May 2014

• parameters: great post from Silvia Pfeiffer
• Patch to avoid redundant permission prompt clicks with getUserMedia()
• Constraints proposal (from Jan-Ivar Bruaroey's slides):

video: {
  require: ["width", "height"],
  prefer: ["aspectRatio", "frameRate"],
  width: { min: 640, max: 1280, ideal: 1280 },
  height: { min: 480, max: 768, ideal: 768 },
  aspectRatio: 16/9,
  frameRate: 60
• WebRTC is for losers
• Logitech TV Cam HD: 'Skype – now on your TV'
• Symple WebRTC video chat and messaging: connect with another user, not a room name
• data channel file sharing by sharing a link to 'get' a file, rather than sharing a link to 'send' a file
• Claremont University classroom app:
• Snapchat video chat is powered by WebRTC
• Why doesn't scale for signaling
• New WebRTC 1.0 editor's draft
• Screen sharing proposal
• First draft of ORTC (blog post)
• WebGL rendering of depth video stream from getUserMedia

• Media Source Extensions: Mozilla Intent to Implement (thanks @HTML5Weekly)

And finally…
• Cheap, lensless camera
• Sub-$1000 Logitech 1080p/30fps pan-tilt-zoom USB camera
• Rise of wifi and BYOD
• RIP Flash:

Cassette tapes, 8-tracks, and … Flash. All three of these mediums need a player to work, and all three mediums are either dead or dying. Just as CDs replaced tapes as a more efficient means of playing music, and digital files replaced CDs to do the same, HTML5 is making Flash obsolete.
• Washington Post moving from web to native on iOS
• Amazon Fire TV: $99 dual wifi set top box
• Broadcom released the full source of the OpenGL ES 1.1 and 2.0 driver stack for the Broadcom VideoCore® IV 3D graphics subsystem 
• TalkTalk and Sky are building a fibre network in York
• Amazon to stream HBO shows
• …and Netflix getting cable channel
• Fanbase v audience at YouTube
• BeyoncĂ© releases an album – within a week it's as if it had never happened:

Despite the repeated pieties about the magic of creativity and the special skills of writers, image makers and personalities, content is not king. Delivery has mounted its throne and has already eaten its lunch. To take an example from the Jurassic era of pop, in 1966 the Beatles were more powerful than all the record shops in Britain put together. They could, and did, reshape the processes of the businesses. No matter how popular Beyoncé may be, she'll never be able to make YouTube or iTunes dance to her tune. She is merely furnishing a handful of the trillions of noughts and ones being ground out in their mills day and night.

YouTube and iTunes are just two of the brand names that were largely unknown 12 years ago but have now eclipsed all the record labels in all the world. It's similar elsewhere. The delivery mechanisms are the new stars.