In this video, Gary Vaynerchuk breaks down advertising’s new “stream economy,” which features quick bursts of content that require a whole new skill set for trying to gain the attention of consumers.
A while back we had some fun reviewing the SoundBlaster Roar speaker from Creative Labs. For a portable Bluetooth speaker, it knocked our socks off with great sound quality and some pretty innovative features.
This time, Creative asked us to check out their new Muvo Mini, a waterproof speaker that they thought might come in handy for the rainy Springtime we have here in Portland, Oregon. And when we lucked upon a sunny day or two in early March, we took the Muvo out for a spin at our favorite patio.
For a compact speaker, the Muvo delivers surprising music volume and clarity, plenty loud for a group of 10 or so enjoying the great outdoors. While it does not have booming bass, no one seemed to mind as our mixtape from Guardians of the Galaxy had several party-goers singing along.
In what might be it’s most important feature, the Muvo is also very light-weight as compared to our Soundblaster Roar. This lack of heavy mass really helps as we now keep the thing charged and ready in our day pack. Selling at around $60 on Amazon, it also has a price tag that is pretty easy on the wallet.
While we have not how “waterproof” the Muvo is, I’m sure the Oregon rain will give us an opportunity really soon now. Even if it leaked, I’d say this is one fine speaker and a good value to boot.
In this video episode of Startup of the Week, Kevin Pollak sits down with William Sacks and Katherine Bicknell of Kindara. The company has developed a new, easy-to-use fertility charting app for iPhone.
In this video, Professor Charles Perry from Middle Tennessee State University demonstrates electric hub technology on a 1995 Honda station wagon, thereby increasing the gas mileage by 50 to 100 percent.
The whole point was to demonstrate the feasibility of adding the electrical motor to the rear wheel of the car without changing the brakes, bearings, suspension — anything mechanical.”
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Cleese says that we can describe the way people function at work in terms of two basic modes: open and closed — and creativity is not possible in the closed mode. The closed mode is the one we are in most of the time at work, running around busy in an “active…slightly anxious mode.” The closed mode is not a bad thing, of course, and is often crucial for getting things done — but it is not creative.
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In this video, Jared Wiener from PDC moderates a discussion on customizing the user experience. Speakers include Tom Byrnes from 4-Tell and Andre Wolper from Embodee.
As the dividing line between online and offline retailing continues to blur, 4-Tell provides an integrated suite of products that allows merchants to deliver individually personalized product recommendations to shoppers across all channels – web, e-mail, mobile, CRM, and in-store. Our next-generation technology enables retailers of all sizes to increase conversion, sales and profits while providing a more engaging shopping experience at a compelling price point.”
We created the visual effects for movies like The Matrix. Now we’ve pioneered a compelling way for apparel brands to offer interactive, personalized experience for their products via any web-enabled device online or in-store.”
Recorded at the Portland Digital eXperience 2012 Workshop.