The Iphone OS 3.0 announcements included a new capability: to watch HTTP Live Streaming. Well, I know that there are streaming protocols and streaming servers, and I know that there is something like progressive download that allows us to start watching a movie while it is beeing downloaded.
But what is HTTP Live Streaming? I finally found a nice article goung through the media streaming history (well, for some of us it is lived historyâ€¦). I picked some facts that I found noteworthy:
- HTTP Live Streaming actually does stream content in real time
- RTSP streaming failes when it hits against the first firewall, HTTP tunnelling adds too much overhead
- The technology behind HTTP Live Streaming was submitted to the IETF as a draft standard (on track to become an RFC)
- It looks like Microsofts â€žSmooth Streamingâ€ś, but is not bound to Microsofts Expression Encoder, Microsoft Internet Information Server with a Smooth Streaming extension, and does not require Microsoftâ€™s Silverlight 2 on the clientâ€¦
- It is simple: the content is encoded into an MPEG transport stream and chopped into 10s fragments
- It is not an continuous stream, the client asks for fragments as they are needed
- It does not require any special server (any webserver can deliver the fragments)
Somehow I missed the SMS/MMS thingy. I never understood why people kept sending lots of expensive SMS/ MMS on a daily basis. Well, in the meantime I started using Twitterâ€¦ And, I must say, I am using it on a daily basis on my iPhone now. Twitter gives me the theme, geolocation or friendship based chatroom right there where I want it â€“ on the go, easy, accessible.
Now we have rumors that Apple is interested in Twitter. Here is a statement I found quite interesting:
â€žWhen you consider the number of text messages and how thatâ€™s starting to exceed every other type of message, and when you have a company like Twitter that specializes in and sends more text messages than anybody on the planet, and youâ€™ve got Apple with the iPhone, which is one of the best senders and receivers of text messages, then youâ€™ve got to look at the potential,â€ś Safko said.
Letâ€™s wait for the Appleâ€™s Worldwide Developer Conference in June!
Habe mir heute Yahoo-Pipes angeschaut. Ein sehr mĂ¤chtiges Tool um Newsfeed-Streams zu verarbeiten. Das ganze wird auch noch visuell in einem webbasierten Editor erledigt.
Habe ein bisschen rumgespielt: es eine wirklich geniale Umsetzung des â€žPipeâ€ś gedanken. Mit einem Yahoo-Account ist man schnell dabei, und wenn man keines hat kann man sich einen ersten Eindruck mit eines der Filmchen die angeboten werden verschaffen:
Ein sehr interessantes Tool fĂĽr alle die, wie ich gerade,sich mit dem Filtern von Newsfeeds beschĂ¤ftigenâ€¦