BlackBerry has just announced that its hugely popular BBM messaging service is going multi-platform: it will be released for Android and iOS as a free app this summer. BBM will support iOS hardware…
It was just announced that Blackberry Messenger is going to be released for iOS and Android later this summer. Thorstein Hiens claims that its a show of strength. That they are so confident in the BBM platform, and it will help draw people back to Blackberry.
This is a move that should have happened a year ago or sooner. The messaging market has never been so competitive. Just off the top of my head I can think of
And those are just the ones available in the US that I’m aware of. I guess you could still lump Yahoo chat and AIM into that list as well (though I won’t because its my list). Let’s also not forget good ol’ SMS.
Adding BBM to that mix isn’t going to win any hearts or minds unless, for some weird reason BBM is *INSANELY* better than the other options out there. I’m pretty sure it isn’t.
Even if BBM is excellent. That doesn’t matter because only one person I know uses a Blackberry and her next phone isn’t going to be a Blackberry (she’s told me). It may be nice that she can keep the handful of BBM contacts when she moves away from the platform, but that doesn’t sound like the kind of progress Blackberry wants (and its definitely not a moneymaking endeavor to appease customers not buying your products).
Blackberry has lost so much ground in the past decade that cracking open BBM at this point is an almost empty gesture. I would almost call it a hail mary, but that would imply that its a last ditch “all or nothing” move on Blackberry’s part. It isn’t. Its just weak and it won’t really help resurrect Blackberry as a handset maker.
Prepare for an onslaught of gif ads
Think a miniature “dumb phone” for your HTC smartphone sounds absurd? We try out the Bluetooth-enabled add-on, which comes bundled with selected HTC One purchases in Singapore.
Manfred Mohr’s Youtube Channel
A collection of videos featuring works by pioneering computer artist Manfred Mohr, many dating back to the early 70’s. Also includes interviews and lectures:
Manfred Mohr is considered a pioneer of digital art. After discovering Prof. Max Bense’s information aesthetics in the early 1960’s, Mohr’s artistic thinking was radically changed. Within a few years, his art transformed from abstract expressionism to computer generated algorithmic geometry. Encouraged by the computer music composer Pierre Barbaud whom he met in 1967, Mohr programmed his first computer drawings in 1969.
You can go to the Youtube channel here
It is no doubt that Buzzfeed is very good at what they do. I am curious as to when and how it will fall apart for them.
Please read the full review, but the overall review is that the product is pretty “meh” at this point.
This is what can happen when you back a kickstarter, even one that breaks a ton of records for funding. These are, in general, still going to be boutique products that may or may not deliver fully on their promises. Looking at it purely as a mechanical “purchase” of the device should be only one part of your decision to back a crowd funded project.
Crowd funding is still a fascination for this author. I hope that cooling people’s expectations will not adversely affect the overall trend of generating more support for these projects.
A recent Google search led me to make a list of all the active crowdfunding sites I could find. I reached sixty without too much trouble, but beyond that I started hitting expired domains and works in progress.
CEO and founder of Indiegogo Slava Rubin however, claimed in his keynote…
800 seems a little dubious. This reminds me of the coupon sites that were trying to piggyback on Groupon and LivingSocial. I still think it would be nice to see some other players in this space beyond Kickstarter and Indiegogo.
Chris Novello introduces the glorious Super Mario Spacetime Organ:
In this video, I directly manipulate the RAM state of Nintendo’s Super Mario Brothers to transform it from a game into a strange instrument.
First, I play the game as it is traditionally played.. but I have access to the game’s memory, so I change Mario’s Y position using the Madrona Labs Soundplane (a surface that sends data to the computer about where it is being touched). This is how I hover Mario during the playthrough.
Also, before I start playing, I flip a switch on illucia (a patchbay instrument that I designed) to trigger recording — not video, but actually recording the entire memory state of the NES for each game frame.
Think about it - Mario’s universe is held in RAM, which the NES uses to draw his world for each frame of the game. By saving the entire state of NES memory for every frame, I’m able to go back to any moment in Mario’s life.
So then I use the X-axis of the Soundplane to sweep through the timeline of Mario’s universe.
Not only that, but the Soundplane is multitouch, so I use a second finger to specify start and endpoints in a playback loop. Technically, this is similar to the way samplers and granular synths work in audio.. but with the entire memory state of the NES. Conceptually, it is like Super Mario meets Groundhog Day. Mario’s universe computer/time machine gets caught in hellish loops.
Then I start using illucia to send alien data into various other places in Mario’s universe, which makes for all sorts of audiovisual insanity amidst the spacetime loops. This is sort of like circuit bending, but in a protected sandbox - at any point I can revert back to the clean recording of RAM states (aka moments in Mario’s universe).
I then try to go back to “playing” the game, watching Mario navigate a melting world of glitched-out ephemera. I then push things into full on glitch insanity. I use a pair of rubberband mallets on the Soundplane to jump around in Mario’s universe while leaving illucia to send a heavy stream of alien data into Mario’s RAM state. I eventually (accidentally/luckily) land at a place that triggers the game over music, and end the take.
respect your elders