Doc Searls pans Paul Otellini's CES presentation of Intel's ViiV for the media cartel it's bound to create: Some of us (myself included) have been concerned about the DRM capabilities reportedly built into ViiV, but in his presentation Otellini made clear that Viiv has been in development with Microsoft, as a new Wintel platform for home entertainment...It's being presented as the Complete Replacement for TV....
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Intel CEO Paul Otellini started his CES keynote with a walk through computing history, from the green screen, 28-pound laptop to the handheld entertainment device and how Moore's Law continues to drive change. "All things digital are dancing on an exponential curve...
Patent wielding competitors lusting over the huge success of Apple's iPod digital music player should put down their litigation swords and figure out what gives the product its 'X factor' in the first place. Core77, a site for industrial design fanatics, has a great analysis of Apple's design strategy by James Conley, a Clinical Professor at both the Kellogg School of Management and the McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University.
Ina Fried and Michael Kanellos got an audience with Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer (no bombshells were unleashed) just before CES opened...so did Reuters, which I covered here.
Video: We have a seven-minute clip from Sony's CES keynote featuring CEO Howard Stringer, Tom Hanks, Ron Howard and Brian Grazer (The DaVinci Code team). Hanks keeps it highly entertaining and Howard and Grazer talk about the marriage of technology and value of the socialized cinema experience (the movie theatre).
Om Malik:Ironically, WSJ flubs the biggest piece of news in the story, which is buried at the very end of the story...yet another DRM system, that will now duke it out with Microsoft’s DRM and Apple’s DRM, amongst scores of pretenders.
Are you an Excel expert? ZDNet reader Dick Bagby wrote to me for help: I keep weekly fiscal performance data on a histogram chart in Excel.
Two months ago, I wrote about the newest innovation to come out of electronic spreadsheet co-inventor Dan Bricklin's garage: wikiCalc. Back then, I wrote: To the extent that Wikis make collaboration on Web-based documents simple but are sorely lacking in their ability to easily control the overall presentation and format of those documents (colors, fonts, and positioning of text or tabular data that may or may not require tabulation), the alpha 0.
Microsoft has many strong competitors, and one of its weaknesses is fighting battles for market share on many fronts. Google is certainly a competitor in the online space, but so are Yahoo and AOL.
Brad King who writes about emerging technology and culture for MIT's Technology Review is speaking out against Apple's digital restrictions [sic] management (DRM) strategy:...Jobs' deal with the entertainment industry and its DRM practices are bad for consumers....