TechCrunch reports Disney has acquired the very popular iOS app development startup, Tapulous. Tapulous is the group behind the extremely popular Tap Tap Revenge series.
The music game has multiple versions such as Lady Gaga, Nickleback, oh and… Justin Bieber games. With Disney in control we think you’ll soon be seeing some Hannah Montana and Jonas Brothers action on an iPhone near you.
The details of the deal are yet to be revealed, and who knows… maybe El Jobso himself had something to do with the deal. Also, Bart Decrem, CEO of Tapulous and the guy above, will now take a seat as a Disney VP. Congratulations, Tapulous!
Apple CEO Steve Jobs does what he does for the company he co-founded for just one dollar, but these days he manages at least some of his day-to-day expenses with help from his estimated $48 million per year Disney dividend.
Jobs has never sold any of his Apple shares, taking no more than a dollar (and the occasional jet plane) for his world class labours. It is Jobs
Apple and Disney may be working together to develop video and multimedia on demand services via MobileMe, an interesting Patently Apple report speculates today.
Reaching for the notion, the report cites an October 2009 Apple patent. This patent enables a system by which MobileMe members could, for example, partially view television or any video content on their iPhone and then switch to viewing the media on an Apple TV, a Mac or what have you on their return home, where they would continue viewing that content from exactly where they stopped watching without having to manually reposition playback of the video.
The New York Times says we
It looks like AppleTV might soon (within a year) have a purpose. That Apple TV subscription service we heard about earlier this year looks like it may soon have two signups….and they are HUGE.
According to the Wall (Street Journal)…
CBS Corp. and Walt Disney Co. are considering participating in Apple Inc.’s plan to offer television subscriptions over the Internet, according to people familiar with the matter, as Apple prepares a potential new competitor to cable and satellite TV.
Boom! Certainly Jobs’ position on Disney’s Board is helping to move Disney (ABC) to Apple’s platform. Wouldn’t it be interesting if that his personal sale of Pixar to Disney was what gave Apple its chance as a Internet Network?
The WSJ mentions that CBS doesn’t have an interest in Hulu (like the other 3 majors) and also doesn’t have a big stake in cable networks so they’d be a natural choice as well.
As always, the devil is in the details:
In at least some versions of the proposal, Apple would pay media companies about $2 to $4 a month per subscriber for a broadcast network like CBS or ABC, and about $1 to $2 a month per subscriber for a basic-cable network, people familiar with the proposals said. Those amounts are in some cases much higher than media companies receive from traditional distributors. The question is whether selling fewer networks at higher prices is better business. Apple’s TV proposal may be changing as the company woos networks, according to people familiar with the matter. An initial version of the proposal had envisioned selling access to advertising-free shows from a bundle of top cable and broadcast networks
Walt Disney Co is getting involved in the iPhone, promising a bunch of free iPhone and iPod touch applications, giving fans access to Disney content – with some interesting interactive features.
The free app offers bonus animations to users who follow clues to take pictures of characters from movies such as “Up,” ”G-Force,“ ”Ratatouille,“ and ”Wall-E“ on the site.
Taking the correct picture unlocks exclusive video and downloadable content such as frame images that can be overlaid on photos, or wallpaper images for. Disney is calling the feature “Click2Life,” because it makes characters captured in photos appear to suddenly become animated in one’s hand.
It’s just a beginning: as Reuters explains, a teenager may one day see a poster of an upcoming "Pirates of the Caribbean" film in a mall, snap a picture of the poster with an iPhone and then generate video content related to that picture or character.
What happens when your company’s largest single individual shareholder has a seat on the board and has already succeeded in building one of America’s most successful retail chains? You get them to help you improve your struggling network of shops, that’s what – and this is precisely what’s going on in Disney retail, where Apple CEO Steve Jobs has been drafted in to advise on how to improve that cartoon capers shopping chain.
Now, other than noting that even when resting this proves Jobs just isn’t the type to ever let himself get bored, but Disney engaged in heavy consultation with the Apple boss as the company worked to completely redesign the image of its stores, reports the New York Times (via: Gizmodo).
Steve Jobs has been a board member of Disney since 2006 when they bought Pixar, the digital animation studio he had run after originally leaving Apple. According the the FT, his re-election bid may be fraught with people like Charles Elson, professor of corporate governance at the University of Delaware who state:
“A directorship is not an honorary position, If he’s said he can’t run Apple, how on earth can he [stand for the Disney board again]? Non-executive directors of large public companies need to be able to devote at least 250 hours a year to the position.”
Bob Iger, CEO of Disney, has cited Mr Jobs knowledge and experience as he positions Disney to capitalize on new media platforms.
With Apple Pay launching on Monday with iOS 8.1 for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users, Apple CEO Tim Cook shared an update at today’s special event with additional retailers and iOS apps that will accept Apple Pay at launch or have committed to accept Apple Pay in the future. According to Apple’s microsite for […]
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The launch of Apple Pay, Apple’s NFC and Touch ID-based mobile payment solution, is upon us. Apple has begun preparing for the launch by kicking off Apple Pay training programs for its own group of retail store employees and by working with retailers to prepare for the debut later this month. The training materials, shared by a […]
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