Microsoft is planning to produce Hollywood type Films on the lines of ‘Survivor’,C.S.I’
This is to help the creation of original video content that will be available through Microsoft’sXbox, as well as other devices that connect to it, including PCs, tablets, and smartphones.
Microsoft is making a big move into producing Hollywood-style series and movies for its Xbox platform, with the hiring of a former CBS executive who helped develop TV series such as “Survivor,” “C.S.I.,” and “Two and a Half Men.” It’s a great move for the company looking to find its place in a post-PC future.
Microsoft just hired Nancy Tellem, who will oversee the creation of original video content that will be available through Microsoft’s Xbox, as well as other devices that connect to it, including PCs, tablets, and smartphones. The Los Angeles Times reports that Tellem had been with CBS since 1997 and was in charge of the network’s entertainment division between 1998 and 2009. Microsoft will be building its own studio in Los Angeles, as well as making deals with existing Hollywood studios. Tellem told the Los Angeles Times that Microsoft will create “premium content” of a high enough quality to compete with cable and network TV shows. She added:
“We have large visions as to where this could all go. Building up a studio in Los Angeles with a significant financial commitment is very important.”
It’s not clear yet whether the video content will be free and ad-supported, available on a subscription basis, or avaialble as pay-per-view.”
“They flag us down, they pull us over, they talk to us,” owner and operator Jared Rosenthal said Wednesday. “Sometimes, because of the nature of the services, they want to be a little more discreet about it, but they do come or they’ll call the number.”
In this business, Rosenthal said he deals with all kinds of crazy situations all day, every day.
“We have people that want to get the specimen from their spouse without them knowing about it,” Rosenthal said. “We deal with a lot of drama, it’s constant drama.”
There have been instances where men have walked in with a baby to give DNA samples only to find out later they’re not related.
When asked by CBS 2’s Dave Carlin why he was taking the DNA test from the traveling truck, one unidentified man explained, “I’m paying child support anyways and I would do it anyways. You just want to know.”
“There’s a lot of difficult situations and tough moments and heartbreak,” Rosenthal said, adding that there are happy endings as well. “There’s a lot of good news that we’re able to deliver and there’s a lot of happy moments.”
For example, the test helped a 44-year-old Harlem man find his long lost 20-year-old daughter.
Rosenthal maintained that his credentials are legitimate and that his business is legal. In fact, he said he believes he is providing an essential service.
“It’s not something people talk about, but there is a big need for it,” he said.
Smartphones are a craze that’s sweeping the world, and we are yet to see any indication this is going to change in the foreseeable future. This can only be a good thing – it gives you the chance to have the computer you dreamt of a few years ago in your pocket and do all the fancy stuff you want to do while on the go. Mind, this is only the beginning and these smart devices are getting better all the time, so more features are on the way – and more features translate into more opportunities, while more opportunities ensure that we are going to store additional and potentially sensitive information on our smartphones. And here comes the issue with smartphone security – a problem that is grossly underestimated by most users, which is really surprising given the fact that a few viruses have already managed to breach the security of various mobile OSs.
The outbreak might not be contained to the smartphone either.
Most of the current generation of smartphones have mini usb connectors. The connector not only allow the devices to be charged, but also allows them to be plugged into a desktop computer for data syncing. This could allow a virus to be transferred to your desktop or laptop from your smartphone. (I also plug my smartphone into my car’s usb connector to charge. Could a virus be uploaded into it?)
So, what should smartphone owners do? While many companies have developed anti-virus software for smartphones, I suggest simply using the same safe computing practices one uses with their desktop:
Be wary of email attachments, even if they come from friends