Exciting. Nail-biting. Jaw-dropping. These are not words you use to describe someone parallel parking a Fiat — unless you’re watching stunt driver Alastair Moffatt do it.
Watching TV is already one of the top things to do when you’re feeling lazy, and soon it’ll require even less effort. UK telco Virgin Media is set to trial a new wristband that monitors your pulse and can tell when you’ve fallen asleep. It’ll then beam a message to your TiVo and tell it to pause the current program and start recording it for later viewing. When you wake up, you can pick up right where you left off. Perfect for all of those food comas that are bound to happen over the holidays. The device — designed by a 14 and 15 year old — will go into trials next year. Maybe someday the software behind it will make it to other fitness wearables, though there’s no news on that front yet. You can sign up to be on the trial list right…
The US government has fined South Korean automaker Hyundai and its subsidiary Kia a record $ 100 million total for misrepresenting the greenhouse gas emissions and fuel economy on 1.2 million cars the companies sold to American customers. The $ 100 million fine is the largest ever administered under the Clean Air Act, the landmark 1970 law that requires the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate air pollution nationwide.
Apple released its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus handsets last week, and they’re already setting new sales records. The company reports that it has sold more than 10 million new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus devices in just three days since launch. That’s 1 million more than the combined 9 million sales of the iPhone 5C and 5S last year, despite the new devices not being on sale in China yet. Apple isn’t revealing the mix of iPhone 6 vs. iPhone 6 Plus, but impressive iPhone sales aren’t surprising given the company announced a record 4 million pre-orders for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in just 24 hours.
Apple today revealed that overnight pre-orders for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus set a new record, suggesting that consumers are indeed eager to get their hands on larger iPhones along with new features like Apple Pay, Apple’s mobile payments platform. “Response to iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus has been incredible with a record number of preorders overnight,” an Apple spokesperson told Recode in a statement. That demand probably has something to do with the problems users experienced when trying to reserve an iPhone from Apple’s web store last night. AT&T has also said it’s seeing more demand at this early stage than it did for overnight pre-orders of the iPhone 5 and last year’s iPhone 5S.
So that’s positive news for Apple, though…
Ideas, ideas, ideas. Creative professionals are brimming with them. There are many ideas we have each day that we know we may never get to actually follow through on, yet we’d like to record them somehow just in case.
Every designer has their own, special way to keep track of their design ideas. But which one is the most helpful for getting those ideas down and, eventually, turned into designs? Here are some of the most popular ways to record ideas, with the pros and cons of each.
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The original method of recording ideas, before people had anything else to use. Using paper and pencil helps retain the immediacy of the idea you’re recording. There is no technology in between you and your design, which can be more cumbersome than you might think.
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Using a computer or mobile device to take down notes often requires first turning it on, navigating to the proper app, and doing whatever necessary functions are required to get started. All of these actions can be a drain on your willpower, which, according to an increasing number of psychologists, is a finite resource that can evaporate much sooner than we wish.
On the downside, notebooks are cumbersome and not nearly as portable as a phone or tablet. They can also get lost or left behind just as easily as a mobile device (although you do have a greater chance of having them returned – just try getting your phone back if you leave it on a busy subway or in a shopping center).
Apps are fast and convenient, not to mention sexy (and yes, this is important). With an app, you can quickly and easily record any idea you have and save it for later. Not only that, but you can transfer it almost immediately to your hard drive and plug it straight in to Photoshop or any other program you use. Whether it’s a sketching app, a note-typing device, or an elaborate productivity system, apps can take many different forms to suit your individual needs for the project you’re working no.
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On the other hand, apps can be a psychological barrier to actually getting work done.You can waste a lot of time picking out the right app and figuring out how it works – without actually doing any work yourself. It can allow you to keep showing off to your friends how “productive” you are, when in reality, your ideas are simply going into an electronic vault to wither and die. You don’t have the immediacy of recording ideas “your” way, the way you would with a sketchbook. You have to utilize someone else’s method of recording ideas, and this can take away from your desire to actually access your ideas when you need them.
Vocal recording is easy and immediate. Technically, it can be an app as well, but there are still plenty of devices on the market that were created specifically to record your dictated notes. It’s like having your very own secretary in your pocket. All you need to do is pull it out, press a button, and voila: you’ve got your ideas down, in your own words, that you can pull out and use whenever you need them.
The downsides to voice recording, like recording apps, are subtle and mostly psychological. It may sound like a small thing, but many people are surprised to hear what their own voice sounds like in a recording. This can actually be a deterrent to using a voice recorder, since they have to switch over to listening to themselves speak. Also, you usually still need to transcribe your words or otherwise sketch out the idea in order to use it, so it can be a secondary step that can hinder your progress.
When you’re recording ideas, you want to use whatever method uses the least amount of brain power. Why? Because the energy you expend figuring out a new way to record your ideas is energy that is lost. You cannot use it to work on your actual project, and you’ll need to take a break in order to recover it.
Navigating through the apps on your phone or naming a file on a voice recording uses a particular part of the brain that involves your motor skills. That part of your brain gets worn out fairly quickly and can actually slow you down even when you use high-tech products which were supposed to help you save time.
So, what’s the final verdict? Ultimately, it’s up to you, but I and plenty of other designers will continue to swear by the good old, trusty pencil and paper sketchbook. There are so many creative and psychological benefits to writing things down and making sketches that, in my opinion, an electronic device just doesn’t compare.
Again, your mileage may vary, but if you find yourself getting tired easily from staring at a computer or mobile screen all day, go ahead and give the old notebook a try you may just find that the low tech option is all you need to create great designs.
“Dr. Kong” has been defeated. Competitive gamer Robbie Lakeman has snatched the world record for the highest ever Donkey Kong score from Hank Chien. Chien, a plastic surgeon in New York, has held sole possession of the title for nearly four years — earning himself the nickname Dr. Kong. Late Thursday night, Lakeman completed a over three-hour session and earned a score of 1,141,800 — 3,200 points better than Chien’s prior record. The next day, according to Donkey Blog, he called Dr. Kong himself to tell him to relinquish his crown.
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It seems social media behemoths Facebook and Twitter aren’t content with just letting celebrities post tweets and updates naturally over the course of the Emmys tomorrow night. Instead, both companies are working with marketing agencies to bring an enhanced social media experience to the show.
Facebook will give Access Hollywood host Billy Bush a goofily large tablet while he roams the red carpet before the show. He’ll then pass the walking billboard over to celebrities for them to post video responses to fan questions. It’s called the Facebook “Mentions Box,” and as if that weren’t bad enough, celebrities will have to shake the tablet like a Magic 8-Ball before answering any questions, reports The Wall Street Journal.
ESPN’s streaming service, WatchESPN, hit a record concurrent viewership of 1.7 million people yesterday during the second half of the USA’s World Cup game against Germany. The previous record was set by Super Bowl XLVIII, which hit a peak concurrent viewership of 1.1 million on Fox’s streaming service, Fox Sports Go, earlier this year.
The number of people using WatchESPN, either through app or browser, was so great that some users were unable to log on to the service until minutes into the game. In comparison to the Super Bowl numbers, WatchESPN’s concurrent viewership suggests a huge upswing in US interest in its men’s national soccer team — but there are some caveats.