Internet you win. I am done for the day. Drinkify is probably the coolest website I have stumbled upon in awhile. It is fun, clever, and infectious.
I am currently on the Britney Spears channel listening to a dance remix track of Britney’s on repeat for the last hour. It’s been doing a great job of getting me through my homework just as well as the 8oz split of vodka and club soda it pairs with the track would be doing.
This complimentary drink pairing website is going to be successful due to the humorous edge it pairs with its brilliant idea. A perfect example is the PBR it pairs with Brand New or the 8oz of redbull with Justin Bieber.
I wish I still had to demo a social media platform for my Digital Brands class because I would totally do Drinkify! The integrated ability to not only listen to a track from any artist you type in ( I tried to go semi-obscure with Slaid Cleaves - they recommend a nice Pinot Noir) but you get a drink pairing and the ability to tweet your discovery instantly. Awesome.
This website was a 24hr project brought to us by Music Hack Day Boston 2011 and much maligned livers. Music Hack Day - Boston’s website informs us that their goal is:
to explore and build the next generation of music applications. It’s a full weekend of hacking in which participants will conceptualize, create and present their projects. Music + software + hardware + art + the web. Anything goes as long as it’s music related.
Well that is freaking cool. I love seeing projects to evolve and push the boundaries of the internet further and further. I’m also glad to see Last.fm contributing the music API for these projects to be possible.
I have a feeling this site is going to be sticking around increasing alcoholism and beverage consumption across the internet for quite some time.
Earlier in the semester I posted a video showing what Apple envisioned the future would be like in 2011 - with a series of vignettes from 1987. Well with the looming release of the iPhone 5 it seems that future has finally arrived. And exactly when Apple predicted.
In my previous post I mentioned Apple purchased Siri a mobile assistant app and it seems from the latest rumors of the iPhone 5 release, its greatest feature will be the fully realized version of Siri’s technology: a new iPone app called Assistant.
Assistant is set to replace and expand upon Apple’s previous Voice Control app and will be activated by users by holding down the home button. All users need to do is simply speak into their iPhone either asking for information or delivering a command, and presto! Assistant will respond aloud with your answer as well as organize everything in a easy to follow “conversation view” that appears as a back-and-forth text conversation.
According to 9to5Mac it will have the ability to: “send text messages (complete with read-back functionality to ensure the content is correct), send e-mails, set reminders, find directions, and even answer math questions, thanks to integration with Wolfram Alpha’s “knowledge engine.”
In addition to the Assistant application, Apple is allegedly releasing a Diction app that allows users to send text messages via text-to-speech as well as a “Find My Friends” feature where you will be able to ask Assistant where your friends are located and if they are registered with the service, Assistant will track them down.
This is an incredible moment in time for our collective Digital History. It marks the mass shift of our culture fully embracing the ‘just-in-time-living’ concept. Now with everything on demand and technology reaching the point where it can help us operate with increased efficiency and with real-time information gathering, it will effect a profound social change. Gone will be planning and much forethought into day-to-day chores. We will simply get up and go. With Assisstant we will only need our trusty iPhone 5 and we will be set to conquer the world.
Apple was on dead on the money. It’s crazy but the future is now.
So… when will Apple predict AI? Because we have just about reached Minority Report, but I’m holding out for Blade Runner.
This question is of great concern to techies and mac-heads alike as everyone in the tech industry and financial industry contemplate the future of apple without its visionary leader Steve Jobs.
Jobs has consistently spear-headed change as Apple’s CEO and by stepping down many question if Apple will not only be the same but remain one of the main companies at the forefront of change and evolution in the industry. Job’s die-hard attention to detail separates him from most mortals and his superhuman ability to involve himself in the development in almost every aspect of every product manufactured by apple in the past 20 years can be seen in his 313 patents with Apple.
Check out the New York times interactive patent breakdown for jobs for a more detailed look at his creations.
Through this article we can see that Jobs is heavily involved and I wonder just how much he can still influence Apple being on the Board rather than being CEO. My hope is that Jobs removed from the daily grind and tasks of CEO will be left open to develop new ideas from his place on the board and continue to influence the direction of Apple and subsequently allow Apple to still thrive.
But the kicker in all of this is Jobs’ health. TMZ recently released a photo that showed a skeletal looking jobs that lit much of the internet a fire with discussion concerning if Jobs was really that ill or if the photo was fake.
The boys at Reddit released a photo analyzing the TMZ photo and determined it is indeed a fake. Take a look at the evidence and decide for yourself. I for one hope it is doctored because it will be a sad day when Jobs is no longer with us.
Branching off the Web is Dead article in class today we discussed the predicted shift to mobilization dominance in 2013. This shift further supports the idea that the web as we know it will be done and a push towards apps and consumerization within that space is the future of the internet.
Consumers are fickle and we love the easiest and quickest route to a product or service. Apps encapsulate this. Is this the future? Where everything is spoon fed to us in a ‘walled garden of sorts;’ or will a rebellious few remain who want to exist outside the mainstream and browse the web for their content for free?
Only the future can tell. Now we just have to make it past 2012 to find out.