Corporations and brands have been known to use third party firms to collect consumer data. But, those days are soon long gone.
According to a recent video on WSJ.com, there’s a new app that will allow consumers to rate products directly through their iPhone or Android. The app is called Rewardable. It is a data collection app that helps brands determine the marketing strength of their products. Most third party consumer survey companies are known to pay individuals $25 to $200 to participate. Now, through the Rewardable app, people can earn money on the spot, while shopping in their favorite store.
The money earned goes directly into your PayPal account. This totally cut out the middle man.
To learn more about the app, watch the video below:
Tumblr, the blogging site that attracts an eclectic group of 35 and Unders, was recently purchased by Yahoo for a cool $1.1 billion. The attraction to the site was due to its hip and wildly witty demographic. Of the 170 million Tumblr users, half of them are under 35 years of age. On any given day, you are liable to see the quirkiest of comments, humorous posts, and even some risky images. These are just a fraction of what attracts certain people to the site. This internet hub has become one of the hippest of social media sites.
With all big acquisitions, the ability for the company to make money is what lingers in the balance. So of course, Yahoo is now pressuring Tumblr to sell more ads. As part of Tumblr’s “Year End Roundup” event, Yahoo will highlight the best ads that appeared on the site in 2013.
On HTTP://YEARINREVIEW.TUMBLR.COM, there will be an exploration of 20 categories ranging from the most popular musical groups to the most interesting architecture of 2013. Boasting a plethora of images, the review will continue through December with daily posts spanning 40 more categories that will culminate on New Year’s Eve with the best fireworks displays featured on Tumblr during the year. – AP
A very progressive move was made today with the release of One Direction’s new album, Midnight Memories. The Sony/Columbia label partnered up with one of the tech world’s most popular social media apps, Kik. With Kik’s ability to reach over 95 million users, One Direction’s new project was able to reach new plateaus in global marketing abilities.
Fans across the globe was introduced to a 1D Kik Card, chat with friends, and unlock exclusive content from an unique “unlocking” program designed for the music group. The card has the ability to let fans share videos, photos, news and their own exclusive One Direction content.
“We believe that messaging tools will be dominant in millennial communication, and that music will be a prominent vertical in that space. We’re excited to help Columbia get out there early to take advantage of this growing marketplace, and we’re confident other labels and brands will follow their lead.” said David Rosenberg, managing director, IPG Media Lab.
he IPG Media Lab connected Kik with Columbia Records and designed an exclusive community-driven opportunity for fans to get first looks, and connect to each other and the band. The card also gives One Direction a 24/7/365 presence on Kik and a new channel to drive engagement, making it a strong indicator of where music and brand marketing are heading in the space.
“We’re excited to provide One Direction with a fun, authentic new way to reach millions of their fans,” said Kik CEO Ted Livingston. “Brands and marketers are beginning to realize that messaging is the killer app in mobile, and we’re looking forward to working with IPG Media Lab to help more incredible brands like One Direction connect with their audiences.”
To access the 1D Kik card: Download and install Kik, available at Apple App Store or Google Play Store. After downloading Kik, go to www.1dkikcard.com on your iPhone or Android smartphone.
One Direction- Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson formed in 2010 and have since amassed a loyal fan base and fame all across the globe. With two albums to date, UP ALL NIGHT and TAKE ME HOME, they have impressively sold over 36 million records worldwide and have achieved a total of 67 number ones. It’s been an incredible year for One Direction as they took home a BRIT Award, 3 Billboard Music Awards, 6 Teen Choice Awards and received a moonman for Best Song Of The Summer at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. This summer, One Direction made their movie debut with their massive hit 3D concert movie and documentary One Direction: This Is Us. The film has been a phenomenal success, topping the UK and US box offices and grossing an incredible $67 Million worldwide. The band will release their third studio album MIDNIGHT MEMORIES on November 25th which includes the worldwide smash hit “Best Song Ever” and the current single “Story Of My Life.”
(via press release)
ATLANTA – (November 12, 2013) – Publik Trust, a new, evolved street wear clothing line launching in Spring 2014, that incorporates the changing look and demands of its consumers to provide a fresh modern edge to its fashion designs, today announced its partnership with Konsole Kingz, effective January 2014. Through this unique partnership, Xbox gamers around the world can purchase items from Publik Trust’s fashion lines through Ultrafresh, a virtual, urban fashion boutique available on the Xbox Live Marketplace, and deck out custom avatars in trendy looks that match gamers’ personal fashion styles. Since launching on Xbox in 2007, Konsole Kingz has sold more than 1.3 million virtual goods globally.
“Publik Trust’s partnership was coordinated to launch at the same time as our debut fashion line drops in stores,” said Demetrius Tatum, founder of Publik Trust. “This virtual licensing agreement is great for a new brand like Publik Trust because it helps us cross into the gaming industry where we increase exposure and build brand recognition with a massive global audience.”
To date, Xbox has sold more than 67 million consoles worldwide, and has several top fashion and accessory brands available in the Xbox Live Avatar Store, including: Adidas; Beats By Dre; Burton; Skull Candy; and more. In addition, Publik Trust has plans to create Xbox lounges within the stores of its key retailers for consumers to virtually dress and mix-and-match items from its collections while physically purchasing product. These lounges create a unique atmosphere for consumers and retailers to shop in a cutting edge environment where products can be selected and ordered or purchased on demand, and it’s as simple as a click.
Publik Trust is positioned to become a global brand and is launching in 75 retail stores including: DTLR; City Gear; Wish Atlanta; Walters; Shoe Gallery; Fly Kix; Dope; and many others. The brand is a forward thinking company that creates unique designs ahead of emerging trends while preserving the fundamental street wear looks and movements that are a favorite amongst young adult males. Much of its inspiration is derived from Mumbai, India, which is known for vibrant colors, movement and chic shapes.
“Through our early previews at industry related events and trade shows, items from the brand’s first collection have been well received,” added Tatum. “We’re ready to get our product in stores and available through Xbox’s Ultrafesh virtual boutique. This is a really exciting time and partnership for the Publik Trust brand.”
Please feel free to reach out to Nicole Kazak, President – Kazak Media, directly via email, or at (813) 966-4314, to learn more about Publik Trust, its partnership with Xbox and Konsole Kingz or to receive images from the Spring 2014 collection.
About Publik Trust
PUBLIK TRUST, scheduled to launch in Spring 2014, is an evolved street wear clothing line that incorporates the changing look and demands of its consumers to provide a fresh modern edge. PUBLIK TRUST is a forward thinking company that creates unique designs ahead of emerging trends while preserving the fundamental street wear looks and movements that are a favorite amongst young adult males. Founded by fashion industry veteran, Demetrius Tatum, and headquartered in Atlanta, GA, the brand will have six collection drops per year. The brand’s inspiration is derived from Mumbai, India, which is known for vibrant colors, movement and chic shapes. PUBLIK TRUST’s brand icon, the elephant, symbolizes strength and power – two fundamental characteristics the clothing line strives to convey to its consumers. For more information visit: www.publiktrust.com (website coming soon).
About Konsole Kingz
Konsole Kingz is the leader in connecting the followers of the hip-hop lifestyle to the videogame world. Konsole Kingz has been a part of the Xbox LIVE® Marketplace since 2007 and has delivered content that revolves around celebrity gamers, the urban gamer lifestyle and Konsole Queenz. For more, please visit: http://konsolekingz.com
Konsole Kingz, Konsole Queenz, and UGR are trademarks of Konsole Kingz, LLC, in the United States and/or other countries. Xbox® and Xbox 360® is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.
Yesterday was a great day for owners of the “TWTR” stock. The messaging app opened up publicly and instantly created gigantic wealth for many as the stock closed at over 70%.
When Twitter opened the doors for a selective few to purchase at $26, analyst had no idea the stock would soar to $44.90. This instantly created the flood gates for individuals to quickly sell their $26 shares and turn a complete 100% profit. A lot of millionaires (and some billionaires) were born yesterday. But, Twitter has to now figure out how it will maintain a $31 billion market value. Experts believe this is where they will suffer in the long run.
Unlike Facebook, Twitter hasn’t been able to turn a profit. It’s advertising revenues aren’t generating the money many thought it would. Several reasons could be that advertising on Twitter lacks visual appeal. On Facebook, you can see a picture of the product instantly. You do not have to, literally, “click-thru” an url link in order to see and fully understand what product or service is being sold. Also, Twitter 140-characters only policy can ruin a company’s ability to impact the consumer through words. So, advertising is clearly a troubled area for Twitter.
Another area of concern is the global impact of Twitter. Although 232 million of Twitter users are internationally-based, their global ad sales are far from stellar. The numbers don’t add up. Therefore, Twitter tells the Associated Press that it plans to hire more sales representatives in various locations across the globe (i.e. Australia, Brazil, and Ireland).
Do you believe Twitter will maintain its leverage? Let us know what you think.
When you are riding in a limousine, the last thing on your mind is invasion of privacy. Well, it’s 2013 and things have changed. No longer will we only worry about guarding your personal information at work or at home. Now, online hackers can retrieve your information from anywhere…including a limo.
The Associated Press reports that an limousine software company was hacked and there’s potential exposure of sensitive data belonging to celebrities, athletes, executives, and some politicians. The company affected was Corporatecaronline. The company sells software to limousine companies that helps streamline reservations, pick ups/drop-offs, and payments. It boasts over 1 million customers. The potential for breached information to be leaked to the masses is overwhelming.
Dan Leonard, the owner of Corporatecaronline, was told of the breach over a month ago by Alex Holden, chief information security officer of Hold Security. Holden informed Leonard that credit card numbers and other personal info had been stolen.
No response made by Mr. Leonard as of yet.
“When your mom, grandmother, auntie and all the rest of your older family members joined Facebook, it’s time to find another social media outlet to congregate.” – Teenager
This is one of the reasons why Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and his team are trying to figure ways to get this age demographic back interested. According to reports, Facebook has seen a slow drop in shares and their missing teenagers are one of the causes. With apps like Twitter and Instagram, Facebook doesn’t allow a friendlier outlook for the younger generation. Other apps are just more “hip” in comparison to Facebook. Also, the issue with privacy is a biggie for kids too.
Research shows teens’ growing interest in other social apps like Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat, and a recent Pew study found more than half of teens have avoided certain apps because they’re worried about privacy.
Twenty-six percent of teens have uninstalled an app after learning it was collecting their personal information, according to the study.
Zuckerberg was livid this past summer when critics called Facebook “not cool”. But, honestly, Zuckerberg must be living under a rock because Facebook isn’t cool. You can ask anyone under 35 that.
It may be time for the Facebook staff to go back to the drawing board and come up with a creative way to make the app/site fun again. Because sometimes kids just want to stay away from family and old classmates…aka people who may judge them.
What do you all think? What can Facebook do to regain its younger members?
For those of us who keep up with technological advances, we sort of knew that this day would come eventually. As people rely on their Androids and Apple iPhones to do almost any and everything imaginable, there would come a time when television would no longer wait to be seen in the comforts of your home.
In the last 5 to 10 years, there has been several companies that offered equipment and/or apps that transmits cable television to your mobile device. For instance, Slingbox is one that offers people the opportunity to watch their favorite TV programs from anywhere outside of the home. All you do is simply connect the box to your cable TV and then set up the connection on your phone. If you’re on the road going on a family vacation, just turn on the Slingbox connection and watch any channel of your choice. The product also has the capabilities to save your favorite channels, use a touch screen remote, etc. It’s pretty awesome.
Nowadays, the idea of watching television on your phone is becoming more common. Most people are rarely at home anyways, which is why cable companies probably began offering DVR boxes. Whether you are working or taking your kids back and forth to practices, finding time to sit down and watch television is rare. Networks are beginning to recognize this due to lack of viewer ratings. When ratings are low, advertising dollars start to decrease. So, how can networks prevent viewership from falling? Or, at least, track viewership to see where improvements can be made?
One way is to make sure that Nielsen is adjusting to the changes in how people watch TV. Well, that is exactly what they will be doing.
Nielsen recently announced that they will begin tracking mobile device viewership. All shows watched on a mobile phone or tablet will be accounted for. In order to get this done, Nielsen will embed a code into each network. The data received will be included in their traditional TV ratings.
As of now, Nielsen doesn’t believe these ratings will have a major impact on the overall ratings calculations. But, they do feel that it is important to capture this due to the younger viewing audiences who are more prone to watch on their phones.
The United Way of Greater Atlanta is now offering an innovative way to help people become financially fit. The new mobile app called the “Money Game” is an unique way to keep users engaged about a subject (money) that is otherwise considered a bit drab. The app selects financially-driven trivia questions for users and offers small prizes. This new innovative educational tool provide users with the necessary information to become financially independent – in the present and future. To help users maintain a positive outlook on money, United Way offers free mentors to each user.
The Money Game is available on Apple and Android smartphones. For more information or to download the app, visit www.UnitedWayAtlanta.org/MoneyGame/ .
OtterBox® is making more advances in smartphone protection. As the no. 1 selling case for smartphones, OtterBox will now sell indestructible cases for Apple iPads. The new Defender Series® for iPad® mini (with Retina) and Defender Series for iPad Air will feature many of the same elements that safeguard iPhones.
“Apple’s tablet lineup continues to change the way people connect around the world,” said OtterBox CEO Brian Thomas. “When OtterBox designs for the latest iPads, we complement the Apple design intent and functionality and ensure these devices are protected from physical harm. Our category-leading cases provide consumers the confidence to know that their tablets are functional virtually everywhere they go.”
The Defender Series is manufactured with the same polycarbonate shell and shock-absorbing slip cover. The iPad case will also come with a removable screen shield which protects the Retina whether it is in use or not. The shield will also double as a media viewing stand with landscape and portrait modes.
Pre-orders are being accepted now with an estimated shipping release date of October 31. Clearly Protected™ device guards will be coming soon.
To find out more about these new products, visit www.OtterBox.com.
Microsoft released its latest operating system on last Thursday, Windows 8.1. The system is the next step up from the Windows 8. However, many users of Windows 8 criticized the operating system for its failure to bridge the tablet and PC world together as planned. Therefore, Microsoft made a few tweaks and updates and now one year later Windows 8.1 is here.
Windows 8.1. contains the same updates as 8, but features some additions to make the user experience more functional and exciting. According to the Associated Press, The features that Windows 8.1 offers are as follows:
START ME UP – The Start button is back in desktop mode, although not the way it was before Windows 8 came along. In Windows 7 and before, a click on Start would have brought up programs and important folders in a list. Now, one tap on Start flips you back to the new tile interface, where you can click or tap tiles to open programs. A long press brings up crucial settings such as the Control Panel.
BOOT TO DESKTOP – You can now start up the machine in desktop mode, bypassing the tiles for a short time. That removes some of the headache for companies that want to use Windows 8 but don’t want to buy a touch-screen monitor for every employee.
TOUCH AND GESTURE UPDATES
ONSCREEN KEYBOARD SWIPES - The onscreen keyboard now includes the ability to type numbers or punctuation marks by swiping up or away from certain keys on the standard “QWERTY” layout, eliminating the need to toggle between numeric and alphabetic layouts. You can also select from suggested words mid-stream using side swipes and taps on the virtual spacebar.
GESTURE-ENABLED APPS – You can now wave in the air in front of the front-facing camera to get a response. For example, in the new app Bing Food & Drink, a right-to-left wave in “Hands Free Mode” flips through pages of a recipe.
QUICKER TILE ORGANIZING - You can tap and hold Windows tiles with your finger to move them. Another couple taps will allow you to resize them in one of four sizes. In the previous version, you had to go back to the mouse or touchpad and right-click on tiles to do this, and you were limited to two sizes.
EASIER APPS ACCESS - Finding all your apps takes just a swipe up on your start screen, as long as you don’t do it from beyond the bottom edge. Before, you had to swipe up from the bottom edge, then tap on the All Apps button.
AUTOMATIC UPDATES – Apps update in the background, replacing the constant reminders to go to the Windows Store to update the apps yourself.
SMALLER TABLETS – Windows 8.1 now has a home screen that looks good in portrait mode on screens measuring 7 inches to 8 inches diagonally.
LOCK SCREEN ACCESS – You can now answer Skype calls or take photos from the lock screen without having to log in. Just swipe down. You can also set other apps like Twitter to send notifications when the screen is locked.
BETTER MULTITASKING – In Windows 8.1, you can run up to four apps at once side by side, double the previous amount, though you need a large, high-resolution monitor to do so (On their own, Microsoft’s Surface tablets are not big enough for more than two). You can resize panes using a slider that moves side to side, instead of being limited to one larger window and one slender one. This is still not as capable as Windows 7 or in desktop mode, where you can open dozens of items in windows that can be resized horizontally, vertically and diagonally. And many app makers have yet to adapt, meaning some apps still appear as a thin sliver, even if you want them to take up half the screen.
GLOBAL SEARCH - Typing while on the tile-based start screen will pull up multiple search results – if applicable – from your computer, the Web and the Windows app store. If you’re searching for a musician, you’ll see a list of popular songs you can play using Xbox Music, and if it’s someone famous (like President Barack Obama) you’ll see biographical details, videos and other information. Before, you had to choose where to search: in apps, settings, computer files or on the Internet.
EMAIL UPDATE – The standard-issue Mail app now has a “power pane” on left-hand side with folders for updates from social networks like Facebook, messages from favorite contacts and newsletters. Some of these features work only with Microsoft accounts such as Hotmail and Outlook.com, though. A new “sweep” command deletes multiple messages with a couple taps.
BETTER BROWSING – No longer are you limited to 10 open tabs in the tile version of Internet Explorer. Before, Web pages automatically closed without prompts when you try to open more. You can open as many as you want now. Better yet, you can have two different websites displayed side by side, the way you’ve long been able to before Windows 8 came along.
XBOX MUSIC REFRESH - The music streaming app now optimizes playback over discovery with a layout that has more lists and smaller photos. It also adds the ability to create playlists from any website with a couple taps. When on a website featuring artists, swipe in from the right edge and tap the Share button followed by the Music button. It will create a song playlist based on those artists, which you can then stream for free.
PICTURE EDITING – A picture editor with pre-set effects comes with the update, allowing for photo touchups, cropping, contrast changes and other features.
XBOX ONE INTEGRATION – You can pick up where you left off if you start playing a video purchased on Xbox Video on a tablet and then watch the rest on Microsoft’s upcoming game console, Xbox One.
Despite the new updates, Windows 8.1 caught a lot of flack for several glitches it contained. Complaints came in about the system crashes the new OS has caused once downloaded.
As of Sunday, Microsoft quickly pulled the free download from their website. They issued an apology and promised users that they will update everyone when the issues are resolved.
“RT 8.1 is an operating system for tablets and light, thin personal computers. It only runs built-in apps or apps downloaded from the Windows Store.” – Microsoft
Want To Go To Space? Virgin Galactic’s Richard Branson & NBC Team Up for ‘Space Race’ Competition Show
Billionaire owner of Virgin Airlines, Richard Branson, is ready to take his Virgin Galactic spacecraft to the moon. But, he’s willing to fly one person for free when the first flight take place. However, there is one kick. That lucky person must become the winner on a new competition show titles “Space Race”.
Branson and television producer, Mark Burnett have partnered up to develop the competition show for NBC. The first flight to space is rumored to occur sometime in 2014. The space craft has been going through rigorous testing at a Virgin Galactic facility.
Virgin has been testing its rocket-powered space vehicle this year, with pilots reaching a height of 69,000 feet on a Sept. 5 flight that landed in the Mojave Desert near Virgin Galactic’s facility there. Virgin has said the goal is to begin commercial flights next year, with Branson and his family taking the first ride.
The first flight into space is almost booked up. Branson has already received seat reservations from 640 people totaling $80 million. Wow! So, if you are eager to take that trip into space, make sure you have no less than $125,000 to spend.
No word yet on when “Space Race” will air on NBC. If we hear of any auditions dates or when its scheduled to premiere, we will let you.
Secret “EBay For Drugs” Website ‘Silk Road’ Generated $1Billion In Sales; Its Mastermind Captured By Feds
At some point in this digital age, someone was going to take their drug-dealings away from the streets and into the cyber world. So, this story below shouldn’t come as no surprise.
Ross William Ulbricht, also known as Dread Pirate Robinson, was recently captured and charged for running a billion dollar illegal drug website. The website ‘Silk Road’ was a secret community of users who used the site to purchase and/or distribute illegal drugs (i.e. heroin, marijuana, psychedelics, stimulants, etc). The site had over 1 million users registered worldwide. Its popularity was fueled by the fact that an user could register and browse through the catalogue of drugs anonymously. Federal authorities claims that Ulbricht brokered over $1 billion in transactions on Silk Road and ordered a failed murder-for-hire on a former employee.
After two years of investigation, the Feds captured 29 year old Ulbricht in a quiet library in San Francisco, California. Ulbricht is originally from Austin, Texas but took up modest living in San Fran with two roommates.
Ulbricht first came to the attention of federal agents in 2011 when they figured out he was “altoid,” someone who they say was marketing Silk Road on other drug-related websites the FBI was watching. In October 2011, “altoid” posted an advertisement for a computer expert with experience in Bitcoin, an electronic currency, and gave an email address.
From there, investigators began to monitor Ulbricht’s online behavior closely, according to the court records. Investigators said Ulbricht was living within 500 feet of a San Francisco Internet cafe on June 3, 2013, when someone “logged into a server used to administer the Silk Road website.”
Court documents show investigators slowly connected Ulbricht to Silk Road by monitoring his email and picking up on some slipups, including using his real name to ask a programmers’ website a highly technical question about connecting to secret sites like Silk Road.
His final mistake, according to the court papers, was ordering fake identification documents from a Silk Road vendor from Canada. One of the nine documents was a California driver’s license with Ulbricht’s photograph, birthdate but a different name. The package was intercepted at the border during a routine U.S. Customs search.
On July 26, Homeland Security investigators visited Ulbricht at his San Francisco residence. He “generally refused to answer questions,” the agents said.
The investigators left that day without arresting Ulbricht, who holds a bachelor’s of science degree in physics from the University of Texas at Dallas and a master’s degree from Penn State University.
They returned Tuesday and arrested him at the library. He faces the prospect of life in prison if convicted of all the charges. (AP)
We’re in the wrong business…clearly.
In just one day, Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc (the makers of Grand Theft Auto video games) stacked up over $800,000 in sales from the release of the latest GTA series 5. The series was launched on Tuesday, September 17 for the PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system and the XBox 360. GTAV launched worldwide with the exception of Brazil and Japan.
“All of us at Take-Two are thrilled with the initial response to Grand Theft Auto V. Once again, the team at Rockstar Games have outdone themselves, setting the entertainment industry’s new standard for creativity, innovation and excellence,” said Strauss Zelnick, Chairman and CEO of Take-Two. “Beginning at midnight on Monday, consumers around the world gathered in anticipation to be among the first to experience the evolution of this remarkable series. In North America alone, more than 8,300 stores opened their doors at midnight to welcome fans whose loyalty and enthusiasm were rewarded with what The New York Times called ‘the most immersive spectacle in interactive entertainment’. We are incredibly proud of Rockstar Games’ creative achievement and could not be more pleased with the success of this launch.”
GTA V will also be accompanied by the first worldwide online gaming experience. Grand Theft Auto Online is included with the purchase of GTA V and can be accessed for free starting October 1.
For more information on GTA, please visit www.rockstargames.com/V .
The very popular SoundHound mobile application will soon give Android users an extra special experience. The “sound search company” has added a new feature to the app. With the help of WhoSampled, SoundHound users will now be able to find out who sings a song, but also find out which records were sampled, remixed, and covered and by whom.
“Remixing and sampling has grown in popularity over the years in all genres of music from contemporary to urban,” said James Hom, Vice President of Products for SoundHound. “Working with WhoSampled’s data to power the ‘DNA of Music Project’ gives our fans the opportunity to delve deeper by exploring the roots of the song they have just discovered.”
The SoundHound app is available for free from the App Store on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, or at http://bit.ly/SoundHoundiTunes. On Android devices, SoundHound is available at http://bit.ly/SoundHoundPlayStore. Windows Phone users can download SoundHound at http://bit.ly/SoundHoundWindowsPhone. On BlackBerry 10 devices, SoundHound can be downloaded at http://bit.ly/SoundHoundBlackBerry.
SoundHound is the most frequently downloaded app amongst Apple, Google Play, Windows, and Blackberry users.
WhoSampled is the world’s largest database of sample-based music, remixes, and cover songs.
See this is the type of thing that can happen if you make a promise and then decide to not keep it.
Producer/singer/songwriter Ryan Leslie has made millions in the music industry for quite some time. So, it’s not like he doesn’t have the money. But, a couple years ago a laptop holding a catalogue of some of his best works went missing in the U.K. Ryan made a plea to the anyone that finds the missing laptop he promised to give them $1 million. Well eventually a man name Armin Augustein found the laptop and unselfishly returned it to Leslie.
Thinking that Leslie would keep his promise, Augustein was soon surprised when Leslie refused to pay. Leslie refused to fork over the money because he stated that there were music files missing from the laptop. Augustein wasn’t too fond of that explanation and turned over his aggravation to the court system.
A judge found Leslie guilty of not paying his promised finders fee and ordered him to pay Augustein what he was owed. To-date, Augustein has only received $5,000. Well, recently New York authorities reposed Leslie’s 2010 Cadillac Escalade. The vehicle has now been put up in auction and its proceeds will go towards remaining payment owed to Augustein.
No word yet on it other personal items of Leslie’s will be seized.
In case you missed Leslie’s interview (several months ago) with Power 105.1′s The Breakfast Club, check out his explanation of what happened here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpxSN-dHoHU .
Ryan Leslie got to be feeling some type of way now. If he’d only went ahead and paid the man $1 million for finding his laptop, he wouldn’t be the laughing stock of the industry right now. And isn’t he an Harvard or Yale graduate! You would think he’d be a little bit more smarter than this. All he got to do is set up a payment plan with the courts, if he’s unable to pay it all in one lump sum. SMH…get it together Leslie!
CEO Yang Yuaqing is being extra friendly with his annual bonus this year. As the owner of Lenovo Group, he made $14.6 million in 2012 and has decided hand over some of it to his hard working employees. According to reports, Yuanqing will give $3.25 million of his bonus to 10,000 employees. Of course after dividing it up, that only amounts to $325 per worker. Some may see this as too little of an amount. But, at his headquarters in Beijing, this equates to a month’s salary.
Over 20 offices scattered across the globe will receive these bonus payouts. Yuanqing says his kind gesture is to reward his employees for having a huge impact on the company’s survival as the world’s largest PC maker. Therefore, the majority of the bonus money will be given to his employees who work in the manufacturing plants.
via press release…
The Rich Dad Company, founded by personal finance expert Robert Kiyosaki, today announced Rich Dad Interactive, a digital-focused brand that will provide the always-online generation with new ways to learn financial literacy. Most well-known for Rich Dad Poor Dad, the top-selling personal finance book of all time, Rich Dad will bring the time-tested lessons that have helped millions find financial freedom to new audiences via apps, games and interactive learning tools. Rich Dad Interactive’s first product, Clutch, a new take on the e-book format with a focus on visual and interactive elements, is planned for release on the Apple App Store in September 2013.
Millions of Americans and people around the world, especially young people who face intense financial challenges today, haven’t been taught how to take control of their financial future,” said Robert Kiyosaki. “Through Rich Dad Interactive, we’ll provide powerful, fun, new ways to gain financial literacy.”
“We’ve successfully spread the Rich Dad message through books and lectures around the world,” said Shane Caniglia, entrepreneur, President of Rich Dad and head of Rich Dad Interactive. “Studies show that as many as 80% of all online Americans aged 18 to 34 now have smartphones. Online-enabled devices have provided a great platform through which we can reach large audiences and distribute Rich Dad’s lessons in highly effective, interactive forms that are proven to increase retention.”
To learn more about Rich Dad Interactive and view the “Open Your Eyes” trailer, please visit: www.richdad.com/interactive.
Youtube founders Chad Hurley and Steven Chen have created a new app that allows users to create videos from their iOS. And…how does it differ from the other DIY video apps? Well, according to Fortune…
MixBit joins contenders like Vine and Instagram, the latter of which branched out into video this June, which are vying for a chunk of users’ ever-increasing mobile time. But where Vine and Instagram only allow a maximum of six- and 15-second clips respectively, MixBit lets users capture up to 16 seconds and stitch those snippets together into a larger video project over one-hour long — or a maximum of 256 clips. They can then share the final result on Facebook (FB), Twitter, Google (GOOG) Plus, or the Mixbit Web site, also launching this week.
But where MixBit tries to one-up its competition is in its ability to let users edit and collaborate with other users on content. Vine for instance, is so simple it offers no editing tools, while Instagram’s remain more basic. In comparison, MixBit members may crop, duplicate, import photos and outside clips not even taken with the app. (Indeed, they don’t have to record any original clips at all and instead create projects with clips from other Mixbit members.)
The iOS version will be launched first then Andriod will follow.
Do you think MixBit will be the a hit amongst techies??
In two weeks, Madden NFL 25 will be released. With the NFL pre-season games underway, what better time to release the new Madden game. If you are a gamer and one to get the one-up on the competition, EA Sports has released an official playbook via Facebook. The playbook offers tips on offensive/defensive plays. And if that’s not enough, an official Madden 25 Demo will be released on August 13th, which will allow you to relive the Baltimore Ravens vs San Francisco 49ers 2012 Super Bowl game.
Madden NFL 25 will cost $65.
To download the playbook, visit Facebook and search “Madden NFL 25“.
When Instagram rolled out the capabilities to embed photos, this was a relief to many bloggers and news sites. Twitter posts can be shared as well. Now, Facebook is following suit with its sharing capabilities.
If you are a blogger and would like to post someone else’s Facebook message on your site, you can go to that post and click on the “Embed Post” option. You will then be able to copy the code and then post/message, photo, videos, or other random content to your website. But, the embed option only work if that Facebook member has a public page or their security settings are open to nonsubscribers or nonfriends/fans who have access to the page.
With the constant new smartphone releases, people are eager to be equipped with the latest and greatest. Unfortunately, most people enter into a two-year contract in order to get the new phone for a discounted price. Now, this is all about to change.
AT&T announced that they will offer a new plan in which customers can upgrade their phones once a year. The new plan will be called “Next” will offer month-to-month contracts and a waiver on the downpayment. The only downfall is that the “Next” plan will require customers to pay full price for the new phone.
T-Mobile launched their plan called “Jump” in Q1 of 2013. Verizon is also reported to be in the development stages for a similar plan of their won.
Leather has seen a huge spike in sales in the last few years, especially when it comes to women and men clothing. But, the newest trend comes in the form of high-end leather phone cases.
The days of the chunky Otter box and non-reliable plastic cases from mall kiosks are over. Several companies who manufacture cases for phones and tablets are adding more variety in color, style, and fabric choices. One company, in particular, is MAPi.
MAPi is a leader in leather goods and innovation. The company recently announced that they were releasing a new line-up of fashionable cases that were trendy and can easily be paired with designer handbags in shoes. The cases are handmade and are created using the top European leather money can buy. MAPi’s cases for iPhone 5 and Galaxy S4 come in bright new colors such as yellow, raspberry, orange, and lime green. Prices start at $35 and include the following products:
Pella – Shell Case for iPhone 5
A minimalist snap-on shell case, the Pella has a premium leather inlay on a satin touch shell. The easy snap-on- and-off model will offer color coordination whatever the event. Announcing new orange, raspberry, lime green. Price $35
Tion – ID & Card Case for iPhone 5
The Tion is an open face design with room for ID cards, credit cards or even money on the back of the case. The case’s open face design allows for easy use of your phone, and doubles as a wallet or purse while on the go. Available in lime green, raspberry. Price $50
Myra – Wallet Snap Case for Galaxy S4 and iPhone 5
The Myra is an all-in-one, wallet-style case for your phone. It includes three pockets for keeping money, credit card and ID cards secure. Available for Samsung Galaxy S4 in black, red, raspberry, lime green. Available for iPhone 5 in lime green. Price $60
Taos – Snap Wallet Case for iPhone 5
Taos is a leather wallet style with magnetic snap that will keep your phone secure. The leather cover not only keeps your screen and phone covered, but also keeps you looking good. Announcing new lime green. Price $55
Altos – Flip Wallet Case for iPhone 5
Altos is a premium leather flip style that utilizes magnetic closures to keep your phone secure while not in use. Available in raspberry. Price $55
Poros – Caller ID Pouch for iPhone 5
The Poros is a unique stylish premium leather pouch with a caller ID feature. The caller ID screen allows you to easily keep time, while making you look stylish. Available in lime green, raspberry. Price $55
In “case” you want to upgrade from the cheap non-flattering covers four phone or table, visit www.mapicases.com for more information and product choices.
In case you are an athlete and need some additional help with excersises and technique, Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade has a new app to get you started. The new app called “Dwyane Wade Driven” provides customized training programs and videos to downloaders. The app went on sale Monday. The same day Wade and his teammates celebrated their victory over the San Antonio Spurs by parading the downtown streets of Miami.
“It shows people ways to work out, a lot of different ways to work out, whether it’s basketball drills or not,” Wade told The Associated Press. “A lot of people work out at home. A lot of people don’t have access to a gym. A lot of people don’t have trainers. So it’s kind of like I’m the personal trainer for basketball and fitness, and I’ll show them a lot of things I do with my body and for my body.”
The app cost $3.99 and includes basketball drills, fitness routines, and charts to track your progress.
One of the most redundant questions seen on Twitter is “why my page isn’t verified?”. I, personally, could give a rats behind. But, there are people in cyber land that really care about that type of stuff. Also, celebrities have griped for years about random strangers (aka “cyber thugs”) jacking their names and creating profile pages impersonating them. Now, Facebook seems to care too.
The social network recently rolled out it’s usage of the ”blue check.” However, Twitter is the originator of the ”check.” The symbol was created to verify pages of celebrities, politicians, and popular brands so that followers could distinguish if the page/profile was indeed real. With any social media user having the capabilities to create a page and take on the identity of someone else, this security measure was best suited to acknowledge who’s really who. Facebook has taken on the same symbol (and reasoning for it) and has incorporated it within their website. Celebrities such as Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj, President Obama, Beyoncé, and others have verified profiles on Facebook.
As of now, there is no “verification account” application or required documentation profilers can submit to Facebook. Instead, Facebook reps will reach out to each individual or brand if verification of their profile page is deemed necessary.
If you want to see television on-the-go and via your iPhone, now you have the chance. Live streaming has been available for several years, but mainly through third party applications. Now, one major network will begin streaming their television programs straight to iPhones.
According to the Wallstreet Journal, ABC will be the first network to offer live streaming to public TV stations. The network is currently streaming The View in New York and Philadelphia. It is not known if other major cities will evetually be added. For now, local residents can have the luxury to go about their daily routine and still be able to catch their favorite ABC television programs.
Learn more about this new development in the video below.
The uber strategic businessman and founder of Black Entertainment Televison (BET), Robert L. Johnson, announced the launch of two new paid Youtube channels. The new channels, “Acorn TV” and “OnCue”, will be two of several other channels that will fall under Youtube’s new “paid subscription” plan.
Johnson’s RLJ Entertainment will now give Youtube fans the opportunity to watch “theme-driven” videos. “OnCue”, for instance, will offer urban-only content that will showcase African-American films and digital television series. All of the videos will highlight the best in action, drama, romantic comedies/stand-up, documentaries, music, and stage plays. Content will include 35 & Ticking (starring Kevin Hart and Meagan Good), All Things Fall Apart (50 Cent & Lynn Whitfield), The Last Fall (Lance Gross), and I Ain’t Scared of You (featuring the late Bernie Mac).
RLJ Entertainment created these channels on the basis of giving audiences an alternative in digital programming. The “paid” subscription route will be profitable for shareholders, but also create an outlet for producers to air original content.
“Acorn TV” will showcase British TV-related content.
NBA legend Dennis Rodman is a smart man. He always know how to keep his name relevant and profitable. After several stints on various television shows like Celebrity Mole, Celebrity Big Brother, and recently Trump’s All-Star Celebrity Apprentice, Rodman has switched gears from the flat screen to online.
MX Digital, the leading gaming developer, has inked a deal with Rodman to create a series of online casino games. Rodman’s celebrity and wild antics throughout his career has set him apart from other athletes. Because of this, MX Digital believed this controversial character was a perfect fit for their online games. Last week, Rodman began shooting digital footage in Miami.
“We are shooting footage with Dennis in order to bring him directly into the game. Rodman is a perfect crossover personality, and it’s exactly that personality that we’re making sure to infuse into the games. I have worked with Dennis for a long time going back to his dynasty days with the Chicago Bulls, and am excited to have him as a part of our business,” noted Eric Bischoff, part of MX Digital’s management team through Bischoff-Hervey Entertainment, the well-known Hollywood production company behind dozens of reality television shows.
Apparently, Rodman has a keen sense when it comes to tapping into huge revenue generators. The online gaming industry is a multi-million dollar industry. In the UK, especially, online gaming is quite popular. Recently, Rodman acted as spokesman for a top European operator. After his appearance, Rodman’s celebrity garnered over $1 million in online bets immediately following.
“I travel a lot in Europe, so I knew online gaming was big business,” said Rodman of his foray into the sector. “I’ve wanted to get into this part of the gaming sector for a long time, and this was a great opportunity.”
“I love the interactive element of games these days. Connecting with fans in a totally new way is what really got me excited about the project,” Rodman concluded. “I’m lucky to be in a position where I can try moving from one medium into another one, from sports, to TV, to games. And it’s great when something new like this takes off.”
MX Digital is expected to debut the Rodman series on mobile devices, online, and social networks in the summer/fall 2013.
Wow…talk about innovative. The things you can do nowadays with cell phones and notebooks are amazing.
Indie filmmaker, Aaron Mento, recently saved thousands of dollars on a crew and production equipment when he geniusly thought of using his iPad 2 to create a movie. In conjunction with Ocular Migraine Productions, Mento shot the first feature length film on an iPad 2. The film is called “Standard of Living”.
An unpredictable hybrid of horror, comedy and science fiction, “Standards of Living” follows struggling stand-up comedian Peter Sayer, who is desperately unfunny and desperate to change that. One night, Mr. Randall witnesses Peter’s routine. A mysterious man who conducts teleporting experiments, Mr. Randall claims he can cause cargo to “improve” during the journey back—including Peter. Hoping the mission will make him funnier, Peter agrees to be teleported. The result is no laughing matter.
“Standard of Living” is not within industry standards, but turned out to be pretty good considering no rig, tripod, or lens were used. The iPad 2 also cut production costs way down which was great for a young indie filmmaker.
“When you’re low-budget, needing high-end equipment and an operating team can keep you from getting your story out into the world. I saw my iPad 2 one day and thought, ‘Why can’t I make my movie using that?’ ” Mento said.
For all of you indie film lovers, the movie will be released today via live stream at www.standardsoflivingmovie.com. Go check it out and let us know what you think.
On Wednesday April 24, Facebook users will have the opportunity to celebrate the anniversary of one of most influential artist of our time. This historic event will span across the globe servicing over 1 billion users. The event will commemorate the release of Bob Marley’s Kaya: 35th Anniversary Deluxe Edition CD. The celebration will begin with the online listening party followed by a live concert broadcast from the Roxy Theater in Hollywood. His son, 5 time Grammy Award winner Ziggy Marley, will be performing.
Bob Marley & The Wailers originally released ‘Kaya’ in 1978. Universal Music Enterprise will release the 35th anniversary album on April 23. The anniversary album will feature 24-tracks all completely re-mastered. Marley’s music continues to live on an inspire. He legacy is felt deepest in this new era in which images, music, and inspirational quotes are highly regarded as one of the most followed online figures. On Facebook, for instance, Bob Marley ranks in the Top 25 of all Facebook pages garnering over 42 million fans. His page also ranks in the Top 10 of all celebrity pages. He’s sold more than 50 million records worldwide and is inducted in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, GRAMMY Hall of Fame, and Hollywood Walk of Fame.
To honor this icon legend, join in on the fun Wednesday, starting at 7:00PM (PDT). At 9:00PM, immediately following the album stream, the FREE live concert will air. Video streaming will commence on the Facebook pages of Bob Marley, Ziggy Marley, and Legends In The Cloud, as well as www.bobmarley.com and www.ziggymarley.com.