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The New White House Marketing Machine……

obamaberry President Obama’s “Official” Smartphone: BlackBerry 8830 (Verizon)

My have things have CHANGED!

The President wins the battle to carry his own Blackberry…

He uses Twitter and Facebook…..

The White News Media staff numbers seven the largest it has ever been…

It Director has been bumped up to a Special Assistant to the President postion…

Press Secretary has learned to use Twitter…..

And the White House has interactive websites…..

A far cry from thee information only website days of Bush and Clinton……

But is the message reaching everyone?

“This president I think by and large has not been very successful at this point as a communicator,” said Tom Rosenstiel, director of the Pew Center for Excellence in Journalism. “After one year lost a lot of support, the midterms look like they could be brutal, and I think they are still finding their method of controlling their message.”

Thus far, the Obama administration’s method has been to use as many outlets as possible, including new media like blogs and social networking sites
“We have really tried to develop content and capacities to allow ourselves to reach people as they shift their news habits,” said Macon Phillips, White House director of new media. “These tools are a reflection of the growing landscape of options that are out there. We are trying out a lot of new things.”

Phillips oversees a staff of seven, the largest new media team a White House has ever had. His position as director was boosted from a mid-level staff position under George W. Bush to a special presidential assistant under Obama. “The ultimate goal is to make sure the American public has more information about their government,” he said in an interview.

But Rosenstiel, for one, questions the benefits of Obama’s use of social media.

“The audience of old media vastly exceeds that of new media,” said Rosenstiel. “Twenty million people watch network news with an average age of 60, they don’t go on Twitter, and those are the people who still vote.”

Rosenstiel said in today’s media landscape it is essential for the president to make use of all outlets. “It is harder to be president now. You have to be able to speak Twitter and Facebook as well as network television and cable television.”

To be fair, Obama has hardly abandoned traditional media outlets. During his first year in office, he did 91 television interviews, according to Towson professor Martha Joynt Kumar. To compare, George W. Bush did 20 and Bill Clinton did 16. Kumar has studied the president and the press for more than 30 years. Her conclusion? No matter how many outlets Obama uses or how often, if the message itself isn’t clear, it doesn’t matter.

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Note…..I’m sure every foreign intelligence service in Washington reads his Blackberry mail in real time…..

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May 10, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Updates, Women | , , , , | 1 Comment

Blackberry cell phone sales level off…….

Aren’t they supposed to be the top seller in the texting cell phone market?

Hummmm???

Research In Motion, the maker of the BlackBerry, reported fourth-quarter sales and shipments on Wednesday that missed analysts’ estimates and said that its profit margin would shrink this period.

Sales in the period ended Feb. 27 rose 18 percent, to $4.08 billion, the company said in a statement. Analysts in a Bloomberg survey projected $4.31 billion on average. Research In Motion said it shipped 10.5 million devices, less than estimates from Citigroup and Goldman Sachs.

The company spent 46 percent more on research last quarter as it develops devices that can replicate the success of the Apple iPhone or Droid fromMotorola.

Research In Motion unveiled a revamped version of its touch-screen Storm in October, after the first version was criticized for awkward typing technology. Gross margin, a profitability measure, will be 44.5 percent in the quarter ending in May, down from 45.7 percent last quarter.

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March 31, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Computers, Entertainment, Media, Men, Other Things, The Economy, Updates, Women | , , , , | Leave a comment

People don’t really use all the stuff they put in cellphones……..

I don’t feel so lonely after all…….I have flip phone………

And I use it to make phone calls …….

That’s all…….

I don’t use the camera…..I don’t text……I don’t email anybody……

I just the phone to make phone calls…it is just a phone…..right?

Well it turns out that I’m among the norm….not the exception………

The average iPhone or iPod Touch owner uses 5 to 10 apps regularly, according to Flurry, a research firm that studies mobile trends. This despite the surfeit of available apps: some 140,000 and counting.

Last week’s announcement of the Apple iPad, a tablet device that runs iPhone applications and will not be available until March, has already spurred the development of more, including a version of a drawing app called Brushes; Nova, a shooter game; and Apple’s own app called iBooks, which will connect to its new online e-bookstore.

But that doesn’t mean that people will change their habits. Actually, it may just make them feel a tad more overwhelmed. The next generation of gadget users might prove different, but for now it is clear that people prefer fewer choices, and that they gravitate consistently toward the same small number of things that they like. Owners of iPhones are no different from cable TV subscribers with hundreds of channels to choose from who end up watching the same half-dozen.

This is all good…..

Cause I don’t need a iPhone….or  Blackberry…….

I just need a plain ole’ cell phone……..

January 31, 2010 Posted by | Computers, Media, Other Things, Updates | , , , , , | 2 Comments

People don't really use all the stuff they put in cellphones……..

I don’t feel so lonely after all…….I have flip phone………

And I use it to make phone calls …….

That’s all…….

I don’t use the camera…..I don’t text……I don’t email anybody……

I just the phone to make phone calls…it is just a phone…..right?

Well it turns out that I’m among the norm….not the exception………

The average iPhone or iPod Touch owner uses 5 to 10 apps regularly, according to Flurry, a research firm that studies mobile trends. This despite the surfeit of available apps: some 140,000 and counting.

Last week’s announcement of the Apple iPad, a tablet device that runs iPhone applications and will not be available until March, has already spurred the development of more, including a version of a drawing app called Brushes; Nova, a shooter game; and Apple’s own app called iBooks, which will connect to its new online e-bookstore.

But that doesn’t mean that people will change their habits. Actually, it may just make them feel a tad more overwhelmed. The next generation of gadget users might prove different, but for now it is clear that people prefer fewer choices, and that they gravitate consistently toward the same small number of things that they like. Owners of iPhones are no different from cable TV subscribers with hundreds of channels to choose from who end up watching the same half-dozen.

This is all good…..

Cause I don’t need a iPhone….or  Blackberry…….

I just need a plain ole’ cell phone……..

January 31, 2010 Posted by | Computers, Media, Other Things, Updates | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Blackberry Tour Review…..6 out of 10 dots……

From the people over at wired.com…..

Tiny Improvements Add Up in BlackBerry Tour

You’re craving a smartphone. But maybe you, I don’t know, want to send multimedia messages, not just 160-character texts. Or tether it to your notebook for wireless internet access. Or use it for more than a few hours before the battery goes dead. You know what phone you don’t want. Instead, consider the new Blackberry Tour from Verizon. Its e-mail and social-networking features are ideal for constant communicators, though its web browser and voice calling leave something to be desired.

Designated as a the successor to the very capable Curve, the handset features a sharp 2.4-inch screen that displays pictures in beautiful clarity, plus a 3.2 megapixel camera. The full QWERTY keyboard looks prohibitively small, but is surprisingly easy to use. Even the signature trackball made it simple to scroll through websites, e-mails and menus.

Taking the browser for a spin, we found web pages loaded pretty quickly but in impossibly small type. You can zoom in on the text but the display then forces you to scroll left to right repeatedly to read each line. We opted for squinting.

Setting up the phone is a breeze. We had Gmail messages pushed to the device, along with text messages, IMs and MMS within a few minutes. We set up accounts on the pre-loaded Flickr, Facebook and MySpace quickly, and downloading new apps (there are more than 2,000 applications available) was even easier.

Between downloading a slew of apps and compulsively checking various communication outlets, we were dangerously low on battery by the day’s end (not dead mind you.) In normal, less frenetic use, the battery lasted about 12 hours before going kaput.

Somewhere during the third day of testing we actually made a flurry of calls with the phone. Quality was slightly lackluster: Friends and family consistently complained about frequent static and popping on the other end.

But the Tour is still a solid upgrade from the Curve. Its got a slightly brighter screen, a slightly upgraded operating system (OS v4.7 versus OSv4.6), and a faster processor than the Curve (a 528-MHz processor versus 512-MHz). But all of these little things add up to big payoff. If you’re looking for a subtle upgrades for your smartphone you might want to take a Tour.

WIRED Superb multimedia playback on music, video and pics. Extremely bright and colorful screen was still easy to see in direct sunlight. RIM makes it dead simple to hook up the phone to receive your e-mail, Twitter and Facebook updates.

TIRED Call quality is sub-par. Some screen lag when we started using the phone, but it eventually stopped. Teeny tiny browser fonts gave us migraines.

  • Style: Multimedia
  • Service Provider: Verizon Wireless
  • Camera Resolution: 3.1 to 5 megapixels
  • Manufacturer: RIM
  • Price: $150 (with a two-year contract)

Note:……Sorry I don’t text…..Really…I don’t…just the computer keyboard…that’s it…..

January 19, 2010 Posted by | Computers, Entertainment, Media, Other Things, Updates | , , | Leave a comment

Google rolls out the 'Nexus One' smartphone…..

The Google phone comes equipped with a five-megapixel camera and a flash for taking shots in dark environments, for example; Apple‘s latest iPhone, the “3G S,” comes with a three-megapixel camera and no flash.

The AOL-owned tech blog Engadget tried out the gadget and gave it a generally unimpressed write-up on Saturday.

Good luck people…The iPhone and Blackberry are still the leaders of the pack…….

January 6, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Computers, Entertainment, Media | , , , | Leave a comment

Google rolls out the ‘Nexus One’ smartphone…..

The Google phone comes equipped with a five-megapixel camera and a flash for taking shots in dark environments, for example; Apple‘s latest iPhone, the “3G S,” comes with a three-megapixel camera and no flash.

The AOL-owned tech blog Engadget tried out the gadget and gave it a generally unimpressed write-up on Saturday.

Good luck people…The iPhone and Blackberry are still the leaders of the pack…….

January 6, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Computers, Entertainment, Media | , , , | Leave a comment

Hello Blackberry?……hello?……..hello?……darn!!!!!

Where you one of the Blackberry junkie’s that lost your fix for eight hours last night?……second time, huh?

He, he, he……I have a regular cell phone…..I don’t have the habit………..

December 23, 2009 Posted by | Computers, Media, Other Things | , , | Leave a comment