Archive for August, 2011

Shawn Blanc on “Consuming Content” (ShawnBlanc.net)

Shawn Blanc
August 25, 2011  |  Blog  |  No Comments

We say “consuming content” as a way to sum up the act of reading, listening, viewing, and other ways of taking in various forms of media and entertainment.

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How To Recover From A Social Media PR Disaster (Mashable)

PR Disaster
August 25, 2011  |  Blog  |  No Comments

You know that awful, “Did I leave the oven on?” pit-of-your-stomach feeling of dread at a possible screw up? Yeah, well now you can also get that feeling from social media.

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As A New Era Dawns For Apple: The Meaning of Steve (Empowered)

Jobs Steve
August 25, 2011  |  Blog  |  No Comments

So, Steve Jobs is gone -- resigned as CEO of Apple. Consider, for a moment, the meaning of Steve. By my count, Steve Jobs changed the world five times. Five.

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New MacBook Airs, Lion Spike Summer Mac Sales

August 23, 2011  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

The debut of Apple’s new MacBook Airs and Lion OS has done what many predicted : It’s sent Mac sales into the stratosphere According to the latest metrics from NPD, domestic Mac sales for the first month of the September quarter were up 26 percent year-over-year, buoyed by new hardware and an eagerly anticipated update to Apple’s OS X. That’s more than six times the growth of the broader PC market. And if it continues, Apple will likely meet consensus estimates of 4.5 million total Mac sales for the current quarter, said Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster. “We believe Mac sales benefited from the 7/20 launch of OS X Lion along with refreshed MacBook Airs and Mac minis,” Munster explained in a note to clients. “But these tailwinds will fade throughout the September quarter and year-over-year compares get slightly tougher in the last two months of the quarter.” The softening PC market seems to have had little to no effect on Mac sales. Nor is it likely to in the future, given current growth trends. As I’ve noted here before, Mac sales have outpaced the broader PC market for 21 consecutive quarters now . And there’s little to suggest that streak is coming to an end any time soon. Said Barclays analyst Ben Reitzes, “We believe Apple will continue to gain share in Macs over the long term even as the iPad grows. Given the data and our checks, our estimate for Mac growth of 18 percent year-over-year for Apple’s C3Q, may turn out to be conservative even though the global economy appears to be slowing quite a bit.”

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BuzzMob Launches Social Events App to Bring People Together

August 23, 2011  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Going to an event like a baseball game or a concert these days means being surrounded by other people peering into their smartphones. So it may be worth using the phones themselves to help break the ice between people who obviously have something in common, if only their location. That’s not a novel idea, but it may be a well-timed one: A new start-up called BuzzMob today is launching an iPhone app to help users meet and interact with people around them. Irvine, Calif.-based BuzzMob’s approach is this: users create “Rings” around geographical areas–from a single building to a three-mile wide area. That place gets a virtual wall that includes a live stream of posts, tips and pictures from users who are in the location (as validated by GPS) and join the Ring. Rings can be public or password-protected. There’s no notion of a check-in like Foursquare, which launched its own events feature last week , but rather a series of ongoing conversations around a place or experience. BuzzMob doesn’t have a real names requirement, and in order to avoid the loneliness problem of similar products like Color it allows users to view, but not participate in, Rings in other locations. The eventual goal is that venues and event promoters will create their own Rings–though BuzzMob hasn’t scored any of those deals yet.

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From webOS to Windows Phone

August 23, 2011  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

First things first. Thank you so much for reaching out to the Windows Phone team to signal your interest in bringing your talents to our platform. To be honest, we didn’t expect this level of response, so we were caught a bit flatfooted. – Microsoft’s Brandon Watson, in a letter to the more than 500 webOS developers who responded to his tweet last week offering phones, development tools and training to published webOS devs who would like to make a switch to Windows Phone.

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Nana

August 23, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Film Reviews: "Nana" marks the helming debut of artist/photographer Valerie Massadian, who combines an unmistakable Gallic cool with impressively controlled compositions.

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‘Transformers’ gets Imax re-release

August 23, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Film News: Two-week run for Par pic begins Aug. 26 -- Paramount and Imax are re-releasing "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" for a two-week run starting Aug. 26 at 246 domestic Imax locations.

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AEG bows Axs ticketing venture

August 23, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Music News: Outbox provides the technology -- AEG officially steps into the ticketing fray this week with the initial rollout of Axs.com, a ducat service in which the venue and concert promotion giant is partnered with Outbox Technologies.

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Splendent repping Kurosawa remake rights

August 23, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Film News: Projects include 19 Kurosawa scripts that were never made

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