Galoo Daily Trends 11.03.2013
“Run, Forrest, Run” – Google shoes says
Meet Google’s “talking shoe,” which aims to translate movement data in witty messages to users and their friends. The concept apparel, showcased at the search giant’s swanky SXSW Interactive headquarters, is part of a new arts project – ”Art, Copy, Code” – which aims to breathe a social, life-like experience into everyday objects. “If standing still was a sport, you’d be world champion,” the trash-talking shoe projects on a monitor hanging over a rainbow-colored obstacle course after it senses I’ve been standing still.
At a distance, users seem a tad pathetic trying to trigger positive feedback from the shoe. But when I strapped it on, I felt oddly compelled to impress my new automated coach. Combining coaching (even robotic coaching) made lifeless data unexpectedly motivational. Essentially, it’s Richards Simmons in a shoe. (more at: techcrunch.com )
EA asks for little more patience from Sim City “builders”
Electronic Arts says it’s close to fixing the problems that made the launch of SimCity such a disaster last week, and is offering a free PC game to anyone affected.
Following server issues triggered by the game’s anti-piracy DRM scheme, the game’s been down for a week. While the DRM software requires each user to maintain an ‘always online’ connection to EA’s authentication server, EA was unable to keep pace. (more at: tgdaily.com)
Samsung Galaxy S IV – Another leak, is this the real one?
The Samsung Galaxy S IV is being announced later this week at a special event, but we’ve already seen plenty of leaks regarding the flagship phone’s hardware, but now there’s a new one (via SammyHub) that claims to depict the phone in the flesh, giving us an idea of what it could look like. If these leaks are accurate, the GSIV changes little from the previous generation and Galaxy Note II designs.
Posted to a Chinese forum, it’s still very possible that these are images of another yet-to-be released Samsung device, or simply elaborate fakes, but if that’s what they are, then they’re very well done. The images show a Samsung-branded phone with a 5-inch display, a metal look band surrounding the phone, and what looks like slightly textured front and back surfaces. The rear is a glossy white, the slab has rounded rectangle edges, and the screen looks to extend closer to the bezel than in any previous Samsung handset, meaning it could manage not to have grown that much in terms of physical size despite the larger display. (more at: techcrunch.com).
Sony chairman to retire in June
After having led Sony’s board of directors for a year, former CEO Howard Stringer has announced that he will retire from the company in June, the Financial Times reported.
Stringer had his role with Sony increasingly minimized over the last few years. After serving as CEO from 2005 to 2012, Stringer was replaced in that role by Kazuo Hirai, who was at the time head of Sony Computer Entertainment. Stringer remained on the board and then replaced board chairman Yotaro Kobayashi in June of 2012.
Stringer spoke of his decision to retire during a Japan Society lecture in New York, according to the Financial Times, and said he would pursue “new opportunities I’ve been presented with lately.” He didn’t elaborate on the opportunities or any future plans. (more at: cnet.com)
No .book and .read for Amazon?
Amazon.com’s application for top-level domain strings, including for “.book” and “.read,” has come under attack from publishing industry groups and competitor Barnes & Noble.
Authors Guild in New York, for example, said it objected to the plan to sell rights to top-level domain terms relevant to the book industry to private companies. The guild claims to represent more than 8,000 published writers.
Placing such generic domains in private hands is plainly anticompetitive, allowing already dominant, well-capitalized companies to expand and entrench their market power, Authors Guild President Scott Turow said in a letter to ICANN. “The potential for abuse seems limitless,” he added. (more at: computerworld.com)