Tag Archives: Robert van Alstyne

MEAT Podcast, Episode 11: Celebrity gossip and the Olympics

by Mike Garrison, Katie Elfering and Robert van Alstyne Media, Entertainment and Technology Strategists discuss the celebrity news of the week as well as the Olympics. For more information and to listen, click here.  

Dude pins like a lady

by Robert van Alstyne WHAT’S HAPPENING With a swiftly solidifying perception that Pinterest is a for-gals-only community (a recent survey found that 83% of users are women), numerous copycat services are springing up to meet the visual bookmarking needs of males (CNN.com, 22 June 2012). Boasting names like Manteresting, Gentlemint and Dudepins, the male-targeted Pinterest […]

GAMES WITHOUT BORDERS

by Robert van Alstyne WHAT’S HAPPENING Eighteen years after inception, the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo remains a prime spot to take the digital pulse of the videogame and media industries. This year’s installment of the massive, three-day trade fair has, as usual, featured plenty of compelling game titles, but evolutions in hardware are the real […]

Gumroad offers simple-but-sticky direct sales

by Robert van Alstyne WHAT’S HAPPENING Thanks to innovative direct-sales Web platform Gumroad, content creators and consumers can now engage in online purchasing transactions at light speed. Doing away with the drudgery of digital storefronts, Gumroad provides a dead-simple sales platform for anyone with digital content that they want to monetize — e-books, albums, apps, […]

MEAT podcast, Episode 10: News and the evolution of the Power of Suggestion Trend

by Andrew Hawn, Mike Garrison, Katie Elfering and Robert van Alstyne Media, Entertainment and Technology Strategists discuss the news of the week — Facebook’s purchase of Instagram and Tupac at Coachella — and the evolution of Iconoculture’s the Power of Suggestion Trend.  For more information and to listen, click here.

APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION

by Robert van Alstyne When dystopian adventure tale The Hunger Games bowed at the US box office to a staggering $155 million two weeks ago, it reaffirmed the bright fortunes of dark-days programming. Consumers continue to eagerly gobble up apocalyptic programming in all its shattered-society forms, from zombie plague (AMC’s The Walking Dead) and simian […]

Vuzix are sunglasses with a built-in smartphone screen

by Robert van Alstyne WHAT’S HAPPENING Up until now, consumers wanting to stay plugged in to the Web while on the go have had to keep one eye on their smartphone and one on the sidewalk. Enter Vuzix Smart Glasses. Showcased at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show and due in stores circa summertime, the forthcoming […]

MEAT Podcast, Episode 6: The Consumer Electronics Show download

by Mike Garrison, Andrew Hawn, Nancy Robinson and Robert van Alstyne Entertainment and Technology Strategists discuss key consumer trends from CES 2012.  To listen to the podcast, click here.

Tweet seats have high-culture consumers all a-Twitter

by Robert van Alstyne WHAT’S HAPPENING A phantom at the opera … and a smartphone? A rising tide of “tweet seats” are giving mobile mavens the all-clear to engage in rapid-fire texting at fine arts performances across the country. Typically restricted to a predefined area on one side of the auditorium so as not to […]

TAKING A BITE FROM APPLE

by Robert van Alstyne Want to know the hot tech product that every consumer will be hankering for in 2012? Then don’t bother attending the Consumer Electronics Show. Although the annual trade show still draws 140,000+ attendees every year, major industry players increasingly prefer unveiling their most prized products away from the fray. The biggest […]

MEAT Podcast, Episode 4: News, Black Friday and cutting the tech cord for health and wellness

by Mike Garrison, Andrew Hawn, Katie Elfering, Robert van Alstyne and Stefania Revelli Media, Entertainment and Technology Strategists rant on the news of the week.  Tune in for opinions on Black Friday, Cyber Monday and our new trend around the intersection of health and technology. To listen to the podcast, click here.

A Closed World gives growing up gay an edu-gaming twist

by Robert van Alstyne WHAT’S HAPPENING Seeking to extend a welcoming hand to closeted young adults, Singapore-MIT Gambit Lab’s A Closed World explores homosexuality through the lens of a classic Final Fantasy-style role playing game. Players first select their gender and then set off on an epic quest into the enchanted forest to track down […]

THE IPHONE 4S: IS APPLE PHONING IT IN?

by Robert van Alstyne It’s a testament to technology’s ascendant role in pop culture that today’s Apple press conference had more consumer buzz than any new TV show this fall season. With media-saturated consumers’ tastes increasingly splintered, gadget lust is now one of the last common denominators uniting the masses. Heading into today’s press conference, […]

Media, Entertainment and Technology Podcast: Facebook and Fall Television

by Mike Garrison, Andrew Hawn, Nancy Robinson, Katie Elfering and Robert van Alstyne Media, Entertainment and Technology Strategists rant on the news of the week.  Tune in for opinions on Facebook and the Fall Television season. To listen to the podcast, click here.

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