Archive for May, 2011

Smart Gorillas

Tablets have quickly changed what consumers expect from their mobile devices. Technology has evolved so rapidly that tablets now offer a genuine opportunity for interactivity with consumers on the go. According to the Internet Advertising Bureau, the total spend on mobile advertising is rocketing by 32% year on year, as brands look to develop relationships between customers over this channel and increase sales.

via Smart Gorillas.

Mike Monteiro – Getting Paid

Meet a designer who doesn’t struggle with this. Mike Monteiro is principal of Mule Design in San Francisco where he recently gave a talk to Creative Mornings with the wonderful title of F*ck You – Pay Me. Not too far in, Mike is joined on stage by his lawyer, Gabe Levine, and the two of them address the basic issues of getting paid for the work you do.

via Getting Paid.

BBC News app for Android gets release | News | TechRadar UK

The BBC has announced that its popular BBC News app is finally coming to Android.

via BBC News app for Android gets release | News | TechRadar UK.

iRig Mic Brings Big Sound to iPhone and iPad

IK Multimedia bills its iRig Mic as “the first handheld, quality condenser microphone for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.” We’re not sure if it’s the first — we’ve seen other microphones for the iPhone in the past, but it is certainly one of the better units available.

via iRig Mic Brings Big Sound to iPhone and iPad.

Facebook and Spotify agree major partnership, say reports | News | TechRadar UK

Facebook and Spotify have inked a deal to allow users to play songs through the social networking site, according to Forbes’ website.

The service, which will be called either Spotify on Facebook or Facebook Music, could be launched as soon as the next two weeks

via Facebook and Spotify agree major partnership, say reports | News | TechRadar UK.

informitv – Fetch TV wins awards as broadcasters seek standards

The IP Vision Fetch TV service received the award for Outstanding Achievement in Connected TV at the Connected TV Summit in London. Based on existing standards, Fetch TV already delivers much of what prospective platforms such as YouView aspire to provide. Public service broadcasters are seeking standards that will give them more control, but seem divorced from commercial reality.

Fetch TV is a hybrid service that combines digital terrestrial television with video delivered over broadband. It incorporates both the BBC iPlayer and the Sky Player online video services. The retail product providing the Fetch TV proposition is a full-function high-definition digital video recorder manufactured by Netgem, which is a shareholder in IP Vision,

Eddie Abrams, the chief executive of IP Vision said that winning the award “validates our ongoing commitment to innovation, and to delivering the best TV experience possible”.

via informitv – Fetch TV wins awards as broadcasters seek standards.

Report: 80% of Mobile Video Views Happen on Apple Devices Online Video News

UPDATED Mobile video is still a small part of overall online viewing, but it’s a part that Apple dominates, according to a new report by video monetization startup FreeWheel. In its Q1 2011 Video Monetization Report, FreeWheel said the vast majority of video views that occur on mobile devices happen on Apple’s iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

via Report: 80% of Mobile Video Views Happen on Apple Devices Online Video News.

Believe the Hype: Former Apple engineers release Flash-killing HTML5 authoring tool | 9 to 5 Mac

For all the talk of HTML5, web developers nowadays are still doomed to hard-coding pretty HTML5 websites. Deciding enough is enough, two e

via Believe the Hype: Former Apple engineers release Flash-killing HTML5 authoring tool | 9 to 5 Mac.

Next MeeGo TV Platform May Boost Connected Sets CIO.com

IDG News Service — A software platform developed for TVs by the Meego open-source community, expected next month, will allow service providers to combine pay TV, app stores and consumer home content in one set-top box.

The platform, called MeeGo Smart TV 1.2, is based on the MeeGo 1.2 release that came out last week. It is being reviewed now by the task group for Meego TV and should be released by the end of next month, though final tweaks might push it back a few weeks, said MeeGo TV Architect Dominique Le Foll.

via Next MeeGo TV Platform May Boost Connected Sets CIO.com.

Drink Up HTML5, It’s Last Call | Webmonkey | Wired.com

After more than 3 years of development, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) HTML Working Group has voted to move the HTML5 draft specification to Last Call status. That means HTML5 is about to crawl out of the dark pub and into the harsh morning light of the web.

via Drink Up HTML5, It’s Last Call | Webmonkey | Wired.com.