Tablets Go To The Head of the Class, Part II

On the eve of Apple’s big event tomorrow, the technology media is all a twitter with what new marvel may or may not be announced tomorrow. But despite the excitement and curiosity which surrounds the event for Apple fans and competitors, a number of media outlets are looking beyond the fanfare and delving into the […]

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October 22, 2012

Tablets Go To The Head of the Class?

As pleased as I am to upgrade my own tablet later this month, I’m just as excited about the potential for this device, and others like it from Apple’s growing cadre of competitors, to significantly and positively impact the classroom. I’m frequently asked my opinion on this subject, particularly when I talk with representatives of […]

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October 17, 2012

Bonus Is Off the Disc!

Much as been written about how the home entertainment industry is experiencing significant change, initiated by the changing tastes and habits of the entertainment-seeking public and carried out by studios, distributors, and other passionless corporate entities. The trend has pronounced — not long ago I wrote about what seemed to be the sad state of […]

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October 10, 2012

The App Experience as the Story of a Happy User

One of the most interesting ideas that Walt Disney contributed to the theme park business is that storytelling can be the center of the patron experience at an amusement park, tying together numerous rides, shows and attractions into a rich, multi-layered storytelling experience, as well as enriching each individually as well. Previously, carnivals and circuses […]

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September 27, 2012

Tablets In Education, A 2000 Year Old Idea

Today is the day that the iPhone 5 releases and there have been many breathless articles in tech and mainstream media about the new phone, the rush to acquire it, the Apple Store lines and the excitement about all things Apple. The brilliance of the day has been diminished slightly by the poor reception of […]

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September 21, 2012

The Tech That Ate Hollywood: VOD On The Rise

Despite the promising disc sales numbers recently reported (and discussed here), the VOD marketplace segment shows no sign of halting its growth lessening its assumption of an increasing share of the home entertainment ecosystem. For studios and major distributors, this has a direct effect on the bottom line, with fewer discs being sold and/or rented […]

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September 18, 2012

The Good News is Blu!

For those of you keeping your finger on the pulse of the home entertainment business, a couple good news items about disc-based media and Blu-ray in particular have published recently in Home Media Magazine. The first I want to share is Home Media Magazine‘s “Total Disc Sales Revenue” chart, a weekly tracking of both DVD […]

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September 13, 2012

Mickey Mouse Knows App Development (Really?)

Early in my career, I had the good fortune to land a job at Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI), a position which provided a peek behind the curtain of the ‘magic’ that powered the Disney theme parks. This was back the early ’90s, the beginning of the Disney Decade when Disney under Eisner executed a series […]

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September 4, 2012

iPad Mini: Bring It!

Rumors of a smaller iPad has been swirling for many months now. With smaller and less expensive devices like the Kindle and the Fire making some headway in the tablet market, there’s been much speculation that Apple would make a decisive move to head off the competition and release a more affordable device. It seems […]

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August 29, 2012

Considering An App? Then Consider These App Development Tips

App marketplace is booming and it seems that every organization, from media companies to sports leagues, non-profits to entrepreneurs, is thinking about making an app. Before you dive headlong into the process, let’s take a moment to organize and plan. As Ben Franklin would say, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” […]

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August 27, 2012

DVD & Blu-ray Bonus — Going, going…gone?

The occasion of our latest Director’s Commentary recording session prompts a question: Are ‘bonus’ features required or optional for a killer DVD or Blu-ray Disc release? Will they eventually disappear from discs entirely? For me, the answer is simple. ‘Bonus’ is what makes a disc release special. I’m always a little frustrated, as are others, […]

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August 15, 2012