Category Archives: Announcements

Next Project: Executive Producer and Host of CE Week TV


Many of you have asked what I’m doing lately, and quite frankly, I’ve been so busy doing that I rarely have time to post about it.

Aside from consulting, doing tech segments and writing, I produced MommyTech TV at CES in January, which was a huge success.

I’m excited to announce my next project: Executive Producer and Host of CE Week TV in June.

You can read more about the conference and the scheduled panels here.

If you’re a journalist and would like to moderate a panel and be a media partner, please let me know. If you’re a company interested in exhibiting at the conference, visit www.CEWeekNY.com or contact Eric Schwartz at eschwartz@napco.com.

I look forward to seeing you all there in June.

Andrea Smith Named Executive Producer and Host of CE Week TV
New York, NY – March 10, 2014 – Award-winning news and technology journalist Andrea Smith has been named Executive Producer and Host of CE Week TV, which will be broadcast from the main exhibit hall and studio at the 2014 CE Week in New York City, June 25-26.

For the first time the entire CE Week Conference program and all press conferences will be live-streamed for tech enthusiasts worldwide. Viewers will have the opportunity to use social media to ask questions and interact with the speakers.
Read more here.

Joining the Amazing Team at Mashable as Lifestyle Channel Editor


Here’s the news I’ve been waiting to share:

Since 2005, Mashable has looked at the world as a digital experience. New products, technologies and ideas smashing together to create great new things. That’s still happening, but now that technology has grown legs and marched into every part of our society. It’s at work, on the road, in revolutions and at the forefront of modern innovation. It’s a part of our lives. We are living a digital lifestyle.Lifestyle is about the parts of our lives that are, perhaps, maybe a little more personal than everything else. It’s how we make our homes, relate to our loved ones, raise our children, save our energy, and manage our health and the well-being of those around us.While community has always been at the heart of everything Mashable does, this new channel will be more of a conversation than any other we’ve launched. We plan on learning as much from you as you do from us.

Andrea Smith headshot

Leading this conversation is our new Lifestyle Channel Editor, Andrea Smith. Andrea is a media industry veteran who has been talking directly to you (she was technology producer ABC News Radio and delivered tech stories on ABC TV) for more than a decade and has been covering families and technology since computers first started to invade our homes. Joining her is Associate Editor Sarah Kessler, who has been a startups reporter forMashable since 2010. She has a deep interest in education and technology and has written numerous landmark articles on the topic.

This new channel will be a destination for the latest news on changes affecting our digital lives and also a wellspring of smart, practical guidance on topics as wide-ranging as how to work with your children to set up their first Facebook Page, how healthcare technology will impact our rapidly aging population and how digital can help us all stay in shape. We’ll find the best apps for your favorite hobbies, like cooking and travel, and the leading tools for transforming your family’s education experience.

Want a smarter home? We’re looking at the gadgets. Trying to figure out what to wear? Our digital fashion advice has got you covered (literally!).

Digital is a part of our lives. Now you can use Mashable’s Lifestyle Channel to get the most out of it. You can keep in touch with Mashable Lifestyle by following Andrea Smith and the channel on Twitter and Liking us on Facebook here. Also, be sure to watch for our Pinterest boards where we’ll post digital lifestyle topics that interest us and where you can show us what interests you.

Full article is here: http://mashable.com/2012/05/24/introducing-mashables-lifestyle-channel/

Great news, right? And so excited to be part of the Mashable team!

You can follow Mashable Lifestyle here: @mashlifestyle

You can Like our Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/mashable.lifestyle/posts/305296822890392

And you can reach me at: andrea@mashable.com

Goodbye Pix-Saying Bye to the Newsroom Family


Yes the ID pictures are from the year I began working at ABC and were never updated, so I have no idea how security was supposed to recognize me. Luckily, I’ve barely changed since the 80’s 😉

And the last picture? That’s called tape. We used to record on it, and cut it, and splice it, and search the floor for missing breaths. Really.

Remove Your YouTube History Before Google’s New Privacy Policy Takes Effect


Great post from the Electronic Frontier Foundation on how to remove your viewing and search history in YouTube before those new Privacy policies go into effect on March 1st.

How to Remove Your YouTube Viewing and Search History Before Google’s New Privacy Policy Takes Effect

On March 1st, Google will implement its new, unified privacy policy, which will affect data Google has collected on you prior to March 1st as well as data it collects on you in the future. Earlier this week, we showed you how to delete your Google Web History in order to prevent Google from combining your Web History data with the data it has about you on its other products to provide you with personalized ads or suggestions across all of its products. You may also wish to delete your YouTube Viewing and Search History, which can reveal particularly sensitive information about you, including your location, interests, age, sexual orientation, religion, and health concerns.

Note that disabling Viewing and Search History in your YouTube account will not prevent Google from gathering and storing this information and using it for internal purposes. It also does not change the fact that any information gathered and stored by Google could be soughtby law enforcement.

With Viewing and Search History enabled, Google will keep these records indefinitely; with it disabled, they will be partially anonymized after 18 months, and certain kinds of uses, including sending you customized search results, will be prevented. An individual concerned about privacy may also want to set up a secondary Google account for browsing and sharing YouTube videos. She could then download all of her existing YouTube videos to her computer, delete them from her primary Google profile, and then use a separate browser to upload them to a new secondary Google account. If you want to do more to reduce the records Google keeps, the advice in EFF’s Six Tips to Protect Your Search Privacy white paper remains relevant.

The following steps will delete your viewing and search history on YouTube. If you have multiple YouTube accounts, you will have to complete these steps for each account.

1. Log in to your Google account.

2. Go to https://www.youtube.com

3. Click on your icon.

4. Click “Video Manager”

5. Click “History”

6. Click “Clear all viewing history.”

7. Click “Pause viewing history.”

8. Click “Search History.”

9. Click “Clear all search history.”

10. Click “Pause search history.”

If you have multiple YouTube accounts, you will have to complete these steps for each account.

New Apple Store at Grand Central Terminal in New York: Big and Fast


What to do if you’re a New Yorker, running to catch your train, but really need to stop and pick up that last-minute gift? Make a stop at the new Apple Store at Grand Central Terminal, of course. Apple showed off what it says is one of its largest Apple stores yet — 23,000 square feet overlooking the historic main concourse of the terminal.

Apple’s Bob Bridger said they’ll offer everything customers are used to: Apple’s Genius Bar for tech support, personal training, and a few new things designed for people who move at New York speed.

“We have all of our workshops as well as one-to-one training,” he said. “We’ll also have, exclusive to this store, 15-minute express workshops that are streamlined versions of all our favorite workshops.”

So no problem if you need to learn in a hurry. There’s also room for “personal setup,” so customers can hop on the train and start using their new product. And there’s also personal pickup, for users of the Apple Store App.

“Our Apple Store App, that’s you can use your iPhone to actually make purchases online with the application,” said Bridger, “whether you’re on a train, in a taxi, or walking to the store, so when you get to the Apple Store at Grand Central you can actually just stop by and pick up your product when you get there.”

And if you just feel like browsing the store, Apple says it’s hired over 300 people to staff the Grand Central location. There’s self-checkout for those with the iOS app, or EasyPay, Apple’s new self-checkout program.

“We do have the EasyPay devices that allow customers to really just swipe their card when they’re working with one of our specialists, when they want to buy one of the Apple products to make the process even faster.”

Bridger said the location is “perfect for the hundreds of thousands of people who pass through Grand Central Terminal.”

Apple’s Grand Central Terminal Store opens to the public Friday at 10 a.m.

This post originally appeared on abcnews.com

Amazon’s Best Movies and TV Shows of the Year: What are Yours?


Amazon’s movie and TV editors are out with their best movies and TV shows of 2011. These are culled from movies available on DVD, Blu-ray or Amazon’s Instant Video streaming service which is available free to Amazon Prime members. If you’re one of those on the fence about whether or not to buy a Kindle Fire, it might be a good time to check out this list and see if a Fire and Prime account is right for you. Otherwise, take a look and see if you agree with their picks, or let me know what you think should top the list for best movie of 2011.

Full release below:

Amazon Unveils Best Movies and TV Shows of the Year


SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nov. 17, 2011– Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced its picks for Best Movies and TV shows of 2011. Chosen by Amazon TV and movie editors, The Social Network tops the list for best movie of the year with Walking Dead: Season 1 coming in as the best TV show of the year. Customers can browse the Best of the Year Movies and TV store for top entertainment picks in a wide variety of categories and genres. To see a complete list of the Best Movies and TV shows from 2011 and to check outAmazon editor’s recommendations, visit www.amazon.com/bestmovies2011.

This year’s list includes video content available on DVD, Blu-ray, Amazon Instant Video and Prime Instant Video. Amazon Instant Video is a digital video streaming service that offers customers more than 100,000 movies and TV shows to rent or own and to stream instantly. Prime Instant Video is a benefit to Prime members that offers digital video streaming of nearly 13,000 movies and TV shows at no additional cost. Customers can enjoy digital content from Amazon Instant Video and Prime Instant Video on any of the 300 Instant Video compatible devices, including their new Kindle Fire.

“We work very hard to provide our customers with the most extensive selection of video content. We offer more than 400,000 DVDs and Blu-rays as well as more than 100,000 digital videos for instant streaming with Amazon Instant Video,” said Katie Lay, senior manager for the Amazon Instant Video store. “We created the Best of the Year store to help customers navigate all that great video content and to help them discover movies and TV shows to watch instantly on their new Kindle Fire, with Amazon Instant Video, or via DVD and Blu-ray.”

The Best of the Year Movies and TV store is live now on Amazon.com and offers different “best of” genres to help customers search and discover 2011 video entertainment, including DVD, Blu-ray, Kids, Art House, Anime, TV, horror and many more.

Top 10 editors’ picks for best movies of the year:
1. The Social Network
2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
3. Star Wars: The Complete Saga (Episodes I-VI)
4. The King’s Speech
5. X-Men: First Class
6. Bridesmaids
7. Inside Job
8. Black Swan
9. Midnight in Paris
10. Tangled
Top 10 editors’ picks for best TV shows of the year:
1. Walking Dead: Season 1
2. Louie: Season 1
3. Breaking Bad: Season 4
4. Parks and Recreation: Season 3
5. Downton Abbey
6. Mad Men: Season 4
7. Sons of Anarchy: Season 4
8. Community: Season 2
9. Bored to Death: Season 2
10. Friday Night Dinner: Season 1

To see a complete list of the Best Movies and TV shows from 2011 and to check out Amazon editor’s recommendations, visit www.amazon.com/bestmovies2011.

Angry Birds Catapults to a Roku Box Near You


Angry Birds is coming to your TV screen. Roku, which already brings you Netflix and a slew of other entertainment channels, has partnered with Rovio, makers of the uber-popular pig-killing game, to make three versions of the game available for sale this summer.  For serious addicts, you can also watch videos and buy merchandise. No word yet on “launch” date or pricing.

Roku Partners with Rovio to Bring First Angry Birds Experience to TV;

Expands Internet TV Platform to Include Casual Games

Saratoga, Calif. and Espoo, Finland – June 1, 2011 – Roku, Inc., the leading Internet TV platform, and Rovio, creator of the leading casual game Angry Birds, today announced that the companies have entered into a strategic partnership to bring the first Angry Birds experience to the TV. Roku will offer Angry Birds, Angry Birds Seasons and Angry Birds Rio video games; launch an Angry Birds video channel featuring Angry Birds animated shorts; and sell Angry Birds merchandise—all via the Roku Channel Store.

The announcement today also marks Roku’s expansion of its successful Internet TV platform to include casual games. Although Rovio is the first partner that will bring popular casual games to Roku, the company is in talks with other casual game providers and aggregators, and will make additional announcements including availability details within the next few weeks. In addition, Roku continues to be an open platform allowing content owners of all sizes to have a channel that streams to the TV.

“Angry Birds is the most popular and fastest growing casual game yet is has been trapped on mobile devices. We believe there’s a huge market for games like these on the TV,” said Roku Founder and CEO Anthony Wood. “Just as we were the first to enable Netflix to stream instantly to the TV, we intend to be the catalyst for transforming the way people play casual games—starting with Angry Birds—on the biggest screen in the home.”

“We are growing Angry Birds into a lasting global entertainment franchise and Roku’s strong platform enables us to introduce the full Angry Birds experience of games, videos and merchandise to the TV,” said Rovio Chief Marketing Officer Peter Vesterbacka. “It was an easy decision to partner with Roku. They are a small company like us, are easy to work with, and of course make the best-selling streaming player. We expect Roku and Angry Birds fans to be thrilled with the TV experience that we are bringing them.”

With its launch in May 2008 as the original Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) streaming player, Roku became the first Internet TV platform to take hold with mainstream American consumers. In 2009, Roku added the Roku Channel Store, the first true app store and open development environment for long- and short-form streaming entertainment to the TV. Since then, Roku is the partner of choice for content owners who want to reach TV viewers directly. The simplicity of the Roku platform sets it apart—allowing developers to quickly deploy content with a variety of monetization options.

With more than 250 entertainment channels, Roku players deliver the best collection of streaming entertainment available for the TV. Roku customers can choose from an enormous selection of movies and TV shows from Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video (NASDAQ: AMZN), Crackle and Revision3; live and on-demand sports from NBA Game Time, NHL GameCenter Live and Ultimate Fighting Championship; music from Pandora, MOG, Rdio, and TuneIn Radio; photo and video sharing from Flickr and Facebook; plus news and entertainment from around the world—and soon, popular casual games like Angry Birds.

Angry Birds was released by Rovio in late 2009, and became a worldwide phenomenon within one year. Rovio has since released a number of Angry Birds games for all major smartphone platforms, as well as PC and Mac. Today, the Angry Birds games have been downloaded more than 200 million times across all platforms. With this global success, Angry Birds has expanded into a franchise that now includes broadcast media, merchandising, publishing and services. Rovio has sold more than three million units of Angry Birds merchandise to consumers in more than 100 countries.