July 30, 2010
New Kindle Wireless Reading Device has now Free 3G + Wi-Fi, has a 6" Display and 3G Works Globally, with over 630,000 books and the largest selection of the most popular books people want to read, including 109 of 112 New York Times® Best Sellers, plus U.S. and international newspapers, magazines, and blogs. For non-U.S. customers, content availability and pricing will vary. Getting it closer to iPad.
July 29, 2010
Nadia from Andrew Kupresanin on Vimeo.
Nadia is a camera which has no display of the photograph to be taken but rather gives the judgment of aesthetic quality to the machine, displaying only a current rating as feedback about when and what to snap. How's that for a change?
July 28, 2010
Now your tabs organised with Tab Candy. We can maybe expect this update in Firefox 4 next May but for now it seems like a good idea of our favorite web browser acting like a simple operating system.
July 26, 2010
Time Out New York presents the world`s first ever magazine cover to be enhanced by mobile augmented reality. The TONY Kids` August issue will actually sing from the newsstands. With your smartphone, point at the magazine cover and enjoy a video of P.S. 22, the Webby Award-winning fifth-grade chorus from Staten Island, which has found national fame on YouTube. All you need is to activate the TONY Kids P.S. 22 channel on the free junaio® browser. Once more Time Out is pioneering new ways of letting readers enjoy the magazine, by exploiting the latest advances in augmented reality technology to unlock video and 3D content at the click of a smartphone.
Seems like Dr.Dre is getting into nano technology and partnering with HP to bring HP Envy 15 laptop. And it's not a joke, have a look at the specs: Intel Core i7, LED screen 15.6 ", 6GB of RAM and ATI Radeon 1GB, this is not a notebook to play...
Dropbox is a great cloud service that automatically syncs a folder of files between multiple computers (Windows, Mac, or Linux). This app extends Dropbox to the iPhone and includes a built-in reader within the app for PDFs, image files, and Microsoft Office files.
Once you get used to typing on a virtual keyboard (and it honestly took me over a year to do it), then these devices are great for note-taking, and Evernote is a great note-taking app. It is similar to Dropbox in that it saves data locally but syncs it across all your machines and devices.
There are a ton of to-do apps on iPhone but I prefer 2Do because of the great interface and the fact that it can sync with the online service Toodledo.
I love Tripit. It is by far the best app I’ve found for keeping track of all my travel itineraries. It runs off some great backend systems. You simply forward your confirmation emails for your flights, hotels, rental cars, and more to Tripit and it automatically organizes them into trips with all your details and confirmation numbers.
5. Analytics App
For some reason Google doesn’t have an official app (for either iPhone or Android) for Google Analytics. The best one I’ve found to get deep into all of the data is Analytics App.
Even better than Analytics App for a quick-glance dashboard is Ego. It shows basic data from Google Analytics as well as a bunch of other sources, including Squarespace, Twitter, and Feedburner.
The official Twitter app (formerly known as Tweetie) is still the best Twitter client on iPhone (although Osfoora is catching up), and Twitter is an amazing instant-intelligence engine.
Twitter has largely replaced RSS for me for finding and filtering the latest news. However, I still track some RSS feeds and the best tool I’ve found to do it with is MobileRSS Pro, because of its clean UI and integration with Google Reader.
I don’t use many specific publication apps to get news. I mostly get news from Twitter and RSS, but the one major exception is ProPublica, the non-profit investigative journalism site. Excellent reporting and a very good app.
10. Amazon Kindle
I never warmed up to the Amazon Kindle e-reader, but I’m a big fan of the Kindle iPhone app. Since it was released I’ve read a lot more books simply because my phone is always with me and I can pull it out and read a few pages anytime I’ve got a couple minutes free.
As much as I like the Kindle ebooks, I actually consume more books as audiobooks via Audible. In the past you could download these and sync them via iTunes. But Audible now has its own app, which lets you connect to your Audible library and download over the air, and even gives you a self-contained player optimized for audiobooks.
12. Photoshop Mobile
Photoshop is, of course, the best known photo editor in the world and its mobile app doesn’t do anything to hurt that reputation. But while the desktop version is known for having a zillion features, the mobile app is distinguished by its simplicity. It’s the best iPhone photo editing app for simple crops, brightness adjustments, and sharpens, for example.
Pano makes it easy to take excellent panoramas with the iPhone. It helps you line up your shots and it automatically corrects many of the imperfections. My wife is a photographer with a big, expensive camera and she’s regularly jealous of some of the shots I can get with the iPhone and Pano.
14. Xtreme Labs Speedtest
I’m always running speed tests to check my bandwidth in various places, both to see 3G fluctuations and to check the quality of Wi-Fi. The Xtreme Labs test is my favorite (it’s also available on Android). It is very consistent, although sometimes its upload speeds seem a little lower than reality. That’s why I’d recommend that you verify it by using other speed tests such as the FCC Speed test, Speedtest.net, and the Cisco speed test app.
This is a great app for shoppers. It turns the iPhone camera into a barcode scanner and it’s pretty accurate. You simply scan a product’s UPC code and let the app go to work to find it in Google Product Search and TheFind. For food it will even look up allergen information and for books it will scan to see if you can get it in a local library. You’ll be amazed at how fast it works. A similar product is SnapTell, which not only scans barcordes but you can also take a picture of the cover of a book or DVD and it can look them up that way. These apps are great when you’re shopping at a retail store and want to check the prices of products online before buying.
16. Navigon Mobile Navigator
I used to carry a separate Garmin GPS unit for turn-by-turn directions but I eventually got rid of it and decided to just use the iPhone instead. In researching the various apps, I eventually decided on NAVIGON, which is a company that makes a lot of the built-in navigation systems for many cars. Tip: Make sure your iPhone is plugged in to power when you run a GPS navigation program like this because otherwise it will quickly drain your battery.
17. Where To?
A great companion to a GPS system is the app “Where To?” which lets you quickly look up various types of shops and services, from Cuban restaurants to medical specialists to animal hospitals to local museums and much more.
18. Distance Meter Pro
This terrific little app can save you from buying a pedometer. It uses the iPhone’s accelerometer to track the miles you’ve run or walked, and it also throws in data about your pace and the number of calories you’ve burned.
Pandora is a streaming “radio station” for the Internet age. You simply search by an artist or song and it will create a running playlist based on that one piece of information. It intersperses an occasional ad between songs but the ads tend to be fairly localized and occasionally even useful. On iOS 4, Pandora can even run in the background, just like the iPhone’s native music app.
If you want to impress your friends with an iPhone app, the best one to do it with is Shazam. Ever hear a song being played at a store or on the radio and ask yourself, “Oh, what song is that?” That’s where Shazam comes in. Just hit the button and let it listen for 15 seconds, query its database, and then return the name of artist and the song. It has about an 80% success rate.
This is an app plus a website and you can quickly sync between the two. The way it usually works for me is that my wife makes a grocery list, enters it into grocerygadgets.com, and then it syncs to my iPhone so that I can swing by the grocery store on my way home from work.
22. Boxee Remote
Boxee is a great little program that lets you turn any PC into a multimedia PC and brings social networking to the experience so that you can see what your friends are watching. It runs on Mac, Windows, Linux, and AppleTV. However, if you use an existing PC then you probably don’t have a remote for it. This Boxee app turns your iPhone into a remote with two modes, a straight arrow mode and a gesture mode.
This classic game has gotten a rebirth in the digital age and the iPhone version is part of that. You can pass the phone around or you can play online against your Facebook friends.
24. Star Wars: Trench Run
I’m not usually an avid gamer (beyond Scrabble) but when it involves an X-wing Fighter attacking the Death Star, I’m in. Star Wars: Trench Run is a fun game that’s easy to play and takes advantage of the iPhone 4’s new gyroscope. A cool feature of Star Wars: Trench Run is that you can also connect it with your computer using a wireless technology called Brass Monkey and then you can have the game playing on a PC or Mac while you use the iPhone as a controller. However, be prepared to install a plug-in on your computer and you might have to open ports on your firewall to make it work.
There are even apps to help you find more apps (that’s what happens when a platform has over 200,000 apps). A great resource is AppAdvice. Its AppGuides and AppLists are great ways to discover new apps. I especially like that it ranks similar apps in order to help you find the best ones.
This article was originally published on TechRepublic by Jason Hiner.
July 25, 2010
July 22, 2010
World's first social magazine filters consumer-specific content!
"Flipboard is a completely new way to enjoy your social networking content and it is like nothing you have ever seen before. With Facebook still missing from the iPad, it seems that Flipboard steps up and hits it out of the park", says Matthew Miller from ZDnews.
I read so many stories about the Apple iPhone antenna "problem" and the solutions offered are still unsatisfying, some might think... On the picture above are the $29 rubber "Bumper Case" that Apple is now offering for free with every iPhone 4 purchase or the bandage sticker in 6 colours that you can get yourself if you really want to show off. You should listen to the "BE STILL" song from Big Boi's new album featuring the vocals from ever charming brilliance of Janelle Monae first, before jumping into any conclusion. And than...
The iPhone 4 antenna fix is going to fix itself when people start appreciating more innovation and not be so judgemental about it. Apple is the leader in innovation and perhaps the users might need to adapt to changes in the behavioral usage of their device.
I don't have the new iPhone 4 ( It's not out in Australia yet) but I can assure anybody that I can't imagine how I lived before without one. So, I'm suggesting that perhaps instead of making so much drama around this issue, we could appreciate that device like this exists and has all cool and new features that actually work well and are far better than its competitors.
Enjoy your new toy and have fun with it!
July 21, 2010
This is a video showing the build of the Welikesmall iPod wall. It was made from 20 iPods over the course of about three weeks in their spare time. Tasks included building and designing the wooden box, programming an iPhone application that runs off the Game Kit framework, hacking a USB hardware fan together, developing a Python / Django web server application, and designing a quick UI. To keep the wall constantly powered Welikesmall used a Cambrionix B2 USB powered hub.
July 20, 2010
»35mm« is a shortfilm about cinema itself. Sarah Biermann, Torsten Strer, Felix Meyer, Pascal Monaco picked 35 of their favorite movies and tried to simplify them as far as possible. The outcome is a 2 minute journey through the history of film. Some are pretty hard to tell...
July 19, 2010
July 18, 2010
It takes a few hours of queueing to get into Polish pavilion at EXPO 2010 in Shanghai. One of its attractions is 3D stereo “Animated History of Poland” prepared Platige Image animators, directed by Tomek Bagiński. It is one of a few productions done by Platige Image for EXPO exhibition. This is 30 second trailer of the film. Soon, full version of the film will be available for fans worldwide.
Finally, mankind's greatest achievement - the ability to travel through time! A Better Tomorrow Ltd offers the average consumer the opportunity to right the wrongs of the past, visit themselves in the future or just lark about with the space/time continuum, all at an affordable price.
A Better Tomorrow Ltd is a privately funded organization headed by the brilliant Dr E R Bloomquist. With nearly 30 years of illegal research to his name, Dr Bloomquist and is plucky staff of PHD students have applied new gravitational theories to create a time traveling device the size of a baseball.
Although there have been several documented cases of 'failed journeys', the device is expected to be a top seller this Christmas.
Available in fine stores everywhere except Missouri.
This is a montage of work done at various studios in Los Angeles, says Adam. His role in these shots ranges from design/art direction to animation to cg supervision/direction. For a full breakdown of his contribution to each shot visit adamswaab.com
July 17, 2010
This is a second trailer for "The Social Network" movie and a more in-depth one, so you can watch scenes from the movie. It actually looks good and it might deliver a bit of a thrill in the cinemas when it opens on 1st October this year. Sony Entertainment and Columbia Pictures are behind this project so there is no doubt it is going to be a well produced movie. Trent Reznor is doing a sountrack for the movie and this is what he said: "Speaking of the film... it's really fucking good. And dark!"
Next Day Flyers is the company for you if you need affordable prices and quality product and you need it fast. They have easy to use website and a variety of products to choose from.
Some of Next Day Flyers products include door hangers and brochures, which are great for helping your marketing efforts. If you need to print business cards, you can get traditional cards or order them with rounded corners. If you'll be printing postcards or doing any club flyer printing to promote events, they have a variety of sizes and great templates to help.
July 15, 2010
Old Spice, my favorite brand has released now over 230 videos on YouTube thanking various bloggers and twitters for their support. It's all follow up from the campaign earlier this year that you can find DB. But Old Spice get's personal now after they just got awarded at Cannes. Don't forget you can still tweet!
"The stations will drop the time required to charge a car down to as little as four hours.
Today, GE has unveiled its long-awaited scheme for electric-car charging points, complete with a design by Yves Béhar's Fuseproject."
July 13, 2010
It looks like iPhone's brother, but watch the video from Kim Titus - Director of Public Relations for Samsung Mobile USA that goes over a few key features of the recently announced Samsung Galaxy S Android powered smart phone.
What can you say about this ad for the new game from Ubisoft called Shaun White Skateboarding, it's simply brilliant! And I thought to post all the credits, they deserve it:
Advertising Agency: Cutwater, San Francisco, USA
Executive Creative Director: Chuck McBride
Creative Director: Ali Grayeli
Art Director: Marcus Cross
Copywriter: Ray Connolly
Agency Producer: Mai Huynh
Director of Broadcast Content: Jennifer Golub
Editorial Company: Arcade, Los Angeles
Editor: Nathan Petty
Asst. Editor: Aaron Owen
Producer: Ali Reed
VFX Company: Ring of Fire, Santa Monica
Executive Producer: John Myers
VFX Supervisor/Creative Director: Jerry Spivack
VFX Producer: Casey Conroy
Asst. VFX Producer: Candace Niikura
Online Editors: Brian Shneider, Shelly Dutcher
Flame Artists: Brian Shneider, Shelly Dutcher, Trent Shumway, Brian Petras, Tony Graf, Renee Tymn
CG Artists: Andrew McMasters, Leigh Rens, Joe Langmuir
Graphics: Justin Sucara, Marvin Chua
Matchmoving: David Sudd, Paul Hopkins, PvP
Digital Matte Painter: Ron Gress
Colorists: Shelly Dutcher, Brian Shneider
Music/Sound Design: Human, Worldwide
Skaters: Matt Bennett, Greg Crain, Johnny Layton, Jordan Vititow,
Production Company: Rabbit, Bicoastal
Director/DP: + jacksonkarinja
Line Producer: Gian Colombo
Exec. Producers: Douglas Howell, Joby Barnhart
July 12, 2010
Another great animation by Blu, an unscientific point of view on the beginning and evolution of life ... and how it could probably end.
Direction & Animation:
Physalia ( physaliastudio.com )
Tinnitustudio ( myspace.com/tinnitustudio )
(Alex Mediavilla & Egus)
Photography Assistant & Making Of:
Marc Ambros ( marcambros.com )
3D Scanning Software:
Kyle McDonald ( kylemcdonald.net/ )
i-reel is a creative digital design agency that designs & develops marketing and communication supports which include 3D films and still images, visual identity, websites and interactive applications.
TRIANGLE is a video work done for the book 'Black Material' which showcases Robert Knoke's artwork. Curator Jens Karlson asked Onur Senturk to make a short animation and get Robert Knoke's black and white artwork as base for video. Onur chose to create tense harmony between geometrical forms and organic movements.
July 11, 2010
I'm not big on TV series and this blog is not about it, however BD is about a creative community and the new Mad Man season 4 should concern you. If you haven't watched it, start from this season as the series 3 ended one chapter and we are going to witness all new phases of Donald Francis "Don" Draper on July 25th 2010. Hang in there!
July 9, 2010
The Live Sets were made exclusively for Ableton by ten artists from the Minus roster. Each Set comes with a companion Lesson that reveals insights into the artist's musical vision and offers valuable production tips.
Download the Live Pack here: ableton.com/minus
Life In A Day is a historic global experiment to create the world's largest user-generated feature film: a documentary, shot in a single day, by you. On July 24, you have 24 hours to capture a glimpse of your life on camera. The most compelling and distinctive footage will be edited into an experimental documentary film, executive produced by Ridley Scott and directed by Kevin Macdonald.
For more information, visit youtube.com
July 8, 2010
The Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) has launched interactive murals to inspire Americans to book a Canadian vacation. These murals have taken over the streets of New York, Chicago and Los Angeles this summer - pulling content from Twitter to display real-time updates from and about Canada.
Prepare for a 3 hour ride through the animated worlds of over 40 outstanding studios, animators and designers, featuring eye-splitting character design in motion, music visuals and animation by Asterokid, Marc Craste, Fluorescent Hill, McBess, Satoru Ohno, David OReilly, Fons Schiedon, Joel Trussell, Nagi Noda, W+K Tokyo Lab, Lucas Zanotto and many more… Get it here!
The Transition by Terrafugia is a roadable aircraft, an airplane that can take off and land from any airport, and with the push of a button fold up its wings and drive down the road. For more information about this innovative product, please go to terrafugia.com
Barry Lachapelle Art Director at Tribal DDB Toronto posted this video of Honda banner on his Vimeo profile that I thought was nice use of a rich media and I believe it's for the French speaking Canada market. Correct me if I'm wrong.
Eclectic Method is a trio of video remix artists who rearrange the sights and sounds of music videos, motion pictures, and video games to the thrill of live audiences around the globe. Their cutting edge remixes have served as promotional tools for global brands and artists. You can view their work online, on television, or at the club. But this one is about robots, robots, robots, yes robots.
If you ever wondered about where the watch industry is heading these days, well here it is a video shot by Bastien Roger during Baselworld 2010 - World watch show in Switzerland for professionalwatches. It's very impressive watch collection and a show itself.
Interactive football news feed @ Nike Town London. RSS and Twitter feeds used to build constantly moving and updating text particle system. Optical flow to capture movement, was applied as a force to the particle system, so people could create waves and ripples with their movements.
July 6, 2010
3D seem to be a new thing these days, but at the Universal studios in Hollywood they say the King Kong 3D experience is like no other. Here is the footage of the people that went to see it. If you in Hollywood, visit King Kong.
"We collaborated with TaylorMade and designed an interactive touch screen to create an engaging experience to consumers in the retail space. The touch screen was launched in over 40 golf stores across the nation, providing consumers with highlights and specs on new products, pro-player specific news and equipment, video content, a stream of constantly updated tour news, and promotions, said Hello Design.
I have posted two videos from "The Fun Theory" case study some time ago but couldn't resist to add this great recap of the whole campaign. “The Fun Theory” won the Cannes Cyber Grand Prix as it deserves all the respect for the idea and delivery. So here it is the full campaign from VW and thanks to Aden Hepburn for sharing it on his blog.
July 4, 2010
Enter Flavors.me: no need to be a website programming wizzard or WordPress expert. Flavors makes it really easy for you to set up and customize a page with a background picture and some design settings like font, size, column views and colors before connecting your different social media accounts with your page.
Please go to: flavors.me
July 1, 2010
"Yekpare" is a storyteller which narrates the 8500 year story of Istanbul. The story embraces symbols from Pagans to Roman Empire, from Byzantine Empire to Latin Empire, and finally from Ottoman Empire to Istanbul at the present day.
Haydarpaşa Train Station, with its brilliant architectural forms, is the building on which the story is projected. The connection between middle east to west has been provided by Istanbul and Haydarpaşa since 1906. In the 50’s it served as a door for millions of internal emigrants who have triggered the chaos in Istanbul's dialectical daily life scenes.The project's conceptual, political and geographical positioning, the location’s depth of field and the fact that the entire show can be watched from Kadıköy coast; make "Yekpare" a dramatic presentation.
The first day of the performance also marks the 47th deathday of Nazım Hikmet Ran, the famous Turkish poet. We started out with a quote from his epic novel, "Human Landscapes from My Country": “At Haydarpaşa Train Station, in the spring of 1941, it is three o’clock. Sun, exhaustion and rush lay on the stairs...”
Creative Direction, Design, Implementation by Syzygy Deutschland GmbH on a 46m x 5,4m big screen packed with amazing motion graphics and sound designed by Groves Sound Communications.
This is a montage of commercial and self-initiated motion graphics by Steffen Knosgaard, work created from 2007-2010 while working at SHRPA, STUPID STUDIO and studying at HYPER ISLAND.
This is the official videoclip for the advance single of :papercutz's new album "Do Outro Lado Do Espelho (Lylac Ambient Reworks)" directed by Japan's animation revelation, Daihei Shibata. "Lylac (Helios remix)" is a remix of :papercutz song by American Keith Kenniff (Helios) whose Eingya album was considered one of the best in the year in the instrumental category for electronic publications as Popmatters, Stylus Magazine, Tiny Mix Tapes and All Music Guide and whose music can be heard on soundtracks of films like Mister Lonely, or Revolutionary Road by Sam Mendes.
Director Nicolas Dufoure from production company Troublemakers.tv creates a series of four 8sec videos for H-Paris agency and their client Darty. Inspired by the theme of the World Cup this videos aired first time on 11th June 2010.
This film was made for the HABITAR exhibition at Laboral.
"Utopian and radical architects in the 1960s predicted that cities in the future would not only be made of brick and mortar, but also defined by bits and flows of information. The urban dweller would become a nomad who inhabits a space in constant flux, mutating in real time. Their vision has taken on new meaning in an age when information networks rule over many of the city's functions, and define our experiences as much as the physical infrastructures, while mobile technologies transform our sense of time and of space."
To showcase our exciting voyage, Pirata London created a lively game to demonstrate our love for great tech and integration. The Pirata Boat Race pits two teams against one another to row themselves to victory. With up to ten shipmates split between two vessels, the aim is to propel your boat to the finish line before the other team, using your iPhone as your oars.
To play the game: piratalondon.com/boatrace