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After doing a little more research than was healthy, I took the plunge and chose a tablet. One which I now own and use every day. It wasn’t an iPad, or even a name-brand Android tablet such as the Transformer Prime or Galaxy Tab. Instead it was a generic Android tablet bought from a random third-party seller on Amazon.
The idea of a homepage has changed over the years. It was once regarded as the portal to the rest of the Web, and your choices were quite limited. Now a homepage is merely the first place you land when you click on the little browser icon, and you more than likely click away from it within seconds to land somewhere else.
When was the last time you remembered how easy it is now is to find the best way to get from A to B thanks to Google Maps? As someone who grew up in a time before the Web became the mainstream behemoth it is today, I try and remind myself often how banal tasks have been made much easier. This means I don’t mind when Google releases a commercial for Google Maps but dresses it up as a fun little game.
Without images of any kind the Web would be a boring place. I cannot imagine traveling around the tubes without a side order of eye candy to go with my textual main course. And neither can you, apparently, as people from all backgrounds and ages are uploading photos galore to servers and the cloud. To share with friends and family, to show the world, to store for the future. But what is your preferred method for doing all this?
Who would ever have thought that old, outdated technology such as floppy disk drives would be given a new lease of life by amateur computer engineers and programmers turning them into instruments? Not me. But that is exactly what has happened over the last few years. What follows are the best music videos on the Web featuring songs played using floppy disk drives as instruments.
The Web is absolutely awash with images. Of all kinds. They’re everywhere, forming a major part of the majority of websites, or at least ones which want to treat visitors to some eye candy to complement the wall of text that may accompany them. Pinterest has shown just how important images are to most Web users. Millions of people have signed up to share images they love with others.
When Tupac Shakur strode on stage at the 2012 Coachella Music Festival to perform a song with Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, most of those in attendance were struck dumb with awe. Because Tupac was shot and killed in 1996. Thanks to a combination of an old-time stage trick and modern technology he returned to life in virtual form in front of 100,000 stunned music fans.
The profile picture you display to the world online, usually via social networking sites, can say a great deal about you. People can and will make instant judgments based on the image you have chosen to represent you in this world we refer to as “virtual”. This makes the decision process behind choosing your profile picture a more important one than you may think.
Hipsters, or scenesters as they’re sometimes called, are a sub-culture who want to be different. At all costs. That longing to be different has now come full circle, where it’s actually the norm (or at least common) to be a hipster – wearing retro clothes, sporting strange facial hair, and generally being a little out there. This has led to hipsters trying to be more different than ever before.
After months of rumors regarding a move into augmented reality, Google finally unveiled its Project Glass initiative at the beginning of April. Apart from a few photographs of annoying models wearing an early version of the Google Glasses, the main draw was a concept video showing one day in the life of someone wearing these futuristic specs. This video was ripe for spoofing.
If one company has benefited from the emergence of apps and the app economy more than any other it is Apple. It delivers the hardware, everyone else delivers the software. And Apple takes a cut of the revenue. But when the combination of device and apps makes things as awesome as this possible, very few people would have the heart to complain.
Like it or not, in order to be a member of the Internet community you need to have a profile. This may be an actual profile on multiple social networks packed full of personal information, or it could just be the persona you adopt and nurture in an online setting. Either way you’ll probably have a profile picture. That’s the subject of this week’s ‘We Ask [You] Tell Us’ column.
At the beginning of April Google unveiled Project Glass, a new effort to bring smartphone functionality to your eyeball(s). And that’s not me overstating the case. This is a HUD (Heads-Up Display) offering augmented reality, and it’s in development right now at Google HQ. We have already heard from James how this technology is perfectly feasible, and that the concept video Google proferred isn’t pie-in-the-sky thinking.
Spotify recently added a new selection of apps to its platform. We have already looked at five of the best, including Classify and Tweetvine, but here are another five worth exploring in order to get the most out of the music streaming service from Sweden. What the following five Spotify apps all have in common is that they’re run by and for specific record labels. Which is a notable change in strategy.