January 20, 2014 § Leave a comment
Beats by Dre has been working on a new music service that launches tomorrow (Tuesday, January 21) and it stands to rival the services of Spotify and paid music pairing by Pandora.
I love everything out of the veteran rap star’s headphone empire, so I can’t wait to see what his team has done in terms of advancing music algorithms.
According to Wired, “Your age is especially important to Beats Music. Tell it when you were born, and it figures out when you were in high school. The music of your youth — the stuff that was popular when you first got a Walkman or an iPod, the band that made it big when you got your driver’s license, the record that was all over MTV just before your freshman year of college — is the music with the strongest memories for you. It’s a fixed point in time that’s the most culturally and musically relevant to you. And it’s being crunched by the company’s algorithm.”
If that’s the case, I can’t wait to test out its 80’s pop mix.
Give me some Exposé and Taylor Dane, OKAY? In the meantime, do follow all that is relevant to the Beats crew on Twitter.
Have a happy Monday, my babies!
October 24, 2011 § Leave a comment
As you might know, Instagram is a fairly new photo sharing application on the iPhone. It launched only one year ago and has already accumulated 5 million users and has a photo database of over 200 million which is growing by the million each month according to reports.
If you’re on Instagram, you might have noticed that you can use a variety of tricks like the hashtag, #beach for example, in your comment section and your photo caption to access the entire Instagram audience that searches for that precise keyword. The hashtag that was invented by Twitter has been integrated into this application which makes it very easy to network with other like-minded users. For example, I posted a crisp photo of San Francisco’s Embarcadero something like 13 weeks ago and it hadn’t gotten any likes, maybe my followers didn’t find it interesting. For whatever reason – why not hashtag and share your photography with all of those who will like it? I hashtagged it today, using keywords: #embarcadero, #sf, #sanfrancisco, #financialdistrict, etc. and have already received 10 likes.
You can use the @ replies tool, @ginichavez for example, to address a user directly in any comment section or caption as well. Let’s say you see a photo that, @user2 might like – mention @user2 in the comment section of the photo and that user will be alerted of the mention, creating a little dialogue triangle. It’s just an easy way to share content.
The best way to add more followers, besides adding amazing photos, is to like others’ photos. The more likes you click on, the more users will see your uploads. It’s like social media karma: the more you give, the more you get back. You can also follow more users – sure not all of them will follow back but it will increase your follow numbers versus not doing so. Again the more you give, the more you get in return.
Instagram is exclusive to iPhone users, but there is a web based interface, you can find here hosted by Followgram. According to reports their office is busy developing an Android app and when that goes live, expect their user numbers to surge.
October 1, 2011 § Leave a comment
Hey computer animation techs who engineered this movie, I cannot wait to see this total orgasm for the eyes on the silver screen. Just look carefully at the 3D computer graphics used to manipulate the birds to swarm furiously, the soldier to shatter with the strike of a sword and the infamous mirror on the wall that morphs into a draped figure. I’m sure it will make one hell of a big-screen-show.
UPDATE: It did horribly at the box office, and according to one critic, it didn’t live up to its awesome preview.
January 18, 2009 § Leave a comment
During a recent stroll through Westfield of downtown San Francisco, I wanted to find the best price for a blush applicator. With so many cosmetics counter options in this galleria and Union Square, I wanted to avoid hitting every shop. So I took advantage of my new iPhone application, Where to Shop. It’s a product / store finder that uses GPS to locate whatever you’re shopping for, within your vicinity. It’s a pretty decent tool considering it’s free.
I found a variety of brushes ranging from 45 to 10 bucks. Not bad! The application loads photos of products available, store name, distance and store phone number. However, I highly recommend calling to confirm whether the item is in stock. Some retailers can be a little behind in updating their online inventories.
After a few clicks, I decided on a brush at Sephora. It was a bargain among the several comparable items listed at nearby stores. This shopping application saved the day. It made my shopping search relatively easy. Plus, it saved my feet and new stilettos from stomping from store to store.