New York Times adman gushes over native advertising performance

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ny-times-native-advertisingHaving dispensed with its native advertising suspicious executive editor, The New York Times remains tremendously bullish on the new institution. For all the editorial damnation of it as the doomed attempt of a dying industry to save it soul and the opinion polls tut-tutting about how we feel tricked by it all, The Grey Lady is becoming one of native advertising’s biggest cheerleaders. At the Native Advertising Summit in San Francisco this afternoon, The New York Times’ VP of Advertising Sebastian Tomich and MEC’s Kristine Segrist (the media agency that represents Netflix) reflected triumphantly on their recent partnership to promote the second season of ‘Orange is the New Black’. In May the paper reported that its sponsored content — having done series with Dell, United and Goldman Sachs — was proving to be as read as its editorial. Tomlich added to that chorus of support, saying that the Orange…

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Hands On With The Amazon Fire Phone

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Announced last month, the Amazon Fire Phone is the company’s first attempt at mobile hardware. Like its cousins in the Kindle Fire line of tablets, it runs a fork of Android and gives you quick access to everything in Amazon’s large (and growing) content library.

The device itself has a premium feel that’s competitive with flagship phones from Apple, HTC, and Samsung. Like the iPhone 4 and 4S, it has glass on the front and rear, while the curved plastic around the edge of the device has a smooth, solid feel, much like Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite e-reader.

Those familiar with the Kindle Fire’s interface will feel right at home with the Fire Phone’s “Carousel” home screen, which lets you scroll through your most recently used apps and content. A widget underneath the carousel shows notifications or links to related content in Amazon’s store…

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Can’t Manage A Standing Desk? Meet Cubii, The Sitting Exerciser

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Sitting down — and the sedentary lifestyle it encourages — is killing you, slowly but surely. The problem is, standing desks aren’t for everyone. Making the switch is a big deal. I love mine but it took a week of pain and suffering to go from seat to feet, and it still feels pretty tough on calves and soles after a full day-long standing stretch.

So here’s a third way: Cubii is a sitting exerciser that’s been designed to fit under an office desk so those who are stuck in their office chairs can push its pedals while they work and get some exercise, rather than being entirely sedentary.

The Cubii is a pretty simple elliptical trainer but the design has been tweaked so the trajectory of the pedals keeps the user’s knees low enough not to bang the underside of the desk.

It also includes a Bluetooth radio and there’s a companion app — so your underdesk mileage can be…

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Galaxy S5 finally Arrives

At this year’s Mobile World Congress, Samsung went all out.The company launched Samsung Galaxy S5 with three other wearable devices Gear 2 , Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit.The galaxy S5 comes with a 5.1-inch, 1920×1080 display, and it comes with a fingerprint

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reader on the home button, as well as a heart rate monitor around back near the camera flash. The Galaxy S5 is also dust and water resistant, which may be the most useful new feature to ship on the phone.In hardware part it did not dissapoint ,It has a Qualcomm Snapdragon, quad-core, 2.5GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, 16/32GB of storage, a 16-megapixel camera on the back, a 2.1-megapixel one on the front and a 2,800mAh battery. The device runs Android 4.4 and comes with support for LTE and the super-fast Wi-Fi 802.11ac standard.

Samsung places great emphasis on the device’s camera, which has an extremely fast auto-focus (up to 0.3 seconds) and a feature called real-time HDR, showing you an HDR effect on your photos and videos live in the preview as you take a shot. The camera also has selective focus, letting you choose the best focus after taking a shot; a feature called “shot and more” lets you choose the best photo from several taken in rapid succession.

Preview of Samsung Galaxy S5

The design of the S5 has changed, but not drastically. The device has an uneven surface on the back, while the front is quite similar to the Galaxy S4, but with a somewhat squarer edges. It’s a subtle change, but it makes the S5 more visually appealing than its predecessor.

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The samsung galaxy will be available in april with prices of $650 in the US KSH 70,000.

Piers Morgan show Cancelled after 3 years

CNN’s prime-time talk show Piers Morgan Live is coming to an end, the news channel said Sunday.

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Morgan, who succeeded Larry King in the 9 p.m. ET time slot three years ago, was drawing lacklustre ratings. In contrast, King had a 25-year run on CNN.The airdate for Morgan’s last show has yet to be determined, CNN said in a statement.Morgan is a former U.K. tabloid editor who reinvented himself as a TV personality with stints as a judge on Britain’s Got Talent and its U.S. spinoff, NBC’s America’s Got Talent, and as a contestant on Celebrity Apprentice.He hosted BBC’s You Can’t Fire Me, I’m Famous, and did interview shows and documentaries for ITV.

Morgan told The New York Times that his show lately has “taken a bath in the ratings” but that he and CNN President Jeff Zucker were discussing a new role for him at the channel. CNN’s audience has tired of hearing a Brit weigh in on American cultural issues, Morgan said in a story posted online Sunday.

Morgan’s future with CNN is undetermined, the channel said.

Last fall, the already struggling Piers Morgan Live faced increased competition from a revised Fox News Channel lineup that included a strong new performer at 9 p.m. EST with Megyn Kelly’s The Kelly File.

Morgan served as editor of The Daily Mirror from 1995 to 2004.He has been questioned in connection with Britain’s long-running phone hacking scandal, which has led to numerous arrests, resignations and the closure of Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World tabloid.

Earlier this month, Morgan confirmed that he was interviewed in December by British police investigating the illegal interception of telephone voicemails. Morgan, who said he had given a previous witness statement, has consistently denied wrongdoing.

Jamie Lee Curtis to headline CBS drama pilot

Originally posted on Inside TV:

Jamie Lee Curtis is the latest film star to migrate to a potential starring gig on CBS primetime.

Curtis has been cast in an untitled medical pilot from David Marshall Grant (Brothers & Sisters) that has her playing Caroline, the doctor-mom of quadruplets who grew up on a reality show. The drama script that’s in contention for fall 2014 is based on the Israeli format, Ran Quartet, and has been described as a soapy series.

The last time Curtis — who did an arc as Dr. Samantha Ryan on NCIS in 2012 — had a series regular role on TV was in Anything But Love in 1989. She’s also recurred as Jess’ mom on Fox’s New Girl.

Curtis also has a small role in the new Veronica Mars film.

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Ex-Googler-Founded Shape Security Picks Up Another $40M To Build Out Its “Botwall” For Businesses

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Shape Security — the enterprise startup that emerged from stealth last month with an enterprise product that fights automated malware and bots by way of a firewall (or ‘botwall’ in its words) that shifts its shape depending on what is trying to scale it — has picked up another $40 million in funding.

The Series C round will be used to help the startup continue to develop its technology (which today works through a piece of hardware that a client installs on its premises, but may in future move further into a virtualised solution in the cloud); and it will also be used to help build up its salesforce globally, now that Shape is openly marketing itself.

The round was led by new investors Norwest Venture Partners and Sierra Ventures, also had participation from Kleiner Perkins, Venrock, Google Ventures, Eric Schmidt’s TomorrowVentures, and Allegis Capital, and brings the total raised…

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