Technology


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Apr 14

Europe in 8 Bits

EUROPE IN 8 BITS is a documentary that explores the world of chip music, a new musical trend that is growing exponentially throughout Europe. The stars of this musical movement reveal to us how to reuse old videogames hardware like Nintendo’s GameBoy, NES, Atari ST, Amiga and the Commodore 64 to turn them into a tool capable of creating a new sound, a modern tempo and an innovative musical style. This is a new way of interpreting music performed by a great many artists who show their skills in turning these “limited” machines designed for leisure in the 80’s into surprising musical instruments and graphical tools. It will leave nobody indifferent.


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Apr 14

Nest + Virgin Airlines

I love it when great brands collaborate. Nest recently teamed up with Virgin America to reinvent the way people fly, providing a unique and customizable experience. Tony Fadell and Richard Branson introduce Total Temperature Control, the newest product from Nest, available in all Virgin America planes.


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Mar 14

Android Wear

TheeBlog-AndroidWear While everyone is still wondering how Google Glass works or who has been able to get a pair in order to experience them, Google has been busy working on its new toy. A new watch that promises to make all things look and work better, and beat all other smart watches like Samsung or Motorola. Android Wear is Google’s new baby, and its interface, released last week, is nice, simple and effective. Check out some samples and a video after the jump.
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Mar 14

The GameChanger

TheeBlog-TheGameChanger The World Cup is only 83 days away!!! And if you are like me, you’re already looking for extra DVR storage alternatives, planning out your sports bar itinerary and times and letting everyone know that you will be busy and disconnected for a month. One thing I do hate during the tournament is asking every restaurant or bar to switch replays of college golf tournament broadcasts to live World Cup games – it happens. But hey! Now there’s a solution for that! The geniuses at beIN Sports developed a vuvuzela with the ability to flip any channel, to their station, giving us football fans the power (at least for one happy month)!
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Mar 14

GitHub Headquarters

TheeBlog-GitHub_Office It’s been a while since we feature cool office spaces, and with shows like Scandal or House of Cards, I figured GitHub’s San Francisco Headquarters would be the perfect office to feature. Why, you ask? Well, not only does this 55,000 square foot office come with pool tables, an amphitheater used for presentations and events or a restaurant-sized speakeasy liquor bar. It also features meeting rooms ‘themed’ like the ones at the White House, and perhaps the coolest reception lobby you will ever find. A full replica of the White House’s oval office. Yup, enough said.
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6
Mar 14

HUVr

TheeBlog-HUVr If you grew up watching Back to the Future – or if you’ve been introduced to the saga by friends, mere curiosity or the buzz – you know what a hoverboard is. In fact, you’ve been dreaming and asking Santa for one every Christmas since 1989. Or maybe that’s just me… Well, good news. MIT geniuses along with a couple of celebrities including Doc Brown, Tony Hawk and Moby recently got together to experience and introduce the world to HUVr, the first, real, hoverboard. Check the video after the jump!
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Feb 14

Happy 30th Apple

Yes, I know I’m a little late to the celebration and messages, but this great video, shot entirely on a iPhones, pretty much sums up Apple’s presence and importance in our everyday life. And this is something we all should celebrate – yes, even you Apple haters. Here’s to many, many more, Apple. Thank you for changing the world.


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Oct 13

Facebook Town

TheeBlog-FacebookTown It is no secret that Facebook might be one of the coolest companies to work for, and one with one of the coolest ‘campus’ around – How many companies can call their HQs a campus? Facebook is more than just a cool and pretty facade, from what I’ve learned from people I know who work there is that there’s this great inspiring vibe complimented with great vision and leadership. Add sweet offices to this mix and you have a $100 BILLION company. Give or take a couple of billions. Now, I know I’ve shared Facebook’s offices before (HERE) but today I want to share more than just their main building. I came across a great article featuring Facebook’s entire campus or mini-town composed of laundromats, bakeries, barber shops, restaurants, music studios, wood shops, banks, bike shops… which are all free and available to all employees. I know… I know…
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Oct 13

Twitter’s San Francisco HQ

TheeBlog_TwitterHQ When it comes to cool headquarters and offices, startups and tech companies really do take the cake. Don’t know if it is the influx of young(er) blood and beliefs or simply the understanding that creating a well decorated and comfortable environment will always keep employees happy and production growing. Unfortunately, as simple and true as this equation is, there are still many offices and corporations who do little or nothing to improve their old or tacky in-house culture or decoration. Twitter is definitely one of the companies that share this ideology, and it is reflected in their sweet HQ offices located in San Francisco. Housed in a lovely 1937 Art Deco building, this HQ comes with great social areas, a couple of cool conference rooms, an impressive cafeteria, a rooftop social area and garden, a yoga studio, game rooms and more…
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Oct 13

BOX

“Box” explores the synthesis of real and digital space through projection-mapping on moving surfaces. The short film documents a live performance, captured entirely in camera. Bot & Dolly produced this work to serve as both an artistic statement and technical demonstration. It is the culmination of multiple technologies, including large scale robotics, projection mapping, and software engineering. This methodology has tremendous potential to radically transform theatrical presentations, and define new genres of expression. – Agree!


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Aug 13

Jobs

TheeBlog-SteveJobsFilm As many of you might know by now, the Steve Jobs biopic, featuring Ashton Kutcher as Jobs, is scheduled to hit theaters this month (August 16th) and although the hype – or feedback- has not been that great, I am sure most of us will be there. I know I will. Whether Kutcher can pull this one of has generated mixed feelings, but I guess we’ll have to wait for the movie release for a verdict. For now, here’s the official movie trailer and some photos to get you in the mood. Happy Friday!
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Jun 13

Let’s talk Apple and iOS7

TheeBlog-Apple_ios7 So, by now, I am pretty sure you are aware of Apple’s latest releases and announcements. Yes, reactions to these have been… let’s say eclectic – or colorful (seems a little more appropriate). Today I want to briefly talk about the re-design of iOS7. One, because I know you guys are probably also struggling with this issue and two, because I needed to rant. I’ve been a loyal Apple supporter for years and was curious to see if the rumors about Ive’s new flat experience were true, I mean, as a Designer, this was something I was looking forward to. But what I saw at WWDC simply didn’t feel right… (and I am being gentle)
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Jun 13

OFFF Barcelona 2013 Titles

TheeBlog-OFFF2013Titles There’s been an exciting surge of exciting and amazingly inspiring “title work” lately – and a high email based demand for more! Masters like Dany Yount, Nando Costa, Ash Thorp and many more have delighted us with beautiful mini-films and title sequences that go well beyond the expected, inspiring many of us and raising the bar a little higher each time. It is no surprise that OFFF has always been a mecca for inspiration and learning, and that its titles have always been simply perfect. Today, I want to share the recently released titles for this year’s OFFF Barcelona conference, created by the geniuses at From Form in collaboration with Part of Something. The stunning film features a lovely story and all speakers in a way that I’ve never seen before, and that I am completely in love with! Simply BRILLIANT! This is your must watch of the week!
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Apr 13

Daft Punk. Random Access Memories.

TheeBlog-DaftPunk_Collaborators By now, I am sure you’ve seen a plethora of posts, photos and articles about Daft Punk’s new album, Random Access Memories, scheduled to release soon. And if you, like me, are anxiously waiting for it to drop, then you’ll understand that simply listening to their recently released single, featuring Pharell called Get Lucky, is just not enough. We need more… we demand more! Luckily, Thomas and Guy-Manuel are geniuses when it comes not only to music but to promotion, branding and advertising. The Collaborators, is a behind the scenes series directed by Ed Lachman and created by The Creators Project featuring the different artists Daft Punk collaborated with for this new album including Neil Rodgers, Giorgio Moroder, Todd Edwards and Pharell Williams, giving us an inside look into the magic that goes on inside Daft Punk’s studio.
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Apr 13

Facebook Home

TheeBlog-FacebookHome It is no surprise that Facebook continues to launch new applications, apps and products constantly. With such a massive market and user base… wouldn’t you? I am sure most fo you already heard the news yesterday but in case you missed it, here’s a little post about the new Facebook Home. In short, Facebook Home is an app for Android devices which will turn them into not just a phone but a social phone. So, if tapping the Facebook icon on your phone drives you crazy and takes 0.002 seconds of your life, now you can have your Facebook news feed available immediately as pasrt of your phone’s home screen. Now, would this new product really take off and become as popular as Facebook? Hmmm not sure…
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Apr 13

Google’s Newest Addition

TheeBlog-GoogleNose Google has just announced their newest addition to traditional Search. Google Nose. Knowing that users always expect more and are constantly looking for ways to enhance their online experience, Google developed this new technology that will not only provide search results, but could also provide scents as well as capture and determine scents we might search for. Take a video tour after the jump or visit Google.com/nose for more information and to download it. (Still in Beta stage)
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Feb 13

Google Crashers

TheeBlog-TheInternship Remember Wedding Crashers and that great bromance/chemistry between Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn? Well, they’re back, but not for a sequel (yet). The Internship is a new movie starring Wilson and Vaughn as ex-salesmen who lose their jobs and somehow end up as Google interns. Could this be the future of movies? A feature, extremely expensive (and profitable) product commercial?
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Jan 13

90s Nostalgia

Like many of you, I really don’t like Internet Explorer. It’s cumbersome, unreliable and worst of all, forces us to work extra/harder. But now that Microsoft has decided to copy Apple ‘evolve’, new promo spots and advertising has been popping up everywhere. And to my surprise, the spot I want to share today is actually good! (Considering most of their print ads are blatant copies of Apple and iPad ads). This new ad spot wants to re-introduce us to the new and ‘grown-up’ Internet Explorer by taking us back in time to the 90s - this ad might not make much sense if you were born in the 2000s – and featuring items, toys, technology and shoes (Pumps & LA Lights!!!) we grew up with.
Ahhh the good ol’ days…


14
Nov 12

SHAVE IT!

TheeBlog-ShaveIt11 Animated films have gained a respectable, and well deserved, spot when it comes to movie genres. Every year more and more films are released and continue to improve their audience reach with great stories, impressive animations, effects and a couple of good ‘adult’ jokes hidden in the plot. I’ve been a fan of them since I first watched Toy Story and now that I have kids, I get to enjoy them again (sometimes 70 times a week) SHAVE IT! Is a beautiful new independent short film by Argentina based studio 3dar. It’s the story of a monkey, who accidentally discovers an electric shaver, changes his appearance, moves to the big city and becomes President. I don’t know about you but that plot makes me want to watch it immediately, and once you get to the colors and illustrations, you’re hypnotized by its awesomeness!! Check out a trailer and some of the ‘making of’ sketches and storyboards after the jump…
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Nov 12

City of Possibilities

TheeBlog-CityofPossibilities While watching Election Day coverage and flipping through channels, I found a commercial during a CNN break that immediately caught my attention and made me stop, rewind and watch it twice (second one with my kids). I mean, when a company goes way out of their ’safety zone’ or expected ads and hires a brilliant agency like The Mill NY, the results are magical! Norfolk Southern’s latest ad called “City of Possibilities” is an impressive and beautiful Live-Action/CGI ode to creativity and that child we all have inside. The ad, produced, designed and directed by The Mill NY, features a combination of awesome custom-made toys and lovely animation that I am sure will make you smile. Check the video after the jump AND a cool behind the scenes feature!
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Nov 12

Instagram Profiles on the Web

TheeBlog-InstagramProfiles Big news for all of us Instagram lovers as the launch of Instagram Profiles on the Web has been announced. Yup, your IG photos will now be easier to stalk browse and share online thanks to yo your very own custom page… which looks just like your Facebook profile. Really? That’s the best they could do? Although they are not fully available yet, there are a few pages you can check out in the meantime… Opinions?
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5
Nov 12

The famous Steve Jobs’ yacht

TheeBlog-SteveJobsYacht We all remember Steve Jobs as a humble and simple genius. Although he was one of the most powerful men in the Universe, he loved to stay below the radar and his iconic style – he practically trademarked the black turtle-neck+New Balance kicks look – was a constant reminder of it. But what very few people knew, until its announcement last year and its mention in his biography book, was that Jobs had been working closely with French designer Philippe Starck on a personal project he unfortunately never got to see finished. VENUS is Steve Jobs impressive yacht and it was unveiled last month in Holland. Forget all yachts and boats you’ve seen before, as this -like everything Jobs created- will raise the bar pretty high.
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Oct 12

Where the Internet lives

TheeBlog-GoogleDataCenters We all know about the perks and benefits of being a Google employee, we’ve also seen many of their extremely cool offices playgrounds but what most of us have never seen, is what really makes Google the global powerhouse it is. Its Data Centers! And before you walk away thinking this is going to be some geeky post, remember we are talking about Google, so of course even its Data Centers will be fun and impressive. Think of them as a combination of different movie sets like Star Wars + Mission Impossible + Star Trek + a little more Star Wars and a flair of Dr. Evil’s layer. Of course, all in Google signature colors. Get ready to geek out!
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Oct 12

Thank You Felix!

TheeBlog-RedBullStratos I’ve always had this fascination with space and I remember many dreams involving space travel or being able to ‘fly out there’. Well, yesterday, the dream of an adventurous kid became a reality as he was the first human being to travel to the edge of space with the unique goal of freefalling down to earth. Today I want to thank Felix Baumgartner for inspiring kids (and many of us) to keep dreaming and fight for their dreams. And also share some stunning photos and video of his amazingly supersonic freefall from 128k feet, which happened yesterday, in case you live under a rock :) If you are still not familiar with this fun mission, here’s a brief explanation: Austrian skydiver and BASE jumper Felix Baumgartner, sponsored by Red Bull, traveled to the edge of space to jump back to earth breaking a few records such as fastest freefall (breaking sound barrier), altitude and time records. For the detailed description, continue reading…
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Oct 12

‘Stunning’ Interactive Print Ad by Lexus

TheeBlog-LexusStunning When it comes to advertising, there’s no such things as moderation or complacency, and perhaps that’s one of the things I like about it. Companies are constantly trying to outdo each other, and battle to be the one that launches that ‘it’ campaign, and of course, dominates the market. To prove my point, today I want to share a printed+interactive ad for Lexus that, if you have not seen it yet, will blow your socks off. And that perhaps will replace all existing QR codes n advertising. Please! The magazine ad was created using CinePrint, and to put it simple, once your magazine page is combined with your iPad, the entire ad becomes interactive. Sounds crazy? Check it out!
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