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Kaepernick throws passes for 40 minutes at odd NFL workout

first_imgBy PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports WriterRIVERDALE, Ga. — Colin Kaepernick threw passes for about 40 minutes on a high school field, then signed autographs for hundreds of fans who gathered in an end zone to watch his NFL workout that was suddenly moved Saturday, the latest strange twist in the saga of the exiled quarterback.Eight team representatives made it to the new location, including Philadelphia Eagles vice president of football operations Andrew Berry. It appeared the Jets, Redskins and …last_img read more

Mobile App Store Pocketgear Rebrands as Appia, Goes White Label

first_imgPocketgear, a major name in mobile application stores, has today announced a rebranding and shift in focus. It will now become Appia, a company focused on offering a white label app store platform for mobile operators, handset manufacturers and other mobile portals.Already, Appia powers the app stores for over 40 industry partners, including 4 of the 5 top handset makers, one being the Samsung Widget Store, as well as stores for U.S. mobile carriers T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and AT&T. In total, Appia serves apps through its platform to over 3,200 mobile devices.For Developers: Access to Global Distribution ChannelsAppia’s developer community, which grew out of its Pocketgear days, now totals over 32, 000. The developers are heavily Android-focused right now, we’re told, with approximately half their offerings being built for Google’s Android mobile operating system. The other half are Symbian, BlackBerry, Java, Palm or Windows Mobile/Phone focused.With the new white label offering, Appia wants to help developers expand their reach to global application distribution markets. Through the updated developer portal at dev.appia.com, app developers can submit their apps for inclusion in the app stores that Appia supports.In total, these stores see a combined 500,000+ downloads per day, and that number is expected to double by mid-2011, says Dov Cohn, Appia’s VP of Marketing. And Appia has relationships with more than 50 top channel partners in place, including, as mentioned above, several of the top carriers in the U.S., plus three of the top 10 mobile operators globally. For Brands, Carriers, OEM and Handset Manufacturers: White Label StoresFor those interested in building a branded app store experience of their own, Appia’s white label service now wants to be that one-stop shop for launching a managed app store for any platforms or devices a brand, carrier, OEM or handset maker has in mind.In addition to powering the stores for major carriers and handset manufacturers like Samsung, Appia says it now has two more deals in place with “major brands,” but can’t disclose what those are at this time. It also is working to expand its carrier partner relationships in Latin America and Europe. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#apps#mobile#news Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementcenter_img sarah perez What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts Why this Matters: 75% of Mobile App Revenue Comes from “On-Deck” AppsAlthough you may think that application stores like iTunes, the Android Market and others are the only places where developers are earning revenue, that’s not actually the case. These “off-deck” stores – the ones that sell directly to consumers – only account for a fourth of the global mobile application revenues. “On deck,” or carrier-managed, app stores actually account for 75% of the global app revenues. This is according to MarketsandMarkets’ World Mobile Applications Market Global Forecast, released in August 2010.That balance is changing, though. The same report notes that the number of off-deck app stores is growing rapidly, thanks to lowered entry barriers and the establishment of new stores. By the end of 2015, the off-deck app stores will just surpass the number of downloads from on-deck stores. However, even then, the on-deck app stores will be an important channel to address, for developers and store operators alike.last_img read more

Interview: Learan Kahanov, DP of “Madam Secretary”

first_imgLearan Kahanov talks about his journey to becoming the DP of “Madam Secretary” — and where he looks for inspiration.PremiumBeat got a chance to talk with cinematographer Learan Kahanov about his progression in the industry — from childhood aspirations to working on indie films, and now as the DP for Madam Secretary starring Téa Leoni.PremiumBeat: Can you talk about your background and how you got your start in the industry?Learan Kahanov: I am first generation to Israeli parents and I grew up in the Midwest, of all places. My mother was a fine artist, and my dad was a management consultant. My mother actually went back to college to get a degree in fine arts, despite already being an artist. She minored in photography, so I ended up doing my middle school homework in her lab hours. In the photo lab, I learned how to print and that started my love of photography.As a teenager, I was working at a children’s museum, and one of my roles there was to teach younger kids how to use a dark room. Then we started getting into basic video skills and editing. It really kind of cemented my love for the moving image. I found myself at NYU and quickly met some people who got me on a set. I was cutting classes to work in the indie film world and commercials in New York during the early ’90s.I decided early in school that I wanted to focus on lighting, rather than cameras. So I started my professional career as a gaffer in the electric department. I was able to work on some great indie movies like Chasing Amy. I was the gaffer for David Klein, who is an amazing DP and has done many great things in his career.PB: What lead you to become the DP for Madam Secretary?LK: Around 2012, I made the transition into television as a camera operator and a second-unit DP. Working on shows like Nurse Jackie, Royal Pains, and a show called Unforgettable with Poppy Montgomery. That’s where I really honed my DP skills in the episodic world. Then I was called to work on Madam Secretary by producer Sam Hoffman, who had worked with me on Unforgettable, he came in to do some second unit directing, and I was his DP.I interviewed with the original cinematographer of Madam Secretary, Jonathan Brown. In the interview, he and the showrunner basically said, “We’re looking for an A-camera operator, but we need someone who can potentially take over the show, because Jonathan wants to direct.” I was like, “I’m your man.”PB: With Madam Secretary being a political drama, I imagine a character’s emotions and motivations play a role in how a scene is shot. Can you break down how you approach that process?LK: I would say that it’s three-fold on our show. There’s Elizabeth’s home life, her political life, and then there’s the world outside of that. You know, the foreign entity for that episode. There’s usually a connection between all three. I try to help the directors bridge that visually.It gives you an opportunity to play with connecting the emotions of the characters in all those worlds. As well as creating new visual language for discerning between those three worlds.PB: Can you talk about the camera and lens setups you have used on the show?LK: We’ve always shot with ARRI Alexas. Eventually we switched to the Alexa SXT. The biggest change we made when I took over the show was switching from ARRI Ultra primes to the Leica Summicrons. I would say 95% of the show is shot with prime lenses.We shoot a lot of blown-out windows. We light from outside in so the actors can move around the space a lot easier. The Leicas have an interesting flare characteristic that ends up giving an extra bit of softness. I can actually lay off the diffusion filters, especially to try to get some of the sharpness out of these digital cameras, because the lenses do it for me.PB: With this being the final season of Madam Secretary, did that have any influence on the look of show?LK: There are certain things I’ll do, trying to be a little more gutsy with the look, while still retaining a certain beauty and elegance. My key lights are softer, but my fill levels are less. You get a higher contrast image, but the light is a little softer on faces. Just being a little more daring, while still respecting the look of the show.PB: Where do you look for creative inspiration?LK: Quite honestly, my inspiration comes from the world around me. I think that we forget to look around the every day. Those little aspects of life that we seem to forget, I try to bring to work.I’m also a musician and a foodie. I recently took a trip to Israel, and I was inspired by going to restaurants and eating the food. A connection between a product and an emotional response. That product can be music, a plate of food, or an art form.PB: With the rise of streaming services, there seems to be a high-demand for episodic content and long-form narratives. What’s next for you as a DP? Are you looking to continue with episodic content?LK: There is a part of me that would love to delve into something where I can get a little bit more outside the box. I do think that one of the benefits of the streaming services, at least currently, is more room for exploration and freedom in how you shoot things.One of my biggest challenges on Madam Secretary was to create a show that was more cinematic than other shows you see on network television. I think we succeeded with that. That’s due to the production designer, directors, and the producers. It comes from the top down.I hope that people recognize the look of our show. And if they see something else and they say “Oh, that show looks like Madam Secretary“. That’s a testament to us doing our job as filmmakers.Cover image via Madam Secretary (CBS).Looking for more industry interviews? Check these out.Interview: Composer Brian H. Kim Talks BH90210 and MoreIndustry Insights: Production Designer Malchus JanockoThe Landscape of Sound: An Interview with Sound Designer Mandell WinterEditor Tom Jarvis on Carpool Karaoke with Paul McCartneyIndustry Insights with Cinematographer Michael Frankslast_img read more