All posts by Ed Celis

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Google Chrome Faster Than A Speeding Potato. (video)

By defintion, Google has always been about speed and innovation, in this video they illustrate what exactly they mean by “speed” in terms that most of us can understand.

“At this point, Google realizes that simply talking about browser speed isn’t enough. They have to show you.Alongside the latest beta release of Google Chrome, the company has made a series of videos that intend to do just that. The Rube Goldberg-ian setup is fairly amazing. While the speed test videos themselves aren’t out just yet, Google has posted the making of the video. It’s a must-watch.”

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Spotify 0.4.3 Free Music Re-Invented.

From the land of Abba, Saab, 1/2 of Skype and the Volvo, comes the new version of Spotify; the dopest on-line music service.  Sure, you have infinite possibilities to listen to music these days: there are plenty of streaming music services, online radio stations, iTunes, and that soon to become obsolete collection of CDs that your brother left behind when he moved in with his girlfriend. Still, there is nothing quite like the new upgraded Spotify 0.4.3.

Granted, Spotify’s service is only available on a handful of European countries, but just like old Europe has lead the US on the wide adoption of mobile technologies, I predict that services such as Spotify will soon make the jump or be copied across the pond. It is inevitable.

So, what has Dope Daddy almost wishing to cash in his frequent travel miles and book a ticket to the nearest Spotify-active country? Where to begin? Not only does Spotify provide you with a way to listen to “All Music, All the Time”, with it you can find and play “any track you like, any time you like… Any artist, any album, any genre – all available instantly. With Spotify, there are no limits to the amount of music you could listen to. Just help yourself to whatever you want, whenever you want it”- did I mention that it was free?

Well it is, and so you may be wondering how the damned thing got any better? Well, the new version of Spotify now counts with over 17 new features, all of which make it a breeze to create collections of music and share them with your friends using social media sites such as Facebook. If you thought that it was hard to improve on “free”, well these guys did.

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The Art of Effective Online Story Telling (video)

The ability to create effective, entertaining, and simple communication materials is a much sought-after skill-set in this digital Age. There plenty of examples of bad communications online, and a few that shine on their simplicity and brilliance.

Commoncraft is a small company out of Seattle that makes videos to educate in a clean and simple way services, concepts, and ideas on-line. Their technique, which has often been copied, masters the use of white space, stick figures, and paper cut outs, together with scripts brilliant in their simplicity that would make any corporate communications manager worth his salt, green with envy.

In addition to their work, the company also created a network of companies that produce similar online story telling services, and has a page directing traffic to their partners. They developed a concept, spread it around, and are not adverse to sharing the wealth! Kudos, from here. Very, very, very dope indeed!

Watch  another  videos from Common Craft here.

One good hour Spent: The Last Lecture (video)

Randy Pausch was a successful. but definitely not famous young American professor of Computer Science at Carnagie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.  In 2006, he learned that he had Pancreatic cancer- a form of cancer currently terminal - and set his mind to making the most with his time left on this earth. He concentrated on living right, and things that really matter.

A year later, in 2007, he gave an upbeat lecture based on his conclusions and life learning. The video of this unassuming, young, vibrant man living with a life sentence quickly became an internet sensation: in an era dominated by short viral videos, Pausche’s talk to a roomful of students sitting in an auditorium is a sensation with over 12,000,000 million views on YouTube, and counting.

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Perseverance and spirit (video)

Springtime is again upon us, with its eternal promise of better days ahead, greener pastures, and flowers blooming. It is also a perfect time to renew the spirit and remember that perseverance is the drive that keeps us going, and pushing towards our goals, no matter what.

At the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, Derek Redmond, a Canadian sprinter lined up to run in for a place in the finals of the 400m. It was a race that ended like no other, and a video fit to see even on the sunnier days.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFKpZnok10s

Apple changes the media landscape again (video)

Just as they did with the Macintosh, iPod, iPhone, and iPad, Apple is set to change the world again. Yes, while this may sound to some of you as some loud hyperbole from an Apple True Believer (which I admittedly am), fact is that no other company on the planet is more admired, more inspirational, or more single-handedly responsible for re-defining the way that we interact with digital music, hand-held devices, and our perception of what a portable device is and what it can do.

Now, it is Apple’s turn to influence how advertising on the go will look, and from where I am sitting, they are sitting quite pretty and the announcement of their “emotion+interactivity” mobile advertising platform is about to rock one more industry to the core. For all of you whose careers are touched by advertising and media, take a seat. the ride is just getting started…

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http://www.youtube.com/watch#!v=q7WVt63S49s

The Ultimate Sports Man Camera (video)

As life is getting more and more digital, people have been looking for better ways to capture their experiences and share them with the world through photography and video. Well GoPro, is an American manufacturer who states modestly that they are “the leading activity Image caption company”, and who are we to argue with them?

The company produces a wide range of cameras that allow you to capture any and all outdoors activities in a unique way and professional manner. Before this note becomes too much of a press release, we will limit to highlight the fact that GoPro’s camera’s are way too dope for you to leave behind weather on a surf-board, off road racer, or scaling down a skyscraper of mountain.

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Bing Maps: The World (augmented) in your hands.

Alongside writing, the ability to create accurate representations of the landscape (i.e.. mapping), has been a key element to the advancement of societies. But where do you go to once that you have had the ability to see and experience the world remotely (as we have for years) with services such as Google Maps?  The answer (or at least a glimpse of the amazing undiscovered possibilities for mapping) was presented by Bing at the TED Conference recently.

In a short presentation where Bing’s Blaise Agüera y Arcas (love the name) also demonstrated that Steve Jobs is not the only one that knows how to launch a product from a stage, the boys from Redmond displayed some of the old-time mojo that once gathered to them legions of fans.

The application, which allows to coordinate live video feeds with a pretty awesome enhanced version of Bing’s maps engine takes you, well, where other maps haven’t taken you before: indoors, combining video and mapping in a vision of mapping that had escaped even many in the sci-fi crowd. For example, the service can use geo tagged images from flicker (say MS, what happened with picassa?) to inmerse you in the experience when browsing a map at street-level. This is a revolutionary jump for photography, and as significant as the invention of the portable camera was in its time.

In case you think the hyperbole  is getting out of hand, click on to the videos and be awed. As you watch, take the time to reflect on the many implications for privacy, commerce, military use, exploration, and even social networking. The Big Bad Boys in Redmond, finally have something that is truly worthy of the Bing! Dope

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The Bing Maps video from Bing:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0Z3NSff3I0