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Apple To Change The Way We Watch TV? Damn Straight.

In Technology, Television on December 23, 2009 at 7:02 pm

Cable, begin packing your bags because I believe your days are numbered, that is, if Apple has its way.

CBS and Disney are reportedly in talks with Apple, the computer giant and maker of the popular iPhone, to begin streaming their shows through a new subscription service being offered by Apple.

If this subscription service and deal pays off, viewers will be able to pay a monthly, rumored to be around $30, fee for the shows they want to watch and only those. No longer will you have to purchase a cable package and pay for stations you hardly watch.

I never understood why cable packages weren’t set up that way. Why do I have to pay for the Golf Channel when I don’t watch nor care for golf? Same thing with the TVGuide Channel. We all know that channel is pointless.

Apple’s subscription service would deal another huge blow to the cable companies if the rumored payment price of $2 to $4 per subscriber for broadcast networks and $1 to $2 for cable companies sticks. (This is important because that is how the networks would make a profit from their shows)

CBS would offer programming from its lineup, which include hit shows from CBS and CW. Disney would offer shows from its Disney Channel, ABC and ABC Family programming stations.

I think this is an awesome ideas and I hope other stations will follow suit and jump on this internet bandwagon. If it were up to me, Apple and Google would run the Internet, hands down.

Of course they would have to include me in their plans in world domination, but hey, a boy can dream.

Door closed.

-Damien

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Are Hewlett Packard PCs Racist?

In Technology on December 22, 2009 at 11:54 pm

Check this video out.

A couple of smart workers noticed something when they were playing around with HP’s new webcam that automatically senses when someone enters into the frame (facial recognition), then follows their motions by panning and zooming to keep them center. ¬†One problem:

It seems it doesn’t work on African Americans.

Wanda Zamen, who is Caucasian, and Desi Cryer, who is African American, created a YouTube video that has since gone viral on the Internet testing out the computer’s capabilities. About 20 seconds into the video, Cryer begins to move around, attempting to test the camera out and seeing if it can sense his motion and recognize his face.

Nothing.

Zamen then enters the frame alone and it doesn’t take 2 seconds for the camera to recognize her face and begin following her motions. Cryer enters back into the frame and the sensing abilities seem to cease.

HP has received complaints regarding the technology and is said to be looking into the matter. The cause of the problem?

“The technology we use is built on standard algorithms that measure the difference in intensity of contrast between the eyes and the upper cheek and nose,” wrote Tony Welch, the lead social media strategist for HP’s Personal Systems Group. “We believe that the camera might have difficulty ‘seeing’ contrast in conditions where there is insufficient foreground lighting.”

So, you didn’t check on this before why? Did you not assume that African Americans would be using your computers? It seem to me like someone has dropped the ball and they better pick it up quick before this becomes more of a PR nightmare.

Door closed.

-Damien