What the Blackberry 10 Can’t Do

BlackBerry 10′s first Superbowl commercial squeaked in right before a power outage delayed the game for 34-minutes. Instead of focusing on what the new OS can do, however, the thirty-second spot showed what it can’t do: trigger spontaneous combustion, make users disappear in a puff of colorful smoke and then magically reappear out of manholes, or turn out-of-control tanker trucks into a giant, harmless pile of rubber ducks.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=UPbhzmIq9uU

In a press statement, BlackBerry chief marketing officer Frank Boulben said:

“In our debut appearance at the Super Bowl we knew that it wasn’t feasible to communicate the rich experience of BlackBerry 10. We decided to use the light hearted spirit of Super Bowl ads to showcase what BlackBerry 10 can’t do. We wanted to let people know that BlackBerry is back and that BlackBerry 10 is worth checking out.”

Clever.

Originally posted on TechCrunch

What Really Motivates People? [INFOGRAPHIC]

It’s no secret that happy, satisfied employees are a key ingredient to a successful company. But what really motivates people? Traditional thinking follows that the more you pay someone the more loyal and satisfied they are in their job.

But, the truth behind employee motivation is a more complicated mix including praise, autonomy, and leadership opportunities. Take a look at the infographic below for more on the many factors involved in motivating employees.

Mo Money Mo Problems

 

Originally Posted on Entrepreneur.

Brain Tricks-This is How your Brain Works

Your Brain is capable of incredible things, but the processes it takes to complete thoughts, solve problems and categorize information is complex and really surprising. ASAPScience outlines these processes explicitly and cleverly in this video.

Read more about how your brain works, in the book Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

Vine-Does it Deserve the Hype?

image (1) Twitter’s new Vine app allows you to generate and post 6 seconds of video clip to the Vine network. After reading that the Vine was one of the top free social networking apps after just one weekend in the app store my cynicism kicked in.

Don’t get me wrong; I love twitter, I love instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

I post, repost, like, share, pin, and repin like its my job, but videos? Would people really care about six seconds of my life? Probably not. They may like my photo on instagram because of a witty or ridiculous hashtag; or repin a clever idea on Pinterest because they too want to be better dressers, organizers, bakers, chefs, and DIY-ers. But I figure, who would be interested in my videos?

Turns out, its not so much the content of the videos, but the creativity involved. There are no filters to help you make the inside of your apartment look artsy or vintage.  It’s simply video, it’s your content and your ideas. After perusing the app, and not simply assuming the worst, I drew more thoughtful conclusions.

Videos take longer. They require more thought, a steadier hand and better lighting. Therefore, maybe the videos in Vine are ACTUALLY going to be cool, perhaps even thoughtful. Sure, they said that the number of Porn videos that came through after The Vine’s launch was astronomical, but after digging through the popular videos, I realized-these folks get CREATIVE.

The Vine’s capture feature allows you to only capture 6 seconds. But that 6 seconds can be broken down however you choose. After many, many attempts to create a post that was #firstpost worthy, I pulled something together I felt earned the #firstpost hashtag.

 

Despite the impressive video capture tool, my gut tells me this app won’t blow up to become a true video social networking tool. You can’t connect with Facebook to find friends, only with twitter. Facebook has blocked Twitter’s Vine app from being able to find your Facebook friends #fail. As much as we would like to believe a social networking tool can thrive without Facebook, is that really realistic?

Additionally, my practical gut tells me it’s a data hog and battery drain.

Vine is definitely worth checking out.  Download it, try your best to be creative, and make a ridiculous video and share it with your Twitter friends.

Rumor has it you can share to Tumblr too. THAT could be clutch, folks.

Hopefully, I prove myself wrong, and come back to you soon, singing Vine’s praises.

Beer Language

Everyone around you is a beer snob…and they look at you funny when you call hops “schnapps” and drink draft beer.  Well worry no longer nerds!  Here is your complete guide to Beerology.  Check out this infographic from Pimsleur Approach for your lesson on beer.  Soon you will be known as the beer nerd/geek.

Learn the Language of Beer (Infographic)
Source: Pimsleur Approach