Archive for July, 2012
Tuesday, July 31st, 2012
If you don’t have it on your smartphone yet, Shazam is a pretty fantastic app. It records part of a song and tells you the artist, title and even the available albums it’s on. Handy!
Now during the Olympics, they decided to let you Shazam even more though. If you’re watching NBC, MSNBC or Bravo you can Shazam the Olympic broadcast to have a more interactive viewing experience. What that means is, it will tell you what the sporting event is, give you details about the athletes in that event, along with any updates, results and medal count. And, since they are seriously pushing this being the “social media Olympics,” they want to get you to joing the conversation with in-app features too like viewer polls and discussions.
Best part – it’s a FREE app! Plus, it’s something you might want to leave on your smartphone, even after the Olympics have wrapped up for another four years.
Thursday, July 19th, 2012
Mad Men tied with American Horror Story for the most overall nominations with 17 nods. Downton Abbey and the miniseries Hatfields & McCoys came in second, with 16 nominations each and Modern Family got 14, making it the most-nominated comedy series.
The Emmys are on Sept. 15 with late-night star Jimmy Kimmel as host.
“The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)
“Curb Your Enthusiasm” (HBO)
“Modern Family” (ABC)
“30 Rock” (NBC)
“Boardwalk Empire” (HBO)
“Breaking Bad” (AMC)
“Downton Abbey” (PBS)
“Game of Thrones” (HBO)
“Mad Men” (AMC)
Jim Parsons as Sheldon Cooper in “The Big Bang Theory”
Larry David as Himself in “Curb Your Enthusiasm”
Don Cheadle as Marty Kaan in “House of Lies”
Louis C.K. as Louie in “Louie”
Alec Baldwin as Jack Donaghy in “30 Rock”
Jon Cryer as Alan Harper in “Two and a Half Men”
Lena Dunham as Hannah Horvath in “Girls”
Melissa McCarthy as Molly Flynn in “Mike & Molly”
Zooey Deschanel as Jess Day in “New Girl”
Edie Falco as Jackie Peyton in “Nurse Jackie”
Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope in “Parks and Recreation”
Tina Fey as Liz Lemon in “30 Rock”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer in “Veep”
SUPPORTING COMEDY ACTOR
Ed O’Neill as Jay Pritchett in “Modern Family”
Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell Pritchett in “Modern Family”
Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy in “Modern Family”
Eric Stonestreet as Cameron Tucker in “Modern Family”
Max Greenfield as Schmidt in “New Girl”
Bill Hader as various characters in “Saturday Night Live”
SUPPORTING COMEDY ACTRESS
Mayim Bialik as Amy Farrah Fowler in “The Big Bang Theory”
Kathryn Joosten as Karen McCluskey in “Desperate Housewives”
Julie Bowen as Claire Dunphy in “Modern Family”
Sofia Vergara as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett in “Modern Family”
Merritt Wever as Zoey Barkow in “Nurse Jackie”
Kristen Wiig as various characters in “Saturday Night Live”
Glenn Close as Patty Hewes in “Damages”
Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Crawley in “Downton Abbey”
Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick in “The Good Wife”
Kathy Bates as Harriet Korn in “Harry’s Law”
Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison in “Homeland”
Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson in “Mad Men”
Steve Buscemi as Nucky Thompson in “Boardwalk Empire”
Bryan Cranston as Walter White in “Breaking Bad”
Michael C. Hall as Dexter Morgan in “Dexter”
Hugh Bonneville as Robert, Earl of Grantham in “Downton Abbey”
Damian Lewis as Nicholas Brody in “Homeland”
Jon Hamm as Don Draper in “Mad Men”
SUPPORTING DRAMA ACTRESS
Anna Gunn as Skyler White in “Breaking Bad”
Maggie Smith as Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham in “Downton Abbey”
Joanne Froggatt as Anna in “Downton Abbey”
Archie Panjabi as Kalinda Sharma in “The Good Wife”
Christine Baranski as Diane Lockhart in “The Good Wife”
Christina Hendricks as Joan Holloway Harris in “Mad Men”
SUPPORTING DRAMA ACTOR
Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman in “Breaking Bad”
Giancarlo Esposito as Gustavo ‘Gus’ Fring “Breaking Bad”
Brendan Coyle as John Bates in “Downton Abbey”
Jim Carter as Mr. Carson in “Downton Abbey”
Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister in “Game of Thrones”
Jared Harris as Lane Pryce “Mad Men”
Thursday, July 12th, 2012
With everyone owning a cell phone these days, pay phones seem to be going the way of the dodo. New York City has 12,000 payphones but they announced plans in April to turn some of them into digital kiosks with SmartScreens. Officials think the public wants more than just a simple phone these days. So, yesterday, the first 10 booths offering free public Wi-Fi were unveiled.
No pay phones were harmed or removed. They just attached Wi-fi routers to the top of the old existing phone booths and, through phone companies footing the bill in the hopes of future advertising sales, there is no additional cost to the city or to the public to install or operate them either. The wireless signal of the pay phone booths will span a 100 to 200 foot radius. The network isn’t password protected, but users will have to agree to terms and conditions before surfing the web.
I think this is a great idea! Operating in society these days you pretty much need to have internet access. Job postings are online, we all communicate by email and try to convince the average teenager they can go 3 days without Facebook and they’ll look at you like you have two heads. This gives people that may not have the funds access to the internet, without heading to the library or employment office. Plus, it cuts down on data usage for the rest of us.
Think it’s an idea that could work in Winnipeg too?
Would you be in favour of more free public Wi-Fi hotspots?