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Can DJI Weather the Storm?

With so many physical and mobile products connected to the internet these days, hand-wringing over security breaches continues unabated and promises to dominate the news about “unintended consequences of connected life” for the foreseeable future. Not surprisingly, the blooming drone market—especially those equipped with video cameras—is coming under extra scrutiny, and it’s getting harder to […]

HDMI 2.1 Spec Arrives in Time for Christmas, Most Products a Year Away

The HDMI Forum started the clock on the next generation of television and video performance when it formally released completed specifications for version 2.1 of the High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) on Nov. 29. With compliance testing still in the works, however, many supporting products are probably still a year away from full integration. The […]

VR’s Rocky Road to the Mainstream

For Mom and Pop America to buy into a new technology, they first need an answer to their inevitable “why do I need it?” question. And the answer to this question ends up being more want than need. To get to that “want and can’t live without it” stage, content must be particularly suited to […]

The Skinny Bundle Opens Door to TV Ad Revolution

The online advertising market has become good—scary good—at matching your browsing habits, interests and demographic data with relevant advertisements. Thanks to pervasive data collection and tracking, online ad services know a lot about individual consumers. Using artificial intelligence and real-time bidding networks, marketers are able to quickly customize highly-targeted ads that seemingly follow you around […]

Building Blocks for High Tech Ecosystems: Steel and Concrete

With the sophistication of today’s gadgets, it’s easy to forget that the media transmissions that bring these electronic wonders to life are coming from heavy and rugged infrastructure: cables on poles or buried underground, transmission antennas on giant towers, and communication satellites in orbit around the earth. The vulnerability of this infrastructure (especially for wireless […]

Can GoPro Rise Again?

Maybe it’s fitting that a company built on seat-of-your-pants thrills would experience a two-year stretch of dizzying highs and lows. GoPro didn’t invent the action camera, but it quickly became synonymous with the category, dominating sales as everyone from weekend warriors, action sports stars and Hollywood DPs scooped up the diminutive digicam. After riding high […]

Video Streaming Emboldens Piracy

The good news for owners of TV content is that it is so coveted viewers will do whatever is necessary to secure it. The bad news is that viewers will do whatever is necessary to secure it—even if that includes stealing it. The even worse news is that the illicit ways to secure it are […]

Ready for the AI TV Future?

As everyone in the consumer technology business knows, live demos are a tricky business, especially when dealing with persnickety Wi-Fi connections. To live demo or not to live demo decisions are not arrived at lightly, and then are copiously rehearsed to avoid offending the live demo gods. So when TCL’s senior product designer Tiago Abreu […]

Apple vs. Google: Two Visions for the Smartphone Camera

Apple and Google are famous tech antagonists. Even without the late Steve Jobs’ “thermonuclear” patent war, the two giants would still be locked in a titanic struggle across a number of arenas. In the past several weeks, the two combatants have jousted over one of technology’s central battlefields: the smartphone. Both companies announced new flagships—Apple’s […]

vMVPD Services: Haven’t We Been Here Before?

With Google, AT&T, Sony and an army of other companies gunning to take over the traditional pay TV business using the internet to deliver linear pay TV services, now might be a good time to ask a couple of basic questions. How are pay services from virtual MVPD providers (Sling TV, YouTube TV, Playstation Vue, […]