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Stock Photography I am very excited to show you up some initial results of our hard work for quite a long time. Pixamba.com opens it doors for the contributors and image buyers. You are warmly welcome to join us and start selling your photos and illustrations with Pixamba. We offer high resolution stock images at very affordable prices and we are here, online and offline for any question or suggestion you may have. Original post blogged on Pixamba Blog. ... (more)

IoT Service Revenues to Reach $20 Billion

A new report from Juniper Research has forecast that Machine to Machine (M2M)) service revenues will reach $20 billion globally in 2015, as players across the M2M industry focus on simplifying the process of rolling out M2M for the end-user. However, the report -- M2M & Embedded Strategies: Telematics, POS, mHealth, Metering & Buildings 2013-2018 -- observed that the monetization opportunities offered by M2M services differ significantly according to the industry to which it is being applied. Thus, while telematics is particularly positive, smart metering, despite high forecast numbers and regulatory drivers, is still struggling to find an avenue for revenue generation. However, in all sectors, service revenues will substantially exceed revenues from managing connectivity throughout the forecast period. The report also argued that faster mobile broadband networks w... (more)

1-2-1VIEW's New Linux-Based MegaEye Videowall Set to Revolutionise Video Wall Concept

A new software-based video wall solution set to revolutionise the common video wall concept was unveiled at 1-2-1VIEW Corporation’s booth at IBC in Amsterdam. 1-2-1VIEW’s MegaEye enables non-linear, dynamic grouping of video wall segments and flexible content control at a mouse click to deliver stunning visual impact, giving outdoor digital signage and building owners a low cost and easy to use video wall solution. Using powerful streamer software as opposed to the commonly used videowall processor or PC display card, the MegaEye performs all media processing steps including display analysis, cropping, re-encoding and streaming. The MegaEye allows operators to segment a video wall into horizontal, vertical or matrix sets and dynamically distribute content according to a pre-configured playlist. Operated by 1-2-1VIEW Corporation’s Ninja digital signage ... (more)

Tempest About Teens Using Twitter Stirred by Twits

One of the reasons I decided to strike out on my own and focus on writing for this industry was to perhaps help influence the way companies are presenting themselves to the industry and media and also calm down some of the crazy hype out there. I just, for example, read something about a software company making a "quantum leap" in something or other. Adrian's crew flagged that one. I read press releases all the time that are suspect, and increasingly, in this frenzied effort to feed the 24-hour news beast, stuff that then gets written out of that PR without much thought as to what's being reported. This mild rant is actually not about the DS/DOOH industry, but it could be just as easily. All day, I have seen reports on my RSS newsreader from mainstream news and technology blogs about the report from Morgan Stanley that says teens aren't using Twitter. Hmmm, I though... (more)

X2O Media Announces X2O(TM), a New Enterprise Communication Platform for Delivering Real-Time Information to Any Screen, Anywhere

MONTREAL -- (Marketwire) -- 10/19/09 -- X2O Media, a leading provider of digital signage solutions, today announced a new enterprise communication platform that allows businesses and organizations to distribute real-time messages to multiple screens throughout their network, greatly improving the effectiveness and reach of employee communications. With X2O, business executives, marketing communications staff, and human resources professionals can quickly and easily display Microsoft® SharePoint® content in the form of desktop TV channels, scrolling news feeds, or data-driven screen savers on employee desktops, mobile devices, digital signage displays, and interactive kiosks, using the same tools to manage content on all screens. X2O goes beyond basic streaming video by allowing users to create customized information channels combining dynamic graphics, animations, v... (more)

A New Medical Journal Search Tool from DeepDyve

A new search site is in beta called DeepDyve that has some promise. First, they claim that they index millions of medical papers from paid journals and free sites. The problem in the past is that this content wasn’t too readily available. Yes, there is Medline, but not a very user-friendly tool. Second, getting copies of the papers to read has never been easy, particularly for those of us in the lay community that don’t have medical center accounts or access to medical libraries. This is where DeepDyve comes in. They charge a buck to rent the paper for 24 hours. You can get other “plans” that allow unlimited access for more money. Does this sound familiar, like renting movies? Got it. Their search engine is very simplistic — you can’t sort by date for example. But you can enter an entire abstract into the search query to narrow things down. ... (more)

Clever and Useful Move with iPhone App

I am at a bit of a disadvantage here because (oh, the horror) I don't have an iPhone and I am not all that conversant in Stratacache's software. But, that stated, I am nonetheless thinking that developing an iPhone app for its ActiVia software is a pretty clever move. Yes, if you have a wireless phone and a browser, and your platform is Web-based, you kinda sorta have an app anyway. But from what I know of many browser-based platforms - including one I had a demo on yesterday - they'd all be a pain in the butt to use on a small handset screen. This is a special-purpose app that uses the iPhone UI and allows users to bang around and manage their network and players from pretty much anywhere. Apart from the pure utility of that, I also think it is a clever marketing move. There are fewer and fewer ways in which all the DS software guys can differentiate themselves and... (more)

Adobe Update: "Unambiguous Statement" Coming

RIA's at Cloud Expo Remember me? Sorry for lack of posts. Happy to report I am very busy on both the pressDOOH and Preset fronts, and seeing a lot of airports (but dodging storms). Anyway, there is encouraging news on the Adobe Flash licensing beat - with a senior Adobe guy promising: Adobe will make an unambiguous statement in the new year. This was from the Director of Adobe's Open Screen Project, which is Adobe's big cross-platform initiative. He found me through another Adobe guy who conceded the company's position was confusing, and promised to look into it. He found me through Stephen Randall of Locamoda. So if we do get clarity, finally, Stephen gets a gold star. Nate Kidwell of DS newcomer Ludicast, which uses Flash extensively, has also been a big help, and pointed me (among other things) to a post on a Flash developer's blog, called ickydime. The comment... (more)

iPad on Ulitzer - How To Jump On the iPad Buzz

iPad on Ulitzer There were two kinds of technology companies issuing press releases today. Goofball ones that were somehow oblivious to Apple's planned announcement, and thought it was just another day and their stuff would get the usual attention. And those who watched the announcement of the iPad and realized there was excitement to leverage, and put together their own announcement. Now just about anyone in digital signage making an announcement that somehow tied in to the iPad would be regarded with giggles, but Nanonation is one of only a few companies in the space that actually have some genuine Apple ties, history and chops, so to speak. In the hours after the celebrated tablet was announced, Nanonation issued a release saying its propellerheads were all over this thing. Software developer Nanonation announced plans to support and develop new customer-facing applica... (more)

The Good Thing About Standards

“The good thing about standards is that there are so many to choose from.” – Dr. Tanenbaum And so we picked SMIL, an open web standard developed by the W3C (the fellows that brought us HTML, CSS and all the other things that make the internet work) for our new light-weight digital signage player which, thanks to Microsoft Silverlight, runs on a variety of platforms such as Windows, OS X, Linux, Symbian and Windows CE. As some of you may remember, we released SMIL support for our Oxygen media platform a few months ago. Since then a lot has happened! Our partner IAdea has rolled out a few hundred units of their XDS-100 players that are managed by our platform. Furthermore we are working with many partners and customers to roll out more SMIL-based digital signage installations. We see great future for SMIL in the Digital Signage industry, because it makes it easier to... (more)

VideoEgg Acquires Six Apart To Create Say Media

Modern Media Company Reaches 345 Million. Provides Advertisers the Scale of a Portal, Influence of Blog, and Efficiency of a Network LONDON - September 22, 2010 - VideoEgg, the brand engagement pioneer, announced today it has agreed to acquire Six Apart, the leader in conversational media, to form SAY Media, a modern media company.[1] SAY Media brings together influential voices and their communities to enable advertisers to reach a global audience of 345 million.[2] The company provides systemic ways for advertisers to engage the social consumer in an era when attention is scarce and interruptive ad models are less effective. Connecting rich experiences with attentive audiences. The new entity combines VideoEgg's engagement technologies with Six Apart's social publishing platform to power advertising campaigns that are more conversational and interactive. Through t... (more)