Forget the 3D nonsense, if Hollywood wants to keep butts in the seats, they need to go all-in on IMAX.
While you can certainly argue that the home theater experience is comparable to that of many standard theaters (and in some cases, much better), IMAX is incomparable. It enhances the magic that made movies so special in the first place.
On July 20, we announced that we were turning Digg back into a startup and rebuilding it from scratch in six weeks. After an intense month and a half, we managed to get the new Digg up and running on a fresh code base and infrastructure. We now have a solid foundation on which to build, and we expect to build fast. Yesterday, we previewed the new Digg applications for web, iPhone, and mobile web and today we’re happy to share Digg v1.
Google, in an email to those that pre-ordered a Nexus Q:
We also heard initial feedback from users that they want Nexus Q to do even more than it does today. In response, we have decided to postpone the consumer launch of Nexus Q while we work on making it even better.
It sure seems like nearly everyone realized this would be a big ball of fail upon seeing it. My question is: how on Earth did no one at Google realize this?
“We are really pleased with our revenues but our goal isn’t to make money. It sounds a little flippant, but it’s the truth. Our goal and what makes us excited is to make great products. If we are successful people will like them and if we are operationally competent, we will make money.”—
Has there been any confirmed prices for the Surface tablet?
No. That shoe has not yet dropped. There were rumors of $1,000(!), but I believe those were shot down. If this thing is going to work it all, I think it has to be close to the iPad’s $500 threshold.
Right now, it doesn’t sound like it’s going to get there. We’ll see. Maybe that’s misdirection. Remember that right before the original iPad was unveiled, there was speculation it would be around $1,000 as well. That provided Steve Jobs with some major “boom” material on stage: $499.
No big surprise on Microsoft’s end, as that’s also when Windows 8 is launching. BUT October 26 is a little different in context now. Namely, it sure looks like Apple’s “iPad mini” will be out by then.
Given its size, the Surface (at least the first iteration) will obviously compete more with the traditional iPad. But the existence of a smaller, cheaper iPad will likely impact all tablet buying decisions over the holidays…
Apple today announced that downloads of OS X Mountain Lion have exceeded three million in four days, making it the most successful OS X release in Apple’s history.
For some context, Apple announced that OS X Lion sold one million copies in one day — which might imply it was selling a little faster than Mountain Lion. But by October, about two months later, Lion had moved six million copies. Mountain Lion is selling faster — seemingly much faster.
“So, without further ado and on behalf of New Line Cinema, Warner Bros. Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Wingnut Films, and the entire cast and crew of “The Hobbit” films, I’d like to announce that two films will become three.”—
Previously, they had decided to turn The Hobbit into two separate films, one release this December and one release in December 2013. Now they’re adding a third film, with footage they shot — based not only on The Hobbit, but on the appendices of The Lord of the Rings as well.
“It is only at the end of a shoot that you finally get the chance to sit down and have a look at the film you have made. Recently Fran [Walsh], Phil[lippa Boyens] and I did just this when we watched for the first time an early cut of the first movie — and a large chunk of the second. We were really pleased with the way the story was coming together, in particular, the strength of the characters and the cast who have brought them to life. All of which gave rise to a simple question: do we take this chance to tell more of the tale? And the answer from our perspective as the filmmakers, and as fans, was an unreserved ‘yes.’”
iMore has heard that Apple is planning to debut the new iPhone at a special event on Wednesday, September 12, 2012, with the release date to follow 9 days later on Friday, September 21. This information comes from sources who have proven accurate in the past.
The iPad mini will be announced at the same September 12 event, as will the new iPod nano.
There’s no question that Ritchie has great sources. So it looks like Christmas may be coming a little early this year — even earlier than last year.
What do you think of these leaked "next generation" iPhone parts? Do you think after saying, "We are going to double down on secrecy" that Apple is being so careless as to let these parts leak so easily? Is it possible that this is all a misdirection and the phone they unveil will look nothing like this?
I have no clue if those pictures are legit or not. But based on the chatter going around, it *seems* like they’re at least the right idea.
As for Apple being careless, this is a very hard problem to solve. Right now, they outsource the actual manufacturing of their products and that’s where almost all leaks (at least on the hardware end) tend to originate from.
If Apple ever moves production to the U.S. (which they’ve talked about doing in some capacity), leaks will be much easier to control, I imagine. but I doubt they’ll be able move it all back to the U.S.
With all this in mind, it might actually be a savvy move to plant fake products out there to throw people off.
After reading this, I must say that I have a lot of respect for not only what BuzzFeed is going after, but how they’re going about it. My favorite part is about respecting the readers. It’s amazing how many sites/publications fail to adhere to this simple and crucial principle.
To that end, BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti:
First of all, we don’t publish slideshows. Instead we publish scrollable lists so readers don’t have to click a million times and can easily scroll through a post. The primary reason to publish slideshows, as far as I can tell, is to juice page views and banner ad impressions. Slideshows are super annoying and lists are awesome so we do lists!
You say "Naturally, the TV commentators had no clue who Tim Berners-Lee was." but I offer a correction: NBC didn't have a fucking clue. British, German, French and Spanish commentary all named him immediately. Words cannot do justice to just how ill-informed and ignorant NBC's commentary was throughout the entire night.
A fair point. I stand corrected. Just NBC were dumbasses.
When I first met the Stamped team in mid-2011, I got excited. They were finally throwing away the notion of the 5-star rating system in favor of something much more natural: if you like something, say so. If not, do nothing. It was an app built solely so you could give your “stamp of approval” to things in the real world. Simple. Brilliant.
I wrote up a preview in September of that year, and a few weeks later, the app launched. And while the app got a lot of kudos at launch (most praised its looks and simplicity), it had a big problem: it simply wasn’t sticky enough. Users would stamp things, but have no true reason to go back to the app. So the team went back to the drawing board.
The result, is Stamped 2.0, which launched a couple days ago. It’s a complete re-write of the app, while keeping the same fundamental idea intact: if you like something, stamp it. But the scope has been expanded quite a bit. And they’ve made the app useful on a continual basis, while loading it up with some impressive new UX/UI elements.
Amazon’s Q2 numbers are wild. And the release is just odd (why the quote about Amazon Prime, exactly?). Sales were up, but:
Net income decreased 96% to $7 million in the second quarter, or $0.01 per diluted share, compared with net income of $191 million, or $0.41 per diluted share, in second quarter 2011.
$7 million. Amazon made $7 million dollars last quarter on sales of $12.83 billion. That’s insane. Let’s pretend the sales were $12.837 billion. Amazon kept the 7, everything else vanished.
Yes, their Kiva Systems deal wiped out some profit, but not much ($65 million). This is not Microsoft writing-down billions due to an acquisition gone bad, this is just awful margins.
Worse, Amazon is now projecting a loss of anywhere from $50 million to $350 million next quarter (on sales of anywhere between $12.9 billion to $14.3 billion). Amazon has been warning about the possibility of a loss for the past few quarters. But they haven’t had a profit range fully in the red before. They very well could beat their numbers next quarter, but it sure looks like they think they’re going to dip into the red. They’ve been profitable for a decade.
Yes, I realize Amazon is viewed as a growth business (forgoing short-term profits for long-term gains). But these numbers keep going the wrong way. At some point, they have to start going the right way, right?
As I noted earlier, Apple’s “disappointing” quarter included $8.8 billion in profit. Or maybe I should write it this way: $8.800 billion — if that last zero was a seven and you removed everything before it, that would be Amazon’s profit.
But wait! It’s an Apple-to-oranges comparison! The same used to be said when comparing Apple’s profits to Microsoft’s. SInce Microsoft was a software company, their margins were far better which meant far more profit than Apple. Not anymore.
More importantly, all of these companies are increasingly competing all across the board — Amazon, for example, now finds itself in a dogfight with Google thanks to the new Nexus 7. The real difference is that only Apple seems to be making any money on the hardware side of things.
This little detail used to drive me insane about Google Maps. I’d open the site and it wouldn’t have any clue where I was even though I had set default locations. And searches would require city, state, and sometimes even country names, etc.
About your "Timing Is Everything" post. Are you trying to imply that Facebook will make a phone because SJ once said he wasn't but did so anyways? Two different people with two different reasons. Also, do you really think a FB phone makes sense? Would it just be Facebook apps with a store that sells other Facebook-enhanced apps? To me, that is what FB has been doing in the last 3 years. So it doesn't make sense to me. Please enlighten me if you see something I do not. Thanks.
I guess my point is that even though these people state things they’re *not* doing, they’re actively thinking about and/or working on them. That was the case with Apple, and it’s the case with Facebook.
That doesn’t mean it’s a good idea for Facebook to do a phone. Maybe it is, maybe it isn’t. Again, timing is everything. It just means it would be stupid for them not to be looking into it. Which they are — and have been, clearly.
It’s easy to forget how revolutionary high-speed Internet access was in the 1990s. Not only did broadband kill the screeching sound of dial-up, it also spurred innovation, helping to create amazing new services as well as new job opportunities for many thousands of Americans. But today the Internet is not as fast as it should be. While high speed technology exists, the average Internet speed in the U.S. is still only 5.8 megabits per second (Mbps)—slightly faster than the maximum speed available 16 years ago when residential broadband was first introduced.
Google has just started offering Kansas City residents their Fiber service with 1,000 Mbps download and upload speeds. Yes, you read that correctly.
And: no bandwidth caps. Boom.
It’s $70-per-month, which is about what I pay Comcast for my shitty 10 Mbps service (which it never actually hits — and has a cap). Google also includes 1 TB of storage with this fee (via Google Drive).
Or you can pay $120-per-month and get TV service as well. With a 2 TB DVR. And a Nexus 7 to control the set top box.
If you’re not ready for Gigabit Internet, you can settle for 5 Mbps service. Why the hell would you do that? Well, it’s free (with a one-time set up fee). Yep, Google is giving away the service I pay Comcast an obscene amount of money for.
Amazing. Bravo, Google. Now please bring this everywhere in the U.S. and force the cable companies to get busy innovating or get busy dying.
Facebook’s first quarterly as a public company seems like a very mixed bag. They beat expectations, but just barely (and they were very low to begin with). The company did post their best revenue ever, but they failed to turn a profit on that revenue.
Amazingly, they now have 955 million users. That’s not some bullshit number, it’s monthly active users. They also have 543 million monthly active users on mobile and growth there is more than double overall growth.
All this adds up to the stock getting killed in after-hours trading. It has fallen below $25-a-share for the first time.
Let’s hope this is some Twitter API scaling issue and not for purely competitive reasons. But it doesn’t look good.
Instagram, of course, recently sold itself to Facebook. And today it announced that it now has 80 million users. Twitter has 140 million users. It’s amazing how quickly that gap is closing. (Though to be fair, Instagram’s number is registered while Twitter’s number is active, so the gap is probably wider, but stil…)
I had written about Boxcar a number of times over the past couple of years as it became a must-have app on my phone, and later, my iPad and the Mac as well. Even after Apple entered the space with their own Notification Center (now baked into OS X Mountain Lion as well), Boxcar was useful because it allowed apps and services that might not otherwise do Push Notifications, to easily do them. And it allowed users to create their own.
It appears that work will continue under Kwaga, as they’re not shutting the service down, but investing more into it. Congrats to both teams.