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Today Facebook finally took the wraps off Home, a suite of apps and a home screen replacement for Android phones. It’s not just a new UI for launching apps however, it replaces the lockscreen with Cover Feed and prioritizes updates from people instead of apps. There is a standard paginated launcher, that is always just a swipe away. But the focus is on the full-screen images that are you welcome screen. These are status updates from friends that you can easily flip through and double tap to like when someone posts something exciting. Plain text status updates are placed over a user’s cover photo, to keep the appearance consistent with photo-centric posts.
Notifications are presented as small cards, which Facebook applies an algorithm to, in order determine the updates that are most important to you. Just like with the standard Android UI you simply swipe notifications off screen to dismiss them. But, if you want to remove all of them in one shot, you long press a single notification and the rest will be drawn to it and you’ll be able to dismiss the entire stack.
Meet Google’s “talking shoe,” which aims to translate movement data in witty messages to users and their friends. The concept apparel, showcased at the search giant’s swanky SXSW Interactive headquarters, is part of a new arts project - ”Art, Copy, Code” – which aims to breathe a social, life-like experience into everyday objects. “If standing still was a sport, you’d be world champion,” the trash-talking shoe projects on a monitor hanging over a rainbow-colored obstacle course after it senses I’ve been standing still.
At a distance, users seem a tad pathetic trying to trigger positive feedback from the shoe. But when I strapped it on, I felt oddly compelled to impress my new automated coach. Combining coaching (even robotic coaching) made lifeless data unexpectedly motivational. Essentially, it’s Richards Simmons in a shoe.
In case critics think this is another one of Google’s flights of profitless creative fancy, Arts Copy Code is deliberately about improving advertising. “It’s explicitly aimed at how translating how Silicon Valley thinks about technology into how creative agencies think about advertising,” says project lead Aman Govil.
Brands such as Nike, who outfit professional athletes with health-tracking shoes and bracelets, could broadcast an athlete’s spring-training performance in realtime. Rival athletes’ apparel could trash talk one another automatically.
It’s still (very) early days for the arts project. The talking shoe (and shoe strap) concept was developed through a grant to electronics agency Yes Yes No. Google plans to open up the project to more everyday objects in the near future. One hypothetical use-case, imagines Govil, is an alarm block that sends snarky messages to co-workers if users have to hit the snooze on their alarm clock more than three times.
There’s been heightened attention to research that quantifies how much our friends affect our weight, success, and personal lives. University of San Diego political scientist and Connected author James Fowler found that having an obese friend can significantly increase people’s chances of also having their own set of marshmallowy love handles. And it’s no secret that a spirited friend can get us up at 5 a.m. for a morning run as much as they can tempt us into finishing their plate of fries.
Health startups have attempted to “gamify” good behavior by encouraging users to share personal goals with friends. Nike+ FuelBand, for instance, shares users’ exercise habits with their friends on the personal social network, Path.
This project attempts to remove the barrier presented by current products. The social aspect has always required one extra step of human effort. However fast a one-word message of encouragement could take to type about a friend’s morning run, the minor inconvenience is enough to seriously limit engagement. This new automated personality seems to have a place, especially when we’re all too busy to be personal.
Currently the project is just a concept. There’s no need to jump over to the Google Play store and find the buy link. But Google Glass was just a concept at one point, too.
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As your Social Link ranks increase with other members of the Investigation Team, your allies will be able to perform helpful abilities when fighting. With an overall Metacritic score of 90 and a multitude of “Editor’s Choice” and “Best Of” awards, Persona 4 stands as one of the finest games ever made, delivering many dozens of hours of enthralling storytelling, immensely satisfying combat, intricate party management, and addicting demon collection and customization. Its brilliantly realized story–which features a memorable cast of personalities with whom the player can forge and strengthen pivotal bonds called “social links”–combined with the game’s breathtaking visual and aural design, are part of an overall package that is on almost every genre fan’s list of all-time favorites. Now, Persona 4 Golden for PlayStation Vita offers an enhanced and expanded portable version of the highly acclaimed original! Visuals have been beautifully remastered to take advantage of the PS Vita’s crisp, vibrant 5″ OLED display. The game’s aural presentation is better than ever, with 1.5 times the voiced dialogue of the original release. A new online dungeon rescue feature allows users to call on other players for assistance when they are about to die in the TV world. Persona 4 Golden is also overflowing with new content: new Personas to collect; new story events along with an all-new character; stunning new anime cutscenes, which include a new opening animation with a new song from master …Related Posts:
When App.net kicked off its Twitter rivalry, the $ 50 yearly subscription fee was based on the assumption that the ad-free social service would maintain 10,000 customers. Founder Dalton Caldwell may have underestimated year-one adoption by just a tad: he now has nearly 20,000 customers on his hands in less than two months, which throws the previous economies of scale out the window. The pain for Caldwell’s business model is a pleasure for fans, however. App.net’s price of entry has dropped to $ 36 per year, with existing memberships’ durations extended to match the new yearly rate. Anyone on the fence also has a chance to try the service for a short stint through a $ 5 monthly plan. While it’s hard to know if the price drop will sustain the early runaway pace, it reflects a determination to play for keeps in the social media game — an important trait when the chief opponent isn’t sitting still.
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In an odd piece of role reversal, ZTE marketing executive Dennis Lui has played the leaker, posting a blurry picture of what look to be upcoming Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 7.8 handsets on the Chinese social network Sina Weibo. According to local news site Winp.cn, the message accompanying the photo reads “two heads are better than one,” presumably referring to the choice of operating systems.
While few details of the actual hardware are visible, the device on the right resembles the existing ZTE Tania, and Winp.cn points out that it appears to be running the W Phone 8 simulator on Windows Phone 7.5 rather than Windows Phone 8 itself. The two other devices are more of a mystery, as is the apparent Windows RT tablet shown in…
Invitations have come a long way since the days of paper cards and phone RSVPs. Their digital incarnations range from Evites to eye-catching Paperless Posts to apps that run on smartphones. When Facebook got in on the party, it started letting its users organize events by inviting one another.
Over the summer, Google announced that it, too, was jumping into the digital invitation space with the addition of Events to its Google+ social network. Google+ Events offers handsome stationery with picturesque still and animated images. It also has a cool way of integrating with Android phones: A Party Mode lets guests share all the photos they take during the party with other guests.
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But some people may not be ready to use social networks for event invitations. Facebook Events can only be sent to other Facebook users, and while Google+ Events can be sent to anyone via email, they only offer non-Google+ users a passive view of the event page. Events in social networks make people nervous they’ll accidentally broadcast their agendas to 400 “friends” by responding to an invitation or get caught lying about their whereabouts. And hosts may worry their event might not stand out in a busy social network.
For the past week, I’ve planned events in Google+ Events and Facebook Events to see what each offers in the way of privacy, host privileges, photo-uploading capabilities and ease of use. I’ve asked friends for feedback and it turns out most people aren’t completely sure of the privacy settings in either network.
The biggest challenge I faced with Google+ Events is that hardly any of my friends use Google’s social network on a regular basis, if at all, and several of them had trouble responding to my event. And these are tech-savvy people who regularly use other social networks. Another point of confusion: Google+ has a feature that lets a reply to an email containing something shared from the network instantly appear in Google+. This also applies to events, so when two of my friends hit “reply” to my event’s email invitation, their responses appeared on the wall of the Google+ Event page, for all invitees to see. But they weren’t counted as attending if they hadn’t opened the invitation and selected “Yes,” “Maybe” or “No.”
Though both Facebook and Google+ offer the option to make your event public (think school bake sale), they also offer varying degrees of privacy. Facebook Events can be set as public or only visible to friends, those invited or specific Facebook groups. Google+ Events can be public or shared only with those who are invited, which can mean individual names of friends or entire Circles (groups) of people. Google+ also offers On Air Events, which means they are publicly viewable to anyone online who uses the network, but only invited guests can RSVP, comment and add photos.
Unlike Evite, neither Facebook Events nor Google+ Events allows a host to see when someone has viewed an event invitation; rather, the host is only notified when a guest RSVPs or adds something—like a photo or comment—on the event Web page.
Both social networks let guests post photos on the event page. If the event is public, photos will be visible to all who view it, but photos posted in private events are only visible to invitees. Hosts can delete a photo that they don’t want on an event page. On Facebook, attendees can click a gear icon in the top right corner of the page to see a drop-down menu, selecting Add Event Photo. In Google+ Events, people can tap Add Photo in the top right of the page.
With the Google+ Events Party Mode, which only works on smartphones that run Google’s Android operating system, guests can upload photos to the event page as they take them during the event. It worked as advertised, stopping right when the party ended. After an event, people can look at these photos and sort them according to who took the photos or who was tagged in photos.
Using Facebook, you can export friends’ birthdays or coming events to Apple’s iCal, Microsoft Outlook or Google Calendar. To export a single event, click on the gear icon at the top right corner of the event page. And a helpful new month view in Facebook Events gives people a clearer way to see coming or past events. (Find this by selecting Events in the top left corner of Facebook.com and select Calendar.)
Google+ Events are added to Google Calendar after you RSVP and appear when you hover over that day on the calendar, showing the event page image and other details.
Facebook does not send reminders to guests before the event, like Evite does, though guests can be notified when hosts post on the event wall or page. Google+ does add a reminder 24 hours before events.
These social networks can be a confusing environment for creating events and RSVP-ing to them, and Google+ Events may still be baffling to friends who don’t use it. At least for the time being, I’ll keep trying to get my friends to use Google+ Events in hopes that they catch on.
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We’ve already seen many companion apps on mobile, but now TV Guide is diving in wholeheartedly with the next generation of its app for iOS devices. While the previous versions of TV Guide Mobile on iOS and Android let users create watchlists and get reminders, version 3.0 for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch is completely redesigned to make TV watching simpler with filtering for HD-only and favorite channels, links to streaming videos from sources like Hulu Plus, HBO Go, Crackle and iTunes — Netflix and Amazon are not on the list, although additional video sources are promised in the coming weeks. Like any good companion app in 2012 it also brings social networking features with check-ins and Twitter / Facebook integration and a trending social hot list based on what other users search for.
The downside compared to many of the apps from cable providers like Comcast or Time Warner, hardware manufacturers like TiVo or even other third parties like Dijit is the inability to use it to directly change the channel, but perhaps that’s in the next version. There’s more details in the press release after the break, and screens in the gallery below, if you’re willing to give another contender a shot at assisting your TV watching habits, the free app is available in iTunes at the source link.
Gallery: TV Guide Mobile 3.0 for iOS
Adidas is known for making connected shoes — but never quite as linked-up as a Nash Money concept making its appearance late into the London Olympics. The Social Media Barricade weaves the guts of a phone and a basic two-line LCD into a running shoe, letting the footwear take Twitter updates very literally on the run through a public account. Even the signature Adidas stripes change their hue through remote control. Before anyone gets visions of athletes checking congratulatory tweets after the 100-meter sprint, just remember that it’s an idea rather than a production blueprint: although Adidas is quick to call the Social Media Barriacade the “future of athlete connectivity,” the only athletes putting eyes on a pair right now are those swinging by the Olympics’ media lounge for interviews. Knowing this, we can still imagine some future shoes padding runners’ egos at the finish line during the 2016 Rio games.
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If staring at the incoming callers’ visage just wasn’t enough, Current’s Caller ID might worth a try. The utility app adds a raft of extra detail to your smartphone when it rings, from recent tweets and status updates through to weather conditions and even location data. After loading up the app, you can connect to your Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn profiles, which Current Caller ID combines with your existing contact list. Based on your use history, the app will even offer up a time to return missed calls. There’s the nice addition of some metrics between you and your phonebook, visualizing that precarious balance between text messages and calls with your significant other — or a timegraph of when you call Mom. These stats are possibly more useful than the caller ID features, and while the design does jar a little with the typical Android aesthetic, it’s hard to complain when the app’s free. If you’re willing to forgive those minor visual flaws, the download awaits at the source below.