Redbox gets a new president plucked from the studios, former Warner exec Mark Horak

Redbox went from duking it out with Warner in 2012 over a proposed 56-day delay for rentals to cutting a deal for a shorter 28-day delay and implementing UltraViolet support in Redbox Intant, and now the relationship is getting even cozier. Parent company Outerwall announced its earnings today and that Mark Horak, president of the Americas for Warner Bros. since 2008, will be the new president of Redbox.

A “leadership transition” saw former president Anne Saunders leave in December, and Outerwall CEO J. Scott Di Valerio cited Horak’s experience and relationships “growing DVD, Blu-ray, video game and digital sale” as reasons he’s perfect for the spot he’s taking over on March 17th.

Other than executive changes at Outerwall’s other businesses (Coinstar and ecoATM), we’re not seeing any immediate changes, and Redbox’s most recent numbers seem on track, with revenue for Q4 that was slightly higher than the same period last year.

The most important new business is the Redbox Instant streaming/kiosk combo effort, although it hasn’t gained much traction yet against competitors like Amazon Prime Video, Hulu Plus and Netflix.

The company says Redbox Instant activity increased as it launched on new platforms like Windows Phone, Xbox One and PS4, but it still didn’t have any exact data to share.

As far as disc rentals Redbox is focusing on Blu-ray now, since 55 percent of its rental customers have a Blu-ray player. It’s already trying to upsell customers to more expensive rentals on its website and app, and plans to roll that out directly on the kiosks soon.

The investor call didn’t reveal much in the way of a new direction for Redbox, but we’re hoping the next step is squeezing a dedicated rental return slot onto the boxes.

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木酢液の業者は製造方法により有害物質を除去できると主張し、規格を設けた業界団体もある。そのため、農水省が2002年度と03年度、規格を満たす40あまりの製品を委託試験した。報告された結果によれば、発がん物質であるベンツピレンが微量検出された製品があった。また、どの製品にもホルムアルデヒドが含まれており、3000ppmも含む製品すらあった。農水省は、この木酢液を散布した場合の農作物と使用者の安全性に関する試算もしている。

 まず、ホルムアルデヒドの農作物への残留量は少なく、消費者の健康リスクは低い。一方で、使用する農家は結構危ないかもしれない。ホルムアルデヒドを3000ppm含む木酢液を、通常の使用法に準じて200倍に希釈し、高さ2mのビニールハウス内で10a当たり100L散布すると、ハウス内のホルムアルデヒド気中濃度は理論上、0.56ppm。ホルムアルデヒドの作業環境中の許容濃度は、日本産業衛生学会の規定では0.5ppmなので、これを上回ってしまう。

木酢液はまたも継続審議になったものの、反対意見が委員たちの大勢だ。次回の合同会合辺りで「指定せず」と決まると、農薬用途での使用は禁じられる。農薬に木酢液を混ぜて散布する方法をとる農家もあるが、それも禁じられる。

 今回の会合では、別の資材についても「製造法によっては、発がん物質の濃度がいくらでも変わってくるので、安全性を十分に検討すべきだ」などと指摘があった。特定農薬の審議は、これからも難航しそうだ。

 いずれにせよ、こうした資材を使って金をむだにしたり健康被害を受けたりするのは農家である。消費者は発がん性と聞くとドキリとするだろうが、水溶性物質が多く洗えば落ちることや使用量が少ないことを考えると、食品としてのリスクは大きくはなさそうだ。

 今回の合同会合は延々3時間半に及び、配られた資料はおそらく600ページを下らない。会合の後、ある委員は皮肉まじりにこう言った。「農家が自分の意志で使って報いを受けるのだから、勝手に使わせればいい。わざわざ税金を使って審議する内容じゃない」。傍聴していた私も共感せざるを得なかった。

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She aims her wrist gauntlet at the roof. She fires her most trust gadget the ‘Widow’s Line’. I strong thread that shoots out and connects to solid areas, it also works as a grappling hook and zip-line. Once it connected Natalia pulls herself back to build up momentum and then releases her grasp slightly and she hoisted up into the air and onto the roof. Now she has a birds eye view and she can begin spying.

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Cardboard: la realidad virtual de bajo coste se actualiza y se puede usar con iPhone

La casi broma de las CardBoard de Google que presentó en el I/O del año pasado han llegado lejos. Un millón de unidades de cientos de fabricantes están en algún lugar del mundo, posiblemente en un cajón.

Con ese éxito, Google ha presentado un nuevo modelo que permite ser usado con smartphones de hasta seis pulgadas, que es más fácil de montar y contará con un botón para terminales no compatibles…

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Lenovo Magic View: Dual Screen Smartwatch Prototype Hands On

At Lenovo’s TechWorld in Beijing an innovative new smartwatch prototype was shown off with a Dual Screen and the ability to put your eye up to a second display to get a private and wide screen view.

Lenovo isn’t releasing the Magic View as a product, they are merely playing around with new ways to interact with our gadgets. The Smartwatch has a round face like the Moto 360 but it has a second screen WVGA which is actually a lens which had been used in a Smart glass like Google Glass. To see what’s on the Magic View display you have to hold it up very close to your eye.

I shot a video of it in action and even put my Zenfone 2 up to the Magic View to give you an idea of what I was looking at.

Lenovo explained that the second screen removes the physical limitations of the main screen by using optical reflections to produce a virtual image 20 times larger than the watch face. Showing off a few use cases Lenovo, demonstrated using the second display to project a bigger map, photo slideshow and even play a video.

Lenovo doesn’t think this is the future of smartwatches but they are willing to make something crazy and put it out to some testers to get feedback. I like that they’re willing to try new things and fail, this type of product increases their knowledge on ways that the human computer interface can be accessed.

What do you think? What type of variation on this do you think would actually work? Lenovo is looking for feedback, so leave a comment!

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