Sure, I’ve heard of someone having a flexible schedule, or a gymnast being flexible…but a flexible phone? What? And it could be on shelves sooner than we think…
I recently wrote about the Future of OLED and how it will affect everyday objects we use, and a phone seems to be one of them. Since OLED is used on plastics, the phone will be made of a plastic screen compared to glass, and be much lighter than the phones we have now (is that possible? They are practically as light as a feather now). However, the difference is that it will be bendable, and perhaps more durable.
Seems like an odd concept, but at least I’ll be able to squeeze and bend this phone into any size purse… or pants pocket!
Posted by Tattletech on Jul 13, 2012 in Apps
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In this Go Bag you can find lot’s of Friday the 13th links, but also some really cool inventions!
Another Friday the 13th: Paraskevidekatriaphobes, Beware! – Paraskevidekatriaphobes — be careful not to break your tongue!!
Friday The 13th: 13 Things To Know About The Unluckiest Of Days – The cold hard facts!
Friday 13th: omens of bad and good luck - What to avoid and what to look for!
$13 Worth Of Good Luck: Adopt A Black Kitty On Friday The 13th! – Minus + minus is plus right?! Purrfect deal!
The guy who invented the mouse must be loaded, right? Wrong. – Sometimes it is not so good to be ahead of your time…
Ukrainian Students Develop Gloves That Translate Sign Language Into Speech - Sign to speech… now that is interesting!
Posted by Tattletech on Jul 6, 2012 in Apps
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Amazing video: Technology brings Tupac back to life at Coachella – The brilliance technology can bring to art.
Higgs boson in plain English, and why it’s so important – To Higgs or not to Higgs… the video will help!
Kiss goodbye to your productivity: Google just brought 8 trillion LEGO blocks to Chrome – We are never to old to play!
The $6 million man-made floating island – Waterworld 2.0
Google Glass and the rise in outsourcing our memories – It’s all in the eye of the beholder
By 2020, We Still Won’t Live in Smart Homes [STUDY] – What’s the first smart device you’d buy for your home?
Posted by Tattletech on Sep 6, 2011 in Weird things
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Ode to Butter cream frosting: your heavenly sweet scent caresses my memories from our last coupling. You sat gently on my tongue as I took my first bite into your gossamer, silky crown, feeling you melt on my lips. Your whiter shade of pale softens my soul and I lean into your web of confectional bliss and feel the undulations of your softness fill my mouth.
Posted by Tattletech on Aug 7, 2011 in Weird things
Image by mohammadali via Flickr
Forbes.com contributor, Jennifer Hicks decided to take on a mini grapevine experiment on Twitter last week on the somewhat dry, yet volatile vertical of “ConnectedTV” and she got back a micro-discussion that led to predictions on ConnectedTV by four strangers around the world – @razzmuzzen @inshot @mediadventurer @CreamHQ @jperrachon @msmobileconverg. We thought it was neat.
Read the full post on Forbes here.
The new social music website turntable.fm has seen a rapid increase in popularity this summer thanks to its signature blend of DJing, music sharing and weird avatars. The website lets you sit in on themed rooms, each of which has spots for five DJs who alternate picking songs from a growing database of material to keep the party going, and keep weird avatar heads bobbing. When a spot opens up, your avatar can jump on stage and join the fun, spinning your own selections. Play what the crowd likes and get points. If the crowd doesn’t like your selections, they can vote down your choice and skip it.
Turntable.fm can seem daunting at first, but I’ve DJed about 20 times now and here are a few lessons I have learned that can help you get started.
- Nobody has any idea what “the kids” are listening to. I don’t care how old you are, everybody younger than you has access to a whole world of culture you can only guess at. So, don’t try and guess. If there are younger people in the room, you will not recognize a single thing they play. Try to find a room with only older people and stump them with your hip new swagger.
- Hip hop is dead. Maybe it’s just bad luck on my part (and certainly my sample size could use growth) but across the board, in every room not specifically tailored to hip hop, rap performed poorly. New school, old school, it didn’t matter. Nobody wanted to listen to rap.
- Chat it up. People respond better to talkative DJs. Compliment other DJs’ songs enough and you might even be able to slip in some rap and not have it get voted down immediately.
- Play “Peaches” by Presidents of the United States of America. I swear, that song has come on and cleaned up in every room I’ve been in.
- 90′s night always plays. Perhaps it’s more telling of the current user base than anything else, but I’ve found it very easy to push a room into playing nothing but 90′s music. Bring flannel.
Now that you are ready to jump in and DJ, here comes the bad news. Turntable.fm recently restricted service to exclude everybody outside the US, as it was getting a bit jittery about licensing rights. No word on when it will open back up to the rest of the world, but one would suspect it is top priority given the global popularity the website was enjoying.
In the meantime, for our American readers (and hopefully soon for all of you) if you ever come across Q.E.D. in one of the rooms, that would be me. And if you wait around for seven minutes, you will most likely hear “Peaches.”
- Jason Oberholtzer
Ok, we broke down and paid the 99 cents for the malicious avian game, Angry Birds. And, uh… o it seems to us that the birds are actually not so angry, but rather more like a mob of Jabba’s little mates out on a bender. I mean really, they seem more carefree and willing to sacrifice their little red lives for the sake of bringing down a green pig. Seems like Angry Birds is about avian teamwork, I mean if the birds from Twitter got together to make that network, were these the birds that got left out of the meeting? I’m not quite sure what the Pigs did to make them so angry, which they don’t even seem to be, but the Angry Birds really seem intent on taking down the Pigs no matter the cost.
Is this game riddled with a secret message about vengeance for no particular reason? I mean I get SuperMario, there are some bad ass characters in that game — poison flowers, bouncing monster bugs that will squash you flat, killer zombie-like birds… I can see why Mario would be angry, he just wants to get his kiss on. And, think about Frogger, mon dieu! That guy has ever right to be angry, everybody is trying to kill him, and yet he just keeps hoppin’ along.
But these birds are just sort of drunken nutters.
Have we all gone mad?
I wish the guys at I love Charts (@ilovecharts) had a chart on this, but I am sure if they did, we would see a decline in our manners and increase in emotion since the internet, and all its little pilot fish, became mainstream.
By example, it’s truly amazing that a CEO of a gillion dollar company like Apple takes time to read your email, let alone respond to it. Steve is a pretty press friendly CEO too, so what pushed him over the edge, let alone what pushed the drunken ValleyWag guy to even start the argument in the first place? What is it that has pushed us over the edge to become an emotional lot of argumentative, belligerent, bad mannered bunch of communicators? I don’t know, but I’m Just Saying. A few cases in point below:
- Steve Jobs & Ryan Tate’s email exchange… but honestly, I’m up til 2:30 am some nights, so why not Steve? (oh and BTW, if you don’t like the products, don’t keep buying them)
- Stephen Fry’s response to malevolent comments on his blog
- A Chicago landlord sues over a Tweet made by his ex-tenant who criticized state of apartment
- Well respected and renowned thinker Umair Haque being lambasted by attendees who didn’t like the way he interviewed Evan William at South by Southwest
- Japanese girl killing a friend over an internet spat
- A petty dissing contest on Twitter between Bow Wow and Chris Brown (author says it makes you yearn for the days when rappers would just shoot each other)
Can we take it one step further into the sexes? I don’t know but according to the Scientific American, men are more belligerent than women, although woman can be just as aggressive as men. But there is a new project underway by Sep Kamvar and Jonathan Harris (BTW both of these men are absolutely on that smart is sexy list) which has started combing the internet to look for and measure emotion in a project called “We Feel Fine“.
We Feel Fine scours the blogosphere every few minutes and scans for the words “I feel” or “I am feeling.” The crawler looks for feelings of people who broadcast and renders into a dynamic, real time color map by age, topic, location, gender, etc. When you click on any one of the moving dots, it explodes to reveal the feeling sentence behind it somewhere in the blogosphere.
I think that perhaps Steve Jobs said it best when he retorted to his drunken belligerent, insolent, disrespectful emailer with this: “BTW, what have you done that is so great? Do you create anything, or just criticize others work and belittle their motivations”
Hey Ryan Tate, go start your own company and go easy on the booze. – JLH
Posted by Tattletech on Feb 25, 2010 in Nothingness
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Maybe this sounds a little negative, but lately, we have been attending a lot of Web 2.0 tech events and finding that they are all the same. The same people, the same topics, the same parties and hangovers, just all samey. It dawned on us that these are like little safety zones companies run to (it’s definitely like summer camp) – where you go to feel safe, get a pat on the back and just feel like you are making progress. But in reality, you aren’t. Some of these events are just venues where you can preach to the choir over and over again, that doesn’t give you feedback and constructive criticism to help you grow and companies aren’t really expanding their footprint, they are just making sure they don’t get forgotten with their peer group. It’s like high school with ashtrays and expensive cocktails.
At some point, you have to change high schools and step outside of your comfort zone and try something different. Maybe your company goal is to get regular users outside of early tech adopters or maybe it is to reach operators… you have to look carefully and see where your influencers are.. normally they aren’t the guys that live in your town.
We met a young guy at Mobile World Congress from Smaato, the over-exposed and rumoured soon to be bought out mobile ad optimization platform. This guy went in head first judging everyone at the table (and this was a non work related event after the show) by their device — I had a Blackberry so he hurled mobile numbers at me, my colleague (much younger than me) had a Blackberry and he said she was too young for the device and my three non mobile friends who were professional cyclists in Barcelona on a training trip, were all carrying iPhones so they were okay to talk to… Trouble was, they didn’t want to talk and didn’t care what mobile penetration numbers were or who had the most apps or the difference between 3G and 4G. My point is that sometimes this industry is too myopic and in order to grow and bleed into the real world –the world where people see advertisements from Verizon about 4G and have to secretly ask me, “what does that mean and should I care? — they need to remember there is a world outside of the insulated tech bubble we all live and work in.
It’s a ramble I know, but someone has to do it. – JLH