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Windows Phone 7 Fangirls Rap: A Subtle, Unintentional Reminder of Just How Far Behind Microsoft is in the Mobile Device Market

October 21, 2011

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Windows Phone Rap! from Carly Presho Dunne on Vimeo.

Listen, before anyone gets their feelings hurt, I have no doubt that Microsoft’s new Mango-powered Windows Phone 7 is a great device. That’s right, great. Just like the the Zune was/is.

Wait —  I don’t actually know if the Zune is all that great. I’ve actually never gotten around to checking it out, nor have I been bombarded by media related to its features and user-friendliness and the like. And, ultimately, I guess that’s a big part of Microsoft’s problem.

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Introducing Word Lens: Yet Another iPhone app signalling the inevitable destruction of civilization as we know it

December 17, 2010

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Pretty dang cool, eh? It works, too. Blew my mind when I tried it, but it also gave me pause. Am I alone in that regard?

After all, as truly ingenious an innovation as Word Lens type applications are, should it not raise at least a tiny bit of concern in the minds of users? Isn’t this trend of modern technological “lifehacking” perhaps hacking away at a bit too much now?

I mean, haven’t we begun to make life just a little too easy for ourselves? And yet this is only the beginning, and in only the smallest of microcosmic examples.

Next, of course, we’ll have ear pieces privately translating every word off a foreign tongue we’ve never known — tongues we’ll,  eventually, never care to know.

Can’t you just hear the sales pitch now?

Hi there! Aren’t you tired of having to learn some stinky foreigners’ language when you’re on your annual European getaway? Toting that pesky English-to-Spanish, English-to-French, and/or English-to-Some Language You’ve Never Heard Of dictionary around in your fanny pack is so burdensome, isn’t it?

Heck, I bet you may have even taken classes to try and learn some other culture’s language, customs, and mores, didn’t you? At least in high school, right? What a drag!

Well, today’s your lucky day…

Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut

Sure, I’m leaping ahead a bit here — and perhaps not giving some of our species’ more admirable qualities enough due — but the prospect of the culturally bankrupt dystopia I allude to isn’t pure science fiction. Is it?

Having said that, I guess I do feel like picking up a good Kurt Vonnegut story right about now. Player Piano, anyone?

As a friend relayed to me regarding his display of Word Lens to a co-worker: “Nick looked like he’d just seen fire for the first time.”

Indeed, we may have a sufficiently similar reaction to fire yet again, Nick.

Thanks to The Admiral for the tip

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Hands on with the Coach K iPhone App (with Screens)

March 24, 2010

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Coach K in the iPhone's App StoreWhen I first heard about Coach K’s new iPhone app — via our own Twitter page no less — I fully expected the shortened url accompanying the tweet to take me to some parody site or article. One perhaps hosted/written by a Heels fan, or actually anyone unaffiliated with Duke University for that matter. It didn’t.

Instead I was directed to Coach K’s official website, and an entry announcing the March 23rd release of Coach K’s first foray into the iPhone’s app store. Wow.

Needless to say, I still thought this was some sort of joke. April Fools’ come early? Had to be. But then I wanted to be certain.

Next step, whip out the trusty iPhone, tap into the app store, and do a quick search for “Coach K.” Lo and behold, there she was.

Simple icon, glossy blue. “Coach K” written in white. Calm, cool, somewhat collected. Somewhat like Coach K.

Was I satisfied? Absolutely not. Did I drop the $2.99 to download the app just to make sure? I did. Will I be writing this expenditure off as a necessary business expense come April 2011? Most likely.

Make the jump with us for Frumpzilla’s hands on look at Coach K’s latest step towards global media domination in his post-basketball years.

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