Category Archives: Video

The End of Flash

Adobe made an announcement last week that it will stop updating and distributing its Flash plugin at the end of 2020. This has been a long time coming.

Years ago the late Apple co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs chose not to add support for the plugin to Apple’s mobile devices. He explained it in his open letter back then. He said that Flash was created during the PC era, but in mobile era of low power devices, touch interfaces and open web standards  Flash falls short.

Major web browsers have begun moving away from Flash as well.

You can read more about it here.

Beatles movie gets NYC premiere

Beatles movie premiere for TeachRock.orgWe are extra proud of our ongoing work for Steven Van Zandt‘s Rock and Roll Forever Foundation – most especially the fabulous TeachRock.org site and it’s amazing free and deep curriculum. And  on Thursday evening, September 15th, the Foundation will host the New York City premiere of Ron Howard’s new Beatle documentary,  Eight Days A Week: The Touring Years!

This exclusive event is also a fundraiser for the Foundation and its great programs – so go to their site and buy tickets or make a donation. Join the crowd next week for the reception and premiere showing!

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Putting the VR in Vroom

Vroom uses VR to demo carsKudos to our client Vroom who yesterday rolled out a new way for their customers to shop their inventory of cars – using virtual reality! This groundbreaking new way of browsing vehicles – and even taking virtual test drives – will initially be rolled out in Vroom’s showrooms in Houston and Dallas, in the heart of Texas, but you can see where the future is headed…

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Google I/O 2016: A quick summary

Google I/O 2016 logoThe good folks at Engadget have distilled down 2+ hours of new product announcements from this week’s Google I/O to a manageable 12 minutes. There’s some really interesting new stuff coming soon with Google Home, Google VR, and Android N. Check out the time-saving summary video below:

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Viv: AI on the fly

Viv logoDisrupt NY 2016 is underway this week and there’s plenty of interesting stuff emerging from the buzz. One of the coolest things we are hearing about is Viv.

Dag Kittlaus, CEO and co-founder of Siri, presented Viv – a project he’s been working on behind the scenes for some time now. As he demonstrates in his presentation – video below – Viv may be the next step in the evolution of what he terms “conversational commerce.” Viv can conduct virtually any transaction with very few voice prompts – even relatively complex requests.

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NYC subway info systems derail

Old machinery at the MTACityLab recently published a fascinating story about the ongoing struggle to upgrade internal and customer-facing information systems in New York City’s subway system – the MTA. I highly recommend the read.

James Somers does a succinct job surveying the complexity – physical and human – of bringing large-scale change to a system that’s a hundred-plus years old, a utility depended upon by millions every single day. Though the MTA’s is a monumental endeavor, the issues will be painfully familiar to those of us involved in software development on smaller scales: entrenched systems, non-cooperative organizations and entities, non-existent requirements docs – the list is wince-inducing. It’s a clear-eyed view into the trials and tribulations of dragging a transportation system rooted in the 19th century into the 21st.

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