Category Archives: Technology

Eternity Time Log – easy time tracking on iPhone and iPod Touch

For all you iPhone and iPod Touch owners:

I just started using Eternity Time Log and so far I’m impressed.

I’d been looking for an easier way to keep track of my hours, and this seems to be perfect. It should make filling out timesheets much much easier. And more accurate.

It’s a little pricey for an app ($7.99) but there is a light version you could try for free. Compared to all the other time tracking apps, Eternity seems to be the coolest.

link: Eternity Time Log – easy time tracking on iPhone and iPod Touch.

National Do Not Call Registry 

National Do Not Call Registry .


REMINDER….all cell phone numbers are being released to telemarketing companies tomorrow and you will start to receive sale calls. YOU WILL BE CHARGED FOR THESE CALLS. To prevent this, call the following number from your cell phone: 888-382-1222. It is the National DO NOT CALL list. It will only take a minute of your time. It blocks your number for five (5) years. You must call from the cell phone number you want to have blocked. You cannot call from a different phone number… HELP OTHERS BY PASSING THIS ON TO ALL YOUR FRIENDS. It takes about 20 seconds. 



Google adds voice search to its iPhone app


November 18, 2008

If you’re too lazy, too tired or just too annoyed to use the iPhone‘s text interface to search for something on Google, you’ll be pleased to know you can now just say what you’re looking for.

No, you haven’t woken up in an episode ofStar Trek, it’s just plain old voice search, similar to Nuance‘s technology. What’s great is that it’s very accurate — most of the time. We tried ‘CBS Interactive‘ and it came up with results for ‘CBS Construction’. But while it’s not perfect, it’s still very useful for simple terms.

All you need to do is download the Google search app or upgrade to the new version and go into settings — you’ll see an option for voice search that you’ll want to turn on. Once it’s on, a little mic icon appears next to the search app.

Let’s say you want to search for the new Star Trek movie — you simply tap the mic icon, it says ‘speak now’, you say ‘Star Trek movie’, and hey presto, the search results appear a few seconds later. You’ve got to try it to believe it. It’s free to download, so make it so.

Adding video to the blog

Hi Guys.

I added a new plug-in to the blog that should solve our video problem.

To add video, paste the YouTube video URL (NOT the embed code) into your post.

Add a “v” after the “http” so it will now read “httpv://”

If you want to embed high quality video (for those videos that have their HQ counterparts) use httpvh:// instead (Video High).

If you want to embed HD Quality (DVD quality 720p) video use httpvhd:// instead (Video High Defintion).



MFA Interaction Design Lecture Series

Big ideas don’t fit in tidy boxes or formal categories. Join us for informal, short lectures on a single topic each month at White Rabbit in the Lower East Side.

The “Dot Dot Dot” Lecture Series is meant for broad explorations of interaction design, business, and aesthetic inspiration. Wisdom will be revealed and methods will be shared in a setting intended to satisfy both social and scholarly pursuits.

Next event: Wednesday, January 14, from 6-8PM (RSVP)

More Hirings for SVA's New MFA in Interaction Design


They’re not even open for business yet, but the good folks at the School of Visual Arts‘ new MFA in Interaction Design department are taking this whole thing pretty seriously. They open their doors for their first class of students next Fall, but already they’ve assembled quite the faculty roster, including all-around amazing people, some of whom we’ve even had beers with (we’re not naming names for fear that it would embarrass them). Now they’ve just announced their latest batch of hires and it’s another group of pretty fantastic designers:


The new hires are: Steve Duenes, graphics director for The New York Times; frog design’s Robert Fabricant, Josh Musick, and Clay Wiedemann; researcher Rob Faludi; OZOlab’s Managing Director Tamara Giltsoff; interaction designer Phi-Hong D. Ha; and Rebekah Hodgson, designer at Etsy. 

“Interaction designers must be fluent in diverse skills — from user research to lightweight prototyping to designing interfaces to building a business strategy,” says Liz Danzico, chair of the MFA Interaction Design Department at SVA. “What is common to all interaction designers, however, is an understanding of human behavior, and these new faculty members bring an awareness of the human-centered design process to the classroom.”

Could an Ad be Made to Work With Tivo/DVR Content?



While reading a piece in The Economist today about how advertisements can work in fast forward, an intriguing thought popped into our mind. See, researchers found that when a person fast forwards through an ad, he/she focuses intently on the picture in order to know when to stop fast-forwarding. Ultimately, the report found, the viewer may pay more attention to an ad when it’s being fast-forwarded than in real time. Here comes the “duh” moment. Why aren’t you making ads that deliver a message in fast-forward, too?

The study, which was printed in the The Journal of Marketing, was conducted by Adam Brasel and James Gips of the Carroll School of Management at Boston College in Massachusetts. The findings are about two months old, AdFreak wrote about them here.

More data: results found that subjects focused on the center of the screen, and that even a logo shown for a third of a second could be recognized if it was placed correctly.

Our thought: When producing TV spots, put the damn logo in the middle of the screen.

Here’s another thought that might help with the issue. Why not produce ads so that when they are shown in fast-forward, they still send a message. Think of it as an opportunity to hide a message within the commercial. That’s what you’re doing anyway, right?

This way, when a viewer fast-forwards your ad, he/she will still get the message. It could even be fun — during primetime show, a code could be hidden in the fast-forwarded message, that when entered at the Web site would award 50% off or something like that.

Clearly, we don’t have all the kinks worked out of this idea, but we want to know what you think: could this work? Offer your thoughts in the comments section.