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AirTame – The Amazing HDMI Streaming Tool

AirTame, an HDMI streaming device and software

At Calwell, one big part of our portfolio is cable work. Designed space often includes cabled and wireless systems, plus at least one boardroom. The boardroom area has to be one of the most challenging spaces to manage. Users at a table need to collaborate and place information on a TV screen, but are often forced to connect to that TV by way of clunky cables under a false floor, concrete or just strewn on the floor. A number of new technologies are showing the kind of promise WiFi has in connecting video and audio data to a TV. Once such great idea is HDMI streamer AirTame.

We Won’t Even Watch For Free

Eaton Center CineplexI’m not yet sure who writes the blog “Stupid is Winning”, but whomever it is – there are lots of interesting and compelling ideas there (If anyone does know who writes that, pass it on).

Today, I came across “In 2013 Google, Apple and Valve will kill piracy” and, while I didn’t agree with all of it – there was an amazing passage I hadn’t seen touched on elsewhere:

The way I consume media today is very different.  Movies and tv shows have become radio with an optional picture that I’m only going to devote my full attention to if it’s something great. That’s what makes going to the cinema so awesome for me, a rare 2 – 3 hour block of being completely focused on a movie when I literally won’t even watch most movies for free.

Why The Netflix Series ‘House Of Cards’ Is Interesting

House Of Cards Poster

Developments of the day sometimes take a little while to percolate to the top. Never more evident is in the case of online streaming company Netflix’s new series named House of Cards. If you haven’t heard of it – this is a U.S. version of a British miniseries (of the same name). In this version, Kevin Spacey plays Francis Underwood, a politician with a rising trajectory using any dirty tricks he has to for the sake of power. This sure does sound like an entertaining show, but there’s more to take interest of here. It seems like Netflix may be on the verge of changing the TV game.

The Cult Of Apple, Or Apple’s Free Ride

An article on New York Observer caught my interest for being a lot of things (despite meta). It truly does seems that all blogs are excessively covering anything Apple and, for that reason Ryan Holiday thinks Apple events:

“…a staged pseudo-event where the lazy media and a powerful corporation conspire to pad each other’s coffers.”

While I think that’s a tad over-cynical, I do think it’s something worth talking about. The “echo chamber” as it’s been coined seems to be a perfect fit for hit-hungry online media, Apple, and the Internet. The other side of this, however, is lots of blogs talking about subject they’re interested in and attempting to add some kind of value to to coverage. We vote with our eyeballs. Often for the more perverse coverage possible. Also, it’s very difficult for most sites to make money online.
So, why does Mr Cynical think this is the case?

“Because attending a two-day conference might rack up a few weeks worth of easy stories about sexy new gadgets, plus with every investor, celebrity, brand and executive temporarily in one place, bloggers can grab interviews or prep puff pieces without having to do any legwork.”

The thing is, as hard as it may be to like it, we’re in a cult of specifications. The readers want to hear about it and technology sites want to meet that demand. Meeting that demand makes them money. If the demand were for something different (like dramatic reenacting of handkerchief-wearing dog poses), I’m sure all the tech blogs would be reporting on Michael Arrington. Mixed in with all these lazy puff pieces is surely going to be lots of good coverage.

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