Hulu recently held a star-studded event where celebrities took part in announcing new and returning shows, technological advancements, and advertising changes to a room of 1,700 advertisers. While many of the announcements involved what the company plans to do forthcoming to reach a wider audience, one small addition to the lineup will have a huge effect on viewers with mobile devices. Starting this summer, Hulu will add a “selection of ad-supported full episodes” to mobile devices for free.
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CNBC is celebrating 25 years in business this year. To honor the occasion, the media giant created a list of the top 25 most influential business people of the past quarter century. The list is filled with names of CEOs, investors, and entrepreneurs. At the top sits former Apple CEO Steve Jobs. Taking the number one spot above the likes of Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and Rupert Murdoch, Jobs was given the coveted spot due to his innovation and “creative genius.”
I go back and forth with my opinion of mounting an iPad to your dashboard, or any place in the front of the car where the driver can be distracted by it. However, I have to admit, it would be nice to be able to use Google Maps (or whatever your preferred mapping service is) on the larger sized screen. It would be more akin to using CarPlay without having to purchase a whole new car. We found a do-it-yourself project that makes it easy to mount your iPad to your dashboard without obstructing your windshield and it only costs about a dollar and five minutes of your time.
Apple’s rumored upcoming wearable computing device, the iWatch, is purportedly already in early production in preparation for launch during the second half of 2014. Although the date is still unknown, China Times is reporting that Apple is already gearing up for a big release later this year.
Finnish security firm F-Secure recently released a report based on cyber attacks on mobile devices and found that 99 percent of all new mobile malware threats detected in the past three months were targeted at Android. Apparently, malware makers have just thrown in the towel when it comes to attempting to infect Apple’s iPad and iPhone devices.
A few weeks ago, Microsoft finally launched its productivity suite on the iPad. Users can now have complete access to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint right on their tablets. With all the glamor and fanfare that Microsoft put into creating the perfect iPad version, they forgot one important feature; printing from the app. Today, Microsoft updated their app to include the important printing capability, so you don’t have to access files on your desktop in order to print copies for everyone in the office.
Technology is for the young and young at heart. Or, at least mobile device use appears to be embraced by the younger generations more than the older ones. According to Ofcom, Adults are turning to smart phones and tablets more for their online activities. In 2013, the number of adults using tablets has doubled from 2012.
Around this time of the year, families are going on vacation, couples are getting married, and the spring season is producing all manner of wildlife. Once you’ve captured your most treasured events on your iPad, you can create beautiful video presentations using Animoto’s video editing tool. Today, the company announced that its popular iOS app, Animoto Video Maker, has been redesigned for a better video editing experience on the iPad.
Amazon Avoids Apple’s In-App Purchase Fees By Forcing comiXology Users To Download Titles Through Website
comiXology has been called the “iTunes of comic books.” It was the highest grossing non-game app in 2013. Recently Amazon acquired the popular digital comic app. This weekend, users received an email requesting a new app download that would change the way comics are purchased. Without actually coming out and saying it, Amazon has avoided Apple’s in-app fee by requiring purchased to be made directly from the comiXology website, instead of within the app.
I’ve heard of the “Santa Crawl,” the “Craft Beer Crawl,” and even the “Last Mile,” but until today, I had never heard of the BeaconCrawl. That’s because, until recently, it had never existed. App development company Aurnhammer recently collaborated with the Lower Manhattan business advocacy group, Downtown Alliance, to incorporate iBeacon technology into the pub-crawl experience.