Archive for January 18th, 2010

I Have A Dream… Social Media Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr.’s I have a dream speech is one of the most trending topics on Twitter today.  Thousands of people are sharing their dreams on twitter by tweeting #IHaveADream. This whole notion is incredibly sweet as it was Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday this Friday. Even Google has transformed it’s logo to honor him.

Twopular reveals that IHaveADream was trended on Twitter for 4hrs 30mins yesterday i.e. January 17th 2010, the data for today is yet to be revealed.  There is also a group on Facebook for Martin Luther King Jr. with 719,616 fans. Martin Luther King Jr. has impacted many lives and his speech I have a dream still evokes emotions in peoples hearts and minds. Today, Social media networks worldwide paid tribute to the legend. Many blogs and online newspapers including the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Wired.com and N.Y. Times have published articles commemorating his life and success.

Videos about Martin Luther King Jr. parade have also been revealed on Youtube.  It’s true he was an extra ordinary human being and he has touched many lives.

“Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land!” – Martin Luther King Jr.

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LG E-Paper: A breakthrough in technology

Skiff was revealed at CES 2010. The Skiff Reader powers on LG panel technology and offers a 11.5 inch screen. The LG e-paper uses the same technology but offers far more – it comes with a 19 inch screen and is as thick as a real newspaper, it’s bendable and flexible. It’s actually a very cool product, you can roll it up and tuck it under your arm like a real newspaper and take it with you on the subway.

Even though the E-Paper is in the prototype stage LG officials claim that they might be taking it forward from there. If revealed in the consumer market this product will revolutionize the new media industry for good.

Business week experts talk about the LG e-newsreader and state that, “The device, optimized for an e-newspaper, has yet to be packaged as a marketable product. LG Display specializes in display panels and doesn’t make any finished product. “This will be the start,” says LG spokesman Lee Bang Soo, adding that he expects a manufacturer to introduce a commercial e-reader that not only could replace newspapers and paper magazines but also allow users to enjoy audio and video content. The e-paper is virtually paper-thin with thickness of only 0.3 millimeters. It uses thin-film-transistor on metal foil rather than glass substrate to give the device flexibility. Measuring 25 centimeters by 40 centimeters (9.8 in. by 15.7 in), it weighs only 130 grams, though it will get thicker and heavier if a manufacturer wires it up with touchscreen technology to give full Internet access.”

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Digital News: The Future is NOW

Kindle, Skiff, Nook and now the LG e-paper all point to one thing: The world is changing forever. Age old techniques and practices are being replaced by new tools and tech products. There is an awareness, a sense of responsibility and a desire to change. Everyday, we see people working towards this change: change our lifestyles, change our interactions and change the way we view our world. Technology has always offered solutions to many problems and perhaps, the solution to an unsustainable life is a technological revolution.

This revolution is coming through the advances in design of clean-tech products. CES 2010 unveiled thousands of sustainable products that offer the possibility of a positive and healthy change. These products diminsh risks to our environment and enable us to help save our planet. Talks about saving the planet having been going on for more than a decade now. I remember when I was a kid and Captain Planet was the hot thing and everyone wanted to save the world. Before the futuristic technology of today, no consumer products manufacturer has actually taken the whole clean-tech initiative so far. 2010 is definitely the year of the Clean-tech revolution. Last year at LeWeb we saw Marrisa Mayer talk about how the future of news is going to change. Well, the future is here now and with products like Skiff and LG e-paper the way we interact with news has changed forever.

I came across an interesting TED talk that discusses the future of news. And how News can be designed to change many systems. In our digital world news does travel fast and what’s more exciting is that now it travels with us digitally. Our smartphones, our Netbooks, our e-readers all let us interact with news and this news is definitely futuristic.

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Digital & Sustainable: LG UNVEILS 19″ E-newsreader

E-readers have become the talk of the town. Kindle may have been the most sold online product this year but with innovations like Skiff and Nook the world of reading is bound to change forever. Interestingly the market is flooded with news of what the future of news will be :). In a world where New York times may start charging you for reading their online newspaper and Skiff may extinguish the need for newspapers altogether; LG have revealed a powerful competitor for Kindle, Nook and Skiff – The LG E-Newsreader.

Other e-readers available in the market (including the Skiff) have been too small to fully replace the magnitude of a real newspaper. LG Display in South Korea revealed their prototype of the Digital Newspaper recently. What’s amazing about this product is that it’s digital, it’s as thin as a real newspaper (meaning it has a thickness of 0.3 millimeters) and it provides the excitement of holding and carrying a newspaper with you. Once released the product would also reduce the need to buy a newspaper as now your news is available digitally. LG’s e-newspaper is a 19-inch flexible e-paper that is almost as large and equally flexible as a paper newspaper would be.

Written for and published on the Amvona Blog

I Have A Dream… Social Media Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr.’s I have a dream speech is one of the most trending topics on Twitter today.  Thousands of people are sharing their dreams on twitter by tweeting #IHaveADream. This whole notion is incredibly sweet as it was Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday this Friday. Even Google has transformed it’s logo to honor him.

Twopular reveals that IHaveADream was trended on Twitter for 4hrs 30mins yesterday i.e. January 17th 2010, the data for today is yet to be revealed.  There is also a group on Facebook for Martin Luther King Jr. with 719,616 fans. Martin Luther King Jr. has impacted many lives and his speech I have a dream still evokes emotions in peoples hearts and minds. Today, Social media networks worldwide paid tribute to the legend. Many blogs and online newspapers including the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Wired.com and N.Y. Times have published articles commemorating his life and success.

Videos about Martin Luther King Jr. parade have also been revealed on Youtube.  It’s true he was an extra ordinary human being and he has touched many lives.

“Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land!” – Martin Luther King Jr.