Two years ago Cisco bought a little video camera maker. Today it's letting it go, sniff sniff. Also lots of legal laffs today: The Winklevii refuse to give up; Microsoft calls out Google on Federal approval of Google Apps; and a blogger hits HuffPo with class-action suit. Plus, future Macbooks to be made from bicycles?Subscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (640x360) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) | RSS (640x360)… Read more
The first cuts to Cisco Systems' business have been announced, and the Flip video camera is among the first items to go.
Cisco announced today that it will exit parts of the consumer electronics business as it strategically realigns its business to focus on five main areas: core routing; switching and services; collaboration; architectures; and video. One of the first casualties of this plan was the Flip video business, which Cisco bought from Pure Digital two years ago for $590 million.
Cisco said in the press release that it will "support current FlipShare customers and partners with a transition … Read more
The Vudu video-on-demand streaming service has long been available on a wide variety of connected home entertainment products, including networked TVs, Blu-ray players, and even the PlayStation 3. But now subscribers will be able to watch Vudu movies through computer Web browsers, too.
As with rivals Netflix and Amazon, the Vudu browser experience is pretty much the same as what you'll find on those other Vudu venues--the identical content library (albeit limited to standard-definition, thanks to studio restrictions) at the identical pricing. The video should work on any computer browser (Windows, Mac, Linux) that's compatible with the latest … Read more
I remember a time not too long ago when my pockets were stuffed with my cell phone, a digital camera, and my MP3 player. Oh, and the glove box of my car housed a GPS device. No longer. Thanks to the functionality of a smartphone, I've been able to carry just one gadget for all of my chit-chatting, photo-taking, music-playing, and navigational needs. Thank goodness, because those pockets were getting bulky and it was getting expensive to continually update each device.
The accompanying video below is all about those gadgets that you no longer need to invest in--for example, … Read more
The U.S. Navy demonstrates how it can set a boat on fire remotely using a laser. Which is super awesome as a video, and slightly terrifying as a demonstration of future military capabilities. Also, Steve Jobs finally agrees to an authorized biography, Sony blinks in the George Hotz PS3 jailbreaking lawsuit, smart phone users are wasting hundreds of dollars a year, and Facebook is working on its latest venture: the Socialist Network. --MollySubscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (640x360) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) | RSS (640x360)… Read more
Cablevision is the next cable operator on Viacom's hit-list as the company tries to stop cable companies from offering apps that stream its content on iPads.
Last week, Viacom notified Cablevision that its iPad app, which delivers live TV and video-on-demand to its subscribers on their iPads while they're inside their homes, is not authorized. This is just the latest move from Viacom in a battle to maintain control of its content on mobile devices. Last week, the company became involved in two lawsuits with Time Warner Cable over the cable operator's iPad app.
On Thursday, Time … Read more
Tablets may be starting to steal people away from their laptops, desktops, and even televisions, according to a survey released this week by Google's AdMob service.
The survey--administered by Google's mobile-centric advertising network, traffic-tracking service, and trend-spotting business--was conducted last month and had 1,430 respondents. It doesn't specify any particular brand of tablet device.
Among the survey's results, 77 percent of respondents said their PC use dropped after they got a tablet, and 43 percent said they spend more time with their slates than with desktops or laptops. As for television, one in three … Read more
We all want to stream video on our devices but the big companies are saying "NO"! Bring on the parade of lawyers! and the Department of Justice approves Googles dream to help us plan our vacations so that we can travel freely about the world connected to our clouds & Google social media of course, while Facebook is engineering green open sourced servers that will require no air conditioning. What does this all mean?Subscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (640x360) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) | RSS (640x360)… Read more
YouTube today is flipping on the switch to let some of its users stream videos live.
The move marks a big shift in the functionality of the video-hosting service, which up until now has been designed to let users upload videos they've already taken. Under the new system, they can simply hit a button and be streaming video live to other users.
In a post today announcing the feature, the company said the new live feature is only being rolled out to a select group of users, specifically YouTube partners.
"The goal is to provide thousands of partners … Read more
Video search engine Blinkx has agreed to acquire online advertising company Burst Media, the firms announced today.
Under the terms of the deal, Blinkx will pay Burst $30 million in stock and cash, the company said. In addition, Burst's senior management, including its co-founder and CEO Jarvis Coffin and co-founder David Stein, will stay on in a temporary role to aid in the transition.
Over the last several years, Burst, which provides online video advertising solutions to Web publishers, has been generating sizable revenue. According to Blinkx, Burst generated $37.7 million in revenue last year, up from the $… Read more