Computers in the living room: Xbox has never been a game system — from wired.com by Tim Carmody

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Excerpt:

TV is changing. The idea of what  “TV” is,  is changing. As technology marches onwards it will continue to change consumer behavioral patterns. It will continue to change the nature of the living room. To think otherwise is to be left behind.

The potential of cloud-based education marketplaces — from evoLLLution.com (LifeLong Learning) by Daniel Christian; PDF-based version here

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Such organizations are being impacted by a variety of emerging technologies and trends – two of which I want to highlight here are:

  • Online-based marketplaces – as hosted on “the cloud”
  • The convergence of the television, telephone, and the computer

One of the powerful things that the Internet provides is online-based marketplaces. Such exchanges connect buyers with sellers and vice versa. You see this occurring with offerings like Craig’s List, e-Bay, PaperBackSwap.com, and others.

 

Google to Launch TV Service — from Mashable.com by Todd Wasserman

100 million Americans watch online video every day — from sitetrail.com by Anthony West

How to build 50,000 new colleges — from Forbes.com by Michael Horn

Excerpt (with emphasis by DSC):

What this points to is disruption using the technology enabler of online learning. As the article says, “This means that India is not just trying to build thousands of American-style campuses with neat quads. Many of its new schools will be virtual, for-profit, and integrated closely with workplaces. It may, in fact, end up pushing the concept of online education further than any other country. As a result, what India comes up with will not only affect its economic competitiveness in the 21st century. It may become a petri dish for how to build an educational system in the Information Age.”

There is another dynamic pushing India to innovate in and improve online learning in some dramatic ways. According to the article, new schools face shortages of land and instructors. As a result of the first, constructing big campuses to fill the education gap is likely a non-starter. Online learning is critical. As for the second—the system is short roughly 1 million teachers the article says—this means that the country will almost certainly have to push the bounds of today’s online learning systems so that it can scale the impact of great teachers and built robust digital learning systems that embrace adaptive learning and other such advances. Given these pressures, the innovations that emerge from India could be stunning.

 

The future of internet TV [Europe]

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From DSC:
Entertainment, some news, and social media at bat — educational apps on deck.

Mass participation TV

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— I originally saw this at lostremote.com and a posting there by Natan Edelsburg:
How Theatrics’ Beckinfield is creating the future of social TV acting [Interview]

NBC News launches interactive e-book publishing venture — from pcmag.com by Adario Strange

Excerpt:

NBC News plans to launch NBC Publishing, a venture dedicated to releasing interactive e-books for tablets and e-readers.

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Some items that caught my eye (so far) from CES 2012:

  • CES 2012: The convergence of TV and mobile platforms — from readwriteweb.com by Dan Rowinski
    …mobile operating systems are on a path to fundamentally change how content is delivered.
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  • Prepare yourself: Kinect is coming to Windows Feb. 1 — from Mashable.com by Sarah Kessler
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  • LG unveils giant 84″ TV with voice, gesture control — from Mashable.com by Samantha Murphy

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  • Introducing The MakerBot Replicator™
    January 10, 2012 (Brooklyn, NY) – MakerBot Industries is excited to announce the launch of its latest product, The MakerBot Replicator™, which will debut at CES in Las Vegas, NV on Tuesday, January 10th.  The MakerBot Replicator™ is the ultimate personal 3D printer, with MakerBot Dualstrusion™ (2-color printing) and a bigger printing footprint, giving you the superpower to print things BIG! Assembled in Brooklyn by skilled technicians, the MakerBot Replicator™ is ready within minutes to start printing right out of the box. Starting at $1749, The MakerBot Replicator™ is an affordable, open source 3D printer that is compact enough to sit on your desktop. Want to print in two colors? Choose the Dualstrusion™ option!
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  • USA Network taps Yap.tv for branded social TV app
    Yap.tv said the deal will make it the first independent social TV developer to create a custom-branded version of its app for the iPad and iPhone for a major network.??
    NEW YORK – NBCUniversal’s USA Network has partnered with Yap.tv, a maker of a social TV guide app for mobile devices, to launch a USA-branded app for its shows and fans as it and other channels continue to expand the use of social media to reach and engage viewers.
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  • Samsung unveils a motion-controlled TV and the U.S. Galaxy Note [PICS]— from Mashable.com by Sarah Kessler
    During its keynote address at CES on Monday, Samsung unveiled a connected TV with voice and gesture recognition, WiFi-enabled cameras and its thinnest ultrabook yet. It also introduced its Galaxy Note smartphone to the U.S. for the first time.

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  • Coincident announces ScreenSync TV Technology — from marketwatch.com
    New solution allows companies to create interactive experiences for viewers that synchronize their tablets with shows they are watching on their televisions
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The Evolving Digital Ecosystem - from Moxie's Trends for 2012

  • The Always On Web
  • Web of Things
  • Big Data
  • Next Gen Search
  • Mobile Sharing
  • Mobile Social Activism
  • Impulse Commerce
  • Brands As Partners
  • The New Living Room  <– From DSC: This is one of those key areas that I’m trying to keep a pulse check on for re: our learning ecosystems of the future 
  • Personal Data Security

 

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Global Smart TV market worth $265 billion by 2016 — from appmarket.tv by Richard Kastelein

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From DSC:
You can bet educational apps will be part of these emerging technologies. My take on this is that:

  • The scope of our learning ecosystems will expand rapidly.
  • We will be able to participate in them as much or as little as we want to. I call it, Learning from the Living Room.
  • Such trends will likely go hand-in-hand with innovations involving social-based learning, mobile learning, personalized/customized learning, and will take advantage of cheaper ways of learning that will help one gain mastery over a particular subject/discipline 24x7x365 (and will be a piece of something I call The Walmart of Education) .

 

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TVs to become ‘communications hub’ expert claims — from t3.com by Luke Johnson
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  • Smart TV is ready for the Apple television moment — from ComputerWorld.com by Jonny Evans
  • Voice Control Will Disrupt Living Room Electronics — from techpinions.com by Patrick Moorhead
    Excerpt:
    In what seems to be a routine in high-tech journalism and social media now is to speculate on what Apple will do next. The latest and greatest rumor is that Apple will develop an HDTV set. I wrote back in September that Apple should build a TV given the lousy experience and Apple’s ability to fix big user challenges. What hasn’t been talked about a lot is why voice command and control makes so much sense in home electronics and why it will dominate the living room. Its all about the content.

Harvard and Mashable give Social TV Kudos for 2012 in Game Changer Reviews — from appmarket.tv

Excerpt:

Both the Harvard Business Review and Mashable have pegged Social TV as a game changer for 2012 – one year behind MIT Technology Review and the UK’s Wired Magazine slated it for 2011.

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