You Need to Hear This Table


Sure iPods are great, but they’ve always had one flaw, you can’t rest your pint on one. As part of their new urban headphones campaign, ‘You Need To Hear This,” Philips unveiled tables you need to hear. Pub goers across London got a chance to listen to trending music curated specifically for the neighbourhood they were in just by plugging their headphones into bespoke tables.

Each table featured hand illustrated typography and iconography inspired by its neighbourhood – all prompting people to plug their headphones directly into the table (Philips headphones were provided by the bar). The surfaces were entirely handmade using three types of wood: American oak, fumed oak and maple and each used a range of techniques including marquetry, laser etching, wood burning and hand distressing.

Client: Philips
Agency: Ogilvy & Mather London
Brixton Table Illustrator: Ged Palmer
Hackney Table Typographer / Illustrator: Alison Carmichael / Steve Bonner
Shoreditch Table Illustrator: Mateusz Witczak
Production Company: Physical Pixels
Writer: Chris Joakim
Art Director: Mike Donaghey
Planner: Mattijs Devroedt
Project Managers: Louisa Lewis, Sasha Dunn
Account Leads: Olivia Rzepczynski, AJ Coyne
Creative Directors: Gerry Human, Ivan Pols

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Plugging into the Future of Humanity: Exploring the Human API – thxz @briansolis


The Internet of Things is bigger than we may realize.
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We are experiencing a shift from a world of inanimate objects and reactive devices to a world where data, intelligence, and computing are distributed, ubiquitous, and networked. My fellow analysts and I at Altimeter Group refer to the Internet of Things (IoT) as the Sentient World. It’s the idea that inanimate objects gain the ability to perceive things, perform tasks, adapt, or help you adapt over time. And, it’s the future of the Internet and consumer electronics.

In 2008, the number of things connected to the Internet exceeded the number of people on earth. By 2020, it’s expected that there will be 50 billion things connected.

A network of things creates an incredible information ecosystem that connects the online and physical world through a series of transactions. In a world where data becomes a natural bi-product of these exchanges, developers, businesses, and users alike are faced with the reality that data isn’t only big, its volume and benefits are also overwhelming.

Did you know that the world creates 2.5 quintillion bytes of new data every day? According to IBM, 90% of the data in the world today has been created in the last two years alone.

Considering the relationship between the Internet, data, and devices, I can’t help but think about Marshall McLuhan’s ominous words, “The more data banks record about each one of us, the less we exist.”

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With the Internet of Things, that data takes residence in the cloud with various devices and apps siphoning and funneling information in and out, requiring an incredible amount of vision and architecture to organize, analyze, and present it in a way that makes sense while also offering insight and utility. Instead of eclipsing our individuality, I believe the future may reveal the exact opposite. There’s a sense of empowerment and personalization that emerges and, along the way, we subconsciously and consciously begin to crave it. We become insatiable in our pursuit of personalized feedback and it may, in fact, define us.

The Convergence of Devices, Data and the Net

We’re starting to realize the magic of the IoT today in some of the most basic aspects of our lives. While at Le Web, the audience was introduced to Lockitron, a clever system that combines a mobile app, a household device that mounts to existing door locks, and the Internet to open and close doors remotely. I immediately thought of a partnership with Airbnb to give renters peace of mind in controlling their rentals.

Nest is disrupting the long dormant world of thermostats by connecting mobile devices to existing thermostats (heating/air conditioning) with the simplicity and elegance of an iPod. But it’s more than controlling energy and temperatures remotely, Nest learns and begins to adapt without input.

Square’s Jack Dorsey has disrupted the age old world of payment systems by transforming mobile devices into cash registers, connecting money, data, and the net into one frictionless transaction. It’s the data part that represents something so much more however. In that regard, Dorsey sees the real value beyond the transaction—where the swipe and the receipt ultimately become a communication medium. In his view, payments represent “a necessary transaction” to create a channel where merchants learn more about individual consumers and equally, consumers learn more about their behavior.

The Convergence of People, Devices, Data and the Net

When I marvel at the future of the Internet of Things, I can’t help but think about another often shared idea from McLuhan that, “the medium is the message.”

There’s more to smart appliances and devices than utility or remotely controlling our surroundings. The underlying current of this powerful information exchange are the experiences that surround and emanate from each transaction.

What if the medium wasn’t just the device, the medium was us?

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Showcase: Beautiful Jewelry Websites Created with Wix


Not all that sparkles is gold. It could be a really beautiful Wix website with images of gold, like these jewelry websites we have here today. The exquisite taste of the Wix users who created these sites is evident not only in the jewelry, but also in the web design itself. Beautiful photographs placed just right, wonderful use of typography and great product display are just some of the niceties these sites have to offer. These websites, created with the HTML5 website builder, do a terrific job in presenting jewelry pieces as prestige and desirable objects. This is not bling, this is class.

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Evidence Jewelry

WildThing

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El curioso origen de los nombres de grandes marcas de la red


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En ocasiones llegamos a interiorizar tanto algunas palabras que pasan a formar parte de nuestro vocabulario y quedan tan arraigadas en nuestro día a día  que su significante, su pronunciación o incluso su propia imagen están por encima de su significado y su origen porque  claro,… ¿cuál es el origen de la palabra google?, y ¿twitter,  youtube ?, etc,…

Pues según cuentan por ahí…

Los creadores de Google fueron a buscar un nombre para su “pequeño” en la historia reciente de la Matemática y lo hallaron en la palabra “googol” que fue creada en 1930 para designar un número formado por un uno seguido de cien ceros.

Edward Kasner, matemático estadounidense, consideró que era bueno contar con un nombre para un número tan grande y le pidió a su sobrino de nueve años que lo inventara, con la promesa de que mucha gente lo usaría.

El niño propuso googol, que desde entonces fue ampliamente usado por los matemáticos en todas las lenguas. Kasner contó posteriormente que su sobrino le propuso después un nombre para un número inimaginablemente más grande: un uno seguido de un googol de ceros, que se llamaría googleplex

La empresa Google confirma que su nombre se inspira en la palabra inventada hace casi ocho décadas y precisa que el término “refleja la misión de la compañía de organizar la inmensa cantidad de información disponible en la web y en el mundo”.

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Want Your Message To Stick? Tell A Story | by Sean Blanda


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It’s the reason Steve Jobs sold millions of iPods by skipping the technical specifications and simply stating that one thousand songs could now fit in your pocket. It’s the reason trial lawyers appeal to a jury’s humanity as much as the letter of the law. It’s the reason political candidates fight to define each other’s narrative. When human beings need to persuade people about ideas, we tell stories.

Telling A Great Story
In 2007, the American Association of Advertising Agencies published the results of a two-and-a-half year study“For the most part, ads that tell stories and engage and involve consumers create stronger emotional relevance than product-centric ads,” the study concluded. that charted the effectiveness of two types of ads: ads that told a story and ads that appealed to rational reasoning. The result? Leer más “Want Your Message To Stick? Tell A Story | by Sean Blanda”

Innovation Guide


 


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Do you ever wish you could build something so great that people and the media would get just as excited as they do when Apple launches a new product?
Or, do you ever wish that (because of your innovation), your company would rise in value so fast that the world’s biggest social media network would buy it for $1 billion?

An innovation like that would change your life forever. It’s the dream of every entrepreneur.
While there is no formula for creating revolutionary products, there are some critical elements of innovation that will promote their development.

This simple guide will help.

1. You can plan innovation

You may not be able to plan a specific and predictable sort of innovation…but you can create a culture in which people put a high premium on innovation. That kind of culture starts at the top.

In their early days, Google allowed employees to spend 20 percent of their time on pet projects. That led to some DOA products like Buzz, but it also set the stage for some killer ideas like Gmail.

The founder of GE, Thomas Edison, created an atmosphere that valued innovation by:

  • Encouraging collaboration
  • Encouraging mistakes
  • Demanding one major invention every six months and one small one every ten days

If you think about it, Steve Jobs did the same thing in his company, pushing his people to invent and then innovate products like the iPod, the iPhone and the iPad.

2. You don’t have to spend a lot of money

The beauty of information software is that everything is basically free. In the old days, a company would have needed tens of thousands of dollars just to get the software for their product. Now, with open source movement, cloud storage and a whole range of free sources, expenses are reduced drastically.

The makers of Angry Birds—Rovio—innovated cheaply, which paid off big for them when they went public in 2012, at an estimated worth of $1 billion. Leer más “Innovation Guide”

Aplicaciones Android deportes: Nike + Running


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Nike Plus Android

Después de analizar un amplio número de aplicaciones en Android para hacer deporte acompañados con nuestro móvil en nuestro especial tuvimos la sorpresa de la llegada al fin de Nike + para Androidhace pocos días, así que no podía faltar nuestro análisis junto al resto de aplicaciones.

Después de un par de entrenamientos usando la aplicación os mostramos el resultado de nuestro análisis de una de la aplicaciones más completas para registrar carreras que hemos probado. Y unas de las más populares entre los usuarios de iPhone.

La llegada de Nike + en Android coincidió con un importante rediseño de la aplicación para iPhone/iPod y el lanzamiento de la nueva página web Nike+ Running donde consultar todos los entrenamientos registrados. Parece que el acuerdo de Nike con Apple ya no es exclusivo por lo que hemos podido ver aplicaciones de Nike + en Android, además de nuevos dispositivos como relojes o pulseras.

Consultar todos nuestros entrenamientos

La aplicación de Nike+ para Android la podemos utilizar tanto para registrar carreras llevando encima el móvil o simplemente para consultar los entrenamientos que hayamos realizado con otros dispositivos como el reloj, pulsera, un iPod o un iPhone.

Historial carreras Nike Plus

En la pantalla principal podemos ver un resumen de todas las carreras que hemos realizado con nuestra cuenta Nike+: kilómetros, número de carreras, calorías y nuestra media de ritmo por kilometro. Y para motivarnos nos sigue picando recordándonos cuando fue el último día que salimos a correr. Me llevé una grata sorpresa al poder ver todos mis entrenamientos antiguos que tenía registrados con mi cuenta de Nike +.

Desplazándonos por la pantalla hacemos scroll para ver los logros conseguidos y algunas configuraciones adicionales como la powersong que queremos configurar para que nos de alas cuando queramos darle un subidón a nuestro ritmo.

Como ya hemos comentado antes, podemos ver todos los entrenamientos desglosados por días, meses y años. Cada ficha contiene datos como la ruta que hemos realizado, el ritmo de cada kilometro y las notas que hayamos escrito. No funciona del todo fino poder desplazarnos sobre el mapa y consultar los datos de cada punto, pero nos ofrece mediante indicaciones de colores los puntos más rápidos y lentos de cada carrera.

También tenemos una sección con retos donde podremos superar nuestras mejores marcas, tanto de distancia corriendo u tiempo y velocidad en distintas distancias.

Correr usando la aplicación para registrar nuestra carrera Leer más “Aplicaciones Android deportes: Nike + Running”