The convenience of a single-serving brewing machine is hard to deny. When faced with the need for coffee (or other brewed beverage), expediency is key. Make it easy, make it fast, and make it good: that's all coffee drinkers ask for. (Not counting all the stuff you can put in your coffee after it is brewed.) With the efficiency of a dedicated appliance designed for ease of use, fresh, hot coffee is but a button press away.
Here's an example of a traditional marketer proving with a smart Twitter campaign that social media and sports are a natural fit. Sony Ericsson, one of the long-term sponsors of the World Cup, has turned to Twitter to engage fans months before the World Cup begins. The Twittercup collects and counts fan tweets, creating a competition among attending nations. Since its launch in early December, it has received more than 43,000 tweets.
In anticipation of the upcoming World Cup, BP Castrol Japan has built a machine that kicks a football (or soccer ball, if you're American) at over 125mph. According to the MSNBC video, in comparison, Ronaldo (no mention if they mean the Portuguese or Brazilian superstar) kicks at about 80mph. According to an article on Guardian, a 114mph shot was recorded by a David Hirst from English club Sheffield Wednesday in 1996--still less powerful than what the machine is capable of.
This contraption is a promotional item and will be showcased during the tournament in South Africa. Trust the Japanese … Read more
Any automotive GPS worth its salt will come packaged with some sort of suction cup mount that will let users stick it to a vehicle's windshield. For most users, this is where road ends where GPS device mounting is concerned. But is this the best way to keep your navigation device in place while you drive? And what about that weird plastic disk that was also in the box? Let's take a look at the pros and cons of the different GPS mounting options.
Pay attention, because what you learn here can also be applied to mounting your GPS-enabled smartphone.… Read more
OS X has a fairly simple and straightforward printing interface with the "Print & Fax" system preferences where you can easily add and remove printers, and reset the whole system to set it up from scratch if there are too many problems. While this is convenient, there may be times when a problem with the configuration files either prevents access to the Print & Fax preference pane or prevents settings from being stored. Here are some alternate ways of resetting and managing the OS X print system.… Read more
Google is offering a public DNS service (DNS is the address book for Internet domains) that will resolve the domain names you type into a Web browser to servers you want to visit. But that could really give Google a complete picture of who you are. Do you want that? We also chat about the World Cup coming in 3D and the effects of BitLocker encryption being broken.
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Google Public DNS service not ideal for everyone http://arstechnica.com/security/news/2009/12/google-public-dns-service-not-ideal-for-everyone.ars … Read more
CoffeeCup Shopping Cart Creator is an intuitive, easy-to-use program that creates shopping carts for e-businesses. For retailers with little knowledge of Web design who want to take their business online without a lot of fuss, this program is a great choice.
CoffeeCup's interface is sleek and intuitive. It's surprisingly easy to add products and enter their descriptions and prices. Large graphical buttons represent the program's major functions. You can easily switch back and forth between the Products view, which lets you manage your merchandise, and the Pages view, which manages your Web site's individual pages. The … Read more
You know this is serious because they've already talked about it on SportsCenter.
Wednesday saw one of the most painful pieces of cheating that soccer has enjoyed since, oh, since pretty much any other World Cup qualifying game.
However, this occurred in the dying minutes, featured one of the most famous players in the world (yes, he's been on the front of an EA FIFA game box), affected the result of the game, and was so crudely obvious that the world has decided to fight back by socially networking.
In case you were only recently released after being … Read more
Justin is sick today, so Demetrius Wren and Christina Ghubril join the show to talk about their new film "Streetball." It's the story of a group of homeless South African kids who try to break out of the cycle of poverty by competing in the Homeless World Cup. After some calls about "1984" and convergence, we talk a bit about some unusual uses of bacon flavor.
The most amazing part of "Streetball" was that it was entirely written, shot, edited, directed, and produced by two people! It's a full-length transcontinental movie made possible with only a couple of laptops and some prosumer cameras that have really leaped toward professional film cameras. Demetrius points out that it would not have been possible to shoot their film with a huge camera crew and big pieces of equipment.
The movie is a really fascinating look at how South Africa has changed and not changed since the end of apartheid. The pair says the film is on track for a June-July 2010 release, so be sure to check it out. (Side note: "Streetball" is sponsored by the From Us with Love charity. Be sure to donate!)
After the break, we get to some voice mails about how George Orwell's dystopian future may already be here. That means it may be a normal thing this time next year for Big Brother to know exactly what you purchased at Wal-Mart and that you spend way too much time at the bar down the street.
Last story of the day is about bacon--oh, that delicious food of the gods! Jeff the Hypochondriac thinks bacon-flavored envelopes just might be enough to get him to lick his envelopes closed again. Meanwhile, an intrepid live listener of the show shows us some bacon-flavored chapstick along with some bacon-flavored...personal...lubricant. Yeah, the show ends on that note today.
Side note: We changed the way we're naming our shows in the blog. This is probably going to result in some confusion and backlash. It was done to please the Internet gods.EPISODE 470 Subscribe in iTunes audio | Suscribe to iTunes (video) | Subscribe in RSS Audio | Subscribe in RSS Video… Read more
So far, it seems like all the luck in the world has been on driver Jimmie Johnson's side throughout the 2009 Sprint Cup chase, and things have been so lopsided between Johnson and his Nascar competitors that some fans feel they should just throw him the trophy and call it a season. While Johnson remains the odds-on pick to win the whole shebang, he didn't fare so well this past Sunday at the Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. And we got the footage right here...(and by the way, I have no clue … Read more