Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Cisco challenges Microsoft buy of Skype in EU court

Meeker: We'll share 1B photos a day by 2014 - CNET Mobile

MIPI Interface - Mobile Industry Processor Interface

Yet another closed Ecosystem of standards.

The MIPI® Alliance (MIPI) is an open membership organization that develops interface specifications for mobile and mobile-influenced industries. Founded in 2003 by ARMIntelNokiaSamsungSTMicroelectronics and Texas Instruments., [1] In 2013,the organization has more than 220 member companies worldwide, 12 active working groups and has delivered more than 30 specifications within the mobile ecosystem in the last decade.

I ran across this when looking at camera Modules. There are also LCD and OLED Displays that accept this interface also and I see some Linux Kernel support for them.

8.0MP Auto Focus Camera Module with Ov8825/ imx105pqh5 with mipi interface 

MIPI Alliance Standard for Camera Serial Interface CSI-3

MIPI CSI-3 is a new generation of camera serial interface, expanding on the capabilities of CSI-2. By using a multipurpose link based on a common protocol stack (UniPort-M), CSI-3 provides higher bandwidth over fewer pins, with better power per bit efficiency than CSI-2.


UniProSM (or Unified Protocol) is a high-speed interface technology for interconnecting integrated circuits in mobile phones or comparable products. The various versions of the UniPro standard are created within the MIPI® Alliance.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

First Video Broadcast From Mt. Everest Peak Outrages Tourist Ministry of Nepal

First Video Broadcast From Mt. Everest Peak Outrages Tourist Ministry of Nepal

On May 19th, Daniel Hughes spoke to BBC News live from the world's highest peak using his smartphone, making it the first live broadcast from Everest. (The actual video — showing the importance of oxygen along with his panoramic view — on the BBC page, is bookend with talking heads and a front-end advert.) However, since he and his team failed to get a commercial broadcast permit (costing about 2 grand) without the Nepali Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Aviation's knowledge, officials want to impose the penalty of having them banned from obtaining climbing permits for 10 years or from entering the country for 5 years. From the article, a quote from Dipendra Poudel, an official of the Ministry's mountain branch: 'The mountaineering rules say if you want to make a live telecast from the mountain, which is a restricted area, you have to get a permit first and inform us early about what you're going to do.' Those protesting against the decision feel the intent of the law is being misinterpreted; it's failing to keep up with the recent fundamental changes in technology. A permit that was meant to deal with ecological repercussions, doesn't seem to apply in this case. If it doesn't, is it really about disrespect, money, a tourism copyright angle, or all of the above? Then again, should the Nepal government ignore outsiders questioning their motives?

Second screen tablet apps: Hits, misses, and what you need to know for success | TabTimes

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Can Tiny Ophelia Cure Dell's Big PC Woes?

Ophelia is a miniature computer that could easily be mistaken for a
USB stick. Equipped with two USB ports, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
connectivity, and a dual-core processor, the device plugs into a
display's HDMI port, turning compatible screens -- from small desktop
monitors to giant HDTVs -- into ad hoc computing devices.

GIF creator: It's a soft 'g', Mr. President - CNET Mobile

LG to demo 5-inch unbreakable and flexible plastic OLED panel at SID

YouTube: 100 Hours of Video Are Uploaded to the Site Every Minute



YouTube has just turned eight, and the company is marking the occasion by sharing a couple of cool stats about the service.

Users of the world's most popular video sharing service upload 100 hours of video to the site every minute. That's 6,000 hours of video every hour and a whopping 144,000 hours of video every day.

YouTube also repeated a recently revealed number of one billion visitors to the site per month.

YouTube, which was founded in February 2005 and first launched in May 2005, was acquired by Google in October 2006 for $1.65 billion.

Though the site's growth to one billion users was stunningly fast, Google expects further growth thanks to the rise of mobile devices. Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt recently said that number could even grow to 6 or 7 billion.

And if you're wondering where and how Google is storing all those videos, check out this tour through the company's data centers.

Image courtesy of Google

Monday, May 20, 2013

Google Drops XMPP Support
"During last week's Google I/O conference, the company announced a replacement for its aging Talk instant messenger: Google Hangouts. Hangouts, which is only available for Android, iOS, and Chrome, offers closer integration with Google+. Unfortunately, the new product drops support for the XMPP instant messaging protocol, which has been an integral part of Talk for over ten years. XMPP delivers instant messages to desktop clients, like Pidgin, and enables communication between users on different instant messaging networks. Hangouts users attempting to communicate with contacts on non-Google servers, such as, have found that all communications have been suddenly and inexplicably severed. A Google account is now required to communicate with Hangouts users. Google Hangouts joins the ranks of an already-crowded ecosystem of closed, incompatible chat products like Skype."

Interesting, because Google Wave was based on XMPP and Google was integral to the creation of the Jingle extension that enabled video chatting over XMPP. Note that no end date has been set for Talk yet, but the end must surely be nigh given Google's recent history of axing products like Reader and CalDAV support from their calendar app without much notice.

BBC News - Xbox revealed: Experts on Microsoft's next games console

Video: Arduino Robot gets official at Maker Faire | TG Daily

AT&T to open mobile video chat for all customers - CNET Mobile

Friday, May 17, 2013

SNL: google glasses

Saturday Night LiveWeekend Update: Randall Meeks (02:49)

Seth welcomes tech blogger Randall Meeks, who has high praise for the Google Glasses

meta: The Most Advanced Augmented Reality Interface

I do know if its the most advanced but it seems they are think beyond just the gear and about apps and getting a developer supported community around them.

Amazon buys Liquavista in push to move mobile display tech forward

> "Electrowetting technology has the potential to create bright and
> colorful images that ensure excellent indoor and outdoor readability
> while using less battery power than traditional displays," the company
> says at its website.

Amazon buys Liquavista in push to move mobile display tech forward

Monday, May 13, 2013

New Closed-Captioning Glasses Help Deaf Go Out To The Movies

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