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Security, Privacy Are Lost Causes … Get Over It

Feb. 15, 2018

Consumer Reports just discovered your smart TV is so smart it's watching you and letting those other guys know. Oh yeah and all those free apps on your phone, all of your stuff on the Web, your increasingly smart car, the smart stuff that is making home life so great...all listening in, sharing. About the only thing that isn't sharing is your offline encrypted personal and business storage. Everything else assume your info is out there. Yes you could go off line but that's a little drastic. Better yet spend some time checking all your settings, adjust your mindset, control what you can control and enjoy the benefits of your shared information.
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CREATE - An Oculus social VR experience

Feb. 10, 2018

Have you always wondered what it was like if you could create a reality of your choice? CREATE, an Oculus social VR experience, allows you to do just that. Starting with only four basic elements, create, discover and unlock new combinations to use as building materials to form and craft ...
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If Toys Are Getting Smarter, Maybe Parents Should Too

Feb. 7, 2018

If you're a millenial you're concerned about raising your kids the right way. At CES that meant checking on them constantly, monitoring that everything is going right and that you're doing it at a distance. Thanks to the latest and greatest in technology you can do it all, be it all without actually having to be there. The new smart toys are great because they can carry on a conversation with your child and thanks to a huge memory bank back home they remember that conversation that can be helpful to others. Of course there are the unscrupoulos people out there who also want to mine that information. Still it's important that the young ones understand the open, transparent world they will be inheriting.
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Maybe the Problem of Sundance is the Distribution, Not the Content

Jan. 31, 2018

Sundance was "different" this year. The #MeToo ground rules took center stage this year with some good projects where females and minorities found their voice. There were some great leading edge/edgy projects to view. There was a solid set of VR (virtual reality) offerings that showed the technology is finding its way and its place in personal and group immersive entertainment. It's found its way and is moving to become commercially viable, not just another cute oddity. There was a whole lot of angst as to how aggressive the distributors were going to be with their checkbooks. Not a lot of them wrote big checks in the past and they said it was because the excitement quality wasn't there. They're hungry for the hits but they have to be the safe hits.
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Autonomy Will Reshape Transportation More Than You Think

Jan. 25, 2018

Even with the latest "self-driving" incidents self-driving transportation is coming faster than you think. The industry is designing, testing, installing and promoting more safety solutions. Automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and self-parking features are paving the way. Millennials ­ the tech-savvy generation ­ have more faith in cars that drive themselves. Sitting in a miles long parking lot for hours on end is a big waste of time. Seeing people fiddling with their phone or driving under the influence really ticks folks off...and they're a menace to me! But if you're only going to be a passenger why buy the car...
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Smart Home Solutions Are Coming in Bits, Pieces

Jan. 17, 2018

CES has become the conglomerate of shows. You can't simply say this was the trend or that is the wave of the future. It's really the show where shows meet. When the power went out for a little bit folks realized our world really needs energy. This year is probably the last time you'll probably see 1/3 of the thingies. Another 1/3 Another 1/3 you'll be asking Alexi to get for you this year. The final 1/3 you'll wonder how much of a smart, really smart home do you honestly want and need.
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AI Isn’t Dangerous Unless You Allow It To Be

Jan. 11, 2018

AI was so big at this year's CES. How big? Ask any refrigerator, TV set, chair, speaker, toilet, car, phone anywhere on the expanding show floor. Heck they'd answer you before you asked. AI was so big it had its own group of sessions, its own display area and then infiltrated everything on the show floor. Next year AI will run the show. It's necessary because there's so much data being grabbed from everything we touch that ordinary people need help making just the right decision. Gawd forbid you should try and come up short. After all, no one wants to be wrong and AI wouldn't mislead you...would it?
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The Business of TV Changes When We Moved to OTT

Jan. 3, 2018

People are finding OTT viewing can really be liberating. Any subject, any time, anywhere, on any device is yours to consume, enjoy. Of course there may be some streaming issues but that's not your problem...until it is. 4K HDR content needs a lot of bandwidth and 5G wireless is still in the promise phase. Everyone in the M&E and communications industries can see the money-making opportunities that are out there because people just can't get enough. Of course there are still "a few" details to be worked out but it's going to be great! Honest.
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Pirating Video Content Is Sleezy, Not a Badge of Honor

Dec. 27, 2017

Every year the Oscar nominated movies get the award for the most illegally downloaded, viewed movies. That is a dubious honor. And they aren't alone because every year people relish in the fact that they get to watch movies and TV shows without paying for them. Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu and others may say it's the cost of doing business...but it isn't. And it's even worse when it comes to the growing volume of indie films - documentaries, long-form, short-form, series, VR - that are regularly pirated (stolen) and shared. If I haven't paid to view the show either with real money or watching the commercials I won't watch it. Don't let my kids do it either. If enough people turn away from the screen we'll take all the fun outta stealing them. Doesn't take a lot of work to say no. And if you decide to view the content it's nice to know you're saying thanks to that person even if you don't pay him or her directly. You'll probably enjoy the screen time even more!
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Service Providers Wait Impatiently to be Back on Top

Dec. 20, 2017

Unlike in The Graduate, we have two words for you: mobile, video. Forget about net neutrality we will adjust, we will survive. The device you carry constantly and stare at continuously is rapidly becoming the first viewing screen and for kids born with them in their hands it's possibly the only screen they think about. The content shooting/production industry is moving quickly to meet the new pipeline's and screens needs. But don't let the folks selling bandwidth by the ounce there will always be other screens and people who want to really enjoy the quality of the art. Even marketers are developing new ways to be enjoyably on your screen. The pipe may be king but content is the queen...she's the one we look up to, respect, enjoy being around.
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