There is no question that technology is changing civilization, life and the law as we know it. All one has to do is realize that services like AirBnB back when they were just BnB's were tolerated and operated under the radar of most regulatory bodies and hotelier rarely were concerned. In New York "gypsy" cabs operated, and when there was something wrong, someone would do something about it, but they pre-dated Uber, and in many other cities there were networks of drivers who worked for cash taking late night partiers home safely, all without cab/hack licenses.
What we're seeing today though is how technology at the core is disrupting established business markets. Just as Skype redefined how people talk and communicate for less, we're now going to see a whole new wave of Over the Top (OTT) or as pal Dean Bubley calls it "Under the Floor" or as I have said, "Through the Middle" as the network knows no difference, delivering bits and bytes to endpoints of all types.
SIDE NOTE-It was great catching up with John Furrier and family in Paris. I've known John since the late 90's when we were all trying to figure out the Streaming Media biz long before Apple and others. John now has Silicon Angle humming along as well as a very interesting business social app, CrowdChat that is very timely and looks like a winner.
On the subject of content, and onto the news, is a story out of Australia where the Sydney Morning Herald is signifying a new name for the next generation.....read on
Trying to get today's generation to pay for anything - including 5 Seconds of Summer's music - is a hard ask. Photo: Christopher Pearce Forget generation Z - today's youngsters are generation "free" when it comes to how they consumer music and TV content.
The sharing economy is strongest in the Bay Area as that's where many a "sharing" technology company puts its efforts first. Even with all the lobbying and efforts to bring governments on board, and after laws get passed, being "loved and legal" remains a challenge for the likes of AirBnB and Uber.
The sharing economy is hitting a few roadblocks. The latest example: Airbnb and San Francisco. Last October, the city became one of the first in the world to legalize short-term rentals, the kind Airbnb promotes on its site.
OTT player and client, YipTV is clearly hitting the cable guys hard. Their pricing was far below what others were charging and now it seems the price point is being validated as Comcast is in the same pricing strata with a different content mix. Just like VoIP was a disruptive force in telco, OTT TV will change the content delivery game.
Comcast, the country's largest cable operator, is responding to the rush of new streaming television alternatives with the start of its own web-based offering that includes a bundle of broadcast networks and the premium cable network HBO. The new service, which costs $15 a month, represents a bid from a mainstream cable company to stay relevant to a new generation of viewers.
Apple are masters of rumor management and they always have been. As you read the stories flying around this week keep in mind that the rumors build based on facts that find their way out the hallowed walls of the company. And, most rumor mongers tend to feed off of one another. Still hearing what's up these days continues to keep the company on the upswing. New iPods are a great idea, as with Wi-Fi proliferating and faster and more stable broadband becoming more available, you can use it with almost any VoIP or conference calling service, video chat or messaging app just like your iPhone.
OS9 features a lot of small changes that add up to one big one. When you first boot up the iOS 9 beta on an iPhone, things don't seem that different. Same old apps, same old homescreen, same old camera. With a few minutes, this familiarity begins to fracture.
According to the French website iGen.fr, whose track record's in good standing, Apple will be announcing a whole new iPod lineup on Tuesday, July 14th. Just when many of us believed that iPods would no longer be getting any updates, Apple brings in a whole new update for Apple Mp3 player fans.
San Francisco is home to technology. Now it's home to perhaps the most technologically-advanced house, too. Inside a new store on Fourth Street stands a mockup of a Victorian-style house, complete with gingerbread trim and a three-panel bay window - but made entirely out of acrylic.
Google is making sharing easier on Google maps, but as I tested today from Paris, the maps have to be from maps.google.com not .FR or other "local" country maps, which likely has more to do with the service being rolled out than anything else. All that aside, it works fast and is a great way to do your "research" on the laptop of desktop and then send to your mobile device, regardless of OS.
It can be convenient to pull up directions at a PC while you're sitting at your desk, but you're not going to lug that thing outside to the car when it's time to hit the road. That means you have to get the directions to your phone or tablet, which often means just searching a second time.
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