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June 23rd, 2006 · No Comments
I need to get a Motorola Q!
March 20th, 2006 · No Comments
Sirius Satellite Radio announced yesterday that they crossed the 4 million subscriber mark. It took them a little over 3 months to grow from 2 million (September 15th, 2005) to 3 million (December 27th, 2005). It took less than 3 months for Sirius to go from 3 million to 4 million (March 20th, 2006). If they keep up this growth rate, Sirius would end the year with over 7 million subscribers. Sirius’ stock is up significantly over the last week on this news. XM reached 6 million on January 4th, so they will need to announce something about passing 7 million in the next week or so to keep pace with Sirius. I’ll be updating my XM vs Sirius total subscribers graph when I get the latest numbers from XM.
January 30th, 2006 · No Comments
I came across this cool
Web 2.0 Innovation Map on Google Maps Mania. Zoom into your part of the country to find Web 2.0 sites/services in your area. A couple of weeks ago, I created something similar to this on a much, much smaller scale (SF Bay Area only) on Wayfaring.
January 14th, 2006 · No Comments
May 4, 2012 Update:
I’m working on a new version of this map on Companies Near Me. The site is still a work in progress but please take a look and let me know what you think.
I was thinking recently about the idea of a Google Maps mash-up with a job search site, such as Hot Jobs or Monster.com. The idea would be that you could enter in some kind of search filterting criteria – type of company, company size, public vs private, tag names, etc. The filtering would also include a commute radius – e.g. 30 miles. The search result would be a Google map showing the companies that met your search criteria. If you drill down on the map “balloons” you would get a brief description of the company, a link to the job postings, etc. I’ve used the excellent Wayfaring site to show an example of how the resulting map might look:
One of the cool features of Warfaring is community maps. Any registered Wayfarer user can edit a community map, sort of like a Wiki. If you’d like to add your company to the SF Bay Area Tech Companies map, just follow these steps:
- First, sign up for a new Wayfaring account if you don’t already have one
- Go to the SF Bay Area Tech Companies map
- Click on the Edit Map button (towards the bottom of the page)
- Click on Add a Waypoint
- Type in the company name in the Name field
- Type in the Address for the company or click on the map.
Make sure to use the map zoom function if you are clicking on the map.
- Type in Tags (optional). For example, sanfrancisco, acmesoftware, companies, etc.
- Type in a Description. HTML tags are supported on this. Here’s the info that I’ve used for other companies:Short description of the companyJobs link. Use this html:<a
- Click Done
- Click the Save Map button
- If you scroll down the list of Waypoints, you should see the new company. You might need to refresh your browser if you don’t see it in the list.
- To add a logo for your company, click on the company name in the Waypoint list
- Next to Photos, click upload
- Click Browse next to Photo 1 and select the logo file for the company. Click Submit.
December 28th, 2005 · No Comments
So here it is in no particular order.
1) Expansion of mobile video
With Slingbox, I have a great solution for remote viewing of my TiVo on my laptop when I’m on the road, at work, etc. Apple is off to a great start with the latest iPod and the catalog of video offerings on iTunes is growing every week. DirecTV is rumored to have a mobile video offering coming soon, Tivo is testing a new feature that will allow you to download your recorded video to your iPod or PSP, and the cell phone providers are starting to roll out video services. I’ll be a happy guy when all of my recorded TiVo shows are available on my handheld device. The big question is will that content be on my smart phone (Treo 700, Motorola Q, etc.), on an iPod?, on a PSP?, all of the above?
2) Subscription music services available on additional devices
Most subscription music services are available on portable music players but there are additional fees. Sprint PCS is offering Rhapsody but there are additional fees and I haven’t heard great things about the audio quality. If I’m paying $10 per month for subscription for Rhapsody, I want to have seamless access to that music on a portable device (preferably my iPod or mobile phone), in the car, etc. Regarding the car option, I’d love to see Sirius or XM partner with one of the big subscription music services (Rhapsody, Yahoo Music, Napster, etc.). The other possibility here is a wireless provider (Cingular, Google?) but this would be a real technical challenge to offer continuous access to a fast-moving vehicle.
3) Wide Rollout of 3G in the U.S.
It’s no secret that the U.S. has lagged behind Asia and Europe on the rollout of 3G. Hopefully we’ll see a broader rollout of 3G services by the major U.S. wireless providers in 2006.
4) Affordable national wireless coverage
I’d like to be able to spend about $5 per month or less for national wireless coverage. For me this means coverage in every major city in the U.S. and not just in airports, hotels, and Starbucks.
5) Better solution for digital music in the car
If you don’t have a line-in jack on your car stereo, the best solution for listening to your iPod in the car is the cassette adapter. The FM transmitters are a decent option but the sound quality suffers and there are problems with this solution if your live in an urban area. We also need to purchase all kinds of accessories to mount our iPods in the car. We need a simpler solution. For example: Why can’t I have a 20 GB thumb drive that contains all of my digitial music. I can insert it into a portable music player (iPod or cell phone) if I’m on the go and I can insert it into the car stereo when I’m in the car.
6) High-res camera on my cell phone
The camera on my old Treo 600 is a joke. It’s better on the Treo 650 but it’s still pretty weak. It’s time for phones like the Treo to have at least a 3 megapixel camera as a standard feature. I use a digital SLR (Nikon D70) and have been using an old Canon S230 when I don’t want to lug around my big camera. I’d much rather have this camera on my phone.
7) Access your media content from anywhere
DVR’s are great because they allow us to timeshift our television content – watching shows on our schedules, not the network’s schedule. Placeshifting is a little different. Most people are already familiar with placeshifting computers using VNC or Remote Desktop. There is a lot of room for new innovations in this area. Slingbox has been the biggest pioneer of placeshifting, which allows you to access your video content from anywhere with a broadband connection (currently no support for Mac or mobile operating systems). I’d like to see Slingbox expand their product to also offer “slinging” of music and photo content. Another way to access your content from anywhere is to used a web based service to remotely store your content. There are a lot of advantages to this. You don’t need to spend a lot of money on storage devices and losing your data if your hard drive crashes. On the other hand, what happens if the company goes out of business? Here are a few online storage and placeshifting services that I will be keeping an eye on in 2006:
OmniDrive (launching January 2006)
GlooNet by GlooLabs
Xdrive (wireless access coming soon)
8) The cost of flash memory continues to drop
Do you remember when a 1 GB flash memory card costed over $200? Now you can get one for less than $75. There’s no doubt that this trend will continue. Will we see a 100 GB iPod by the end of the year? $25 for a 1 GB thumb drive?
9) Continuing drop in the price of flat-screen TV’s
I’ve had my eye on the Pioneer Elite 43″ plasma TV for a while now. These used to cost over $6,000 a couple of years ago. Now they are less than $5000. BestBuy has one listed today for $4,499.99. In 6 months I’ll bet this model is avaialable for less than $4,000.
Some other products/services that are on the way that I’m looking forward to:
Rollout of Blu-ray (next-generation DVD format)
Rollout of Wi-Fi services on U.S. flights (e.g. Boeing’s Connexion service)
Riya (photo search using face recognition technology)
OK, that’s it for now. I’m sure that I’ll be adding to this list.
November 21st, 2005 · No Comments
“Also, if you’ve noticed that our volume control goes up to 11, that’s in case you need that extra push over the cliff, you can put it up to 11. Sure, we could have just made 10 louder and made 10 be the top number and make that a little louder, but this goes to 11.”
November 21st, 2005 · No Comments
I’ve been seeing great reviews of Slingbox since it came out in the summer. It recently appeared in Time magazine’s best inventions of 2005 issue. And I love how the idea for Slingbox came from Sling Media CEO Blake Krikorian’s frustration about not being able to watch San Francisco Giants games while he was on the road. Funny how so many good ideas are born out of frustration.
This weekend I finally broke down and bought one and I have to say, this is a very, very cool product. As soon as you start to use it, you wonder how you were able to get by without it. If you have any need for accessing your TiVo or cable system from anywhere (from work, from a hotel, from the airport, from a different room in your house, etc.), then you need to go out and get this product. The set-up is quick, it’s not too expensive, and there is no monthly service fee. Below is a screenshot showing the TiVo remote and the screen. All of the TiVo remote functions are available – you can watch recorded shows, watch live TV, record new shows, you can even do the hidden TiVo 30-second commercial skip feature.