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Samsung Galaxy S5 Review - Shelly Palmer
By: Shelly Palmer   (04/18/2014)

I've been using the Samsung Galaxy S4 as my main mobile device for just about a year now (it launched in March 2013 and was made publically available in April 2013) and I like it – but to be as honest as possible, I don't love it. My main issues with the S4 have to do with the camera, battery life, ergonomics and undeletable Samsung bloatware, but the list is much longer. So, I was very, very excited to get my hands on the new, improved Samsung Galaxy S5. Sadly, my excitement quickly turned to ambivalence.

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The Mobile Future for Local TV Stations and Newspapers is Bright – Dan Hodges
By: Dan Hodges   (04/17/2014)

Over the last five years, there has been a dramatic shift in the way people are consuming content from local TV stations and newspapers. According to a 2014 Comscore report, 60% of digital consumption for the major local TV stations and newspapers is on smartphones and tablets. The number of people consuming content on smartphones and tablets will only continue as smartphone and tablet penetration increases.

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Arun Kumar of IPG Mediabrands -- The Jay Sears Interview
By: Jay Sears   (04/17/2014)

IPG Mediabrands is a technology enabled data driven audience buying company focused on delivering business outcomes for our clients.

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The Movement for Slow Media -- Brian Jacobs
By: Brian Jacobs   (04/16/2014)

Last week I read an interesting piece by John Carroll, a Senior Director at the research agency IPSOS Mori. In it John was extolling the benefits, the real pleasure he gets from reading a physical newspaper. In fact he had he said cancelled his tablet subscription in order to reinstate the paper version. I feel the same way. To me, reading a newspaper over breakfast is a pleasure. Dividing the sections up between us means we can both read what we want in the order we want, and we can discuss what stories we’ve enjoyed. Reading the same content online of course brings benefits, such as regular updates and the like but it is a different, more personal, more isolated and isolating experience. Not better, not worse just different.

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Tim Gentry of Guardian News and Media -- The Jay Sears Interview
By: Jay Sears   (04/16/2014)

Guardian News & Media (GNM) publishes theguardian.com, the third largest English-speaking newspaper website in the world (commodore, January 2014). Since launching its US and Australia digital editions in 2011 and 2013 respectively, traffic from outside of the UK now represents around two-thirds of the Guardian's total digital audience. In the UK, GNM publishes the Guardian newspaper six days a week and the world's oldest Sunday newspaper, The Observer. The newspapers were named the most trustworthy, accurate and reliable newspapers in the UK in 2013. The Guardian, which was first published in 1821, is most recently renowned for its agenda-setting NSA and GCHQ revelations following disclosures by whistleblower Edward Snowden, its globally acclaimed investigation into phone hacking, the launch of its ground-breaking digital-first strategy in 2011 and its trailblazing partnership with WikiLeaks in 2010.

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Feel Something Say Something: How Emotion and Word of Mouth are Linked – Ed Keller
By: Ed Keller   (04/16/2014)

Keller Fay and other commentators have noted the link between emotion and brand word of mouth (WOM) on a number of occasions. In particular, a major academic study (On Brands and Word of Mouth) notes that emotion is a key trigger of brand buzz: “The motive to share positive or negative feelings about brands in order to express these emotions or balance emotional arousal.” A similar point is made by Wharton professor Jonah Berger in his bestselling book Contagious: Why Things Catch On, noting that emotion is one of the major ingredients that causes things to be talked about or shared: “When we care, we share.”

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Oculus Rift : You Read about It Here First - and Why Glyph May be Even Bigger
By: Jack Myers   (04/16/2014)

Last July, MyersBizNet Media Business Report corporate members learned about Oculus Rift, which made the news recently when Facebook acquired the company and its immersive virtual reality technology for $2 billion. Members of MyersBizNet learn early about emerging technologies and tech companies that will impact media and marketing. In February, just a few weeks before the Oculus Rift acquisition, we suggested that members pay close attention to the virtual reality and virtual video space, focusing our attention on Glyph, a Kickstarter project that we believe could be even more important as a marketing and content distribution advance than Oculus Rift. We're re-publishing both reports below. Read the weekly MyersBizNet Media Business Report for our regular first-look advisories on new media technologies and tech companies to watch.

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Gone Mobile: The Out-of-Home Connection -- Suzanne Grimes
By: Suzanne M. Grimes   (04/16/2014)

That’s how Stuart got his audience going at the TAB-OAAA Out-of-Home Media Conference in Orlando last week. Across the Atlantic, mobile was also the focal point, as Clear Channel Chairman and CEO Bob Pittman officially introduced Connect at the International Festival of Media in Rome. Connect is Clear Channel’s new global mobile ad platform introducing interactive capabilities on our pedestrian signage across 23 countries and 5 continents, reaching 175 million consumers a month. This is a first, and there’s one device that made it possible – the smartphone.

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Upfront Reviews: CNN's Triple Strike, Comeback Spectacle at BBC America and Reelz Does Polka -- Simon Applebaum
By: Simon Applebaum   (04/16/2014)

After reminding the crowd of the channel's past accomplishments over the last 34 years via a sizzle reel, CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker traveled a "let's clear the air" road with the audience. CNN’s format "of news and information is not changing, ever," he declared. "What's changing is how we're informing your consumers. Tell the story, the whole story, through deeper, immersive storytelling." Yes, more weekly series and documentary specials, not just on weekends. Yes, a number of series will involve "big personalities telling stories with attitude." Yes, the perennial 9 p.m. talk show every night is out. However, when the choice is between breaking news coverage and scheduled programming, breaking news will trump every time. Zucker emphasized all four points throughout.

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Why Social TV Has the Power to Change the Media World as We Know It – Graeme Hutton
By: Graeme Hutton   (04/15/2014)

Social TV turns the industry’s deep-seated idea of information overload on its head. Rather than shun additional media interfaces and opportunities, today’s consumer actively embraces them. She grabs her smartphone or tablet, and she creates her own media cornucopia: While watching TV via social media, she directly interrelates with millions of others watching the same TV show she adores. I recently asked young women who are social TV users of female-oriented drama shows such as Scandal and Pretty Little Liars how they interact with social media while watching the show. For these consumers, using Twitter while watching these shows doesn’t detract, it actually heightens their total experience. Rather than shirk multi-screen and multi-tasking, they revel in it.

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What if the “full service” media agency becomes the lead? What if media agencies start adding “creatives” to their organizations as employees or strategic partners? Interesting isn’t it? And not so far fetched because the digital world has also made media and creative almost inextricable. Creatives reporting into media agencies? Wow. Media agencies today have more data resources and consequently more consumer insights available to guide creative -- and more media channel opportunities to explore than ever before. I’ve been asked about this from media agencies and creative people. Will creative people even think about it let alone embrace it? I don’t know. But it sure seems possible and will definitely turn the agency business on its ear.

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I've been using the Samsung Galaxy S4 as my main mobile device for just about a year now (it launched in March 2013 and was made publically available in April 2013) and I like it – but to be as honest as possible, I don't love it. My main issues with the S4 have to do with the camera, battery life, ergonomics and undeletable Samsung bloatware, but the list is much longer. So, I was very, very excited to get my hands on the new, improved Samsung Galaxy S5. Sadly, my excitement quickly turned to ambivalence.

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