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iPod Touch 3.1 Content Filtering

Apple’s iPod Touch version 3.1 update adds a feature that parents have been clamoring for--content filtering. It is now possible to filter content based on a predetermined setting. Prior releases allowed disabling applications such as YouTube or Safari and the icons would disappear from the screen. This release has a more refined approach to parental controls. It is now possible to filter based on the rating of the content. For example, movies can be… Continue

Added by Michael Whalen on November 12, 2009 at 6:00am — No Comments

Clarity - Canvas-HbbTV-TV Everywhere

Not all things are exactly what they seem...Looking deeper into the requirements, market realities and politics of Hybrid TV solutions.

1. Canvas is supposed to solve a BBC "business issue" which is the exhorbitant cost associated with Re-Purposing and Re-authoring of Content to deliver over the Internet…Just look at the technology (we have to) and there lies the issue – which of the 14 Codecs, which of the multiple DRM do you select is it Video or Video and Interactivity - if the… Continue

Added by Anthony Smith-Chaigneau on November 12, 2009 at 1:30am — No Comments

CyberTerrorism and the Smart Grid

Is There a Crack in the (Fire)Wall?

Joyce Pellino Crane

Last December when 325,000 Massachusetts homes went dark for days on end, I finally understood the transformative powers of electricity.

For starters, my hair went limp when the blow dryer didn't turn on, my laundry piled high, my food froze in the garage, and my stove was stone cold. After five days of living like Pioneer Woman, I got tired of waiting for the utility company to restring… Continue

Added by Joyce Pellino Crane on November 11, 2009 at 4:30pm — No Comments

ebooks - Kindle, Vook, Que, Sony, etc.

I've purchased the Kindle (Fall 2008) & then the Kindle DX(Summer 2009), to check it out. Pretty neat. Great for travelling. Yet, I find myself picking on one of the many paper books from my To Be Read pile when I am ready to start another book. HUM!

When the Que is released (early 2010), I think I'll give it a try, as well. Plastic-Logic seems to know what it is doing.

Trying to be open minded and even progressive, I have very, very mixed thoughts about Cushing Academy… Continue

Added by Gail Preslar on October 29, 2009 at 5:08pm — No Comments

Just One More Convert - A Former PC User Goes Mac

I love my MacBook!

My husband has been a diehard Apple/Mac fan for years. I was a die-hard PC fan. In fact, we are a probably a bit like the Apple television ads with 'PC' and 'Mac', I am the dry, stuffy accounting type, and my husband, a video editor, is more of the trendy artist.

Until last year, it suited me just fine, I was perfectly happy with my PC. After all, I NEEDED Windows, didn't I? I needed to be able to run Microsoft Office, manage my life through Outlook, and be able to… Continue

Added by Mary McVeigh on October 28, 2009 at 9:00pm — No Comments

The Psuedo Geniuses at Apple

I recently saw Verizon's ad attacking iPhones (watch it here: and, although the ad has glaring factual errors, it raises a good issue: why can't the iPhone do so many things other phones can do?

For example, the iPhone doesn't have a removable battery. It took forever for Apple to… Continue

Added by Chad Riley on October 27, 2009 at 11:00am — No Comments

Roku Expands Affordable OTT Video Product Line with SD and HD-XR Models

Roku is increasing the appeal of its product line with an even cheaper $79 SD player and a slightly more advanced $129 HD-XR player to go with its standard $99 player (read our Trender review of Roku here). For a limited time, Roku is throwing in free shipping for customers purchasing through either the Roku or Amazon web… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on October 27, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

You Gotta love Gigatribe-FREE file sharing software

Version 3 is now available - FREE and secure file sharing software with no limit on size and number of files to share photos, videos, music with family and friends. You decide on what to share and with whom in a fully encrypted P2P environment with selected Gigatribe members. There are no files to upload, no size limitations and user scan share files and folders and file transfers can be resumed if the user goes offline. Features include: recently shared filed are color coded ; shared files can… Continue

Added by Ellen Veden on October 22, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

Hybrid OTT/Pay TV Solutions on Opposite Sides of the Pond: TV Everywhere and Project Canvas

(Note: an updated version of this post with Project Canvas comparison can be found here:

It is becoming increasingly clear that the flood gates for OTT video—that is TV and movie programming over a broadband Internet connection—have opened and are forcing traditional television service providers and movie… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on October 22, 2009 at 12:00am — No Comments

IBM, City of Bolzano, Italy, and TIS Innovation Park to Develop Smarter City The city of Bolzano chooses IBM to enable new solutions for citizens

(IBM press release)

BOLZANO, Italy - 23 Sep 2009: The City of Bolzano, Italy and TIS Innovation Park have entered into a strategic initiative with IBM (NYSE: IBM), with the aim of creating a smart city.

Bolzano, capital of South Tyrol in northern Italy, is the fifth Italian city to choose IBM to identify and design a new model for a sustainable city through a range of digital solutions. During the next few months a pilot project will be implemented for remote health… Continue

Added by Joyce Pellino Crane on October 16, 2009 at 2:43pm — No Comments

Private Investing in the Cleantech Sector Rebounds

The cleantech sector rebounded in the second and third quarters of this year, after significant declines in the previous two quarters, according to Dallas Kachan, managing director of the Cleantech Group, of San Francisco. The sector accumulated $1.6 billion across 134 sectors in the third quarter, ending September 30, up ten percent from the previous quarter.

Kachan said the industry is benefiting from global stimulus funds that are boosting the confidence of private… Continue

Added by Joyce Pellino Crane on October 16, 2009 at 2:34pm — No Comments

Is Boston Losing the GreenTech Game to California?

What’s the Silicon Valley got that Boston doesn’t?

The two regions are competing for GreenTech investment and government dollars, and so far, the Silicon Valley appears to be winning. Companies like BrightSource Energy and Nanosolar, both of California, are catching the attention of venture capitalists. Government stimulus funds and loans are also flowing more freely toward California. In June, Tesla Motors of San Carlos, Calif., an electric vehicle maker, was awarded a $465 million… Continue

Added by Joyce Pellino Crane on October 2, 2009 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Family Protection for Social Networks

Well publicized stories of cyber-bullying, stalking, or other types of dangerous social networking related incidents contribute to present day parental angst. As if it weren’t hard enough to keep them safe social sites, like Facebook, provide access to kids and their public information 7x24. It is unfortunate that software companies seem to be in perpetual catch-up mode but, progress has been made with regard to social networking… Continue

Added by Michael Whalen on October 2, 2009 at 6:00am — No Comments

The Picture Phone

When I was a kid, the futuristic vision of telecommunications was the picture phone. We'd all be able to hear and see whoever we were talking to. The traditional phone company may have introduced such a device but I never heard about it...and it was Ma Bell (AT&T or BellSouth) who I had always considered the phone company.

Several months ago, I finally ditched my landline in favor of my… Continue

Added by Julie Rains on September 30, 2009 at 9:23pm — 1 Comment

Death of Television

I'm a huge fan of and any other website that allows me to watch shows/movies instantly. The only drawback right now is the limited availability of titles. However, as more shows get added to the Hulu catalogue and DVDs begin to be replaced with on demand or Interent viewing, cable and regular television with find themselves six feet under. Maybe not the networks themselves, but shows will no longer be "aired"--they will be posted; movies will not be rented--they will be downloaded for… Continue

Added by Chad Riley on September 30, 2009 at 7:48pm — No Comments

Anti-virus Software Comparisons

The new report for the detection of malicious code by anti-virus software products has been posted by AV-Comparatives.

AV Comparatives is an authority on computer anti-virus vendor comparisons.

The following vendors have been tested, compared, and rated in this edition;

avas!, AVG, AVIRA, BitDefender, eScan, ESET, F-Secure, G Data,

Kaspersky, Kingsoft, McAfee, Microsoft OneCare, Norman, Sophos,

Symantec, and Trustport.

This report can be found… Continue

Added by Michael Whalen on September 28, 2009 at 1:40pm — No Comments

Media and Audience Measurement Across Multiple Screens: CIMM Tries to Lead the Fray

A consortium of at least 14 big name companies that are leading television content providers, advertising agencies, consumer products and goods companies and network service providers primarily has formed what is initially called the “Coalition for Innovative Media Management – CIMM”. Prominent within the grouping includes company names like Time Warner, ABC/ESPN/Disney, Interpublic Group, News Corporation, Viacom, Starcom MediaVest Group, Proctor & Gamble, Unilever, AT&T, WPP/GroupM,… Continue

Added by Robert A. Clark on September 28, 2009 at 11:19am — No Comments

Standards Emerging for Hybrid OTT Video Devices

In a nod to the growing impact over-the-top (OTT) video is having on the Pay TV market, new standards bodies are emerging, with Europe leading the way. This is no surprise as Europe has for years been implementing various hybrid set-top-box (STB) solutions, leveraging a mix of IPTV, satellite, cable, and over-the-air (OTA) technologies depending on the competitive and regulatory environment in each country. For example, in the U.K free-to-air… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on September 23, 2009 at 12:30am — 2 Comments

Long Live the Book?

It's "Fall Cleaning" time! All you at-home moms know what I mean. The kids are back at school and so they can't stop you from clearing out the "junk" from their drawers, closests, and - if you dare - under their beds. The clearing out of our bookshelves comes at a good time given that my son's preschool teacher just asked for book donations for their recently added classroom.

In my clearing out, I came across a book that I mentioned to a friend. Yesterday, I put it in an envelope and… Continue

Added by Mary Pat on September 22, 2009 at 11:18pm — 2 Comments

EPIX Megaplex to Compete in Online Movie Streaming Segment

EPIX Megaplex to Compete in Online Movie Streaming Segment

Look out Amazon, Netflix and Apple TV, here comes Epix Megaplex, a new streaming movie service, that’s looking to give you a run for your money.

EPIX is a new premium entertainment service that expects to launch in October 2009. It was formed as a joint venture by Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA and VIA.B), its Paramount Pictures unit, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM) and Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF ), and expects to… Continue

Added by Patti A. Reali on September 21, 2009 at 6:51pm — No Comments

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