Day: December 28, 2012

Your Smartphone Will Replace Your Car Keys by 2015

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Your smartphone has the potential to replace nearly everything else in your pockets, so why not your car keys? Hyundai is working to do just that, with an embedded NFC tag that allows you to open your car, start the engine and link up to the touchscreen with a simple swipe. Hyundai outfitted its i30 compact hatch (aka the Elantra in the States) with NFC technology in its “Connectivity Concept” recently shown at its European headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany. The idea is simple: Nix the key fob and let your smartphone handle it all. According to the Korean automaker, the driver can swipe their phone across an embedded NFC chip to unlock the car, and once inside, the place the phone in the center console, allowing the car to start, while an inductive charging plate keeps the juice flowing without needing to plug in. “With this technology, Hyundai is able to harness the all-in-one functionality of existing smartphone technology and integrate it into everyday driving in a seamless fashion,” says Allan Rushforth, senior vice president and COO of Hyundai Motor Europe. But unlocking and starting the car is only part of a wider connectivity solution for Hyundai. Because the system can recognize different smartphones, it can customize the in-car experience to suit each driver’s seat, mirror and infotainment settings. Once the phone is in the console, it links up with the 7-inch touchscreen mounted in the dash, and Hyundai is employing the Car Connectivity Consortium’s MirrorLink standard to automatically import contacts, navigation destinations, streaming audio and apps. Despite forging dozens of automaker partnerships, MirrorLink hasn’t caught on with many manufacturers yet. That’s mainly due to concerns about driver distraction and how certain apps would be ported to the integrated screen, modifying the user interface to suit a more driver-focused experience. But that’s about to change as MirrorLink begins gaining momentum. Hyundai and its connectivity partners at Broadcom are working to get this NFC- and MirrorLink-driven technology to market in its next generation of products, with the automaker claiming to have many of these systems in place by 2015.

Listen: Gucci Mane x Wiz Khalifa On Autotune Track “Nothin On Ya”

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Gucci Mane uses autotune on the entirety of “Nothin on Ya” with mixed results. It sorta works for him, but we’re not completely sold at this point. On the other hand, Wiz Khalifa brings it with his verse at the middle (1:23 mark) of the track. “She f***** with a stoner / And if I’m up in this b**** then I’m probably with her on her / Hella bottles, hella marijuana / Anything you want,  my n***** got it / We got liquor, we got mollys / We got bitches tryin to ride, takin pictures / We just standing on the couches / They can try, but… /”

“Nothin on Ya” was produced by DJ Spinz and C4 and can be heard below. [Miss Info]

LISTEN TO THE TRACK
http://soundcloud.com/guccimaneonline/gucci-mane-ft-wiz-khalifa

Despite Gains by Amazon, Samsung and Google, Vast Majority of Tablet Web Visits Still Coming From iPads

ipad_boxesWhile Kindle Fire, Galaxy Tab and Nexus tablet sales continue to rise, most tablet Web surfing is still coming from Apple devices. Roughly 87 percent of tablet Web surfing comes from an iPad, according to the latest numbers from mobile ad company Chitika. That’s down just 1 percent from the ad network’s November survey. A few rivals did show some impressive gains, however. Kindle Fire models accounted for 4.25 percent of all tablet Web traffic, up 20 percent from the prior survey. The Samsung Galaxy family posted a slight gain, to 2.65 percent, while Google Nexus tablets increased from 0.91 percent to 1.06 percent in December. It will be interesting to see if the numbers change at all once all those holiday presents are unwrapped and activated.

Here’s a look at how many ad impressions were delivered by non-Apple tablets per 100 iPad impressions.
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#1 ‘Les Misérables’ Now $58.6M Worldwide; #2 ‘The Hobbit’ Passes $523M Global Cume; #3 ‘Django Unchained’ Now $25M Domestic; Billy Crystal & Bette Midler Beat Tom Cruise

Working Title/Universal’s #1 Les Misérables has grossed $28.3M internationally.Combined with the North American 2-day total of $30.3M, the worldwide cume now is $58.6M. The film is playing in Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Spain so there are many overseas territories still to go. Australia opened Wednesday with $1.9M and set the record as the biggest opening day ever for a musical (45% bigger than the opening day of Mamma Mia!). It was also the biggest opening day for a Russell Crowe film and the biggest opening day for a Working Title production. As for #2, MGM/Warner Bros’ The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey now has amassed a gargantuane $344M international and $179.7M domestic for a global cume of $523.7M. In the #3 slot, Quentin Tarantino’s controversial Django Unchained for The Weinstein Company has made $25M domestic in just two days. Sony is releasing it abroad. And rounding out the Top 5, Billy Crystal and Bette Midler in the Walden/Fox family fare Parental Guidance continue to beat Tom Cruise in the Paramount/Skydance actioner Jack Reacher. Go figure. Here’s how the rest of the holiday films are shaping up based on Wednesday estimates:

1. Les Misérables (Working Title/Universal) NEW [Runs 2,808]
Christmas Day $18.1M, Wednesday $12.2M (-32%), Cume $30.3M

2. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (MGM/WB) Week 2 [Runs 4,100]
Christmas Day $11.3M, Wednesday $11.3M, Cume $168.3M

3. Django Unchained (Sony/Weinstein) NEW [Runs 3,010]
Christmas Day $15.0M, Wednesday $10.0M (-33%), Cume $25.0M

4. Parental Guidance (Walden/Fox) NEW [Runs 3,358]
Christmas Day $6.4M, Wednesday $4.2M (-32%), Cume $10.6M

5. Jack Reacher (Skydance/Paramount) Week 1 [Runs 3,352]
Christmas  Day $5.3M, Wednesday $3.8M, Cume $27.1M

6. This Is 40 (Universal) Week 1 [Runs 2,913]
Christmas Day $4.4M, Wednesday $3.3M, Cume $20.8M

7. Lincoln (DreamWorks/Fox/Disney) Week 7 [Runs 1,966]
Christmas Day $2.3M, Wednesday $2.1M, Cume $122.4M

8. The Guilt Trip (Skydance/Paramount) Week 1 [Runs 2,431]
Christmas Day $2.6M, Wednesday $1.6M, Cume $12.6M

9. Monsters Inc 3D (Pixar/Disney) Week 1 [Runs 2,618]
Christmas Day $1.4M, Wednesday $1.6M, Cume $10.1M

10. Rise Of The Guardians (DWA/Par) Week 5 [Runs 3,031]
Christmas Day $1.2M, Wednesday $1.4M, Cume $83.8M