The “Internet of Things” (IoT) will likely be one of the most important technological advances of this century. The emergence of Cloud computing, meanwhile, has created the application and device management backbone needed to scale to and support billions of connected objects. Consumer, governmental and business trends are also pushing us toward the IoT. And despite inhibitors to growth, such as privacy issues and creating sustainable business models, we will see increasing benefits in our personal and community lives as the IoT takes hold.
Dark alien planet discovered by NASA
Scientists are unsure why the planet is blacker than coal, but believe it could be a chemical they ‘haven’t even thought of yet.’
We’re going to L.A.!
In recognition of our work on the Lady Gaga campaign, we were invited to attend the 2011 VH1 Do Something Awards this weekend. We’re very excited to be nominated, but more importantly, we’re so thankful for your support. You embraced the Lady Gaga campaign, casting over 1 million votes to give $1 million to causes that support homeless New York City youth, and we just can’t thank you enough. Join us as we travel to the west coast this weekend. We’ll be posting from the road, and we hope that you will share your experiences about Do[ing] Something to help others.
p.s. You can still vote for us here!
In June 2010, a fuzzy baby otter was found alone and dehydrated on a beach in Alaska, so two passersby contacted the Alaska SeaLife Center, who rescued him and began bottle-feeding him every two hours. After a few days, Tazo perked up and began playing and splashing around, and in August he was transported to the New York Aquarium. The adorable little guy couldn’t be released back into the wild because he’d become too dependent on humans. (Watch an aww-inducing video of Tazo.)
Adorable rescued zoo babies
Robin Hood’s mission is to fight poverty in New York City. But, since we’re visiting the City of Angels, it seems appropriate to take a moment to discuss some of the issues facing Los Angeles.
- Los Angeles is the second most populated city in the United States after New York.
- New York’s poverty rate is 22% of the population (1.8 million); Los Angeles’ poverty rate is 20% (over 750,000 people).
- The homeless population of Los Angeles in 2011 is 23,539 (0.62% of the population). The homeless population of New York in 2011 is 113,000 (1.3% of the population).
Poverty exists coast to coast and affects members of your community. We hope that you’re stepping up to Do Something about it.
A class devoted entirely to watching YouTube videos? College credit for studying Internet pornography? And how would your parents feel if you took a course on Lady Gaga’s rise to fame? It may sound outlandish, but students are taking such classes at colleges and universities across the nation.
A nice thought by former Apple executive Jean-Louis Gassée, but not gonna happen.
Even if Apple was able to pass regulatory scrutiny for this (they’d argue that they’d still work with Verizon and AT&T and that Android is closer to a monopoly), such an undertaking would undoubtedly be a massive headache for Apple just from a logistics perspective.
Could they offer a better service than any other carrier right now? Of course. But that isn’t saying much. In fact, it’s saying next to nothing — that’s why this is such a nice thought.
But as a carrier, Apple would have to worry about things like upgrading networks, getting local governments to approve towers, even more customer service, etc. It would be a huge distraction from the core business: selling devices.
Gassée also hits on a key point at the end: sure Apple could buy someone like T-Mobile or Sprint in the U.S. market, but the greater opportunity is worldwide. Such a buy here would mean nothing for the larger pie.
Having said all of that, I would not be surprised at all if Google eventually tries to buy a carrier. They also shouldn’t, and would face an even rougher time from a regulatory perspective. But Google wants to do everything. So they’ll try someday, I imagine.
In Europe’s fashion world, where the masculine ideal is a good deal less masculine, Pejic found some work, but he didn’t become one of the industry’s coveted items—the modeling world’s version of the Birkin or the Spy Bag or the Muse—until Carine Roitfeld, then editor-in-chief of French Vogue, decided to dress him as a woman for an editorial shoot. “Carine Roitfeld was just like, ‘Put him in Fendi!’ ” Pejic explains before adding, “My agency did ask me if I was comfortable with it, but I’ve been dressing in skirts since I was very little, so for me it was, ‘Of course.’ ”
Since then, “I guess professionally I’ve left my gender open to artistic interpretation,” he says. This past year, he walked in both men’s and women’s shows for Jean Paul Gaultier (who describes Pejic as an “otherworldly beauty”), and was cast as Gaultier’s bride—traditionally a line’s pièce de résistance—in his Spring 2011 couture show. For New York’s Fashion Week in February, he modeled in five shows for men and four for women. Even at men’s shows, Galliano put him in “a skimpy little singlet” and Gaultier dressed him as Betty Catroux, Yves Saint Laurent’s androgynous female muse. He’s been photographed by Steven Meisel and Juergen Teller. His mother has been on Australian television to talk about her son. He is now famous enough in that country that he wears sunglasses to go outside.