Electronic Visualization for the Next Century

  • Deconstructing Aereo

    April 18, 2014

    On April 22, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in the Aereo case. Broadcasters want the company’s unique “antenna to IP” service shut down, claiming it is avoiding retransmission fees by a clever legal/engineering system, and operates in violation of copyright laws. Aereo and many other amicus briefs argue that Aereo is within its rights to deliver over-the-air broadcast signals to subscribers because each subscriber has, in effect, their own antenna and cloud DVR, which they control. In this interpretation, Aereo is only leasing space on an antenna to deliver a TV broadcast to subscribers, much the same way an electric company provides power to the home to operate a television. There have been so many arguments for and against this service that it’s hard to keep up with them. Not only that, two U.S. district courts (1st and 2nd) have ruled in favor of Aereo, barring any injunctions, while a third (10th) has ruled against it, shutting ..Read more

  • Smart Phones: Galaxy S5 Triumphs; Amazon 3D Entices

    April 19, 2014

    North American sales of Samsung's long-awaited Galaxy S5 phone began on April 11, and pundits muttered that carriers were nervous about how the phone would sell. As it turns out, either the worries were overblown or the pundits were smoking funny cigarettes. Four days after North American sales commenced, a Samsung spokesperson said GS5 orders "were already in the millions," and that first-day sales were double that of of the GS4, the GS5's prececessor that had its debut last year. The GS5 has sold out in many countries following its launch in 125 other countries on April 14, reported ZDNet Korea. The website went on to report that the GS5 is outselling the GS4 by a factor of 1.3 overall, and has double the sales of its predecessor in the UK and parts of Europe. Two weeks ago, I wrote about Ray Soneira's test results on the GS5's display. I can now report that the GS5's real-world performance is entirely consistent with the results of Soneira's exhaustive testing. In particular, ..Read more