Monday, April 08, 2013

Acer's 7.9-inch Iconia A1-810 outed with quad-core CPU


Acer's 79inch Iconia A1810 outed with quadcore CPU

Acer doesn't seem to have officially announced the Iconia tab A1-810 yet... at least not that we can see. But French retailer Rue Du Commerce already has the 7.9 inch listed, though, since it was first spotted the spec sheet has been cleared. Thankfully, MiniMachines caught the page before someone scrubbed it clean. If the numbers are to be believed, then the Taiwanese company has the Nexus 7 and iPad mini squarely in its sights. The A1-810's crams some reasonably impressive internals into a diminutive and affordable package. Under the hood is 1GB of RAM, and a 1.2GHz quad-core processor. Granted, the Cortex-A9 chip is produced by MediaTek instead of one of the bigger boys like Qualcomm or NVIDIA, but it should prove plenty robust for everyday tasks. The 1024 x 768 IPS panel puts it right in league with Apple's mini, but it also means a lower pixel density than the middle child of the Nexus family. You'll also find 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS radios inside, along with a 3,250 mAh battery -- which is quite a bit smaller than its competitors (despite its 10.5mm thick, 430g body being quite a bit larger). The biggest news about this Android 4.2 device though, is the price: it's yet another uber-cheap slate, currently listed at €199, or about $259.

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Via: Android Authority, MiniMachines

Source: Rue Du Commerce


Search Dominates Mobile Local Ad Spend; Video√Ęs Influence to Grow


Search dominates mobile local ad spend to the tune of 58% share of revenues ($704 million of $1.22 billion in 2012), per the latest mobile local ad spend forecast from BIA/Kelsey. That compares with 31% share for display, 8% share for SMS, and just 3% for video. But that picture should change quite dramatically by [...]


Sony responds to Red lawsuit with its own patent claims, seeks damages, injunction


Sony responds to Red lawsuit with its own patent claims, seeks damages, injunction

If we've learned anything from the patent wars it's that lawsuits beget lawsuits, and Red and Sony's budding spat is no exception. In response to allegations that Sony's F5, F55 and F65 cameras violate a pair of Red camera patents, the Japanese manufacturer is filing a suit of its own. The company says that the Red One, Epic and Scarlet cameras infringe on seven Sony patents, and is seeking damages and a sales injunction on the offending products. Accessories like the REDMOTE are headed to the courtroom, too. Sony's demands aren't as specific as Red's, which originally sought to have its competitor's camera's destroyed -- but we'll sure things will heat up when litigation starts. Take a peek at Sony's brief statement after the break.

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Via: Verge, Sony Alpha Rumors

Source: Sony


Sunday, April 07, 2013

Sony unveils 30-and 56-inch professional 4K OLED monitor prototypes, shipping in May


Sony unveils professional 4K OLED monitor prototypes, promises reduced color shift, better viewing angles

The 56-inch OLED TV Sony trotted out at CES may have lost an inch on its way to the market, but that extra few centimeters can still be had, at least in the professional sector. The company announced its A Series Trimaster EL monitors at NAB today, outing a 4,096 x 2,160 30-inch model as well as a 3,840 x 2160 56-inch display. Both panels boast of wide viewing angles and low color shift, promising accurate signal reproduction for industry professionals working with 4K content. No word yet on pricing, but professionals can look forward to upgrading sometime in May 2013. Hit the break for the official press release, item skus, and a quick break down of what products the A series will be replacing.

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Panera Exec: Secret-Menu Items Do Customers A Service


Panera lunchEver heard the person next you in line ask for the Mc10:35 at McDonald's, the quesarito from Chipotle or the power steak breakfast bowl at Panera Bread and said 'huh' to yourself?

Restaurants are increasingly selling these off-menu items to bring in customers who are "in the know," but in an oxymoronic move they are showcasing these "secret" menus on their own websites.

The trend is being driven by restaurants, such as Panera and BurgerFi, that want to speed up the ordering process for complicated orders and cater to special dietary preferences. Secret menus also serve as marketing tools that make customers feel like insiders in the hope they will want to share the information with their friends.

"We don't want to overburden our digital menu boards by putting everything on there because simplicity and ease of ordering is probably the most important thing in this business," said Chris Ponzio, director of marketing at BurgerFi, a Florida-based all-natural burger chain. "People do not like to stand in line and say, 'Oh, my God, I'm overwhelmed.'"

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The secret of BurgerFi's hidden menu has been intentionally spilled since its first store opened in 2011. The company even features the off-menu items on its in-store menu handouts—b! ut not o n the big board itself.

Some of the items began as a way to simplify the complicated ordering process with picky customers. Steve Lieber, the company's brand ambassador and franchise sales director, recalled the origins of the Hippie Veggie, a sandwich first created by a frequent diner in Florida.

"He wanted instead of one vegetable patty, he wanted two," Lieber said. "He didn't want them fried—he wanted them grilled. He didn't like the wheat bun—he wanted a regular bun. He didn't like the lettuce, tomato secret sauce. He liked green neon relish."

To help employees ring up the item, the company added it to the secret menu and its internal payment system. Now, the custom sandwich is selling by the hundreds. The menu also features items created by employees and serves as a sort of soft landing space for one unpopular dish that used to be on the regular board.

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The not-so-secret menu was first pioneered on a large scale by fast-food chain In-N-Out. Carl Van Fleet, the company's vice president of planning and development, said the company doesn't see itself as having a "secret menu" at all but rather just a willingness to fulfill orders just the way the customer wants it. Several items from its not-so-secret menu, including the 4x4, a cheeseburger with four beef patties and four cheese slices, have inspired fervent followings.

"Over the years, many of those variations were given names, usually by the customers who frequently ordered their burger that way," Van Fleet said. "We never set out to create or pioneer a 'secret menu,' some of the names for those variations just stuck."

Other restaurants, such as Panera, use the menus to cater to diners following a specific diet, such as a low-carbohydrate or low-gluten one.

"Panera didn't want to take up valuable menu board space ! with ite ms that only had limited appeal, but they did want customers seeking low-carb items to know that they were available," said Bret Thorn, senior food editor at Nation's Restaurants News, a trade publication.

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Chris Hollander, Panera's vice president of marketing, said offering "off-menu" items is a way to serve the needs of niche groups, while also keeping its in-store messaging streamlined and consistent.

"By keeping this menu 'hidden,' we can speak to this audience without investing in the infrastructure needed to promote these items within our walls," he said.

The program was also a way to reward its loyalty program members and social media followers, who were the first to learn of the new items.

"We are constantly looking for new and innovative rewards — beyond free menu items — in order to build deeper relationships with our MyPanera membership," he added.

These menus also give consumers a sense of insider knowledge and another way to experience a restaurant after they've already tested out the main menu, said Sam Oches, the editor of QSR Magazine, a separate trade publication.

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"Customers just really enjoy being able to go somewhere and to feel like they're on the inside, like they're in the know," Oches said.

That insider feeling often spurs customers to share their orders via social media, leading some to spread virally.

"Secret menus have been around for decades in some places, like In-N-Out," Thorn said. "And Starbucks has offered things like short cappuccinos probably since the ch! ain open ed. But social media has really made them catch on."

And as these items proliferate, restaurateurs have an added incentive for keeping these items hidden. Many of the secret items are made by combining multiple menu items. Take McDonald's Mc10:35, it combines a McDouble and an Egg McMuffin.

But sometimes these duos, can pack quite the waistline punch. By keeping these items off menu, their calorie counts stay out of sight as well—good news for fans of the quesarito, or a cheese quesadilla wrapped around a burrito, which can set customers back more than 1,0000 calories.

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