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it's my annual pilgrimage to the consumer electronics show
i'm so tired i can't even type the excitement
i'll try to blog from vegas but no promises. i'm putting together book three (the 2nd mojo collection) tentatively titled,
"thank you congressional pages (for being so damned sexy)"
also, jan 17 i'm hosting a cool laughing liberally lab show in cambridge
save the date.
- a collection of software we all need to maintain our computers, including antivirus, web browser, photo organizer and more. Available at pack.google.com
- all this software would take a while for a user to find and download. Google puts it in one download
- the download itself makes sure not to consume all your internet bandwidth, and the programs start installing themselves as soon as they've arrived
- all the software keeps itself up to date automatically
- this is the company's instant messageing and voice chat program
- announced interoperability with AOL instant messenger and partnerships with lots of ISPs
- this is the desktop application version of Google Maps which allows for flyovers and much better control
- there's now a Mac version
- Google is working with VW to embed this in their car GPS systems
- people who upload their videos to google now have the ability to sell them for as little as 5 cent
- google announced partnerships with lots of folks including the Charlie Rose show, Fashion TV
- oh yeah, and CBS. how could i forget
- 400 million unique monthly users
- 26 countries
- 250 million email accounts; the largest email service in the world
- 2 billion photos across Yahoo Photos and Flickr
- served up 5 billion music videos last year
- users rated 6 billion songs last year
- "The Internet is an infrastructure and delivery vehicle for communications and experiences and entertainment and data"
- What makes this possible is ease of use, open platforms and connections to devices
- Today's user is his own media programmer. It's not mass media but "my media," and for kids today, this isn't even a shift. It's just the way things are
- There's two types of content: established and the long tail
- Consumers are becoming producers and generating a lot of content
- There are 900 million PCs in the world but 2 billion cell phones
- If we lose our cell phones, we lose our phone books!
- It's too hard to get photos off the cell phone
- They bought the company Konfabulator and renamed it Yahoo Widgets. These are a lot like the Widgets in Apple's Dashboard. And really, Apple stole the idea from the original Konfabulator. So there. Who says companies can't steal?
- A desktop sidebar, just like Google Desktop
- local web search with click-to-call and user ratings on the results plus navigation. Basically, you search for pizza, and it will show you all the pizza joints nearby. You can call them, see the ratings and get turn by turn directions.
- can get all email. not just yahoo
- address book is synced live in the background to your Yahoo contacts
- photos are synced in background to existing online Yahoo photo albums, and in the other direction, your pics are "downscaled" so you're not downloading a gigantic image on your itty bitty cell phone screen
- initial partners are Nokia and Motorola
- partnering with Cingular wireless
- Intel Viiv-optimized
- Includes Yahoo video search with community-driven navigation
- access to your Yahoo music playlists
- movie listings, trailers etc
- watch television and do the TiVo thing
- view Yahoo and Flickr photos
- Walkman phone Sony Ericsson W810. Cell phone with high quality digital music playback. Don't care.
- New Cybershot digital camera. Smaller, better, whatever.
- e-book reader. Sony has designed an electronic book reader that is stunning. The screen doesn't have a backlight, so there's no flicker, and the text is very easy to read. It looks like a great way to carry books without carrying books. I do a lot of audiobooks on my iPod, but sometimes I want to actually read with my eyes to remind myself that I can. To hype the new format, Sony brought out DaVinci Code author Dan brown
- Locationfree technology allows you to stream video signals around your home or outside your home if you're online. It's a box you plug in to your broadband router and video signals (cable TV, DVD player, DVR etc). Once that's done, you can remotely stream that video content to a special 12-inch screen Sony makes, to a PlayStation Portable or to any Windows laptop/PC with some special software on it. The box can only send video to one remote device at a time, and you'll have to pay for each PC software license separately. They demoed the CEO watching programming both from Japan and the UK during the keynote
- Digital cinema theatre projector. Since I don't own a movie theatre, I don't really care. The digital films I've seen kinda suck. I prefer the look of a movie shot on actual film. Digital movies in the theatre have all these pixels and whatnot.
- Support for Blu-Ray DVD standard (rather than HD-DVD). Many of you don't know this, but your investment in a massive DVD collection is about to be made obsolete. Way faster than the shift from VHS to DVD, the tech people have created a new version of DVDs with way more capacity. The good news: they don't have a single standard, so "the market gets to decide." Whenever someone says "we have to let the market decide," that's code for, "we have to screw people over." Just my two cents.