- iTunes 9 Volume Bar
How spectacularly fresh. If there’s one thing the guys at Apple consistently get right, it’s aesthetics. Compare to the old volume bar:
The song progress bar also has a nice two-tone look:
- iTunes 9 Song Progress
Versus the old one:
- Old iTunes Song Progress
I’ve got two new posts up at my company’s blog explaining how I predict Bing will change SEO strategy. The series is aptly titled The SEO Implications of Bing.
Part I: Algorithm
Part II: Features of the search engine results pages (SERPs)
Go ahead and Sphinn them, if you’re into that sort of thing.
My iPhone (3G) is afflicted with a rare disease. No troubleshooting site or forum has been able to help the problem thus far. I’m getting no audio during calls, meaning I can’t hear the person on the other end and he or she can’t hear me.
The strangest part is that I’ve never owned a Bluetooth headset nor had Bluetooth turned on in the Settings. As you can see in the screen shot, the Bluetooth logo is nowhere to be found (it’s usually on the top right, by the alarm indicator) but the call audio pop up (when you press the volume control during a call) shows that audio is being sent to a Bluetooth device:
I’ve been catching up on season 1 and season 2 of American Dad on Hulu the past few days. They were set to expire tonight, apparently before 2:00 am (Central Time), which was when the site showed that the episode was to expire. There was even one period in time where the timer said “Expires in One Hour,” but the video wouldn’t play. I took this screenshot – the timers are located under the thumbnails near the bottom.
It may simply be that the timer script uses a different time zone than the script that actually pulls the video. Hulu engineers also probably didn’t expect anyone to be counting down the hours until a show expires. But it’s broken, and – for a company with about $500 million in venture capital – it should be a quick fix.
The Collins English Dictionary lost all authority earlier this week when it announced that Twitter (both as a noun and a verb), Twitterati, and Twitterverse will become entries alongside such conventional and long-established terminology as ‘Google.’
Even with Craigslist’s strong flagging and removal function, spam posts make using the site a pain from a buyer’s perspective.
MSN always had a “Cashback” program, but it’s greatly expanded with the release of Bing. Around June 20, everybody started noticing that eBay was one of its affiliates.
I don’t know about everybody else, but I consider eBay one of the most advanced marketplaces that exists. Supply and demand seem to be perfectly matched in thousands of deals a day. It’s also where I get the majority of my sneaker collection, most of which gets resold for a 20-35% profit. (Much better than most of my stock picks – forget about it.)
The problem is I have to wait at least a year for shoes to appreciate (demand increases as an already limited supply of unworn sneakers dwindles), mainly due to shipping costs that I need to cover. If I can save 8% on an order, I may be able to save myself some time and closet space, too.
I saw this commercial for the Coors, which is a stand-up comedian making a joke about the color changing cans, followed by a run-off-the-mill spot also for Coors. These cans, by the way, enjoyed the lowest usefulness to ad spend ratio of any product ever until June, when Microsoft launched Bing.
I can understand advertising being low brow. You don’t want to waste any impressions on morons by using a creative execution that’s above their heads.
I wake up this morning – this glorious morning of the first day of my blog’s life – and can’t find my phone. In lieu of an actual cell phone to call my phone, I type “phone my phone” in the Google Toolbar to bring up the familiar PhoneMyPhone.com interface in order to retrieve it out of the deep confines of the comforter or to rescue it from piles of floor-clothes. (more…)
As you can see, there are some posts from back in April 2007. Without getting into any time travel jokes, this is a simple announcement that I’ve added the few advertising related posts from my old Blogger account. They aren’t relevant to anything really going on in 2009 – I just secretly consider it good writing.
This is the ad that made me decide to major in advertising.
Props to this Hyundai ad out of New Zealand.
An ad like this would fall under heavy regulatory exposure in America. Federal Trade Commission pulled the Bud ad because it it featured referees who stole beer. Apparently, though, the Center for Science in the Public Interest complained to the FTC about this one, and they have a special anti-alcohol advocacy group of sorts.
Maybe there’s not any active anti-baby driver advocacy groups to stop one this one in the States… Maybe.