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Furby on steroids?? Meet Chumby

ChumbySay "Chumby" and an image of a squat beanbag with a touch-screen comes to mind--that is, if you know what a Chumby is.

Steve Tomlin, is the genius behind the evolution of the Chumby from a single gadget that can pull weather, music, news, photos and trivia from the Web into an assortment of "powered by Chumby" devices.

Tomlin, Chumby Industries' chief executive,  has spent the past few months striking partnerships with some of the largest consumer electronics companies, including Sony, Broadcom, Marvell and Samsung. The partnerships will enable the port of Chumby's open-source operating system to a wide range of gadgets, including TVs, Blu-ray players and clock and tabletop radios, some before the end of the year. 

Tomlin, who prefers consumers to think of Chumby as a content and media business, based on an ecosystem of widgets and third-party developers has a vision of Chumby's future that centres on bringing a personal multimedia Web experience to as many connected consumer electronics as possible. He is quoted as saying: “Selling someone an LCD in a plastic frame with a memory card is not a compelling product… The challenge is to reinvent how to share photos and media.”

The first Chumby-powered photo frame will be able to display content from photo sites Flickr and Photobucket, along with accessing social networks, such as Facebook and Twitter, as well as news feeds, Internet radio and weather forecasts. Content can be be pushed to other ‘powered by Chumby’ devices so that, for example, users can share photos with other members of their Chumby social network. Chumby's software recognizes other Chumby owners, so users will be able to share photos by "pushing" them over the air to their friends.


Gadgets such as the now extinct Nabaztag and Chumby hope to fill a burgeoning space in the phenomenon to merge the online world with the offline world and it is surprising that there have not been more of these types of product released to the market place.


This will surely change greatly over the coming 12 months.

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Cisco finally given the go ahead to buy Starent Networks

starentLooks like Cisco's move into the world of radio/wireless is a go. The company announced yesterday that they have been given regulatory clearance and have now satisfied the regulatory approval requirements under the merger agreement to complete the acquisition of Starent Networks.

 

The have paid $2.9 billion, for Starent Networks, which makes products that help wireless telecommunications companies ship large volumes of data to phones and computing devices.

The deal represents about a 20 percent premium over Starent’s closing price on Monday 12th Oct  of $29.03 a share. After the announcement, Starent’s shares rose $4.88, or almost 17 percent, to close at $33.91 on the following day.

Starent counts carriers like Verizon Wireless, Sprint Nextel, Vodafone Group and China Telecom as customers.

The company’s recent deals reflect that optimism about the growing importance of video traffic to mobile networks. In October, Cisco began a tender offer to buy Tandberg, a Norwegian maker of videoconferencing systems, for $3 billion. And in March, Cisco agreed to pay $590 million for Pure Digital Technologies, a start-up that developed the popular Flip video cameras. The purchase of Pure Digital bolsters Cisco’s video and nascent consumer electronics efforts while also giving the company a way to promote devices that create bulky files that consume great deals of bandwidth.

While the Starent purchase has a video element, it is primarily a sign that Cisco expects smartphones and wireless data plans to rise in popularity. In addition, the acquisition offers another door through which Cisco can approach telecommunications companies that have turned to Ericsson, Alcatel-Lucent and Huawei Technologies for networking equipment that feeds mobile devices.

In a research report, Mark Sue, a networking analyst with RBC Capital Markets, valued the mobile carrier infrastructure market at $47.5 billion.

Starent, was founded in 2000 and has traded publicly since 2007. Last year, the company reported a 74 percent rise in revenue, to $254.1 million. Starent Networks is a leading provider of infrastructure solutions that enable mobile operators to deliver multimedia services to their subscribers. Their solutions combine significant computer power, memory, and traffic handling capabilities with highly distributed software architecture designed to provide high availability, flexibility, and performance built on the power of a Linux operating system. 

They have created solutions that provide several core network functions and services, including access from a wide range of radio networks to the operator's IP, or packet core network, mobility management of subscriber sessions, and call control. Their access-independent solution integrates multiple network functions needed for the delivery of advanced multimedia services, such as video, Internet access, voice-over-IP, e-mail, mobile TV, photo sharing, and gaming. 

They have developed multimedia core platforms and proprietary software specifically to address the needs of packet-based mobile networks. These products are designed to provide mobile operators with new revenue opportunities while also reducing their costs and they possess a high degree of system intelligence, which allows a mobile operator to understand the details of each subscriber session, enabling individual subscriber management and network traffic flow control.

Their products also enable mobile operators to continue to evolve their core networks to the Long Term Evolution (LTE) Evolved Packet Core (EPC) specification to provide multi-megabit bandwidth, latency reduction, and improved mobility to their subscribers.
Other product areas include CDMA, HSPA, WiMAX, WiFi and Femtocell which make for an interesting complement to Cisco's existing portfolio.
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Life Magazine. Pictures of the year 2009

Pictures to make you stop in your tracks.
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Dog + Laser Pointer = Ouch

I dont know why this makes me laugh so much. Especially given my last post was about empathy. Go figure!

It was probably staged. Yes I'm cynical. But hey, the dog doesnt know that...

But it still gives me coffee nostril every time I see it.

Simple pleasures...

Dog + Laser = Ouch
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Revolutionary new UK plug

This is such a great idea and as usual with the greatest ideas, oh so simple.

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