Bits of news from the CES show and media covering the
session entitled "Technology Policy Reform: The Future of the Internet,"
Drew Clark, senior writer of National Journal's
Technology Review, led a discussion on
the revision of telecommunications
policies in order to continue to increase competition
in the field.
Panelists Howard Waltzman, chief counsel, telecommunications and the
House Energy and Commerce Committee; Thomas Navin, chief, Wireline
Competition Bureau's Competition Policy Division, Federal
sion; John Godfrey, vice
president, government and industry affairs, Pioneer North
America Inc.; Johanna
Shelton, minority counsel, House Energy and Commerce
mittee and Alan Davidson, Washington policy counsel, Google Inc. agreed that
was a strong desire on behalf of the
government, carriers and manufacturers
to build large pipelines in order to give
consumers more choices in regards to video
internet products and services.
news...MANY COMPANIES HAD ACCESSORIES READY FOR YOUR iPOD
you're thrilled with the iPod video download offerings. If watching Knight
Rider reruns on the iPod makes you long to
the talking car look bigger than a scarab beetle, you may want that same content
on your TV. Australian company Xitel
the HiFi-Link for iPod to serve this need without sacrificing audio quality.
This docking station recharges the iPod while
its content on a connected TV.
The newest iPod's 320-by-240 resolution screen measures just 2.5 inches.
As nice as it is to have even that much, that screen size
might limit you to shows with lots of close-ups. Emagin, maker of
goggles for gamers, sets its sights (and maybe yours) on the iPod
the Eyebud 800 personal display system. The headset provides one
display, which you adjust to sit in front of your dominant
Emagin states that this gives a 40-degree field of view, which the
company likens to watching a 105-inch display from a
of 12 feet.
|Google and Yahoo took center
stage at the Consumer Electronics Show for the
first time Friday, emphasizing their status as
two of the most powerful technology firms in the
world and revealing their larger media
Google announced a new video-on-demand
service that will offer its users
the chance to buy CBS television shows and NBA
games from its popular Web site, putting the
search-engine firm squarely in the middle of the
rush to deliver video content over
"This is truly a historic meeting of
established and new media," Google co-founder
Larry Page said in a keynote address at the
trade show, which was peppered with Bay Area
celebrities, including Robin Williams on stage.
Yahoo said it would expand its online
capabilities, introducing a service that would
help consumers ship e-mails, music, videos and
other digital content more easily between their
computers, cell phones and televisions, in turn
making Yahoo's services more mobile.
Google and Yahoo's emergence as major players
at the world's largest technology trade show
coincides with a convergence movement throughout
the industry. By expanding their plans to
include video and mobile services, Google and
Yahoo are putting themselves in a league with
consumer technology heavyweights such as
Microsoft, Apple, Sony and Intel in the race to
deliver digital media content via the Internet.
In addition, Google Pack features Adobe
Systems Inc.'s Reader and the Firefox open
source browser. A word processing program is
Levi has introduced Levi's RedWire DLX Jeans, available worldwide fall
2006. Designed for both men and women, the jeans integrate
iPod plug &
play technology. The jean is designed to be compatible with most iPod
systems and features include a joystick incorporated
into the jeans'
watch pocket to enable easy operation of the iPod. Features include an
iPod docking cradle built into the jeans and
"invisibly" housed within a
side pocket, and retractable headphone unit built directly into the jean
to prevent tangles of iPod's earphone
wires. Levi's RedWire jeans are
machine washable once the iPod is removed (pricing was unavailable).
The frames above are
showing changing digital pictures through these frames...
announced that its Slingbox, which already allows people to view their TiVoed
content on any Internet-
connected PC, will support portables running Windows
Mobile. So now you can get your video content on your
PocketPC phone or
There's a rumor
going around that XM is prepared to get into the Digital Multimedia Broadcast
business. What if you
could get your podcasts or video wirelessly from a
combination of satellites and terrestrial relay stations?
While we are in
Vegas at CES USA Today has article headlines
ALBUM SALES SLUMP AS DOWNLOADS RISE
•Total album sales, falling from 666.7 million in 2004 to
618.9 million, according to Nielsen SoundScan, a drop of
7.2% after a
1.5% gain over 2003's sales total.
•CD sales (95% of total album sales), off even more
dramatically, from 651.1 million to 598.9 million (down
•Most musical genres, many (soundtracks, classical, metal
and R&B) suffering double-digit drops. Latin was the sole
•Digital track downloads, rising from 150% to 352.7 million.
Though the jumps are cause for long-term optimism, the
overall picture for the year was far from rosy, because a
download sale amounts to one-tenth or less the revenue of a
CD sale. This year, SoundScan began to tally track
(TEAs), counting 10 track downloads as one album sale in an
attempt to create a more realistic overall sales picture.
Adding in the
year's TEAs, the 2005 album-sales decline is just 3.9% (from
680.7 million units in 2004 to 654.1 this past year).
Firm Backed by Google, Malone to Light Up in Texas
Multichannel News reports that you can plug an adapter into an
electricity outlet in your home and get high-speed Internet,
telephone and even pay-TV services. Add Google Inc. has jumped
in with some financing along with Current Communications
to fire up the service for a test in Dallas, Texas...they report
that they will also be adding High Deff TV.