Does My Business Need an App? By Dana Lindahl for America's Backbone Weekly Apps aren't useful for everyone, but if your business is going to have one, you need to do it right. ...Read More »
No Instant Success By Larry O Connor We love the observations of people "he's an overnight success" and "boy it must be great to be the big boss and give everyone orders." There's no such thing as an overnight success and it's tough being the boss and making people really believe the ultimate success or destruction of the company is based on how well they manage what they do and how they manage their failures because...they'll come. The CEO of OWC has some great advice for dealing with the challenges, the opportunities. ...Read More »
ArtRage 4.5 Released for Mac By Ko Maruyama ArtRage from Ambient Design gets a significant speed and feature boost in the latest version upgrade. The Mac software is free for all registered users of ArtRage 4. In addition to a hefty speed increase in its 64-bit engine build, the new version also has support for stylus tilt and more. ...Read More »
One Marine's Journey By Miles Weston Over the years tens of thousands of young men and women have returned from war zones with significant physical and mental disabilities. Most adapt to their new life and some don't. Cirina Catania, founder of The Catania Group, has volunteered her time and talent to visually tell their path back and new goals. Her first documentary - still in post production - highlights the path Cpl Kionte Storey, USMC Ret, and best friend, Koja, a Siberian Husky service dog, are taking they hope will lead them to the 2016 International Paralymics. When completed in a few months the documentary will be available online and she hopes to be broadcast with all of the proceeds going to help other returned and returning military personnel. ...Read More »
Q&A With Larry O'Connor - Founder/CEO of Other World Computing We discuss with Other World Computing Founder and CEO Larry O'Connor the issues with memory and storage as the need for larger and faster memory and storage devices explodes. The difference between 4k imagry and HD or NTSC is stunning. So too is the difference in storage needs. From desktop to broadcast, from consumer devices to game development, the need for speed and capacity is becoming insatiable. ...Read More »
Using Nvidia`s SHIELD to help with Dementia Terminal Agitation By Mark Poppin This is a very personal story with its roots in Nvidia's GTC 2014 where a keynote presentation focused on video games and improving cognition in persons with Alzheimer's and dementia. Over five million Americans suffer from dementia or similar illnesses, and that number is expected to triple in the next 35 years as the population ages. My 89 year-old mother suffers from advanced dementia and is in a stage that doctors and nurses have called "terminal agitation", a type of delirium that refers to multiple signs of central nervous system irritability that may include restlessness, agitation, distressed babbling or singing, twitching, jerking and/or recurrent fits which generally result in the sufferer's inability to sleep. A lack of sleep coupled with continual movements may exhaust the patient and the caregivers. Although managing agitation is extremely challenging, this editor as primary caregiver, has found that using Nvidia's SHIELD is very helpful. ...Read More »
5 Advertising Integrations Used In Video Games By Adam Dawson Although advertising in games has been around since the dawning of the industry, it hasn't seen as rapid of growth and success as it has in the past 10 years. Offering low CPM rates and the potential to increase notoriety in the 13-35 age demographic, this space has become extremely sought after by companies when monetizing their brand. Currently, there are five ad integrations that have proven to be most effective in doing so. ...Read More »
Gaming Is Big Business...for Those Employing Predictive Analytics For online and video gaming, the upheaval in industry practices toward digital has caused a drastic reconfiguration within business models, advertising revenue and the general approach to the industry at large. In this live webcast, you'll learn how predictive analytics can help you analyze a myriad of data, understand the attributes of high-value players, predict lifetime value and score individual players on various affinities so you can deliver the right offer at the right time. ...Read More »
Content Insider #320 - Being Human By Miles Weston We're still digesting all of the stuff we saw at CES. But we did notice a few things that stuck out like sore thumbs to us. The best keynotes (there were dozens), the best booths were those that were focused on the customer (the show visitor), not how great, how cool the company was. Funny how that works the places you want to spend the most time, associate with, buy from are the firms that aren't huge design wonders but human-centric. ...Read More »
Content Insider #278 - Social Chaos By Miles Weston Social media is a great way for 1:many conversations/sharing. It's a great marketing/service support tool. It's a great way to get into a verbal brawl. Face it, it's fun to watch the drama unfold as long as it isn't you that's being hammered. You know, "she beats her significant other," "I don't beat my significant other." And now you're wondering if there's some truth and who's right, who's wrong. The discussion gets so heated that the opponents forget the whole world is watching/listening. Need a good example just see what happened at the end of a very successful game developer conference. Maybe that's why most publicists/communications/marketing folks only send messages out and if you ask a question...silence. ...Read More »
5 Questions on Legal Issues for Game Developers By Dave Anderson Besides the usual issues related to game development, as the business shifts ever more to connected technology whether it is console, mobile, apps, MMOG, nearly all games contain some element of online connectivity. The changing legal environment and the applicability of various privacy laws to the data that is gathered through this connectivity is raising all sorts of issues. ...Read More »
Content Insider #275 - Diversity By Miles Weston GDC 2013 was the dramatic rise of indie developers, smartphone/tablet apps and a whole lot of social media/session ego matches. Forget the last item because it was only a distraction to what was a very informative, enlightening learning opportunity for a whole lot of men and women. There are opportunities everywhere for young and old to show off their creativity and gaming expertise. Soon there will be no time to watch TV...anywhere. ...Read More »
Content Insider - Game On By Miles Weston GDC is one of the few events we go to where people should be having loads of fun...it's gaming for gosh sake! Instead it's a bunch of young men/women wanting to scrape very bit of knowledge and insight from the speakers they can so they can make the next big hit. It just started so we aren't certain what is going to come out of the conference but we'll summarize all of that at the end. ...Read More »
How to Work with a Business Accelerator By CDATABy John Moore for Digital Innovation Gazette Looking for help to launch your own business? Look to business accelerators, which can provide the resources and advice to make money from your app. ...Read More »
AJA Ki Pro Finishes First for Digital Garage Formula 1 (F1) Drivers Lewis Hamilton, Bruno Senna and Heikki Kovalainen recently took to the race track, except this time, the race was digital. Codemasters, developer of the new F1 2012 video game, brought the drivers together for a promotional event during the Italian Grand Prix, where they raced on a digital track using Sony PS3 consoles. The BBC was onsite to record live action footage of the event, while UK reseller & systems integrator Digital Garage Group Ltd. used AJA Ki Pro digital video recorders to capture gameplay from the developer versions of the game consoles. All footage was edited and used to create a BBC segment that aired during the Singapore Grand Prix. ...Read More »
The Top 5 Movie Phones By Simon Munk for Men's Life Today Still squinting to figure out whether that`s Leighton Meester or Minka Kelly on your screen? It`s time to check out the new crop of movie phones. We pick our favorites. ...Read More »
App Marketing: Standing out from the Pack By CDATABy Tim Kridel for Digital Innovation Gazette As the number of Android and iOS apps increases, so does the challenge of grabbing customers attention. Heres what you need to know about app marketing. ...Read More »
Has UI and UX Innovation Plateaued? By Tim Kridel As speech control starts to replace touch interfaces in some apps, it`s worth pondering whether new UIs will make for a better UX -- or just more confusion. ...Read More »
Power Your Apps With GPU Programming By CDATABy John Moore for Digital Innovation Gazette Harness more processing power for your apps by tapping into the GPU. A computer`s CPU traditionally carries the application workload, but developers can now tap a programming approach that engages the graphics processing unit (GPU) as well. The concept, referred to as General Purpose GPU, or GPGPU, essentially makes the GPU available for computing chores other than graphics. The ability to offload tasks from overtaxed CPUs can boost application performance. In addition, writing programs to leverage more resources make for improved energy management -- tasks can be targeted toward the parts of a system that consume less power. ...Read More »
CDATABy Tim Kridel for Digital Innovation Gazette By CDATABy Tim Kridel for Digital Innovation Gazette If Apple launches a smaller iPad and a larger iPhone this year, will that device diversity force developers to revamp their apps? Yes, but that`s not necessarily a bad thing. ...Read More »
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