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YouTube launches Capture iOS app for smartphone shooting straight to the web (video)

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/12/17/youtube-capture-ios-app/

YouTube launches Capture iOS app for smartphone shooting straight to the web video

You might want to file this under the “why didn’t we have this in 2010” category, but Google just announced a new app that’ll let you fire off that smartphone camcorder and boot your videos straight to the YouTubes Curiously, the appropriately named YouTube Capture app is only available for iPhone and iPod touch at the moment — an Android version is set to launch “in the future” — and it should be hitting the App Store sometime today. You can shoot video directly from within the new tool, then add a caption, select to send links to Google+, Facebook or Twitter, and hit Share to upload it directly to YouTube. You can also select from private, unlisted or public sharing options, depending on your intended audience. That’s about it — a very straightforward addition to Google’s app portfolio. You can see it in action just past the break.

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Monday, December 17th, 2012 news No Comments

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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WAIT! Obama Has Re-Taken The Lead In An Average Of National Polls

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/obama-re-takes-the-lead-in-the-real-clear-politics-2012-10

Barack Obama

RealClearPolitics and FiveThirtyEight, the two most credible and widely cited polling aggregators online, both have Obama back in the lead in their RCP Average and FiveThirtyEight Forecast, respectively. 

With FiveThirtyEight, Obama never lost the lead, he just severely diminished it. 

But now, RealClearPolitics has Obama back in the lead at 47.1% to Romney’s 47% in their aggregate polling.

It’s slim, but here’s how it breaks down.

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 Granted, it is a mere 0.1 percent lead, and the margin of error alone eclipses it many times over, but still, Obama seems to be out of the weeds after the lackluster first debate performance according to RCP’s measurements. 

One major point of contention at the moment is Gallup’s observation that Romney has a six point lead among likely voters, down from seven points yesterday. The reservations were raised because no other firm with a daily tracking poll found anything close to that number.

Nate Silver, FiveThirtyEight’s proprietor and mastermind, had an excellent post Thursday on the Gallup numbers and why, in light of the huge disparity between the Gallup’s tracking poll and rivals’ tracking polls, the number is most likely inaccurate. 

If Silver is correct — he has a habit of being correct — ! and Gall up is far off the mark compared to the firm’s competitors, then the RCP average will likely rise as the polling data self-corrects. 

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Friday, October 19th, 2012 news No Comments

Giftly, A Startup That Wanted To Make All Gift Cards Digital, Had A Pivotal Moment Yesterday

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/giftly-2012-9

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Giftly launched last September with nearly $3 million in funding and a dream of making all gift cards mobile.

But after the holiday season struck, founder Tim Bentley and his team of ten started to rethink the product.

Giftly was a location-based gift card service. The sender could pick a venue and gift a friend a small sum to spend there. It used geo-location to unlock the giftcard when the recipient neared the venue.

But Bently found people preferred gifting items over locations. He and his team shifted the company’s vision, so much so that the site now reads, “A Giftly is not a giftcard…it’s better!”

They spent six months creating an iPhone app which went live yesterday. Now Giftly lets users send items or experiences to friends from their mobile devices.

Here’s how it works: A user selects a Facebook friend to send a gifted amount to, up to $250. They then select a suggested venue, but the Giftly can be unlocked and used anywhere by the friend. They also suggest an item for the friend to buy (see screenshot below).

When the friend uses the Giftly, they’re asked to send a quick message of thanks and a photo of the purchase to the user.

At its core, Giftly is a way to send small sums of money to friends, wrapped up in a thoughtful way. If you actually want to send your friend something like flowers or a cupcake, you’re still better off calling an actual store and getting the items delivered. But Bently thinks there’s a use case for people who want an easy way to be thoughtful from time to time.

“When we surveyed our users before, we asked them ! how ofte n they’d buy gift cards for people. They’d usually say twice per year, on birthdays and holidays,” says Bently says of pivot. “We realized we were building a product around giftcards and locations, and we were being too conservative. Really, people give little gifts to each other all the time.”

Here’s what the new app looks like:

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Friday, September 7th, 2012 news No Comments

Amazon Has Gone To War With Zynga With Its Launch Of A Social Game, Living Classics (AMZN, ZNGA)

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/amazon-game-studios-social-game-living-classics-2012-8

Amazon Living Classics

Amazon.com has just launched its first social game, Living Classics, and unveiled a new division, Amazon Game Studios, which will launch similar titles.

This means it has effectively declared war on Zynga during a vulnerable moment for the San Francisco-based game maker, which has seen its stock get hammered amid concerns over the growth of its Facebook-based social games.

Business Insider exclusively reported last month that Amazon was hiring game developers on Zynga’s home turf and was trying to hire a high-level executive to run a San Francisco-based game studio. (It already has an office in San Francisco where game developers work.)

With the official reveal of Amazon Game Studios, the battle is on.

We don’t think Amazon has a particular beef with Zynga. Instead, we think that Amazon wants to make sure it has an ample supply of games for its Kindle tablets. And just as it’s gotten into book publishing to ensure a supply of affordable e-books for the Kindle, Amazon likely felt it needed to become a first-party publisher of games.

Here’s a look at Living Classics, which puts players in well-known imaginary worlds like that of The Wizard of Oz and Alice in Wonderland.

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Monday, August 6th, 2012 news No Comments

Facebook Offers starts rolling out, spamming your news feed with coupons (video)

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/04/13/facebook-offers-starts-rolling-out-spamming-your-news-feed-with/

Facebook Offers starts rolling out, spamming your news feed with coupons

When Facebook first announced Offers you we’re probably wondering if there was even room for yet another coupon service. Between Google, Groupon, Yelp, Living Social and countless others we’re not entirely sure there’s a niche left untapped for Facebook, but that isn’t going to stop Zuck and crew from trying. The service is officially rolling out as we speak, and offering its wares to any business with a Facebook page, regardless of size. The hope is that it’ll catch on with smaller businesses in particular, which will now have an easy way to place deals directly into user’s news feeds. Of course, after the failure of Facebook Deals, you’d be forgiven for assuming this experiment is doomed from moment one. Check out the video after the break and the source link for more details.

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Friday, April 13th, 2012 news No Comments

Google gets go ahead to provide video services to all Kansas City residents

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/03/19/google-video-service-approved-in-kansas-and-missouri/

In what may be a watershed moment for in-home entertainment, both Kansas and Missouri have given Google permission to provide video services to Kansas City residents as a part of its Google Fiber project. Missouri’s Public Service Commission gave Big G the thumbs up on March 1st, and Kansas’ Corporation Commission followed suit last Friday, meaning Google now has the green light to provide video services to residents on either side of the state line. Of course, the folks in Mountain View haven’t committed to taking down the cable companies just yet, but these approvals put the necessary franchise licensing in place for them to do so if they choose. Comcast, Cox, Time Warner… your newest competitor has arrived.

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Google gets go ahead to provide video services to all Kansas City residents originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 19 Mar 2012 14:13:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Monday, March 19th, 2012 news No Comments

An Apple Chart That’s Been Going DOWN For 10 Years

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/apple-pe-ratio-vs-the-sp-500-pe-ratio-2012-3


From Reuters Scotty Barber, one of the only possible Apple charts you can make that doesn’t go up.

It’s a look at the company’s PE ratio vs. that of the S&P 500.

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Note that this is the “forward PE”, so at the moment it’s based on estimated earnings, but the gist would be the same even if you used trailing PE.

Of course, this chart makes Apple investors pull their hair out, since the ‘E’ has been growing so fast, they don’t understand why it’s converged with the general market like this. In theory, fast growing earnings should cause higher multiples.

On the other hand, as fast as it’s growing, we don’t think there are too many companies out there that have reversed such a big secular trend of PE compression.

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Friday, March 16th, 2012 news No Comments

37 million iPhones, 15.43 million iPads, 5.2 million Macs, 15.4 million iPods

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/01/24/apple-q1-2012-iphone-ipad-ipod-mac-hardware-sales/

We touched on the numbers in our report on Apple’s Q1 earnings, but the company’s throwing out a lot of “record” figures so we thought we’d take a moment to focus on just how its hardware sales stack up. The standout number is, of course, the 37.04 million iPhones sold during the quarter, which is up 128 percent from the same quarter a year ago (and up from 17 million in the previous quarter, a jump of 117 percent). That notably puts Apple back ahead of Samsung, which sold a total of 35 million smartphones in its most recent quarter. And as if that wasn’t enough, Apple’s Tim Cook also said on the company’s earnings call that it could have sold even more if it had more supply.

iPad sales also set a new record with 15.43 million units sold during the quarter, which is a 111 percent jump from the 7.3 million sold a year ago, and a 39 percent increase from the 11.1 million moved in Q4 2011. Once again, however, iPods are the one category that continues to decline in the face of the growth of smartphones. Apple sold a total of 15.4 million iPods — over half of which were iPod touches — which represents a 21 percent decline from the 19.4 million sold a year ago. The holiday shopping season did boost sales considerably from the 6.6 million sold in the previous quarter, though.

Mac sales were also on the upswing, totaling 5.2 million units — a 26 percent increase year-over-year. Breaking things down further, that translates to 1.48 million desktops (including iMac, Mac Mini and Mac Pro), and 3.7 million laptops (including the basic MacBook, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro). As for the company’s “h! obby,” t he Apple TV, it rang up 1.4 million in sales for the quarter, and 2.8 million for the 2011 fiscal year. Fans of charts can get their fix after the break.

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