CNN recently reported on the "death" of the home stereo system, and while that's an exaggeration, few people -- young or old -- have "stereos" anymore. CNN was asleep at the wheel on this one; precious few folks have had stereos for decades. Music is now almost always consumed in cars, and over phones and plastic computer or Bluetooth speakers. If there's an imminent "death" on the horizon, it will surely strike MP3 players and iPods. Phones have already taken over as the portable music players of choice. Do you know anyone … Read more
Jeff Zucker, the former NBC executive and now president of CNN, coined the phrase "trading analog dollars for digital pennies" five years ago. It represented the challenge faced by companies built around content distribution and advertising; the revenues generated from accelerating Internet usage, especially mobile, has been far less lucrative than analog and has brought added financial stress. Nearly a year later he modified his statement to "trading analog dollars for digital dimes." Speaking at the Fortune Brainstorm Tech conference Tuesday, Zucker noted further progress, updating his back-of-the-envelope calculation to "a little north of quarters&… Read more
Zite, the personal news aggregator, released on Wednesday a new version of its app that aims to help people discover more stories relevant to them, while better highlighting publishers.
With version 2.3, which is now available on iOS devices, the CNN-owned Zite is trying to make its personalized magazine work better for users, especially those new to the service.
As a result, explained CEO Mark Johnson, Zite will now gray out articles that have already been read and make publications' titles appear in what's called the "topic drawer," the list of topics that show up when … Read more
To hear the news today, yes indeed, Google Glass has a number of new apps available for it: Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, CNN, Evernote, and even Elle Magazine join The New York Times, Path, Google+, Gmail, and Google Now, starting today.
But, what does that mean? For those who haven't worn Glass (and that's most people), hearing "apps" suggests standalone ecosystems, like iPhone or Android apps. Actually, that's not what they are at all.
As far as Facebook and Twitter on Glass go, there isn't really all that much to it: the Glass apps (or &… Read more
Google on Thursday unveiled several new apps -- or "Glassware," as it calls them -- for its wearable computing device. The apps include Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Evernote, CNN, and Elle and join the apps already available from The New York Times and Path. The new apps are currently available to Glass owners.
While the apps have limited functionality compared with their mobile and Web versions, many companies noted the first release is only the start of what their Glass apps will soon offer.
"We believe that wearables are the … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Check out the new Web site for Jill Schlesinger, CBS News senior business analyst!
- Bitcoin bubble burst? Currency suffers dramatic correction.
- Bitcoin drops another 35 percent as exchange reopens.
Early this morning, the public Facebook page called Binders Full of Women apologized for posting Boston police scanner chatter that erroneously identified a missing Brown undergrad as a suspect in this week's Boston Marathon bombings. The Binders Full of Women feed author subsequently deleted the post. Earlier, in the midst of multiple other posts about the unfolding Watertown, Mass., manhunt and shootout that started last night, the author defensively noted that any misinformation must be excused because, "I am NOT a journalist, and I am only relaying information from the [Boston Police Department] scanner and news sources." … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Dudes: stop making the same face in every photo, or, a gentleman's guide to the selfie.
From the minute I was able to put the personalized magazine app Zite on my iPhone, it became one of my indispensable tools.
Even if I glanced at it for just a few minutes at a bus stop, it was the best portal I had to the news I cared most about because it led me to stories from a wide variety of publications and on almost any topic I could want. And the more I used it, the more it knew what I wanted to read.
That was a year ago, and today, the iOS world can get its … Read more
The top of the Empire State Building isn't just for King Kong anymore. CNN is getting together with New York's iconic tower to display today's election results from way up high.
A vertical LED meter on the spire will visually count up electoral votes for each candidate from more than a quarter mile above the street. Obama and Romney will each get two sides of the tower. Obama's tally will light up in blue while Romney's will light up in red.… Read more