Archive for August 8, 2018

Gunpowder & Sky Announces New Sci-Fi Channel on Roku, DUSTx

Posted in Commentary with tags on August 8, 2018 by itnerd

Gunpowder & Sky, the global content studio, announced today that it has launched DUSTx, a new destination for mind-expanding science fiction that  explores the future of humanity through the lens of science and technology. DUSTx will be available on all Roku devices starting August 18, 2018.

Exploring the edge of possible – from the known, the legends, the titles everyone loves, to the new voices of tomorrow – DUSTx kicks off with more than 20 films, 30 series and 200 of its best short films, including: Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, the 1989 sci-fi comedy starring Keanu Reeves; Paycheck, the 2003 sci-fi action film based on Philip K. Dick’s short story, starring Ben Affleck; A Scanner Darkly, the 2006 animated sci-fi thriller directed by Richard Linklater, based on Philip K. Dick’s novel of the same name and starring Reeves, Robert Downey, Jr., Woody Harrelson and Winona Ryder; “Beyond Westworld”, the 1980 television series based on the Michael Crichton helmed film Westworld; and “Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K)”, the 1988 cult-favorite comedy series created by Joel Hodgson, and a slate of DUst short films  including Bad Peter, starring Frankie Shaw (Showtime’s SMILF), Rise, starring Anton Yelchin (Star Trek, Taken) and Jonah, starring Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out, Black Mirror).

This news comes on the heels of DUST’s announcement that it has partnered with Lionsgate and the directors of the feature film KIN to create a sci-fi short movie competition called KIN x DUST, as well as the acquisition of Zeek Earl and Chris Caldwell’s sci-fi western Prospect, DUST’s first feature film which premiered at SXSW to critical acclaim and is set to debut theatrically later this year. Additionally, DUST’s sci-fi short, Bad Peter, starring Golden-Globe nominated Frankie Shaw (“SMILF”), was an official selection at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival.


StaffConnect Maintains Rapid Growth Trajectory

Posted in Commentary on August 8, 2018 by itnerd

StaffConnect today announced the continued exponential growth of its revolutionary employee communications and engagement platform and across new verticals, including Travel & Leisure (such as a Fortune 500 car rental agency), Food & Beverage, Engineering and Construction. Consequently, StaffConnect enjoyed an annual year on year growth of 102% and quarter on quarter growth of 28%, with quarterly revenue growth of 78% from Q2 2017 to Q2 2018.

According to a recent report by Radiant Insights, the Global Employee Engagement Software Market is expected to grow at a significant compound annual growth rate in the upcoming years as the scope and its applications are rising enormously across the globe.

StaffConnect Sees Significant Milestones In First Half of 2018:

  • StaffConnect version 2.2 – which includes new features and functionality designed to improve employee engagement and job satisfaction by creating an improved employee experience. The new capabilities include extended integration into enterprise systems to allow enterprises to easily create a central hub for their employees to access Payroll, HR and other important resources. Additionally, the new version of StaffConnect delivers further security enhancements and data privacy in line with GDPR compliance requirements, customer brand expansion into new functions to increase a positive company brand across a distributed workforce, and even more key mobile features for workforce flexibility, improved job satisfaction, productivity and profitability.
  • StaffConnect experienced over 78% growth compared to the same quarter of last year and grew its footprint across leading verticals including Travel & Leisure, Food & Beverage, Retail, Healthcare, Engineering and Construction. New customers included: Responsive Engineering, KR Wolfe, a Fortune 500 car rental agency, and a leading U.S.-based producer of Middle Eastern-style dips and other foods.
  • Employee Engagement Survey – which among its findings revealed:
    • Enterprise organizations are still relying primarily on email to communicate with employees (77.94%) and/or newsletters (48.53%), while less than 2% are leveraging new and innovative technologies, such as mobile apps
    • Today’s employee engagement success is either not being measured (26.47%), or utilizing decreased absenteeism/employee turnover rates (35.29%) or increased profitability (23.53%) as indicators
    • An overwhelming number of enterprise organizations are planning to improve their employees’ experience in 2018 (74.24%), while unfortunately there was a small percentage that had no plans to do so (25.76%).

StaffConnect continued to delve into and explore the industry’s challenges, opportunities and trends, teaming with some of the industries thought leaders, including Emma Bridgerof People Lab, to discuss a wide and diverse range of topics in its ongoing webinar series (



OpenTable Lets Diners Book Their Favourite Seat Before They Arrive

Posted in Commentary with tags on August 8, 2018 by itnerd

OpenTable today announced the global rollout of Seating Options, a feature that allows diners to reserve a seat at the bar, counter, a table outside and more during the reservation process. Not only does the feature give diners the freedom to choose where they want to sit at the restaurant, even before they arrive, but it also increases restaurant availability during peak dining times.


Diners can now easily find restaurants around the globe offering various seating options and table types when searching for reservations across desktop and mobile web, as well as on the OpenTable iOS and Android apps. Alternative seating options are noted with a table icon on restaurant profile pages.

Located within GuestCenter, OpenTable’s flagship restaurant management product, Seating Options allows participating restaurants to categorize tables on their floor plan as either standard, bar, high top, outdoor or counter. These alternate seats are typically empty despite being highly coveted. Aside from attracting diners who may be looking for a seat at the bar or on the patio, Seating Options allows restaurants to open up more seats, increase the number of reservations available and ultimately boost profit.

Seating Options is now available globally with nearly a third of restaurants on OpenTable already using the feature. For diners interested in learning more, visit the OpenTable blog. Restaurants can find out more on the Open for Business blog.