What to Buy the Digital Native Graduate?

With the graduation season upon us many a parent is turning their thought towards a graduation gift. But what can you buy a member of the digital generation that has grown up surrounded by and highly conversant in the use of technology?

Well the good news is that technology never stands still and in fact developments continue to accelerate at a frenetic pace which means there is always an array of ‘must haves’ for our savant darlings.

To help us decide what to buy Information Week has published a list of 10 Great Tech Gifts for Grads that is sure to contain something they’ll appreciate and use as they make the transition from high school to college, or from the classroom to the corporate world.

Among our favorite gifts are the Amazon Tap portable Bluetooth speaker and the Bose QuietComfort 25 headphones. So it’s party on or quiet solo listening but everybody’s happy.

Disrupt 100 – Businesses Shaping Our Future

VisiTech has its fingers all over the technology and digital pulse and this Wednesday we think the web site to check out is www.Disrupt100.com.

Disrupt 100 is an index of the businesses worldwide with the most potential to influence, change or great new markets. The list was judged by corporates IBM, Silicon Valley Bank, KPMG, tech accelerators Microsoft Ventures, Mass Challenge and WAYRA.

Each Disrupt 100 venture was sourced from over 1M global start-ups and corporate ventures, has been scored against a specific criteria measuring the potential it has to affect an existing market or geography, introduce new customers into an existing market and/or creating a new market with significant customer demand.

Here are a few facts about the list – remember it will not go live until 25 May 2016.

  • Most disruptors were founded outside of North America, with most from Europe and almost a tenth from Israel, a country with quarter the population of California.
  • Healthcare is the leading sector for disruption with innovative prevention, prediction, detection and treatment methods.
  • Smart devices are enabling most disruption.

 

See full story here

What to Expect at INTX 2016

Next week Boston will welcome to town INTX: Internet and Expo 2016, bringing together leading companies and thought leaders to demo new products and to discuss the future of the cable and telecommunications industry.

To help visitors comb through all the novelty and innovation, our team has put together a list of the topics that are sure to take the spotlight at the show.

  • Virtual reality is here: from the different speaking sessions to companies’ announcements and product demos, expect to see how VR is quickly becoming an industry reality
  • Video is king: expect to see how big forces in the pay-TV and wireless industries use video to attract and retain customers
  • Wi-Fi deployment everywhere: as more cable operators roll out Wi-Fi points to support, expect to see discussions around “Wi-Fi first” services

Also, be sure to download the INTX mobile app that provides a detailed interactive floor map and alerts about speaking sessions, as well as the show schedule.

Share with us what you want to see at the show this year.

Mobile Payment Solutions Made Simpler in Europe

In Europe, using your mobile phone to pay for content or services is as common as ordering pizza in the US. However for merchants, without the right tools and partners, managing the payment licenses for 28 different EU member states can be a challenging task.

DIMOCO, an operator of a payment institute for direct carrier billing, is solving this issue for telecom carriers and merchants. The company now has its payment service act license expanded to all European member states, bringing simplicity and ease for partners.

You can read more about DIMOCO’s announcement here.

How Partners Can Tap New Cloud Revenues with OneDrive

The game is changing for partners. The cloud opportunity is massive, slated to exceed $500 billion by 2020 (IDC). However, many partners are missing out because they’re not playing by the new rules.

Partners must move beyond traditional thinking and become modern MSPs, providing new cloud services beyond basic mailbox migration. However, many lack the background and know-how to sell new services, don’t have the technical expertise or certifications to integrate new offerings, and cannot afford additional time and resources to manage and support the constant evolution of the cloud market.

BitTitan is enabling partners to stay ahead of the game with its end-to-end cloud enablement platform MSPComplete. Its latest addition, the OneDrive extension for its Office 365 Starter Kit, provides everything partners need to sell, onboard, and service OneDrive as an additional cloud workload.

Learn more here.

NAB 2016 – The Carpets Are Worn!

NAB 2016 – The Carpets Are Worn!

With an attendance of more than 103,000 visitors the NAB 2016 show more than lived up to industry expectation.

The world’s largest annual convention covering filmed entertainment and the development, management and delivery of content across all mediums showed its power to deliver headlines, launch new products and connect with key market influencers.

Key trends at the show included:

  • Consumers have become more engaged and technically savvy which means expectations are getting higher when it comes to digital content.
  • Cloud technology is set to be a primary enabler of content delivery of live streams. Hint: it’s all about bandwidth.
  • Gathering user data and analytics are the key to personalising experiences. Hint: you need to know your target.

Why not put NAB 2017 in your diary – it is back in Las Vegas April 22-17.

 

Optimizing Digital Media and Cinema Workflows

The evolving media landscape is creating challenges for industry players seeking high quality workflow solutions while also needing new digital media innovation. Future-proof, secure and standards-compliant solutions are being demanded in order for these players to remain competitive.

At NAB, some of future-oriented solutions that enhance each step of the cinema and media workflow were displayed, including:

  • Light-field multi-camera post-production plug-in suite: Fraunhofer light-field technology was recently encapsulated into plug-ins for The Foundry’s Nuke software suite, allowing movie professionals to take advantage of multi-camera arrays and multi-view processing.
  • Enhancements to easyDCP software suite: Fraunhofer introduced a new export module for Final Cut Pro X to create DCPs directly from the timeline, including new features of the standalone software include a package validation module for reliable quality assurance of both, newly generated or existing packages.

Check out here other tools that enable creative possibilities and immersive viewing experiences.

 

How to Deliver Scalable TV over IP without Buffering, Delays or Glitches

The shift to IP networks for the delivery of TV brings with it some problems for content owners striving to deliver a live high quality immersive experience for users. Delays, buffering and other glitches mean that this user experience is often comes up short on the delivery of their expectation.

The fact is that CDNs are not optimized for TV delivery. They deliver content via lowest-cost peering points or from wherever they have spare storage capacity, which is not conducive to the real-time delivery that TV demands.

To help the industry overcome these challenges, Edgeware has announced its purupose-built ’s TV CDN architecture. You can read more about this unique architecture here.

A Game-changing Solution to Enable True Live OTT

Watching your favorite TV content on the living room TV or on your tablet should offer the exact same viewing experience, right? Well, many sports fans might disagree with that.

Traditional OTT platforms suffer from delays and lack synchronization when delivering content to multiple screens. The delays can range from seconds to minutes from screen to screen. As a result, this can have a significant impact on the experience of watching live sports OTT. What’s happening on one screen is not the same as the other. Not only is it a poor experience for live television viewers, the delay between screens means broadcasters, content owners and other service providers are missing out on being able to offer more interactive, engaging and social TV experiences.

Net Insight’s recent launch of Sye, delivers the world’s first and only true live OTT streaming solution, ensuring frame-accurate synchronization across any type of screen, including linear broadcast TV, with no delay.

You can read more information about Sye here.

NAB 2016 Set to Open the Doors

It’s where content comes to life, from capture to display: NAB. The show is set to open its doors this weekend in Las Vegas, and there’s something for everybody. Here’s just a snapshot of things to get excited about at NAB 2016:

  • Air Superiority: Want to grab a test flight or know how to get your FAA drone certification for commercial video use? Then visit the Aerial Robotics and Drone Pavilion
  • Virtual Reality: You think the display is unreal? Experience the latest on virtual reality and attend the virtual reality summit on Wednesday
  • All things video streaming: online video delivery remains a hot topic for NAB this year, especially if you consider the 70% OTT penetration in the US market
  • What is moving the industry: a nice insight on what TV engineers will be in the look-out at the show. Hints: IP, 4K, cloud…

Check out VisiTech PR’s Selected Buzz on the NAB Show for more stories on what’s hot at NAB this year.