Microsoft has announced via its conference website that the coming Build developer event in San Francisco will sell a small number of new tickets this Wednesday, at 9 am, Pacific time. The company has made “more room,” it claims.
The news matters as the Build event had sold out, keeping many developers outside of an event that will see Microsoft retool its Windows 8 operating system, and likely much more; if you develop for the Windows or Windows Phone platforms, it’s the place to be.
Happily, this iteration of Build is in San Francisco, which should spare the tech industry another Woodstockian mud-fest, as the last Build devolved into. Jests aside, here’s the official Microsoft verbiage: “A limited number of additional tickets will go on sale Wednesday May 15 at 9am PDT.”
Microsoft has publicly confirmed that it will be discussing the ‘Blue’ set of updates to a number of software products. In October of 2012, Microsoft sequentially released a host of new software. Now, less than a year later, the company is working to, quickly, address concerns from users.
That Microsoft is having another Build event so close to its last, and to its most recent product crop’s release, is a small testament to the fact that the company is working to speed its development cycles.
I expect that the forthcoming set of tickets will go quickly, so if you want one, show up on time. TNW has asked Microsoft to specify the number of tickets that will be made available. We will update this post upon their response.
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The TechCrunch SF staff normally goes to your parties, but tonight you can come to ours. And this one has a mission beyond drinking and tech talk — we’ll be donating the proceeds to a nonprofit, like we’ve done in the past. This time to Teach for America.
Teach For America trains and places recent college grads and professionals in low-income schools. Programs like this can give students the exposure and mentorship they need to develop the skills required for rigorous work in the tech industry, like coding for example.
The party is not open bar, but if you have a problem with that, ask Alexia or Eldon to buy you a drink. Because, charity. All the proceeds will go to Team TechCrunch’s fund on Causes and help us continue to kick Path’s ass.
TechCrunch, fuck yeah.
Continued here: Party In SF, For Charity
The TechCrunch NY Meetup is tomorrow evening, so get ready for a wild night of pitch-offs, pizza and beer.
While we’re accustomed to throwing a solid meetup, we’re introducing a new ingredient into the mix in the form of a 60-second pitch-off, where founders can pitch their products to be a part of Disrupt NY in April.
Applications are currently closed for the event, but we have 20 awesome teams lined up ready to pitch their entrepreneurial hearts out. The winner gets free tickets to Disrupt and a spot in Startup Alley, and the runner up gets two free tickets to Disrupt NY, which is going down April 27 – May 1.
The event is tonight from 6pm – 10pm at Santos Party House. If you’d like to attend the meetup, please register on Plancast here. Bring a print out or screen cap of your RSVP so we can hand you some drink tickets.
And whether you’re an investor, entrepreneur, dreamer or tech enthusiast, we want to see you at the event, so we can give you free beer and hear your thoughts. Come one, come all. It’s sure to be a night to remember.
See the original post: Final Reminder: Tonight Is The TC Pitch-Off/Meetup And We Want To See You There, New York
Those who own a smartphone and a tablet are more likely to go see a movie. That may seem odd at first but think about it: using their mobile devices, moviegoers can check what’s coming out when, see what’s playing in what theatre today or this week, and purchase tickets while on the go. So how many more movies do gadget owners go see on average? Apparently we’re looking at 9 percent for smartphone owners and 20 percent for tablet owners.
Those figures come from Nielsen, which conducted a study via online, over the phone, and in-person surveys during August and September 2012. The company polled more than 3,000 Americans aged 12-74, who it says “were nationally representative of the US population of moviegoers by age, gender, and race.”
It’s important to note that we’re only talking about moviegoers here. Nielsen defines a moviegoer as someone who has attended at least one movie in a theater in the past 12 months. Here are the results:
It’s clear that mobile-connected moviegoers are bigger movie enthusiasts than the average US: they spend more, consume more content, and are more actively engaged in “the moviegoing process.” The data shows 69 percent of moviegoers own a smartphone, 29 percent own a tablet, and 23 percent own both devices.
As you can see above, tablet-owning moviegoers are the most active across all movie consumption (at theaters and at home). They watched almost 47 movies on average over the past year, 10 more movies than moviegoers in general, eight of which were seen in a theatre. They also spent 35 percent more per month on entertainment than the US average.
As the tablet market grows, the movie industry needs to make sure it can capitalize. If this trend continues, they need to create the right apps and experiences to ensure more movie tickets are sold and more movies are purchased.
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Go here to see the original: Nielsen: In 2012, US smartphone and tablet owners attended 9% and 20% more movies, respectively
It’s been a few months since our last NYC meet-up and, in an effort to find some of the best startups in New York for Disrupt this year, we’re planning a 60-second pitch-off competition. The winner will get free tickets and a spot in Startup Alley at the event. One runner-up gets two free tickets to the event. Disrupt NY is being held on April 27 – May 1, 2013 in Manhattan.
Pitch-off applications are closed and we have 20 teams lined up for your pitching pleasure. They will begin pitching at 7pm. It should be a hoot. Last year, we had over 1,200 attendees come to the meetup, so we know the Big Apple’s tech community is hungry for more social opportunities. We aim to please.
But whether you’re an investor, entrepreneur, dreamer, or tech enthusiast, we want to see you at the event so we can give you free beer and hear your thoughts. Come one, come all. It’s sure to be a night to remember.
But before we get too excited, a few details:
The event will be held at a Santos Party House location in Manhattan on February 12, from 6:00pm to 10:00pm.
Remember, to participate in Disrupt and the Pitch-Off you must have an unlaunched product (either in stealth or private beta) and you must be ready to launch in late April.
We’re looking for sponsors for our event, so if you’d like to purchase a sponsorship and be featured on all of our signage at the event, as well as a link and images in the event posts, please email events@TechCrunch.com.
Looking forward to another amazing evening in New York!
See the article here: Reminder: The New York Disrupt Pitch-Off/Meetup Is On Tuesday