By the end of this year, an estimated 2 million households in the U.S. will have abandoned TV for the Web, ing the cord with their cable companies. This estimate comes from Convergence Consulting Group, a UK research firm with a new rt on The Battle for the American Couch Potato. That 2 million is up from the 1.6 million it was mating a year ago, but it is still rather small and the number of cord cutters may very well have peaked last year as cable companies begin to fight back with TV Everywhere offerings.
Nevertheless, the big beneficiaries of cord cutting are Netflix, Hulu, and Apple TV. They benefit even if people keep their cable but add Internet TV streaming or downloads to their viewing repertoire, as is much more common. According to the report, 18 percent of viewers in the U.S. watched free, full episodes of TV on the Web last year, and that is growing by a percentage point every year:Attack on RSA used zero-day Flash exploit in ExcelCNET 04/05/11 06:59 PM
RSA blog details how the security firm was compromised but still does not say what data was stolen.'Aquaris' lets you snorkel with your hearing aidCNET 04/05/11 06:39 PM
Siemens unveils several new products at the American Academy of Audiology 2011 conference this week, including the first waterproof, dustproof, and shock-resistant digital hearing aid.Wrap Firefox in a Cocoon of privacyCNET 04/05/11 05:55 PM
Security threats are an ever-mutating problem in the browser, and one company wants to encase the Web in a secure Cocoon to protect you while leaving your access unfettered.Smart Electric Drive Passion Coupe first driveCNET 04/05/11 05:51 PM
CNET Car Tech spends time with the all-electric Smart coupe, which goes on sale next year.Hunch Brings Predictions to Internet TVReadWriteWeb 04/05/11 05:50 PM
One of the big reasons Netflix is so successful isn't just that it's cheap and available over the Internet. The service keeps track of what you watch, takes into account your ratings of different content, and then makes suggestions for what else to see according to all of that data. The accuracy of those predictions likely determine your opinion of the service itself.
Today h has nered up with ung and tas to launch Smart Living Room, an "interactive microsite that makes movie watching a deeper social experience."
If you've never played with Hunch before, know one thing - it's eerily creepy. If you have some delusion about being a unique snowflake of a person, you can quickly dispel that illusion by using its ter predictor game for a little while. Suddenly, you want to ask it if it could have a magician's assistant write down the answer on a separate sheet, take it out of the room and come back after you answered just to prove it isn't making it all up. That's about how accurate Hunch can be.
The Smart Living Room is taking that predictive ability and adding it to television viewing. Here's the explanation from the uncement:
After a viewer answers a series of Hunch personality questions, The Smart Living Room creates a personalized movie recommendation including the genre best suited for that viewer as well as movie title suggestions. The viewer can then create a movie watching event by inviting friends and family through Facebook or email. The site utilizes dynamic CG animations to offer the viewer entertainment and surprises throughout the experience.
If Hunch can bring it's often appallingly accurate predictions to content recommendation, Samsung could have a winner on its hands. Unfortunately, all the site currently recommends is a basic genre, like "Action" or "Comedy", a pretty 3D animation and a couple title recommendations. With a prediction engine like Hunch, we're hoping to see more from this in the near future.
Fitango Teaches You How To Get Stuff Done; Adds Sharable Self-Improvement FeaturesTechCrunch 04/05/11 04:57 PM
In February, fellow Loko enthusiast John Biggs e a post on ngo, a social marketplace that allows users to learn about and buy action plans for everything from finance to fitness and romance. As Biggs pointed out at the time, many of us have problems self-motivating when it comes to getting in shape or, say, learning to speak Mandarin -- and oftentimes, we're not sure how to best attack these goals.
As such, Fitango offers its members step-by-step guides, or action plans, which include videos and detailed instructions on how to approach your education. The idea behind the plans being that you are more likely to confront your self-improvement if these efforts are broken down into manageable, bit-sized subtasks. And it helps if you have to pay for it. After all, becoming a concert-ready jazz pianist doesn't happen overnight, and it isn't free.Apple to unveil new Final Cut Pro at NAB event?CNET 04/05/11 04:43 PM
A new rumor claims Apple is unveiling the next major version of its professional video editing software at a side-event that's a part of the National Association of Broadcasters show in Las Vegas.10 Smart Links You Missed on Twitter on TodayReadWriteWeb 04/05/11 04:30 PM
Toyota Kills Scion iPhone Jailbreak Theme After Apple Complains ://bit.ly/gCpkpL via @ytech
California's CTO: If government agencies spent 10% of their time on social media, "it would be the equivalent of hiring 10 to 15 staffers." ://bit.ly/dR8IaL via @gov
"What are we building? We are building augmented reality glasses for the masses." ://bit.ly/gWtkvV via @ented
Tumblr's Mark Coatney: Do Most Websites Treat Commenters As Second Class Citizens? [Video] ://bit.ly/elVLxF via @vidyarthi
Examiner.com will use "peer reviews and incentive pay to increase the professionalism of its content." Content farm? Not us! ://bit.ly/fm01o1 via @daKaplan
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"Before long, thought-controlled objects may move far beyond games. 'Toys are just the beginning...'" ://buswk.co/fwd7vR via @tanguay
Tragedy of the Data Commons: The law should provide a safe harbor for the dissemination of publicly available, anonymized research data. ://bit.ly/gqHqQs via @ck
9 reasons why Google and Apple should be worried about Amazon ://bit.ly/fGuKvd via @ere
"United Russia is the party of corruption, the party of crooks and thieves." One man's cyber-crusade against Russian corruption. ://nyr.kr/fL1ytt via @orker
The Society for Storytelling's Tales of Things: Object storytelling in the age of the Internet: ://bit.ly/fhUVID via @softhings
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n Software, a startup that creates search engine management software for advertisers and agencies, has raised $16 million in Series E funding led by slink Capital with Ventures, with s Ventures, hmark Capital, and ngle Peak Partners participating in the round. This brings Marin's total funding to million.
The company also announced that Eric Chin, partner at Crosslink Capital, will join the Board of Directors as an observer and that former Shutterfly VP of Finance John Kaelle has joined the executive team as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.Siebel thinks big for energy software outfit C3CNET 04/05/11 08:56 PM
Tom Siebel, who has seen rapid growth in enterprise software in the past, says energy management software start-up C3 is taking on a bigger problem than CRM.Dojo Web Builder Brings the Dojo Build System to the WebReadWriteWeb 04/05/11 07:35 PM
According to the site, you can use the Web Builder to:
Browse catalogue of every module in Dojo, Dijit and DojoX, using text searching to quickly filter the entire results. Simply select desired modules to include those in a custom build. Currently serving over eight hundred modules for the 1.6 release.
Automatically generate custom Dojo builds using our remote service, no need to open terminals and run the intensive build system locally. When the build is complete, it will automatically start the download of the result. Progress indicator keeps you informed of status during a custom build.
Auto-analyse existing Dojo applications to discover module dependencies. Provide the Web Builder with a remote URL, upload a HTML page, zip archive or an existing build profile to have the tool show you any Dojo Toolkit or custom module dependencies uncovered. Custom builds using the results will automatically include your custom modules.
Customise builds even further in "Advanced Mode". Want to include a Dijit theme with compressed CSS? Want to use Google's Closure compiler for aggressive compression? Want to build multiple application layers? Want to generate builds for the WebKit platform? Need to generate a cross-domain build? Switch to using the Web Builder in "Advanced Mode" to unleash the ability to heavily customise build parameters.
Here's a video explaining it a bit more:
Web Builder - Custom Builds from Toolkit on o.
Porting Apps to Amazon Web ServicesReadWriteWeb 04/05/11 05:30 PM
ami Cloud Hosting is a service that provides the capability to port apps to the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud. That's a good business to be in these days, especially in a world where the market is trying to figure out how to become more cloud-centric.
It's also a good example of how business apps can be moved off-premise with some relative ease.
The service allows customers to deploy and manage open-source apps on AWS. It's a good study to show how apps can be ported to a cloud environment and in the process move the burden off on-premise management to a virtual environment.
SugarCRM is the latest app that can be ported to AWS EC2 with BitNami.Other apps that can be ported include Joomla, Drupal, Alfresco Software and WordPress.
The process is relatively straight forward. You sign in to access the BitNami platform. Once signed in you access the dashboard to see what servers are running, the latest backups and the cost per hour and month for running the servers. The first thing you do is add a server. You can run applications with different runtime applications such as a Ruby app and Drupal.
You can add the server simply with one click or you may configure to your own specifications. You have options to use a dynamic or static IP address. There are 32 and 64-bit versions in Ubuntu. Other Linux distributions and Windows will be available soon.
Different machine sizes are available in 64-bit. A slide rule allows you to change the size of the server. Pricing is based upon the size of the server.
With the server set up, you can access the applications that have been set up on the server.
Managing the server can be done by using the slider to adjust the sever locations.You can create daily backups for the whole machine and not just the database. Servers can be scheduled, too. For instance, an internal business app can be scheduled to only be running during business hours.
BitNami is a service that gives a degree of flexibility. It has some competition including companies such as box. There are other companies out there that have similar services but the capabilities to deploy servers and be flexible in the configurations is a service that is hard to beat.
Twitter Accidentally Shows Users Someone Else’s Timeline, Disables #NewTwitter To FixTechCrunch 04/05/11 04:38 PM
Twitter has been actinghtly strange for the past hour or so, with people rting seeing random chunks of other users tweets in their timelines, including retweets while using the Twitter web client and browsing. Twitter is aware of the problem and tells me it's not a security issue -- and that it's working on getting it resolved.
The solution apparently involves disabling #NewTwitter, which has lead to retro jokes galore. As of yet there's no word on when they'll bring the redesigned site back.San Francisco passes payroll tax break for TwitterCNET 04/05/11 04:22 PM
The city's Board of Supervisors passes a payroll tax package designed to keep Twitter and other companies in the city.