Daily DigVid Review: All Hail iPhone 2.0
Apple’s iPhone 2.0 is here – or will be here as of July 11 – and here are the changes, most of which were leaked: It’s 3G compatible; includes A-GPS , which combines info from satellites, cell towers and wi-fi; and it’s a lot cheaper. 8G will cost you $199, while 16GB runs $299. iPhone still can’t Sling your TV to your phone, although SlingMedia demo’d its “proof of concept” at the Apple WWDC today. My friend demo’d his ability to Sling his TiVo to his new Q Moto Blackberry-like smartphone this weekend, and I have to say it worked perfectly, so Apple needs to get on it already. Apple has opened up its wunder-phone to third-party developers, so there’s a slew of new apps available.
The Hollywood Reporter’s Digital Power 50 is out today. Steve Wadsworth, head of Disney’s Internet Group tops the list, followed by Peter Levinsohn, president of Fox Interactive Media; George Kliavkoff, NBC Universal’s chief digital officer; Mika Salmi, president of MTV’s Global Digital Media and Quincy Smith, president of CBS Interactive. Not sure why Quincy didn’t make the top four with the rest of the broadcast networks, but I leave that to the HR to sort out.
NeuLion announced plans on Monday to merge with public company, JumpTV, to create a new IPTV and Web-streaming company. JumpTV delivers sports and other International programming over the Internet, while privately-held NeuLion offers an end-to-end IPTV service of live and on-demand sports, international and religious programs over the Internet and through set-top boxes. The merged entity will deliver a multi-platform IPTV and set-top box solution including:
- - More than 200 partnerships with sports teams, including the National Hockey League, more than 150 NCAA colleges and universities, the World Championship Sports Network and the 2010 South American, African and Asian World Cup Qualifiers.
- - More than 200 partnerships with international networks and channels, such as KyLinTV, the first Internet TV service dedicated to Chinese people living in the U.S.
- - Live and on-demand video streaming over the Internet, and JumpTV’s online customer relationship management solution, which includes Web hosting, video streaming, ticket management and E-commerce.
I started this so I guess I have to keep it up: Last Friday, Carl Icahn called Yahoo! Chairman of the Board Roy Bostock some more names and accused him of making too much money. He also asked the relevant question: “Why did you allow Google to leave you in the dust?” Meanwhile, last I checked, there’s still no real suitor interested in buying Yahoo!, including Microsoft.