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How the cloud could boost Amazon's slow-moving margins

How the cloud could boost Amazon's slow-moving margins | New Digital Media | Scoop.it
According to analysts at Morgan Stanley, Amazon’s cloud computing division could be a shining star (even if not too bright) on the company’s long road toward increased profit margins. However, while their forecast isn’t glowing, it also doesn’t account for the evolution of Amazon’s cloud business from pure infrastructure-as-a-service into higher-level (and higher-margin) services.
In the new research report published Monday morning, analysts Scott Devitt, Andrew Ruud and Nishant Verma come to a possibly disconcerting conclusion for any investors banking on Amazon for short-term returns. The report’s gist: “After analyzing Amazon.com’s cost structure in detail and by segment, we conclude that there are far more variable costs than investors believe, leading to an overly optimistic timeline for margin expansion.” But Amazon Web Services is an opportunity Amazon might be able to exploit.
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Q&A with gamification expert at IBM Research

Q&A with gamification expert at IBM Research | New Digital Media | Scoop.it
Yaniv Corem joined IBM Research – Haifa in June 2010 after completing his undergraduate work at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, and earning his master’s degree in architecture and computer science from MIT. Aside from his enthusiasm for rock climbing and bouldering, Yaniv is passionate about projects that use the “wisdom of the crowd” to solve difficult problems, complete tasks, gather data, and more.

 

What is gamification?

YC: Gamification is the process of using game thinking and game mechanics in non-game applications to increase engagement. Game thinking can be used to make almost anything fun and encourage people to get involved.

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Second Screen technology - future of digital entertainment?

Second Screen technology - future of digital entertainment? | New Digital Media | Scoop.it

“…as movie technology itself has advanced so too have the additional features, becoming slicker, more refined, and in the case of Disney’s Second Screen feature, extremely interactive."

 

Mini Matmian►
We have only skimmed the surface of Second Screen possibilities. There are many exciting prospects in the future for this technology and we at Matmi are exploring them all.

 

Read on: http://t.co/conr5PFP 

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Women, younger users now use social media for ‘breaking news’

Women, younger users now use social media for ‘breaking news’ | New Digital Media | Scoop.it

UK communications and media regulator OFCOM has come out with another mammoth piece of research, this time the international communications market report, covering the UK, US, Australia, France, Italy and Germany.
Some (mainly about Britain being a national of online shopaholics ) of it has already been covered in the mainstream press, so I’ve tried to dig out ten findings that didn’t get so much of an airing. These include ones that look at how social media has replaced traditional media as a news source


1 – Ofcom’s research confirms Forrester’s earlier claims that social media is reaching saturation point. 78% of American, 75% of Australian and 70% of UK Internet users have set up social media profiles.


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How Has Cloud Computing Impacted Businesses Around the World?

How Has Cloud Computing Impacted Businesses Around the World? | New Digital Media | Scoop.it
How Has Cloud Computing Impacted Businesses Around the World?
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Google Chrome now more popular worldwide than Firefox

Google Chrome now more popular worldwide than Firefox | New Digital Media | Scoop.it

Website analytics service StatCounter has found that Google’s Chrome browser overtook Mozilla Firefox in terms of global usage for the first time in November, slightly edging out its rival as Internet Explorer continued to dominate.

 

StatCounter puts Chrome’s browser market share grew 4.66% over two years to hit 25.69%, beating Firefox’s 25.23% share to capture second place. Microsoft’s Internet Explorer continued to dominate usage statistics, gaining slightly in the past couple of weeks to hold a 40.63% share.

 

In July, we reported Google’s Chrome browser exceeded 20% of the global Internet browser market in June for the first time, putting Firefox in its sights. At the time, Chrome held a 20.7% share of the global market in that month, which was up from a mere 2.8% in June 2009.

 

[Read more: http://tnw.co/ucJZZ9

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Announcing the 2011 Mashable Awards Finalists

Announcing the 2011 Mashable Awards Finalists | New Digital Media | Scoop.it

From Oct. 11 to Nov. 18, the Mashable community submitted hundreds of thousands of nominations for the 2011 Mashable Awards, the fifth annual community-focused competition rewarding the best of digital and social media.


The 2011 Mashable Awards will honor nominees and winners in 28 categories, covering four of Mashable‘s core content areas: Social Media, Tech, Business and Entertainment.

 

For the past month, readers have nominated their favorite companies, people, sites and gadgets once a day for each category, and from those submissions, Mashable editors chose seven finalists in each categories.

 

Final voting is now open and will close on Dec. 16. Winners will be announced on Mashable Dec. 19.

 

Vote here: http://mashable.com/follow/contests/mashable-awards-2011/ 

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Playing with Project Management - RedCritter Tracker

Playing with Project Management - RedCritter Tracker | New Digital Media | Scoop.it
A startup called RedCritter turns software development into a game.


U.K.-based game development company Matmi began using Tracker a few months ago. While it's too early to tell if it's had a positive effect on the bottom line, the software has allowed more visibility into what programmers are actually doing. "Not only can we monitor how the project is going, and make amendments to hit deadlines should any issues arise, but [Tracker] allows the whole team to claim their involvement in the project and show them how important a part they play," says James Tibbles, head of development at Matmi.

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Tough week, fairytale ending at the DADIs

Tough week, fairytale ending at the DADIs | New Digital Media | Scoop.it

Matmi’s had an interesting experience this week and, in my opinion, we’re better off for it.


We got knocked back at three award presentations this week – and maybe we deserved it for getting a bit too big for our boots. 10 years in, most successful year yet, some great new clients and releases, nominations at The Webbys and Cannes Lions on our 1st attempts, blah blah. Had we started to believe our own publicity? Every marketing/PR person will tell you that’s a very dangerous thing, so I’m glad we were pulled up short.


It made winning Digital Agency of the Year at the DADI Awards last night very special indeed (yes, 4 award ceremonies in a week is a new one on us too). And to see Optathlon (United Airlines) pick up another win in the DADI’s Travel category was a fantastic pat-on-the-back for the team.


When Richard Draycott (MC’ing at the time) described the winner being in a ‘humble location” my heart started beating a little faster, and when he said “specialists in branded entertainment” it started to pound so that by the time I heard him say “And the winner is ….. Matmi!” I thought the whole audience would be able to see my heart about to leave my chest. The adrenalin rush kicked in and by the time I returned to Table 24, I was shaking like a leaf!


A monstrous Thank You


Guys, girls, everyone who voted for us, a monstrous thank you from the stunned and amazed Matmians of Macclesfield (that previously unknown centre of the universe). Thank you to Table 24 (LBi, BJL & The Drum) for your great company – let’s do it again soon, please. And thank you to everyone at The Drum and the judges of the DADI Awards for your obvious passion for digital marketing, and all the hard work that made last night’s awards ceremony the resounding hit that it was.


From a few over-awed Matmians, I can safely say it’s been a tough week with a fairytale ending which our CEO, Jeff Coghlan, should have been there to see in person, but duty called.


I hope we can live up to our voters’ expectations in Matmi’s second decade, should we work hard enough and be fortunate enough to be writing blogs (or whatever the 2021 incarnation is) by then.


From a very excited team of Matmians, enjoy. Penny


PS. A few quick messages: Ian & Bobby @ Lost Boys – enjoy LBK (Life Before Kids) while you can & all the best for next Spring’s arrivals. Richard – thank you for the name checks (which I’m sure I didn’t deserve) and when I’ve finished the first book, I’ll make you read it . James – JFDI and so will I. Lines ends, over & out.


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Umami for iPad Knows What’s on Your TV

Umami for iPad Knows What’s on Your TV | New Digital Media | Scoop.it

Billed as a “TV Companion” by its developer, Umami for iPad is a entertainment app that knows what show you’re watching. Umami uses your TV’s audio to sync to programs aired on major networks and basic cable within the last week. Viewers can also simply type in a show to receive a customized program filled with bios, news, photos, and other information about the show they are watching.


Umami is synchronous, which means its content changes depending on what you’re watching. The app works whether the TV broadcast is live or on a DVR. Umami creates a home page for each show that links to IMDB, Wikipedia, Google, Facebook, and Twitter.


Umami is free to download from the App store and doesn’t require users to sign up for an account. To use Umami, just open it near your television; the app does the rest. Hint: if Umami isn’t finding your program, try closing the app and opening it again. Although the TV’s volume needs to be on, it doesn’t need to be blaring; Umami actually correctly detected the right program from another room.

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Mobile Phone History: All The Firsts [Infographic]

Mobile Phone History: All The Firsts [Infographic] | New Digital Media | Scoop.it

"There is little I can say that hasn’t already been said when it comes to the history and timeline of mobile phones. With every day that passes, we get more and more addicted to our phones, and it seems we can’t put them down anymore. It’s interesting since just a few years ago we didn’t even fathom the possibilities when it comes to that little bundle of technology. I have friends who literally couldn’t put their phones down if their lives depended on it. They constantly check their status updates and their email. Even if they haven’t gotten any messages, they go out of their way to keep checking it. It’s pretty much life 2.0, and I guess we all have to adjust."

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What Apple Got Right and Wrong with iCloud

What Apple Got Right and Wrong with iCloud | New Digital Media | Scoop.it

All the rumors and all the betas are over. Now we’re all using Apple’s iCloud. We’re syncing, we’re backing up, and (to certain extent) we’re streaming. Life is good… kind of.

 

For those of us who remember the debacle that was Apple’s launch of the now-replaced MobileMe. the initial iCloud launch is undoubtedly leagues ahead of the chaos and server failures that accompanied the arrival of Apple’s previous cloud service. iCloud seems to be more robust, but does it actually do what most of us want?

 

First, let’s take a quick look at the good parts of iCloud before moving onto the bad and the crazy…

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Report: Nearly Half Of Tablet Owners Made Purchases on Their Devices Last Month

Report: Nearly Half Of Tablet Owners Made Purchases on Their Devices Last Month | New Digital Media | Scoop.it
In September 2011, a whopping 48% of tablet owners made a purchase on their tablet while 52% did not, according to a recent comScore whitepaper report called Digital Omnivores: How Tablets, Smartphones and Connected Devices are Changing U.S.
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Raspberry Pi goes on general sale

Raspberry Pi goes on general sale | New Digital Media | Scoop.it
A £22 ($35) bare-bones computer intended to help teach people programming goes on sale for the first time.
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Matmi's Musings- digital entertainment

Matmi's Musings- digital entertainment | New Digital Media | Scoop.it

Visit the terrific treasure trove that is Matmi's magical world of digital musings.

 

Here is an ever growing collection of stories on digital media matters found while mooching through the web.

 

Ranging from info on the latest games to new media design to trends in the digital marketing stratosphere (and the occasional post that just makes the Matmians' smile).

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Official Google Blog: Google+: A few big improvements before the New Year

Official Google Blog: Google+: A few big improvements before the New Year | New Digital Media | Scoop.it

Today we’re pleased to announce a goodie basket full of Google+ features and functionality for you to unpack and enjoy over the holidays. Some of these were on nearly everyone’s wishlist... and some we hope will be welcome surprises. These features will be rolling out over the next couple of days, and we hope you’ll find them useful this holiday season and beyond.

- Pump up (or down) the volume!

- More useful and attractive notifications

- Improvements to Google+ Pages

- A more beautiful and usable photos experience


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Windows 8 Brings Cloud Computing to Billions

Windows 8 Brings Cloud Computing to Billions | New Digital Media | Scoop.it
Recently Microsoft have been talking about how Windows 8 will offer the opportunity of bringing the personal cloud to billions of users.

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WebOS Lives! (Update: And HP's Still Making Tablets)

WebOS Lives! (Update: And HP's Still Making Tablets) | New Digital Media | Scoop.it
In the most dramatic stay of execution since Robin Hood shot an arrow through Little John's noose, HP has decided that webOS will live on as open source. And there was much merriment and backslappery throughout the land! Also: good work, HP. This couldn't have worked out better.
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Kindle Fire update 6.2 removes root functionality

Kindle Fire update 6.2 removes root functionality | New Digital Media | Scoop.it
Last week we gave you instructions on how to root your Kindle Fire tablet, and in so doing unlock access to the Android Market and Google Apps. Well it seems Amazon isn’t too happy about this, so they have released a new, automatic update that removes root functionality and even Android Market in some instances.
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How to Spread Your Content Across Social Networks More Effectively

How to Spread Your Content Across Social Networks More Effectively | New Digital Media | Scoop.it

Michael Lazerow, founder and CEO of Buddy Media, begins his talk with a promise that letting your brand’s content run free on social networks will increase site traffic and revenues by 12.89%. If that statistic grabbed your attention, Lazerow is prepared to explain how.

 

However, “If you don’t want to grow it by 12.89%, do not do this stuff that I’m about to tell you,” he warns.

 

SEE ALSO: Why Brands Need Friends (http://on.mash.to/sXf17i) – Not Fans – on Facebook


Lazerow says that simply being on Facebook won’t maximize a brand’s revenue and traffic. Businesses must take what works on Facebook and apply it to their own sites and the wider web in general. Take a look at the video to discover Lazerow’s recipe for breaking down the content barriers of social networks.

 

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Scoop up the news - Scoop.it

Scoop up the news - Scoop.it | New Digital Media | Scoop.it

[Scooped an article on Scoop.it for Scoop.it - feels a bit odd :) ]


Content Curation, what is it?
Content curation can be defined as “a proactive and selective approach to sourcing, collecting and publishing digital content relating to a specific (predefined) topic”


Content Curation comes in many forms. You may find it in blogs, feeds, channels (YouTube), dedicated content curation sites (more on that in a second –Scoop.it) and even in the social media links you share.


.......I myself have been using “Scoop.it” for a few weeks now. And I must admit, I am loving it. 


It allows you to not only create a topic to focus your curation around but you can also follow other users topics and ‘re-scoop’ anything relevant. It also has built in sharing and commenting functions making it a breeze to pass your content throughout you major social networks (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Tumblr).


It doesn’t stop there. They have also created a handy little bookmarklet that allows you to grab any web page you stumble on with relevant content and publish it to your Scoop.it topic (and share it at the same time).


The guys at Scoop.it recently opened up the service to the public and its user base is growing fast. If you want to dabble in creating a curated topic that helps inform and share information then this is as good as any place to start.


So check it out and while there, why not take a look at Matmi’s Scoop.it profile :)

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Matmi's Musings, Facebook Facts 2011

Matmi's Musings, Facebook Facts 2011 | New Digital Media | Scoop.it

Facebook Facts 2011:

http://woorkup.com/2011/11/11/facebook-facts-2011-infographic/


►Mini Matmian:

Everytime I see this sort of thing I am still taken aback by the sheer size of the numbers.

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The Value of Curation Tools for Social Discovery | Techcrunch

The Value of Curation Tools for Social Discovery | Techcrunch | New Digital Media | Scoop.it

Semil Shah on Techcrunch analyzes how even light curation and social sharing tools serve increasingly individuals in "discovering" sources, ideas, people and products they do not know yet.

 

In highlighting the importance of this for business interests he also highlights some of the key benefits that this type of curation brings to everyone else.

"There is too much information online, too many pages filled with stock images and no context.

Search engines provide significant utility, but we still have to exert energy to find what we need after results are algorithmically surfaced.

The new crop of social media companies help discovery come online and threaten traditional search.

With these new tools, users are able to clip and collect the bits of the web that they are most interested in and, in the process, disregard the rest as noise.

 

Sites like Pinterest, Twitter, Tumblr, Instapaper, Snip.it, Clipboard, and Curisma, among others, all allow their users to decide what aspects of the web (text, media, etc.) are worth saving and sharing, instead of browsing the web from Google, or even Facebook for that matter.

 

Because many of these networks have asymmetric follow/follower models, and because users can “tune” whom they are following, users’ feeds could increase in relevance as items are retweeted or repinned.

 

These networks allow for self-expression, and in doing so, re-sort and re-shape the web we see, and that is a very big shift away from traditional search toward social discovery."


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Beth Kanter's comment, November 7, 2011 10:16 AM
At what point will following the curators replace search or rather for what types of information seeking?
Robin Good's comment, November 7, 2011 10:25 AM
Hard to say. Maybe never. It depends also on how search engines will evolve and how much of a role me and you will want to play in the post-Google era. ;-)
Pittsburgh Tote Bag Project's comment, November 25, 2011 9:20 PM
This is absolutely true for me. I feel somewhat overwhelmed managing information for my personal blog (www.pghlesbian.com) as well as our project blog, both of which requite me to sort a significant amount of information. I find myself coming here and to other curators (as I find them - any leads on good LGBTS curators?) and feeling like my head is a little above water. Thanks!
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Kinect TV And Sesame Street Hack The Next Generation Of TV

Kinect TV And Sesame Street Hack The Next Generation Of TV | New Digital Media | Scoop.it

Xbox Kinect TV plans to bring interactive, immersive experiences to live action television and children's books with the help of National Geographic and Sesame Street's Workshop.

 

Xbox is unveiling a sharp idea for the next generation of television: interactive, live-action content, produced in partnership Sesame Workshop and National Geographic. Downloadable, linear episodes run like a normal television show but give children opportunities to play simple games with familiar characters and don virtual costumes that mold to their bodies and play around with the show's environment. A series of interactive children's books is also in the works. Dubbed "Project Columbia,” they allows burgeoning readers to explore the otherwise static world of a picture books with games, sounds, and augmented reality.

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Unity co-founders Helgasson and Francis warn advancing mobile tech will lead to 'diminishing returns' for developers

Unity co-founders Helgasson and Francis warn advancing mobile tech will lead to 'diminishing returns' for developers | New Digital Media | Scoop.it

While iPhone 4S wowed onlookers at Apple's Let's Talk iPhone event thanks to the appearance of Infinity Blade 2, others worried whether the new power being packed into mobile handsets might quash the indie scene in years to come.

Indeed, Hiive's Andrew Rollings – who detailed such concerns on these very pages at the start of the week – isn't alone in such thoughts.

 

Adding to the debate, Unity Technologies co-founders David Helgason and Nicholas Francis have given their thoughts on the subject, suggesting sooner or later mobile devices will have to rein in their tech lest developers face diminishing returns.

Platform wars

 

"If Sony and Microsoft did the PlayStation 4 and Xbox 720, they would completely blow mobiles out of the water, and that's good if you want to make those big experiences," said Unity CCO Francis, speaking at Unite 11.

"But having something that's much more powerful than an Xbox in my cell phone? What am I going to do with that? It's a small screen, I'm playing on the bus, everything is shaking, there's light coming in.

"With mobile, I can see a point in making them two or four times as powerful, but after that it's diminishing returns."

 

Francis also took the bold step of predicting home consoles will enjoy just one more generation before they die out – a take that echos the views of Mobile Pie's Will Luton, who believes the likes of iOS 5's AirPlay Mirroring suggest Apple is looking to take over the living room.
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