Billy Crystal to honor Robin Williams at Emmys

Originally posted on Inside TV:

[ew_image url="" credit="FilmMagic" align="none"]Monday’s Emmy tribute to Robin Williams will be presented by a fellow famed actor-comedian: Billy Crystal. Executive producer Don Mischer announced the programming decision on Tuesday morning, having previously promised that the award ceremony would honor the late performer with “the proper and meaningful remembrance he so well deserves.”

Williams will be honored during the “In Memoriam” portion of the show. Sara Bareilles will handle the musical accompaniment to the segment. Bareilles recently dedicated her song “Hercules” to Williams (though the song choice for the segment has not yet been announced).

Last year, Williams honored Jonathan Winters during the same Emmy segment. The 63-year-old was found dead in his home on Aug. 11. The 66th annual prime-time Emmy Awards airs Aug. 25 night on NBC.

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MoMA Part Of Project To Digitize Warhol Films

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Originally posted on CBS New York:

NEW YORK (AP) — Hundreds of films by Andy Warhol will be converted to digital format under a museum partnership.

The project was announced Thursday by New York City’s Museum of Modern Art, visual effects firm MPC and the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh.

It will make some 500 films Warhol created between 1963 and 1972 accessible to the public.

Nearly 1,000 rolls of 16mm film will be digitally scanned and converted into high-resolution images.

The scanning will begin this month and will take several years.

The films themselves have been housed at MoMA since the early 1990s.

The Pittsburgh-born Warhol died in 1987 at age 58. He was one of the most prominent American artists of the 20th century.

Warhol worked in various media including painting, printmaking, photography, silk screening and film.

Two of his works went for $100 million together at an auction this past May.

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Windows Phone, The PC Market, And Global Smartphone Shipments

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Windows Phone sales aren’t doing well. According to the latest IDC data, 7.4 million Windows Phone units shipped in the second quarter of 2014. That’s down from 8.2 million in the year-ago quarter.

Microsoft’s smartphone platform saw its market share fall from 3.4 percent to 2.5 percent in the year period. In comparison, the lager smartphone market grew from 240.5 million units in the second quarter of 2013, to 301.3 million units in the second quarter of 2014.

So, as the smartphone market grew, Windows Phone shrank.

The 300 million smartphone number is interesting, as the 300 million unit mark is a notable measuring stick for something else: yearly PC shipments. As PC sales have declined, the market for the computing segment has reached something akin to stability at the 300 million per year rate. This means that smartphones are now about four times more popular than PCs, on a…

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The Seven Constants Of Game Design, Part Three

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Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Editor’s note: Tadhg Kelly writes a regular column about all things video game for TechCrunch. He is a games industry consultant, freelance designer and the creator of leading design blog What Games Are. You can follow him on Twitter here.

This is the third in a three-part series of posts about the fundamentals of game design, in particular the seven immutable factors (I term them “constants”) that both limit and empower gameplay. The constants are universal and transcend factors such as platform, and they contribute to how games manage to be fun, to impart story, to seem believable, to engender states of flow and so on. In the first post I discussed fascination, imperfection and urgency, while in the second I covered naturalism and the ever-present difficulties of time.

Now let’s dig into the final two.

6. Self

A popular analogy which floats around video games is that of the player…

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Lessons Learned On App Design For Fast-Growth Markets

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Editor’s note:Alan Mamedi is the co-founder and CEO of Truecaller. He is based in Stockholm.

One of the typical mistakes developers make is thinking that because they’ve had success in one corner of the globe, they should be able to employ the same strategy to drive adoption elsewhere. The truth of the matter is apps that are wildly successful in the U.S., Europe and Japan often fail to gain substantial traction in areas like India, South America and the Middle East; these problems go well beyond simple translation issues and lack of cultural understanding.

Something I faced when speaking with our early investors was that they sometimes could get too obsessive with the Western world and overlook the high-growth markets – often referred to as the “next billion markets.” That was a challenge for us, as our growth and data were pointing to the developing markets, and the…

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“New Announcement from Austin St. John Coming Soon”

Austin St. John  will be making an announcement this week. I am sure all his fans will be like this upcoming announcement. As a fan of his I am very pleased to know that he is going to be announcing something that could be anything. If you haven’t followed him on his social media outlets please do since I am sure there will be more to come.   He has recently started making appearances at conventions. He will be attending Power Morphicon 4 in California.


10460779_672913539456134_2436761997325519490_n We now are looking forward to this big announcement. I myself am looking forward this. All of his fans should be stoked about this announcement.  What do you guys think this announcement is going to be about?