After facing numerous privacy issues over the past couples months, Facebook may have reason to be worried about the search engine giant is working on creating a social network. This digital Clash of the Titans should be interesting to watch as many of Google’s early social networking attempts have fallen short of successful.
Location-Based Services (LBS) has made another strive in proving its usefulness with a new application from OK! Magazine called the OK Celeb Spotter where users can report celeb-sightings in real-time.
Facebook who acquired Divvyshot, a photo sharing site, back in April, has implemented face detection technology that will find and select faces in photos and automatically tag them. This will streamline the photo tagging process which many consider the most tedious portion of photo-sharing on Facebook.
Viacom lost a billion-dollar case against YouTube. It’s been ruled that YouTube is protected by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) against copyright infringement. This is a huge success for internet users everywhere.
The internet has been buzzing with reports of the astounding amount of customers who lined up to purchase the iPhone 4 this week. The official reports are in and the iPhone sold 1.5 million phones on its launch day.
The organization that oversees regristraions for the internet and domain names has decided to approve the .xxx TLD (top level domain) for pornographic websites. This is a move that has been criticized by many groups including both conservative activists and pornographers.
Nike got tons of coverage and attention for creating the most viral video ever on YouTube (if by some chance you still haven’t seen it – check it out here), but I’m also loving the digital installation that they’ve created in South Africa.
Basically, Nike has created a huge LED display in Johannesburg, and Chalkbot style, is letting fans from around the world use social networks like Facebook to send messages for potential posting.
You can tweet your message to #NikeFuture for a chance for your message to be on of the 100/night that are broadcasted across the display. Go for it. And go #USA!
People use their iPads for various purposes, but most are pretty basic: word processing, email checking, photo uploading, and newspaper or magazine reading. All of these tasks can be performed on a laptop or desktop, which is part of the reason why I had trouble understanding its purpose at first. There are a handful of people, however, who really think “outside the box,” so to speak, and not just fiddle with the device, but come up with ways to use or hold it. Some for science, other for entertainment, but all of these variations are very clever.
In Italy, a multimedia exhibit was created in honor of the 20th anniversary of Dolce & Gabbana’s menswear collection. The walls of part of the exhibit were lined with iPads that displayed images from a new book “20 Years of Dolce & Gabbana for Men” that could be scrolled through by drawing a hand across the touch screen.
Then there’s my personal favorite, the chocolate-covered iPad. It serves as a doubly-awesome gift as it is both edible and practical. After being coated and frozen in chocolate, the iPad was still in perfect condition. The creativity that goes into all of these designs is quite innovative. I can’t wait to see more that I’m sure are in store in the near future.
As a young child, my best friend and I played with a Barbie fashion designer computer game. Every play date we had, we would rush to the computer and make a new hairstyle and color for Barbie as well as pick out her clothes. Fast forward about fifteen years, and we can do the same thing for humans, and then purchase it. In the past few years, this concept of “virtual mirrors” has become more and more prominent in the fashion industry.
I am very hesitant about purchasing things online; I want to be able to feel the material of the sweater, or be able to make sure that a watch fits my wrist correctly. With online shopping, the tactile aspect of shopping is avoided. Some people would argue that virtual mirrors have fixed my complaint about online shopping, while others would disagree.
Companies such as Adidas and Ray-Ban have you scan in a picture of yourself and then allow you to “virtually” try on products. Yes, one can better visualize how the product would look on a person, but can this tool really make or break a sale? Another company, Innova, has a step-by-step process in which the customer makes an appointment to get a “body scan” and then, they will virtually tailor your clothes for you based on the measurements taken. While this concept is quite innovative (hence the company name), is it worth the time, effort, or money? A picture of a product held up to a picture of a person can’t really determine if it will fit correctly.
While I’m not quite convinced that this is the future of shopping and tailoring, I did think of a really cool way that the virtual mirror concept could be used. A program could scan in the barcodes from certain stores and an image of the piece of clothing or accessory appears. From all of these scans the “closet has been built.” This program could appear on a computer (or even a television screen) along with an image of yourself, and essentially play Barbie fashion designer every morning (and could even be done from your bed!).