1. Happy Apple Event Day! Everyone is excited to see what Apple announces today and the big bets are on possibly two new iPhones with a “wearable”, probably a watch of some kind. But I think people are overlooking the message of Apple’s invitation which is typically a cryptic sign of things to come.

    Wish we could say more.

    That word, “say” is what’s interesting to me. The invitation doesn’t read, “Watch what we do next.”, which would be more appropriate for an announcement around a wearable device, specifically a watch.

    I’ve been listening to and reading a lot of predictions these last few weeks and I haven’t heard one person pick up on the word, “say” in the invitation.

    Here’s my two cents. Yes, there will in all probability be a new iPhone announced, probably even the larger version we’ve been waiting to see. And yes, I think a wearable is in the cards as well. But if we read between the lines of Apple’s invitation, I also believe that some sort of voice functionality will be a key point of the presentation. Maybe it’s a refined Siri or maybe something completely new. But using the word “say” has got to mean something.

    via https://dayone.me/LY1zpH

  2. Android Fragmentation Report August 2014

  3. In my series on cord cutting (Cutting The Cord Analysis, Cable vs. Cutting the Cord & The Fractured Streaming Marketplace), I’ve been talking about how some networks have a better understanding of what customers want and some just downright don’t get it or are confused (NBC & Showtime - You’re Streaming It Wrong). But an interesting fact has arisen that I never expected.

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  4. During my TV transition week going from cable to internet only I’ve been testing a lot of apps and services. I can honestly say Hulu is pretty great.

    I can also say that some networks just don’t get it. I’m looking at you CBS and FX. CBS only allows viewing though a browser - and no, airplay is not supported. FX requires a cable subscription - lame.

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  5. As I make my plan to leave Comcast behind, I put together a list of my shows over the weekend, along with the various ways to watch them1, and it’s pretty pathetic. As I started grouping them by network, trends would emerge.

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  6. Back in 2011 I decided to go through all my TV viewing shows and compare what it would cost if I decided to “Cut the Cord” by getting rid of cable and go “all in” with digital subscriptions and/or purchases. The results were pretty disappointing to me…

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  7. The Apple website has a phenomenal 30 year retrospective if you haven’t seen it yet. But buried in one of the pages is a variable that allows you to see what Macs were used for during each year based on genres.

It’s a little sad to see that in 1984, the biggest groups were Education/Training and Desktop Publishing. Now, in 2013, Graphic Design doesn’t even register and the biggest use for a Mac is Internet & Email.
    The Apple website has a phenomenal 30 year retrospective if you haven’t seen it yet. But buried in one of the pages is a variable that allows you to see what Macs were used for during each year based on genres.
    It’s a little sad to see that in 1984, the biggest groups were Education/Training and Desktop Publishing. Now, in 2013, Graphic Design doesn’t even register and the biggest use for a Mac is Internet & Email.
  8. I performed a brief test with my 3 favorite TV logging apps (iShows, 60Hz, and iTV Shows) to see which one shared best on both Twitter & Facebook.

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  9. Is 4K BS? Let's Get HD Right First.

    First, 4K is the cinematic resolution. Consumers should look for the term Ultra High Definition (UHD). Let’s get that straight.

    I don’t know yet if 4K is worth it or not. But PBS Is actively testing and making plans for it so when I get my first live demo I’ll have a better understanding.

    What I can say is that I wish broadcasters & distributors would first focus on is the quality of their current HD signals. The compression is out of control. Some networks look like YouTube videos they’re so compressed at times - especially during live sporting events.

    If networks were to increase the quality of their HD signals to the point where you can’t tell if it’s a Blu-Ray disc or an over the air signal, we’d be better off.

  10. Blogs, Blogs, & More Blogs

When it comes to blogging I’m a restless soul. I’ve tried quite a few in the last few years.

Besides the staples…

http://itswilder.tumblr.com and http://davidwilder.tumblr.com
http://itswilder.wordpress.com
I’ve been trying a few new platforms such as…

http://scriptogr.am/itswilder (this one uses Dropbox for a publishing platform
http://itswilder.postach.io (this one uses Evernote for a publishing platform)
My new fetish is a platform called Ghost…

http://itswilder.ghost.io
It’s quite nice (albeit a bit confusing at first to set up). But, it is still in beta so while there aren’t some features the big boys might have (mobile apps) there are some nice features that it does already include (markdown, themes, etc.).

They all have advantages and disadvantages. But what keeps me coming back to Tumblr is the community. The dashboard full of content that’s easily “reblogged” and the community of people who can reblog my posts. No other platform has that so, for them, they must rely on people who are writing and promoting their stuff through various platforms such as twitter or Facebook. That’s tough for someone who isn’t a full time writer. Otherwise, you’re simply writing with no one to read and that’s pretty depressing.

Photo: Techmest

    Blogs, Blogs, & More Blogs

    When it comes to blogging I’m a restless soul. I’ve tried quite a few in the last few years.

    Besides the staples…

    I’ve been trying a few new platforms such as…

    My new fetish is a platform called Ghost…

    It’s quite nice (albeit a bit confusing at first to set up). But, it is still in beta so while there aren’t some features the big boys might have (mobile apps) there are some nice features that it does already include (markdown, themes, etc.).

    They all have advantages and disadvantages. But what keeps me coming back to Tumblr is the community. The dashboard full of content that’s easily “reblogged” and the community of people who can reblog my posts. No other platform has that so, for them, they must rely on people who are writing and promoting their stuff through various platforms such as twitter or Facebook. That’s tough for someone who isn’t a full time writer. Otherwise, you’re simply writing with no one to read and that’s pretty depressing.

    Photo: Techmest

  11. Updated with iOS 7 look & feel.
    I’m starting to dread those words.
  12. Some of the new digital branding is beginning to role out in the iTunes store for Downton. In the coming months, users will begin to see a much more consistent and visual branding across platforms like Netflix, Google Play, and iTunes for PBS shows.

    https://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewMultiRoom?cc=us&fcId=496047546

  13. Google+ for iOS adds full-resolution backup of photos and videos

    As the company promised last month during its photography event, Google has brought full-resolution backup of photos and videos to its iOS app.

    Just remember, nothing’s “free”. What will Google do with all your photos?

  14. Comcast is now touting their new X2 platform (again) which is the succesor of the X1 platform. I have to give kudos to Comcast for realizing their experiences are terrible and they need to adapt to new viewer habits and expectations. But I also have to think that they still don’t get it. Take for instance this screen shot from their most recent promotional video. It’s a shot of lots of different remote models they’re obviously testing - different form factors and materials. But, holy crap, these already look horrible. Too many buttons, too bulky, too unfriendly.

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  15. Photoshop Photography Program : Adobe Creative Cloud

    $10/mo for 1 year - Now available to anyone, no previous Photoshop or Lightroom purchase necessary.

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