Over the next 18 months, proposed and pending mergers and acquisitions are
going to completely change the media landscape. Even if only a few of them
are completed, the impact will be felt across the value chain, Hollywood will
be shaken to its core and we will live in a very different world. Here are
just a few deals that, when taken together, should make you stop and think
Almost everyone who has standing to have an opinion about the Comcast/NBCU
takeover of Time Warner Cable tells me that it will breeze through regulatory
and is all but a done deal. I’m not sure anything breezes through
regulatory, but I am sure that the deal will get done. If true, the stage
will be set for the most transformative media ownership changes in history.
The new Comcast/NBCU/TWC will own the majority of cable viewers in the US.
Inside of five to seven yea... (more)
The Internet of Things could get out of control pretty fast.
We’re still pretty far from self-aware homes trying to procreate, but as
Gigaom Research analyst Craig Foster noted in his recent report on IoT
security, the dangers are already very real.
Take a look at the maritime industry. Earlier this yea, hackers tilted and
shut down an oil rig, and many tanker crews disable their own electronic
tracking and guidance systems to avoid interception by tech-savvy pirates.
Yes, ships carrying more than 100 million gallons of oil are running blind.
If the energy security and environmen... (more)
According to the US Department of Labor (www.dol.gov), Labor Day (the first
Monday in September) is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to
the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a
yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the
strength, prosperity and well-being of our country.
Just for fun (and in honor of Labor Day and the people who work for a
living), here is a list of buzzwords, biz speak and hipster droppings that
should be banned from every business meeting forevermore.
Engagement – It’s not a metric; ... (more)
When it comes to high-tech features, luxury car drivers get all the love.
It’s true for massage seats, neck warmers, and self-parking systems. And
it’s true for head-up displays, which project information onto a car’s
windshield, so the driver can see how fast she’s going and what song is
playing on the radio without taking her eyes off the road. The technology has
been in fighter jets since the 1950s, and auto makers have been toying with
it for nearly three decades. But the cost of the technology has confined it
to the luxury market. Not anymore. San Francisco-based startup Na... (more)
I love The Internet of Things. You do, too, even if you don’t know exactly
what it is yet. Hardly a day goes by where I don’t find a story about some
awesome company creating some new awesome gadget that taps into The Internet
of Things. Scrolling through these stories is like taking a peek at the world
(and our homes!) three to five years down the line.
But, uh, what exactly is The Internet of Things? And why should you care?
Great questions! Let’s sort it all out.
What Is The Internet of Things?
Basically, The Internet of Things is how all of your connected devices talk
to each ... (more)