Day: June 14, 2011
IBM will celebrate its centennial anniversary this week by having up to 400,000 employees worldwide skip the usual office work in order to donate time to charitable causes and schools.
This “Celebration of Service” will take place on June 15, one day before the actual IBM anniversary.
IBMers are being encouraged to pick projects that use their technical skills — and some charitable organizations say they know exactly how they plan to put them to work.
Family Services of Westchester, for instance, expects two dozen IBMers to march into the not-for-profit private agency’s headquarters this week to work on programming a website and database.MORE
If you already have the Steve Jobs action figure, it’s possible that you’ve been lusting after an Apple-flavored comic book for a while now. Well, lust no longer.
According to CNET, the book will run 32 pages, and will detail Jobs’s “legendary drive to the top and his continuing fight to stay there.”
If you recall, Bluewater Productions also penned a comic book bio of Mark Zuckerberg — that one runs a whopping 48 pages.
Bluewater’s version of Job’s life isn’t the only tome about the entrepreneur set for release. iSteve: The Book of Jobs is slated for publication on March 6, 2012, and will be written by former Timemagazine and CNN boss Walter Isaacson. The book has the distinction of being an official biography, which is significant because Jobs is famously guarded about his private life.
We wonder how the two works will compare.
Michael Jackson may have died almost exactly two years ago, but his legacy lives on — as evidenced by an epic crowdsourced music video out Tuesday from Jackson’s Estate, Sony Music and @radical.media.
As you may recall, the “Behind the Mask” video project launched in March, at which time fans were asked to contribute dance moves, lyrics and crowd reactions to the video via a dedicated website. Using a split-screen template, fans could upload their clips at the exact moment that move, lyric or reaction occurred in the video. Together, all of these fan-sourced snippets were woven into one, cohesive video.
Back then, the team behind the video said that it would be released in April, but due to the overwhelming fan reaction — thousands of submissions from 103 countries — director Dennis Liu says it took a bit more time to churn out the final product.
Liu says that the range of submissions was truly staggering. “There was a flash mob from Russia that did a Michael Jackson dance that they created for the video. And on the smaller side, there was a girl who had taken a long time to draw MJ in the snow. It must have been freezing out. It wasn’t filmed brilliantly, but it really captured what the project is about,” he says.
Liu says that they also received tons of submissions from Japan after the earthquake in March. Many of them featured messages asking viewers to pray for Japan.
“There is no artist who has such an international reach as Michael Jackson,” says Liu. The final video includes 1,600 fans.
Liu and his team at @radical.media have been involved in a growing pool of interactive videos in the past year or so — from Arcade Fire’s HTML5 experiment, “The Wildness Downtown,” to the Grammy-nominated “Johnny Cash Project,” to the WebGL-packed “3 Dreams in Black.”
Still, unlike the aforementioned videos, “Behind the Mask” isn’t exactly interactive — at least in the sense that it doesn’t require a lot of clicking around to view.
“We’ve really been trying to push the technological boundaries of interactive music videos,” Liu says. “In terms of the tech aspect of it, I think the goal is to have interesting content that’s really watchable. You need to view it multiple times in order to see everything. I still think that’s a really interactive experience.”
A new version of Apple’s MacBook Air is coming in late June, Taiwan’s Economic Daily said, quoting sources familiar with the company’s plans.
The report does not bring any new specifics about the Air itself, but it says that Apple plans to sell 380,000 units of the new Air in the first shipment. This confirms (or recycles, if you will) an earlier report fromApple Insider that also claimed the new Air is coming by the end of June.
The Economic Daily also reintroduces rumors about the retina display on the iPad. Its sources claim that the next version of the device, expected to arrive in the fourth quarter of 2011, will have resolution five to six times higher than the iPad 2.
Turkish police have arrested 32 people that they believe played a role in taking down government websites on Thursday.
A loosely affiliated group of hackers known as Anonymous attacked the websites in response to Internet filters that Turkey plans to implement in August, The Wall Street Journal reports. Government officials say the mandatory filters are intended to protect web users, but many consider the filters to be a censorship effort.
Websites claiming to represent Anonymous, which is known for launching coordinated cyberattacks oncorporate and government websites, announced plans to “fight” the Turkish government in response to the filters.
The 32 arrests were made on Sunday, the day of Turkey’s national elections, in 12 different cities. Eight of the people arrested were minors and one was a lawyer, according to Turkish news outlet Anadolu Ajansi.
Turkey isn’t the only country cracking down on hackers.
On June 10, police in Spain arrested three people described as members of Anonymous after they found evidence suggesting that the suspects were involved in attacks on numerous government websites, as well as the cyberattack that shut down Sony’s PlayStation Network for more than a month.