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Uber Black launches Quiet Driver Mode | TechCrunch
Tired of chatty drivers? Uber is finally giving users its most requested feature: an in-app way to ask for minimal conversation during your ride. The “Quiet Mode” feature is free and will be available to everyone in the U.S. tomorrow, but only on Uber Black and Uber Black SUV premium rides. Users can select “Quiet preferred,” “happy to chat” or leave the setting at “No preference.” The desire for silence might convince more riders to pay for Uber’s more expensive vehicle types so they can work, nap, take a call or just relax in the car.

Quiet Mode comes as part of a new slate of Rider Preferences features that users can set up before they hail an Uber Black or SUV, but not while waiting for their ride or while in the car. A Bags option lets users signal that they have luggage with them so the driver knows to pull over somewhere they can help load them into the trunk. The Temperature control lets them request the car be warm or cold so drivers know whether to crank the air conditioning.
uber  ideas  taxi  funny 
2 days ago by dancall
Evil Marketing Genius Ryan Reynolds Leaked 100 Mesmerizing Minutes of Detective Pikachu – Adweek
While any Reynolds fan would likely be skeptical to begin with, the supposedly pirated clip’s “R. Reynolds” watermark might be a more-than-subtle giveaway that the video is not quite what it appears.

So sound your spoiler alerts and behold this…uh…”full” version of all 103 minutes of Detective Pikachu:
films  funny  piracy  stunts  creative  twitter 
2 days ago by dancall
Wetherspoons The Game!
Gifting drinks & food to people via the Wetherspoons app
alcohol  widgets  payment  funny 
3 days ago by dancall
Matthew Brennan on Twitter: "Chinese phone cradle for boosting your phone's daily step count. Some insurance companies in China allow people who consistently reach a certain daily step count to get discounted health insurance premiums.… https://t.co/Pgi
Chinese phone cradle for boosting your phone's daily step count. Some insurance companies in China allow people who consistently reach a certain daily step count to get discounted health insurance premiums
mobile  health  funny  finance 
4 days ago by dancall
This Startup Just Raised $1.6 Million to Sell Water in Tallboy Beer Cans | October
Introducing Liquid Death, a startup’s weirdly metal attempt at rebranding water that just scored a whopping $1.6 million in seed funding from Science Inc today. It’s the brainchild of co-founder and CEO Mike Cessario, a copywriter and creative director whose clients include Netflix and DiGiorno, according to his LinkedIn profile. Chemically speaking, this H2O isn’t notably different than any of the other options in the $185 billion water industry. What sets it apart then? Instead of in cute, little Evian-style plastic bottles, it comes in skull-bedecked 12-packs of tallboys that look exactly like bro-targeted craft beer and with a slogan practically ripped from the cult classic Idiocracy.
food  new-companies  fail  funny 
10 days ago by dancall
Chinese AR start-up develops smart glasses to help police catch suspects | South China Morning Post
Using a pair of glasses to detect and locate criminals might sound like a futuristic scene from a Hollywood film, but it has already become a reality in China.
Beijing-based augmented reality (AR) company Xloong created such a set of smart glasses for Chinese police in 2017, according to a company brochure. When wearing the AR glasses, police can access real-time facial, identification card and vehicle plate information that are linked with a national database. The company said the AR glasses “free the hands” of police and “improve efficiency in discovering criminal suspects”.
The glasses are already being used by law-enforcement authorities at airports and highway inspection stations, the company said in the handout. Six local public security bureaus are also using the Xloong headsets, including those in Beijing, Tianjin and the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region.
apac  glass  augmented-reality  ai  recognition  crime  funny  future 
10 days ago by dancall
NYPD Uses Location-Based VR For Active Shooter Training - VRScout
When it comes to the NYPD’s Counterterrorism Bureau—New York Cities primary local resource to guard against international and domestic terrorism—there’s no such thing as being overly prepared. Now, through the help of location-based VR technology, the NYPD is training hundreds of officers in multiple scenarios that would be impossible to recreate in real-life.

During a week-long pilot program in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, hundreds of NYPD officers underwent location-based VR training that took them through a variety of highly-realistic active shooter scenarios; all of which based on real incidences.
vr  casestudies  crime  funny  gaming 
10 days ago by dancall
Are the hyper-specialist shops of Berlin the future of retail? | Cities | The Guardian
A short walk east, at Gneisenaustrasse 52, Harald Truetsch has for almost 10 years sold only miniature string instruments: ukuleles made of wood or metal, “banjoleles” with plastic membranes, mandolins, South American cavaquinhos and tiny bass guitars. “Big music shops often treat the ukulele as a second-rate instrument, as if it were just a guitar for children,” says Truetsch, his long white hair flowing as he picks up his own uke from behind the counter. “They don’t call the violin a cello for kids, do they?”
retail  funny  casestudies  future 
16 days ago by dancall
Sonic the Hedgehog to be redesigned after criticism of film trailer | Film | The Guardian
The three-minute trailer, featuring star Jim Carrey as Dr Eggman alongside the CGI-animated hedgehog, debuted on Tuesday, and was greeted with considerable derision. The Guardian’s Keith Stuart described it as “a 200mph slap in the face” and said the central character “resembles a cheap knock-off Sonic toy your child might win at a fairground stand and then be terrified of”. The character’s human-style teeth drew particular flak on social media.

Using the hashtag #gottafixfast, Fowler – a VFX specialist whose previously worked on Spike Jonze’s adaptation of Where the Wild Things Are – posted a message on social media saying: “Thank you for the support. And the criticism. The message is loud and clear... you aren’t happy with the design & you want changes. It’s going to happen.”
films  measurement  funny  twitter  casestudies 
16 days ago by dancall
Instagram officially tests hiding Like counts | TechCrunch
Would we feel less envious, shameful and competitive if Instagram didn’t tell us how many Likes a post received? That’s the idea behind Instagram now hiding Like counts from both a post’s viewers as part of an experiment in Canada. A post’s creator can still open the Likers window to see the names of everyone who hearted their post. Instagram has also recently redesigned the profile to make follower count much less prominent, the app’s head Adam Mosseri says.
instagram  measurement  funny  detox 
18 days ago by dancall
Walmart Bets on TV Shows for Families, Date Night in Media Push - Bloomberg
Walmart Inc. already sells more TVs than anyone. Now it wants to make the shows you watch on them, too.
The retailer plans to bankroll at least a half-dozen original programs over the next year, and will unveil the first few to advertisers in New York this week, people familiar with the plans said. Walmart has talked with several Hollywood studios about rebooting family-friendly projects from years ago, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the plans aren’t public yet.
Walmart’s slate is supposed to lure more viewers to Vudu, a company-owned streaming service that already offers free programs with commercials, along with online rentals and sales of movies and shows. The strategy has worked for Netflix Inc., Amazon.com Inc. and Hulu LLC.
retail  makers  tv  video  content  funny 
18 days ago by dancall
Samsung thinks millennials want vertical TVs - The Verge
The latest addition to Samsung’s TV range is the Sero, a 43-inch TV that was designed with the millennial generation in mind and therefore pivots between horizontal and vertical orientations. It’s a much smarter idea than the phrase “vertical TV” would lead you to believe. Acknowledging that most mobile content is vertical, Samsung says the Sero is designed to encourage young people to project more of their smartphone stuff onto the TV by allowing it to go vertical. Throwing in 4.1-channel, 60W speakers along with an integrated navy stand and a minimalist rear design, Samsung seems to hope this TV will function as both a music streaming hub and a handsome piece of furniture.
vertical  tv  hardware  funny 
19 days ago by dancall
(1) You Can't Take My Door - YouTube
We trained a neural network on all of country music's greatest hits to write this even greater hit called 'You Can't Take My Door'
ai  music  fail  funny 
23 days ago by dancall
I Sell Onions on the Internet - Deep South Ventures
During a phone order one season – 2018 I believe – a customer shared this story where he smuggled some Vidalias onto his vacation cruise ship, and during each meal, would instruct the server to ‘take this onion to the back, chop it up, and add it onto my salad ‘. That story made me smile.

Folks who love Vidalias, love Vidalias.
ecommerce  funny 
24 days ago by dancall
Dave Guarino on Twitter: "Hertz has sued Accenture for failing to deliver on a $32 million "digital transformation" project. Follow along as we read the lawsuit's details... https://t.co/Tat6WPLLJC"
Hertz has sued Accenture for failing to deliver on a $32 million "digital transformation" project.
Follow along as we read the lawsuit's details...
agencies  fail  ux  creative  funny  legal 
24 days ago by dancall
Colonel Harland Sanders (@kfc) • Instagram photos and videos
Yo! Two influential people. Guess that’s why they call us influencers. Lol. Super cool to chop it up with @jessewelle. He got big by doing pranks. I got big by making great fried chicken, then turning myself into a virtual person. We all follow different paths and have different journeys. Following your own path is part of the
food  funny  creative  celebrity  instagram 
4 weeks ago by dancall
The New KFC Colonel Is a Computer-Generated Instagram Influencer - Eater
While using a computer-generated dope as a temporary spokesperson might seem like a bizarre move for a big food brand, this cheeky stunt is completely in line with the irreverent and always-unpredictable nature of KFC’s ongoing Colonel ad campaign. Over the last few years, the Colonel has been played by Jim Gaffigan, Reba McEntire, Rob Lowe, Billy Zane, Ray Liotta, Norm Macdonald and RoboCop. Many of the best KFC stunts have also included some sort of timely hook related to an internet trend — whether that’s ASMR videos or novelty space launches. This latest stunt lands just a few weeks after a popular New York-based lifestyle Instagram account was exposed for being completely computer generated. And the virtual, narcissistic Colonel arrives just in time for the annual influencer-heavy desert spectacle known as Coachella.
food  creative  instagram  ai  funny 
4 weeks ago by dancall
10 reasons why Superbrands 2018 is a worthless list
Last year, Rolex was the third most super brand in the UK. This year it drops out of the top 10 and comes in at 12th behind Cadbury (clearly a much more super brand) and Andrex (also more super). This is a particularly inexplicable shift because, and there is no polite way to put this, Rolex is the most boringly lovely brand ever invented.

Its watches don’t change. Its endorsers don’t change. Its sponsorships don’t change. It’s the epitome of Swiss sophisticated stability. It just sits there being superior and making enormous amounts of cash. If Superbrands ranks Rolex as third, it has to stay third. That is just the way it goes. It’s Rolex. It doesn’t go down, or up. It just is.
funny  measurement  fail 
4 weeks ago by dancall
AKQA says it used AI to invent a new sport called Speedgate | TechCrunch
To do that, AKQA says it used an existing recurrent neural network architecture, feeding it data about 400 sports, which were then used to generate sports concepts and rules.
Many of those ideas, Jenkins said, were simply not feasible. The AI was good at coming up with descriptions for sports like “underwater parkour,” an exploding frisbee game and one where players pass a ball back-and-forth while in hot air balloons and on a tightrope. But it took a back-and-forth process with the human team at AKQA to narrow the list down to then final three for playtesting, and then to refine the rules into something people might actually want to play.
ai  agencies  funny 
5 weeks ago by dancall
Why is Carlsberg promoting tweets branding its beer the 'rancid piss of Satan'? | The Drum
The conspiracy theorists in The Drum have noted a connection between the three live tweets – which referenced ‘naan’, ‘stale breadsticks’ and ‘nan’ – a bread-thread bringing them together. The theory, however, falls flat when incorporating the 'piss' content.

Carlsberg sources have confirmed to The Drum that it does indeed have marketing shenanigans in the works and that the promoted tweets will soon pay off. It comes at a time when the brewer is looking to build the profile of its "unfiltered" brand, a Danish-style Pilsner beer brewed using naturally-occurring yeast.

As it stands, there is enough evidence out there to suggest it is 'Probably' launching a 'new brew'. It recently relaunched its Pilsner product in the UK.
alcohol  twitter  fail  funny  social-networks 
5 weeks ago by dancall
What Are Instagram Class Accounts? - The Atlantic
These accounts have names such as @penn2023_and @AUclassof2023, and they typically feature user-submitted photos and paragraph-long biographies of incoming students, often including their intended major, whether they’re looking for a roommate, and their personal Instagram handle. “Hey!” the caption on one recent class page reads. “I am from Overland Park, Kansas and plan to major in environmental and natural resources. I love anything outdoors (hiking, kayaking, hammocking) and i’m always down to get food!!! I am definitely interested in rushing! I would love to talk to you guys, (i need a roommate!!) so please DM me about anything!:)”
instagram  workarounds  education  funny  facebook  teens 
5 weeks ago by dancall
Russia Is Tricking GPS to Protect Putin – Foreign Policy
Putin’s bodyguards are using what on its face is a counterintuitive approach to prevent assassination attempts by drone. The GPS spoofer that travels with Putin impersonates civilian GPS signals and provides the receiver with false coordinates for local airports. It chooses the coordinates of local airports because commercial drones typically come preprogrammed with safety mechanisms that make them automatically land or shut down when they enter the airspace of an airport.

In theory, drones operating near Putin will shut down or automatically land when they come within range of the spoofer. Fear of assassination by drone is a realistic one: Last year, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro survived an attempt on his life that involved using drones to target him with explosives.
location  politics  funny 
5 weeks ago by dancall
PreachersNSneakers (@preachersnsneakers) • Instagram photos and videos
Bad and Boujee? More like God and Gucci ayyyee “The Lord works in mysterious colorways” preachersnsneakers@gmail.com
instagram  funny  celebrity 
5 weeks ago by dancall
Limited edition
Limited edition Hooded Sweatshirt
shopping  funny  fail 
6 weeks ago by dancall
Black Box Opens First VR Gym In San Francisco - VRScout
Black Box, founded by Ryan DeLuca & Preston Lewis in 2016, will open the doors to its first VR gym this April in San Francisco with plans for expansion in the near future. By using VR, Black Box is able to motivate, track, and distract gym goers to encourage more effective, motivated workouts than compared to a traditional gym. 
vr  funny  new-companies  trends 
6 weeks ago by dancall
Fully automatic time tracking - Timely - AI timesheets
Fully automatic time tracking
For those who trade in time
widgets  ai  new-companies  funny 
6 weeks ago by dancall
Dire Straits’ Mark Knopfler launches gin
Iconic musician and Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler has launched a special-edition gin with Portobello Road Gin.
Local Heroes No.3 combines Portobello Road Gin’s nine botanicals with lime zest, fresh cucumber peel and olive oil.

Knopfler is an acclaimed singer-songwriter, guitarist, record producer and film score composer, who is best known as lead singer, guitarist and songwriter of rock band Dire Straits.

The launch of Local Heroes No.3 coincides with the opening of a new stage musical adaptation of the classic Scottish film Local Hero​, which features new music and lyrics by Knopfler.
alcohol  celebrity  funny 
7 weeks ago by dancall
Square brings in-seat food ordering to Washington Nationals fans | Mobile Marketer
With today's start to Major League Baseball's regular season, payment company Square is supporting food orders for attendees of the Washington Nationals' opening home matchup against the New York Mets. Square partnered with the team and Levy Restaurants to let fans order and pay for food and drinks in advance, and pick up their orders from a nearby concession stand, per an announcement.
Fans must download the Caviar food-ordering app to place orders and pay while in their seat. The app will then alert them when their food is ready for pickup at the designated concession stand. Caviar will feature food from its exclusive partners, including a rotating series of pop-up offerings throughout the season.
Roving concessions hawkers at Nationals Park will be equipped with Square Terminal, the company's handheld payment device that lets fans pay from their seat with credit cards or mobile wallets from Apple Pay and Google Pay.
delivery  events  food  funny  payment 
7 weeks ago by dancall
OkCupid badges help 'Game of Thrones' fans find a date | Mobile Marketer
Dating app OkCupid added a profile badge that lets "Game of Thrones" fans show their enthusiasm for the HBO hit series, the company announced. The badge marks the first time that dating app users can find a potential match based on their favorite TV show.
Every member who responds "yes" to the question "Do you watch Game of Thrones?" will get the profile badge. The series has been mentioned more than 2 million times on OkCupid profiles, the company found, leading it to incorporate the badge into the dating app ahead of the eighth and final season of the fantasy drama that premieres on April 14. OkCupid will remove the badge from user profiles when the series wraps up in June.
OkCupid works to pair people with similar interests to help them start conversations, and uses surveys to learn more about their tastes and preferences. The latest "Game of Thrones" survey found that women were most likely to cite Khal Drogo and Daenerys Targaryen as their "relationship goals," while men preferred the pairing of Jon Snow and "wildling" Ygritte.
dating  tv  content  partnerships  funny 
7 weeks ago by dancall
Warner Music signs first ever record deal with an algorithm | Music | The Guardian
Warner Music has become the first major label to sign a record deal with an algorithm.
The German mood music app Endel has been signed to create 20 albums this year alone with five already released. The app creates personalised soundscapes for users depending on their requirements, whether it be to relax or to focus. The official site refers to it as “a cross-platform audio ecosystem”.
The app, currently available on smartphones and via the Amazon Echo, uses inputs such as the time of day and the weather to create certain sounds. So far, the five albums released have been called Clear Night, Rainy Night, Cloudy Afternoon, Cloudy Night and Foggy Morning, all based around different types of sleep.
ai  music  funny 
7 weeks ago by dancall
Burger King sets rivals' ads aflame with AR app | Mobile Marketer
Burger King is offering mobile users in Brazil a free Whopper for virtually setting fire to the ads of its rivals, The Drum reported. The burger chain's app shows a "Burn That Ad" banner that mobile users can tap while pointing their smartphone camera at the print, coupon and billboard ads from competitors like McDonald's.
As a video spot for the campaign shows, Burger King's app uses augmented reality (AR) to overlay digital images of a blazing inferno that burns away competitors' ads to reveal a mobile coupon for a free Whopper sandwich from the chain's nearest location.
Burger King expects to give away about half a million Whoppers during the campaign, which highlights the pre-ordering, payment and pickup features of BK Express. Agency David São Paulo developed the campaign for Burger King Brazil.
funny  creative  widgets  augmented-reality  food  recognition  ai  ideas 
8 weeks ago by dancall
Chinese University is using AI to mark attendance; Numbers up by 7% in 2 weeks
This is the message students of Hangzhou Dianzi University of China get, if they miss their class. The university has started a smart attendance system based on AI.

The response of the student is recorded and is then analysed. The bigger goal is to fathom out the reason behind absenteeism and then categorise students into it, for effective remedial measures.

Attendance rates have been up by 7 percentage points in the two weeks since the university adopted the system compared to the previous semester.
ai  apac  education  funny 
8 weeks ago by dancall
Behind TikTok's Success: AI, Product Management and Hustle
With TikTok people have started creating an avalanche of political memes and short videos, using it's editing tools and library of prompts.
People lip-sync to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speeches, make a meme featuring Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s “Chowkidar Chor Hai” (the watchman is a thief) barb aimed at Modi, or just riff off Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s dismissive “Toh kar na” (then, why don’t you do it; a remark aimed at the Opposition in the Delhi assembly).
tiktok  politics  india  funny 
8 weeks ago by dancall
Cartoon Network Launches ‘We Bare Bears’ Location-Based VR Experience - VRScout
The location-based free-roam experience–which takes place within a WePlayVR standalone arena–is made all the more immersive thanks to 3×3 sqm haptic flooring located which responds to movements within the VR experience in real-time, allowing users to actually feel the truck as it makes a sharp turn, or the engine as it reves beneath their feet.
vr  kids  partnerships  funny  events  o2o 
8 weeks ago by dancall
Denmark Is Turning To VR To Combat Teen Drinking Problem - VRScout
To counter this problem, the Danish governmente turning to VR to help educate teenagers on how to party responsibly and give them a better understanding of how alcohol affects you, all through immersive VR roleplaying.

The Danish VR experience, which will launch later in the year, is a collaboration between the Danish government, Southern Denmark University and the Danish Cancer Society in an effort to create a realistic teenage situation where peer pressure and drinking are the driving factors behind how you navigated your way through a typical Danish teen party.
vr  alcohol  health  funny 
8 weeks ago by dancall
WELCOME TO WOOF&BREW - the pet drinks specialists - WOOF&BREW The Pet Drinks Company
Welcome to the home of WOOF&BREW, The award-winning Pet Drinks Company, and home to some of the most unique, healthy tonics and treats for loved pets. Not to mention the creators of the world's first doggy herbal teabags!!
pets  new-companies  funny 
8 weeks ago by dancall
A Data Scientist Designed A Social Media Influencer Account That's 100% Automated
Chris Buetti had a problem: Dining out in New York was getting too expensive. He saw was one obvious solution — becoming an Instagram influencer and asking restaurants to give him free meals to post about them — but that process would be time-consuming and require annoying soft skills like “being good at taking photos” and “creating content people enjoy.” Anyway, he already had a job.

So Buetti, a data scientist by trade, decided to use his actual skills and automate the hard work of influencing by writing a program that recruited an audience of 25,000 (by autofollowing their accounts in hopes of getting a follow back), and reposted photographers’ eye-catching photos of New York City for his growing entourage to engage with (“😍🤗🤗🤗great shot💕,” one person commented). Poof: @beautiful.newyorkcity was born — an active, popular, and 100% artificial Instagram account. For Buetti, it’s the perfect solution if you don’t want to actually dedicate time to curating an online following, but still want to score free spaghetti from restaurants seeking publicity. His program even finds restaurant accounts in New York, and sends them direct messages offering to promote them to followers in exchange for a comped meal — and no, it does not disclose that @beautiful.newyorkcity is run by a robot.
celebrity  funny  instagram  fail  ai 
8 weeks ago by dancall
Swiss Cat Ladders
The example of the city of Bern is used to research Swiss cat ladders. A cat ladder is a climbing aid for cats, which is usually attached to buildings. The research is based on photographs of cat ladders in the context of their surrounding architecture. A closer look at the cat ladders reveals sociological, architectural and aesthetic perspectives, which are elaborated in an accompanying text. For example, the question arises as to whether we humans should really impose the cat ladders we have created, to cats. Through a publication, the fugacious and cultural heritage of the cat ladder will be preserved, archived and conveyed to following generations. The printed book, whose claim is a first-class design, will be printed in the fall of 2019.
funny 
8 weeks ago by dancall
The Hottest Chat App for Teens Is Google Docs - The Atlantic
When the kids in Skyler’s school want to tell a friend something in class, they don’t scrawl a note down on a tiny piece of paper and toss it across the room. They use Google Docs.
“We don’t really pass physical notes anymore,” said Skyler, 15, who, like all the other students in this story, is identified by a pseudonym.
As more and more laptops find their way into middle and high schools, educators are using Google Docs to do collaborative exercises and help students follow along with the lesson plan. The students, however, are using it to organize running conversations behind teachers’ backs.
google  teens  funny 
8 weeks ago by dancall
Adverttu - OOH ads on cars [Very low tech]
Our wrap not only makes your car stand out during the campaign, but it also protects your vehicle's paint against chips & scratches.
outdoor  funny  new-companies 
8 weeks ago by dancall
Car Quids | Outdoor Advertising on Cars [very low tech]
Car Quids matches drivers with advertisers, helping brands connect with millions of people every day.
Drivers get paid each month, earning money as they drive, and for advertisers it is a unique form of advertising that creates buzz and sparks conversations in towns and cities up and down the UK.

Drivers can get started by completing the driver sign up form, where you can tell us about your car, lifestyle and driving habits so that we can get you matched to one of our advertisers.
outdoor  new-companies  funny 
8 weeks ago by dancall
Febreze drops fresh album of musical ads | Mobile Marketer
Procter & Gamble's Febreze air freshener brand released an eight-track album of musical advertisements that have gained a following on social media, according to a company announcement. "The Freshness" is now available on a microsite and will hit streaming platforms this month.
Febreze has released musical ads on digital and terrestrial radio platforms since 2015. The brand observed that the ads had gained a following among social media users who joked about being "fooled into liking ads" and asked the brand to release full songs, per the announcement.
funny  content  fmcg  music  stunts 
9 weeks ago by dancall
15 Driver Behaviours In A World of Autonomous Mobility
ConvoyAds: The coordination of autonomous vehicles by an advertising agency for the purpose of communicating lifestyle, and/or to engage pedestrians attention. As a simple example, a five car convoy, stereos tuned to the same content, windows wound down. More developed examples: vehicle displays and engagement with people in close proximity via social media; tightly choreographed driving to wow the audience. Already visible in a crude form in Tokyo, this will become more nuanced and globally mainstream. While ad agencies looking for an edge will get away with ConvoyAds for a while, in a race to the bottom, they will be rapidly become a social nuisance. However, over time the local authority’s own urban sensing platforms will allow them to leverage retroactive fines to the advertisers based on annoyance/engagement, creating a viable ad platform. Long term, the authorities will view ConvoyAds as a consistent revenue stream, similar to parking and speeding fines today. Cities will legislate autonomous ad-free zones, where it is illegal to show advertising from moving vehicles. (Beijing has this already with ads banned from vehicles passing through Tiananmen Square).
automotive  robots  future  funny 
9 weeks ago by dancall
Europe’s AI start-ups often do not use AI, study finds | Financial Times
Two-fifths of Europe’s artificial intelligence start-ups do not use any AI programs in their products, according to a report that highlights the hype around the technology.
The research by London-based investment firm MMC Ventures could not find any evidence, based on public information and interviews with executives, of artificial intelligence applications at 40 per cent of 2,830 AI start-ups in Europe.
Nevertheless, the companies are often described as AI-focused, said David Kelnar, MMC’s head of research, who added that many start-ups had plans to develop machine-learning programs, an application of AI that sees computers automatically learn and improve from experience, in the future.
ai  fail  funny  new-companies 
9 weeks ago by dancall
Thud, Co-founded by Elon Musk, Launches Satire DNA Site - The Atlantic
Thud is the brainchild of Musk along with Ben Berkley and Cole Bolton, the former top editors of The Onion who jointly departed the company in 2017. Musk originally owned Thud, but he no longer has any relationship with or formal role in the company after selling it to Berkley and Bolton in January.
While the Daily Beast broke the news of Thud’s existence last March, the site has been in development since the fall of 2017. Musk started talking with Berkley and Bolton four or five years ago. “He got in touch with us and just wanted to share that he enjoyed The Onion, and it was the same time that The Onion was looking for a buyer,” Bolton told me. “So I just floated it as a joke to him eventually: ‘Well, if you like it so much, you could buy it.’”
content  tesla  funny  new-companies 
10 weeks ago by dancall
JetBlue's Instagram contest asks users to wipe their accounts | Mobile Marketer
JetBlue is offering a year of free travel to three Instagram users and their travel companions who delete all their posts on the image-sharing app to "create a blank slate." To enter the "All You Can Jet" sweepstakes, Instagram users who have wiped their accounts must visit JetBlue's website and follow the instructions.
Contestants must then upload a photo and use in-app software tools to customize it by filling in the "All You Can" blank. After saving the image, contestants can post it to Instagram with the tags @jetblue and #allyoucanjetsweepstakes in the caption.
The airline will hold a drawing among the eligible entries to pick the winners, who can book flights between April 1 and March 31, 2020. The sweepstakes launched on Feb. 27 and runs through March 8.
ti  detox  instagram  funny  competition 
10 weeks ago by dancall
Throwing your Vans has become the new viral sensation
After @Ibelievthehype created a video claiming that Vans sneakers will always land face-up when you throw them, other users followed suit by tossing their own skate shoes into the air.
sportswear  secret  viral  funny  ugc 
10 weeks ago by dancall
Venmo Found Millions of 'Penny Pokes' Between Friends | Fortune
Penny pokes are tiny charges, mere cents, that are sent to gratitude for a friend, say hello or get the attention of a celebrity. The act of penny poking refers to sending any payment that is less than $1.
While penny poking may sound silly, it’s incredibly common. Venmo’s team reviewed public transactions on the app over the past year and found there were 3.8 million penny pokes sent on the app.
payment  funny  unintendedc 
11 weeks ago by dancall
Operation Pizza Roll - Thomas John - CSI
Before I get to the goals, operation, and results, I should remind readers what the difference is between a cold reading and a hot reading. A cold reading is when a psychic (medium) does not know you, but “reads” your body language, appearance, and reactions to usually very general statements that fit most people; statements such as “You have always wanted to write a book” or “Your father used to say things that would embarrass you when you were young.” Cold reading can happen over the phone, by text, and even more successfully in person. No matter how hard you might try not to give feedback to a psychic, you will probably do so inadvertently. 
scam  facebook  funny 
11 weeks ago by dancall
Emoji are showing up in court cases exponentially, and courts aren’t prepared - The Verge
In the matter of the prostitution case, an expert specializing in sex trafficking was called in to testify. He said the high heels and bags of money supported the interpretation that the defendant was accused of sex trafficking, essentially translating to “wear your high heels to come make some money.” Another message from the defendant included the crown emoji, which was said to signify that the “pimp is the king.” Ultimately, the ruling didn’t hinge on the interpretation of emoji, but they still provided evidentiary support.
emoji  legal  funny 
12 weeks ago by dancall
Jon & Vinny's Started a "Club" and Brentwood Is Going Nuts
The good news is that Jon & Vinny’s is offering a solution to the madness, at least for those willing to plunk down a credit card and sign a few papers. It’s called the Fusilli Club, which provides members a weekly standing reservation at the time slot of their choosing. Say you want to book a table for four every Tuesday night at 6 in perpetuum? Pay the $250 annual membership fee, sign a contract, and you’re set. The only catch is if you forget to cancel: Do it less than 24 hours in advance and you will be hit with a $100-per-person cancellation fee, plus an 18 percent service charge. Two late cancellations or no-shows will get your standing reservation revoked. On the advantage side, members do have the option of transferring their reservation to another party, provided the restaurant is given notice.
food  funny 
12 weeks ago by dancall
Kabaq Helps You Settle On A Meal With Ultra-Realistic AR Menus - VRScout
This is why I got quite excited when I heard about a start-up called Kabaq, which is using AR to help you make your mind up based on what a dish actually looks like, and their 3D renditions are so realistic that you can practically smell or taste them.  

Kabaq Co-Founder Alper Guler explains that for the past two years his team has been perfecting a proprietary process for creating hyper-realistic culinary models – one of the most difficult products to capture in 3D. They optimize the content for augmented reality, then manage and distribute it agnostically to all AR-supported platforms for their clients, which now include Dominos, Grubhub, Subway and Dunkin. You can even preview what your wedding cake would look like at Magnolia bakery.
food  augmented-reality  funny  new-companies 
12 weeks ago by dancall
Ryan's World Toys: Awesome deals only at Smyths Toys UK
Discover a whole world of fun—Ryan’s World! Kids love Ryan’s YouTube channel. Now you can find Ryan’s favourite toys at Smyths Toys. The Ryan’s World toy range has everything from awesome walkie talkies to cool and cuddly plush toys. Unbox mystery figures based on characters in Ryan’s toy videos, or discover what’s inside the mysterious Mystery Egg! Find the perfect gift for your favourite Ryan’s World fan at Smyths Toys Superstores. - via Rich
toys  celebrity  kids  funny 
12 weeks ago by dancall
Dating where the inside is all that counts – Refrigerdating - Samsung
Refrigerdating is a service that helps you to find love based on the content of your fridge. By uploading an image of your food, you can get in contact with others who have realized that you are what you eat!

How it works: It’s the inside (of your fridge) that counts. Simply upload an image and let the world know what kind of person you are. Refrigerdating will then hook you up with a variation of fridges, of different tastes, to pick and choose from.
creative  fail  funny 
february 2019 by dancall
Ex-Walmart exec says theft helped kill Walmart's cashierless tech - Business Insider
A former Walmart executive said shopper theft was a major reason why the company killed Scan & Go, a cashierless-checkout technology, several months after expanding it to more than 100 stores.
"You think that the theft is bad on self-checkouts? Wait until you try Scan & Go, where nobody is watching the customers out in the aisles," said Joel Larson, a former Walmart senior manager who led Scan & Go as the head of checkout innovation before leaving the company in October.
Walmart representatives have previously discussed the decision to end the program and cited problems such as low customer-adoption rates and various errors.
retail  fail  funny  robots 
february 2019 by dancall
Location Faking
Weren't invited to Jeff Bezos's summer pool party? No problem. DataPools uses the SkyLift device to mimick the Wi-Fi network infrastructure at 12 of the top Silicon Valley CEOs causing your phone to show up, approximately, at their pool. Because Wi-Fi spoofing affects the core geolocation services of iOS and Android smartphones, all apps on phone and the metadata they generate, will be located in the spoofed location.
location  funny 
february 2019 by dancall
A third of millennials joined a boycott last year | Retail Dive
In the past year, 33% of millennials and 35% of Gen Xers boycotted a company or product they had previously spent money on, according to a new report from CompareCards.com. Overall, 26% of Americans are actively boycotting a product today.
Men and parents with young kids are most likely to be boycotting a product or retailer, according to the report.
Nearly six in 10 said they're more likely to buy from a retailer or brand that gives to charities or is associated with causes they support. The report compiled survey answers from 1,034 U.S. respondents between Jan. 14 and Jan. 16.
stats  funny  politics  crm 
february 2019 by dancall
Hulu Reveals the Strategy Behind Its Partnership With Instagram’s Viral ‘World Record Egg’ – Adweek
After Hulu and the Egg Gang finalized a deal, Tran and his company’s Culture Lab worked to learn more about the latter group’s ultimate goal of bringing more attention to mental health issues.

“The amazing thing is that they weren’t doing it for money,” he said. “From our first conversation, it was really clear this was not a marketing stunt or an ad for Hulu.” Once the parties decided upon Mental Health America as the group to promote with this effort, Tran said Hulu helped develop the football post (above) and the final message that debuted on its own channel, though they “had nothing to do with the actual video.”
stunts  instagram  funny  advertising 
february 2019 by dancall
Instagram outage forces millions to look directly at the world for nearly half an hour | TechCrunch
Photo-sharing app and social network Instagram was briefly taken offline on Monday afternoon, causing nothing of consequence to occur other than a brief respite from one source of the constant deluge of inconsequential information to which we all voluntarily submit ourselves.

The service died at about 4:20, tragically the very moment when millions of people were turning to the app, for the third time that hour, desperately hoping to pass the time until the end of the workday. At least this was the case on the west coast of the U.S., the only location we are considering at this time.
instagram  detox  funny  quotes 
january 2019 by dancall
Shutterstock recreates Fyre Festival marketing only using stock footage | The Drum
The campaign featured professional models, a private island and took a whole camera crew to create. Shutterstock replicated it with stock assets in under a day for less than £1,600.
“We knew we could create the same thing much cheaper and from our desks,” said Lou Wiess, Shutterstock chief marketing officer. “We thought it would be a great way to show marketers and creative teams that you can truly create anything you want from our 12 million video clips and tens of thousands of music tracks”
creative  funny  tv 
january 2019 by dancall
Clue Heywood on Twitter: "Love putting my Peloton bike in the most striking area of my ultra-modern $3 million house"
Love putting my Peloton bike in the most striking area of my ultra-modern $3 million house
funny  ugc 
january 2019 by dancall
sphoon_phork: Turn Your Smartphone Into A Spoon Or Fork. by Sergey Mast — Kickstarter
Enjoy your food and use your phone hassle-free with the world's first accessory that turns your phone into a Sphoon or Phork.
hardware  mobile  funny  crowdfunding 
january 2019 by dancall
Kevin Roose on Twitter: "Speaking of coordinated inauthentic behavior, what are the odds that all these 5-star Facebook Portal reviewers on Amazon just happen to have the same names as Facebook employees?… https://t.co/wKRAT1xiTa"
Speaking of coordinated inauthentic behavior, what are the odds that all these 5-star Facebook Portal reviewers on Amazon just happen to have the same names as Facebook employees?
facebook  amazon  funny  fail 
january 2019 by dancall
In fact | Prospect Magazine
There are an estimated 3.8m unused fondue sets in British homes, worth around ?114m. [The Independent, 15th September 2003]
stats  funny  food 
january 2019 by dancall
The drop
Technology is something the industry desperately needed, and these efforts by companies like Nike are validated when brick-and-mortar launches go wrong and have to be canceled because of issues with crowd control. This was the case recently, during the release of the SoleFly Air Jordan I, an exclusive collaboration between Nike and a Miami boutique that was scheduled to drop at Art Basel Miami Beach. The launch was scrapped after people jumped over metal barricades trying to get into the venue. Eventually, days later, SoleFly ended up tweeting a link to a Google Form where people could enter their personal information to enter a raffle and hopefully win a pair of its Jordans.
sportswear  ecommerce  technology  funny 
january 2019 by dancall
A fried chicken and eyeliner pop-up is coming to Shoreditch | Latest news | Gastroblog | Hot Dinners
Well, this is a collaboration we weren't quite expecting. The latest pop-up to hit Shoreditch is a mash-up of fried chicken wings and eyeliner - courtesy of Mother Clucker and Benefit Cosmetics. 
The mind slightly boggles, but in the store - called JUST Wing IT - we're told that you'll be able to pop in, order your wings and get a demo of the liquid matte eyeliner while you're snacking away (eating wings and doing the eyeliner yourself would be a bit messy for sure). Apparently, the eyeliner gives the "winged effect" - hence the team-up.
food  luxury  partnerships  funny 
january 2019 by dancall
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