I happen to be a fan of and support the Gray Area Foundation For The Arts (GAFFTA) and its projects, which generally try to link the art and tech worlds of San Francisco, along with an awareness of the challenges facing urban residents of all incomes and backgrounds. GAFFTA has found a new home (2665 Mission Street, above) after several exhausting short-term moves. Co-founder Peter Hirschberg announced on Facebook:
This Saturday night: come party at Gray Area’s new home in San Francisco. The former Grand Theater, a fabulous 1940s movie house in the Mission, is being reborn as the Gray Area Art and Technology Theater.
We’ll share our plans for the future, and immerse ourselves in DJ sets and generative art.Our new Art and Technology Theater is 10,000 square feet of possibilities. There will be classrooms to learn, a cinema to experience and share, a large open space to meet and collaborate, desks and studios to move forward.
As an organization that was almost priced out of San Francisco, we are passionate about bringing this historic cinema back to the artistic community at a critical time in the city’s history.
Recently, I have been spending some time with the Samsung’s Galaxy S5 (and the Gear 2 smartwatch).
Last year’s Galaxy S4 felt a safe bet of a device. It continued Samsung’s smartphone plans, and the familiarity helped the sales. Iterating the Galaxy S5 was the easy option that would ensure nobody’s job was at risk. Like a Ford pick-up truck, this smartphone is a workhorse that gets the job done. That approach trades the impact of a fashionable and cutting edge device, it trades away the idea that you are an innovator and working at the edge of the hardware envelope, and it trades away the ‘must have’ status for guaranteed sales from people looking to make a ‘safe’ choice of smartphone.
The Galaxy S4 was clearly a safe device. The Galaxy S5 continues that impression, but one year later I was expecting more from the hardware and the design. Instead the S5 has a few more gimmicks that don’t appreciably add any value to the handset.
Sony has made different decisions to Samsung, Amazon, and Apple with the Xperia Z2 Tablet. Those decisions (go for a thin design, focus on media consumption, and beef up the
You’ve probably heard about the Mophie
if you’re an iPhone user, the case that keeps your phone charged for longer so you have more talking and viewing time. We still haven’t tested it out yet but have heard mixed reviews. In our research, I came across The Freedom 2000
and their team was incredibly responsive when we reached out and asked questions.
While they have a number of impressive products to keep you fully charged at all times, the Freedom 2000 is a great adjunct for your iPhone, particularly for those mobile warriors who are on the road as much as I am.
Essentially it keeps your iPhone 5 charged and protected. I’ve been using a battery extender from Doyo
for awhile now, which claims 2000m Ah Lithium Polymer but they also charge $99 for it. The Mophie Juice Pack Plus
gives you 2100m Ah Lithium Polymer and is around $120.We haven’t tested out the Mophie yet so we’ll have a better idea of how well it performs when we do. Some have reported that the connector breaks after awhile….awhile meaning less than a year.
For those who read this site, you know we…
Things are changing in Africa. Foreign companies are no longer looking at the continent solely in terms of what they can take out, but what they can get in. You might not know that Africa is home to six of the top ten fastest growing countries in the world and U.S. exports to sub-Saharan Africa were a staggering $22.6 billion last year. Russia, Europe and China are also heavily invested in Africa and have major stakes in the continent’s natural resources.
According a recent piece in the International Business Times, this massive growth in cell phone use, social media — particularly Twitter — is exploding in Africa and everyone from multinational corporations to shrewd venture capital firms and tech start-ups want in on the action. Samsung South Africa’s Twitter account has more than 100,000 followers, and Adidas, Diageo, Magnum Ice Cream and several other popular brands are not far behind.
So, what are some key cultural tips when doing business in Africa? Well, for starters, you must consider that Africa is a continent, not a culturally cohesive monolith. Language and culture will shift by country, often in dramatic fashion. However, here are…
I discovered the Martian Notifier Smartwatch
at the PEPCOM Media event last month in New York. I’ve been keeping my eye on smartwatches for awhile and watching their progress, but my issue is that none of them are fashionable enough for me, as a woman, to want to wear. In other words, the developers seem to be men making watches for men — they’re not thinking about design and color as a critical factor. If I’m going to put something on my wrist every single day, bottom line – I want it to be attractive.
Martian smartwatches are elegant, beautifully designed and come in fun colors. And, I have to admit, I love their creative and fun name.
The Martian Notifier is an analog wristwatch with an integrated OLED readout that acts as a hands-free gateway to the world, keeping you well informed while your phone remains in a pocket, purse or backpack.
The smartwatch gives you the ability to receive real-time alerts and notifications on your wrist, which when used in conjunction with the free Martian Notifier App, allows you to automatically receive notifications, including Caller ID,
Innovation centers are the home to technology collaboration, innovative ideas and new projects. The center in Palo Alto teamed up with Ericsson
and earlier this year, they kicked off a series of interactive discussions led by Cult of the Amateur and Digital Vertigo author Andrew Keen.
They host a series of salon-style discussions called FutureCasts
, where they bring together the brightest minds in Silicon Valley to tackle the future of a wide array of technologies. Each event brings together more than 30 leading experts – enterprise executives, startup founders, academics, journalists and public officials –
on a technology topic.
The latest FutureCast focused on the Wearable Revolution
and featured Recon
CEO Dan Eisenhardt
Wednesday night, May 7.
The discussion centered around how wearable technology will change our lives in the areas of sports, manufacturing, health, lifestyle and beyond. Dan talked about how their heads up display technology got started and is now being frequently used by skiiers and athletes around the world.
Says Dan about simplicity and design in wearables, “you have to focus on the user and what they want. It’s often about saying
The DLD (Digital-Life-Design) Conference
has been around for awhile albeit more well known in Europe than in the states. It makes sense since it started in Munich Germany
in 2005 and only expanded in recent years, first in Israel and most recently to the states with their first official U.S. conference in New York City from April 30-May 1, 2014.
Their mission is to act as a global network on innovation, digitization, science and culture which connects business, creative and social leaders, opinion-formers and influencers for crossover conversation and inspiration.
DLD is organized by DLD Media
, which is part of Burda Digital
and originally founded by Steffi Czerny
and Marcel Reichart
. DLD has also hosted events in Beijing, San Francisco, London, Moscow, New Delhi, Rio, Hong Kong and Tel Aviv, where there is a growing community because of the efforts of Israeli-based Yossi Vardi
who acts as Chairman of the conference together with Hubert Burda.
Who attends? The conference is invite only, but the categories and interests of those who make up the audience are aligned with the content. Think creative communities,…
I discovered a very cool mobile app called EpicMix
when I was in Lake Tahoe recently. It’s a wildly popular ski and snowboard application that brings together the digital and physical experience of skiing and riding and makes it easy for guests to share their stories with friends and family.
A huge technological advancement for the ski industry, EpicMix automatically captures and uploads all mountain activity to your dashboard. Because of Radio Frequency scanners at the base of every lift and RF technology built into every Vail Resorts season pass and PEAKS card, skiers and riders can follow their days on the mountain, track vertical feet, see where they rode, earn EpicMix pins for achievements, collect points and share photos.
In its first season in 2010-2011, EpicMix tracked vertical feet and awarded digital pins for special accomplishments on the mountain. In the second season, EpicMix re-imagined how vacation photos were captured and delivered, allowing guests to share on social media (Twitter and Facebook) the low-res version of their photos for free and purchase the high-res versions for download at a reasonable price. For its third
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