June 28, 2012

Google Chrome's Hatsune Miku Ad Also Wins Silver in Cannes Lions

Google Chrome Japan's commercial with the Vocaloid idol Hatsune Miku won another prize — the Silver Lion Award in the Branded Content & Entertainment Lions Shortlist for "best use or integration of user-generated content" — at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. The awards honor "excellence in creative communications" in the advertising industry. The festival, the world's largest dedicated to advertising, ran in the French city of Cannes from June 17 to June 23 (roughly one month after the more famous Cannes Film Festival).

The ad also won the Bronze Lion in the Direct Lions Short List for Corporate Image & Information.

Source: ANN

PSotD - Shiawase Neiro

Title: Shiawase Neiro
Year: 2008
Notes: The first ending song for the second season of the anime Code Geass.
I'm continuing rewatching Code Geass. I really do have the hots for blonde guys like Gino and Schnizer. I totally forgot that Rolo had Geass power. キャアアー Rolo is so cute and loyal. I really like Lelouch's evil laughter.

I actually ship this paring. ;)
DDL: From keiichianimeforever.com 

Facebook changing our default email

Recent reports have stated that Facebook has started changing user's default email address to the social network's own provider. I thought this was a joke; until I checked my personal details. There it was. My default email changed to Facebook's "@facebook.com" email. I was pretty mad. Here is a quick video of the situation that we all Facebook users are in.

Google Play's 20 billion app downloads, 600k apps and games

Google has revealed that 400 million Android handsets were sold until this year’s Google I/O event, an impressive growth since last year when the company announced 100 million Android device sales at Google I/O 2011. Also worth mentioning is the fact that daily Android device activations have reached the 1 million units / day mark, or 12 units every second, compared to 400,000 units / day last year.

Maybe the most impressive numbers are related to Google Play, Google’s digital content store. While the company is still trailing behind Apple when it comes to total number of apps, tablet-ready apps and total number of downloads, it certainly looks like Google is on the right track.

The company announced that it currently has over 600,000 apps and games in Google Play, almost as many as Apple, which has over 650,000 apps in the App Store. But Google did not reveal how many of those apps have been customized for tablet use – Apple has over 225,000 apps customized for the iPad. Moving forward, Android users have downloaded over 20 billion apps to date, or 1,5 billion apps per month, compared to Apple’s 30 billion app downloads.

Will Google Play ever catch up to Apple's ongoing rampage of app downloads? Perhaps that seems a bit distant right now to be a reality. As Android'd system grows more and more into other devices, more developers will be jumping to the platform and creating apps for the Android crowd.

[via Android Authority]

Google+ for Android new update

With Google I/O coming up, many new changes to many of Google's products will be expected. One such change already in place is the new update to Google+ on the Android platform. Since the introduction of Google+ on Android, there has been many changes since then. For this new update, the app now officially supports tablets. This would be really useful for many tablet owners as they probably have been using the smartphone version of the app.

In addition, the new update brings in 'Events with Party Mode'. I am guessing you can now create and join events as well as inviting your friends from multiple circles. This feature is already available on Facebook, but it is nice to see more 'social' features being implemented into Google+.

One major change that everyone would notice is the complete design overhaul. The user interface has been dramatically updated and changed from a dark colour scheme to a bright one. You will instantly notice that to filter circles there is now a button at the top. Also, there is now a handy manual refresh button located on the top-right of the app. The notification system has also been integrated to the menu and the icons now have colour.

Lastly, the app has also improved circle management. It now displays 'Suggested people' so you can easily add others with  single press of the button. You can also create circles and move people around much more efficiently.

All these major/minor changes are included with this new update. Get it now on the Play Store!