Kevin Watterson

547 Flips | 2 Magazines | 60 Likes | 2 Following | 1,019 Followers | @kevinwatterson | Minneapolis – PR manager and recovering political flak with an insatiable interest for news and information, so Flipboard is like crack for me. Newsy, newsy crack.

2015 Fall TV Preview: Burn It All Down

This is the worst fall season in modern television history, and I don’t believe it’s close. After a riveting summer of breathtaking innovation and …

Why can’t the world’s greatest minds solve the mystery of consciousness?

One spring morning in Tucson, Arizona, in 1994, an unknown philosopher named David Chalmers got up to give a talk on consciousness, by which he meant the feeling of being inside your head, looking out – or, to use the kind of language that might give a neuroscientist an aneurysm, of having a soul. …

Consciousness

6 ways TV networks are spinning the losing ratings war

As fewer people are watching television live, networks are scrambling to find alternative ways to truly account for viewership — both live and …

A+E Networks

Why choosing the right airplane type is crucial in the wintertime

When searching for a flight between the U.S. and Europe, you may typically seek out one with the cheapest airfare or the airline with the roomiest …

Aviation

Reality TV facing its own reality: a ratings slump

Just a few years ago, underemployed TV writers were complaining that reality programming was taking over their industry.<p>Now the scribes are having their revenge: Unscripted programming is mired in an unexpected slump.<p>Onetime smashes such as "Survivor" and "Dancing With the Stars" are drooping with …

TV

When Egg And Sperm Hook Up, You Can Actually See 'Sparks' Fly

Talk about fireworks in the bedroom.<p>When a sperm cell fuses with an egg, it triggers the sudden release of zinc atoms from the egg's surface. That's been known since 2011. Now, for the first time ever, scientists have observed these "sparks" in action (see video above) and figured out where they …

Google and Microsoft Team Up Against Hotel Industry on Wi-Fi Jamming

The battle over hotel Wi-Fi is not merely whether it is provided for free or for a fee: There is also a fight at the FCC that boils down to the issue …

Opinion: The transports could sabotage this market

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (MarketWatch) — One of the weakest stock-market sectors in recent weeks is the one that you’d expect to be the strongest. Its …

Stock Markets

ABC and Apple Offer More TV Choices

While pundits continue to look for a new Apple TV box that lets users break with their cable companies, perhaps Apple's approach is to slowly offer cord-cutting features with the existing Apple TV and iOS devices. Each new feature takes a step in the right direction. Instead of cutting the cord …

How Airplanes Are Made

Hospitals are learning how to share and it's saving them millions

U.S. health care costs currently exceed 18% of the nation’s $16.8 trillion annual economic output–and are only continuing to grow. At the same time, …

Netflix makes the case that ratings ruined TV

Ted Sarandos has one of the coolest jobs in America.<p>The executive in charge of Netflix’s multibillion-dollar content budget gave a presentation to investors in New York today at a conference hosted by UBS. It was standing-room only, which speaks to Netflix’s growing stature in the investment …

TV

The Epic Tale Of An Anonymous Browser That Gamed Google Ads

By Michael Grothaus8 minute Read<p>Privacy has been pushed to the forefront of most people’s minds in the last two years. A renewed awareness began in …

Privacy

Skift Forum Video: How American Airlines Wins on Social Media

Jonathan Pierce, Director of Social at American Airlines, spoke last month at the Skift Global Forum.<p>American Airlines has consistently outperformed …

A 'Typical' Day At The Airport

This is what professional pilots train for.<p>02/22/2017<p>Grab the jumpseat and live a day in the life of an airline pilot.<p>02/20/2017<p>Preflighting in …

NBCUniversal CEO Burke says cable channels face challenges

Media companies' most reliable cash cow -- their clusters of cable TV channels -- could be headed for some rough terrain.<p>On Thursday, NBCUniversal Chief Executive Steve Burke warned Wall Street not to expect cable TV channels to produce the same fat profits as they have during the last five years …

USA Network

Final nail in Aereo's coffin: broadcasters win nationwide preliminary injunction

Judge says Aereo is trying to "turn lemons into lemonade"<p>In what may amount to the final nail in Aereo's coffin, a New York federal judge has granted a preliminary injunction against the now-defunct service on Thursday, officially barring the company from streaming live television. After its …

Never say never: why TV networks are suddenly ready to unbundle

I got a lot of flack when I suggested in May that a network like AMC may be in a good position to unbundle from cable, and charge consumers for a …

Good News, TV Guys: ComScore Found Your Missing TV Watchers

They're still watching TV -- just not on TVs. But about those cord-cutting numbers ...<p>If you’re a TV programmer, you’re very worried about the recent erosion in TV ratings, which have hit networks across the board this year. The best-case scenario: People are still watching your shows, but they’re …

How to Overcome the Flaw in Hotel Revenue Management

Revenue managers have a tough gig.<p>Being responsible for the pricing decisions of a hotel is not a responsibility many would envy, and of course …

How “Lost” changed the way the world watches TV

Mr. Eko, the Nigerian drug lord turned priest, would say that the story of <i>Lost’</i>s creation was not coincidence, but fate.<p>Hatched as a half-baked kernel of an idea by an ABC executive on his way out the door, the show became a gargantuan worldwide success just a few months later. The timing was …

TV

This Trick Helps You Find Misspelled eBay Auctions That Nobody Is Bidding On

The trick relies on one small fact: People often make spelling mistakes on eBay. A missed typo can turn a high-profile item likely to draw plenty of bids into a vacant listing that no one stumbles upon.<p>That's where FatFingers comes in, a website designed to help you search for these typo-ridden …

In Celebration of Lost's 10-Year Anniversary, Let's Grade the Cast's Post-Island Careers!

ABC's <i>Lost</i> boasted one of the greatest ensemble casts of all the mind-bending network sci-fi network dramas that aired the early 2000s. Every week, we …

Jesse Livermore's 21 Trading Rules

Back in the early part of the 20th century, Livermore made and lost millions shorting the market.<p>"Reminiscences of a Stock Operator" by Edwin Lefevre, a fictionalized account of Livermore's path from small-time bucketeer to big-time stock trader, is one of the most widely-read and revered books on …

The Pop-Tart at 50: Perfect Just the Way It Is

Brave thinkers have tried to change the indomitable toaster pastry. They have not succeeded.<p>As of this week, Pop-Tarts have been part of Americans' breakfasts—and, let's be honest, late-night snacks—for 50 years. What's remarkable about their reign (besides the fact that, despite an increasingly …

Meteorite that killed off dinosaurs shaped modern-day plants

The life strategy of plants that dominate our forests today may be linked to a massive meteorite that slammed into Earth 66 million years ago, according to a new study.<p>At the end of the Cretaceous period, a 6.2-mile-wide space rock landed off the Yucatan coast. The impact and the ensuing tsunamis, …

Weird Earth Movement After Japan Earthquake Finally Explained

Japan's terrifying 2011 Tohoku-Oki earthquake unleashed about 1,000 years of pent-up pressure that was stored between two colliding tectonic …

Antidepressants rapidly alter brain architecture, study finds

A single dose of a popular class of psychiatric drug used to treat depression can alter the brain's architecture within hours, even though most patients usually don't report improvement for weeks, a new study suggests.<p>More than 1 in 10 adults in the U.S. use these drugs, which adjust the …