TinyPulse launched to change the way employee reviews were done. Based on the promise of weekly, one-question surveys, the company has grown to more than 20 employees and just raised $3.5 million in Series A funding. Read More
LONDON — Actors, politicians, writers and sporting heroes are among the 1,164 people honoured by the Queen on the New Years Honour’s list 2015.
Joan Collins and Kristin Scott Thomas have been made dames and John Hurt has received a knighthood. Emily Watson has been made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE), as have James Corden and Sheridan Smith from Gavin & Stacey.
Fashion designer Mary Quant, former Liberal Democrat leader Paddy Ashdown, broadcaster Esther Rantzen and Oscar-nominated screenwriter William Nicholson, whose work includes Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom and Gladiator, have all been recognised. Read more…
In 2014, advertising was in the eye of the beholder
For instance, some thought that with 400 million-plus views, Shakira’s “La La La” was the biggest viral ad of the year. Yet YouTube didn’t list it among the year’s most-viewed ads, even though the Activia brand name was well displayed
Then there was Ellen DeGeneres’ selfie during the Oscars, a moment that was viewed by a billion or so people and engineered by Samsung. Was that an ad? Real-time marketing? Or just a goofy, impromptu throwaway moment?
As advertising sought to redefine itself, legacy media like TV and print made a convincing argument for their continued existence. Looking back, 2014 will probably be viewed as a transitional year, as broadcast TV remained the largest advertising vehicle and advertisers struggled to adapt to an always-on environment in which consumers were more attuned to your failures than your successes. Amid this shifting landscape, here were the seven biggest trends: Read more…
When I first started working on streaming media products in 1999, my co-workers and I were convinced that online video was going to be big someday. Fueled in large part by mainstream successes within the last decade by pioneers such as YouTube and Netflix, few would argue that online video ubiquity is spreading across the globe and “someday” has arrived.
What are the big trends we see as we go into 2015? There will be many advances with specific new technologies, such as HTML5 streaming, HEVC (H.265), 4K, and MPEG-DASH, and we’ll focus on those in the months and years ahead. In general, those technologies will help fuel some broader changes already ramping up in the market.
Here are five such market trends to watch in 2015…
Agree? Disagree? What are you expecting in 2015?
Written By: Chris Knowlton
Each year on December 31, more than one billion people around the world will watch the Waterford crystal ball make its descent upon Times Square in New York, ringing in the start of 2015.
This year, take a minute to learn a bit about the geodesic dome before Ryan Seacrest starts his countdown. What better way to ring in a new year than with some knowledge?
SAN FRANCISCO — A California school district on Monday reversed a basketball tournament ban on T-shirts reading “I Can’t Breathe” and said it would allow high school players to wear the shirts during warmups as long as they do not cause problems, lawyers said.
With backing from school officials, the athletic director at Fort Bragg High School, previously told the boys and girls teams from Mendocino High School they could not play in the three-day event if they wore the shirts inspired by the last words of Eric Garner, a New York man who died after an officer put him in a chokehold.
Karen Boyd, a First Amendment lawyer who represents one of the players, said the reversal by the Fort Bragg School District came just moments before she intended to file a federal court motion arguing that barring the shirts violated the free speech rights of student athletes. Read more…
In hopes of spurring more interest in its Gear VR virtual reality headset, Samsung has announced a video content app
The app, Milk VR, will provide free, immersive, 360-degree content to users. The videos will be offered in both 2K and 4K formats and will focus on categories such sports, music and action-oriented videos
The overwhelming majority of gas station restrooms lie just above a house that’s currently on fire on the “Places You’d Like to Go” list. This Shell station in Bohol, Philippines is the exception.
Model and writer Jason Godfrey posted this video to his Facebook page in late November, then uploaded it to Youtube on Dec. 11. In the video, he discovers the swankiest restroom we’ve ever seen. Decked out with art, small model boats, decorative shells and fine mahogany paneling, the bathroom is the kind of place you’d probably like to settle down and start a family in.
If you regularly read technology media, and I honestly can’t recommend it, you will run into occasional references to “startups.” Many consider startups to be small companies determined to grow quickly in the hopes of becoming the next passé giant whose corporate campus costs so much to maintain that it eventually has to stop serving chilled sake by robot on Thursdays. Read More
A black teenager who was shot and killed by a white police officer in Berkeley, Missouri last week pulled a gun on the officer before any shots were fired, Berkeley officials said at a press conference on Tuesday
The officials said their investigation confirmed what was seen in videos taken from the Mobil gas station where the shooting took place. The videos appear to show the teenager, Antonio Martin, raising his arm toward the officer before the officer fired his weapon
Here’s one of the gas station videos:
“The officer, in fear of his life, retreated, and while doing so, fired approximately three rounds,” Berkeley Police Chief Frank McCall said at the press conference. He added that Berkeley officials interviewed “several” eyewitnesses who said they saw Martin point a gun at the officer Read more…