Snapstick, the startup that’s looking to take on the likes of Google and Apple in the Internet TV sphere, is announcing today that it has cleared one of the major hurdles it faced – inking a deal for hardware integration. Snapstick is a software solution that allows users to stream content from any device – iPhone, iPad, netbook or desktop computer – straight to the television screen. That software solution just found a potential hardware home with D-Link, the company behind the hardware for Boxee, another favorite in the Internet TV space.The exciting thing about Snapstick is that it provides a way for users to navigate content how they normally would, whether on their phone, tablet, netbook or desktop, and then view it on the big screen. The solution also used what it calls “SplitMedia” technology: Snapstick’s SplitMedia technology allows consumers to discover, view and control content using the same easy-to-use interfaces they already employ to control their mobile devices and computers. Simply browse the web on a mobile device or laptop and snap the content to the TV with a flick of the wrist. Hardware at the TV then takes over the processing burden via Wi-Fi. Once the content appears on the TV, you can use the mobile device or laptop as a visual remote to control the content, or, use it for any other task, thus removing the need for cumbersome keyboards and complicated remote controls in the living room. Right now, the two companies are simply “in talks” and describes this as a “trial”. A company like D-Link, which already has its hands in both the Internet TV and networking hardware realms, seems like a perfect match for Snapstick. The step is an important one, as we noted in our preview of CES 2011 yesterday, in the battle for our online viewership. Now that Snapstick has a potential hardware partner, how do you see Internet TV shaping up in 2011? 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… mike melanson Tags:#Internet TV#news#web
In a CNBC interview interview aired on Monday, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates suggests that Windows 8 and Microsoft’s Surface tablet line could ultimately dethrone Apple’s iPad from its global tablet crown because iPad “users are frustrated.”Yikes! I guess Gates has access to the really good stuff.Office Should Be EverywhereLast month, I took Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to task for delaying the arrival of Microsoft Office productivity suite on devices running Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android operating system. I was hoping Gates would set Ballmer straight. Unfortunately, Gates appears as confused as Ballmer – and equally tied to thecontracting PC ecosystem over which Microsoft has long ruled.(See also Ballmer’s Latest Blunder: No Office For iOS And Android Till 2014)It’s great that Gates cares so much about user frustration. Only, in this case he gets it exactly wrong:A lot of (iPad) users are frustrated. They can’t type. They can’t create documents. So we’re providing them something with the benefits they’ve seen that has made that a big category but without giving up what they expect in a PC. If you have Surface or Surface Pro, you have the portability of the tablet but the richness in terms of the keyboard (and) Microsoft Office of the PC.Wrong, wrong, wrong.Users are not clamoring for iPad to be more like a PC. If anything, users want their PCs to be more like the iPad. So far at least, the market makes that pretty darn clear: In the most recent quarter, Apple sold 19.5 million iPads – compared to 11.8 million in the same quarter last year. The Surface? Not so much. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#Android#Ballmer#bill gates#iOS#iPad#Microsoft Office#Windows#Windows 8 According to IDC tablet sales data, of the 49.2 million tablets that shipped this past quarter, the Surface accounted for a paltry 0.9 million – 1.8% of the market. In other words, the Surface barely rises above a rounding error. Worse, it’s not just the Surface. As IDC notes: “(All) Windows 8 and Windows RT tablets continued to struggle to gain traction in the market.” The combined total of Windows 8 and Windows RT sales across all vendors hits a still-minuscule 1.8 million units.That’s about what Apple’s iPad line sells in a week.Gates Doubles Down On Ballmer’s Mobile StrategyEarlier this year, Gates surprised analysts when he publicly stated that Microsoft’s mobile strategy was “clearly a mistake.” Many observers believed we would soon witness a rapid turnaround in the company’s mobile strategy – including the Surface and Windows Phone. No such luck. Today’s Bill Gates is completely on-message with Steve Ballmer:Windows 8 is revolutionary in that it takes the benefits of the tablet and the benefits of the PC (so) if you have Surface and Surface Pro you’ve got that portability of the tablet but the richness in terms of the keyboard and Microsoft Office of the PC.Gates is looking in the rear view mirror. While the global Windows user base of 1.25 billion is indeed massive, the PC market is no longer growing. Apple’s iOS – iPhone and iPad – are poised to surpass Windows. And Apple’s iOS is going to be only the second most popular personal computing platform – after Android.(See also Windows Phone, Still An Underdog, Comes Out Swinging.)Rather than touting the add-on Surface keyboard and the tablet’s support of Office, Microsoft should be focused on porting Office to what will soon be the world’s two most popular personal computing platforms – iOS and Android. As I said last month, “There was a time when Apple needed Office to be on the Mac. That time is past. Now, Microsoft needs Office to be on Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android.”The numbers don’t lie: For the past quarter, the tablet market – which includes Surface – grew 142%. In stark contrast, the PC market fell 13.9%. brian s hall The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … (See also The Real Reason Windows Phone Is Failing.)Inexplicably, Gates and Ballmer don’t seem to see what everyone else is looking at. The market has spoken, and the market does not want to be tied to the PC. Microsoft has an opportunity to leverage its strengths in productivity software to the leading platforms, but is too stubborn to let go of its dreams of Windows dominating the mobile space. Clinging to the proverbial ‘stay the course’ message is exactly the wrong thing for Microsoft to say and do.Image of Bill Gates courtesy of Shutterstock. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts
Story Highlights The Denham Town Primary School Principal also indicated that she wanted her school to lead the charge in celebrating Jamaica’s rich heritage and culture by showing to the rest of the nation that “there are positive things happening in West Kingston as well as at Denham Town Primary”. As the nation celebrated the 16th staging of Jamaica Day, at least one West Kingston educator believes in its continued relevance as a source of reinforcing the country’s heritage for future generations. “We want the children coming up to know about our heritage and so we do not want it (the day) to be lost any at all,” she told JIS News, at her school’s Jamaica Day celebrations, on February 23. As the nation celebrated the 16th staging of Jamaica Day, at least one West Kingston educator believes in its continued relevance as a source of reinforcing the country’s heritage for future generations.Principal of the Denham Town Primary School, Eugenie Brown believes the day’s significance, as well as its accompanying activities must be celebrated continuously.“We want the children coming up to know about our heritage and so we do not want it (the day) to be lost any at all,” she told JIS News, at her school’s Jamaica Day celebrations, on February 23.“The more we talk to the children about its importance, is the more they will know. The more we celebrate it, the more it will be in them. So Jamaica Day is still relevant,” she added.The Denham Town Primary School Principal also indicated that she wanted her school to lead the charge in celebrating Jamaica’s rich heritage and culture by showing to the rest of the nation that “there are positive things happening in West Kingston as well as at Denham Town Primary”.Ms. Brown is hoping that students and the rest of well-thinking Jamaicans will take a moment to “remember (the) ancestors” and their sacrifice for all.“No other country has the rich culture that we have here. Our songs, music, dance, dress and sports we must keep them alive,” she said.Activities at Denham Town Primary included: the playing of Jamaican ring games, dancing to music such as Ska, reggae and religious songs and the eating of foods and desserts such as the corn-based, asham.Addressing students, at the school, Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid said they were privileged to reside in Jamaica and encouraged them to be proud of the nation’s accomplishments.The Minister emphasised the contributions made by the National Heroes, as well as the many investments made by governments in the education system.“We can proudly say we have early childhood facilities for every child in Jamaica. We also have primary and high school education for every child in Jamaica in order to develop your talents so that you can become useful,” Senator Reid said.He further told the students that the Government is committed to building a better Jamaica, which starts with them as they are a part of “Jamaica’s possibility”.In a February 21, 2011 proclamation for Jamaica Day, Governor General, His Excellency, the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, noted that the day is critical to the development of a strong spirit of patriotism and responsible citizenship.He explained that Jamaica Day provides an opportunity for all Jamaicans to partner with young people to help define and create the most suitable context within which Jamaicans can be the best examples of humanity.“The time has come to enhance the profile of Jamaica Day and thus broaden national participation in the activities in order to align with national development objectives,” the Governor General said.Jamaica Day 2018 was celebrated under the theme: ‘Celebrating Jamaica: Nurturing our culture and Natural Heritage’.
zoomImage Courtesy: United Heavy Lift Heavy sea transport specialists United Heavy Lift (UHL) and Ocean7 Projects are opening a joint office in Bergen, Norway, from where they intend to offer a wider scope of service.As disclosed, the coordinated activities will allow Germany’s UHL and Denmark’s Ocean7 to cover all segments of their industry, offering customers a larger and more diverse fleet.It was also noted that the Bergen office was just the first of a number of joint branches planned to be set up.As noted by Lars Rolner, CEO of United Shipping Group, the two sides are working on opening new offices in Asia and the USA.“We see this new office as a start of building a world-wide network of offices together with Ocean7,” Rolner said.“We have always had the mindset of working together and this cooperation will enhance our ability of offering a wider scope to our customers in the future,” Stefan Petersen, CEO of Ocean7, added.Ocean7 Projects operates a fleet of over 25 heavy lift carriers, including RoRo vessels. United Heavy Lift was established in 2015 and is part of the United Group which also includes United Wind Logistics and United Engineering Solutions. Both UHL and Ocean7 specialize in the transport of heavy, project and breakbulk cargo.