Analogue heroes, digital age >> SOCIAL CINEMA
From 16 August, aiming to predict the box-office opening weekend for Expendables 3 – which had seen a leak ahead of its release.
Here are the key facts and figures behind the leaked copy of the film:
– On July 24th, three weeks out from release, a high quality version of the film leaks online.
– A lawsuit from Lionsgate, filed on July 31st, seeks to compel six prominent websites to take down links to the pirated copies of the film.
– Lionsgate estimate that, as of August 1st, the film has been downloaded 2.2 million times.
In a soon-to-be-published study researchers at Carnegie Mellon University reckon on pre-release piracy reducing a movie’s domestic box office by an average of 19%. If we apply that to our $26.9m projection it drops to $21.8m, which would amount to a disappointing opening haul.
Is it really that simple? Of course not.
Expendables 3 had a poor opening weekend, collecting $16.2m.
L.A. Unified halts contract for iPads >> LA Times
LA schools Supt. John Deasy suspended future use of a contract with Apple on Monday that was to provide iPads to all students in the nation’s second-largest school system amid mounting scrutiny of the $1-billion-plus effort.
The suspension comes days after disclosures that the superintendent and his top deputy had especially close ties to executives of Apple, maker of the iPad, and Pearson, the company that is providing the curriculum on the devices. And an internal report that examined the technology effort showed major problems with the process and the implementation.
“Moving forward, we will no longer utilize our current contract with Apple Inc.,” Deasy wrote in a memo sent to the Board of Education on Monday.
“Not only will this decision enable us to take advantage of an ever-changing marketplace and technology advances, it will also give us time to take into account concerns raised surrounding the [project],” Deasy wrote.
(Thanks @pxr4t2 for the link.)
Hyperlapse, Instagram’s new app, is like a $15,000 video setup in your hand >> WIRED
Today at 10am PST, Instagram is lifting the veil on Hyperlapse, one of the company’s first apps outside of Instagram itself. Using clever algorithm processing, the app makes it easy to use your phone to create tracking shots and fast, time-lapse videos that look as if they’re shot by Scorsese or Michael Mann. What was once only possible with a Steadicam or a $15,000 tracking rig is now possible on your iPhone, for free. (Instagram hopes to develop an Android version soon, but that will require changes to the camera and gyroscope APIs on Android phones.)
Can anyone developer explain what would be needed to change on Android?
…If Hyperlapse is so cool, it makes you wonder why it’s built as a standalone app, rather than a new feature of Instagram. That had to do with the realities of building something really cool, but also fairly hard to explain. The honchos at Instagram figured some users would grok the possibilities immediately and become obsessed with it. But most would ignore it. To built it into Instagram, you’d have to hide it, to keep the core app simple for its millions of users. This would be a double bind for Hyperlapse: Power users would find it annoying to use, if they found it at all, and everyday users would simply never look for it. So they split it off into its own product.
Sounds like a much smarter version of the time lapse function that iOS 8 will include. Apparently quite separate from Microsoft’s research product also called Hyperlapse.
All-in-one PC shipments to decline in 2014 >> Digitimes Research
Desktop shipments are expected to enjoy growth in 2014 with Microsoft ending its support for Windows XP, but the all-in-one PC market, which focuses mainly on the consumer market and did not start enjoying demand until recent years, may not be able to benefit from the growth.
Digitimes Research expects all-in-one PC shipments to drop 2.4% on year in 2014 because enterprise and consumer buyers have both used their budgets to purchase conventional desktops. Sony quitting from the PC market is another driver that is causing all-in-one PC shipments to drop in 2014.
Apple and Lenovo are the top-2 vendors in the all-in-one PC market and the two’s combined market share has been rising each year and is expected to surpass 60% in 2014.
More indication that it’s business buyers rather than consumers which are driving PC sales.
The new Lightning cable and the new power adapter for iPhone 6 >> Moca.co
We are informed by the Official Appointed Manufacturer of Apple that the new Reversible USB Cable will not be released together with upcoming iPhone 6 and Apple has not placed any order with them yet. Apple fans will not be able to get the MFi version of this revolutionary cable from Apple this year but that is not the end of the story.
We have already spoken with the manufacturer and we are Officially Licensed with the Patent of the reversible USB design. We are now ready to start production anytime and we are now accepting Pre-Orders on the new MFi Certified Reversible USB Lightning Cable.
(“MFi” is Apple’s “Made For iPhone” certification program.) So do you choose to believe the people who could make money from the rumour not being true, or…?
Ministry of Justice fined over prison data loss >> BBC
The Ministry of Justice has been fined £180,000 for “serious failings” in the handling of confidential data.
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) said the penalty was related to the loss of a hard drive containing the details of almost 3,000 prisoners at Erlestoke prison in Wiltshire.
The disk was not encrypted.
The records, lost in 2013, included material on organised crime, prisoners’ health and drug misuse, and information about inmates’ victims and visitors.
Comcast data breach leaks thousands of unlisted phone numbers, threatening customers’ privacy >> Electronic Frontier Foundation
Four years ago, users of Comcast’s phone service who had paid for their personal information to be unlisted noticed that something was amiss. Complaints started appearing from these individuals who found their names, addresses, and telephone numbers in phone directories both online and off.
Later, it was revealed that this breach of confidential information affected more than 74,000 individuals and households in California—over half of Comcast’s users in California with unlisted numbers. While the breach hit California the hardest, it also occurred with Comcast customers in other states.
No word of a fine.
Why Amazon wants Twitch >> Beyond Devices
It’s a cliché, but Twitch appeals to a certain demographic which Amazon likely doesn’t reach very well today, and Twitch could help it reach that demographic more effectively and therefore cross-sell other Amazon products and services. I think this may be a bit of a stretch, in that there’s little inherent connection between the two and forcing one may break the experience on both sides, but there are at least obvious opportunities to sell games through Amazon to Twitch users, and the opportunity likely goes further too.
Of course, there’s a whole other side to this too, which is that Amazon benefits Twitch as much as Twitch benefits Amazon. Twitch will get to leverage Amazon’s infrastructure (if it isn’t already) and scale, along with its deep pockets.