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Best Buy cancels Samsung Galaxy Fold preorders — TechCrunch

Samsung is taking its time bringing the Galaxy Fold back to market. And frankly, that’s probably for the best. The Note debacle from a few years back was an important lesson about what happens when you rush a product back to market. That one resulted in a second recall — PR nightmae upon PR nightmare.…

via Best Buy cancels Samsung Galaxy Fold preorders — TechCrunch

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Apple’s Piping Hot Innovation for the iPhone & handheld wireless devices – itsReal

Apple (nasdaq: AAPL news people ) Chief Executive Steve Jobs wants to patent a process that will save customers the hassle of waiting to order a cup of coffee at a local Starbucks (nasdaq: SBUX news people ) or a fresh burger at the nearest fast food restaurant. Even better: The technology would let you jump the line of those ordering in person

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The patent puts Apple’s partnership with Starbucks in a new light. The technology promises to morph Apple from the business of simply selling gadgets and music and movies that can be played on those devices into an intermediary in all kinds of exchanges.

Read more at Forbes

APLINK still wants an iPhone for Christmas – maybe next year !

recruit.net iphone contest

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Brave NEW World – Interview with Philip Rosedale CEO Second Life – itsReal

Brave New World

In a few short years, Second Life has grown from an experiment to the world’s largest virtual universe. Inside the mind of its founder.

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Singapore’s blogOUT! – it’s all about Community


the digital movement have organised this event following their hugely successful Nexus 2007 event held earlier this year. TDM events and the supportive TDM community is rich with passion and ideas… it is no wonder Singapore is producing some incredible new Web 2.0 applications, social networks, products and services…many of which are receiving local and international media (in all forms) truly supportive coverage. These include; BAK2u, SharedCopy, Velvet Puffin, geek terminal, STOMP, sgentrepreneurs, muvee, ping.sg, BuyButtonz.com, IconnectE, bookjetty, harro, blurbme and Lion City, Second Life – the list goes on….
If you would like to feel the energy, share in the creativity and passion of this community, register to attend at the TDM wiki

For my international readers do keep an eye on the wiki and if you know of those considering investing in startups do look at what is happening in Singapore, surpises are around every corner.

Back to blogOUT! I am sure one of my favorite topic’s Second Life and Virtual Worlds developments will be vibrantly discussed also …

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blogOUT! : Program Details

Date: 24th May, 2007, Thursday – Time: 6.30 pm – 10.00 pm – Venue: The Geek Terminal @ 55, Market Street

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SL Events: Education – Second Life International Best Practices Education Conference

As I have 2 clients currently offering Education & Training (Genovate Solutions & Intense Animation Studio) I spotted this post on SLOZ

So I visited the wiki for the first Second Life International Best Practices in Education Conference!

“The conference will be held on May 25, 2007 in venues all over the Second Life world, with exciting presentations, vendors and exhibitors, and everything an educator needs to know to get started exploring the possibilities for teaching, learning, and research in Second Life!”

The wiki site is full of good content so do drop by. I believe we are ALL learning every single day of our lives, second life and other virtual worlds offer a new and immersive environment to collaborate & educate globally, i will definitely be attending this SL conference, anyone else want to drink some nice coffee in the wee hours with me?

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VC Funds mainly in the US on a spending frenzy in the Games Industry – itsReal

Will the F1 Race annouced  yesterday in Singapore bring these investors to Singapore shores where technology and animation is soon to be a thriving industry….for this region Thailand gets some funds…

Directly below is a list of VC deals in the games space + Mergers & Acquisitions activity in the games space:

Source: Stuck in Customs 

VC Deals (in no particular order):

Company: Red 5 Studios, Aliso Viejo, CA
Investment: $ 8.9 million
Investor: Benchmark Capital
Description: Red 5 Studios is an online game studio which develops original MMO games.

Company: Digital Chocolate, San Mateo, CA
Investment: $ 22.5 million
Investors: Bridgescale Partners; Chengwei Ventures; DN Capital; Glynn Capital Management; Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers; Montagu Newhall; Outlook Ventures; Sequoia Capital; Sutter Hill
Ventures; WHI Capital
Description: Digital Chocolate is a developer of games and applications for mobile phones.

Company: Electric Sheep, New York, NY
Investment: $ 7 million
Investors: CBS; Gladwyne Partners
Description: The Electric Sheep Company designs experiences and delivers add-on software for 3D virtual worlds. The Company delivers strategic, creative, and technical insight and services to organizations, works with multiple virtual world platforms, and has developed many projects on behalf of brands.

Company: Double Fusion, San Francisco, CA
Investment: $ 26 million
Investors: Accel Partners, Hearst Corporation, IDG; Ventures Pacific, Jerusalem; Venture Partners, Norwest; Venture Partners, Sedona; Capital, Time Warner
Description: Double Fusion is a provider of in-game advertising and marketing solutions. The company’s technology delivers a range of advertising possibilities inside and around video game and casual game titles.

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Ping.sg becomes official online media – itsReal

About ping.sg

Ping.sg is a community meta blog for Singapore bloggers. It aims to create a comprehensive and thorough database for blog entries written by local bloggers and/or with local interest. Ping.sg is a platform for bloggers to gain readership and for blog readers to discover new blogs of their interests,

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Chua U-Zyn, creator of ping.sg said, “ping.sg is happy to be collaborating with them (BuyButtonz) as an official online media for this event. During the event, ping.sg would be broadcasting a live streaming via Ustream.tv of the event on our homepage. I believe that this would be a strong opportunity to promote ping.sg as a community platform for local bloggers..

Official Event Poster for BuyButtonz Launch – Sunday May 6th 2007

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TDK swallowed by Imation – itsBreakingNews

TDK Australia staff were told at 4.00pm this afternoon that its parent company in Tokyo has reached an agreement to sell its recording media business to US-based Imation for $US300 million in stock and cash and receive representation on the Imation board.

TDK Australia managing director, Scott Brownscombe, advised retail customers via a letter sent after the close of business.

“We are confident that Imation’s commitment to the recording media business and development of new products in this category combined with TDK’s brand equity will translate into a stronger TDK brand,” Brownscombe said.

“As you are aware TDK and Imation are global businesses and the impact of this decision on the Australian operations will be determined over the coming months and we will keep you informed,” he said.

According to a statement released this evening, the agreement will see Imation acquire TDK’s worldwide recording media business and use of the TDK brand name for recording media products including magnetic tape, optical media, flash media and accessories for $US300 million in a combination of Imation common stock and cash with potential for payment of up to an additional $70 million based on future financial performance of the acquired business.
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Looking for a Career TIP – Look up the Digital Content Creation Industry – itsCreative

New report predicts huge growth for digital industries

A new report announces that the digital content creation market will rise to nearly $5billion in the next five years.

Jon Peddie Research‘s 2007 Digital Content Creation Report predicts that the 3D modeling and animation, 2D animation, digital video, graphics and imaging, and audio markets will reach a worth of $4.9 billion by 2012, reflecting a compound annual growth rate of 10%.

The report claims the fastest growing segments in the future will be interactive development and video, as the internet offers new distribution networks and new programming approaches to extend the power of individual web sites.

“We are seeing big shifts in the digital content creation market,“ says Kathleen Maher, author of the report. “There have been game-changing moves by Adobe with the acquisition of Macromedia and Serious Magic, Autodesk‘s acquisition of Alias and Colorfront and Google‘s acquisition of Sketchup and YouTube. The landscape is changing right in front of us all.”

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What is Second Life – Philip Rosedale & Cory Onedrejka – itsReal

I came across this video (runs smoothly on my new MacBook) which runs for One Hour so sit back and relax and See what Second Life is all about !

Since its recording, Second Life now runs on 4400 + servers (250,000 sq kilometers) and the economy generates about USD 40 Million + per month.

TIPS on Creating a business in Second Life are a plenty.

I think Cory only wears Stripped Shirts…

The Video contains alot of GEEK talk, sorry but the audience is responsible for the Questions. Search in SL has always been a problem, even today at the latest Nexus 2007 Event (which was awesum) Cory is still looking for a talented search expert, applications are still open for a SEARCH guru, contact Cory direct.

You can be Killed in Second Life…Only virtually…and unlike the Real world you don’t loose everything, now that sounds Awesum. Second Life has stringent Parental Controls, so breath EASY parents. Also try to stay away from the CORNFIELD, it’s SL’s penal colony where u get sent if you misbehave in SL.

For budding singers, Live Music is available in SL every night…via shoutcast technology, singers collect tips and sell CD’s…a homeless person (with friends that have broadband) raised money to get a new apartment…

Final Comment: After viewing the video, any doubts you have about whether SL is here to stay will be completely erased…Second Life is an emerging new WORLD which is setting the landscape for unimaginable opportunities and freedom – itsReal

Video Source: Google Video

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