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David Curcurito

David Curcurito
December 31, 2010  |  2011  |  No Comments

DAVID CURCURITO DESIGN DIRECTOR ESQUIRE David Curcurito became design director of Esquire in March 2005.  Over the last decade, Curcurito has worked as the creative director of The Source, Complex, and American Express Publishing/Custom Publishing Solutions. At Complex from 2003 to 2004, Cucurito created the look and feel for one of the most unique men’s magazines in the marketplace.  The magazine combines sports, music and men’s lifestyle interests with a dynamic visual look. During Curcurito’s tenure at The Source from 1998 to 2002, the magazine was a finalist for “General Excellence” at the 2000 National Magazine Awards.  Curcurito also participated in the

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RunKeeper Hopes to Be Your App for That New Year’s Resolution [NetworkEffect]

December 31, 2010  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

FitnessKeeper , the mobile fitness app maker for the iPhone and Android, has found a variety of ways to get its users to pay to track their runs, bike rides and other activities using GPS. It offers a RunKeeper Pro app for $9.99, with premium features such as audio cues and interval training; an Elite subscription service for $19.99 per year that allows users to live-broadcast their activities and get reports on their progress; and specific training programs (usually $9.99 each for non-members). Confused by all those options? There’s also a basic RunKeeper app that has enough tracking and reporting features for many users and has always been free. I wrote recently about its social features . Apple recently said RunKeeper Pro was one of its top-grossing apps of 2010. FitnessKeeper, a small Boston-based start-up that just raised $1.1 million in funding, wouldn’t disclose revenue or download numbers, but said it has been cash-flow positive every month since it was founded two-and-a-half years ago. The company announced this week it would take down one part of its pay barrier from now through the end of January, giving away RunKeeper Pro for free during New Year’s resolution season. Launched yesterday on iPhone, that promotion has already been highly successful, with 171,000 RunKeeper Pro downloads yesterday on the iPhone, more than 10 times as many as it gets in a normal day. The app is currently quickly climbing the Apple App Store charts, now at No. 5 in the free app category (it was No. 12 this morning)

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NHL’s Winter Classic moves to primetime

December 31, 2010  |  Variety  |  No Comments

TV News: Hockey game shifts to 8 o'clock due to rain -- The NHL's Winter Classic is moving to primetime.

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Shares of Imax soar

December 31, 2010  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Film News: Report of possible Sony bid boosts company -- Shares of Imax Corp. soared 7% on a U.K. report that Sony Corp. is considering a bid for the giant-screen company.

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Source: Disney Not Interested In Buying Imax [Voices]

December 31, 2010  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

By Tiernan Ray, Blogger, Barron’s, Tech Trader Daily In response to rumors today in a couple of media outlets saying Walt Disney was among media titans interested in buying Imax, perhaps for as much as $40 per share, a source close to Disney this afternoon tells me that, “the rumors today of the company’s interest in Imax are pure fiction.” The other party that has been rumored to be interested is Sony. Read the rest of this post on the original site

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IT Trends In 2011 And Beyond: More Cloud, Flash and Virtualization [NewEnterprise]

December 31, 2010  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Gleacher analyst Brian Marshall is out with a short research note this morning summarizing a few trends he thinks will be important in IT in 2011. Companies he covers, which include VMWare, NetApp, EMC, IBM, Dell, Hewlett-Packard and Apple collectively saw their shares grow by 40 percent this year, beating the S&P 500, which grew 13 percent. With enterprise IT companies roughly six quarters into a recovery period following the disaster that was 2009, he says 2010 is going to prove to be a difficult year to follow. For 2011, he expects a continuation of a lot of trends you’ve already been hearing about. You probably already knew about the direction of the general trends, but Marshall has included some interesting figures around the size of various opportunities. Cloud computing he says, currently consumes only two percent of the global enterprise storage budget today, and he expects that to grow to between 15 and 20 percent within five years. Solid state storage, or using flash memory to enhance storage in servers by breaking up the bottlenecks that exist between processors that do the number crunching and hard drives that store the data. He says solid state use in enterprise applications is “at a nascent stage,” and will only get more important in 2011. Finally, expect more virtualization in the data center. Currently corporations virtualize about 30 percent of their servers and storage machines. Marshall thinks over five years, that will grow to about 70 percent, and if the conditions are right, 2011 could be a year where the growth rate could accelerate significantly.

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2011: The Year of the Tablet–Apple’s Tablet (And Analyst Notes About It) [Digital Daily]

December 31, 2010  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Much as they were in 2010, tablet sales will be a high point of 2011–but even more so. According to Caris & Co. analyst Robert Cihra, tablet sales will more than triple, rising 226 percent to 54 million units. And of those, Cihra believes Apple will claim 67 percent. Which would spike iPad sales from 14 million this year to 36 million in 2011. “We model Apple’s iPad continuing to dominate…in 2011,” Cihra writes in his 2011 forecast. “iPad not only launched with phenomenal early uptake but effectively sent all wannabes back to the drawing board, delaying most competitive tablet launches well into CY11. Yet we now already look forward to the first iPad 2 refresh in March (i.e., establishing annual cadence for iPads in March, iPhone each June and iPods in Sept). An enormous multi-year opportunity, we continue to view iPads less about the ‘product’ but rather igniting an explosion toward ‘thin-client’ Access computing.” Given that explosion and Cihra’s forecast of a 226 percent spike in tablet sales, how will the the PC fare in 2011? A bit worse than it did the year prior. Cihra figures global PC market unit growth will slow to about 9 percent in 2011 from 14 percent in 2010. Guess what happened to that missing five percent? Says Cihra, “We see cannibalization from ‘thin-client’ iPads/tablets, particularly vs. netbooks and in multi-PC homes, already growing to 1/7th the size of the overall PC market in 2011 and shaving 5 percentage points off what PC growth might otherwise have been.” Unless, of course, you consider the tablet part of the PC market. If you do, then the global PC market in 2011 and beyond looks quite a bit better, as the chart below shows.

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The Mysterious Case of the "iPad 2″ Cases [Voices]

December 31, 2010  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

By Owen Fletcher, Reporter, The Wall Street Journal Protective cases purportedly made for a new version of the iPad, posted for sale on Chinese e-commerce site Alibaba.com, have fueled some of the latest speculation about the rumored sequel to Apple’s red-hot tablet computer. In fact, they drew enough attention that someone with pull appears to have objected to the listings. Apple has yet to publicly disclose any plans for an iPad 2. But gadget bloggers in the last week seized on pictures from Alibaba.com, a trading platform for smaller businesses in and outside China, as evidence of the new features that a second-generation iPad might have. In particular, they said the cases proved that the iPad 2 will include a camera on its back surface, since circular holes were depicted on the backs of the mostly silicon cases in the Alibaba listings. The cases were priced at a few dollars or lower and available in colors including bright pink and green. Read the rest of this post on the original site

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Qualcomm Shows Why Augmented Reality on the Phone is Really Nifty (Video) [Mobilized]

December 31, 2010  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

A little bit ago, I had the chance to check out a very cool agumented reality concept application that Qualcomm has put together. The demo is designed to show the power of its chips, but it also shows just how much fun the future is going to be. The demo uses two Android phones to do recreate the classic Rock ‘em Sock ‘em boxer game . In the real world, there are only the phones and a mat set up to form the ring of for the robots. On each screen, however, appear the two robots, using the real camera as the viewer. Like Word Lens (though with more punching action), this app shows just the beginning of what is going to happen as the virtual and real worlds collide, often via the smartphone. I could explain a bunch more, but just watch the video… [ See post to watch video ]

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A Schmidtstorm and More: 2010 in Pictures Photoshops [Digital Daily]

December 31, 2010  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

According to 2009′s safely-looking-ahead-at-the-year-to-come articles, 2010 was to be “a year of social media convergence.” It was to be a year in which The Cloud “became part of the everyday lexicon of business” and “a year of invention and innovation.” 2010 was to be not just “the year of the tablet,” but also “the year of the smartphone,” “the year of the tweet” and “the year of location.” Above all, 2010 was to be “a year of significant developments” and generally “a busy year for technology.” And I suppose it was that. But for me, 2010 was a year like any of year–one not to be taken too seriously. Because if you can’t laugh at Eric Schmidt telling critics of Google Street View to “just move,” Apple telling people that their grip–not the iPhone 4′s antenna–is faulty, or Oracle’s samurai CEO Larry Ellison in a kimono, then, really, what’s the point? It may be true, as my colleague Peter Kafka noted earlier this week , that there’s little point in pretending we know what’s going to happen in the year ahead, but the year about to pass remains good for a laugh. View the slideshow

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