Building the Ultimate "Fam Cave"

Families spend a lot of time together at home these days, typically digesting hours and hours of digital media and entertainment. Mom is in the living room checking her Facebook page and favorite blogs.  Dad is on his tablet checking the latest scores on ESPN. One of the kids is downloading HD movies from iTunes and another is catching up on her favorite TV show on Hulu, while yet another may be streaming and playing the latest MMORPG from Steam.

It’s a challenge for the whole family to spend more time together. Maybe, just maybe, if there was a state-of-the-art media and entertainment center in the home, they all could enjoy it and share their favorite movies, television programs, games, photos and sports with each other.

Here are some ideas for those of you who would like to build the ultimate “Fam Cave.”

Guinness Launches Blippar Augmented Reality Game

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I'm a big fan of mobile technology and get really peeked out about augmented reality. If you don't know what AR is, basically it's a way to use your smartphone to view content over real locations.

For example, with some apps, you can hold up your phone and it'll show you where people are tweeting from at a conference or show you where some Italian restaurants are. It's a way for brands to deliver marketing content in real-time in a very Star Trek kind of way.

The Next Web has a piece about Guinness launching an AR game in coordination with Blippar. Considering I'm a fan of beer and Guinness and AR, this resonated with me. Very cool idea that I'm eager to try.

Link: Guinness Launches Blippar Augmented Reality Game

Dream World or Lack of Reality?

There are a variety of things that motivate people: family, entrepreneurial spirit, revenge, etc. Free spirit is another one of those motivating factors and that's the folks featured in this video have.

Specifically, this is a documentary about Jason Paul, a free runner that tries to find new ways in his daily life to fulfill his inner needs. On his journey to London he discovers that friendship and companion are essential values in life.

While this is a cool story, I question this free running concept. Yea, it takes a whole lot of athleticism, courage and creativity, but to me it appears these people lack a grounding in reality.

Lamborghini's Aventador Takes on Nature [video]

If you're a car enthusiast and also love video/creative design, you're going to wet your pants over this video. Introduced as "car porn", this video introduces Lamborghini's new super sports car Aventador that boasts 700 HP bull power. It's named after the Spanish bull legend Aventador. The video shows off the speed and power of the car, but in a creative way as it relentlessly fights the forces of nature in a 3-minute special effect thunderstorm. The piece was shot in the Californian desert Coyote Dry Lakebed and directed by Ole Peters.

Lamborghini Aventador from Sehsucht™ on Vimeo.

Article first published as Lamborghini's Aventador Takes on Nature on Technorati.

Google Takes You to the Oscars

Wouldn't it be nice to run elbows with all the celebrities that will be gracing the red carpet tonight at the Oscars? Most of us aren't that lucky so we'll be playing couch jockey as the winner's names are read and grandstanding-type speeches are given.

Well, what if you COULD get to the Oscars and still enjoy the comforts of home? Yes, it is possible, courtesy of Google Earth.

Article first published as Google Flies You to the Oscars on Technorati.

Facebook Messages Proves that Social Media is Still About Relationships

Yesterday's announcement by Facebook about their new messaging service, dubbed Facebook Messages, proves one thing — that social is still about people. 

Despite all the advancements in technology; the connections between services; the ability to create content on the fly; and, the how easy it is to get the info we, as consumers want, social remains to be centered around people.

Services like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, MySpace, Foursquare, Yelp, etc. connect people with people. Yes, people are connecting because of content, but at the end of the day, it's the relationships that we forge via these channels that really matter. 

Boston Bruins Respond to Idiotic Vandalism

It's no secret that those that attend sporting events tend to like their alcoholic beverages. When it comes to hockey fans, they are a special breed of people — puck heads if you will.

With the Bruin's fairing pretty well these days, the fan base is shifting with a fusion of newer and younger fans, especially female fans.

What happens when you combine the old-school drunk mentality of a hockey fan with a young female?

You get bathroom vandalism that's caught on video with a very smart and funny response from the Bruins.


Article first published as Boston Bruin's React to Drunk Valdalism on Technorati.

IBM's Pushing Social Deeper into the Enterprise

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Today IBM announced new software and services that indicates Big Blue can see the forest through the trees in terms of social media's potential impact on business.

The new software is part of Lotus Notes Connections 3.0, a platform that provides enterprises with communities, forums, wikis and blogs to help users discuss and refine ideas. Today's announcement adds social analytics capabilities to the platform, which, In essence, helps close the time-to-answer gap for questions like:

  • who worked on that project?
  • who is the expert in this field?
  • what connections do we have to this reporter?

In addition to the software, IBM is launching a new Global Business Services initiative to help companies understand how social networking is being used and how it'll fit into their business.