What’s New Next?

July 3, 2013 § Leave a comment

Business ideas? I can’t really think of any at the point. Creative thinking isn’t exactly my forte.  All I can say this, through technology convergency, we can make the existing “new” media better by innovating the tangible electronic products. For example iPhone revolutionized the navigation apps UI and UX by implementing Gyroscope, it also enabled apps developers utilizing this new feature to develop better navigation apps. Therefore, thinking of some new idea isn’t the difficult part, what’s hard is the innovation and convergency.


Privacy & Confidentiality

July 3, 2013 § 2 Comments

By experiencing today’s new media technologies – Facebook, wikipedia and New York Times etc, I would like to think that today’s internet became a gold mine for information – public and private. With the openness of today’s social media and networking, NSA is able to gather private information about literally everyone on anything on the internet. The most recent Snowdon whistle blowing case had more vividly confirmed that the “big brother” is alway watching, and we as internet users had finally realized that internet is just another panopticon. On another note, Facebook is so far the most important social networking company right now, all the memberships that Facebook offer are free, I guess the question is, how the hell do they make money? Some of you would say, they make make by feature ads; some say they charge gaming companies like Zynga to provide them the platforms for their web games. Let’s say, all of the above are true, it’s only the tip of the iceberg. Facebook is the biggest information provider, meaning, they sell our personal information to marketing search companies, and that’s how they make their money. Therefore, we are all being play in this panopticonic money making game.


July 3, 2013 § 1 Comment

File sharing is the way of distributing and providing access to digitally stored information, like software applications, blue-ray graded video files and high resolution images etc. It often can be utilized in many different methods, the one that’s most commonly known is Peer-to-Peer file sharing; Users can use software that connects in to a peer-to-peer network to search for shared files on the computers of other users connected to the network. Files of interest can then be downloaded directly from other users on the network. Large files are often broken down into smaller pieces, which may be contain in multiple peers and then put together by the downloader. At this same time, this is done while the peer uploading the piece it already has to other peers. The most commonly known and popular peer-to-peer program is BitTorrent. Clive Thompson explained in “The bitTorrent Effect”, “BitTorrent lets users quickly upload and download enormous amounts of data, files that are hundreds or thousands of times bigger than a single MP3.”, further more, “an Internet-traffic analysis firm in Cambridge, England, report that BitTorrent traffic accounts for more than one-third of all data sent across the Internet. Cohen showed his code to the world at a hacker conference in 2002, as a free, open source project aimed at geeks who need a cheap way to swap Linux software online. But the real audience turns out to be TV and movie fanatics.”

Creativity and New Media

June 26, 2013 § Leave a comment

I created this video with footages I collected in the Black Friday party I hosted in my apartment in Harlem awhile ago. I first gathered all my friends in front of my Macbook, the I activated iSight camera, then pressed “record”, then we acted and performed some silly cute little scene (funny I hope). Then I added an “Antique” filter to the video to make it black and white, then made it looked old. Then I converted it as AVI, so it would be easier to upload to Youtube, because the size of the file would be significantly smaller. Well here it is, enjoy.


June 26, 2013 § Leave a comment

In “Twitter Serves Up Ideas From Its Followers” by Claire Cain Miller, “Technology companies have been the most active in relying on others to innovate for them. This is in large part because the Internet lets people exchange ideas easily and rapidly with large groups, and computing tools let people design new products cheaply.”, also, “Start-ups are more likely to take this approach because they are still defining their products and have the flexibility to change direction. It can be much harder for older companies to make the shift, both culturally and logistically.” So from this 2 quotes, we can tell that the new company can easily gather many good constructing and innovating ideas from popular social networking platforms like twitter and Facebook, and find a away to accommodate the person who might originally contributed the idea. Which is definitely game changing compare to some of the companies with older, more traditional and more conventional business models.

Modeling Reality With Virtual Worlds

June 26, 2013 § Leave a comment

Virtual Worlds has gotten more and more popular these days, The 2nd Life users do all sorts things in it, and some of the things that they do, are actually quite helpful in preserving our culture and happiness on the societal level. Per Saki Knafo in “In Room 100, It’s Sid and Nancy All Over Again”, Hotel Chelsea’s new management team overhauled the entire interior of the building and that really upset the local residents, so Brown reconstructed the hotel as it old self in 2nd Life, so the cultural and historical value could be preserved, he said in the article, “The rest of this hotel is as close to real life as I could make it.” Also, by using 2nd life, has increase the overall happiness and togetherness in the community of people with autism. Per Nicole Saidi in “iReport: ‘Naughty Auties’ battle autism with virtual interaction”, “Second Life is an uncharted but promising area for new applied psychological research. Virtual reality can be used to simulate new environments for people on the autistic spectrum.”

2ndLife is as same as all other creations – has many pros and cons. As a business or technology developer, we could learn many new things from the consumption and usage of 2nd Life, such as, Learn Paintshop, Gimp, LSL Scripting, Graphic modeling, as well as business and marketing techniques. On a personal level, we could make new friends, you know, to sharing something in common, using our time productively and seeing new things, exposure to new and different thing. Unfortunately, the cons are just as compelling as the pros, using 2nd Life, creates lack of trust, spend to much time, temptation to lie or cover up stuff and cross boundaries etc.

Fostering creativity in virtual worlds. 2nd Life was created as a highly adaptable technological online platform, it can integrated with other high power softwares and technologies, in Todd Marcus’s article, “Upon entering Second Life, users are outfitted with a human-shaped template, which can be drastically altered by clicking boxes, and by using sensitive slider-controls to shift the color and shape of every portion of their avatar’s body. Users can even create avatars that have no resemblance to a human form, creating animal forms, or a form that no one has ever seen. This radical reshaping can occur not only through the tools provided in-world, but also through external tools such as Photoshop.”

The future of the virtual worlds will be very likely integrated with the really world. Base on the fast developing and innovating speed of biochemical, eletronic, and electric engineering technologies. The virtual worlds will actually project objects that offer that real live texture and feelings.

Social Networking Sites

June 24, 2013 § 1 Comment

Facebook Vs Myspace – One of the many differences between Facebook and Myspace is the way of customization. For more tech savvy people, they would custom Myspace page using HTML5 and CSS, while Facebook allow not so tech savvy people to just use plain text, in other words Facebook is for everyone, it’s very constrained using Facebook, the UI isn’t changeable but it’s highly adaptable by the general population.

Facebook Vs Twitter – compare to Facebook Twitter focuses on much narrower set of features and functions. For example, Twitter doesn’t support instant massaging, also doesn’t support virtual games play. For Privacy settings, Facebook allows users to use different settings for various groups, while Twitter only allows user to switch to public or private.

Twitter Vs Weibo – Weibo is the biggest and the most popular social networking in China. Like Twitter Weibo is a microblogging platform, but Weibo are more of a Twitter plus Facebook hybrid then just a status update site (unlike Twitter).