From backwater to blockbuster: The lessons that games can teach mobile companies (interview)


Gaming and mobile continue to correlate.


Originally posted on VentureBeat:

SAUSALITO, Calif. — Games used to be a backwater. They were viewed as being too violent. They appealed to boys. They were addictive. They were for nerds. But now everyone wants to learn from them because it has become one of the hottest sectors on the hot platforms of social, mobile, and online content.

The switch from backwater to blockbuster has happened as the mobile audience for games has skyrocketed. Games account for a third of mobile usage. Accidental or intentional, the biggest game companies now include platform makers like Apple, Google, and Amazon. As far as game platforms go, it’s not just Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo anymore.

At VentureBeat’s Mobile Summit, we interviewed two game experts about the lessons that games can teach other industries. Our speakers included Maria Alegre, the cofounder and CEO of the monetization platform Chartboost; and Diana Moldovsky, chief revenue officer at Cut the…

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Google Launches Chrome Remote Desktop On Android, Allowing Mobile Access To Your PC


More access for all PC users on Android.


Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Google this morning  launched a mobile client application called “Chrome Remote Desktop app for Android” (whew!) which allows for remote access to your Mac or PC from your Android device, whether smartphone or tablet. The new app is an extension of Google’s previously launched Chrome Remote Desktop screen sharing service, which allows you to share your desktop’s screen with other Chrome web browser or Chromebook users.

As with its big-screen counterpart, to use the Android application you first have to install a helper application on your desktop or laptop computer. That app is here in the Chrome Web Store and works on Windows (XP and above), Mac (OS X 10.6 and above) and Linux computers. The helper app installs as an extension to Google Chrome’s web browser, or the Chrome-based OS that powers Google’s “Chromebook” computers.

Once installed, however, you’ll be able to open up the app and connect to any of your…

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Dropbox Debuts Carousel, Aiming To Be The Go-To Storage App For Your Entire Photo Archive


A new place to put your photos.


Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Dropbox this morning launched an ambitious new application called Carousel , a photo and video archive and sharing platform that the company hopes will become the go-to place for people to store and access their digital photos.

The application can be found at, and according to Dropbox, it stores a limitless amount of videos and photos and allows you to access them through any device — including mobile, on Android or iOS — through the cloud.

The Carousel app also allows you to privately share original videos and photo documents with others easily, without having to use things with storage limitations, such as traditional email attachments. Carousel’s sharing tools can be utilized through any email address or phone number, whether the recipient has a Dropbox account or not, Mailbox founder and Dropbox exec Gentry Underwood said in an onstage presentation of Carousel.

Dropbox is touting Carousel as “one…

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Heartbleed, The First Security Bug With A Cool Logo


Watch out for Heartbleed.


Originally posted on TechCrunch:

It’s been fascinating to watch news of heartbleed, the massive OpenSSL exploit , spread on the web. After years of quietly putting us at risk, the general web user became aware of the exploit only a few days ago, and probably via .

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The site, which appeared almost overnight, was full of interesting info on the exploit, had a handsome minimalist design and included a nice logo. Someone had taken a bit of time to build an attractive and usable site.

But I was curious: how did happen? When major exploits appear they are usually proliferated through wonky pages on security researcher sites. These “old-fashioned” exploit pages included a brief description, some references, and mention of the researchers involved. No images, just text.

But this exploit now had its own logo, its own website, and had taken on a life of its own. In short, Heartbleed was one…

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Michael Jackson’s New Song ‘XSCAPE’ Leaks


The first leak.


Originally posted on 94.7 The WAVE - Smooth R&B:

By Shannon Carlin

With a little help from Rodney Jerkins, Michael Jackson is back with a brand new song that has him recalling hisDangerousdays.

Jackson “woo-hoos” and grunts his way through the song, which reportedlydates back to the recording sessions for Jackson’s final album, Invincible, released in 2001,letting it be known that its his personal life and he can do what he wants.

Don’t miss the electric keyboardshout out to “Black and White” at the 3:35 mark. If only Jerkinsrecruited Macaulay Culkinto re-create the fake rap he performed for that track. Guess the former child star is too busy singing about pizza.

The song will be featured on the posthumous album,XSCAPE,out May 13, which features never before released tracks along withnew takes on songs from Jackson’s archiveby several producers, including Timbaland. The record will also reportedly feature guest spots from D’Angelo

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Twitter’s new profiles look a lot like Facebook and that’s a good thing


Twitter evolves again.


Originally posted on PandoDaily:


Twitter today announced that its updated profile design will be released to all of its users over the coming weeks. The new profiles place a stronger emphasis on photos and old-but-good tweets,

The updated design is the latest in Twitter’s efforts to improve the photo-viewing experience on its service. The company previously announced that users could tag others in photos and upload up to four images with each tweet. The new profile pages will make it easier to find those photos, allowing users to filter tweets based on whether or not they contain images.

By placing a greater emphasis on photos, Twitter can keep its existing users engaged while also attracting new users — many of whom might be more comfortable using the service if it looks like a slightly-modified version of Facebook. In effect, Twitter has killed two birds with one stone (no morbidity intended).

Making it easier to explore past tweets is also a boon for Twitter’s existing users. Looking through someone’s…

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Outside Lands 2014 lineup announced: Kanye West, Tom Petty, more


Outside Lands!


Originally posted on The Music Mix:

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What do you get when you mix 808s and Heartbreak with the Heartbreakers? This year’s Outside Lands lineup.

Bad jokes aside, the annual San Francisco event — taking place Aug 8-10 at Golden Gate Park — has announced the slate of artists scheduled to play this year, and the bill runs from Yeezy and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers to the Killers, Arctic Monkeys, Death Cab for Cutie, and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Disclosure, and the Flaming Lips — with undercard slots filled out by the likes of Dear Tick, Christopher Owens, and Chvrches.

Take a look at the full lineup below:

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Pete Townshend Writes Song For ‘The Americans’


Pete still doing his thing.


Originally posted on 98.7 KLUV:

Pete Townshend of The Who has written a song for ‘The Americans’ on FX.

Billboard is reporting that the song is titled ‘It Must Be Done’, it is the first song the guitarist has written for the show.

“I wanted to keep it very simple. Here’s this couple whose whole life is about duty, duty without honor, duty without explanation. There are no accolades.They’re not living a lie but doing things they find hard to do. Everybody has a part of their life that’s difficult to explain. For me it’s why the f*** am I in The Who?,” Townshend said.

If you haven’t seen the show, ‘The Americans’ follows two Russian spies posing as a married couple in 1960s America. The show stars Kerri Russle, and Matthew Rhys. It airs Wednesdays at 9:00 pm on FX.

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Twitter acquires ‘Cover’, makers of context aware lock screen for Android


Android teams up again.


Originally posted on 9to5Google:


Cover, makers of the context aware lock screen app for Android, today announced that it is joining Twitter. The team didn’t disclose any financial details related to the deal but said that it would be joining the Twitter team and continuing to offer its lock screen app on Google Play. It also added that it will be creating “something even better at Twitter” and would provide an update if things change regarding availability of its Cover app for Android. 

Twitter, like Cover, believes in the incredible potential of Android. They share our vision that smartphones can be a lot smarter — more useful and more contextual — and together we’re going to make that happen. We’ll be building upon a lot of what makes Cover great, and we’re thrilled to create something even better at Twitter.

Thanks to all of you who beta tested our app, provided feedback, and helped…

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Open Labs: Why Do We Do What We Do?

Open Labs can spend all day talking about the DAW features of StageLight. Our plug-ins, the VST compatibility, our tools and FX. But all that technical detail (which is essential, don’t get us wrong), can sometimes obscure the point of why we are bringing StageLight, the Easy Way to Create Music, to creatives around the world. That reason is simple: because nearly everyone loves music. And the more someone loves music, the more they wish they could do it on their own.

“Air guitar” is something of a cliched, cultural joke at this point, but the silly act gets at something sincere. When guitar music lovers hear an awesome riff or solo (Brian May on “Bohemian Rhapsody” is a common signpost here) they want to emulate that moment and that sound. The impulse behind air guitaring is very much the same impulse that StageLight allows creatives (and potential musicians) to unlock within the click of a button. Though not everyone would admit it, most people would love to be a music star, even for a minute.

Music is one of the universal constants for human life. It binds us, lifts us up, accompanies us in our daily tasks. The writer of this piece is listening to his iPod as he writes this piece. The one major barrier between humanity’s listening practices and the objects we submit our ears to is the (rather high) barrier to musical ability. There are, of course, millions of musicians all over the world. Open Labs is currently trying to meet them all, both established artists and those attempting to break through. But StageLight doesn’t just work for that group – it can help anyone scale that barrier and make music on their own. Whether it’s a lifelong dream or a momentary flash of inspiration, StageLight can be there to help. And even if you read this and say “that isn’t me; I’m not interested in being a musician,” well, are you sure? Who knows when the bug will bite?

So StageLight, and Open Labs in general, is about much more than an affordable, user-friendly DAW app (though we are enthusiastic about providing such a service). StageLight makes technology creative, instead of making music technical. It’s about making dreams and ideas come true that much more easily. The urge to create is a wonderful thing, we think it maybe should be a little easier to achieve that feeling. You’d be amazed how powerful someone feels when they’ve successfully created something that didn’t exist a few hours before.  StageLight is bringing this feeling to everyone who uses it: music creation without the frustration, music creation that is enjoyable and liberating.

Inspiration image on Open Labs blog