The facts are this: Cadillac will offer in-car Internet from Autonet Mobile. The cost of the factory installed unit will be $499 a month and the monthly subscription fee will be $29.99 a month. Autonet feels that families will be the first to use this new service.
The downside- is this is another nail in the coffin of Satellite Radio.
Technology is allowing cellphones to be blocked while driving, according to a Fox News Report. Two companies have products:
WQN- One product to hit the market, $10-a-month software
by Dallas-based WQN Inc., can disable a cell phone while its owner is
driving. It uses GPS technology, which can tell how fast a person is
traveling. But it can't know whether the person is driving — and
therefore it can needlessly lock a phone.
Ageis Mobility - Aegis Mobility, a Canadian
software company, plans to release a similar Global Positioning
System-based product this fall, known as DriveAssistT The deal with these products is a recurring monthly charge. Ka-ching
When I first saw this story, I thought, here we go, another UFO story. But author Ronald Nussback goes in depth, using a new photographic technique and shows in pictures some stunning evidence. In fact Nussback has challenged scientists to disprove his theory related to the photographs.
Since the photos are copyrighted...use the link below to examine them, and the article.
Microsoft was issued U.S. patent application number 20080319910
, on Christmas Day for a pay-as-you-go computer system. After a
one-time charge, a computer user will be charged for time and programs
used on a subsidized computer. MS notes the that user could pay more
for usage than the computer in the long run, but the computer would
have an extended “useful life”. Microsoft must have reviewed the
cellular companies business models before filing for the patent. Perhaps someday Cable companies will move to this model as I wrote about a couple weeks ago.
Being a media hound, I found Diane Mermigas's column and thoughts on the Media in 2009 to be insightful. I have put on my calendar a reminder on Dec 20, 2009 to look back at this story and see what came to fruition.
I GOT ACCEPTED TO KELLOGGS, I GOT ACCEPTED TO KELLOGGS!! The letter came in the mail to 50 applicants who had been rejected by Northwestern University's Kelloggs School of Management. But a small mistake was made....the wrong letter went to the 50. The administrators blamed in on a computer/human error, and stated when applicants logged into the Kelloggs web site, they would see that they were rejected. For their trouble, rejected applicants will recieved their application fee refunded.
In 1999, I spoke at a Talkers New Media convention as part of a panel on the future of media, and I made the prediction that more and more we would see TV stations clutter the screens with multiple crawls, sidebar screens and the like. I said Bloomberg TV started the trend, and others would jump on that bandwagon. I was sadly correct, as I find the cluttered programming screen hard to focus on the main content.
It appears now that CNN has finally retired the bottom screen crawl, and replaced it with the Flipper! The flipper as described by the Chicago Tribune's Phil Rosenthal : Flipper presents information one item at a time, spilling from the
lower left side and remaining static long enough to be read as an
With the advent of HDTV, I do believe we will continue to see the advent of more on-screen information widgets as the industry progresses. Much like commercials on YouTube, we will begin to see underlying commercials during programming. Forget the product placements- they are the norm.
Remember- It's all about the ad dollars and eyeballs. Just look at NBC- they are in 4th place because of poor programming choices- but they are making money...
It was revealed that over 10,000 web sites are infected with a virus that allows the stealing of passwords when using Internet Explorer 5.0 to IE8 Beta. Since there is currently no patch available from Microsoft, Yahoo tech blogger Christopher Null is highly suggesting that IE users use Firefox, Chrome, Opera or Safari, until a fix is available from Microsoft.
The other day, surfing the net, I went to a site, that had an High Definition upgrade offer at Time Warner Cable. Since I am a TW subscriber for Cable, High Speed Internet, and Phone service, I clicked the link. After all, its been less than a month that my HD TV has been hooked up.
Let me cut to the chase- the offer said that current TW cable subscribers could get a free HD DVR set-top box, and 3 months of HD Premium Tier ( 3 channels- big deal). So I called Customer Service, and they told me they didn't have the offer, so I sent them to the web site, and the first CSR gave me the offer, plus a year's free Showtime. Not bad eh. When I turned on my set, I didn't have the Premium HD channels, so I called again, and was told, I was given six months of Showtime, and for the free 3 months, I would have to take the ad into the TW Cable Store. That's BS but I did it.
Suffice it to say- I walked out with my year of Showtime, and 3 months of Premium HD....but it got me thinking and that's dangerous.
25 years ago I was on a community committe for Valley Cable (which evolved after a few owners to Time Warner), and asked "Why don't we pay only for what we watch?" The leader of the group- didn't have an answer then, so I will ask it now. "Why don't we pay for only what we watch on cable"
I have over 1200 channels available to me, about 350 I am "subscribed" to either thru my cable package or premium tiers. But I, like you, only have two eyes, and can't split my time between watching multiple programs.
The utility companies, both electric and gas, only charge us for what we use- So why can't the cable companies. Give us a basic tier of local channels for a fair price, then if I want to watch VS, or Sleuth, or Hallmark, or Discovery Space....then charge me a minimum price- like $.05 per hour, that's seems fair to me. All those nickels will add up. As I see it now. I am paying for, and wasting alot of cable channels because their programs don't interest me. And if you subscribe to cable, or satellite TV, you are also in the same boat. Isn't it time to relook at how cable subscribers are charged by these monopolistic franchise like Time-Warner and Comcast? They have the technology...if they are going to limit the downloading for heavy users of the Internet, then they can account electronically for each home's program usage on the cable box. In this recession, one would think that a business may want to change- because the attrition rate has to be high, with families giving up cable because of finances.
So I pose this question today " When are we going to be charged for what we watch on cable, instead of being charged for what we don't watch?"
The question has been in me for some time, and I throw it out to you who have read this far?
PS ....and while I am in this frame of mind, why can't the cable companies make a Universal remote that we don't have to keep switching back and forth between TV and cable. What is with that????
It never ceases to amaze me, the thousands of web applications that are created each year. Very few impress me- but I saw that I had a search from a site called Keyboardr....so I took a look. WOW.
Keyboarder's Home page is a large clock (military time)
- large enough to see without glasses for us aging baby boomers! Along with the clock, is a search window (that searches Google, Wikipedia, and YouTube right now)....a very plain simple home page.
When you type in a search term...as you type in the letters the keyboardr starts displaying search results in real time for each letter type. Once you get all the searches, you use the up/down arrows to highlight a story....and to view it in new window- click enter...
Take a look at Keyboardr.it's a new way to do searches...created by a German student, JuliusEckert