While you were sleeping, innovation was tossing off the world’s hardest Sudoku. advertisement advertisement 1. A United Nations report into the state of the oil fields in the Niger Delta has produced outrage, as it blames locals on the myriad leaks over the past five decades. The paper claims that 90% of the spills have been caused by attempts to steal the oil, and exonerates Shell. 2. Foursquare founder Denis Crowley has taken the fight to Facebook, claiming that Places is “boring.” In an interview with the Telegraph, he said, “The only interesting thing about Places is that it has a potential audience of over 500 million people around the world… but that can only be a good thing for location-based services like Foursquare, as Facebook will educate the masses about checkins.” Kunur Patel of Advertising Age, however, calls Places a sure-fire way to sabotage a dinner party. And, according to TechCrunch, the only person you can’t block … [Read more...] about iFive: Shell Exonerated in Nigeria, Crowley Slates Places, Kevin Rose on iTV, Proof of Life in Chile Mine, E.T. is I.T.
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advertisement advertisement iPhone With NFC According to 9to5Mac, code acquired from leaked iPhone prototypes suggests that Apple’s new hardware has NFC controllers built directly into the smartphone’s power management units. And this can mean but one thing: Apple’s iPhone for 2012 will come with a smart NFC capability. The announcement of PassBook–Apple’s new digital wallet app–at WWDC suddenly makes a lot of sense–because while PassBook is simply a way to corral non-wireless wallet contents like loyalty cards and it’s quite definitely not a payments app, it’s very close to offering a full wireless wallet experience. One can easily imagine that Apple will give PassBook powers to its older hardware but keep a full wireless wallet for the new iPhone, to act as one of its chief selling points. Then there are those mentions of an “iWallet” and talks with credit card companies in relation to Apple. And NFC would, of … [Read more...] about Apple Rumor Patrol: The Next iPhone Is Nearly Here–Will It Be NFC-Ready? [Updated]
The museum director stands at the windows of his 14th-floor apartment on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and surveys his domain from a distance. The view is spectacular, with Central Park lying below like a tapestry, unrolling lush shades of green all the way to the towers and manors across town. advertisement advertisement “Right there,” he says. “Do you see it? No?” To be honest, it’s a bit difficult to pick out. “Of course you see the Guggenheim,” he adds helpfully, motioning to that building’s distinctive round silhouette. “Now look to the left. There’s the museum’s roof.” He is pointing toward the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, housed in the stately Andrew Carnegie mansion on Fifth Avenue and 91st Street. And if it is not easy to figure out exactly where it stands, it seems even more difficult to truly identify it–to describe not just its profile but its purpose, too. The Cooper-Hewitt … [Read more...] about Mister Moggridge Has Mad Ambition
In a New York Times op-ed last weekend, architect Michael Graves lamented the fading art of drawing–that which binds the dynamism of the human mind directly to an unencumbered stub of graphite. Like the malleable visions within our heads, a pencil in the grip of a practiced hand can flick at nuance and wrap a curve in a way that’s neither inaccurate nor final–letting the line sashay just enough to let our minds decide where it best fits. CAD, on the hand, insists on rigid absolutes: sharp corners, perfect circles, and clean, defined lines that leave little room for impromptu invention. advertisement advertisement Machines, Graves pointed out, are no longer handling only the prosaic tasks of design. CAD was once a tool to pump out accurate construction drawings and utility plans, but there now exists software that will automatically consider size, style, budget, and materials–as well as produce designs on its own. A drive through fresh sprawl leads you … [Read more...] about Want To Maximize Your Human Resources? Employ Algorithms
It’s almost midnight, and Amanda Palmer is naked. advertisement advertisement We’re down to the final minutes of the singer-songwriter-provocateur’s month-long Kickstarter campaign, a crowdfunding effort that shocked the entertainment world by becoming the site’s most successful music-based project to date. The pledges–which had an official target of $100,000, and which had privately been budgeted to hit $500,000–have already topped a million dollars. To celebrate the countdown, Palmer, who the Huffington Post called “the social media queen of rock & roll,” is throwing a six-hour, block-party-style celebration in a parking lot behind some warehouses along Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal. To a surprisingly “classic pop” soundtrack (the Jackson 5, the Who, Ray Charles), she and her crew dressed up in old-time bathing suits and frolicked in an aquarium-style clear box on the back of a truck, scribbling the names of … [Read more...] about Deep Inside Amanda Palmer’s Crowd-Powered, Naked Creativity Machine