There are a ton of podcasts out there, but finding the right one can be difficult. In our new column Pod Hunters, we cover what we’ve been listening to that we can’t stop thinking about.
During last year’s New York Comic Con, a friend told me that I had to come with him to the live-taping of an improv-comedy podcast. I was … skeptical, but went along, as he explained the premise behind the show, Hello from the Magic Tavern.
Essentially, it’s an epic fantasy story created by Chicago comedian Arnie Niekamp. In it, his character (also named Arnie Niekamp) is getting food at Burger King when he suddenly falls through a portal to a magical world known as Foon. Fortunately, he has his podcasting equipment, and a weak Wi-Fi signal from said…
HomePod may not be the smartest speaker on the market, but it packs some serious skills where it matters the most: sound. Now that we’ve had a few days to play with HomePod and compare it to competitors like the Amazon Echo and Google Home, we’re absolutely in love. The CultCast host Erfon Elijah went […]
The next Super Bowl is on Sunday, but companies have already started posting their ads for the NFL event. In the latest Amazon video, the voice assistant Alexa loses her voice, and the company needs to find replacements. Jeff Bezos restlessly asks if the new team will do its job and his employees assure him that there will be no problem. While the 90-second video unfolds, Cardi B sings her hit track “Bodak Yellow” instead of country music, Gordon Ramsay uses his abusive language to explain the complicated recipe of grilled cheese sandwich, and Anthony Hopkins speaks with dramatic pauses,…
These days, many advertisements try to be truly different to stand out from the crowd and get people talking. Nokia seems to be attempting this approach with its new ad, which features a guru teaching an apartment renter about the arts of minimalism and ‘Phone Shui.’ In other words, Nokia is pushing its pure Android angle.
The commercial stars ”minimalist guru and superstar vlogger Aapo Hämälänanainen,” who has somehow made his way into a man’s apartment and gotten rid of all of his things (including his roommate). Hämälänanainen then calms the man down, telling him that all of his things weren’t necessary.
An Irish hotel has banned bloggers and other influencers after a 22-year-old YouTuber broke down in tears when she was refused free accomodation. Elle Darby, a UK-based social media influencer first emailed Charleville Lodge in Dublin to seek a tit for tat arrangement seeking a free five night accommodation in exchange for bringing attention to the boutique hotel. She touted her 87,000 YouTube subscribers and 76,000 Instagram followers before continuing: My partner and I are planning to come to Dublin for an early Valentine’s Day weekend from Feb 8th to 12th to explore the area. As I was searching for…
Sometimes you just have to take a step back and say “W-T-F” to yourself. A Twitter user formerly known as “A Pixelated Boat” was forced to change their handle to “the gorilla channel thing is a joke” after tweeting satire designed to look like an excerpt from a book about Trump. No wonder we have a fake news problem. Wow, this extract from Wolff’s book is a shocking insight into Trump’s mind: pic.twitter.com/1ZecclggSa — the gorilla channel thing is a joke (@pixelatedboat) January 5, 2018 The satire hits because it mimics Tom Wolff’s writing style in “Fire and Fury: Inside…
Twitter launched two new digital ads with comedian Romesh Ranganathan.
The social company came out with a new video ad on Wednesday that puts a pretty hilarious spin on one of Twitter’s biggest real-world problems — its product is too hard to use, especially for new users signing up for the first time.
The ad shows a distraught user — “Kenny G” — trying to create an account, before comedian Romesh Ranganathan arrives to talk him through the process as a kind of crisis negotiator.
It’s better if you just watch it. We’ll wait.
While the ad is funny, it’s also a reminder that even more than a decade after launch, Twitter is still trying to explain what it is to people.
“I don’t know what to do,” says Kenny G in the ad. “I don’t understand this.”
With most commercials in the US, companies compare their products to “the leading brand” or “competing product.” But not so in the telecom industry. Carriers often go after their competitors with satirical ads and CEO rants, calling out each other on their claims and figures. Sprint is no stranger to this behavior, and has started a series of ads directly targeting Verizon.
The first commercial, embedded above, is for a mock store called “Twice the Price.” The premise is that because Verizon can get away with charging “twice the price” (more on that later), than the ‘Twice the Price Store’ should be able to as well.
While there’s normally nothing interesting at all about something as mundane as a debug menu, when we noticed the contents of one that it appears someone accidentally pushed live on the Google Store, we had to share. The Smith Debug Modal doesn’t really do anything all that interesting for those of us outside the Googleplex, unfortunately, but it does contain a couple of gems.
Namely, “Enable Awesome Duck mode” – which I can scarcely begin to imagine the purpose of – and the Flux Capacitor settings, which let you set a date and time which are then confirmed with an 88MPH button.
Remember: People can see your public social media posts.
If you’ve never been to VidCon, the internet video conference in LA that took place last week, it’s tough to appreciate just how bonkers some fans go for their favorite internet celebrities.
But internet fame is as real as it gets, which means it comes with all the same perks that regular celebrities get — adoring fans, endorsement deals — and the occasional stalker.
The upcoming movie “Ingrid Goes West” looks as though it’ll highlight the stalker side of social media fame. The comedy, which comes out in August, is about a young woman who moves to California to befriend another woman she became obsessed with on Instagram. It looks both hilarious and creepy. (It’s also a fun reminder that when you post things publicly, like where you live or where you hang out or details about your pets, people can see that.)
The trailer for the film, which won a screenwriting award at Sundance earlier this year, just came out yesterday. You can watch it below. #blessed