Nest And Friends Are Giving The Internet Of Things A Fresh Start

A consortium of companies just announced a new wireless networking protocol for the home called Thread. It’s designed to help build low-power, wireless mesh networks so that devices can seamlessly connect to form a true internet of things. In a way, Thread promises to create little mini internet for your home.

Universal Peripheral Batteries Is A Great Idea That Will Never Work

Imagine if everything on your desk was powered by identical batteries, all of which could be recharged by slipping them into matching charging slots on the side of your computer. It might not be ubiquitous wireless charging, but it still sounds pretty great, right?

What Is Miracast?

Everyone really likes AirPlay, Apple’s Wi-Fi streaming standard that lets you send movies and music from, say, your iPhone to your speakers or Apple TV. Now there’s a new standard out to do pretty much the same thing for everyone else. But how is it different from previous attempts?

UHDTV Gets Not One, But Two Specifications

720p? Positively archaic! 1080p? Eye-bleedingly bad! Throw away that old junk — the future belongs to Ultra High Definition television. If you thought the confusion between “HD” and “Full HD” was bad, it looks like you’re in for a bumpy ride in the future, with the International Telecommunications Union adopting two UHDTV specifications.

Manufacturers Are Finally Standardising 3D Glasses... Together

Big news from Panasonic, Samsung and Sony: they’re teaming-up to put a stop to this silly trend of being forced into buying expensive 3D glasses that only work with one manufacturer’s 3DTV, and will use Xpand’s glasses from next year.

Why We Can't All Just Settle On One Stupid Standard

Standards, formats, protocols. There are thousands of them! Probably! I’ve never counted, I’ve always been too buys slamming my head against a wall. But you know what? Even the road to gadget compatibility hell is paved with good intentions. Right before it’s repaved with terrible, pigheaded greed. [xkcd]

M-3DI: Panasonic's Idea For Universal 3D Eyewear Standard

Panasonic wants 3D eyewear and displays to be compatible regardless of what product brands you choose. Their newly conceived standard for active-shutter eyewear, M-3DI, is their plan to make that happen.

CEA Calls For Standardisation Of Active Shutter 3D Glasses

The same association that puts on the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas each year has called for manufacturers to get their acts together and support a new standards process for 3D active shutter glasses.

The Future Of The Internet Has A (Kickass) Logo

To help prod along our slow, inexorable march towards the HTML5 web standard, and because everything today needs branding, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has unveiled a snazzy new HTML5 logo. The biggest surprise? It’s pretty controversial!

Google Chrome Drops H.264 Support, Even Though It Still Loves Flash

Oh wow. Google’s dropping support for h.264 video in Chrome, because, they say, they’re only going to support “open codec technologies”:

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