Archive for the 'Tech' Category

Google Helpouts

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

What’s intriguing about Google’s new Helpouts is that it could encroach on a TON of startups, everything from Verbling (peer-to-peer language learning through video chat) to Skillshare (platform for hosting real life classes on anything) to 7 Cups of Tea (YC startup for getting emotional help online). Google had been using my college campus to […]

Duolingo and me

Friday, September 20th, 2013

Duolingo has always been an interesting one among education startups. It didn’t embroil itself in any debate about pedagogy; it didn’t say it was going to revolutionize education. All it was was a website, and later an iPhone app, and after that a cross-platform app that promised to help you a learn a language for […]

Phonebloks and the deeper messaging of sustainability

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Something just blew up on my Tumblr dashboard. This: Phonebloks. The video was posted onto YouTube on Sep 10, 2013 and it is currently the evening of Sep 11, 2013 with 2.6 million views. I first noticed it after it circulated many times on my Tumblr dashboard (90,000 notes currently). It is so popular that […]

Vita in the Living Room

Monday, September 9th, 2013

This is one of the most unexpected but happy (at least, for me) news in a while. Sony isn’t quite the market-leading innovator these days, and here they are making a fantastic multilevel move that should make everyone happy. It is supposedly Japan-only for now, but come on Sony, how could you not? One of […]

The Bizzare Cell Phones of Wally World

Saturday, August 4th, 2012

First up is an oddball Samsung phone called the C3300 Champ. Look at that, isn’t it the dinkiest little screen you’ve ever seen? Yet it’s solely a touchscreen phone! And reading its feature list, it sounds like a surprising multimedia powerhouse. “One-touch access” to YouTube FM radio with built-in antenna Stereo speakers 3.5mm jack   […]

Afternoon Refresh

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

I thought up another way to intervene my bad habit of slaving away at my computer every afternoon. The root of the problem is that once I get on the computer, I find a billion tasks to do and, because of the nature of the internet, I find a billion more tasks to do as […]

Changing the game: Light field cameras

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Pretty much the most badass technology to come out of Silicon Valley in a long time. It’s a completely new camera technology that lets you “shoot first, focus later.” As described by one of Lytro’s investors: People often refer to taking a picture as capturing the moment, but conventional photography does not really capture the […]

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