Now that Twitter Music has been revealed there will be more anticipation of potential TV integration, and it appears BBC America will be among the first to participate. The network, which is owned both by the BBC and Discovery Communications, sent out a tweet say it’s signed up to “offer 1st in-Tweet branded video synced to entertainment TV series.” Its Tumblr page promises details to come, however so far there have been no further updates. We were told by the network that the deal has “literally just been signed”, and to expect more info in the coming weeks. This sounds similar to the deals with Viacom and NBC that were rumored a few days ago, but what shape this may all take by the time it arrives remains to be seen.
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Earlier this month during CES 2013, word surfaced that a company called JK Imaging had licensed the Kodak name for a line of digital cameras. The company has wasted no time plastering that Kodak brand name on its digital photography offerings and has unveiled the first digital camera in its new line of Kodak products.
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Microsoft is working with component suppliers in Asia to test its own smartphone design, suggesting the computer-software giant is increasingly adopting Apple’s business model.
Today Everything Everywhere, the JV between Orange and T-Mobile UK, unveiled some more details about its new 4G network — the first commercial LTE service for the UK market. It is going to be branded the much zippier EE, will be launched by Christmas, and will initially cover 20 million people, or 30% of the population of the country, with the aim for that to extend to 98% by the end of 2014.
While it’s still quiet about handsets for the service — rumors have included that it will feature a new iPhone from Apple as well a new LTE-compatible Lumia from Nokia — it will be putting a lot of marketing muscle behind it, with some 700 stores planned for the service.
So you’ve decided that it’s time to make a tablet part of your life, but a lack of star-spangled slabs has prompted you to defer the purchase. Malaysians now face no such dilemma, due in no small part to the 1Malasyia Pad — the country’s first branded tab. The 1Mpad will reportedly soon be marketed to students (1.4 million of them, in fact), but 5,000 of the 7-inch Gingerbread devices are now being offered up to deep-pocketed locals, priced online at a rather-ambitious 999 Malaysian ringgits (about $ 315). Manufactured by MalTechPro Sdn Bhd, the 1Mpad will be offered to students at a to-be-determined discounted rate, making it the first such device to be available using a student discount card. At its current high list price, the tablet doesn’t appear to be a fantastic deal, shipping with 3G broadband and the 1Malaysia Messenger application, which will serve as an IM service of sorts for sending text, pictures, video and voice recording to other 1Mpad owners. Still, if you have the cash to spare for an early taste of what Malaysian students may some day be using to surf the web, you can hit up the source link after the break for a bit more info.
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In an effort to bring in bigger streams of revenue from new sources, Spotify is prepared to launch a series of “branded apps” that feature products and brand names in exchange for advertising dollars. Among the companies already being tapped include AT&T, Intel, McDonald’s, and Reebok. The way it would work is users could navigate
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Originally filed in the halcyon days of 2010, the United States Patent and Trademark Office has just published a web browser-centric patent application from the fine folks in Redmond. Microsoft‘s “Branded Browser Frame” app details a “computer-readable storage media” that can be specifically executed (presumably by surfing over to a website that’s capable of handling said execution), and then used to present a varying interface based on what the underlying instructions are telling it to do. According to the independent claims put forth, we’re told about a “control layout area… wherein one of the selected controls comprises a website-branded control that serves as a website’s homepage button, and a navigation control that provides an input field.”
In lay terms, that sounds a lot like a browser function that would enable many of the typical graphical elements we see atop our URL bars today to be adjusted and dynamically tweaked based on inputs from whatever address it was currently on. We aren’t putting words in the applicant’s mouth, but we’re envisioning a top bar in Internet Explorer that turns red and features DVDs as the forward and back buttons when surfing over to Netflix.com (perhaps a stretch, but you catch the drift). IE9 does a bit of that color changing today, but it’s possible that more is in store. Naturally, it’ll take some time to see if this here app is actually granted, and it’s possible that it’ll look / function quite differently in its final form, but there’s no doubt that someone at Microsoft is dreaming about a sexier (if not more sellable) browser bar.
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The Occupy movement, or rallying cry, or whatever you want to call it, is by its nature decentralized. By refusing to come together under one banner other than the word “Occupy,” they’ve both diluted their message and allowed it to spread more quickly. You don’t need an Occupy license to occupy a bank’s lobby in Kansas City, but at the same time there’s a natural question of whether one occupation is related to another.
Political considerations aside, the point is that Occupy might benefit from a recognizable face. On this front, some faction of the movement has decided to do a little branding, but in keeping with the democratic, bottom-up nature of the organization (or rather disorganization), they’ve opted to run a contest and let the “official” logo be selected by popular vote. It’s a great application of web technology to an interesting problem, and will probably prove to be a memorable case study in an increasingly common phenomenon: the necessity of branding an emergent movement or pattern on the internet.
Advanced Micro Devices' first branded desktop system memory modules, called AMD Memory, will be available in North America through major retailers, the company said Monday.
And what are those Star Wars characters doing there in the picture? Let me tell you, ladies and gentlemen – the cost and the characters have to do with one another, but they certainly don’t seem to be equalling out. First, you may have seen this harddrive before – the same device comes in packs [...]
That branded iPhone 5 that everyone has been waiting for won’t arrive until next year because, among other reasons, Apple is holding out for LTE to be fully baked for compact smartphones like the iPhone.