Fox 2000 Steps Into “Deep Water”

Fox 2000 confirms that screenwriter Zach Helm (“Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium”) will adapt author Patricia Highsmith’s 1957 suspense thriller “Deep Water” into a feature, to be produced by Steve Zaillian, Guymon Casady and Mike Nichols :
“…set in the small town of ‘Little Wesley’, ‘Vic Meller’ and ‘Melinda Meller’ have a loveless marriage held together only by a precarious arrangement, To avoid the messiness of divorce, Melinda is allowed to take any number of lovers as long as she does not desert her family. Unfortunately, things don’t always work out as planned…..”

Facebook will introduce apps based on its new Open Graph and Gestures

Facebook will introduce apps based on its new Open Graph and Gesturesplatforms at an event Wednesday in San Francisco, according to a report.The apps will let users “frictionlessly” share based on actions other than “like,” “read” or “watch,” according to AllThingsD, which cites “sources” in the report.

Reps from Facebook could not be reached for comment.

Facebook announced the upgrade to Open Graph at the f8 conference in San Francisco in September. The move was prompted by Facebook’s assertion that the Like button constrained sharing because it was an implicit endorsement of content. Facebook wants users to share everything they are doing, whether it’s watching a show or hiking a trail, so the company decided to create a way to “express lightweight activity.”

Since then, apps from Hulu, Spotify and The Washington Post have been based on the “read” and “watch” buttons. Now, Facebook plans to unveil a group of apps that use Gestures beyond those, according to the report.

The New Open Graph

Facebook’s introduction of the new Open Graph in September did more than just expand the range of Gestures available to app developers. The new platform is also different in three major ways compared to the old Open Graph, including:

  • Apps no longer have to ask for permission to post content to Facebook over and over again. Instead, a new Facebook permissions screen explains exactly what type of stories will be shared the first time you give an app permission to post to your Facebook. Once completed, it will no longer have to ask for permission.
  • Updates through the new Open Graph appear in the ticker automatically, but do not appear in the News Feed unless it’s an important event. This makes it easy to discover new content from your friends in real time.
  • Users can share experiences, such as listening to music, through the new Facebook Open Graph and the ticker.

So, whatever happened to L.A. Noire, the brillant Video Game from 2011?


Rockstar and the now defunct Team Bondi’s brilliant L.A. Noire was troubled since the beginning, resulting in an agonizingly long seven year development cycle that promptly ended the bright developer’s business upon its release.  Still, if a developer is going to release its final game, it might as well be as good as the absolutely sublime L.A. Noire.  It spoke directly to the love of the detective genre with its investigations into heinous crimes and really impressed with its disturbingly life-like facial animations, resulting in an unforgettable experience that is begging for the franchise treatment.  Let’s really hope that Rockstar gets it together to give this incredible framework the treatment it deserves before it becomes the gaming equivalent of the one that got away.  Get on it, guys!

Lantronix Debuts Solution for Printing from iPad, iOS Devices

Apple’s AirPrint technology in the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad makes it easy to send photos and documents stored on those devices directly to nearby printers via a local Wi- Fi network, eliminating the need to send these files to a computer first. But it won’t work with printers that aren’t specifically labeled AirPrint-compatible, which practically limits its utility; if you’ve wanted to use AirPrint, you’ve probably had to buy a new printer.

Last week at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, however, Lantronix, Inc., debuted a better option: a small device named xPrintServer-Network Edition ($149.95) that plugs into a home network router and makes almost any old printer compatible with the direct printing capability built into Apple’s iOS devices––as long as that printer is also connected to the same router, either by a cable or wirelessly. No other installation steps are required (there are no additional applications, software downloads or printer drivers requires), and the xPrintServer will automatically discoverall the compatible networked printers in the vicinity.

But the xPrintServer will run only on iOS version 4.2 or later, and it won’t work with every printer ever made. Right now, the xPrintServer is compatible with “thousands of printer models” from HP, Brother, Canon, Dell, Epson, Lexmark and Xerox, Lantronix says, although downloadable updates to the device expected later will add even more printers. The xPrintServer is slated to be available in the first quarter of this year at,,, and In addition, pre-orders can be placed now at the company’s website.

Watch the Lantronix xPrintServer launch video to learn more.

Pileggi Adapting “Goodfellas” Series For AMC

AMC is developing a “Goodfellas” TV series, set before the events of director Martin Scorsese’s 1990 film of the same name.

The “Goodfellas” TV series will focus on the early years of the characters growing up in the 1960’s, written by crime reporter Nicholas Pileggi, writer of the original film and author of the 1986 non-fiction book “Wiseguy” that the film was based on.
Pileggi will also produce the series with Jorge Zamacona and the original film’s producer Irwin Winkler.
Scorsese’s “Goodfellas” followed the rise and fall of ‘Lucchese’ crime family associates ‘Henry Hill’ and his friends over a period from 1955 to 1980. Characters include ‘Jimmy Conway’, ‘Tommy DeVito’, ‘Paulie Cicero’, ‘Frankie Carbone’, ‘Sonny Bunz’, ‘Billy Batts’ and ‘Morrie Kessler’.

The author of Wiseguy and Casino, Nick Pileggi the man who brought you Joe Pesci’s famous “How am I funny?” scene in Goodfellas. He’s also the husband of fellow screenwriter Nora Ephron.


Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier

Back in 2009, a movie arrived in theaters that transported audiences to a lush, unpolluted alien world without acknowledging the irony of sitting in an air-conditioned theater for its nearly three-hour runtime.  SinceAvatar became the biggest movie of all time (not adjusted for inflation), the world has patiently waited for the sequels that James Cameron, in his beneficence, has promised.  The second and third Avatar movies have been consistently pegged for 2014 and 2015, but it looks like we might have to wait an additional two years before Avatar 2 brings Pandora back to Earth.

With Cameron’s Titanic getting a 3D rerelease in a few months, producer Jon Landau recently spoke at a screening of the previous biggest movie ever.  According to Entertainmentwise, Landau casually dropped a new timetable for the science fiction trilogy, saying, “We are excitedly working on it as we speak and it will be four or so years before it will be out.”


To bust some basic arithmetic, that means we wouldn’t be seeing Avatar 2 until 2016.  Given that Cameron’s plan has been to shoot both films simultaneously and release them a year apart, Avatar 3 would presumably arrive in 2017.

This makes a bagful of sense.  Though the 2014 date has been bandied about plenty, star Sam Worthington revealed this week that he’s not sure Cameron’s even written the first sequel yet, and the actor was fairly in the dark about just when production would get underway.  Besides, Cameron has never been a filmmaker overly concerned with meeting a release date, not at the expense of properly mind-melting spectacle.

Landau, being a producer, continued waxing enthusiastic and confirmed that design work on the sequels is indeed well underway.  “We are excited,” he said.  “And we have a lot of the same team working with us, some great design and ideas and some great themes hopefully.”

Sony introduces “Bloggie Live” at CES

By Steve Morgenstern

Just because Flip left the pocket camcorder business doesn’t mean people don’t want small handheld recorders that shoot high-def video. Sony adds a new twist to the concept with the Bloggie Live model introduced at CES; it has built-in Wi-Fi and allows users to broadcast their video live over the Internet.

Bloggie Live weighs a perfectly portable 5 ounces, sporting a 3-inch touch-screen display. It records full 1080p video along with 12.8 megapixel stills. With 8 megabytes of built-in memory, you can store 75 minutes of high-def video before off-loading to your computer. There’s also a built-in LED light for shooting in low light, and a stereo microphone. Using the Bloggie is point-and-shoot simple – no manual controls to fiddle with, and automatic face detection to keep your subject in focus.

The major missing feature is an optical zoom lens – you can use 4x digital zoom, but that always hurts image quality.

The design and construction are first-rate. The curved back feels good in your hand, and there’s a flat bottom that lets you stand the camera up on a table for hands-free shooting.

The major departure from previous Bloggie models is the addition of Wi-Fi, allowing wireless uploading direct to Facebook and YouTube. If you set up an account with Qik Video (a Skype service), you can even stream live video to friends and family. Streaming video is limited to VGA resolution, but the camcorder stores a full-res copy in memory for uploading later if you choose. Invited viewers can even comment on the video while you stream, and their comments will appear on the Bloggie screen.

The Wi-Fi connection also lets you download video files from the Bloggie to your PC or Mac without hunting for a cable (there’s also a flip-out USB connection if that’s more convenient).

Bloggie Live is not a cheap purchase at $250, but the convenience and spontaneity of a Wi-Fi connection is certainly an appealing option for sharing your travels with friends and family.

Samsung Galaxy Note to hit US via AT&T

After creating headlines in many regions across the globe, the Samsung Galaxy Note will finally be landing in the U.S. through AT&T. Arriving with 4G LTE capabilities, the expansive smartphone will come drenched in shades of ceramic white and carbon blue to choose from.


The flight across the Atlantic has seen the Galaxy Note being endowed with a 1.5GHz dual core processor as opposed to the chip clocked at 1.4GHz with which the handset was seen retailing in regions worldwide. The other details on the spec sheet more or less remain the same wherein, this Gingerbread slice boasts of a 5.3-inch HD SuperAMOLED display along with 16GB of onboard memory. Plus, the external storage space can be expanded up to 32GB with help of a microSD card.

“We welcome the Galaxy Note to the U.S. and are pleased to expand on our popular Galaxy family of premium products,” states Dale Sohn, president of Samsung Mobile. “The innovation in this product including the capabilities of the S Pen continue to show Samsung’s leadership in bringing cutting edge design and features to our customers.”

AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note 2

Besides integrating a 2500mAh battery within its 146.85mm x 82.95mm x 9.65mm chassis, the device sports a stylus which has been dubbed the S Pen. It also offers HSPA+ as well as EDGE/GPRS connectivity for users who take to globetrotting. The company is even making available accessories such as the Desktop Dock, Galaxy Note S Pen holder kit and Flip Cover case designed for the phone.

There has been no word official word on  the Samsung Galaxy Note release date and price details; but it has been reported that it  will be sold in US for $549 by unlocked and $200 for locked device

Google Maps goes Analog in Clever CES Ad

Google Maps gets the low-tech treatment in a new ad that imagines the app as the classic Labyrinth game.The online video spot, the first for Google from San Francisco ad agency Venables Bell & Partners, uses a wooden gyroscopic structure to help two players navigate a blue ball. The camera follows the ball as it discovers restaurants, checks into a barbershop and then, finally, goes bowling.

The video was timed to coincide with CES and highlights capabilities on Google Maps like indoor maps, the ability to rate restaurants, create custom maps in Mapmaker and view traffic. A very similar animated videocreated by another agency, B-Reel, is designed to promote a game for Google Maps that’s expected to hit Google+ Games next month.

The Most Popular American Companies in China

The primary reason, it is often argued, that China is an important market for many large U.S. companies is that its population has doubled since the early 1960s. But the whole picture is actually more complex than that. China’s real appeal to American corporations is that the huge population growth has been coupled with a sharp expansion of the middle class. As a result, the Chinese market probably will become more important to consumer goods and technology companies in the next few decades than the U.S. is today.

1. KFC
> Market share: 40% (Yum! Brands)

KFC has become a sensation in China. Since the first restaurant opened in Beijing in 1987, the chain has grown to more than 3,200 locations in 650 cities, according to Bloomberg. McDonald’s (NYSE: MCD), the second most prominent fast food chain, operates 1,100 locations. McDonald’s commands only 16% of market share, while Yum! Brands (NYSE: YUM), which owns KFC, has 40%. KFC is so hugely popular that the company’s target is to increase its number of restaurants in China to 20,000. China accounted for 29% of Yum! Brands’ measured-media ad spending and 36% of its worldwide revenue in 2010, according to Ad Age. While McDonald’s restaurants in China have an almost identical menu to those in the U.S., KFC offers local patrons a number of more familiar dishes, such as Chinese-style porridge for breakfast.

2. General Motors
> Market share: 12.8%
> Competition: BYD, Toyota

General Motors passed Toyota Motor (NYSE: TM) in the first half of 2011 to become the largest automaker in the world. It is also the top-selling brand in China. GM’s presence in the country is still expanding. In the first half of 2010, the company sold more vehicles in China than in the U.S. for the first time ever. At that time, China accounted for a quarter of the company’s global sales, according to the New York Times. Since 2000, the company’s market share in China has grown from 3.4% to 12.8%. Last year GM sold more than 104,000 LaCrosses, one of its most popular models in China. GM operates in China through joint ventures with a number of Chinese companies, such as SAIC Motor.

3. Microsoft
> Market share: 99.3%

Microsoft dominates the PC operating systems market in China. According to web analytics company Baidu Tongji, the company has about 99.31% of market share. Apple’s Mac OS and Linux have virtually no representation. Due to rampant piracy, however, Microsoft only makes a fraction of the revenue it would make if everyone in China bought software directly from the company. Nearly 80% of PC software is pirated in China. According to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, the company’s revenue in China will only be about 5% of what it is in the U.S., despite almost equal sales of personal computers in the two countries, the Wall Street Journal reports.

4. Boeing
> Market share: 52%
> Competition: Airbus, Embraer, Bombardier

Boeing currently has more than 50% share of the Chinese market for commercial aircraft, according to Forbes. The company’s presence in China most likely will increase in the coming years. Air passenger trips in China have increased 16% from 2010. Boeing expects the aviation market in China to more than triple over the next 20 years, requiring an increase of about 5,000 planes valued at $600 billion. Boeing and China have a two-way relationship. According to Boeing-China President David Wang, speaking to CNC World, “China is already Boeing’s biggest customer outside of the United States and Boeing is the largest purchaser of made-in-China aviation parts and components.”

5. Nike
> Market share: N/A
> Competition: Li Ning, Adidas

Nike is China’s leading manufacturer of sportswear. It is followed in market share by Chinese company Li Ning, which holds one-third of the market, and Adidas, although some research puts Adidas in second place. In June Nike reported annual revenue of $2 billion in Greater China, according to Reuters — double the amount made by the company in 2007. Although Chinese companies currently hold a significant market share, they are locked in heated competition to keep up with the expansion of foreign rivals. Concerning sportswear in China, HSBC noted in a report that, “Local brands will lose more market share to imported brands over the next 12 months as the former struggle with inventory issues, while the latter benefit from consumers trading up.”

6. Coca-Cola/Sprite
> Market share: 61.5%/26.9%

Sprite is the number one soft drink in China, with 26.9% market share, according to recent data from Nielsen. Sprite’s manufacturer, Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO), holds a total 61.5% share of the soda market. It is followed by PepsiCo (NYSE: PEP), which has 29%, according to London-based researcher Euromonitor International. Coca-Cola currently has more than 40 factories in China, and it plans to invest $4 billion in bottling plants and delivery trucks over the next three years, according to Bloomberg.

7. Procter & Gamble
> Market share: 55% (all P&G hair care)

Consumer goods company Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG) has a firm grasp on 55% of China’s market for hair care products, including shampoos and conditioners, according to China Daily. Its best-selling product is Head & Shoulders. “Last year,” the paper reports, “P&G announced it would invest at least $1 billion in China over the next five years and also launched an innovation center in Beijing with an investment of $80 million.” There is huge potential for growth in China. As of 2009, per capita spending on hair care products in China was only $1.79 a year, according to Datamonitor Industry Market Research. Research firm RNCOS says the hair care market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 15.5% by 2013. P&G may not realize its maximum potential profits for some time, however. Another China Daily article states that the “Chinese government has asked P&G and Unilever to delay their raising prices in China, because Beijing is determined to keep soaring consumer prices under control.”

8. Intel
> Market share: 14.9%
> Competition: Samsung, Hynix

Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) is the world’s largest semiconductor chip maker by revenue. China accounts for more than one-third of the world semiconductor market. It therefore makes sense that Intel is the leading semiconductor supplier for China. According to PwC, Intel had 14.9% market share as of 2010. In that year alone, Intel made nearly $20 billion in revenue in China. This was an increase of more than 26% from 2009, when the company was also the market leader. For the second quarter of 2011, PC shipments in China grew to 18.5 million, according to IDC, surpassing the U.S. for the first time.

9. Starbucks
> Market share: 70%

Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) is the world’s largest coffee chain by sales. In China, the company has a nearly 70% market share, according to Euromonitor. Things are poised to get even better for the coffee company. “Coffee sales climbed 9% [in China] last year to 4.6 billion Yuan ($694 million),” the Wall Street Journal reports. Starbucks currently has 450 stores in mainland China and has plans to open a thousand more. In 2010, the company finalized an agreement with the Chinese province of Yunnan to establish its “first-ever coffee-bean farm in the world to cater to a rapidly growing population of coffee drinkers in China,” according to the Wall Street Journal.

10. Apple
> Market share: 51%

While Apple effectively has zero presence in China’s operating system market, its smartphone market share is not bad — fourth in the country, according to Reuters. But the company really shines in China’s tablet market. According to consulting firm iResearch, Apple’s iPad has a market share of 51%. Lenovo and Samsung are in second and third place, with 13.8% and 9.8%, respectively. A whopping 80% of consumers who are considering buying a tablet say their first choice is an iPad, reported TabTimes. According to Apple, the company’s China sales for the quarter ended June 2011 increased six times from the same period the year before.

Douglas A. McIntyre, Charles B. Stockdale

Read more: The Most Popular American Companies in China – 24/7 Wall St.