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Video Proves its Wealth in the Financial Market

November 3, 2014 1:56 pm


                        The benefits of using video are not constrained to specific verticals, but span almost any market....

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Tour one of Earth’s grandest deserts in Google Street View

October 8, 2014 2:18 pm

Google's Street View Trekker mounted on a camel

Visiting a large desert in person can be difficult. Roads will only take you so far, and you probably aren’t used to navigating gigantic sand dunes. Thankfully, you no longer have to plan a whole adventure just to see this austere beauty at ground level. Google has used camel-mounted Trekker cameras to bring Street View to Liwa, an oasis-laden desert in the southern end of the United Arab Emirates. The move gives you 360-degree panoramas of everything from massive dunes (up to 131 feet high) to date farms. This won’t compare to making the trip yourself, but it’ll probably be much more comfortable.

Filed under: Internet, Google


Via: Google Maps

Source: Google Views

‘Say Hello’ To New Pinterest Video

October 8, 2014 11:09 am


launches “Say Hello,” a 2:20 video that depicts how its new messaging system works: it lets users have conversations about Pins on Pinterest, making the creative process more contagious than ever. The
video follows three groups of people, each inspired by different Pins and the ease of sharing and discussing newly discovered Pinterest items. One couple sets out to build a canoe, while another is
looking for an ideal dinner meal. A team of colleagues discuss spaceship ideas to create the perfect addition to a future sci-fi movie. The video is a nice balance of people using social media as
inspiration to create things that are offline, with other people. Watch the video here, created by Strike Anywhere.

Make your aging air conditioner cool again with this pile of sensors

October 7, 2014 9:27 am


Many folks who reside in South East Asia will agree that during the summer, air conditioners can be temperamental at times — your room’s either too cold or not cold enough. As a result, users — including this author in Hong Kong — end up having to pick up the remote control every now and then to adjust the temperature. This is exactly what Hong Kong’s Ambi Labs is trying to solve: This startup has just launched its Ambi Climate device on Kickstarter, and the idea here is that you’re adding a small hub that uses local weather data plus sunlight, air flow, temperature, humidity and movement detection, in order to adjust the air conditioner accordingly with its infrared transmitter (Ambi Labs says it can quickly add your remote to the database if it’s missing). With the room temperature staying more consistent, you’re saving both energy and the hassle of finding the remote. %Gallery-slideshow230935%

Filed under: Household


Source: Kickstarter

Top Three Trends from IBC

October 7, 2014 8:02 am


The international Broadcasting Convention (IBC) finished up last month, attracting a record crowd of over 55,000 attendees to Amsterdam. This renowned event allows attendees from all over the world to learn about developments that are shaping the industry, interact with the latest technology, and experience world-first product demonstrations.

Brightcove was again at IBC in force with team members attending from across the globe. This year we had some exciting news to unveil with the launch of our new player, which will form the basis of all of our player experiences going forward, and also launched Perform, a stand-alone player service that is built around that industry leading player. We were also able to get updated on the state of the market of the dynamic broadcast and digital media industries.

After collectively reflecting on the event, we compiled the team’s perspective on the top three emerging trends coming out of IBC:

Ecosystem Convergence
The inevitable convergence of conventional broadcast and digital video is accelerating, with media companies across the world evaluating how to address the changing nature of content workflows, programming strategy, advertising, organizational models, technical infrastructure, and much much more. While the shift to a digital-centric paradigm has been forecasted for some time, 2014 seems to be the year that the broader industry has really embraced the coming reality. While the transition is underway, there are still a large number of media customers — across broadcasters, operators, publishers and media conglomerates — that are just now getting serious about significant digital investments, recognizing the risk of being left behind.

The Need for Simplification
Media executives and their organizations are feeling the pain of complexity as they wrestle with operating, maintaining, supporting, and updating multiple digital video implementations that have been developed disparately over time for consumer experiences across a range of platforms and devices. For providers of premium video, creating a beautiful, seamless experience that replicates or exceeds the expectations consumers have for linear broadcast adds even more complexity. Broadcasters and publishers want and need simplicity in order to be successful in a world where device proliferation, platform fragmentation and audience expectations remain dynamic variables.

Multi-Screen is Now the Norm
Multi-screen and multi-platform are now the messages spoken by all product and service providers — across both digital and broadcast companies. While it seems that everyone is now speaking the same language, the reality is that the varying requirements from media companies means that the words mean different things to different people. Providing the best content experience to consumer audiences on every screen — from TVs and desktops to smartphones and tablets, and game consoles and set-top boxes — while driving profitable revenue growth is of paramount importance to every media organization today. But, for each of them the questions of streaming formats, unified workflows, asset management, optimized advertising, managing content rights, seamless playback, and many other requirements creates a dizzying array of capabilities necessary for multi-screen success.

For Brightcove, the evolution of our products and services over the last two years has been driven by the understanding that our media customers need to deliver beautiful video experiences to audiences on every screen, enabled by technology solutions that are powerful, elegant and flexible. Click here for more information on our services.

Trade synth hacks and projects on Moog’s Werkastatt Workshop hub

October 7, 2014 8:00 am


Back at Moogfest, the synth maker for which the event is named held a workshop where it debuted the Werkstatt-Ø1 analog kit. The patchable analog instrument was built for hacking, so folks could explore Moog’s circuitry (including Ladder filter) in a portable package. After the success of that event back in April the kit is being released to the masses, and the North Carolina-based company is offering up a hub for projects, tutorials, lesson plans and more. The Werkstatt Workshop is similar to libraries that littleBits and Makerbot have for users to find ideas, with a full list of instructions and supplies for each — including 3D-printing files and Arduino integration as needed. “We’d like to share our legacy of learning, music, and electronics to empower a new generation of makers to expand on our work and take it to levels we can’t yet imagine,” said Moog Music CEO Mike Adams. Not familiar with the Werkstatt-Ø1 synthesizer? No worries, Chromeo’s Patrick “P-Thugg” Gemayel demos the instrument on the other side of the jump, alongside the how-to for building an Arduino Arpeggiator. If you’re looking to snag one and get started with the experimentation, it’ll set you back $329 at your local Moog dealer.

Filed under: Misc


Source: Moog

New APN Competencies – Storage and Life Sciences

October 6, 2014 2:37 pm


When I talk to enterprises and mid-sized companies about their plans to gain
agility and cost-effectiveness by their workloads and applications to the Cloud,
they are eager to move forward and often want to seek the assistance of
solution providers with AWS expertise. We created the AWS Partner Network (APN) a couple of
years ago to provide business, technical, marketing, GTM (go to market)
support for companies that find themselves in this situation.

With the continued growth and speciation of AWS, along with the increasing
diversity of AWS use cases,
we have begun to recognize partners that have demonstrated their competence
in specialized solution area such as
Big Data,
Managed Services,
SAP, and

New Storage and Life Sciences Competencies
We recently launched new APN Competencies for Storage and Life Sciences.

Storage Competency Partners
can help you to evaluate and use techniques and technologies that
allow you to effectively store data in the AWS Cloud. You can
search for APN Storage Partners based on primary use case such as Backup,
Archive, Disaster Recovery, and Primary File Storage / Cloud NAS. Our
initial Storage Competency Partners are
Avere Systems,
CommVault Systems,
CTERA Networks,
Zadara Storage.

Sciences Competency Partners
can help you conduct drug
discovery, manage clinical trials, initiate manufacturing and distribution
activities, and do R&D of genetic-based treatments and
companion diagnostics. Our initial Life Science Competency Partners includes
both Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) and System Integrators (SIs).
The initial ISV partners are
Seven Bridges Genomics,
Cycle Computing,
Medidata Solutions Worldwide,
Core Informatics, and

The initial SI partners are
Booz Allen Hamilton,
G2 Technology Group,
HCL Technologies,
Infosys, and

Applying for Additional Competencies
If your organization is already an ISV or SI member of the Amazon Partner Network and are interested in
gaining these new competencies, log in to the APN Portal, examine your
scorecard, and click on Apply for APN Competencies to get started. You will, of course,
need to share some of your customer successes and demonstrate your technical readiness!


Online video ads expected to nearly double by 2019

October 6, 2014 11:01 am


Programmatic exchange-based trading, video advertising, and mobile display will drive growth in online video display over the next five years, as online display advertising increases to $37.6 billion by 2019, 90% more than the $19.8 billion expected in 2014.

Forrester Research said video advertising is expected to grow 21% per year on desktop devices through 2019. Mobile also will see big growth with display ads on tablets and smartphones responsible for nearly 40% of online display ad spend by 2019, up nearly 64% from 2014

By contrast, offline advertising is expected to grow just 1% through 2019, Forrester said. Nonetheless, the offline share of the market is expected to be $239 billion, with cable TV seeing the most growth, at 4.8%.

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Staff Favorites September 2014: featuring “The Missing Scarf” by Eoin Duffy

October 6, 2014 1:27 am


It’s a short list this month, Vimeo, but we think you’re going to love it. So pop some corn, put your feet up, and take an hour or so to check out the films we loved the most last month.

Watch our selection in the player below, or via the miracle of our Apple TV app, if you happen to own such a thing.

The entire month was good to us, but September 29 was an especially brilliant day in Staff Picks – it brought us Eoin Duffy’s outstanding short The Missing Scarf, after a long and almost ridiculously gilded festival tour. It’s a big short full of even bigger questions, and an immense voiceover from George Takei. Naturally, we’ve taken this opportunity to ask Mr. Duffy to tell us all about it.

The film is such a brilliant mix of darkness and comedy, fear and rationality. Where were you when you wrote this, where did all of that come from?

At the time of writing The Missing Scarf, I was dealing with a death in the family. My mind was consumed with thoughts of death, which then extended to questioning the end goal for all life. Where are we heading? What’s the point? If entropy is eroding our universe into nothingness, what’s the final outcome for life?

But I settled on a happier theory. The notion that our universe (or multiverse) is part of an even larger cycle, continuously erupting into existence over and over. Meaning we’re all minuscule cogs in the grand inhale and exhale of the universe, thus helping the continuation of all life within.

But from the viewpoint of Albert and his friends, the larger perspective doesn’t bring much comfort to their immediate situation.

Engaging George Takei was a masterstroke. How did he get involved? What made you think of him and how did you get to him?

Jamie Hogan, the producer, and myself wrote down a list of people we thought the project best-suited and right at the top was George.

We created a highly-polished animatic encompassing a professional voice-over, stock music, sound-design and near-finalized visuals. We then housed it in a standalone private website, detailing the project and its script. Through talent agency Harvey Voices, we were put in touch. And to our surprise, George loved the idea and the script.

Then things moved pretty quickly. Fewer than three weeks later, we flew to LA to meet George in the iconic Buzzy’s Recording Studio. George was so personable and down to Earth that it put everyone at ease. In fact, he was so nice and chatty that we used up half an hour of our two-hour recording session discussing the history of Japanese immigrants in the U.S. But once we jumped into recording I was blown away by the calibre of George’s performance. It was great to see him in action.

As a side note, we recorded 30 takes of the “angry” speech that appears halfway through the film. All of which George was more than happy to do. In the end, we used take #1.

The film has had such an incredible response and festival run, and rightly so! How has that been? Any highlights?

We’ve screened at over 100 festivals and at one stage, we were winning an award every week. It was all too much to comprehend at times. But the highlight, by far, was attending screenings and just watching people’s reaction. I got goosebumps every time, it was amazing.

Also, two of the best multi-day parties of my life were with fellow animators at the Savannah Film Festival and the Valladolid Film Festival. Let’s just say it’s amazing what the human body can withstand.

What are you working on next? Has The Missing Scarf’s great success greased the wheels for your next project? When can we expect to see more from you?

I’m happy to say that for my next project, I’m teaming up with a major player on the animation stage. I hope to announce this project in the coming weeks. I also have tons of side projects I’ll be letting loose on the Web very soon. Just keep an eye on

Samsung’s take on Android L looks very familiar

October 2, 2014 11:39 am

Samsung's Android L implementation on a Galaxy S5

You’ve probably seen plenty of Google’s stock Android L interface by now, but custom interfaces are another story. What will the OS look like when device makers get hold of it? If SamMobile‘s experience with an early, leaked version of Samsung’s TouchWiz software is any indication, it will be… remarkably familiar. At least on the Galaxy S5, it looks like the current front-end with splashes of Google’s Material Design philosophy thrown in. Core apps and notifications are now full of card-like, colorful elements, but the home screen, app tray and many other elements resemble what you’ve seen on existing Samsung hardware.

Filed under: Cellphones, Mobile, Samsung


Via: MobileSyrup

Source: SamMobile

Watch a brave drone get dramatically close to an erupting volcano

October 2, 2014 10:28 am


DJI has just shown off one of the most spectacular drone videos we’ve ever seen of an erupting volcano, so close it resulted in a melted a GoPro camera. The pilot, Eric Chang, captured the footage at the Bardabunga volcanic system in Iceland using an off-the-shelf DJI Phantom 2 drone equipped with a GoPro Hero 3+ camera. After an eleven hour journey over nearly impassable terrain, his team arrived to within 2 km of the volcano, which was spewing lava as high as 150m (460 feet) in the air.

Filed under: Cameras


Via: Wired

Source: DJI Feats (YouTube)

Amazon Elastic Transcoder Now Supports Smooth Streaming

October 1, 2014 1:50 pm


Amazon Elastic
is a scalable, fully managed media (audio and video)
transcoding service that works on a cost-effective, pay-per-use
model. You don’t have to license or install any software, and you
can take advantage of transcoding presets for a variety of popular
output devices and formats, including H.264 and VP8 video and AAC,
MP3, and Vorbis audio formatted into MP4, WebM, MPEG2-TS, MP3, and
OGG packages. You can also generate segmented video files (and the
accompanying manifests) for HLS video streaming.

Earlier this year we improved Elastic Transcoder with an increase in the
level of parallelism and
support for captions.

Today we are adding support for
Smooth Streaming (one of
several types of
adaptive bitrate streaming)
over HTTP to platforms such as XBox, Windows Phone, and clients that make use of
Microsoft Silverlight players.
This technology improves the viewer experience by automatically switching to data streams of
higher and lower quality that are based on local network conditions and CPU utilization on the playback
device. In conjunction with Amazon CloudFront, you can now distribute high-quality audio and video
content to even more types of devices.

New Smooth Streaming Support
Adaptive bitrate streaming uses the information stored in
a manifest file to choose between alternate
renditions (at different bitrates) of the same content. Although
the specifics will vary, you can think of this as low, medium, and high
quality versions of the same source material. The content
is further segmented into blocks, each containing several seconds
(typically two to ten) of encoded content. For more information about
the adaptation process, you can read my recent blog post,

Amazon CloudFront Now Supports Microsoft Smooth Streaming

Each transcoding job that specifies Smooth Streaming as an output format generates
three or more files:

  • ISM — A manifest file that contains links to each rendition along
    with additional metadata.
  • ISMC — A client file that contains information about each rendition and
    each segment within each rendition.
  • ISMV — One or more movie
    files (sometimes known as Fragmented MP4).

The following diagram shows the relationship between the files:

Getting Started
If you are familiar with Elastic Transcoder and already have your
pipelines set up, you can choose the Smooth playlist format during the job
creation process. For more information, see
Creating a Job in Elastic Transcoder.
If you are new to Elastic Transcoder, see
Getting Started with Elastic Transcoder.

After you create an Elastic Transcoder job that produces the files that are needed for
Smooth Streaming, Elastic Transcoder will place the files in the designated Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) bucket. You can use the
Smooth Streaming support built in to Amazon CloudFront (this is the simplest and best
option) or you can set up and run your own streaming server.

If you embed your video player in a web site that is hosted on a different domain from
the one that you use to host your files, you will need to create a
clientaccesspolicy.xml or
crossdomainpolicy.xml file, set it up to allow the appropriate level
of cross-domain access, and make it available at the root of your CloudFront distribution.
For more information about this process, see
On-Demand Smooth Streaming
. For more information about configuring Microsoft
Silverlight for cross-domain access, see
Making a Service
Available Across Domain Boundaries

Get a Smooth Start with Smooth Streaming
This powerful new Elastic Transcoder feature is available now and you can start using it today!


Scared of needles? Try swallowing them

October 1, 2014 1:29 pm


If you’re one of the many who fear needles, you might be in luck. Researchers at MIT and Massachusetts General Hospital are working on an oral alternative to injections, and it involves the use of a capsule. On the pill’s surface, tiny needles inject drugs directly into the lining of the stomach once it’s swallowed. During trials, insulin was delivered more efficiently, and the capsule didn’t cause any issues as it passed through the digestive system. While insulin was used in tests, the delivery system is said to be most helpful for antibodies to treat cancer and autoimmune disorders. At any rate, those of us who prefer to avoid shots entirely may soon have one less source of anxiety during doctor’s visits.

[Image credit: Christine Daniloff/MIT]

Filed under: Science


Source: MIT

Cable, the FCC and streaming killed Saturday morning cartoons

September 29, 2014 5:49 pm

One of NBC's SAturday morning cartoon lineups

We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but one of your fondest childhood traditions has kicked the bucket: Saturday morning cartoons are no more. The CW has aired its last batch of Vortexx programming, leaving American kids without any animated broadcast TV to start their weekends for the first time in decades. From here on out, young ones glued to the tube will mostly be watching educational shows.

Filed under: Home Entertainment, Internet, HD


Via: Slashfilm

Source: Reddit

Documentary shows how One Laptop Per Child has helped kids in Peru

September 28, 2014 4:46 pm


The staff changes, massive layoffs and the shutdown of its entire Boston office over the years make the One Laptop Per Child program sound like a huge failure. But this documentary by filmmaker Michael Kleiman shows that OLPC really did change some of its recipients’ lives, particularly those who’ve never heard of computers and the internet before the organization gave them laptops of their own. The documentary, called WEB, looks at the OLPC rollout in the poor areas of Peru, showing kids typing on their small laptops in dingy classrooms and teaching their parents how to use Google underneath trees. It’s been shown in several film festivals before, but it’s now available for download from iTunes, Google Play, Amazon Instant Video, Xbox Video, Sony Entertainment Network and Vudu.

Filed under: Laptops


Via: TheNextWeb

Source: WEB the Film

Vine now lets you use your Android phone’s existing video clips

September 27, 2014 4:02 pm


Not too long ago Vine blessed iOS users with the ability to import pre-existing videos into the app, and now Google fans can get in on the action. Any clips in your Android camera roll are viable subjects to be trimmed down to six seconds or shorter now, and you can activate your device’s flashlight to work as a flash in low-light situations. There are a few other features too, and you can check those out on the app’s Google Play page. Now all that’s separating your from internet stardom is, well… you.

Filed under: Cellphones, Software, Mobile


Via: Android Central

Source: Google Play

What is Weirded? This is Weirded.

September 26, 2014 6:31 pm


How does one introduce an original web series like #Weirded?

For one, it’s not tech news — at least, not in the way you’re used to seeing. So scrub that notion from your brain. It’s more like a constant channel change; like pressing the seek button on a car radio and catching tidbits of the noise filling the tech industry’s airwaves. It’s light, but biting in a way we hope’ll make you ask for “more, please!” It’ll skewer and shine a light on the more outrageous news and comments of the week. But it will always be in good fun (and in very bad taste). It’s a guilty pleasure; our tongue-in-cheek gift to you.

This week’s inaugural episode is pretty fruity: It’s nearly all about Apple, with some Blackberry crumble on the side. The full episode’s just after the break. Enjoy the feast!

Filed under: Cellphones, Apple, Blackberry


Going on Down to South Park? All Seasons Now Streaming on Hulu.

September 26, 2014 3:28 pm


The year was 1997. ER successfully pulled off a live season premiere, Titanic became the most expensive movie ever made, and a little cable network called Comedy Central took what was essentially the first-ever viral video and turned it into an animated show called South Park. Seventeen seasons later, the Colorado boys have delivered a plethora of shenanigans and the show itself has redefined what cable television could get away with (mainly gross, irreverent, politically incorrect and, most of all, daring stunts).

Since its debut, the show has lampooned just about everything and everyone imaginable, from Martha Stewart to Kanye West to Canada. Not to over-dramatize it, but there’s a lot of history in the over 200 episodes that make up South Park’s 17 seasons thus far. And now that those 17 seasons are exclusively available on Hulu, with brand new episodes from season 18 available the day after they air, history has never been more stream-able.

Because we took into consideration that this news can be a lot of satire for you to take in all at once, we’ve compiled some of the series’ best moments into slightly more digestible groups from the best jokes, to classic episodes, to best celebrity episodes. If nothing else, it’s perfect viewing material for when you’re hanging out with Mr. Towlie.

Without further adieu, here are a few of our favorite clips from the history of South Park. Be sure to watch all of these and more, only on Hulu.

Oh My God, They Killed Kenny

Kenny is South Park‘s most ill-fated character with more on-screen deaths than you can shake an orange hoodie at. Also, we’re not sure what he just said but we’re pretty sure it’s absolutely filthy.

Most Romantic Moments: It’s All About the Love…Gravy

Just because the characters of South Park show utter contempt for every convention of civilized society doesn’t mean they don’t need someone to hold them.

Best of Cartman: Super Sweet

Eric Cartman might just be the greatest TV villain of all time. Revisit some of his most nefarious moments with this collection of greatest hits.

Musical Moments: Matt & Trey’s Greatest Hits

Before creators Matt and Trey became Broadway superstars with “The Book of Mormon,” they were writing songs for the good people of South Park and featuring popular classics in a whole new light.

Celeb Take Downs: No Star Is Safe

South Park has turned roasting celebrities into a comedic art form. From Kanye West to Tom Cruise to Martha Stewart, no star is immune to Matt and Trey’s celebrity snark.

Most Canadian Moments: It’s “Aboot” Time, Buddy

Canadians: they’re just like us, eh, guy? Here are the greatest moments featuring our friends to the North. What a wonderful day for Canada, and therefore the world.

5 ways to prepare for skyrocketing data center storage needs

September 25, 2014 1:16 pm


Data center storage requirements are changing quickly as a result of the increasing volumes of big data that must be stored, analyzed and transmitted. The digital universe is doubling in size every two years, and will grow by a factor of 10 between 2013 and 2020, according to the recent EMC Digital Universe study. So, clearly storage needs are skyrocketing.

Fortunately (for all of us buyers out there), the cost per gigabyte of storage is falling rapidly, primarily because disk and solid state drives continue to evolve to support higher areal densities. Alas, the volume of data being stored seems to be outpacing our ability to cram more magnetic bits (or circuits in the case of flash) per nanometer of surface area.

So clearly, storage costs are likely to become a larger component of overall IT budgets in the coming years. Here are five things to consider when planning for your future storage needs.

1. High power density data centers
With increasing storage needs and a greater sophistication of the storage devices in use, power needs for each square foot in a data center are increasing rapidly. As a result, high power density design is a critical component of any modern data center. For example, if an average server rack holds around 42 servers and each of those servers uses 300W of power, the entire rack will require 12-13kW in a space as small as 25 square feet. Some data center cabinets can be packed with even more servers; for example, some blade server systems can now support more than 10x the number of servers that might exist in an average rack. This increasing demand for higher power density is directly related to the need for higher storage densities in data centers.

2. Cost-efficient data center storage
Choosing an energy-efficient data center from the start can help control costs in the long run. Facilities designed for high density power can accommodate rising storage needs within a smaller space, so you can grow in place without having to invest in a larger footprint.

Allocating your storage budget across different tiers is another way to help control costs. Audit your data to determine how it is used, and how often particular files are accessed during a given period, and categorize the data into tiers so that the type of data is matched with the appropriate storage type. The most-accessed data will require a more expensive storage option while older, less-accessed data can be housed in less-expensive storage. Some examples of different storage types, from most to least expensive, include RAM, solid state drive, spinning hard disk drives (SATA or SAS drives) and tape backup.

3. Scalability
Infrastructure should be designed with scalability in mind; otherwise, costs can become unmanageable and possibly result in poor performance or even outages. Scalability allows you to grow your infrastructure at a pace that matches the growth in data, and also gives you the ability to scale back if needed. Distributed or “scale-out” architectures can provide the perfect foundation for multi-petabyte storage workloads because of their ability to quickly expand and contract according to compute, storage, or networking needs. Also, a hybrid infrastructure that connects different types of environments can enable customers to migrate data between cloud and colocation; if an unexpected need for storage occurs, customers can then shift their budget between opex and capex if needed.

4. Security
Strict security or compliance requirements for data, particularly for companies in the healthcare or payment processing industries, can increase the complexity of data management and storage processes. For example, some data need to be held in dedicated, 3rd party-audited environments and/or fully encrypted at rest and in motion.

5. Backup and replication
When planning your infrastructure, it must support backup and replication in addition to your application requirements. Online backup handles unpredictable failures like natural disasters, while replication deals with predictable hardware failures that may occur during planned maintenance. Establishing adequate replication and backup requirements can more than double the storage needs for your application.

Your data center storage needs will continue to increase over time, as the digital universe continues to expand in alignment with Moore’s Law. Careful planning is required to create a cost-efficient, secure, reliable infrastructure that can keep up with the pace of data growth. Service providers can draw on their experience to help you find the right storage options for different storage needs.

The post 5 ways to prepare for skyrocketing data center storage needs appeared first on Internap.

It’s just this easy to steal from the Apple Store (video)

September 24, 2014 7:58 pm


Late last week, ex-NBA player Rex Chapman was picked up by Scottsdale, Arizona police on felony charges of theft and tracking in stolen property. According to the police, that’s because Chapman made off from the local Apple Store with over $14,000 worth of gear over several visits occurring in the last few months. As you can see in the raw security video footage of some nine visits released by the police today, he would browse around, pick up an item (headphones, although from the video we can’t tell if they’re Beats), pretend to check it out with Apple’s EasyPay app and put it in a white Apple sales bag. Finally, all he had to do was walk out before selling the goods at a pawnshop.

Filed under: Misc, Apple


Source: YouTube, AZCentral, AZFamily

HTC hints that it’s unveiling an action camera on October 8th

September 24, 2014 2:19 pm

HTC's action camera teaser

Those claims that HTC is making an action camera just got much more concrete. The company has posted both a RECamera teaser site and a video (below) which not-so-subtly hint that the adventure-oriented shooter should launch on October 8th, the same day as HTC’s “Double Exposure” media event. While there aren’t many giveaways in the clip, it shows both a swimming pool dive and a wide-angle lens — this is undoubtedly a waterproof device meant to take on the likes of GoPro. There’s nothing here to confirm rumors that the camera will have a 16-megapixel sensor and wireless networking, but you’ll only have to wait a couple of weeks to get the full scoop.

Filed under: Cellphones, Cameras, Mobile, HTC


Via: Android Central

Source: RECamera

Manual app brings DSLR-like control to your iPhone snapshots

September 24, 2014 12:08 pm


Thanks to the expanded third-party integration in iOS 8, app developers are able to take advantage of things like extensions for that Photos library. It also allows access to the iPhone’s camera settings, and a new piece of software offers another option for sorting just that. Manual, a $1.99 add-on for Apple’s handsets, allows you to tweak variables in a similar fashion to how you would with a DSLR. There are options for controlling shutter, ISO, white balance, focus and exposure bracketing. On top of all that, a rule of thirds grid keeps compositions in order, a live monitor eyes exposure and a fill flash mode tackles lighting woes. All of that may sound complicated, but the interface is quite simple, so you should be easily making your tweaks in no time — as long as you have the latest version of iOS, of course. Other apps, like Camera+, tackle manual controls too, so you’ll be able to take your pick when it comes to fine-tuning those photos.

Filed under: Software, Mobile


Via: Uncrate

Source: iTunes

The UAE’s eco-friendly, robotic city looks more like a ghost town

September 24, 2014 9:33 am

A podcar in Masdar City

The United Arab Emirates’ pre-planned Masdar City is supposed to be a shining beacon of technology between its clean energy and automated cars. However, it has hit a few roadblocks, including the financial crisis from the last decade — and the result is less of a Utopia and more of a ghost town. If you need proof, Quartier Libre has posted an eerie video tour (below) of Masdar as it stood this summer. With just a few thousand residents, many of the buildings and high-tech facilities sit unused; it’s as if everyone suddenly went on vacation. The city should be more welcoming once it’s completed sometime after 2020, but for now it’s not exactly a tourist’s dream. Not unless you really enjoy haunted houses, that is.

[Image credit: Jan Seifert, Flickr]

Filed under: Misc, Transportation


Via: The Verge

Source: Quartier Libre (Vimeo)

Contour’s first new action camera in years can survive 30 feet underwater

September 23, 2014 5:24 pm

Contour Roam3 action camera

Contour came back from the dead this spring, but the first action cameras it sold upon its revival were simply old models from 2012 — that’s not much help if you’re a loyal fan looking to upgrade. As of today, though, there’s finally a brand new Contour cam to buy: meet the ROAM3. It’s not a huge break from the ROAM2 at first glance, as it can still record 1080p video at 30fps (720p video at 60fps) with its 270-degree rotating lens. However, it’s much more resilient than its ancestor; it can survive 30 feet underwater without using a waterproof case, which could make it a good match for your next surfing movie. It’s hard to say if the ROAM3 can lure you away from GoPro’s offerings, but its $200 price (which includes an 8GB memory card and two mounts) is low enough that it won’t hurt too much to give Contour another try.

Filed under: Cameras


Source: Contour

That bendable iPhone 6 screen isn’t a feature (update)

September 23, 2014 4:18 pm


Not sure if you want to hide your shiny new iPhone’s newfangled design in a bulky case? Maybe you should — apparently, it’s quite pliable. iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users on Twitter seem to be finding small, but noticeable bends just south of the handsets’ volume controls. Front-pocket storage is all it takes to give the handset a gentle slope, according to some users, but it can be bent other ways too. Back pockets and malicious YouTube users (video from Unbox Therapy after the break) can both bend the device to their will.

Update: Just for kicks, the same guy tried the same thing with a Galaxy Note 3, and while its plastic frame gave some squeaking under the pressure, it showed only slight warping after two attempts. There’s the difference in materials to account for, but of course we’re not surprised — we’ve seen how Samsung tests its large phones under pressure.

Filed under: Cellphones, Mobile, Apple


Via: Gizmodo

Source: Unbox Therapy (YouTube)

The Mental Checklist

September 23, 2014 10:08 am


This post is part of our Non Sequitur Fridays series, which will feature a different Wistia team member’s take on a non-Wistia-related topic each week. It’s like our “employee of the month” but less “of the month”-y. Max Schnur is an engineer at Wistia. His last Non Sequitur was a threepart epic, “How Baldur’s Gate Shaped My Life”.

I didn’t always think a lot about time and project management. Actually, once upon a time, I never thought about it at all. I just worked as hard as I could as fast as I could, and that was usually good enough. But as my responsibilities grew and my day-to-day tasks became more disparate—that is, less “just” coding—I couldn’t keep up with the deluge. In response, I developed some habits that I think helped me get a handle on it. Of course, as with many other things in my life, my inspiration involved a video game.

The process is called *The Mental Checklist* (or sometimes *The Mental Loop*). It’s really simple: I create a list of things that I want to frequently assess. Then I execute and re-assess based on that list. It sounds simple, but oh man, it really works.

I was introduced to this idea through *Starcraft II*, a real-time strategy game where you must build an economy, build an army, scout the terrain, and research new technology in order to defeat your opponent. At a high level—although I’ll probably get speared for presenting it this way—the game pits two project managers against each other, and their goal is to drive their opponent’s project to failure.

Anyway, there are people who specialize in playing and analyzing these games, and I was watching one of the best, Day9, talk about this very subject in a [Day9 Daily]( (BEWARE: SUPER NERDY.) (Side note: Day9 talks a lot about unrelated topics. You might want to jump about 10 minutes in.) I implemented the mental checklist in my own gameplay and saw my mechanics dramatically improve in a matter of hours.

Basically, we have this problem: we always want to be doing the right thing at the right time. But our situation is constantly changing, either because of outside forces or because our execution reveals an unforeseen obstacle.

Imagine the optimal path of a project as a squiggly line. Now, imagine we can only see a small portion of that line at a time, and we’re using a pen and a ruler to trace it as fast as we can. The more often we move and realign the ruler, the closer our line will be to the optimal path. And it goes without saying: the faster we can realign and draw, the faster the line will be completed. (If you need help with this metaphor: realignment = planning and drawing = executing.)

But realignment is the important thing to remember. No matter how fast you can draw a line, if you’re drawing it off the page, it doesn’t matter: you’re totally off track. Consider that the optimal project path might include _increasing your execution speed_. So meta. In light of that, if you’re realigning properly, then you may also increase speed as required.

Pro gamers will unconsciously reevaluate their checklist once a second, and then execute on their decisions during the milliseconds in between. They are really, really fast, and they practice 12 hours a day to get to that point. They are an extreme example of incredible human hand and brain speed, but it shows you the level of efficiency we can push ourselves to.


Obviously, for most of us, a pro gamer’s speed and intensity aren’t sustainable over a full day of work. To be effective in real life, the mental checklist needs to be altered slightly.

For me, not much had to change. Instead of memorizing the list and reevaluating it once every few seconds, I write it down and evaluate it between one and five times a day. Because the timeframe is longer, my list also includes tasks for self-improvement, and can include unfocused time, too.

### My Work Mental Checklist

1. {Major Project} – do I know the state of it?
2. {Major Project} – do I have a to-do list?
3. {Major Project} – do I have any blockers?
4. {Major Project} – am I going about this the right way?
5. Devs – do I have outstanding requests for help?
6. Support – do I have any outstanding tasks?
7. Emails – do I have any outstanding emails/replies?
8. {Secondary project I’m helping on} – do I know the state of it?
9. Is Trello up-to-date?

### My Personal Mental Checklist

1. Do you have inspiration?
2. Do you have exercise scheduled into your day?
3. Is Google Calendar up-to-date?
4. Have you set a bedtime for tonight?
5. Do you have a book to read?
6. Do you have outstanding communications? (family? friends? emails?)
7. Are you learning something new?
8. Are you speaking slowly and clearly?

### My Process

I look at my personal checklist when I get up in the morning. When I get into the office, I look at my work checklist. I spend 1-5 minutes mulling over the questions in my head. Then I create a new entry in Evernote, like “PLAN FOR THE DAY – 9/22/2014”. That entry is just a to-do list with checkboxes.

It’s important to me that each entry on that list be short and actionable. For example, in no particular order:

– Talk to {Person} to see where they’re at with {Major Project}
– Email {Other Person} in support thread from yesterday
– Allocate 2 hours to work on {Major Project}
– Update Google Calendar
– Add {Feature X} to Trello
– Watch class on Linear Algebra at Khan Academy

Then, I pick something easy on my list, do it, and check it off. If new information comes in, I evaluate it in the context of my mental checklist. Depending on that, I’ll either add it directly to my to-do list or to Trello. Or maybe nowhere at all. Not everything deserves to be on a checklist.

### A Relaxed System

Sometimes, I can check off all my boxes. Usually, I don’t. Sometimes I transfer unfinished checkboxes from yesterday to today. I often forget to check things off from the previous day, so occasionally I’ll go back and do that. But to be honest, the historical data isn’t that important. No one else is looking at it and judging me. It’s like having a zen garden: you wipe out yesterday’s work and only focus on what you build today.

After a while, maybe a month, I’ll notice that I’m automatically doing some things on my list without thinking. At this point, they’ve become a habit, and I may be able to remove them from the written list. Now I have less mental overhead, and I’m free to add something else if I want. This is real-life leveling up!

### About my own list items

Even though they’re not directly stated, you might notice that the items on my lists reflect my priorities. Indeed, the mental checklist exists mostly to make up for, or systematically improve, my own deficiencies.

For example, I have a ton of different communications that I need to keep up with—work email, support, family, friends—and I know I won’t remember everything without the list. Reading further, you’ll see that I strive to learn new things, I’m trying to exercise more, and that I have a bad habit of trying to speak faster than my mouth can move.

If you make your own list, I encourage you to think broadly about what you want to accomplish each day, what you’re already pretty good at, and where you can improve.

### Why the Mental Checklist?

I believe the Mental Checklist is the most direct path to efficiently managing a project and improving yourself. There are a variety of productivity tricks that people employ: zero inbox, zero desktop, some “fail early”, others set a “key task” for the day, maybe you only open email or chat at certain times. All of those tricks can be helpful, but I feel like they are bandaids on the edge of the real issue.

Evaluate, execute, reevaluate, execute. If you’re honest with yourself and can identify your weaknesses when you reevaluate, then you will converge on the optimal execution path. Whatever productivity hacks you can find, if they help you on that path, use them. But instead of a series of disjointed hacks, consider them tools in the context of your mental checklist, and implement them with that in mind.

I try to understand what I’m doing and why, then I act on what I discover. Some of us do it unconsciously, but formalizing a framework has helped me immensely. Maybe it will work for you too?

Charge your phone with a miniature Flux Capacitor

September 23, 2014 9:49 am


After surfacing on April Fools’ Day, ThinkGeek made its gadget-charging Flux Capacitor into an actual product. Sporting all of the details of the full-sized power plant, this diminutive option leverages your car’s cigarette lighter to juice up a pair of devices via two USB ports. Of course, those 1.21 gigawatts of power are reduced to 2.1 amps, and there’s an on/off switch for the $25 time-traveling accessory’s lights. And yes, they actually pulse just like you hoped. Of course, if you’re looking to splurge for the real deal, you’ll need to shell out a bit more dough.

Filed under: Misc, Mobile


Source: ThinkGeek

Our Strongest Lineup Yet: Digital Entertainment at Akamai Edge 2014

September 23, 2014 8:45 am


We are so excited about Akamai Edge this year that we simply can’t wait to share some details.

The 2014 Digital Entertainment lineup at Akamai Edge boasts world-class speakers ready to share their knowledge and expertise starting Wednesday October 8. The program will cover live events, monetization, devices and much more.
Here is a preview of the confirmed lineup for the Media & Entertainment track:

Keynote: Delivering the World Cup – FIFA called it “the biggest multimedia sporting event in history.” Hear Alexander Leschinsky, co-founder, managing director at G&L, talk about the services used for video delivery, live encoding architecture, device distribution, traffic patterns and peak usage challenges.

Panel Discussion: The Return on Quality in Video – Delivering content at the highest possible quality comes with a cost – so what’s the return? This panel will feature leading media companies sharing their strategies to ensure the video they deliver looks its best across devices and networks, how they measure quality and its impact, and how to optimize the viewing experience to the benefit of their bottom line.

Keynote: Keeping the Internet from breaking – BBC’s Neil Drennan takes a look at the explosive growth of video on the internet and what it means for ISPs, CDNs and content providers. While reviewing the current evolution in technology to support video growth he asks the question: Are the planned changes enough and what else can we do as technologists/content providers to improve user experience?

Panel Discussion: Taking Advantage of New Opportunities in Video Monetization – Join a select group of experts who will examine current monetization methods such as subscriptions and advertising, identify the challenges that these models present, and explore new and innovative strategies that may emerge as consumption of online content continues its exponential growth.

Keynote: Designing a Next-Gen Live Streaming Platform – Mike Sepso, co-founder and president of Major League Gaming (MLG), will discuss the creation of, the next-gen live streaming platform reaching a hyper-engaged audience of millions in 170 countries. Join him to learn how MLG has been able to scale throughput/consumption by 1,700% over the first six months and make them the industry leader in their space.

In addition to those you can join the Digital Entertainment track to hear a discussion around devices, a session on the evolution of video workflows, and an in-depth look at MPEG-DASH, plus a couple of technical sessions and even a Media-focused luncheon. Look for descriptions in the mobile app.

We look forward to seeing you in Miami!

Stack’s smart light bulb responds to the world around you

September 23, 2014 8:32 am

Stack's Alba smart light bulb

Many smart light bulbs… well, aren’t. You can control them, but they’re often blissfully unaware of what’s going on in your home. Stack aims to change that with its recently unveiled Alba bulb. This sensor-packed illuminator changes brightness and color based on the time of day, location and who’s present in the room. It’ll start with cooler, more natural white hues when you’re just waking up, but will switch to relaxing warm colors when it’s late. It will also dim or shut off the lights when there’s a lot of ambient light, or if you’ve left for work; alternately, it will come to life when there’s a big commotion. There’s a mobile app if you need to tweak settings, but the goal is to avoid using it as much as possible. Much like a Nest thermostat, Alba will learn appropriate behavior and (hopefully) let you keep your phone in your pocket.

Filed under: Household


Via: Wired

Source: Stack


September 23, 2014 7:08 am


This guest blog was provided by Mikael Hellman, Visual Communication Manager at the City of Malmö, Sweden.

Like most communities world-wide, it’s vitally important for municipalities to communicate with citizens and employees. As the Visual Communication Manager for the City of Malmö in Sweden, a large part of my work is to ensure that communication happens through online video. All citizens have the right to know what is going on in the city and all employees should have the right information to perform their jobs as efficiently as possible. Video is key in this process and supports The City of Malmö’s goal of open and transparent communication.

In Sweden, a large part of the population uses the internet and around 90% have access to broadband. According to ”The Swedes and the Internet,” an annual Swedish publication, around 84% of Internet users aged 12-20 years , 78% aged 21-35 years, and 46% aged 36-65 years old watch online video content.

As a tool for communication, video is becoming more and more important. Today users expect video content across all branded websites; whether organisations are operating in the private or public sector. We already know that video can be used to improve marketing efforts for consumer brands – there is plenty of documentation to support this – but video can also be used to support the communication efforts of major public sector organizations or cities.

Video speaks to society
Malmö has gone from being an industrial city to a young, modern city of knowledge. Today, Malmö stands as Sweden’s third largest city with a population of around 310,000. In 2013 Malmö was ranked the fourth most innovative city on the planet by the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development, with 6.85 patent applications made per ten thousand people. As a municipality, Malmö is responsible for a large part of public sector services, and for us, the most important task is to ensure preschools, schools, social services, and vulnerable citizens are easily able to access all the information they need about the city.

Across all these stakeholder groups, video has helped us clarify the services we offer, what projects we are working on, and how they are progressing. Video now sits at the forefront of our new transparent approach to communication with citizens of Malmö. To maximise the impact of our video content, we operate two separate video archives, one for internal content and another for external. By ensuring that we tailor content dependent on the audience, The City of Malmö is at the forefront for utilising video platforms for both corporate communications and citizen and tourist information.

Building consistent communication with video
All 22,000 employees of the City of Malmö’s organisation need to have access to consistent information to do their jobs effectively. Working with Brightcove we now use video content to inform and communicate with employees across the entire organisation. The internal Malmö network now has access to videos that describe the various active projects as well as inform staff of the latest business updates from the organisation.

All seventeen of our departments can now produce and control their internal videos in a way that they previously couldn’t – whether a newsletter from managers, management information, training videos, or video seminars. Our experience has shown that by using video content across the organisation, we have improved the consistency of our message and fostered greater understanding amongst staff.

Building a showreel
To showcase all of our video content, we created a video archive that is a mosaic of different kinds of videos with different qualities, lengths and content. A big part of the positive outcome of the mosaic is that we have created a video-friendly climate and our communication officers now want to communicate through video.

Video is an extremely effective tool in driving awareness and revenue, so it made sense for us to use that power in our external and internal communications. The most important thing to us is that we provide videos that create added value for our citizens and videos that help us as employees in our daily work.

Evolving the video collection
Over the years, we have learnt by doing and, as our video presence has increased gradually, we have become better at making the right videos and not just using video for the sake of it. In fact, since 2009 we have added more than 1,100 videos to our video archive.

As a city we have many areas where we can utilise video, for instance; democracy issues, labour market, employer branding, economy, eGovernment, healthcare, integration, equalities, culture, environment, political governance, city planning, schools, social care, care for the elderly and much more. By taking the success we’ve already seen and continuing to implement videos in these areas, video will continue to be a powerful partner for Malmö now and in years to come.

Recording our success
Based on our successful implementation of video archives and increasing the amount of video content we create, we’ve learnt so much about the value of the medium for communicating both internally and externally. The most important lesson learnt is that if you give people video, they will watch it!

The end-goal is not to accumulate the most views, but to have the content seen by the people who need it. If we have 10 managers that need to watch a particular video, we can send it to them and they will watch it. Video allows us to get specific messages heard by the right people.

Video: a shareable tool in the public sector
In contemporary society, with an increasing amount of media consumed via online platforms, video represents a familiar tool which is also inherently shareable. This allows us to draw a significant return on investment as we can simply update videos with new information accordingly, rather than ‘reinventing the wheel’ with new communication. We are also able to directly measure the impact of a video with analytical tools, this informs us of how well content is resonating with its target audience.

Based on the city of Malmö’s experience, I strongly recommend the use of video for communications to other public offices. We actively encourage our employees to get involved in the video process and make it a part of their day-to-day communication. We’re constantly taking on board the feedback we receive – from our employees and external stakeholders – to ensure that the videos we create add value to our core audience.

For more information on how to leverage video to make a positive impact in your community, visit Brightcove’s website or contact us.

Online/digital to drive local media growth as traditional ads go flat

September 23, 2014 6:30 am

A new study said online/digital revenues will vastly outpace traditional ad revenues through 2019

The Online/digital segment of local media revenues in the U.S. is forecast to grow more than 13% next year, eight times faster than local media revenues overall, a new study says. And, said BIA/Kelsey in its just-released U.S. Local Media Forecast 2015, growth in online/digital advertising revenues will remain strong, with a 12.2% CAGR through 2019. Traditional local ad revenues are forecast to decline at a -0.5% CAGR during the same period.

The report said online/digital would account for more than 25% of total local media revenues in 2015,reaching $35 billion, up from $31 billion in 2014.

Overall local media revenues are forecast to reach $139.3 billion in 2015, up from $137 billion this year, a growth rate of just 1.6%.

BIA/Kelsey said it expects Mobile local ad revenues will grow from $4.3 billion in 2014 to $6.6 billion in 2015

Leading the online/digital growth, not surprisingly, will be mobile local ad revenues. The fast-growing category is expected to reach $6.6 billion in 2015, up more than 53% from 2014’s expected $4.3 billion.

Also seeing strong growth? Local social media revenues, which could surpass $3.6 billion, up 44% from $2.5 billion in 2014.

BIA/Kelsey forecast local online video revenues to increase to $3 billion in 2015, up 30% from $2.3 billion in 2014.

The report also forecast local search revenues to increase 1.4% to $7.2 billion, up from $7.1 billion; and said local display revenues will grow 14% to $4.9 billion from $4.3 billion in 2014.

“We expect the pace of growth in the overall local advertising marketplace to moderate through 2019, resulting in a three percent compound annual growth rate,” said Mark Fratrik, chief economist, BIA/Kelsey.

BIA/Kelsey defines the local media advertising marketplace as those media that provide local audiences to all types of advertisers.

Follow me on Twitter @JimONeillMedia

Xbox One to launch in China this month after all

September 23, 2014 4:04 am


Having just discovered that Halo’s Master Chief is actually Chinese, we were about to call out the irony of the Xbox One’s delayed launch in mainland China, but now we have some good news. According to our brethren over at Engadget Chinese, Microsoft has just confirmed that its latest console and Kinect sensor will be on sale in China on September 29th, which means local gamers will be able to enjoy them over the week-long national holiday commencing on October 1st. Alas, only 10 games — including Forza Motorsport 5, Dance Central: Spotlight and Neverwinter — have been approved by the authorities in the first batch, but the company claims that over 70 titles are already “in development.” There’s still no word on what caused the original delay; our guess is Microsoft initially felt there aren’t enough approved launch titles, but there’s always the grey market, of course. Sony, your move now.

Filed under: Gaming, Microsoft


Source: Engadget Chinese

Ray Ozzie’s ‘Talko’ app is not the right productivity tool for the Atlanta Hawks

September 22, 2014 9:55 pm


New team collaboration / messaging apps are seemingly everywhere, from Trello to Slack to (now Microsoft-owned) Yammer. A new entrant Talko is interesting not only for its pedigree — the team is led by Lotus Notes co-creator and former Microsoft Chief Technical Officer / Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie — but because it marks a return to the days when our phone was a tool for voice communication, instead of primarily text or pictures. In an introductory blog post, the Talko team describes an app that lets users talk, share and do. The idea is that communicating by voice while everyone is online is easier and others can catch up with the conversation at any time since the data is cached on Talko’s servers — Danny Ferry would probably not approve. Right now the app is iPhone only, while Talko says Android and web apps are on the way.

Filed under: Cellphones, Software, Mobile


Source: Talko Blog (Medium), Talko (iTunes)