Commentary

5 Reasons Wired’s iPad App Is The Last Hurrah For Magazines

May 28th, 2010 | By | Category: Commentary

Ever since the Apple iPad was announced, I’ve waited to see if magazines and newspapers would come up with a meaningful response. News organizations have come up with some interesting iPad apps – especially the BBC and NPR apps. But magazine apps have either been missing in action or underwhelming. Now Wired reports that they’ve […]



Are iBooks The New Podcasts?

Mar 29th, 2010 | By | Category: Citizen Media, Commentary, Podcast Distribution, Podcasting

The Apple iPad will be available starting this Saturday – and it looks like the company has another hit product. Pre-orders are in the hundreds of thousands and iPad suppliers are forecasting 8 million to 10 million iPad shipments in 2010. That’s a lot of iPads – and a lot of people that will now […]



WTF? Nielsen Says People Spend More Time Watching TV Than Working

Mar 22nd, 2010 | By | Category: Commentary, Internet TV, Video

Many Americans spend more time watching TV than they do working, according to The Nielsen Company. According to Nielsen, Americans are watching more and more television -  seven hours a day or more. Other highlights of Nielsen’s research: Online video consumption is up 16% from last year; 44% of all online video is being viewed […]



Apple iPad iBook Sneak Preview (Video)

Mar 2nd, 2010 | By | Category: Apple iPad, Commentary

This video is a sneak preview of Penguin Book’s iBook plans for the Apple iPad. Penguin is bullish on the iPad iBook model, because giving Apple a 30% cut could be a lot more profitable that the 50% that they give traditional retailers. One of the things that makes this iPad iBook preview interesting is […]



Is YouTube Anything More Than A Competition-Killing Monopoly?

Feb 16th, 2010 | By | Category: Commentary, General, Internet TV, Video

Dan Rayburn has published an interesting, but savage, critique of YouTube over at Business of Video. In it, he argues that YouTube is stifling innovation and couldn’t survive without Google’s deep pockets: YouTube didn’t contribute to the technology of the industry at all. They haven’t created any codecs, new delivery protocols, created any industry standards […]



Wired Magazine’s Days Are Numbered

Feb 16th, 2010 | By | Category: Apple iPad, Commentary, Internet TV, Video

This video is a must-see, if you’re involved in new media: The video is a collaboration between Adobe and Wired and tries to look a year or two into the future and see where magazines are going. The presentation is not a animated demo – it’s a live demo, built with Adobe InDesign.



Three Devices That Gave Us Better Ways To Do Things We Don’t Want To Do Anymore

Feb 4th, 2010 | By | Category: Apple iPad, Commentary, iPods & Portable Media Players

The Apple iPad may have debuted to mixed reactions from tech analysts – but it’s clear that Apple’s new tablet computer already has competitors struggling to find ways to stay competitive. Three examples have cropped up in the last few days: Amazon announced that it is buying Touchco – a start-up based in New York […]



WordPress VS Twitter? There’s No Contest!

Nov 29th, 2009 | By | Category: Commentary, Microblogging

There’s been a lot of discussion, growing out of the tremendous popularity of Twitter, that blogging is going to be replaced by microblogging, or some other “next best thing”. Last year, for example, Wired magazine’s Paul Boutin weighed in on the subject, arguing that Twitter, Flickr, Facebook Make Blogs Look So 2004. WordPress creator Matt […]



TweetPhoto & Their Lawyers Discover A New Way To Look Ignorant On The Internet

Nov 19th, 2009 | By | Category: Commentary, Podcasting Law

We’ve seen a lot of ignorant new media moves over the last few years – but it looks like photosharing site TweetPhoto and their lawyers could be blazing a new trail. TweetPhoto, via their representatives Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, has sent a takedown letter full of legal threats to podcaster Frank Peters, because Peters […]



In 5 Years, You’ll Have 500 Billions Hours Of Video At Your Fingertips, Everywhere

Sep 25th, 2009 | By | Category: Commentary, Internet TV, Streaming Video

Think YouTube and the iPhone are pretty cool? In 5 years, there will be more than 12 billion devices capable of connecting to 500 billion hours of on-demand video content. According to Intel’s projections, on-demand TV will be ubiquitous in five years. “We are talking about more than one TV-capable device for every man and […]