Category Archives: Mobile

The Atlantic Launches Three New Video Series

Produced for their younger audience, two titles of three will be called “The User’s Guide to Energy,” and the  “Economics in Plain English.” Maybe Schoolhouse Rock was ahead of its time?

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New Apps Show Videos Are A Hot Commodity, And Just Getting Hotter

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Not to be out done by Vine or Instagram, YouTube’s co-founders have created MixBit, a new video editing app that literally does it all (shoot-edit-publish) for videos. And the co-founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen have even done one better, since the app allows for videos to be edited together as a string of clips–up to 256 actually. Nice.

You can get the app on iPhone, and as a web app, with a version for Android slated for next week.

Internet Week In NYC And The Future Of Media Discussion

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This week is Internet Week New York (which kicked off on this past Monday, the 20th, so my apologies for the late post, but don’t fret if you’d still like to attend, events are scheduled to run until the 27th). You can find a full run down of the schedule here.

Last night Patrick Phillips, founder/editor of I Want Media, hosted the sixth annual The Future of Media panel discussion, and this year’s attendees consisted of Editor/CEO of Business Insider, Henry Blodget; CEO/CTO Salon Media Group Cindy Jeffers; Founder/CEO of Buzzfeed, Jonah Peretti; President/Co-Creator of HuffPost Live, Roy Sekoff; and CEO of the New York Times Company, Mark Thompson.

If you weren’t able to attend, a video has been posted on the I Want Media site.  Hot on the table for discussion were the topics of the value of video (how much is too much, BI’s Blodget thought HuffPo’s 12 hr. live feed is too much, and I agree), Yahoo’s acquisition of Tumblr, and a consensus regarding the new way people get their news (i.e. breaking news always through Twitter, and longer form–verified news–through other news sources). The good news is that there is still a place, and a need, for quality journalism in the digital age.

I thought Mark Thompson’s plans to engage subscribers of the NYTimes with various live events was very smart–both for further branding the NYT, and for recognizing the value of subscribers to further grow content (via new platforms). I believe in the digital age subscribers want to be recognized as valuable, and should be viewed as a brand’s “community,” capable of producing its own content (an idea your seeing more online news sites try to do such as Gawker and, of course, BuzzFeed).

Google Stores Could Be On The Way

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If Google has it their way (and when will they not have it their way), the retail space could soon see the addition of Google stores selling, of course, Google Glass. Already, we’ve seen Apple and Microsoft venture into this area, so it only makes sense Google would have retail plans too.

Part of the initiative could come from Google’s desire to educate consumers on how the heck to use Google Glass. Perhaps their stores will feature experts much like Apple’s “Geniuses.”

Google might want to keep researching because from what I can tell, nobody even likes Google Glass that much.

Adobe Gives A Lift To “TV Everywhere”

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At this year’s NAB conference in Las Vegas, Adobe announced a new platform offering broadcasters a way to monetize on demand via web devices. The platform–called Adobe Platform–is a welcome leg up for the networks and premium-TV providers, who desperately want to make their content available to viewers whenever/wherever they want it. And they have a good reason to worry, two good reasons I can think of off-hand are of course–Netflix and Amazon Prime. Adobe has already signed Comcast and NBC Sports Group as partners, offering sports enthusiasts the opportunity to see live sporting events as intended–live.

OMG, This Freaks Me Out: Can An Airplane Really Be Hacked? Really?

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Hold on, let me put the paper bag away that I’ve been breathing into….because when I read this, I seriously got the vapors. As an individual who already suffers from a fear of flying, this news could honestly send me over the edge. But frankly, when I think about it–in the digital age what can’t be hacked? 

Hacker Claims He Can Hijack Any Airplane Using a Mobile App.

Where Tech, Craft And Hollywood Meet: THR Creates Tech Blog ‘Behind The Screen’

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Check it out here. Curated by contributing editor Carolyn Giardina, the blog is dedicated to “covering the talent and technology behind the magic of Hollywood-from key players to the disruptive technologies behind films, tv and mobile content.”

Wired Magazine Was Almost Called Digit

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As in ‘dig it’. Ugh. Luckily that never came to pass (as well as the proposed name Millennium), but what did develop was a unique publication, a magazine which addressed the real (and imagined) changes the digital world of 1s and 0s was about to have on society.

Pitched as a “…magazine that feels as if it has been mailed back from the future,” Wired presented tech news in a visual context never seen before–revolutionary, kinetic, and fluorescent colored. Since the very first issue–passed out guerrilla style at Macworld’s 1993 convention–the magazine has developed into a 20-year success story.

Adweek has a great feature on how they did it, and how they changed the way we talk about technology.