Doogie Horner, author of 100 Ghosts, a collection of reimaginings of the classic white-sheet ghost, drew some pitchmen from beyond the grave for Co.Create. If you haven’t decided on a Halloween costume yet, maybe you’ll be inspired. Check them out.
Another awesome live Q&A on our site today! Join us this afternoon for a conversation with Carl Ledbetter, Sr. Principal Industrial Design Manager at Microsoft.
"The problem lies not in the attacking nature of the video, but in the fact that it simply wasn’t funny—the tech equivalent of watching your uncle twerking at a family wedding."
Microsoft pulled a series of Apple parody videos after a few hours due to backlash
"You’ve sold your phone department to Microsoft, why are you even tweeting about the iPhone? Clearly your phones don’t measure up.."
The news that former Xbox chief Don Mattrick was leaving Microsoft to help revive the social gaming company Zynga has people wondering if Steven Spielberg will stick with Microsoft’s planned TV series based on the video game Halo.
The Halo series will, of course, proceed without Mattrick, but given that Mattrick’s close relationship with Spielberg was key in signing the deal, one has to wonder whether new snags might arise now that he’s gone.
[Image courtesy of 343 Industries]
Daily Fast Feed Roundup
Good morning Tumblr! Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know today:
- Radiohead lead singer Thom Yorke has removed his music from Spotify, saying that “new artists won’t get paid f***all” while “shareholders are rolling it in.”
- Spotify responded to Yorke’s claim, saying that it pays handsomely and is “having a hugely positive effect on artists and new music.”
- Word on the street is that Apple is beefing up its iWatch staff and prepping for an ‘aggressive’ development of a smart watch.
- The British royal baby hasn’t even been born yet but it already has an app.
- Microsoft just cut the price of its tablet by a third. This move is a hint that it is struggling to gain traction in the tablet market.
Have a great day!
Daily Fast Feed Roundup
Hi Tumblr! Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know today:
- Rejoice! Google has brought back the ability to make calls from Gmail.
- BlackBerryhas lost its battle with Indian authorities, who have been demanding that it let them spy on users in order to protect the state and prevent terrorism.
- Apple has been found guilty of conspiring with five major book publishers to artificially raise e-book prices.
- Today’s Most Innovative Company is NASA, which is planning to send a new rover to Mars in 2020.
- Today’s Most Creative People are the students behind NASA’s awesome Grover rover.
- A code found buried in the iOS 7 beta is a clue that the new iPhone may have a slow motion camera.
- A new, more accurate clock that uses lasers to help tell time may change our definition of the second.
- Ever trekked all the way to a cafe just to find out that their Wi-fi is lousy? Now you can avoid that inconvenience using the SeedSpot app, which lets you test the Wi-Fi networks in your area.
- Google just cleaned up the Android Maps app, giving it a sleeker, more useable design.
- Hackers are taking advantage of Microsoft’s security flaw, which was announced earlier this year by a Google employee.
Have a great day!
Who is Don Mattrick, the guy who’s leaving Microsoft to join Zynga as CEO? Here, a few things you might want to know about him:
- He is currently president of the company’s Interactive Entertainment unit
- He was formerly at EA, where he was the force behind The Sims
- He discovered a motion-control technology that had been kicking around the company but going nowhere. When Kinect launched in the fall of 2010, it became the fastest-selling consumer-electronics gadget of all time
- He was the force behind the new Xbox One
- He wears rainbow-stripe Paul Smith socks and once hired Cirque du Soleil to kick off a Microsoft event
- His house is 25,000 square feet and is the largest in British Columbia
- He has a 10-car garage
- He’s worth $27 million
Don Mattrick is leaving Microsoft for Zynga. Mattrick’s latest creation, Xbox One, offers a personalized program screen, as well as the ability to let users Skype with friends while watching TV and get live stats from their fantasy football team during NFL broadcasts. Users can switch seamlessly between gaming and web surfing, and in perhaps the purest expression of this marriage of gaming, tech, and entertainment pop, Mattrick’s pal Spielberg has signed on to produce a TV series based on the Halo video-game franchise, exclusively for the Xbox One.
“When he was a teenager growing up in a suburb outside of Vancouver, he was turned down for a job at retail PC chain ComputerLand. So he started showing up at the store, working for, learning about software, and studying what clicked with shoppers. “It was really interesting to watch people walk by and see what they wanted and actually touched,” Mattrick says.”
Daily Fast Feed Roundup
Happy Monday! Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know today:
- Now you can use Google Street View to see the view from the top of the world’s highest building, the Burj Khalifa tower in Dubai.
- Former South African president Nelson Mandela is still in critical condition with a lung infection, says President Zuma.
- From our NSA secret surveillance tracker: Whistleblower Edward Snowden was expected to take a plane to Havana today, but at the time of takeoff, he was nowhere to be found.
- Australian lawmakers hold off on plans to track and store phone call and email data after NSA surveillance scandal raises privacy concerns worldwide.
- Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has its top managers squirming with his plan to restructure the company.
- Facebook is working on its own news reader. Watch out for our Google Reader replacement roundup later today.
- The FTC is investigating Google’s purchase of the Israeli social navigation firm Waze after consumer groups and tech experts raise concerns.
The annual Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3, begins today in Los Angeles.
E3 is the gaming industry’s biggest event of the year, when game developers, hardware makers, and enthusiasts alike converge on LA for the weeklong conference.
Today’s opening briefings include presentations from Microsoft, Electronic Arts, Ubisoft, and Sony.
Fast Company has everything you need to stay on top of E3’s happenings.