How to disappear completely: how long can a ‘homo digitalis’ survive without social networks, profiles and tools
“Today I’m starting a small experiment: how long can a “homo digitalis” survive without the plethora of social networks, profiles and tools used every single day (and every day more)? We, the new humans: a collection of profiles, thumbs-ups, pins, badges, karmas and retweets. What we eat, what we see, where we go, what we wish […]
“Facebook is apparently getting a lot more unfriendly”
“Users are getting a lot more selective, deleting comments, photo tags and even friends at a record rate, according to a new study released Friday by the Pew Internet and American Life Project. Pew is calling this phenomenon “the pruning” of social networks, and the study includes findings like this: 63 percent of users have unfriended people […]
| Know Your Meme: documenting a very interesting web behavior
“Internet memes have risen in popularity with the rise of Internet Culture as more and more people identify with and participate on the Web as their primary method of expression and content consumption. (An Internet memes is a piece of content or an idea that’s passed from person to person, changing and evolving along the […]
How Tumblr Rekindled the Art of Animated GIFs
“Animated GIFs have been circling the web since 1987, yet in the past few years, they seem to have increased in popularity. Because Tumblr acts as a digital incubator for all things visually stunning, it has helped rejuvenate the outdated artform (…) ’Tumblr is a huge part of creative sharing online and is already a giant in […]
Is Facebook making us sad?
“The human habit of overestimating other people’s happiness is nothing new, of course. Jordan points to a quote by Montesquieu: “If we only wanted to be happy it would be easy; but we want to be happier than other people, which is almost always difficult, since we think them happier than they are.” But social […]
Your Life as Data: The Rise of Personal Annual Reports
“Not everyone who tallies his daily minutiae does it for the same reason, but most cite the same inspiration. Designer Nicholas Felton seems to have started the trend with his first personal annual report in 2005. By 2010, The New York Times had caught wind of the project. By 2011, Facebook was impressed, too. The […]
The Secret To Pinterest’s Success (self-track and share your taste)
“Pinterest’s recent success, which flies in the face of so much speculation about social media fatigue and information overload, holds an important lesson: It’s not social media we’re frustrated with. It’s with one another. What sets Pinterest apart and makes it so appealing is its focus on who we want to be — not on […]
What’s Behind the Food Photography Trend?
“A lot of people go online to talk about the sandwich they just ate. But they’re not just talking about it, they’re photographing it. Why? In many cases, people are documenting their lives — or at least the gustatory portion of it. There are other reasons, too. Sometimes, it’s to celebrate the completion of a […]
Is the ‘quantified self’ movement just a fad?
“The “quantified self” movement is really just the battery-powered version of the ancient human quest to know thyself, a desire as old as philosophy. “Quantified self” practitioners as a group are not necessarily curious about human values or an understanding of what makes us human. They’re more interested in anything that can be measured and […]
Your life as easy to access as the latest Lady Gaga single?
“(…) self-tracking has a natural affinity with choice architecture, the notion that product designers or governments or other entities that shape our world can design it in ways that make it easier for us to make good choices. The more we scrutinize our behavior, the more likely we are to discern where prompts and reminders […]
A Glimpse Into The Future Of Mobility From Stanford’s Car Gurus
“Designing a car meant for 2012 is not about waiting for the right technology. It’s all about infrastructure. We have the technology today to make automated personal vehicles that whisk us from door to door while hardly touching the steering wheel. What we don’t have is the smart infrastructure. ‘If we were to switch today […]
Self-driving cars: Yes, please! Now, please!
“(…) mainstream adoption of automated cars will help improve the environment, use less fuel, reduce traffic to virtually zero, save billions of dollars per year, and most importantly: save a lot of lives and limbs (…) Many auto manufacturers agree, and are working hard to bring autonomous vehicles to the road in one form or another. GM […]
Take a tour of BMW’s new Mog online music system
“My iPhone, with 8GB of memory, can hold about 1,700 tracks. A BMW’s internal hard drive has room for almost 3,000 tracks. Now, BMW’s new Mog integration puts 14 million tracks at a driver’s fingertips.”
What Do Consumers Really Think Of Electric Cars?
“Of the random 1,702 car-owning adults the Consumer Reports National Research Center contacted by telephone across the U.S., a massive 87 percent said they had some form of concern with plug-in cars. Most common among these was range anxiety, with 77 percent of those questioned saying that they believed electric cars could not meet their […]
Scosche CellControl automatically limits cellphone functionality when driving
“Some manufacturers are bringing smartphone controls to the dashboard in order to prevent distracted driving, but accessory manufacturer Scosche is going in a different direction with CellControl, a device that disables many smartphone functions when you’re in the car. The system consists of a specialized mobile app and a trigger dongle that plugs into your […]
Hiriko electric car folds up to take one-third of a parking spot, pilot program to begin next year
“We’ve seen urban cars with a single, windshield-mounted door and we’ve seen a baby stroller that can fold itself, but this is the first time we’ve seen the two combined. It’s called the Hiriko (Basque for “urban”), and a full-sized prototype of the folding electric car was unveiled in front of the European Union Commission […]
Chinese carmaker blatantly copies Ford F-150
“The Ford F-150 has just picked up a doppelganger in China. According to CarNewsChina, Jianghuai Auto Corporation has just unveiled its new 4R3 pickup, and sure enough, the vehicle looks to be a near carbon copy of America’s best-selling truck. JAC reportedly wants to provide buyers in China, Africa and South America with a larger, […]
iPad your car with the Backstage Pro
“Rear-seat entertainment systems often run more than $1,000 for a factory-installed system, yet many people find a $500 iPad works just as well. The Scosche Backstage Pro works as a rear-seat mount for iPads.”