Fast Company staff writer Chris Gayomali and technology editor Harry McCracken will live blog Samsung’s latest launch today in New York at 9 a.m. ET. The company is expected to announce the Galaxy Note 4 smartphone and other products.
Samsung organizes its media events into seasons and episodes, as if they were TV shows. Today it will hold Samsung Unpacked 2014 Episode 2, which is taking place in three places at once: Berlin (where the IFA consumer electronics show will be going on), Beijing, and New York.
Fast Company's Chris Gayomali and Harry McCracken will be reporting from that last version, and will share the news here as it happens. It’s a given that it will include the announcement of the Galaxy Note 4—Samsung’s invitations coyly asked attendees to “note the date”—but rumor has it that the company might unveil a virtual reality system as well.
In 2012 the Pebble smartwatch became the most backed product in Kickstarter history, gaining $10.3 million during its fundraising period.
That record stood until yesterday, when another product smashed Pebble’s pledges—earning an astonishing $11,045,769 (and counting) for a Kickstarter project that still has around 24 hours on the clock.
The project? The Coolest Cooler: a $299 USB-enabled, Buetooth speaker-pumping, illuminated, partitioned, accessory-holding cooler featuring an onboard blender. It is, to put it simply, the most incredible story in crowdfunding history—and made all the more amazing by the fact that Portland-based creator Ryan Grepper only set out to raise $50,000.
So how did a glorified drinks holder become a Kickstarter record breaker?
Box SVP Sam Schillace shares how he quickly and cheaply experimented on an app no one wanted—that became the basis for Google Docs.
Schillace says that even at companies focused on innovation, it’s hard to convince others of the value of truly new things. “Whenever you see something that’s truly creative or disruptive, it challenges your worldview. And when you’re challenged like that, you have a choice either to accept the challenge, meaning that you are in some way wrong, or reject it, which is saying that the thing itself is wrong. So it’s very rare that people will say, ‘Oh I must be stupid because I didn’t see this,’ so usually people’s first reaction is to reject them.”
Tweaking the UX of our social media tools could help readers better understand fast-moving news.
The Boston Marathon bombings. Tornadoes in the Midwest. Now, tragically, Ferguson. When serious breaking news happens, many of us turn to social media—especially Twitter—to keep up and get the most detailed information we can as quickly as possible. But the events in Missouri these last few weeks made me think about the deficiencies of our current information tools, and how we might improve the social, breaking news experience.
If you watch porn online, the computer you’re using is enough to determine whether you’re a premature ejaculator there to watch Lisa Ann squirting videos, or whether you’re a long-lasting lover on a quest for Indian MILFs. That’s according to Pornhub, who has just spooged out an entire sack’s worth of statistics on their users, proving that Windows users statistically browse porn differently than Mac users, and even people on game consoles love watching porn.
Here’s some of the key takeaways, courtesy of Gizmodo and the Pornhub Insights team:
Ask companies like Adobe and Fiftythree, and they’ll tell you that tablets are the future of drawing. Give in, and get used to the concept of touching a stylus to your screen. Because as hardware and software get better, you’ll be able to create the sorts of things you can only dream about creating on paper.
Moleskine—the preeminent journal company with no lack of self-interest in keeping paper alive—has presented the vision of another possible future.