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» Rovio To Launch Angry Birds Free with Magic, Requires NFC To Unlock Levels » TNW Apps

» Rovio To Launch Angry Birds Free with Magic, Requires NFC To Unlock Levels  » TNW Apps | Connected Creativity | Scoop.it
Finnish app developers Rovio is to introduce a new title to its Angry Birds franchise, launching Angry Birds Magic, a new game that will launch on Nokia smartphones which run the latest Symbian Anna update, requiring users to interact with NFC tags to unlock levels.

The company will unveil the game at this week’s WIMA NFC Conference, initially for attendees, launching the game with twenty levels of pig destruction madness. Angry Birds Magic will encourage users to seek out strangers with NFC-enabled phones, because only five of the are playable as normal.
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Tesco takes majority stake in Blinkbox

Tesco takes majority stake in Blinkbox | Connected Creativity | Scoop.it
Tesco acquires 80% of video on-demand site Blinkbox as part of its drive into digital entertainment.
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Worldwide 4Q10 Set Top Box Market Revenues Approach $6 Billion

Worldwide 4Q10 Set Top Box Market Revenues Approach $6 Billion | Connected Creativity | Scoop.it
Despite unit shipments remaining relatively flat over the last year, worldwide set top box revenues were actually up in 4Q10 over 4Q09. Total revenues for the quarter were $5.7 billion as compared to $5.2 billion in 4Q09, according to In-Stat.
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Online TV Revenues Up as Living Rooms Shift to Digital - eMarketer

Online TV Revenues Up as Living Rooms Shift to Digital - eMarketer | Connected Creativity | Scoop.it
Online ad growth fuels revenue increases for television over the web.
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Gestural Interfaces - Technology Review

Gestural Interfaces - Technology Review | Connected Creativity | Scoop.it
ow do you issue complex commands to a computer without touching it? It’s a crucial issue now that televisions are connected to social networks and cars are fitted with computerized systems for communication, navigation, and entertainment. So Alexander Shpunt has designed a 3-D vision system that lets anyone control a computer just by gesturing in the air.

Shpunt spent five years developing the system at Tel Aviv–based PrimeSense, and Microsoft adopted the technology to power its popular Kinect controller for the Xbox 360 game console. Players can use it to direct characters with their bodies alone—no need for the wands, rings, gloves, or colored tags that previous gestural interfaces relied on to detect the user’s movements.
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The Death of Open Data?

The Death of Open Data? | Connected Creativity | Scoop.it
The battle over budget cuts may gut the U.S. government's effort to make information more widely available.
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Spotify Imposes Limits on Free Music Streaming Service | Digital Media Wire

Spotify Imposes Limits on Free Music Streaming Service | Digital Media Wire | Connected Creativity | Scoop.it
Spotify, the European streaming music service plotting a U.S. launch, on Thursday announced new limits on its ad-supported, free music streaming offering. Users of the free service, who number around 10 million in the countries in Europe where Spotify is currently available, will now be limited to 10 hours per month, while each track will be available for free for up to five total plays.

"The changes we're having to make will mainly affect heavier Spotify Free and Open users, as most of you use Spotify to discover music -- on average over 50 new tracks per month, even after a year. Plus, the average user won't reach the limit on plays for 7 out of 10 tracks, after a year of using Spotify," the company wrote in a blog post.

Spotify suggested that users who reach its new limits join the 1 million users currently subscribed to its Unlimited or Premium offerings, which cost about $8 per month for PC-based access and $15 for mobile access.

"Above all, this means we can continue making Spotify available to all in the long-term," the company concluded.

"Spotify has captured a youth demographic that's been very hard for the music industry to monetize, but their perception of the value of music completely changes as they get invested in the experience," Spotify chief content officer Ken Parks told The New York Times.

"So the 'free' experience in fact pays big dividends. That's why it is so vital we continue to make the free service available."

Spotify's plans to launch in the U.S. have been stymied by thorny licensing negotiations with record labels.

So far, it has signed Sony and EMI but not Warner Music or Universal Music to deals for U.S. distribution.
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Reuters: Amazon, Labels Meet to Discuss Cloud Music Service | Digital Media Wire

Amazon.com (NASD: AMZN) is meeting with the major record labels this week to discuss a potential deal for its newly-launched Cloud Drive digital music online locker service, Reuters reported, citing two people familiar with the matter. Earlier this week, Amazon sent a letter to record labels indicating it did not believe it needed any additional licenses to operate its locker service.

The company also operates Amazon MP3, a song download store that offers tracks from all the major labels.

The major labels have so far been reluctant on cloud-based music services, and EMI is currently embroiled in a copyright infringement suit against early locker developer MP3tunes.

"We don't publicly discuss our meetings with partners, and we have not announced any changes to Amazon Cloud Drive or Amazon Cloud Player since the launch," Amazon spokeswoman Cat Griffin told Reuters.
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Transmedia Storytelling is Bullshit... - Journal - mikejones.tv

Transmedia Storytelling is Bullshit... - Journal - mikejones.tv | Connected Creativity | Scoop.it
I was at a recent conference that held a panel on Transmedia and it was this that raised my latest bout of ire. As i sat and listened to these Transmedia Gurus rabbit on i kept hearing statements such as “these technologies require a different kind of storytelling” and “the old ways of telling stories don’t work” Now, Allow me to call these statements for what they are… BULLSHIT !

Empty, vacuous, ignorant, presumptive, absurd and fascicle weasel-word statements that do the cause of Transmedia no good.

Let me be clear, the advent of narrative cinema, radio and TV Did Not change Storytelling. So why would we think Transmedia does ?
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"Every TV station bought into the social media hype", NBC Nightstop's on April 14, 2011

Internet companies have been getting billions of dollars of free advertising from TV stations.
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TV advertising is back, thanks to social media

TV advertising is back, thanks to social media | Connected Creativity | Scoop.it
Twitter and social media help TV advertising stay the number one media in an age of fragmentation. Twitter may be TV's killer app.
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Rovio To Launch Angry Birds Free with Magic, Requires NFC To Unlock Levels

Rovio To Launch Angry Birds Free with Magic, Requires NFC To Unlock Levels | Connected Creativity | Scoop.it
Finnish app developers Rovio is to introduce a new title to its Angry Birds franchise, launching Angry Birds Magic, a new game that will launch on Nokia smartphones which run the latest Symbian Anna update, requiring users to interact with NFC tags to unlock levels.
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Kiip Gives Users Real-World Prizes For Mobile Game Achievements [VIDEO]

Kiip Gives Users Real-World Prizes For Mobile Game Achievements [VIDEO] | Connected Creativity | Scoop.it
A new startup is looking to get mobile gamers more engaged with brands by offering them real-world prizes in exchange for in-game achievements.

Kiip believes that traditional methods of mobile advertising, especially for games, simply don’t work. So how do advertisers actually catch players’ attention while they are playing Angry Birds without the players getting angry with their phones? And how can games insert advertising that isn’t just a miniature banner ad?
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23 Directors Release Letter Opposing Premium VOD - The Hollywood Reporter

23 Directors Release Letter Opposing Premium VOD - The Hollywood Reporter | Connected Creativity | Scoop.it
James Cameron and Kathryn Bigelow are among those who signed in support of the National Assn. of Theater Owners, urging studios to scrub the service.
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Entertainment Triumphant As UK ISPs' Challenge To Piracy Law Fails

The UK’s stalled graduated-response anti-piracy legislation is now more likely to come to fruition, after two of the leading ISPs failed in their bid to have the law overturned.
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ABI: HDTVs, Blu-ray Players to Drive Connected Devices Past 3 Billion | Home Media Magazine

By 2016 a total of more than 3 billion Internet-connected devices will have been shipped worldwide, with HDTVs and Blu-ray Disc players leading the way, according to a report from ABI Research.
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MeeGo Gets its First 3D User Interface

MeeGo Gets its First 3D User Interface | Connected Creativity | Scoop.it
iXonos has developed an application based on Sony Crackle’s video streaming service. They wanted a flashy UI that would leverage all levels of graphic performance.
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WHY FILMMAKERS HATE TRANSMEDIA | The Filmmaker Magazine Blog

WHY FILMMAKERS HATE TRANSMEDIA | The Filmmaker Magazine Blog | Connected Creativity | Scoop.it
I've been mulling this topic over for a while, as I encounter many filmmakers — usually independent filmmakers — who kind of sneer at the word transmedia.
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Where Will Television Be in 2020? | The Wrap TV

So where will television be in 2020? Seems an appropriate question with the annual NAB Show winding down. And also the subject of a panel I led last week in Vegas with execs from DreamWorks, Sony Electronics, Starz, Nielsen and Technicolor.

Of course, nobody really knows what TV will look like in two years, let alone most of a decade. But the panel boldly took some educated guesses.

To wit:

All TV Will Be á là Carte. Consumers are sick and tired of paying for channels they don’t want -- and will demand operators give them exactly what they desire, said Jim Mainard, head of production development for DreamWorks Animation and vice chairman of the International 3D Society. Programming, (Shrek, anyone?) will be king. Operators, notice how consumers pick whatever mobile apps they want? That's your TV future.

Bundling Will Be Alive and Well. Au contraire, said Stephan Shelanski, executive vice president of programming for Starz Entertainment. Unbundling programming would create a cacophony of programs and channels: programmers would have trouble promoting their product over the din; consumers would be confused. Also, operators would have to make their money somehow, so the price of individual channels and shows could soar. Not going to happen.

You Think This is High-Def? 24 frames a second is so 2011. How about 150 fps or higher? That could be standard in 2020, said Peter Lude, Senior VP, 
Solutions Engineering for Sony Electronics and president of SMPTE. 
Get ready for shades of magenta and other colors you’ve never seen on a TV.

3DTV Arrives ... Sort Of. 3D will be better and there will be a lot more content, but consumers will be selective about what they don glasses for. Sports, yes, talk shows, no. And yes, there will probably still be glasses. Glassless technology will be largely there, but beyond most consumers’ pocketbooks.

Interestingly, 3DTV will be driven by movies and mobile. Turns out we can already display 3D just fine on devices like the Nintendo 3DS, which is selling well in the U.S. market. Expect mobile phones, tablets and laptops to increasingly go 3D over the next few years, helping drive adoption of 3DTV.

Connected TV Will Be Universal. Broad agreement here. All TV sets will be web-connected. Consumers will buy shows on demand over the Internet and view web video on their TVs. However, expect some kind of tiered presentation, possibly built around bandwidth. You’d be willing to pay more for bandwidth to watch “Game of Thrones” than dog skateboarding, right?

Speaking of bandwidth, it’s going to be a very big issue. Connected TVs running 3D video at super-fast frame rates will require many more megabits per second of throughput than today’s pipes.

Touch Devices Replace Remotes. No love lost here. That awful point-and-click will be replaced by touch-sensitive, interactive devices, including tablets and multi-purpose smartphones. We’re already texting and checking the internet as we watch, after all.

But things will be a lot more slick in 2020.
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Flipboard Raises $50 Million, Inks Deal With Oprah's OWN | Digital Media Wire

Flipboard Raises $50 Million, Inks Deal With Oprah's OWN | Digital Media Wire | Connected Creativity | Scoop.it
Flipboard, the developer of a social magazine app for mobile devices, has raised $50 million in its second round of funding at a $200 million valuation, All Things D reported. Insight Venture Partners led the investment round; Comcast Interactive Capital, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byars, Index Ventures, Jack Dorsey, Dustin Moskovitz, Ron Conway, Ashton Kutcher and Peter Chernin also participated.

Palo Alto, Calif.-based Flipboard's app pulls status updates from Facebook and Twitter, along with media news feeds, and arranges them in a magazine format navigable by touch-screen.

Flipboard has also announced a new partnership with OWN, the cable network venture between Oprah Winfrey and Discovery.

The company will use the funds to hire additional staff, as well as for international expansion, acquisitions and further product development.
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Report: Nintendo to Introduce New HD Game Console | Digital Media Wire

Nintendo will introduce a new high-definition game console, possibly even before the game industry's E3 Expo in June, and then release the new hardware late next year, multiple sources tell Game Informer. The company is reportedly already demonstrating the system -- which may or may not match the graphics available on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 -- for game publishers, with the aim of providing an attractive array of launch titles.

Game Informer's sources did not provide any details on potential new features on the HD game system, such as motion control or online gaming.

A report earlier in the week indicated that Nintendo plans to drop the price of its Wii console to $150 on May 15, which could help move existing Wii inventory before the launch of a new system.
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How to Create Lovable Mobile Apps

How to Create Lovable Mobile Apps | Connected Creativity | Scoop.it
A new report from Forrester Research details the best practices for designing mobile applications.
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Samsung Smart Hub – Social TV Overview | ElectricTV.com

Samsung Smart Hub – Social TV Overview | ElectricTV.com | Connected Creativity | Scoop.it
Social TV on Samsung Smart Hub is the ultimate way of communicating with friends through social networking sites while you watch your Samsung TV. Follow ((video) Samsung Smart Hub – Social TV Overview http://www.
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Audi launches UK's first connected-TV campaign | News | New Media Age

Audi has launched the UK’s first web-connected TV campaign to promote its A7 Sportback range. (Audi in UK's first connected-TV deal. Big Brands still just experimenting with premium VoD, Audi takes next step.
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Toyota Parks Prius on EA's Facebook Monopoly Game

Toyota Parks Prius on EA's Facebook Monopoly Game | Connected Creativity | Scoop.it
Toyota’s Prius has landed on the iconic Monopoly board — at least the Facebook version of it — thanks to a deal between Toyota and Electronic Arts.

EA and Toyota inked a 12-month agreement to feature the Prius in Monopoly Millionaires, a free-to-play social version of the Hasbro board game. The Prius is a mover in the game, but players can also buy an Eco-Greenhouse (replete with windmills and a Prius in the driveway.) Players can also gift the Eco-Greenhouse to others in the game.

EA released Monopoly Millionaires in February. In the past month, the game has more than doubled its user base to 6.2 million.
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