‘Ready Player One’: Good Movie, Bad VR Future-casting

Far be it from me to find fault with filmmaker-great Steven Spielberg or with author Ernest Cline. But as effective and entertaining as Ready Player One is, its depiction of what VR will be like 25 years hence is, conceptually, ridiculous. <Spoilers ahead> One major problem involved in forecasting VR’s future—other than any extrapolating of […]

Facebook’s Privacy Problems Could Spread Well Beyond Facebook

The revelation that Facebook has been collecting and selling information about its users should have caught very few people by surprise. But while past revelations of Facebook’s industrial-scale data siphoning have provoked only momentary outrage followed by a resumption of business-as-usual, the Cambridge Analytica data scandal may actually lead to a wider backlash, up to […]

Chinese Smartphone Brands Go Beyond Their Borders

It is widely believed that international brand recognition signifies business success. Take Apple, Samsung, Toyota, Ford and Coca-Cola, for example. But why are there no Chinese brand that leap to mind when thinking about international brands? There are a handful that have some brand recognition outside of China, such as appliance makers Haier and Hisense. […]

How Long Can the JPEG Survive?

As technologies go, JPEG image compression is ancient. It was originally released in 1992 and while it’s been updated and refined over the years, the format is showing its age. JPEG compression has always struggled when compressing graphics and text and is now increasingly strained as cameras capture greater dynamic range and motion clips, like […]

Would Sharing with Others Create More Video Bandwidth?

We may no longer be sure what is being referred to when we say “TV,” but whatever it is, we watch a lot of it. Depending upon the poll and the region, data indicate that adults spend, on average, anywhere from 3 to 9 hours a day watching “It” on screens of all types. Along […]