Sorry, but “plays everywhere” is not the future of movie distribution whatsoever

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With respects to my follow partner in the trade Jason Cartwright from techAU, his article championing the new “plays everywhere” being the “the future of movie distribution” is so patently false that I felt that it merited a proper response.

At best, “plays everywhere” is a bridging technique being used by movie distributors who are experimenting with all sorts of different ideas to avoid the crisis of movie content being pirated and stolen by broadband internet users with ridiculously large download quotas.

Here’s some of the big problems with “plays everywhere” and why it is destined to be nothing more than a fad for the next few years, at best:

Video – How to delete Gmail messages instead of archiving in iOS Mail

Nice tip from CNET TV.  For me personally, I know that this has been something that has been driving me nuts for a while now.

Google put the squeeze on websites that are too top-heavy in advertisements

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Here’s some interesting news that was revealed over the weekend by Search Engine Land.

According to the report, Google are now going to punish the search engine rankings of web pages that push its content too far below the fold with advertisements at the top.  I can think of many websites that do this and when the rules start being enforced, it’ll be interesting to see what the reaction against the company is going to be.

Here’s two big problems that I can for for Google straight away (and even bigger problems for website owners) after adopting this new stance:

Windows drops to being only Microsoft’s third biggest cash-cow – the best news the company has ever received

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You can read all about this recent development in this great article by Mary Jo Foley.

With Windows and Office being Microsoft‘s two biggest businesses the past two decades, it has been constantly said that with both units under attack (and vulnerable to defeat) in the internet era that the company’s impending doom was inevitable.

Well, here’s the funny thing. According to Microsoft’s latest financial records, Windows dropped a bit in income – falling out of the top two business unit spot in terms – and just did its biggest quarter ever.

Video – This is basically what the Apple Television will be when it launches later this year

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It has been widely rumoured that Apple will buy their screens from LG when the much-rumoured Apple Television goes into production later this year as widely expected.

That’s why LG’s 55″ OLED television at CES had be thinking that we all just got our first preview of the Apple Television without even knowing it.

If Apple are to be as typical as they always have, it’s possible that they will look to make OLED televisions as a point of difference over the top-end LED/LCD TV’s on the market today -- they can be made ot be very thin and extremely bright, two hallmarks of Apple’s famous industrial design.

Take a look at the video below and see for yourself:

Video Review – ePad 7″ Android 2.1 tablet with HDMI seems really snappy for $180

Nice work as always from Tim at the OSGUIShow.  The hardware looks pretty familiar, can’t quite put my finger on it though.

The responsiveness of the operating system on it (except for the browser) is really sharp though -- I’m impressed.  Of course, because it’s Android 2.1, the Android Market is the phone version which looks ridiculously big on the 7″ screen.

For $180 all up (including shipping), it seems like it’s fairly decent for what you get -- especially considering it has an HDMI port.

Video Preview – RIM’s new Blackberry devices for 2012 seem boring and dull

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After spending my time looking at everything CES had to offer and leaving the Blackberry gear until absolutely last, I finally decided to give Research In Slow Motion‘s new 2012 stuff a read over.

Oh boy.

Let’s roll through the main announcements:

The Blackberry Playbook 2.0 looks decent but will still fail in 2012 – here’s why

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I have been a huge critic of the Blackberry Playbook (see here, here, here, here and here), such to the extent that I refuse to write about it on OzTechNews anymore. Instead, I relegate it to ‘gadget’ status and now publish content about it here instead.

With CES now done and dusted, we’re at the point where it is time to reflect on the tech and gadgets of the show and determine which companies are likely to do well in 2012 – and I’ve got RIM in my crosshairs.

With the Blackberry Playbook largely causing Research In Motion to almost completely obliterate in 2011, will 2.0 be any different from its predecessor?

Even Linus Torvalds thinks Linux is getting too bloated

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Check out this news item from Fudzilla, reporting on the juicy bits of an interview with the daddy of Linux published in the German newspaper Zeit Online.

Here’s the money shot:

Torvalds moaned that Linux has become “too complex.” He was worried that developers will not be able to find their way through the software. Even subsystems have become very complex and it is heading towards the point where an error that “cannot be evaluated anymore.”

The thing I love about Linus is that he just tells it like it is, no matter what.  His comments come shortly after it was said that Linux has now exceeded 15 million lines of code.

Saturday Quickie – Julian Assange vs Mark Zuckerberg in a hillarious piece of irony

It’s pretty hard to argue with this.

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