Discover the fantastic hidden surprises found in our festive food this Christmas
Discover the fantastic hidden surprises found in our festive food this Christmas
From our family to yours, Andra Day and Stevie Wonder perform his 1967 holiday classic, “Someday At Christmas”.
Brussels entered the third day of a city-wide lockdown today, as Belgian police continue to search for suspected terrorists accused of planning an “imminent” attack. Authorities announced that 16 suspects had been detained in a counterterrorism raid last night, though Salah Abdeslam, who is believed to have been involved in last week’s Paris attacks, was not one of them.
Prior to last night’s raid, Belgian police asked that internet users not tweet anything about the operation, for fear that the information would tip off their targets. Apparently, it worked. Instead of posting details about the raid, Belgians flooded the #BrusselsLockdown hashtag with photos of their cats.
If you’re trying to find new ways to work and live, outside-the-box solutions for sustainability, healthier living, or productive office environments, you have a choice. Either sit in a cubicle and try to imagine such things, or build a space where you can try them out in real-world conditions.
Space10 in Copenhagen’s meat-packing district is just such a place. Formed in partnership with the IKEA laboratory, Space10 is a future-living laboratory where designers, creatives and makers can work to realize their concepts, test them out, and exhibit them to others—all in the same workspace.
“We have tried to create the optimal conditions for a fast-paced, visionary and bold environment to foster and conceptualize radical ideas that we can test fast,“ says Carla Cammilla Hjort, CEO and founder of Space10.
Coca-Cola isn’t releasing a new Christmas commercial for the U.S. market this year, choosing instead to recycle the “Make Someone Happy” spot from last year. But to make up for it, the soda giant is rolling out some festive packaging—putting holiday-themed names on bottles as an extension of its popular “Share a Coke” campaign.
Coke’s new holiday bottles will encourage people to share a Coke with “Santa,” “Someone Nice,” “Someone Naughty,” “Under the Mistletoe,” “Elves,” “Secret Santa” and (femvertising!) “Mrs. Claus.” Aluminum bottles, meanwhile, will feature reindeer names such as “Dasher & Dancer,” “Prancer & Vixen” and “Comet & Cupid.”
Print and out-of-home ads will promote the new packaging, and include a couple of nice new shots of Santa. (Coke, of course, has a fairly robust claim to the modern-day image of Santa Claus, having been among the first companies—though not the first—to feature the red-and-white version of St. Nick in its ads, back in the 1930s.)
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Google’s search results have included information from inside of apps for a couple years now, but Google has only ever been able to show those results if you have the app installed or if the app has a website, too. But now Google has another way: stream the entire app to your phone.
Google announced today that it’s beginning to test a feature that will stream apps to Android phones when someone finds a result from them through Search. If you’re searching for hotel bookings, for instance, a search result from HotelTonight might appear. Because HotelTonight doesn’t let you book through its website, Google will stream the HotelTonight app, allowing you to tap through it to explore listings and make a booking. Streaming HotelTonight went smoothly in a brief test, although it responded a bit slower than a native app.
Streaming only works with nine apps for now, according to TechCrunch: Hotel Tonight, Weather, Chimani, Gormey, My Horoscope, Visual Anatomy Free, Useful Knots, Daily Horoscope, and New York Subway. It also only works on phones in the US that are connected to Wi-Fi and running Android Lollipop or higher. Google says it’s planning to expand the program; it’s an important initiative — Google Search is a critical tool for the web, but apps, which increasingly hold information that isn’t available elsewhere, haven’t been as visible to Google. This feature moves toward solving that and keeping Google Search as important as ever
Apple has confirmed that it will open its first retail store in Southeast Asia, located in Singapore, as the U.S. phone maker begins to increase its efforts in the region’s fast-growing smartphone market.
The company quietly began hiring for retail staff in Singapore last week — as Tech In Asia first reported — and today Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s Senior Vice President for Retail and Online Stores, confirmed that an Apple Store is indeed coming.
“We have more than 900 incredible employees working in our Singapore contact center and are thrilled to begin hiring the team that will open our first Apple Store in Singapore — an incredible international city and shopping destination,” Ahrendts said in a statement sent to TechCrunch. “We can’t wait to deliver the service, education and entertainment that is loved by Apple customers around the world.”
In addition, Reuters reports that the store, and the company’s entire operations in Singapore, will be powered by renewable energy in a move that mirrors initiatives in the U.S., Europe and, most recently, China.
Apple hasn’t confirmed when the store will launch or where it will be located, although there’s been speculation that the firm has already secured retail space at Knightsbridge, in the city-state’s much-sought-after Orchard Road shopping hotspot. That’s according to a note from the existing tenants who claim they are vacating to make space for Apple’s store.
Apple currently uses a mix of licensed third-party retail partners, carriers and its online store for sales in Southeast Asia. Singapore is a country that is among the first wave of launches for new Apple products and therefore a logical first step for expanding the company’s retail footprint. It isn’t clear whether the company is actively planning to introduce its own stores in other parts of Southeast Asia, which is already a focal point for Samsung and smartphone makers from China, such as Xiaomi and OnePlus.
Surprising things happen to people’s faces when a film really entrances them. They stop focusing on all the personality presentation we take for granted when we talk to each other: the polite eye contact, the alert expression that says “I’m listening and reacting to what you’re saying.” When people watch movies, their faces go a little slack, and their emotions come through clear and raw. I had a particularly great experience observing this back in 2007, when I had friends over to watch J.A. Bayona’s excellent horror film The Orphanage. Having already seen the film, I decided that instead of watching it, I’d watch my friends watching it. Watching other people gasp or shrivel in nervous anticipation let me see the movie freshly through their eyes.
That sense of voyeurism, that ability to see people in a vulnerable state and re-appreciate a piece of art at the same time, is at least some of the appeal behind #AllMyMovies, the social-media-ready art installation that 29-year-old actor Shia LaBeouf staged last week. For the piece, LaBeouf watched all his feature films back-to-back at New York’s Angelika Film Center over three days, while a fixed camera transmitted his reactions to the internet via live stream. #AllMyMovies is the latest in a series of LaBeouf-centered performance art pieces, and the second to widely solicit public interaction: in this case, admission to the film series was free, and anyone over 18 who was willing to submit to a weapons check could join LaBeouf in the theater, space permitting. The line to enter the screening room built steadily over the course of the event, with the wait time eventually stretching to several hours as word-of-mouth grew.
When you’ve been immersed in advertising a good long while, it can sometimes be helpful to take a step back and look at it through normal human eyes.
Or at least through Google search suggestions. On a lark, I decided to punch in a pretty wide range of question starters about the ad industry. Here are a few of