Items tagged with art

Google Maps and other related apps are part of many of our daily activities. Google Maps provides directions, information about traffic, restaurant recommendations, and many other services. However, it is also important to remember that these kinds of apps can be easily manipulated. Artist Simon Weckert recently tested the limitations of Google Maps and questioned how this tool can impact our actions and the distribution of power. Simon Weckert is a Berlin-based artist who is particularly interested in the value of technology. For this particular performance and installation, Weckert placed 99 smartphones in a small wagon and walked across the Shilling Bridge in Berlin. The bridge appeared “green”,... Read more...
Amazon is embracing haggling with its Make An Offer feature, but if you’re hoping for the chance to talk the company down on a new HDTV, think again. Make An Offer is a tool for Amazon’s 150,000 sellers, rather than for the company itself, and will apply only to items like art and collectibles. Amazon's Make An Offer section. The mechanics of the new tool are pretty straightforward. If you see a "Make An Offer" button on an item’s page, you can click it to start haggling. Name your price, and the seller will have a chance to accept it, counter-offer, or swat away your lowball with an outright rejection. If your offer is accepted, you can put the item into your cart and buy it at the new price.... Read more...
For the next couple of weeks, an artist in Times Square is giving you the chance to put a giant image of your face on the ground. What--you’re not booking a flight to N.Y.C. right now? Then you might miss out on the fun, because people different artistic sensibilities than yours are lining up every day to get their selfies onto the sidewalk. The Inside Out Project plastering selfies to the sidewalk in New York City's Times Square. Image credit: Inside Out Project The Inside Out Project, created by artist JR, and a winner of the California TED Conference in 2011, is global art project in which truck that serves as a rolling photo studio shows up and its crew offer passersby the chance to... Read more...
Art? Microsoft? Together? Yep. The company is encouraging artistic creativity through the launch of an international art project called “The Art of Touch,” inspired by the Microsoft family of Touch mice consisting of the Microsoft Touch Mouse, Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse and Microsoft Explorer Touch Mouse. We've seen companies do similar things from time to time in order to drum up interest in a particular aspect of their portfolio, and it's good to see a giant like Microsoft take the time to do likewise. Visitors to the site can easily create original works of art with a palette of brushes and effects built into the application. Art created with the palette may be submitted, easily... Read more...
We’re starting to see more and more smartphones with built-in GPS capabilities these days. Now, thanks to Pharos, we have two more options. But new phones aren’t the only new thing from Pharos: The company recently introduced its new Smart Navigator software in addition to two new unlocked GPS smartphones running Windows Mobile. The new Pharos Traveler 117 and 127 are the first phones from Pharos to incorporate Pharos Smart Navigator, a new hybrid navigational product that was designed specifically for Microsoft Windows Mobile devices. Smart Navigator combines navigation software with real-time location services for traffic, maps, incremental map updates, dynamic POI (points of interest)... Read more...
The Wii Fit is all the rage these days. Selling like hotcakes, it was only a matter of time before another company tried their hand at virtual fitness. The first up to the plate is video game giant Electronic Arts. EA has unveiled its take on fitness. Unlike the "eastern" oriented Wii Fit, which focuses on balance and stretching, this "western" styled fitness game takes a more cardiovascular approach to fitness.  EA Sports President Peter Moore has geared the game towards women, especially mothers, and aims to give people a more strenuous workout by distracting them with the fun of video games, yet still get them to sweat. "It can't feel like a workout," he said, "the team has to figure... Read more...
There's a lot more to history and archeology than just uncovering the past. Sometimes recreating the past in our present time is the best way to understand how people lived thousands of years ago. One such project, the Rome Reborn project of the University of Virginia's Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities, seeks to digitally rebuild the city of Rome "as it might have appeared at the height of its urban development in the time of Constantine the Great in A.D. 320."The first version of the Rome Reborn project was ten years in the making and was completed only last year. It included digital models of the terrain and over 7,000 structures--250 of which were highly detailed. The source... Read more...
Kudos to the folks over at the independent product warranty company, SquareTrade, for not just offering warranties beyond that of merchants and manufacturers, but for also actually analyzing the failure rate data from over 15,000 new cell phones they covered. Their recent analysis, which is available as a PDF report here, compares the failure rates of iPhone, Blackberry, and Treo handsets, and found that the iPhone was the hardiest one of them all. Within the first 12 months of ownership, SquareTrade saw a 5.6-percent malfunction rate with iPhones. Blackberry handsets saw more than twice as many malfunctions at 11.9 percent; and Treos saw the highest frequency of malfunctions at 16.2 percent.... Read more...
Generally speaking, many travelers, especially business travelers, are somewhat tech savvy. To cater to this audience, some hotels are teaming with tech companies to keep pace with their gadget-obsessed guests.Sheraton, for example, teamed with Microsoft to create its new Link@Sheraton lounges where guests can surf the Internet, email loved ones, review local favorite attractions, and print boarding passes. The PCs in these lounges have Web cams and Microsoft applications that walk guests through recording and sending a video clip. In turn, Microsoft hopes to encourage users to try a task they wouldn’t attempt at home, such as using a Web cam to say goodnight to the kiddos back home. Westin... Read more...
BOLD NEW DELL (PRODUCT)RED ARTWORK FOR STUDIO LAPTOPS EXPRESS PASSION FOR ART, DESIRE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE Dell expands the palette of its Art House series with three exclusive (PRODUCT)RED designs  Dell spotlights (RED)-inspired artists and their visions in global gallery on Dell.com  For each Dell (PRODUCT)RED design purchased , Dell will contribute $20 to the Global Fund, helping to save lives and eliminate AIDS in Africa ROUND ROCK, Texas, Nov. 11, 2008 –Dell continues to celebrate a season of design and discovery with the unveiling of the (PRODUCT)RED artwork for the Dell Studio laptops. This artwork exemplifies the unique visions of artists passionate about fighting AIDS in Africa.... Read more...
Well, Wal-Mart may be having trouble keeping up with iTunes as far as being the top music retailer, but it doesn't have iTunes as a competitor among video games.  Thus, we are where we are ...eMarketer.com conducted a survey of 2,000 gamers aged 12 to 54, dubbed "Are You Game?" It found that Wal-Mart was the most visited retailer for video games, with Best Buy and GameStop tied for second.  The margin was 8%, a pretty large margin, as you can see below.After those three comes Target, and then Circuit City and Amazon, tied.  Yes, the "I'm closing 155 stores" Circuit City, you've got it; still decently high in the rankings.So, based on this, not only is Wal-Mart the world's biggest... Read more...
HP recently released its TouchSmart Application Developer Guidelines to third party developers. In doing so, the company is allowing anyone to create touch-friendly applications that will run within the TouchSmart Software suite on popular HP TouchSmart PCs. As a means of distributing guidelines to developers and providing a way for TouchSmart developers to interact with one another, HP has gotten behind the TouchSmart Community. On the TouchSmart Community, you’ll find a download hub that allows developers to upload and share their creations with TouchSmart owners from a central location. To jump start the new development initiative, the TouchSmart Community is running a contest that will give... Read more...
It’s hard to avoid making comparisons to Apple’s iPhone when you mention the HTC Touch Diamond. Although they are very different phones running on different operating systems, the Touch Diamond is arguably one of the closest competitors in the U.S. market today to the popular iPhone in terms of unique touch controls, an attractive looking user interface, power and versatility. Even though the phones compete in some areas, it’s important to understand that there’s a big difference between the Touch Diamond and the iPhone in terms of their intended users. You see, HTC designed the Touch Diamond as a Windows Mobile, business-friendly device. Click the link below and take a look... Sprint HTC Touch... Read more...
Intel Recognized as EPA Green Power Partner of the Year SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 28, 2008 - At an award ceremony hosted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last evening, Intel Corporation received a 2008 Green Power Leadership Award and was also named a Green Power Partner of the Year. The EPA recognized the company's voluntary efforts to address climate change through green power purchases and its impact in advancing the renewable energy market. "This is but one milestone in our long-term strategy to help make renewable energy more economically feasible and a realistic choice for individuals and corporations," said William Swope, vice president of Intel's Corporate Affairs Group.... Read more...
In May, Google Earth came to the browser, with a browser plug-in. It's great to be able to use a browser rather than have to install a separate app. Well, that may be something for the future, but at least for now, you can finally use Google Earth on your iPhone. You can download it from the App Store --- yes, for free. Peter Birch, Google Earth's product manager, said:"The idea of having Earth on a mobile device is something people dreamed of back to the Keyhole days and before. This is the first opportunity we've had to be able to deliver a great experience." The reference to Keyhole refers to the original software, which was originally called Earth Viewer, and was created by Keyhole, Inc,... Read more...
AT&T and Samsung recently released the Samsung Epix, a new smartphone with a 2.5-inch touch screen and an optical mouse. This new smartphone, powered by Windows Mobile 6.1, boasts of the first-ever optical mouse on a phone sold in the U.S. The optical mouse is located between the right and left soft keys, where you’d typically find a four-way navigation key. Coincidentally, the optical mouse can also serve double-duty as a four-way navigational key if you prefer.Additional features of the Epix include: 802.11 b/g aGPS AT&T Video Share support tri-band HSDPA (850/1900/2100) quad-band EDGE (850/900/1800/1900) simultaneous voice and data capabilities 2.0MP camera with video-capture full... Read more...
DRM (and lawsuits) aside, Spore has sold a ton of copies. In late September Electronic Arts (EA) said it had already sold 1 million copies (combined PC, Mac and Nintendo DS) sales since shipping on September 7th, despite DRM "Protest Creatures" and critical end user reviews at stores like Amazon.com.Slightly over a week ago listings for something appeared at both Amazon.com (since removed) and GameStop appeared, showing a add-on pack called the Spore Creepy & Cute Parts Pack. There was a ship date of November 18th, but no additional info, and no word from EA about it. Showing up on the EA Store as a pre-order is pretty good confirmation, however. And, with that listing on the EA Store, we... Read more...
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and Google-sponsored GeoEye-1 satellite, which was launched on September 6, has begun capturing image data from its orbit 423 miles above Earth. The satellite had been undergoing calibration and check out since launch, but transmitted its first, full color half-meter ground resolution images yesterday.Although the first images released from the Satellite are half-meter ground resolution, GeoEye-1 is actually capable of capturing much more precise images. Due to U.S. licensing restrictions, commercial customers--like Google--can only be given access to imagery that has been processed to half-meter ground resolution. But the GeoEye-1 satellite actually... Read more...
XOHM, Intel and WiMAX Partners Celebrate New 4G Broadband Era in Baltimore4G mobile service provides XOHM customers a city-sized hotspot. New Intel-based notebooks, other WiMAX-ready devices on roadmap. XOHM retail push includes Web, area Mall kiosks and select Best Buy stores. Symbolic "wire-cutting" event signifies Internet freedom and mobility. Baltimore – Oct. 8, 2008 – Catalysts of a new 4G wireless broadband era gathered today in Baltimore as Sprint (NYSE: S), Intel and their WiMAX ecosystem partners celebrated the recent launch of XOHM mobile 4G service, and announced new access devices and retail strategies at an Inner Harbor event. The occasion marked a business model transformation... Read more...
IBM and Business Partners Collaborate to Further Mainframe EducationNew Scholarship Program Supports Increased Channel Demand in Mainframe Computing ARMONK, NY - 03 Oct 2008: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that it is collaborating with Business Partners and universities to launch a jointly developed scholarship program for students focused on furthering mainframe education. The new program is designed to support increased demand in education and training in mainframe and large enterprise computing.The new initiative -- called the IBM Destination z Enterprise Computing Scholarship Program -- will allow students to receive scholarship funding for educational courses that will increase their technical... Read more...
Can you spell "SEC investigation?"  There is definitely going to be one after this.  A post at CNN's new social news site, iReport, resulted in Apple stock plummeting this morning, when it was rumored that Steve Jobs had suffered a heart attack.  iReport allows users to post unvetted stories, which then --- after vetting, may be posted to the iReport page on CNN.com.  This story obviously didn't make it there, and has since been taken down.Interestingly, this user has never submitted a story previously.  And the time of the story posting, 6 AM PDT, was obviously very suspicious.  The story read:Steve Jobs was rushed to the ER just a few hours ago after suffering... Read more...
Some news just came across the wire regarding a strategic partnership being formed between NVIDIA and a company called MotionDSP.  If you're unfamiliar with MotionDSP, the company has created custom software that decodes video files, extracts large amounts of data from dozens of video frames, filters the video using custom algorithms, and then re-constructs a new video which combines all the new data and enhanced frames.  The end result is a final video that is of much higher quality and of higher resolution than the original, that shows more detail with less video noise and artifacts.  We've got the full release regarding the partnership posted below, which... Read more...
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