For generations, the Great Minds of our world asked themselves: “Wouldn’t it be great if there was a machine that could take pictures of your inane life, give you up-to-the-second directions so you never need to understand how to read a map again, and show you photos of tiger heads so you can carve an ice block into a tiger head?” And lo, thus it came to pass that — in the first decade of the third millennium A.D. — the market was positively besieged with magical picture-taking, map-replacing, tiger-head-picture-discovering devices. Smartphones. Tablets. Phone tablets. Tabphones. But that was not enough for the Great Minds. (It never is.) READ FULL STORY
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Say this for Ashton Kutcher: he’s not as dim as the characters he plays.
The former model who has made a career out of playing lovable dummies (with a penchant for taking their clothes off) knows that some of his movies haven’t exactly been the greatest. In an Esquire profile, Kutcher told the magazine, “I know exactly what films I’ve done that f—ing suck donkey. And I know the ones that are good, that people like. And I know it not because of the box office, because the box office is not going to tell you the truth. I know it because I have friends that don’t hold back. They don’t depend on me for money or employment. They’re just friends. Friends tell the truth.”
While he doesn’t call out any movies specifically, the writer of the profile says the only good movie Kutcher has ever made – sorry, fans of No Strings Attached — is Dude, Where’s My Car? But while his track record may not be great, Kutcher does seem excited about his upcoming film project, the Steve Jobs biopic jOBS that is being released April 19 after premiering at Sundance last month. “I think it turned out really well,” he told the magazine. READ FULL STORY
Vote early, and vote often. The polls are open for the 3rd Annual Streamys Audience Choice Awards for the categories of Personality of the Year and Series of the Year, and you can go to the site to vote for your favorite show and personality once a day until February 11.
But now comes the tricky part: deciding who to vote for. The finalists are all over the place, ranging the very sincere to the very silly. Some are dramatic, some are just for laughs, and some…are actually pretty explicit. If you’re not a devoted follower of any web series, this is actually a pretty good and diverse primer on some of the current options out there. Take a look at the finalists after the jump, and then head over to streamys.org to vote.
Winners will be announced during the Chris Hardwick-hosted ceremony, scheduled to be broadcast live online, Sunday, February 17 starting at 6 p.m. EST.
Remember that goofy “gift shop” Facebook introduced in 2007, which allowed users to pay real money for tiny virtual icons of pizza slices and toilet paper? The social networking giant shut down that initiative in 2010, only to add a new service called Gifts late last year. This revamped store enables users to buy physical presents for their friends via Facebook — and starting today, the site’s members can also purchase renewable gift cards for use at retailers including Jamba Juice, Olive Garden, Sephora, and Target.
Once a user buys a card, the gift’s recipient will be notified immediately; shortly thereafter, a physical gift card (bearing Facebook’s logo) will arrive in the mail. The coolest part of this initiative is that each card can hold multiple gift balances for different stores or restauraunts; users can see their gift balances on Facebook itself, under their account settings. Those balances are updated in real time as amounts are added or spent.
One of the clearer messages coming from CES this year relates to Windows 8. Namely, that despite billions of dollars and endless man-hours of design, engineering and marketing, no one has been able to figure out what the right form is for a Windows 8 device. There are hybrid tablet/laptops with slide-out keyboards, there are Ultrabooks with touchscreens, there are tablets with styluses, and ones with optional click-on keyboards. Our favorite, though, is one we played with from Lenovo, an over-sized tablet so bold and crazy it just might work.
The IdeaCentre Horizon is a 27-inch tablet — yes, about triple the diagonal display dimension of a conventional iPad — that has a full suite of inputs and all the functionality of a desktop Windows 8 device, including a front-facing camera, microphone and speakers. When you flip it on its back, however, it clicks into a mode Lenovo calls Aura, and the interface and functionality completely changes to become a multimedia and gaming table. READ FULL STORY
It’s more magical than a flying carpet!
Well, not really, but big tech changes are coming to Disney Parks. A new wristband, called the MagicBand, will replace paper tickets and is set to be rolled out over the next several months. The band is part of a new system called MyMagic+, which will include a web site and app, allowing guests to reserve time at a ride in advance, according to a press release. The project could completely revolutionize how we think about amusement parks… and the long, sometimes discouraging lines. The MagicBand would essentially act as a credit card, allowing everything from ride entry to food payment to be taken care of with a simple swipe. READ FULL STORY
The experience of sitting in a living room watching two completely different things while wearing glasses and earphones seems like it might be a bit… antisocial. But Samsung is calling its updated KN55F9500 OLED TV the opposite — a marriage saver. READ FULL STORY
If you suddenly felt a change in the air – as if a million voices suddenly cried out in terror (or joy)– fear not. That’s just the stampeding herd of 200,000 or so gadget fanatics converging on Las Vegas for this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. The largest such convention of its kind (if not all kinds) CES is like New York Fashion Week for geeks – a chance for electronics makers big and small to tout their latest breakthroughs and innovations, and for gadgethounds to salivate over the hi-tech gear that (in theory) will eventually hit store shelves.
Even though the show doesn’t officially open until Tuesday, a few trends are already emerging from press releases and the gauntlet of early press conferences by the towering electronics giants that have already taken place. As always we’re hoping for a few surprises (oh lord, please let there be surprises) and we’ll post some of the standout products we happen upon over the next few days. For now, though here’s a few of the trends we’re expecting this year:
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When Facebook agreed to purchase Instagram last April for about $740 million, users of either social networking web service had to know this day would come. On Monday, Instagram announced a new Terms of Service, scheduled to take effect on Jan. 16, that declares its right to use your uploaded photos in advertisements on the site, minus any compensation to you. Also, your personal information — as you must already realize — is not so personal, and Instagram has the right to share it with Facebook and third-party advertising partners.
Many users immediately voiced their displeasure with the new policies, and some are promising to abandon the free service. READ FULL STORY
Some people say Pope Benedict XVI is stuck in a previous century, but yesterday, the pontiff took one giant step forward for the Roman Catholic Church. He tweeted.
After joining the social networking site on Dec. 3, Pope Benedict — a.k.a. @pontifex (meaning bridge builder) — tweeted out his first message yesterday. But those hoping to hear the Pope’s instant thoughts on Homeland or SAG nominations were, of course, disappointed. The Pope instead went with, “Dear friends, I am pleased to get in touch with you through Twitter. Thank you for your generous response. I bless all of you from my heart,” for his first message. Later tweets (he’s sent seven messages so far) asked his followers to think about how to be “more prayerful” and celebrate faith.
“Video footage showed that the Pope seemed confused and had trouble hitting ‘send,’ forcing Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, the president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, to step in and touch the screen to send the first papal message,” according to the New York Times.
Currently, the Pope has 1,065,501 followers (up from his first-day total of 148,402). Only 31,013,586 followers to go until he overtakes fellow Catholic Lady Gaga.
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