Nothing but sports. It’s that simple
- How Will You Become Famous?
Fame is the condition of being known or talked about by many people, esp. on account of notable achievements. I’ve heard that it is more addictive than drugs. Fallen stars hunger for it and those on top crave more of it. Today’s quiz is which How Will You Become Famous? I for one would skip the fame and just have the money. Take the quiz and find out How Will You Become Famous? If you are on the main page and don’t see the quiz. Click here >>> How Will You Become Famous?
- Which X-Men Are You?
Another day another quiz. These things are addictive. Today’s quiz is which X-Men are you. I for one love Night Crawler and Gambit. How would sports be different if mutants were real? Take the quiz and find out if you have the X gene. If you are on the main page and don’t see the quiz. Click here >>> Which X-Men Are You?
- Say hello to CarPlay. The Apple Siri for your car
While everyone is waiting for the Apple TV or iWatch; Apple has quietly released CarPlay. Notice there is no “i” in the name of an Apple product. The last time Apple left out the famous “i” was because they had no choice. The Apple TV was going to be called iTV until the BBC put its foot dow. Apple announced the iOS Car initiative last year. Apple today with partners Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo will show off CarPlay this week.
CarPlay’s tagline is “smarter, safer and more fun way to use iPhone in the car.” It looks like an iPad mixed with Siri. You will need an iPhone connected to CarPlay at all times. Siri be your copilot for information and navigation. You will be able to use your contacts, make phone calls or listen to voice mails. Just like your other iDevices, Siri try to do what you tell it via voice commands.
CarPlay of course work s with Apple’s Maps for navigation. One wonders if you will be able to use all 3rd party apps on the CarPlay. Right very few are on the program. If not, I wonder how long before CarPlay gets jailbroken? I wonder this because Waze is so much better than Apple Maps or Google Maps. Will you be able to put on Netflix for the kids or Watch ESPN? These are the things we want to know.
Volvo is the first to show off CarPlay. Other vehicles with CarPlay come out later this year. Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo, BMW, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar Land Rover, Kia, Mitsubishi, Nissan, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Subaru, Suzuki and Toyota are all ready to push CarPlay. I for one do not like Siri on my phone. So, I sure as heck do not want it in my car. I’d switch to Google’s Now and voice technology in a heartbeat if I could. Siri is unreliable and hardly works most of the time. However, since Apple’s CarPlay is powered by BlackBerry’s QNX platform it should work a little better. Fingers crossed.
- NHL, NBA, MLB and NASCAR team up to form 120 SPORTS
What happens when the sports team to offer their fans digital content? You get the a digital network that is similar to the one that the NFL announced. 120 Sports will be a digital channel that will focus on original content. The channel is a collaboration between the MLB, NBA, NHL, NASCAR and Time Inc. Some college teams will be part in the mix as well but they were unnamed at the time of writing.
120 Sports is a first-of-its-kind network partnership involving multiple leagues and media properties created for the digital generation and the devices it uses most. In 120 Sports, today’s fans will have access to unauthenticated video programming through a new platform built to intuitively integrate video and data in ways they haven’t experienced before. At launch, content partners will include 120 Sports equity investor Time Inc. (owner of Sports Illustrated) as well as the NHL, NBA, MLB.com, NASCAR and leading collegiate conferences via Campus Insiders (a joint venture between IMG College and Chicago-based digital sports media company Silver Chalice).
The NFL’s Now network will not have live action. Seems 120 Sports’ will take that as a standard. They will focus on only two-minute segments. These segments will breaking news, ESPN Top 10 quality highlights and detail analysis of games. 120 Sports will stream on your desktop, smartphones, tablets and “connected devices.” We assume “connected devices” they mean AppleTV, Roku, Google Chrome and TiVo. 120 Sports will start streaming this spring. Thankfully you won’t need a subscription get your stream on.
INTRODUCING 120 SPORTS
THE FIRST MULTI-SPORT, LEAGUE-BUILT LIVE STREAMING VIDEO NETWORK
NEW YORK, NY (Feb. 20, 2014) – Today, a first-of-its-kind network partnership involving multiple leagues and media properties was announced as 120 Sports, a live-streaming network created for the digital generation and the devices it uses most. In 120 Sports, today’s fans will have access to unauthenticated video programming through a new platform built to intuitively integrate video and data in ways they haven’t experienced before. At launch, content partners will include 120 Sports equity investor Time Inc. (owner of Sports Illustrated) as well as the NHL, NBA, MLB.com, NASCAR and leading collegiate conferences via Campus Insiders (a joint venture between IMG College and Chicago-based digital sports media company Silver Chalice).
The groundbreaking enterprise, named 120 Sports for its concept of offering original sports programming in two-minute segments, will produce and distribute a 24-hour live linear network driven by a videocentric, 360-degree look across all sports. Set to debut later this spring, 120 Sports will feature original and hosted programming that will deliver timely, interactive narratives of the stories around sports, including game footage, analysis, conversation and social commentary from the players, newsmakers as well as voices of the fans.
“120 Sports is an innovative, addictive product that will give sports fans an amazing amount of always-on sports content and great technology so they can engage with news and highlights wherever they are,” said Todd Larsen, Time Inc., Executive Vice President. “The product will offer Sports Illustrated fans a terrific complement to our editorial coverage and as a business partner Time Inc. will have a stake in an enterprise with tremendous promise.”
“We are always looking for new ways to serve our fans and provide them with the compelling digital content they crave,” said John Collins, Chief Operating Officer of the NHL, also an equity partner. “This partnership with 120 Sports will be a nice addition to our current programming lineup and a win for all sports fans.”
“This is the right time to collaborate across the infrastructure of sports properties as we take the collective assets of each partner directly to fans on their favorite devices,” said Bob Bowman, President & CEO, MLB Advanced Media (MLBAM). “Building a venture of this magnitude could only succeed with the right group of sports and news organizations and in the 120 Sports launch partners we have a product that will deliver on its promise to fans.”
The 120 Sports offering will originate through a state-of-the-art video and data product designed and optimized across all interactive media platforms, including: mobile, tablet, web and connected devices. Created and powered by equity investor MLBAM’s technology infrastructure and mobile app development, the product will debut as free native applications for mobile and tablet devices as well as a web experience at 120Sports.com and other distribution outlets. A premium content offering will be introduced next year.
Silver Chalice, also an equity investor in 120 Sports, will oversee production and business operations. Production headquarters for 120 Sports and its talent will be based in Chicago at a custom-designed and built digital production facility on the campus of Harpo Studios. Silver Chalice and Sports Illustrated‘s national sales organizations will lead all sales and marketing, while Sports Illustrated and Time Inc. also will provide operational and business development support.
Additional partners, programming and talent for 120 Sports will be announced at a later date.
- Artemis’ pCell is like having your own personal cell tower
What if you were able to talk via VOIP and download last nights episode of Game of Thrones that everyone keeps talking about without any lag as you go from place to place. Imagine never seeing your LTE signal turn into 3G or the dreaded 1x again. Entrepreneur Steve Perlman thinks that he may have an answer to limitless data. The technology is called pCell. What it does is take advantage of what would normally a data drain on cellular networks. When this technology is deployed it will eliminate congestion during big events or disasters and get rid of dead zones. The hope is to have the speed and reliability of a wired connection anywhere you go. Steve Perlman calls pCell is “mobile fiber.” pCell, which stands for “personal cell.”The way towers work are; a tower transmits a radio signal creating a cell. That tower has to avoid any interference with other cells. The problem is that towers capacity is shared with any mobile device that comes along. As the number of devices and need for more data increase, it gets harder to avoid interference.
This is a tubes to transistors breakthrough. We are looking at the problem from a different point of view. If you have 10 or 100 phones taking turns, we are simultaneously using all channels at once. We figured out how to synthesize a tiny bubble around your mobile device. It’s absolutely a revolution in wireless….there is nothing close to this density, even with the phone antennae a few millimeters apart. We came up with something that would work mathematically but there was no radio. Everyone said we were crazy. I finally found a principal scientist, and he agreed that theoretically it could work, so we had to build a radio that never existed before. Once we got it working, we had to develop new mathematical techniques to make it practical.
What pCell does is embrace interference then combines radio signals transmitted from multiple pCell base stations to synthesize pCells around each mobile device. Thus providing each person with their own cell tower so to speak. Each pCell gives the mobile device the full amount of wireless capacity available. pCell is based on DIDO (Distributed-Input-Distributed-Output) technology. These DIDO data centers are running on industry-standard processors and Linux. The data centers are very important to the success of the pCell working. They are what separates traffic from different devices into multiple channels. This all sounds great. What is the bad news you may ask? pCell only exists in tests. However, once you are able to use this technology the possibility for innovation with applications and devices will be endless. The first public demonstration of the technology is today at Columbia University.
We want attendees to ask us hard questions, and for people to understand that this is for real and to figure out what to do with this powerful thing.
In a video demonstration above, Perlman shows streaming 1080p video at 10 MHz on laptops over an LTE cellular connection, 4K streams of Netflix’s “House of Cards” running on 4K TVs and HD video running a half-dozen stacked iPhones with 5MHz bandwidth, all getting the full spectrum bandwidth simultaneously.
Artemis has met with the major carriers, ISPs, tech giants like Google and Apple to do tests. The company plans to start commercial deployment by the end of the year, with broader global deployments in 2015. Perlman created and sold WebTV to Microsoft for about $500 million in 1997. He developed a photorealistic motion capture system used in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” and created OnLive.
Setting aside the nerdy technical stuff, the promise of what we are doing is a world that is interconnected with reliable broadband everywhere. You have not seen anything yet.