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AllSeen Alliance Accelerates 'Internet of Everything'

Two dozen connectivity and home networking heavyweights – including Cisco and Qualcomm – plus consumer electronics firm such as LG, Panasonic and Sharp have joined the new AllSeen Alliance, which will seek to coordinate features on the “Internet of Everything.”  

Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport

With its landmark Disney carriage deal, an agreement that provides the building blocks for Dish Network to launch its own “virtual over-the-top” online video service, the satellite giant could effectively have driven a stake through the kangaroo heart of its controversial ad-skipping service, the AutoHop.

Garry Marshall Enters the New Era of TV Comedy

Veteran actor/director/writer Garry Marshall has entertained TV viewers for nearly five decades as the architect of such iconic sitcoms as Happy Days and Laverne & Shirley. With Nickelodeon reuniting Laverne & Shirley stars Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams this Saturday in a special episode of its hit series Sam & Cat, I had a chance to speak with Marshall about the continued popularity of his classic shows.


Discovery, Mediacom, Comcast Cable 'Say Yes To The Prom'

Spring is almost upon us, which means prom season is not too far behind. Discovery Communications is already preparing for the big night with a national expansion of its "Say Yes To the Prom" initiative promoting positive self-esteem in high school girls.

What Engineers Want From Marketers

If you’re a marketer, you already know what drives you nuts about engineers — and vice versa.
Usually, it festers around who calls the shots on new product development.
Marketers, and especially those with packaged goods experience, want earlier involvement.
Engineers usually hear this lament many months (or years) after they begin writing densely technical, often inscrutable requirements. They want informed direction, sooner.

Read Quickly, While People Still Dominate the Internet


By now you’ve heard the hullaballoo around “machine-to-machine” computing, abbreviated “M2M.” And “the Internet of Things,” or IOT. And “the Internet of Everything,” or IOE.

Each characterizes how we’re attaching sensors and controllers to our physical stuff for access and manipulation from somewhere else: Webcam-watching what’s going on at home or lowering the heat from work, because you forgot to do it before you walked out the door.

On Clouds and Chokepoints


In the halls of cable and broadband technologies, what people were talking about last week were the performance glitches during the first-ever live stream of the 86th annual Academy Awards.

A few weeks earlier, what people were talking about were the travel-is-so-glamorous accommodations in Sochi, Russia, for the Winter Olympic Games.

In other words, what people weren’t talking about were performance glitches during an Olympic Games treatment that put every event (every event) online.

The Next Big Thing In Video Compression

It happens about every decade, and the third one is almost upon us: A new standard for video compression, bound to make video shipping better.

It’s called “HEVC,” for “High Efficiency Video Coding.” You’ll see it demo into the industrial mainstream at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show in January, and into your handhelds and TVs a year hence from that.