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Netflix + YouTube = Half Your Broadband Diet

November 11, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

There are lots of people who want to stream Web video to your house. But odds are that if you’re watching a Web video during primetime hours, it’s coming from one of two places: Netflix or YouTube. So says Sandvine, the broadband service company. Sandvine says Netflix and Google’s video site now account for more than half of America’s “downstream” traffic delivered over “fixed networks” — the kind you get at home or at work — during peak hours. That comes from Sandvine’s latest traffic report, and it shows the same trend we’ve been seeing for a while : Netflix accounts for about a third of peak Web traffic in the U.S ., and YouTube is coming up on 20 percent. Sandvine’s report also says that Hulu and Amazon, despite big efforts to catch up to Netflix in video delivery, are coming up short. At least if you’re counting bits. Here’s what Sandvine’s most recent downstream totals look like: And here’s where they were back in May 2013: It is possible that Hulu, or Amazon, or any of the providers that lag far behind Netflix are much more efficient at delivering Web video signals, and that somehow Sandvine’s numbers drastically underrepresent their real usage numbers. Could be! On the other hand, these numbers have been pretty consistent for a while. If you’re looking for an interesting wrinkle in Sandvine’s numbers, check out their report on traffic delivered over mobile networks — which doesn’t include traffic to your Android, iPhone, whatever when you’re on Wifi– and what it says about YouTube traffic and Facebook traffic. Here are the most recent numbers: And here’s what they looked liked back in the spring: It’s sort of interesting to see Facebook shoot up so much in the last few months — perhaps the company’s newest updates are data hungry?

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T-Mobile Finds That Giving Away Free Data Is Harder Than It Sounds

November 4, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

T-Mobile figures that by giving tablet users free data , it might turn a few of them into paying customers. But it turns out that giving away data is sometimes harder than it seems. T-Mobile’s operations — both human and computer-based — were just not set up to have a nonpaying relationship with customers. As a result, some of the company’s new tablet customers were erroneously charged $10 per month for data that was supposed to be free. T-Mobile has since corrected the problem, and plans to issue refunds to affected customers. “We had a technology glitch and a training issue that caused some people to believe [they were being charged] — and some people to be charged,” T-Mobile chief marketing officer Mike Sievert said in an interview. “That’s just not right.” T-Mobile’s plan does allow tablet buyers to bring over any new or existing tablet that’s compatible with T-Mobile’s network and get 200 megabytes of free data each month. On the iPad, for example, customers don’t even need to enter a credit card number, Sievert said.

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iPad Market Share Slips Below 30 Percent

October 31, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Apple’s decision to shift its iPad launches to the fall from earlier in the year appears to have undermined its standing versus rival tablet makers. With no new iPads to drive sales, Apple’s share of the worldwide tablet market slipped to its lowest point ever in the third quarter of 2013, according to the latest data from IDC. The research firm says that iPad shipments for the period topped out at 14.1 million units, up less than one percent from the same period a year earlier. At the same time, Apple’s share of the tablet market fell to 29.6 percent from 40.2 percent a year earlier, charting its lowest point to date. The iPad’s slowing growth in the quarter proved a real boon to Android tablet makers. Samsung, Asus, Lenovo and Acer all saw big year-over-year gains in shipments and market share, with Samsung — Apple’s arch rival — shipping 9.7 million tablets to claim a share of 20.4 percent, a gain of 123 percent over the 12.4 percent market share it captured in the third quarter of 2012. An unfortunate decline for Apple, though perhaps not as concerning as it might be. With the iPad Air shipping Friday after a volley of laudatory reviews and the new Retina display iPad mini headed to market “later in November,” Apple’s certain to chart some significant tablet market growth this quarter. And the annual holiday shopping binge will likely amplify it. “With two 7.9-inch [iPad mini] models starting at $299 and $399, and two 9.7-inch [iPad] models starting at $399 and $499, Apple is taking steps to appeal to multiple segments,” IDC analyst Jitesh Ubrani said in a statement. And what of the broader tablet market? How’s that doing? It’s still growing, though not as quickly as it had been. Third-quarter tablet shipments totaled 47.6 million units, up 36.7 percent over the same quarter last year. Significant growth, obviously, but a big decline from the 60 percent growth of the second quarter.

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AllThingsD Week In Review: Apple Freshens Up & Pinterest and Snapchat See Dollar Signs

October 26, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

In case you missed anything, here’s a quick roundup of some of the news that powered AllThingsD this week: OK, deep breath. Everything you need to know about Apple’s iPad-and-MacBook refresh event , held this Tuesday in San Francisco: The company introduced a new, thinner 10-inch iPad ; the iPad Mini got an A7 chip and a “retina” display ; the new MacBook Pro is also thinner (surprised?); Mac OS X Mavericks is free and available to download now (and here’s why that makes sense ); iLife and iWork will be free with new hardware running Mavericks; the new Mac Pro ships in December ; and, finally, Apple is keeping the iPad 2 up for sale because it can . There, that wasn’t so bad, was it? If you prefer pretty pictures to text, though, here’s the event in slideshow form . As expected, the other product events on Tuesday got a bit overshadowed by Apple, but Nokia’s event in Abu Dhabi included three medium-large announcements. The company showed off its first Windows 8 tablet , as well as two new Lumia phablets and a host of upcoming Windows Phone 8 apps, including ( finally! ) Instagram.

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iPad Air (Comic)

October 23, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

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Comedy Central Is Dismantling Its Digital Wall

October 14, 2013  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Can a network merge its digital unit with the rest of the corporate structure? Comedy Central thinks it can—today, the network is announcing it’s done exactly that. The next question, of course, is how the agency and client worlds will react. “We basically dismantled the department formerly known as digital,” said Michele Ganeless, president of the network. “We had a digital team that made digital content and digital marketing and scheduled the digital platforms, and then ... we realized that our audience doesn’t think of it that way. And we shouldn’t, either.” Accordingly, David Bernath is now evp, programming and multiplatform strategy, and Walter Levitt is now CMO. (Kent Alterman became president, content development and original programming earlier this year.) Across the network, among employees who manned Twitter feeds or posted fan art to Facebook accounts, Ganeless said, “Everyone who was speaking directly to our viewers now works in marketing.” But how does all this work with an agency world that is still to some extent siloed into digital and linear groups? Gibbs Haljun, managing director, media investment at GroupM, says it should work pretty well given that most agencies are already requiring their digital and linear divisions to work closely. “Everybody, regardless of whether the groups are separate or not, has to work closely together,” said Haljun. “You’re going to have video that lives on three different plans. It’s going to live on print in my iPad editions, it’s going to live on TV, and it’s going to live on digital video.” Naturally, it behooves a network that targets the 18-34 demo keep up with the times. Nielsen decided back in February to redefine what constituted a TV watching household and began including connected TV viewing

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Schools Complain iOS 7 Upgrade Stripped Filters From Students’ iPads

October 3, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

iOS 7 was supposed to make it easier for schools to manage the iPads that are becoming increasingly common in the classroom. But for some, the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system is proving to be a bit of a headache. A number of schools that have upgraded their iPad deployments to iOS 7 say installing the new OS removed the supervision profiles they had installed on the devices. This rendered those iPads unsupervised, depriving administrators of their remote management privileges and eliminating the filtering protections they had established to protect students from inappropriate content they might stumble upon outside school. “Apple did not realize that installing iOS 7 would remove our (and thousands of organizations across the country) safety protection measure, which now makes the iPad devices unfiltered when accessing the Internet away from school,” said a memo from the Manitou Springs (Colo.) School District 14 to parents, verified by AllThingsD . “In the short term, the district will be collecting iPad devices at the end of each day until the safety protection measure is reinstalled.” And Manitou Springs School District 14 is not an isolated case. According to Apple’s support forums and some external IT discussion boards, schools across the United States are grappling with the issue, which is causing a lot of angst and frustration for administrators. At Manitou, the district ended up collecting hundreds of iPads that had been upgraded to iOS 7, wiping them, and then reinstalling the OS along with the apps and student content originally on the devices.

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A Kids’ App That Entertains With Talk, Not Taps

September 26, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

For the past week, I’ve been talking out loud to my iPad — a lot. My conversing with inanimate objects might not come as a complete surprise to those who know me well, but even they might be shocked (concerned?) at the things I was yelling at my tablet. “Fruit bat!” “Pickup truck!” “Corn!” But I haven’t gone off the deep end just yet. Instead, I’ve been testing a new interactive kids’ app called The Winston Show by ToyTalk . [ See post to watch video ] Created by former Pixar employees, The Winston Show is an entertainment-focused app for children ages four and up, though there is a small educational aspect to it. It centers around a variety show hosted by a friendly yellow blob named Winston, and your child gets to be the star of the show. The app is free, but it requires a Wi-Fi or cellular connection, and is currently only available for the iPad. Since many kids today interact with smartphones and tablets, the main goal behind The Winston Show is to engage children through conversation and not just through a series of taps and swipes on a screen. The app does so by using a combination of speech-recognition technology and artificial intelligence to get Winston to listen and reply to your child’s responses. Overall, I found The Winston Show to be an amusing and captivating app that’s much more personal than some other interactive kid’s toys I’ve tested, like Talking Friends Superstar . When I let a couple of my friends’ kids play with it, they enjoyed telling Winston about their favorite sports, participating in quiz shows, and helping with story time. But it wasn’t all fun and games

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Startup Looks to Bring Kinect-Like Camera to the iPad (Video)

September 17, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Occipital, a company best known for an app that lets users take panoramic photos from their phone , is looking to get into hardware. On Tuesday, Occipital is announcing plans for Structure Sensor, a 3-D camera that brings Kinect-style depth sensing abilities to the iPad and other mobile devices. Attaching such a camera to a phone or tablet paves the way for use in other contexts, including object scanning and augmented reality. Although Occipital is showing off the sensor on Tuesday, it won’t be ready for mainstream consumers until sometime in the middle of next year. The company is launching the product first for developers who order the device on Kickstarter . Doing so, says Occipital CEO Jeff Powers, will get the device into production quicker. “We really wanted to get feedback from the world,” Powers told AllThingsD . “We wanted to also be the first to do this. There’s something about being the first to bring the sensor.” Getting a consumer-ready product with three or four fully functioning apps would have meant waiting another year or more. Kickstarter backers willing to pay $500 for a developer kit will get a hand-assembled beta version by this December, while those who pay $349 can get a developer unit around February. The Structure Sensor is designed to fit directly onto an iPad to link up with its camera, but uses Bluetooth so it could be connected with other phones and tablets. Backers who pay $349 get to choose either an iPad or non-iPad version, while those paying $379 or more will get both attachment options. The hope is that the developers will not only serve as early enthusiast customers, but also help create the killer apps that will make the Structure Sensor worth it for consumers. Occipital, which managed to cram PrimeSense’s full-size sensor into a mobile device is likely to face significant competition in the market for mobile-compatible 3-D cameras. Intel talked at last week’s developer conference about including 3-D cameras into future Ultrabooks , while imaging-sensor maker PrimeSense has its own Capri sensor that is designed to go into smaller devices

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Parallels Access Requirements on Windows

September 4, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Q: Is it true that Parallels Access, for controlling a PC from an iPad, won’t function on a computer running XP Pro? If so, is there another app with approximately the same functionality that will run on XP Pro? A: It is true that for Windows PCs, Parallels Access requires Windows 7 or Windows 8, so it won’t work with XP, which is about 12 years old. As I noted in my column, there are other iPad apps that can remotely control a computer, but none that I have seen incorporate the iPad features and gestures the way Access does. Most make you try to emulate a tiny mouse pointer with your fingertips. However, if you can deal with that, there are some that will work with XP. One popular example is Splashtop 2. Q: Can photo files from a Windows PC be transferred to an iPad mini? A: Yes, you just install the Windows version of iTunes on your PC, connect your iPad to the PC, select the iPad from within iTunes, and then go to the Photos tab.

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