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Mozilla sees Firefox OS momentum beyond smartphones



LIVE FROM CES 2015: Mozilla announced a number of developments with its Firefox OS platform, which it said shows the flexibility of the platform “across device categories and user experiences”.

The most high-profile product was Panasonic’s Life+ Screen 4K Ultra HD Smart TVs. Mozilla announced a partnership with the consumer electronics company at the event this time last year, and products will be available from this spring.

“Through the collaboration, Panasonic’s 2015 TV user interface has advanced significantly from last year, making it even easier for users to quickly access their favourite content – including live TV, applications, websites and content on other devices,” Mozilla observed in a blog post.

Panasonic TVs powered by Firefox OS will allow TV on-screen notifications from applications and, in the future, from compatible connected devices.

Technology company Matchstick announced Flint, an open software and hardware video-streaming platform based on Mozilla’s Firefox OS. It said that the system is intended to deliver “highly interactive streaming and screen-to-screen experiences including two-way interactivity, ad hoc and remote functionality.”

Matchstick also said that it had created hardware partnerships with Phillips/AOC and TCL to distribute Flint-enabled products including TVs, monitors and set-top boxes.

Separately, Yezz, which describes itself as a “trend-setting mobile brand”, announced two Firefox OS-powered devices, which it said “will address the global need for affordable smartphones, opening the gates of the mobile web to those previously denied access due to the inaccessible pricing of smartphones”.

The company offered few details, other than that one has a 3.5-inch screen and the other a 4-inch display, and feature “well-rounded lines and crisp colours”.

And Mozilla also took the opportunity to highlight the recently-announced Fx0 smartphone from KDDI, which it described as “the most powerful Firefox OS smartphone yet”.

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NL Veriezingen 2012 [CDA] Samen Kunnen We Meer … Sybrand Buma





Werk is belangrijk voor mensen, het geeft mensen het gevoel dat ze ertoe doen en erbij horen. Ieder mens is…



In een gezin voelen mensen zich thuis, omdat mensen er naar elkaar omkijken, voor elkaar zorgen en als het moet…



Nederland is meer dan een verzameling individuen. Mensen zoeken elkaar op, in allerlei verbanden, zoals in gezinnen, in de familie,…

[Sybrand van Haersma Buma is a Dutch politician of the Christian Democratic Appeal he has been an MP since May 23, 2002 and Parliamentary group leader since October 12, 2010. He focuses on matters of judiciary and security policy]

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Nokia targets mass market with touch device range

Embattled device maker Nokia announced its Asha Touch mobile device line, which it said is “taking the full touch experience to new price points.”

The products are intended to help the company defend its position in the mass-market handset sector, where it has come across “really, really aggressive” competition from both new and established rivals.

The three handsets are said to include a “fully re-designed touch user interface.” The first will reach the market imminently, to be followed by its siblings in Q3, with prices in the EUR63–EUR92 range.

In its Q1 results release, Nokia acknowledged that it its feature phone business is being challenged by “full touch” devices from rivals, which offer a user experience more akin to a smartphone.

While its woes in the smartphone sector have been widely discussed, Nokia has also seen significant pressure in its Mobile Phones business.

In the first quarter of 2012, the company shipped 70.8 million mass market handsets, down from 84.3 million in the same period in 2011, which was attributed to distributors and operators reducing their inventories of Nokia feature phones.

The new Asha Touch range comprises three devices: Asha 305, Asha 306 and Asha 311. Asha 305 includes dual-SIM capabilities, while its sibling, Asha 306, is a single-SIM device that “becomes Nokia’s most affordable Wi-Fi handset to date.”

Asha 311 (pictured) is a “fast and fluid 3.5G capacitive touchscreen device, powered by a 1GHz processor to provide a greater Internet experience.”

Among the features are a new web browser coupled with cloud service, which reduces data consumption by 90 percent, “meaning that customers can enjoy faster and cheaper internet access.”

Nokia also said that buyers “will receive an exclusive gift of 40 EA games to download free and keep forever.”

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Free Wi-Fi, but Speed Costs

As airlines try to persuade passengers to pay for Internet access at cruising altitudes, more airports and hotels are offering it free on the ground.

Half of the busiest airports in the United States now have free Wi-Fi, including Denver, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Phoenix and Houston. Dallas/Fort Worth plans to join that list in September, teaming with AT&T in a service that will give travelers 40 minutes of free Wi-Fi in exchange for viewing a 30-second advertisement.

That type of sponsored access is one way airports are balancing consumer pressure for free access to Facebook, Twitter and e-mail accounts with the cost of providing a bigger pipe for growing data needs. As devices demanding Wi-Fi proliferate, airports and hotels are also turning to tiered pricing models: offering limited Internet access free and a faster premium service to customers willing to pay.

Denver International Airport, which has offered free advertiser-supported Wi-Fi since 2007, is switching to a tiered pricing model this week. Working with Boingo Wireless, the airport is upgrading its network to give travelers free basic Internet service or more bandwidth for a $7.95 day pass (for a laptop) or $4.95 an hour (for a smartphone).

A business traveler sending a large file to a client is the type of customer who may opt for the premium speed.

“If you don’t see it going fast enough, you’d have that option of upgrading to the paid service,” said John Ackerman, the airport’s chief commercial officer. “Is your time or your money more important to you? That’s a personal choice we’re going to allow you to make.”

While the free service will still require viewing a 15- to 30-second commercial every half-hour, Mr. Ackerman said passengers should see improvements in the speed of the complimentary service, which has been a source of complaints.

The Boingo contract guarantees the Denver airport a minimum share of the Wi-Fi revenue — more than $500,000 over three years for the airport — with the potential for higher earnings as advertising opportunities evolve.

“We could have somebody walking down the concourse and serve them an ad saying, ‘There’s a Starbucks 200 yards up and to the right — stop in and have a cup of coffee for 50 cents off,’ ” Mr. Ackerman said.

With flight cutbacks decreasing the income airports receive from landing fees, non-airline revenue has become more critical to airports, which have also been lobbying the government to raise the passenger tax that helps pay for airport facilities. So these types of Wi-Fi deals help balance budgets while remaining competitive in an era when passengers can choose to fly from or connect through an airport with better amenities or prices.

Jim Sullivan, founder of WiFiFreespot.com, a directory of airports, hotels and retailers that offer free Wi-Fi, said more regional airports had joined the list in recent years.

“It’s more of a competitive situation there,” he said. “It’s definitely an amenity they can offer to try to get more traffic.”

Some notable larger airports have also embraced free Wi-Fi, including Reagan National and Dulles airports in Washington. By July 2, Raleigh-Durham International airport in North Carolina plans to introduce a tiered Wi-Fi service, with 45 minutes of free advertiser-sponsored access.

Christian Gunning, a spokesman for Boingo Wireless, which operates free, paid and tiered Wi-Fi networks at more than 60 airports worldwide, said the hotel industry had led the way as Internet pricing models evolved.

“Ten years ago, pretty much every airport was pay and pretty much every hotel was pay,” he said. “Some of the midtier hotels started to go free, then everybody did it, and it was a race to the bottom.”

That bottom is an experience familiar to anyone who has tried to log on to a free network — or even a paid one — and waited through most of an airport layover or room service delivery time for a few dozen e-mails to download.

“No one wants to pay for anything, but everything needs to be state-of-the-art or people complain,” Mr. Gunning said.

But travelers who are already paying high monthly bills for their smartphones can now rely on cellular networks to check their e-mail or flight status, and may have little incentive to pay additional fees for Wi-Fi at the airport, or even at their hotel.

Even with its free service, Denver International airport has about 10,000 daily Wi-Fi users — double the number in 2008 but still less than 10 percent of the travelers who pass through the airport each day.

While providers cite increased data demands as a justification for charging for Internet access, travelers often balk at the fees and at having to pay separate charges for every device they carry.

HotelChatter, a Web site that follows the hotel industry, found in its latest annual Wi-Fi report that although more hotels were offering free or tiered pricing, the ones that did impose a fee charged $13.95 a day. The report estimates that the cost to provide Internet service for a 250-room hotel ranges from $2.50 to $4.50 per room, per month.

For such a hotel, “the average yearly revenue that we ballparked was around $200,000,” said Mark Johnson, HotelChatter’s founder.

Mr. Johnson has tracked hotel Wi-Fi for eight years and has found that even some luxury brands are testing the waters of a free option.

“This year, in particular, we saw a lot of luxury hotels offering some sort of free Wi-Fi,” he said, mentioning Peninsula Hotels as one example of a luxury brand that offers free Internet to all guests.

Sometimes it’s a perk given to members of the hotel’s loyalty program. Platinum-level members of Starwood’s Preferred Guest program, for instance, receive free Internet access, and as of March, gold-level members can choose free Internet service as one of several benefits when they check in. Fairmont offers free Internet access to all members of its President’s Club loyalty program, which anyone can join.

In other cases, the free service is available only in the hotel’s public areas — preserving fees from guests who prefer to log on in their rooms.

“They’re still going to get revenue from business travelers who aren’t going to work out of the lobby,” Mr. Johnson said.

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Facebook planea desarrollar su propio “smartphone”

Facebook planea desarrollar su propio "smartphone"

(CNN) — Una semana después de que la noticia sobre la ineficaz Oferta Pública Inicial (OPI) de Facebook exasperara, o atormentara a los inversionistas de la empresa, el gigante de las redes sociales podría estar creando un teléfono inteligente.

Facebook espera lanzar su propio smartphone el próximo año, de acuerdo con un informe de The New York Times que cita fuentes anónimas en la empresa y a otros que han sido alertados sobre los planes de Facebook. La red social contrató a más de una docena de exingenieros de Apple, quienes trabajaron en el iPhone, según el informe.

Hemos escuchado esto antes. En el 2010, TechCrunch informó que Facebook estaba desarrollando software para un teléfono y aliándose con un tercero para crear el hardware. Citando sus propias fuentes, el blog de tecnología AllThingsD informó en el 2011 que el teléfono, tenía el nombre código de Buffy y correría en una versión de Android modificada para integrar los servicios de Facebook.

Pero el informe de The New York Times de este domingo añadió nuevos detalles específicos como una entrevista con un exingeniero del iPhone, quien dijo que recientemente se había reunido con el CEO de Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, quien “lo llenó de preguntas sobre el trabajo interno de los smartphones”, incluyendo el tipo de chips utilizados. “No sonaba como curiosidad intelectual en vano”, dijo el ingeniero.

Un vocero de Facebook se negó a comentar sobre el informe el lunes. La empresa se había dirigido con anterioridad a The New York Times en un comunicado, que en parte decía, “estamos trabajando en toda la industria móvil; con operadores, fabricantes de hardware, proveedores OS y desarrolladores de aplicaciones”.

Un teléfono inteligente creado por Facebook permitiría a los usuarios mandar mensajes sin problemas, publicar actualizaciones y compartir fotografías o ligas de artículos.

Aunque Facebook elabora aplicaciones para iPhone y iPad, aún no está integrado al sistema operativo móvil de Apple, por ejemplo.

Las noticias surgen entre la especulación de que Facebook, enfrentando nuevas presiones como una empresa pública, necesitará desarrollar fuentes frescas de ingresos móviles y ejercer un mayor control sobre sus productos móviles a medida que los usuarios pasan más tiempo conectándose en teléfonos o tabletas en lugar de computadoras portátiles o computadoras de escritorio.

“Mark (Zuckerberg) está preocupado de que si no crea un teléfono móvil en un futuro cercano, Facebook se convertirá simplemente en una aplicación en otras plataformas móviles”, reveló un empleado de Facebook a The New York Times.

Esto también surge días después de que su rival Google, completara su adquisición de 12,900 millones de dólares de Motorola Mobility, un acuerdo que permitiría a Google crear su propio smartphone.

Muchos blogueros de tecnología creen que este movimiento podría ser una mala idea para Facebook, en parte porque no hay una necesidad clara de los consumidores para tener un teléfono de Facebook.

Henry Blodget de Business Insider escribió que Facebook enfrentaría una dura competencia en el negocio del hardware, un área donde no tiene experiencia y donde los márgenes de ganancias son históricamente bajos.

“Así que en lugar de construir un teléfono, que parece un movimiento desesperado, Facebook debería aliarse con cada sistema operativo, portador y fabricante de hardware para tratar de integrar esta plataforma social con cada plataforma móvil”, dijo Blodget. “Y debe construir grandes aplicaciones para flotar en la parte superior de estos sistemas”.

En una publicación titulada “Sería un milagro si el teléfono de Facebook no se hunde”, Alexia Tsotsis de TechCrunch es más franca.

“Hacer hardware para teléfonos es un trabajo duro, mucho más duro que cualquier cosa que Facebook haya intentado en el pasado”, escribió.

“Básicamente, hay un millón de formas en que este proyecto fallará, y solo una manera en que funcione: Facebook aparentemente podría triunfar recurriendo a la apertura en el mercado móvil donde las personas quieren una alternativa a los teléfonos mal diseñados de Android; dirigiéndose a las personas que comprarían algo diferente a un iPhone si el precio de partida es de 150 dólares o menos y el diseño fuera un poco más ambicioso que lo que actualmente está disponible en Android”.

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Uninspiring by design – By Joshua Topolsky

Last week I was looking at a pile of smartphones I’d recently been given to review. The devices were virtually indistinguishable from one another.

Slab after slab, no keyboards, no color. Just black blocks with shiny touch screens, maybe a few buttons dotted along the side. Some had fake metal rings that wrapped around the body of the phone, a kind of mimic of the iPhone’s metal antenna. Some went for a matte finish instead of high gloss. All were familiar, and all were uninspired.

Turning them over was no better. Some brandished HTC logos, some Motorola, some Samsung, some LG. The list is long, but my attention span with these lookalikes is becoming shorter by the minute.

Looking at the latest crop of laptops (in particular, models based on Intel’s “Ultrabook” chipset), the trend is the same. One machine after another trying to ape theMacBook Pro or MacBook Air. Aluminum casing? Check. Tapered edge? Check. Black, “chicklet” keyboard? Check. So little to differentiate the systems beyond specs and the odd placement of a USB port or trackpad.

HP released a laptop called the Envy, which was nearly a shot-for-shot remake of the MacBook Pro. Envious? Yes, that was obvious.

It’s as if design innovation has all but stopped in the world of technology. It’s so rare to see something truly original that when an odd looking device does pop up, people in the industry almost bristle. As if sameness were a desirable quality. As if looking like the rest of the bunch gave you some advantage, some “in.”

There are a few rays of light in the technology landscape, however. Despite the fact that Windows Phone has yet to really take off, Nokia made big design strides with the introduction of the Lumia 900 — using a solid, molded polycarbonate shell instead of the metal or plastic you see on most devices, and giving users color options like a striking cyan.

Nikon also seems to be at least trying with products like its J1 camera. While the device itself is not a particularly good shooter, the design seems to be reaching for something more than the status quo. The sleek, clean, interchangeable-lens camera looks like something from the future — something from our dreams of what technology would look like in the 2000s.

Elsewhere, companies such as Jawbone have seemed to pay particular attention to the physical presence of their devices. The company had designer Yves Behar (one of the few notable names in the technology design space) create its iconic Bluetooth speaker, the Jambox, as well as the flawed-but-beautiful fitness bracelet, the UP.

On a smaller scale, pioneers like the Swedish instrument-maker Teenage Engineering have painstakingly merged technology and art into a single device, a standalone synthesizer called the OP-1, which is as gorgeous to look at as it is fun to play with.

But on the larger scale — in the larger world — our electronics makers seem to have given up when it comes to innovative design. Yes, Apple and Jony Ive are still cranking out some of the most beautiful technology ever produced, but even Apple looks a little familiar these days. And where is the competition? Where is the company that will go toe-to-toe with the best in the business . . . and beat them?

Sadly, that competition is in short supply these days, and I think it’s a problem for our industry. Frankly, it’s a problem for our world.

You may not put stock in physical design — in beauty — but a care for the way these products are designed and built has repercussions beyond just the look and feel of a device. Apple has had to rework and rethink the guts of its products to match ambitious designs, driving down part sizes, creating new manufacturing methods and dreaming up all kinds of new ways to do old things.

That’s innovation, in both design and technology — and it’s important to moving the industry forward.

The truth is, good design costs money, and taking risks is, well . . . risky. Most of the infrastructure that’s been built around technology manufacturing is concerned with one thing alone: keeping the bottom line as low as possible. That might get you good margins, but it won’t often get you good design.

As long as a single company, Apple, is willing to take risks, that single company will continue leading the way in product design. And that’s too bad, because I don’t necessarily think that Apple will always have the best idea, or the most original.

I think it’s time for this industry to wake up to design. To wake up to beauty in form and function. I think it’s time that technology companies started taking a long, hard look at what they’re putting out into the world. Hopefully, they’ll start to realize that competition takes more than “me too.”

Sometimes, it takes “me first.”

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Participants of the NAB Show Las Vegas 2012

Wowza Media Systems
1153 Bergen Parkway, #181
Evergreen CO 80439

Phone: 888.778.7997
Fax: 408-904-5396
Web site: http://www.wowzamedia.com
Wowza Media Systems is the “Any Screen Done Right™” media server software company delivering an industrial-strength infrastructure for streaming live video, video-on-demand, live recording, and video chat. Wowza has a singular focus on delivering high-performance media server software to service providers, media properties, enterprises, and other organizations serious about delivering video to any digital screen — computer, mobile phone, or home TV. More than 100,000 global licensees in entertainment, social media, advertising, enterprise, education, government, and Internet commerce have deployed Wowza Media Server to date. Wowza Media Systems is privately held with headquarters in Evergreen, Colo.

NAB booth #SU9702

Web site: http://www.akamai.com
Akamai is looking for a few good Digital Media ecosystem partners. Come visit us at Booth# SL8124 Akamai is the leading cloud platform for helping enterprises provide secure, high-performing user experiences on any device, anywhere. Our Intelligent Platform™ removes the complexities of connecting theincreasingly mobile world, supporting 24/7 consumer demand, and enabling enterprises to securely leverage the cloud.

– Akamai accelerates innovation in our hyperconnected world.

NAB booth #SL8124

Brightcove, Inc.
One Cambridge Center
12th Floor
Cambridge MA 02142

Phone: 1.888.882.1880
Fax: 617.395.8352
Web site: http://www.brightcove.com
Brightcove Inc., a leading global provider of cloud content services, provides a family of products used to publish and distribute the world’s professional digital media. The company’s products include Brightcove Video Cloud, the market-leading online video platform, and Brightcove App Cloud, a pioneering content app platform. More than 3,600 customers in over 50 countries rely on Video Cloud to build and operate media experiences across PCs, smartphones, tablets and connected TVs.


NAB booth #SL10505

40, rue de Bray
Cesson-Svign 35510

Web site: http://www.broadpeak.tv
Broadpeak designs and manufactures video delivery components for Network Service Providers deploying IPTV, Cable and OTT services. Its portfolio of solutions and technologies powers the delivery of movies, television programming and other content over managed networks and the internet for viewing on any type of device. The company’s systems and services help operators increase market share and improve subscriber loyalty with superior quality of experience.

At NAB, Broadpeak will demonstrate its operatorCDN solution which offers operators a way to increase revenue by managing their own Content Delivery Network. Broadpeak will also showcase its +screensCDN solution, a streaming system that delivers high-quality content to multiple screens.

NAB booth #SU8012

Digital Rapids
90 Allstate Parkway
Suite 700
Markham ON L3R 6H3

Phone: 905-946-9666
Fax: 416-352-0716
Web site: http://www.digitalrapids.com
Digital Rapids provides innovative solutions, technology and expertise that enable media organizations and professionals to bring live and on-demand video to wider audiences more efficiently, more effectively and more profitably. Our award- winning hardware and software solutions span the critical points in today’s media operations, including ingest, encoding, transcoding, streaming, broadcast and workflow automation. We’re bringing our complete lineup to the NAB Show in booth SL5624. Featured demos will include a new version of our Digital Rapids Transcode Manager software, powered by our groundbreaking Kayak technology platform; and our newest live encoders for blending ‘traditional television’ encoding with revenue-expanding multi-screen distribution.

NAB booth #SL5624

Duma Video
5131 NE 94th Avenue, #101
Vancouver WA 98662-6182

Phone: 1-360-859-4017
Fax: 1-360-326-1747
Web site: http://www.dumavideo.com

For over a decade, Duma Video has been the low latency, low power MPEG-2 & H.264 encoder & decoder leader for demanding military, industrial, live broadcast, IPTV and IP streaming, Microwave/RF, and multiscreen application markets. We feature a robust, flexible FPGA-based design, supporting up to 1080p60 resolution. Our compact design fits two boxes side by side in a 1U rack, and can be customized to fit up to four. Our product features front panel control, a large high resolution screen, & video playback monitor. Available as hardware & IP. We are looking for distributors.

NAB booth #SU11614

Elemental Technologies
620 SW 5th Avenue
Suite 400
Portland OR 97204

Phone: 503-222-3212
Web site: http://www.elementaltechnologies.com

Elemental Technologies is the leading supplier of video solutions for multiscreen content delivery.

At NAB 2012, Elemental will demonstrate a variety of new and advanced features recently implemented in our suite of video processing products for content programmers and service providers delivering video to PCs, tablets and mobile devices.

Demonstration highlights include:

• Real-time encoding of multiple video streams using the new MPEG- DASH streaming protocol

• Real-time audio normalization capabilities that enable compliance with the CALM Act

• Ad insertion, closed captioning, image overlay, J2K decoding, DECE Ultraviolet asset creation and more

Want to see how well Elemental works with your video? Bring a video file to Elemental’s booth and we will transcode it on the spot in faster- than-real time!


NAB booth #SU10012

400 Oyster Point Blvd., Suite 325
South San Francisco CA 94080

Phone: +1.650.243.2700
Fax: +1.650.243.2750
Web site: http://www.Envivio.com

Envivio makes the world’s video content universally enjoyable by all viewers, on any device, across any network, at any time. Our advanced software-based solutions, available on 1-RU appliances or IT blade servers, perform IP-based video encoding/transcoding, processing, packaging, ad insertion and delivery for broadcast TV, HTTP streaming and mobile video services. Envivio products are used by more than 300 of the world’s leading telecom, cable and satellite service providers, content owners, terrestrial broadcasters and mobile service operators to deliver high quality video streams to mobile phones, tablets, set-top boxes, and PCs serving tens of millions of viewers.

NAB booth #SU3902

Front Porch Digital
2011 Cherry Street, Suite 202
Louisville CO 80027

Phone: 303-440-7930
Fax: 303-440-7114
Web site: fpdigital.com
The changing broadcast landscape presents a huge opportunity for today’s media companies. Whether it’s the latest Hollywood blockbuster or dated, obscure news footage, for every piece of content there is a potential viewer waiting for it. As the global leader in Content Storage Management Front Porch Digital offers a broad range of award winning products and services that help streamline media enterprise workflow, from migrating videotape to files (SAMMA), through publishing content online (DIVApublish) and everything in-between (DIVArchive). Either on site (DIVASolutions), or uniquely, from a secure hosted cloud platform (LYNX), or any combination of the two. Find out more by talking to Front Porch Digital today.

NAB booth #N5806

Web site: http://www.haivision.com


Haivision delivers advanced technology for streaming, recording, managing, and distributing secure IP video and interactive media within the sports/entertainment, enterprise, education, medical/healthcare, and federal/military markets. Haivision is renowned for delivering the highest performance solutions available empowering organizations to enhance communications, capture events, and maximize visual assets.

NAB booth #SL9911

Harmonic Inc.
4300 North First Street
San Jose CA 95134

Phone: +1.408.542.2500
Fax: +1.408.542.2510
Web site: http://www.harmonicinc.com
At NAB 2012, Harmonic will feature a range of innovative solutions designed to help broadcasters and operators successfully navigate the changing world of video – including a live demonstration of MPEG DASH streaming over the Internet in cooperation with partners from the DASH Promoters Group. Harmonic will showcase cost-effective, highly efficient workflows, from award-winning compression systems and carrier-grade adaptive streaming technology to high-performance storage and playout. Among other highlights, the company will demonstrate the latest additions to its ProMediaTM family, which optimizes live and file-based multiscreen video production and processing. The ProMedia family performs transcoding, packaging, and origination to enable high-quality video creation and delivery of live streaming, live-to-VOD, and VOD services.

NAB booth #SU1802

Ignite Technologies, Inc.
3211 Internet Blvd.
Suite 300
Frisco TX 75034

Phone: 972-348-6400
Fax: 972-348-7400
Contact: info@ignitetech.com
Web site: http://www.ignitetech.com

Ignite Technologies, privately-held and headquartered in Frisco, Texas, provides the industry’s most secure and scalable Content Delivery Solution enabling customers to efficiently publish, deliver and manage digital assets—from rich media content for communications and training to software patches and virus updates—to anyone, anywhere, at any time. Ignite’s patented Content Delivery Solution overcomes network and connectivity constraints that have limited the ability to reach online audiences with the highest quality, secure rich media. Ignite’s Solution has been deployed across hundreds of thousands of users around the globe at companies like Accenture, Flowserve, Cushman & Wakefield, and Bank of America.

NAB booth #SU11906P

Limelight Networks, Inc.
222 S Mill Ave.
Tempe AZ 85281

Phone: 1.866.200.5463
Web site: http://www.limelight.com
The digital world is not just about content anymore. It’s about presence. Limelight enables companies to publish, manage, and deliver their digital presence through websites, video, live events, social media, and a variety of other channels. Combining a suite of SaaS-based tools, policy-driven cloud storage, and proven CDN technologies with a private global compute network, customers can focus on what’s important-growing their business. We handle the rest, ensuring that digital presence is available from any device, anywhere in the world. Visit our booth at NAB to learn how we can help you orchestrate your digital presence. Brilliantly.

NAB Booth # SU11906C

MComms TV
Level 1, 90 William Street
Melbourne Victoria 3000

Phone: +61 3 90111606
Fax: +61 3 90111607
Web site: http://www.mcommstv.com
Visit MComms TV for a demonstration of converting live video streams into a multitude of formats simultaneously for streaming to all screens and devices. MComms Transcode cost efficiently converts all formats of live video into streams in multiple bitrates, resolutions and formats for devices including; iPhone/iPad/HLS, Android, Symbian, Blackberry plus Flash, WMV and Smooth Streaming.

Also see MComms Monitor which provides multiview, statistics and alarms for all types of video streams including HLS, Flash, 3GPP, WMV, MEPG2-TS.

At NAB MComms is launching a new cloud based service that constantly checks your video streams, see us for a free trial.

NAB booth #SU11906H

Media Excel
8834 N. Capital of Tx Hwy, Ste 302
Austin Tx 78759

Phone: 1.512.502.0034
Web site: http://www.mediaexcel.com

Media Excel defines the multi-screen transcoding standard for video delivery across the head-end, cloud and edge video distribution networks. The company’s adaptive bitrate multi- screen solutions power more than 18 million live Mobile TV viewers daily through the largest US telcos with 99.999% uptime since 2007.

NAB booth #SU8512

miniCASTER® c/o TV1
Betastrasse 9a
Unterfoehring (Munich) Bavaria 85774

Phone: +4989960570-0
Fax: +4989960570-79
Web site: http://www.minicaster.com

miniCASTER® introduces HDMI model and releases a new firmware before NABShow 2012.
With it´s new firmware, miniCASTER® expands it´s usability dramatically. Actually running on the RTP protocol, the implementation of the additional RTMP protocol opens new gates for miniCASTER® users. Now, every miniCASTER® can ingest to the major players in the streaming media market, because most of the market leading content delivery networks like Akamai, Limelight, Level 3, TV1.EU and self-streaming platforms like livestream.com, ustream.com and justin.tv accept the RTMP protocol. miniCASTER® can now also ingest to the Adobe Media Server. This will have massive impact on almost any kind of application using miniCASTER® from TV1.EU.

NAB booth #SU11906

5131 Beckwith Blvd.
San Antonio TX 78249

Phone: 800.368.5441
Contact: sales@newtek.com
Web site: http://www.newtek.com
NewTek continues its mission to bring to everyone the power to produce and deliver live broadcast content. The company will showcase professionals who have expanded their fan base, built their brands and added new sources of revenue using NewTek live production and streaming solutions. On display will be the full range of TriCaster live production solutions that provide the ability to simultaneously produce, live stream, broadcast, project and record HD and SD network-style productions. Along with NewTek 3Play which levels the field for sports producers, providing an affordable, easy to use solution for slow motion and instant replay.

NAB booth #SL5111

Primera Technology, Inc.
Two Carlson Parkway North
Plymouth MN 55447-4446

Phone: 763-475-6676
Fax: 763-475-6677
Contact: sales@primera.com
Web site: http://www.primera.com/
Primera is the world’s best-selling, most award-winning brand of CD, DVD and Blu-rayTM Disc Publishers. We offer a broad range of automated disc recording and printing solutions for all needs including our entry-level Bravo SE Disc Publisher to our mid-range Bravo 4100-Series to our high-end Bravo XRP Disc Publisher for production environments.

NAB booth #SL8310

Primestream Corporation
15590 NW 15th Ave
Miami FL 33169
Phone: 305-625-4415
Fax: 305-8625-4499
Contact: info@primestream.com
Web site: http://www.primestream.com | b4m.com

At Primestream®, we believe all tasks that can be automated should be automated – so that producers and editors are free to focus on decision-making, communicating, and creating. That’s the philosophy behind all Primestream solutions that include the highly acclaimed B4M FORK™ software platform for complete Media Asset Management and Production Automation ultra-efficient workflows.

At NAB, Primestream will be demonstrating the latest FORK solutions that allow media professionals to CONTROL IT ALL – We will display our integration to multiple software and hardware vendors such as Omneon, SONY, CISCO, Adobe and more based on our open architecture that is compatible with Mac, Windows and iOS devices.

NAB booth #SL6605

RGB Networks
Web site: http://www.rgbnetworks.com
RGB Networks provides the industry’s most scalable solutions for multiscreen IP video delivery. With core strengths in transcoding, adaptive streaming and ad insertion, RGB’s flexible solutions enable operators to deliver premium video content to any device. RGB’s high-capacity products uniquely offer the density and scalability required to support the growing demand for video delivery to TVs, tablets, PCs and mobile devices with integrated functionality that simplifies operators’ network architectures and minimizes operational costs.

RGB’s award-winning transcoder and packager are deployed with video service providers worldwide, delivering solutions for traditional and OTT video delivery and monetization.

NAB booth #SU10412

Roland Systems Group U.S.
801 West Orchard Drive, Suite 3
Bellingham WA 98225

Phone: (360) 594-4282
Contact: sales@rolandsystemsgroup.com
Web site: http://www.rolandsystemsgroup.com/
Roland Systems Group U.S. an industry leader in commercial and performance audio/video products will be demonstrating their extensive line-up for production, broadcasting, web streaming, field recording, multi-channel recording, digital audio transmission, and personal mixing. Along with some new products, RSG will be featuring the VR-3, VR-5 AV Mixers with output for web streaming, and the growing line-up of multi-format video mixers, field recorders and video converters. Additionally the powerful and extensive V-Mixing System line of products will be on hand for live production and broadcasting applications.

NAB booth #C4345

Telestream, Inc.
848 Gold Flat Road
Nevada City CA 95959

Phone: 530-470-1300
Web site: http://www.telestream.net
Encoding • Transcoding • Live Streaming

Telestream’s world-class live and on-demand software solutions allow you to easily and cost-effectively produce high-quality content for multi-screen distribution:

Episode: Powerful, easy-to-use video encoding software that provides high-quality encoding at unrivaled speeds, and scalability from a desktop to a work group clusterVantage Transcode: Fast, powerful, server-based software that automates transcoding to all major video and audio formats
Wirecast: Affordable live video production software that allows users to stream professional-looking live events with just a camera, an Internet connection and a computer

NAB booth #SL1405

6 rue du Clos Courtel
Phone: +33 2 99 285 000
Fax: +33 2 99 285 001
Web site: http://www.thomson-networks.com

For the 2012 NAB Show, Thomson Video Networks is showcasing a wide range of innovative multi-screen, multi-format video compression solutions, including the ViBE VS7000 video system, a breakthrough “anything in, anything out” encoding/transcoding platform for Web TV, OTT, IPTV, and cable delivery. The ViBE VS7000 combines Thomson Video Networks’ renowned next-generation compression platform for outstanding picture quality in an all-IP environment, with live broadcast-quality encoding and faster-than-real-time file transcoding. Supporting all major formats, including the latest MPEG DASH file standard as well as major codecs, and with video resolution up to 1920×1080 in progressive and interlaced modes, the ViBE VS7000 is scalable for input channels and output profiles, with support for multiple output formats per channel.

NAB 2012 booth #SU3012

3701 West Plano Parkway
Suite 300
Plano TX 75075

Phone: 800-250-6622; 972-488-7200
Contact: sales@viewcast.com
Web site: http://www.viewcast.com
ViewCast enables anyone to deliver video whenever, wherever. With more than 500,000 Osprey® video capture cards and thousands of Niagara® streaming systems deployed globally, ViewCast is at the forefront of the video industry driving the future. Osprey capture cards are used in a wide variety of applications from ATM machines to broadcast. The Niagara line of encoders, and now transcoders, support all of the popular Internet/traditional streaming formats for Enterprises, Service Providers, Government agencies as well as schools and can stream to any video device: smart phones/tablets, PCs and TV sets. The Viewcast brand has been trusted for over 10 years.

NAB booth #SU3219

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Caridad Botella en el Festival de la Imagen de Manizales / Caridad Botella at Image Festival in Manizales

La curadora, directora de arte y cultura española Caridad Botella Lorenzo dictará a los asistentes del Festival de la Imagen de Manizales, llevado a cabo en esa ciudad colombiana, una conferencia sobre el cine hecho con celulares.

El festival se realizará del 16 al 20 de abril del presente año. Para mayor información sobre el cronograma, exposiciones y conferencias, click a http://www.festivaldelaimagen.com/

The spanish curator, culture and art director Caridad Botella Lorenzo will dictate a conference about films made with mobile phones to the attendees of the Image Festival of Manizales, Colombia.

The festival will be held April 16 – 20. For further information about expositions, conferences and schedule click on http://www.festivaldelaimagen.com/

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Facebook weighs in on cybersecurity legislation (Washington Post)

Facebook has added its voice to the debate over the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), saying it supports aspects of the legislation, but wants to work with lawmakers to address privacy concerns about the bill.

In a company blog post, Facebook’s vice president of public policy, Joel Kaplan first outlined what Facebook supports about the bill.

“A number of bills being considered by Congress, including the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (HR 3523), would make it easier for Facebook and other companies to receive critical threat data from the U.S. government,” Kaplan wrote. “Importantly, HR 3523 would impose no new obligations on us to share data with anyone — and ensures that if we do share data about specific cyber threats, we are able to continue to safeguard our users’ private information, just as we do today.”

CISPA is designed to make it easy for the government to share cyber threat information with private companies and vice versa. But groups such as the Center for Democracy and Technology and theElectronic Frontier Foundation worry that the bill’s language is overly broad.

“The idea is to facilitate detection of and defense against a serious cyber threat, but the definitions in the bill go well beyond that. The language is so broad it could be used as a blunt instrument to attack websites like The Pirate Bay or WikiLeaks,” said the EFF’s activism director Rainey Reitman and senior staff attorney Lee Tien in a post on the non-profit’s Web site. Mention of intellectual property in the bill, they say, could theoretically allow Internet service providers to “block access to websites like The Pirate Bay believed to carry infringing content, or take other measures provided they claimed it was motivated by cybersecurity concerns.”

Many of those who mobilized against anti-piracy bills earlier this year have taken up the call against CISPA because of these worries, hoping to duplicate the movement that all but killed the Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect IP (Intellectual Property) Act. Several of the people who commented on Facebook’s post were skeptical of the company’s intentions in supporting the bill, which they worry violates individual privacy rights.

Given the number of concerns raised about the bill, Kaplan said, Facebook would like to work with lawmakers to hammer out some of the issues in the legislation.

He wrote that Facebook has no intention of sharing sensitive personal information with the government, saying the “overriding goal of any cybersecurity bill should be to protect the security of networks and private data.”

The bill’s sponsors, Reps. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) and Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.) , have said their bill is very different from SOPA and PIPA and that they are working with civil liberty and privacy groups to address concerns about the bill.

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Daily Report: Old Money, New Tech (New York Times daily Report)

Fresh from college and graduate schools, the children of some prominent dynasties are taking a different career path, spurning their legacies in retailing, real estate and finance for a future in technology, reports Evelyn M. Rusli in Friday’s New York Times.

Justin A. Rockefeller, 32, the fourth-generation descendant of John D. Rockefeller, the oil tycoon, is a partner at the venture capital firm Richmond Global and a director of business development at Addepar, a financial software start-up. The real estate heir Joshua Kushner, 26, helped to found Vostu, a large Brazilian online game company, and recently raised $40 million for his own technology investment firm, Thrive Capital. David Tisch, the grandson of Laurence A. Tisch, who turned a small hotel into a vast conglomerate, is also a technology investor. And Harrison LeFrak, the son of the real estate billionaire Richard LeFrak, started making technology investments after the financial crisis, when many investors closed their checkbooks.

If many of these heirs to vast fortunes don’t know how to program code, they have other attributes that can help them become successful investors: wealth and well-connected families.

“They view this as the next great frontier,” David Hornik, a partner at August Capital, told The Times. “There’s not much money left to be made in timber or coal.”

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