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Pearson buys a small stake in Nook Media, wants a fast track for digital education

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/12/28/pearson-buys-a-small-stake-in-nook-media/

Pearson buys a small stake in Nook Media, wants a fast track for educational ebooks

Publishers often want to work closely with e-book outlets — possibly a little too closely — but it’s rare that they involve themselves directly. Pearson is taking that uncommon step by making a 5 percent, $89.5 million investment in Nook Media, the joint venture between Barnes & Noble and Microsoft. Some of the reasoning won’t be made public until Barnes & Noble provides holiday sales results on January 3rd, but Pearson is clear that it’s furthering its online education plans: it wants Nook Media’s distribution skills to make a “seamless and effective experience for students.” Just when we’ll see this harmony is still up in the air, though. Nook Media has yet to outline what Microsoft’s partnership means for e-books and e-readers, let alone how Pearson factors in. We’re not expecting a sea change until companies start speaking up.

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Nielsen teams up with Twitter to create social TV ratings

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/12/17/nielsen-twitter-tv-rating/

Nielsen teams up with Twitter to create social TV ratings

Nielsen’s long been the gold standard for TV ratings, and as our watching habits change, the firm’s reforming its ways to keep track of what we’re watching. Earlier this year it combined its online and broadcast metrics to give advertisers a more comprehensive look at a show’s reach, and now its going to track how much buzz shows are getting on Twitter. Called the Nielsen Twitter TV Rating, it aims to provide a look at real-time social activity during programming, so networks can provide tailored interactive experiences and better engage with their viewers. What kind of interactive experiences, you ask? We aren’t sure just yet, but you can get the full PR spiel touting the nebulous benefits of the forthcoming Twitter tracking after the break.

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Netflix signs licensing agreement with Disney, will be exclusive US subscription service for first-run films beginning in 2016

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/12/04/netflix-strikes-licensing-agreement-with-disney-will-be-exclusi/

Netflix just announced a couple of new deals with Warner last week, and it’s now landed a big one with The Walt Disney Company. While it’s still a few years out, the company has announced today that it will be the exclusive US subscription television service for first-run live-action and animated films from Disney beginning in 2016 — meaning that theatrically-released movies will be available on Netflix during what’s known as the pay TV window (ordinarily afford to HBO and the like). That deal also includes first-run rights to direct-to-video releases, which will begin appearing on Netflix in 2013. What’s more, the two companies have also announced a separate multi-year agreement that will see popular Disney catalog titles like Dumbo and Alice in Wonderland be made available on Netflix beginning today. You can find the full announcement after the break.

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Tuesday, December 4th, 2012 news No Comments

Google launches VetNet, uses Google+ to link veterans with civilian jobs (video)

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/11/29/google-launches-vetnet-uses-google-to-link-veterans-with-jobs/

Google launches VetNet, uses Google to link veterans with civilian jobs video

As eager as Google has been to help veterans find work in the civilian world, most of its work has been parallel to what’s already going on. It’s hoping to use its social networking skills from Google+ as the linchpin for a larger effort. Enter VetNet: the portal aggregates job-finding resources from Hire Heroes USA, Hiring Our Heroes and the Institute for Veterans and Military Families, using Google+ pages for program tracks that cover job hunting basics, career networking and entrepreneurial courses. Former soldiers will logically need to sign in, but they’ll get access to video discussions through Hangouts, a Google Calendar for events and, naturally, a place to connect with fellow vets. The VetNet hub is already live; if transitioning to work outside the armed forces feels like too much of a solitary pursuit so far, the service could be a prime opportunity.

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Amazon and Google are undermining mobile pricing, and that may hurt everyone

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/11/03/editorial-amazon-and-google-are-undermining-mobile-pricing/

Google Nexus 10 and Nexus 7

When Google unveiled the Nexus 4, Nexus 10 and a refreshed Nexus 7 in October, the moment was arguably the crescendo of a change in the Android ecosystem that had been building ever since Amazon’s Kindle Fire first braved the marketplace in 2011. Along with a widely expanded Amazon lineup that includes multiple Kindle Fire HD models and a price-cut tweak to the original Fire, two of the largest players in the mobile world now have top-to-bottom device businesses built around selling at break-even prices and recouping their money through content. That might sound good on the surface, but it’s a bad omen for competitors that genuinely can’t respond in kind — and it could erode some of the values of diversity and innovation that we’re supposed to hold dear as technology fans.

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Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/10/31/att-and-t-mobile-temporarily-share-their-networks-in-nyc-nj/

AT&T and TMobile temporarily share networks in New York City and New Jersey, shoulder the posthurricane load

Communication has been all too spotty across much of New York City and New Jersey since Hurricane Sandy struck the region, and those who can get through on their cellphones have found themselves on particularly crowded networks. AT&T and T-Mobile are providing some much-needed, if temporary, relief: the two have struck a deal to share their GSM and 3G networks in the area with no roaming fees or plan changes while the networks come back, with the best-functioning network taking precedence in any given connection. A return to the normal state of affairs hasn’t been fixed in stone and will likely depend on many, many factors, but it’s a much appreciated gesture for residents who might not have a choice to relocate for a vital phone call.

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Google goes back to basics, announces GSA 7.0 for all of your enterprise searching needs

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/10/09/google-announces-gsa-7-official/

Google goes back to basics, announces GSA 70 for all of your enterprise searching needs

Long before retail outlets were flooded with Android-powered electronics, Google embarked on its maiden voyage into the world of hardware. Venturing out into uncharted waters, the then only web search company released a glaring yellow box known as the Google Search Appliance. Sticking to its search engine roots, Google’s first piece of enterprise hardware was designed to help its customers perform fast and effective searches of internal networks. While the GSA may not be the search juggernaut’s most noteworthy piece of equipment, it doesn’t mean that the company has abandoned its original vision for the platform.

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Kodak dropping out of the consumer inkjet printer business in 2013

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/09/28/kodak-dropping-inkjet-printer-business-in-2013/

Kodak dropping out of the consumer inkjet printer business in 2013

More gloomy news from Kodak: the company just announced that it will stop selling consumer inkjet printers in 2013 and instead focus its efforts on commercial printing products. This decision hardly comes as a surprise: Kodak filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy earlier this year and attempted to auction off a stockpile of patents valued at up to $2.6 billion. The company stated on Friday that it expects to take a $90 million hit due to its floundering inkjet business. Kodak’s garage sale attracted interest from unlikely alliances in the form of Apple and Microsoft versus Google and Samsung, but reportedly only reeled in disappointing offers under the $500 million mark. Hoping to rebound next year as a “lean,” mean, successful machine, we’ll just have to wait and see what develops for this fallen photography frontrunner.

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Fujifilm sees which way wind is blowing, ends production of cinema film

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/09/13/fujifilm-ends-cinema-production/

Fujifilm sees which way the wind is blowing, ends cinema film production

Since your average talkie is now recorded onto SD card and SSDs, companies that produce old-timey film are feeling the squeeze. As such, and despite its own efforts, Fujifilm is shuttering a large part of its cinema business by March 2013. While it’ll continue to produce stills film (for the time being, at least) and archival material similar to Kodak’s Asset Protection film, moves are under way to redirect its focus toward digital tools that won’t be left behind as people start to make movies on their smartphones.

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Android And iOS Continue To Consolidate Hold On The U.S. Smartphone Market

Source: https://intelligence.businessinsider.com/welcome

Android and iOS now account for more than 85 percent of the U.S. smartphone market, up from 69 percent a year prior. That is slightly above their combined global market share, which stood at 83 percent at the end of June.

According to ComScore’s latest smartphone market share numbers, Android notched a 0.6 percent increase from the previous month with a slew of big releases, including the Samsung Galaxy S III. Apple’s iOS—the iPhone’s operating system—did it one better, gaining 1 percent, even though its global market share has stumbled as consumers wait for the release of the new iPhone. RIM, meanwhile, fell below a 10 percent share of the U.S. market for the first time.

As of now, there is no third platform on the horizon to break their hold on the market. Windows Phone is basically dead in the water until the next generation of the platform is released, because many current models can’t be upgraded to the new Windows Phone 8 operating system. The other much-talked-about contender, the Amazon phone, is only an idea at this point.

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