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Personal Finance Goes Mobile By John Moore for Digital Innovation Gazette A new developer competition aims to solve today`s common personal finance problems with technology. ...Read More »
App Distribution: Crowding Begets Curating By Tim Kridel for Digital Innovation Gazette As the selection of iOS and Android apps grows, it becomes tougher for consumers and business users to find apps that might interest them. That challenge is driving curation: mini stores catering to select interests. ...Read More »
Content Insider #219A - The Prophecy By Miles Weston People used to worry about burning their bridges when they left a job...now they use napalm! Now folks have social media and if they're ticked they fire volleys everyone can see and snicker at. It's humorous as long as they're not shooting at you: - do you still abuse your significant other? - are you really in business only for money? ...Read More »
Console? No Way -- Buy a Gaming PC! By Matt Ployhar Matt Ployhar responds to a ZDNet blog by explaining why he would choose a gaming PC over a console. ...Read More »
The new Canon Cinema EOS By Jeremiah Hall After the presentation, I tried it. I lifted it. Held it. Put it on my shoulder, thanks to a Zacuto support system, and did a few pans. And some tilts. It felt right. This is a light camera. It is a comfortable camera. It has possibilities. ...Read More »
TV commercials drive me nuts! By David Hague TV commercials drive me nuts! Especially those shown in the country, where it is assumed every single person who is watching is a "down-on-the-farm-country-boy" (or lassie). As such, many ads have the poor farmer doing something stupid (using string to tie a gate as against the "new gate locker magico!", or is buying new boots every other day - "Step by step, brick by brick, you and your boots built this country". ...Read More »
MAKING THE SWITCH - From Apple to Adobe via a Windows 7 PC By Jeremiah Hall I don't upgrade at the drop of a hat. I only do it when I need to. So as I was saving my pennies to purchase a new Mac Pro (the G5 getting long in the tooth), Apple dropped a bomb - Final Cut X. I was excited... until it came out. I discovered that two of the things that I do with with Final Cut Studio, namely importing Photoshop layers and the wonder that was DVD Studio Pro, were no more. ...Read More »
Did the PRSA Miss the Real Issues in the News Corp Crisis By Miles Weston Weak PR efforts are weak PR efforts even when done in the name of the industry ...Read More »
Statistics that have DAM Meaning By Matthew Gonnering We probably have baseball and The Sporting News to thank for the proliferation of statistics in all sports. Yet, Mark Twain once said there are lies, damned lies and statistics. Of course, he was speaking about to the persuasive power of numbers and about how people will either promote or ignore statistics based entirely on whether or not they support a position. This truth is the reason many baseball arguments have never been settled. ...Read More »
Five things to hate and love about Apples iPhone By Matthew David Unless you have been living under a rock, you cannot have failed to notice the multi-million dollar marketing blitz Apple and AT&T are conducting about the iPhone. If you read the reports and the blogs on the Internet it is hard to know if people love the iPhone or if they hate. With that in mind, we have put together a list of the five things to hate about the iPhone and five things to love. ...Read More »
When Marketing People Go Amok By Esther Schindler Honest, we understand. It's a marketing person's job to make a presentation sound exciting and relevant as well as informational. But the TechEd presentation titles are, quite literally, beyond audience comprehension. ...Read More »
Do You Volunteer? By Gary Kayye, CTS Do you volunteer? If you dont, you should. One of my first weeks in this industry back in 1987 was attending InfoComms (then known as ICIA) Institute for Professional Development and a class led by Mike Weems. It was on video production techniques and was simply awesome. The very next year, I attended a class taught by 6+ year industry veteran Fred Dixon on AV systems design. The instruction blew me away. It was far and in away better than most courses I ever took in college, and certainly more helpful in my new -real-world life. ...Read More »
Transitional TV Growing Pains By Guy Wright Anyone in the broadcast industry knows that we are in the middle of a transition. More precisely, we are in the middle of multiple transitions from analog broadcasts to digital, from standard definition to high definition, and from standard 4:3 aspect ratios to 16:9 widescreen aspect ratios. ...Read More »
Way Too Hard = Way Too Bad By Gary Kayye, CTS A recent study by a major university on the Netherlands found that product complexity actually caused over 50 percent of product returns. Graduate student Elke den Ouden of the Technical University of Eindhoven studied people who purchased consumer electronics products and how they tried (and in many cases failed) to use them, successfully. In virtually all cases where a consumer tried and failed to figure out how to use a product and then gave up, the product itself was actually in good working order. There was no product failure. ...Read More »
A Column for AV Guys: The Guillotine By Gary Kayye, CTS I was sooo excited while watching the Super Bowl coverage earlier this month to see that someone finally, FINALLY, crossed the 4-blade razor blade barrier. The long-overdue 5-blade system has finally made its debut. The oh-hum [insert yawn here] market of the 3-blade and 4-blade systems that has dominated the shaving market with has-been gear like Gillettes Mach3Turbo and the Schick Quattro has finally been shaken up with the 5-blade Gillette Fusion. I ran out and bought one the very next day. ...Read More »
KNews Insider: The Final Sayye with Gary Kayye By Gary Kayye, CTS Ive had the October 14, 2005 issue of the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) on my desk since the day it came out. Ive been meaning to write this story for a long time, but just didnt have the time or opportunity. But, now its time.In the Marketplace section of the WSJ on that day had an article entitled ?The Laptop Backlash, well-written by Gary McWilliams. Well, you know what I think? Boo-fricking-hoo. ...Read More »
Kayye's Krystal Ball - v.06 By Gary Kayye, CTS Welcome to my seventh annual Krystal Ball feature article about predictions for the upcoming year for Professional AV, and even some Home AV technology, trends and products. If youre a regular reader of this column, then you know that each year I actually start by reviewing my predictions from last years column ...Read More »
Service Contracts are Easy to Sell: Sell Job Security By Gary Kayye, CTS If youre a regular reader of my columns, you know that our firm works with dealers, on occasion, to help them become more profitable. In some cases, its a box company wanting to learn how to sell systems. In some cases, its a systems integrator trying to sell design/build contracts. In some cases, its a design/build firm trying to get better cost accounting on jobs. But, in almost all cases, they are all equally frustrated at the level of success they have selling their most profitable product: service contracts. ...Read More »
Annual rAVe CEDIA Awards By Gary Kayye, CTS Gary Kayye is a big fan of the CEDIA (Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association) show, and attends it every year. Here are his picks for the best of the best from this year's exhibition. ...Read More »
Product Activation and the World of Tomorrow By Kevin Schmitt Now that us lowly users have been unwillingly pushed down the slippery slope that is product activation, this particular article is equivalent to the proverbial closing of the barn doors after the horse has escaped. Actually, it's more like picking up the door and leaning it on the charred ruins of the barn after it burned down years ago, what with the horse having run out to flee the fire, but I digress. Since activation refuses to just go away entirely, I still (naively) think that there's a balance that can be struck between legitimate users and software publishers. ...Read More »
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