Since its debut in 2010, Instagram has accrued an impressive 300 million daily users. But with the ascendancy of 4-year-old Snapchat, which now boasts 150 million fans and counting, Instagram is looking over its shoulder. Their fierce rivalry for the hearts and minds of millennials and Gen Z touched off in late summer when Facebook-owned Instagram added disappearing stories to the mix, clearly mimicking a feature that’s been key to Snapchat’s success since day one.
“There’s no denying that Instagram’s functionality has moved in a Snapchatty direction,” noted Topher Burns, group director, product innovation at Deep Focus. Andy Amendola, director of digital strategy at The Community, said that the Instagram stories element lets social media users “get the best of both worlds.”
With digital revenue soaring, a billion-dollar question looms large: Which is the hotter platform and where should ad dollars go? Adweek commissioned a survey from Survata that asked 511 Instagram and Snapchat users ages 13-34 how they feel about the apps and their impressions of the ads. Here, the results: Continue reading →
Bliss Mobilis a new concept for expedition vehicles, an innovative container-style all-in-one box, designed to fit all types of truck. Rather than the costly customising of each individual vehicle, the company has introduced five uniformed models to fit five separate truck wheelbases. The removable container sized homes range in a variety of sizes from the monstrous 23” (with enough room for 4-6 of your buddies), to their compact 11”, perfect for 2 people. They also come with some state of the art equipment, like a home control system, motorbike/luggage carrier, outdoor kitchen, roof terrace, solar panels, battery bank, 60 L freezer, along with numerous other travel comforts, all enough to keep you on the move for 30 days. Continue reading →
Dig around Netflix for an hour, give up, settle on something subpar, and then start again. That’s how it usually goes. Often there’s just nothing good to watch, or there’s simply too much to choose from. Here’s an app that rolls all your must-watch movies and TV shows and trailers into one place — no more tough decisions to be made on movie night. Must App.
Like it or not, charging up our myriad devices is a daily ritual now. Make it a little less messy with the Eclipse Universal Charger. This sleek accessory takes advantage of its circular shape to wind up to 24 feet of cables inside, with a pop-up lid that hides them completely when not in use. The burly braided cable that runs from the charger to the wall gives you an extra 4 feet of slack, and the 7.8 Amp charger ensures that even when all three charging ports are occupied, your devices get the power they need as quickly as possible. $60 at Kickstarter
Tesla CEO, SolarCity chairman and general billionaire tycoon Elon Musk wants to see every rooftop go solar, but in a way that you don’t see where the roof ends and the solar panels start. At an event in California on Friday evening, Musk unveiled a handful of new types of roofing tiles that also double as solar panels. Continue reading →
Far from their reputation as a polarizing pizza topping, sardines are actually a great source of protein, packed with Omega-3s and completely devoid of carbs. Jose Gourmet Sardines are a great way to enjoy this overlooked snack. They arrive in handsome packaging with custom artwork on the cover, and come in several different flavors, including smoked, soaked in olive oil with lemon, and our favorite, spicy with piri-piri pepper.
It’s been years since Apple redesigned the MacBook Pro. They’ve used the time wisely. The new Apple MacBook Pro is thinner, lighter, and smaller than the previous generation. The display comes in 13- and 15-inch varieties, and is brighter, has greater contrast, and displays more colors than before. Open it up, and you’ll find a Force Touch trackpad that’s twice as large, an all-new keyboard, and, most noticeably, the Touch Bar. It’s a multi-touch display that replaces the function keys, dynamically changing depending on what you’re doing, with a Touch ID-enabled power button hidden on the far-right side. Hidden inside, there are Intel Core i5 or i7 processors, Intel Iris or Radeon Pro graphics, even faster SSD storage, an all-new speaker design, and four Thunderbolt 3 ports that also support charging, USB-C, and video out. But most likely the first thing you’ll notice is the color: in addition to the classic silver, the all-aluminum body will now be available in a subdued space gray. $1.800+
The Hinterland is a new cabin porn book by publisher Gestalten, it features plenty of dreamy hideaways where we can recharge our spirits and reconnect with ourselves, away from the restraints of society and the stress of the everyday. The book explores the wondrous forms that the humble cabin can take, it showcases stunning refuges located on mountain tops, nestled in villages, or ensconced in lush forests. The beautifully illustrated book presents the finest in design and innovation of such fascinating get-aways, through spectacular photographs and interviews with their creators. $50
Wicked Lasers, makers of some of the world’s brightest flashlights, are back with a new, smaller model that’s so powerful it’s almost scary. The FlashTorch Mini is machined from military-grade anodized aluminum and equipped with a heat-resistant lens and reflector, which means you’ll be channeling the intense light into a wide floodlight or searchlight without having to worry about your light being protected. The 2300 Lumens light is powered by a Lithium-Ion battery pack, and there are three power selection modes so you can tailor the brightness to your needs at the moment. Most importantly, the “burning” feature you’re familiar with from its big brother is also present in the FlashTorch Mini. You’ll be starting fires and frying eggs with your flashlight in no time. $200
You can now introduce your young one to the thrills of off-roading with this awesome BERG – Jeep Pedal Go-Kart (features real Jeep design), a light and compact ride that provides a full serving of adventure. The mid-sized licensed Jeep by Dutch manufacturer BergToys includes knobby pneumatic tires, a swing axle, an adjustable seat and adjustable steering wheel that ensure a comfortable fit for different sized children, a front grille, a BFR system so you can brake with your pedals, and even a spare tire to get you through any adventure over any terrain. Available in three different models, including the Expedition BFR-3 pedal Go-kart that has three gears. All karts fit a 4 year old all the way up to a “compact adult”. $480