Best Buy’s Mobile Marketing Can Dish it Out, But Can’t Take it

first_imgMobile phones have long been status-symbols, in addition to being a force for empowerment of poor people around the world. Why use shame to try to push people to buy your phones? It’s just the kind of pseudo-edgy condescending humor that box store marketing insiders are likely to approve. If these people could make six figures giving nerds wedgies, they likely would. But now it’s the cool kids with highly functional mobile devices! (And the pricey, multi-year contracts.)Anyway, the videos in this campaign are much funnier than the little songs that visitors are encouraged to email to their mobile-Neanderthal friends. Compare the two videos below and ask yourself which example of cruel mocking humor deserves a multi-million dollar contract and which deserves a firing from a sales job? (Note that the cartoon one has dirty words in it and will burn the ears of children.)Then go visit the Best Buy microsite and email a link to a single mom you know, stuck in a dead end job, about how dumb her phone is. Good times! Go BestBuy! Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Best Buy made the news last week for suspending and likely firing a young employee who made an online cartoon mocking iPhone buyers – even though the video made no mention at all of Best Buy. Apparently the company doesn’t mind cruel humor if it’s the one dishing it out, or if the target is poor people instead of Apple, or something. Now Best Buy has launched a new ad campaign designed by shock-dork-marketers Crispin, Porter + Bogusky (Subservient Chicken) called “Phone Shame Eliminator.” The campaign tells people too poor or otherwise disinclined to have smart phones that they are sexually unattractive, going nowhere at work and not very bright. Some of the ads are also funny, even if they are classist, tasteless, obnoxious and cruel. They are not nearly as funny as the cartoon the Best Buy employee got fired for making. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… marshall kirkpatrick Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#advertising#web last_img read more

Blackmagic Updates Firmware, Then Immediately Takes it Down

first_imgA new Blackmagic update featured RAW 4K video and improved audio, but was quickly taken offline.[UPDATE: Blackmagic has officially released firmware update 1.8 as of June 24, 2014. It’s the exactly the same as the “beta” mentioned in this article.]For many professionals the relationship with Blackmagic cameras is complicated. They have incredible specs but for some reason the firmware is not up to par. Simple problems like a clunky user interface and the ‘black sun’ problem have plagued all 4 current Blackmagic camera models, causing many people to purchase from other camera manufacturers instead.Blackmagic has known about these problems for some time, but addressing these issues has taken longer than filmmakers had hoped. However, a new update to the Blackmagic camera line surfaced today, then miraculously unsurfaced (in what can only be described as a beautiful mistake).Courtesy of ponysmasher The Blackmagic firmware 1.8 update was accidentally posted on their website earlier today and then taken down soon after, but not before it was downloaded by a few lucky filmmakers.Terry Frechette of Blackmagic Design addressed the unofficial update earlier today [via NoFilmSchool] :There was a false download sent around (no idea who started it). This is not a software release we have approved. We don’t support it and it should not be installed on cameras.So there’s a chance that it has a few bugs in it. However,  it does seem to come with some cool new features for all 4 cameras. Like…Blackmagic Production Camera 4KUpdated user interfaceLossy compressed RAW DNG recording supportAddresses an issue where pixel artifacts are seen in edges with strong highlights while shooting in 1080 modeAdds autofocus support for compatible EF lensesBlackmagic Cinema CameraUpdated user interfaceAdds autofocus support for compatible EF lensesImproved debayering when shooting to ProRes or DNxHDImproved focus peaking displayImproved ISO handling when shooting at ISO 1600Improved general audio performanceIris setting is retained when switching between camera recording and clip playbackBlackmagic Pocket Cinema CameraUpdated user interfaceImproved performance when recording using internal microphonesImproved instances where a grid-like pattern may occur in some flare highlightsGeneral improvements in autofocus with active MFT lensesAdds supports for stabilization in MFT lenses without physical O.I.S switchesImproved support for Sigma MFT lensesImproved support for Lumix 12-42mm PZ lensImproved support for Olympus 60mm f/2.8 MFT lensIris setting is retained when switching between camera recording and clip playbackBlackmagic Studio CameraImproved phantom power compatibilityAddresses an issue with interlace video being output as progressive videoWhile this update is unofficial, it does give up a pretty good glimpse into what the next update is going to look like. Most notably the ability to shoot RAW 4K footage. This should make it a very interesting competitor to popular cameras on the market including the GH4. Improved audio features should make it much better for syncing up dual system audio in post.Focus peaking is now green, courtesy of ponysmasherAgain, this update is not official and could cause major damage to your camera. But if you are still interested in trying it out you can probably find it online. We anticipate the official download of this update to be released very soon. We’ll let you know when the new update officially hits on the PremiumBeat blog and Twitter. Links:Blackmagic Design Updates Its Cameras’ Firmware – Download Version 1.8  – SoftpediaBlackmagic 4K Camera Gets RAW, But Firmware Update is Taken Offline – NoFilmSchoolAny more features that you think Blackmagic should add before it officially goes live? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

Jeron Teng wants to join Gilas pool

first_imgHeart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken LATEST STORIES Teng said that he’s hopeful to get an affirmative response from Reyes if he can join the training on Tuesday.“I have no idea how they are working now, but maybe, now that I’ve reached out, I’ll drop by. I didn’t know that you only have to reach out and tell your intention to join the team, so I hope I get the call. Everyone wants to play for the national team,” he said. What ‘missteps’? Jeron Teng. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/ Joaqui FloresFresh from his stint with Chooks-Pilipinas 3×3 in the 2017 Fiba 3×3 World Cup, Jeron Teng has signified his intention to be a part of the Gilas Pilipinas pool.“Even in France, I was telling Kief (Ravena) and Kobe (Paras) that I also want to be a part of the training,” he said Saturday in the Chooks-Pilipinas 3×3 homecoming press conference.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Teng shared that he already reached out to national team coach Chot Reyes on Saturday after the 3×3 squad arrived from Nantes, France.“I already reached out to coach Chot if I can practice and try out. There’s no player who doesn’t want to represent the country. There’s no greater glory than being a part of the team representing the country,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutTeammate Kiefer Ravena and Kobe Paras were earlier called up to join the Gilas pool, together with new additions Raymar Jose and Fil-German forward Christian Standhardinger and veterans Kevin Alas and Baser Amer.Reyes has also included Bobby Ray Parks to the pool last week as the national team resumed its trainings at Meralco Gym on Tuesday. World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Gamescenter_img Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Red Sox retire No.34 for Ortiz: ‘This is his (pause) city’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission announces job vacancies for various posts

first_imgThe Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC) has invited applications for Chief Fire Officer, Assistant Statistical Officer, Engineers and other positions.VacanciesName of the posts:Chief Fire Officer – 11 PostsAssistant Statistical Officer – 58 PostsVetting Officer – 2 PostsSports Officer – 2 PostsDeputy Sports Officer – 10 PostsAssistant Coach – 5 PostsLecturer Physics – 1 PostResearch Officer (Statistics) – 5 PostsAssistant Statistical Officer – 92 PostsEngineers – 7 PostsProfessor Prasuti Awam Stri Rog – 1 PostProfessor Repertory – 4 PostsRegistrar – 3 PostsEligibilityAge Limit: Candidates are required to check the official notification for post-wise age limit details.Educational Qualification: Candidates are required to check the official notification for post-wise age educational qualification details.Selection Procedure: An interview would be conducted to shortlist candidates.How to applyA. Application Fee: Rs 95 for general candidate category and Rs 55 for SC/ST categoryB. Interested candidates can visit the official and apply online.C. Important Dates: Last date for applying online is October 30, 2014.last_img read more

State League Wrap

first_imgThe Melbourne City Lions have won their second Women’s VT League title after defeating the Bayside Vipers by one touchdown. The win continues the two team’s strong rivalry over the past three years, and is revenge for the Lions’ loss to the Vipers in the 2008 grand final. Despite their loss in the Women’s division, the Vipers took home two of the three major awards on finals day of the 2009 VT League at Port Melbourne, winning the Men’s division and also winning the Licence Minor Premiership. The Lions went into the Women’s finals series as the form team of the season, with the Vipers not far behind. The Lions went through the first 14 rounds without losing a game, before being beaten by the Vipers in round 15. In the elimination finals, the Western Dodgers upset the Northern Falcons by two touchdowns, while the Uni Blues were two touchdown winners over the Casey Cougars. The Dodgers then progressed to the semi finals to play the Lions, with the Lions winning 7-3. In the other semi, the Vipers were too good for the Blues, winning 4-2.In wet conditions in the final, the Lions led by two touchdowns at half-time, and further extended their lead early in the second half to lead three nil. Two quick touchdowns to the Vipers got them into the game, but it was too little too late, with the Lions taking the game 3-2. After 15 rounds of the Men’s division, the Vipers finished on top of the VT League ladder with 13 wins and two losses. Last year’s premiers, the Western Dodgers, finished in second place, with nine wins and six losses. In the elimination finals, the Lions were 10-7 winners over the Cougars, as were the Blues over the Falcons. The Lions then pushed the Vipers all the way in the first semi, with the eventual premiers winning by one touchdown to progress through to the final. In the other semi, the Dodgers were three touchdown winners over the Blues.In the final, the Dodgers got out to a strong start, leading by two touchdowns at the break, 4-2. The Dodgers were reduced to four players at one stage in the second half, with the Vipers making the most of the opportunity, hitting back to score three touchdowns to give them the lead. After another Dodgers player was sent to the sin bin, the Vipers kept the scoreboard ticking over to claim the Men’s VT League title 8-5. The following awards were presented following the finals:Licence Minor Premiership  –  Bayside VipersFair Play team award – Northern Falcons Women’s teamMost Influential Male – Wylie McQueen (Casey Cougars)                                  Jamie Tang (Uni Blues)Most Influential Female  – Leah Percy (Melbourne City Lions)Best and Fairest Female – Brooke James (Bayside Vipers)Best and Fairest Male – Troy Booth (Northern Falcons)Best on ground – Women’s grand final – Leah Percy (Melbourne City Lions)Best on ground – Men’s grand final – Thomas Zwart (Western Dodgers)Players referee of the tournament – Julie DavineEmerging referee of the tournament – Johnny KatalACT Super LeagueAll four ACT Super League clubs will take part in the Men’s and Women’s grand finals on Thursday, 10 December 2009. In the Women’s division, Woden Eagles will play the Canberra City Bears after the Eagles defeated the Tuggeranong Valley Vikings by two touchdowns in the qualifying final, 4-2. In the Men’s grand final, the Vikings will play the UC Otters after the Vikings defeated the Eagles 7-6 in a drop off in the qualifying final. In the Women’s division, the Bears finished the six round competition on top of the ladder, with five wins from their six games. They have been undefeated since their round one loss to the Vikings. The Eagles finished in third place on the ladder, with two wins, three losses and one draw from their six games. Their best result prior to the finals was their four-all draw against the Vikings in round six. The Eagles then upset the Vikings in the qualifying final to progress through to the final. The Eagles and the Bears met twice this season, with the Bears winning both games – by four touchdowns in round two and five touchdowns in round five.  The final between the Bears and the Eagles will be played at 7.40pm on Thursday, 10 December 2009.In the Men’s division, the Otters were the first team to progress through to the grand final after finishing the season on top of the ACT Super League Men’s ladder. The Otters went through the season undefeated with four wins and two draws from their six games, with draws against the Eagles and the Vikings. The Vikings finished the season in third position, with two wins, three losses and one draw from their six games.The Otters and the Vikings met twice this season, with the Otters defeating the Vikings by three touchdowns in round three, while the teams drew seven-all in round five. They will meet again in the final on Thursday, 10 December at 6.50pm.         For more information, please visit the following website:www.acttouch.com.au VT LEAGUERESULTSMEN’S – ELIMINATION FINALSFirst Elimination Final:Melbourne City Lions 10 def Casey Cougars 7Second Elimination Final:Uni Blues 10 def Northern Falcons 7MEN’S – SEMI FINALSFirst Semi Final:Bayside Vipers 10 def Melbourne City Lions 9Second Semi Final:Western Dodgers 7 def Uni Blues 4 MEN’S – GRAND FINALBayside Vipers 8 def Western Dodgers 5WOMEN’S- ELIMINATION FINALFirst Elimination Final:Northern Falcons 1 def by Western Dodgers 3 Second Elimination Final:Uni Blues 3 def Casey Cougars 1WOMEN’S – SEMI FINALSFirst Semi Final:Melbourne City Lions 7 def Western Dodgers 3Second Semi Final:Bayside Vipers 4 def Uni Blues 2WOMEN’S – GRAND FINALMelbourne City Lions 3 def Bayside Vipers 2ACT SUPER LEAGUERESULTSWOMEN’S – QUALIFYING FINALTuggeranong Valley Vikings 2 def by Woden Eagles 4WOMEN’S – GRAND FINALCanberra City Bears v Woden EaglesMEN’S – QUALIFYING FINALTuggeranong Valley Vikings 7 def Woden Eagles 6MEN’S – GRAND FINALUC Otters v Tuggeranong Valley Vikingslast_img read more