The Digital Life & Times

Google Glass is part of Project Glass, a research program by Google to develop an enhanced reality head-mounted display. Project Glass products would display information in smartphone-like format, and could interact with the Internet via language voice commands. It can show reminders (such as for dinner reservations) and sharing whatever you’re looking at — either via messaging or through a Google+ Hangout. The user can take photos, record videos; look up answers on Google and other tasks. The hands-free device is activated when users say the catch phrase, “OK Glass.” Those words unlock different functions. This is a new way of connecting with others, communicating with images in new ways which is truly revolutionary.

 

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The field of marketing requires continuous study. Take digital marketing, for example: there are new search tactics, mobile devices, and a seemingly endless amount of social media sites. So what do we do? We read. We study. We learn what we can so we can be the best at our craft. But to make the material stick, we often need to contemplate it—an obvious, yet often neglected practice.

When we contemplate something, we repeat it over and over in our minds. And repetition is one of the oldest forms of learning, and therefore, retention. But in what ways can we use contemplation to retain the information we’ve just read?

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Pebble is a new customizable smart watch developed by Pebble Technology that was funded by raising money via the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter. Pebble received tons of attention at Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this year. This “wrist-worn smart device” uses the same e-paper technology you’d find in Amazon’s Kindle.

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According to the Nielsen’s 2012 Social Media report, Americans spent 121 billion minutes on social media in July 2012. Social networks continue their domination of our everyday lives. It offers consumers new ways to engage with people and brands that matter most to them. People continue to spend more time on social networks than on any other category of websites—roughly 20 percent of their total time online via personal computer (PC), and 30 percent of total time online via mobile. Facebook tops the list followed behind Pinterest and Tumblr.

 

 

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TV Legend Dick Clark Passes at 82

American television legend Dick Clark has passed on at age 82. He is best known for his work on American Bandstand and ending the practice of using white only performers on television. He also gave many artists their break on the show – such as James Brown, Chubby Checker and Madonna. He was also the host of Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve for over 30 years. He will be missed.

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American TV icon Dick Clark has died at age 82.

Best known for his work on ABC’s American Bandstand, Clark was one of the few non-musicians to ever be inducted into the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame.

I may have only been about four years old, but it’s one of the first things I ever remember seeing on TV. I may not have known all of my ABC’s or even who the Jackson 5 were for that matter, but I did know A, B, C.

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Life is a Sport, Make it Count

“Where do you want to go today?” was Microsoft’s first global advertising campaign. It was the promo for Windows95 and I remember it like it was yesterday. Why? It was well done and captured every sense of my then 19-year-old imagination. It made me think. A very powerful 30 seconds nonetheless.

That brings me to this. If you’re going to do something, make it count. That’s exactly what Casey Neistat did when hired by Nike to produce a commercial for the Nike FeulBand with the slogan “Make it Count.” Instead of making just another commercial, Neistat and his partner Max Joseph took Nike’s money and went on world tour. When asked, Neistat replied “If I could do anything in the world and make it count, what would I do?’

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Instagram Now Available for Android

Ever since Instagram was first released for iPhone, Android users have wanted it to. Previously unavailable, Instagram is that one app that that has always been an exclusive for iPhone users. Not anymore though. Instagram finally released it popular image sharing app this week for Android users. The release has been met with much fanfare as well – the app had 1 million downloads in the first 24 hours it was available.

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Android Market Renamed to Google Play

Search industry giant Google announced on Tuesday that they would be renaming the Android Market to Google Play in the interest of making things less confusing. From a marketing standpoint, it does exactly the opposite. Many people believe the name is misleading implying that it’s a site for downloading games or music. Google’s aim was to make the new site open to all users – not just those with Android powered devices. Was it a smart move?

 

 

Apple Announces New iPad: The New iPad

While there were many speculations on what the new device would be named, Apple announced on Wednesday that its 3rd generation iPad would be called none other than “New iPad.” No iPad 3, not even iPad HD (since it now supports 1080p video), just simply New iPad. The 2nd generation iPad is now called Old iPad. It does have the added bonus of 4G. Confused yet? So are a lot of people. More about this on another day…

 

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