Can NY Fashion Week Make Google Glass Stylish?

September 12, 2012 03:57 by Brandon
      

While Google's always been a hit among Internet junkies and tech-lovers, it's not exactly a household name on the runway. But company co-founder Sergey Brin might have changed all that when he surprised audiences at New York Fashion Week by introducing Google Glass.

According to Mashable, "Models walked down the runway at Diane von Furstenberg’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection show wearing Glass, the upcoming headset/eyewear device that Google is developing." Take a look at the product below: 

By Antonio Zugaldia from Washington, D.C., United States (Detail of Google Glass) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

So what do Google's fancy new glasses do? They're a lot like a smartphone; wearers can snap photos, shoot video and view calendars, among other functions.

There's no doubt that Google Glass is an impressive feat in tech innovation. But, even if Google's promotional product wowed NYFW crowds, will consumers embrace the futuristic-looking device? Only time will tell!

What are your thoughts?

A Social Media Will: Brilliant Idea or Just Plain Weird?

May 7, 2012 05:33 by Brandon
      

Before we die, we're supposed to write up a will that describes which parts of our estate go to whom. You might leave your property in Florida to your son, your car to your cousin, your house to your spouse.  But who would you leave your Facebook profile to?

The US government is now urging citizens to consider creating a social media will as part of their estate planning.  According to the government's official Tumblr, "If you have social media profiles set up online, you should create a statement of how you would like your online identity to be handled. Just like a traditional will helps your survivors handle your physical belongings, a social media will spells out how you want your online identity to be handled."

But law professor Naomi Cahn told Mashable that formal wills can be tricky: They "...become public," Cahn said. "So you need to be careful what you put in a will, because anyone in the world could have access to it."  Therefore, Cahn suggests creating an informal agreement about passwords and how accounts should be handled.

Would you consider drafting a social media will, or would you rather sort out those details with a friend over a cup of logo tea? Share your thoughts below! 

promotional bamboo tea box - 6 flavors

What Exactly is #Squirrels4Good?

April 24, 2012 04:43 by Brandon
      

If the Kony 2012 campaign taught marketers anything, it's that social media can help bring awareness to a whole new level.  Craigslist founder Craig Newmark is hoping that his new online fundraiser in support of the National Wildlife Federation will also catch on. National Wildlife Federation

According to Mashable, "Newmark will donate $1 to the National Wildlife Federation for each mention of the hashtag #Squirrels4Good on Twitter or his Facebook Page, up to 5,000 mentions." The Craigslist creator will also donate $1 for every new person who follows him over the next couple of weeks.

The question on everyone's mind has got to be:  What's with this guy's squirrel obsession?  Newark's announcement of the campaign explains it came from his fondness for the furry "urban survivor."  He even posted a video of a squirrel hanging out on his deck. 

"I do most of my work in my home office next to some woods, where frequent squirrely visitors remind me of a growing love of the natural world," Newark told Mashable. "Beyond that, I need to learn social media more effectively to support what I believe in the 20-year range and the 200-year range."

Will you participate in Newark's #Squirrels4Good fundraiser?

I've Never Liked Hillary More

April 11, 2012 04:04 by Brandon
      

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is known for many things, but few people have ever taken note of her sense of humor.

That's about to change, though, as Madam Secretary Clinton has submitted her own post to the funny Tumblelog, Texts From Hillary.  According to Mashable, the Tumblr is built around "photos of Clinton checking messages on her cellphone aboard a military C-17 aircraft. The blog features Clinton responding to texts from politicians and celebrities in various awesome and hilarious ways."  Check out Clinton's submission below:

I love that Clinton has responded to the blog in a positive way.  And I'm sure I'm not alone when I say I've never liked Hillary more!  P.S. Does anyone else think the posts would make for a great promotional calendar?

Wedding Stress? Social Media to the Rescue!

March 13, 2012 04:52 by Brandon
      

My coworker and friend Stacie recently got engaged.  I couldn't be happier for her and her husband-to-be -- they seem like they're really a great match!  And although the wedding won't be for at least another year, I'm already stressed out for Stacie.  Planning the big day won't be easy! 

So when I stumbled upon a Mashable article about organizing the perfect wedding on the Internet, it immediately piqued my interest. Is it possible to plan a beautiful ceremony online?

According to Mashable, there are at least eight aspects of a wedding that can be put together with the help of popular social media sites:

  1. Tools such as DropBox and Google Docs allow you to share important wedding information -- like contracts and spreadsheets -- easily. This makes collaborating with your partner a cinch!
  2. Finding a venue you'll love is difficult enough.  Deciding on a site rental that also matches your budget can seem impossible.  Online directories such as VenueTastic and Here Comes the Guide can help you find accurate quotes.
  3. If you want to go paperless with your invitations, you'll be happy to know that services like Pingg and Paperless Post allow you to send them digitally.  And if not everyone's Internet-savvy (grandma and grandpa), you can use social sites like Etsy and Ink Garden to create custom print designs.
  4. What will your guests eat and drink? Some venues determine meal options for you in advance, but if not, you can book your celebration's eats with the help of review sites like Yelp.
  5. Let's face it:  While you appreciate the thought friends and family will put into your gifts, there's nothing worse than receiving the same item from five different people. Online registry site MyRegistry makes it easy to aggregate several different lists into one to make sure you get everything you need. You can also browse online for personalized wedding gifts.
  6. Utilize online directories like Wedding Wire to find the right minister for your wedding!
  7. Your big day is sure to feel like a whirlwind.  Make sure you remember every detail by finding a photographer you'll love on Flickr.
  8. If you trust your guests' tastes in music, you might like this unique way to build a playlist.  Sites like Turntable.fm let you create a real-time list of songs.  Guests can contribute to the list throughout the reception!

 

If you've got the time and energy to get everything done in-person, then that's great. But in today's increasingly busy world, I'm sure at least some of these online resources will be useful to you!  I know Stacie will be using one or two :).

New MTV App Brings Viewers Together

February 28, 2012 04:52 by Brandon
      

When I studied abroad in the spring of 2008, I made friends from all over the world.  I had the privilege of meeting great people from Australia, Mexico, Canada, England and more.  And one of the harsh realities about coming home was no longer being able to do the simple things with my new buddies, like go to the movies, make dinner, and even watch TV.

But one new app allows comrades who many not be in the same place at the same time to watch and discuss MTV content together.  The mobile TV application, dubbed MTV Under The Thumb, was debuted at MTV's trade show tent at the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona, Spain, and is already garnering lots of attention. 

Mashable reports that through downloading the app, users get access to on-demand content.  It also offers "a social twist:" friends can co-view MTV's content and chat within the app at the same time.  Furthermore, they can share their favorite television programs on Facebook and "pair their mobile device with a web browser on a computer, which turns the device into a remote control or a second screen."

Some of MTV's most popular TV shows are already available on the app including Teen Mom and Jersey Shore.  Other sections like celebrity gossip and "What's Hot" are also sure to appeal to the app's intended audience -- "notoriously distracted Millennials."

While MTV Under The Thumb can be downloaded on iOS and Android in many countries across Europe, it's not expected to make it to the US anytime soon.  Would you use the application if introduced in America?

What's Cuter than a Baby with an iPad?

February 22, 2012 04:14 by Brandon
      

Unless you've got a heart made of stone, you've got to admit a baby playing with an iPad is one of the cutest things ever.  The glow of the screen only highlights the look of true awe on a child's face as he or she navigates through the powerful device.

promotional iPad bluetooth case

That's why two 22-year-old guys created a one-of-a-kind Tumblr page -- Babies With iPads.  Stelios Phili and Jeff Luppino-Esposito, the blog's co-creators, have compiled nine pages' worth of adorable photos, each complemented by an amusing caption.  "Whenever we see babies with iPads, we view them as social media rockstars in the making," Phili, a web producer for GQ magazine, told Mashable. "Right now, they look real innocent … but really, they’re just preparing to take over the world. We think that’s cute."

Let's take a look at some of my favorite snapshots of babies with iPads! 

Which image do you love the most?  Leave a comment below!

How Do YOU Share Your Instagram Photos?

February 13, 2012 03:37 by Brandon
      

In case you haven't noticed by now, I'm pretty into my iPhone and iPad.  I love my Apple devices so much because there's a plethora of great apps that help make my life a little easier and a lot more fun.  One application that's quite popular is Instagram.

Instagram allows users to snap photos, add filters, and share their masterpieces via several different social media outlets.  You'd be surprised by how gorgeous some shots come out!  I've personally had the pleasure of snagging great photos of the mountains of New Zealand, rainforests of Australia, and the beaches of Mexico with my promotional iPad case-protected tablet.

Now, according to Mashable, Instagramers can put together their own posters using their favorite photos with the help of online retailer FireboxMashable reports that "By clicking the Buy button on Firebox’s Instagram poster product page, Instagram members are prompted to add their own or someone else’s username to retrieve public pictures for that account."  Once a user has chosen the photos he or she wants to include, the poster's length will vary depending on how many are included.

Do you use Instagram?  If so, what's your favorite way to share your photos?

Mars may be more Inhabitable than Earth

December 13, 2011 03:13 by Brandon
      

There are several reasons why scientists have thought Mars may not be able to support life.  For starters, its surface is extremely cold and too low-pressure to sustain liquid water.  But did you know that the caves just underneath the planet's exterior help Mars offer more inhabitable space than Earth?

According to Mashable, "fully 3% of Mars has the right conditions to support life, the researchers say."  And while that might not sound like an impressive number, it's more than that of Earth where only 1% of the planet's volume is able to support life.

Just underneath Mars' surface, it's "warm and pressurized enough for life to live."  Scientists predict that if life does exist on Mars, it's mostly microbes.  But what if there's something more?  Next August, NASA's Curiosity Rover will arrive on Mars to explore and examine sediment.  Perhaps it will stumble upon little green men walking their little green dogs with promotional pet products

promotional pet leash

Show Off Your Style with a Chic iPad Case

November 14, 2011 03:06 by Brandon
      

If you have an iPad, you're already cooler than me.  And you also have plenty of unique ways to express your individuality.  iPads are completely customizable due to the huge variety of funky covers from which you can choose.

Let's look at some of the classiest promotional iPad cases out there:

1.  The leather look

If I owned an iPad and wanted to show off my sophisticated side, I'd definitely choose this one.  It features an elegant alligator effect, and is reasonably priced, too!  How cool is its pattern?

promotional iPad case

2.  Natural wood

The natural wood look is awesome and I'm thrilled that it's become trendy again.  In fact, I still want to invest in a handcrafted wood back for my iPhone 4.  But if you've got the iPad, you can also check out this rustic-looking wood case for your device.  This would be my choice for everyday use!

promotional ipad case

3.  In the nude

If you love your iPad just as you bought it, then you might be interested in a clear case that offers protection without covering up its look.  This promotional iPad cover will help you accomplish just that. 

promotional ipad cases

If none of these are your thing, check out Mashable's list of "10 Classy Covers for Your iPad." You're sure to find a case that will transform your iPad into a sleek and stylish accessory!  And remember:  If, like me, you don't have an iPad of your own, the covers also make fantastic company holiday gifts!

And You Thought "Do a Barrel Roll" Was Cool

November 4, 2011 03:16 by Brandon
      

If you don't understand the title of this blog, do this right now:  Open your Web browser, navigate to Google.com, and search the term "do a barrel roll" (without the quotation marks).  The fun query allows Google users to have an entertaining moment while also showing off CSS3, a new feature on modern browsers. If you don't feel like launching the quirky feature on your own, check out this video:

But the barrel roll isn't the only trick Google has up its sleeve.  Take a look at Mashable's "Beyond Barrel Roll: 10 Hidden Google Tricks."

Being able to play around with Google's amusing built-in tricks is a fun promotional gift on this dreary and cloudy Friday morning!  My favorites are Google Gravity, Chuck Norris, and Pacman.  Which Google antic do you think is the best?