DIY

Mad Hacker Will.i.am Reportedly Creating Some Furby-Like Super-Gadget

Can't stop, won't stop. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)

Tear up your Christmas lists, folks, because Intel director of creative innovation Will.i.am has got everyone covered, forever.

Metro reports that recently, he was wandering through Harrod’s (as one does), presumably having the chillest day. That’s when serendipity struck: He happened upon “a little stuffed animal.” Next to it: a speaker, then, a MiFi wireless box. The wheels in his head started to turn: Read More

Visiting Dignitaries

Tech Investor Will.i.am Is Reportedly Suing Pharrell Over His Personal Brand

He'll be there LMAO. (Photo: Wikipedia)

Armenian top level domain representative Will.i.am is allegedly taking legal action against talented person Pharrell Williams for using the basic nouns “I am.” According to documents obtained by Rolling Stone, the former Black Eyed Peas singer (I guess?) claimed he has that phrase copyrighted and lambasted Pharrell’s website thing as “confusingly similar.”

Will.i.am, who, FUN FACT, has the normal name of William James Adams, argues that when Pharrell is marketing his “i  am OTHER” brand, the items could be confused for represenating the exalted estate of Will.i.am’s. “The registration of the mark . . . is likely to dilute the I AM mark and the WILL.I.AM mark,” the document states. Read More

Visiting Dignitaries

Will.i.am’s New Song Has a Hashtag In the Title, Naturally

IDK.

Recording artist Will.i.am, as you may know, is something of a self-styled technologist. Besides holding down a sweet gig as Intel’s director of “creative innovation,” he pops up in pro-coding propaganda and once featured a Makerbot in one of his videos, because why not. Now he’s further demonstrating his devotion to technology in the title of his latest track: “#thatpower,” released todayRead More

Teach Me How to Startup

Mark Zuckerberg, Will.i.Am and Chris Bosh Star in Infomercial About Learning to Code

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Agitprop about “coding as the new literacy,” lost momentum last year somewhere around the time adults felt compelled to issue public apologies to Codecademy for ignoring their email tutorials. But with President Obama shouting out high tech high schools in the State of the Union–and Chinese hackers inspiring a possible “Sputnik moment“–the cause of educating young minds in the ways of coding seems to have taken on new urgency.

Witness, for example, this video produced by Code.org, a nonprofit devoted to enhancing computer programming education. “Learn about a new ‘superpower’ that isn’t being taught in in 90% of US schools,” the description advertises. Wait, America still has a chance at staying a superpower? Tell me more! Read More

Life in 3D

New Will.i.am and Britney Spears Video Also Stars a Makerbot 3D Printer Because . . .

(Screencap: YouTube)

When one mulls over the future of manufacturing, naturally the first question that comes to mind is: How we can we as a nation effectively mass produce cornerstone products, like a plastic bust of performer Will.i.am?

Luckily, Mr. Am–who last we heard was hurtling our planet towards a Martian attack–has ushered 3D printing into the mainstream by including it in his newest video, “Scream and Shout,” also featuring the eminently GIF-able Britney Spears. At around 1:38 in the video, a 3D printer sitting on a platform displaying the Makerbot logo is seen printing thin layers of plastic to create a bust of that vital American commodity: Mr. Am’s head. Read More

Hollywood Tech

Simon Cowell May Soon Launch an X Factor For Tech Entrepreneurs

This man certainly looks qualified and capable of finding the next great American entrepreneur. (Photo: Deadline)

It’s the news no one in tech has been waiting for with bated breath. Hot on the heels of the announcement that Randi Zuckerberg’s Silicon Valley Start-ups will debut on Bravo next month, a new tech show is rumored to be in the making. Except this time it’s an X Factor-style talent show, featuring ex-American Idol judge Simon Cowell and Black Eyed Peas singer Will.i.am.

“Singing and performance create a couple of jobs. But this will create lots,” Will.i.am. told The Sun. “It’s about getting in touch with youth and giving them a platform to express themselves — whether that’s in science or mathematics.” Read More

The Final Frontier

Earth Braces for Inevitable Martian Attack as NASA Prepares to Broadcast Will.i.am. From Mars

Aliens can't even handle this. (Photo: Last.fm)

When one considers the ultimate symbol of American progress and invention, there is really only one person who comes to mind: Black Eyed Peas singer Will.i.am. His sartorial savvy? Swoon-worthy. His talented vocal breadth? Impeccable. Will.i.am. is not the hero America needs, but he is the one we deserve.

We can only imagine that this is why, during an educational initiative spearheaded by NASA that launches today at 4 p.m., the Curiosity Rover will broadcast a new single by Will.i.am. called “Reach for the Stars,” natch. (Did we mention what a brilliant lyricist Mr. Am is?) Read More

Celeb Startups

Totally Random Group of Celebs Appearing at Airtime Event

Mr. Parker (flickr.com/mager)

Airtime, the super stealth video startup from Napster cofounders Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning, is launching at a press event this morning at Milk Studios in NYC, and celebrities on Twitter are apparently really, really excited about it. It’s perhaps unsurprising, though, considering the company that Shawn & Sean are used to keeping: Airtime’s investors include Ashton Kutcher, will.i.am and Justin Bieber’s manager Scooter Braun. But who knew Martha Stewart was so plugged in to the startup scene? Perhaps Nick Bilton was right about tech being the new Hollywood.

We, too, are looking forward to the launch of Airtime, but could Sean & Shawn maybe fix their website first? Read More