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Friday, January 13, 2012
Mobile broadcasting got quiet a bit more versatile with the new mobile broadcast unit announced and shown off by LiveU.
Up till now most of the mobile uplink solutions which work over cellular from LiveU, Teradek, Mushroom Networks, etc have been bulky, with the smallest at least requiring a backpack size unit to be usable on the move.
The new unit , the LU40i however blows them all away when you consider what you get in such a compact package.
Now here is the Previous flagship product from LiveU, the LU60. Notice the Size of the pack. The weight of the fully loaded pack with batteries and all is if I remember correctly is around 26 pounds / 12 Kg.
Now compare it to the LU40i. It weights 1000g / 35.2oz with the 3hr battery attached.
Now we've seen the size, lets consider what you get in this package. Its a 4G LTE/3G, WiMAX device with Wi-Fi (802.11 a, b, g & n with MIMO) and LAN, supporting a total of six connections, 4 cellular along with Wifi and Ethernet. The Cellular connections are just USB modems which means that people can swap them out as needed when moving from market to market, or when new technology comes along.
It allows you to connect any camera using either HD-SDI, HDMI or Component connections (interchangeable cards) and transmit at either 1080p or 720p.
This is probably going to revolutionise mobile broadcast even more then the original pack did as now its actually possible for a single operator to carry a camera, tripod and transmitter and be able to move quickly to respond to changing situations.
In markets with good 3G and 4G coverage News organisation and independent outfits are probably going to be able to cover more then if they were tied to the traditional satellite trucks or even the briefcase transmitters as they still require you to be standing in one place.
It was possible to see it in real use at CES where the TWIT.TV team were using it for the first time. (image from LiveU)
A Quick video overview is also available from Revision3's Hak5
To Read more about it Go Here.
A Commentator (Alberto D) rightly pointed out that another company Aviwest Had a similar and some ways more feature rich product nearly 2 years ago called the IBIS DMNG.
I had vaguely memories of hearing about it but had misremembered the specs so did not include it earlier.
So Here is a quick look by the Pixelcore from IBC 2010
IBIS DMNG review PixelCorps @ IBC 2010 by AVIWEST
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
It's that time of year when every gadget hound who can heads to Las Vegas to CES and those that can't are following the coverage online.
I'll be posting short posts about what looks interesting from the show as it goes along, which should come in handy later in the year to see what sticks and what flops.
Friday, November 05, 2010
Ok, Ok I admit I’m a new Junkie. More accurately I’m an information junkie. No day is complete without scanning the web and more specifically a few dozen websites and news sources I track to get the info I want.
Now to keep track of this I’ve transitioned to RSS and more specifically to Google Reader, to keep track of and to scan multiple sources as efficiently as possible a couple of years. As it is Web based it stays in sync across multiple platforms so I can easily jump from my PC to my Smartphone to my iPad and back again, while always being in sync.
Now the thing is that while I like the full version on the PC and love the mobile iPhone version (in fact my preferred version) the mobile version does not work that well on the larger screen of the iPad. So one of the first things I went looking for on the iPad App store was for RSS readers that could sync with Google Reader.
The First one I found was Reeder. It is definitely the most visually appealing and the most responsive in terms of navigation. Added to the multiple ways in which you can interact with the content, ranging from the Reader basics such as Starring, sharing, etc to more advanced features like in app email to share articles or saving the article to services like Instapaper, ReaditLater, Delicious and Pinbard as well as posting to Twitter.
It syncs with Google and downloads the headers so that you can scan and process the items, even offline. However the Sync is also the issue that causes the most problems and at times is the most frustrating part of the experience. It appears that of you have a lot of unread items, Reeder is unable to sync up unread items and as such the count is not displayed correctly leading to situations when you think you have seen all the unread items, but a large section has just not been synced to the device.
So while I do use Reeader regularly I’ve gone out and tried some alternative RSS readers that also sync with Google Reader. One that was being mentioned a lot was River Of News, So I went and downloaded it. The Look and interface is pretty similar to the full Google reader interface on the PC with touches of the iPad Mail interface so you can pretty easily jump right in.
Still while the interface is nice, it just doesn’t have the Visual flare and flexibility of Reeder so that still remains my go to RSS reader.
I did try out another RSS Reader, Feeddler RSS Reader Pro and I actually paid for the pro version as the options looked well worth it. The interface is similar to standard Google reader. One interface element however drives me up the wall is that the item don’t show the article summary or text just below it which means that I need to tap the item name to read the summary and then tap again if i want to go to the article on the web. I’ve found no way to change this so this app sits mostly unused.
This takes care of the feeds, but there are times that you just need to read a newspaper, especially as many papers don’t have RSs feeds and even then many that do don’t put all the articles on the web.
Now I travel a lot, and try to keep up with news from a number of countries and regions. As such having access to English language newspapers is usually a luxury, with the International Herald Tribune the only one that is usually available. While I like the Trib, I cant rely on it for as my only source, so I do try to get a hold of other papers when ever I can.
Now a short while ago, someone clued me in to the existence of PressDisplay and their PressReader App. PressDisplay is a service that provides access to thousands of publications from around the world in multiple languages. It provides a complete replice of the newspaper, Ad’s and all to provide a very real newspaper like experience.
Now while the service is great and can be accessed via a web browser or native apps for iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, Windows Mobile, Pc and Mac with an Android client in the works it is not free.
With a basic subscription starting at $10 for a daily subscription to a single paper to $30 a month for unlimited access to all papers. While that does steep, and did cause me to put it aside when i first saw it, thinking about it further led me to consider that a justifiable expense. I usually pay $1 daily for the IHT anyway so for the same amount I can have that as well as a few hundred more papers. So for the last few days I’ve been skimming 15-20 papers a day reacquainting with some my old favourite papers and columnist.
So combining these two sources with the podcasts i follow I’m able to sustain my information addiction. So As i’ve mentioned in my previous posts, the iPad is turning out to be pretty good Media consumption device.
I’ll post about the apps I use for Document and Ebook reading in another post in this series in a few days.
Saturday, October 02, 2010
So back to my personal situation, I was quiet sceptical about the utility of the iPad , at least the first generation model for myself as what was being offered looked half baked and quiet restricted. However I was quiet pleasantly surprised to get a 3G iPad as a gift a few weeks ago and set out to see where the hype ended and reality set in. I'll preface my comments with the note that while I've had it for a few weeks I've not been able to spend a lot of time using it due to work commitments .
My first impression was that it's smaller then I'd mentally thought but at the same time was heavier then expected. The screen is incredibly glossy and bright and has unbelievable good viewing angles which was a very pleasant surprise. The glossy screen while a fingerprint magnet is still much better then the screen on my iPhone 3G courtesy of apples new oleophobic coating.
Still fingerprints do show, especially when the light hits the screen at certain angles, so much so that a microfiber cloth has become my constant companion in my bag, as I seem to be cleaning the screen constantly. But that's going to be a problem with any touch screen device so take it with a grain of salt.
An issue that has been under much debate in a lot of places including one of my favourite forums, Mobileread is how the ips screen fares for reading for long periods of time both indoors and out in the sun. Well, my own usage has shown that at least personally I do find the backlit screen a little more fatiguing then the eInk screen on my pocket pro, at least for longer reading sessions. As such my long form reading, at least for now has and will continue on a dedicated reading device. Part of the reason for that is also the weight. My reader is a lot lighter, allowing me to read one handedly, something which I can not do for longer periods of time on the iPad.
However this does not mean that I don't find the iPad useful for a lot of stuff. Let me Go with each of my use cases in no particular order and how the iPad has fared
One of the main uses I envisioned for the iPad for for sharing videos with other people, and in that the iPad has fared remarkably well. One of the first things I did on getting the iPad was to load on a few videos and then showed them off to my family. Everybody I showed it off to were surprised at how good it looked, and were pretty much gripped. One of the most telling reactions was from my 90 year old grandmother who is usually completely uninterested in tech gadgets. One the iPad was in her lap, she was gripped and greatly enjoyed the watching experience, more so then how we usually show videos to her, on a large screen projector. Something of the personal viewing experience just clicked with her. I saw similar reactions again and again, so I have to say that apple really hit the nail on the head with this functionality.
The second use I envisioned was sharing photos, and here again, apple has succeeded to a great extent, everybody really enjoyed looking at photos, quickie zooming in a and out and going through tons of photos quiet quickly Here again it was the tech uninclined who really got into the experience, so all I can say is Score to apple. The wide viewing angle has been really helpful here as its often four to five around the iPad looking at photos and commenting on and remembering events.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Sunday, February 14, 2010
While I've never been there in person, I've always eagerly followed the coverage to see whats new, whats hot and what's not. Thanks to technology, there were a surfeit of options available to follow the show, ranging from the very technical to the dead simple, to meet everyones tastes. The best coverage was obviously from the Web properties such as TWIT, CNET,Engadget, Buttorscotch, etc and unfortunately the worst was probably from the Majors . I have to say compared to what the web guys were doing, the coverage by the TV and print media was incredibly bad, with poor overall coverage, lack of research and more attention paid to the snappy headline then the actual content or trends. If alternatives had not been available, I'll probably have been very frustrated.
Speaking of the Web coverage, The guys at CNET and TWIT did an incredible job, broadcast live video online from the show itself, alson with the Podcasts so that we could watch the show as it unfolded, getiing people's opinions as the show went on and how it changed. While both CNET and TWIT broadcast from a stage, the TWIT guys went further, sending a mobile broadcast rig around the floor, streaming live video over EVDO of what was happening, giving us a taste of what its like to be there. On a side note its incrediable to see how technology has changed the field. Trying to do something similar a few years ago would have required millions of dollers, compared to the few thousand it cost them this time.
Now, of the show itself, from the coverage its seems pretty obvious that the big story this year was 3D TV's with Most of the major manufacturers showing of potential or future products. From the looks of it, Manufacturers want something new to get people to upgrade as HDTV penetration has grown to such a large degree. I'm withholding judgement as I've not enjoyed 3D in cinemas so far and feel that anything that requires you to wear special glasses, etc is not going to be as successful.
The other big story was a lot of manufacturers releasing Tablets or slates, to beat Apple's announcement. The tablets ranged in size and shape and ran a variety of Operating systems. Some were running Windows while other were running Android. Others were running custom variants of Linux. In my personal opinion while they were interesting, the key point is going to be price and usability if they want to be successful and beat Apple's iPad. Tablets have been around for nearly a decade, but have not been that successful for a number of reasons ranging from Price, usability, availability and power. If they want to make this category a success they are going to have to have to learn from past mistakes.
More then the standalone slates, the product I found most interesting was the Hybrid Notebook that Lenovo Introduced, the U1. It comprises of a Full featured Portable Windows 7 Notebook, with a Screen that slips off which is a Multitouch Tablet running a Custom Linux variant. They way they've designed it, The browsers on both stay in sync allowing you to continue working on either so that depending on the time and place you can use just the tablet or the full notebook. With a battery life of 8-10 Hours in notebook mode and 5-6 hours in Tablet mode, its looking like a good product. The announced Price which is supposed to be under $999 does make it a compelling product more so if they are able to get the price point even lower. I'll be looking out for its release in Q2 or Q3 later this year.
Another interesting them this year was the plethora of eBook Readers that were on display this year. Withe a wide range of manufactures showing of their own products, its shows how eBook's have become much more mainstream. While there were some interesting announcements like that of the Que, The high price and limited options for it are going to make adoption an uphill task. More interesting was a product from a new company called the enTourage eDGe, a dual screen eBook Reader / Slate. Its an Android Powered dual screen Machine with One screen an eInk display the other a LCD touchscreen. From the looks of it its shows a lot of potential, especially in a academic setting as you have the eInk for ease of reading with the Touchscreen available for making notes, Browsing the web ad doing a lot more. With Products shipping in a couple of months, this is a company I'm going to be keeping my eye on .
Overall the Show wile good, did not appear to have anything too revolutionary, which was expected with the way the global economy has been the past year. Still, as a gadget geek, seeing preview's of whats coming out over the next year is always interesting. Still the overall fee this year was of waiting, especially with a lot of manufacturers releasing Products before of after the show, making the show a bit of an afterthought. The biggest shadow over the show was probably Apples upcoming announcement, and I'll be sharing my thoughts on the announcement in another Post.
So Adios for now.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Part of the reason I believe is that when I start actually thinking too much about what I write I start to worry and get writers block.
So as an experiment I've decided to try to post without trying to compose the living daylights out of them , taking it back to what the original aim of the blog was, to get the thoughts out of my head and out to the world.
Since I originally set up the blog, a lot has changed in my life and I think I've had the chance to grow and mature since I posted the first post, a verse on one of my passions, reading and the authors that influenced me. While my tastes have changed somewhat since then, Reading is still a central part of my life though I'm not able to devote as much time as I was able to and still wish to a certain extent to to it, hardly a day goes by without me Reading some form of long form writing ( i.e. a Book).
What has changed is the way and medium in which I read. As I mentioned in a post earlier I've largly transitioned to Reading mainly in ebook format , with pBooks (Paper, I.e. Dead tree books) mainly being restricted to volumes not available in eBook format or which form a part of my collection.
Having said that eBooks are something that have been a part of my life since I got online on my computer for the first time in 1997, though only becoming more important when I inherited my first Pda an on old Compaq 3600 Pocket Pc 2002 device.
That became a constant companion as I reveled in the capability to carry dozens of books with me without having to worry about the weight. Still, while it was limited device with only a few hours of battery life even with the battery jacket, the real bottleneck that still kept pbooks a large part of my Reading was the limited availibility of ebooks and the sky high prices even if they were available.
While pricing is still an issue today (especially if you are outside the US) as is availibility ( again outside the US) it has improved to an extent such that many people can and choose to read exclusively in E.
Part of the reason for the growth in ebooks, especially over the last couple of years has been the availibility of dedicated eInk eBook readers which provide an experience close to paper but without many of the disadvantages of it (after all they have plenty of their own).
Still as a tech geek and as an avid reader I was quick to embrace the technology as I realised the advantages. The Readibility not to mention the long battery life quicky made a convert of me as once I gifted my first gen reader ( a Sony PRS-500) I was quick to het another one within a couple of weeks as I realised how much I missed the experience.
Now on my third reader I have to say that they have come a long way and have become easier to use and provide an experience that will appeal to most avid readers. Also the Market has exploded with dozens of devices being available to suit a wide range of tastes and requirement.
Now the dedicated readers have not sidelined the Reading of ebooks on multipurpose devices like PDAs and phones. In fact one of the post popular platforms for currently reading ebooks is the iPhone / iPod Touch platform with Reading apps having been downloaded thousands of times.
Myself, while I prefer to read on an eink display for longer periods of time, I do read regularly on my phone as there are times when I'll not be carrying my reader with me but I'll usually have my phone.
In fact I currently have 4 devices on which I read books regularly
- Astak 5" EZreader Pocket Pro
- iPhone 3g
- Nokia N800 Internet Tablet
- Laptop ( 13" Macbook Pro / Dell XPS 1210)
Each is used slightly differently and at different times depending on my mood and circumstance.
Well, I think I've rambled on enough for this post, so I'll end this here and hope to post again soon.
So Adiós Amigos and happy Reading.
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
So until then I thought might be worth it to mention some of the online Bookstores who have been very successful in parting me from my money :-).
First on the list is Fictionwise
With some of the best prices and selection (as they publish many new and upcoming authors themselves) it's the place I buy most of my books.
There are however a couple of drawbacks with how the site works. First to get the best prices you have to be a member of it's Buywise club which costs about $30 a year.
The membership gives you a straight discount of 15% on all list prices as well as credit for one book worth $10 so it actually only costs $15. Still there are regular offers when you can get the membership more or less free as you can get the cost of the membership credited back as Micropay which you can use to buy books.
That brings to another slight irritant in how Fictionwise works. They regularly offer discounts on the publishers suggested prices but require you to pay the full price and then credit you the savings back as Micropay. The irritating part is that you can not use the micropay to get books which have deeper discounts, well not unless you don't want the discount.
These are minor points, but should be kept In mind as how irritating this can be is very much dependent on your buying habits.
The other option I use frequently is BooksonBoard
Their prices are usually somewhere between Fictiowise's regular and club prices. So if you just want to buy a single book once in a while, it may work out cheaper.
This Is because BooksOnBoard usually offers the discounts directly on the purchase price, without you having to tie up your money in Micropay, or Reward dollars as BoB calls.
Still it's usually worth it to compare prices at both places as sometimes some books are cheaper at one or the other.
There are many other stores and you can find links to them at the Mobileread Wiki
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
(There is only so much space in a house to store books, and I reached the limit ages ago. :p)
What does that mean ?
Well, it means that instead of buying a printed copy, i buy a eBook version and download it to my computer or reader to read.
By Reader I mean dedicated eBook readers like the Sony Reader, Cybook Gen3, Amazon Kindle, etc.
I'll be posting follow up post on the different readers available, and my thoughts on the pluses and minuses of each.
If you are interested in eBooks or Digital reading the best place to go for information and help is
And the Wiki there at
I'll be posting more regularly now, focusing on everything that interests me.
I'm starting off by posting a series of posts on Digital reading over the next couple of weeks.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Iin the Beginning while his books such as Hunt for Red October were quiet action paced, and not that much different from other thrillers out at that time, they did contain the elements that went on to become Clancy Classics, such as the depth in detail, the characterization and the multiple story arcs.
However it seems that over the last few years, he seems to be in a rut, churning out a lot of Fat detailed books, but loosing the tight well though plots that made even the thickest book a joy to read. What started in Debt of honor and in reached its peak in Teeth of the Tiger, has done what I thought was unthinkable a few years ago. It made me apathetic to his new books.
While I still enjoy his older books, with Red Storm Rising still on my all time favourite list (Having worn through 3 copies) No longer do I recommend his as one of my must read 'Authors', now just suggesting a specific book or two.
I've decided to now include a recommend for a Beg, Buy or Borrow with every Post, so Todays recommend is
Buy for Red Storm Rising by Tom Clancy
Monday, August 15, 2005
Sorry for not posting past the original post but RL intervined after i set up this blog.
I'll be posting some of my musings that i wrote previously but did not get around to posting in the next few week, so pls bear, lion, hippo, whatever with me till then. 8->
BBusyBookWorm Signing off......for Now
Sunday, September 05, 2004
Before I start My posting, Lets have a short session of Who am I?
Bought up on Ladybird
Encountered Enid Blyton at an Early Age
Devoured Hardy boys & Nancy Drew
Moved on To John Grisham
Visited WW2 with The Eagle
Plotted conspiracy With Jeffrey Archer
Satisfied my detail Fetish With Tom Clancy
Discovered science Fiction with Asimov
Enjoyed its original flavor With E.E. 'Doc' Smith
And Tasted its age with the later works on Heinlein
Obessed Over the Fate of Middle earth With Tolkin
Imagined the beauty of the Bellinum in David Eddings works
And the Scale Of the Wars Of Midkermia with Raymond Fiest
And Finally Discovered the Joy Of Satire and Wit with Pratchett
So Who Am I????????
BBusyBookWorm at you service. 8-)
posting For The First Time