McDonald’s Millennial Problem, Tech Events, Buzzword Addictions

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The Strategist picks the day’s most interesting stories for the content aficionados who love the backstory and reading between the lines. Here are the gems you need to kickstart your Monday. McDonald’s Has  Millennial Problem (Ad Age) The number one fast food chain is struggling to understand a core consumer segment — 18 to 32 year olds. What millenials

Sanity returns: lower Apple earnings, but higher revenue projected

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Like the first hints of green during a long-awaited spring, some sanity regarding Apple’s fiscal future is poking its head above ground. Wild speculation that the iPhone maker was washed up has been replaced with realism. The latest example: calm predictions that Apple’s second quarter income will be down but with record projected revenue. Fortune

BlackBerry Z10 Review: If They Could Turn Back Time…


The totally revamped phone that hopes to save BlackBerry is a damn fine first effort for a new platform. But can a new platform succeed in 2013 My first smartphone was a BlackBerry Curve. I have nothing but fond memories of it–the speed and ease of typing on that keyboard, the battery that lasted for

Facebook voice calling now available in UK, seen elsewhere

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The social networking giant Facebook back in early-January updated its free Messenger app with the ability to share audio snippets, having added that feature to its official iOS client, also a free download, later that month. Initially only available to Canadian and North American users, today the company has expanded in-app voice calling to people

Reminder: Android 4.2.2 pushing now for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus

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Manual update file also is available Just a quick reminder, folks, that Android 4.2.2 (Build JDQ39) is now available for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus. You get all the benefits that other Galaxy Nexus owners have enjoyed for months, including DayDreams, lock screen widgets and the new trace keyboard, among other improvements. Folks are reporting that

Cleveland Museum Finds Way to Beautifully Combine Art and Technology

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The Cleveland Art Museum has done something really cool.  They have found a way to take advantage of the new tablet technology to enhance, not distract from, the art in their Galleries. The New York Times believes that ,thus far, the Cleveland Art Museum has been the only art establishment to have successfully done so: “EVERY museum is searching for

GoNo, an Awesome New App for the Indecisive

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GoNo is a social networking application that answers life’s various questions. Connect with your friends or the public to ask and answer questions, then view results updated in real time. Send GoNo’s to your closest friends-or release your GoNo to the public for even more feedback.

Lessons From ‘Present Shock’ for Content Producers

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One of the most formidable challenges for contemporary writers, editors and publishers is grappling with what author Douglas Rushkoff calls ”present shock.” Douglas Rushkoff The term, also the title of his just-published book, describes ”the human reaction to living in a real-time, instantaneous, simultaneous, always on, timeless, goalless, post-linear reality.” Rushkoff’s concept is an updating of Alvin Toffler’s 70′s classic book Future Shock, in which he urged us to

Sky Go Extra: Possibly the shittest service I’ve used this year

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Let’s not mince words. Sky Go Extra is rubbish. There we go. Cathartic. What the frack are you thinking, Sky Your advertising smarts have done a brilliant job with the “Sky TV, now available on trains” messaging. The message is brilliant. The actual user experience is simply dire. You cannot, you SIMPLY cannot go to

Samsung lock screen bypassed entirely with clever, meticulous trickery

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Another Samsung lock screen security issue has come to light today, potentially allowing someone with physical access to a Jelly Bean-based Samsung phone to bypass a pattern or PIN lock. Brought to light by blogger Terrence Eden — who you may remember from his earlier Note 2 exploits — this one’s particularly impressive because of

WhatsApp to bring subscription model to iOS this year

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WhatsApp, the popular cross-platform messaging service, is going to be bringing its subscription model to iOS this year, according to CEO Jan Koum. Koum recently spoke with a Dutch news outlet about the company’s near-term plans. Currently, iOS users can download WhatsApp for a one-time fee of $0.99. In the new model though, which it

Roku 3 Review: Yeah, It’s The Best Media Streamer

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If you want to play streaming video or audio through your TV, from Netflix or Hulu or HBO Go or Spotify or anything else, the new Roku is easily the right choice. The Roku 3 is the best media streamer. The hardware’s clean, the software’s snappy, the app selection is second-to-none, and it’s more stable

Content for the Senses, Journalism Meets Advertising, Consumer Lessons

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The Strategist picks the day’s most interesting stories for the content aficionados who love the backstory and reading between the lines. Here are the gems you need to kickstart your Wednesday. How Courvoisier and Unilever Manipulate the Senses (Ad Age) Technology is powering new ways to interact with consumers. Food and drink are at the forefront

Apple’s getting the Nokia treatment and doesn’t like it

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  Stop all the clocks! Have you read what Mr Apple himself has published about Apple John Gruber has published a decent set of rebuttals relating to the Samsung launch last week. All well and good. This is to be expected and it’s perfectly good analysis provided you recognise that he’s a super-Apple-fan. The last

Social Media Philanthropy, Ads Fight Ads, Branded Content Narratives

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The Strategist picks the day’s most interesting stories for the content aficionados who love the backstory and reading between the lines. Here are the gems you need to kickstart your Friday. Nelson Mandela’s Grandson to Launch Social Network to Mark Mandela Day (Pandodaily) Nelson Mandela’s grandson, Ndaba Mandela, will be bringing together two important virtues (philanthropy

Deal of the Day: Musubo RubberBand Case for Samsung Galaxy S3

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The March 20 Deal of the Day is the Musubo RubberBand Case for Samsung Galaxy S3. Ultra-durable soft-touch material absorbs life’s daily impacts while complimenting your Galaxy S3 with a stunning, precision fit design. The rubber band design of this case allows a better grip on your device as well as access to the

iDownloadBlog challenges you to join our March Madness pool

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Again we hit the hallowed time during the year when the world exalts American college basketball players as if they were gods. Millions of dollars in lost productivity across the US puts a further damper on the economy as we all turn from work to watch basketball. At iDownloadBlog we relish the opportunity to participate

Bowling Blocks: Physics puzzle fun

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We’re always on the lookout for well-made puzzle games and time-wasters, and Bowling Blocks hits that area perfectly. It’s a game that’s low on frills but has a solid set of fundamentals and an original gameplay idea. The graphics are funky and unique, with a fitting soundtrack that ties it all together as well. While

Prisma Media Saves 30 percent in 45 Days with Google Apps

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Posted by Franck Barlemont, Director of Information Systems at Prisma MediaEditor’s note: Today’s guest blogger is Franck Barlemont, Director of Information Systems at Prisma Media, the second largest magazine publisher in France. See what other organizations that have gone Google have to say. Prisma Media is a French magazine publisher with approximately 20 titles in

BadgerTweak: an upcoming tweak for quickly viewing notifications

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Wouldn’t it be cool if you could tap an app badge and be given a synopsis of the app’s awaiting notifications That’s the premise behind BadgerTweak, an upcoming endeavor that allows “…users to view notifications by tapping the app’s notification badge on the SpringBoard.” According to the tweak’s official Twitter account, it’s coming soon to

How to Use Quora to Build an Engaged Audience

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Quora is one of content marketing’s biggest mysteries. First and foremost, the platform seems to be a smart-conversation engine. How can brand marketers join in Then, there’s the question of value. Can Quora yield an effect that’s directly translatable into the language of business — that is, revenue and sales “Quora has brand marketing value because it

Elroy is smarter than your average Bluetooth earbuds

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Tangled earbuds may pass as artwork in Portland(ia), but in real life, they’re nothing short of an irritating mess. Fortunately, that’s where Bluetooth alternatives come into play, and there’s a new set that combines style and intelligent functions. Meet Elroy, the brainchild of Timbuk2’s founder, Rob Honeycutt. Elroy took to Kickstarter this morning, and as

Deal of the Day: Amzer Skin Case for Motorola Atrix HD

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The March 18 Deal of the Day is the Amzer Skin Case for Motorola Atrix HD. Made out of 100% premium silicone, the Amzer Skin Case is a great lightweight option for protecting your Atrix HD while adding little bulk. This skin absorbs shock from drops and provides additional grip to your device. Comes

Google Drive suffering from service outage

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If there’s ever a great time for Google Drive to start having issues, it’s first thing on a Monday morning. We’ve received a not inconsiderable fleet of tips from readers saying that their access to the cloud storage service has been flaky, and similar noises are currently being made all over Twitter. Google’s service website

Report: iPad mini to rule 2013, Retina model due in Q3

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A new week brings a fresh batch of iPad rumors. According to a report out of Asia, Apple is gearing up to launch a Retina iPad mini in the third quarter of this year, alongside a redesigned fifth-generation 9.7-inch model with an iPad mini-like aluminum design, featuring a thinner bezel and lighter frame. Despite Apple

Samsung Announces Galaxy S 4; It Has All Of The Features

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Reporting live from Samsung’s Galaxy S 4 event in New York City. At a massive event at Radio City Music Hall, featuring a live orchestra and a simulcast on a huge billboard in Times Square, Samsung showed off its newest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S 4, which is…not very interesting. But the Galaxy S line

Obama Finally Confronts China about Cyber Attacks


Though it has been clear to the American public for some time now, the US government has not officially stated it’s belief in the involvement of China’s military in the recent cyber attacks on American companies

Phablets: Bigger is More, Bigger is Better

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Smartphones are getting bigger. People demand and companies supply. Our smartphones are getting bigger because of our evolving needs. Smartphones are turning into tablets – pocket computers, not pocket telephones – multitasking and jumping on the digital ride, be it shopping, social networking, browsing, gaming, messaging or streaming.

Verizon officially gets its Galaxy Note 10.1 on Thursday

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Just a quick heads up that the Verizon LTE version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 that we first told you would be landing on March 7 … is now officially landing on March 7. It’ll be available in stores and online for $599.99. The Galaxy Note 10.1 showcases Samsung’s S Pen, with a number

Announcing our Winners in the ‘Spring into TEGRA’ Contest!

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First off, we would like to thank everyone for submitting their entries. The fun and creativity put into your entries was definitely on display. We really appreciate the time and effort put in to each and every entry… so THANK YOU! Second, a BIG THANKS to our friends @NVIDIA. They’ve stepped up to partner with

Super Hexagon update helps with lag on Nexus 7, other devices

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Super Hexagon, that ridiculously difficult and ridiculously awesome game from Terry Cavanaugh, received an update today that, among other things fixes input lag on a number of devices, notably the Nexus 7. That’s been a sore spot for many of us since launch. Also, the game should now launch faster, setup has been improved, and

Verizon Galaxy S3 seeing its Android 4.1.2 update today

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Verizon's Galaxy S3 is getting its update to Android 4.1.2, with the new build hitting phones right about … now! Here's the full changelog for VRBMB1: Keyboard Predictive Text feature has been improved User can take pictures while on a call Manual refresh button has been added to lock screen stock ticker Email syncing has



Nielsen Vice Chair Susan Whiting delivered a keynote presentation and participated in a panel session at Mobile World Congress, the world’s largest mobile conference today. The event is attended by tens of thousands of people from more than 200 countries representing carriers, technology and consumer brands, and device manufacturers, among others. The topic of the

Humble Bundle 5 brings six games in one awesome deal

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There’s no better way to get a handful of awesome Android applications for one low price than the Humble Bundle, and it’s back in its fifth iteration with up to six titles. The gist is that you pay whatever you want and get these four apps: Beat Hazard Ultra, a musically powered arcade shooter Dynamite

Google’s Picasa URL now redirecting to Google+ photo albums

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In yet another bid to seemingly sunset its Picasa branding, Google’s redirecting Picasa users who head to its direct URL. Hilariously, that redirection is to Google+ web albums, which … well, let’s just say we haven’t been using our G+ photo albums all that much. But perhaps you have, and that’s just capital, given that

Sony Xperia Z hands-on and initial review

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For Android fans, the Sony Xperia Z was one of the highlights of a fairly quiet CES. A 5-inch, 1080p phone with a bold new design language and fancy new camera technology, the Xperia Z was probably the most compelling phone of the show. And just a couple of months later, it's now available to

Editorial: Countering ID theft requires better awareness campaigns

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Evernote’s massive password reset last week was the most recent demonstration of leaky security around consumer locks and keys. Dropbox, LinkedIn, Twitter and others preceded the Evernote action. These anxiety-producing consumer annoyances occur over a backdrop of increased cyber-attack news. Chinese hackers are spotlighted in many recent disruptions, substantiated by Akamai’s report of originating-attack countries

Watch This Pen Draw Objects In Midair [Video]

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We catch up with the brains behind the 3Doodler, a plastic-melting pen that lets you draw 3-D objects in midair. Even the best consumer 3-D printers require a whole lot of brains to create the simplest plastic tchotchke. Toymaker Maxwell Bogue doesn’t think creative expression in three dimensions should be so hard, so he created

Elevator Pitches Revamped, Content Marketing Nirvana, Good Grammar

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The Strategist picks the day’s most interesting stories for the content aficionados who love the backstory and reading between the lines. Here are the gems you need to kickstart your Tuesday: Your Elevator Pitch Stinks. Here’s How to Fix It (Inc.) Don’t bombard your partners, customers, and prospects with a paragraph-long sales pitch — tell a compelling

And the winner of our iPad mini giveaway is…

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Ladies and gentlemen, we have found the winner for our iPad mini giveaway. First of all, we want to thank everyone who entered, your participation has been nothing short of impressive. We’d also like to lend a huge thanks to our giveaway sponsor, Big Fish Games, for helping us with this giveaway, and for creating

Hands On: Sony’s Translucent-Lens A58 DSLR

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Our friends over at Popular Photography just put up a hands-on examination of the new Sony A58 DSLR. The A58 is the couple-years-later followup to the A55, which won Popular Photography’s highest honor, Camera of the Year, back in 2010. It’s cheap, at only $600 for the whole kit, but it doesn’t skimp on features

Apple Wins Patent for Pressure-Sensitive Device Casings

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Apple was today granted a 2009 patent application to allow users to control a device by pressing on, or squeezing, parts of the casing. An illustration in the patent shows potential touch-sensitive areas across a whole range of different devices: The patent, discovered by AppleInsider, combines two different methods of detecting and measuring the amount

Temple Run: Oz slides its way into App Store ahead of Friday’s flick release

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Imangi Studios, the brains behind the popular endless-runner game Temple Run, is no stranger to movie tie-ins. Just last June, they released Temple Run: Brave which uses content from Disney’s Pixar animated feature film, ‘Brave’. A much-improved sequel to Temple Run hit the App Store in January 2013, quickly becoming the fastest downloaded mobile game in history.

Sprint Galaxy S3 receiving large OTA update

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It looks like many users with the Samsung Galaxy SIII (S3) on Sprint are receiving a relatively large — about 157MB — OTA update on their devices. Grant, who sent us the above screenshot, notes that this is a Samsung software update and not a regular firmware update. Sprint’s support pages indicate that the update to

Deal of the Day: OtterBox Commuter Series Case for Galaxy S3

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The March 5 Deal of the Day is the OtterBox Commuter Series Case for Galaxy S3. This case offers a unique design with reliable strength against drops. A durable silicone layer wraps around the Galaxy S3 while a one-piece, custom molded polycarbonate shell sits on top for double the protection. Available in black, green,

iMovie for iOS Updated with Stability Enhancements and Bug Fixes [iOS Blog]

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Apple today updated its consumer moviemaking app iMovie for iOS, adding reliability enhancements when sending photos from iPhoto to iMovie and fixing a bug that affected project photos when restoring from a backup. Here’s the full list of changes: -Improves reliability when sending photos from iPhoto to iMovie -Resolves an issue that could affect photos

Android malware scanners — should you use one

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Recently we've seen AVG, an Android “security” app marking other applications as malware when they aren't. That's called a false positive, and it's a fairly common occurrence. When it happens to a popular app, it always causes confusion and gets everybody unnecessarily stressed out. This time it also got us thinking — do people really need