Jul 09

A Brooklyn-based artist is being investigated by Apple and the Secret Service after Kyle McDonald installed a program on computers in two New York Apple Store locations that automatically takes a photo every minute. Now his personal computers have been confiscated by the U.S. Secret Service. McDonald his project was to capture people their expressions as they stare at computers, a subject he had first explored in a recording he made of his own computer time over two days using the same program. “I thought maybe we could see ourselves doing this we would think more about our computers and how we’re using them,” he says. After investigating Apple costumers, Apple decided to investigate him instead. » Artist Being Investigated By Apple & The Secret Service

Jul 09

On June the 16th 2011 Paris based tattoo artist K.A.R.L. realised the first ever “animated” tattoo. Paris based tattoo artist K.A.R.L is probably going to make history with what appears to be the first animated tattoo brought to life with an iPhone. There is no real mystery behind it though. K.A.R.L tattooed a QR code on his guinea-pig. The QR code was made to display an animation when activated with an QR code reader you can find in the App Store. Not groundbreaking by any means, but still pretty cool… » First Tattoo With Integrated QR Code

Jul 08

Flurry compared the revenue generated by pricing model, freemium vs. premium, among the top 100 grossing games in January and June of this year. Premium simply means charging for the download (e.g., $0.99). Freemium describes the free-to-play model, where the game is given away for free, and then the consumer can purchase virtual currency and/or virtual goods through in-app-purchases.  Tracking over 90,000 apps with its analytics service, Flurry can measure the amount of revenue generated per ranked position in the App Store top grossing category. The chart above compares the proportion of revenue generated by each model. » Free To Play Revenue Overtakes Premium Revenue In The App Store

Jul 05

If you analyze aggregated cellphone traffic — as researchers at M.I.T., AT&T and I.B.M. did with United Statesdata from July of last year — interesting patterns emerge. Cities become connective hubs as people move to them from nearby counties and from far across the country. As a result, many calls originate and end in cities, connecting urban citizens to their families back home. At the same time, communities emerge that have little to do with geographic boundaries. While some follow state lines, others split states in half or combine them. Check the infographic after the break. » Phone-Call Cartography: Aggregated Cellphone Traffic In United States [infographic]

Jul 03

According to several Chinese new sources, a shoe cleaner in China saw someone with an iPad and asked if she could get online and help find her daughter. Apparently she had not seen her daughter for five years. Unfortunately, there was not a network available for the Wi-Fi only iPad, so the person took a picture of the womans with her iPhone and distributed it through Weibo. » iPhone & iPad Help Mother Finding Her Daughter In China After 5 Years

Jul 02

A series of phygital (physical meets digital) concept print ads that encourage out of home downloads of iphone applications. When scanned with a barcode reader the image directs people straight to the apps itunes download page. This allows apps like Shazam to invite users to download while at outdoor music festivals; in order to find out, and download exactly whats playing there and then. » App Ads: Scan QR App Commercials To Download The App

Jul 02

If you are guilty of skipping computer history class, here is an exhaustingly lengthy Infographic from Manolution that can help you catch up. It sums up in detail the story behind the two biggest names in the industry: Microsoft and Apple, from their inception to today. Check Out the infographic after the break. » The History of Computing: Microsoft vs Apple [infographic]

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