Archive for 2013

2014 will be known as the year of the Visual Web

2014 will be known as the year of the Visual Web
Predictions for the future of media in 2014 are flying. Google is anticipating a focus on mobile. CNET reports Amazon is on its way to becoming a “media powerhouse” with streaming movies and original Web series. Digital storytelling through video and image-based platforms like Vine and Instagram is expected to increase. What do these predictions have... Read more »

5 blog posts that showcased art, imagination in 2013

The blogosphere was good to us this year. From Tumblr to Medium and all the platforms in between came some immensely imaginative posts: artistic concepts and ideas that thrilled and inspired as they made their way across the Web. As the year draws to a close, let’s take a minute to revisit  – and to... Read more »

Why Apple's new ad is its best yet

Why Apple's new ad is its best yet
Have you seen Apple’s new holiday ad? It’s being touted as a tearjerker – a “must-see” – and with good reason. Called “Misunderstood,” it depicts a situation many can relate to. A young boy, disconnected from his family. Staring, always staring, at his phone. Apple’s long been known for producing memorable ads, but these days, it... Read more »
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The year in review, brought to you by the Web

Every year, the search and social media giants release their “year in review,” a timely site section recapping trends in everything from videos to Web searches and tweets. Besides being a succinct reminder of major news and pop culture events, this year’s offerings provide an eye-opening look at what captured our attention and stirred our... Read more »

Relive 90s pop culture with Cache Monet

Relive 90s pop culture with Cache Monet
Whether you experienced the ’90s as a kid or a teen, you probably can’t look back on the decade’s culture without getting a bit sentimental. It’s the era that brought us full-length CGI movies, Jurassic Park, and the World Wide Web. U2, Friends, Sonic the Hedgehog, and slap bracelets were everywhere. Countless movie franchises, toys, and... Read more »

Top 10 memes of 2013

This summer's Syfy network  movie "Sharknado" spawned <a href="http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/subcultures/sharknado/photos">so many memes</a> that featuring one hardly does it justice. "Cagenado," however, gets bonus points for creativity.
If you spend any amount of time online, you’re bound to have run into a meme. The concept of replicating and redesigning snippets of popular culture (you can find additional definitions here and here) might once have seemed foreign and odd, but not so in the age of the Web. The Internet has inspired countless iterations and mashups of... Read more »
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The solution to humdrum holiday cards? Digital

Sending greeting cards is a lot of work. You write personalized notes, address envelopes, lick stamps…and if they’re holiday cards, you’re doing it all during the busiest season of the year. Many of us have turned to the Web and sites that let you create custom cards using digital photos. But these services can be expensive, and... Read more »

From an Amazon Drone to Don Draper in the 80s, the best parodies on Twitter

Last night news broke that Amazon is hoping to make deliveries by way of unmanned aircrafts – better known as drones – by 2015. Within 30 minutes of placing your order, the company says, it could be sailing over your house to touch down on your back porch. Almost immediately, an Amazon Drone parody account... Read more »

Thanksgiving online, by the numbers

Thanksgiving online, by the numbers
Even while we tuck into our Thanksgiving turkey, the Web is coming alive. Over the next few days millions of Internet transactions will occur as we take advantage of Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday deals. This year, analysts are expecting record online activity and sales. Here’s what Thanksgiving looks like online. -2013 has the... Read more »
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The year in funny online ads

The year in funny online ads
Everyone likes a funny ad. These are the commercials we talk about at the proverbial water cooler. Our “did you see…?” reaction to amusing spots has launched countless conversations, edging its way into friendly banter and dinner table talk. Many a Thanksgiving feast this week will include references to Kmart’s tongue-in-cheek take on “Jingle Bells.”... Read more »