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Living In The Last Days: Red Sox Player David Ortiz Snaps What Might Be The Last Presidential Selfie

April 7th, 2014 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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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?

Actor Idris Elba And Samsung Team Up For Online Talent-Hunting Initiative ‘Launching People’

March 31st, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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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 Mogul’s Hustle: The Many Collaborations Of Jay Z

March 28th, 2014 - By Tanvier Peart
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“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.

It’s Time For An Upgrade! Introducing The New Samsung Galaxy S5

February 25th, 2014 - By Kimberly Gedeon
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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.

Prosecutor Says Wireless Carriers Blocking A Simple Solution To Phone Theft

November 22nd, 2013 - By Ann Brown
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Some news stories actually make you want to start believing in conspiracy theories. Here’s one that might. It seems that wireless carriers may be blocking a relatively simple solution to phone thefts in order to make a profit. About 1.6 million Americans had their phones stolen last year, with nearly 40 percent of all robberies in major U.S. cities involving mobile devices.

Not only do people buy more phones is they need to replace stolen ones, but also customers are more apt to opt for insurance offered by phone companies.

This is actually a lucrative side hustle for carriers — the top four wireless carriers will earn more than $7.8 billion this year in insurance premiums from their customers, according to an estimate by industry trade publication Warranty Week (via Huffington Post). According to Businessweek, Asurion, a phone insurance company that pays the wireless carriers for each policy they sell, made an estimated $98 million in profit in 2010. Typically, phone insurance plans range between $7 and $11 monthly, and they require consumers to pay deductibles as high as $200 for a replacement phone. And most often, these are nor new phones but refurbished used phones ones. Asurion’s insurance plan doesn’t guarantee customers will receive the same model as the one they lost.

“If you do the math, the phone companies are making out like bandits,” Richard Doherty, a director for Envisioneering Group, a market research firm, told HuffPo.

But here’s the kicker. A top prosecutor is accusing phone companies of standing in the way of a solution that could protect consumers from violent robberies just so that they can make more money.

San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón claims he has obtained emails showing how phone companies are blocking the introduction of a so-called kill switch that would render phones inoperable if stolen. If installed on phones, it would undercut the value of phones being sold on a global black market, which would lead to a sharp reduction in thefts.

“These emails suggest that the carriers are rejecting a technological solution so they can continue to shake down their customers for billions of dollars in insurance premiums,” Gascón said in a statement. “I’m incensed. … This is a solution that has the potential to end the victimization of their customers.”

Gascón and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman have now demanded that phone manufacturers create new smartphone technology to make the devices less attractive to thieves. Apple and Samsung have already introduced new features this summer that they said would render stolen devices useless.

Phone companies have “worked hard over the last year to help law enforcement with its stolen phone problem,” the CTIA said in a statement, pointing out that a new database of phone serial numbers is being shared among carriers. Last year, wireless companies agreed to share serial numbers after being pressured by the Federal Communications Commission and police chiefs nationwide to reduce cell phone thefts.

‘Tis The Season of iPads and iPhones: Most Teens Want Apple Devices This Christmas

November 13th, 2013 - By Kimberly Gedeon
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If you’re scratching your head over what to get your teenager this season, a new Ebates survey shows that you just can’t go wrong with an Apple device. Nearly 70 percent of kids between 12 and 17 want you to get ‘em an iPhone, iPad, or iPod. So the holidays are going to cost you this year!

A whopping 88 percent of teens want an electronic gift this year. The number one item on their wish list is an iPhone with 32 percent of teens yearning for the Apple smartphone. Taking second place for most-wanted gift is the iPad — 24 percent of teens would love to find the tablet underneath their Christmas tree.

Sony Playstation 4, the XBox One, and Apple iPod take third, fourth, and fifth places respectively. Teen girls seem to prefer the iPhone while teen boys want to snag the PS4.

Despite the competitive smartphone and tablet market, Apple refuses to budge on their premium prices. The multi-billion dollar corporation is releasing the iPad Air at $499 — the same exact price as its predecessors. And the iPad Mini will sell for $399, which is 21 percent higher than the first Mini.

“Apple has steadfastly refused to cut prices on its top-of-the-line products. Instead, it has sold older versions of its Phones and iPads at slight discounts to consumers who are willing to settle for something less than state-of-the-art technology,” says.

Facing a vicious rivalry with Google Inc., Microsoft Corp., Inc., and Samsung Electronics, Apple is opting to win over customers by offering free software. Apple is offering the Maverick, the device maker’s latest operating system, for free. iLife and iWorks, the equivalent of Microsoft Office, will also be free.

These software giveaways are conditioning customers to expect these systems to “come with the package” for free. “While this won’t disrupt Microsoft’s business overnight, it will create further pressure on Microsoft to bring down prices,’’ adds, quoting Ovum analyst Jan Dawson.

The iPad Air is Apple’s latest baby — it’s sleeker, faster, and lighter weighing in at only one pound. “The iPad Air’s main appeal is a more svelte design and a faster microprocessor, the same kind of chip in the iPhone 5S that Apple released a month ago,” says. The iPad Air has been available for purchase since November 1. And if you have a teenage boy, the PS4 will set you back $399, $100 cheaper than the Air, and will be on sale by November 15.

If your teen is one of the few that’s not into electronics, the survey notes that a gift card to your teen’s favorite store would suffice.

Will you be buying Apple this season?

They Shot, They Scored! Samsung Nabs $100 Million Deal With NBA

October 28th, 2013 - By Kimberly Gedeon
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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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Contestants Vie For $100K Prize In Samsung “SOS Island: Survival Of The Smartest” Challenge

October 2nd, 2013 - By Tonya Garcia
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Karen Constant, 26, is one of the contestants in the Samsung contest.

Karen Constant, 26, is one of the contestants in the Samsung contest.

As we speak, 12 contestants are on the island of Puerto Rico trying to win the “SOS Island: Survival of the Smartest” challenge, hosted by Samsung. The company is promoting two of its products, the Galaxy S4 zoom and the Galaxy NX camera, which will figure prominently in the tasks the contestants will have to complete in order to win the grand prize: $100,000 that can be used to either purchase an island (!) or pay for a dream island experience for the winner and invited guests. The contest got 11,500 submission videos from 132 countries, according to a press release.

Samsung chose 16 finalists, who arrived on Puerto Rico last Saturday for training with Les Stroud, a filmmaker and the producer and star of the show Survivorman. Ultimately, eight contestants will make it to an uninhabited island where the winner will be chosen by a popular vote. You can watch the training and competition on a special “SOS Island” website.

Rather than relying on brute force, this is a contest that depends heavily on the contestants’ ability to be likeable and their social media savvy. For Karen Constant, a 26-year-old teacher from Boston who is also the host of her own YouTube channel, GlamFun focused on hair and makeup, that’s a good thing because she has “no training in survival tactics.

“I’m going to try to promote myself heavily on Instagram and YouTube,” she told MadameNoire Business on a phone call prior to her departure. “I’m going to show tutorials like how to keep your legs smooth on a remote island.” Constant was one of the few contestants who was spotted by a talent scout and invited to compete. However, a spokesperson for the campaign told us via email that her submission (which you can watch below) was judged on the same criteria as all other submissions.

Already, Constant says she’s braiding her hair for the trip and has a tip for viewers — use castor oil to keep your ‘do looking good, even in tough, tropical conditions.

The goal for Samsung is to reach millennials with this challenge, which has a presence on Instagram and Twitter in addition to its own site. For Karen, this is also an opportunity to promote herself and her GlamFun brand to a wider audience.

” It’s a new platform to show people what I do,” Constant told us. “Samsung is a credible company. You never know what kinds of opportunities will come of this.” With that in mind, she’s going to try and come up with as many creative ways of getting attention and, ultimately, votes. The winner will be chosen at the end of October.

Would you go to such great lengths to win a prize?

How The Rich Get Richer: Business Investments Of The Rich & Famous

July 26th, 2013 - By Blair Bedford
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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.

Do We Have to Play by Jay Z’s #NewRules?

July 22nd, 2013 - By C. Cleveland
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Rules were made to be broken. At least that’s Jay Z’s logic. Under the prophetic hashtag #newrules, the rapper and businessman announced that his latest album “Magna Carta Holy Grail” would be given away 72 hours before its officially release date via a free app for Samsung Galaxy customers. Rather than continuing the fight the music industry has waged against free music since the days of Napster, Jay Z embraced technology, to the tune of $5 million.

Everything didn’t go according to plan. But anyone gleefully pointing to the app crashing the night of “Magna Carta”’s early release as a sign of failure misses the point entirely. Samsung spent a few million dollars – a small amount for the telecommunications juggernaut – to bill themselves as the official leakers of Jay-Z’s album. The buzz generated by the deal coupled with Jay Z’s payout makes both parties winners.

The RIAA quickly jumped on the #newrules bandwagon, tweaking its gold and platinum awards program to cover any digital album sales that previously had to wait a month to be qualified in order to allow for “returns” (unsold, but shipped, stock); making Jay Z’s latest album an instant platinum success.

But everyone isn’t excited about the new world order Jay is ushering in. LL Cool J tells Revolt TV:

“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).

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