. 22 million), 29% (est. six million) have used podcasts.

Men and women who own DMPs are equally likely to have used podcasts.

Internet access
33% of DMP owners who have broadband at home have used podcasts.
28% of DMP owners who have dial-up access at home have used podcasts.

Half of DMP owners between age 18-28 have used podcasts.
A fifth of DMP owners over age 29 have used podcasts.

How many DMPs are there in the world? CIO Today March 16, 2005 reported 36.8 million digital music players sold in 2004 alongside a market research firm's projection of 132 million annual sales by 2009.

What other small, portable devices can play digital audio? A 2004 Net Imperative article cites a market analyst predicting 25.3 million MP3-enabled phones to be sold in 2005, and up to 116 million sold in 2008.
Motorola and Apple announced a version of iTunes software for the Moto line of mobile phones. Nokia has partnered with LoudEye to use Windows Media Player on their phones for the same purpose. The Nokia N91 phone (pending FCC approval for sale in the U.S.) has a 4 GB hard drive and comes preconfigured for Visual Radio.

Posted by bernh003 at 11:14 AM · Web · media delivery · white papers

podcast basics

Q.: I have had some experience with Macintosh's annoying proprietary coding of .mp3 files. Does the RSS format mean we're not just targeting iPods?

A.: We never were targeting only iPods (and not other brands of digital music players), but let me break that one down.
An Apple brand iPod can be used with iTunes software on a PC.
By default, iTunes software encodes your stuff as .AAC. An .AAC is basically an .MP4 (next, incremental version of MP3 codec), but with enough differences in the header to keep the files from playing anywhere else. Definitely annoying.
All music purchased through iTunes online music store are .AAC-encoded. When ripping music from audio CDs you already own, you can tell your iTunes software to use .AAC, .MP3, or .AIF encoding, although I haven't horsed around with this.

RSS is an XML-based way of aggregating content, not an audio codec. A podcast is just an RSS feed that aggregates audio (and a few bits of descriptor text) as content. RSS doesn�t care what files get aggregated, although .MP3s are the weapon of choice. They are the weapon of choice for two reasons: one, iTunes software (and the Apple brand iPod that routinely docks with it) can play .MP3s, and Apple brand iPods have huge market share right now; and, two, because most, if not all, the other brands of digital music players are built to use .MP3s.
Podcasting does not require an Apple brand iPod, any more than blowing one's nose requires Kleenex brand facial tissue. Someone about to sneeze might well say, "Pass me a kleenex." The brand name has become the name for its generic form. Apple's iPod has such huge market share right now that it is common to hear all digital music player referred to as iPods.
Podcasting does require one of several podcast aggregators, such as iPodder, to keep track of subscriptions, check for new files, and download them. For people who do use an Apple brand iPod, podcast aggregration has just been incorporated as a feature in iTunes version 4.9. (This saves the step of having to drag files into iTunes before updating their iPod.) Convenience is everything, so this will be one of three big boosts to podcasting in the coming months.
Another big boost to podcasting will be the rumored introduction of widgets into Longhorn, the new Windows operating system from Microsoft. Widgets, currently available in Dashboard for Mac OS X (up to 10.3) and integrated into Tiger (Mac OS 10.4), are little pieces of code that run all the time and sit inconspicuously near the bottom of your screen and, among many other useful things, can aggregate podcast content for you.

Q.: New phones/PDAish devices permit podcast download, yes?

A.: Yes. Devices to watch:
Nokia N91
Motorola E1000

Motorola has partnered with iTunes and Nokia has partnered with a (WinMed-based) company to deliver music on phones. Introduction in the U.S. of these MP3-enabled phones will be the third big boost to podcasting. Industry projections suggest sales of MP3-enabled phones will match sales of stand-alone digital music players.

Posted by bernh003 at 11:04 AM · Web · media delivery · podcasting · white papers