E-Commerce Times 12/04/13
In the waning days of the current session of Congress, patent reform is one issue that's very much alive. Major IT companies and business associations are making sure their voices are heard in what has become a typical end-of-year legislative scramble. Their efforts may not result in passage of a bill this year, but there is enough at stake for them to make sure they are covering all the bases. Virtually all IT companies favor measures to curb abuses, especially those generated by so-called patent trolls.
Steady mall work might be the bread and sugar-plum butter for many working Santas, but there are good fees and tips to be earned at Santa "gigs" -- photo studios that invite Santa in for special portraits, kids' preschool events, private parties and more. Today, old-style Santas just won't do for techie tykes who want their Yuletide magic plugged in and amped up with dynamic lighting, video, sound effects and interactive environments. Instead, the Santa experience has become a sophisticated show business art form and "Techno Santa" rules the season.
Despite the ever-increasing sizes of mobile-device screens -- many smartphones are now close to or even more than 5 inches -- it's still a pokey and fiddly affair to configure them -- or even look at them, for that matter. Stabbing around those miniscule on-screen keyboards can be a tedious affair. However, there are PC-based solutions out there that allow you to perform smartphone-related tasks amid the copious screen real estate and roomy keyboard of your PC instead.
CRM Buyer 12/04/13
The new customer era that we're all a part of accepts that the direct contact between a vendor and customer or potential customer is being augmented by non-human intermediaries like websites, software robots that triage customer issues, e-commerce systems, social media, and who knows what else. The good news is that customers leave data trails like ants leave trails of pheromones leading from the nest to a candy bar on a sidewalk. The key differentiator of success for competing vendors is how they capture and process the data trail.
Budget filmmakers, here's one for you: Scott Cahall, a lens designer at Moondog Labs, has invented a 1.33x anamorphic adapter lens for the iPhone 5 and 5s and is offering it through a new Kickstarter project. What's anamorphic? And why is it so cool? An anamorphic lens let you capture expansive panoramic images and film in gorgeous widescreen. It introduces organic lens flares and distortion that add character and depth, Cahall explains. "Think landmark films like Indiana Jones, ... Star Trek and Inception."
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