Someone spilled beer on your new boots, nacho cheese is dripping onto your shirt and the floor is getting stickier by the minute. What is a concertgoer to do?
Microsoft never made a secret of its ambitions to turn the Xbox 360 game console into a connected media server, but the latest upgrades and partnerships squarely target set-top box and VOD markets. The "New Xbox Experience" (NXE), released in mid-November, is the most significant upgrade to the console's dashboard and infrastructure since its launch two years ago.
The line between reality and the virtual is getting even fuzzier. Now Wal-Mart, Safeway and other stores are arranging their real-life shelves based on what test subjects do in a virtual store - because for shoppers, it's pretty much the same thing, says Karen Strauss at Meridian Consulting.
One of the many criticisms launched at today's sm"rgasbord of communications options - messages of both the instant and text varieties, email, Twittering, social networking, etc. - is that while their efficiency is all well and good, the processes themselves are rather cold. Whatever happened, critics wonder, to the human touch?
Californian calculus teacher Tom Farber sees a day when public schools will have corporate sponsors. For now, sponsored math tests will have to do.
If print-on-demand books can transform the media landscape and give voice to authors addressing the literary long tail, sites such as lulu.com will be their platform. On the site, authors can publish and sell their e-books or hard copies. The idea is that everyone can find an audience, even if it's only a handful of people. De rigueur community features let people tag, share and, of course, review. How niche can you go? How about a book of semen recipes?
Diesel, we're not quite sure what you sniff, snort and smoke in your marketing meetings, but we thank our lucky slaughterhouses for whatever heroin-induced vision produced the marketing rock opera sing-along "The Rise and Fall of Pete the Meat Puppet."
As magazine publishers flail about wildly, laying off staff, canceling publications and breaking into cold sweats whenever an intern utters the word "Internet," an unlikely sliver of hope may be glimmering across the pond. Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver and 19-year-old tabloid bait Peaches Geldof recently launched publications in Great Britain that specialize in what they know best.
Perhaps the eco-movement has lost its dew-speckled, sun-kissed luster for consumers. Or maybe environmental coverage has lumbered into the mainstream, and consumers simply expect it regularly. Or it could be that magazines are entering the new year with a more risk-averse, batten-down-the-hatches mentality.
Apple once again proved its ability to single-handedly incite the tech-geek blogosphere just by - well, saying nothing, actually. This time, it was the incessant rumor (still unconfirmed at press time, though very likely indeed) that the behemoth had reached an agreement with Wal-Mart to sell the iPhone at both its eponymous chain of big-box stores as well as at Sam's Club retailers.