Say Hello to a New Chromebook

Welcome Chromebook…Seriously

By Steven Clickford (Twitter: @Sclickfo | Insta: @steven.clickford)


 

Alphabet’s Google division is set to announce a new line of tablets based on the Chrome OS. I really never understood the concept of an operating system with a graphical environment on solely a web browser. OTTH I can understand why a case to make an Android based tablet, or netbook, but does this mean that Android could be nixed in the future with this apparent hybrid environment as seen on social media?

And people complain about the costs of Apple products? Why should a customer pay $250 on an laptop that is mostly dependent on the Internet when you could get comparable Windows solution with more storage, RAM, CPU, etc for about the same price?

You’re just paying for the hardware. There has to be a reason why the desktops disappeared because if there was a smart customer, he could’ve gone on eBay and buy a thin client for a fraction of the price and still have local availability in case the network or internet (or DARE I SAY THE CLOUD) goes frizzy.

Yup I call this a toy of a computer. And Google is like grade school of technology outside of the search engine…

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What’s Driving Local Media Sellouts?

By Staff Reports


What attracts these groups to merge is the very kinky nature of TV networks forcing local groups to bend over backwards with “reversed compensation”, where a local station may pay up to $10 million annually to carry network programming, that most often has been extended to the consumer and resulting the rise of cable bills. Fox, ABC, NBC and CBS have extremely lucrative deals with the major sports leagues paying tons of cash for the rights to show moving pictures and sound, with zero rights to ownership of their own work to cover the games, while extend the respective leagues’ propaganda   – of which is “rising programming costs” that gets extended to local stations or their parent company’s group, that again gets extended to the consumer.

 

 

In the last 5 years, deals have gone so crazy that would not had been seen decades ago. Sinclair has grown via the acquisition of Fisher Communications, Albritrion, that only owns Politico now, of which those stations owned nearly 20 combined; along with some onesey twosey deals such as acquiring WJAR-TV in Providence after Media General (their owner) merged with LIN (that owned competing stations that exceeded FCC limits). In 2013, Belo Corporation of Dallas that once billed their flagship station WFAA as “The Spirit of Texas” for local patriotism was sold to Gannett and spun off as Tegna and today operating at a frugal budget taking away the most important asset, local journalism, in the lieu of low cost programming masquarating in the marketing sense to change the models to be hip, “relevant” programming for the Millenial generation, almost destroying many of the Belo and Gannett/Tenga stations. Ratings at many of the now Tegna stations are a shadow of their former selves.

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Editorial: It’s Time for Boys to Be Held Accountable for their Effing Actions

As of this writing, the infamous Harvey Weinstein is taking himself to court in Manhattan for his sexual abuse to women in the film industry.

But how many of these people are in high technology? Take Zoho, the enterprise cloud app provider who forced users on a Friday morning to use a more counter-productive app for the mail service, that many pay for and the company has zero intentions giving customers the option to rollback. Wonder if that man behind the Zoho Mail is a rapist?

Most men in high technology are aggressive, powerful, and force ideas upon them. Women in this industry are lacking. If you do no think like them, you’ll be verbally and orally attacked. An investigative report from a Lego TV news station over a year ago reported about 100 men that had domestic violence cases were in high technology. If this applied in the fictional world, is it real?

Even some men say they do not want to be in the industry in the fear of being degraded.

It’s safe to say that Zuckerberg, the Uber guy, and a boatload of other men in the Silicon Valley region to be offenders, and could be registered as sex offenders too. Not to mention the millions of IT or IS professionals who push a new app down a user’s face are trying to get into a woman sexually.

Men are creeps. And in high technology they are just as bad as Weinstein.

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Radio is passee – Public Opinion; Nielsen: Radio [Still] Rocks!

By Steven Clickford

(Twitter: @Sclickfo | Insta: @steven.clickford | email: Click Here)

Just in time for the NAB Show, reports from Nielsen states terrestrial radio is still a media king, despite the eroding profits for almost two decades and the disposal of CBS Radio to Entercom and iHeart Media last fall and iHeart’s Chapter 11 last month. Inside Radio reports that Millenials (the 20 to 35 year olds) and Gen Xers (the upper 30s to lower 50s) audience are tuning into radio in alarming rates, given how marketing and futurists believing that everyone would listen to an Alexa with a Pandora app.

This is shocking to even Nielsen. In a whitepaper written by Nelisen Audio  (vis-a-vis the acquisition of Arbitron, the ratings agency for radio from several years back), Brad Kelly wrote in a white paper entitled Audio Today – How America Listens he states this “Who would have believed 100 years after its debut AM/FM radio would continue to top the charts as the medium that reaches more consumers each week than any other.”

(For the record, A.C. Nielsen had not been in the radio ratings prior to acquiring Arbitron, sometimes this writer will continue to refer to Nielsen Audio as the former in the sake of old age and nostalgic purposes and impressing people in the industry. )

There is quite a lot more information with nice infographics in the article by Inside Radio. The irony is the amount of listeners when so many in the business have felt the 1970s and 1980s for AM and FM respectively had their peak, the days of “grand” status, flaunting their multi thousand watt Class A stick, and unique talent like Dan Ingram from the former Musicradio 77 WABC in New York.

The real question is why aren’t they profitable? Massive debt, laxed government regulations, etc is a start.

VizRT is giving away free copies of VizArtist

By Steven Clickford

Twitter: @SClickfo | Instagram @steven.clickford | Email via Contact page


NewscastStudio reports that VizRT, the Norwegian CGI solutions for  broadcast TV is reportedly giving away a entry level license of Viz Artist, the graphics software that helps people design graphics on a very complex and complicated graphics systems that VizRT sells. VizRT also announced they are changing the licensing structure as well.

While the app maybe free now, as attendees to the NAB Show (which your’s truly is writing this at), the system as  a whole can be strongly criticized for an extremely complicated, complex system for a viewer’s point of view may result in a lot of text clutter, and other over stimulated content.

The embedded video is an interview of Chris Jarzynka, formerly a full time meteorologist at the writer’s home market of WMUR-TV in Manchester. Now as a freelancer at the station given he works for Viz full time; your’s truly, because he’s been known to be a nice guy, gave Jarzynka 10 minutes to sell Vizrt and all the great things at the 2017 NAB Show. He said “big data” is the future of broadcast garphics.  Despite a local connection, and an “in” for a review; one remains skeptical even though the app is “free” to download for others later this month.

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Broadcasting & Cable has a new owner

From Staff Reports


The parent company of the decades old Broadcasting & Cable is sold to a British company called Future Plc. The publicly held company bought New Bay for$12 million dollars in stock because Future is a publicly held company.

It’s a nice trade magazine, known for it’s super sized print editions, and whether or not it survives can be doubted.

Techicenter will focus on broadcasting technology, since that is also a nice technology from time to time

WJAR-TV Exposes Misuse of Enhanced 9-1-1 Services in RI

WJAR-TV (Ch. 10) , in Providence, known as “Southern New England’s News Leader” that was once owned by NBC, and has had massive quality control problems leading to the station’s talent referring to technical glitches on a daily basis as “dastardly computers” apparently got lucky that reputation muted for a day by boutique press of a serious investigative story.

According to Broadcasting & Cable, WJAR reported on the fundamental and systemic failures in the State of Rhode Island’s Enhanced 9-1-1 system. B&C reports”that found major call center problems due to underfunding” and problems such as  wait times, delayed emergency response and the inability to invest in new systems, was citied as a concern.

Worse, the state admitted the diversion of E-9-1-1 funds. By order of the F-C-C, any monthly charge of E-9-1-1 that gets put on any telephone service bill to a customer is supposed to use those funds to the agency (or agencies that depends on the state) that handles emergency calls that is a three-digit telephone number.

Channel 10 also reported that over $10 million dollars was diverted into the state’s General Fund, of a line item that could profit the emergency services of $15 million

More can be seen in the B&C article.

Enhanced 9-1-1 since the 1990s has become a challenge. Hard wired lines are no longer available or consumers and even enterprises are cutting the cord; replacing such technologies such as mobile and SIP trunking. This makes 9-1-1 calls more complex to get location information. Cell phones, Voice over IP or IP Telephony services are not as magical as the traditional landlines that would automatically provide street addresses on a private database provided by the telephone company known as Automatic Location Identifier or ALI. It’s sister technology the Automatic Numbering Identifier or ANI is basically a private Caller ID for the emergency services.

Rhode Island is not the only state. Recently the Feds were contacting the state’s CEOs in New York State, Montana,  Oklahoma as well since the E9-1-1 managers were ether MIA or didn’t give the FCC the information that pleased them.

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Facebook: Over 80 million data misused, all 2 billion “scraped”

From Staff Reports


Facebook went on a conference call on Wednesday where CEO and majority owner of his own company he co-founded, Mark Zuckerberg stated that 87 million users were the part of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Corporate brass describe cutely as “improperly shared” said data.  Zuckerberg et al are to speak before Congress on Tuesday. The apology tour continued on Thursday, as Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg appeared on Bloomberg TV trying to woo any concerned users.

Facebook also claimed that all 2 billion or so users had their data “scraped” meaning any publicly accessed info that can ether be seen logged in or browsing that a user explicitly set to “public” had that data being exploited.