Posts Tagged ‘Awesome’
First rule of tech PR: never share anything. Ever.
Here’s a few things we learned about Facebook today: It's growing like mad. It announced a net income of nearly a half a billion dollars and roughly three quarters of a billion people log on and actually use the service every day.
This was the news Facebook shared in its earnings report. Today should have been a good day.
And YET, starting this morning, Facebook has, rather inexplicably, been on the losing end of the tech news cycle. Multiple times!
It began early, with a Wall Street Journal article where, for unknown reasons, Facebook's communications team let analytics chief Ken Rudin say this:
New types of data Facebook may collect include “did your cursor hover over that ad … and was the newsfeed in a viewable area,” Mr. Rudin said. “It is a never-ending phase. I can't promise that it will roll out. We probably will know in a couple of months”
Ultimately, a story designed to herald some new back-end advances in Facebook's ad technology rolled out with the headline: “Facebook Tests Software to Track Your Cursor on Screen” and was passed around the internet as another example of “creepy Facebook.” Probably best not to refer to your increasingly refined ability to track people as “a never-ending phase.”
Then market research group Forrester issued a devastating report on the social network, stating, quite bluntly that “Facebook is failing marketers” :
Facebook hasn't revolutionized marketing; in fact, it now does little to support social experiences between brands and customers. Instead, it has quietly become almost entirely reliant upon Web 1.0-style display ads and simplistic targeting — and marketers say those display ads just aren't working.
Then came the earnings call, where CFO David Ebersman dropped this clunker in response to questions about “youth engagement”:
We remain close to fully penetrated among teens in the U.S.
Wait, how many daily active users? I’m having trouble remembering after that last bit about the teens.
Because some family has to be the best family in the neighborhood, this is Redditor Deconstructress and her family’s group ‘Labyrinth’ Halloween costumes. You are jealous right now. I am jealous right now. Who do these people think they are, the perfect family? God — they are, aren’t they? Not pictured: white picket fence, apple pie baking in the oven. I remember one year my family and I dressed as the people who turned all the house lights off and watched TV in the basement. Hit the jump for a bonus shot of the Beetlejuice gang the family went as last Halloween.
To commemorate the launch of Wind Waker HD today, here’s a 7-piece set of Wind Waker influenced ‘stained glass window’ wall decals. They’re formally certified from Nintendo too, so you can rest simple knowing part of your $ 37 (apiece) is going towards the struggling game giant. I’m getting all them (potentially on layaway) then put them all on the same wall and pretend I stay in the Church of Zelda rather of a ground floor apartment that truly must have bars on its windows.
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The Auto Awesome enhancements in Google+ are great for livening up burst photos and animations, but it’s not always clear when the service creates. That’s no longer an issue in the wake of an update: Google+ now sends notifications whenever it creates Auto Awesome animations, filmstrips and panoramas. The alerts are rolling out today on Android, iOS and the web, so you won’t be left wondering about your photo collection again.
Source: Virgil Dobjanschi (Google+)
This is a custom Link action figure made out of a Wreck It Ralph toy by Etsy seller KodykoalaToys (of Yoshi mecha fame). It’s Link in a walking mecha named Epona with a treasure chest full of Link’s tools and quest items on its back. There’s 55 of Link’s quest items included on the toy. That’s a lot of stuff. I’m starting to worry Link might be a hoarder. You think if I told Princess Zelda about his condition she’d finally lose interest in him so I could slip in there and…you know. “Know what?” Become BFF’s and throw slumber parties and talk about boys! You know how I feel about princesses.
Hit the jump for a bunch more shots, they really are worth a look. PLUS THERE’S A BONUS SONIC THE HEDGEHOG MECHA.
Get ready for the next generation of playing with your balls.
Sphero, the robotic ball out of Orbotix that can be controlled with just a smartphone, has now grown up a bit, with the company launching Sphero 2.0 today.
Sphero 2.0 is twice as fast, rolling at a clip of about seven feet per second, and it’s three times as brightly lit as the first generation ball. According to co-founder Chief Software Architect, Adam Wilson, the second-gen robot isn’t just faster and stronger, it’s actually smarter.
Sphero 2.0 is now equipped with a different user interface, letting you “level up” as you get more and more control over the ball. When you start, you’ll be at a somewhat limited speed. The more you level up by completing challenges (such as driving for a whole minute without hitting anything), the faster your Sphero will roll, and the more LED colors you’ll have access to.
Even with other Sphero games, such as tag, you can level up and get more speed.
Along with the upgraded robot, Sphero 2.0 also comes with an inductive charger and two little ramps right out of the box, so you can work on getting some air.
As an added accessory, you can also pick up something the Orbotix guys are calling a “Nubby Protector,” which is a little rubber cover that gives the Sphero some extra traction, especially when you’re playing around in the pool. Covers come in red, clear, blue or yellow.
But Sphero 2.0 isn’t the only robot rushing around — Orbotix is also introducing Sphero Revealed, an Apple-exclusive version of the device that has a partially clear shell so users can see the inner-workings of the robot.
Sphero 2.0 is meant to reach a new demographic. Obviously, nerds and tech geeks lean toward the Sphero considering it’s one of the more advanced consumer robots available on the market. But Orbotix wants to reach younger kids, who automatically seem to enjoy the idea of leveling up and giving their Spheros an identity.
Plus, getting on board with a younger demographic allows for more educational opportunities with the Sphero.
Sphero 2.0 is currently compatible with up to 25 different applications and games, along with the standard Sphero app.
According to Wilson, the two-year break between new models is about what we should expect from Orbotix moving forward, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t working on other things. Wilson revealed that the company has things in the pipeline, including stuff to show at CES in January. So there’s plenty to look forward to.
If you’re interested in getting your hands on a Sphero 2.0, which costs $ 129.99, pre-order begins today with in-store availability starts on August 31. And if you’re really excited about seeing the guts of a Sphero, hold out until September 4 and you can pick up a translucent Sphero Revealed in Apple Stores.
The original Sphero will also drop down to $ 109.99 at retail.
A 12-year-old maker named Super Awesome Sylvia (she is quite super awesome) is looking for $ 50,000 to build a robotic watercolor set, the WaterColorBot, that can draw nearly anything you design in a computer paint program. Asking why you don’t just take brush to paint pot with your hand is irrelevant — this, friends, is a robotic watercolor plotter. ‘Nuff said.
Sylvia is working with Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories to build the kits, and a pledge of $ 275 gets you a WaterColorBot that acts just like an old-fashioned chart plotter. It is nearly complete and EMSL writes:
The system “paints” vector-based files in SVG format, so you’ll need to find applicable pictures that can be easily resized. However, it shouldn’t be a problem to mass-produce your notes to Grandma or that wonderful vector graphic of your pet cat.
This is the custom Minecraft themed yard chair built by Redditor kaptaingunner to be sold at a fundraising event. Exactly what kind of charity event? No hint, but I simply bid a million dollars on it, so hopefully not one for the improvement of robotic modern technology. In my mind it was cancer related.
Hit the jump for a number of even more shots including a few of the construct.