Next Gen Augmented Reality — When Does This Become Augmented Grafitti?

Japanese company Tonchidot announced today the global release of iPhone application “Sekai Camera” that lets any user post a virtual, geo-located tag for any Sekai Camera app user to see. Or, as Jason Kincaid at TechCrunch reports today, now we can all leave each other “geo-tagged virtual Post-It notes.”

The app is avail at [...]

Paywatch ($$$$): GQ – $2.99 and It’s Yours on an iPhone/iTouch

Just when I thought the iPhone/iTouch might be a bit wee for magazines to use as their interim un-walled tablet (as opposed to Kindle, etc.), I’m reminded that hot babes nearly nude, especially famous ones, sell. On just about any-size screen.

So, 4 $$$$s to Conde Nast for naming a price and [...]

Paywatch ($): BBC – Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

The full story from today’s UK Guardian (above) is here.?? Bottom line: Mr. Smith runs the commercial arm of the BBC (not the public one) and, basically, said out loud he supports Murdoch’s plans to charge for content.

This means something coming from anyone whose biz card reads BBC, commercial or otherwise, since the [...]

Paywatch ($$$$): News Corp — Murdoch Making Good On Promise To Charge

News Corp and Sony hugged today. Very shortly, after you buy Sony’s e-reader for $399, you can pay some more ($14.99/month) to get the WSJ on it, some more ($5.00/month) to get a little extra at day’s end (WSJ PLUS), some more ($10.99/month) for MarketWatch, and some more ($9.99/month) to get the NY [...]

Le Tablet. Europe Enters the Save-the-Magazine Fray

Swedish magazine publisher Bonnier worked with London design shop BERG and just presented their prototype tablet/concept (above) called Mag+ (click here for demo).

I agree with Robert Andrews (@robertandrews) who published a brief PaidContent write-up on this today: what’s with all the standalone readers?

I’m psyched the mags are figuring out how to save themselves. [...]

Paywatch Alert: YouTube

According to Reuters on Dec. 15th, 2009:  “YouTube is considering offering users the option to pay for subscriptions in a bid to encourage more media companies to license premium TV shows and movies to the popular online video site, a senior executive said.”  Click here for full article.


Augmented Reality: Ad Fad. Profound Utility.

Augmented reality (AR) is working its way up the buzz chain.? Is it a fad or for real?

That depends on the definition.? Augmented reality, as a concept, covers a lot of ground (and we’re not even touching collegiate “experimentation”).? For the unfamiliar, keep reading — examples are forthcoming.

In marketing terms, AR splits between [...]

You’ll Pay for This! (Hopefully.) Welcome to Paywatch

(Baywatch, above.? Not Paywatch, but close)

By now you know I don’t believe in free.? I think it’s ridiculous and unsustainable that so much great content is available for nothing online.? If it costs money to create something, people need to pay to get it.? Otherwise, it must go away.

We don’t live [...]

Google Goggles: Half-Baked, Still Tasty

Google just launched Google Goggles — a mobile app for Android (Google’s mobile operating platform) phones that lets you take a picture of something, search it, and get results.? That’s been kind of a holy grail for mobile and search since the two were born.

In theory, it’s just huge.? Want to [...]

Sports Illustrated: Fantastic Showcase for Tablets (Murdoch Smiles)

Consider this another installment in the “Newspaper:  a contradiction in terms” saga (you can’t be in the news business and be on paper, so ditch the news or the paper).  I thought magazines may get a stay of execution since their content isn’t quite so time sensitive.  Now, seeing this new demo from [...]