Archive | Tablet

What Is a Portable Computer?

In recent dueling ads about their tablet/laptop hybrids, both Apple and Microsoft ask the rhetorical question: What is a computer? Well, we kinda know that, don’t we? The real question is, what is a “portable computer?” A long time ago, in a marketplace far, far away, when you talked about a “portable computer,” you meant […]

HEVC Products Forecast Overview

With efficiency improvements over the ubiquitous AVC/H.264 standard and higher-quality play back, HEVC/H.265 use has expanded into nearly every consumer product and video content category. Although higher-end applications, such as the viewing of UHD TV, are the most advertised uses for the HEVC standard, its use in non-UHD applications is prolific. DTC’s latest study narrates […]

How Dish’s Sling TV Explains the Mystery of Apple’s Missing iTV

Dish rocked the recently concluded CES show with the announcement of Sling TV, an over-the-top (OTT) video service that delivers a lineup of linear channels, including ESPN, ESPN2, TNT, TBS, Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel, Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, Disney Channel, ABC Family and CNN. The service offers access to this content on mobile platforms, […]

HEVC for non UHD Content: Not Sexy but Excitingly Steady

The casual video-market observer can be forgiven for thinking that the latest version of an MPEG video compression standard, HEVC, exists only to enable the fledgling Ultra HD market. As companies like Qualcomm, Apple and Samsung well know, the latest MPEG/ITU video compression standard will serve a much larger and less glamorous purpose than delivering […]

HEVC/H.265 and Tablets: The lay of the land, or so we think…

So the new kid on the block has arrived and he’s a popular one. I mean like quarterback and captain of the varsity football team type of popular. Highly anticipated, HEVC/H.265 is hitting the mainstream with the promise of up to 50% improvement in video-compression efficiency compared to its predecessor AVC/H.264. Those delivering bandwidth-hungry video […]

A Quick Update on Video Streaming Products

Streaming video in the home and on the go has grown rapidly over recent years to become a staple in everyday life around the world. Consumer electronics products with video streaming capabilities have reached saturation levels in the home, while mobile devices are still seeing some growth. This device shipment trend is following the same […]

Head-scratching gear from HTC, Sharp and Samsung

This has been a strange August in the tech world. While the entire continent of Europe goes on holiday, three major new products have been announced during these usually doldrums-filled dog days of summer. Odder still, each of these major introductions come fully equipped with copious head-scratching. First up was HTC, which announced a version […]