links for 2010-07-17

  • "What might the Internet-owning power of the towel-clad spokesman hint about, yes, the future of news?

    "There’s the obvious, of course: the fact that the ads are personalized. That their content is created for, and curated from, the conversational tumult of the web — “audience engagement,” personified. Literally. The videos are, in that sense, a direct assault on top-down, author’s-artistic-vision-driven, mass media broadcast sensibilities.

    "But they’re an assault on mass media in another way, as well. The real hook of the videos isn’t the OSM’s awesomely burly baritone, or the whimsy of his monologues (the scepter! the bubbles! the fish!), or the postfeminist irony of his Rugged Manliness, or any of that. It’s the fact that we’re seeing all those things play out dynamically, serially, in (semi-)real-time. And: in video."

  • Good Android resource/news/discussion site
  • AndroZip app video tutorial. Seems useful. march 2010.
  • "For the seasoned pro, the Android tutorial can become a little cumbersome. If you would like ot skip this step, a short and sweet Youtube video shown after the jump reveals how."
  • "U.S. adults who use the social networking Web site Twitter are more likely than the average adult to be highly active on the Internet as well as in their communities, according to GfK MRI's Survey of the American Consumer.

    "In addition to being active online, Twitter users are also socially and politically active. For instance, they index highly for all 17 of the public activities measured by GfK MRI. They are 209% more likely to have written something that has been published, 142% more likely to participate in environmental groups/causes, 141% more likely to be an active member of any group that tries to influence public policy or government, and 103% more likely to have attended a political rally, speech or protest in the last 12 months."

  • "Now, it’s a question of what came first: Twitter or the engagement? Is there something about Twitter that inspires people to connect with their offline communities and become more politically and socially active? Or are people who use Twitter already predisposed towards community involvement?"
  • Good video tutorial about a basic part of the Android interface
  • "Do you find it hard to find a contact or locate an application from a list of hundreds of items on an Android phone? Or do you find it stressful to search for an item by typing in its title while on the go?

    "Gesture Search from Google Labs lets you search your Android-powered device by drawing alphabet gestures on the touch screen. It allows you to quickly find a contact, a bookmark, an application, or a music track from hundreds or thousands of items, all in one place. It is fast and fun to use.

    "Gesture Search currently recognizes the English alphabet and requires Android 1.6 or above."

  • "Google Gesture Search, a freshman out of Google Labs, lets you find stuff on your Android phone by drawing letters on the touchscreen as if you were jotting on a notepad. In addition to Android's existing search by voice, image, and barcode, Gesture Search is yet another keyboardless input method for your touchscreen phone. At the very least, Gesture Search is a fun proof-of-concept; at most, it will hook a few dedicated touch keyboard haters. Here's how it works.

    "With Gesture Search running, you write letters by swiping your fingertip on your touchscreen as if it were a whiteboard. With each character you input, Gesture Search live-searches your phone's contacts, bookmarks, and music and displays the results on-screen. Tap an app, contact, bookmark, or song to launch it or view the contact. (For contacts, tap the green phone icon to start a call.)"

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