Daily Archives: August 20, 2008

Richard Waters

tv.jpgWith widgets popping up everywhere from Facebook to the Chumby, it was only a matter of time before someone tried to bring them to TV sets. Intel and Yahoo obliged today, announcing plans to use a Yahoo software platform and an Intel chip for set-top boxes to do just that (think little pop-up boxes on the TV screen that draw content from the internet to complement the shows you’re watching.)

Will this be any more successful than the many failed visions of TV/internet convergence that came before? Beats me. Yahoo should at least have a strong proposition for the TV industry: widgets would be a great way to drop relevant advertising into TV shows in a way that doesn’t intrude on the viewing experience, which is the biggest challenge they face. Read more

It is possible – probable, even -  that Apple’s latest iPhone software update was designed to address the bad reception and frequent dropped calls that have frustrated iPhone 3G customers over the past few weeks. But if so, Apple isn’t telling.

An Apple spokeswoman called me Tuesday morning to confirm what was already self-evident:  that yesterday afternoon, Apple had indeed launched an iPhone update. When asked for details, Apple would only say that the update was designed to “improve communication with 3G networks.” Read more