I woke up and smelled the bacon this morning. No, my valet wasn't prepping breakfast in the kitchen. I have no actual bacon anywhere in my house. What I do have is a bacon alarm clock. It isn't edible, it just smells that way.
There are two parts to the Oscar Mayer bacon alarm clock/publicity stunt. The first is an iPhone app called Wake Up & Smell the Bacon. Anyone can download it for free. The second part is a small device that plugs into the headphone jack of your iPhone (or, in my case, an iPad Mini). When the alarm goes off, the app shows a video of cooking bacon, the gadget spews a vaporized bacon scent into the air, and a soothing voice talks about the wonders of the meaty product.… Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- A man actually named Satoshi Nakamoto is most likely the founder of Bitcoin.
- Up Coffee is Jawbone's solution for America's caffein addiction.
- This couple broadcasts all their fights on Twitter.
Ellen DeGeneres had the power of the Oscars and a score of celebrities rocketing her now-famous Academy Awards selfie into the record books with more than 3 million retweets. Texas engineer Terry Shipman is hoping the power of his two scruffy little dogs can help him catch up.
In what appears to have been a throwaway joke, Shipman shared a selfie of himself on the couch with his two pups out to his handful of followers along with the message, "Let's see if we can beat the Oscar re-tweets!" Somehow, the word got out and, almost a day later, Shipman's followers had ballooned to more than 2,800 and the tweet got retweeted over 75,000 times.… Read more
A woman on a mission, Oscars host Ellen DeGeneres was determined to set Twitter retweet records during the awards show on Sunday. She snapped a selfie with her Samsung smartphone, posted it to Twitter, and waited for the retweets to roll in.
And roll they did. For DeGeneres, it was mission accomplished. And for Samsung, it meant a lot of eyes on its device.
Samsung was so pleased that it announced Tuesday it will donate $3 million to charities … Read more
The movie "12 Years a Slave" swept the Academy Awards on Sunday and apparently it's also now sweeping movie download sites. According to TorrentFreak, the number of people illegally sharing the movie tripled the day after it won the Oscar for best picture.
On Monday, the movie saw 100,000 more downloads that the usual amount, according to TorrentFreak. Reportedly, the downloads are being shared through BitTorrents.
It's not only "12 Years a Slave" that's experiencing massive downloads, the movie "Gravity" also saw double the downloads after it won seven Academy … Read more
And the Oscar for the best selfie goes to Ellen DeGeneres.
The host of Sunday night's Academy Awards ceremony nabbed the title after challenging viewers to set a record by retweeting a photo she was about to tweet from the front row of the awards show. The photo, which was snapped by actor Bradley Cooper and included fellow nominees Meryl Streep, Brad Pitt, Lupita Nyong'o, and Jennifer Lawrence among others, captured more than 4,000 retweets in just a few seconds.Read more
A spokesman told Variety in an email that the live video, went "down nationwide due to a traffic overload/greater than expected." The service was restored by 10:45 p.m. Eastern, according to ABC.
Despite Hollywood stars declaring their solidarity with all the world's struggling people, there's sometimes a nagging sense that many are quite into money.
Some, myself included, admired how overtly Oscars presenter Ellen Degeneres integrated the vast Samsung phones into her performance.
Hollywood folk do have this other side to them off camera, though. In Ellen's case, she seemed to prefer a different camera when she's away from the TV lens.
The Oscars ceremony is all about the creative people.
The actors, the directors, the make-up artists and the accountants who are more creative than all these put together.
In order to make accounting for the show easier, sponsors are seduced.
In a repeat performance, one of this year's main sponsors is Samsung. So the company has had to find subtle ways to inject its products into the joyfest.
"Hey, I know," one wise Samsungite must have said. "How 'bout we pay Ellen a … Read more