Archive for February, 2011
Amazon’s Prime Instant Video service is finally here, and while we know how it works and that, unlike Netflix, it will play nicely with your ‘Droid, how does its content measure up? Clicker.com pulls in feeds from all the online video sites and has broken down its data into this handy chart to investigate just that. The numbers above don’t lie, Netflix has far more content at the moment, and right now, the Amazon service compares more directly to Hulu Plus than anything else. However, it is an excellent start for Amazon to grow from and the breakdown points out what numbers might miss — while Amazon’s movie selections are hurting for any high profile flicks not already on Netflix, it does bring some otherwise unavailable episodes of Mister Rogers Neighborhood, Bonanza and Dr. Who (1963) to bear — click through for all the details, while it may not be enough to cause you to switch just yet there’s definitely enough reason to keep an eye on this latest entrant to the market.
Clicker.com analyzes Amazon Prime Instant Video offerings vs the competition originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 24 Feb 2011 13:27:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Do you ever wish for an easier way to show your uninitiated friends what you mean when you say Android is growing? Well, here’s the video for you: a Google-produced map of the world that throbs with Android activations over time, highlighted by some truly eye-opening flourishes in the immediate aftermath of marquee handset launches. The Google guys have even given us handy countdown timers — “Droid launch in 3, 2, 1…” — and broken things down by continent for easier viewing. Only thing missing is a soundtrack, so just have your Tron: Legacy OST loaded up and ready before jumping past the break.
[Thanks, Leo Z.]
Visualized: Android activations mapped geographically, chronologically, breathtakingly (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 24 Feb 2011 04:09:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
If you’re in college (or went to college), you know that the worst part of writing a paper is trying to crank out a bibliography/works cited page at the very end when you’re brain dead and running late for class. A group of ambitious young students at the University of Waterloo want to bring an end to that with Quick Cite, which lets you use the camera on an iOS or Android smartphone to scan a barcode and have the app email you a properly-formatted entry (in MLA, APA, Chicago, or IEEE formats). [iTunes via Fast Company]
The folks at Moki, a movie discovery website, have created an interactive graph which incorporates data points from the 20 most popular movies of each of the last 20 years. Their conclusion:
Movie studios, they say, are taking the easy way out: recycling old ideas that are a sure bet to attract audiences, regardless of quality. Comic book sequels for the geeks. Twilight adaptations for the teenage girls.
Check out Moki’s interactive graph and play around with it. Life will make so much more sense right away. [Moki]
Home usage of the PC is down 20% since 2008, according to this chart from a Morgan Stanley report examining the burgeoning tablet market.
What’s changed in the last few years? The growth of the smartphones and tablets, says Morgan Stanley. As people use smartphones for more simple computing tasks like web surfing, they use traditional PCs less.
Earlier this week we published a chart showing the utter collapse of music sales during the digital era.
One reader took issue with our chart, saying it didn’t capture the full collapse of the business because it wasn’t inflation adjusted. He produced the chart below saying, music sales are down 64% from their peak, not 45% as the other chart suggested.
For more on how this chart was produced, and other data on the music industry see: The REAL Death Of The Music Industry
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Netflix vs Blockbuster – Perfect example of an industry replaced by a more efficient version of itself
The chart of revenues below says it all. The beginning revenue of Blockbuster was $6 billion, while the ending revenue of Netflix is $2.2 billion. When the inefficiencies of having retail locations, moving physical inventory, and maintaining overhead/staff are cut out of the ecosystem, far less revenue is needed to support the whole business.
Vendors, rejoice! That extra $0.15 fee Square tacks on to every transaction is going away. While you’ll still owe the mobile payment company 2.5% of the transaction, getting rid of the fixed cost is a nice little perk for retailers, who I’m sure will pass the savings onto you. [Square via Business Insider]
Amazon has just turned on its Prime Instant Video service, letting paid Prime subscribers (sorry, students) in the US (sorry, foreigners) stream any of 5,000 movies and TV shows directly to their machines free of charge — well, free beyond the $79 Primers already pay. Jeff Bezos has confirmed that there will be no extra charge going forward for this service and that Prime itself will not be getting more expensive to pay for all these bits and bytes. Right now the selection is limited, particularly if you already have a Netflix subscription, but we just had to try it out. Click on through for our impressions on a variety of devices.
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