Category Archives: TECHNOLOGY

Houston Job Alert: KTRK TV Web Producer

 

JOB POSTING – WEB PRODUCER

Are you a Digital Content Guru?   Someone obsessed with major news and top trending stories of the day?   Do you have a knack for producing creative digital content that generates high engagement?      KTRK TV, the ABC owned station located in Houston, Texas is looking for a Full-time Digital Producer to be part of the station team leading the charge to take our digital efforts to the next level.

 

Ideal candidate must have:

  • Gift for Recognizing and Creating Impactful, Innovative and Distinctive Digital Content
  • Extensive Newsroom Digital Background (Supervisory Skills a Plus)
  • Unerring News Judgement
  • Knack for Writing Powerful and Accurate copy and headlines
  • Ability to manage multiple projects at one time, while utilizing resources from multiple departments to produce the best product
  • Proven Social Media Expertise in both content creation and strategic optimizing
  • Working knowledge of Digital enhancement and publishing tools
  • Working knowledge of Digital Analytics and how to use them to optimize station’s brand recognition
  • Ability to Excel in fast-paced news station environment and willing to work under deadlines
  • Flexibility with Work Schedule depending on station needs and projects
  • Strong Leadership, Organizational and Communication skills

To be considered, candidates must apply on-line at www.disneycareers.com by uploading a resume file, cover letter and list of references.   Please Reference Job ID: 418900BR on all materials submitted.

Equal Opportunity Employer –Female/Minority/Veteran/Disability/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity

No Telephone Calls Please

 

CHECKOUT 51 LAUNCHES AMERICA’S FIRST SPANISH LANGUAGE GROCERY SAVINGS APP

Checkout 51, America’s fastest growing grocery savings app is now the first major grocery savings app in the US to be available in Spanish. The Spanish version of the free mobile app will include offers available in the English version of Checkout 51, including savings on diapers, milk, eggs, alcohol and more.

Every Thursday, Checkout 51 provides a new list of offers on everyday items. Shoppers can visit the retailer of their choice, purchase products from the list, and use the app to take a photo of their receipt. When a member’s Checkout 51 savings hit $20, they can cash out and Checkout 51 will send them the money. Providing these savings in Spanish makes Checkout 51 the first of its kind.  Existing Checkout 51 members can simply toggle to their preferred language in their app settings, meaning there is no need for an additional app download, and the app will default to a new user’s preferred language when downloaded for the first time.

 

Hispanics are, by far, the fastest growing population in the US, with 37 million Spanish speakers nationwide, an astounding 233% increase since 1980. Latinos are leading the way in digital device usage, with seventy-nine percent of Hispanic Americans owning smartphones and spending thirteen percent more time using apps or browsing online than the national average. In addition, the median age of the Hispanic American is 30 years old, twelve years younger than the national average, meaning they also have more buying years ahead of them. According to the Selig Center for Economic Growth, US Hispanic buying power is projected to reach an estimated $1.7 trillion in the next three years.

 

“Hispanics represent nearly one-fifth of the US population, and yet, they are a greatly underserved community,” said Noah Godfrey, Founder of Checkout 51. “Our mission is to make it effortless for families to save money, and we felt it was important to make it easy for native Spanish speakers to save with ease with Checkout 51.”

 

“As an avid saver, I am thrilled to hear that there is now a grocery savings app specifically for the millions of Spanish-speaking shoppers in the US,” said Mary Sanfeliz, blogger on popular Latino savings site, Cuponeandote. “Checkout 51 makes saving money on everyday products seamless and literally puts money back in your pocket. This is an app that will really benefit the Latino population.”

 

Checkout 51 launched in Canada in 2012 and in the US in 2014, and was incorporated into News America Marketing’s savings portfolio in 2015. It is now one of the most popular savings apps in North America with over 10 million members. There are presently 57 million Hispanic Americans in the US, representing eighteen-percent of the total population. Checkout 51 is the first and only grocery savings app offered in Spanish.

 

LULAC and Facebook Upgrade LULAC Empower Hispanic America Technology Center

The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), with the ongoing partnership from Facebook, held an open house to celebrate the upgrade of a LULAC technology center at Mission Graduates in San Francisco, California. Mission Graduates is a nonprofit organization focused on college attainment for students K-12.

“With the support of Facebook, LULAC will continue to ensure that the Latino community in San Francisco has access to up to date technology which will allow Latino students to compete at a level playing field,” said LULAC National President Roger C. Rocha Jr.

The effort is part of LULAC’s Empower Hispanic America with Technology (EHAT) initiative, which focuses on closing the technology gap in underserved communities. The upgrades to the technology center included new desktop computers, high speed Internet, and office software.

“We’re proud of our partnership with LULAC and thrilled to support its mission to advance technology education for the Hispanic community,” said Susan Gonzales, Facebook Community Engagement Director. “Exposure to technology is critical to the development of our local youth, and through our support of the Mission Community Beacon program, we can encourage students to explore careers in computer science and engineering.”

Without access to the Internet or to computer equipment, students are more likely to fall behind in their school work. The upgraded technology center will help Mission Graduates produce a college-going culture among the Latino population.

“By helping Mission Community Beacon families build skills and confidence with technology, we are able to empower parents and students to better leverage online tools to support academic success and development of 21st Century skills,” said Eric Cuentos, Parent Partner Program Director, Mission Graduates.

More at www.lulac.org

Microsoft Redefines The Laptop With Surface Book

Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday unveiled new Surface, Lumia and Microsoft Band devices, taking advantage of powerful and versatile hardware to unlock new Windows 10 experiences, including fast and secured login with Windows Hello1; new Cortana2 experiences that turn Windows 10 devices into a personal assistant; improved touch and pen experiences on Surface; and Continuum for phones, which enables the new Lumia 950 and 950 XL phones to work like PCs3. Showcasing the innovation possible with Windows 10, Microsoft also shared new gaming experiences from Xbox and new details on Microsoft HoloLens, the first fully untethered holographic computer.

Now running on 110 million devices around the world, Windows 10 is off to the fastest start in history — seeing upgrades at three times the rate of Windows 7 in the same time period. With more than 1.25 billion visits to the Windows Store, Microsoft announced all-new universal apps for Windows 10, including Box, Facebook, Instagram, Candy Crush Soda Saga, Flipagram, Uber, and others. These apps add to the existing Windows 10 experiences that will be available on the new Microsoft devices.

“With Windows 10 and these new Microsoft devices, you are at the center of magical new experiences,” said Satya Nadella, chief executive officer of Microsoft. “We’re moving people from needing to choosing to loving Windows, and these devices promise to fuel even more enthusiasm and opportunity for the entire Windows ecosystem.”

Surface redefines the laptop

Building on its track record of pioneering new categories, Microsoft is redefining the laptop with the new Surface Book — a powerful, high-performance laptop with stunning craftsmanship and incredibly accurate and responsive pen and touch support. Ultrathin, Surface Book combines the impressive power of 6th Generation Intel® Core i5 and Core i7 processors with up to 12 hours of battery life4. The 13.5-inch optically bonded PixelSense Display delivers a high-contrast 267 dpi display with improved latency and parallax, making it not just beautiful to look at but natural and fluid to write on. The screen also detaches, so it can be used like a clipboard to sketch, take notes and benefit from Windows programs like Microsoft Edge. An optional discrete GPU allows Surface Book to harness the full power of hardware-accelerated graphics for seamless video editing, fast rendering or immersive gaming. Surface Book starts at $1,4995.

The tablet that can replace your laptop just got thinner, lighter, faster

Microsoft also introduced Surface Pro 4, the thinnest, lightest and most powerful tablet that can replace your laptop. At only 8.4 mm thin, it features a stunning 12.3-inch PixelSense Display and 6th Generation Intel® Core m, Core i5, and Core i7 processors, enabling everyone from students to professionals to get more done on the go. Starting at $8995, Surface Pro 4 is not only 30 percent more powerful than Surface Pro 3 but also quieter, runs cooler, and is even more efficient with up to nine hours of battery life4. The new Surface Pro 4 Type Cover6 takes Surface Pro 4 from tablet to laptop in an instant and features a redesigned mechanical keyboard with optimal key spacing for fast and fluid typing. Backwards compatible with Surface Pro 3, the new Surface Pro 4 Type Cover comes with an optional fingerprint reader, bringing the convenience and enterprise-grade security of Windows Hello to existing customers. The redesigned Surface Pen packs 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity, letting you write, draw and mark documents with precision ink on one end and an eraser on the other.

Surface Book, Surface Pro 4 and new accessories are available for preorder in select markets Oct. 7, then for purchase in Canada and the United States on Oct. 26, with additional markets to follow. Full device and accessory specs are availablehere, here and here.

Lumia phones showcase the power of Windows 10

The company also reinforced its commitment to mobile with the introduction of Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL, the first Windows 10 Lumia phones and newest premium phones from Microsoft. With more people using multiple devices throughout their day, Windows 10 provides a familiar and consistent experience that enables a seamless and productive transition from one device to another, whether PCs, tablets or the new phones. With Continuum capability for phones enhanced by the new Microsoft Display Dock accessory, connect the phone to a monitor and transform it for larger-screen entertainment, or add a keyboard and mouse to work like a PC with Windows 10 apps like Microsoft Office, while simultaneously taking calls or performing other tasks6. With the latest-generation PureView cameras with 20-megapixel sensors, triple LED natural flash and 4K video capture, the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL enable faster focus and crisper images and videos even in challenging conditions. Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL will become available in select markets in November; local retailers or operators can give pricing and availability. Full device specs are available here and here.

Lumia 550, Microsoft’s most affordable 4G LTE smartphone running Windows 10, also joins the Lumia family7. For people who value affordability, uncompromised quality and signature Microsoft services, Lumia 550 combines superfast Internet, the latest Qualcomm® Snapdragon quad-core processor with ultrafast LTE speeds, and the best of Microsoft services for just $1395. Lumia 550 will begin rolling out in select European markets in December, with additional markets to follow. Full device specs are available here.

Achieve your fitness goals with Microsoft Band 2

Microsoft also announced Microsoft Band 2, the latest fitness wearable designed to help you live healthier and achieve more. The new Microsoft Band features a new curved display, making it even more comfortable to wear, and Cortana8enables you to reply to texts or set reminders with the touch of a button. Alongside a continuous optical heart rate monitor and onboard GPS, the smart band still tracks calories burned, deep exercise and sleep quality — and now records floors climbed — all while maintaining up to two-day battery life. Microsoft Health is available as a universal Windows app, a dedicated app for iOS and Android devices, and via a Web Dashboard, all enabling people to set wellness goals and receive actionable insights. Starting at $2495, Microsoft Band 2 is available for preorder in select markets Oct. 6, then for purchase in the United States on Oct. 30, with additional markets to follow. Full device specs are available here.

Microsoft HoloLens arrives for developers

Microsoft HoloLens is the world’s first fully untethered holographic computer, powered by Windows 10. Whether for education, design, healthcare or entertainment, HoloLens creates innovative experiences that are impossible on any other device — or any other platform. Starting today, we are inviting applications for the Microsoft HoloLens Development Edition and will start shipping in Q1 2016 for $3,0005. Developers can visit http://hololens.com to apply for the Microsoft HoloLens Development Edition.

Xbox brings new gaming experiences

Powered by Windows 10, the new Xbox One experience will launch around the world in November. This free update is a complete redesign built on the cornerstone of Windows 10 and provides the fastest and most social Xbox experience ever. Also launching in November, Xbox One Backward Compatibility9 lets you play your Xbox 360 games on Xbox One for free with 100 games at launch and hundreds more in the months ahead. Backward-compatible Xbox 360 games will also be playable on Windows 10 through game streaming from Xbox One to Windows 1010. Games like “Halo 5: Guardians, Rise of the Tomb Raider,” “Forza Motorsport 6,” and “Gears of War: Ultimate Edition” cement this holiday as the greatest lineup in Xbox history. What’s more, Microsoft is offering gamers unmatched value and choice this holiday with its most extensive bundle lineup ever, starting at $3495. Whether it’s the Xbox One “Halo 5: Guardians” Limited Edition Bundle, the Xbox One 1TB “Fallout 4” Bundle that includes both the critically acclaimed “Fallout 4” and a full-game download of “Fallout 3” for Xbox 360, the Xbox One Elite Bundle, or the Xbox One 1TB Holiday Bundle, there’s a console for every gamer. Full details on Xbox One and the new Xbox One experience can be found here.

In the United States, Surface Book, Surface Pro 4, Lumia 950, Lumia 950 XL, Microsoft Band 2 and Xbox One will be available through microsoftstore.com, more than 110 Microsoft stores, authorized resellers and select partner retailers. More information on Windows 10 and Microsoft devices can be found at http://blogs.windows.com/launch.

 

Photo and press release courtesy of Microsoft.com