In the mid 90s, Wimamp was right there on the frontier of MP3 popularity, and for some time, was the “Uh, duh” choice for collecting and playing digital audio. But then AOL bought Winamp and like AOL is good at doing, it basically let Winamp wither and die due to not knowing at all what to do with it. In an interview with Ars Technica last year, Rob Lord, the first hire at Nullsoft and the first general manager of Winamp said that he believed that “there’s no reason that Winamp couldn’t be in the position that iTunes is in today if not for a few layers of mismanagement by AOL that started immediately upon acquisition.” And now, it’s gone.
Just as Facebook bought Instagram right before their own photo app launch, they also tried throwing a whopping $3 billion at Snapchat to get them out of the picture so Facebook could launch a very similar self-destruct messaging app. Unlike the Instagram deal however, Snapchat execs told Facebook to take their money and shove it straight up their ass. Or something to that effect. Shit, I’ll take three billion. Give me.
Blockbuster has been in a rapid decline for years, after it was once unthinkable that the video rental giant would be around until the end of time. But this week, Dish TV, the recent owners of Blockbuster decided to say fuggit and gave orders to shut down every single remaining Blockbuster store. There are still actual Blockbuster stores?
Daily Discussion: Twitter IPO goes live today on the NYSE. Do you have any stock investments? If so, what?
This morning, Twitter becomes a publicly traded company as its first round of shares become available for trading. Do you, IHC peoples, have any investments in stocks, bonds or commodities? If so, what’s in your portfolio and how’s that working out for you?
Considering that every city, town, prefecture, small company, large company, kid’s baseball team and knitting circle has its own cute cartoon mascot, it’s not hard to see why confusion ensued when it was rumored last week that the above winged egg named “Fukuppy” had been poorly chosen to rebrand the destroyed district of Fukushima, Japan. It’s not true, however… Fukuppy has for a long time been the mascot of Fukushima Industries, though the name is still unfortunate, at least in English. The name is an English language portmanteau of “Fukushima” and “happy”.
Music, culture and why you’re an idiot if you think you can quit your day job to be a rock star these days
It’s not like quitting your day job to be a rock star was ever a safe bet or a good idea for hardly anyone, but in the 21st century, it’s damn near impossible unless you’re already established or the impossibly and stupidly lucky few like Justin Bieber who sell their souls to make not music, but rhythmic Big Mac products. The problem is not that music sucks these days, it’s just the opposite… there’s some absolutely brilliant music and art out there, probably more than ever, and that’s the problem. There’s so much of it with no end in sight, and the costs of creating, producing and distributing music are so low, it’s created a gloated and bloated market where if you don’t give your art away for free, there’s thousands that will.
Yesterday evening in New York City, Google’s Glass team threw a party. It brought together “Explorers” and “Influencers”—the lucky few people who got to try out the computerized glasses Google is developing. Over cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, the diverse crowd gushed about the joys and dissected the drawbacks of the device, which they’ve been wearing for the last few months.
The so-called ‘sex boxes’, which officially opened on August 26, are located in a former industrial site just outside the city centre. They will station up to 40 prostitutes and will have nine ‘sex-boxes’ that they can entertain clients in.
Earlier today, Microsoft announced that long time CEO Steve Ballmer would be stepping down within the next 12 months. Even though Windows 8 hasn’t been a big hit, the company is still making bank on its business and server software, so it’s not that Ballmer is mad you didn’t like his tiles, he’s just been with the company for a long damn time.
Hair stuck in your teeth… right? No, not eating out… dining out would have been a better choice of words. The food is good, the service is good, but then when you’re ready to leave, and you feel like you need a harpoon gun to get your server to bring your check over so you can leave. OpenTable wants to change all that, by letting you pay your bill with your mobile phone.
Right now across the country, McDonald’s employees are protesting low wages and McDonald’s shitty “just get a second job” attitude. But if McDonald’s raised its wages to $15/hr as many are demanding, how would that affect the price of food? As it turns out, your Big Mac would only cost $0.68 more and everything on the Dollar Menu would cost 17 cents more. I think we as a people can deal.