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2012 Startups Part II

9 Jan

Last week, Don’tTazeMeBro posted a link to another blog’s article on 15 Startups to Watch in 2012.  This week, I’m featuring 3 startups that I personally will be following in 2012.  These 3 upcoming startups are online websites that offer free services I can see myself using in the nightlife, transportation, and gym industries. 

Coming into the new year, everyone has their resolutions they try to stick to.  Why you have to use a new year as a reason to declare a resolution opposed to any other day beats me.  I personally don’t believe in New Years Resolutions.  However, Continue reading

Coolest Urinals

27 Dec

Every time I go to a new bar or club, one thing I evaluate the experience by are the bathrooms.  The faster/cleaner/unique the bathrooms are, the higher in my book I value the establishment.  One thing in particular I’m not fond of are bathroom attendants.  They are just annoying.  I don’t need someone to turn on the water or hand me a paper towel.  In a crowded bar environment, they only get in the way if there is a line to use the urinal.  In any case, I came across a video of the coolest urinals that every bathroom should have.  I’m sure we all have thought of an idea like this before, and now it is a reality.

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Got jet pack?

2 Dec

Remember the movie The Rocketeer?  Well it just got real.  The other day as I was flipping through the TV channels I came across this on the news.   At a recent Switzerland air show, ‘Jet Man’ Yves Rossy gave an incredible flying display, using a tailor-made jet pack. The aviation enthusiast jumped from a helicopter and performed a series of aerial acrobatics above the Swiss Alps.  Rossy then joined two jet planes in a synchronized flight. To synchronize their flight paths the jets reduced their speed to 137 miles per hour, which put their engines at a point close to stalling. Rossy’s previous aerial feats include flying the English Channel and looping the loop around a hot-air balloon.

This is what I want for christmas!

Have to go to London? Take a 4,000MPH underwater train

7 Sep

How awesome of a commute would this be? Have lunch in Manhattan, and hit up some bars in London at nighttime (this is factoring in time difference as well).  This is clearly not going to happen anytime soon, if ever, and is borderline completely absurd to even speak of in a serious way.  I’m just saying. I can’t wait for the future.  Just imagine if even 10% of the stuff from The Fifth Element comes true?  Flying taxis?  Instant package delivery?  Sign me up.

This, from Current.com: It’s not impossible: Norway has studied neutrally buoyant tunnels (concluding that they’re feasible, though expensive), and Shanghai is running maglev trains to its airport. But supersonic speeds require another critical step: eliminating the air—and therefore air friction—from the train’s path. A vacuum would also save the tunnel from the destructive effects of a sonic boom, which, unchecked, could potentially rip the tunnel apart.” “As envisioned by Frankel and Frank Davidson, a former MIT researcher and early member of the first formal English Channel Tunnel study group, sections of neutrally buoyant tunnel submerged 150 to 300 feet beneath the surface of the Atlantic, then anchored to the seafloor–thereby avoiding the high pressures of the deep ocean. Then air would be pumped out, creating a vacuum, and alternating magnetic pulses would propel a magnetically levitated train capable of speeds up to 4,000 mph across the pond in an hour. As Frankel and Davidson say, it’s doable. “We lay pipes and cables across the ocean every day,” says Frankel. “The Norwegians recently investigated submerged, floating tunnels for crossing their deep fjords, and were only held back by the costs.”-Carl Hoffman

Turntable.fm Rocks!

5 Sep

Have you ever wanted to be a famous DJ, rocking out a huge crowd to your favorite jams, feeling the power and control of the dance floor?  Maybe you have the musical ear but you don’t have the equipment to perform at your local bar or club.  Maybe you love to DJ but are afraid of people booing you offstage.  Maybe you simply can’t get your name out.  Well today we have the solution for you if you have any desire to DJ.  We introduce to you Turntable.fm.

Turntable.fm is a social media website that allows users to interactively share music.  The service allows users to create “rooms,” which other users can join.  Designated users, so-called “DJs,” choose songs to be played to everyone in the room in question, while all users are able to talk with one other through Continue reading

Facebook Chat Announcement

6 Jul

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Last week, Google announced its first official attempt to make a run at Facebook, with its “Google Circles” application.  The program aims to separate your friends into various groups that you can customize yourself.  The idea is a good one: instead of posting a status about drinking heavily and the girl you banged last night and having not only your friends but your parents, grandparents, and the girl you banged see it, you can tailor exactly who will receive each post.  Facebook early this morning promised an “awesome” announcement of its own, and this afternoon, Mark Zuckerberg announced a partnership with Skype for video chat capabilities. 

My problem with Facebook chat was always the fact that you simply don’t want to talk to everyone on it.  With Gchat, you have to get an invite and an acceptance from that person, which results in a list of people you are actually friends with.  99% of my conversations on Facebook have been with creepy people I haven’t talked to in 6 years.  Today’s announcement also shed some light on Facebook’s changes to chat, with a group chat feature (if you add someone that is offline they’ll get a summary later on like an email).  What this comes down to is that while Facebook chat looks improved (the Skype feature is clearly awesome), it still doesn’t challenge Google’s chat capabilities or really bring anything new to the table.  Conversely, while Google Circles is a great idea, it’s going to be incredibly hard to overtake the market lead Facebook has, now with 750 million users (as Mark Zuckerberg announced today).  Zuckerberg, when asked about Google, responded the following, and he’s exactly right. 

“Companies that focus will always do better than ones that try to do a million things. As far as the Google stuff goes, I’m not going to say a lot. The next 5 years are about building apps. A lot of companies that haven’t been social in the past, not just Google, will be building social apps. In some cases they’ll build on existing infrastructure, in some they’ll build their own. Facebook’s job is to stay focused.

Above is a slideshow of some of the changes set to hit Facebook, and for the official announcement from Facebook’s blog, click here.

Google Music Beta Review: The Best Way for non-iphone users to listen to Their Music

9 Jun

As an android user, I realize that one of the downfalls is not having the ability to sync my smartphone with my iTunes music selection as easily as it is with the iPhone.  I currently own the HTC Droid Incredible and have all the features of an iPhone plus many more except iTunes integration.  There have been many alternatives from manually dragging music to the phone’s SD card to streaming Pandora which have held me over until now.  The alternatives have worked great, but now you can have everything you ever wanted through Continue reading