Archive for April 2016

Your Media Business Will Not Be Saved

Because human beings exist, and we are not content consumption machines. What will save the media industry?—?or at least the part worth saving?—?is when we start making Real Things for people again, instead of programming for algorithms or New Things.

Source: Your Media Business Will Not Be Saved — Medium

Microsoft Android patent-licensing revenue falling

In the release, Microsoft noted that its patent-licensing revenue was down 26% from a year ago. And it’s because of Android.

Android phones are still selling just fine, but the market is dominated by cheap handsets being sold in developing countries like China and India.

“The mix of devices in that market has shifted to the low end,” said Chris Suh, Microsoft’s head of investor relations.

Source: Microsoft Android patent-licensing revenue falling – Business Insider

Apple TV Brawl results: Apple solidly wins the 4K debate for now – and here’s why

Apple never uses half baked technologies, instead it implements those when everything is ready and polished…. HEVC (H.265) is not finished yet, it still doesn’t render videos with grain as good as H.264/AVC does. And videos with grain are almost 9/10 of all movies ever shot because it is the side effect of the film itself and only movies shot on digital cameras don’t have grain. So, it means that 4K videos is not yet ready for “everywhere use” at Apple. You can’t see these rendering problems on iPhone screen, but you will notice those in a second on TV.

Source: Apple TV Brawl results: Apple solidly wins the 4K debate for now – and here’s why

Medium and Twitter founder: ‘We put junk food in front of them and they eat it’

“If you look at feedback loops like likes and retweets, they’ve been very carefully crafted to maximise certain types of behaviours. But if we reward people based on a measurement system where there’s literally no difference between a one-second page view or reading something that brought them value or changed their mind, it’s like – your job is feeding people, but all you’re measuring is maximising calorie delivery. So what you’d learn is that junk food is more efficient than healthy, nourishing food.”

Source: Medium and Twitter founder: ‘We put junk food in front of them and they eat it’

Apple Classroom First Impressions

Apple Classroom can do a number of things with a class of iPads:Lock and unlock the iPad screens

  • Lock and unlock the iPad screens
  • Navigate the iPads to a web page or a chapter in a book in iBooks
  • Open an app on all devices
  • View a device’s screen remotely
  • Initiate an AirPlay session between a single student device and the classroom Apple TV

These are all very useful capabilities! In a Shared iPad deployment, Apple Classroom can also assign a student to a specific iPad, log a student out of a shared iPad and reset the student’s Managed Apple ID password (which is their login password to a shared iPad).

Source: Apple Classroom First Impressions — Fraser Speirs

a good in-depth look