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If only life were like an iPhone, but with much better reception. Downloadable Life Apps at the touch of the button that could - VOILA - make life easier. Screaming kid? No problem, there's a Life App that painlessly jolts them into compliance. No chocolate stashed in the house? Tap, tap, tap and a downpour of M&M's befalls you. AT&T service missing bars, once again? One click and the bars are blasted larger than those conniving billboards of theirs.

Seriously, the iPhone…


Added by Leigh Steele on May 1, 2009 at 2:00am — No Comments

Another Contender Looks Good for Wireless HD

Another Contender Looks Good for Wireless HD

With digital high definition TV (HDTV) now becoming firmly entrenched in consumer’s living rooms and the battle is engaged for which wireless technology emerges victorious in the next frontier in wireless video networking.

The demand for wireless video networks only increases as large flat screen TVs are destined to hang on walls and not sit in entertainment units. Without the… Continue

Added by Patti A. Reali on May 1, 2009 at 3:15pm — No Comments

Hulu Scores Huge Win with Disney/ABC Deal

Hulu takes down another big elephant with the announcement of its new deal with The Walt Disney Co., which will take an undisclosed stake in Hulu and board seats.

Hulu now adds Disney and ABC content to the existing line-up of NBC Universal and Fox content. Huge news. This pretty much solidifies Hulu’s position as the online video content kingmaker and further erodes rival… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on May 4, 2009 at 8:26am — No Comments

EveryZing Makes It Easier to Find Everything: NBC Universal to Use EveryZing to Improve Video & Audio Search & Discovery on Internet Sites

EveryZing Makes It Easier to Find Everything: NBC Universal to Use EveryZing to Improve Video & Audio Search & Discovery on Internet Sites

If you can’t find it, it has no value… that’s the generally accepted wisdom about content whether it’s on the Internet or buried away somewhere in a VOD system being offered on by your pay TV provider. So it’s little wonder that there’s so much energy and investment behind… Continue

Added by Patti A. Reali on May 11, 2009 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Mobile Medicine

The BCI 3180 Pulse Oximeter is an example of health tech monitoring devices that are transforming medicine and patient care. The portable device delivers 30 hours of on-screen pulse rate trending and pulse strength for patients with cardiopulmonary disorders who need careful monitoring. The device measures how much Oxygen is in a patient’s blood stream and is typically used after surgery, in a hospital’s intensive care unit, or at home.

The… Continue

Added by Joyce Pellino Crane on May 11, 2009 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

AT&T Lookin' for a Ruckus!

WiFi migration and proliferation continues to progress in those locations where it makes the most sense over other broadband wireless alternatives whether outside or inside the home. The latest big news and announcement related is AT&T’s announcement that field trials are under way using WiFi, and specifically Ruckus Wireless’ router product (pictured in the middle) as an in-home alternative to U-verse configurations for content distribution… Continue

Added by Robert A. Clark on May 20, 2009 at 10:41am — No Comments

Add Robots to the Long List of Warriors’ Friends

With our focus on consumer technology, we at Trender Research don’t often talk about industrial, government, or military devices (except when we jokingly daydream about flame-thrower equipped Roombas). But in honor of all veterans on this Memorial Day, we take a closer look at military robotics.

An MSNBC… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on May 25, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

NetFlix Streaming Ahead: Extends Video Streaming to Windows Media Center

NetFlix Streaming Ahead: Extends Video Streaming to Windows Media Center PCs

NetFlix will be busy acquiring the rights to content for video streaming over the Internet in the months and years ahead in hopes that it can ride the wave of increasing penetration of in-home digital devices that will let consumers view content directly on their TV sets. This was one of the main messages from… Continue

Added by Patti A. Reali on May 20, 2009 at 5:06pm — No Comments

ZeeVee Podcast: Efficient HD Video Distribution… And a Pretty Cool Video Browser Too

As promised, I finally had a chance to sit down with my old boss for a podcast (click here). Vic Odryna, CEO and Co-founder of ZeeVee, shared with me the company’s current product line up, vision for the future, and cleared up a few misconceptions. Some highlights:

• The Zv150 is… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on April 2, 2009 at 12:00pm — No Comments

AT&T opens beta for its application store

AT&T just announced the launch of a beta test for it's AT&T Apps ( This beta test is designed to give developers the opportunity to let AT&T customers try out applications and then give the developer feedback. The company reached out to developers at CTIA Wireless 2009 hoping that they would take up the gauntlet and try out the store.

Unlike supplier focused application stores, such as Apples iTunes App Store,…


Added by Dan Kusnetzky on April 2, 2009 at 12:48pm — No Comments

New Verizon Wireless In-Home Display Phone Product Dubbed “Verizon Hub” Debuts

This new Verizon Wireless product (, rather generically referred to as the “Verizon Hub”, signals and confirms two things. The first is confirmation of some consumers choosing their cellular service over landline service as their primary phone service in the home. The second is consideration of the primary phone device, the “hub” phone in effect, as potentially being located where it is most used or needed. In many… Continue

Added by Robert A. Clark on April 7, 2009 at 9:00am — No Comments

Top Advertising Industry Challenges and Technology Trends that are Changing Advertising as We Know It

The advertising professionals in the hit AMC series Mad Men, and the real life ad pros of the 1950s would feel like dinosaurs if they were living present day and witnessing changes going on in the advertising industry. The primary trends and challenges current day include creative populism (consumer interests, rights and wisdom in participating in advertising), personalized measurements, interactivity, open inventory platforms and greater consumer… Continue

Added by Robert A. Clark on April 8, 2009 at 9:30am — No Comments

How to Monetize Social Media

So the buzz continues around social media, and the membership numbers of social networking sites continues to soar. According to statistics, Facebook is now the 4th most visited site in the world, followed by MySpace at 9th, Twitter at 55th, and LinkedIn at 100th. These are impressive numbers.

What is more impressive is that social networks become stickier and stickier as time progresses, and thus the amount of time spent on these… Continue

Added by Neal Schaffer on April 9, 2009 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Are Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) a Competitor to Traditional TV and Video Service Providers?

I ask this question mostly due to the fact that the major CDNs are for the most part the engine that drives home video content to PCs or other devices, whether it is event-based, live or archived, and streamed especially versus downloaded-to-own. They are especially behind the scenes of live events that are broadcasted over the Internet, and heretofore were the primary means for delivering short-form video (YouTube). In recent years their technology has developed to the point of the ability to… Continue

Added by Robert A. Clark on April 13, 2009 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Podcast: Roku’s Internet Video Player— It’s Not Just for Netflix Anymore

In our continuing podcast series on Internet video, we spoke with Roku’s Tim Twerdahl, Vice President of Consumer Products. A little over a year ago, Roku’s Netflix Player was spun out of an internal development effort and launched the first version of its Internet Video player in May of 2008. Since then it has become clear that the box, originally named the “Netflix Player by Roku” can be a platform for a range of… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on April 15, 2009 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Video Game Industry and In-Game Advertising: Is There a Happy Medium?

I can respect the gaming purists out there who believe that in-game advertising is ruining some games with their injection directly inside the games themselves. With forecasts for in-game advertising expenditures as high as $1 billion by 2010, it appears the gaming industry has little choice but to accept its fate same as most other digital content creation and delivery means whose continuing existence can be owed to being ad-supported. Some of Sony’s… Continue

Added by Robert A. Clark on April 17, 2009 at 8:30am — No Comments

Roller Coaster TV Consumption

In the last four years, my TV watching experience has dwindled from slim to none. We were TIVO folks around here for many years and with the 30 second skip hack, happy as a clam TIVO folk. Forgoing ads gave us 20 minutes per hour back of our time and allowed us to save precious brain cells for the next highly engaging episode of "Junkyard Wars" and "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy". Seriously, that peanut shaped remote was an ergonomic gift from the heavens. Never having to miss American Idol… Continue

Added by Leigh Steele on April 23, 2009 at 1:30am — 2 Comments

RoboBusiness Conference: Too Many Robotic Hammers Looking for a Nail?

Last week’s RoboBusiness conference in Boston was chicken soup for the geek’s soul. For the inner kid inside all of us, it showed how all that we have imagined over the past 50 years in books and movies can become a reality. Star Wars, Transformers, Terminator, it’s almost all possible now through advances in robotics technology. However, for the outer business person in us, the RoboBusiness show left you thinking: “What’s wrong? Why isn’t the… Continue

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

ZeeVee’s Zinc 3.0 Gets Rave Reviews

ZeeVee launched the next version of its free Internet TV browser this week. Zinc 3.0, formerly known as Zviewer, is already getting rave reviews as a robust alternative to Boxee. Like Boxee, Zinc is designed to provide a “big screen interface” for navigating Internet video content on your HDTVs. It works great for use on a PC, and looks even better on an HDTV connected to your PC directly or through their ZvBox or another PC-to-TV device. Zinc works… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on March 26, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

How Your Kids Can Become Techy Crafters (and You Look Cool)

Crafty doesn't lurk in these parts. Though I'm an at-home mom to two daughters, the craftiest I get is crayoned drawings on wrinkled computer paper, stickers, and glue sticks. In a desperate attempt to stretch her creative wings, my daughter recently drew an artistic desert scene, glued tiny pebbles to the paper, and then embellished it with toothpaste. Craft-o-meter result? Mom: Zero. Kid: Three.

So, I have relied on the technology at hand to provide me with crafty training wheels.… Continue

Added by Leigh Steele on February 24, 2009 at 8:30am — No Comments

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