Grand Theft Auto V Game – Social Media Sites Buzzing About 1 Billion Dollars

gta5 artWhen Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto V (five) game hit the retail scene on September 17, 2013, it seemed like just another game release day, right? Wrong. The social media buzz has been building for months for GTA 5 and gamers couldn’t wait to get their hands on a copy. The debate is still going whether the XBOX 360 or PS3 version is the way to go, but none the less, it’s a HOT game.

According to a Reuters Press Release, GTA 5 has surpassed the $1 Billion dollar mark in sales, yes that’s a “B” in Billion, within the first three days of retail sales. That’s a new all time record for an entertainment product. This game has reached a billion mark faster than any other video game or blockbuster Hollywood film. It’s truly an amazing feat that no one should take lightly. Rockstar did release a “Making of Grand Theft Auto” film to build hype around the game. But, will there be a Hollywood film to follow? Not sure, because video games that turn into films typically have not done well. BUT, perhaps this one could change things around? What do you think, would you go to see the movie version of this game?

Here are some interesting stats on the new game:

Scene from GTA 5

Scene from GTA 5

* First day sales toppled $800 Million

* 5th installment of a 16-year old game

* 5 years in development

* Production cost is between $200 and $250 Million

* In 2012, Activision Blizzard’s Call Of Duty: Black Ops II hit $1 Billion in 15 days

* GTA 5 is currently only available on PS3 and XBOX360 (total gamers who own these consoles is 160 Million)

* Rockstar is now preparing to launch Grand Theft Auto V on the new PS4 and XBOX One in November

* Time Magazine’s Rating: “You’ve never seen a game world as thoroughly realized…as irresistible to play as it is to admire.” – Time, 5/5

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Posted On 22 Sep 2013

Student Creates YouTube Video On Solving Rubik’s Cube

Solving Rubik's Cube - SocialMediaTAB.com

Solving Rubik’s Cube – SocialMediaTAB.com

Solving Rubik’s Cube has been one of the most fun and time-consuming toys ever produced. About 80% of the people who have tried to completely solve a Rubik’s Cube have not succeeded. So, a smart student at CMU by the name of Chris Barker, decided to take on the task of creating a 3-D engine for his Fundamentals of Programming and Computer Science term project. His goal was to create a program that would help anyone solve the cube. All you would have to do is hold your cube up to the cam on your computer and this program automatically matches the colored squares on your cube. Chris decided to post it on YouTube for everyone to see how it works. Check it out and let us know what you think.

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Posted On 21 Sep 2013

Apple CEO, Tim Cook, Joins Twitter on iPhone 5S and 5C Release Day

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Apple CEO Joins Twitter – AppsGadgetsETC.com

It’s official! Apple CEO, Tim Cook, creates his first Twitter account to kick off the releases of the new iPhone 5S and 5C. Mr. Cook’s first tweet is as follows: “Visited Retail Stores in Palo Alto today. Seeing so many happy customers reminds us of why we do what we do.” – @tim_cook.

It’s amazing that Mr.Cook didn’t have a Twitter account previously, but it was great timing on his part. Within the first few hours of joining Twitter more than 70,000 people logged on and followed him. His Twitter account states: CEO Apple, Fan of Auburn football and Duke basketball.

Will you be following him on Twitter too? What would you like to see him tweet?

 

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Posted On 20 Sep 2013

Pinterest To Test Advertisement Pins – Awaiting Your Comments

Pinterest - SocialMediaTAB.com

Pinterest – SocialMediaTAB.com

In a recent letter sent to all of their members, Pinterest explained that they want to be a profitable company and be here for years to come. You knew this was coming and no one should be shocked. It should all be taken in and accepted. Pinterest (launched March 2010) has grown very rapidly over the past few years.  Pinterest had more than 11.7 million unique users as of January 2012 and became the fastest site in history to break through the 10 million unique visitor mark. According to ComScore’s most recent numbers as of February 2013, Pinterest had 48.7 million users globally. So, now their business needs some help to keep things moving along nicely. After all, you’ve been pinning your wishlists and photos for free, right? If a few promoted pins start showing up, it could offer even more ideas. Here’s a copy of the most recent letter sent to its users in case you didn’t read it or receive it.

Just over a year ago, my wife and I welcomed our son into the world. Since his first day, I’ve been pinning fun things we can do together, right now while he’s still littleand later when he gets older. I know many of you do the same. Pinterest is where you keep your wishlists, vacation plans, dream home ideas, and other things you want to do soon and in the future.That’s why for us, it’s so important that Pinterest is a service that will be here to stay. To help make sure it does, we’re going to start experimenting with promoting certain pins from a select group of businesses.

I know some of you may be thinking, “Oh great…here come the banner ads.” But we’re determined to not let that happen. While we haven’t figured out all the details, I can say that promoted pins will be:

  • Tasteful—No flashy banners or pop-up ads.
  • Transparent—We’ll always let you know if someone paid for what you see, or where you see it.
  • Relevant—These pins should be about stuff you’re actually interested in, like a delicious recipe, or a jacket that’s your style.
  • Improved based on your feedback—Keep letting us know what you think, and we’ll keep working to make things better.

 

For our first test, we’ll promote a few pins in search results and category feeds. For example, a pin for a Darth Vader outfit from a costume shop might be promoted in a search for “halloween.” Nobody’s paying for anything yet—we want to see how things go and, more than anything, hear what you think.

Thanks so much for all your support these first few years, and we hope you’ll keep pinning with us for many years to come!

All the best, 
Ben

SO, there you have it people. What do you think of Pinterest’s new move to keep their site growing and moving to the next level? Will you continue to be a pinner? Please comment below…

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Posted On 20 Sep 2013

Ups and Downs of Apple Stock and The New iPhone 5S

iPhone 5S Fingerprint ID Controversy on Twitter - SocialMediaTAB.com

iPhone 5S Fingerprint ID Controversy on Twitter – SocialMediaTAB.com

Since releasing the news about their iPhone 5C and the iPhone 5S, there have been lots of yays and nays from people within the mobile phone industry and techies in the media. Whichever way you do look at these new products, they will forever change our lives both personally and in business. For example, many tweeters on Twitter have been commenting about how the new features will affect them. The biggest discussion is on the Fingerprint ID feature. WIRED states, “Apple’s Fingerprint IS May Mean You Can’t Take the Fifth.” the new feature they’re referring to is the biometric authentication process on the new iPhone. This new feature allows the iPhone user to unlock the phone when the phone scans the users fingerprint after pressing the home key.

WIRED also stated, “Because the constitutional protection of the Fifth Amendment, which guarantees that “no person shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself,” may not apply when it comes to biometric-based fingerprints (things that reflect who we are) as opposed to memory-based passwords and PINs (things we need to know and remember).” They bring up an excellent point. Well done, WIRED!

Whast do you think of the new fingerprint status? Many believe this will be commonplace with personalized technologies in the near future. Within the next five years many devices within the home such as TV, stereo, dishwasher, refrigerator and others will be connected to our smartphones and smartwatches. It will be the future and many people already have a head start on them.

So, do you believe a fingerprint ID status is a good or bad idea for the new iPhone 5S? Let us know what you think.

 

 

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Posted On 12 Sep 2013

Are Free Study Guides For Adobe Certification Exams Any Good?

ExamTraceThere are all kinds of free study guides out there for Adobe Certification Exams, but are they any good? Should you avoid them because you think you’ll get what you pay for? Here’s the skinny on free study guides for Adobe Certification Exams.

 

Take Them One At A Time

You can’t judge an entire group of study guides accurately. You have to take them one at a time and see how good they are. There are bound to be all kinds of free study guides ranging from the excellent to the abysmal. If you have the patience to sort through them all, then you may find some really good ones.

 

Complete Resources

Aside from the quality of the information, you need to look at how much information is provided. You want to check to see if any of these free study guides are complete resources or if they all merely provide selections of information that will be on the exam. Most free exams don’t contain everything you should know, but again, you have to take them one at a time.

 

Is A Free Study Guide Enough?

Free study guides are great, but you probably want to use some other resources, as well. Every Adobe Certification Exam is a big deal, so you don’t want to choose a study method solely because it is cheap. Free study guides can be great supplements to other resources if those other resources need a little help. There are good free study guides out there, but it is up to you to discover how good.

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Posted On 06 Sep 2013