On January 4th, 2007, Steve Jobs presented the iphone for the very first time. At 4:50 minutes in, he prank called Starbucks to show off the groundbreaking GPS mapping features, saying:
"Yes, I’d like to order 4,000 lattes to go, please, No, just kidding. Wrong number. Goodbye!"
Since then, Apple fans have been pranking that Starbucks asking for 4,000 lattes! Fast Company has followed up with the barista who unknowingly answered Jobs’ call. Def worth a watch & a read. Such fun to watch this video & experience the nostalgia of hearing him say “widgets” vs apps etc!
how old are fax machines? thiiiiis old.
EASTER EGG: Google Translate fun-hack!
highly recommend this. // hilarious. won’t give away what it does, but you should do it!
DIRECTIONS »»> Go to Google Translate; Copy this text:
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Pick German as the ‘from’ language; Press the ‘Listen’-button
Cat vs. DVD drive. CLASSIC!
when’s the last time you used a DVD on your computer? in general? // for me, it’s been ages.
what if i bought a sidekick, reactivated my myspace account, put a pink streak in my hair, dated androgynous dudes in emo bands, and became a scene queen? what if people google “the black audrey kitching” and my tumblr pops up? is any of this still relevant in 2011?
hahahaha ultra short term nostalgia! i miss my kick! the sound of it clicking back into the position was so clacky and soothing. also it was a pretty badass texting MACHINE. and it really could hop around myspace. ugh, in a gross way, i miss you myspace era!
Today’s Google Doodle is a based on a microchip in honor of the the 84th birth anniversary of Robert Noyce, the co-founder of Intel who is widely regarded as the “the Mayor of Silicon Valley” for his warm mentoring of others coming up in the field. He was also a total badass: went to Grinnell College in Iowa, was way into flying planes, extreme skiing and singing madrigals. Such a cool guy.
He died on June 3, 1990 - my 6th birthday. For this reason, for the awesome social / digital work I got to be a part of on behalf of his brainchild mega-brand, and for my dear love of semi-conducting and processors and all they have spawned, I feel semi-connected (pun intended) to Robert Noyce. Clearly Google does too. :)
Elsewhere we’ve seen shit hit the fan: in England, in Spain, in Egypt, in China, and recently in Wisconsin. Whatever this is, it may still be small, and it’s just starting, but it’s the beginning of our thing, or it could be. In a way it’s promising that people are not accepting that this is happening. Even in New York, people float right past it. The media dismisses but it continues to grow.
There are lots of signs. Technology is mobilizing us like a galaxy of data bats and bugs crawling out of the manhole and into the cloud. Suddenly it’s more than Wall Street being occupied, and for a generation that never imagined it would have any conflict to contemplate besides: do I want the Jetta or Tuareg? New York or Silicon Valley? After studying hard to be successful— doing all the tough things we were told would pay off, the proverbial yawning chasm between reasonable expectation and reality seems to be widening. Next to the debt of our nation’s young, dystopia perhaps seems viable? Or at least preferable a future of sliding hope in unemployment offices, in cubicles with fluorescent light, in mall jobs, and repossessed cars, in empty inboxes.
This time somehow, it seems that it’s not only the radical underground and disgruntled outcasts who find themselves carrying signs, but it’s also the honor students of bumper sticker fame. It’s the professionals and academics who bought into the system earnestly and never imagined that they themselves would be the ones fighting for their own right for a fair share of normal.
If you know me, you know that I’m not all that political— that I’m obsessed with art, technology, and brands, but no brand, technology, or art can inspire like what might be happening right now within the collective itself. The truest art is watching in real time as my generation taps the nascent potential of technology to breed a new kind of (h)activism. Maybe the new brand is authenticity, and the shiny new technology feature set to announce is milk and vinegar to take the sting of mace out of a stranger’s eyes.
Image via here
Berlin’s startup and app development landscape extends far beyond Soundcloud — it’s best known app. Clips from this really great piece from RWW, both explain how and why the startup scene in Berlin seems to be growing with a particular strength in visual equity and also providing some specific fruits of this cultural and tech explosion:
“The new-generation startups and their founders no longer shoot for successful companies in their country (or in Europe), their mission is pure world domination,” says Reber. Reber says that Berlin startups who emphasise design “live perfection,” something he sees as a key to success:
“Users can see the passion of the team behind their products. That’s my number one advice for everyone; take the time you need to create the best result you’re able to create, forget ‘release early, release often’ and move to ‘It’s done, when it’s done’.”While for a long time it was regarded as the home of ‘clone’ startups that copied successful American ideas, Berlin’s reputation is changing, and a unique flair for design is helping to drive that message forward. Indeed, 6Wunderkinder posted a ‘call to arms’on its blog earlier this month when it called on fellow startups in the city to ‘Stand up’ and declared that “The anti-copycat revolution starts now”:“We’re now in an era of immense innovation and, in the words of Dylan, the times they are a-changin’. Germany, and in particular Berlin Mitte, is growing organically once again – in a crazy, outside the box kinda way. Fresh ideas are now finally bringing fresh money.”
Some particular examples of killer design in startups coming from Berlin right now:
- EyeEm is a photo sharing app that takes a little bit of Instagram, a pinch of Color and a sprinkling of Photovine and creates a new way of sharing photos that automatically adds context based on who you’re with, where you are and what you’re photographing. A beautifully simple interface makes some powerful behind-the-scenes technology easy to understand for anyone. While its location-centric approach to photo sharing might not be for everyone, there’s no denying that it’s a beautiful app to look at and use.
- WahWah.fm (pictured above) is an app that allows you to share the music you’re listening to on your iPhone with other people, so that they listen to exactly the same thing as you. It’s something of a Turntable.fm for people on the go, creating a radio station right from your phone. The design flair in the interface is stunning.
- Wunderlist from 6Wunderkinder is a cross-platform to-do list service that shuns the usual functional look of the genre for something a lot more stylish. (pictured above)
- SoundCloud is perhaps the best known Berlin startup right now, and the UI for its social audio platform is a thing of beauty. Just look at these example shots from its iPhone app, for example.
- There are many more examples out there, Readmill, which we praised for its looks just this week, for example. There are others which we can’t mention yet, as they want to keep below the radar. However, Amen and Gidsy (both yet to officially launch) are getting tongues wagging in the cafes of Berlin amongst those who have used them.
Even Nokia use iPhones.
IRONY. i’m actually not sure this is even an iphone, but either way it could be. see my tags for my thoughts on this.
You need to watch this video interviewing Forecast Founder / CEO & Designer Rene Pinell. Firstly, because it’s fascinating and concerns a new awesome app on the location based scene. Secondly, because there’s a hilarious and unexpected twist at the end that reveals how reporters likely feel about tech / social innovation.
Forecast is a really awesome app that tells friends where you’re going. I am very intrigued by Rene’s previous app Hurricane Party as well, which let’s you discover parties and tell friends about parties you’re throwing. Hurricane Party has the potential to fit right into (and arguably already has) social life in an organic way, allowing friends to notify one another and locate cool stuff that’s happening.
Forecast— still in beta testing — takes it one step further and predicts where you’re likely to go based on your location check in habits. It leverages the sort of “what’s the point” Foursquare check in data and provides insight into what’s likely so it can be used for social planning. By the time you check in somewhere with Foursquare it’s often too late for friends to coordinate and we all know the social media induced angst that can create. If you’ve been spared it goes something like this:
Friend A: I’m at X location fsq/linkydinkdink with Friend B, C, D, and E! yay for us and this band / these drinks / generic awesomeness!
Friend F: sadness. I wanted to go to that but didn’t know that anyone else did.
Friend G: you douches, I work a block away from there and am now home. WHY DIDNT YOU TELL ME? lol #resentful
Friend H: I was there last week, love it! Have a mojito for me. #jealous!
Friend A: [with delay probably] Oh come here now you guys wooo #awesomeness #notawareofinconveniencingothers!
Friends G/ F-Z: no we are already home / traveling / working / chilling somewhere equally awesome slash awesomer #wishyouplannedaheadmore
So as you can see, Forecast is filling a crack in the social zeitgeist that you may not have realized existed. I love how it’s more about the behavioral insight than it is about the location-based check in data, and that’s why I’ll be jumping in as soon as it hits android.
*Also in this video the interviewer from the Weather Channel in the red dress TOTALLY rolls her eyes at him. She’s going to regret that! So unprofesh, so hilarious!