This video was recorded live with Madonna Robinson from Queensland Australia, where I added a sitemap to her website. Here site can be found at callreluctancequeen.com We recorded the session using Google Hangout, while using the screen-share feature.
See original here: Watch me add a sitemap to Madonna’s WordPress Website
It used to be that building a new TV service was incredibly expensive, as operators had to build out all sorts of new infrastructure to do so. But now with the Internet, operators can launch streaming video services that can reach millions without major new investments in equipment. One example of an operator doing this is Singapore-based MediaCorp, which is launching a new streaming video service called Toggle that will provide live and on-demand access to streaming video content.
To make Toggle work, MediaCorp has hired Israeli video startup Tvinci to get the service on multiple devices. As a platform for video distribution, Tvinci helps companies to release streaming video services online and on other devices. Through a single content management system, operators can quickly and easily build and deploy apps for mobile phones, tablets, connected TVs, and streaming set-top boxes.
It’s providing those services to MediaCorp, which is building Toggle as a sort of “Netflix for Singapore.” That said, Toggle goes beyond the kind of on-demand streaming video provided by companies like Netflix or Hulu. At launch, Toggle will have VOD content, but will also have about a dozen channels of live TV available for streaming. In that way, it’s more like a virtual cable service being streamed to users’ connected devices instead of their TVs.
Toggle will be available as a subscription service, as well as on a pay-per-view basis, allowing users to choose whether they want to pay for monthly access to live and on-demand videos, or whether they just want to pay for individual movie or TV titles. At launch, it will have more than 1,000 hours of programming available on demand. It will give the ability for users to rate and share the shows and movies that they watch, and will be integrated with Twitter and Facebook to do so.
While the service launches on PCs, iPads, and iPhones in the coming weeks, MediaCorp and Tvinci hope to make Toggle available on more devices as time goes on. That includes Android phones and tablets, as well as a wide range of connected TVs and streaming set-top boxes, according to Ido Wiesenberg, co-founder and VP of business development. After a launch in Singapore, MediaCorp also hopes to potentially make the service available in other markets.
For Tvinci, the launch of Toggle represents its first deployment in the Asia-Pacific market, and could pave the way for more projects with operators in that area. The company currently has offices in London and Tel Aviv, but could soon open a regional sales office to support Asian operators who wish to deploy new streaming video services, or augment their existing pay TV operations with a streaming component.
Last fall, Tvinci raised $4.5 million in funding from existing investors Kaedan Capital and Zohar Gilon, as well as new investor Trellas Enterprises. The company has about 60 employees split between London and Tel Aviv, but will be adding more to support its new Asian win and enter new markets.
“People don’t take smoke breaks anymore — they take Facebook breaks.” Now, there’s a beauty that I heard this afternoon at the IBM Connect event here in Orlando.
You can blame it on the digital natives — the young ones who feed their activity streams to network and create their digital personas. For them, it’s not so unusual. It actually makes a lot of sense considering how data is changing who we are and what we represent.
Welcome to the second-person workplace, where a person is becoming a double of themselves. They live and work, and while they do their online persona is engaging, too. And we take breaks to feed that double identity.
Mark Fidelman of harmon.ie and a writer for Forbes moderated the discussion during which this topic of the new smoke break surfaced. The talk focused on the need for people to engage in social tech. It’s universal here at the conference — everything about this event is about getting people to use blogs, Twitter — you name it.
But what they do not talk about is why we are developing this digital persona that we will increasingly use as a double worker to define our behaviors.
I can’t take credit for this insight. Chris Dancy works in the office of the CTO at BMC Software. He discussed this in a phone interview today. He has cultivated this viewpoint and has distilled it into a presentation that has three core principles:
And the presentation:
Now read his post on how data is getting connected and will soon tell us when to leave the house, who to have dinner with and where it would be a good idea to eat based upon the diet learned from the data streamed from their FitBit.
I hope the people here at IBM Connect can think beyond tweeting and better understand the deeper meaning of data and its role in our lives. Maybe then we won’t find it so surprising that people actually would take a few minutes to go outside and get on Facebook.
Go here to read the rest: People Don’t Take Smoke Breaks Anymore, They Take Facebook Breaks
In a quintessentially European move, fanatix, the iOS-based second screen app and wider ‘mobile-first’ social network for sports fans, has released a Portuguese-language version in partnership with Sportinveste Multimédia — a joint venture between Sportinveste and Portugal Telecom which owns the digital media rights to the Liga Portuguesa soccer league.
The deal also comes hot on the heels of the UK startup releasing some encouraging numbers: It’s hit the 500,000 download mark, up from 250,000 downloads as reported in late October last year.
A separate app from the main fanatix offering, the Portuguese language version carries Sportinveste Multimédia’s V-Sports branding (so, it’s essentially white labeled) and is designed primarily as a second screen experience for soccer fans whilst they watch live broadcast sport TV. Built on the same platform as fanatix’s own branded app, features include a personalised stream of related content – news updates, Tweets, video clips, live scores and statistics — along with “huddles”, a form of group chat and content sharing dedicated to a specific sporting event, in this case a football match.
In addition to video highlights from Liga Portuguesa, the V-Sports app features clips from Brazil’s Brasileirão competition. Of note, the Portuguese and Brazilian soccer video highlights are being carried on the main fanatix English version app, too.
In a statement, Will Muirhead, fanatix Founder and Chief Executive, talks up the opportunity that the Portuguese-language market offers: “The market for Portuguese language mobile products is experiencing the fastest growth in its history and the opportunity to partner with Portugal’s leading digital sport player is the perfect way for fanatix to participate in that growth. Sportinveste Multimédia have been creating great digital sports products for many years and this partnership is a real vote of confidence in the fanatix platform.”
As for fanatix’s reported growth, it took 12 months since launch for the startup to reach 250,000 downloads, compared to 3 months to then double that figure. Some of that traction might be contributed to a slight change of focus. Originally pitched as a second screen experience-only, designed to become a habit during live sporting action, fanatix has repositioned somewhat to carry a lot more news content and evergreen features, making it an app that it hopes sports fans will want to check into daily. It seems to be working, too. Back in October the company told me that its average user is accessing the app an average of four times a day, so not just during live events.
In October, we reported that fanatix had raised a second round of funding: $1 million from an unnamed group of angel investors, bringing the total raised by the UK company to around $2 million, and co-inciding with a launch in the U.S.
Meanwhile, fanatix’s competitors include both dedicated mobile social apps for sports fans, such as PlayUp, SportsYapper, SportStream etc., and more general second screen apps like Zeebox or GetGlue.
Gillmor Gang – Robert Scoble, John Taschek, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor. Recording live today at 1pm Pacific time.
Originally posted here: Gillmor Gang Live 01.25.13 (TCTV)