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This made me laugh

Pretty geeky but it is funny, took me some time to work out what 7 represent :-)

Brilliant Read :-)

Brilliant little piece from Jeff Jarvis on the Chromecast

Google just demoted your television set into a second screen, a slave to your phone or tablet or laptop. With the $35 Chromecast you can with one click move anything you find on your internet-connected device — YouTube video, Netflix, a web page as well as music and pictures and soon, I’d imagine, games — onto your big TV screen, bypassing your cable box and all its ridiculous and expensive limitations.

Unlike Apple TV and Airplay, this does not stream from your laptop to the TV; this streams directly to your TV — it’s plugged into an HDMI port — over wi-fi via the cloud … er, via Google, that is. Oh, and it works with Apple iOS devices, too.

I’m just beginning to get a grasp on all the implications. Here are some I see.

* Simply put, I’ll end up watching more internet content because it’s so easy now. According to today’s demonstration, as soon as I tell Chrome to move something to my TV, the Chromecast device will sense the command and take over the TV. Nevermind smart TVs and cable boxes; the net is now in charge. There’s no more awkward searching using the world’s slowest typing via my cable box or a web-connected TV. There’s no more switching manually from one box to another. If it’s as advertised, I’ll just click on my browser and up it comes on my TV. Voila.

* Because Google issued an API, every company with web video — my beloved TWiT, for example — is motivated to add a Chromecast button to its content.

* Thus Google knows more about what you’re watching, which will allow it to make recommendations to you. Google becomes a more effective search engine for entertainment: TV Guide reborn at last.

* Google gets more opportunities to sell higher-priced video advertising on its content, which is will surely promote.

* Google gets more opportunities to sell you shows and movies from its Play Store, competing with both Apple and Amazon.

* YouTube gets a big boost in creating channels and building a new revenue stream: subscriptions. This is a paywall that will work simply because entertainment is a unique product, unlike news, which is — sorry to break the news to you — a commodity. I also wonder whether Google is getting a reward for all the Netflix subscriptions it will sell.

* TV is no longer device-dependant but viewer-dependant. I can start watching a show in one room then watch it another and then take it with me and watch on my tablet from where I left off.

* I can throw out the device with the worst user interface on earth: the cable remote. Now I can control video via my phone and probably do much more with it (again, I’m imagining new game interfaces).

* I can take a Chromecast with me on the road and use it in hotel rooms or in conference rooms to give presentations.

Those are implications for me as a user or viewer or whatever the hell I am now. That’s why I quickly bought three Chromecasts: one for the family room, one for my office, one for the briefcase and the road. What the hell, they’re cheap.

Harder to fully catalog are the implications for the industry — make that industries — affected. Too often, TV and the oligopolies that control it have been declared dead yet they keep going. One of these days, one of the bullets shot at them will hit the heart. Is this it?

* Cable is hearing a loud, growing snipping sound on the horizon. This makes it yet easier for us all to cut the cord. This unravels their bundling of channels. I’ll never count these sharks out. But it looks like it could be Sharknado for them. I also anticipate them trying to screw up our internet bandwidth every way they can: limiting speeds and downloading or charging us through the nose for decent service if we use Chromecast — from their greedy perspective — “too much.”

* Networks should also start feeling sweaty, for there is even less need for their bundling when we can find the shows and stars we want without them. The broadcast networks will descend even deeper into the slough of crappy reality TV. Cable networks will find their subsidies via cable operators’ bundles threatened. TV — like music and news — may finally come unbundled. But then again, TV networks are the first to run for the lifeboats and steal the oars. I remember well the day when ABC decided to stream Desperate Housewives on the net the morning after it aired on broadcast, screwing its broadcast affiliates. They’d love to do the same to cable MSOs. Will this give them their excuse?

* Content creators have yet another huge opportunity to cut out two layers of middlemen and have direct relationships with fans, selling them their content or serving them more targeted and valuable ads. Creators can be discovered directly. But we know how difficult it is to be discovered. Who can help? Oh, yeah, Google.

* Apple? As someone said on Twitter: Apple should have made this.

Yes, Apple could throw out its Apple TV and shift to this model. But it’s disadvantaged against Google because it doesn’t offer the same gateway to the entire wonderful world of web video; it offers things it makes deals for, things it wants to sell us.

* Amazon? Hmmm. On the one hand, if I can more easily shift things I buy at Amazon onto my TV screen — just as I read Kindle books on my Google Nexus 7 table, not on an Amazon Kindle. But Amazon is as much a control freak as Apple and I can’t imagine Jeff Bezos is laughing that laugh of his right now.

* Advertisers will see the opportunity to directly subsidize content and learn more about consumers through direct relationships, no longer mediated by both channels and cable companies. (That presumes that advertisers and their agencies are smart enough to build audiences rather than just buying mass; so far, too many of them haven’t been.) Though there will be more entertainment behind pay walls, I think, there’ll still be plenty of free entertainment to piggyback on.

* Kids in garages with cameras will find path to the big screen is now direct if anybody wants to watch their stuff.

What other implications do you see?

Chromecast is the way Smart TV should have been designed from the start

Before Google I/O I wanted a couple of things to be announced and one of which is a new Nexus Q. I also hoped that the way it should work is more of a streaming device and connects everything you own. I can't be bothered to rewrite what I said but man they basically did everything I wanted them to do with the chromecast, and for $35 USD man it is so cheap.

If you are interested on what I wrote, check out the link below to my post and read point 4.

#chromecast

Cups!

if you haven't seen it yet, check out our "Cups" cover ft. Kurt Hugo Schneider, Sam Tsui, Alex G and myself!

Cups - Anna Kendrick Cover (Pitch Perfect) ft. Kina Grannis, Kurt Schneider, Alex G & Sam Tsui



Congrats to Will and Kate for their new baby boy... Sure thought it was gonna be a girl though :-)

It’s a Prince - sign the card & send your congratulations.

On behalf of the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge, +Clarence House  has announced the birth of their son, who was born today at 4.24pm BST in London.

Join us in marking this historic occasion - simply +1 this post from Google UK to add your profile picture and name to our special online card, which you can see at g.co/royalbaby

To write a message to appear on the card, reshare this post and put your message in the text of your reshare. A printed version of the card will be presented to Kensington Palace.

We’ll be closing the card to new entries on 6th August, for more details visit http://goo.gl/vWjyy

Is this the new Moto X?

Дима Прокопенко originally shared to Android Authority (Phones):
Motorola’s upcoming ‘Moto X’ (Rogers Exclusive)

https://plus.google.com/104872135529411360480/posts/Zp9rDDr5PRq

21.49 5.6k run for #jpmorgancc run

And I came 3rd overall for RBS team. I am pretty happy with that :-)

Getting ready for my 5.6km #jpmorgancc run

Just did a 6KM run in 23 minutes and 16 seconds in preparation for the JP Morgan Corporate Challenge in London on the 10th July. Aiming to beat 25 minutes 34 seconds I achieved last year. Hopefully this year I can get pass people in all that traffic :-)

The picture below is my running number and on the bottom right is a QR code which you guys can scan and see what time I really achieve.


How British and Americans accents sound like to each other...


 
Happy 4th. 

Nice example of auto awesomeness from Mike Elgan

Amira's paella!

This is why Google invented Auto-Awesome!

(Made by +Amira Elgan.)

Google Reader is no more!!!

Oh well today is the last day to export your feeds, so if you haven't done so go do it now. I am expecting an update to Google Currents now as Reader is dead, wonder if we see something soon....