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Content Insider #380 - Ask a Kid By Miles Weston Wonder why regularly programmed TV faded so quickly in favor of OTT (Over The Top) viewing and why tablets and smartphones so quickly became the viewing/listening tools of choice? It was your kids (or your neighbor's kids. They fearlessly take on anything - including tricky devices - because they know how things "should be" and they make the hardware, software work for them not within the prescibed guidelines. If you look around at the things you use to stay connected you can sometimes recall there was a time they weren't there but not the Digital Natives. And they're using them in ways - exciting - ways you never thought of. And they've barely opened the door to tomorrow. ...Read More »
Toy Museum Announces Hall of Fame for Video Games By Clip Syndicate The museum that houses the National Toy Hall of Fame announced Tuesday the creation of the World Video Game Hall of Fame to recognize the impact games like "Pong" and "Grand Theft Auto" have on culture and society. G. Rollie Adams, president and chief executive of The Strong museum in Rochester, where the new hall is located, said "Electronic games have changed how people play, learn and connect with each other, including across boundaries of culture and geography. ...Read More »
Mattel's View-Master Gets a Google VR Makeover By Clip Syndicate It's been decades since Mattel's View-Master was a must-have item for every kids' toy box. But Mattel is hoping to reintroduce the toy stereoscope -- first unveiled 75 years ago at the New York World's Fair -- to a new generation of youths as an affordable headset for virtual reality, using Google's Cardboard VR technology to help power the device. It's just the latest to hop on the virtual-reality bandwagon, a fast-growing -- if still experimental -- area that has attracted heavy hitters like Facebook and Samsung. The toymaker and Internet search giant revealed the new View-Master at an event on Friday, just in time for the city's annual North American International Toy Fair.

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Content Insider #379 - Automating Jobs By Miles Weston The economy for many countries has bounced back and employment is looking up but the hard truth is many of the jobs won't return because they are repetitve and can be best done by automation. Then too we are doing a helluva job of developing smarter and smarter machines. The automation, smart machines can take over the dull monotenous jobs so people can move up in the organization. Sounds good except people have to be educated, trained in more advanced work but the educational upgrading isn't taking place because all of the money is going into advanced systems to make life easier for you so you can... No it's not a light at the end of the tunnel it's the train coming down the track straight at you. ...Read More »
ARM Holdings Unveils Beefed-up Smartphone Chip Design By Clip Syndicate Chip designer ARM Holdings on Tuesday unveiled a new processor blueprint with improved computing performance and beefed-up graphics aimed at smartphones and tablets to be launched next year. ARM's new Cortex-A72 processor design and related technology improvements come as the smartphone industry struggles with cooling demand after years of explosive growth sparked by Apple Inc's iPhone in 2007. ...Read More »
What the Rise of Mobile Shopping Means for Retailers By Clip Syndicate Recent research from comScore shows that mobile is becoming the leading platform for shopping; "Last summer 55% of all time spent with online retail occurred on a mobile device. Phone accounts for 44% of retail Internet minutes, with tablets taking 11%." Whether it's for browsing, researching or purchasing, the proliferation of smartphones and tablets has revolutionized the relationship between consumers and retailers. ...Read More »
New Processor Design Could Supercharge Your Smartphone By Clip Syndicate ARM's next generation processor will deliver 3.5 times the power of the chips powering today's smartphones. The chip design giant introduced its Cortex-A72 processor Tuesday, which the company says is its highest-performance processor to date. ARM says the Coretex-A72 has 3.5 times the power and is 75% more energy efficient than the previous generation of processor. The processor will begin to ship with smartphones and tablets in 2016.

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Content Insider #377 - Wearables By Miles Weston Oh thank Gawd Apple is going to release their watch onto the world so people don't have to keep complaining that the market won't be stable until they "arrive." Hate to say it but that won't be enough because too many people have too many ideas on what the wearables market should be and right now too many folks are shooting in the dark hoping they hit the bullseye. Most of the wearables right now are for show. There are a lot of nice ideas - cute even - but the market will really be established when they do things for you without being so obvious. Heck we're still looking for a platform that will let us exchange information with all of the other devices we're accumulating. Soon...soon. ...Read More »
Content Insider #377 - Wearables By Miles Weston Oh thank Gawd Apple is going to release their watch onto the world so people don't have to keep complaining that the market won't be stable until they "arrive." Hate to say it but that won't be enough because too many people have too many ideas on what the wearables market should be and right now too many folks are shooting in the dark hoping they hit the bullseye. Most of the wearables right now are for show. There are a lot of nice ideas - cute even - but the market will really be established when they do things for you without being so obvious. Heck we're still looking for a platform that will let us exchange information with all of the other devices we're accumulating. Soon...soon. ...Read More »
​Samsung's Biggest Headache Isn't Apple, It's China By Clip Syndicate Samsung Electronics and its smartphones are usually pitted against Apple's iPhone juggernaut, but the company has a much larger issue down market as it battles in a cutthroat Android market. In Samsung's fourth quarter earnings report, the company said it shipped 95 million phones and 11 million tablets. About 70 percent of those phones were smartphones. It's the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus against Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones. The iPad battles Samsung's various tablets. ...Read More »

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