Archive for September, 2013

New iOS App Memoir Jogs Your Memory With Old Photos

September 30, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Call it a first-world problem: The more photos we capture with our fancy smartphones, the more photos we have to sort through. In the future, we may look back at the many thousands of digital photos we have and think, “When was that trip, again?” or “Where did I enjoy that fantastic meal?” or “How did I manage to take so many photos of pocket lint?” That’s where Memoir comes in. It’s a free, iOS-only mobile app that launched the same day that iOS 7, Apple’s latest operating system, was released. Memoir is a photo-storage app that automates an album-like approach to organizing your photos. It pulls photos from your smartphone camera roll and popular social networks. [ See post to watch video ] Then it shows you the most recent ones, as well as photos and social network check-ins from that same day two, three, or five years ago. You can also search for your photos using keywords, such as “July 2011,” “Costa Rica” or a person’s name. Maybe you’ve heard of TimeHop, the app that shows you what you were sharing on your social networks “a year ago today.” Memoir is like TimeHop for photos. In addition to jogging your memory, another incentive of the app is that it is completely free, at least for now. There is no cap on the amount of photos you can store in Memoir’s cloud (although, the photos stored are compressed). Many other services will charge you for photo-storage space that exceeds a certain amount. I’ve been using Memoir for the past five days

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Brands Are Lining Up to Reach Locket's 150,000 Users

Brands Are Lining Up to Reach Locket’s 150,000 Users

September 30, 2013  |  Blog  |  No Comments

Locket, an Android app that pays users a penny each time they view an ad while unlocking their phones, may seem like a head scratcher of a business model. And yet, the two-month-old app has already attracted an impressive 150,000 users and a dozen campaigns ready to launch. One major brand joining up is SunnyD. The orange-flavored drink this week will test Locket’s high-res promos, which target consumers by location, time of day, gender and other parameters. “We want to reach mobile moms in grocery stores,” said Mark Ozimek, SunnyD’s brand manager. “There’s not a lot of ways of doing that …

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Facebook isn't getting rid of ads, but will make them more relevant to you

Facebook isn’t getting rid of ads, but will make them more relevant to you

September 30, 2013  |  Blog  |  No Comments

Facebook wants to show you more relevant ads. Advertisements are the price we pay for free online content and services, and there are no signs of it vanishing any time soon. Even though this is something internet users have accepted for some time, there are often complaints about the unsuitability of ads. Far fewer people have a problem with seeing adverts for products and services they might genuinely be interested in than those that have no relevance to their lives. In a blog post Engineering Manager for News Feed Ads, Hong Ge explains that Facebook would like to ensure that the

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TV Review: ‘The Walking Dead’

September 30, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The casualty count on “The Walking Dead” remains high — and that’s just its showrunners. Scott M. Gimple is the latest to step into the breach, after Glen Mazzara supplanted Frank Darabont — who developed the show — and guided it to become TV’s highest-rated hour in key demos. The new season’s first two episodes... Read more

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The news business could continue to be unprofitable forever. That’s OK.

The news business could continue to be unprofitable forever. That’s OK.

September 30, 2013  |  Blog  |  No Comments

Some people were unpersuaded by Thursday's post arguing that the low profits in the news industry were a positive sign. Slate's Will Oremus, for example, is "not sure how anyone could honestly believe this without their head exploding." Adam Gurri suggests an analogy that helps to illuminate the basic issue: the restaurant business. Succeeding in the restaurant business is difficult. Margins are low, owners have to work hard, and the typical restaurant doesn't make a lot of money. One researcher found that only about 40 percent of new restaurants last three years. Running a restaurant is relatively unprofitable because a lot of

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AOL to Start Advertising on TV Again, With Commercials for New Subscription Service Gathr

September 30, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

More than nine months after AOL shelved plans for a hip-hop-inspired TV commercial that would have been the first TV ad of CEO Tim Armstrong’s tenure, the company has decided to make a return to TV advertising. AOL is planning a multiplatform ad campaign that includes TV commercials to promote Gathr , a new service it is launching publicly today, the company’s membership and paid services chief Bud Rosenthal said in an interview on Friday. The TV spots will air this fall, but won’t run nationally, instead focusing on three markets: Seattle, Minneapolis and Atlanta, according to an AOL spokesman. Gathr, which has been in a private testing period since early this year, bundles together offerings from companies such as Pandora, LivingSocial, and Amazon into one monthly subscription. At launch, AOL is offering a choice of six pre-bundled packages , ranging in price from $15 to $30 a month, with an option to customize bundles, as well. Gathr pre-bundled packages are loosely organized around themes. The “4 Fun” package, for example, costs $20 a month and includes a subscription to Pandora One, the streaming music service’s ad-free option; promo codes for five free one-day DVD rentals from Redbox; a $25 gift card to Restaurant.com; and a $10 promo code for LivingSocial. Other subscriptions offered through Gathr include magazines such as Cosmopolitan and National Geographic, and services such as LifeLock and Norton AntiVirus

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Can Social Networks Contribute to Responsible Tourism?

Can Social Networks Contribute to Responsible Tourism?

September 30, 2013  |  Blog  |  No Comments

The 7th edition of Responsible Tourism in Destinations conference will take place in Barcelona, Spain, this coming week (October 1-4th). As keynote speaker, I have been asked to address how social networks can contribute to a more responsible tourism. Here are some thoughts I will be sharing with the audience on October 4th. #RTD7 A couple of months ago, during a Linkedin group discussion, someone recommended that I read a new book that had been recently published: “Overbooked – The Exploding Business of Travel and Tourism“, by author and journalist Elizabeth Becker. Though I’d started reading it during the summertime, I

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Is It Cool to Work for Yahoo Now?

Is It Cool to Work for Yahoo Now?

September 30, 2013  |  Blog  |  No Comments

These days, the 17th floor of Yahoo's midtown Manhattan office could easily pass for that of a young tech startup. There, roughly 35 mobile engineers work in small, circular clusters arranged in a spacious, open-floor layout. What appears to be a recently renovated cafeteria is stocked with free snacks, juices and coffee. There's a feeling — perhaps in the way the way the desks are arranged, or by the quiet, steady conversation between employees — of collaboration. If it weren't for the purple that pops up everywhere — on the walls, and even in the tint of artwork adorning them —

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Ablaze Fires Up Hot Pair For Busan

September 30, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Two of Taiwan’s biggest film titles for 2014 will make their market debuts in Busan next week, having been picked up by new sales company Ablaze Image.

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DreamWorks, Fuji Complete “Like Father” Remake Deal

September 30, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“Like Father, Like Son,” the Japanese child swap drama that premiered in competition in Cannes has been licensed by DreamWorks SKG for English-language remake.

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