Akamai seeks to bring UltraViolet to every device

Akamai is rolling out new capabilities to its HD Network for video distribution that will make it even easier for content owners to securely distribute content to nearly any device. Targeting new UltraViolet services, Akamai hopes to simplify distribution while adding more security features for customers.

SlideShare ditches Flash, rebuilds entire site in HTML5

SlideShare has had a major makeover. The company has ditched Adobe Flash technology entirely, and rebuilt its website using the HTML5 markup language. Starting Tuesday, SlideShare.com now runs on HTML5 on both desktop and mobile devices. But making the big switch was not easy.

The day Apple won the Flash fight

Adobe announced its new Flash Media Server 4.5 late Thursday afternoon, and it’s an iteration that Apple device owners should be very happy about. For the first time, Flash Media Server 4.5 enables same source video delivery to both Apple devices and Adobe Flash-compatible destinations.

Where to watch Farm Aid 2011 live online

Farm Aid will have an all-star lineup of musicians performing this weekend to raise money for family farms. But those who can’t make it to Kansas City, Kan., this weekend can stream it live on the web and on a number of mobile devices.

iPads, connected TVs lead to explosion in encoding

Research firm In-Stat estimates transcoding vendor revenues will top $460 million by 2015, driven by an increase in the number of devices through which consumers can watch video, as well as an increased number of traditional TV programmers making their videos available online.

How businesses can reach the growing tablet market

Consumers are increasingly using their tablets as shopping tools at home and on the go. So retailers and other advertisers who want to reach that lucrative market must address a few key factors.

Video files keep growing like kudzu

In 2007, online video was a straightforward affair: You put a video online; you made it short; and you hoped for the best. But today, due to a growing number of video codecs and connected devices, publishers need to produce an ever-increasing number of video files.

Today in Cloud

Initially developed inside Yahoo! as a MapReduce-inspired tool for churning through Big Data, Hadoop was open sourced and continues to thrive within the Apache community as a key weapon in the data scientist’s toolkit. Well-funded startup Cloudera took the open source code (and key project contributors) and is building a business around helping enterprises to deploy and benefit from Big Data analysis. Today, Cloudera announced General Availability for CDH3; a fully open source distribution including the Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS), Hadoop MapReduce, and a collection of tightly coupled companion tools designed to ensure that, “right out of the box, you can get useful work done on Hadoop.” Like other Big Data tools, Hadoop has tended to be rather rough around the edges; brilliant at churning through data in a particular way, but less polished when it came to interfacing with other systems or extending to cover a wider set of enterprise data analysis tasks. The work that Cloudera continues to do in packaging Hadoop’s power in a more accessible form has been important in making Big Data accessible to a broader audience. CDH3 takes this easy integration to a new level, whilst also raising the bar for Cloudera; the code is all open source and available to their competitors, forcing the company to continually differentiate itself on the service it offers rather than the code it controls.