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Samsung SmartTV – Building the Hope for Apple’s TV

November 24, 2012

Samsung  Smart TV

I just bought a new Samsung 46″ LED SmartTV and I’m very happy.Still waiting for the real smart Apple TV, though.

The “Smart” part shows the great potential the internet+TV combo has, but it seems we will have to wait for Apple to “Get it Right”.

One thing I learned is that the TV is much better for consuming content like videos and songs on Vimeo and YouTube.

The TV comes with a wireless internet connection, integrated browser, Application store and VOD service.

The things I liked :

  • Price of about $1200 including installation+delivery+ wireless + wall mount+ Israeli VAT of 17% (we have wars to finance)
  • The non smart TV functionality is great – colors, lightening , connectors , etc
  • Installation was very straight forward. More of an appliance style than computer style
  • Having an alternate VOD with an excellent quality really shows the promise of breaking the tie of content and infrastructure providers.
  • Comprehensive localization in the configuration and VOD content as well
  • Vimeo is a great web site with an excellent app and high quality content
  • It was fun the watch the War on Channel 10 and Ynet at the same time with PIP (Picture in Picture). Well , the war was not really fun, but you see what I mean.
Facebook App Download on Samsung Smart TV

Facebook App Download on Samsung Smart TV

The reasons why we need Apple iTV for are:

  • Browser runs “Out of Memory” for the majority of web sites
  • No way to change the home page from “Bing”
  • Keyboard entry is extremely slow, unless you buy the wireless keyboard
  • Auto Updates are cool, but why don’t they happen in the background
  • Auto Updates are too frequent , almost every day
  • Integration with Google,Facebook,Picasa and online identity  is quite hard. Entering my password was quite a nightmare.
  • YouTube is full of much junk and songs get stuck frequently
  • No “Ad-Blocking” for the browser and pop-up windows consume the main screen
  • The iPad remote control is not working on iOS6 (and I did not get it to work on ios5 either)
  • Samsung online registration is  as bad as Nokia’s PC software used to be. Early warning signs 😦
Vimeo on Samsung Smart TV

Vimeo on Samsung Smart TV

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Five Best Songs for Pogo (Dancing)

April 12, 2012
POGO Dancing

POGO Dancing

In memory of many fun Friday nights in  “Zman Amiti”.

  • Should I Stay or Should I Go, The Clash
  • Killing in The Name, Rage Against the Machine
  • Papa Won’t Leave You Henry, Nick Cave
  • Smells Like Teen Spirit, Nirvana
  • Debaser, Pixies

From Wikipedia: The basic steps allow for a variety of interpretations, some of which might appear quite violent. Pogo dancers have their choice of:

  • keeping their torsos rigid or thrashing them about;
  • holding their arms stiffly at their sides or flailing them;
  • keeping their legs together or kicking about;
  • jumping straight up and down, jumping in any direction, or spinning in the air.

Occasionally, dancers collide, but this is not necessarily part of pogo dancing. An uninformed bystander might get the impression that the dancers are attacking one another. People sometimes get injured when pogoing, but, more often than not, pogoers who fall to the ground are helped up instead of getting trampled.

An Apple Real Smart TV – Next Week?

February 29, 2012

The rumors about Apple launching a “Real” TV appliance next Month make a lot of sense.

Apple quote is “We have something you really have to see. And touch”.

  • It is very easy to easy to imagine the features. Just think about a very big iPad. It needs internet access + Itunes + Applications + Local and Cloud Storage.
  • There are many “Smart TV’s” around. As usual, the hardware companies jut don’t get it. The user interface is boring, the CPU is too slow, the software is limited. Just like smart phone before iPhones and touchpads before iPad (think Window Tablet for example ).
  • The component prices are low enough that such an appliance can be reasonably priced.
  • It might have build in Camera, making consumer Tele Presence real, for the first time.
  • Apple has track record of selling large beautiful screens.
  • From the business side Apple can partner with one of the Big Cable vendors to handle the “boring” stuff. The same way it saved AT&T business it can save a cable provider. Instead of fighting the internet the cable provider would get access to a new exciting high premium market. Or they can just buy NetFlix.
  • Apple likes to take market away from Samsung and Sony 🙂
  • Big question mark is on user interaction.Might be something like PrimeSense or maybe “Just” smart usage of iPhone\iPad people already have at home. Or maybe a new kind of control which is a hybrid of iPad and iPhone.
  • I guess the stock would rise to $700 , if they do announce such an appliance 🙂

Here is an example of “Smart TV” from a company that does not “Get it”.

Google Music – Quick Review

November 17, 2011
  • Sign up and activation was extremely easy few clicks away from Google Plus and it’s done (did not do credit card part yet )
  • I tried a hard Artist to start with “The Only Ones” a fun a little known sub-punk group
  • Google Music has only two albums compared to three albums in Rhapsody
  • The interface of Google Music is cleaner but Rhapsody has nice features like “Artist Radio” which plays an automatic mi

    Google Music Review - The Only Ones

    Google Music Review - The Only Ones

Rhapsody and Google Music The Only Ones

Rhapsody and Google Music The Only Ones

  • The streaming in Google Plus seems to be faster to start
  • Searching for Red Hot Chilly Peppers are actually produced better results for Google. RHCP is a hard band since they don;t allow most of their albums on steaming services.
  • With Pearl Jam Rhapsody is a great winner. Google Music only holds 13 albums and Rhapsody has over 40 ! Almost every recording they ever did, including PJ20, The Latest.
  • Pricing on Rhapsody seems much more attractive to me. for <$15 a month there is endless streaming. Could not locate this option in Google Music Yet. Buying Songs one by one is so iTunes. Possession is so 1990’s.

Rock Wercther 2011 Pictures

July 6, 2011

For a real detailed summary by another blogger look at this Rock Werchter post . Click pictures to enlarge.

White Lies in Rock Werchter 2011

White Lies in Rock Werchter 2011

Arctic Monkeys in Rock Werchter 2011

Arctic Monkeys in Rock Werchter 2011

Coldplay in Rock Werchter 2011

Coldplay in Rock Werchter 2011

Coldplay in Rock Werchter 2011

Coldplay in Rock Werchter 2011

Hotel is better than camping

Hotel is better than camping

Bikes in Rock Werchter

Bikes in Rock Werchter

Rock Werchter Cars in the Park

Rock Werchter Cars in the Park

Rock Werchter - Iron Maiden Shirts

Rock Werchter - Iron Maiden Shirts

Elbow and a Doll in Rock Werchter 2011

Elbow and a Doll in Rock Werchter 2011

My 10 Happy 2010 Events

January 1, 2011

Photo by: Suzan/AAD/starmaxinc.com  2010  12/17/10 Lady Gaga in concert at the O2 Arena. (London, England)  Photo via Newscom

  1. Lady Gaga
  2. A Reform in Israeli High-School Education  Approved
  3. Lowest Number of Terror Casualties in Israel for a Decade (9)
  4. 3.5 Million  Tourists in Israel, Highest Number Ever ( Probably Related to #3 and #5)
  5. Tel Aviv is one of the Five Coolest Cities in the World
  6. Obama Gets Health Care Reform Approved
  7. Obama Abolishes the Idiotic “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”
  8. Less Nuclear Weapons in the World
  9. The Coffee Bar Stayed in the Same Location
  10. 135 Billion Dollars Natural Gas Reservoir found in Israel’s Shore
Tel Aviv Beach in Winter 2010

Tel Aviv Beach in Winter 2010

Tel Aviv Rock Concert Billboards

May 7, 2010

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Click the pictures to enlarge.  From a construction site on Shinkien and Yehuda Helevy.