Tech & The District » Washington Post Tech the way we see it: insights and musings on technology PR, policy and the District, from H&K’s D.C. Tech Team. Thu, 04 Aug 2011 15:06:44 +0000 en hourly 1 Technology Straight Up! Fri, 11 Feb 2011 22:21:34 +0000 Lauren Wilson Last week I attended Tech Cocktail: Winter Mixer, a technology media mixer for emerging technologies and innovations, at Slaviya restaurant in Adams Morgan.  The event was hosted by Digital Capital Week’s co-founder Frank Gruber and Eric Olson. The purpose for this mixer is to help entrepreneurs by educating and better connecting local technology communities. In attendance were tech influencers, and enthusiasts as well as members from the media (rumor was that the Washington Post’s Rob Pegoraro was there!).

One of the coolest things I came across was a social networking platform called WatchParty. WatchParty is a community that allows people to interact with one another who are watching the same TV show.  Once you are in a WatchParty, there are four features you can use to express yourself and communicate with other audience members (Blip, Flips, Traks, Slide).

This is a really great measuring tool for those who do researching analytics for television networks. This community enables participants to share their opinions on their show in real time.

Several WatchParty’s for you to be on the lookout this week include: Glee, The Good Wife, and Parenthood.

Start a WatchParty or join one!

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LIVE from the Consumer Electronics Show- Las Vegas Fri, 07 Jan 2011 16:45:40 +0000 Lauren Wilson Day 1 on the show floor was quite the scene!  I’ve never seen so many crazy and creative ways to attract show goers to electronics.  All your major companies were showcasing cool gadgets and eye grabbing products: Samsung, Sony, Qualcomm (H&K client), Blackberry, Verizon, Cricket, Motorola, Dell, Sprint, countless others, and even the graphic clothing shop, Ed Hardy- what a surprise!

It seemed that each booth was competing for your attention and the technology wasn’t the only main attraction.  One booth had dancers, another offered free lattes,  rock music was background for several executive keynotes at various booths, and one particular booth had famous actors! With all this action, it made it impossible to see the entire show floor in just one day.

Star Wars characters were at the Blue Ray booth, Samsung had elaborate stage performers, and Adrian Grenier from Entourage promoted gadgets at the Blackberry booth.

The two biggest trends on the show floor were tablets and 4G capable devices. Verizon executives unveiled 10 4G LTE devices: four smartphones, two tablets, two mobile hot spots, and two notebooks, in which some will be available as early as March.  Show goers were listening closely to see if Verizon would confirm the rumors on carrying the iPhone; which they did not.

The big tablet announcer this year was Motorola. Motorola divided into two companies this week: Motorola Mobility and Motorola Solutions. Motorola Mobility released the world’s first Android tablet rivaling the iPad, called the Motorola XOOM Tablet. The company said that the product is redeifing what a tablet experience can be. It is also the first tablet  to feature the latest Google Mobile innovations, including Google Maps 5.0 with 3D interaction, access to over 3 million Google eBooks and Google Talk with video and voice chat.

According to Hayley Tsukayama from the Washington Post, Day 2 at CES is shaping up to be “industry insider day” as the gadget buzz dies down.

The rumor is that Ford’s CEO Alan Mulally might is expected to unveil an electric Ford Focus.  I’ll have to get to the show floor and see!

Leave your comments on what you hope to see unveiled at the show!

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Do Americans Still Get Their News From Traditional Media? Thu, 16 Sep 2010 16:52:23 +0000 Lauren Wilson Newspapers, broadcast media, radio— Are these tools still relevant when it comes to receiving daily news updates? Some argue that traditional media is dead and claim that we’ve moved away from this forum to gravitate towards online media and social media to receive our news.  According to a recent Washington Post article, which discusses findings from a PEW Study called, traditional media is still holding its weight alongside online media.

The article highlights that Americans spend on average 57 minutes getting their news from TV, newspapers, or radio; just as they did in 2000. Can you believe that?  In fact, we spend an additional 13 minutes each day consuming news on the Web. The only thing that has really changed is that Americans have more immediate access to news than ever before.

Where do you get your news from and why? Is it from broadcast, newspapers, radio, Twitter or Facebook? Feel free to comment and let us know!

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Follow Friday – Kim Hart Fri, 30 Apr 2010 21:18:17 +0000 Lindsay Campbell Happy Friday fellow tweeters! To spice up your collection, we recommend you follow Kim Hart. She is a former Washington Post reporter who runs a widely respected technology blog, Hillicon Valley.  More recently, we got news that she is joining Politico in May to cover the politics and policy of the technology sector. Kim also has been featured in a Tech in 5 video! Kim is an avid tweeter and great to follow especially for DC locals! Follow and enjoy!

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Silicon Moves East Fri, 15 Jan 2010 18:37:23 +0000 Sharla Lane Maryland Democratic congressional party members and Gov. Martin O’Malley announced this week a plan for Maryland to be chosen for thousands of cyber security jobs funded by the federal government.

More than 24,000 jobs could potentially come to Maryland as the proposed home for a U.S. Cyber Command. The state is already home to the National Security Agency and other defense and intelligence installations; however, California still holds a renowned reputation as the tech capital of the U.S.

Vying to be the “Silicon Valley of cyber security” is just the latest in a string of company announcements and moves from West to East, reflecting Washington’s rising influence in technology and innovation. Last week at CES, Washington Post’s Cecilia Kang reported on the impact Washington guests such as FCC’s Chairman Julius Genachowski had at the show, and on the tech industry in general.

Other moves include Northrup Grumman’s headquarters from Los Angeles to the D.C. area by spring 2010, and in 2009, companies such as Google, McAfee, Intel and Blackboard all saw an increase to their Washington staff.

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WashPo Launches New Tech Blog Tue, 13 Oct 2009 13:35:04 +0000 Vanessa Truskey Cecilia Kang, Staff Writer and Post Tech blogger

Cecilia Kang, Staff Writer and Post Tech blogger

Last week, the Washington Post re-launched its technology blog.  Formerly known as Post I.T., the new blog is called Post Tech and will be led by staff writer Cecilia Kang.  It appears that Kang will be the sole contributor to the blog, focused on “issues at the intersection of Washington, technology, and business.” 

Given Kang’s background, I’m expecting good, quality content, but I have to admit that part of what I liked about the old blog was that numerous Post reporters contributed; we got to read perspective from a variety of reporters with different expertise.  They haven’t toyed with Rob Pegoraro’s blog (Luckily.  And I do prefer the name “Fast Forward” over “Post Tech” – I’d have thought something a bit catchier?) And it appears Brian Krebs’ Security Fix is still on as well. 

This is just one of many changes that the Post’s tech department has undergone over the last year.  Hopefully this new format will resonate with readers and draw new ones to the Post as a top source for breaking tech policy news. 

What do you think of it?  Any thoughts on a more creative name we might suggest

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Tech in 5: Washington Post’s Rob Pegoraro Fri, 02 Oct 2009 19:48:58 +0000 Vanessa Truskey Are you trying to decide between an iPhone and a BlackBerry?  Is your TV not working after the digital transition this past June?  Have no idea what I’m even talking about?  Your first stop should be the Washington Post’s Rob Pegoraro and his column, Faster Forward.   In this installment of Tech in 5, we spend some time with Rob, one of the most widely-sought out columnists on consumer tech and gadget issues, to find out which reader questions irk him the most, which gadget he can’t live without, and (perhaps most importantly), his feelings on our very own (love ‘em or leave ‘em) Washington Nationals.

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Politicians on Twitter Mon, 08 Jun 2009 16:47:36 +0000 duncanburns Interesting piece from The Fix warning politicians away from Twitter. In terms of risk management, he makes some strong points, but I think that politicians, especially those who maybe have tough races or can’t raise money so easily will continue to use Twitter to drive interest in them. As night follows day, that means there will continue to be goofs. But maybe it’s also that a lot of politicians have younger, SM-savvy staffers who think/know this is an important channel for their boss to be on but either start their boss running before walking, or don’t have in place some of the simple processes one needs to avoid foot-in-mouth disease. Just a thought. Over time it’ll become less of an issue as politicians, and voters, become more comfortable with the technology and its error-count.

Personally, I think there’s always going to be an element of there but for the grace of…

What do you think?

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