MASH MY WEEK! Summary of outstanding news about the Internet, technology, and social media from September 26 to October 1:
In this week’s edition, we have news about technology and new businesses on the web. We talk about a QRpedia development that connects to Wikipedia entries via QR Codes. Then will present YouTube’s plan to manage its own TV channels and to compete in the streamed content market. Last comes a reflection on the impact of technology in our lives and its implications for the future.
Wikipedia in QR Codes
Knowledge today is spread by means of QR Codes; at least, this is what QRpedia.com proposes. It will offer a simple tool with important uses. When you open the website http://qrpedia.org/, you see an invitation to enter the URL of a Wikipedia article. Do that, and within seconds the service turns the link into a QR Code.
For an explanation of any concept or object, delivered automatically in your own language, you just need to scan the QR Code and your Smartphone will bring you the information from Wikipedia.
Source: Vuelo Digital
YouTube will soon have TV channels
As more users choose to stream content individually and directly, TV is not totally discarded. It is incorporated into the new habits of the hyperconnected consumer, influencing technology and service companies on the web as they define their next strategies. To the announcements of Apple TV and Google TV, the expansion of Netflix and Hulu can be added, along with Facebook’s intention to enter the audiovisual market. But it is YouTube that is creating the buzz recently.
The leading online video platform announces that it will have a group of TV channels by 2013 with a program team to manage their broadcasts.
Unlike other services, YouTube TV channels will not need external devices for reproduction but will just use the browser.
The impact of wireless technology in our lives
Can you imagine viewing a product as a hologram or doing the laundry remotely? How about custom chips that give you information about your health status without even entering a clinic?
Technological advances are being achieved increasingly rapidly, and communications devices of greater complexity and lower cost are becoming ever more accessible to the ordinary user. The proliferation of these communications technologies inevitably will change the way we connect.
Some of the most influential trends in the present, which will be even more pronounced in the future, are those related to wireless connections, augmented reality (AR), smart equipment, and innovation in medical practice through sophisticated technologies.
We are heading towards a future marked by connectivity, portability of complex processing devices, and advanced technologies for domestic use. These advances are not separate from daily life, so how we relate to technology and each other through electronic devices will bring changes to our habits and customs.