A first look at Android, Google’s mobile phone. Includes screenshots and video.
“In 1993, novelist Michael Crichton riled the news business with a Wired magazine essay titled “Mediasaurus,” in which he prophesied the death of the mass media—specifically the New York Times and the commercial networks. “Vanished, without a trace,” he
“The gorgeous Golden Globe-winning drama returns for another season armed with accolades and a big-budget marketing campaign. But can the cult hit sell itself to new viewers?”
I don’t just read the Arkansas business news headlines on “Today’s THV at Noon” — sometimes I’m called on to be Tom Brannon’s monkey. And it’s a role I’m been more than happy to fill.
This week, I pitched in on a C-Block segment on the Nintendo Wii’s WiiFit system. Julie Blackwood from Body Shape Pro Fitness was the guest and talked about how people could use the WiiFit system to exercise.
As I pointed out during the segment, Nintendo has done an interesting thing with its Wii system by targeting markets that don’t include typical “gamers.” Those markets include senior citizens, who can use the Wii and, to some extent, WiiFit, for low impact workouts and exercises in hand-eye coordination.
Games like Wii Sports are fun because they get you off the couch and moving. They’re even more fun when lots of people are around, making gaming even more of a social activity — in my limited experience with the system, its been a blast at parties.
WiiFit takes it step further. Instead of flicking your wrist and flailing your arms (like you do in Wii Sports), you’re moving your legs, leaning to and fro, balancing — even doing push-ups. You can do as much or as little as you like. And the system tracks all kinds of personal health stats.
It’s interesting to see video games moving beyond their traditional markets and into new territory. And consider this: A Bryant physical therapist I know, Adam Carson, is now using the Wii in his practice for lower extremity and shoulder rehab.
(Remember: You can stream the THV noon show every weekday here.)
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Microsoft bets on search advertising — probably about five years too late.
Microsoft plans yet another OS. This time, it’s got a touch screen.
Its deal with HBO for shows like “The Sopranos” shows Apple might be open to variable pricing for the right product.
An early look at Windows 7, a.k.a. Vista II: The Apology.
Another one gone. Back to the Fine Living channel?
A round-up of reaction to “What Happened” by Scott McClellan.
Byrne’s transformation from one of the country’s top print business journalist to online guru wasn’t easy — or overnight.
I believe in journalism’s most basic values—to inform and enlighten with integrity, to bring intelligent analysis to a complex world, to capture the great drama that business truly is, to teach, help and inspire people, and—let’s face it—to attempt to reform what’s not right with the world. I don’t believe there is a more creative place or a place more suited to accomplish all those goals than digital. You have so many ways to be a storyteller online. That’s why I think of the web as not just another medium, but rather a new utility, like electricity. It’s print, radio, and television all in one, except better and much more than all of them together.
“One quarter of Americans have never known life without a Clinton trying for or having the presidency. Millions have gone from diapers to diplomas in the time of the Clintons.”
“Apple won’t crank up the hype machine about all the new things an iPhone can do until its Worldwide Developers Conference on June 9, but here’s a small taste of what’s in store: finding things to do in the neighborhood when you’re at a loss.”
“Magazines are not the way young males are being entertained anymore.”
“Microsoft Corp. is abandoning its effort to scan whole libraries and make their contents searchable, a sign it may be getting choosier about the fights it will pick with Google Inc.”
So there it goes, my home from 1995-1999. Arkansas State University finally implodes Seminole Twin Towers dormitory. A big chunk of my college experience literally going up in smoke.
Nostalgia alert! After the jump, an essay I wrote this month for ASU on my time at Twin.
Just noticed this in this month’s Wired magazine:
Nishimura has given his countrymen the tools to cut through all that packaging. He started with 2channel, a bulletin board service he created in 1999. It’s become one of the few places where Japanese people can say exactly what they feel without concern for decorum or propriety.
Nishimura downplays the importance of 2channel. He created the simple bulletin board system nine years ago as an exchange student at the University of Central Arkansas. “I was bored,” he says. “I made it to kill time.” There’s nothing remarkable about the technology — the site is similar to BBS setups that were common in the US at the time. And indeed, navigating it is like time-traveling back to the Mosaic era: It’s just pages of blue hypertext links and text punctuated by banner ads and a brick background pattern.
Now it’s one of the top 5 sites in Japan. Much more here.