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Archive for October, 2011

YouTube movie rental launches in the UK

October 11th, 2011

The US and Canada have already made full use of YouTube’s movie rental service, but now it’s finally the UK’s turn to catch up.

Most of the movies are priced at £2.50 or £3.50 for a 48-hour pass and buyers have 30 days to start watching the content.

YouTube also claim “Many movie pages also feature YouTube Movie Extras with free behind-the-scenes videos, cast interviews, parodies, clips and remixes from YouTube’s unique community of content creators. Over time we’ll also be adding additional videos and features to YouTube Movie Extras so that you can get even more into movies on YouTube.”

You can check out the current movie selection here

You can also watch the movies on Android devices and Google TV, which I suspect will play a major part of any future Google TV updates, when they are announced.

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Go well, Steve Jobs – nothing good ever lasts

October 6th, 2011

One story about Steve Jobs. When I was a journalist, I tried so hard to get an interview with the man but he was “always too busy”. That just added to his value.

One time, we were sharing stories in a bar, as creative writers do. This environment is all about topping the last anecdote and a Mac magazine editor topped it that night. Steve is holding a tech-creative meeting. The guys know they’ve nailed it. It’s perfect. They play their deck. Steve doesn’t move. For three seconds. Then he slowly lowers his head to the desk. And says: “No. No. No!”, banging his head in perfect rhythm.

The man was passionate. About everything, He was also the greatest story teller we have seen in the past 150 years.

Because he understood.

I posted this video link a while back. Now everyone is using it (I stole that line from Steve :).  Go well, and thank you.

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UK internet advertising spend grows 13.5%

October 5th, 2011

The Internet Advertising Bureau’s (IAB) released its latest half-yearly update today, which shows that the UK internet advertising market is still buoyant, even in the face of the global economic slowdown, as the sector has achieved a 13.5% year-on-year growth.

The IAB figures show £2.26bn was spent on all forms of internet advertising in the first six months of the year, compared with a growth rate of about 1.4% across traditional media such as TV, newspapers and radio. This continues the growth trend over the last few years that has seen 11% growth in internet advertising in the same period last year and 4.6% in the first half of 2009.

Media growth year on year

The IAB attributed this growth to continued spending from fast-moving consumer goods companies, (FMCG) such as Unilever and P&G, citing digital display and online video advertising as the key growth sectors.

The report also put online spend ahead of TV for the first time since 2009, albeit marginally, with digital accounting for 27% of all ad spend and TV 26%.

Breaking down the online figures: Online display advertising accounted for almost a quarter of all digital spend (£510m), with a year-on-year growth rate of 18.5%, with Facebook likely to account for a large percentage of this.

Online video advertising also continued to evolve, doubling in size to £45m, but paid search still dominates, and grew 12.6% to £1.3bn, or a 58% share, with online classifieds growing 3% to £385m.

In terms of vertical categories, it’s a fairly even split, with finance remaining the biggest investor, accounting for 16% of all spend, closely followed by FMCGs on 15%, entertainment and media brands on 12% and travel and transport on 10%.

In the U.S online ad revenues have also grown by an impressive 23% year-on-year reaching almost $15 Billion in the first six months of the year. On the other side of the Atlantic almost half of revenue contributions come from search (49%), up by 27%, where as display advertising accounted for 37%.

For further information, see:

IAB

The Guardian

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$45 tablet launched

October 5th, 2011

A few weeks ago, I posted about a budget tablet launching, which was selling for just £129.00 called the Andy Pad. This week I can go one better and let you know about an Indian tablet called the “Akash” (“Sky”) which is priced at $45.00. The first 500 tablets will be handed over to Indian students after the launch.

Ministry spokeswoman Mamata Varma, confirmed:. “Initially, 700 Akash tablets will be made every day and we expect the production to pick up when more companies join in to manufacture the device,

The specifications for the tablet are below.

  • Running an Android 2.2 operating system
  • 7 inch touch screen
  • 32GB expandable memory
  • 256-megabyte RAM
  • Two USB ports
  • Wi-Fi Internet access
  • Video conferencing capability
  • Internal media player
  • Estimated battery life of 180 minutes
  • 2GB SD memory card included

Would you purchase one for $45.00?

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