Posts filed under “Technology”

Best . . . Headline . . . Ever . . .

How can you not adore the lunatic headline writer behind this soon to be legendary Bloomberg article:

Porn Stars in 3-D Lure Consumers to New Sony, Panasonic TVs

Fantastique!

There are money quotes all over the place:

“I want to try it out,” said Satoshi Miyazaki, 33, who pays about 2,000 yen a month to watch adult cable channels. “I need something dramatic to justify replacing my TV. This could be the motivation.”

Dude sounds like he needs a girlfriend, badly.

Here’s more from Bloomberg:

“Porn star Mika Kayama is at the frontier of a push to develop videos and content in Japan that Sony Corp. and Panasonic Corp. need to lure customers for their new 3-D televisions.

Kayama and Yuma Asami, the top actresses of adult-movie maker S1 No.1Style, will star in the country’s first DVDs for the 3-D format TVs, providing content analyst Yuji Fujimori says can trigger the success of the new sets. Sales of adult videos in Japan were 108.6 billion yen ($1.2 billion) in 2009, according to Takashi Kadokura, an economist who runs Yokohama- based BRICs Research Institute. That represents about 30 percent of the overall video market in the nation, according to Kadokura. . .

Closely-held S1 No.1Style will offer “3D X Mika Kayama” on June 7 and “3D X Yuma Asami,” Japan’s first pornographic titles in the new format, on June 19 to coincide with the release of Sony’s 3-D Bravia models, with more titles to follow this year, according to the producer, who uses the professional name of Sakon . . .

S1 No.1Style spent three months making its first 3-D films, triple the time for a normal production, said 29-year-old Sakon.

Actors Moves: “It was a different filming experience using a new camera,” he said. “Actors needed to move more slowly, furniture had to be relocated and lighting rearranged to make it work. But it was worth it. We’ll make a profit out of this.”

Toshiya Shimizu, a 28-year old Tokyo resident, said he may wait for the cheaper 3-D computer.

“I want to rent the DVD first to see how good the image is,” he said. “I’d like to watch Yuma Asami in 3-D.”

TBP has a commentator named Peter North — I wonder if this will give his career a hand? No well, um another spurt? some lift? more life ?

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Source:
Porn Stars in 3-D Lure Consumers to New Sony, Panasonic TVs
Mariko Yasu and Maki Shiraki
Bloomberg, June 2 2010
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601109&sid=aQlxRgXjiTmU&

Category: Financial Press, Humor, Technology

Steve Jobs at All Things Digital

Lots of great video clips by Apple’s Steve Jobs:

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Apple CEO Steve Jobs Intro, Market Cap, Talks About Flash

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More videos after the jump

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Category: Technology, Video

iPad + Velcro = Love

iPad + Velcro from Jesse Rosten on Vimeo. Hat tip kottke

Category: Technology, Weekend

Dash Express: RIP

Although I suspect BR is at least as much of a gadget lover as I am, if not more, I’ll just preface the post by saying it’s Invictus.  (My history here has demonstrated that most readers don’t check the byline.)  That said: I’ve been an early adopter my whole life.  Can’t help myself; it’s in…Read More

Category: Technology

Apple Now More Valuable Than Microsoft

I never thought I would see this in my life time but: Apple is now worth more than Mister Softee. About $3 billion more. Here’s the NYT: “As of Wednesday, Wall Street valued Apple at $222.12 billion and Microsoft at $219.18 billion. The only American company valued higher is Exxon Mobil, with a market capitalization…Read More

Category: Technology, Valuation

The Twitter Universe of Influence

via Cosmic 140, we get the universe of Twitter influence: Here’s what the full Twitter universe looks like: PDF here Hat tip Flowing Data

Category: Technology, Web/Tech, Weekend

How the iPod Took Over

via Mashable, we get today’s infographic (embeddable version after the jump):

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Source:
How the iPod Took the World by Storm
Stan Schroeder
Mashable, May 11, 2010
http://mashable.com/2010/05/10/ipod-revolution-infographic/

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Category: Music, Technology

I Always Feel Like Somebody’s Watching Me

Here in the northeast/midatlantic, we have an automatic toll collection system known as E-Z Pass: E-ZPass® is an electronic toll collection system, which takes cash, coins and toll tickets out of the toll collection process. Instead, drivers establish an account, prepay tolls and attach a small electronic device to their vehicles. Tolls are automatically deducted…Read More

Category: Technology

Taxonomy of the iPhone

Very cool deconstruction of the iPhone, and the universe that supports it. > via Ben Millen

Category: Technology, Web/Tech

Tidal Electrical Generation

With all of the focus on the Cape Cod Wind Farm, I wanted to remind people of other ways to generate electricity via the ocean, using tidal forces. Have a look at this terrific animated graphic in the NYT: > click for animation > Source: Generating Electricity by Going With the Flow MIKA GRÖNDAHL and…Read More

Category: Energy, Technology