Look At What the iPhone Has Done in 5 Years

5 years ago Apple released the very first iPhone in the US. It’s a product that has been so successful that you can only use cliches and business buzzwords to explain it. At the end of the day, it’s a game changer. Truly Disruptive.

Statista, “the Pinterest of resource graphics” created an infographic showing the success story of the product celebrating its 5th birthday.

(h/t Mashable)

Results of RIM Earnings Call

Today Blackberry maker RIM reported their earnings and as expected, it wasn’t pretty. Here are the key points:

- The Blackberry 10 launch – a launch which the company was depending on for their turnaround – has been delayed until 2013. Company CEO said the device is now slated for Q1 of 2013 which puts RIM out of position for back to school and holiday sales pushes. They will also now be behind a new iPhone and Android devices.
- The company reported a loss of $518M with revenue dropping 33% in the last quarter
- Planning to layoff 5,000 or 1/3 of it’s current workforce

RIM shares dropped 17% after the call.

Google and Lego Create Earth’s Largest Lego Set

The inner geek in all of us have to be a little excited about this. In one of the coolest collaborations I have seen – traditional toys meeting new school tech – Google and Lego have partnered on the world largest, collaborative Lego set. They ask you to respect the following house rules:

- Be original. Your build must be from your own work.
- Be nice. Don’t create builds to offend or shock others.
- Play safe. Don’t give out personal details.
- Don’t preach. Don’t promote religious or political ideologies.
- Play don’t sell. Don’t advertise a brand.
- Keep it clean. Don’t build anything that’s inappropriate.
- Have fun. Express your creativity and free your imagination!

It’s really cool, go check it out.

Louis C.K. Drops Mic on Twitter

Yesterday Morning Donuts got you up to speed Louis C.K.’s direct to consumer model for his upcoming 39-city tour.

Well…the strategy paid off and Louis took to Twitter to share early sales numbers.

You have to be big enough to do it. Louis C.K. is certainly a brand by himself and one of the country’s most popular comedians. You have to imagine that entertainers are looking at these numbers.

Google Now is Like Siri Without The Snark

Google has just been murdering the Internet this week with product announcement after product announcement. They launched another service that makes me want to throw my iPhone into uncoming traffic. It’s called Google Now.

From the Google website:

Google Now gets you just the right information at just the right time.

It tells you today’s weather before you start your day, how much traffic to expect before you leave for work, when the next train will arrive as you’re standing on the platform, or your favorite team’s score while they’re playing. And the best part? All of this happens automatically. Cards appear throughout the day at the moment you need them.

Get more details.

Louis C.K. Bypasses Ticketmaster for 39-City Tour

Louis C.K. is starting to become the poster child for new distribution models for entertainment content. If you ‘are’ the content, why not own the distribution? The comedian made waves fairly recently when he sold downloads of his comedy special “Live at the Beacon” for 5 bucks. It made more than $1M in less than 2 weeks and other popular comedians began to follow suit.

Louis C.K. is back to disruption again with his upcoming 39-city tour. He’s selling all tickets at a $45 flat rate. Regardless of city, regardless of seat. And he’s selling them exclusively through his website. Not through Ticketmaster.

Louis CK on his philosophy for keeping ticket prices down (even though he probably nets more going direct to consumers…)

“About a year ago I reached a place where I realized I am making enough money doing comedy so the next thing that interested me is bringing your price down,” he told fans. “Either way, I still make a whole lot more than my grandfather who taught math and raised chickens in Michigan.”

From louisCK.net:

(via Yahoo! Finance)

Google Unveils ‘Nexus 7,’ 7-inch Tablet for $199

Looks like we were right earlier this week. >Google has confirmed the release of its tablet Nexus 7, which is 7-inches and will run on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The most appealing spec for me is 9 hours of HD video playback on just one charge.

According to Google:

The Nexus 7 comes in both 8GB and 16GB models, featuring a 7-inch 1280×800 HD display (216 ppi), back-lit IPS display, scratch-resistant Croning glass, a quad-core Tegra 3 processor and a 4325 mAh battery that promises about 8 hours of power use. The devices also tout near field communications (NFC) technology with Google Wallet, GPS and a 1.2MP front-facing camera.

The 8GB model will cost $199, while the 16GB device will be priced at $249. Google is taking pre-orders now and will ship the Nexus 7 in the next two weeks.

via Mashable

Google Announces Nexus Q ‘Social Streaming Player’

During Google I/O, Google’s annual developer conference in San Francisco, they announced the Nexus Q which is being branded as the ‘ first social streaming media player made for Google Play at Home.’ According to the video below: “It’s the first device that lets you create social playlists with your friends… All they need is an Android phone or tablet and connection to your Wi-Fi.”

Nexus Q streams your favorite entertainment directly from the cloud to your living room. Just use the Google Play and YouTube apps on your Android phone or tablet to surf an ocean of music, TV, movies and music, and Nexus Q will play it all on the biggest speakers and screen in the house. There are no downloads, no syncing, no running out of space. Just the stuff you love — at home and out loud.

Rock-Paper-Scissors Robot with 100% Win Rate

Engineers at the Ishikawa Oku Laboratory at the University of Tokyo have developed at Janken (rock, paper, scissors) robot that cannot be beat.

Here’s a summary of the research from the Ishikawa Oku Laboratory website:

In this research we develop a janken (rock-paper-scissors) robot with 100% winning rate as one example of human-machine cooperation systems. Human being plays one of rock, paper and scissors at the timing of one, two, three. According to the timing, the robot hand plays one of three kinds so as to beat the human being.

Some of the commenters on YouTube feel as though this robot may also be good for some other personal activities, but I choose to keep my mind out of the gutter.

(via Reddit)