Escaped Cow Visits McDonald’s Drive-Thru, Ponders Circle Of Life
If you’re an attentive reader of this site, you know that people are always bringing inappropriate things to fast-food drive-thrus, hoping to get served. Mobility scooters. Snakes. Even pedestrians have tried and failed to acquire food. But when Darcy wandered up to the drive-thru window at a Colorado McDonald’s on foot, employees didn’t just wearily tell her to go inside the restaurant to order like all of the other pedestrians. That’s because Darcy is a dairy cow.
The attention-seeking cow has been known to escape from her pen when bored, and walked to a McDonald’s about half a mile away from her home…
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The Web’s Epic Marketing Battle: Analytics versus Creativity
There is an epic battle being fought on the Internet between the mighty forces of the left-brain ‘analytarians’ (those who worship at the feet of the almighty Google analytics) and the upstart underdog right-brain creatives. Lines have been drawn in all out trench warfare leaving the under-manned creatives scrambling for evidence to back their claims of superior marketing influence and impact.
Woe is the plight of the poor creative who dares to challenge the influence of the Great & Powerful Google and its vast cadre of graduate math majors armed to the teeth with a dizzying array of numbers and statistics, all presented in pretty, colorful charts and graphs…
I Paid $2000 For A Stupid TV That Lasted Two Years
I purchased a 55inch Vizio TV two years ago…
At Sears Card, 24-Hour Customer Service Means ‘Whenever We Feel Like It’
Citibank now administers the Sears Card, but in order to keep their branding consistent, Citi is sure to keep the experience of dealing with Sears Card just as confusing and customer-unfriendly as dealing directly with Sears. That’s what Cat discovered while trying to contact their customer service, anyway. While the number on the card promises “24-hour customer service,” in the evening, there’s actually no way to get through.
My Sears Card has a phone number for “24-hour customer service…
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Augmented Reality Sandbox Simulates Water in Real Time [VIDEO]
In one of the coolest examples of augmented reality use we’ve seen, researchers at UC Davis have created an AR sandbox which overlays a real-time, virtual, colored topographic map on sand surface.
As you change the actual topography of the sandbox, creating mountains, basins and riverbeds, a Kinect 3D camera combined with a projector overlay it with a virtual layer of visual information, including flowing water which adheres to the terrain configuration you’ve created.
It works in real time, meaning you can — for example — connect a body of water and a dry basin with a channel and see it fill with water…
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Evernote Acquires Popular Handwriting App Penultimate
Evernote has acquired best-selling handwriting iPad app Penultimate. It is the fifth in a series of acquisitions that Evernote CEO Phil LIbin says will lead up to an IPO within the next few years.
The $0.99 app, which allows users to take handwritten notes with a stylus or finger, has been downloaded more than 2 million times — making it the fourth most-popular paid iPad app.
After the acquisition, Penultimate will remain an independent brand in the iTunes store and a paid app. The “one-man shop” behind the app, Ben Zotto, will join Evernote and help expand handwriting features in its products…
8 Professional Tumblr Themes for Your Small Business
This post originally appeared on the American Express OPEN Forum, where Mashable regularly contributes articles about leveraging social media and technology in small business.
Unfortunately, when it comes to your small business website, image is everything. How you present your company on the digital sphere is important, and as we’ve learned recently, people are searching for the word “Tumblr” moreso than “blog.”
More and more brands have migrated to Tumblr. The micro-blogging site has become a more serious platform for brands — whether it’s to show brand character, offer a peek behind the scenes, like we do here at Mashable or just to keep customers up-to-date on the latest from their storefront…
Google+ Releasing ‘Hangouts on Air’ Feature to All Users
Google+ on Monday announced it would gradually roll out its “Hangouts on Air” feature to the masses over the coming weeks. The feature lets you broadcast live sessions for anyone to watch — just like Barack Obama did in January.
Hangouts on Air can be posted on your Google+ stream, YouTube channel or website by checking “Enable Hangouts on Air.” It also allows you to monitor the number of views, record the live session and share it.
The feature previously was available only to a small group of broadcasters starting in 2011…
The Most Unnecessary Social CRM Metric
On the other side of that coin, just because you can measure everything, doesn’t mean that you should. I’ve used that phrase here before, but I don’t mind. I also use it on every client call I’ve ever been on when the topic of analytics and metrics come up…
How to Integrate External Variables Into Your Survey
QuestionPro makes it easy to include external (or custom, as it is also known) variables into your survey creation. Lets take a look at custom variables and how they are best used.
External variables may be used in the Questions / Answer Options on the survey as well as within the email invitation to take the survey…
10 Top Android Racing Games
Tired of opponents getting in the way in racing games? Blow them up! This game offers plenty of dangerous weaponry that you can use to deal with the opposition. Thankfully, you can earn money to armor up your vehicle, repair damage, and upgrade weapons. You know, so you can cause more mayhem.Click here to view this gallery.Whether you feel the need for speed or the desire to run your fellow drivers off the road, we won’t judge. We will, however, suggest you redirect that energy into one of these Android racing games…
Lithium Launches Social Strategy Methodology
Lenovo to Spend $800M to Develop Mobile Products
Lenovo, best known for its PCs, plans to get into mobile in a big way with an $800 million base in Wuhan, China, dedicated to developing mobile Internet products.
The facility, set to open in October 2013 and house thousands of employees, is charged with developing and delivering “new mobile internet products and bring(ing) them to its customers even faster,” according to a company statement. Such products include smartphones, tablet computers and other mobile devices.
The move comes as Lenovo continues to build market share in PCs, a tough segment…
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Stuck In Mexico Without Any Bags Thanks To Gate-Checked Carryon
Edwin’s wife flew to Mexico last week, toting only her carry-on luggage. United Airlines personnel made her gate-check the suitcase, telling her that it was too big and that she would definitely get it back when she landed. She hasn’t seen her suitcase since, and suspects it might have been stolen. United, as of yesterday, refused to give Edwin or Mrs. Edwin any answers.
On Wednesday, my wife flew to Mexico, and was instructed to gate check her carry-on bag because the regional jet was too small to have her regulation-size bag in the cabin…
The TSA Brags About Scooting 1 Million Passengers Through PreCheck Screening
The Transportation Security Administration trumpeted last week that it had screened a whole one million passengers through its brand new accelerated screening program, PreCheck. But although that seems like a high number, it’s really just the very tip of a large, slow-moving iceberg.
The L.A.Times notes that yes, one million passengers is a lot, but not so much when compared with the fact that the TSA screens a total of around 1.8 million passengers per day at the country’s 450 commercial airports…
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Interactive Billboard Lets You ‘Drag Away’ Abusive Man [VIDEO]
An interactive billboard in London is making it easy for passersby to get involved in stopping domestic violence.
The ad, at the city’s Euston Station, shows a man yelling angrily at a woman. A prompt on the billboard tells viewers to go to /ncdv.org.uk/stop to drag the man away. As the video above shows, when you go to the site, you can actually do so, albeit for a short time.
The National Centre for Domestic Violence, the organization behind this latest effort, isn’t the first to try to do something different with London billboards…
LG Google TV Sets to Arrive in the U.S. Late May
LG Electronics plans to launch a Google TV-enabled TV set in late May, the company has announced.
“Production of Google TVs will start from May 17 from our factory in Mexico and U.S. consumers will be able to buy the product from the week of May 21,” Ro Seogho, executive vice president of LG’s TV business unit told a group of reporters.
Seogho did not disclose any further details about the product(s), but he said a launch in Europe and Asia will follow if they do well in the U…
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Sparked Makes Volunteering Fun, Easy and Effective
The World at Work is powered by GE. This new series highlights the people, projects and startups that are driving innovation and making the world a better place.
Big Idea: Sparked is an online-only volunteer hub for people to donate their talents to non-profits, as well as an engagement tool for businesses to engage and incentivize employees to contribute to volunteer causes.
Why It’s Working: Users can donate expertise and skills instead of money, and make time commitments according to availability and interest level…