shared 18 Feb, 2014
New York City plays host to a particularly overwhelming form of gentrification. It’s constant and relentless, meaning buildings — even historic ones — can vanish and be replaced with luxury high rises before you ever realized they were there. Artist Justin Blinder captures that in his new art project Vacated, a series of GIFs created with images collected from Google Streetview that shows the changing landscape of the five boroughs, forcing the viewer to question the less-than-invisible forces that bring about those changes.[read in full]
shared 15 Feb, 2014
Facebook often undertakes data studies to coincide with current events, holidays, and pop cultural moments, but the site’s Valentine’s Day research results are particularly interesting. First off, Facebook says that San Francisco residents have the smallest chance of getting into a relationship among people in any of the 50 largest American cities. If you’re looking for love, Facebook says, your best bet is Colorado Springs, CO, a city that boasts the largest probability of “relationship formation.” San Francisco also ranks as the city where single men most outnumber single women, Facebook says, and Memphis ranks as the city where single women most outnumber single men.[read in full]
shared 11 Feb, 2014
Flappy Bird is gone. The mobile gaming sensation was pulled from both the iTunes App Store and Google Play by creator Dong Nguyen, but in its place an army of clones has arrived. A quick search for “flappy bird” in the App Store, for example, brings up names like Splashy Fish, Fly Birdie, City Bird, and Flying Flappy Unicorn Bird.
Most of these games are simply reskinned versions looking to capitalize on the surprising popularity of Flappy Bird, letting you play the same exact game, only with characters like doge or a piece of poo in place of the bird.[read in full]
shared 11 Feb, 2014
A year and a half after debuting a massive partnership with Starbucks, payments company Square is announcing its next big, in-store retail deal: Whole Foods. When Square debuted Stand last year, the assumption was that this high-powered hardware and software play would help attract large retailers. Clearly, this is a sign that this strategy is working.
The deal essentially places Square Stands and registers in all Whole Foods in-store venues (not checkout lines). These include sandwich counters, juice and coffee bars, pizzerias, and beer and wine bars in Whole Foods.[read in full]
shared 04 Feb, 2014
In the battle between Netflix and HBO, things are continuing to heat up. In its most recent quarter Netflix pulled way ahead of HBO in terms of its number of US subscribers, and saw shows like House of Cards pick up the kind of awards HBO is used to winning. But Netflix still trails far behind HBO’s more than 100 million global subscribers and doesn’t produce nearly the volume of original content.
Today Netflix formally announced it was planning to raise $400 million in debt to fund European expansion and the creation of new original shows.[read in full]
shared 03 Feb, 2014
Twitter bases the majority of its revenue on advertising in and around its main content river, but a new service from Thomson Reuters points to how it also continues to build up its position as a big-data provider to different vertical sectors. Thomson Reuters is now incorporating sentiment analysis gained from Twitter for its Eikon market analysis and trading platform. The commercial terms of the deal are not being disclosed but to be clear it is not a deal directly with Twitter: a spokesperson confirms that it will be “combining a number of third-party and proprietary Twitter feeds for this service.”
You can think of this as an expansion of the kind of Twitter mining first tried out by Bloomberg last year, in which the company (a rival to Thomson Reuters) incorporated Tweets related to specific companies in a wider data stream.[read in full]
shared 23 Jan, 2014
Pope Francis today described the internet as a “gift from God,” hailing its ability to foster dialogue among disparate groups, though he acknowledged that the speed of social media can make it difficult for users to engage in self-reflection. Francis made the comments in a statement released Thursday, for the Catholic Church’s World Communications Day.
In the statement, the Argentine-born pope said that “unprecedented advances” in technology and digital media have made it easier to engage with people of different religions, thereby “creating a sense of the unity of the human family.” Using the web to communicate with various groups, he added, could help resolve religious, economic, or political differences.[read in full]
shared 22 Jan, 2014
T-Mobile’s biggest goal over the last year has been to disturb the roost that rival U.S. carriers have been sitting comfortably in for years. By eliminating carrier subsidies, creating new payment plans for smartphones and allowing customers to upgrade their smartphones more frequently, its competitors—AT&T, Verizon and Sprint—have all raced to match or exceed T-Mobile’s offerings.
But T-Mobile’s competitors may not want to follow “Big Magenta” in its latest attempt to shake up the cellular industry.
T-Mobile announced Wednesday that it is getting into … personal finance.
shared 22 Jan, 2014
LiveMinutes, the collaborative productivity service for enterprise, has rolled out a redesigned Web app featuring a new activity feed and Evernote integration that’s all about real-time.
The San Francisco-based company unveiled its platform last year, serving up a tool that lets companies create workspaces to collaborate around documents such as PDFs, Office files, PSDs and more. It was also underpinned by HTML5 and WebRTC, meaning that it could support conference calls via the Web, Skype and more.[read in full]
shared 22 Jan, 2014
There is a little thrill in watching something you designed get built, layer by layer, by a 3D printer.
But it’s a slow thrill.
3D printing, even for a small object, can take a loooooong time. If you’re just trying to make a little widget on a one-off basis, (say a piece for a board game or something), a little wait while one strip of plastic is extruded upon another is no big deal. But for professional designers, speed is, doctoral student Stefanie Mueller says, “mission critical.”
According to Mueller, designers often allow their plans to print overnight, so as to waste less time.[read in full]