MATT WEINBERGER The "Windows or bust" Microsoft of the last decade is truly dead. Microsoft and a bunch of its biggest competitors, including Google and Amazon, have joined forces for the Open Container Project, a non-profit organization housed under the Linux Foundation - the governing body of the Linux open source operating system, which Microsoft once considered its biggest competitor. They'll work to make the super-hot software container technology even better by settling on a standard.
One of the coolest new software features for the iPad, picture-in-picture video, that Apple announced on Monday at its annual developer conference is going to be great when using video streaming apps that are already available.But it could also hint at Apple's bigger plans for TV streaming.
According to a survey conducted by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE), over half of the consumers between 13 to 34 years of age said they regard their Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) subscriptions to be highly valuable. The proportion is higher than those who prefer broadcast or cable TV.
Smartphone/tablet users are getting into TV-content apps, according to a Parks Associates study. The most-common consumer activities with such apps are watching video, looking up information related to programming, plus purchasing related music or merchandise.
Apple finally released an update to the Apple TV. And, at the risk of being hyperbolic, it has the potential to change everything about the TV industry. The new Apple TV will be more powerful, feature a better remote, and open itself up to apps from third-party developers.
John McCain is actually working on something people really want to see happen — blowing up the cable industry's expensive bundles of channels. He's introducing legislation that would make it easier for consumers to pick their channels.