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Imagination Technologies snaps up CPU designer MIPS in an attempt to wrestle ARM

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/11/06/imagination-technologies-scoops-up-chip-designer-mips/

Imagination Technologies snaps up CPU designer MIPS in an attempt to wrestle ARM

Looks like we can kiss goodbye to any lingering politeness in the rivalry between these two UK chip houses, because the smaller one has just embarked on a cheeky expansion. Having been known mainly for its PowerVR graphics processors, not least in many Apple products, Imagination Tech could potentially push into the CPU arena too, through its $60 million acquisition of MIPS Technologies. Just Like ARM, MIPS designs low-power RISC processors for consumer electronics, but it has generally focused on smaller chips for devices like routers and TVs rather than smartphones and tablets. In addition to a portfolio of 82 exclusive patents, a squad of 160 MIPS engineers will now be transplanted to Imagination, where they’ll no doubt be debriefed and reassigned to conquering the world. Meanwhile, in some sort of flanking move, ARM has paid a far higher sum of $170 million to gain access to a number of other MIPS patents.

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Tuesday, November 6th, 2012 news No Comments

Google Is Selling Almost 1 Million Nexus 7 Tablets Per Month (GOOG)

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/google-nexus-7-sales-2012-10

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Google is selling almost one million Nexus 7 tablets per month, according to Asustek CFO David Chang.

Chang tells the Wall Street Journal, “At the beginning, it was, for instance, 500K units a month, then maybe 600, 700K. This latest month, it was close to 1 million.”

The Nexus 7 is a $199 seven-inch tablet, Google designed in conjunction with Asustek. It is Google’s attempt to slow sales of Amazon’s Kindle Fire, and challenge Apple’s iPad dominance.

It is also Google’s best effort at creating a true tablet computing experience with Android. While Android is the leading smartphone operating system, Apple’s iOS is leading in tablets.

Apple sold 14 million iPads last quarter, which is roughly 1 million per week. So, Google is still far behind. But this increasing growth is encouraging, and perhaps one of the reasons Apple decided to release a cheaper iPad mini.

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Wednesday, October 31st, 2012 news No Comments

JCPenney Broke A ‘Sacred Covenant,’ And Now It’s Paying For It

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/jcpenney-ron-johnson-turnaround-trust-2012-10

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JCPenney and its CEO Ron Johnson are going through a period of total transformation, but the retailer has had plenty of critics. 

They understand that the metamorphosis is going to take time, but some disagree with the way Johnson is going about it.

Bruce Dybvad at brand consultancy Interbrand writes that JCPenney is the perfect example of what happens when a big-time retailer “fails to keep pace, listen, and respond.”‘

He commends JCPenney’s attempt to turn things around, but he’s worried about the amount of input consumers are getting regarding all the changes. Customers have been confused and unwilling to go along with the new image.

Dybvad writes:

Retailers pay a steep price when they break a sacred covenant; that is, the need for the experience to deliver on the expectations set by its brand communications. Leaders of tomorrow will be those who effectively manage transformational change with the participation of their customers and keep their promises.”

It’s a real problem that JCPenney has to deal with. Some customers actually feel betrayed. So far, JCPenney hasn’t been able to match the expectations that it set for itself.

One customer explained how she felt about her beloved store in an email that we published back in August:

“Think of the way most women have a best friend. For many of us, our favorite department stores and ! brands a re like best friends. We rely on them to offer what we need and provide support and interest in our lives. Large-scale drastic changes to stores and brands are akin to having a best friend become a completely different person and leave the friendship. This effect is compounded when a favorite retailer suddenly sends signals that you as a customer are no longer valued or wanted. Not only does it create discomfort, but it shatters trust and causes emotional pain.”

NOW SEE: Here’s What JCPenney Retail Employees REALLY Think Of CEO Ron Johnson > 

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Friday, October 5th, 2012 news No Comments

JCPenney’s New Concept Shops Are Killing It, And Here’s Proof (JCP)

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/jcpenneys-new-shops-succeeding-2012-9

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JCPenney CEO and former Apple retail chief Ron Johnson has been constantly criticized for his performance thus far in the turnaround attempt of the ailing retailer, but now, he’s got some very good news.

JCPenney’s new shops inside the department stores are rocking 20 percent higher comps than the rest of the store.

“Shops are working,” said Johnson.

What’s he most impressed with?

The Levi’s shop is his pride and joy — the one with the denim bar. It’s getting double digit comps in mens. 

“Both are doing well above what we planned,” said Johnson.

Johnson also focused on Sephora, a shop that JCPenney has actually had for a while now. He says that Sephora continues to comp in year six. In the future, he’s planning on slightly larger Sephora stores. Izod and Liz Claiborne are also doing great, said Johnson.

The in-house jcp brand is a bit more complicated. The women’s shop is doing well, said Johnson, but the mens is behind. He said that the “colors might be a bit advanced,” since JCPenney’s offering a lot of vibrant colors like purple and orange.

NOW SEE: Huge Photos Of JCPenney’s New Concept Shops >

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Wednesday, September 19th, 2012 news No Comments

Google Will Kill Its TV Advertising Business (GOOG)

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/google-will-kill-its-tv-advertising-business-2012-8

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Google has decided to pull the plug on Google TV Ads, its five-year attempt to convert the cable and broadcast TV industry into selling its available ad inventory on an online ad exchange.

The news comes on the same day that Google was rumored to be exploring the sale of the TV set-top box unit of its Motorola Mobility unit.

Conversely, Google is plowing ahead with its Google Fiber experiment, which brings superfast internet access—and possibly pay TV—to people in Kansas City.

The move comes eight months after it signed up Cox Media as a partner, bringing the network to 42 million households. The network included Dish Network, DirecTV, VerizonFiOS, and Viamedia.

Google TV is unaffected.

The death of Google TV ads is a huge victory for the broadcast and cable networks, who are fighting an epic war against the web, which threatens to turn traditional TV viewing int! o the ne wspaper business of the 21st Century.

NBC, for instance, snubbed Google back in 2010 after flirting with the idea of offering inventory via the search giant.

Google TV Ads was the third major attempt to start an online electronic exchange for TV ads, all of which have been rendered extinct by cable and network TV’s refusal to allow any programming inventory to be sold on them. (The other three were SpotRunner, Malibu Media and Walmart.)

Microsoft also beat a retreat after failing to dent the TV business.

The cablers and the nets aren’t stupid: They operate like a cartel, restricting supply of inventory even as demand—and audiences—fall.

Shishir Mehrotra, Google’s vp/product for YouTube and video, gave this explanation:

“… video is increasingly going digital and users are now watching across numerous devices.  So we’ve made the hard decision to close our TV Ads product over the next few months and move the team to other areas at Google.  We’ll be doubling down on video solutions for our clients (like YouTube, AdWords for Video, and ad serving tools for web video publishers).  We also see opportunities to help users access web content on their TV screens, through products like Goo! gle TV.”

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Thursday, August 30th, 2012 news No Comments

Google Will Kill Its TV Advertising Business (GOOG)

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/google-will-kill-its-tv-advertising-business-2012-8

Quit

Google has decided to pull the plug on Google TV Ads, its five-year attempt to convert the cable and broadcast TV industry into selling its available ad inventory on an online ad exchange.

The news comes on the same day that Google was rumored to be exploring the sale of the TV set-top box unit of its Motorola Mobility unit.

Conversely, Google is plowing ahead with its Google Fiber experiment, which brings superfast internet access—and possibly pay TV—to people in Kansas City.

The move comes eight months after it signed up Cox Media as a partner, bringing the network to 42 million households. The network included Dish Network, DirecTV, VerizonFiOS, and Viamedia.

Google TV is unaffected.

The death of Google TV ads is a huge victory for the broadcast and cable networks, who are fighting an epic war against the web, which threatens to turn traditional TV viewing int! o the ne wspaper business of the 21st Century.

NBC, for instance, snubbed Google back in 2010 after flirting with the idea of offering inventory via the search giant.

Google TV Ads was the third major attempt to start an online electronic exchange for TV ads, all of which have been rendered extinct by cable and network TV’s refusal to allow any programming inventory to be sold on them. (The other three were SpotRunner, Malibu Media and Walmart.)

Microsoft also beat a retreat after failing to dent the TV business.

The cablers and the nets aren’t stupid: They operate like a cartel, restricting supply of inventory even as demand—and audiences—fall.

Shishir Mehrotra, Google’s vp/product for YouTube and video, gave this explanation:

“… video is increasingly going digital and users are now watching across numerous devices.  So we’ve made the hard decision to close our TV Ads product over the next few months and move the team to other areas at Google.  We’ll be doubling down on video solutions for our clients (like YouTube, AdWords for Video, and ad serving tools for web video publishers).  We also see opportunities to help users access web content on their TV screens, through products like Goo! gle TV.”

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Thursday, August 30th, 2012 news No Comments

App.Net posts terms of service, asks for feedback

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/08/24/app-net-posts-terms-of-service-asks-for-feedback/

AppNet posts terms of service, asks for feedback

Against all odds App.Net met its funding goal, which has allowed the fledgling social network to shift its focus to the next phase of its founding. That means putting together all those essential documents that will govern its operation, including a terms of service and privacy policy. Creator Dalton Caldwell has posted first drafts of several docs and asked his backers for feedback, offering them an attempt to shape the rules that will guide how the site is run. Those policy documents are also going to be subjected to a quarterly review, which should allow the service to remain nimble if some rules turn out to be controversial or cumbersome. For more info, check out the source link.

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App.Net posts terms of service, asks for feedback originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 24 Aug 2012 12:37:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Saturday, August 25th, 2012 news No Comments

Why Twitter Can Build A Killer Mobile Ad Business

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-of-the-day-mobile-ads-2012-7

This chart comes from Business Insider Intelligence, a new research and and analysis service focused on the mobile and Internet industries. Sign up for a free trial here.

On mobile phones, consumers are most likely to pay attention to sponsored stories or links over other forms of ads, according to a new study from Prosper Mobile Insights. They are most likely to ignore pop-up ads, even though pop-ups are the most obvious and intrusive form of advertising

The relative success of sponsored stories probably reflects their attempt to provide semi-personalized content to consumers. Elsewhere in the study, consumers cited relevance as the mobile ad factor most likely to draw their attention. This helps explain why Twitter is poised to build a formidable mobile business and why Facebook is making it easier for potential advertisers to buy mobile sponsored stories.

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Monday, July 9th, 2012 news No Comments

Netflix goes ‘beyond five stars’ in a more detailed explanation of recommendations

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/06/22/netflix-beyond-five-stars-recommendations-pt-2/

Netflix goes 'beyond five stars' in a more detailed explanation of recommendations

The Netflix Tech Blog produced part one of a deep dive into how its recommendations work back in April and now the team is back with the other half. If you’re among the many wondering why certain movies get pushed to the front of your recommendations and others don’t, the key is their attempt to predict, mostly based on data from other users, what you will both play and enjoy. The most interesting bit we found? There’s a lot more at play here than just popularity, as one graph shows ratings plus the team’s other optimizations improving rankings over the baseline by 200+ percent. Data parsing heads should definitely dig hearing about logistic regression, elastic nets and matrix factorization (job applications are accepted at the end if you make it that far), while those of us that fall asleep when the spreadsheets come out can probably focus on the broader strokes of Netflix’s testing methodology and approach.

Netflix goes ‘beyond five stars’ in a more detailed explanation of recommendations originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 22 Jun 2012 00:59:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Friday, June 22nd, 2012 news No Comments

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5880812/the-new-blackberry-ad-campaign-is-proof-rim-has-entirely-lost-it

The New BlackBerry Ad Campaign Is Proof RIM Has Entirely Lost ItSay hello to The Bold Team. Sadly, this animated foursome is RIM’s attempt to capture the youth market. They urge the younger generation to “Be Bold”. Something tells me it won’t work.

This pink and purple mess looks a bit like an advertising executive just vomited his late-night cocktail onto a page and presented it to RIM. “That’ll do,” he probably thought. “They’re shafted anyway.”

The Bold Team are “bravely stepping out of 2011 and into 2012 filled with unlimited possibilities”. If you care to know more about RIM’s answer to the Power Rangers, there are four of them. You want a quick run through their biographies? Sure, there’s:

GoGo Girl, The Achiever: “Saving the day with a brilliant strategy”
Justin Steele, The Advocate: “Always ready to stick up for his friends”
Trudy Foreal, The Authentic: “Not afraid to call it as she sees it”.
Max Stone, The Adventurer: “Able to jump out of a planeā€¦”

Presumably Max Stone is inspired by the RIM employees who got drunk on that plane.

A company which is shedding customers quicker than the Costa Concordia lost passengers, seeing its stock price fall week-on-week, and drafting in replacement CEOs, you’d expect to put some effort into advertising. Obviously not. RIM is completely out of touch. [Mobile Syrup via Pocket Lint]

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