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Tiger Woods Voted Athlete of the Decade

December 16, 2009

I’m guessing votes were tabulated prior to his recent “transgressions”.

Or, maybe they actually looked at his on the course achievements, rather than what he has done off the course.

From the Associated Press:

He won 64 times around the world, including 12 majors, and hoisted a trophy on every continent golf is played. He lost only one time with the lead going into the final round. His 56 PGA Tour victories in one incomparable decade were more than anyone except four of golf’s greatest players won in their careers.

Woods was selected Wednesday as the Athlete of the Decade by members of The Associated Press in a vote that was more about 10 years of performance than nearly three weeks of salacious headlines.

Woods received 56 of the 142 votes cast since last month by editors at U.S. newspapers that are members of the AP. More than half of the ballots were returned after the Nov. 27 car accident outside his Florida home that set off sensational tales of infidelity.

Lance Armstrong, a cancer survivor who won the Tour de France six times this decade, finished second with 33 votes. He was followed by Roger Federer, who won more Grand Slam singles titles than any other man, with 25 votes.

Record-setting Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps came in fourth with 13 votes, followed by New England quarterback Tom Brady (6) and sprinter Usain Bolt (4).

Five other athletes received one vote apiece.


Survey: Mobile Phones Set to Dominate Web Access

December 16, 2008

According to technology experts surveyed by the Pew Internet & American Life Project, mobile phones are destined to become the standard way of connecting to the Internet by 2020.

From Network World:

By 2020, mobile phones will be the primary Internet devices for most people in the world, according to a panel of experts.

“The mobile phone – now with significant computing power – [will be] the primary Internet connection and the only one for a majority of the people across the world,” the Pew Internet & American Life Project writes in a new “Future of the Internet” report. “Telephony [will be] offered under a set of universal standards and protocols accepted by most operators internationally, making for reasonably effortless movement from one part of the world to another.”

Client ACCESS has helped to develop and deliver technologies that have brought the Internet to a new generation of mobile devices and consumers. ACCESS technologies were central to the development of the first successful mobile data service in the world and this success has grown at a phenomenal pace with ACCESS technologies now deployed in millions of devices around the world.

Principal ACCESS technologies include the Garnet OS, ACCESS Linux Platform, NetFront Mobile Client Suite and NetFront Browser.

If you’re going to be at CES International 2009, be sure to stop by Digital Hollywood where both Albert Chu and Larry Berkin of ACCESS will be presenting. Hear their thoughts on the future of the mobile and beyond-PC markets, the next generation home digital experience, the open internet generation and how new technologies will affect the consumer in today’s era of convergence.

Victor Harwood always puts on a great show so make sure to attend the following panels:

Thursday, January 8

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Track III- ME6- Mobile Entertainment Track

Reinventing the Mobile Device and Mobile Network- Integrating the Full PC Experience into a Personal Communications Device

Albert Chu, VP of Marketing & Alliances, ACCESS Systems America

Daren Gill, VP/GM vtap, Veveo

Warren Tomlin, President and Chief Creative Officer, Fuel Industries

Keith Saft, Global Director, Mobile User Experience, Yahoo!

Anup Muraka, Director of Technical Marketing, Mobile & Devices, Adobe

Steve Andler, VP of Marketing, Networks in Motion

Peg Jackson, Managing Director, Neocarta Ventures, Moderator

For Session Description & Speaker Bios Click Here

Thursday, January 8

Noon to 1 p.m.

Track III- ME7, Mobile Entertainment Track

The Mobile Web: The Future of Applications, Commerce, GPS, Communications and Content

Larry Berkin, VP, Ecosystem and Corporate Business Development, ACCESS Systems America

Mikael Nerde, Sony Ericsson

Noel Chandler, CEO and Co-Founder, Mosio

Bill Stone, Chief Executive Officer, Handango

Michael Weaver, VP, Strategy, Crisp Wireless

Jeff Litvack, GM, Mobile and Emerging Products, Associated Press

Pete Flint, Founder and CEO, Trulia

David Berkowitz, Director, Emerging Media, 360i, Moderator

For Session Description & Speaker Bios Click Here

Remains of Child Found Near Casey Anthony’s Home

December 11, 2008

According to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, the remains of a young child have been located in east Orange County less than a half-mile from Casey Anthony’s parents’ home.

UPDATE: WKMG-TV says the age and gender of the dead child have yet to be determined.

“Deputies did respond to that area, and once we were on the scene, we determined that we do have the remains of a young child,” Orange County sheriff’s spokesman Jim Solomons tells WKMG-TV. “Obviously, our concern is that it’s in close proximity to some recent activity in that part of the county, and it’s incumbent upon us to determine what we have.”

From the Associated Press:

Sheriff’s deputies say the skeletal remains of a small child have been found near the Orlando home of a missing 3-year-old girl.

The Orlando Sentinel quotes the Orange County Sheriff’s Office as saying a utility worker found the body early Thursday. There is nothing that immediately indicates that the bones belong to Caylee Anthony, whose mother Casey Anthony has been charged with her murder. The sheriff’s office did not immediately respond to call from The Associated Press.

Casey Anthony insists that she left the girl with a baby sitter in June, but did not report her missing until July.

From CNN:

The discovery was made about 9:30 a.m. by a utility worker, who alerted authorities, spokesman Jim Solomons said. Investigators, including those from the Anthony case and defense team, were on the scene, he said.

Police Capt. Angelo Nieves was reluctant to disclose details of the discovery to reporters at the scene, other than to say the skeletal remains found in a plastic bag appeared consistent with those of a young child. The Anthony family has been notified of the discovery, he said.

Caylee Anthony, 3, has been missing since June in a case that has received national attention. Her 22-year-old mother, Casey Anthony, was arrested last month and faces first-degree murder and other charges in the girl’s disappearance.

CNN affiliate WFTV reported that the utility worker, a meter reader, picked up a bag at the site and a skull fell out.

Solomons said he could not confirm reports that the body was that of a small girl. Asked about the distance from the site to Casey Anthony’s parents’ home, he said it would be “very safe to say it’s in very close proximity.”

In a court hearing earlier Thursday, 9th Circuit Judge Stan Strickland postponed Casey Anthony’s trial at the request of defense attorney Jose Baez. The attorney said he had not received all the evidence due him from prosecutors and was not ready to proceed with the January 5 trial.

Baez asked Strickland if the trial could be delayed until March. The judge scheduled a hearing January 15 to consider a new trial date as well as a possible change of venue.

Prosecutors said earlier this month they would not seek the death penalty against Casey Anthony. Upon conviction, however, she could face a sentence of life in prison.

From WFTV:

According to information obtained by Eyewitness News, when the meter reader picked up the bag a skull fell out. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed to Eyewitness News that the body is a young child.

“We are assuming they are the remains of a victim,” said Orange County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Jim Solomons.

It is not clear at this point whether the body was that of Caylee Anthony.

“We know we have a recent discovery. We have investigators on the scene. We need to determine what we have,” said Solomons.

Deputies set up a perimeter near a small retention pond. Heavy rain pounded the scene, making the investigation more difficult.

Eyewitness News report Kathi Belich said sources told her they were taking this very seriously and would expedite DNA test to determine if the remains were indeed Caylee’s. Investigators told her they were “very optimistic” they had found the missing girl.

Caylee’s mother, Casey Anthony, has been charged with murder in connection with the case. She is currently in the Orange County jail. A jail spokesman said he did not know if Casey was aware of the morning’s discovery. During a previous search, a counselor was brought in to talk with Casey.

From WESH:

Eyewitness News has learned an Orange County water meter reader discovered a bag in the area of Chickasaw Trail and Suburban Drive (see map), around three-tenths of a mile from the Anthonys’ home (map from location to Anthony’s home).

According to information obtained by Eyewitness News, when the meter reader picked up the bag a skull fell out. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed to Eyewitness News that the body is a young child.

“We are assuming they are the remains of a victim,” said Orange County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Jim Solomons.

It is not clear at this point whether the body could be Caylee Anthony.

“We know we have a recent discovery. We have investigators on the scene. We need to determine what we have,” said Solomons.

Reports from the scene say deputies have set up a perimeter near a small retention pond.

Google, Yahoo Deal Coming Soon?

November 4, 2008

Google and Yahoo have offered to greatly narrow the scope of their planned advertising partnership in a last-minute effort to win the approval of the Justice Department.

From the New York Times:

The advertising deal calls for Google to place ads next to some Web search results on Yahoo, lifting Yahoo’s revenue. Under the revised terms, the deal would be shortened to 2 years, from as many as 10, said the person, who agreed to speak only on the condition of anonymity because the discussions remained confidential.

In addition, the amount that Yahoo could earn from ads placed by Google would be capped at 25 percent of Yahoo’s search advertising revenue, the person said. Previously, Yahoo had the discretion to decide how much of its search ads to turn over to Google.

Google and Yahoo submitted the new proposal to the Justice Department over the weekend. It is not clear whether the limitations will be enough to satisfy antitrust investigators, who have raised objections to the planned partnership.

Representatives for Yahoo and Google declined to comment on the new proposal, but said that discussions with the Justice Department were continuing. Gina Talamona, a department spokeswoman, said the matter was pending but declined to comment further.

The proposed limits on the partnership, if accepted by regulators, would most likely reduce the financial benefits of the deal for Yahoo, which has been struggling to accelerate its growth in the wake of failed merger talks with Microsoft. The company has said it hopes to receive $250 million to $450 million in additional operating cash flow from the agreement in its first year.

From InformationWeek:

Citing unnamed persons with knowledge of the negotiations, the two newspapers report that two companies now propose that their deal last two years rather than 10 and that Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) can only generate 25% of its search advertising revenue from the arrangement. Yahoo previously estimated that the deal could bring in as much as $800 million in revenue.

The advertising deal was supposed to begin in October, but the two companies delayed it to discuss the matter with the Department of Justice.

Since Google (NSDQ: GOOG) and Yahoo announced the deal in June, Microsoft, various advertising and publishing industry groups, and assorted politicians have come out against it.

In July, Brad Smith, SVP and general counsel at Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) presented prepared remarks at a congressional hearing that warned against the deal. “If permitted to proceed, we believe the Google/Yahoo agreement would effectively create a monopoly in search advertising — to the extent one does not already exist — and further reduce competition,” he said.

In September, the Association of National Advertisers (ANA), an ad industry trade group representing the likes of Proctor & Gamble and Wal-Mart, on Thursday sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice arguing that the partnership Google and Yahoo will limit competition and advertiser choice, concentrate market power, and raise ad prices.

Nero Delivers Liquid TiVo

September 29, 2008

Client Nero today announced the release of Nero 9, the next generation of one of the worlds most trusted and best-selling integrated digital media and home entertainment software solutions. Developed in direct response to customer feedback, Nero 9 gives consumers one solution to easily create, edit, rip, copy, backup, convert and share their music, videos and photos within their connected digital home, on online communities or on portable devices.


Credit: Nero

For more than a decade, the worlds largest mobile and consumer electronics brands have trusted Nero for technology leadership and category creation, said Udo Eberlein, CEO, Nero AG. Now, with Nero LiquidTV | TiVo PC, we are providing a next-generation DVR application that integrates the renowned TiVo service with the PC. This solution is truly a platform on which our vision for liquid media where content can be easily accessed anytime, anywhere, and on any device — will become a reality.

With Nero 9, the company responded to consumer requests for an enhanced, easy-to-use and convenient user interface. The widely used Nero StartSmart intuitive command center, now integrates new playback, ripping, burning, copying and backup functions with one-click tabs for quick and easy completion of digital tasks.

Nero has done a superb job of bringing the TiVo experience to the PC, and have done so in a way that lives up to the rich TiVo legacy, said Tom Rogers, CEO and President, TiVo. To be able to extend the features of TiVo to a new platform without compromising the integrity of what has made TiVo such a revolutionary product is a significant achievement, one we know both new and old fans of TiVo will love.


Credit: Nero

From CNET:

Traditionally, anyone who wanted to convert a PC into a DVR was limited to the likes of Windows Media Center, SnapStream Beyond TV, or (for the more adventurous DIYers) MythTV.

Starting in mid-October, however, people can turn their Windows PCs into a full-on TiVo DVR thanks to Nero’s new Liquid TV package. The software effectively turns a standard PC into a full-service TiVo DVR, replete with the same interface, program guide, and ease-of-use as TiVo’s standalone hardware DVRs–but with the added ability to burn recorded shows to DVD or export them to portable devices such as the iPod or PlayStation Portable.

Liquid TV will be available in two versions. The $200 package includes a standard TiVo remote, USB DTV tuner/antenna (for over-the-air analog and digital TV, including HD broadcasts), and an IR blaster (for controlling external cable and satellite boxes, which would then be fed into a video capture card on your PC). The $100 package is software only; it’s for people who already have a TV tuner card and remote solution (or who will opt for the software’s on-screen mouse controls).

The software is said to support up to four TV tuners, one of which can be an external set-top box. Both versions include a year’s worth of the all-important TiVo service (required for use). Nero hasn’t officially set the renewal fee for the service, but company reps suggested that it will be less than the $13 per month that’s the baseline for owners of the set-top TiVo boxes.

The other big advantage of the PC-based TiVo experience is DVD burning and portable device transfer. Yes, both of these features are available with standard TiVos with that company’s TiVo To Go add-on software (and a compatible DVD-burning software package). But transferring the recordings over your home network and then transcoding them is a long and laborious process. The transcoding and compression phases still take time with Liquid TV. But because the recordings are already on the hard drive, things go a lot faster, and the processes can go on in the background as you continue to watch other recordings or live TV.

From the Associated Press:

The kit will cost $199 when it goes on sale Oct. 15, and includes a remote and a TV tuner that plugs into the PC. The interface on the computer screen looks just like the one on a TV equipped with a TiVo box.

It’s not the first software that allows TV recording on the PC. That’s been possible for years on computers equipped with TV tuners, and some versions of Microsoft Corp.’s Windows Vista operating system include the necessary software. But it will be the first time that both the TiVo interface and functions have been replicated on a PC.

The Nero LiquidTV/TiVo PC will go on sale initially in the U.S., Mexico and Canada, but it could open up some markets where TiVo does not yet sell its set-top boxes. Joshua Danovitz, vice president and general manager of international business at TiVo, said the plan is to launch it in Europe next year, including in Nero’s home country, Germany. Britain is the only European country where TiVo currently has subscribers.

Like TiVo’s existing TiVo Desktop software, LiquidTV will allow users to transfer shows recorded on other TiVo devices in the home to the PC’s hard drive, and bring shows out of the home, either on a laptop’s drive or on an iPod or PlayStation Portable. LiquidTV also allows users to burn shows onto DVDs if the computer has a DVD burner.

From Engadget:

Rejoice, HTPC fans — that partnership between Nero and TiVo has finally borne fruit in the form of Nero’s new LiquidTV / TiVo PC DVR package, which brings the TiVo interface and featureset to Windows. The $199 package comes with a year of TiVo service, a Hauppage USB ATSC tuner, an IR receiver, and a Nero-branded TiVo remote, and does exactly as you’d expect — it’s TiVo on your PC.

There are some interesting PC-specific features bolted on the usual kit — you can navigate using the keyboard and mouse (there are even some nifty contextual menus) and you can export directly to iPod and PSP-compatible .mp4 from within the interface — but for the most part it’s the same TiVo experience you’re used to, including streaming shows to and from other TiVos and TiVo PCs.

From ZDNet:

Like TiVo’s existing TiVo Desktop software, LiquidTV will allow you to transfer shows recorded on other TiVo devices in the home to your PC’s hard drive or on an iPod or PSP. It also allows you to burn shows onto DVDs if your computer has a DVD burner.

Now before there’s a deluge of comments, it’s true that this is not the first software that allows TV recording on the PC. However, it will be the first time that the TiVo interface and functions have been replicated on a PC.

The kit will go on sale initially in the U.S., Mexico and Canada, but it may make its way into some markets where TiVo does not yet sell its set-top boxes. Europe will get a launch next year (The U.K. is the only European country where TiVo currently has subscribers).

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

The Alviso business has teamed with digital media softwaremaker Nero to create LiquidTV/TiVo PC, a software application that provides TiVo service on a personal computer. Users will be able to record shows on a desktop or laptop hard drive, move content between TiVos and the PC, and easily record and format videos for syncing onto iPods and PlayStation Portable mobile devices, all from an onscreen TiVo menu on the PC.

“We’ve tried to take the best of the TiVo experience but move it to the PC and take advantage of the PC’s flexibility,” said Richard Carriere, Americas president for Nero, a German company. “We saw a need for the media enthusiast and we looked at how we can help people move to the next level.”

The $99 software package can be installed on PCs and hook into a home network, allowing a user to move content from TiVo to the computer. Users can pull up the content from a menu that replicates the signature TiVo look. Nero said it’s working on the ability to remotely access home TiVo content from a LiquidTV-enabled PC.

When the software goes on sale in October, users will be able record and watch shows from a PC by either connecting the PC to a TV or set-top box, or pulling content from a computer TV tuner. An expanded $199 LiquidTV pack will come with a TV tuner card, remote control and an infrared blaster to connect the PC with set-top boxes. The $99 pack and the $199 expanded product each come with one year of TiVo service, which normally costs $99.

Google Chrome: New Browser Coming Soon

September 2, 2008

First, it was Google Android. Now, the news is about Google Chrome, Google’s long-rumored open-source browser project, which is about to arrive. A detailed, 38-page comic appeared on Google Blogoscoped and the book is broken down into five main sections covering stability; speed; search and the user experience, security, and standards.

From Google:

So why are we launching Google Chrome? Because we believe we can add value for users and, at the same time, help drive innovation on the web. All of us at Google spend much of our time working inside a browser. We search, chat, email and collaborate in a browser. And in our spare time, we shop, bank, read news and keep in touch with friends — all using a browser. Because we spend so much time online, we began seriously thinking about what kind of browser could exist if we started from scratch and built on the best elements out there.

Google Blogoscoped

Credit: Google Blogoscoped

We realized that the web had evolved from mainly simple text pages to rich, interactive applications and that we needed to completely rethink the browser. What we really needed was not just a browser, but also a modern platform for web pages and applications, and that’s what we set out to build. On the surface, we designed a browser window that is streamlined and simple. To most people, it isn’t the browser that matters. It’s only a tool to run the important stuff — the pages, sites and applications that make up the web. Like the classic Google homepage, Google Chrome is clean and fast. It gets out of your way and gets you where you want to go.

From the Associated Press:

Google will begin distributing its own browser in a move likely to heat up its rivalry with Microsoft.

The Internet search leader confirmed the long-rumored browser in a Monday posting on its Web site. Google said the free browser, called “Chrome,” will be available for downloading Tuesday.

The browser represents Google Inc.’s latest challenge to Microsoft, whose Internet Explorer is used by nearly 75 percent of Web surfers. Google has been concerned that Microsoft will try to program Internet Explorer in a way that makes it more difficult for Google’s search engine to attract traffic.

Google Blogoscoped

Credit: Google Blogoscoped

From GigaOm:

Google in a blog post on their website has acknowledged the existence of Google Chrome, a browser that the company will be releasing tomorrow. Kara Swisher has confirmed the existence of Google Chrome, a browser developed by the Mountain View, Calif.-based search company. The rumors of the browser were reported earlier on Google Blogoscoped, which received a comic book that outlined the key features of the browser.

  • It is based on Webkit and will include Google Gears.
  • It includes Javascript Virtual Machine called V8 that was developed by a team in Denmark.
  • It accelerates the Javascript performance and is multi-threaded.
  • It has tabs, auto-completion, and a dashboard type start page that can help you get going to the web services you need. Opera has such a dashboard.
  • It has a privacy mode that allows you to use the machine without logging anything on the local machine.
  • It might be similar to a feature called Incognito in the latest version of Microsoft IE.
  • Malware and phishing protection would be built into this browser.

From BoomTown:

In its most frontal and aggressive attack on Microsoft yet, sources with knowledge of the project said Google is preparing to unveil a new browser–ready for download to users as early as tomorrow–to try to loosen Microsoft’s iron grip on the most important piece of software to navigate the Internet.

In addition, Google Blogoscoped has published a comic book that Google is apparently using to explain the technical aspects of its open-source browser, which is called Chrome.

Google Blogoscoped

Credit: Google Blogoscoped

From CNET:

While the illustrations, created by cartoonist Scott McCloud, were not announced by Google, they do contain the quotes and likenesses of 19 Google developers.

CNET Editor in Chief Dan Farber’s analysis of Google Chrome Monday was this: “It would be in line with other Google open-source projects, such as OpenSocial and Google Gears. Creating a competitor to Firefox, as well as Internet Explorer and Opera, could spur more innovation.”

“Open sourcing the code is a smart way to avoid the ‘Google wants to take over the world’ fear, but it seems that Google has ambitions to create a comprehensive Internet operating system, including a browser, applications, middleware and cloud infrastructure.”

From InformationWeek:

Yes, you read that correctly. Google is taking a major swipe at its competitors with the imminent launch of Chrome, a new Web browser based on Webkit. Thus marks the beginning of a new phase in the browser wars.

Kara Swischer at The Wall Street Journal got perhaps one of the biggest scoops of the year. She spoke to some people familiar with some of the projects Google is working on. Those sources say that Google is set to unveil a brand new Web browser that will be available to everyone as early as tomorrow (Tuesday).

Not only is Google going announcing a new browser, but it is making the announcement with a comic book. That’s hot.

Google has talked the browser talk for years. The last time I heard anything formal about it from the Google camp was nearly a year ago. Looks like Google is ready to walk the browser walk with Chrome.

Barack Obama Chooses Joe Biden as Running Mate

August 23, 2008

There will be no dream ticket of Obama/Clinton. It’s official, Joe Biden has been selected as Barack Obama’s running mate for the 2008 Presidential election, though not the way that Senator Obama had hoped it would be announced.

Charles Rex Arbogast/AP

Obama and Biden Credit: Charles Rex Arbogast/AP

From Associated Press:

Barack Obama selected Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware late Friday night to be his vice presidential running mate, according to a Democratic official, balancing his ticket with a seasoned congressional veteran well-versed in foreign policy and defense issues.

Biden, 65, has twice sought the White House, and is a Catholic with blue-collar roots, a generally liberal voting record and a reputation as a long-winded orator.

Across more than 30 years in the Senate, he has served at various times not only as chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee but also as head of the Judiciary Committee, with its jurisdiction over anti-crime legislation, Supreme Court nominees and Constitutional issues.

In selecting Biden, Obama passed over several other potential running mates, none more prominent than former first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, his tenacious rival in dozens of primaries and caucuses.

The official who spoke did so on condition of anonymity, preferring not to pre-empt a text-message announcement the Obama campaign promised for Saturday morning.

Obama’s decision leaked to the media several hours before his aides planned to send a text message announcing the running mate, negating a promise that people who turned over their phone numbers would be the first to know who Obama had chosen.

John McCain’s campaign wasted no time in attacking Biden by using the Delaware politician’s own words against him.

From the Wall Street Journal:

The Republicans have been gathering ammunition against Sen. Biden for weeks now and didn’t have to look very far. Early in the lengthy presidential primary season, while he was still a candidate himself, Sen. Biden criticized Sen. Obama’s inexperience on several occasions, as well as his foreign policy naiveté.

The idea of nominating someone without “unimpeachable credentials on national security and foreign policy,” Sen. Biden said during a radio interview in August 2007, would be “a tragic mistake.”

“There has been no harsher critic of Barack Obama’s lack of experience than Joe Biden,” said McCain spokesman Ben Porritt. “Biden has denounced Barack Obama’s poor foreign policy judgment and has strongly argued in his own words what Americans are quickly realizing — that Barack Obama is not ready to be President.”

Sen. Biden is a key component of the Republicans’ counter-programming for the Democratic National Convention next week in Denver. He’s featured in three videos on a new Web site, to be launched Sunday, of Democrats criticizing Sen. Obama.

All I can say is “Let the games begin”. It should be an interesting 10 weeks until election day! Thoughts?