Now you can get any actor’s degree of separation from Kevin Bacon by going to Groogle (not changing it) and typing ‘bacon number XXX’ (where XXX is replaced with the name of another actor!). I chose Val Kilmer because I just watched Tombstone and I wish I had a friend like Doc Holliday. Truthfully, I wish I had a friend period. I guess I’m just more of the loner type. “It’s because nobody likes you.” Wow, if you were trying to push me to start drinking before noon, CONGRATULATIONS.
Thanks to Charlie B and Jess, who are only one degree away from Kevin Bacon because they both took video of him and themselves when they spotted him out and about in New York and that counts.
Today at the Windows Phone Developer Summit, we had the opportunity to sit down with Kevin Shields, SVP of Program and Product Management at Nokia, and chat about the day’s announcements including Windows Phone 8. Our discussion started with the apps Nokia unveiled today — PlayTo for DLNA support, Nokia Counter to monitor data usage, My Commute for personalized routing, an update of Nokia Music to 3.0 and the Camera Extras imaging suite — which are rolling out next week for all Lumia handsets running Windows Phone 7.5. Kevin gave us a little more insight on Camera Extras, a set of four apps (Self Timer, Panorama Maker, Action Shot and Smart Group Shot) designed to enhance the camera experience which leverage technology from Nokia’s recent Scalado acquisition.
We then moved on to discussing Windows Phone 8 and specifically NFC support, with a small tangent spent on Kevin showing us the recently launched Lumia 610 NFC. The next topic was about what we can expect from Nokia in terms of hardware for upcoming phones running the latest iteration of Microsoft’s mobile OS. We know that the first batch of Windows Phone 8 devices will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 Plus dual-core SoC, but on the topic of quad-core processors Kevin said “where additional hardware makes a difference, then sure, let’s talk about it,” adding “we’re going to stay committed to the experience.” Finally we discussed the future of Nokia’s PureView technology and how it fits in with the next generation mobile OS. PureView “is a core technology that we are dedicated to and invested in” said Kevin. Sounds quite promising, right?
We can’t wait to see what the next wave of Lumia handsets brings to the table. Until then, go ahead and watch our video interview.
Facebook’s fertile ground for social experiments, and it wasn’t all that long ago that Yahoo tested the six degrees of separation theory using the site. Not to be outdone, Mark Zuckerberg’s crew, with an assist from the Laboratory for Web Algorithmics of the Universita degli Studi di Milano, has done a little digging of its own to find out just how intertwined its 721 million users really are. Turns out, instead of being six degrees away from your favorite dancing actor, you’re likely only 4.74 — which was the average distance between any two Facebook users globally. Considering that number shrinks to three when limited to relationships within your own country, and the worldwide number was at 5.28 in 2008 (and is shrinking all the time), you should be best friends with Kevin Bacon by 2020 or so. Don’t believe us? There’s plenty of statistical analysis to prove it at the source below.
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Earlier this week we talked about rumors of Netflix’s venture into original content production. Today, the rumors were confirmed that Netflix had won the exclusive rights to stream 26 original episodes of House of Cards to their customers.
House of Cards will make its way into US and Canadian homes starting in late 2012. Kevin Spacey stars in the show about ruthless politics as an “ambitious politician”.
“House of Cards represents a slightly more risky approach [then Netflix's current operations]; while we aren’t producing the show and don’t own it, we are agreeing to license it before it is successfully produced,” said Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos.
By signing up for 26 episodes of House of Cards, Netflix will have something no one else has, and since they already deliver 61% of all digital video, it won’t be hard for people to access the show. The company says it “may” sign on more exclusive series’ in the future, too.
[via Ars Technica]
The extended cut of the Kevin Bacon Logitech Revue commercial. Yep, 3:33 minutes of Kevin Bacon hawking Google TV. Enjoy. It’s my gift to you.
Oh, honey. Sony PlayStation’s (entirely fictional) Kevin Butler holds many (also fictional) positions within the company, but apparently none of them require him to keep up with (very real) news events. Travis La Marr (aka @exiva) tweeted the now-infamous PS3 METLDR root key towards Butler and challenging him to “Come at me.” What’s a spokeperson to do but confuse it for a Battleship refrence and retweet the entire code? Obviously someone let him in on the joke, as the tweet’s since been removed (original URL can be found as More Coverage below). At least Sony won’t have to subpoena for his info here. Geohot, we hope you’re laughing.
[Thanks, Scott M]
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If anyone can save Google TV, it’s Kevin Bacon playing Kevin Bacon’s biggest fan. Enjoy.