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Living In The Last Days: Red Sox Player David Ortiz Snaps What Might Be The Last Presidential Selfie
Who knew selfies could get you into trouble with the government?!
During a visit to the White House, Red Sox player, David Ortiz, aka Big Papi, took a selfie with President Obama. What President Obama didn’t know is that Ortiz is a “social media insider” for Samsung. Reportedly, Ortiz was coached about the selfie prior to the visit. So when the snapshot went up, Samsung used it as a promotional tool on Twitter, noting that it was taken with a Galaxy Note 3.
White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer says President Obama’s lawyers got in touch with Samsung after receiving news Ortiz took the picture for their company. “As a rule the White House objects to attempts to use the president’s likeness for commercial purposes. We object in this case,” WH Press Secretary Jay Carney said in a press conference last week. Now the Big Papi selfie could be the last ever with President Obama.
Pfeiffer reports via The Business Insider:
“He obviously didn’t know anything about Samsung’s connection to this and, perhaps, maybe, this will be the end of all selfies. Whenever someone tries to use the president’s likeness to promote a product, that’s a problem with the White House counsel.”
Carney has gone on to say that there’s “no discussion of a ban,” but Samsung has been contacted about the stunt. We haven’t seen any further comment about the selfie from Samsung on Twitter. But Farhad Manjoo, a NY Times tech columnist says whoever came up with the idea “deserves a raise” because it’s been “brilliantly successful.” The incident has been widely reported.
Do you think the White House is overreacting?
Although an impromptu rapping performance got panned recently Idris Elba remains Hollywood hot. Now the Thor: The Dark World actor is looking to give back. Elba has partnered with Samsung as a mentor for the company’s online talent competition, “Launching People.”
Competitors had until March 6 to apply for the competition via Facebook by submitting a two-minute short that highlighted their particular project, reports EURWeb. More than 600 people have downloaded the app. The popular category was music.
Elba will join other mentors (singer-songwriter Paloma Faith, photographer Rankin, and chef Gizzi Erskine) in helping the contestants win. Each mentor will select the finalist to be featured in a television series airing on UK TV in spring 2014.
The general public can go to Facebook to vote for the “People’s Choice” winner per category.
Winners will receive personal tuition and Samsung products that will support them in pursuing the projects they highlighted in their entry film. We all win the opportunity to watch/listen to Idris Elba talk about the campaign. Video below.
“A Genius Leaves The Hood: The Unauthorized Story of Jay Z” available for purchase on iTunes, Google Play and VHX now!
He’s a rapper, producer, businessman (or a business man), husband and father. In the hip hop game for a few decades now Jay Z has influenced our definition of both a hustler and entrepreneur throwing his hat into a variety of ventures that turned to gold.
The new Moguldom Studios documentary, A Genius Leaves the Hood: The Unauthorized Story of Jay Z highlights the 44-year-old’s rise to success and evolution as a mogul. Here’s a look at some of Jay Z’s many business collaborations through the years.
Sorry, but your Galaxy S4 is already old news! Samsung unveiled the fifth generation of their Galaxy S series on Monday and tech geeks are already calling it the “best phone money can buy”!
The Samsung Galaxy S5 takes security on a whole new level. There is a fingerprint scanner embedded on its home screen button. Not only can you unlock and lock your phone with a simple touch, but you can authorize mobile purchases through e-commerce services like Paypal. The fingerprint scanner was introduced by Apple on the iPhone 5 — but Galaxy is S5 is doing it a tinge better.
“[This feature] can also be used to unlock pictures you want to keep private, or to take the place of other Web passwords. It works with up to eight fingers,” USA Today reports.
From now on, you never have to worry about spilling liquids on the Samsung Galaxy S5 either — it’s water resistant! It does have the same 5.1 inch full HD 1080p display as its predecessor, but Samsung touts that the screen is much brighter and still performs well in direct sunlight. All this, however, comes at the expense of your battery, according to CNN Money.
Luckily, the Samsung Galaxy S5 has a power saving mode. With this feature, even if your smartphone is running on 10 percent battery, you’ll get an additional 24 hours on standby.
The download speeds are out-of-this-world. Large files can be available to you in just seconds. A one gigabyte file, for example, can be downloaded in just 30 seconds. This is perfect for those who want to watch films on-the-go.
If you want to know if the S5 is selfie-approved, Samsung added a cool new “blur” mode. The subject of the photo remains in focus while the background, as you might have guessed, blurs. The rear camera is 16 megapixels while its front is two megapixels. The new Galaxy also boasts that it has the fastest auto-focusing technology on the market.
The Galaxy S5, which runs on the “KitKat” version of Android, is also perfect for fitness buffs. It includes a health-oriented software that includes “a pedometer, diet and exercise records, and a new, built-in heart rate monitor,” according to IBTimes.
You’ll be able to purchase your S5 on April 11 under AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless. You can choose from four colors Charcoal Black, Shimmery White, Electric Blue, and Copper Gold.
The mobile wars are fierce and Samsung is doing surprisingly well in sales due to cheap smartphones and high-demand memory chips. But Samsung isn’t stopping there. In attempt to slay their competition, Samsung is teaming up with the NBA to bring their technology to their forefront, The Wall Street Journal reports.
You know those monitors NBA referees use to review close calls in games? Those screens, along with other courtside tablets and TVs, will all be provided by Samsung as a result of a three-year $100 million deal. “The three-year deal will instantly make Samsung one of the most visible companies during NBA games, while bringing the basketball league into closer partnership with the electronics giant, which is the world’s largest seller of smartphones and flat-panel televisions,” The Wall Street Journal reports.
This is not the first time that Samsung has eyed the NBA to generate greater appeal for their products. Lebron James, a Miami Heat player, was handpicked for an endorsement deal to present the Samsung’s Galaxy Note II. Validating his clout as a marketable basketball figure, his commercial on YouTube pulled in more than 40 millions views. “The advertisement shows the league’s top player and two-time defending NBA champion playing with the Samsung device as he gets his hair cut and heads to a basketball game,” The Wall Street Journal says.
Samsung also snatched the second wealthiest rapper in America, Jay-Z, for a three-minute commercial during an NBA Final game four months ago. As part of the deal, Samsung also purchased one million copies of his album, “Magna Carta Holy Grail,” and made it available to its users for free. In turn, Jay Z was able to label his latest project as “platinum.”
This is a much-needed approach for Samsung to combat its bloodthirsty rivals in a heavily competitive technology market. Samsung is gearing up to release the Galaxy S5 as early as February of next year.
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If you think album sales, tours and promotional deals are the only ways celebrities make their millions, then you are still living in the 20th century. In today’s bustling market, there are various products, companies and start ups itching for investors. And that’s where celebrities come in, investing, in some cases, big money in order to get a big return on growing businesses they believe in.
Or you have celebs like Drew Barrymore who launch their own companies. Barrymore might not be making movies at the same pace she was before, but she’s got Flower Films (with Jimmy Fallon’s wife Nancy Juvonen) and Flower makeup brand, sold at Walmart.
Here are a few leading celebrity investors and their multi-million dollar investment deals.
“Numbers are Numbers. In the numbers is truth, but in terms of touching the people it’s a little different…For me as an artist I still want to be able to touch the people individually…It still matters to me that people individually went out and bought my record. Although I still think a million sold is a million sold, but for me I like to know that a million PEOPLE bought my record, not a company bought a million copies of my record.”Billboard took a similar old-school stance when they declined Jay-Z’s team request for the million albums sold to be counted on the charts saying, “ever-visionary Jay-Z pulled the nifty coup of getting paid as if he had a platinum album before one fan bought a single copy…But in the context of this promotion, nothing is actually for sale.” If 1 million copies of an album are paid for, but no one is there to buy them, is the album really platinum? …Does it really matter? Outside of being a handy statistic for stans to bring up during “who’s the best artist” debates, have fans ever really cared about platinum plaques? The RIAA had a point when it announced the rewriting of its rules: “The reality is that how fans consume music is changing, the music business is changing as labels and artists partner with a breathtaking array of new technology services.” Individual album sales are a remnant of music industry past. Magna Carta gives us a peek at the future of music where the industry dances to the tech industry’s tune. Jay isn’t the first to hand out albums for free (Prince slid his “Planet Earth” album into copies of the Mail, and Radiohead lets fans pay what they wanted for “In Rainbows”), or sell an album as an app (Björk’s released “Biophilia” for the iPad in 2011). If the fervor generated by Magna Carta’s early release is any indication, the album would have been a success without it. When the app crashed, the leaked album quickly took over radio airwaves and was gobbled up by non-Samsung users. We all may have trouble swallowing the fact that a company paid for Jay to go platinum but at the end of the day, this whole ordeal was nothing more than a well-executed promotional campaign. Rather than squabble over Jay Z’s well-coordinated success, energy would be better spent figuring out how to leverage these type of business deals to benefit smaller acts rather than the artists who need the money the least. — C. Cleveland covers professional development topics and entrepreneurial rebels who blaze their own career paths. She explores these stories and more on The Red Read, Twitter (@CleveOutLoud) and Facebook (/MyReadIsRed).