Presentations as Competitive Intelligence?
Sort of. A blog called Tech Presentations covers just that: the technical presentations of other companies and conferences. According to the blog's "About" page, "Authors of this blog are digging up technical presentations from different conferences and events. Quite often such presentations share information that can't be found in books or articles and can give you insights at [sic] technology advances, company culture and even people personalities."
The blog, located at www.techpresentations.com, archives presentations in various formats from companies, conferences and other venues. Many of the presentations have to do with software and other technology, making the blog an interesting resource for those who want to see examples of presentations in this area.
HD-DVD and Blu-Ray Spar for Market Share
This week, both Paramount Home Entertainment and Dreamworks Animation announced that they would exclusively use and support the HD-DVD format instead of Blu-Ray. When "Blades of Glory," "Shrek the Third," and "Transformers" come out on DVD, they'll be in HD-DVD. The announced reason was that using this format would result in lower manufacturing costs and that HD-DVD was "a market-ready technology."
The 32 titles previously released by Paramount in the Blu-Ray format will not be restocked, according to DVDtown.com, an online provider of DVD news.
Flexible Batteries, Now Flexible Displays
The other week we told you about the potential for flexible batteries that would allow their installation in odd shapes and possibly pave the way for flexible cell phones or other electronic devices that don't usually, you know, bend. This week, at its showroom in Seoul, South Korea, Samsung displayed prototypes of flexible visual displays which could be bent like plastic or paper. The prototypes suggest the possibility of thin wristwatches which can display images or video, and other screens that could be used in a number of ways.
For more information and some pictures of the prototypes, go to http://aving.net/usa.