April 03, 2013

Today’s the 40th anniversary of the first cell phone call

From CNET:

Martin Cooper changed the world when he made the first cell phone call 40 years ago.

The former Motorola vice president and division manager made the call on the company’s DynaTAC phone while standing in front of the New York Hilton on Sixth Avenue. His first call: to the head of research at Bell Labs, a company that also was attempting to build the first cell phone.

Check out the rest of the article for a fun (albeit sadly Gekko-less) infographic.

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Social media & paparazzi

Hmm—interesting to hear via the NYT that social media are cutting out the middleman, and thus reducing the price paparazzi can command:

“The old school way was that you would get an e-mail that said, ‘I was on vacation and saw so-and-so and I’d like to sell it to you,’” she said. “Fans are far less likely to do that now. They’d rather share it themselves first on Twitter and Instagram than sell it immediately. People are dedicated to gaining their own followings and that’s the best way to do that.”

Photos can go for a fraction of their historically high cost, she said. “It’s certainly devalued by the fact that it’s already out there,” she said.

Update: Design Taxi has a story about the NY Times running an Instagram photo on their front page. I found this comment from photographer Peter Krogh interesting:

What’s crazy to me is that the Times is granting a perpetual, sublicensable, royalty free, fully-indemnified license to its images to Mark Zuckerberg. Who cares which camera and software was used.

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