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Special Agent Jack Bauer
The sight of Kiefer Sutherland’s anti-terrorism agent Jack Bauer with a flip-top mobile phone clamped to his ear, barking orders as he once again goes about saving Los Angeles from annihilation, has become one of the enduring images of hit real-time drama 24. Now, with the launch of the fourth series of 24 on Sky... Continue Reading →

Apple TV, No … Apple HD

Final Cut HD
John Markoff of the NY Times reports that: Onstage at the Macworld Exposition in San Francisco last week, Apple’s chief executive, Steven P. Jobs, proclaimed 2005 as “the year of high-definition video,” a strange declaration from someone who was not trying to sell television sets. He kept his laser-like focus on the iPod and the... Continue Reading →
Time Warner Cable
Just in case you missed this while traveling on Friday, here’s the CNN.com version of what’s going on at TWC:  NEW YORK (CNN/Money) – Three senior executives are leaving Time Warner Cable, the company said Friday, as it seeks to bring day-to-day operations and its marketing functions under a single leader. The departing executives are... Continue Reading →

IBM open sources 500 patents

IBM
This item has appeared all over the news in the last few days.  It is a pretty interesting play: IBM says it is providing free access to the information in 500 company patents to individuals and groups working on open source software. The company said it believes this is the largest pledge of patents of... Continue Reading →
Michael Jackson
The power of television is sometimes described as, “… man enthralled with his own image.” The incredible popularity of voyeuristic television seems to bear this out. Now, mix in a little Shadenfraude and you’ve got a perfect recipe for big ratings … so hope the executives at E! Entertainment Television. There are no cameras allowed... Continue Reading →
iPod Shuffle
There’s an old cartoon that goes something like this:  It’s a diagonal split screen below a man is receiving a PC from Lucifer and above the same man is receiving a Mac from an Angel – the caption, Welcome to heaven here’s your Mac … welcome to hell, here’s your PC. Considering only 3-5% of... Continue Reading →
TiVo
Moore’s Law is the name the press gave to the observation made in 1965 by Gordon Moore, co-founder of Intel.  He said that the number of transistors per square inch on integrated circuits had doubled every year since the integrated circuit was invented. Moore predicted that this trend would continue for the foreseeable future. In... Continue Reading →

Satellite Wars

Sirius XM
I was at CES I was lucky enough to spend a few minutes with Joseph Damato, Director – Consumer Electronics for Delphi.  They make hardware for XM and Sirius Satellite Radio.  Our conversation was about compatibility and consumer choice.  While Joseph did not want me to use a time frame, he did say that the... Continue Reading →

Car Wars

Comcast
Reuters reports that Delphi and Comcast are going to team up to bring video content to your car.  Microsoft is “taking a backseat,” forgive the pun, and is planning to offer kids videos over Sirius Satellite.  How will it all work? Let’s forget content rights, union & guild payments and business rules for a minute... Continue Reading →
International CES
I’m traveling to CES today, so here’s some news from Taiwanese motherboard maker FIC. They will unveil a Linux-based portable media player (PMP) at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week. FIC’s “Vassili” includes a 3.6-inch color LCD screen and a 20GB hard drive, and can play multimedia content downloaded directly from PCs... Continue Reading →

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