Monthly Archives: December 2009

Consulting the HD Crystal Ball about TV in 2010

Written on December 28, 2009 at 1:09 pm, by

Technology writer Bill Husted at the Ventura County Star takes a look at what’s in store for HDTV’s come 2010: http://www.vcstar.com/news/2009/dec/26/consulting-the-hd-crystal-ball-about-tv-in-2010/  More

Rumor: Apple 5 Megapixel Phone to Support 720p & 1080p

Written on December 25, 2009 at 12:31 pm, by

Will 720p and 1080p HD be coming to an iPhone near you this summer? That’s the rumor. Here’s the story: http://www.intomobile.com/2009/12/23/brief-rumour-apple-to-ship-5-megapixel-iphone-and-move-40-to-45-million-iphones-total-during-2010.html  More

Video-based Transparent Truck System Could Save Lives

Written on December 23, 2009 at 7:53 pm, by

CNET reports that Russian design studio Art Lebedev calls this simple invention–a camera that takes images from the front of a truck to show it on screens in the back–Transparentius. Learn more and see a picture at http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-10420776-1.html  More

Report: D.C. Wasted $4 Million on TV Studio

Written on December 23, 2009 at 7:50 pm, by

The Washington Post is reporting that the D.C. agency that regulates cable television in the city “wasted over $4 million” on a high-definition television studio that was never built, according to a report from the Office of the Inspector General. There’s more, at http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/12/22/AR2009122203593.html  More

Sines of the Times

Written on December 23, 2009 at 6:58 pm, by

What I’d like to say is that edges don’t really exist.  And the point I’m trying to make affects everything from camera resolution to audio distortion to data transmission.  But I get in trouble when I make sweeping statements like that. My desired edge statement is something like Zeno’s most-famous paradox.  If I throw a […]  More

Highs and Lows of a Decade in AV

Written on December 22, 2009 at 3:58 pm, by

TechRadar.com has an interesting piece on the home entertainment winners and losers of the noughties: “John Logie Baird may have unveiled the first basic design of a TV in the 1920s, but did he think of adding a HDMI socket? Visionary? Pah!” You can read the piece at http://www.techradar.com/news/home-cinema/highs-and-lows-of-a-decade-in-av-658952  More

How To Provide Internet Video Quality of Experience

Written on December 21, 2009 at 4:23 pm, by

Internet video quality of experience (QoE) is an all-encompassing term. This article on Embedded.com by Jeff Connell of LSI, addresses the issues involved, and shows how Internet video quality monitoring can be optimized, embedded, all while reducing cost. // <![CDATA[http://www.embedded.com/design/222002870]]>  More

LG Unveils World's Thinnest LCD TV Panel

Written on December 21, 2009 at 4:20 pm, by

Digital Spy reports that LG has unveiled the world’s thinnest liquid crystal display (LCD) television panel at just 2.6 millimetres (0.1 inches) thick. The South Korean firm said in a statement that the ultra-slim design was achieved by using proprietary optical film technology and an edge-lit light emitting diode backlight system. The 42 inch TV panel, […]  More

Swindler Duped CIA Over Al-Qaeda Barcode Decoding Scam on Al-Jazeera TV

Written on December 21, 2009 at 4:18 pm, by

AFP reports that a con artist convinced the CIA and other US agencies in 2003 that he could decode secret messages sent by Al-Qaeda through Al-Jazeera broadcasts, Playboy magazine reported. Duped by claims that “bar codes” on Al-Jazeera television contained targeting information for Al-Qaeda attacks, former president George W. Bush’s administration raised the terror alert and […]  More

MPEGIF Launches “3D over MPEG” Campaign

Written on December 21, 2009 at 1:00 pm, by

The MPEG Industry Forum (MPEGIF) issued the following press release today: Fremont, California, December 21, 2009 – The MPEG Industry Forum (MPEGIF), the world’s largest advocacy group for standard’s based digital television technologies, announced today the formation of the 3DTV Working Group and launch of the “3D over MPEG” campaign.  The new working group and […]  More

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