How to connect your iPhone to your TV — from PC World Australia by Michael King

Excerpt:

Want to enjoy your mobile media on a big screen? Here’s how to stream your iPhone’s photos and videos to your TV

Apple iPhone 4

 

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The MG-850HD has a built-in dock for your iPhone or iPod

The MG-850HD has a built-in dock for your iPhone or iPod

 

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The future of internet TV [Europe]

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

Shazam button to appear on traditional TV remotes, as if by magic — from FastCompany.com by Austin Carr

Excerpt:

Shazam’s future involves applying its discovery engine to television and all of the brands that flow through it, says CEO Andrew Fisher.  And it could be as simple as a button on your channel flipper.

 

 

From DSC:
I couldn’t help but think about Maria’s ideas along the lines of the “Learn This” button

Maria Andersen: Where's the "Learn This" Button?

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From DSC:
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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Dragon TV – Now at your service — from Nuance.com

Excerpt:

Finding ‘what’s on’ television – not the easiest experience with today’s expansive channel options and a non-intuitive means for searching for what you want. Click, click, click, click until you just give up!

 

 
Those days are now over thanks to Dragon TV! Just tell Dragon TV what you want to watch and it delivers it instantly! Really, it’s that simple.

Just say…

  • “Go to AMC”
  • “What’s on Sundance Channel at 9 p.m. tonight?”
  • “When is Breaking Bad on?”
  • “I want to watch VH1 Classics”
  • “Find movies with Peter Sellers”

 

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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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Sesame Street pioneers interactive TV — from skynews.com.au

Excerpt:

Sesame Street hit TV screens more than 40 years ago and now the children’s television program is leading the way in interactive programming. The next generation of Sesame Street watchers will be able to interact with the characters and educational games when viewed on Xbox Kinect. A whole new season of Sesame Street is being created specifically for Xbox Kinect, pioneering a new form of programming called ‘Playful Learning’.

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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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http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/ImageGallery/Images/Products/Xbox/12-05TVEvolution-Infographic_web.jpg

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From DSC:
What if educationally-related apps and services were driven by such a platform as
actv8.me? If you want to leapfrog everyone else, then explore this direction.

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actv8.me/platform.html


 

From DSC:
Below are some items concerning the continued convergence of the telephone, the television, and the computer — it involves the smart/connected TV as well as human-computer-interaction (HCI)-related items.  But this time, I’m focusing on a recent announcement from Microsoft. 

However, I have to disagree that, given this announcement, Microsoft will now rule the living room — or at least I surely hope not. Why do I say this? For several reasons.

1)  How long has Microsoft Office been around? Years and years, right?  If you think that Microsoft should control your living room, I ask you to show me how I can quickly and easily insert some audio-based feedback with one easy click of a record button within Microsoft Word.  Go ahead and check…such a quick and easy method is not there….still…and it’s almost 2012.  (BTW, here are some resources on this if you’re interested in seeing how this could be done, but you will quickly notice that this is not a streamlined process — and it should have been so years ago.)

2)  Performance/not doing what it’s supposed to do.  My Dell PC running Windows 7 still can’t even shut itself down half the time.  It just sits there with wheels-a-spinnin’ at some point…but not powering down.  I’m not sure why this is the case, but I never have had trouble with this simple task on my Macs.

3)  Regarding troubleshooting Microsoft’s solutions, an entire support industry has been built on supporting Microsoft’s software — go to a local bookstore and see how to get MS certified on some particular package/application/service — none of the books are thin.

4)  Security has never been Microsoft’s strong point.

Bottom line:
I think you get my point.
Microsoft has a loooooonnnnngggg way to go in my mind before I want their products and services controlling my living room.

With that said, I do congratulate Microsoft on being more innovative and forward thinking with the Xbox announcements mentioned below. I just hope that items such as usability, user experience, security, and streamlined interfaces  are high on the list of their priorities/deliverables.

Disclosure/note:
I do use PCs with Windows a significant amount of the time and they do a nice job with many items.  But if I were to assign grades to Microsoft, usability, performance, and security are not items that I would give A’s to Microsoft on.

 


Microsoft XBox

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Count on Apple iTV in 2012, analyst says — from technewsdaily.com by Leslie Meredith

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Excerpt:

  • The rumors that Apple will launch an actual TV have hit the headlines again following comments made today (Nov. 30) by analyst Gene Munster at an industry conference. Munster went so far as to tell his audience at the Ignition: Future of Media conference in New York City to wait to buy a new TV, because Apple’s TV is “going to be awesome.”

Addendum on 12/2/11: 

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