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Cell phones are generally seen as “can’t-live-without” items these days, and the urge to answer an incoming text or phone call, even when you’re driving, can be hard to ignore. That being said, it’s no secret that using your phone while behind the wheel is incredibly dangerous, and doing so can cause an accident.
In an effort to promote safe driving, Sprint has unveiled the new “Drive First” App, which has multiple features designed to help drivers keep their eyes on the road, not on there phones.
The app uses motion sensor technology to detect when the car is in drive and automatically responds to incoming texts with away messages (which you’re familiar with from your instant messenger days, right, CuPidXoXo99?). It also sends calls directly to voicemail.
And for all you concerned parents out there, if your son and/or daughter tries to disable the app, Sprint will send an instant notification to your phone (just don’t check it while you’re driving), and you’ll have every right to take back those car keys.
I don’t know about you, but I feel safer already.
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If you’re anything like me, you’re (almost done) wrapping up a pretty aggressive wedding season. By now I can almost predict the readings, my knees hate me for getting “a little softer now” too many times, and I’ve spent a small fortune on dry cleaning. I also haven’t been to a wedding outside of the South in a few years, where bow ties are the only thing more competitive than the bouquet toss. I personally have a few cherished ones from my late grandfather, some timeless thrift store buys from North Carolina, and a few new additions (including a gingham seersucker gem) that help me stay on top of my game.
But I just discovered Brackish Bow Ties, handmade from turkey or pheasant feathers. These are totally unique while still maintaining that classic look that has made the bow tie a staple in southern fashion. These certainly aren’t for everyone, but if you’re willing to wear pink paisley (like I saw last weekend), I’m betting you don’t have a problem with feathers. These guys certainly take peacocking to a whole new level…
Either way, I’m glad someone came up with such a good looking update to a classic. In a category filled with the same old skinny ties, workwear and plaid, it’s good to see some honest creativity out there. I should mention I have a birthday coming up soon, so anyone looking for last minute gift ideas…
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Forbes just released 2012’s Cash Kings list, compiling this year’s highest earners in the world of hip-hop. The top spot was held by Dr. Dre, who raked in most of his $110 million from his Beats by Dre empire. Diddy came in second with $45 million, mainly thanks to his share of profits from Cîroc. Jay-Z finished third with $38 million that came from… well, no need to go into that again. I don’t mean to brag, but do you think it’s merely a coincidence that the top two earners’ brands are represented by MKTG INC?
Eerily, this year’s list comes a week after the death of Chris Lighty, one of the most influential managers the rap industry has ever seen. In addition to managing the likes of Busta Rhymes and Diddy, Lighty also paved the way for big rappers to secure even bigger co-branded deals. He was integral in 50 Cent’s infamous VitaminWater deal that earned him an estimated $100 million when Coca-Cola acquired parent company Glacéau. Without Lighty, there’s little chance that 50 would have found himself atop the 2008 Cash Kings list.
Take another look at the list and you’ll see Lil’ Wayne has his TRUKFIT clothing company and a deal with Mountain Dew. Ludacris has Conjure cognac and Soul headphones. Drake has Kodak and Nicki Minaj has Pepsi. So what does this mean for the state of hip-hop? It’s no secret that musicians aren’t making much money from CDs these days and rappers have always positioned themselves as the ultimate hustlers. But it seems that the rap game has become more of a means to secure that big endorsement deal and less about actually producing the music. Dr. Dre has been working on his next album, Detox, for over a decade with no sign of a release anytime soon. Ice Cube summed it up perfectly with “What would you rather sell somebody: $300 headphones, or a $10 tape?”
I get it, but I’ve been blasting 2001 for almost 13 years now. It’s played through high school car rides, college parties, good & bad jobs, insufferable commutes and countless workouts. All I’m saying is, imagine how much better it would be if everybody was listening to your $10 tape on your $300 headphones…
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So I want to start this off by saying I don’t hate babies. I don’t even particularly dislike them. You could even go as far as saying I like babies. They’re cute. They do funny things. They (kind of) look like their parents. They’re like hairless puppies. And I love puppies.
I just think that the combination of social media exploding and everyone I know having kids has turned out to be an… overwhelming situation. Do I want to see an occasional photo of your baby on my Facebook feed? Sure. Do I want to see 10 photos a day chronicling every single activity? Not really.
So you can imagine my excitement when I heard about unbaby.me, a new Google Chrome extension that “deletes babies from your newsfeed permanently – by replacing them with awesome stuff.” It searches for words like “year old,” “just learned to walk,” “lbs oz,” “just like mom,” “ultrasound,” “onesie,” “look at those cheeks” or “what an angel” in your newsfeed (you can also add your own words). It then allows you to subscribe to any of your favorite image-based RSS feeds (tumblr, Instagram, etc.), which will provide the replacement photos for your feed. I used the “NYC” feed on Instragram to test it out. To my surprise, it works extremely well and several (I assume extremely adorable) baby photos have already been replaced with photos of cracked concrete (hip) or bicycles (very hip) and a caption that says “Baby removed.”
Last week, I wrote about the Flock app, which works to minimize oversharing before it happens. If it’s not stopped there, unbaby.me might be the knock-out punch needed to clean up your feed and ensure that you’re only scrolling through content you want to see. The great thing is, you can remove any words you don’t want to see (baby-related or not). Which reminds me, I need to go add a few additional words, starting with “engaged,” “YOLO” and of course, “Nickelback.”
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It seems like every time I go to an event, all the photos of my group end up split up across 4+ people’s phones. It’s either a chore to have my friends tag, email or text them to the group or more likely, none of them see the light of day. Until now.
The guys behind Bump have developed a new app that’s designed to fix this common dilemma. Flock collects photos from you and friends you were with into privately shared albums. As TechCrunch noted, “Flock for iOS combines brilliant social design with the underutilized photo location API to simplify sharing. Instead of clumsily selecting privacy settings, it suggests you share with any of your Facebook friends who use Flock and also took photos at the same time and place.”
There are several great things about this app. First, it enables you to take photos and deal with them later. Unlike Facebook or Instagram, you take the photo, continue enjoying whatever you’re doing and then you receive a push notification reminder to share your photos after you’ve left the geo-fenced location. Additionally, it shifts the photo sharing process from selection to omission, because it automatically selects all your photos from an event and then you can unselect the ones that you don’t want to share. Finally, this could (potentially) put an end to all those irrelevant photo albums of random trips taken by people you barely remember from high school that constantly fill your news feed on Facebook. Now they can just share the albums on Flock with a few select people who were actually on the trip and want to see the photos.
In today’s world of digital sharing (and over-sharing), we could all benefit from a bit of a bit of moderation and it seems like Flock is starting to head us in the right direction…
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Product integration is nothing new. For years, we’ve seen it in movies, television and of course, music videos. As integration has gotten more creative in recent years, there has been a fair share of criticism, praise and even satirical TV episodes about product integration sponsored by the brand they are satirizing. But I don’t recall a time when I’ve seen product integration in… a commercial?
Jay-Z has just become the (invested) face of Duracell’s new Powermat, designed to keep your smartphone charged at all times. “Never Be Powerless,” say the ads, which I’ve seen all over town on bus stops and subway cars. However, they just released a YouTube commercial, which has attracted a lot of attention in recent days (I saw it when a friend posted it on Facebook). The ad features a young professional guy living his ‘crazy busy life in NYC’ surrounded by people with phones on the brink of death. He finally finds himself at a club charging his phone with attractive friends and accidentally picks up Jay’s phone when B(eyoncé) is calling. Classic mix-up/”Never Be Powerless”/end scene.
But let’s take a look deeper into this production. The commercial for Jay-Z’s battery charging system features Jay-Z’s song “Run This Town” while a club scene happens at Jay-Z’s 40/40 Club and bartenders are serving bottles of Jay-Z’s (unofficial but official) champagne Armand de Brignac and then all of a sudden Jay-Z shows up? Holy crap… Did I miss anything?
Fortunately for the brand, most people probably aren’t as obsessed with Jay-Z as I… er… some of us and therefore won’t notice some of these minor details. But what an incredible brand Jay-Z has become, that he can seamlessly integrate five of his brands (including himself) into one commercial and it still doesn’t cover his basketball team, his beer, his car, his shoes…
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Complex Magazine Sneaker Editor Russ Bengtson just wrote this great article looking at the changes to the sneaker scene over the past ten years. It’s now a zoo of blogs, high eBay price tags, camping out in lines with machetes & baseball bats and massive trunk shows filled with obsessed collectors. But there was a time when it was a simple industry where passionate sneakerheads could go into a shoe store and pick up a pair as long as their size was available. “Oh, another thing,” he writes, “there was never any question whether I’d wear them. Of course I would.”
But there is something very powerful that comes at the end of the article: “The best sneakers have stories inherently built into them, but that is only the beginning. A truly great shoe should become part of YOUR story, and not just be something you take out on a special occasions or own simply to be able to say ‘yeah, I have those.'” I couldn’t agree more. For example, I wrote last week about running with the bulls. I ran in a pair of these. And I still have them, with holes and worn out soles, under my bed. When I was a kid, I rocked the hell out of some Jordan IVs (pictured here) in a (children’s) size 13. And I still have them at my mom’s house. I have a very special pair of Air Max 90 IDs that I designed as a Christmas present a few years ago. Although Mr. Bengtson wouldn’t approve, those only come out for special occasions. Different shoes have taken me on journeys all over the world so I hold onto their battered remains as living proof.
This is probably one of the first of many times in my life that I’ll say “I remember the good ole days…” which I guess means that I’m getting old. I can deal with that reality, but can I still rock my Jordans when I’m 65?
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Many of us have forgotten about Yahoo! as the company has struggled to innovate. The fiasco with the last CEO Scott Thompson having fake credentials wasn’t a confidence boost for the public either.
Possible replacements were being thrown around and it was speculated that the interim CEO, Ross Levinsohn, was expected to be announced any day. Hulu CEO publicly came out and said he was not interested in the position.
Monday came and out of nowhere, Marissa Mayer of Google was announced as new CEO. She was an early Googler (#20) and has been involved in many of Google’s hit products. Marissa was responsible for keeping the Google.com homepage simple and easy to use.
Big things are expected of her as she is seen as a product visionary. Some are hoping she can pull a “Steve Jobs” turnaround for the company.
Did I mention she is also expecting a baby. Congrats Marissa!
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The Running of the Bulls in Pamplona is going on this week and CNN has put together an awesome gallery of photos from this year’s festivities. It’s hard to believe that it’s been seven years since I participated in one of the most insanely stupid, terrifying and fun experiences of my life. Two of my best friends and I did the run after a night of not sleeping and soaking up the Spanish culture and fortunately we all made it out alive. Each year when the photos come out, we pass them around, reminisce, and say how we have to go back and do it again.
That’s one really interesting thing about the Millennial generation – experiences have become an extremely valuable form of social currency. Where past generations may have defined themselves with physical possessions or professional milestones, today we all seem to be working towards crossing the next big thing off our bucket lists. This gives brands an incredible opportunity to connect with consumers in the experiential world and help them accomplish these goals. There must be an authentic relationship between the brand, the event and the consumer, but think if you could be positively tied to a powerful memory that comes to mind every year. Most brands would probably run with the bulls for that kind of connection…
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Is it possible to make art anymore personal? DNA11 thinks so.
The company launched in 2005 and is making it easy for anyone to take a little of themselves and make a truly customized piece of art. DNA11, like many other brands, has discovered that consumers are moving to more individual, customized experiences. It doesn’t get anymore personal than this.
Don’t expect IKEA prices as this isn’t stock imagery. A personalized DNA11 print might cost cost anywhere from $100-$1000. A custom DNA waterfall went for $25,000.
So what do you think? Will you let them prick your finger?