Thursday, November 1, 2012

Lower manhattan is now more like Mordor the realm of Sauron from Lord of the Rings..


Not sure who created this drawing but i was thinking lower manhattan is now more like Mordor the realm of Sauron from Lord of the Rings..  You need horses and fire to get around at night...  

Sharp Corp... Good bye

Prediction - Sharp from Japan will be joining a growing list of famous old brands that will not be independent a year from now....  My last prediction was Facebook was worth only $20 at IPO and not to buy it until it collapsed to that price came true....

UK Courts tell Apple to sit in corner again


UK Court has told Apple to rewrite its apology message to samsung that it copied its ipad design and to publish it again on its front webpage..  Seems to me it's like a teacher asking little johnny to write 100 times on the black board "I will not pull Sallies Hair"....

link

Monday, August 27, 2012

New Photos Suggest NFC is On Its Way to the New iPhone

New Photos Suggest NFC is On Its Way to the New iPhone

In a few weeks (post iPhone 5 release) I will either be the owner of a Galaxy S3  or iPhone 5.  That is if there's a choice after Apple is trying to band most of the Samsung lineup.  Cool news is they are upgrading officially to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean- though that really comes as no surprise to Mobile Magazine

interesting 1987 paul tudor jones interview 

Sunday, August 26, 2012

james glieck "'the information' a history, a theory , a flood" the first so-called digital transmission of information

interesting tidbit from james glieck "'the information' a history, a theory , a flood" the first so-called digital transmission of information - (i.e. the telegraph using Morse code) some clients would be upset when they later returned and saw the message that they wrote down still in the telegraph office.  People where so used to the fact that the physical letter carried the information and not just the content of the letter could be transmitted...

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Think of a Landing Page as more like a Bounce Page

After spending your budget on Google and keywords... The potential customer finally discovers your website.  Within seconds two things happen.  They either bounce back to Google to continue their search or they bounce to a competitor site that they have opened in other tab.  But if they last for more than a few seconds on your 'Landing Page'... your hope now is that they bounce to your 'Call to Action Section or Page'... There are numerous articles on how to tailor and design your landing page, but at the highest level just think of it as a "Bounce Page" with three possible outcomes and that your goal is to maximize just one.


In Mobile Code We Trust - Allocation of Mobile Code

source

social networking takes over at the local grocery store


amazing strength of nature


Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Nielsen: More Teens Now Listen To Music Through YouTube Than Any Other Source

Ok, not sure I believe this data until I further research the numbers...
but here's an indirect link via techcruch to their headlines...

World's most expensive Fruit...

My year of living in Tokyo, one gets a first hand view on the absolute attention to detail and packaging.... which even applies to $250 perfect cantaloupes at the basement store of a shopping mall.. link
a side note - a cool coffee blog from jp

cool 3d lattes... thought not from my local cafe

Simple click insight.. Buttons over links

If you have the option, image buttons have higher click rates then pure links.  Many recent studies on the proper mix of text overlaying images have shown this format has the highest cognitive recall and call to action.

There are countless tests that show an increase in CTR anywhere from 20% - 200% over the control where text links were used.   details  on button fatigue

Friday, August 10, 2012

kinect-2-image-leak-detail-depth-rumor

nice level of motion tracking image details

 link to article kinect-2-image-leak-detail-depth-rumor

Moonshine, The After Hours Art of Dreamworks Animators

Moonshine, The After Hours Art of Dreamworks Animators

"“Moonshine: Artists after dark”, by Alexis Wanneroy and Christophe Lautrette, is a charming short documentary about the art Dreamworks animators create when they’re not on the clock. The documentary is a companion to the Moonshine art book."
link 

link to google art street views 

google art direct link

Heaviest Object (340-ton megalith) ever moved in the entire history of man...


To put this 340-ton megalith into perspective. A Space Shuttle weights 86 tons...

link of photos

Building and testing at Facebook (continuous iteration and improvement)


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Facebook's Director of Engineering Andrew "Boz" Bosworth has posted an interesting blog entry about their style of continuous iteration and improvement.  posting here

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Friday, July 27, 2012

Galaxy S3 brings record profits for Samsung

Just 10 years ago almost all my electronic devices were Sony, (TV, stereo receiver, camera, video camera, Walkman, laptop)  Now I don't own a single Sony product... All thanks to Samsung, now the world's top tech firm by revenue.  Yesterday reported a record operating profit of $5.9bn for the quarter, as the blazing hot Galaxy SIII sales are destroying the competition... 

"Samsung Electronics widened its market share lead over rivals Nokia and Apple in the second quarter, research from Gartner showed Tuesday. Samsung sold 90.43 million mobile handsets in the second quarter, giving the South Korean consumer electronics powerhouse a 21.6% market share, up from 20.7% in the first quarter this year and up from 16.3% the same quarter a year ago, Gartner's figures showed." wsj

details  of numbers       review of Galaxy SIII


 

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Stock Chart of Death - Radio Shack


Sorry to inform the world, but the chart will be reading ZERO soon.  Radio Shack a business model that has long been shown does not work post Amazon.  I don't think I know anyone who has step foot into one of their retail spaces in years.  Ok... I still go in for video or audio connectors or cables but they seem to never have what i'm looking for. And if they do, it costs 4 times as much as i can order on the internet.  With a bloated management and delivery overhead, deadly boring stores and products, possibility of long term survival. ZERO..  Only way this stock is making money is if someone wants to take over all their retails spaces....

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

$Billion Invention Idea....

Normally I wouldn't be posting an idea worth hundreds of millions if not billions,  but my background is not material science, nano and microwave design....  Ok... the idea is much like a longer lasting battery or higher ratio solar cells.... meaning I'm sure there are hundreds of companies working on the problem.... Drum roll... The $billion idea or problem to solve is inventing an antenna common for all wavelengths including near field, 3g 4g wifi etc wireless stack...  This way the phone or device can save on space and money on construction... Currently you need a seperate antenna for each wave signal....

Monday, July 23, 2012

Fantastic UK review of Dark Knight

Just got tickets to largest imax screen in nyc for Dark Knight....
UK review "Nolan’s sheer audacity makes the stakes feel skin-pricklingly high. If he is prepared to go this far, I often found myself wondering, just how far is he prepared to go? Well, the answer is further than any other superhero film I can think of: after a breathless, bravura final act, a nuclear payload of catharsis brings The Dark Knight Rises, and the Batman legend, to a ferociously satisfying climax."

I so want to use "nuclear payload of catharsis" in some powerpoint presentation....
link to review

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Boston Seafood 2012

One thing about commuting between Boston and New York City.... is the huge seafood dishes served in Boston... 2 pound lobster over a monster bed of seafood...


Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Nice Chart on the potential upside for mobile advertising

source

Dnu Shanghai Tower 2013


Dnu Shanghai Tower 2013...  Impressive lineup of skyscrapers in Shanghai.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Talk about two old school companies getting together....

I have the impress that in some smokey cigar bar the CEO of ATT and Kodak got together and started chatting about the Like button in facebook and how a hated company and a company in bankruptcy can increase their like counts.   So now here's an email from ATT that if I "like" them I have a chance to win an old Kodak camera... Gee thanks....

link

Thee master of the marker will rule the meeting....

Trend in meetings and project management is visualization.... lots of whiteboards, paper wire framing, story-boarding and color markers...  The brain seems to enjoy words blending with stories and colorful visuals... It's a trend that I fully endorse.

The Cloud will take over but not for video editing (maybe 2 years)

I am a huge believer in the cloud, love syncing all my local music 30K of songs into the cloud or 60K of photos and then being able to stream or view them anywhere, wish i could do that with the thousands of dvds and video tapes that i have... soon yes i know....

We all know every company is transforming their product lineup to seamlessly support the cloud from Adobe to MS office but as a former designer and engineer at AVID, am sorry to enlighten you cloud video editing will not popular for at least 2 years... So closest online video editing service that is successful is  http://animoto.com/... but this is where you upload photos and it turns them into very cool videos... This site is fantastic....

Video editing will be the last of local applications that will be successful in the cloud would...

Monday, July 16, 2012

Useless facts for the day... Each day people around the world spend 600 years collectively playing Angry Birds

Each day people around the world spend 600 years collectively playing Angry Birds...

For every foot above ground, for instance, the world's most accurate clocks showed that someone would age about 90 billionths of a second faster over a 79-year lifetime, Dr Chou said. The Clock is so accurate the atomic clock that is able to keep time to within one second in about 3.7 billion years – roughly the same length of time that life has existed on Earth.

Friday, July 13, 2012

G-Male and Siri: A Love Story and Your Own Personal Drone

G-Male and Siri: A Love Story 
personal drone 
Friends just ordered their own personal drone with embedded camera control via iphone or ipad...
  Nice brief intro if you are corporate on the differences of Windows 8 and Metro and why or why not to develop corporate applications that post content to the desktop on mobile devices that run Metro.

There has never been an Internet turn around... Myspace, Friendster, Bebo and Ning remind us daily

Nice reminder from PandoDaily that turn arounds on web 2.0 are difficult... from Myspace, Friendster, Bebo and Ning once the web 2.0 crowd things you have stopped innovating or there's a more interesting competitor it's really hard to change their perception and reaquire their loyality.  Yet Betaworks from New York will attempt that with digg.com...

details here

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Secret Vette 2014 Photos from Jalopnik

details here

The old days of Orange Arrows Formula One


Old photo from when I used to work for one of 12 companies in the world that had its own formula one race team....

Shanghai Art Gallery and mobile gaming...


Already missing Shanghai, though this photo is not of recent trip... last time was for next gen mobile gaming that can pass the strict government laws there....

I like the contrast of this photo I took at the Shanghai art museum...

sounds of technology that have faded into the past

sounds of technology that have faded into the past...
http://savethesounds.info/

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Massive yearly silk removal in Yellow River in Luoyang, in the Henan province China....


The dam stands at 154m (505ft) tall and is 1,317m (4,321ft) wide. When it was built opened in 2000, following a six-year construction, it had cost US$3.5billion to construct

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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Higgs Boson - Discovered? Maybe or Maybe not...

$10 billion to build a collidier, to send protons whizzing around a circular 27-kilometer (17-mile) underground tunnel at nearly the speed of light to create high-energy collisions seems to have finally produced some result... Those impacts can offer clues about dark matter, antimatter and the creation of the universe, which many theorize occurred in a massive explosion known as the Big Bang.
"Out of some  500 trillion collisions, just several dozen produced "events" with significant data, said Joe Incandela of the University of California at Santa Barbara, leader of the team known as CMS, with 2,100 scientists. "

even thought they say it's 99.999 percent proven... it's not absolute proof yet

Know Your Magnums From Your Nebuchadnezzars - Great Chart on > MagnumsKnow Your Magnums From Your Nebuchadnezzars

Know Your Magnums From Your Nebuchadnezzars

San Diego's annual fireworks display malfunctioned, setting off all of the fireworks five minutes prior to the start of the show. The Fourth of July celebration was expected to last 18 minutes, but lasted only 15 seconds

San Diego's annual fireworks display malfunctioned, setting off all of the fireworks five minutes prior to the start of the show. The Fourth of July celebration was expected to last 18 minutes, but lasted only 15 seconds
 

Monday, July 2, 2012

Google expands Mapping API's now finally allow for customization

"Precise color values can be selected for individual aspects of the style, allowing for adjustments in hue, saturation, lightness, and gamma. Outline strokes of features can be styled separately from interior fill, and the width of lines in general can be altered."

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Cool New Things Today from Google Events to Cheap Storage

Learn more about Google Events here (better than Facebook events)

I addicted to external portable storage devices ... Know get 32gb for under $10

Or a 40 inch TV for under $300

Windows 8 Photos Services and the Cloud transition.


Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Months away NASA Next Mars rover landing, '7 Minutes of Terror'

Seems NASA's video are getting more of the hollywood treatment.  Video of the most complex rover and remote landing system ever built....



The Size of Everything

nicely done.... from the inside size of an atom to the outer boundaries of the universe...

link


link to the best sites for locating deals

Android Jelly Bean Features

"Google has accidentally announced that the next update of Android OS would be called Android Jelly Bean. This has been spotted on Google Play Store when Google listed the new Galaxy Nexus HSPA+ confirming that it would to be the first phone with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean."  details

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Mobile Ad of the year - Coca-Cola Mobile Ad Case Video

I was fortunate to have one of the mobile/internet connect coke machine next to where i live in nyc... Very interesting to see free cokes delivery from around the world... Yes I both received and sent a free coke....  great use of socially connected promotion....

link to full length song and original commercial  

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Mobile Windows 8 Announced Today

High-def handsets
Other new features announced at the Windows Phone Summit event in San Francisco included:
  • Support for multi-core chips, allowing devices to turn on cores to access extra processing power when needed, and to switch off cores when not to preserve battery life
  • The ability to work with different screen resolutions including the high definition 720p format
  • Support for removable Micro SD cards allowing users to store more media files or install apps saved on the format
  • A new "wallet" app allowing the phone to act as both credit and membership cards. It also supports NFC (near field communication) payments
  • Built-in maps from Nokia's Navteq division with turn-by-turn navigation
  • A more customisable start screen allowing users the choice of three tile sizes to represent installed software and more colour options
  • A warning alert if the software believes a website contains malware or is otherwise unsafe

Facebook will scrap its own Credits currency for third party apps

Facebook will scrap its own Credits currency for third party apps.  This is big news for all facebook app developers and will now allow third party subscriptions.


Monday, June 18, 2012

Massive mushroom cloud appears over the sky's of Beijing




something out of close encounters of the third kind or independent's day yesterday a massive mushroom cloud formation appeared over the city....

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Socket.io talk in SOHO and later Adobe CS6 overview...

Trying to get convinced to drop $2K for Adobe CS6 upgrade...
Sitting in talk on proper usage for socket.io for large scale open connections via javascript...

Best beginner's map guide of the Milky Way ever created

Map of the milky way (infographic)
Source: National Geographic via facebook post by  Nicholas Negroponte.

Map to getting back home.  Keep in glove compartment.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Galaxy S III - I have one simple request. It's so simple why dont we have it



Galaxy S III has this feature that should never have been implemented or marketed on this otherwise stunning phone, the so-called feature is if you're texting someone and then put the phone up to your ear it automatically calls that person.  Well ok,  but why is it everything I put my phone into my pocket or reach for something in my pocket it still auto dials...  This is the worst feature that anyone has created for a phone...  I've autocalled so many people because of this feature.  How about adding the feature option of never dialing when the phone is in your pocket...If they can't come up with useful ideas, well here is another idea that will be a killer feature everyone wants,  yet I have yet to see any one implement it correctly.. The phone screen orientation should match not only gravity BUT it should MATCH your facial orientation.  If I am in bed and looking at the phone on my side,  MATCH my orientation and NOT gravity..  So simple.  At the moment my phone never matches how I am looking at it when I am lying down and looking up at my phone.