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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Festival Sporsorships, volunteers and audience needed!

Last minute great sponsorships available NOW. Great for Las Vegas, Henderson or Boulder City businesses..much lower cost than you may thing. Contact festival found  Lee Laniera at 702-203-1487 (
or Festival Coordinator Charlene Brewer at 845-5427.

Dam Short Film Festival

Volunteers, interns and sponsors needed.

Festival February 11, 12 and 13, 2010.

Screenings are at the Historic Boulder Theater, courtesy of Desi Arnez Jr. and his wife. The Festival office, events and hospitality are located in the even more historic Boulder Dam Hotel.

Consider much appreciated sponsorships.

Businesses, actors, writers, patrons of the arts will get exposure in ways larger festivals may not offer. Go to the web site or call to see how you can get your name out there...

We need volunteers to reach out to the film communities here, in LA and world wide.

Volunteer applications are being accepted for the festival dates.

There are for credit internships available through the College of Southern Nevada and the Art Institute.

Its also a great place to promote your talents and your films...

Films go on to earn awards and distribution from other festivals or distributors.

No commissions, all of your money goes to the festival.

Volunteer festival international in scope.

The Dam Short Film Society

806 Buchanan Blvd, Ste 115-181
Boulder City, NV 89005
Fax 702-293-2164
2010 (at) damshortfilm (dot) org

Charlene Brewer, Executive Director:

Feel free to search the archieve of this blog and its sister blogs for more on the festival.

Smart-phone Wars

Google's Andy Rubin, head of Android development
(Credit: Josh Lowensohn/CNET)

Can Google unseat Apple? Not with the modestly low numbers of units sold, heavy competion from Microsoft and other operating systems, a two year advance and substantial lead from Apple, and the strong resistance of the sale of phones that can be used on multiple carriers by the carriers themselves, still the dominant sales point for smartphones.

The well trumped announcement of the Nexus One revealed a phone which CNET says is only a modest improvement on previous Google phones and a long way from equaling competitors.

The Wall Street Journal calls it a major advance over Blackberry and closer to the iPhone, but the new phone lacks memory, has one tenth the applications of an iPhone, depends on sticky small navigation buttons and is slower than an iPhone. It is, however, a phone the reviewer said he would consider carrying if he could not use his iPhone. The cost out of the box is high, however it compares with iPhone and Blackberry with a two year carrier agreement. AT&T is adding Android based phones to their line of offerings, including the Nexus, causing additional strain with Apple, which is reported to be looking at moving to T-Mobile or Verison. Interestingly AT&T will also be adding the first ever cell phone from Apple hardware competitor Dell to its line of devices.

What is being promoted in free media (publicity, television news and so on) is really only a slight improvement for Google and no where near the iPhone, or for that matter the most recent Palm product. That's according to tests by independent labs and industry reporting sources such as CNET. but the public will be sold that it is better, faster, and the phone to buy!

How many of the many television reports touting press releases as fact and doing Google's advertising job for them free of charge, report on the biggest new feature in the Nexus One? It will sell you things. Advertising and the potential for even more advanced advertising are built into the phone. It is Google's way of keeping its operating system free, thus competing with Apple and Microsoft, who charge phone companies money for the use of their software and technology. Google is sure people will simply accept the advertising, the same way we have televisions everywhere we go, banner ads cutting off the bottom of our television programs, the constant sound and video barrage that surrounds us daily. All that was phased in over time and now accepted as just a part of life by most Americans.

Google still needs Apple, and Apple Google, despite media attempts to present the move by the two companies to separate their services. The truth is the Google Droid and future operating systems are closer tied to its overall strategic plan to move the world toward cloud computing, where the work is done off site and hopefully free of the marketing and paid search preferences of Microsoft and other vendors. Google, the idealist, sees a free internet. Google, the company, is trying to find models for advertising and not large user fees or false search results underwrites the cost and provides profits. Google was the first to begin work on a super-cloud computing facility, with Yahoo-Microsoft, Apple and others following. Other companies, such as NewsCorp's Fox, are finding ways to muscle in on the profits as well.

Still the smart phone market remains a major consumer electronics growth market with a minimum of 1.8 billion expected to be sold over the next five years.

Hollywood and the entertainment industry are depending on the Smart Phone and its role in media convergence to fuel their new digital frontiers. While a very small percent of consumption, viewing of television and film products on phones or phone-like (Zune and iPhone) devices remains the fastest growing segment of the entertainment market.

The real obstacle to smart phone sales and growth is transmission capability. Already may systems are overloaded by the bandwidth needed by a smart phone over traditional cell phone service. Speeds promised are not being delivered due to high usage, topography, processing speeds and other limitations. Then too misleading advertising, such as Verizon vs. AT&T, where speeds are represented in the idea and with ownership of towers. In reality, the speed is never ideal and all most towers are leased and shared in the US market, meaning regardless of carrier any Smartphone can have the highest speed available in any given area without deference to carrier.

Also, the Huffington Post visually looks at 7 things an iPhone has that Google does not.

1. Fewer buttons, and buttons do not stick.
2. Only one early termination fee (Nexus has two)
3. Touchscreen Far Better
4. Customer Service exist and is far easier with iPhone/AT&T
5. Many many more aps, thousands upon thousands more
6. 3G universal connectivity (problems with Nexus at launch)
7. Far more memory

Phones like the Nexus One are more sexy than mobile distribution strategies.
(Credit: Josh Lowensohn/CNET)

First posted December 12, 2009, revised many times since. This draft is 1/17/09