Portable television host Ryan Seacrest has the epitome of a “first world problem.” He carries around two phones, with one being not an iPhone because he finds it too difficult to type on the Apple devices. So, as one does, he invested millions in a startup that assembles keyboard accessories for iPhones. The rich problem solve just like us! Read More
Further proving that his spectacular Yeezus tour is actually a cover for a DONDA fundraising round, Kanye West used his screaming audience to pursue an investment from Eric Schmidt at the Madison Square Garden show on Saturday night.
He repeatedly interrupted his set, Complex reports, to inform the crowd that Google chair Eric Schmidt was “in the house.” He then asked “approximately a dozen times, ‘Do y’all want Eric Schmidt to invest in DONDA?’” The crowd went wild. There’s nothing like peer pressure from a bunch of drunk groundlings to get a startup funded. Read More
Last night, presumably after leaving a séance with her coven of Instagram witches, Courtney Love left her iPhone in a yellow cab. Lucky for her, New York Times columnist and all around nice guy Frank Bruni found it, according to New York Magazine.
Instead of attempting to turn a profit on the black market for Ms. Love’s iPhone photos of rudimentary song lyrics scrawled on napkins, Mr. Bruni used the rock mom’s favorite medium, Twitter, to notify her that he’d found her precious phone. Read More
Really intense Black Eyed Pea Will.i.am is starting a brand new tech venture, maybe as a companion piece to the robotic Napster-equipped glorified Furby he pitched in July. This one is a comic book called Wizards & Robots. Pretty sure the only thing this guy likes more than robots is Auto-Tune. Read More
When celebs dip their perfectly pedicured toes into the tech world, the results often feel crass and unnecessary. Do we really need this “clean-living startup” from Jessica Alba? Does anyone read Gwyneth Paltrow’s GOOP in earnest? And why did we have to download a bad app to listen to Jay-Z’s latest album?
But you can’t get much more crass than Shots of Me, a selfie app backed by a big chunk of change from Justin Bieber. So why do we need this selfie app? “Immaturity fuels bullying and drama-filled comment reels,” TechCrunch points out. “So RockLive has taken funding from Justin Bieber to solve these problems with Shots of Me, a self-portrait photo sharing iOS app that launches today.” Read More
Here’s a scene that, sadly, probably won’t make the ultra-special limited-edition Lord of the Rings Blu-Ray collection: Page Six reports that last night Gandalf himself, a.k.a. noted Shakespearean actor Sir Ian McKellen, “stripped down onstage Monday night at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre for the annual Only Make Believe charity gala,” to reveal a pair of Tolkien-themed underwear.
It gets even better, though. Wait for the techie punchline to the shenanigans: Read More
On December 25th(ish) about 2,013 years ago, the Virgin Mary was safely delivered of a son. We mark his momentous birth by burying ourselves deeper and deeper into debt at the local shopping mall for six to eight weeks each year leading up to Christmas.
In January 1954, another religious icon was born–Oprah Winfrey. Like Jesus, she would grow to head her own international movement built on kindness, self acceptance and love (as well as frumpy mom makeovers and daytime TV ad sales).
Once a year, we celebrate these two icons in tandem. Yes, we’re talking about Oprah’s Favorite Things, an annual list with which Ms. Winfrey has gifted us since 2002. The compilation of material items serves as a rare glimpse into Ms. Winfrey’s psyche, and for that we plebes are grateful. Read More
Sure, Katy Perry just passed Justin Bieber as the most popular person on Twitter. But that doesn’t mean the diminutive Canadian heartthrob is losing his taste for the digital rat-race.
Fortune reports that he’s just made a new seed investment, his first in a social network. The Biebs is pumping some of his endless cash into Shots of Me, a new teen-targeted social network due to launch later this week. VC Shervin Pishevar and boxer Floyd Mayweather have also invested. Read More
The new ring tones, alarm sounds and text alerts of iOS 7 are mostly pleasing in their bleepy-bloopiness, aside from a few missteps (we’re looking at you, piercing sonar alarm default).
If you heard them and thought they resembled syrupy, squeaky-clean pop music, you weren’t too far off. As it turns out, the man behind Owl City may also be the man behind iOS 7′s new noises. Read More