The study, conducted by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) — the organisation that sponsors the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) — found that lack of motivation was the leading reason given for not exercising.
Sorenson Media said it’s expanded its team by 30 percent this year, responding to growth in the market and a demand in the enterprise sector that has driven the company’s revenues by more than 35 percent in each of the past two quarters. “We are gratified at the pace of overall growth and market acceptance for our expanded portfolio of solutions, and we’re excited to expand our team to meet this demand, especially during a time when the job market is down,” said Peter Csathy, president and CEO of Sorenson Media. “It is especially rewarding to see how demand for our services, particularly new services such as Sorenson Squeeze Server and the Squeeze Solution Pack, is significantly outpacing expectations. We have accomplished many of our ambitious goals this year both on the business side and product side.” Csathy also said the company is looking toward “accelerated growth and expansion” in the year ahead. Sorenson has had a busy year, scoring big customer wins with Shutterfly, Go Daddy and Compuware Gomez, among others.
So here are our top “tech fails” of the year: the missteps, misdeeds and mistakes that remind us that no one — not even Steve Jobs — is perfect.
An underground hacker who wishes to remain anonymous has hinted that yesterday’s major Skype outage might have happened due to a major sever infiltration.
The FCC’s newly passed net neutrality rules could be a moot point in January when the Republicans take over the House. They’ve vowed to overturn the 3-2 vote in favor of FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski’s plan. As the New York Times points out, the new rules don’t leave anyone happy: much of the industry wants Washington to keep their hands off the Internet and public interest groups say the new rules don’t go far enough. Article
When Apple’s iPad hit the shelves in April, it already had been one of the most-written-about devices ever launched. Commentators who hadn’t seen one raved about what it could do, those that had seen it leaked details that sounded too good to be true. Of course there were more than a few detractors, critics who said its inability–choice, actually–to not support Flash video was the first nail in its coffin and that browsing the Internet would be a frustrating experience because of all the blank spaces that would show up where Flash-supported content wouldn’t appear. Some critics claimed that it was too big while others claimed it was too small.
Content providers spent much of 2010 in a quandary. Many saw services like Hulu and Netflix as natural outlets to reach an audience. Others saw over-the-top delivery as an anathema. And, of course, most played the middle, offering some content, older content generally, in a final effort to wring every penny from it.
It’s the Holy Grail of online video: getting content from the web to the living room. With plenty of devices in place that are able to do just that, the focus has turned–belatedly–to content.
When Apple re-introduced its Apple TV content hub, it was lambasted; not because of a lack of content, an unrealistic price (it was $99), or a problem with its user interface. No, Apple’s newest baby delivered content at “only” 720p. It’s an HD world online, baby, and 1080p has become table stakes. Still, Apple this week said it sold more than 1 million units so far this year, not bad for a product delivered just two months ago, and on pace with JMP Research analyst Alex Gauna’s projections.
Conventional wisdom says that the one thing over-the-top really hasn’t been able to deliver is sports. That’s a major reason, pay-TV supporters say, why OTT adoption will be hampered: Until you can watch the Super Bowl online, with no jitters, latency or freezes, OTT will play a supporting role and not be a real threat to other forms of delivery. The Super Bowl’s not likely to be available online in high quality for several years, but this is one of those times you should never say “never” because, proponents say, it’s only a matter of time.