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Aubrey Plaza Isn't Only Cast Member Milking 'Parks and Rec' Fame

Posted by Abe Sauer on January 20, 2015 07:44 PM

Newcastle Brown Ale Aubrey Plaza January 2015

"Problems galore" and suffering a "lack of quality male characters" is how Hollywood critic Nikki Finke described the NBC series Parks and Recreation in 2009.

Audiences initially agreed. And even though the show has never pulled in an audience as large as its rocky initial season, the show has become a cult hit and has just started its final season.

The show that suffered from "quality male characters" now boasts one bone fide A-list star (Chris Pratt) and numerous household names, from Aziz Ansari to Nick Offerman. Meanwhile, its lead actress, Amy Poehler, just co-hosted her third and final Golden Globes, one of which she won.Continue reading...

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Brand News: NBA/MLK, Google Glass, Super Bowl and more

Posted by Dale Buss on January 16, 2015 09:12 AM


Google stops selling Glass in bid to launch more consumer-friendly version.

Sony joins Target in closing Canadian stores as Wet Seal files for bankruptcy.

Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe settle US suit over employee poaching for $415 million.

RadioShack is said to be in talks to sell stores to Sprint.

NBA MLK Day promo celebrates the league's African American "barrier breakers."Continue reading...

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Brand News: Super Bowl Goes to the Dogs, Woody Allen to Amazon Prime

Posted by Dale Buss on January 14, 2015 09:08 AM

GoDaddy Danica Patrick Super Bowl 2015


Super Bowl advertisers GoDaddy and AB InBev go to the dogs as GoDaddy ambassador Danica Patrick adds new sponsor.

Amazon hires Woody Allen to direct his first TV series.

Burberry beats estimates as Romeo Beckham, US demand help  boost sales.

GoPro stock plunges after Apple granted remote camera patent.

Etsy crafts IPO, putting NY tech startups on the map.Continue reading...

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CES 2015: Irresistible, Wearable Drones Take Off as FAA Clears a Path

Posted by Sheila Shayon on January 7, 2015 05:01 PM

Nixie wearable tech drone CES 2015

Drones are here to stay. ABC News estimates there are twice as many on show at CES 2015 in Las Vegas. And get ready for more: The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) yesterday issued the first-ever drone permits in the US for use in agriculture and real estate.

The nascent industry, as with any new technology, is being closely watched by privacy and safety advocates, while US drone operators (those with permit exceptions), extol the great benefit to be had from drones in how our world might function. One of the hottest drones at CES this week: Nixie, a wearable device that takes off for flying selfies and other airborne endeavors.

“It’s more effective, it’s more efficient and it’s life-saving,” said Michael Toscano, president of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, according to the Washington Post. “People will realize this is a better way of doing what they’ve done before.”Continue reading...

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CES 2015: 3D Printing Arrives With Hershey Stamp of Approval

Posted by Mark J. Miller on January 7, 2015 03:30 PM

Chocoholics no longer need to head to the nearest deli or wait for the next batch of groceries to be delivered: Now they can just sit back and press a button to get their fix.

At CES 2015 in Las Vegas, 3D Systems (in partnership with Hershey) is enticing show-goers with demonstrations (watch below) of the CocoJet and ChefJet Pro printers, with the promise that consumers can print and consume chocolate and other edible creations in their own homes.

It's a tasty concept—one that illustrates why 3D printing is all the rage at CES this week, with dedicated floor space to showcase the cutting edge.Continue reading...

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CES 2015: Branded Experiences Make Virtual Reality More Real for Consumers

Posted by Mark J. Miller on January 7, 2015 02:14 PM

The world can be a cold and dangerous place sometimes, which makes virtual reality extremely inviting to those looking for an escape. 

CES 2015 in Las Vegas this week has already seen a number of new VR products launch. Clearly, VR and augmented reality are shedding their geeky image and will soon be as normal as using GPS in your car. 

As Oculus VR founder Palmer Lucky observed at the show, "If I can share a family gathering with all those people who couldn't make it—that's a powerful thing."Continue reading...

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CES 2015: Intel and Whirlpool Bring Conscience to the Connected Ecosystem

Posted by Sheila Shayon on January 7, 2015 01:31 PM

Smart tech this week is getting smarter—with a heart—as two major brands at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas are bringing their corporate citizenship to the conversation about what brands can and should stand for within the connected ecosystem.

As part of his well-received keynote address on Tuesday at CES 2015, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich not only wowed the crowd with selfie drones and other cutting-edge innovations. He also challenged the tech industry to hire more women and minorities while pledging to reach full representation in his company's workforce by 2020. 

Making the promise concrete, each Intel manager’s pay will be tied to progress in these areas. "This isn't just good business," Krzanich said. "It's the right thing to do. When we all come together and commit, we can make the impossible possible."Continue reading...

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Brand News: Monster, McDonald's, Verizon and more

Posted by Dale Buss on January 7, 2015 09:09 AM


Charlie Hebdo satirical newspaper office in Paris is attacked by suspected terrorists, killing 12 and injuring at least 7.

McDonald's faces PR crisis in Japan after vinyl fragment is found in McNugget and tooth is found in fries, as Sydney de-branded cafe concept gains attention.

Monster sues Apple for fraud over Beats deal.

Verizon rejects rumors of AOL interest, looks to rival Dish's Sling TV with web TV network.

Calvin Klein signs Justin Bieber to new campaign with Lara Stone.Continue reading...

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