Chromecast and How Google Cracked the Code of Video

When Google launched Chromecast I assumed it was based on the open source version of Airplay. Seemed logical as a bunch of people are working on standardized cross-platform approaches to Airplay, and the Wifi chip supports these variants. But Chromecast is not using mirroring or Miracast or Wifi Direct. As others have reported, all data […]

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Why Videos on Instagram and Vine Will Fail to Monetize

This post was originally published on Medium. Yesterday there was a lot of idle speculation that a 15 second video format will somehow transform Instagram into a massive moneymaker for Facebook. And that because advertisers may re-purpose ads generated for other mediums on Instagram and Vine, FB and Twitter will start printing money. This couldn’t […]

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Google Voice and FaceTime – Why the Carriers Are Losing Their Voice

This post originally appeared on TechCrunch Lately it seems like there is endless news around messaging, VoIP and video calling. Apple recently announced they’d added FaceTime support for the Mac, and had shipped 19 million FaceTime-enabled iOS devices since June. Google Voice also made headlines last week for an outage, but I think the bigger news […]

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Why the Cloud is Critical to Apple’s TV Strategy

It’s rumored once again Apple’s next bold move is in the living room. We’ve heard this for years, but now the scoop is Apple will redesign Apple TV around iOS (think iPhone without a screen). This makes sense, since iOS and the A4 have all the processing and HD graphics power needed for HDTV. But […]

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TED Joins the Online Video War

As the battle for HTML-5 vs Flash plays out something interesting is happening in online video. Sites are proactively converting videos to H.264 for use on mobile devices. Today, Chris Anderson of the much lauded (or hated if you weren’t invited) TED.com sent this Tweet showingthat videos are now available in H.264 for the iPhone. […]

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The Real Reason Apple Hates Flash (Part II)

In part I of this post I discussed reasons why Apple is hell-bent on skirting Flash on its line of iPhone OS products. It had to do with Apple’s dominant micropayment / transactions franchise, and the potential to steer ad dollars away from Google… Here are some additional reasons why I predict Apple will not […]

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