Archive for October, 2012

Welcome to the Jony Ive Era at Apple

October 30, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Apple’s Monday afternoon management shakeup was a historic one, the largest the company has seen since the ouster of former CEO Gil Amelio in 1997. And while details of the ousters of Scott Forstall and John Browett — the guy who oversaw Apple’s iOS operating system and the new hire who ran its retail stores, are certainly intriguing — they’re a sideshow to the bigger story here: The clear ascendancy of design chief Jony Ive. That’s because on Monday, Ive was given a role that no executive other than co-founder Steve Jobs has ever held before — oversight of all Apple product design. “Jony Ive will provide leadership and direction for Human Interface (HI) across the company in addition to his role as the leader of Industrial Design,” Apple said in a press release announcing the change. “His incredible design aesthetic has been the driving force behind the look and feel of Apple’s products for more than a decade.” That means Ive will oversee the design of Apple hardware and software both and has been tapped as the new steward of Apple’s user experience. It is an important recognition for Ive, a major change for Apple and an interesting move by CEO Tim Cook in elevating the design wunderkind. As Daring Fireball’s John Gruber writes , “I don’t think it can be overstated just how big a deal it is that he now oversees all product design, hardware and software. For the last year, outside observers have been left to wonder just where the buck stopped for UI design at post-Jobs Apple. That question has now been answered: Jony Ive.” Indeed, the buck has finally stopped, with Cook trying to put an end to what had become internecine executive battles within Apple. While perhaps a good thing, it also puts a lot of pressure on the elegant Ive, who will now be the integrator of Apple’s two sides and the center of its future direction. He’s an obvious choice, in many ways, as the architect — with Jobs — of Apple’s well-known high-toned, yet minimalist, design. One area he clashed with Forstall on, in fact, was in this arena. Forstall, for example, favored skeuomorphic design — adding real-to-life elements in software — while Ive reportedly deplored it (as did many). Now, Ive will be free to rid Apple software of it and, really, do anything he likes.

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Apple Software Chief Refused to Sign Maps Apology

October 30, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Apple executive Scott Forstall was asked to leave the company after he refused to sign his name to a letter apologizing for shortcomings in Apple’s new mapping service, according to people familiar with the matter. Apple officially released its new mobile mapping software in September. Users quickly complained about data inaccuracies and other bugs. Mr. Forstall argued that the company could address the outcry without apologizing as Apple had done when it shipped iPhones with faulty antennas a few years ago, one of these people said. Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook and others disagreed, these people said. Mr. Cook signed his name to the apology instead. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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Truly Scary Halloween Costumes (Comic)

October 29, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

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Casting Society honors awarded

October 29, 2012  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Film News: 'Help,' 'Homeland,' Calleri among top winners

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Ace Metrix Scores Most Effective Ads of Election

October 29, 2012  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

If there was any doubt that PACs and other outside groups wield big influence in this presidential election, check out Ace Metrix's top 10 most effective presidential ads among independent voters. Only three ads, from the Obama for America campaign made the researcher's list of top 10 most effective ads; the other seven were from PACs. The six ads favoring Mitt Romney are all from outside groups; not a single ad from the Romney for President campaign, which really couldn't ramp up until after the GOP convention, made the list. The six ads favoring the GOP challenger, such as the ads from Public Notice, are not over the top, but are subtle attacks expressing disappointment in the current Administration, the economy, and concerns about Obamacare. "The ads did not take an extreme approach and therefore didn't turn off independents," said Jonathan Symonds, Ace Metrix's evp of marketing. Yet the top-rated ad among independents, Priorities USA's Stage ad, blaming Mitt Romney and Bain Capital for the closing of a plant in Marion, Indiana, was one of the most vitriolic of the election.

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It’s Alive: Frankenstorm Hits New York

October 29, 2012  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Let it never be said that New Yorkers are slow to capitalize on acts of God. Gotham's media community was in overdrive on Monday, likely from their houses, apartments or maybe even their offices as Hurricane Sandy—soon to become "Frankenstorm" as it runs into sundry other weather fronts headed toward it in the opposite direction—approached landfall in New York. First up was DirecTV, which made waves with a public service station launched this morning—a 24-hour-a-day cable network devoted to storm coverage launched at 9 a.m. The MSO said that "DIRECTV plans to provide continuous coverage until the hurricane has diminished in strength," so expect the company to foot the bill for the weather network until at least Thursday. The channel will simulcast news and information coverage in affected markets. And, of course, where there's the public spirit, there is also the entrepreneurial spirit. Barry Diller's much-litigated broadcast streaming service Aereo (currently active only in New York) took the opportunity to grab some new customers who might be without broadcast TV during the storm—many New Yorkers can't receive broadcast signals anymore. The network expanded its

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It’s Alive: Frankenstorm Slouches Toward New York

October 29, 2012  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Let it never be said that New Yorkers are slow to capitalize on acts of God. Gotham's media community was in overdrive on Monday, likely from their houses, apartments or maybe even their offices as Hurricane Sandy—soon to become "Frankenstorm" as it runs into sundry other weather fronts headed toward it in the opposite direction—approached landfall in New York. First up was DirecTV, which made waves with a public service station launched this morning—a 24-hour-a-day cable network devoted to storm coverage launched at 9 a.m. The MSO said that "DIRECTV plans to provide continuous coverage until the hurricane has diminished in strength," so expect the company to foot the bill for the weather network until at least Thursday. The channel will simulcast news and information coverage in affected markets. And, of course, where there's the public spirit, there is also the entrepreneurial spirit. Barry Diller's much-litigated broadcast streaming service Aereo (currently active only in New York) took the opportunity to grab some new customers who might be without broadcast TV during the storm—many New Yorkers can't receive broadcast signals anymore. The networ expanded its

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Universal, Justin Lin team on ‘Subdivision’

October 29, 2012  |  Variety  |  No Comments

EXCLUSIVE: 'Fast Five' filmmaker will produce, possibly direct sci-fi comedy from hot scribes

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No, That Amazing Hurricane Sandy Photo Isn’t Real

October 29, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

People! It’s 2012, and many of you should know better. This sort of thing might seem convincing to Iranian propagandists , but the rest of us know about Photoshop, right? No? In any case: This photo of the Statue of Liberty and an Emmerichian storm isn’t real . So, if you want to share it on Facebook and Twitter, best to write FAKE somewhere in the comment field. There’s going to be plenty of amazing photography coming in the next few days. Why not stick with the real stuff? “It is traditional, when the U.S. is menaced by a weather event, for people to tweet pictures of things that aren’t it.” More excellent commentary from “ Is Twitter Wrong .”

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ABC’s ‘Scandal,’ ‘Neighbors’ get full seasons

October 29, 2012  |  Variety  |  No Comments

TV News: Following ratings uptick, both extended to 22 episodes

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