Google TV, Apple TV and content convergence

Google TV launches at the end of this summer. Hardware partners include Intel, Sony and Logitech. There's an Android SDK coming soon, which will allow for full control of the TV from your phone. Apple TV has been around in one form or another for a few years now, however, it remains, relatively speaking something of the backwater for Apple, however, recent reports suggest that this is about to change: Steve Jobs' "hobby" — the Apple TV — is slated for a radical revamp, an extreme price slice, and a future in the cloud, according to "a source very close to Apple." Engadget reports tha...

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The Future of Digital – Skive

The Future of Digital Skive's Tom Ollerton on the Future of Digital. For the TLDR crowd here's the summary. 1. Utility is key - it's easier to be repeatedly useful than repeatedly funny; 2. Social media is about much more than Facebook and Twitter; 3. Innovation isn't just about new technology; and 4. It's all about stories I agree with most of this. Indeed, I've blogged about several of Tom's examples in the past.

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Internet Trends 2010 – Mary Meeker says it’s all about mobile

Morgan Stanley chief analyst Mary Meeker is one the industry's most respected commentators. I've posted some of her analyses here before, in part because they help contextualise current events in broader trends, and they're relatively free from the hype and spin that can dog a lot of industry comment. Her most recent presentation focuses on mobile and mobile advertising. Key points are that in the next year smart-phones will, for the first time, outsell desktop and laptops combined - heralding the beginning of the age of mobile computing. This opens the door for mobile content, services a...

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Why Geolocation will be huge – Bright Young People, the London Treasure Hunt Riots and I-Spy books

There's an interesting article in Wired about geolocation. As you probably know geolocation is an idea that's burnt through a fair pile of VC cash in the last decade or so, and there are those who still think that 'telling everyone where you are' is something that will never become a mainstream activity. However, recently it seems that Foursquare and to a lesser extent Gowalla have changed sentiment about geolocation. Introducing a competitive element to the service seems to have moved the discussion away from privacy issues, to the more positive applications of geolocation. Having said t...

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