Tag: smartphones

by Nathan Gibbs

The best stories across the web on media and technology, curated by Nathan Gibbs 1. Somalia’s Islamist insurgents embrace Twitter as a weapon (New York Times) 2. Richard Russo: “Amazon’s ham-fisted strategy has the potential to morph into a genuine Occupy Amazon movement” (New York Times) 3. Readers return to brick-and-mortar stores for holiday book purchases (New York Times) 4. [...] more »

by Nathan Gibbs

The best stories across the web on media and technology, curated by Nathan Gibbs 1. Farhad Manjoo: Buying books online is better for authors, better for the economy, and better for you (Slate) 2. F.A.A. approves iPads in cockpits, but not for passengers (Bits Blog) 3. Louis CK made more profit on latest release by selling directly to [...] more »

by Ian Lamont

Are there opportunities for technology startups which target the media business? Fred Wilson — a venture capitalist who has made investments in Twitter, Zynga, Tumblr, Etsy, and FourSquare, among others — apparently thinks not. As reported on MediaShift on November 15, Wilson told an audience of CUNY students with interests in business and journalism that [...] more »

by Nathan Gibbs

The best stories across the web on media and technology 1. Internet access and the new digital divide (New York Times) 2. Facebook has acquired Gowalla (TechCrunch) 3. Old media executives too busy, private for Twitter (Reuters) 4. First feature film shot on a smartphone is about Tothit movie theaters (paidContent) 5. Book buyers shop in stores, buy online (New [...] more »

by Audrey Watters

Last week, a  study by the Pew Internet and American Life Project found that cell phones have become “near ubiquitous”: 83 percent of American adults own one. Over half of all adult mobile phone owners had used their phones at least once to get information they needed right away. And more than a quarter said [...] more »

by Laura Lewis Brown

Click here to read the whole series This week on MediaShift, we’re running a special series exploring the relationship between kids and media. The following piece comes from our partners at PBS Parents. From the time they can grasp an object in their hands, children reach for electronic gadgets of all kinds, particularly our cell [...] more »

by Mark Glaser

We’ve all been there before. Whining kids at a grocery store with their dad, they can’t sit still until finally the dad hands over his iPhone, and peace is restored. Kids are growing up with media all around them, from computers to smartphones to tablets to flat-screen TVs. And even in households without as many [...] more »

by Mark Glaser

It used to be so easy. You’d cozy up on a couch, get your remote control (and popcorn) and turn on the TV for a night of vegetation. But now, you have options. So many options. You can watch shows when you want by recording them on your DVR. You can cancel cable TV and [...] more »

by Mark Glaser

Jack Shafer Welcome to the 13th episode of “The Mediatwits,” the weekly audio podcast from MediaShift. The co-hosts are MediaShift’s Mark Glaser and Rafat Ali, the founder of PaidContent. This week’s show looks at a recent survey by Pew Internet that found that 35 percent of Americans now have smartphones, and that ownership is even [...] more »

by Susan Currie Sivek

We’ve all done those personality and health quizzes in magazines. You know, the ones where you suspect that answer A will categorize you as the personality type you’re trying to avoid, so you choose B instead. Everyone does that, right? These evasive strategies for magazine quizzes, though, could be a thing of the past as [...] more »