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  • TLDR #38 - Ask Leah

    On the Media
    WNYC, New York Public Radio
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:30 pm
    In the late nineties Leah Reich was working for the video game website IGN, which was the most popular website on the internet for 13 to 18 year old boys at the time. She started reading and responding to the site's mailbag, and before she knew it she had become the trusted advisor for thousands of lonely teenaged boys. This week PJ (who was one of those boys) talks to Leah about the trials and rewards of being a counselor to confused, budding nerds. Thanks for listening. You can read Leah's writing about her time as an advice columnist at The Bygone Bureau and The Kernel. She's also…
  • How The Future Is Really Built

    Digital Tonto
    19 Oct 2014 | 4:17 am
    Brilliance often comes in the guise of an idiot, muttering incoherently about something nonsensical, but midwifed by those who notice wheat amongst the chaff. Related posts: The Improbable Origins... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • CBS thinks it can sell OTT like HBO. It can’t. Here’s why.

    Early adopter...early predictor...
    Jared Hendler
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:20 am
    CBS thinks that it can sell a direct OTT service like HBO or Neftlfix. They can’t. Here’s why… Fragmented Masterbrand  We know what we get with HBO. Do we know what CBS stands for? Do we even remember what shows are on the network? The dying broadcast model had them fill 24hrs a day with programming and the result was and still is full of ‘filler’. HBO, Showtime, Netflix and others born of the pay-per-view era share the on-demand experience we expect today. It is in their DNA. To survive, HBO developed exclusive on-demand programming & powerful brands strongly…
  • Art that floats: A TED Fellow plans an immersive experience on a boat

    TED Blog
    Karen Eng
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    In Floating Peep Show, audiences were ferried across the San Francisco Bay to four sailboats rafted together, where they paid to watch live performances in the hulls. Photo: Constance Hockaday Constance Hockaday makes large-scale installations on open water. Identifying as a Chilean-American queer artist, Hockaday creates spaces that celebrate creative freedom and counterculture communities while defying gentrification. Take the Floating Peep Show — in which out-of-work drag queens and exotic dancers performed in the hulls of sailboats in the middle of San Francisco Bay. Now,…
  • Lifeapps Digital Media, Inc. Developing New Mobile Based E-Commerce Solutions for its Mobile App Product Line

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    24 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Lifeapps Health and Sports One Group Poised to Take Advantage of Mobile Commerce Opportunities SAN DIEGO, CA / ACCESSWIRE / October 24, 2014 / LifeApps Digital Media Inc. (OTCQB: LFAP) ("LifeApps"), ...
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    TED Blog

  • Art that floats: A TED Fellow plans an immersive experience on a boat

    Karen Eng
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    In Floating Peep Show, audiences were ferried across the San Francisco Bay to four sailboats rafted together, where they paid to watch live performances in the hulls. Photo: Constance Hockaday Constance Hockaday makes large-scale installations on open water. Identifying as a Chilean-American queer artist, Hockaday creates spaces that celebrate creative freedom and counterculture communities while defying gentrification. Take the Floating Peep Show — in which out-of-work drag queens and exotic dancers performed in the hulls of sailboats in the middle of San Francisco Bay. Now,…
  • 8 ideas for the future of cities

    Natasha Scripture
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
    In 2012, the TED Prize was awarded to an idea: The City2.0, a place to celebrate actions taken by citizens around the world to make their cities more livable, beautiful and sustainable. This week, The City2.0 website evolves. On the relaunched, you’ll find great talks on topics like housing, education and food, and how they relate to life in the bustling metropolis. You’ll find video explorations of 10 award-winning local projects that received funding through this TED Prize wish, and resources for those hoping to spark change in their own cities. The site will also be the…
  • Badminton birdies, floppy disks and old toys become art — and connections — in Chiang Mai, Thailand

    Hailey Reissman
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:26 am
    This resident of Chiang Mai, Thailand, filled a bag with colorful puff balls for a project designed to connect members of the community. Photo: TEDxChiangMai In the days before their event in Chiang Mai, Thailand, the team at TEDxChiangMai spent a large chunk of their time collecting stuff. All kinds of stuff — the quirky, the old, the new, the unwanted, the loved and the thoroughly weird — that could be used for a collaborative art project on the big day. They found people at their workplaces, shops, studios, and homes and asked them to contribute in the spirit connecting the city. The…
  • 10 weird things I accidentally learned about New York

    Thu-Huong Ha
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:55 am
    New York, New York, it’s a wonderful town! Here’s one of my favorite images of it, created by George Schlegel lithographers in 1873, while the Brooklyn Bridge was under construction. Image: Wikipedia New York is a playground of absurdity. I’ve lived here on and off for the past decade. Since I ate my first workday lunch in a “park” in downtown Manhattan, I’ve been blindly accepting everyone’s inexplicable behavior in this city, not least of all the block-long cronut line I pass on my way to work every morning. So when I started curating the speaker program for…
  • Andrew Bastawrous’ bakery for better eye care gets lift off, the Sleepy Man Banjo Boys make a video, and more

    Kate Torgovnick May
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:26 am
    As always, members of the TED community have been very busy the past few weeks. Below, just a few of them making the news: Earlier this month, Mazda promised to fund one of four projects dreamed up by TED Fellows — based on your votes. The winner: eye surgeon Andrew Bastawrous has won for his Eye Bake program. With Mazda’s help, he’ll be building up the Ujima Bakery in Kenya, which will employ local people while raising money to subsidize eye care. (Watch Andrew’s TED Talk, “Get your next eye exam on a smartphone.”) Susan Cain is writing a children’s book, to be released in…
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    Thomas Hawk Digital Connection

  • Time to Go Macro With the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens

    Thomas Hawk
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:35 am
    While the EF 135mm f/2L USM is my favorite Canon L Series lens, one thing it does not do is macro photography. With a minimum focus distance of 3 feet, the EF 135mm lens can do a great job with a lot of flowers or other traditional macro subjects, but it really cannot do traditional macro work. If you want a very high quality portrait lens that can also do macro work, the EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM is the lens for you. Like the EF 135mm lens, this lens is an Image Stabilization lens which is helpful to minimize camera shake when you take those super close very precise macro shots. This is…
  • My Favorite Lens of All, the Sharp, Smooth, Feel of the Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM

    Thomas Hawk
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:56 am
    For those of you who know me or follow my work, you probably already know about my love affair with the Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM telephoto lens. Simply put, this is my favorite lens I have ever used in my life. It’s also the lens I use for probably 70% of the photographs which I produce. This is a workhorse lens and I believe it is the sharpest lens that Canon makes. If I could only own a single Canon prime lens, this would be it. Professional grade Canon L series lenses are not cheap. Canon’s L series represent their top of the line optics. They are what almost all Canon professional…
  • An Introduction to DSLR Photography, the Canon EOS 70D and EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens

    Thomas Hawk
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:35 am
    The very first Canon DSLR I ever purchased, about a decade ago, was the Canon EOS 10D. The very first Canon lens I bought was the EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM zoom lens. While my photography has advanced considerably over the past decade, this was an excellent starter set up for me. It was a decent DSLR for me (for the time) with a lens, which gave me a very wide range. Ultimately I upgraded bodies and got into more expensive Canon L series prime lenses, but this early set up gave me an opportunity to really experiment and try to figure out if this was a pursuit that I was going to invest…
  • Optics Matter — Camera and Lens Guide for the New Canon DSLR Shooter

    Thomas Hawk
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Last month I spent four glorious days shooting the lights and sights of fabulous Las Vegas. As always, I packed my camera bag full of my favorite lenses and other accessories. I haven’t done a “what’s in my bag,” type post in a while, so I thought I’d use this trip to talk about what camera/lens combinations I used on this trip and why. In today’s day and age, I hear many photographers talk about ditching their DSLRs for other sorts of setups. I am not one of those photographers. Simply put, I believe that optics matter. I believe that there are things you can do with a DSLR and…
  • Western Digital’s My Book Thunderbolt Duo, An Awesome Way to More Securely Store Your Photos

    Thomas Hawk
    5 Oct 2014 | 2:41 pm
    For the past month or so I’ve been testing out one of the 8TB Western Digital My Book Thunderbolt Duos and I have to say I dig it. Before trying this out, my entire storage setup was built around Drobos. I’ve got 2 Drobo 5Ds with 15TB each in them and a Drobo Mini. I was interested to see what the performance would be like with Western Digital’s large storage solution and I have to say I’m a fan. What I like about it: 1. It’s quiet. So quiet. My Drobos are not bad, but the Western Digital My Book Thunderbolt Duo is even quieter. You don’t even know…
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  • Spending Spree for SVOD Content

    Erik Gruenwedel
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:21 am
    Move over cable and satellite TV, there’s a new free-spending content buyer on the block: subscription video-on-demand. While DirecTV, ESPN and Turner Broadcasting earlier this month re-upped separate broadcast rights deals with the National Football League and the National Basketball Association for a combined $4.1 billion per year, subscription streaming services are slated to spend nearly $7 billion on movies and TV shows in 2015, according to a 76-page report from David Bank, analyst with RBC Capital Markets. That’s up nearly 31% from $5.2 billion in content spending this…
  • Subscription Fever Could Break

    Stephanie Prange
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:15 pm
    Recent news is awash with content owners and producers breaking the cable cord and following the Netflix model of online subscription streaming. Companies such as HBO, CBS and Lionsgate are looking to the Web to create a new avenue to the consumer. It is particularly interesting that both a broadcast network, CBS, and a major cable network, HBO, are looking to the Web to capture viewers. They represent the entrenched establishment of television programming. Both CBS and HBO have made fortunes via the traditional cable and broadcast route. CBS Corp. Oct. 16 announced the launch of “CBS…
  • CFO: Amazon Prime Increases Physical Media Sales

    Erik Gruenwedel
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:15 pm
    Increased sales of movies and TV show discs, books and music in physical form are some of the driving forces behind Amazon’s ongoing financial investment in Amazon Prime, CFO Tom Szkutak told investors. Prime is the $99 annual membership loyalty program that offers free two-day shipping on myriad products, in addition to unlimited streaming of movies, TV shows and original programing. Speaking Oct. 23 during the e-commerce behemoth’s third-quarter fiscal call, Szkutak said Amazon would continue to invest significantly in Prime, including Prime Video, which saw more than $100…
  • Comcast Softens Third-Quarter Video Subscriber Loss

    Erik Gruenwedel
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:15 am
    Comcast Oct. 23 announced it lost 81,000 video subscribers in the third-quarter (ended Sept. 30) to end the period with more than 22.3 million subs. The loss was a 46% improvement from a loss of 127,000 video subs in the prior-year period. Indeed, the No. 1 cabler said the subscriber results were the best for a third quarter in the past seven years — underscoring changing market conditions and Comcast’s ongoing challenge of retaining video subs. Meanwhile, subsidiary Universal Studios posted operating cash flow of $151 million, which was down more than 20% from operating clash…
  • Charting 35 Years of Change

    Thomas K. Arnold
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:26 pm
    I'm writing this from the outdoor patio at the Ritz Carlton in Marina Del Rey, Calif., where I have just finished speaking on a panel discussion on OTT, subscription streaming and how Netflix, in the words of one panelist, "is eating everyone's lunch." Reflecting on the 35 years that Home Media Magazine, originally Video Store Magazine, has been covering home entertainment, the changes in our business truly have been monumental since the late Stuart Karl launched a trade magazine to cater to the growing flock of video rental stores that were popping up in the wake of that…
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  • Lance Hunter (Earth-199999)

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:15 pm
    ←Older revision Revision as of 17:58, October 23, 2014 Line 49: Line 49:   | Weapons =   | Weapons =     | Notes = * [[wikipedia:Nick Blood|Nick Blood]] portrays Lance Hunter as a series regular on ”[[Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.]]”, starting with the episode “[[Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2 1|Shadows]].” | Notes = * [[wikipedia:Nick Blood|Nick Blood]] portrays Lance Hunter as a series regular on ”[[Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.]]”, starting with the Season 2 premiere episode…
  • Wilson Fisk (Earth-TRN376)

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:15 pm
    ←Older revision Revision as of 17:57, October 23, 2014 Line 1: Line 1: {{Delete}} {{Delete|[[Wilson Fisk (Earth-120703)]] be moved to this page}}   {{Marvel Database:Character Template   {{Marvel Database:Character Template   | Image =   | Image = from Marvel Database – Recent changes [en] via IFTTT
  • Jubilation Lee (Earth-616)

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Adding categories ←Older revision Revision as of 17:56, October 23, 2014 Line 202: Line 202:   [[Category:Gymnasts]]   [[Category:Gymnasts]]   [[Category:Lee Family]]   [[Category:Lee Family]]   [[Category:Asians]] from Marvel Database – Recent changes [en] via IFTTT
  • Mariko Yashida (Earth-2109)

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Adding categories ←Older revision Revision as of 17:56, October 23, 2014 Line 87: Line 87:   [[Category:Exiles (Panoptichron) members]]   [[Category:Exiles (Panoptichron) members]]   [[Category:Clan Yoshida]]   [[Category:Clan Yoshida]]   [[Category:Asians]] from Marvel Database – Recent changes [en] via IFTTT
  • Mister Negative (Earth-TRN376)

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:15 pm
    ←Older revision Revision as of 17:52, October 23, 2014 Line 1: Line 1:   {{move|Martin Li (Earth-TRN376)}}   {{Marvel Database:Character Template   {{Marvel Database:Character Template   | Image =   | Image = from Marvel Database – Recent changes [en] via IFTTT
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    On the Media

  • Unveiling CitizenFour, Inside Ferguson, and Protesting Outside SCOTUS

    WNYC, New York Public Radio
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    A look at Laura Poitras' new documentary about Edward Snowden, "CitizenFour," a view from inside the continued protests in Ferguson, and barring political protesters outside SCOTUS.
  • TLDR #38 - Ask Leah

    WNYC, New York Public Radio
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:30 pm
    In the late nineties Leah Reich was working for the video game website IGN, which was the most popular website on the internet for 13 to 18 year old boys at the time. She started reading and responding to the site's mailbag, and before she knew it she had become the trusted advisor for thousands of lonely teenaged boys. This week PJ (who was one of those boys) talks to Leah about the trials and rewards of being a counselor to confused, budding nerds. Thanks for listening. You can read Leah's writing about her time as an advice columnist at The Bygone Bureau and The Kernel. She's also…
  • Ebola in Liberia, Outbreak Narratives, and Covering Israel-Palestine

    WNYC, New York Public Radio
    9 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    A Liberian journalist on covering a deadly epidemic, how Hollywood influences our understanding of Ebola, and a debate between two journalists about the press and Israel-Palestine. 
  • Nothing But The Truth

    WNYC, New York Public Radio
    2 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The splintering image of the Secret Service, why rumors are more interesting than fact, and an atheist tome for kids.
  • Message Wars

    WNYC, New York Public Radio
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    A cartoon aimed to deter potential ISIS recruits, using prisoners to deliver propaganda, and correcting the Ebola numbers.
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    Paolo's Weblog

  • Good days

    Paolo Valdemarin
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:24 am
    There are no bad days for great walks. I have enjoyed myself quite a lot under some very miserable weathers (as long as I had the right attire). And then there are days like today: with better colours.
  • Pre-heated trousers

    Paolo Valdemarin
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:28 am
  • Tatin

    Paolo Valdemarin
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:45 am
  • Sunday fun

    Paolo Valdemarin
    19 Oct 2014 | 4:12 am
  • Autumn is coming

    Paolo Valdemarin
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:41 am
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  • 2014 Media Growth Study - An Excerpt

    20 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Produced in partnership with JEGI, this report is built around a survey of over 339 executives (79% C-level) in addition to a number of interviews to provide context around the numbers. This 23-page report is primarily focused on the question of growth; how are media companies evolving, investing and acquiring to position themselves for growth over the next 12-24 months?Key areas of inquiry include;What are the top drivers of growth?Which systemic barriers are the greatest challenge to growth?What are the internal barriers?What kinds of company are they targeting?What value are…
  • Ultimate Guide to Raspberry Pi OpenELEC Media Center

    13 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Most HTPC newbies do not want to maintain a full-scale HTPC. Nor do they want to spend big bucks to buy one. A typical home user also does not want to run other services and wants to just turn on the TV and start watching their movies or TV shows. If this sounds like you, download this book!  We’ll provide you access to some of the advanced features that will supercharge your Raspberry PI XBMC media center.Request Free!
  • The Big Impact of Big Data on Affiliate Marketing

    8 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    What's the big deal about BIG DATA? Well, it can change the way you build and leverage affiliate partnerships, and allow you to fully optimize your investment in the channel.If you are relying on affiliate networks you have no access to vital data to manage affiliate processes such as tracking, reporting, and contracting. The affiliate networks own the data and control what brands you are able to see. You receive an incomplete view of conversion and performance data, and you are unable to track the true source of every lead across multiple channels.So how could you manage your affiliate…
  • How to Create the Ultimate Interactive eBook

    6 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    When you're making an eBook, interactivity is key. People expect the best, which is why you need to make your pages come to life through media like videos, audio & slideshows. And in today's hyper social world, your eBooks need to facilitate sharing to reach a broader audience. In this webinar you'll learn how to:Create interactive eBooksAvoid the pitfalls of eBook designOptimize your eBooks for social mediaPDFs are a thing of the past! Watch this webinar to learn how to create interactive eBooks that are real page-turners!Request Free!
  • Ultimate IFTTT Guide Use the Web's Most Powerful Tool Like A Pro

    30 Sep 2014 | 10:50 am
    IFTTT is an automation that will enable you to connect 2 services so that, when something happens with one service, a trigger goes off and an action takes place automatically on the other.  For example: let’s say that you are a photography fan who uses Instagram constantly throughout the day. You love taking photos with your mobile device, touching them up and sharing them for everyone to see. Your followers seem to love the photos, so you think that maybe you’d like to get a bit more serious about this whole photography endeavor. We’ll get to photography-specific…
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  • Jump Start Mobile Productivity with MDM and Secure File Sharing

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Both products are included in XenMobile Enterprise.Request Free!
  • How 4 Customers Solved the Enterprise Mobility Challenge

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Managing mobile devices, data and all types of apps—Windows, datacenter, web and native mobile—through a single solution.Request Free!
  • The New Economics of Video Conferencing: Now Affordable Anywhere, Anytime With Anyone

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Video conferencing is the latest cloud trend — it removes the need for high-priced infrastructure and ongoing maintenance, while allowing technology to be deployed quickly and easily.Cloud-based video conferencing isn't simply about providing traditional services at a lower cost. The new value comes from unleashing video conferencing to whole new groups of people who were never able to access the technology before, like remote workers and contractors, because it accommodates the way people want to work today. There is no tricky setup — the systems can be accessed on a large HD screen in a…
  • ESG: Mobile Workspaces Deliver the Optimum User Experience While Enabling Mobility and Productivity

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Mobility is more than a product, a tool, or an individual piece of technology - it is a ubiquitous work style that transcends legacy IT by delivering apps, desktops, files, and services seamlessly to any user, on any device, over any network.Request Free!
  • How SevOne Is Revolutionizing the Telecom Industry

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    A number of the world’s leading CSPs use SevOne to ensure network up-time, reduce customer churn, improve capacity projections, and manage the health of their rapidly growing infrastructure.Communication Service Providers (CSPs) – including traditional telecom, wireless, Internet, and cable providers – face considerable challenges when managing the performance of their infrastructure:• Increased network congestion due to an explosion of video and voice traffic from always-on, intelligent user equipment• Complex environments – such as CDMA and GSM…
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    Digital Tonto

  • How to Combine Marketing Tech With Marketing Guts

    22 Oct 2014 | 4:02 am
    Big data makes it cheaper and easier to test concepts, but marketing is still about coming up with the big idea. Algorithms are great at optimization, but terrible at imagination. Related... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How The Future Is Really Built

    19 Oct 2014 | 4:17 am
    Brilliance often comes in the guise of an idiot, muttering incoherently about something nonsensical, but midwifed by those who notice wheat amongst the chaff. Related posts: The Improbable Origins... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Publishers Must Learn To Innovate Their Business Models

    15 Oct 2014 | 12:42 am
    The real problems publishers face today are not ones of talent or even technology, but culture. Related posts: Publishing Is Dead? Hardly… The Future of Publishing Print Media’s... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • What To Do While You’re Waiting For Steve Jobs

    12 Oct 2014 | 4:50 am
    The power to dream is not nearly as important as the grit to see it through. Related posts: The Artist and The Engineer Apple’s Innovation Problem How Apple Disrupts Markets and then Goes on to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Peter Thiel’s 4 Rules For Creating A Great Business

    8 Oct 2014 | 5:21 am
    The "don" of the PayPal Mafia urges us not to compete, but to build a network driven business based on proprietary technology. Related posts: How a Successful Digital Business is Really Built How... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • CBS thinks it can sell OTT like HBO. It can’t. Here’s why.

    Jared Hendler
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:20 am
    CBS thinks that it can sell a direct OTT service like HBO or Neftlfix. They can’t. Here’s why… Fragmented Masterbrand  We know what we get with HBO. Do we know what CBS stands for? Do we even remember what shows are on the network? The dying broadcast model had them fill 24hrs a day with programming and the result was and still is full of ‘filler’. HBO, Showtime, Netflix and others born of the pay-per-view era share the on-demand experience we expect today. It is in their DNA. To survive, HBO developed exclusive on-demand programming & powerful brands strongly…
  • Is the key to Branded Content ROI purchase to access?

    Jared Hendler
    10 Oct 2014 | 7:57 am
    There is no question that Brands are more interested in producing content than ever before. Just take a look at the trending search results against content marketing. Creating and producing great content is no joke. It takes serious commitment, experienced partners and money. That being said, Brands are perfectly positioned to deliver great content against the vertical niche that they serve. Think about it. Would you watch the next credible great outdoor adventure if it were brought to you by NBC or Patagonia? Brands have the data to deliver exactly what these niche audiences are looking for.
  • Why direct funding of entertainment will come from Brands.

    Jared Hendler
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:26 pm
    Content Marketing via Branded Content may finally hit the mainstream as Marriot, the most unlikely of Brands, announced the global launch of its content marketing studio. Prior to this, Brands more connected to lifestyle and entertainment categories like Pepsi, Coke, RedBull and GoPro have been the ones to set the stage. Anheuser-Busch had a very unsuccessful ($15MM) attempt in 2006 with Bud.TV most likely due to both the age-gate requirements of the liquor industry in addition to the fact that streaming video back then was far from mainstream. was before its time. Provided the…
  • A last word on Aereo & the right to access live TV via an antenna.

    Jared Hendler
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:10 pm
    The Broadcast Networks, in cahoots with an archaic government, have shut down Aereo for not being able to comprehend the fact that: a) Aereo was simply renting antennas – enabling consumers to access free, legally broadcast HD signals, in addition to providing a cloud based DVR service. b) As viewership across all Broadcast Networks declines, largely due to a younger generation not watching broadcast TV via expensive, bundled cable packages, Aereo was in fact increasing the Broadcast Networks ability to reach this generation while broadening the reach of their advertisers. Now that…
  • The untapped potential of the infomercial.

    Jared Hendler
    7 Jul 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Infomercial. The word alone is enough to make any traditional ‘Madison Ave’ creative shop cringe. When you think about branded entertainment or brand content, you don’t think about Infomercials – even though the entire model integrates content and brand marketing. Mostly known for cheesy & cheap production values, unknown products and midnight showings, the segment delivers on a core metric that most brand marketers expect but struggle with – direct ROI. This September the largest convention in the US dedicated to the infomercial and electronic retailing and…
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    PR Newswire: Entertainment & Media

  • San Jose, VivaFest to Host Free Electric Vehicle Test-Drive Event

    24 Oct 2014 | 10:21 am
    OAKLAND, Calif., Oct. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Visitors to VivaFest's Dia de los Muertos celebration on Saturday, Oct. 25, can test-drive some of the newest models of electric cars at Saint James Park in San Jose. The "Experience Electric – The Better Ride" campaign will offer free...
  • Data Driven - Canadian Expertise

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:57 am
    That's What Makes A Winner NIAGARA FALLS, ON, Oct. 24, 2014 /CNW/ - Data driven and Canadian expertise:  that's what makes a winner in the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) Canadian Car of the Year Awards. Over 70 Canadian automotive journalist experts have just...
  • CFP Board Censures Improper CFP® Professional Conduct

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:46 am
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. (CFP Board) announced today public disciplinary actions against the following individuals' right to use the CFP® certification marks, effective immediately or on the date...
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters Calling All --- Big Black Tie Ball Needs Attendees Nov. 1st

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:42 am
    IRVING, Texas, Oct. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Big Brothers Big Sisters is hosting its Annual Big Black Tie Ball on Saturday, November 1st at the Omni Dallas Hotel located at 555 South Lamar Street, Dallas, Texas. There are over 2,100 children on a waiting list for mentors in the DFW area...
  • Joan Jett and Little Kids Rock Say "I Love Rock N' Roll" for Music Education

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:37 am
    NEW YORK, Oct. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Last night, non-profit organization, Little Kids Rock, hosted its sixth annual benefit at Hammerstein Ballroom at The Manhattan Center, which generated approximately $1.5 million in donations to help support students and music teachers in public...
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  • #FanGate Takes Center Stage at Florida Governor’s Debate

    Jennifer Graber
    24 Oct 7645 | 6:13 am
    Summary: The election season is upon us. Television programs are interspersed with political commercials attacking candidates. We also cannot go one day without telemarketing calls touting political parties. This season also means it is time for televised debates. It is a time for candidates to duke it out on important issues that affect our communities, states, and the nation.
  • HBO Launching Standalone Service

    Jessica Cherok
    24 Oct 7458 | 6:13 am
    Summary: For all of those who have left cable and satellite television behind, HBO’s announcement to sell its service online in 2015 is great news. For years, many have complained about the high cost of cable, yet it’s hard to give up because of the quality shows airing on some cable channels.
  • Facebook's Year of Birth Not Working for 114-Year-Old

    Jessica Cherok
    24 Oct 3586 | 6:13 am
    Summary: When you get to be 114 years old, you would think you wouldn’t have a need to lie about your age. Not so for Anna Stoehr. The 114-year-old woman had to lie about age in order to join Facebook. Facebook’s age count tops out at 99 years, well shy of Stoehr’s age.
  • PhotoMath App Solves the Equation

    Jennifer Graber
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:33 am
    Summary: Think back to your school days and reminisce about your math classes. Do you ever remember staring at an equation, wishing there was some magic way to solve it? Were there times your calculator simply was not enough? Yes, the calculator gives you an answer, but you have to know how to plug in the equation...
  • Ello Promises to Be Forever Ad-Free

    Jessica Cherok
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:27 am
    Summary: Ello is committed to never becoming anything like Facebook. So committed, in fact, that the social site has secured a multi-million dollar backing from investors. Ello sent out an announcement detailing its promise to remain ad-free: "There has been some speculation in the press since our launch 11 weeks ago that will someday be forced to allow paid ads on our social network...."
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    ReelSEO Video Marketing

  • Translate Your Closed Captions & Reach a Wider Global Audience

    24 Oct 2014 | 8:44 am
    80% of YouTube views come from outside the U.S., and nearly 70% of views come from non-English speaking countries. If you want to reach an international audience, then translating your closed captions into other languages gives your brand a huge opportunity to expand your potential share of the global market.
  • How To Use Remarketing to Generate YouTube Subscribers [Creator's Tip #165]

    Carla Marshall
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:48 am
    Remarketing is a very powerful marketing tool that you can use to track viewers around the Internet after they watch one of your videos on YouTube. It is also a very effective way to build up your YouTube subscriber base. We tell you how in this week's Creator's Tip.
  • How Activision is Crushing it with YouTube Influencers & Fans

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:28 am
    Activision's 'Call of Duty' YouTube channel has more than 2.3 million YouTube subscribers, and has generated over 500 Million views. 'Call of Duty' has also earned its parent company a 9.4% share of voice on YouTube with owned media. But 'Call of Duty' influencer videos (earned media) have been viewed 9.7 billion times, almost 20x the number of views for the brand's owned videos.
  • Why Mobile Video is The New Makeup Counter for Generation C

    Greg Jarboe
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:10 am
    Did you know that searches on Google for makeup hit a high in October as millions of people search for inspiration and ideas in the run-up to Halloween? And that Generation C turn to YouTube for their makeup tutorials, and their mobile devices to get product reviews as they shop for cosmetics? We bring you the latest on how video is changing the way we search and shop.
  • 3 Essential Ways To Optimize YouTube Playlists [#TubeTalk #46]

    Dane Golden
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:35 pm
    We're all about YouTube Playlists on this week's ReelSEO TubeTalk podcast. We discuss creation, curation, and why Playlists are an essential way to drive Watch Time, which is YouTube's number one ranking factor.
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  • RALPH NADER: Hey Apple, Stop Listening To Carl Icahn And Pay Your Workers Instead (AAPL)

    Myles Udland
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:39 am
    Ralph Nader has a clear message for Apple: pay your workers more money. In a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook, Nader, a multiple-time Presidential candidate, wrote that Apple should stop catering to the demands of activist investors like Carl Icahn, and use its cash to pay workers more instead of buyback its stock.  In his letter, which was first published by The Wall Street Journal, Nader walks through a scenario where Apple halves the hours and doubles the salary of its Foxconn workers, costing the company $5.4 billion annually.  "If instead of buying back stock," Nader wrote, "Apple had…
  • Watch This South Korean Robot Fly A Plane

    Matthew DeBord
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:16 am
    Okay, it's a South Korean robot flying a plane — on a flight simulator. And later, it's a robot flying a ... toy plane. However, this Reuters video does show the effect of actually putting a humanoid robot in a cockpit, even if it's a virtual flight deck. And it might remind a few folks of Otto Pilot, the inflatable autopilot from "Airplane!" — the disaster movie spoof from the 1980s. Actually, it's a bit strange that we would need to see a robot with arms, legs, and head operating the controls of a plane. Robots already routinely fly planes, they just don't look like robots.
  • 7 Of The Coolest Secrets In The Game 'Destiny' And How To Find Them

    Karyne Levy
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:58 am
    "Destiny" has been revered as one of the best video games of the year.  It made $325 million in its first five days. The game was an instant hit, even before it was officially released.  Now that it's been out for awhile, people are finding some pretty cool hidden things in the game, called Easter eggs.  In fact, Bungie is no stranger to hiding Easter eggs in its games. In its contract with Activision, there's even a stipulation that it must provide Activision with a list of all the Easter eggs. Bungie pays homage to its roots with a little nod to the man who started it all, Master Chief.
  • iTunes Music Sales Are Plummeting This Year (AAPL)

    Sam Colt
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:36 am
    iTunes music sales have fallen 13% since the beginning of the year, The Wall Street Journal's Hannah Karp reports. The decline in sales is not a surprise for Apple  sales were down 2.1% in 2013  but the news underscores how consumers have steadily moved away from a-la-carte offerings like iTunes toward streaming services like Pandora and Spotify. Apple is believed to have purchased Beats Electronics in part because of its streaming service, Beats Music, to integrate a streaming option into iTunes. Apple is reportedly in talks with record labels to lower the cost of Beats Music,…
  • Late Telecom Entrepreneur's $35 Million Hamptons Estate Sells After Just 2 Months

    Madeline Stone
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:31 am
    The Hamptons home of late cable and telecommunications entrepreneur Richard Treibick has sold after just two months on the market, according to Candace Taylor at The Wall Street Journal. It had been listed for $34.99 million in August. The home is located on 31 acres of beachfront property in Sagaponack, in the Hamptons. The buyer remains unknown. Treibick, the former chairman of Cable Holdings and Cellular Information Systems, died earlier this year. The Sagaponack property was his summer home, with his primary residence in Greenwich, Conn. Gary DePersia of the Corcoran Grouphadhas the…
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    MediaStorm Blog

  • Worth Watching #165: Tuck Me In

    Cortney Cleveland
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:12 am
    What??? – Eric Maierson Tuck Me In from FILMINUTE on YouTube. See what else we think is Worth Watching.
  • MediaStorm Accepting Spring Internship Applications Through November 1st

    Cortney Cleveland
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:52 am
    We’re currently accepting applications for our Spring 2015 internship. If you’re motivated, highly organized, and passionate about multimedia, we’d love to hear from you. The internship generally runs from January to April, but start dates are flexible. We’re looking for applicants with experience in multimedia production, design, motion graphics, and/or web development. Internships are paid. How to Apply All applications must be submitted through our online application form. Applicants should be prepared to supply: Links to pieces produced/collaborated on (please indicate role in…
  • Summer Internship Opportunity: Los Angeles Times Visual Journalism

    Cortney Cleveland
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:26 am
    The Los Angeles Times offers a 10-week paid summer internship in photojournalism. Interns will work side by side with photography / multimedia staff and editors. This is an advanced internship in which you will be working on multimedia stories and daily photojournalism for all sections of the newspaper including news, features and sports. Applications must be received by November 14th, 2014. Qualifications Applicants must be actively working toward an undergraduate or graduate degree. Graduates may be eligible if you’ve finished school within six months of the start of the internship.
  • Congratulations to PDN and Rangefinder’s InMotion Honorees

    Cortney Cleveland
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:41 am
    PDN and Rangefinder identified 20 emerging artists to watch in film and video. The InMotion honorees are young artists that have been working at a professional level for five years or less and were nominated by respected industry creatives in commercial, editorial, documentary and wedding fields. There are a few familiar faces among them including MediaStorm’s director of photography Andrew Michael Ellis, Storytelling Workshop participant Gillian Laub and past interns Jon Kasbe and Maisie Crow. Congratulations to our colleagues and friends! See their exceptional work here: They Came…
  • MediaStorm Guide to Premiere Pro Search Bins

    Eric Maierson
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:58 am
    This article is part of a series of posts with tips and tricks from our producers’ experience working with Adobe Premiere Pro CC after years of working in Final Cut Pro. To read more about why we made the switch, check out this post. A great new feature in the most recent update to Premiere Pro (2014.1) is the ability to create search bins. Search bins act like smart folders, allowing you to filter your assets for specific criterion. This is enormously helpful for locating similar items that are otherwise scattered across your project. There are three ways to create a smart bin: Click…
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  • Render Settings for YouTube

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:21 pm
    Render settings vary from project to project, client to client, and enthusiast to professional in some cases. So, if a video’s final destination is YouTube, as it is for many, what are the recommended best settings when rendering a video?
  • Canon Announces Successor to EOS C100 Digital Video Camera

    22 Oct 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Canon U.S.A. this week announced the imminent release of the Canon EOS C100 Mark II Digital Video Camera, the latest in their popular lineup of professional Super 35mm 8.3 megapixel CMOS video cameras and the second generation
  • 5 Tips for More Useful Storyboards

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:45 am
    Good cinematography starts with a clear cinematic vision, but finding a way to communicate that vision to your cast and crew can be difficult. Even for a crew of one, having a way to plan and keep track of your visual ideas will lead to a smoother and more productive shoot. Storyboarding is one simple though oft-dismissed solution to these common challenges, but how can you make the most out of your time spent at the drawing board?
  • Photographer Captures Northern Lights in Greenland Using Sony a7S

    21 Oct 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Photographer Ivan Castro's Around the Arctic Circle project is yielding some incredible imagery, including one that demonstrates the Sony a7S' amazing low light, high ISO capabilities.
  • Canon Goes Long with Announcement of 50-1000mm Cine-Servo Lens

    17 Oct 2014 | 9:17 am
    Canon this week announced the imminent arrival of the massive new Canon CINE-SERVO 50-1000mm T5.0-8.9 lens.
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    Music library management blog

  • Music players and tag case sensitivity

    Dan Gravell
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Rant mode on. There's a time and a place for case sensitivity. Music players aren't it. Rewind: case sensitivity is where two items of text are only treated as equal if both the characters and the case of the characters are the same. If we have two pieces of text: "Blinking Lights and Other Revelations" and "Blinking Lights And Other Revelations" they are equals in terms of the characters, but not the case. Therefore they are not equal when taking into regard case sensitivity. In most cases, when organising a music library, case sensitivity should not be important (with one big exception…
  • Why I'm a streaming luddite

    Dan Gravell
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    I guess you could say I'm a streaming luddite... Luddite derogatory a person opposed to increased industrialization or new technology. "a small-minded Luddite resisting progress" Let's not hold back; music streaming has taken the world by storm and it is taking over mainstream music listening. Talk to anyone under the age of 18 nowadays and they don't seem to even know what an MP3 is, let alone a CD! Over the course of the next years and decades, as those eighteen year olds move into adulthood, music streaming will become ever more pervasive. It's easy to see why. With massive music libraries…
  • Murfie metadata - Murfie responds!

    Dan Gravell
    6 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    After I posted an audit of Murfie metadata last week I was most impressed when a new email dropped through my inbox from their team in charge of ripping and metadata! John Kruse, who handles metadata cleaning, sorting and grooming at Murfie, noticed my post, and in his email answered most of the concerns I outlined with the metadata Murfie delivers. I should first of all say that the metadata provided by Murfie is generally pretty good! There were just a few concerns, some of those subjective. For example, one of the first things I highlighted was an inconsistent use of the YEAR tag. Some…
  • Testing Murfie metadata

    Dan Gravell
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    As readers of this blog know, I'm a streaming luddite. There are two main reasons for this: first, the audio quality from most streaming services is sub-CD quality (although this is changing). Secondly, not having ownership of my files feels uncomfortable. I enjoy picking and assembling a music collection, rather than picking simply what to play next from a gargantuan but anonymised catalogue. Edit - 7/20/2014. We received an excellent reply from Murfie. It seems Murfie are serious about improving the metadata provided in their downloaded files, even beyond the current high standard! However,…
  • Release 20140917

    Dan Gravell
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    This is another bug fix release, with an important fix for the canonical artist rule. The canonical artist rule was broken in the previous release. When assessing albums for canonical artist names, bliss would report something like: Failed to assess whether canonical artist name java.lang.NoSuchMethodException: artist Not pretty! This release fixes the above problem. As well as... More improvements Here are some more improvements: The untagged tables are now ordered by filename. "Back to list" behaves correctly after fixing something on the album detail page Fixed the layout of the "run out…
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    Smells Like Infinite Sadness

  • Glenn Danzig Interview: Housecore, Samhain and a Busy 2015

    23 Oct 2014 | 8:38 pm
    Smells Like Infinite Sadness Smells Like Infinite Sadness - A 40-something's musings on the current state of music, film and pop culture. Get off my lawn.Glenn Danzig Interview: Housecore, Samhain and a Busy 2015. The veteran rocker discusses his upcoming  HHF set and busy musical plans for next year. Glenn Danzig has a reputation for being a difficult interview, but he was friendly and approachable when I spoke with him about his upcoming Danzig/Samhain performance at Austin’s 2014 Housecore Horror Film Festival. […]The post Glenn Danzig Interview: Housecore, Samhain and…
  • Listen To New Smashing Pumpkins Song ‘Being Beige’

    20 Oct 2014 | 11:34 am
    Smells Like Infinite Sadness Smells Like Infinite Sadness - A 40-something's musings on the current state of music, film and pop culture. Get off my lawn.Listen To New Smashing Pumpkins Song ‘Being Beige’: Alternative rock outfit release first song off new album Monuments To An Elegy. The Smashing Pumpkins released their first single off forthcoming album Monuments To An Elegy. The track, entitled Being Beige (World’s On Fire), features Motley Crue’s Tommy Lee on drums. You can listen to it […]The post Listen To New Smashing Pumpkins Song ‘Being…
  • Steve Stevens Talks New Billy Idol Album ‘Kings and Queens of the Underground’

    17 Oct 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Smells Like Infinite Sadness Smells Like Infinite Sadness - A 40-something's musings on the current state of music, film and pop culture. Get off my lawn.Steve Stevens Talks New Billy Idol Album ‘Kings and Queens of the Underground: Veteran guitarist discusses duo’s new 2014 album, their long-standing creative partnership, his signature guitar line and more in our exclusive interview.  Rebel Yell, White Wedding, Eyes Without A Face. Hearing any of these tracks, takes one back to the 1980′s, when Billy Idol became a staple […]The post Steve Stevens Talks New…
  • Stream New Billy Idol Album ‘Kings and Queens of the Underground’

    14 Oct 2014 | 2:53 pm
    Smells Like Infinite Sadness Smells Like Infinite Sadness - A 40-something's musings on the current state of music, film and pop culture. Get off my lawn.Stream New Billy Idol Album ‘Kings and Queens of the Underground’: new album follows singer’s recently released autobiography ‘Dancing With Myself.’ Billy Idol’s new autobiography Dancing With Myself came out last week, and he’ll be following his lurid tell-all with Kings and Queens of the Underground, his eight studio album, and first release in nearly a decade. […]The post Stream New…
  • David Bowie Reveals New Song ‘Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)’

    13 Oct 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Smells Like Infinite Sadness Smells Like Infinite Sadness - A 40-something's musings on the current state of music, film and pop culture. Get off my lawn.David Bowie premieres ‘Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)’ in advance of upcoming 3-disc compilation. David Bowie is set to release his greatest hits/rarities collection Nothing Has Changed on November 17th. And he offered a teaser, premiering  new song ‘Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)’ on BBC’s Radio 6 program. While this is a new track, […]The post David Bowie Reveals New Song ‘Sue (Or In A…
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  • Radio’s Most Innovative: WTOP Digital

    Fred Jacobs
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:10 am
    There are many factors that have contributed to Hubbard Radio’s All-News WTOP in Washington, D.C., being the top billing station in the United States for the last four years running.  They were one of the first News/Talk stations to make the leap to FM, which significantly improved their market coverage, and in turn, the ratings.  WTOP also excels at understanding the essence of their market.  Their focus on the federal government and the area’s heinous traffic problems go to the heart of their connection with their local audience. From top to bottom, WTOP is staffed with a group of…
  • The Fault Is Not In Our Cars…But In Ourselves 2

    Fred Jacobs
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:10 am
    Yesterday’s post about Pandora’s full frontal assault on broadcast radio via the “connected car” generated a lot of comments – as intended. But if you think the story is confined to the C-suites of major radio companies, automakers and their suppliers, think again. One of the major impetuses revolving around our second DASH conference was to ensure that all broadcasters – from the big boys in Chicago to the smaller players in Chattanooga – have a seat at the “connected car” table. That’s because key issues facing radio about the digital dashboard impact stations of…
  • The Fault Is Not In Our Cars…But In Ourselves

    Fred Jacobs
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:10 am
    Today’s post title is the only possible conclusion I can reach about broadcast radio’s lack of strategic focus and apparent concern about what is happening with its present and future in “connected cars.” This became even clearer to me after DASH last week.  It was gratifying to see a large, enthusiastic crowd eager to learn, exchange, and grow.  But the lack of C-suite attendance underscored that for radio, the “connected car” issue continues to fly under the radar as a pressing issue, as absurd as that sounds. Say what you will about HD Radio, iBiquity, and Bob Struble,…
  • Classic Rock Marches On

    Fred Jacobs
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:10 am
    As if you needed any indication that the Classic Rock revolution is alive and well, look no further than the college campus. While it’s true that the core Classic Rock listener is, in fact, an aging Baby Boomer, the reality is that “the music that has stood the test of time” continues to find new fans, especially young people searching for their musical identities. If you’d like tangible proof that freshmen love Floyd, sophomores enjoy Skynyrd, juniors are into Jethro Tull, and seniors can’t get enough of Supertramp, think about the creative genius that  is the Ohio State…
  • So What Happened At DASH?

    Fred Jacobs
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:10 am
    Now that our second DASH conference is history, I heard from a number of people late last week and over this past weekend asking about what transpired at this year’s event. We’ll be recapping DASH, especially for those who were in attendance, but I can tell you that for the second year, we had huge crowds, a very eclectic room, and some amazing presentations and panels.  This mashup of radio and automotive really works, bringing together two storied industries that have common interests, opportunities, and challenges. Everyone’s looking for the main messages and takeaways that…
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    The Future Of Luxury

  • When will wearable technology become ready to wear?

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:56 am
    Apple’s iWatch launch gave the discussion around wearable technology a new boost for the fashion industry. However, as a recent article in The Guardian states: “the reality is that wearable technology is still very much on the margins of fashion. No fashion brand alignment will fix the awkwardness of the technology.” With this in mind, we at The Future of Luxury wanted to know more about who are the leading fashion designers that embrace wearable technology in their collections? And which skills need to be adapted to bring it to the market? Richard Nicoll Tinkerbell London Fashion Week…
  • Veuve Clicquot Champions Innovation Launches International Design Contest

    7 Oct 2014 | 7:21 am
    Since its creation in 1772, Veuve Clicquot has played an instrumental role in establishing and evolving the champagne industry. In fact, since the brand’s inception over 240 years ago, innovation and creativity have run deep in the Veuve Cliquot DNA. Continuing the spirit of innovation today, Veuve Clicquot are now inviting emerging designers to enter the first international Re-Creation Awards. Veuve Clicquot’s forward thinking roots can be traced back to Madame Clicquot Ponsardin’s invention of ‘riddling’, the process adopted by all champagne houses, still used today, to remove…
  • How British Designers Are Shaping The Future Of Luxury At London Fashion Week

    Michael Edelmann
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:55 am
    The tents at Somerset House are gone and the fashion crowd has moved on to the next stop in Milan. Another six days of London Fashion Week came to an end but the question is what remains. In between New York, Paris, Tokyo or even Berlin, the importance of London Fashion Week and British designers has been questioned by industry professionals. The UK clothing market grew constantly up to about £50 billion in 2013 according to market research company Mintel. But figures aside, how relevant is British fashion in an international context apart from the success stories of commercial high street…
  • Leading Luxury Brands Merging Digital And Physical Spheres Through Innovative Retail Store Designs

    18 Aug 2014 | 6:44 am
    Today we’re highlighting some of the latest advancements in retail store design with a particular focus on the role of digital. Retail design has gone through major transformations since the first store openings of Bon Marché and Printemps in Paris, Selfridges in London and Macy’s in New York. Ever since, retail stores have had to redefine themselves to keep up with the ever changing landscape of customer tastes and technological advancements influencing the shopping experience. Main innovations in retail design focused on standardisations in the techniques and design qualities…
  • British Heritage Brand London Morgan – Representing Britain’s Last Independent Family-Owned Car Manufacturer – Celebrates Quintessential And Innovative Luxury

    22 Jul 2014 | 4:10 am
    Symbolising the beginning of an exciting new chapter for Britain’s automotive legacy, London Morgan, the official London dealership of The Morgan Motor Company that launched over 100 years ago, is celebrating its first anniversary since opening its doors in South Kensington. Located in Astwood Mews in the heart of South Kensington, a cobbled oasis recently awarded honorary Garden Square status on account of its resident’s horticultural presentations, London Morgan launched in May 2013, neighbouring its sister company Monaco VW. Speaking about London Morgan, Anthony Barrell, Dealer…
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  • ‘Dating’ vs. ‘Married’: How Text Messages Change Over Time

    23 Oct 2014 | 1:43 pm
    One of the biggest surprises is the decline of the word “love” as the relationship progresses? “Text messages became more predictable, but only because all of the unpredictable things were said in person. We no longer have to text ‘I love you’ from a distance in the middle of the night. I can now roll over, snuggle with my husband and whisper it into his ear.” I ran across this very interesting article in The Atlantic by Megan Garber,  Read the article for more information.
  • Charge Credit cards on your phone without a dongle for less

    22 Oct 2014 | 8:13 am
    Are you a businessman who needs to take credit cards?  Perhaps you are a professional handyman, photographer, artist or traveling insurance salesman. Try Flint Mobile. Competitors like Square, PayPal or PayAnywhere are oriented toward businesses that might have a shop. In addition to using a smartphone, for instance, Square also promotes the idea of using an iPad tablet as a cash register on a countertop. Flint big score is with helping small business stay brick-and-mortarless. Flint just scored $9.4 million to help grow their platform. Founded in the spring of 2011, the company offers an…
  • Does the Internet ever sleep?

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:22 am
    New York City is the city that never sleeps, and a new study from the University of Southern California’s Viterbi School of Engineeringshows it’s home to plenty of active Internet connections around the clock. But there are plenty of places around the globe where the Internet actuallydoessleep at night. While the United States and parts of southern Africa and Western Europe display pretty much constant Internet connectivity, countries such as Armenia, Georgia, and Belarus follow a diurnal usage pattern that sees Internet usage peak as the day progresses and then taper off at night. As…

    20 Oct 2014 | 11:01 am
    There is a new issue of GCMAG. They claim to be pressing the bounds of traditional media focused on Gen X and Gen Y. It covers fashion, music and lifestyle. The cover of this issue features Tegan Martin – Miss Universe Australia. It’s a subscription based magazine model. This months issue covers food and wine, and interviews with business owners, models, fashion leaders, DJ’s and more. Check out GCMAG while its #NOCOST #JUSTDOWNLOAD
  • Is your website Responsive?

    11 Nov 2013 | 8:00 am
    I am in favor of Web sites using Responsive web design – it makes viewing-compatible across ALL of the various platforms. This includes desktops, laptops, iPads, notepads, iPhones, and Android devices. Before Responsive design, one had to build a separate website for every device platform. Now a website can be designed to reach all devices. So is your site Responsive? In the past it’s been difficult to tell. But now theres a place where you can test your site to see how it looks across most of the various platforms. Go to: The test is free (no…
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    Webtise » blog

  • Facebook Updates…We Want them!

    Dolly Williams
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:03 am
    If you logged into your Facebook yesterday you may have noticed a few small updates to your pages. There is now a square icon on the posting section to show you which account you are posting as and the schedule button as been integrated into the post button. There is also now the feature to save the posts as a draft to edit and post later and to even backdate a post. After seeing these updates, I started doing some research with the hope that the update included Facebook’s latest app, Paper, being available in the UK.  For anyone that hasn’t seen it, Paper…
  • Mail Chimp is on the go with new snap feature

    Dolly Williams
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:32 am
    Mail Chimp users can now connect with their subscribers whilst out and about. The design and distribute email platform has released a new mobile app that lets you email snaps directly from your phone using Instagram and your camera roll. You can send these quick notes to your subscribers quickly and easily. Before you would have to log in through the Mail Chimp interface to create an email but with this new feature you will be able to create quick photo-centric notes to stay up to date with your customers. Mail Chimp Snap is currently only available for iPhone users on iOS 7.1 and upwards and…
  • Webtise nominated for two Talk of Manchester Business Awards

    Emma Garner
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:08 am
      We’re extremely proud to announce that we have been nominated for Best Digital Agency and Best SEO Agency, in the Talk of Manchester Business Awards 2014. Voting opens on Friday 17th October and closes on Friday 31st October at 5pm. You can vote us here. You don’t have to vote in every awards category, but the Webtise team would really appreciate your vote! All winners will be receiving awards at a sparkling awards ceremony on Thursday 4th December at Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel from 7pm. For more information on the awards check out the site:…
  • Adsense For Shopping

    Dolly Williams
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:17 am
    A big development from Google this week, with regards to the world of e-commerce. Google has now launched Adsense for Shopping. This means Google Retail Partners can now display Shopping Ad’s on their webpages, also meaning that the reach of Google Shopping is massively extended. Now instead of just advertising Shopping products on, you will be able to utilise a number of Partner Sites and greatly extend the reach of your ad’s.  Currently the product is limited to in the USA, but Google will be opening it up to interested publishers in the near future.
  • The Power of Social Media for Charitable Deeds

    Dolly Williams
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:10 am
    There are lots of arguments for and against social media, but recently there has been some great examples of just how powerful it can be to develop awareness of a business or campaign and to inspire charitable deeds on a global scale. The ice bucket challenge craze is filling news feeds right now with famous and non-famous people from all over the world participating in the viral sensation. Nominated participants have buckets of ice poured over their head and are encouraged to donate to the ALS charity in the US, or the UK equivalent – the Motor Neurone Disease Association. The…
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  • Celebrity pay-per-view: a shining constant of success

    16 Oct 2014 | 1:54 am
    The potential that pay-per-view has to offer? Limitless. (And in this case, there’s absolutely nothing tongue-in-cheek about it!) Major broadcasting agencies and talented individuals already recognize that potential. We at Cleeng have helped them to transform this potential into a highly profitable benefit through our Cleeng Live! formula. Aside from the sport broadcasters who have already converted to our formula, indie bands, filmmakers and celebrities (read: the most talented experts in their field who are already known worldwide) have begun to also pick up on our solution in order…
  • 3 learnings from implementing mobile payments

    Krzysztof Wiercioch
    10 Oct 2014 | 6:14 am
    A credit card payment method is a common choice among customers, as it guarantees a fast and safe transaction with any bank. For developers, it’s also relatively easy to create a purchase process in which a customer gets instant access to content (especially when it comes to subscriptions) after adding their credit card. However, more and more buyers are opting for mobile payments. Because of this, developers have needed to shift their thinking into a problem-solving mode: Will this be a recurring payment? Can the customer unsubscribe the payment and, if so, how? Which mobile payment…
  • WFTDA: Sports(wo)manship & passion powered up by pay-per-view

    8 Oct 2014 | 6:22 am
    Women’s flat track roller derby is a relatively young sports discipline, but it has already gained a lot of international recognition, not only among sport aficionados but also journalists. Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) managed to create a modern image of the derby in US and worldwide, and continues to grow a strong community around it. I’m talking to Erica Vanstone (Director of Broadcast Operations of WFTDA) about the origins of the discipline, recent success with the pay-per-view tournaments, and the plans for the future. Monika Zameta: What are the origins of the…
  • Cleeng: finalist of the Sportel Monaco Startup Competition 2014!

    2 Oct 2014 | 1:25 am
    SPORTEL, held twice a year in Monaco, is the most influential business convention, gathering the representatives of the global sports media industry: broadcasters, TV and satellite networks, international sports federations, marketing agencies, production companies, technology guru’s and content providers. For its 25th Anniversary, Sportel organizes a startup competition, and we’re very happy to be among the 4 finalists! The competition, designed together with Deltatre, highlights the most innovative companies around the globe that rejuvenate the sport broadcasting industry. As Carlo De…
  • Meet Cleeng and Brightcove at Sport Business Summit – London 2014

    1 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    We are thrilled to exhibit at Sport Business Summit 2014 in London on October 8th and 9th with our long lasting partner Brightcove. Visit our booth (stand #4) or schedule a meeting to learn more about our powerful cloud-based solutions for delivering and monetising sporting videos – both for live and on-demand events. Cleeng’s advanced e-commerce features are deeply integrated with Brightcove’s market-leading online video platform to offer sport organisations and broadcasters an easy way of managing video offerings, including: price and coupon management, online registration,…
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  • Blogging Checklist: Write Awesome Blogs & Get Them Found

    Chloe Jung
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:10 am
    You are probably reading this because you know that quality content creation is a fundamental part of your company’s digital presence and overall success. You may also know that a lot of other people know that these days, and the net result is a whole lot of content “noise” (the bad stuff) degrading the “signal” (the good stuff). Understanding that fundamental difference and knowing you definitely don’t want to be part of the noise is half the battle. Next, it’s about choosing and writing about the right topic and then optimizing your post. Part 1: Choose the right…
  • 5 Signs You’re Falling Behind in Digital Marketing

    Ryan Burgio
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:49 am
    “For many B2B companies, there is the mindset that ‘we must be doing this [investing in digital innovation] or else we’ll fall behind.’ And we [at Gartner] do believe there  is a good percentage—we’re still arguing what the percentage is—of companies that will just be out of business in the next five years because they’re just not keeping up. You saw it happen in media and publishing, and you’re going see it happen in other industries” Gartner’s Digital Marketing Spending Survey We’re digital marketers. We eat, sleep and…
  • Laurier Launches “Building Canada’s Best Business School” Website

    Stryve Group
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:20 am
    Waterloo, ON - On October 14th, Wilfrid Laurier University launched a landmark fundraising campaign called Building Canada’s Best Business School. The campaign aims to raise $55 million in order to fund important initiatives for expanding the School of Business & Economics. The areas of focus for the campaign include: The Global Innovation Exchange Student Scholarships Professorships and Chairs International Initiatives Entrepreneurship Excellence in Business Education Startup Fund There is a wealth of information about these focus areas and how you can help be a part of this…
  • Why Ello Isn’t Here to Stay (in Plain English)

    Chloe Jung
    8 Oct 2014 | 6:56 am
    Working in digital marketing, it’s part of my job to keep new social platforms on my radar. In September, there was some pretty significant movement towards one called Ello, the “simple, beautiful & ad-free social network”. Ello was introduced as the anti-Facebook: less noise, more privacy, no ads or selling your information, and more bearded hipsters. But Ello is not going to be around long for the simple reason that although people generally hate Facebook ads, they don’t hate them enough. Life is a series of tradeoffs. We’re all pretty comfortable with that fact by now.
  • 5 Ways To Increase Engagement in Your LinkedIn Group

    Adam Frye
    3 Oct 2014 | 7:29 am
    Whether you are a recent graduate looking to find a leg up on the competitive job market, a seasoned social media professional looking to share some of your hard earned experience, or a company looking to beef up your inbound marketing efforts, creating and managing a LinkedIn group can be an excellent tactic. It allows you to showcase your content, to connect with a large network of like-minded people, and it teaches you the value of community management. If done properly it can turn into the high-end job offer you were looking for, or even create the massive email list your business needs…
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  • A Rallying Cry: Canada’s #MyOttawa Social Campaign

    Mindee Ball
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Wednesday, October 22 marked a day of Canadian unification. Residents of Ottawa in particular showed profound pride in their city. What spurred the sudden resurgence of the #MyOttawa hashtag on Thursday morning? It was a rallying cry against the gunman who stormed Ottawa’s National War Memorial and Parliament on Wednesday, killing a Canadian armed forces [&hellip The post A Rallying Cry: Canada’s #MyOttawa Social Campaign appeared first on wayvs.
  • Introducing Facebook Rooms

    Rhea Thomas
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:45 am
    Facebook is bringing back message boards. Well, kind of. Today, Facebook introduced a new app called Rooms, from Facebook Creative Labs. Rooms lets you create places for the things you’re interested in and invite others to join you.   Check out Rooms, a new app that lets you create a place for whatever you’re into. [&hellip The post Introducing Facebook Rooms appeared first on wayvs.
  • #WakeUpSelfies: The Latest Good Cause to Flood Facebook and Twitter Feeds

    Mindee Ball
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:32 am
    Following the explosive popularity of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge earlier this year, UNICEF’s new social media campaign has a lot to live up to. It’s called #WakeUpSelfies and it involves posting a quick snapshot of a supposedly untouched-up selfie right when you wake up in the morning.   What’s the point of this charitable [&hellip The post #WakeUpSelfies: The Latest Good Cause to Flood Facebook and Twitter Feeds appeared first on wayvs.
  • Morton Salt’s Halloween Social Media Campaign

    Rhea Thomas
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:51 am
      Morton Salt is turning 100 this year, and as part of their centennial celebration, they are throwing a costume contest on social media. Morton Salt doesn’t actually have a strong social media presence; they’re on all the major social platforms, but don’t have a huge following or any strong campaigns. However, with this 100-year [&hellip The post Morton Salt’s Halloween Social Media Campaign appeared first on wayvs.
  • Lionsgate and Google premiere Hunger Games’ District Voices on YouTube

    Rhea Thomas
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:29 am
    Hunger Games fans, listen up! Google has formed a partnership with the Panem Capitol to release a new miniseries called District Voices on YouTube today.  Each day this week, the Hunger Games’ Capitol TV will release a new video on YouTube featuring daily life in different districts, with never seen before behind-the-scenes tours.     [&hellip The post Lionsgate and Google premiere Hunger Games’ District Voices on YouTube appeared first on wayvs.
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    This Is Common » Blog

  • Top 10 tips for lead generating web design

    17 Oct 2014 | 9:11 am
    There is a constant struggle in marketing between trying to create the best possible product for your consumers, and using the appropriate marketing techniques to reach your customers with news of this product. No matter how good your product may be, if consumers aren’t aware of it, they won’t buy it. The field of web design is highly complex, and some users choose to simply display static information on their site for all to see. This approach is termed ‘flat’ web design, since it does not permit users to interact with the hosted content. Lead generating web design, the more modern…
  • This Is Common helps Veloflo reach huge charity goal

    25 Jul 2014 | 4:33 am
    Isn’t the Tour de France great! Everyone has well and truly caught the cycling bug! One person who has really caught this bug is our Head of Creative, James. Last month he took part in his second charity cycle challenge, which was called Veloflo (Velo-London-Florence). Upping his previous mileage, this cycle was a grueling 1,100 miles from the new Leadonhall building in the centre of London to the Ponte Santa Trinita Bridge in the centre of Florence, Italy, which all had to be completed in just 10 days. Like past challenges, the whole purpose of this challenge was to raise as much money as…
  • Social Media Predictions & Trends 2014 [INFOGRAPHIC]

    8 May 2014 | 7:00 am
    In 2014 we’ve already seen some shifts and trends with social media, looking into the future we created an inforgraphic on what we think is next to come in social during 2014. Embed This Image On Your Site (copy code below): Courtesy of: This Is CommonThe post Social Media Predictions & Trends 2014 [INFOGRAPHIC] appeared first on This Is Common.
  • Why an impressive business card design is important

    4 Apr 2014 | 1:42 am
    We have new business cards here at This Is Common and we are proud of them. So proud that we wanted to share them with the world on Twitter and Facebook – as you may have seen. We are not just proud of them because of their design or unique size but because of the nice happy faces we see when we pass them on. But why is this important and why does using impressive business cards correctly make a difference? According to experts, business cards can be traced back to the 15th Century in China when they were known as ‘visiting cards’. They were small cards passed on from one to another…
  • Manchester Central Library Reborn : Launch Event

    21 Mar 2014 | 4:21 am
    Just over six months ago we were absolutely chuffed to find out we had won the contract to design and develop the new website for the new Manchester Central Library Development Trust. Last night he had the great honour of being invited to Central Library Reborn event, being one of a select few to see the transformation of the new library first hand before it opens to the public this Saturday, and what a transformation it was. Back in July when we launched the website we were invited to go on a tour of the library and how it was in it’s current state, which was pretty much a big circular…
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    Beats Music Now

  • Bob Lefsetz Talks Streaming Entertainment History while Apple Seeks Lower Subscription Rates

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:41 pm
    The Lefsetz Letter comes by email and is an analysis on music, entertainment and technology. Lefsetz wrote a short history on how the last 20 years in film/TV and music has put us squarely into the rental/streaming of our entertainment vs. owning our music, movies and TV shows. Although Beats Music is not mentioned, his post, ‘Netflix vs. Spotify’ lays out how visual entertainment has been training customers for decades to pay a monthly subscription to “rent” film/TV while music stayed with the ‘own-it’ model well into the 21st century. Lefsetz describes…
  • ‘Beat by Beat’ Album Commentary With Banks

    16 Oct 2014 | 8:33 pm
    The new album by Banks, ‘Goddess‘, has two versions on Beats Music — the normal release with just music, and what Beats Music calls the ‘Beat by Beat’ version which has a commentary by Banks for each song. Exclusively on Beats Music, the Beat by Beat albums are good added value for fans. Magic! and Common are the other two artists that have Beat by Beat album versions on Beats Music. I wrote about them a few months ago.
  • AT&T and Beats Music Partnership Has Ended

    15 Oct 2014 | 4:44 pm
    When Beats Music launched in January, they had an exclusive deal with AT&T offering subscribers individual and family plans ($9.99 and $14.99 for 5 accounts, respectively). Conveniently, payments were processed through your AT&T phone bill. The offering ended today (see AT&T chat thread below). Beats Music no longer offers a subscription through AT&T. The Beats Music website no longer has an option to subscribe through AT&T and it appears the 5 account Family Plan for $14.99 is no longer available either. The current Beats Music offering is $9.99/month or $99.99/year.
  • Audio Quality Rising On Music Streaming Services

    13 Oct 2014 | 7:58 pm
    As Deezer and Tidal begin to enter the U.S. streaming music market, they both have set themselves apart by offering higher quality audio. Most music services are streaming music at 320 kbps, whereas their offering will be flac files at 1,411 kbps (essentially streaming at CD quality). Whether this strategy enables Deezer and Tidal to get a substantial customer base is yet to be determined. Yet offering much higher quality audio might nudge the existing services (Spotify, Beats Music, Rdio, etc.) to start moving toward streaming higher quality audio too. This would be a big victory for the…
  • What Is Baboom?

    2 Oct 2014 | 6:49 pm
    Baboom is a music streaming service that is planning to launch in early 2015. Based in New Zealand, it is entering the streaming space with hopes of offering a distinct service — a cross between iTunes and SoundCloud. It is unclear weather CEO Grant Edmundson or CFO Tony Smith is responsible for this quote describing their upcoming offering: Baboom’s distinctive design is a world away from the cookie-cutter streaming music services,” he said. “The platform will be open to artists of all kinds, will support high-quality FLAC files, faster downloads and analytics that have…
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  • How to Blog from Your Website

    Nurdin Budi M.
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:17 am
    You will have many options open to you in the design and functionality of your blog that are not available on the blog hosted.You can use Blogger or WordPress from or Each has its own characteristics, advantages and disadvantages, such as lack of reference groups on Blogger, and raw HTML editing facility relatively poor on WordPress. However, each has its fans and followers, and those changed. Some general fatigue, however, does not provide a wide range of opportunities for those who chose to Word and other programs Blogging own term PSPs own.Those who use hosted…
  • Display Most Commented Posts on Blogger with Yahoo Pipe

    Nurdin Budi M.
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:45 am
    In a blog we need to accentuate the very articles that we rely on to improve the reader's desire to explore our blog further. There are many ways that can be used in doing so, one of which is by way of display the most commented posts.There is a very easy way of doing the things above, especially if our blog using; using yahoo pipes, you don't have to think hard, but simply used in a simple manner that is like the following guidelines:#1. From your blogger dashboard, select "Layout" menu, then specify the position of the most commented posts widget is placed.#2. Press Add a Gadget…
  • Tips Internet Marketing Monetizing Your Hobby

    Nurdin Budi M.
    14 Oct 2014 | 3:49 am
    Do you have a hobby? Is there something that you enjoy doing, and that you did not think to use to earn some extra money. Well, if there is, this article will give you some ideas for your hobbies and monetize it. I'm going to give you some examples of how easy it is to do, especially some of the sites that are available to us today. After reading this article, and I doubt that you'll be raking in the cash for something you enjoy doing. That will not be a blow.The other day, I was in more than one site YouTube. I do not know what is YouTube. Well, it's a Web site that displays the member…
  • Learn How To Make Your Own Blog Specialized Prevail

    Nurdin Budi M.
    8 Oct 2014 | 10:16 pm
    Let's look at the four corners, which you need to focus on the blog, and increase traffic to your place and talk.1)Give your identity blogEvery successful blog requires identity to stand out from the crowd than the other. And identity is you! Allowed to leak your personal tone of your blog, or do you have another method. Let factored planning is possible and practicable. Nature of your blog to make it easier for you and your readers to bond.2)Set Cell Blog This is why you are blogging. It's a specialized subject, or goals that you selected blog. Another argument is that you have to…
  • Add Alexa Rank Checker on Blogger

    Nurdin Budi M.
    7 Oct 2014 | 3:07 am
    Recognition of the credibility of a web traffic is urgently needed on the internet; It is very necessary to know how good the web rank. There are several providers that accommodate web traffic rank system, and one of the most known is addition to web traffic ranking data, also provides information some other much-needed data to analyse the advantages of a web. Therefore, as bloggers we want to provide facilities to the reader the article we can check the alexa rankings of a web.It is very easy to add Alexa Rank Checker Widgets into your blog, especially for those who…
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    Simon Staffans // Developing Media

  • MIPJunior, MIPCOM and Transmedia Living Lab – a travel log

    Simon Staffans
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:49 am
    I’ve spent some time traveling around Europe the past couple of weeks, attending first the bustling MIPJunior and MIPCOM on the Croisette in Cannes, then swiftly flying over to Madrid to speak at Fundacion Telefonica’s event Transmedia Living Lab. The MIPs were as overwhelming as always, especially trying to cram a full week’s worth of meetings into one day. MIPJunior – filled with new animated Star Wars series, the new launch of the Thunderbirds franchise and a host of other content – was especially interesting this time around. I am consulting – in a transmedia capacity – on…
  • Cross media the Adriatic way

    Simon Staffans
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Yup, that’s just about how nice it looks. Korcula, Sept 2014. I just spent the best part of eleven days in Croatia, four of which were dedicated to the Korcula Cross Media Lab, an initiative created to connect audiovisual people and people in the tourism industry with each other and with experts on everything from transmedia storytelling to SEO to TV production to augmented reality. It’s a great initiative, with a very worthy focus. The territory goes by the slogan ”The Mediterranean as it used to be”, and it’s not difficult to understand why. Coming from Finland, a sparsely…
  • Combining for cross media – the Filmteractive Festival

    Simon Staffans
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:18 am
    Last year I attendend the Filmteractive Festival in Poland for the first time. It was an energetic event with a certain evangilizing feel to it. As cross media and transmedia is not yet as widespread in Eastern Europe as in other parts of the world, Filmteractive felt like it had an important role to play in the dissemination of examples, best practices and possibilities within the fields. This year the fourth Filmteractive Festival (24-25 September) is a combination of three different parts, the business oriented Conference, the Market for selling and buying innovative AV content and the…
  • Five golden principles of audience engagement

    Simon Staffans
    11 Sep 2014 | 3:32 am
    So, what I would like is to continuously create content that resonates deeply with the intended target audience. The would be an audience that takes what I’ve created or helped create to heart, that engages in the way they’re intended to engage and that teaches the creators a thing or ten about their own creation during the course of the interaction. This would also be an audience that goes beoynd being merely an audience, morphing into a collaborative-producer state, freely creating within the boundaries of the original creation. I have an inkling that this is something quite a few other…
  • Possibly impossible – the challenging art of looking past what is possible to what is probable

    Simon Staffans
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:18 am
    Cross media, transmedia, multiplatform storytelling, deep media… the terms are legion and intertwining, as I’m sure most readers of this blog know already. At the heart of all of them lies an urge to tell compelling stories over more than one media, in ways that engages and immerses the audience and utilize the strengths of each media platform, making them support each other and offer the audience a more fulfilling experience. While that’s the core of the practices, that’s also where most people coming into the field as creators and producers get lost. For creative, nimble minds, the…
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    » Media

  • Film Review: Gone Girl

    Jordan Dean
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:43 am
    Director: David Fincher Cast: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Carrie Coon, Tyler Perry, Patrick Fugit, Emily Ratajkowski, Kim Dickens Plot: After returning home on Valentine’s Day, Nick (Affleck) finds his wife Amy (Pike) missing; there is evidence of a struggle. Following a police investigation and flashbacks through Amy’s diary, Nick becomes the main suspect in his wife’s disappearance. Review: David Fincher’s Gone Girl is the adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s 2012 thrilling best-selling novel of the same name. Gone Girl could have easily found its way…
  • Live review: Blonde Redhead @ Islington Assembly Hall, London

    Alex Durham
    4 Oct 2014 | 3:51 am
    A two decade dance Anyone who waited patiently for the release of Blonde Redhead’s September album Barragán, with a mixture of heady expectancy and churning anxiety, may understand my comparison of the initial experience to a detached, sombre waltz with flaccid art pop. After experiencing the band’s performance huddled together with several hundred at a sold out show in Islington’s Assembly Hall, Kazu Makino, Amadeo and Simone Pace have managed to convince me – and those who shared the experience – that it was a dance worth committing to. Though Blonde Redhead span 21…
  • Film Review: Belle

    Jordan Dean
    20 Sep 2014 | 9:18 pm
    Director: Amma Asante Cast: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Matthew Goode, Tom Felton, Emily Watson, Sarah Gadon, Tom Wilkinson Plot: After her enslaved mother dies, Dido Elizabeth Belle (Mbatha-Raw) is taken by her father (Goode) to live with her aristocratic great uncle, the Lord Chief Justice (Wilkinson). Review: Amma Asante’s second directorial film tells the story of the illegitimate child of Royal Navy captain, John Lindsay, and an African woman named Maria Belle. The child named Dido Elizabeth Belle was brought up at Kenwood House by her great uncle Lord Mansfield. Lord Mansfield’s position as…
  • Stunning shots of the 2014 Burning Man Festival by Trey Ratcliff

    Bizarre Culture
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:24 am
    Burning man is as much a cultural phenomenon as it is an art festival, and photographer Trey Ratcliff did his best to capture this balance.  Check out some of the stunning images by Trey Ratcliff at this year’s event. The post Stunning shots of the 2014 Burning Man Festival by Trey Ratcliff appeared first on .
  • Damien Rice Announces his First Album in Eight Years: Listen to the Title Track Here

    Bizarre Culture
    9 Sep 2014 | 4:10 pm
    Irish folk singer, Damien Rice has announced his new album after an eight year absence from the music scene. Entitled ‘My Favourite Faded Fantasy’, it will be released on 3rd November, a long-awaited follow-up to 2006’s ‘9‘. The title track will be available to stream on Spotify from today and the first single ‘I Don’t Want To Change You’ will premiere later this month. Speaking frankly about the record and his break from music, Rice explains that “sometimes you have to step away from what you love in order to learn how to love it again.” You can check the…
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    Mangled Media

  • 20 of 31 Halloween Films – Wishmaster

    24 Oct 2014 | 7:58 am
    A demonic creature known as a Djinn is released from a stone which he charges people souls and feeds with their fears, while chasing Alexandra to force her to make three wishes and unleash his fellow Djinn upon Earth. Another film with some very nice imaginative, original kills. Be careful for what you wish for, as the Djinn will twist it some way. Some very nice FX and plenty of nods to previous horror films, Wishmaster is a very entertaining horror, with it’s own sense of sarcasm running throughout and plenty of gore for the fiends to enjoy.
  • 19 of 31 Halloween Films – Puppet Master

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:37 am
    Somewhat of a cult film, Puppet Master tells the story of Alex and his psychic friends investigating and then being stalked by Toulon’s puppets. Puppet Master may be a bit slow in places, but this helps build up to the gruesome ending. The story is original, there is humour in the film and the murderous puppets are nightmare inducing creep machines. The FX are wonderful and the kills good, with some memorable visuals. Puppet Master deserves its cult reputation and anyone who likes B-movies, should give this classic a watch.
  • Recoil Gaming Exploits – Alien Isolation Episode 2

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:39 am
    Episode 2 sees our friends at Recoil still on route to Comms to make contact with their ship, the Torrens and there’s a very close encounter with the Xeno, also people can be scary too. Facebook – Twitter – Youtube –
  • 18 of 31 Halloween Films – Hobo with a Shotgun

    23 Oct 2014 | 5:36 am
    Rutger Hauer plays a homeless man who seeks to bring vigilante justice in a corrupt city run by criminals. Hobo with a Shotgun is an homage to  Grindhouse and in that aspect is pretty much perfect. Hobo with a Shotgun is a delightful funny film that captures the Grindhouse visuals and storytelling perfectly. The gore is awesome and there is a lot of it, some very imaginative deaths and like we said, all of them beautifully bloody. Rutger Hauer performs magnificently as the lead.  Hobo with a Shotgun is a highly entertaining film with barrels of blood.
  • 17 of 31 Halloween Films – Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:19 am
    One of the greatest Sci-fi films ever made, filled with paranoia and political undertones. A small town doctor returns home to find some of his patients behaving strangely, it’s not long before he realises their bodies have been taking over by an alien life-form. A beautifully shot film with some excellent performances from our leads. The use of light and shadows are wonderful and this helps the viewer be drawn into the paranoid world that you are watching. The 1978 version is also excellent, so watch that too.
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