Monthly Archives: February 2013

CHART OF THE DAY: What People Want In A Mobile Device

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Nielsen did a survey of consumers around the…

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Apple’s Payout For Filling In for Scott Forstall: $75,000

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Since Apple CEO Tim Cook pushed mobile software chief Scott Forstall out of the company last October, Apple’s other top executives have assumed more responsibility. How much more? About $75,000 more each, according to Apple’s proxy filing.

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CHART OF THE DAY: This Is Another Depressing Chart About Android For Apple

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Android winning in web usage.

 

According to the latest data from Pingdom, that’s no longer the case. Android is safely beating Apple in smartphone web traffic market share. For Apple, this is yet another depressing chart showing that it’s been smoked by Google’s smartphone operating system.

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CHART OF THE DAY: In Case You Were Wondering How Samsung Makes Money

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Just like Apple!

 

Here’s Samsung’s operating profit by division for the last year, with an estimate from Barclays for this quarter. As you can see, 70 percent of Samsung’s profits come from smartphones.

What’s different about Samsung versus Apple is that Samsung makes a lot of stuff. Apple CEO Tim Cook likes to say that you could put everything Apple makes on a table. (It would have to be a big table, but it could probably fit.) Samsung’s entire line would need a warehouse. It does TVs, refrigerators, computers, tablets, chips, LCD displays, and a lot more.

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MediaPost Publications ESPN Set To Pass $7 Sub Fee In 2017 02/19/2013

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ESPN Set To Pass $7 Sub Fee In 2017 – 02/19/2013

 

For help with its massive NFL rights bill and likely re-upping with the NBA, ESPN can continue to count on hefty per-subscriber fees that look to cross the monthly $7 mark in 2017. Based on distribution in 100 million homes, that $7 amount would give it an annual take of about $8.4 billion in affiliate fees alone within five years.

ESPN’s current deal with Time Warner Cable calls for it to receive more than $5.40 a sub a month starting in the middle of this year; then passing the $7 mark in 2017; and closing in on the $7.50 mark the following year. The deal calls for an annual increase in the 6.5% range.

By the end of this decade, ESPN is set to collect just about $8 a sub a month.

Read more: http://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/193856/espn-set-to-pass-7-sub-fee-in-2017.html?edition=56836#ixzz2LSt9rHcH

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MediaPost Publications Facebook Builds Search-Related Patent Portfolio 02/20/2013

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Facebook Builds Search-Related Patent Portfolio – 02/20/2013

 

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office recently granted Facebook a patent for incorporating variable values into textual content. In addition to comments in text, it also includes video, articles, images, music files and locations. One patent claim describes the ability to identify context in one language and translate it into another, based on location.

The social network’s patent portfolio continues to gain more search- and ad-serving-related patents that rely on metadata, as well as news feeds.

Read more: http://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/193799/facebook-builds-search-related-patent-portfolio.html?edition=56846#ixzz2LSo8WoBD

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MediaPost Publications DMARC: Flipping A Switch To Fight Email Fraud 02/19/2013

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DMARC: Flipping A Switch To Fight Email Fraud – 02/19/2013

 

Today, thanks to widespread adoption by the mailbox provider community, DMARC covers more than 80% of consumer mailboxes in the U.S. and more than 60% of consumer mailboxes globally. So more than 2 billion mailboxes fall under DMARC’s protection, allowing marketers to stop a huge portion of the email fraud sent under their names, instantly. If you aren’t using already doing this, here’s how it works:

 

Using the DMARC standard, you can monitor whether messages attributed to your domains are properly authenticated. You can learn more about using SPF (here) and DKIM (here) to authenticate your email, but DMARC is something you can use even before you start authenticating. (Initially you’ll see that none of your email is authenticated.) Once your sending domains are authenticated, data from DMARC will show you what messages mailbox providers see from your domain, including those they can tell are coming from you, and those they can’t – suspicious messages. Some of the suspicious messages may come from domains you control if they’re not correctly authenticated, and DMARC will identify those. Other suspicious messages won’t be from your domains. These may be phishing attacks against your subscribers, sent under your name. Through DMARC you can tell mailbox providers to block these messages (and any that fail authentication).

Read more: http://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/193808/dmarc-flipping-a-switch-to-fight-email-fraud.html#ixzz2LNJFDQa4

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Security firm releases screen capture video of alleged Chinese military hackers at work

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Security firm Mandiant has released a damning report offering unprecedented evidence, including screen capture video, of the actions of an alleged Chinese military-backed hacking group.

Video: http://youtu.be/6p7FqSav6Ho

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Adobe Latest DPS (Digital Publishing Suite) Release

Adobe_logo The following features are available for the v25 release. For a compilation of release notes, see History of new feature release notes. For a list of bug fixes, see DPS Bug Fix Release Notes.

Library UI improvements (iPad only)

The iPad viewer library was redesigned to include larger grid cover images. Tapping a cover image of a downloaded folio opens the folio. Tapping a cover image of a folio not yet downloaded opens a preview pane. Readers can use the gear menu button to select and remove folios.Folio view includes several changes. The Home button is now the Library button in multi-folio apps. The function of the Browse button and the bottom scroll bar are now combined. Use the scroll bar to swipe through articles in browse mode. The arrows next to the scroll bar that jump to the next or previous article have been removed.In DPS App Builder, you can also remove the Subscribe and Sign In buttons that appear in the upper left corner of the library in Enterprise subscription apps. The redesign requires larger subscription tile images for subscription apps.

First retail folio free

By selecting an option in the Account Administration tool, publishers can make the most recently published retail folio available to users who download the app for the first time. See Account Administration tool.

Conditional HTML content (Enterprise only)

Designed to be used with the first folio free feature, this feature enables a publisher to create either an HTML article or a Web Content overlay that displays different content depending on how the folio was obtained. For example, if a user downloads a complimentary folio, the content can include a subscription offer. If a user obtains the folio through a subscription, the content can offer additional products.To set up this conditional HTML content, do two things. First, select the Allow Access to Entitlement Information option for the Web Content overlay or the HTML article (see Web Content overlays). Second, add a custom JavaScript API to your HTML code. For more information about this JavaScript API, contact your Adobe representative.

Auto-download latest entitled issue

When this DPS App Builder setting is selected, the most recent entitled issue is downloaded automatically—either the first free retail folio if enabled or the most recently published free folio. The purpose of this option is to provide a better experience for first-time app users. See App Details panel.

Automatically open background-downloaded issue

When this DPS App Builder setting is selected, any folio that is downloaded in the background since the previous viewing session opens on app launch. If this option is not selected, the most recently viewed folio is opened in its last reading position. See App Details panel.

Open folio to last-read article

When you switch between folios, the previously viewed folio is no longer reset. Instead, the viewer remembers the reading position of all folios. To reset a folio, display the navigation bars in an article and triple-tap the title bar.

Dynamic subscriptions (Enterprise only)

Publishers can add or remove subscription options on an ongoing basis without having to update the app. This allows publishers to evaluate subscription durations to determine the best set of options. For details about editing the custom library API to enable dynamic subscriptions, contact your Adobe representative.

Streamlined testing of Amazon apps

When you use DPS App Builder to create an app (.apk file) for Amazon, you can now load and test the .apk file on the Amazon device without having to load a separate .json file. Using a .json file is now required only to test retail content. For details, see DPS Publishing Process for Amazon and Android Devices.

Local storage support on Android apps

In previous versions, Android viewers did not support local storage. Quitting an app resulted in losing the reading position or form fill-in data. With v25 Android apps, this information is now preserved, as it is in iOS apps.

goto:// navigation (Enterprise only)

The goto:// format lets Enterprise publishers create links in folio view to any custom icon content in the library. For example, if you create a custom icon in DPS App Builder with a “Store” label, you can create a button with a “goto://ApplicationViewState/Store” action that automatically opens the Store HTML content—just like tapping the custom Store icon. See Create goto links to custom icons.

Hide top navigation bar

When this DPS App Builder setting is selected, only the bottom navigation bar is displayed when a user taps an article. This enables publishers to create a persistent navigation bar on all article pages for navigating within the folio.

Automated workflow API improvements (Enterprise only)

When using APIs for automated DPS publishing workflows, you can now publish and update folios and update article metadata (updating articles is planned for a future release).

Facebook sharing enhancements for iOS6

If users have entered their Facebook account information in their iOS Settings, they will be seamlessly signed in when sharing an article to Facebook instead of receiving a sign-in prompt.

SiteCatalyst analytics improvements

SiteCatalyst includes enhancements such as reporting the playback duration of videos.

Generate fulfillment download reports

Publishers can now generate reports to view download data from the Adobe Distribution Service. If you sign in to the DPS Dashboard using an Application account, you can choose the Fulfillment Report option to download a .csv file that includes billable download statistics from the Adobe Distribution Service for that app. If you sign in using an Admin account, you can click a link in the Dashboard to obtain a report that shows your fulfillment download balance. See Omniture analytics.

iOS4 no longer supported

The v25 viewers no longer support iOS4. The v25 viewers support only iOS5 or later.

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Average Ticket Prices For All 30 Teams In The NBA

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Eight teams cut ticket prices this season.

 

The New York Knicks have the most expensive tickets in the NBA, with the average price of a non-premium seat costing $123.22 per game. The Los Angeles Lakers ($100.25) are the only other team with an average ticket price over $100.00. Data is based on research conducted by FanCostExperience.com.

The average (weighted) ticket price for a non-premium seat in the NBA is $50.99 per seat. However, 19 of the 30 teams have average ticket prices below that mark.

The Nets, who are playing their first season in Brooklyn, had the largest increase, jumping 50.8% to $55.89 per seat. Only three other teams (Clippers 15.1%, Rockets 11.3%, Timberwolves 10.5%) had an increase of at least 10%. On the other hand, eight teams had a decrease in their average price, with the Kings leading the way with a 10.1% drop in prices…

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