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Adobe announces Creative Cloud updates to Muse and Photoshop, team subscriptions and more

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/12/11/adobe-creative-cloud-updates/

Adobe announces Creative Cloud updates to Muse and Photoshop, team subscriptions and more

If you jumped on the Creative Cloud bandwagon, you’re about to cash in one of the major perks of taking said leap. Keeping its promise to roll out new features to the aforementioned members first, Adobe has announced updates to Muse and Photoshop alongside Creative Cloud training materials and team subscriptions. Let’s hit the highlights, shall we? Muse can not only help you publish websites without writing a line of code, but the software now offers assistance with smartphone and tablet-friendly versions of desktop sites, too. As far as new features for Photoshop CS6 are concerned, conditional actions (if this, then that), expanded Smart Object support, improved 3D effects and default type styles all settle in on the tool bench.

Looking to opt in to Adobe’s software service for your entire studio? No worries, the company has also outed Creative Cloud subscriptions for teams — complete with centralized admin tools and expert support — for $69 per month. That’s not all. Less than a month ago, the wraps were taken off of Creative Cloud Connection for sharing all of those essential project files. Now, said functionality is being trotted out in proper fashion. From what we gather, this will be a Dropbox-esque affair complete with drag-and-drop functionality that extends across Touch apps, too. Clients can also view design files here, like those from InDesign, even if they don’t have the requisi! te softw are installed on their machines. If that wasn’t enough, training materials are on the way in the form of exclusive content for card-carrying members. Get all that? Good. For the full rundown on all of the new features, consult the full PR that follows.

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Tuesday, December 11th, 2012 news No Comments

Here’s The Entire Content Marketing World In One Bafflingly Complex Chart

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/luma-content-marketing-chart-2012-9

LUMA Partners CEO Terry Kawaja — whose startup investment group makes those crazy-complicated charts describing the digital ad marketplace — has created a monster.

Recently, Studio One, a branded content marketing company, tried its hand creating one for its industry of publishers, ad agencies, aggregators and syndicators. “We liked the result so much we asked Terry Kawaja himself to improve it and endorse it, and he did!,” an S1 spokesperson tells us.

It’s not an official “LUMAscape,” but it’s endorsed by LUMA. The chart was put together by S1 Marketing Director Arielle Der Hagopian and CEO Andrew Susman, among others.

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Friday, September 14th, 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

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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

Microsoft releases SmartGlass SDK to developers

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/06/21/microsoft-releases-smartglass-sdk-to-developers/

Microsoft releases SmartGlass SDK to developers

Pumped to use Microsoft’s upcoming Surface and Windows Phone 8 devices to help you bolster your gamerscore? Sit tight — SmartGlass development starts now. Microsoft is now making the Xbox SmartGlass Software Development Kit available to partners with agreements to develop content for the Xbox 360. Approved developers can download the SDK from the Microsoft Game Developer Network, replete with a SmartGlass JavaScript library, the Xbox SmartGlass Studio and a sample application. Redmond hopes the SDK will give developers a head start on building applications for the technology before it launches later this year. Of course, if you can’t wait to see what developers are cooking up, you can always just check out our hands-on again.

Microsoft releases SmartGlass SDK to developers originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 21 Jun 2012 19:17:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Friday, June 22nd, 2012 news No Comments

These Are The Creepiest Groupon Deals Ever

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/worst-groupon-deals-ever-2012-6

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Earlier this week, Groupon made the decision to ban “adult merchants” from its quick-deals site. This was after “morality” groups went crazy over the site’s special deals for tours of the Playboy Mansion and of a studio that specializes in torture porn.

But that’s just the tip of the weird-finds-on-Groupon iceberg. 

From quick deals on circumcisions (yes, really) to paying $100 to have a Groupon employee tuck you into bed, here are the most winning losers of Groupon.

It appears as if the most bizarre merchant on Groupon is Groupon itself. For a mere $1,000, Groupon will name your baby.

Granted it was a Father’s Day PR stunt.

Earlier this week, Groupon Chicago put up a deal in which you can pay $100 to have a Groupon employee tuck you into bed. And people bought it!

We understand the price tag for a fancy 13-night cruise, but why on earth add a signed DVD from a Leonardo DiCaprio IMPERSONATOR?

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Monday, June 11th, 2012 news No Comments

This Design Studio Is Partnering With IKEA To Sell Prefab Homes For $86,500

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/ikea-2012-3


Oregon housing design firm Ideabox is partnering with IKEA to sell prefabricated homes. The one-bedroom houses are 745 sq ft and sell for $86,500.

According to a spokesperson for Ideabox, who clarified some false information spreading around the Internet about the houses:

“These homes are prefabs built by Ideabox. The Aktiv was a collaboration with IKEA Portland to provide our clients with a modern, fun interior with all of the creative space solutions IKEA offers. We ship to all western U.S. states, and the homes come complete, not flat-pack.”  

IKEA has been selling prefab homes in Europe, called the Boklok, for years now, and has plans to build a 26-acre suburb near London’s Olympic Park. Its decision to partner with a U.S. firm to sell prefab homes may indicate that it’s testing the market for bigger plans in the country.

Check out some photos of the prefab home: 

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Sunday, March 4th, 2012 news No Comments

Disney considering 28-day rental window, because ‘On Stranger Tides’ was that good

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/02/08/disney-28-day-window/

That sound you can hear is the studios dashing around as they look for a new scapegoat. Disney’s got Redbox and Netflix in its sights as it declares plans to impose a 28-day window before it’ll make its titles available for rental. Despite conceding that the studio hadn’t seen any impact on overall DVD sales, CEO Bob Iger pointed to a 16 percent drop in quarterly revenue compared to 2010 as the motivation. It’s also collecting splinters in its backside as it watches to see how well digital locker service UltraViolet fares with consumers before committing to join the program. Of course, given the legitimacy of First Sale Doctrine, it’s possible Redbox will do as its done with Warner titles and just buy ’em at retail — as long as it can cover its costs as it does so.

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Thursday, February 9th, 2012 news No Comments

Disney considering 28-day rental window, because ‘On Stranger Tides’ was that good

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/02/08/disney-28-day-window/

That sound you can hear is the studios dashing around as they look for a new scapegoat. Disney’s got Redbox and Netflix in its sights as it declares plans to impose a 28-day window before it’ll make its titles available for rental. Despite conceding that the studio hadn’t seen any impact on overall DVD sales, CEO Bob Iger pointed to a 16 percent drop in quarterly revenue compared to 2010 as the motivation. It’s also collecting splinters in its backside as it watches to see how well digital locker service UltraViolet fares with consumers before committing to join the program. Of course, given the legitimacy of First Sale Doctrine, it’s possible Redbox will do as its done with Warner titles and just buy ’em at retail — as long as it can cover its costs as it does so.

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Thursday, February 9th, 2012 news No Comments

How a Small Studio Pulled Off a Major 3-D Film Using Energy-Saving Technology

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5583881/how-a-small-studio-pulled-off-a-major-3+d-film-using-energy+saving-technology

Despicable MeTraditionally, only the mammoth Hollywood studios could afford to work with 3D—it’s too expensive to build the necessary, air-conditioned 24 hours a day, server farms. The company behind Despicable Me decided to try something new, and cut the AC.

Illumination Entertainment, the company behind Despicable Me, decided to try something new. Instead of using air-conditioned server farms to render images, the company asked IBM to built a customized server farm using the iDataPlex system, a processing system that cuts down on energy use by 40% compared to traditional server farms.

The iDataPlex has two key advantages: a flexible configuration that doubles the amount of systems that can run in a single IBM rack and the ability to run an ambient temperature room (no costly air-conditioning required). The system has been on the market for over a year, but Illumination is the first studio to use it for animated film.

This doesn’t mean that any scrappy studio with a dream can now produce a high-end 3-D animated film. Illumination used a 330-person team of artists, producers, and support staff to produce 142 terabytes of data. And the rendering farm, which processed up to 500,000 frames per week, was built in conjunction with Mac Guff Ligne, a French digital production studio.

But the iDataPlex gives Illumination a leg up in the graphics rendering process. Illumination Entertainment’s server farm, for example, is the size of four parking spots. That’s half the amount of space the company initially allotted to the farm. “Oftentimes a small studio like Illumination really wants to put their energy behind creating as compelling of content as possible,” explains Steve Canepa, Vice President, Media & Entertainment Industry at IBM. “By minimizing the technological issues associated with building and managing the [rendering] environment, we allow studios to reduce the amount of time, energy, and resources necessary to create an underlying technological platform.”

It’s a compelling idea for studios—even major ones—that want to cut costs and look environmentally conscious at the same time. IBM is already working with a number of other studios to implement similar solutions. Canepa concedes that studios could build similar systems by purchasing off-the-shelf racks and processors, but the iDataPlex’s unique configuration of servers packs a lot of processing power into a small space—and that’s not easy to replicate. Don’t expect these rigs to be appearing in suburban garages anytime soon.

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