Archive for October, 2012

50 Carriers Have BlackBerry 10 in Shakedown Mode

October 31, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Research In Motion’s new BlackBerry 10 and the devices that will run it are on track for their promised market debut early next year. That’s the word from RIM CEO Thorsten Heins, who said Wednesday that some 50 carriers are testing BlackBerry 10, a crucial step in getting its next-generation smartphones ready for launch. “I’m very pleased to confirm that we have passed a critical milestone in the development of our brand new mobile computing platform,” Heins said. “This process will continue in the coming months as more carriers around the world formally evaluate the devices and our brand new software.” That’s great news for RIM, which has been scrambling to launch BlackBerry 10 after numerous delays. Those postponements have cost it the all important holiday shopping season, so it’s crucial that RIM hits its early 2013 deadline. And this is promising news indeed. RIM shares are trading up well over 4 percent following its release. Here’s Heins’s statement if full: I’m very pleased to confirm that we have passed a critical milestone in the development of our brand new mobile computing platform, BlackBerry 10. In the last week, BlackBerry 10 achieved Lab Entry with more than 50 carriers — a key step in our preparedness for the launch of BlackBerry 10 in the first quarter of 2013.

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50 Carriers Have BlackBerry 10 in Shakedown Mode

October 31, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Research In Motion’s new BlackBerry 10 and the devices that will run it are on track for their promised market debut early next year. That’s the word from RIM CEO Thorsten Heins, who said Wednesday that some 50 carriers are testing BlackBerry 10, a crucial step in getting its next-generation smartphones ready for launch. “I’m very pleased to confirm that we have passed a critical milestone in the development of our brand new mobile computing platform,” Heins said. “This process will continue in the coming months as more carriers around the world formally evaluate the devices and our brand new software.” That’s great news for RIM, which has been scrambling to launch BlackBerry 10 after numerous delays. Those postponements have cost it the all important holiday shopping season, so it’s crucial that RIM hits its early 2013 deadline. And this is promising news indeed. RIM shares are trading up well over 4 percent following its release. Here’s Heins’s statement if full: I’m very pleased to confirm that we have passed a critical milestone in the development of our brand new mobile computing platform, BlackBerry 10. In the last week, BlackBerry 10 achieved Lab Entry with more than 50 carriers — a key step in our preparedness for the launch of BlackBerry 10 in the first quarter of 2013. We made this commitment during our recent results conference call and we have delivered. This process will continue in the coming months as more carriers around the world formally evaluate the devices and our brand new software. I have spent the last several weeks on the road visiting with carrier partners around the world to show them the BlackBerry 10 platform and to share with them our plans for launch. Their response has been tremendous. They are excited about the prospect of launching BlackBerry 10 in their markets. Our respective teams are now engaged on the technical and commercial preparation of the launch of BlackBerry 10 and the lab entry is an important milestone in that context. The hard work will not stop here as we build towards launch. Our developer teams are continuing to generate momentum to bring a wealth of applications to BlackBerry 10, our enterprise teams have started to present BlackBerry 10 devices and services to our business customers, and our engineers are fully mobilized to ensure that BlackBerry 10 launches flawlessly in the first quarter of 2013.

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The Math Behind Disney’s Star Wars Deal

October 31, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Disney is paying George Lucas $4 billion for his Star Wars empire. Did it get a good deal? That all depends, of course, on whether people want to see the next three Star Wars movies Disney says it is lining up. It’s a tricky bit of guesstimating, because the people who were young enough to be wowed by Lucas’ first installment when it debuted in 1977, are now oldsters who are 40 and much older. And many of those same people [cough] despise the last three movies he put out.

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Networks Top Ratings with Storm Coverage

October 31, 2012  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

CNN may have had its troubles in recent months, but it's gaining ground in terms of pure goodwill: network meteorologist Rob Marciano was out on Wednesday with a satellite truck in storm-battered lower Manhattan, where he and his crew had power strips available to literally powerless locals needing to charge cell phones. The network was on top in a more traditional way on Monday: for the first time in a long time, it beat competitors Fox News and MSNBC in the 25-54 demo in both primetime (1.09 million to FNC's 875,000 and MSNBC's 477,000) and total day (546,000 to FNC's 528,000 and MSNBC's 260,000), though it lagged FNC in total viewers in both categories. It's been a bittersweet few days for the Weather Channel, another network with viewership that fluctuates wildly depending on breaking news. Two weeks after laying off 7 percent of its workforce, the network had its biggest day of the year on Monday, with an all-day average of 2.04 million viewers and a healthy 800,000 viewers in its key demographic, adults 25-54. It was also, notably, the highest-delivering cable network in that demo from 6 to 9 a.m. and outperformed all of cable news all day in the key demo. It was the Weather Channel's highest delivery all year, though it didn't top the tune-in stats logged during last year's Hurricane Irene. A likely culprit on that score: millions of New Yorkers without power on the south end of the island and in Brooklyn—areas where, to put it mildly, the weather is a serious concern.

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For Social Video Start-Up Threadlife, Shorter Is Better

October 31, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

The Valley still hasn’t cracked the secret to social video apps. And it isn’t for lack of trying. Since Facebook snapped up photo-sharing application Instagram for $750 million earlier this year, the next logical step was to move to video. Now there’s no dearth of apps that serve up user-generated videos captured through the smartphone . Add Threadlife, the latest from Zappos founder Nick Swinmurn, to that pile. His app’s premise is much like a few others: When video is concerned, shorter is better. Threadlife’s stock-in-trade is the three-second video clip — dubbed a “stitch” in the whole sewing theme — a play on the idea that, as with photos, we’re apt to consume things quickly when they’re easy to view fast. That’s much along the lines as Viddy, a competing app which has been around for much longer, which holds 15-second time constraints on each clip. Threadlife’s value proposition, however, is a bit different. Users can compile their short video “stitches” into themed “threads.” It’s a simple way to explicate a process — like restoring a project car you have in the garage, from rust bucket to street-ready — over a period of time, each clip adding another segment on top of the last. Or, for the sappy parent crowd, a way to curate the first days, weeks and months of a new addition to the family. The company is keeping both the social and anti-social demographics in mind. Threads can be private or public, and all content within the app is shareable out to Facebook and Twitter. Smart, in that the app can keep private moments cordoned off, yet still capable of attaining user growth via social channels. And yet the challenges are considerable. The social video app market is completely flooded. Acquisition exits may not be as easy to come by, as some apps have already been snapped up by giants like Twitter and Autodesk

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Netflix shares surge after Icahn reveals he’s bought in

October 31, 2012  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Home Ent News: SEC filing shows billionaire investor has 10% stake in co.

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Netflix shares surge after Icahn reveals he’s bought in

October 31, 2012  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Home Ent News: SEC filing shows billionaire investor has 10% stake in co.

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To Successfully Launch A Product, You Have To Tell A Compelling Story

To Successfully Launch A Product, You Have To Tell A Compelling Story

October 31, 2012  |  Blog  |  No Comments

“The art of narration and dramatic presentation, together with a keen sense of the oral epic style, became a characteristic quality of the Russian people.” —Vladimir Propp, Morphology of the Folktale At the end of a week filled with product launches and press conferences, it’s hard not to compare those marketing events. Without even talking about the products, some were much more compelling than others. And it all comes down to the story that you tell, as a company. Failing at that task will greatly endanger your product. Over the past few days, I had the chance to watch and write about

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 Meet the man behind “Is Twitter Wrong?” who helped debunk fake pictures during Hurricane Sandy

Meet the man behind “Is Twitter Wrong?” who helped debunk fake pictures during Hurricane Sandy

October 31, 2012  |  Blog  |  No Comments

Yesterday was a big day for citizen journalism. At one point during the storm users were posting 10 pictures to Instagram every second, and check out this dizzying website that displays in real-time every photo uploaded to Twitter with the tag #Sandy. But it was also a day for citizen and professional trickery. Fake photos and news spread across Twitter and, in the case of the fake news item about the New York Stock Exchange flooding, infiltrated the mainstream media. Perhaps a spot about traders making money off of underwater mortgages, then literally going underwater themselves, was too good to

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Anchor Bay acquires WWE’s ‘No One Lives’

October 31, 2012  |  Variety  |  No Comments

EXCLUSIVE: Luke Evans stars in horror pic, which debuted in Toronto

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