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Gerry Anderson, Co-Creator of Thunderbirds, Dies

December 26th, 2012 12:29 admin View Comments

Sci-Fi

jamstar7 writes “According to the BBC, ‘Gerry Anderson, the creator of hit TV shows including Thunderbirds, Stingray and Joe 90, has died at the age of 83. He also created Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons and his puppet superheroes fired the imaginations of millions of young viewers in the 1960s and ’70s. Thunderbirds, a science-fiction fantasy about a daring rescue squad, ran from 1965 and was his most famous show.’ In my opinion, his greatest creation was Space: 1999, an ITV production with practically no budget, which had great shows in the first season. Unfortunately, like so many other Gerry & Sylvia Anderson projects, it ran out of gas in the second season. They did some great stuff.” Anderson’s son Jamie also has a post in remembrance of his father.

Source: Gerry Anderson, Co-Creator of Thunderbirds, Dies

Researcher Finds Nearly Two Dozen SCADA Bugs In a Few Hours

November 26th, 2012 11:10 admin View Comments

Bug

Trailrunner7 writes “It is open season on SCADA software right now. Last week, researchers at ReVuln, an Italian security firm, released a video showing off a number of zero-day vulnerabilities in SCADA applications from manufacturers such as Siemens, GE and Schneider Electric. And now a researcher at Exodus Intelligence says he has discovered more than 20 flaws in SCADA packages from some of the same vendors and other manufacturers, all after just a few hours’ work.”

Source: Researcher Finds Nearly Two Dozen SCADA Bugs In a Few Hours

Atlantic Hurricane Season 30 Percent Stronger Than Normal

November 2nd, 2012 11:15 admin View Comments

Earth

MatthewVD writes “The National Hurricane Center reported today that the combined energy and duration of all the storms in the Atlantic basin hurricane season was 30 percent above the average from 1981 to 2010. At Weather Underground, Dr. Jeff Masters blogs that record low levels of arctic ice could have caused a ‘blocking ridge’ over Greenland that pushed Hurricane Sandy west. Meanwhile, Bloomberg BusinessWeek says, ‘it’s global warming, stupid.’”

Source: Atlantic Hurricane Season 30 Percent Stronger Than Normal

West Nile Season Off to the Worst Start Ever in the U.S.

August 24th, 2012 08:16 admin View Comments

Game of Thrones: Bush’s Head Gets a Makeover

June 27th, 2012 06:30 admin View Comments

Entertainment

mahiskali writes “After apologizing for using a likeness of former President George W. Bush’s head in the season finale of the first season of ‘Game of Thrones,’ HBO has digitally altered the offending scene. After releasing an formal apology, HBO proceeded to yank the episode off all digital platforms, as well as halt distribution of the Season 1 box sets. The episode is now back with an altered head; more hair, less chin. Show creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss later clarified, ‘We use a lot of prosthetic body parts on the show: heads, arms, etc. We can’t afford to have these all made from scratch, especially in scenes where we need a lot of them, so we rent them in bulk. After the scene was already shot, someone pointed out that one of the heads looked like George W. Bush.’”

Source: Game of Thrones: Bush’s Head Gets a Makeover

Game of Thrones The Most Pirated TV Show of the Season

June 8th, 2012 06:50 admin View Comments

Piracy

TheGift73 sends this excerpt from TorrentFreak: “With nearly 4 million downloads per episode, the HBO hit series Game of Thrones is the most pirated TV-show of the season. Worldwide hype combined with restricted availability are the key ingredients for the staggering number of unauthorized downloads. How I Met Your Mother and The Big Bang Theory complete the top three, albeit with significantly fewer downloads than the chart topper. … While there are many reasons for people to download TV-shows through BitTorrent, airing delays and HBO’s choice not to make it widely available online are two of the top reasons.”

Source: Game of Thrones The Most Pirated TV Show of the Season

Facebook Ad Revenues Hit $3.8 Billion In 2011

January 24th, 2012 01:35 admin View Comments

Facebook Logo_150x150.jpgBoston-based Nanigans, a firm specializing in the Facebook ads marketplace, recently released new data confirming a jump in the Facebook ads marketplace this past holiday season over the 2010 holiday season. Facebook ads charged a higher cost-per-click (CPC), otherwise known as pay-per-click (PPC), which means that an advertiser pays each time a user clicks on the listing. This is especially interesting considering Facebook’s latest incentive, which offers discounts for Facebook ads that keep users inside the network.

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A Facebook IPO is in the works, and sources told AllThingsD that it will hit during the third week in May. For now, it is still a private company.

Research firm eMarketer Inc. shows ad revenues grew from $738 million in 2009 to an estimated $3.8 billion in 2011. Facebook Credits are becoming an increasingly important revenue source, bringing in an estimated total of $4.27 billion in 2011 alone. Analysis credit Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg with the company’s advertising strategy success.

Source: Facebook Ad Revenues Hit $3.8 Billion In 2011

Reverse Robocall Turns Tables On Politicians

December 6th, 2011 12:22 admin View Comments

Communications

jfruhlinger writes “One of the great banes of election season is that any politician can shell out a few pennies per voter and phone-spam thousands of people who’d rather not hear a recorded pitch. But turnabout’s fair play, and now a service called reverse robocall will deliver your recorded message to elected officials as often as you’d like for a nominal fee. If there’s a representative you’d like to call repeatedly, check them out.”

Source: Reverse Robocall Turns Tables On Politicians

Google Catalogs: Window Shopping With Your iPad and Android Tablet

November 28th, 2011 11:15 admin View Comments

google_catalogs_150.jpgThe catalog industry is a thriving business that all the big names in retail spend large sums of money on. Partly because my mother was once a lead copywriter for a prominent catalog, the holiday season has always dominated by large stacks of retailers’ reading material. With the digital era, those stacks of catalogs have disappeared but Google is making a concerted effort to aggregate all the prominent catalogs in one place for Android tablets and the iPad.

Google has released this year’s version of Google Catalogs as an app for both iOS and Android. As we have seen over the Thanksgiving weekend, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, mobile commerce is exploding. Through partnerships with Google and others, large retailers are making sure they are not left in the dust.

Google Catalogs has more than 125 brands from L.L. Bean (pictured below), Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, Nike and more. It has over 400 catalogs in the collections across several categories including jewelry, gifts, toys, kids, gadgets and outdoor adventure.

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There are interactive tags for pricing and ordering details and the ability to see more photos and information on various products. Google Catalogs will easily direct you to the nearest store to purchase items or redirect you to the company’s Web page for purchasing. Users can also create collages out of the catalogs (really, the best use for paper catalogs in the long run) with a screenshot tool that can be cut-and-pasted to a noteboard.

Really want that (jacket, hat, gadget, kitchen set, scented candle, socks etc.) on your holiday list? The catalog will allow users to send the clipping via email or favorite items within the app.

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Google Catalogs represents and inflection point for mobile shoppers and confluence of the technology industry and Madison Avenue retailers. One potential problem for retailers is that they do not get the data they would otherwise accumulate on buyers by having their home addresses on hand for future catalogs and demographic breakdown. If users do make a purchase by being redirected through Google Catalogs, retailers will eventually get that information but users can hide behind their Google Account (or not sign in at all) for browsing purposes.

Are you going to be doing mobile shopping this holiday season? Does one app that acts as a library of catalogs entice you to purchase from your tablet? Let us know how you plan to attack the holiday shopping season in the comments.

Source: Google Catalogs: Window Shopping With Your iPad and Android Tablet

Google Catalogs: Window Shopping With Your iPad and Android Tablet

November 28th, 2011 11:15 admin View Comments

google_catalogs_150.jpgThe catalog industry is a thriving business that all the big names in retail spend large sums of money on. Partly because my mother was once a lead copywriter for a prominent catalog, the holiday season has always dominated by large stacks of retailers’ reading material. With the digital era, those stacks of catalogs have disappeared but Google is making a concerted effort to aggregate all the prominent catalogs in one place for Android tablets and the iPad.

Google has released this year’s version of Google Catalogs as an app for both iOS and Android. As we have seen over the Thanksgiving weekend, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, mobile commerce is exploding. Through partnerships with Google and others, large retailers are making sure they are not left in the dust.

Google Catalogs has more than 125 brands from L.L. Bean (pictured below), Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, Nike and more. It has over 400 catalogs in the collections across several categories including jewelry, gifts, toys, kids, gadgets and outdoor adventure.

google_catalogs_1.jpg

There are interactive tags for pricing and ordering details and the ability to see more photos and information on various products. Google Catalogs will easily direct you to the nearest store to purchase items or redirect you to the company’s Web page for purchasing. Users can also create collages out of the catalogs (really, the best use for paper catalogs in the long run) with a screenshot tool that can be cut-and-pasted to a noteboard.

Really want that (jacket, hat, gadget, kitchen set, scented candle, socks etc.) on your holiday list? The catalog will allow users to send the clipping via email or favorite items within the app.

google_catalogs_2.jpg

Google Catalogs represents and inflection point for mobile shoppers and confluence of the technology industry and Madison Avenue retailers. One potential problem for retailers is that they do not get the data they would otherwise accumulate on buyers by having their home addresses on hand for future catalogs and demographic breakdown. If users do make a purchase by being redirected through Google Catalogs, retailers will eventually get that information but users can hide behind their Google Account (or not sign in at all) for browsing purposes.

Are you going to be doing mobile shopping this holiday season? Does one app that acts as a library of catalogs entice you to purchase from your tablet? Let us know how you plan to attack the holiday shopping season in the comments.

Source: Google Catalogs: Window Shopping With Your iPad and Android Tablet

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