Posts Tagged ‘technology’

DirecTV Invests in Two Digital Entertainment Startups

December 4, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

DirecTV announced that it has made strategic investments in two digital entertainment startups — video-aggregation provider LiveClips and second-screen app developer i.TV — and the satcaster is working with both to integrate their technology in its own offerings. DirecTV did not disclose the amounts of its investments. In August 2013, i.TV raised $9.2 million, according... Read more

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Why Apple’s Topsy Buy May Be All About its Social TV Future

December 3, 2013  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Apple raised eyebrows yesterday with its curious acquistion of the social analytics firm Topsy . While many have wondered what the deal is all about, many experts believe it points in one direction: the social television space. Indeed, Apple is said to be working on a new smart TV that most industry watchers expect to be the next big hardware play from the company; Topsy Labs collects data from Twitter that potentially provides crucial insights into social media users' viewing habits. And at first glance, Apple spending $200 million for a social media data company seems baffling, and there has been a wide range of speculation about what it means.

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Facebook Testing Instapaper-Like "Save for Later Reading" Feature

November 27, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Facebook wants you to spend more time reading news on Facebook. The company is testing a feature that would allow users to save links shared inside Facebook to a list for later reading, according to recently surfaced mobile screenshots. The functionality is quite similar to the popular apps Pocket and Instapaper. “We’re constantly testing new features, but we have nothing further to share at this time,” a Facebook spokesperson told AllThingsD . The feature, which was pointed out to AllThingsD by the technology blog MyTechSkool , comes in the form of a small iBook-like bookmark button attached to stories shared in the News Feed. Click the button, and the link will be set aside in a “saved” menu inside a user’s Facebook apps menu. Photo courtesy of MyTechSkool Facebook has made it clear that it wants to play more of a part in how people use the social network to discover and read articles from third-party publishers. In a redesign to its News Feed over the last year, more prominence and visibility has been placed on articles shared on Facebook (though this redesign, for whatever reason, has not yet rolled out widely to all users). “We want to give everyone in the world the best personalized newspaper in the world,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said at an event earlier this year . The company is also reportedly building its own newsreader-like feature, according to The Wall Street Journal — a further attempt to make Facebook a destination for media content and discovery. This recent test is apparently the second iteration of a “save for later” feature, though earlier efforts were less visible and not as easy to understand and use .

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Newt Gingrich Leads a Totally Digital Lifestyle

November 27, 2013  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Specs Who Newt Gingrich Age 70 Accomplishments Co-host on CNN’s Crossfire (weeknights at 6:30); author; co-founder of Gingrich Productions; former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Base Arlington, Va. What’s the first information you consume in the morning? I have a retired research director who edits world news for me across an extraordinary range of topics, and I get probably between one and two hundred emails a day from him. So I start every morning by scanning his emails. Tell us about your social media habits. I have Twitter and Facebook. My staff does Instagram for me—I haven’t gotten around to it. My wife [Callista] is a fanatic Instagrammer. Wherever we are, she’s taking pictures. What’s your favorite gadget? My No. 1 tech gadget is the iPad. I gave up my desktop computer. I have no use for it anymore. I have a laptop sitting at home, but it’s very unlikely I’ll use it.

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No Cheap Shots With This $300 Bluetooth Basketball

November 25, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Basketball season is under way. Time to sweep the hardwoods, lace up your sneakers, charge the ball, and fire up your smartphone. Wait, what ? That was my thought process when I started playing with 94Fifty, a $295 basketball made by a company called InfoMotion Sports. Even friends who saw the 94Fifty ball sitting on its inductive charger couldn’t help but crack jokes. “Charging your basketball, are you?” my colleague Ina Fried said.

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Google in Talks to Create Prescription Lenses, Designs for Google Glass

November 22, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Google Inc.’s new computer-powered glasses haven’t hit the shelves yet, but already efforts are afoot to keep them from becoming just a niche product for nerds. In a sign the eyeware industry and Google see a broader market for the technology, the Internet search giant is exploring ideas with at least one eyewear company to put the device in optometry offices around the country and create alternative designs. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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Google in Talks to Create Prescription Lenses, Designs for Google Glass

November 22, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Google Inc.’s new computer-powered glasses haven’t hit the shelves yet, but already efforts are afoot to keep them from becoming just a niche product for nerds. In a sign the eyeware industry and Google see a broader market for the technology, the Internet search giant is exploring ideas with at least one eyewear company to put the device in optometry offices around the country and create alternative designs. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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Martin Sorrell Talks Candidly About Mergers, Mayhem—and His Own Demise

November 11, 2013  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

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Clear Channel CEO Bob Pittman Says Don’t Follow the Digital Hype

November 11, 2013  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

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Google’s Chief Business Officer Says It’s Time to Invent What’s Next

November 11, 2013  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

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