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The line between TV and Web gets blurrier in HD.

Wired has a good review of some of the latest gadgets on the market that stream media without discriminating between online and broadcast.   Google TV may have had some launch hiccups, but its arrival (and that of peer competitors) seems to be nudging the technology along.   In the Wired review, Logitech’s Revue set-top box with Google TV comes out on top… but at $300, it will take another generation or two of technology before reliable, widespread adoption takes place.    Of course, in tech, a generation gets shorter and shorter every day.

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The revolution around the corner…

…is about a lot more than just “apps” and “smartphones.”   When buzzwords get to critical mass, it’s natural for people to start to tune them out.   In this case, the technology behind the terminology — more precisely, the implications of the technology — really are nothing short of astonishing.   It’s more than just “the internet on a phone,” and there’s a good reason media people like us are paying such close attention.   Printing presses, telegraphs, radios and televisions were all disruptive technologies in their day.

For a sense of what’s on the horizon (and for a sense of why this relevant to a lot more than the media business), check out this Wired writeup about Google’s thinking about Android.  An excerpt:

“I don’t think people figured out how much more powerful the mobile devices would become than desktops,” [Google CEO Eric Schmidt] said, referring not to their processors, but for their ability to keep a user connected to the net everywhere and use location to customize the net.

 

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Technology: Fear Not

Our core idea is that the entire media landscape is shifting dramatically and that those shifts are ultimately an exciting, liberating force.   But change is painful, and our crystal ball is no more or less accurate than anyone else in trying to predict what is going to happen.

Change is painful for being, among other things, unpredictable.   But as the new world starts to take shape, clever new technologies and solutions are emerging which would not have been possible or even imaginable before.

Check out this writeup in Wired.com about a new technological framework for intellectual property in the music business.   It can absolutely be argued both ways — we see how this might be a very slippery slope — but if nothing else, it shows that some fresh and clever thinking is starting to happen in otherwise dusty legacy media industries.   An excerpt:

Musicians’ opportunities to sell their recordings may be drying up due to cultural shifts brought on by changing technology, but other aspects of technology are creating a promising new market for music: the licensing of the musical style or personality of recording artists.

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Not since Moses has there been such excitement over tablets…

Will Apple’s tablet save print media?   Not sure.   Do we love Apple and depend on its splendid products for our very survival?  Yes of course.   Are we reluctant to add one more entry into a blogosphere running wild with Apple tablet fantasies?   And how!

Enthusiastic speculating creates delicious buzz for Apple, but it seems a little premature in the absence of a product and verifiable facts.   The theme of Apple’s new tablet doing for print media what iTunes did for music pops up a lot, and we’re interested to see if it becomes the game-changer the industry needs.   Here‘s a good Wired.com article on that question.   To quote:

Apple’s goal is to offer a new platform for content creators to reinvent books, magazines and online content — in addition to offering a new avenue for content producers to make money. That platform will likely be far broader than just a tablet device, and will extend to every device or computer that iTunes touches.

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Good luck with that

“With this new system, Armstrong is betting that the future of media, and thus AOL, involves turning editorial functions over to algorithms and writing assignments to freelancers willing to work for pennies a word, according to WSJ.”

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How to make an independent film on the cheap…

Short but useful writeup from the always-useful Wired how-to wiki.

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