CES Mission Report: Getting It Together


At the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), you’ll see tons of must-have devices. But what about all the accessories that can tie those together? I call those technological glue, and there were plenty of examples at CES.

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Connecting Your Laptop to Your HDTV


One of the more common questions we see at Twelpforce are laptop owners wondering how they can connect their computers to their HDTVs. I created this overview of how to determine which connections you have available to you, along with what cables you’ll need to get your computer display onto that big screen television in the living room.

Fox 8 News & Geek Squad – What is GoogleTV?


If you’re looking for a new HDTV this holiday season, you might want to check out SmartTVs that combine television and the web with technologies like GoogleTV. I had a chance to talk to Cleveland’s Fox 8 News this morning about GoogleTV and why you might want it in your living room.

Hulu a Better Deal for Advertisers?

There’s some talk in online communities about the state of Hulu and whether they’re limited number of advertisers is a bad sign for the company.

My personal opinion is that advertising on Hulu has some serious advantages over regular broadcast television, at least if you discount the difference in the number of viewers.

As a viewer, I’m far more likely to sit through the shorter commercials on Hulu, even if they’re unskippable, simply because the interruptions aren’t long and frequent. Also, I’m noticing that I’m paying far more attention to the commercials simply because there’s less of them. There isn’t a “wall of advertising” that ends up blurring the messages into noise.

I don’t think Hulu will entirely kill broadcast or even cable television, at least not for the current generation of viewers who have grown used to it, but it’s certainly another sign that digital distribution channels like iTunes, Xbox Marketplace and Netflix streaming video are here for the duration.