Well, Microsoft has a new logo. That’s it, right above this sentence. The goal behind the new look is to “signal the heritage but also signal the future — a newness and freshness.” It’s simple design feels like an attempt to capture the sleek minimalism of Apple, but is it successful? I’m not a designer, so I took it to Rocksauce Studios CEO and master designer Q Manning, who had this to say: “It’s terribly boring.” He later expanded: “The new Microsoft logo is boring, with mediocre typography. No energy or excitement. Homogeneity incarnate.” Strike one! What do you think?
How much has the internet changed since 2002? Mashable has this startling infographic, which will transfer you back to a simpler time, back when Friendster was a think and it took you twelve minutes to download a song.
Yesterday, I wrote about a new site that tracked Twitter F-bombs to their geographic origins. Now, Amazon is tracking sales of politically charged books across the country and noting where they’re being sold (and which direction they lean) on a map. Right now, the map is mostly red as Republican-authored books are generally outselling Democrats. Check it out here.
In case you were wondering why it’s a good thing that the attempted merger of AT&T and T-Mobile, didn’t go through, here you go. Wireless service almost become a duopoly in the United States and that wasn’t going to help anyone, especially customers.
Nikola Tesla may not have had a hand in directly inventing the internet or mobile technology (he died 80-odd years ago, after all), but his technological innovations changed the world and many of his theories sound eerily like concepts that would not be revisited for decades to come (including a tower that would provide “wireless energy” to the entire world). Every fan of technology should also be a fan of Tesla, which is why the success of this Indie GoGo campaign is wonderful.