Tuesday, July 31, 2012

How DynaStream Optimizes Video Bandwidth in SCADA



Moxa's DynaStream technology prevents IP video data from congesting the network and affecting performance. The flexible frame rate control functionality optimizes video streaming by automatically adjusting the frame rate in response to network conditions. DynaStream provides maximum flexibility to create a bandwidth management strategy tailored for your specific network. The system can be configured in just a few clicks via a web browser.

More info on DynaStream: http://www.moxa.com/Event/Net/2010/DynaStream/DynaStream.htm

Monday, July 30, 2012

Digital Cinema Products | Qube

http://www.qubecinema.com

Fwd: Smart Phone and Smart TV Interface: MHL, HDMI, and Thunderbolt

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From: "NPD DisplaySearch News" <news@displaysearch.com>
Date: Jul 30, 2012 5:06 AM
Subject: Smart Phone and Smart TV Interface: MHL, HDMI, and Thunderbolt
To: <john.sokol@gmail.com>



Smart Phone and Smart TV Interface: MHL, HDMI, and Thunderbolt
As published in the DisplaySearch Monitor, July 2012
By David Hsieh
The increase in mobile devices, especially smart phones and tablet PCs, is increasing consumers' need to connect their smart handheld devices to the LCD TV in their living rooms, which offers a bigger screen and a more comfortable viewing experience. The trend toward connecting a smart mobile device with a smart TV was analyzed in the June 15 NPD DisplaySearch Monitor article "Tablet PC and Smart TV Joining Forces."
Because wireless connections are still limited by higher cost and lower connective efficiency, wired connections and interfaces will be the key. In the past, there was a need to connect two fixed devices; now there is a need to connect a mobile device with a fixed or mobile device. USB (Universal Serial Bus) is widely used for the connection interface, but it's limited by feature and high definition transmission bandwidth. Therefore new interfaces such as MHL, HDMI 1.4, and Thunderbolt have been developed. This article offers basic profiles for these interfaces.
  • MHL (Mobile High-Definition Link)
    The MHL specification is an HD video and digital audio interface for connecting mobile phones and portable devices to HDTVs and other home entertainment products. It uses established connectors and features a single cable with a 5-pin interface, supports 1080p HD video and digital audio, and simultaneously provides power to the mobile device. It also allows the TV remote to control the mobile phone and access its contents. Silicon Image has been a major MHL promoter, especially after the company announced the MHL 2.0 chip for phone and HTDV with 1080p and 60 Hz.
  • HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface)
    HDMI is a compact audio/video interface for transferring uncompressed digital audio/video data from a HDMI-compliant device (the source or input) to a compatible digital audio device, computer monitor, video projector, and digital TV. A digital audio/video source for HDMI can include a HDMI-compliant set-top box, DVD player, HD DVD player, Blu-ray Disc player, AVCHD camcorder, personal computer, video game console (such as the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Wii U), AV receiver, tablet computer, and mobile phone. HDMI is a digital alternative to consumer analog standards, such as radio frequency (RF) coaxial cable, composite video, S-Video, SCART, component video, D-Terminal, or VGA (also called D-sub or DE-15F). The earliest HDMI was developed and agreed upon in 2002. For now, it's the most widely used and most important interface for digital multimedia devices. There are more than 1,000 companies making HDMI interface equipped devices. HDMI 1.4 is the latest version, which increases maximum resolution to 4K×2K (3840 × 2160p (Quad HD) at 24 Hz/25 Hz/30 Hz or 4096 × 2160p at 24 Hz, which is a resolution used in digital theaters).

  • Thunderbolt
    Thunderbolt is an interface for connecting peripheral devices to a computer via an expansion bus. Intel developed Thunderbolt and brought it to market through a technical collaboration with Apple. It was introduced commercially on Apple's updated MacBook Pro lineup in February 2011, using the same connector as Mini DisplayPort. Though Apple registered the Thunderbolt trademark, full rights belong to Intel, which subsequently led to the transfer of the registration from Apple to Intel.
    The most important feature of the Thunderbolt interface is that it combines PCI Express and DisplayPort into a serial data interface that can be carried over longer and less costly cables. It also has data transmission of up to 10 Gbps. Thunderbolt was originally intended for use in PCs. However, as Apple intends to use the Thunderbolt interface in the next generation iPhone and iPad, Thunderbolt will become a competitor to MHL and HDMI 1.4. Although Thunderbolt started with the Apple adoption, many mobile PC makers are planning to equip their products with it.
MHL use is growing rapidly as it's the most convenient interface for connecting a mobile device with an HDTV. MHL uses a 5-pin connector to easily transfer high definition content uncompressed. Meanwhile, as there is no connector regulation, the micro-USB connector can communicate with the MHL interface. This helps to reduce cost. Furthermore, MHL also functions as a power supply, which is especially attractive for portable devices. Finally, MHL offers a faster data transmission rate (1M bit/second vs. 417 bit/second for HDMI 1.4).
The MHL consortium has announced that since the release of the first specification in June 2010, there are more than 100 adopters (licensees) implementing the MHL standard worldwide. Products developed by these companies include adapters, automotive accessories, AV receivers, Blu-ray Disc players, cables, DTVs, monitors, projectors, smart phones, tablets, and TV accessories. Since the retail introduction of the first MHL-enabled devices less than a year ago, the MHL ecosystem continues to grow with a steady stream of product announcements (see the MHL Consortium press release here).
The threat from Thunderbolt is that it's compatible with the MyDP (Mobility DisplayPort) standard (in other words, MyDP is compatible with DisplayPort and Thunderbolt is compatible with MyDP). MyDP uses a 5-pin connector, and it can supply power while it transmits data (MHL can also do this). Also Apple is a dominant mobile phone and smart tablet PC provider and Apple is choosing Thunderbolt rather than MHL or HDMI 1.4. This means that the competition between the mobile device interface standards will increase in the near future.
Table 1 Comparison of MHL, HDMI, and Thunderbolt

MHL 1.0
MHL 2.0
HDMI 1.4
Thunderbolt
Introduced
June 2010
April 2012
June 2009
February 2011
Companies
Nokia, Samsung, Silicon Image, Sony, Toshiba
Hitachi, Silicon Image, Sony, Panasonic, Toshiba
Intel, Apple
HD Image Transmission
1080p
4K×2K
1080p
3D Support
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
IP Protection Technology
HDCP
HDCP
MyDP
Data Transmission Speed
1M bit/second
417 bit/second
10 Gbit/second
Power Supply
5V, 500 mA
5V, 900 mA
No
Yes
Connector Regulation
No
Yes
Mini DisplayPort
Connector Pin Counts
5
Type A/C/D: 19
Type B: 29
20
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U.S. Broadband Access Lags

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Fwd: Marquis Offers Chance to Win Personal Project Parking

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From: "Melanie Betts" <melanie.betts@grapevinepr.com>
Date: Jul 30, 2012 3:28 AM
Subject: Marquis Offers Chance to Win Personal Project Parking
To: <melanie.betts@grapevinepr.com>

Dear Colleague

Please see below for a press release issued today entitled: Marquis Offers Chance to Win Personal Project Parking.  For further info/images or to arrange product reviews, please do not hesitate to contact me and I will be happy to help.

Kindest regards, Mel
On behalf of Marquis Broadcast

Mel Betts, Director
Grapevine PR
01544 318546

PRESS RELEASE
For immediate release


Marquis Offers Chance to Win Personal Project Parking

30 July 2012: Marquis Broadcast, specialist in content workflows and media integration software, has today announced a free prize draw to win a copy of its new solution, Personal Project Parking, aimed at editors or small facilities looking to archive standalone Avid projects and media.  Entrants simply need to visit the Marquis website and answer three 'tick box' questions about the edit system/storage they are using in order to be entered into the prize draw for a chance to win one of five copies of Personal Project Parking that Marquis is giving away to mark the new product's launch.

"Personal Project Parking has been introduced following demand from editors and small facilities," explains Chris Steele, product manager, Marquis Broadcast.  "The solution is based on Project Parking, our full archive and restore solution, which allows facilities to create a complete copy of any Avid project onto any storage device.  Personal Project Parking includes the basic functionality of the full solution at an entry level price point."

"Personal Project Parking now allows individual editors to archive Avid projects, offering the flexibility for small facilities and freelancers to work off-site and at the same time keep track of their media effectively.  Both the Full and Personal editions of Project Parking include a 'merge project feature' which analyses bins, restores new media and puts changed bins, into a sub-folder with the name of the version.  This means old or new versions can be restored so bins and sequences can be compared easily.

A free trial of Personal Project Parking is available at: http://www.marquisbroadcast.com/personal-project-parking.html  or for further information see: www.marquisbroadcast.com

-ends-


About Marquis Broadcast
Founded in 1998, Marquis Broadcast provides a range of media integration products designed for the data-intensive and challenging requirements of today's fast-paced broadcasting environments, enabling broadcasters and other users of digital media to achieve maximum efficiencies from their workflow processes. The company has considerable experience in integrating an extensive range of broadcast systems and devices, providing easy to use workflows via Medway, its widely installed interoperability engine. www.marquisbroadcast.com





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Fwd: Video Privacy Lawsuit – Current and Former Netflix Subscribers

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From: "Online DVD Class Action Administrator" <noreply@videoprivacyclass.com>
Date: Jul 30, 2012 12:18 AM
Subject: Video Privacy Lawsuit – Current and Former Netflix Subscribers
To: <john.sokol@gmail.com>

If You Are a Current or Former Netflix Subscriber
A Class Action Settlement Could Affect You
Para una notificación en Español, llamar 1-866-898-5088 o visitar www.VideoPrivacyClass.com
Our records show that you were a current or former Netflix subscriber as of July 5, 2012. We are emailing to tell you about a Settlement that may affect your legal rights. Please read this email carefully. Go to www.VideoPrivacyClass.com for more information.
A Settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit that claims Netflix unlawfully kept and disclosed information, including records on the movies and TV shows its customers viewed. Netflix denies that it has done anything wrong.
What does the Settlement provide?
Netflix has agreed to change its data retention practices so that it separates (known as "decoupling") Entertainment Content Viewing History (that is, movies and TV shows that someone watched) from identification information for those subscribers who have not been a Netflix subscriber for at least 365 days, with some exceptions.
In addition, Netflix will pay $9 million into a Settlement Fund to:
• Make donations to Court-approved not-for-profit organizations, institutions, or programs.
• Pay notice and settlement administration expenses.
• Pay attorneys' fees of up to 25% or $2.25 million of the Settlement Fund, plus up to $25,000 in expenses.
• Pay a total incentive award of $30,000 to the Named Plaintiffs.
Proposals from potential donation recipients will be sought, and, after consideration, recommendations will be made to the Court. A list of the proposed donation recipients will be posted on the website.
Your Options
If you do nothing, you will remain in the Settlement and your rights will be affected. If you do not want to be included, you must exclude yourself by November 14, 2012. If you exclude yourself you will keep your right to sue Netflix about the claims in this lawsuit. If you remain in the Settlement, you can object to it by November 14, 2012.
The Court will hold a hearing on December 5, 2012 to consider any objections, whether to approve the Settlement, award attorneys' fees, and incentive award. You can appear at the hearing, but you don't have to. You can hire your own attorney, at your own expense, to appear or speak for you at the hearing.
For more information: 1-866-898-5088    www.VideoPrivacyClass.com
PO Box 2750 Faribault, MN 55021-9750
This email and any attachments thereto may contain private, confidential, and privileged material for the sole use of the intended recipient. Any review, copying, or distribution of this email (or any attachments thereto) by others is strictly prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please contact the sender immediately and permanently delete the original and any copies of this email and any attachments thereto.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Video The DOM is a Mess.

NOTE: Blog entry.

As webdevlopers, we often are asked to do inconsistent things.
In this video, John Resig - creator of jQuery, lays it down --
The DOM is a Mess. If you've ever tried to play video, through
a web browser with one of the new non-flash technologies
here is the mess you know about, but can't see (till now).

This came to me indirectly, from:
https://developer.mozilla.org/en/JavaScript_technologies_overview
See the bottom "Browser support", it leads to:
http://ejohn.org/blog/the-dom-is-a-mess/
The facebook direct, posted by YUI on Aug 27, 2011
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dgI52y27O_I

Jesse

Fwd: Accelerate your Avid Workflow with New Squeeze 8.5 -- Special Upgrade Offer

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Date: Jul 25, 2012 11:29 AM
Subject: Accelerate your Avid Workflow with New Squeeze 8.5 -- Special Upgrade Offer
To: <sokol@dnull.com>

Avid Editors' Exclusive offer.  Save 50% on Sorenson Squeeze.

 

This week only you can save up to $250 off the already low Avid user discounts on upgrades to Squeeze 8.5 and Squeeze 8.5 Pro as well as new full versions. Don't miss out on this opportunity to get the best Squeeze ever for an amazing price. This offer ends July 27th at Midnight EDT.

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Friday, July 20, 2012

Gefen - Wireless for HDMI

This NEW Wireless technology extends HD video at 1080p Full HD with multichannel digital audio up to 80 or 100 feet. This wireless product is comprised of a Sender Unit and Receiver Unit. Up to three Sender Units can be used for each Receiver Unit. The solution comes with a remote control to allow switching between Sender Units.


EFF: Americans May Not Know It, But Many Are In a Face Recognition Database Now - Slashdot

http://yro.slashdot.org/story/12/07/20/0010234/eff-americans-may-not-know-it-but-many-are-in-a-face-recognition-database-now

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The world’s first cybernetic hate crime

http://io9.com/5926587/what-may-be-the-worlds-first-cybernetic-hate-crime-unfolds-in-french-mcdonalds/

Steve Mann, the "father of wearable computing," has been physically assaulted while visiting a McDonalds in Paris, France.
The Canadian university professor was at the restaurant with his family when three different McDonalds employees took exception to his "Digital Eye Glass" device and attempted to forcibly remove it from his head. Mann was then physically removed from the store by the employees, along with having his support documentation destroyed.
This may be the first ever recorded assault of a person instigated by the prominent display of a Google Glass-like wearable computer.

Botiful, telepresence robot for Android

 

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1452620607/botiful-telepresence-robot-for-android

 

A Botiful robot at home

Botiful is the first consumer tele-presence robot. With Skype as a simple interface you or your friends can control the robot and be remotely present from anywhere in the world.

Be present with anyone, from anywhere !
  • Skype video calls - Botiful is fully integrated with Skype and is table top. You can move the robot and the head to look at the people you are talking to and follow them as they move
  • Baby monitoring - see everything you want to see, not just what is shown to you
  • Play remotely with kids - with Botiful, you can interact with kids and share their games
  • Safely inspect places you can't access yourself, like under a car
  • Invite distant buddies to your favorite bar, or join them if you can't be present
  • Visit a place from your home
  • Entertain your pet remotely

Sunday, July 15, 2012

50's anniversary of the communications Satellite.




Telstar, the world’s first communications satellite, weighing 170 Lbs, it was launched into orbit around Earth on July 10, 1962.

It successfully relayed through space the first television pictures, telephone calls, fax images and provided the first live transatlantic television feed. Telstar 2 was launched May 7, 1963. Telstar 1 and 2, though no longer functional, are still in orbit as of July 2012.

The concept of the geostationary communications satellite was first proposed by Arthur C. Clarke, building on work by Konstantin Tsiolkovsky and on the 1929 work by Herman Potočnik(writing as Herman Noordung) Das Problem der Befahrung des Weltraums - der Raketen-motor. In October 1945 Clarke published an article titled “Extra-terrestrial Relays” in the British magazine Wireless World. The article described the fundamentals behind the deployment of artificial satellites in geostationary orbits for the purpose of relaying radio signals. Thus, Arthur C. Clarke is often quoted as being the inventor of the communications satellite.

Saturday, July 07, 2012

Richard Nixon quotation on TV


Joke: Truth about Video Chat


Banish Annoying Video Ads From Your Internet Experience

From  http://howto.wired.com/wiki/Banish_Annoying_Video_Ads_From_Your_Internet_Experience



Few things are more annoying on the web than hitting a video site to watch a 30-second clip of something funny only to discover you have to sit through a 30-second advertisement first.
There are currently two types of video ads on YouTube, Hulu and their ilk: The first is the in-movie pop-up — the annoying box of text that covers the subtitles in your French film preview with an ad for floor cleaner. This breed is marked by a tiny X conveniently located right next to a link so marketers can prove they were right all along, that French people will jump at the opportunity to buy floor cleaner.
The second and far more annoying type of ad is the pre-roll ad, the actual video ads you have to sit through before you get to the content you want. It's like someone turned your internet into television. Terrible.
Naturally there are ways to stop both sorts of ads, though dodging pre-roll ads is, in our experience, much more difficult. In fact, if you really want to banish every in-video ad, you'll need the Firefox web browser. But even if you don't use Firefox and don't want to switch browsers you can at least stop the in-video popup ads and enjoy your subtitles uninterrupted.
Here's our guide to blocking video ads on the web.
This how-to was written by Scott Gilbertson, a writer and web developer living in Athens, Georgia.

Firefox

Firefox offers add-on developers very low-level access not found in other web browsers. That means add-ons made for Firefox can do much more than those made for other web browsers. If you really want to avoid ads, Firefox is your best bet.
To block most ads in Firefox just download AdBlock Plus. That will take care of pretty much everything except pre-roll video ads. For those you'll need AdBlock Video. AdBlock Video will stop video ads within movies on popular sites like YouTube, DailyMotion and all the major news websites like CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, and more.
AdBlock Video also blocks ads on Hulu, though Hulu and the extension are waging something of a war over ads. It used to be that AdBlock Video allowed you to skip ads completely and get right to the content, but as of this writing it's no longer possible to skip them. Instead AdBlock Video merely blocks them. That means you have to sit there for 30 seconds (or longer depending on the ad), but at least you don't have to sit through the ad.

Chrome

There's a version of AdBlock Plus available for Chrome that will block the in-video text or image ads, and even the pre-roll video ads on YouTube. The extension also works on Hulu, though again, you'll have to sit through the 30 seconds of silence.

Safari

There is no AdBlock Plus for Safari, but there is an ad-blocking extension from another developer that covers most of the basics. Safari users can grab it from Apple's Safari Extensions GallerySafari AdBlockdoesn't block pre-roll ads, but it will get rid of the annoying little pop-ups.

Internet Explorer 9

If you've got the latest version of IE installed you can use Simple AdBlock, which will stop text ads in videos, though in our testing pre-roll ads aren't blocked on any sites. Also note that Simple AdBlock is the only one of the bunch that isn't free. Simple AdBlock will set you back $30, though there is a 30-day free trial available.

Conclusion

While it's possible to cut down on ads in videos it's very difficult to get rid of them entirely unless you switch to Firefox. And since most websites (including this one) depend on advertisements to cover the bills there's typically something of a cat-and-mouse game between advertisers and ad blockers. That means that what works today will not necessarily work tomorrow.

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Olympus Resurrects Wearable Display Initiative | Gadget Lab | Wired.com

http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2012/07/olympus-resurrects-wearable-display-initiative/

Apple iGlasses Coming Soon? New Patent Reveals Rival To Google's Project Glass

http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/360019/20120705/apple-iglasses-patent-google-project-glass-glasses.htm

 Apple was reportedly granted a patent on Tuesday in relation to "peripheral treatment for head-mounted displays."



Apple's patent also attempts to address the biggest problems with head-mounted displays (HMDs), which have yet to gain traction in the consumer market for several reasons: They're too bulky, the tech and battery life aren't quite ready yet, and they're not fashionable enough for people to want to wear. At least not yet.
Apple outlines the applications and benefits of HMDs in its patent filing:

NEXCOM rolls out new digital signage player | DigitalSignageToday.com

http://www.digitalsignagetoday.com/article/195541/NEXCOM-rolls-out-new-digital-signage-player