Death To Chargers?: Wi-Fi Powered Phones Could Change Everything

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Duke Pratt School of Engineering students Alexander Katko and Allen Hawkes have designed a device capable of picking up wi-fi signals and converting them to usable electrical current. Who needs a power cable when power-filled waves are all around you?

Wi-Fi Powered Phones Could Make Chargers ObsoleteImagine being stuck in your car with your phone for a long drive without your charger. If you’re anything like me, you’d switch your phone off to save the precious battery for emergencies. Then, you’d probably have to head to a store when you get to your destination to pick up a spare.

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Epic Fail: Tiwa Savage, “The First Nigerian To Almost Win A Grammy”

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I wander the corridors of the Internet for a living, so forgive me if I present you with bizaare pieces of Web paraphernalia every now and then.

The screenshot below was grabbed from Tiwa Savage’s YouTube account. Reflect on it for a minute.

Whoever typed the description (see above) for Tiwa’s Kele Kele Love video should have taken the time to do some research before foolishly making a bogus claim.

Consider the following facts:

1. Ageless jùjú performer King Sunny Adé was nominated for a Grammy Award twice in the Eighties. He was the first African to achieve that ‘feat’. Tiwa Savage was supposedly born in 1985.

2. Afrobeat superstar Femi Kuti received Grammy nominations in 2003, 2010 and 2012.

3. Fantasia Barrino’s Back To Me received a Grammy Award nomination for Best R&B Album in 2010. Tiwa Savage co-wrote one song, Collard Greens & Cornbread, on that album. And that’s a claim to fame? Cool story.

What the heck does it even mean to “almost win a Grammy Award?” How is the degree of closeness to winning measured?

Go figure.

Screenshot via tiwasavageofficial

This Tweet Nearly Killed Me, You Won’t Survive It

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It’s a miracle that I’m still breathing. Try not to choke on the abomination below.

How, Mr. Eseoghene AKA spanish timothy, will you get a job with this grave situation your grammar is in?! Seek professional help first, then employers may let you into their offices.

Next-Gen Hunger: Experience The Xbox One In 12 Minutes

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Warning: Microsoft’s 12-minute demo of the Xbox One’s dashboard may lead to sudden changes on your priority list, unplanned withdrawals from your bank account and long wistful stares into the distance.

Microsoft leads a 12-minute tour of Xbox One games, TV, and appsMicrosoft announced its Xbox One entertainment app lineup this morning and the company is now offering up a full demonstration of games, apps, and TV integration. In a 12 minute video published today, Microsoft demonstrates exactly how the Xbox One dashboard operates.

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First Listen: Lecrae Bridges The Gap, Brings Out B.o.B, Paul Wall For ‘Church Clothes Vol. 2’

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Grammy-winning Christian hip hop artiste Lecrae literally steps across the church—world divide with the follow-up to his acclaimed 2012 mixtape, Church Clothes. Hosted by DJ Don Cannon, Church Clothes Vol. 2 features an eclectic mix of artistes including mainstream Christian rapper Tedashii,  Atlanta native B.o.B and Paul Wall. Stream/download the mixtape below.

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Your Daily Dose of Dopeness: Internet Explorer Cast As Animie Heroine To Champion Its Own Cause

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Created by Microsoft Singapore in celebration of Animie Festival Asia (AFA) 2013, this animie ad for Internet Explorer, that oft-maligned browser, is anything but subtle. Watch Internet Explorer as butt-kicking cutie Inori Aizawa in this headline-grabbing video.

Whining Like Little Female Dogs: My Open Letter To Don Jazzy And Wande Coal

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I don’t do this often, so pay close attention.

This is not about the quality of the song you’ve been squabbling over so irresponsibly, but just so we’re clear, the final version of Baby Face is just as crappy as the studio demo: same nonsensical lyrics replete with forced, unintelligent rhymes; same cliched instrumental. Both should have been filed under ‘Never To Be Released’ and forgotten. Ask Flavour Nabania how songs of that kind are done. He’ll give free lessons just because.

Let the whipping begin.

Shame on you, Don Jazzy. Yes, I’m starting with you because you’re a repeat offender.

Pause. Picture D’banj gloating somewhere in his sprawling resort of a bachelor pad right now, humming the tune of Don’t Tell Me Nonsense over a glass of Hennessey.

Didn’t you learn anything from the Mo’Hits débâcle of not so long ago?! In about 20 months, you have made a fool of yourself twice, bringing your dirty underwear to Twitter for laundering like it’s your own personal version of Garment Care. You must really think a lot of your 651,750 followers (at 10:57 am on 7/11/2013). Listen, none of them gives an ounce of a damn about you: the brokeasses want free airtime (or ‘credit’, as you very likely call it), the skanks want your goody bag (and I keep asking myself why), the wannabe next-big-things want free beats, and the bloggers/self-styled social media gods want the blessing of traffic that’ll undoubtedly come from publishing the juicy bits of your seemingly amazing life. Nobody. Loves. You. For. You.

Still, you take to your timeline like someone completely ignorant of the way issues of intellectual property theft are dealt with, screaming in 140 characters like an Isale Eko market woman whose bag of hard-earned money was snatched in broad daylight. Excuse me, did you sell fish at Obalende in another life? That is not the way of a true don, but then again, you’re no don.

I’ll quote myself to you in the tweet below:

Michael, you’re the freaking business. Quit whining like a little ‘female dog’ and get a grip on your bloody self, man!

*water break*

Hey, Wande Coal, what’s good? Wait, don’t reply that.

The real question is, what possessed you to recreate another man’s song and take full credit without his express permission?! What you’re hawking as your song is clearly a cover of someone else’s song! You lifted the lyrics, had Davido’s favourite producer refine the instrumentals and you were on your merry way. You should have been gracious enough to include ‘Don Jazzy Cover’ in the title of your ‘new’ song.

And, fatty, your 140-character defence is that you ‘served’ the Don for ten years? Were you working as his manservant this whole time? Polishing his pointy shoes, maybe? Or perhaps cooking his meals? You’re grown, Wande, and you should recognise bullcrap when you’re the one typing it.

No court will accept that as justification for theft.

On that matter of your new music label, I’m happy for you. Really, I am. It’s really, really, really cool that your first power move is this bullcrap you’ve pulled. Would you sign artistes to your label and have them pass off other people’s work as their own? That’s a sure way to prosper.

As you both were.

First Listen: M.anifest’s ‘Someway Bi’ Is An Unintended Homage To Fela Kuti

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M.anifest’s yet-to-be-released EP, Apae: The Price of Free, is clearly shaping up to be a surefire hit. Following up on July’s fantastic Ebei: Dream Killers, the latest single from the Ghanaian spitter’s upcoming hip hop project is the jazz-infused Someway Bi — a perhaps unintended homage to Fela Kuti’s legendary Afrobeat genre. Delivered in his all-too-familiar (but not at all mind-numbing) laidback style, the Accra native’s signature whip-smart quips are as sharp as ever on this feel-good Yung Fly production. Replay, maybe?

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Invitation: Watch Microsoft’s Stunning Xbox One Ad Starring Steven Gerrard

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The ad, below, highlights Respawn Entertainment’s Titanfall, FIFA 14 and Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard, Star Trek star Zachary Quinto in character as Spock, Forza 5, Dead Rising 3 and Ryse: Son of Rome.

We also get a glimpse at Xbox One’s Kinect-powered video chat when a Liverpool fan accepts a call from a friend by saying, “Xbox, answer.” His friend pops up picture-in-picture to enthuse about a goal.

“This is an invitation to a new generation,” says the narrator, “where your games and entertainment are no longer separated, but together, in one.”

“This is an invitation from the all-in-one Xbox One.”

via Eurogamer

First Listen: Ms. Lauryn Hill – Consumerism

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After a three-month incaceration for tax evasion, former Fugees frontwoman Lauryn Hill marks her re-entry into society with a new single, Consumerism. Infused with verve, Hill matches strong lyrical themes of a conscious nature with rapid fire delivery that’ll make Twista blush. Look for Consumerism to appear on her next album (Part 1: Letters From Exile?), the first spawn of a fresh record deal with Sony Music.

P.S. The track is accompanied by an explanatory note from the singer:

Consumerism is part of some material I was trying to finish before I had to come in. We did our best to eek out a mix via verbal and emailed direction, thanks to the crew of surrogate ears on the other side. Letters From Exile is material written from a certain space, in a certain place. I felt the need to discuss the underlying socio-political, cultural paradigm as I saw it. I haven’t been able to watch the news too much recently, so I’m not hip on everything going on. But inspiration of this sort is a kind of news in and of itself, and often times contains an urgency that precedes what happens. I couldn’t imagine it not being relevant. Messages like these I imagine find their audience, or their audience finds them, like water seeking it’s level. (Via MsLaurynHill)