“Google My Business” App Now Lets Business Owners Respond To Customer Reviews From Their Smartphone By Clip Syndicate Google is rolling out an update to its “Google My Business” mobile application designed to make it easier for business owners to view and respond to customer reviews…and, of course, complaints. ...Read More »
Huawei Reboots Its Image With New Honor Brand By Clip Syndicate Shall we do the honours? Huawei has launched a brand new brand of mobile phones, called Honor, starting with the Honor 6 smartphone. But why does the Chinese manufacturer need a new name? It's all about convincing phone fans to feel the quality, says one industry expert. Huawei makes devices like the Ascend Mate 7 and TalkBand fitness tracker, as well as building own-brand devices for others such as the Kestrel for UK network EE. The manufacturer announced its new Honor brand for Europe in Berlin, Germany today.

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Google Fit App Arrives, Poised To Take On Apple's HealthKit By Clip Syndicate Google's competitor to Apple's HealthKit has arrived. The company rolled out its Google Fit app on Tuesday, its fitness tracking dashboard for Android. The app, which connects to your existing Google account, functions as a central dashboard for tracking fitness and health goals. Like HealthKit, Google Fit taps into the sensors in your smartphone to keep tabs on daily activities like steps and active minutes. Users can also manually add exercise and other activities like biking and walking.

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Xiaomi Defends Its Smartphone Business Model By Clip Syndicate Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi said its international expansion plans are dictated by choosing markets where its low-cost business model will work well and not by avoiding areas of potential intellectual-property-litigation risk sweeping across the smartphone industry. Speaking at the WSJD Live Global Technology Conference, Hugo Barra, Xiaomi’s global vice president, said it looks for markets where the price of a smartphone constitutes a large part of a consumer’s income.

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Documentary Editors Rock 'Filmage' Post Production with AJA Io XT "Filmage: The Story of DESCENDENTS/ALL" began as a passion project for a group of creatives working at Dallas-based post house CharlieUniformTango (CUT), and quickly evolved into a full-fledged documentary production. Within four years, the film's directors Deedle LaCour and Matt Riggle, along with editors Justin Wilson and James Rayburn, had traveled the world, combining a love for old-school punk music with filmmaking chops to deliver an indie flick that recounts the history and influence of punk rock legends the Descendents. The film features a compilation of present-day interviews with band members and industry influencers, fan video submissions and archived tour media. Editorial for the film required a portable and flexible workflow, for which Rayburn turned to AJA's Io XT Thunderbolt-enabled professional video device for on-the-go I/O. ...Read More »
RED GIANT OFFLOAD By Ko Maruyama It's a media copy application for easily backup and - hey - OFFLOADING your footage from a removable camera media card to somewhere else. Simple enough for almost anyone on set to use. ...Read More »
Photographer Documents The Death Of Real-Life Conversation By Clip Syndicate As our smartphones make it easier to connect with people across the globe, they often can make it harder to connect face-to-face. London-based photographer Babycakes Romero doesn't own a smartphone. Instead, he treks along in his beloved city, camera in hand, capturing whatever catches his eye. "As a person dedicated to observation, I just feel I would be missing too much of the world around me if I was staring into the palm of my hand the whole time," he says. In his photo series, Death of a Conversation, Romero captures people connection with their digital devices rather than with each other — a phenomenon he believes is only creating more pain and social awkwardness to the world.

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Matrox Monarch HD Selected as Streaming and Recording Appliance for Global Underground Music Site Matrox Monarch HD is the video streaming and recording appliance for the first live underground music site of its kind, DMO Live (Don't Miss Out), a new platform that records and live streams international music parties, exclusive artist interviews and festivals direct to the DMO website. Created for the electronic music lover, DMO (www.dmolive.tv), will soon connect venues in different worldwide locations through one live event by streaming the night's main happening on large screens in club locations around the world. ...Read More »
New IPhones Selling Faster Than Galaxy Note 4 In Korea By Clip Syndicate In an interesting turn of events, the WSJ is reporting that the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are outselling the Galaxy Note 4 in Korea, a bit of news that should give Samsung pause. Pre-orders for the new phones hit 100,000 on the first day of pre-orders compared to 30,000 units for the Galaxy Note 4. Analyst Lee Seung-woo, an analyst with IBK Securities said, that he expected the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus to outsell the Galaxy S5 and Note 4 by a factor of five. Sadly it was plagued by a minor manufacturing issue in Korea that could have turned off the average consumer.

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Blackmagic Cinema Camera and 686 Technical Apparel 686 Technical Apparel has always been about providing innovative, fashionable outerwear and technical apparel inspired from the same Los Angeles street culture and mountain lifestyle that it was founded on. When cinematographer Ian Post was hired to shoot cinematography for the brand, he knew his gear needed to be as reliable, durable and resilient, as well as able to withstand the elements, as the outerwear he was shooting. Not only does Ian's camera have to work in such harsh conditions, but it also has to deliver stunning footage that captures the snowy landscape as well as highlights the star of the shoots, 686 outerwear. ...Read More »
PSA: Don’t Open Random PowerPoint Presentations From Strangers Right Now By Clip Syndicate In what feels like a throwback to the late 90s/early 2000’s, Microsoft has discovered one helluva bug in Microsoft Office. Executed properly, the bug could be exploited to take over your entire system running just about any version of Windows. The exploit gives the attacker the same permissions on your system as whatever type of user you’re currently logged in as. If you’re an admin, that means full admin rights. ...Read More »
Was The Amazon Fire Phone A Gross Miscalculation? By Clip Syndicate The Amazon Fire Phone is teetering on the edge of oblivion, and there are signs everywhere. Amazon has millions of dollars in unsold inventory. Even AT&T, which Amazon partnered with, seems less than enthused about the phone. A look at the carrier's website tells you a little about the current smartphone pecking order. ...Read More »
LG's Next Smartphone Is Powered By An In-House Chip By Clip Syndicate LG announced an octa-core NUCLUN chip on Thursday, a mobile application processor built for “high performance and low energy consumption,” and next-gen LTE networks. The chip will debut in the company’s new G3 Screen, a 5.9-inch phone resembling the company’s popular LG G3 device. LG says it uses four 1.5GHz cores and four 1.2GHz cores — the number of performing cores dynamically adjusts for performance and battery life.

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MAXON at World Animation & VFX Summit By Ko Maruyama It's a year of Reinvention and Renovation for the World Animation and VFX Summit. It's only 10 days away, but you can still register for the professionals summit. Producer Bonne Arnold (How to Train Your Dragon 2), voice talent Jim Cummings (Winnie the Pooh), animator and artist Glen Keane (Duet), director Rob Minkoff (Mr. Peabody and Sherman), media director Richard Taylor (RGH Themed Entertainment), and director David Silverman (The Simpsons) are some of the 2014 edition?s distinguished honorees and speakers. ...Read More »
New Hero in town By Ko Maruyama Here in Hollywood, it's not unusual to spot a GoPro in action. They're on nearly every movie and television stage, shooting main action and behind the scenes footage. But it's also a personal favorite around an active Los Angeles. The camera that makes even simple fun look epic is now even better. ...Read More »
Is Crowdsourcing a Viable Hiring Solution for Your Business? By Jaimy Ford for America's Backbone Weekly Reaching out to the masses for employee referrals isn't for everyone. ...Read More »
New James Bond Author Drops Clues About Upcoming 007 Book By Clip Syndicate U.K. novelist and screenwriter Anthony Horowitz has dropped a few hints about the next 007 book. Speaking on Britain's BBC Radio 4 on Wednesday, Horowitz revealed that he had been given the choice of five treatments for a never produced Bond TV series written by the character’s creator Ian Fleming in the 1950s. He eventually picked a short story involving car racing called Murder on Wheels. ...Read More »
Branding 101: Building Your Identity is as Important as Your Product or Service By Jason Carpenter for America's Backbone Weekly Stick to these basics to create a clear and concise brand identity as a successful small business. ...Read More »
OnePlus’ Impressive $299 Smartphone Will Finally Go On Sale To All — But Only For An Hour By Clip Syndicate If you’ve been in the market for OnePlus One, the hugely impressive $299 Android smartphone that is available by invite only — thus far — then you’re luck is in. The startup has announced that it will make its first smartphone available to all members of the public, but for a one hour window only. The impressive device will be available to buy for an hour on October 27, starting from 15:00 GMT — that’s 08:00 PST, or 11:00 EST. ...Read More »
CEO Says No Gender Pay Gap At Microsoft By Clip Syndicate Satya Nadella, the Microsoft Chief Executive who ignited a firestorm of protest earlier this month by suggesting women should not ask for pay raises, said on Monday that men and women are paid equally at his company. Nadella's statement, made at a presentation on cloud computing in San Francisco, runs counter to some limited data made public by employees, but is unverifiable given that Microsoft does not release details of its pay structure. ...Read More »
Why Your Website URL Matters By Amy Beth Miller for America's Backbone Weekly From going beyond the .com to choosing a memorable domain name, here are the dos and don??ts of ensuring you have the right website address for your small business. ...Read More »
Alabama-Texas A&M Part III Lacks Hype Not Appeal By Clip Syndicate No team has given Alabama's stout defenses more fits than Texas A&M lately. The matchups have produced memorable, down-to-the-wire games the past two seasons, and even a shootout. Yes, involving Alabama. The 21st-ranked Aggies' visit to the seventh-ranked Crimson Tide on Saturday still presents an appealing matchup of high-powered offense against stingy defense, even with 'Bama nemesis Johnny Manziel now in the NFL. ...Read More »
IPad Air 2 And IPad Mini 3 Now Available For Preorder By Clip Syndicate Now that the dust has settled from Thursday's (not so magical) iPad event, Apple's latest iterations of the device — the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 — are now available for preorder at the Apple Store and online. The iPad Air 2 is Apple's thinnest tablet yet, and it's available in silver, space gray and — for the first time — gold. The new generation of the iPad Air also includes Touch ID, Apple's fingerprint sensor, and Apple Pay, albeit with more limited functionality than the payment platform has on smartphone devices. Shipping begins next week.

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Google Drops 3% After Reporting Weaker-Than-Expected Third Quarter Revenue And Profit By Clip Syndicate Today following the bell, Google reported its third quarter earnings: The company had gross revenue of $16.52 billion, revenue net of traffic acquisition costs of $13.17 billion, GAAP earnings per share of $4.09, and non-GAAP earnings per share of $6.35. Analysts had expected Google to earn $6.53 per share on a non-GAAP basis, on net ex-TAC revenue of $13.22 billion.

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Here’s How To Watch Apple’s 2014 IPad Announcement Live By Clip Syndicate Apple is expected to host a live stream today when it is expected to announce the latest version of the iPad, among other new products. Alternatively, AppleTV users can click into the special “Apple Events” channel that popped up on screen right after midnight this morning. Earlier this week, images of a new iPad was leaked fueling speculation of a new version of the tablet.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Camera Shootout Versus IPhone 6 Plus, LG G3 By Clip Syndicate The battle of the phablet phones begins with a test of their built-in cameras that come equipped with optical image stabilization. Which phone takes the best shot? Samsung's latest Galaxy Note 4 sports a new design, but it sticks with a well-tested formula that has defined the phablet range of smartphones since its debut three years ago. Packing a Quad HD Super AMOLED display -- that's a super-sharp resolution of 2,560x1,440 pixels -- and the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, the Note 4 is the most advanced smartphone from Samsung yet. Like the Samsung Galaxy S5, the Note 4 shares some of the same features -- and more importantly for this article, a 16-megapixel rear-shooter that comes with optical image stabilization. Like the S5, it features magic focus -- the ability to choose a focal point as well as handy feature that lets you take a selfie with the rear camera.

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Adobe MAX 2014 By Ko Maruyama This week was the kickoff of Adobe MAX 2014, which seems to be the most concentrated convergence of Adobe creative users from around the world. In this series of articles I'll just present some notes from the convention and my experience as an attendee, a user, a community leader, and a professional user of their software and services. In this installment, I'll give a few words about the Microsoft Surface Pro 3. I may be the wrong candidate, or the perfect candidate to write about this, because I am a Apple/Mac fan, but I'm going to write this piece, and a few to follow on the Surface Pro. ...Read More »
Netflix Says Standalone HBO Was “Inevitable,” Claims Both Services Will Prosper By Clip Syndicate Netflix didn’t deliver the subscriber growth that investors were hoping for, but hey, it managed to keep up with today’s news cycle — specifically, HBO’s short-on-details announcement that it will be launching a standalone streaming service next year. CEO Reed Hastings and CFO David Wells managed to squeeze the news into today’s investor letter, where they say that HBO’s move was “inevitable and sensible. ...Read More »
Google Announces Android Lollipop, Nexus 6 Smartphone, Nexus 9 Tablet By Clip Syndicate Google has announced the next version of Android, formerly known as Android L, will be called Lollipop, officially version 5.0 of the mobile operating system. It also announced the first two devices to run Android L: the HTC Nexus 9 tablet and the Motorola Nexus 6. Sundar Pichai, Google's senior vice president of Android and Chrome, announced the new software and hardware in a blog post . ...Read More »
Netflix Stock Falls 25% After Missing Subscriber Growth Numbers By Clip Syndicate Netflix's rough day just got even worse. The company revealed that it missed its own subscriber forecast for the September quarter, adding fewer than one million new members domestically. It ended the quarter with 37.2 million domestic subscribers. The news helped send Netflix stock down by more than 20% in after hours trading Wednesday, effectively shaving $100 off the stock price. Netflix reported earnings of $0.96 per share for the third quarter, beating estimates for earnings of $0.91. However, its revenue of $1.22 billion fell short of the $1.41 billion that analysts had expected.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Is The Best Android Phone Money Can Buy By Clip Syndicate If large-screen phones have a royal bloodline, it's Samsung's Galaxy Note brand. The Note was the first real "phablet" — a smartphone with a big enough screen that it was almost a tablet. Samsung has greatly improved the line over the last three years, culminating in the impressive Galaxy Note 4. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 ($299.99 with a contract from AT&T, Verizon and Sprint; 24 monthly payments of $31.24 from T-Mobile) isn't just a state-of-the-art phablet. ...Read More »
Apple Looks To Rev Up Fading Tablet Growth By Clip Syndicate Apple Incororated is expected to unveil thinner and more powerful iPads on Thursday ahead of the holiday season, but may struggle to arouse passion for tablets among consumers already over-supplied with hand-held, touch-screen devices. According to new forecasts by tech research firm Gartner,tablet sales are set to rise only 11 percent this year--compared to 55 percent growth last year, even as smartphone sales continue to soar and PC sales trickle back. ...Read More »
Chasing Down the Perfect Shot to Capture the Vengeance of Atalhos in Film Noir José Menezes is the founder of and partner at MA7 Filmes, a production house based in São Paulo, Brazil that specializes in advertising, feature and short films, and documentaries. André, a director and cinematographer, had been working with José on a number of projects through which they developed a close working relationship. They've since collaborated on a variety of projects, most recently working with some of the music video's crewmembers on a feature film, "Obra," directed by Gregorio Graziosi. It will be making its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this September. They are also releasing two short films this year, 'Boatman' and '3310,' directed by José and photographed by André, both shot on the Blackmagic Cinema Camera. ...Read More »
Amazon's Hope For Gaming Success At Last? Build A Multimedia Empire By Clip Syndicate Between an e-book business, a TV studio, and gaming streaming service Twitch, Amazon has all of the pieces to build a video game franchise with cross-media potential. Now all it needs is that hit game. Amazon is getting another chance to deliver. The Seattle online retailing giant on Tuesday released a new set of games for its mobile devices. The fall lineup is a mix of original titles and collaboration with other game developers, all made specifically for Amazon's devices. ...Read More »
Skype Launches Standalone App For Disappearing Video Messages By Clip Syndicate Skype is capitalizing on the increasing popularity of photo and video-centric messaging apps with a new standalone app for disappearing video messages. The Skype Qik app is ideal for short, impromptu video conversations between friends. While the company says the app is meant to run alongside Skype, it's a standalone smartphone app that doesn't require a Skype account to use. Dan Chastney, principal program manager lead at Skype, said "Skype started with desktop. ...Read More »
New IPhones To Be Available In More Than 115 Countries By Year-end By Clip Syndicate Apple Inc said that its recently released iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus phones will be available in more than 115 countries by the end of the year. The iPhones will arrive in 36 additional countries and territories across Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and Africa by the end of this month. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be made available in China, the world's biggest smartphone market, and India from Oct. 17.

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