November 2, 2006

Gmail goes native on cell phones

Permalink | November 2nd, 2006

Gmail on your cell phone

Not content with simply offering Gmail via a mobile friendly website, Google is now bringing your mail to your cell phone natively. This new Java app, which works with most Java enabled cell phones equipped with a data plan, was quietly released today. The company claims that their latest offering will close the gap between the classic way people get e-mail — sitting at a computer — and the slow-as-molasses reality of receiving e-mail on cell phones. But is it really faster?

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October 25, 2006

GoDaddy continues to use boobs to sell domains

Permalink | October 25th, 2006

Candice Michelle

An open letter from Adrants to GoDaddy

Dear Bob Parsons,

While your infatuation with Candice Michelle is clearly understood, your infatuation with placing her in commercial after commercial is not. We’d be more likely to understand that infatuation if the commercials were actually any good but with each new addition to the collection, the commercials slip further down the hill towards uninteresting mediocrity. It was funny once when Candice couldn’t keep her top on. It was mildly funny when she rubbed her boobs against the window while on that window washing scaffolding. But it’s hardly funny at all to watch her run through sprinklers across a golf course while an old dude gawks “Oh, the GoDaddy Girl!” Some amount of interests in the spot might occur if Candice’s water-soaked breasts actually moved in a manner resembling human physiology rather than that of a plastic surgeon’s creation. … Read More …

Well, it does look like Bob Parsons‘ infatuation might be shifting from Candice to their newest GoDaddy Girl, Danica Patrick; nevertheless his sexy sells sites motto is remaining the same.

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September 29, 2006

Lauren Conrad picture moment

Permalink | September 29th, 2006

Lauren Conrad Cliff Watts photoshoot

Well, as promised it was a day full of pictures with just a little commentary tossed in for good measure. We end the day with everyone’s favorite girl from The Hills, Lauren Conrad. Unlike her camera hungry counterpart, Lauren has been doing a pretty good job of hiding from the cameras, so enjoy this photoshoot of hers…

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Kristin Kreuk picture moment

Permalink | September 29th, 2006

Kristin Kreuk Toro Magazine

Today will probably end up being all about picture moments … and I’d like to add that it should in no way reflect any sense of laziness on my part, even though it is a Friday. Besides, if a picture is worth a thousand words, I should have a veritable novel short story by the end of the day.

So moving right along — in honor of the season premier of Smallville last night, here’s everyone’s favorite Kansas cutie, Kristen Kreuk.

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September 13, 2006

Fashion meets fear

Permalink | September 13th, 2006

Vogue Italia State of Emergency by Steven Meisel

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In a rather bold pictorial titled State of Emergency by Steven Meisel, Vogue Italia makes a strong yet disturbing statement about post 9/11 security. All in the name of fashion.

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August 30, 2006

MySpace turns into FakeSpace

Permalink | August 30th, 2006

MySpace gone corporate

MySpace members are growing more and more disenchanted as the number of fake profiles and the increase of corporate presence starts to dilute authentic feel of the the social networking site. Peter Blackshaw, chief marketing officer for Nielsen BuzzMetrics which monitors online buzz, has commented that more and more users are starting to discuss the growing corporate presence on social networks. MySpace is of particular concern since they allow corporations to create fictitious characters, pages, profiles and friend lists in a type of blended advertising. Blackshaw warns that this potentially has a higher turn-off factor because consumers may perceive it as ‘over the line.’

The corporate invasion into digital social networks isn’t anything new. Interns have long been hired to surf online forums and engage in threads and post messages to generate buzz about their employer’s product — from music to bands to movies to the latest energy drink. It’s surprising it took this long for the backlash to start.

August 18, 2006

America doesn’t believe in evolution

Permalink | August 18th, 2006

Evolution

A study conducted by Jon Miller from Michigan State University of 32 European countries, the United States and Japan has revealed that the US is the second most unwilling nation to accept evolution as fact. In the only country in which evolution has been politicised, the percentage of people who accept the idea of evolution has declined from 45% in 1985 to only 40% in 2005.

Many attribute the cause to the large fundamentalist Christian population in the US. While Catholics, European Protestants and so-called mainstream US Protestants consider the biblical account of creation as a metaphor, fundamentalists take the Bible literally, leading them to believe that the Earth and humans were created only 6000 years ago.

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August 14, 2006

Wine on a scale of 1 to 100

Permalink | August 14th, 2006

Scoring Wine

Back in 1978 lawyer turned self-employed wine critic, Robert M. Parker Jr., introduced the 100-point wine rating system to the world when he started his wine buying guide titled, The Wine Advocate. This system has since been adopted by critics and consumers everywhere, despite the fact that a rating system that draws a distinction between a cabernet scoring 90 and one receiving an 89 implies a precision of the senses that even many wine critics agree that human beings do not possess. Unfortunately, that 1-point difference between an 89 and 90, in a rating system that has no set standards, can still make or break a wine when marketing it to the masses.

July 19, 2006

YouTube owns you

Permalink | July 19th, 2006

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Before you upload your next personal movie to YouTube, you should probably take a closer look at the fine print. In their new Terms & Conditions YouTube states that while you maintain original ownership rights to your work, by submitting your work to the site

you hereby grant YouTube a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, sublicenseable and transferable license to use, reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works of, display, and perform the User Submissions in connection with the YouTube Website and YouTube’s (and its successor’s) business, including without limitation for promoting and redistributing part or all of the YouTube Website (and derivative works thereof) in any media formats and through any media channels.

So what does that all mean? In a nutshell it means they could strip the audio portion of any track and sell it on a CD. Or, they could sell your video to an ad firm looking to get “edgy”; suddenly your indie reggae tune could be the soundtrack to a new ad for SUVs. Which may not be all that bad since most people posting their stuff to YouTube are simply looking for exposure to begin with…

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July 18, 2006

World Cup 2010 logo gets replaced

Permalink | July 18th, 2006

World Cup 2010 alternate logo

Unhappy with the official FIFA logo for the 2010 World Cup, which has been likened to a frog jumping over a pork chop, Russian ad agency Park decided to go and create an alternate one. In their mission statement Park explains,

FIFA World Cup is the most important sport event for the mankind. The championship is not only sports action. It’s a significant cultural event, a worldwide festival. Each country represents a wonderful performance. It is a performance where each player acts the important role. Someone’s artful as a snake or strong as an elephant, and someone embodies speed, power and stamina like leopard - the symbol of Southern Africa. This animal has inspired PARK to create a new identity of the FIFA World Cup 2010.

It’s unclear what exactly Park’s true intentions are — other than the obvious viral marketing benefits.

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