Tinder users in the vicinity of the Conan set should have been on the alert yesterday for users “Chip Whitley” and “Djengus Roundstone.”
Every once in a while, you discover a new technology that’s so awesome, so amazing, you just can’t stop talking about it. You start to sound like a commercial advertising the product, but you don’t care; you just have to spread the gospel of Minibar or Snapchat or that app that helps you get laid on a flight.
Once upon a time, famous people could verify their celeb status by appearing on the Ed Sullivan Show or Soul Train. But now that we’ve entered the Digital Age, it seems that everyone who’s anyone is clamoring to come out with their own terrible app. Read More
The cheesy-looking app, called Al’s Weather Rokies, is based on the fateful day in 2013 when Mr. Roker overslept for the first time in his decades-long career, a press release explains. Here’s the premise of the game, which promises to be both “addictive” and occasionally indicative of actual weather conditions. How nifty: Read More
Remember Thamsanqa Jantjie, the interpreter who used phony sign language at Nelson Mandela’s funeral? He’s now the star of a new commercial for an Israeli streaming app.
“I want to be a professional actor,” Mr. Jantjie told Betabeat when we spoke with him over the phone this morning. “[Being famous] was my dream since I was a little boy.”
In the commercial, an enthusiastic Mr. Jantjie announces that he’s sorry for what happened at the funeral, and that he’s going to make it up to the world by entertaining everyone with appearances in ad campaigns. He then goes on to introduce Livelens, a new app that lets users stream live video to their friends and followers. Read More
For some of us, it’s all too easy to get lost in a seven-hour Netflix marathon, but for the deaf and hearing impaired, getting through a single episode of an online TV show can be nearly impossible. Captions on the web are often inaccurate and unreliable — but new regulations going into effect this week will hopefully change things.
Last week, Betabeat met with Oscar-winning actress Marlee Matlin, who’s been deaf since she was 18 months old. She told us a frustrating story from three years ago, about the time she’d tried to stream a CNN video about the unveiling of the Hellen Keller statue at the Capitol Rotunda in Washington, D.C. Read More
If anyone’s got a busy schedule, it’s Randi Zuckerberg. The 32-year-old just wrapped up a guest-starring run in Broadway’s Rock of Ages; authored a best-selling book, Dot Complicated, and a children’s tome, Dot.; works as founder and CEO of Zuckerberg Media; and is mother to a son.
Somehow, she took time off on March 31 to help promote AIPAC’s new technology division, along with Betabeat.
Ms. Zuckerberg got her start in the tech industry thanks to her brother, Mark Zuckerberg, who started Facebook, a social networking company you might have heard of by now. Read More
As part of his fervent, ongoing mission to prove he’s the tech-iest tech person in all the land, Ashton Kutcher will be designing a line of special edition phones for Lenovo.
In case you haven’t been keeping up with Mr. Kutcher’s burgeoning career, the
Butterfly Effect actor technological innovator joined Lenovo as a “product engineer” in late 2013, with the goal of making the company’s products “as consumer friendly as possible.” Part of the role evidently has involved designing this new line of phones, which Recode reports will be released later this year.
Last week marked the first state visit to the United States by a French president in 22 years. In addition to Washington, D.C., François Hollande visited the Silicon Valley. The last time a French head of state did so was in 1984, when François Mitterand met an ambitious eccentric named Steve Jobs. Read More