Software

The Relationship Between Quantum Mechanics and Consciousness

I started thinking the other day about how we have been trying to model consciousness: physical. Researchers have long been trying to build a physical computer which mimics the scale of the human brain. The basic thought is that the architecture of the brain, the number of neurons and synapses,

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I’ve Seen The Future of The Streaming Video Tech Stack

I’ve said this before but it bears repeating: streaming is an evolutionary step in the television experience. Some of that has to do with how viewers can watch TV content now: from anywhere at any time, across different devices and screen sizes. The same content that was once shackled to

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As Streaming Grows, the CDN Must Evolve

CDNs have always been a necessity in the world of streaming video. Although some streaming providers, such as Netflix, Apple, and Amazon, have continued to build their own delivery infrastructures, the majority of streaming providers utilize a combination of CDNs to ensure that their content is delivered in the best

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What Has the Pandemic Taught Us About Streaming?

When the first government requirement to stay at home was issued, everyone in the streaming industry probably held their collective breath. First, because they knew that after one stay-at-home order, there would be more. Second, because it meant that people were going to do a lot more streaming. Although there was probably

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Build Streaming Solutions for Tomorrow, Today

Ask the folks at any web startup or any technology company that offers a cloud-based service, and they will tell you they play the “What happens if?” game all the time. What happens if one of our major data centers goes dark? What happens if network operators throttle bandwidth? What

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Virtual Reality Development Is Moving in the Wrong Direction

I recently had the pleasure of sitting on a panel at Light Reading’s 2018 Big Communications Event in Austin, Texas. My fellow panelists, Arianne Hinds, Ph.D. (principal architect, video and standards strategy at CableLabs), and Ozgur Oyman, Ph.D. (from Intel and a board member of the VR Industry Forum group), provided a

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Why Apple, Microsoft, or Amazon Will Win the the Living Room

Apple’s recent launch of a much-revised and improved Apple TV experience brings the family room back into the spotlight, where a long-standing war has been raging. From game consoles to set-top boxes (STB) to smart apps, a host of hardware and software companies have been vying for the coveted “gateway”

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When Viewers Turn to YouTube for Brand Video, Brands Lose Out

If you were asked the question today, “Which video content is more important—yours or your viewers’?” you’d probably answer, “Mine.” But would you be right? Before I answer that question, let’s take a brief look at content production as it stands. You might assume that professionals—people who make a living

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