Well, not anymore. Starting now, Mattel is re-imagining the all-American guy. He may not be as inspiring as an imaginary female solo homeowner or the first imaginary female president, but that doesn’t mean he can’t have a rich imaginary inner life. The decision to give him some depth marks a new chapter for men, and dolls who are men. From this day forward, Ken doesn’t always have to look like the most basic frat bro ever to get a B- in econ. He can be complicated, mysterious—maybe even vegan. No more Mr. Nice Ken. (Actually, he’ll still be very, very nice. “We want to make sure Ken reflects a friendly view of the world,” says Shore.) More at GQ.
More toys and a sensible decision to bring him up to date.
Medium seems to continue to grow in popularity as a publishing platform, and as it does, I’m growing more and more frustrated by their on-screen “engagement” turds. Every Medium site displays an on-screen “sharing” bar that covers the actual content I want to read. This is particularly annoying on the phone, where screen real estate is most precious. Now on iOS they’ve added an “Open in App” button that literally makes the last 1-2 lines of content on screen unreadable. To me these things are as distracting as having someone wave their hand in front of my face while I try to read… More at DF.
I was trying to show my son a funny video the other night which was remarkably not on YouTube. I ended up jumping through a few sites I do not normally visit and almost every one has pop-ups, auto-play videos and all sorts of other crap that ruined the entire experience.
As someone who does not like ad-blockers because I believe they strangle those of us trying to do the right thing, I also wonder if they are what causes crap like this to occur. The overall friendliness of websites seems to only be going one way. Less friendly.
Just click on this link and zoom in until you can read the number plate. Incredible!
ZeTime: the world’s first hybrid smartwatch combining mechanical hands with a full round color touchscreen. Using groundbreaking technology to mount watch hands through the center of the high-resolution TFT color display, ZeTime blends the classic design of a traditional timepiece with the most advanced features of a smartwatch… More at kickstarter.
I’m not so sure about this idea. In my mind you either go full mechanical or full smart, there is no in-between.
Even Apple walks back to older style watches and does not take that final step to take advantage of the digital display.
That is my Apple Watch face.
Why doesn’t it look like the one below?
See, even Apple can’t leave the past behind?
12 Month SIM only on 3, with feel at home, 600 minutes, 12GB of data and unlimited texts for £7 per month. via Jon Love.
That is an amazing price for that much data (includes cash back deal of course). Would you Americans and Canadians like to share your SIM only prices? These prices must seem crazily low to you guys and we do feel for you in this area.
Voice responses from Alexa are now enhanced with visuals and optimized for visibility across the room. Call or message your family and friends that also have an Echo or the Alexa App, get the news with a video flash briefing, see your Prime Photos, shop with your voice, see lyrics with Amazon Music, and more. All you have to do is ask.
Echo Show has eight microphones and beam-forming technology so it can hear you from across the room—even while music is playing. Echo Show is also an expertly tuned speaker that can fill any room with immersive audio powered by Dolby. When you want to use Echo Show, just say the wake word “Alexa” and Echo Show responds instantly.
I like the look of this and I particularly like the way it is presented in the video below. While I am not convinced, however, that it offers much more than the original Echo in that a screen is not a true necessity, the price does not seem out of this world.
I bought a Palm V via eBay for £0.99 + minimal postage and it was brand new and sealed. OK, I hadn’t considered how I am going to get the games on it I wrote about recently, but the first surprise was the size of the box. Did we really think that was normal for packaging back in the day?