Photo framing apps are nothing new and there are a slew of them in the App Store. Each one allows you to place photos in combinations of frames, aspect ratios, frame colors, and sizes to make a kind of collage. But what's interesting about an app like PicPlayPost is that it goes beyond the standard frames and filters, and lets you incorporate videos into your creations. … Read more
A blue banner on the front door of the Post's Web site reads "Full access to washingtonpost.com is currently available without charge."
It's not the first time that a major publication has decided to remove a paywall in an effort to give more readers access to information in the wake of a … Read more
New changes in Google+ tighten the bonds between content creators and Google, the company announced at TechCrunch: Disrupt in San Francisco on Monday.
The two new features make it easier to receive credit for your work in Google Search and News, and allow you to embed a public Google+ post on other sites -- similar to Twitter's embedded tweets or YouTube's embedded videos.
"This is fundamentally how we create one Google experience across the Internet," said Seth Sternberg, product management director for Google+. "It's that link between Google, you, and the rest of the … Read more
PowerDirector 12 now supports multicam editing and improved render times by taking advantage of Intel's latest Core processors, code named "Haswell." PowerDirector claims that version 12 encodes H.264 videos 40 percent faster than previous releases.Though CyberLink also adds that version 12 supports 4K editing, we weren't able to test this feature.
For those new to the Director production series, PowerDirector, along with ColorDirector and AudioDirector, are full production suites for editing movies, touching up scene effects, and mastering soundtracks. Though they originally appealed to casual, consumer-level productions, CyberLink has gone to great lengths to … Read more
Jeff Bezos, the man who made Amazon the Walmart of the Internet, says the same guiding principles behind his e-commerce giant will well serve his latest investment, The Washington Post.
"We've had three big ideas at Amazon that we've stuck with for 18 years, and they're the reason we're successful: Put the customer first. Invent. And be patient," he told Paul Farhi in an interview with the newspaper. "If you replace 'customer' with 'reader,' that approach, that point of view, can be successful at The Post, too."
His first interview since agreeing to buy the Post's publishing side for $250 million … Read more
Facebook sharing will extend far beyond the walls of the social network as the company has released its embedded posts feature to all members Wednesday.
Embedded posts are part of Facebook's play to link its network of 1.15 billion people to current affairs and breaking news. The feature, first released to a select group of media organizations last month, now lets anyone embed public Facebook updates, like the one below from CEO Mark Zuckerberg, on their own Web sites.
The sale of The Washington Post to tech heavyweight Jeff Bezos came as a surprise on Monday for many reasons, not the least of which is that he has never spent so much on any individual venture.
Bezos, who is most well-known as the CEO and co-founder of Amazon, also owns an investment firm called Bezos Expeditions. The firm manages Bezos' various investments, of which there have been many. The group also oversees various philanthropic projects, including an effort to recover the F-1 rocket engines from Apollo 11 from the bottom of the ocean, and restore them for public display. … Read more
Jeff Bezos is using 1 percent of his personal fortune of about $25 billion to buy a newspaper. This is the Bezos of Amazon, who remade the retail industry over the last two decades and leads a company whose stock went from $80 to $300 over the last five years with nary a profit.
This bodes well for the staff of the venerable Washington Post, which suffered layoffs, buyouts, and a talent drain as the Internet disrupted the newspaper business. A Bezos regime could mean that the paper will be less concerned about profitability and more focused on becoming the … Read more
Jeff Bezos, the chief executive of Amazon.com, entered an agreement with the Washington Post Co. Monday to buy its newspaper publishing businesses for $250 million, including its flagship newspaper after decades of family ownership.
The purchaser is an entity that belongs to Bezos and is not Amazon.com.
It follows other indications of Bezos' interest in news. He made a $5 million investment in Web news publication Business Insider earlier this year, and Amazon last week published a long-form Q&A with President Barack Obama on its Kindle Singles platform.
In a release, Washington Post Co. Chairman and … Read more