Kentucky Derby and Virtual Reality

Are you anticipating the Kentucky Derby today? But you can't make it to Louisville, and you sure can't make it to Churchill Downs. Thanks to virtual reality, you can be closer to this historic horse race than ever. Virtual reality company NextVR will be streaming the Kentucky Derby starting at 4pm. You can only get this through the NextVR app and Samsung Galaxy Headset. They will have VR cameras around the track, around owners' suites, and in the paddock. In [...]

Young Millennials Love Netflix

Young Millennials Love Netflix

The Symphony Advanced Media ranked top ranked shows for Millennials aged 18-24 years old. The top four have something in common: they weren't on network or cable TV. The top four shows among younger millennials were all on Netflix. The top show was "Making a Murderer" a true crime show following a controversial Wisconsin case. Other top shows, all on Netflix are "Master of None", "F is for Family" (an adult cartoon about a 1970s family), and "Marvel's Jessica Jones". [...]

Twitter Wins NFL Rights

Twitter Wins NFL Rights

Okay, why am I blogging about NFL football in April? The Super Bowl was two months ago. The regular season is five months away. But Twitter has gotten involved with the NFL in a major way. Twitter won the rights to show NFL football games live on their social media site. They beat out tech heavyweights Yahoo, Verizon, and Amazon. Starting this upcoming season, Twitter will stream 10 Thursday night football games for free. Twitter stockholders have already responded. Their [...]

Virtual Reality and Coachella

Virtual Reality and Coachella

In Central California, there is a town called Indio. In Indio, there is a festival called Coachella, one of the most celebrated music festivals of the year. Can you make it to Indio and Coachella this year? If not, virtual reality may be able to help. Thanks to an alliance between Vantage.tv and Coachella, you can stream this music festival on a VR (virtual reality) device. You will need to download the Coachella VR app. This app gives you a [...]


Hashtags in Super Bowl Ads

Another Super Bowl has come and gone. The ads have come and gone. But this year's ads won't be as memorable, according to the hashtags. Hashtags were in 45% of Super Bowl ads, compared to 50% last year. Twitter and Facebook led the social media way, though neither were mentioned that much. A website called MarketingLand counted 60 different ads between the first kickoff and the end of the game (pre-game festivities weren't counted). Of those 60, 27 had hashtags, [...]

Twitter's Algorithmic Timeline

Twitter’s Algorithmic Timeline

Twitter is another company that's growing up. Late in 2015, they've announced changes to make the social media conglomerate even better. According to BuzzFeed, Twitter could introduce an algorithmic timeline sometime in February 2016. So that nobody gets confused, an algorithmic timeline is very different than a chronological one. The algorithmic timeline will put tweets in the order it thinks people want to see. For instance, it's Super Bowl weekend. So if someone tweeted about the Super Bowl yesterday, you [...]

Super Bowl

A Techies’ Super Bowl Guide

Believe it or not, even techies are interested in the Super Bowl (at least most of the ones I associate with). Did you really think it's all about Star Trek and Doctor Who with us? It's not. So for the big American sports holiday coming up, here are some tech guides and tidbits. First off, it's going to be in Santa Clara, CA. That's in the heart of Silicon Valley. The Super Bowl venue this year is Levi's Stadium. That's the [...]

Super Bowl

The Super Bowl and High-Def TVs

I saw an interesting commercial. In this commercial was a clip of legendary TV comedian Jackie Gleason promoting the first Super Bowl in 1967. This footage was in black and white. Black and white TV was how most Americans watched the Super Bowl in 1967. But in 2016, most Americans will be watching the Super Bowl on high-definition TV. One NPD Group study says 1 in 18 Americans want to upgrade their TV just for Super Bowl 50. In the [...]

Google Cardboard

Google Cardboard hits 5 million shipped

As of yesterday Google has shipped out 5 million Google Cardboard VR viewers. I can only imagine how many DIY or ‘knock off’ versions have been sold also. If you’re not familiar with Google Cardboard let me explain the mechanics of it. Google Cardboard VR viewer is simply a couple pieces of cardboard cut and pre-bent into three or so specific shapes. You bend it into the box shape it specifies and put it together with Velcro, magnets, a [...]


Technology, El Chapo, and Sean Penn

Mexican heroin kingpin and Sinaloa Cartel leader Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman is one of the biggest drug lords of all time. Now, he's been caught after six months on the run. But that's just the beginning. Three months earlier, El Chapo conducted an interview with acclaimed actor Sean Penn, which was published in Rolling Stone magazine. In the interview, El Chapo bragged that he sold more illegal narcotics than anybody in the world, and bragged about his submarines, airplanes, and [...]

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