Google Now for iOS Coming Soon?
(Though I thought it was going to be a part of the Chrome iOS app. Or at least the Google Search app. But I’m all in favor of giving Now its own app — one of my favorite things out of Google in recent years.)
Update: It actually does look like it’s a part of the Google Search app in the video. And my understanding is that this is how it will work (coming up from the bottom). I still wouldn’t rule it out in Chrome down the road either.
Human Language May Have Evolved from Bird Song
“The sounds uttered by birds offer in several respects the nearest analogy to language,” Charles Darwin wrote in “The Descent of Man” (1871), while contemplating how humans learned to speak. Language, he speculated, might have had its origins in singing, which “might have given rise to words expressive of various complex emotions.”
Now researchers from MIT, along with a scholar from the Univ. of Tokyo, say that Darwin was on the right path. The balance of evidence, they believe, suggests that human language is a grafting of two communication forms found elsewhere in the animal kingdom: first, the elaborate songs of birds, and second, the more utilitarian, information-bearing types of expression seen in a diversity of other animals.
Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2013/02/human-language-may-have-evolved-bird-song
Ina Fried reporting on HBO’s Eric Kessler talking at AllThingsD’s D: Dive Into Media conference:
As for why the company doesn’t just get directly on Apple TV, Kessler said, “We will get on Apple TV, as we’ve said all along.”
I get why there would be a hold up putting HBO Go on Apple TV — Apple fully controls the apps that appear on that device and negotiating with Apple is never easy. But why did it take HBO this long to enable AirPlay in their app when rivals did it months ago? Leverage against Apple, I have to assume. (And now that it’s already been reported that HBO Go is coming directly to Apple TV, no more leverage required…)
It will be great to be able to watch HBO content on the Apple TV. But don’t forget that you still need that cable television subscription to get access to HBO Go in the first place. Which is fucking lame.
Also - Eric Kessler, HBO President said that they never want to become “your father’s Oldsmobile”. That was a close call, seeing as every other mobile video app has had Airplay enabled for months.
This is one of the first Vines I made for my a cappella group. A lot of people have been calling Vine “Instagram for Video”, and that seems to be sort of accurate. Much like Twitter only gives you 140 characters to say you want to say, with Vine (which is owned by Twitter), you get six seconds of video to record, and it’s a simple as touching the screen when you want to record and letting go when you don’t.
There have already been tons of creative uses of it for all kinds of organizations. Some of the stop-motion animations I’ve seen are really impressive, other Vines are as simple as a cat sleeping by a window or people showing themselves making their dinner at the speed of light. There are no filters (yet) on Vine - so it leaves it up to the user to figure out what their six seconds of video is going to show.
Probably the coolest thing that has come out of Vine so far is vinepeek.com - it’s a continuous stream of Vines being posted all around the world. It’s about as close to an actual “window on the world” as you can get. Take a look and see for yourself how hard it is to close that tab.
This photo was taken at the Spice Souk. It’s a little bit overwhelming the first time you visit one of the more traditional Souks like this one. Every step you make you, a new friend is there suggesting that you take a look at their saffron or frankincense. It’s hard to turn away from their often convincing arguments about why you /must/ take home some of their spices and other trinkets- but they’re all very friendly- and extremely willing to haggle. Especially once you turn away to “leave”.