Wow, E3 week in LA was fantastic. Loads of awesome games, lots of hot babes and tons of great acquaintances new and old. Now it's time to get back into the work flow of a more stable and regular office hour deal. I need to catch up on things as much as anyone after this week.
I'll start with some name dropping as I ran into Phil DeFranco who's always awesome to chat with. Then I ran into Ben Samuel from Hulu's Battleground who is also working on some interesting AI stuff with a tech demo called Prom Week at UC-Santa Cruz. There was a brief Wil Wheaton sighting (he does some awesome online video stuff if you didn't know). I know Felicia Day was there but I, unfortunately, missed her. I also saw Adam Sessler, but I think I'm one of the few gamers who truly appreciates his quirky brand of comic relief in the games shows he's on (keep on rockin Adam!). Now, let's check out the news.
Intel working on Virtual TV?
Facial recognition is being worked on my Intel to better target ads and more via new Intel Inside set-top boxes.
Intel is counting on facial-recognition technology for targeted ads and a team of veteran entertainment dealmakers to win over reluctant media partners for its new virtual television service.
Netflix, Redbox buy John Carter from Stores to Circumvent 28 day Wait
Whoa, hold on a second. If I buy a disc and then charge friends to rent it from me, I would get sued. Will Netflix and Redbox get sued?
The film in question is John Carter (the extremely poorly named film that should have included 'on Mars' in it) and the companies have decided they don't want to wait.
Says Bloomberg on the topic:
Coinstar Inc. (CSTR)’s Redbox and Netflix Inc. (NFLX) will buy DVDs of Walt Disney Co. (DIS)’s “John Carter” from stores rather than wait 28 days to get them from the studio.
So apparently we can all now buy a disc from a store and rent it out, right?
Gumhouse - Social Stream Video Shopping Network
$6M in funding is nothing to sneeze at and Gumhouse got it. But what are they making?
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Could be something interesting. I will check it out further.
LiveRail Gets HTML5 VAST Support
Third Party VAST support in HTML5 is now available via LiveRail and they're offering a PDK (plugin development kit).
From their newsletter:
Please note the following points when integrating LiveRail in HTML5:
- Realtime Bidding (RTB) is currently not supported using the HTML5 VPAID. RTB support will be added in a future update.
For more information on HTML5 plugin integration.
Boxee to Offer Video Sharing Cloud App - Cloudee
From the Cloudee website:
The iPhone makes it easier than ever to capture videos, but in most cases these videos just sit on your phone until you run out of space.. Your videos deserve better. Cloudee gives you unlimited storage for all of those memories where you’ll never have to worry about running out of space or losing them.
Since they've mostly stopped all other software development, abandoning their dedicated PC users, this seems to be their way to perhaps make money down the road.
SiriPad is Coming
It seems that Siri is expanding her awareness, cue the Skynet stories, as she is expanding to iPad support.
According to 9 to 5 Mac:
Come this fall, people will start talking to their iPads. Apple’s breakthrough Siri Assistant, based on an incredible artificial-intelligence system, will no longer be exclusive to users of the popular iPhone 4S. According to trusted sources, one of the tentpole iOS 6 features is Siri support on the iPad. Not just the Voice Dictation brought to the iPad with the third-generation models and iOS 5.1, but the complete Siri voice assistant.
Good news for me! I just got a new iPad from E3.
Infinitec Brings tiny Android to TV
Infinitec announced their Pocket TV, a tiny Android 4.0 device that brings connectivity to your standard TV. This could be a great option for those who don't want to lay out for an all new TV.
Check out this product vid for Pocket TV:
Pre-order price is $99 with an MSRP of $160.
The Pocket TV can be used for a number of multimedia capabilities including:
- Streaming Video: Watch YouTube, Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Videos on your TV in HD with up to 1080p resolution rather than on a small computer screen.
- Listen to music: The Pocket TV acts as a streaming device for music so you can play all of the content that’s on your computer or home network drive (NAS). That means you access not only your downloaded music but also your movies, TV shows and even your holiday pictures right on your home entertainment system.
- Gaming: You can now play thousands of games such as Angry Birds or racing and strategy games on a big screen instead of on your small screen smart phone or tablet.
- Social Media: Check your Facebook, Twitter and other social media apps on your big screen.
- News: Get CNN, BBC, Google Currents, Pulse, Flipboard and other similar news apps and access to on-demand news stories on your TV.
- Work: Edit documents, read PDFs, review PowerPoint, do video conferences and send and receive emails from a 50-inch monitor.
- Google Maps: Tired of squinting at your screen trying to find road directions? Yes we know you won’t be able to take your TV with you on the road, but the satellite imaging is insane on a 50-inch plasma!
- Web Browsing: Enjoy browsing the web with the Dolphin browser, Opera, or even Chrome and sync it with your laptop's browser.
- Thousands more apps: The Google Play store is full of apps for all types of users and most of them work on the Pocket TV.
Source: Press Release and Kickstarter campaign