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The Evolution of Media Convergence: Why Some People are not Happy about it

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It was in 1997 when I first heard the words “media convergence.”  My boss at that time was talking about how in due time TV, telephone, cable, and the Internet will be one and will change some of our daily habits like watching TV, communicating with people, and accessing information.  I knew that it was not his idea but had read it somewhere as he was a bookworm.  He explained to me that media convergence is a synergy of different forms of media through the help of technology.

From 1997, a lot of technological breakthroughs occurred.  Cell phones became digital instead of analog.  Cable companies started to become wireless.  Internet access was rapidly expanding to a greater number of people. Mobile phones were getting smaller and more affordable.  More features were installed.  Telephone companies were buying and partnering with Internet providers and later on after the millennium, they provided their own mobile and broadband services.  Cable companies has either disappeared or merged with big telecommunications companies.

After 2001, MP3’s become popular, electronic gadgets installed applications like web browser and networking tools, mobile phones have digital camera, MP3 player, camcorder, voice recorder, GPS, and other advanced features, tools, or applications.  Radio and TV programs were already available online.  Printed materials such as books, magazines, and newspapers were gaining popularity in terms of access.

The Internet is a vital link towards this digital revolution but since it is already past infancy stage, the term is no longer applicable; I believe “digital adaptation” is more appropriate. When mobile phones became sophisticated, telecommunication companies has crossed the barrier of audio and video programming into the Internet. Computer functions as well as operating systems are embedded in mobile and other electronic gadgets such as gaming devices and consoles. Media convergence has then become a reality following these developments.  This has been made possible because of the Internet.

The effect was tremendous to the human population.  While majority were just too happy with digital adaptation, there are some people who were not only unhappy but mad as well.  Mobile phones eliminated long distance operators.  Broadband companies destroyed Internet cafes. In other words, hundred thousands of jobs and people were displaced.  Downloading became popular and copyright owners shouted foul and demanded rigid online policies regarding intellectual properties.  Electronic consumers are fed with new products and various technologies become passé after six months to one year while millions are having a difficult time coping with the advances in terms of money.

Lastly, media convergence has brought millions of junks. As tools, gadgets, audio and video electronic systems are rapidly changing and people are acquiring the latest models, it can only mean trashing the older models.  Think of how many millions of mobile phones, laptops, desktops, CRT TV’s, LCD’s and other electronic items are thrown in the garbage yearly?!

The gaining popularity of Smart TV’s and the resurgence of Plasma TVs have spurred new demands for these products to benefit the effects of media convergence.  We can only know the effect of these on jobs, environment, copyright owners, and to people later.

Best Gadgets of 2012

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On the first day of 2012, BBC News published an article about the most wanted gadgets in 2012.  The list includes updated Nokia Lumia, Apple upgrading its iPod with a thinner and bigger screen, Sony smart phones, Xbox 720 (became Xbox One actually), Playstation 4, new Nintendo Wii, Tomb Raider, Grand Theft Auto V, and Mass Effect 3.

After the year has passed, let us take a look at the best gadgets of 2012.  Does the list include gadgets enumerated by BBC News? Read on.

According to resources online, the bestselling electronic gadgets on Amazon.com are Kindle readers.  It holds the top four positions with the Tom Tom GPS coming in fifth and the Apple iPod 8g coming in sixth.  This information proves that people are still into reading.  The Tom Tom GPS gadget on the other hand is an indication that people are buying technology that helps them in their everyday life.  The Apple iPod 8g affirms what BBC reported in their most wanted list.

The bestselling phones of 2012 (overall) on the other hand so far are the following – Samsung Galaxy Note, Apple iPhone 4S, Samsung Galaxy Y, Samsung Galaxy SII, Blackberry 9900, Nokia Lumia 800, Samsung Galaxy Ace, Nokia Lumia 710, Nokia Asha 300, and Sony Xperia Ray.  While Nokia has somehow managed to pose a threat in the mobile phone market, there is no doubt that Samsung remains the strongest brand in this gadget category.  Let us find out if the divorce between Sony and Ericsson will yield positive results for both brands.

BBC News excluded specific electronic gadgets like digital cameras in their list. Anyway,  the Panasonic Lumix series is the bestselling brand in this category.  The driving sales factor can be attributed to several features of this brand and its models.  For example, Panasonic Lumix TS3 has the latest technology to capture high resolution images for underwater shots and other solid features like shock, dust, and water proof.  If you want high definition images, then go for Panasonic Lumix FZ45 which can capture movie and picture images at high speed range.

Other bestselling electronic gadgets also include electronic pointers, speakers, computer accessories, and other stuffs.  Here, you won’t find brands like Nokia, Sony, and Samsung.  Rather, you will find Boogie Board LCD writing tablet, Optical finger mouse, Portable Sphere speakers, SMW Green Laser Pointer, power adapters, USB cable charging devices, wireless controllers for PS3, Smart pens, and network media players as some of the brands and products electronic consumers are buying in 2012.

Electronic manufacturers won’t stop; they will continue to launch new products of the latest models with up to date technological features embedded as well as upgrading of current lines with more sophisticated tools and applications.  This will alter the total sales make-up of the electronic industry for the years to come.  With aggressive promotional tools, popular brands like Sony, Nokia, and Samsung will ward off threats from rivals like Blackberry, Apple, and Nintendo.  Really, the race for technological supremacy has never been exciting and electronic consumers are just too happy to accept the latest with open arms this 2013.

Tech 2013: Events, Phones, Gadgets, Gizmos, Games, and other Technology to Look Forward to

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The year 2012 offered countless technological breakthroughs and products. But tech fans all over the world have more to look forward to when it comes to the world of tech 2013. Here are some of the phones, gadgets, gizmos, games, and other technology worth waiting for this year!

Tech Conferences

Starting with conferences, the annual international Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is currently ongoing (Jan. 8-11, 2013) at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A. This event features upcoming tech products from giant companies.

Another tech event for 2013 which should be on your itinerary is the E3 or the Electronic Entertainment Expo. We featured about it last year through this post – E3 the Electronic Entertainment Expo – Happy Days. This year, the E3 will be held on June 11-13, 2013 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. This venue will hold all upcoming E3 annual conferences until 2015.

Both conferences will feature some of the products or items listed below.

Phones

First on the list of smart phones is the Blackberry 10 with RIM’s own QNX based operating system. This phone features a smart keyboard enabled simply by swiping specific hand movements. HTC’s Android phone called Butterfly featuring a 5-inch full HD display screen, similarly HD-powered cameras, and 2 GB of RAM plus 32 GB internal memory storage has already been released in Japan and the U.S. Another HTC phone, the M7 is also anticipated with its full HD display, 4G data capability, quad core processor, and aluminum design.

Still on phones with 5-inch full HD screens, you can include the Sony Experia Odin (also called Z with codename C660X Yuga) on the list of smart phones to anticipate this year. It features a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 quad core processor, 1080p resolution, 13 MP camera, and 2 GB RAM. This phone will be water resistant too.

As for Samsung, expect several phones this year including the Galaxy SIV or S4 which also features a 5-inch screen and an Android Jelly Bean OS. Another Samsung baby is a Windows 8 based ATIV device, the Samsung ATIV Odyssey. Although it appeared to be similar to the Galaxy S3, it’s actually more comparable to the Nokia Lumia 822. This phone will be equipped with the following features: 4-inch WVGA Super AMOLED screen, 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 1080p resolution, 5 MP camera, 4G LTE data, NFC technology, and 1 GB of RAM with 8 GB internal storage.

Since Nokia is mentioned, an upcoming Lumia 940 with carbon fiber frame is currently being conceptualized. Another potential concept is as always a new iPhone. This year, predictions are up for a possible iPhone 5s or an iPhone 6.

Even Microsoft as well as popular Chinese manufacturer ZTE doesn’t want to be left behind when it comes to phones. Allegedly, Foxconn will manufacture the Surface Phone for Microsoft along with a tablet. ZTE on the other hand will soon release its Grand S smart phone. It’s a variation of the Nubia Z5 with super thin body, 720 x 1280 pixel display, 13 MP rear camera, Android Jelly Bean OS, quad core processor, 2 GB RAM, and 5-inch full HD display like most 2013 phones. ZTE will also release the P945. It will be equipped with a 1.2GHz quad core processor, 3000 mAh battery, and an 8 MP camera. Above all, it boasts of a large 5.7 inch display.

Phone Features

If you think these features are amazing, wait till you hear about separate phone features currently being developed. Some of which include the following:

1. Smart Skin Phones. Enabled by the smart device-skin functionality, this technology can take digital snapshots and have it displayed on the device’s skin.

2. Bendy Screen Smartphone. The Samsung Galaxy Skin phone not only features 800×480 high resolution AMOLED screen, 1.2GHz processor, an 8 MP camera, and 1 GB of RAM; it also comes with a slick bending screen! Yes, it bends!

3. Gorilla Glass 3. If you think your Gorilla glass designed phone or tablet is tough enough, wait till the Gorilla Glass 3 gets released.

Tablets

Speaking of tablets, the Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon is beyond superb. It can lie flat on any surface and allows multiple users to touch the screen at the same time including during gaming moments. It’s powered by i7 processors and can actually convert itself into a 27-inch desktop PC.

Lifebook

I don’t know just where exactly to categorize the Fujitsu Lifebook 2013 so might as well create its own category. This device combines a laptop, tablet, smart phone, and a digital camera all in one! No one knows how much it costs yet but it’s coming to you this 2013.

PC Parts and Pieces

Let’s start with the Nvidia Tegra 4 processor. It comes with a 72 graphics core which is 6 times higher than the Tegra 3. Its CPU features the ARM Cortex A-15 which is more improved than the current ARM Cortex A-9 Tegra 3 quad core chipset. The LTE powered i500 modems are also due for release. These empower up to 1.2 trillion operations per second which may pave the way to the Tegra 4 being utilized for smart phones and tablets soon.

The Tobii Rex eye-tracking interface has already been showcased during last year’s CES. This year, it will come in smaller sizes and can soon fit the space between your laptop and keypad and hopefully as small as downloadable apps. This USB connected device enables the so-called Gaze interface which lets your eyes move your cursor to scroll, open folders or files, and even zoom in and out.

TV

Full HD is disadvantageous for TVs with large screens and for viewers watching closely because the pixels become noticeable. 4K resolves that problem through a screen resolution of 4096 x 2160 pixels. 4k TVs are designed with 4x the number of pixels full HDTVs have, thus, the 4K name. But TVs with this capability are of course VERY expensive. So if you’d like TVs that are more affordable, consider Google TVs GA7900 and GA6400. Combined with LG’s new Magic Remote Qwerty design, you can experience improved Voice Search and PrimeTime quick guide with these units. You will also have access to VoD or Video on Demand, YouTube, and apps.

Speaking of YouTube and still on TV, brace yourself for the mobile/TV pairing feature soon to be available for gadgets from Bang & Olufsen, LG, Panasonic and Sony. This feature will enable viewers to watch HD videos or channels, find new subscribed videos and search for them faster, and to create 1080p based playlists.

New Platform: Glasses

Still another Google project is the Google glass. You can wear them like regular eye glasses. It features 4G, GPS, Bluetooth connectivity with Android powered devices, and a camera. Vuzix M100 Smart Glass will also set foot on CES 2013 with its Android 4 OS, GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 4 GB storage, and 720p video. The company had even released the product’s SDK to encourage developers to create apps.

Gaming

The next PlayStation named PS4 is technically the 8th from Sony already. It is predicted to be smaller, lighter, faster, with a bigger storage capacity than the current PS3. Microsoft’s new Xbox on the other hand is called Kryptos, Loop, Durango, 720 and numerous other code names. Expect improved performance, an updated Kinect, new controllers including TV controls, two-way directional audio, support for virtual reality glass system, cloud storage and media capabilities, digitally downloadable games, and of course a new design. This gaming console may see the light of day on E3 2013.

Cars

Well, there’s only just one so it’s not cars but car. So last but not the least on this list is MIT’s folding car, Hiriko or the urban car. It will soon be released in Europe and selected areas in the U.S. European countries are the targeted areas because these places are known to be amongst the most crowded, especially their cities. To help ease space parking problems, Hiriko can be folded to fit only 1/3 of a parking space. This means that 3 of this car model can occupy just one parking space. It’s also environment friendly as it runs on electricity. The only problem is that its electric powered battery can only run a 75 miles distance.

There you have it! These are what all tech fans can look forward to for tech 2013! Excited? Let us know what you think by dropping a comment below. You may also click on that Facebook ‘like’ button or share this article through various site through the ‘share this’ bookmarking button.