Slack

Slack

I recently had the opportunity to attend a technical talk with Slack CTO, Cal Henderson.  We had already been using Slack within our teams, and it had proven to be much more efficient than prior tools. While email has its place, it has become a noisy distraction.  Email is an overused tool that consumes too much of our time, energy and focus.  Most of us hate email, and for good reason - we send and receive too much, and sifting through many trivial messages to find the vital few has become a chore.  But it’s not just email that’s the…
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Moving to ATSC 3.0

Moving to ATSC 3.0

  ATSC 3.0 Advanced Television Systems Committee 3.0 (ATSC 3.0) has been released and our government is allowing broadcasters to adopt it.  Greater transmission efficiency combined with more robustness is going to allow broadcasters to do more in the same amount of spectrum and at the same time provide higher quality.  Consumers will be able to get an internet type of experience combined with broadcast television (aka linear television).   What's the big deal? The move to ATSC 3.0 is not just about delivering better image quality and more channels; it’s about customization. Key audio features of the new standard…
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Blockchain Technology in Entertainment

Blockchain Technology in Entertainment

What applications are there for blockchain in the media and entertainment industry? Many entertainment and media companies are trying to ride the blockchain wave in order to raise more funds. Simply put, the blockchain technology enables a decentralized digital marketplace and ensures transparent transactions. In the entertainment and media context, blockchain will help with disintermediation, distribution, and royalties. For instance, live streaming hosts will be able to connect with fans without any intermediaries. The gaming industry has been the first in entertainment and media to integrate blockchain technology, with Ethereum-based game “CryptoKitties” being one of the most popular games. Despite…
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CES 2018 – Samsung’s “The Wall”

CES 2018 – Samsung’s “The Wall”

CES 2018 - Samsung's "The Wall" could change your media experience.  Could you see these on every other wall in the mall?  How 'bout at your favorite bar?  Maybe just put a scaled down version in restrooms? Samsung made some of the most exciting TV news at the 2018 CES: The first consumer TV based on micro-LED technology (aka MicroLED, mLED, and µLED). You can think of the mLEDs in the 146-inch, 8K UHD (7680 by 4320 pixels) "The Wall" is significantly brighter using non-organic OLEDs that similarly provide their own individual, energy-efficient light source. Micro-LEDs eliminate the need for both…
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