Lonely Planet & Mobilizy Launch Android Mobile AR Travel Guides: Looking for the ultimate guidebook? One you can slip in your pocket? Lonely Planet’s Augmented Reality (AR) Compass Guides for Android give you interactive, personalized and fully searchable mobile access to Lonely Planet’s best-selling travel content.
Currently there are 10 Lonely Planet Compass Guides enhanced with Wikitude AR available for the Android market in the US: Boston, Chicago, Miami, New Orleans, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Seattle and Washington D.C. [Mobilizy]
Get Kids Doing Social Justice Projects: Often the most difficult part of getting your child to get involved in a social justice project is knowing where to begin. Here are a few ideas passed on from other parents on how to start kids doing projects of their choice. My take–the earlier you start the better. And there’s no time better than during the holidays. [Michele Borba]
YouTube Shows What Friends Share on Facebook: YouTube is pushing its Facebook Connect integration further by allowing its users to see the videos that their friends share on Facebook. YouTube users had previously been able to find their Facebook friends on YouTube as well as update their Facebook profile with their various actions from the site. [CNET]
Facebook to Generate Over $1 Billion Next Year?: If a new report from TBI Research is accurate, Facebook “is about to hit a $1 billion annual revenue run-rate”. We have been expecting Facebook to blast through their previously stated $500 million projection for this year, and surpass all the publicly available projected numbers for next year. If all goes well, Facebook could easily surpass $1 billion in revenue next year as the site grows beyond 500 million users. [All Facebook]
Television Dives Into Digital, Musical Offshoot to Secure Viewers: A TV show isn't just a TV show. These days, programming for
the tube is a multi-platform endeavour, encompassing online, gaming,
music, DVDs, toys and tours in a bid to keep budgets in the black and
eyeballs glued to the small screen. Related: Survey Finds Local Appeal for Mobile TV [The Canadian Press] [Barking Robot]
You Can Take It With You | Future Trends in Media: While still in the early stages of a digital media revolution, the consumer has entered an age of enlightenment with expanded options for devices, content, and schedule. The consumer has responded with expanded use of those media options. But changes in technology, regulation, pricing, content distribution deals, etc., will complicate predicting the future growth (and future winners). [Nielsen Wire]
8 Companies That Are Reinventing TV: Web television has matured significantly in 2009; we’ve seen the introduction of the Streamy Awards, Dr. Horrible seized control of the Emmys, and the launch of more internet TV-related start-ups than we can count.
TV-over-IP is starting to hit television sets thanks to set-top-boxes, TVs, and disc players with built-in streaming capabilities, and like print media before it, traditional broadcast television is beginning to grapple with the inevitability of an Internet-driven future. [Mashable]
Act Now AU: ActNow knows that the more you understand about an issue the more you’ll feel empowered to do something about it. Use ActNow to find information on social, political, environmental, lifestyle and topical issues for a non-judgemental and factual snapshot of the bigger picture. All the content you find on ActNow is written by ActNow members who are young people just like you. [ActNow]Esquire Rolls Out $2.99 iPhone "Issue": There was the perforated cover, featuring 27 different cover combinations (while not technically digital technology, the magazine was at least willing to experiment with the print medium on what has long been considered sacred editorial real estate: the cover). Then there was the “augmented reality issue” in December. Now comes a slick $2.99 iPhone application that contains its January issue. [The Wrap]