We managed to catch Kevin Lim, creator of TheoryCast and Theory.isthereason.com, just before he left to complete his PHD in the states. In this first edition of Channel65, Daniel and Farinelli interview him to find out more about the whole concept of life casting and prosthetic memory, as well as what he keeps inside that backpack of his.7 Comments
While having lunch after recording episode 32, Jerrick and I noticed on a mioTV brochure that Singtel’s mioTV is powered by Microsoft’s Mediaroom. Being the tech journalist, I did some research, and discovered that the mioTV set-top box might become the only thing you’ll ever need in your living room!
mio TV will continue to revolutionise the TV experience at home
The interactive and flexible mio TV platform will open up even more opportunities for innovative services in the future. Subscribers will have much to look forward to, including the possibility of communicating using video conferencing and instant messaging, displaying photos and playing music from their PCs, all on the TV set.
According to the internet know-it-all (wikipedia), Microsoft Mediaroom is a platform by the Microsoft TV division designed specifically for IPTV. Mediaroom allows the set-top box to do a lot more than just stream and record TV. It is also capable of becoming a media center extender. Just like Sony’s PS3, the Mediaroom platform allows the set-top box to connect and stream content from any compatible Windows Media Connect system (such as Windows Media Player). Apart from all these already very promising features, the Mediaroom platform also allows developers to develop software for the set-top box, just like Window XP/Vista’s MediaCenter. That means it’s possible to have simple games, or even Instant Messaging clients on a Mediaroom device.
Here’s another interesting thing about Mediaroom. There will be a mediaroom client available for the XBox 360 in the future. With it, you can hook up your 360 to a mediaroom device and expand it futher with Xbox Live.
The question, however, is if Singtel will take advantage of this
promising platform. If they do, then the mioTV could essentially be
the only piece of hardware apart from your xbox 360 that you need in your living room to connect to your media. This will make mioTV a lot more attractive to consumers who want their media in their living room than to Starhub’s solution. Even with Mediaroom just as an IPTV set-top box, the Mediaroom interface, reminscent of the Windows MediaCenter program, is a lot easier to use and prettier to look at than SCV’s solution.
I’m just obsessed with gadgets. People in Snigapore (including myself) have been looking for ways to get the full MediaCenter experience here, but so far there’s either no content (i.e. an open electronic programme guide) or the signal is locked to propriety hardware. If Singtel takes advantage of Mediaroom’s expandability, there won’t be a need to anymore.
Of course, what mioTV really needs is content. It can have the coolest set-top box in the world, but unless it has good content, it won’t be very successful. Jerrick has an interesting take on the existing content though. Let’s see if I can get him to talk about it.
That’s right guys! Don’t forget you have one more week to post your “You know you’re a Singaporean when you…” comments. We’ll be picking the best few to be read out on our next episode of the show!
Just leave a comment here! Oh, and if you need some help, check this page out.Posted by Daniel | No comments
For the first time, there might actually be a genuine leak from Apple! And Microsoft isn’t just going to do nothing and stand there, they decided to leak out their own secrets too! You know, by using their “We won’t tell you anything, but here’s everything” technique. Maybe that way, people will think that there’s actually stuff over at Microsoft even worth hiding. The hype race has just begun…
And we don’t have a problem with our Prime Minister’s pay…
Don’t forget to post your “What makes a Singaporean” line for next week’s NDP special!
The Tech65 Crew
Daniel, Jerrick, NTT, Kai Yi
Expect cool shows coming to you from the guys at Tech65! We’ve filmed about 3 episodes so far, so stay tuned! Channel 65 is our all-in-one show. Every episode we could be doing anything from meeting new people, checking out new toys, finding cool places to teaching you guys how to do cool stuff! All this and more, right here at Tech65, where Tech is passion…Posted by Daniel | No comments
Hey ho people-os! A shout to all our viewers, especially the Ping.sg crowd!
National Day’s Coming in Two, that’s RIGHT two weeks time! And we, the creative directors, cast, crew, members of staff, Important persons and very Important persons at 65 Bits would like to know what you think makes you a Singaporean! Post your suggestions in the comment form below, and we’ll pick the best few and read it out on our show (Episode 33).
We’re modelling it after the classic “You know you’re…” jokes, so do submit your suggestion(s) in that format. And now to leave you with examples and a lighter heart, here are a couple of examples.
This episode is done without the delightful and always welcome Jerrick, but no matter, we manage perfectly well, and talk about the coming of extremely fast super 3G technology being tested out in the wonderous land of Japan 😀 That’s the way it is we non-japanese people are destined to not see the wondrous techs of Japan. We also comment on the rumours floating around that there’s going to be new iMacs and a new iLife collection coming soon, coincidentally we’ve also heard rumours of a new iPod coming in August. This is also the same iPod that we hear may have some very… shall we say Japanese appealing. Heh. We also hear rumours of the Vista sucessor coming in 3 years. It has also been codenamed “7”. And lastly we see a great cool amazing gobsmackingly nice replica of a Gundam! OOOO.
Stories this week:
Farinelli Potter, Daniel Tonks, NTT Weasley and Mad-Eye Kai Yi.
This episode, our milestone 30th episode, is truly the most epic as well. We bring to you over 30 minutes of technology goodness, brought to you with TLC by our very own Tech65 Crew. And what a crew it is this week, with the inclusion of two new members to our Tech65 family, Ren Hao ,akaed as Farinelli, the Italian Castrato from the 17th Century and Kai Yi, akaed as the Car guy. Anyway we welcome them to our illustrious C-List of Tech celebrities and can only hope they will continuing showing up for our podcasts!
But now onto our podcast, this week is E3 week and most disappointingly this year’s E3 is a MUCH smaller affair compared to previous years, concordantly there is less buzz surrounding the event. This is not that bad actually in a sortaishly way. We’ll leave it to you to decide. The main stories that came from this amalgamation of major content and hardware distributors in one big event was some product announcements and updates. But first up is Nintendo news, where we are treated to a view of the new controller for the Wii, some new games from Nintendo. And next up there’s major announcements from Sony, a price drop that may or may not last long, a new thinner and lighter PSP that’ll appeal to new console buyers, a lighter PS2 *a PS2 Lite-Lite?* and a price drop for all you American listeners out there who want to purchase a PS3. The price for the 60 giger will be 499 and the new 80 giger will be 599. Lastly the 360 is getting a new Chatboard, basically a thumb board for your MSNing pleasure.
Lastly there’s news from Apple once again and some hope for Vista users… of sorts.
Stories this week:
Voice recorders (In response to email)
That’s all this week!
With Much Love,
Daniella, Jennifer, Nathalia, Renee, and Kaylie
The Tech65 Crew.
I just made a square banner to spread the word on the podcast. It’s not perfect, but I’m just having fun! 😛 Hopefully it’s not the last time we hear Jerrick speak those words…
P.S.: Feel free to put them on your website! More to come!Posted by Daniel | 2 Comments
This episode, is brought to you after we all came back from late nights, and bad hair days. Hence we’re all throughly sleepy and yawny, *Ed: At this is stare intently at Jerrick* But we manage to whack out a podcast completely fueled by Coffee and Enthusiasm, the best renewable energy source of the future.
We talk about almost illegal MP3 websites, and potential PS3 price cuts, Nintendo releases a camera for the Nintendo DS, with a game that actually makes proper use of the camera, we see Nokia going the way of Xbox Live Anywhere, and we see and emergance of new phones posing as computers, computers posing as … small computers, and small computers posing, in general, and of course, a smattering of iPhone stories, with its incredible success leaving us unable to not talk about it.
Stories this week:
Single, Desperate and Lonely,
*Ed- At least two of us*
JJ, DT and NTT.