Other
News
12/27/2007
06:17 PM
Connect Directly
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

Apple Seeks Patent For Placing Orders

CMP Information Week
InformationWeek Daily - Friday, Dec 28, 2007


Editor's Note

The Rise Of The Two-Screen TV Audience

Startup Jacked.com is building a business around people who use a PC, laptop, or cell phone at the same time that they're watching TV. These so-called "two screeners" may represent the rising class among TV viewers.

Jacked refers to it as the "two-screen phenomenon" and says that more than half of all TV viewers sometimes do it. The supporting data:

-- 70% of people younger than 34 watch TV while being online, according to Park Associates.

-- 39.5% of adults regularly watch TV while going online, according to BIGresearch.

-- 35% of U.S. college students watch TV while using a computer, according to Burst Media.

-- 40% of Tivo subscribers use a PC or mobile device while watching TV, according to Tivo.

Of course, not all of these people (myself among them) are tuned in to the same subject in both places, but some are. Jacked, which secured $6.5 million in venture funding earlier this year, serves this audience by delivering Web content that coincides with TV programming. Its most recent deal is with NBCSports.com to provide a dashboard of widgets during NFL Sunday Night Football games. With one eye on the TV, fans can get real-time statistics, player profiles, and chat with each other at nbcsports.com/playaction.

Find out what other deals Jacked has and which sports it will provide services for in the coming months by reading the rest of my blog post.

John Foley
jpfoley@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com

Quote of The Day

"A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort." -- Herm Albright

Top Stories

Apple Seeks Patent For Wireless Order Processing For Cafes
The application describes a system in which a person approaching a cafe or restaurant could wirelessly place an order that would be received by an in-store computer.

Related Stories:

Apple Builds Ecosystem With iPod Touch Screen

Starbucks To Give Away 50 Million iTunes Songs

White Paper

CDT Lists 'Unauthorized' Music Sites

The 34 sites imply the availability of mainstream music to which they have not obtained the rights, the Center for Democracy and Technology said.

FBI To Use Digital Billboards To Catch Crooks

The technology will be used to catch criminals, find missing people, and display high-priority security messages.

Virtual Machine Management Tools Take Center Stage

In addition to larger vendors, newcomers such as Embotics, PlateSpin, and Veeam are expanding their list of VM control products.

Passenger Says He Hacked Windows In New York Taxi Display Screen

A software engineer says he accessed a New York City cab's video display system files after seeing an error message on the screen.

Ultra-Thin Blu-ray Drive Released

Panasonic will debut the drive, only 0.37 of an inch thick, next month at the Consumer Electronics Show.

China IPTV Subscriptions Miss Expectations

The country is shy of a predicted 1.3 million mainland customers for the year but could recover with a cooperative business model, analysts suggest.

Apple Reportedly Inks Deal To Launch Fox Movie Rental Service

Fox reportedly also has agreed to release movie DVDs using Apple's digital rights management technology.

Mobile Phones Present Growth Opportunity For Casual Gaming

But hard-core gamers will probably stick to handheld devices for more sophisticated games, says Parks Associates.

Apple Seeks Patent For Wireless Order Processing For Cafes

The application describes a system in which a person approaching a cafe or restaurant could wirelessly place an order that would be received by an in-store computer.

Amazon Adds Warner Music Tunes To Download Service

Online retailer Amazon.com has signed on Warner Music Group to its music download service, which aims to compete with Apple's iTunes online store.

EMC To Buy Document Sciences For $85 Million

EMC has offered Document Sciences' xPression product suite since May 2005 on its EMC Documentum 5.3 platform.

SWsoft Reborn 'Parallels,' Seeks Broader Virtualization Future

The company is expected next year to launch its own hypervisor product that will work in conjunction with its Virtuozzo server software.

All Our Latest News

On The Go

See InformationWeek's daily breaking news on your mobile device, visit wap.informationweek.com and sign up for daily SMS notifications.

In This Issue


The latest research, polls, and tools

Virtualization At The Desktop?
Examine how more than 250 companies plan to adopt server virtualization technology in this recent InformationWeek Research report, Server Virtualization.

The BI Explosion
Examine the business intelligence strategies of 500 companies, including deployment drivers and challenges, spending plans, and vendor selection, in this recent InformationWeek Research report.

Latest InformationWeek Blog Posts

Cisco's Approach To Green: Sensible Or Stupid?
Maybe It's all in the interview. Cisco recently hired green guru Paul Marcoux from APC. As is typical for a hire like this, which is as much for public relations as anything, Marcoux set out for a round of interviews, and depending on which story you read, his plans lie somewhere between sensible contributions to the green movement or a very unlikely attempt at world domination.

Wipro Reportedly Trying To Acquire Capgemini
There are reports coming from India that IT outsourcing vendor Wipro is preparing a $7 billion bid for Capgemini. The companies aren't commenting directly on these reports, but a Wipro exec did say something that underscores this fact: Indian companies are under the gun to move beyond their Indian workforces.

VectorLinux: Save A PC From The Dumpster
From time to time I've mentioned Linux distributions specifically designed for low-end systems -- some of which I've used to save machines from the dumpster. This week I've got a new release of one such Linux distro: VectorLinux version 5.9.

Three New Year's Resolutions For CIOs
It's the week before the new year, when we try to distance ourselves from that lingering platter of holiday cookies and contemplate what we'll do next year to live simpler, leaner, easier lives. For many CIOs, that will include taking a second look at 2008 IT spending plans.

BlackBerry Maker Proposes An Angular Keyboard For Mobile Devices
Apple stole the show this year by introducing its touch-screen-only iPhone. But mobile innovation doesn't stop there. Many device makers are stepping up their game, including Research In Motion, which, according to a recent patent application filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, is proposing an angular keyboard for (what appears to be) future BlackBerry smartphones.

Top Five Open Source Stories Of 2007
It's been a landmark year for open source, and in so many different ways that even a casual survey of the year's events will range far and wide.  Here's a quick rundown of what to me were the top five open source events of the year -- not an exhaustive list, of course, but the things that best reflected how important and widely entrenched open source software (especially Linux) has become.

Are Cell Phones Replacing Landlines?
It's not uncommon for a household to bypass landline phones and use cell phones as the primary means of communication inside and outside the home. In fact, U.S. households are forecast to spend more on cell phone services than landline services this year.

Intel: Apple Likes Our Mobile Device Chips, Hungry For More
According to word from Intel, Apple will be relying on the processor company more and more in the future. In fact, Apple has committed to Intel's Menlow Mobile Internet Device platform and Silverthorne mobile processors for products in its 2008 lineup. Could the second-generation iPhone have an "Intel Inside" sticker on it?

The Top 5 Mobile Stories Of 2007
This year has been a heck of a ride in the world of mobility. We've seen success and failure, love and hate, and tons of new technology. Here are the five biggest stories of the year. I'll bet you'll never guess what number 1 is.

The First Chink In Microsoft's Linux Patent Armor
And so Microsoft has finally agreed to give the Samba Team the protocol information it needs to allow systems that use Samba to interoperate as completely as possible with Windows Server machines. Based on the information Groklaw has provided about the agreement, it looks like this might be the first of many solutions to Microsoft's cagey Linux patent talk.

Think Secret No More
Alas, poor Nick Ciarelli, I knew him Horatio. A fellow of Infinite Loop, a most excellent Apple fan boy. He hath borne me on his back a thousand times; and now how abhorred in my imagination it is! Still... good luck with that pile of cash from Apple, buddy.

White Paper

InfiniVault Archive Appliance
Learn how the right archive solution can save money, ensure regulatory compliance and provide infinite capacity for the small to mid-sized enterprise. Download this white paper to find out more.

Aberdeen Report - Engineering Change Management 2.0: Better Business Decisions from Intelligent Change Management
Over the years, many companies have focused on improving the efficiency of change management. Recently, there has been a shift in perspective on change management. This report serves as a map for companies seeking to improve productivity in their engineering change processes and make better business decisions that will drive product profitability.

Selecting the Right Hosting Provider Insider Secrets That Every IT and Business Executive Should Know
How can you identify the hosting company that's right for you? What are the business risks? What questions should you ask? Get the facts in this interview with Phil Shih, a research analyst at Tier1 Research, who covers consumer...

Job Listings

Featured Jobs:

Agilent seeking Global Sourcing Specialist in Santa Clara, CA

The MathWorks, Inc. seeking Sr. Software Engineer in Natick, MA

Openlink Financial, Inc. seeking Junior Software Developers in Uniondale, NY

Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center seeking Helpdesk Support Technician in New York, NY

Middlebury College seeking User Support and Services Manager in Middlebury, VT

For more great jobs, career-related news, features and services, please visit our "Career Center.



Get More Out Of InformationWeek

Try InformationWeek's RSS Feed

Discover all InformationWeek's sites and newsletters

Recommend This Newsletter To A Friend
Do you have friends or colleagues who might enjoy this newsletter? Please forward it to them and point out the subscription page.

Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

More than 20,000 IT terms, more than 20,000 definitions:
All at your fingertips, all in TechEncyclopedia

Saw a TechWeb feature you want to see again?

You are subscribed as #emailaddr#. To unsubscribe from, subscribe to, or change your E-mail address for this newsletter, please visit the InformationWeek Subscription Center.

Update your subscriber profile.

Note: To change your E-mail address, please subscribe your new address and unsubscribe your old one.

Keep Getting This Newsletter
Don't let future editions of InformationWeek Daily go missing. Take a moment to add the newsletter's address to your anti-spam white list: InfoWeek@update.informationweek.com

If you're not sure how to do that, ask your administrator or ISP. Or check your anti-spam utility's documentation. Thanks. We take your privacy very seriously. Please review our Privacy Policy.

InformationWeek Daily Newsletter
A free service of InformationWeek and the TechWeb Network.
Copyright (c) 2007 CMP Media LLC
600 Community Drive
Manhasset, N.Y. 11030

spacer
© 2007  |  CMP Technology LLC  |  Privacy Statement  |  Terms Of Service
spacer

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
The Business of Going Digital
The Business of Going Digital
Digital business isn't about changing code; it's about changing what legacy sales, distribution, customer service, and product groups do in the new digital age. It's about bringing big data analytics, mobile, social, marketing automation, cloud computing, and the app economy together to launch new products and services. We're seeing new titles in this digital revolution, new responsibilities, new business models, and major shifts in technology spending.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
InformationWeek Tech Digest - August 27, 2014
Who wins in cloud price wars? Short answer: not IT. Enterprises don't want bare-bones IaaS. Providers must focus on support, not undercutting rivals.
Flash Poll
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
InformationWeek Radio
Archived InformationWeek Radio
Howard Marks talks about steps to take in choosing the right cloud storage solutions for your IT problems
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.