Sunday, July 31, 2011
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Friday, July 29, 2011
Coming in 2012 Austin!
Are you a talented and skilled photographer, videographer? Do you love Austin's diverse culture? Can you capture the energy and atmosphere of your environment through engaging videos and photos? Then we want you. Urbancitytv is expanding to Austin Texas! Urbancitytv is a video magazine, city guide and business directory that uses mainly video to showcase cities with an upbeat urban feel. Now there is a new platform for videographers and photographers to display thier creativity to a captive audience. To get work there must be a demand, Urbancitytv is creating that demand. Check us out and look for us in 2012.
Come by Saturday night to Dahlia Cafe and enjoy some great food and music!
Check out their website @ http://www.dahlia-cafe.com/
Thursday, July 28, 2011
As Android spreads across multiple devices, Google’s operating system continues to dominate on smartphones. A report released Thursday backs that up, showing that Android remains the top smartphone operating system in the United States.
But these numbers miss a key point: Android may be the leading platform on smartphones, but what about all the other iOS-powered devices out there that aren’t iPhones — the iPod Touch and the iPad?
Today’s research report, which was published by Nielsen, claims a 39-percent Android platform market share across the major smartphone manufacturers, while Apple’s iPhone operating system claims a 28 percent stake. The results show data from smartphone purchases occurring during the second quarter of 2011 in the U.S.
But therein lies the huge blind spot in Nielsen’s data measurement: Apple sold over 20 million iPhones over the last quarter, but add iPads and iPod Touch devices to that, and the number bumps up to nearly 37 million iOS devices. In three months.
Technology research firms such as Nielsen regularly publish market share analysis to measure which companies are leading the industry. In mobile, Google and Apple are consistently neck-to-neck in market share reports, but it’s questionable why research firms continue to leave tablets and all-in-one portables like the iPod Touch out of the mobile picture.
Which, considering recent reports, may be a big mistake. For instance, GoGo — an in-flight Wi-Fi service provider that works with Virgin America airlines — told AllThingsDigital that while iPhones make up two thirds of wireless devices connected to its in-flight services, iPod Touch devices account for another 20 percent. That’s even higher than the number of Android devices used to access the network (only 12 percent).
Another tidbit to consider: Despite Android’s platform dominance in the smartphone space, over 80 percent of Wired.com’s mobile traffic comes from iOS-based devices. That includes the iPad, iPod Touch and the iPhone. The iPad and iPod Touch aren’t smartphones, but they run the same operating system as the iPhone.
It highlights a specific problem in surveys like Nielsen’s: Measurement criterion. If we’re measuring a platform’s total market share, homing in on “smartphones” specifically rather than mobile devices gives a skewed representation of total platform penetration. It would be a fairer analysis to count all the tablets,smartphones, and all-in-one portables (i.e., the iPod Touch) powered by Android and iOS and comparing those side by side.
Jim Dalrymple of The Loop gives an apt analogy on the matter in an April blog post:
That would be like comparing one model of Mercedes against all cars that GM makes and saying the Mercedes is losing. It just doesn’t make any sense. You can’t have it both ways. You either have to compare hardware devices or operating systems, you can’t mix and match.
A Nielsen spokesman acquiesced when we made the point mentioned above, but countered with an emphasis on how smartphones are one of the more important metrics to watch.
“Smartphones are really driving a lot of the innovation around the different platforms right now,” Nielsen spokesman Don Kellogg said in an interview. “When you look at the smartphone manufacturer share, it’s still very small compared to Apple or even RIM.”
That point highlights the other very important part of the survey. While Android may or may not reign in the smartphone realm, Apple leads the pack as the top smartphone manufacturer with its 28-percent share. RIM, which also owns both its software and hardware, is second in command with 20 percent. HTC also accounts for 20 percent of the hardware market, when taking into account both its Android phone and its Microsoft OS-powered devices.
Which are numbers that may ultimately matter more than platform penetration.
“These things matter from the perspective of securing the deepest level of customer loyalty,” Forrester analyst Charles Golvin told Wired.com. “Because of their vertical integration Apple gets both loyalty components and cements a deeper customer relationship as a result.”
so what is the Cow Parade about???
CowParade, the largest and most recognized public art event in the world, is coming to Central Texas. Beginning in July 2011, approximately 100 cows painted by local artists will be on display throughout the community
In October 2011, a select number of cows will be auctioned off and a portion of the proceeds from CowParade Austin will benefit the Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas and Superhero Kids Fund. Globally, CowParade has raised in excess of $30 million for its nonprofit partners.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Monday, July 25, 2011
Google+ is the talk of the town. It is on everyone’s lips even though not everyone has access to Google+ just yet. And despite that more than 10 million of us have signed up. It is drawing enough envy that Founder’s Fund might post a document titled, We wanted flying cars and we ended up with +. Folks from Epipheo have created this awesome tongue-in-cheek video to explain what is Google+ and why eventually we will all end up using it. Enjoy!
Read more@ http://bit.ly/roim3x
Sunday, July 24, 2011
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Thursday, July 21, 2011
The organizers responsible for bringing Formula One racing back to the United States in 2012 officially bestowed a name to its Austin track -- Circuit of the Americas. Representatives from Full Throttle Productions, which is promoting the United States Grand Prix in Austin. "One of the most inviting aspects of the name is the word 'Americas'," said Red McCombs, who is founding partner of the Austin race track. "It reflects Austin's ideal location at the crossroads of North America, from north to south, east to west. Also, it speaks to our state [Texas] as a center of commerce and cultural exchange in this hemisphere."
McCombs is the co-founder of Clear Channel Communications, as well as former owner of the San Antonio Spurs, Denver Nuggets and Minnesota Vikings.
COTA will also host a MotoGP race, beginning in 2013.
The $250 million, 3.4-mile race facility, currently under construction, will have a capacity for 120,000 fans.
Last May, F1 top boss Bernie Ecclestone and Full Throttle Productions revealed that Austin will serve as the host city of the U.S. Grand Prix until 2021. F1 has not competed in America since 2007
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Seton Medical Center was ranked the best hospital in Austin in a recent U.S. News & World Report ranking.
The publication graded six of the Seton Healthcare Family facility's specialties as high performing — three times as many as the next highest-ranked in Austin.
The lying down game or planking is an activity consisting of lying face down in an unusual or incongruous location. The hands must touch the sides of the body and having a photograph of the participant taken and posted on the Internet is an integral part of the game. Players compete to find the most unusual and original location in which to play. The location should also be as public as possible, and as many people as possible should be involved. The term planking is described as the practice of lying down flat with arms to the side, to mimic a wooden plank. Many participants of planking since 2011 have photographed the activity on unusual locations such as atop poles, roofs and vehicles, while some "plankers" engage in the activity by planking only their upper body and feet while leaving the back suspended.
Monday, July 18, 2011
Sunday, July 17, 2011
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Just about every time I go to the gym, I cringe because I see someone using terrible form during their workout. The unfortunate reality is that tons of people exercise with the best intentions only to injure themselves.