Recently I received a phenomenal gift - a print from Fab.com called SONG MAP. It’s got a slew of song references on it in a faux-London setting. I’m continually astonished at the tunes that are cited on it: Long Promised Road by The Beach Boys, for example, and an abundance of tunes by The Jam are included. Fortunately I found an off-the shelf frame that fits it just perfectly.
The Pew Internet and American Life Project introduced a new report today outlining just who uses the top social networks. While some of the data might seem obvious, it’s always good to know who you’re marketing to. So we whipped up 10 pie charts.
A meteorite crashed into earth!!!! This wasn’t the first time and it won’t be the last, but it is the first time such an event was captured by SO MANY CAMERAS! The incredible number of views and angles filmed was made possible by Russia’s bizarre driving culture and the MILLIONS of car dash cams installed all over the country. But besides providing the world with some hilarious, frightening, and amazing footage, the dash cams also make us think about surveillance, and what role it will play in the future.
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The frosted-glass doors on the 11th floor of Google’s NYC headquarters part and a woman steps forward to greet me. This is an otherwise normal specimen of humanity. Normal height, slender build; her eyes are bright, inquisitive. She leans in to shake my hand and at that moment I become acutely aware of the device she’s wearing in the place you would expect eyeglasses: a thin strip of aluminum and plastic with a strange, prismatic lens just below her brow. Google Glass.
What was a total oddity a year ago, and little more than an experiment just 18 months ago is now starting to look like a real product. One that could be in the hands (or on the heads, rather) of consumers by the end of this year. A completely new kind of computing device; wearable, designed to reduce distraction, created to allow you to capture and communicate in a way that is supposed to feel completely natural to the wearer. It’s the anti-smartphone, explicitly fashioned to blow apart our notions of how we interact with technology.
But as I release from that handshake and study the bizarre device resting on my greeter’s brow, my mind begins to fixate on a single question: who would want to wear this thing in public?
It’s been 63 years since Nielsen started measuring what we’re watching on TV. For most of that time, the concept of “TV” has pretty much remained the same. But in the last half decade, the old model has been blown wide open by the Internet as more people go online to catch their favorite shows. To stay relevant, Nielsen is being forced to change its methodology.
By the time the 2013 fall season begins, the 23,000 homes Nielsen uses to sample TV viewership will be equipped with a new system that takes Internet content into consideration, according to a scoop by the Hollywood Reporter.