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How a Webcam Pointed at a Police Radio Won the Internet Friday

April 20, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

The events in Boston — starting Monday with a pair of explosions that killed three and injured 176 near the finish line of the Boston Marathon — came to a dramatic close Friday night with the capture of 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, one of two brothers suspected of carrying out the attacks. He had been hiding out in a boat parked in the backyard of a house in Watertown, Mass. A furious citywide manhunt brought Boston and surrounding towns to a standstill, and there was little else to do all day but watch the live TV coverage. All day, reporters repeated what they knew, which was precious little beyond the bare facts. One suspect was dead, the other on the run after an intense gunfight with police. The “Breaking News” banners became meaningless, because throughout the day there was not much actual news breaking other than that the search continued. Not 30 minutes after a news conference during which local officials told Boston residents they could probably go outside again, police engaged in a firefight with the suspect hiding in the boat. It was at this point that a quarter of a million people, including me, tuned in to the streaming video image of Uniden Bearcat scanner radio picking up publicly available police communications traffic in Boston. As anyone who’s ever worked at a local newspaper can tell you, the real “breaking news” is often heard on police scanners. And, with right kind of radio, it is perfectly legal to listen in on how cops on the beat and firefighters conduct their business. Listening to the scanner is often how reporters and camera crews know where to go when there’s a story breaking. The scanner in question was set up in an anonymous home in Framingham, Mass. The owner had inexplicably placed his radio in the bathroom at the base of the toilet, trained a live Webcam on it, and streamed it to Ustream . Police scanners are so common that enthusiasts have been streaming live audio from the airwaves to the Internet for years.

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How a Webcam Pointed at a Police Radio Won the Internet Friday

April 20, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

The events in Boston — starting Monday with a pair of explosions that killed three and injured 176 near the finish line of the Boston Marathon — came to a dramatic close Friday night with the capture of 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, one of two brothers suspected of carrying out the attacks. He had been hiding out in a boat parked in the backyard of a house in Watertown, Mass. A furious citywide manhunt brought Boston and surrounding towns to a standstill, and there was little else to do all day but watch the live TV coverage. All day, reporters repeated what they knew, which was precious little beyond the bare facts. One suspect was dead, the other on the run after an intense gunfight with police. The “Breaking News” banners became meaningless, because throughout the day there was not much actual news breaking other than that the search continued. Not 30 minutes after a news conference during which local officials told Boston residents they could probably go outside again, police engaged in a firefight with the suspect hiding in the boat. It was at this point that a quarter of a million people, including me, tuned in to the streaming video image of Uniden Bearcat scanner radio picking up publicly available police communications traffic in Boston. As anyone who’s ever worked at a local newspaper can tell you, the real “breaking news” is often heard on police scanners. And, with right kind of radio, it is perfectly legal to listen in on how cops on the beat and firefighters conduct their business. Listening to the scanner is often how reporters and camera crews know where to go when there’s a story breaking

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A Pen-Based Tablet With a Premium Price

April 18, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Shopping for a tablet with a stylus may stir up memories of “Goldilocks and the Three Bears.” The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is nice, but too big to hold comfortably in one hand, and the Galaxy Note II is easier to hold, but has a display that’s too small for optimal use with its stylus. At long last, the Galaxy Note 8.0 is just the right size, except for one feature: Its not-so-fairy-tale-like price tag. [ See post to watch video ] Like the rest of the Samsung Galaxy Note series, this Android tablet features a built-in stylus and special apps and features that allow you to jot down handwritten notes and sketches, or use it like a mouse when browsing websites. It’s a handy productivity tool that does plenty of other things. Plus, the eight-inch screen is large enough for using the stylus comfortably, though it’s compact enough to hold in one hand. But, at $400, it’s pricey compared to other tablets in this size range. Apple’s iPad mini , which has a 7.9-inch screen, costs $329, and Google’s Nexus 7 , which has a seven-inch screen, is even cheaper at $200 (all prices are for the 16 gigabyte models). Both are solid tablets, though neither includes a stylus. If the Galaxy Note 8.0 were about $100 less, I’d recommend it without hesitation, but at its current price, only get it if you really want the stylus functionality. Otherwise, the iPad mini and Nexus 7 are better buys. The Galaxy Note 8.0 measures 8.3 inches tall by 5.3 inches wide and 0.3 inch thick in portrait mode. Constructed largely from plastic, it weighs less than a pound, but it doesn’t feel fragile or cheap. The back is slick, and I wish it had a textured surface like the Nexus 7. The eight-inch touchscreen has a resolution of 1,280 by 800 pixels. By comparison, the Nexus 7 has the same resolution, but the iPad mini’s display has a resolution of 1,024 by 768 pixels. Looking at the same photos in a side-by-side comparison, I found that the Samsung showed the brightest colors, while the Nexus 7 had the sharpest image quality. The latter is due to the fact that the Nexus has a smaller seven-inch screen, so there is less space between its screen’s pixels

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TW Cable’s On-the-Go TV App Lacks Live Feeds of Major Nets

April 16, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Time Warner Cable is unleashing its TWC TV app for Apple devices for use outside subscribers’ homes — but of the initial live lineup of 10 national nets, only Fox News Channel is a top-tier cabler. The disparity of the programming available to subs inside vs. outside their homes underscores the challenge TWC and other... Read more

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The More Mobile Devices You Have, the More Valuable Mobile Content Becomes

April 15, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Smartphones aren’t simply transforming the manner in which media is delivered and consumed; they’re transforming its value as well. This according to the Boston Consulting Group, which argues that mobile devices are far more than just enablers of media consumption. In a new report, “Through the Mobile Looking Glass” , BCG notes that consumers’ perceived value of online media increases as they purchase additional mobile devices. According to the firm’s research, there is a 41 percent increase in perceived media value when consumers add a second mobile device to their collection, another 40 percent increase when they add a third, and a 30 percent increase when they add a fourth. In other words, people with more mobile devices value the media they get through them more than those with fewer devices. Makes sense, right? You get more value out of your HBO subscription if you’re able to finish that “Game of Thrones” episode you started watching on your TV set on your iPad while commuting home from work. And if your iPad battery runs out on that trip and you can finish it on your phone? More value still, right? It’s an interesting idea: Mobile devices can inspire people to value a product or service above and beyond what they pay for it. Is that a boon for media companies? “The fact that consumers value media higher the more devices they have is first and foremost a reflection of the strong value consumers put on being able to consume media on devices dependent on their situation or context — PC at the desk, tablet while lounging around or phone while on the commute, for example,” BCG senior partner David R. Dean told AllThingsD . “The challenge for media companies is to make this work seamlessly including — for example syncing where the consumer left off. Obviously there’s also a challenge for the device guys, not least because some consumers will want to consume across different ecosystems.”

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Microsoft Plans 7-inch Tablet

April 11, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

The personal computer business is at a crossroads, and Microsoft isn’t sitting still. The software giant is developing a new lineup of its Surface tablets, including a 7-inch version expected to go into mass production later this year, said people familiar with the company’s plans. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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Hannibal Star Hugh Dancy Requires White Noise

April 10, 2013  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Specs Who Hugh Dancy Age 37 Accomplishments Stars on NBC’s Hannibal as Special Agent Will Graham (Thursdays, 10 p.m.); recently appeared on Showtime’s The Big C and in the films Hysteria and Martha Marcy May Marlene Base New York What’s the first information you consume in the morning? I like The Guardian online because I feel like I’m getting a sense of what’s going on back home. I’m trying to get out of the habit of waking up and immediately turning on my phone and opening up The Guardian, but I have that slightly morbid desire to know if anything awful has happened in the world while I’m asleep. What occupies your mind in the car or on the subway? I’m kind of a news junkie, so on the subway, I find myself waiting until I get to a station that has 3G and then refreshing The Guardian to see if any news item has come up. How do you listen to music? Usually just iTunes. Listen, I’m a child of the ‘70s and grew up in the ‘80s, and at this point, I think it’s just a little set in stone. Anything good you’ve been listening to lately? Plenty.

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Why You Can Watch "NCIS" on Your iPad, But Not "Big Bang Theory"

March 14, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

CBS has a new iPad and iPhone app that will let you watch many of its shows for free. That’s not interesting at all. What is interesting are the decisions the network has made about what you can watch on the apps, and when  you can watch them. Because they say a lot about the state of the TV business, and the way it is and isn’t adapting to digital reality. Stuff to pay attention to: CBS, which for a long time kept most of shows off the Web, now offers almost all of them on the Web, and you can see most of those on the apps. The omissions in the mobile lineup are the shows that CBS doesn’t own. Big Bang Theory, for instance, comes from Time Warner’s Warner Bros. studio, so it’s not on the app. You can see most of CBS’ daytime and nighttime programming (soaps, David Letterman) on the apps the day after they air. But its primetime stuff – (NCIS, The Good Wife, etc) won’t show up until 8 days after it airs on the network.

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Shopping in the Future: Glasses.com’s Augmented-Reality Fitting-Room App

February 28, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

“Online shopping today is just a digital version of Sears catalog from 100 years ago,” according to Jonathan Koon, co-founder and CEO of 1-800 Contacts. “The days of putting a photo of a product up on a white background with a price are over.” So what’s the alternative? Koon and his team have developed an in-home augmented-reality shopping experience for glasses, set to launch in April as an iOS app for Glasses.com. There have been all sorts of virtual fitting rooms over the years, but this is pretty nifty. Glasses.com set up a hallway exhibit at TED in Long Beach, Calif., to show how a beta version of the product will work in people’s homes. This is a bit different from what I’d seen before, so using myself as a dummy/model, let me walk through what happens. First, you’d download the app and hold your iPad out in front of you with the front-facing camera on. You slowly turn your face to one side and then the other, while the camera captures some 300 to 450 frames. The app then isolates 15 key angles to build a manipulable 3D representation of your head. Then, you take the iPad and hold up a screen with a QR code next to your face in front of a mirror. This determines the size of your face so the app can effectively scale the representation. Koon described it as a sort of inverted augmented reality. “We’re using the virtual to calculate the real thing for first time,” he said. Then comes a sort of personal fitting room, with pairs of various glasses on your own face, which you can swipe back and forth to see from different angles. And then you’ll be able to pick and compare your favorites, ask friends to help you narrow them down, and purchase glasses within the app. That seems far preferable, argued Koon, to “asking a stranger on commission for advice.” Will people really download a full app just to make a single purchase? Koon admitted he’s not sure. But in his opinion, there’s a larger significance here. “The real story here isn’t virtual try-on of glasses,” he said. “The Glasses.com application will be to augmented reality shopping what ‘Toy Story’ was for computer-generated animated films.

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Apple Airs New Ads With Beating Hearts, Sharks and All That Jazz

February 18, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Here are two ads — called “Alive” and “Together” — that Apple just released to tout its iPad and iPad mini. They’re a clear departure from Apple’s previous spots. With jazzy music and quick word-association, they are much more hyperactively catchy than the usual doink-doink, thinking-nerd style of many others, and they feature a range of very active and visually arresting apps. Here they are:

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