Video Recording Formats: Are We Done Yet?

At a corporate video shoot, I was a taken back by the recording gear sitting atop the videographer’s two tripods: not sophisticated prosumer models from Canon or Sony, not a couple of standard consumer beer can-style camcorders, not even a pair of GoPros – they were shooting with couple of off-the-shelf D-SLRs. This unusual (to me) digital camera deployment represents the confused nature of our nearly 35 year wrestling match with consumer video recording. And, apparently, the confusion isn’t about to end.

Read all about the ever-evolving and confusing nature of video recording formats here.

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OLEDs Aplenty at IFA

Nearly every TV maker at IFA in Berlin displayed are UHD OLED sets, all using panels sourced from LG. Read who and why here.

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My IFA 2016 Coverage for TWICE

 

A few of the reports I wrote for TWICE on IFA 2016 in Berlin are linked here.

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What Is a Portable Computer?

In recent dueling ads about their tablet/laptop hybrids, both Apple and Microsoft ask the rhetorical question: What is a computer?

Well, we kinda know that, don’t we? The real question is, what is a “portable computer?”

Read the answer here.

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Why Aren’t There 21st Century Flip Phones?

Apparently by the 23d century, we’ll have returned to flipping flip phones. We know this because in Star Trek Beyond, the intrepid crew of the USS Enterprise employs communicators with lids that have to be flipped up to operate—subspace radio gear still must be pretty bulky in 2260.

But why don’t we have smart flip phones now, especially when smartphone makers are looking for any competitive edge they can find? Read my observations here.

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UHD Blu-ray: A Niche of a Niche

 

Some of the UHD Blu-ray player suppliers who have dipped their toes into the new format pool are taking different approaches on selling a new packaged media format in a video landscape where fewer consumers will likely show much interest. Read all about them here.

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Should You Switch from Wired to Bluetooth Headphones?

A piece I wrote for Slickdeals, which you can read here.

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How Will TV Makers Compete With VR?

For VR to go mainstream, there may need to be a non-helmet, group-sharing counterpart—wider TVs with paradigm-snapping viewing capabilities. Are there any on the horizon? Find out why or why not here.

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Best portable power solutions

A piece for BetaNews on portable battery packs.

Best portable power solutions

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Bose QuietControl 30 Hands On: Most Advanced In-Ear Phones Ever?

Bose QuietControl 30 cobra

A preview of the new Bose QuietControl 30 Bluetooth/active noise canceling in-ear phones, coming in September, for a site called Gadget Review, which you can read here.

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