Technology may stretch the capacity of the fibre optic cables used to carry data sooner than has long been thought, according to a report in Science.
The capacity limit has until recently been in the preparation of the light signals that pass through the cables. But the report reviews recent laboratory results showing data rates that are more than half the ultimate limit of fibre optic cables. It calls for urgent research to develop higher-bandwidth cables.
A number of innovations have in the past massively increased the data capacity of optical fibres. The first change improved the transmission of the fibres, so that optical signals did not simply get absorbed as they passed through. This resulted in fibres with data rates hundreds of times higher and theoretical capacities thousands of times higher than that. Those improved fibres have become standard and now lie underground and undersea all over the globe; the limitation since then has been in the lasers and electronics that prepare and then translate the optical signals on either side of these “light pipes”.
The Mac is still important to Apple
FaceTime gets ready for its close-up
The new MacBook Airs
Enter the Lion
The Mac App Store
iLife ‘11: Evolutionary, not revolutionary
Methinks: Too bad many of these features will not ship until next year. But it certainly gives us a view on how to plan. I actually really want a Air now!
1. General submission steps
2. Getting your app ready
3. Distribution certificates
4. Images and icons
5. Submitting the app to iTunes Connect
6. Where to go from here
Methinks: Step by step list on creating and submitting to iTunes store for iOS custom apps. Nice
Apple Brings 300,000 Apps to the Mac Desktop Mac users think that the Mac OS can’t be improved, but Steve Jobs is going to try anyway. Today he announced Mac OS X Lion, which will include features first seen on the iOS-based iPod and iPhone. Most notably, Macs will now be able to run the 300,000-plus apps in the App Store. That seems like a game changer to me. Read Chloe’s story for more details.
Methinks: This is exactly in line line with how I’ve seen the industry developing. If the announcement is correct, iPod-iPhone-iPad apps will be able to run on the desktop/laptop as well. A cool future will be that you hand-held device wirelessly docs with a large screen device and gesture pad. The app itself morphs it’s display based on the size of the UI from 4” to 9” to 17” to 24” etc. Think of how some iPhones are larger and more capable on the iPad. Cool indeed!
Methinks: Apple certainly has a win big - lose big culture. But the recent turnaround allowing cross-compilation of code to produce iOS apps is huge for Apple. Adobe just released the Packager for iPhone extension for Flash CS5. This opens huge numbers of designers and developers with years of experience in Flash and ActionScript to produce content for iOS and Andriod platforms. This will even things out a bit… about time.
"Final preparations are going into the contribution version of the DITA content collaboration project that I’ve been discussing. My goal is to complete the preparations in the next week or two, and then get the package onto a viable Open Source repository and set up the project materials, and open the project for business!*"
Methinks: I met Don last week at the IDEAlliance XML 2010 conference. We got a chance to talk about his project on the way to the airport… and in a nutshell, I love it! The DITA (Darwin Information Typing Architecture) vocabulary provide exceptional semantic expression for content. But it can be complex, thus is most often relegated to technical publications. A project that hides the complexity in a simple HTML editor wrapper makes tons of sense. I’ll be in looking closer and perhaps contributing to this effort. Nice to meet you Don!
Cross media is all over the marketing Net, but strategic integration of social media into direct mail, email, pURLs, and telemarketing is less common. In fact,this study reports that 88% of social media spend is to solidify customer loyalty. But that is now and this is when. Jeffrey Stewarttalked about the concept at the 2009 PODi AppForum, so social media as part of DM is by no means new. However, social media nailed its place in marketing budgets this year, so integration is sure to follow in 2011 (as will positive results).
Wrecking Ball Media
Methinks: While not our primary development platform, we still use CF a lot. It is especially useful for unusual requirements and quick prototyping. It has considerable plug-ins for integration - always has. We used it since version 1.5 when Allaire was still in Minneapolis. I know, I date myself.
"On September 9, Apple announced that it had lifted restrictions on its third-party developer guidelines. This means that you can now create applications for iOS using the Adobe Flash Platform*. You heard right: We’re really excited to bring this new capability to Flash designers and developers—the ability to build standalone content for the Apple iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad using the updatedPackager for iPhone included with Adobe Flash Professional CS5 and with the AIR 2.0.5 SDK on Adobe Labs.”
Methinks: An excellent series of article on ActionScript and Flash as a tool kit for developing iOS content.
“HTML5, which was hatched by the non-W3C Web Hypertext Application Technology Working Group in 2004, should be fully approved within two or three years. Until then, officials say Flash and Silverlight are still going to remain approved and viable web technologies.”
Methinks: On one hand this is disappointing. On there other hand… are you listening Apple?
Blog Series: Using XML to Create Once - Distribute Everywhere
Structured Content — The Future of Cross-Media Content Distribution
I am trying something a little different this week. On Thursday I will be presetting at the IDEAlliance XML 2010; eMedia Revolution conference. The presentation is a view of our current work at Trekk on Cross-Media tools, techniques and projects. I’d like to share the highlights of this content via a series of blog posts.
Everyday I will present one of the five topic ideas and some of the thoughts from the presentation. At the end of the week I will share a link to the full presentation with everyone. This is an experiment, so please tell me what you think of the series.
The agenda for the preso is as follows:
As eMedia devices and delivery systems proliferate, publishers, agencies and traditional media service providers are challenged with keeping up with demand for content conversion. Content distributors can reduce costs and complexity with a strategy that includes adoption of XML standards, a component architecture for structured content creation and a workflow that adheres to a digital first orientation.
Create Once-Distribute Everywhere
Enterprise Data Model
Digital First Publishing
Really Simple Syndication
Each day for the next five I will elaborate on how these topics are important to cross-media publishing and how cross-media and eMedia fit hand in hand. I hope the information is useful to you. As always, let me know!
1. A Big Display
2. A Viable Operating System
3. Tablet Applications
4. The Right Price
5. A Clear Value Proposition
6. Two Cameras
8. 3G Connectivity by Default
9. Flash Support
10. A Reliable Name
Methinks: Good list! I agree with most of them. It’s shows were the iPad is vulnerable. I don’t think that #8 is a must IF my iPhone or Andriod had tethering/MyFi capability.