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Each year, thousands of technophiles descend upon Austin, bringing Internet-connected laptops, phones and tablets with them, and most of them think very little about keeping their personal communications secure. Open wireless networks in the convention center – and in hotels, bars and coffee shops – offer a convenient way to keep in touch with home, but also leave any data that is transmitted over those networks open to snooping by malicious individuals. In this session, host of Revision3 podcast Hak.5 and regular contributor on the TWiT network, Darren Kitchen, will walk attendees through live demonstrations of many ways in which their personal data are vulnerable while connected to the Internet at SXSW, and the steps they can take to keep that data private and safe. The tips and information from this session will benefit those who attend not only while they are at SXSW, but any time they sit down at their own local coffee shop and open up their laptop to fire off some email.
Imagine a world where cloud connectivity is a non-issue. A world where going online in an airport or a cab is as easy as powering on your laptop. Think back to the day when radio ruled the world. The day you got that shiny new boom box, pulled it out of the box and flicked the switch. Bam! – There on the radio was your favorite song. There was no separate bill or complicated set-up process to get there.
Why can’t the connecting to the cloud be that easy? Soon, it will be. The Amazon Kindle 3G is a prime example of where we’re headed with always-on connectivity, and while the concept of hot-out-of-the-box devices that automatically connect to the cloud is nothing new, we are closer than ever to seeing this become more widespread.
This solo presentation from Macheen will discuss how the instantly connected device – be it a PC, tablet, media player, etc. – will set in motion the next phase of the Internet. Macheen will discuss how device makers can break through low margins on selling hardware and give consumers what they really want – devices that are instantly connected…it will be just like old times.
The celestial jukebox. Cloud gaming. On-demand movies on your mobile phone. The dream of having all the entertainment you want as soon as you want it, has never been so close. There’s just one catch: network contention. You know it by many forms: A spinning hourglass; a “Buffering” window; a stuttering video. Though full of promise, cloud-based, streaming entertainment is still a long way from the seamless, instant response we’ve come to expect from a DVD player or a console game system.
Why the slow-down? Part of it has to do with delays on the open Internet. But a surprising amount of it has to do with technology embedded in our TVs, home networks and set-top boxes. The explosion in entertainment is stressing our home networking technology to its limits. Every application wants all your bandwidth at the same time. It’s the “tragedy of the commons” right in your living room.
But help is on the way. In this panel, leading experts on home networking and media distribution will reveal the sometimes surprising causes of streaming media hiccups in the home, and technologies that could make buffering delays a thing of the past.
9th–13th March 2012