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Facebook’s been giving its Messenger app quite a few facelifts lately, with the arrival of Chat Heads and VoIP calling among the highlights. Today, an app update was released for iOS that lets users add stylized critter stickers to messages, freeing them from the crippling visual limitations of emoticons in textual communications — largely identical to the recent Android update. The upgrade also enables a swipe to delete feature to remove conversations from inboxes for good, saving users precious fingertips from an extra tap or two in the process. If your iPhone hasn’t already told you about version 2.4, you’ll find the fresh download at the source below.
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Matt Jones sketched emoticons based on Darwin's research. Now, you can message them on Facebook's app.
In February we wrote about how Bay Area artist, Matt Jones, created emoticons for Facebook based on Darwin’s 52 emotional states that include complex nuanced feelings like contemplation, admiration, affirmation, maternal love, determination, devotion, resignation, and gratitude.
Today, those sketches come to life in the form of Facebook's new stickers. (No, not the kind you traded as a kid, but the new emojicons available for the Facebook iPhone and Android app—and soon Messenger as well.)
Jones has created his own stickers featuring a character called “Finch” (As in Darwin’s finches.) The 16 stickers feature facial expressions including surprise, cheerfulness, sympathy and sadness. Or as Jones says, “Finch appears to think, emote, and communicate.” Other Facebook artists also used his sketches to help inform their own.
Path hasn’t held the exact same grip on social networkers as Twitter or facebook, in part since it’s virtually too social– you cannot really control which friends (or friends of friends) see a post. The option in Course 3.0? Recreate your Trapper Keeper from grade school, obviously. Together with introducing a much-appreciated private messaging system that lets two or even more friends share text, maps, media and voice messages, the update lets us put meaningful stickers into the conversation when a fundamental emoticon just will not do. Of course, that’s likewise how Course hopes to get a couple of additional bucks: 2 sticker label packs come free, while others lurk in the exact same store as customized image filters. If you just have to tell buddies that Stacey was soooooo gross in chemistry class, you can get Course 3.0 today on iOS, and shortly on Android.
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NFC’s a curious thing. That once heavily buzzed about feature’s found a home in many of the handsets that occupy Android’s swiftly rotating throne, but eager users wielding those enabled devices haven’t been given much to do with it. Visa’s payWave aside, Samsung’s finally cooked up a means of making the near field tech a more integrated and efficient aspect of our modern lives — well, the lives of other Galaxy S III, Galaxy S II (T-Mobile only), Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S 4G and Galaxy S Blaze 4G owners, to be precise. Enter: TecTiles. In tandem with its flagship’s impending US launch, the company’s going to be offering packs of branded NFC stickers at retail that can be programmed with useful actions and placed wherever adhesive is welcome. Need to set up a seamless Foursquare check-in for your place of business, leave a message on the fridge for members of your family, effortlessly transfer your contact info or even silence your phone automatically at a meeting? That’s where Sammy’s stickers come in handy, sidestepping the multitude of taps it normally takes to enter data or navigate a mobile UI with a simple close encounter of the NFC kind. If the implementation sounds eerily familiar, that’s because you may have seen it before in the form of Smart Tags – Sony’s own spin on the communication tech.
As you might imagine, there’s an app to manage each individual TecTile’s settings that will be made available after an initial pairing. And, according to one of the company’s reps, each unlocked sticker can be programmed up to 100,000 times, a high enough ceiling that should get you plenty of mileage, glue willing. Naturally, there’s a limit to this initial rollout’s NFC-love and that’s where things could get pricey, given that each TecTile can currently carry only one function at a time. Plans are underway, however, to expand beyond this limitation by enabling multi-functions in future iterations of the tacky tech — whenever version 2.0 touches down. For now, though, you’ll have to make frugal use of the stickers, considering they’ll be marked at $ 15 for a pack of five. So, if you’re still standing undecided on a Galaxy S III purchase despite its litany of capabilities, then this long-overdue feature could very well prove to be the wallet-tipping point.
Gallery: Samsung TecTiles
Hello everybody, welcome to my Disney Pixar Cars channel, where i will always bring the latest from Cars, Cars Toon Mater’s tall tales and Cars 2. Today i’m gonna show you Nick Stickers, #142 from the Final Lap Collection. Secret passion for Nick Stickers has always been bumper stickers. Fearing the looks he might get from his friends and co-workers, Nick’s never actually worn the bumper stickers; He just buys them and hides them in his trunk. Then one day, he stumbled upon Lizzie’s Curio Shop. Her bumper stickers were so hilarious; Nick decided it was time to let it all hang out. Now, Nick drives down the road covered bumper to bumper in stickers, and he’s never felt so free. Four-time Piston Cup champion race car Lightning McQueen returns home to Radiator Springs and reunites with best friend Mater and girlfriend Sally Carrera. Doc Hudson is revealed to have died. Former oil tycoon Miles Axlerod, now a green power advocate, announces a racing series called the “World Grand Prix” to promote Allinol biofuel. When Italian formula race car Francesco Bernoulli challenges McQueen, McQueen and Mater depart to Tokyo, Japan for the Grand Prix. Meanwhile, the lemons, led by Professor Zündapp and Axlerod, secretly plot to secure their oil profits by using a weapon disguised as a television camera to ignite the Allinol fuel in targeted race cars during the World Grand Prix; therefore, the public will depend on the group’s oil. McMissile and partner Holley Shiftwell attempt to …
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Car buying sucks but Nissan is trying to make it suck less by putting QR codes on vehicle window stickers. The thought is that buyers might want a little more info than the Maroni providers, and these QR codes are a direct link to Nissan. Jon Brancheau, Nissan’s VP of of Marketing calls the On Vehicle Graphics QR codes a “silent salesperson” but it’s more like a trustworthy salesperson. Amirite?
People shop for cars when its convenient for them. That doesn’t also coincide with dealership hours. This program runs on that vein and attempts to make it as easy as possible for buyers to get the info they need as quickly as possible.
The QR codes work with any smartphone QR reader app. The code will take you to an enhanced mobile site complete with videos, features, and vehicle inventory levels. Try it with the 2012 Altima QR code embedded here.
The system started rolling out on the 2012 Altima and Sentra lines but will eventually land on every product within the Nissan garage. Just scan and drive. (after you buy)
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, operates as an automotive company. The company primarily offers light passenger cars, trucks, buses, forklifts, special utility vehicles, and related components….
Ever wonder how the world would still turn after MPG stickers were updated to take hybrids and EVs into consideration? Wonder no more. Purportedly, the Environmental Protection Agency is planning to decide by July’s end whether it’ll require “emissions grades” on all new vehicles. We’re told that said stickers would resemble those shown above, complete with a QR code that could be scanned by any smartphone for more detailed information on how a grade was decided upon. As the story goes, cars would be graded from A through D, with a score of F presumably omitted for political correctness. If implemented, it wouldn’t require automakers to slap these onto their rides until the 2013 model year, but as you’d expect, said car companies aren’t exactly pumped about the idea. As of now, 40 percent of the vehicles on American roads would receive Cs or Ds, and Ohio’s own Rep. Steven LaTourette had this to say about it: “Those who live in Planet Reality might need a minivan or SUV to haul around four kids in child and booster seats, and have room for luggage and a family dog. Thanks to the EPA, they’ll be lucky to find a vehicle that gets a C.” In truth, he’s dead right, but there’s always two sides to every story. To counter the obvious, automakers are instead backing “a more modest labeling redesign” that’s not quite so jarring to consumers. Ah, the wonders of compromise.
These cheap little stickers may look like impulse buys from a dollar store, but they might actually be pretty handy if you’re a big iOS gamer. Basically they just provide little bumps so you can tell where the virtual buttons are without checking or fumbling around.
I’ve found the controls on more complicated iPhone and iPad games to be like the ones on console FPSes: tolerable, but by no means excellent. A little physical feedback goes a long way. My friend tells me that Street Fighter IV plays great on the phone, but I just don’t believe that for a second.
The EPA is revising the window stickers seen on new cars to more accurately reflect the capabilities of electric and hybrid vehicles. They’re also proposing, rather boldly, that a big fat letter grade head the sticker, ranging from A+ (for plug-in electric vehicles) to D (for Veyrons and R8s). The Alliance of Automotive Manufacturers has condemned the stickers, accusing them of evoking “school-yard memories of passing and failing.” Yes, well, that’s kind of the idea.
There are a number of new metrics on the proposed stickers, resulting from the fact that MPG, the only metric presented on the old sticker, is fast losing its relevance for consumers. That particular term has been replaced in part- or all-electric vehicles with MPGe, a measurement that compares mileage based on energy consumption, as opposed to liquid volume consumption. The energy yielded by a gallon of gas is converted into BTUs (not your sissy metric kilojoules, to which BTUs are almost exactly similar), which can be multiplied by various factors depending on energy source, eventually yielding a standard unit, the MPGe. You’ll get used to it.
Unsurprisingly, automakers are not amused by the letter grade, and to be honest it seems a bit arbitrary to me as well. They’ve essentially set the curve so that each grade represents a class of vehicles, and I’m sure you can guess where SUVs and luxury vehicles end up. Why not just let the numbers speak for themselves, or come up with a more relevant “headline”? It’s interesting how they seem to have chosen “non-judgmental” colors for, say, greenhouse gas emissions (they’re not red to green), but have no trouble writing an enormous C-. Why not judge a little more, though? The grade thing is a fixed game, but the EPA should feel free to display true information and comparisons that embarrass inefficient cars.
There are also several labels, as you can see, in addition to the vertical graded ones:
It’s like a muted rainbow of efficiency. This is to reflect the various fundamentally different vehicles out there right now. EVs, ER-EVs, plug-in hybrids, plain hybrids, frybrids, and what have you. While a single sticker might have been preferable, it would be impractical at the moment, and after all we can always do another revision later. At least they share a general layout.
One thing I think they should fix is the display of numbers that are clearly very rough estimates. The money saved, for instance, is simply not to be believed. The old stickers had estimates, and then estimates based on those estimates, and further estimates based on those. Let’s try to keep things grounded this time around. Let the label reflect the facts; manufacturers or dealerships can include “secondary” labels augmenting the facts — charge time, extra efficiency numbers, and so on.
Apart from that, I think they’re pretty nice. The design incorporates a lot more information yet stays relatively clean, and the inclusion of a QR code is thoughtful.
The new labels are just proposals at the moment, and the EPA will be accepting comments on them for the next two months. Want to do your part for green legislation? Give those guys a piece of your mind.
Props to CrunchGear