Something’s cooking in Cupertino

Apple observer John Gruber points out that trusted sources are not always accurate…at least, the trust sources of others….but Gruber does state: “Something big is going on with Apple TV in Cupertino, but it’s still being cooked.” Meanwhile, Apple’s AirPlay technology offers ways to  present apps on iOS touch devices while utilizing a TV display… Continue reading Something’s cooking in Cupertino

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The Applification of TV

Midway through episode 41 (around the 31 minute mark) of The Critical Path Horace Dediu talks about on the future of TV & apps. In those 8 minutes he forecasts a platform that will be as popular as smartphones and tablets. The first part is about the value proposition of a disruptive entrant in television… Continue reading The Applification of TV

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Growing old with the Net. Energized once more by apps

For the last twenty years apps have determined my world. Early 1993: sitting in front of a Sun workstation I read an intriguing e-mail announcement from an Illinois college student describing a GUI application for X Windows/Unix that combined Internet protocols (telnet, FTP) with the hypertext of the new World-Wide-Web system. I grabbed the code,… Continue reading Growing old with the Net. Energized once more by apps

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Algorithms rather than editors decide my morning reading

Some years ago the computer intruded on my early morning routine. No longer did I open the door for the morning paper. My breakfast accompaniment went from newsprint to digital pixels. E-mail tugged my attention, followed by a sweep of favorite Web sites, though I often forgot which sites I favored. My disorganized nature overwhelmed… Continue reading Algorithms rather than editors decide my morning reading

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Software as a collaborative art

As computer usage shifts from desktop to smartphones and tablets the role of software is resurfacing through apps that are a stark contrast to web sites encased in a browser. Apps offer a broad range of interface options limited mainly by the capabilities of the developer. Of course, that same flexibility gives developers enough rope… Continue reading Software as a collaborative art

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The next big thing is Internet TV, but what does that mean?

The potential impact of Internet  has grown stronger over the last year. But what does Internet TV even mean? And TV 2.0 certainly isn’t any clearer. Even the word television is difficult. What do people mean when they say television? Are they referring to the huge screen in their living rooms or the shows offered… Continue reading The next big thing is Internet TV, but what does that mean?

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20 years back, 20 years forward

When I was thirty a friend named Alice told me, “You know you’re getting older when you can say, ‘I remember twenty years ago.’” Twenty years ago I was the twenty-something eagerly telling everybody in the room about the exciting thing called the Internet (capital “I”, please). Except for fellow library school students, eyes glazed… Continue reading 20 years back, 20 years forward

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What are Endless Hybrids?

From The Language of New Media Lev Manovich presents the compelling argument that the “database becomes the center of the creative process in the computer age”. Databases and narratives are “two competing imaginations, two basic creative impulses, two essential responses to the world. Competing to make meaning out of the world, databases and narrative produce… Continue reading What are Endless Hybrids?

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Starting with Manovich

From a post titled Starting with Manovich, February 2, 2005: In the landmark work The Language of New Media Lev Manovich presents the compelling argument that the “[D]atabase becomes the center of the creative process in the computer age”. The focus of digital library development is primarily the digitization of material into discrete digital objects… Continue reading Starting with Manovich

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