May 11, 2015

Testing Out Disney World’s RFID MagicBand

It was a tough job, but somebody had to do it. This February, my family and I traveled to Orlando to spend two days at Disney World. Our mission: Test out the new MagicBand—the RFID-enabled bracelets that promise park goers a “more carefree” visit. RFID bands are not new to this industry, of course, but with its...

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April 8, 2015

Meet-Up Trends: The White House’s First InstaMeet

We’ve heard of Twitter tweet-ups and Meetups, but the White House a few weeks ago helped shine a spotlight on another meet-up trend: the InstaMeet for Instagram. On March 21, America’s most famous address opened its doors to a select group of Instagram users for the 11th Worldwide InstaMeet, selecting 20 Instagrammers from an applicant pool...

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March 5, 2015

Steal-Worthy Stage Production Elements From The 2015 Oscars

We’re back with another installment of best award show stage concepts, this time fresh off the 87th Academy Awards telecast—Hollywood’s biggest night. (See our picks from the Grammys, here.) Most tune in to the lengthy 2015 Oscars program for the suits, gowns and memorable acceptance speeches. We tuned in with an eye for the sets,...

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February 18, 2015

Five Steal-Worthy Stage Production Elements From The Grammys

Award show broadcasts are a typical recipe of winners (their rise from the seat, walk to the podium and acceptance speech), tributes and performances sprinkled in between. Not so during the 2015 Grammy Awards telecast Sunday, Feb. 8, which featured only nine live award presentations and an astonishing 23 musical performances. For that reason, music’s...

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February 5, 2015

Canceled: When ‘The Interview’ Happens to You

“The Interview” is a comedy about a plot to kill North Korea’s leader Kim Jon-un, starring Seth Rogen and James Franco. But it almost wasn’t anything at all. When cyber terrorists threatened attacks against any cinema that showed the movie, the film distributors decided not to take the risk, and Sony Pictures did the same,...

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