Moviora Plays Ten Questions To Help You Pick A Flick
Whenever my friends and I get together for a movie party, the toughest part of the evening is collectively deciding what to watch. There’s always one person that shoots a good suggestion down with a curt, “I’m not in the mood for that”. Moviora is an app that aims to make that process a little easier. It’s a strange thing. Streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Instant Video certainly provide a plethora of video content for our viewing pleasure, but oftentimes the biggest challenge is narrowing down all of those options to just one title. Netflix offers a list of recommendations by sifting through our viewing history, but it’s far from perfect. I’ve watched a lot of stupid crap, and so have all of my other friends I share my Netflix account with. More often than not, my searching on Netflix will end up in mired in a list of obscure, low-budget B-movie titles that I have no intention of ever watching. Moviora is an app that attempts to discern what we’re in the mood for ...
Kobo CEO Says Not Selling Washing Machines Key To Overtaking Amazon
DavidGilbert99 writes "Kobo, the Canadian-based ebook company is number two in the market, behind the behemoth that is Amazon. So what does the CEO Michael Serbinis think is the one thing which will allow them to overtake the e-commerce giant? 'We don't sell any washing machines, we don't sell radios. We are not focused on the next server farm to offer data services. It is a question of focus.' Serbinis goes on to tell IBTimes UK: 'From an organization standpoint at Kobo, this is all we do. Everyone at Kobo, all we focus on is creating a great experience for book-lovers.'"
Amazon CFO Kinda, Sorta Defends The Company’s Disappearing Profits
What's going on with Amazon.com's profits? That's what a few of the analysts on today's earnings conference call seemed to be asking, albeit with some convoluted, finance-focused questions. The context is a disappointing third quarter earnings report. While sales continue to grow, profits have not been doing the same, with Amazon only bringing in $7 million of net income during Q2, and showing a $274 million loss in Q3. Investor Marc Andreessen has actually praised Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos for not focusing on profits, but analysts today asked for some sense that the investments are actually paying off.
Barnes & Noble's Nook HD Tablets Face iPad, Kindle Fire HD
Nerval's Lobster writes "It's proven a busy month for mobile-device releases. First Nokia whipped back the curtain from the Lumia 820 and 920, its first Windows Phone 8 devices. The very next day, Amazon unveiled its new line of Kindle devices, including the Kindle Fire HD. Not to be outdone, Apple executives took to a stage in San Francisco the next week to show off the iPhone 5, complete with a larger screen and faster processor. But September's not over yet, and the releases keep coming: Barnes & Noble has launched a pair of HD tablets, the Nook HD and Nook HD+, designed to maintain the bookseller's toehold in the tablet space. The question is whether the Nook, even with upgraded hardware and new services, can successfully punch above its weight against the iPad and Kindle Fire, which are widely perceived as the dominant devices in the tablet market." Nook HD specs (Android 4.0, Dual 1.3Ghz Cortex-A9, 1G RAM), and HD+ specs (1.5GHz Coretex-A9 and a larger screen). Nate the greatest writes ...
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Houdini Aims To Solve The Crucial Quality Question That Comes With Using Amazon’s Mechanical Turk
We’ve all been there — sometimes there’s work that needs to be done, but it’s too tedious or too time-consuming to devote your own resources to. Services like Amazon’s Mechanical Turk have popped up to provide an inexpensive way to get that stuff over and done with, but the team at Houdini sees a problem with this setup: how can you be sure the results are actually going to be any good? To help address that issue, co-founder Muhammad At-Tauhidi showed off a service called Houdini at the ERA Demo Day here in New York City. His team’s goal? To fix the quality issues that can arise when entrusting in strangers for the work you need done.