When LG says, "Talk to the hand" they mean it! Wait until you get a load of the Korean manufacturer's latest commercial for the LG G Flex, which finds a seemingly normal dude making out with his hand by the end of the two-minute spot. (If you don't believe us, just fast-forward.) Thankfully, not all of Thursday's news was quite so bizarre, and we're talking about the weekend that SXSW kicks off in Austin here...
LG Lets Freak Flag Fly in Bizarre Dutch Commercial
Smartphone makers have gone to great lengths marketing their products, but LG appears to have reached a new low with a new two-minute video entitled "The Most Human Phone Ever." According to BGR, the LG G Flex promo finds an affable chap named "Danny Boy" receiving the gift of a smartphone from his friends -- but instead of the six-inch, self-healing slab that's being advertised, the device somehow morphs onto the character's hand. The result is bizarre beyond belief, but thankfully it's intended strictly for the Netherlands, where this kind of David Cronenberg-esque hijinks is apparently welcome.
Realmac Adds Folders to Ember for Mac, iOS
Realmac Software announced Thursday that folders have now been added to Ember for Mac and Ember for iOS, a frequently requested feature that should help users better organize their burgeoning digital scrapbooks. And that's not all: The company also made Clear for iOS available free for a second 24-hour period to help new and old users transition back to the original version, a decision Realmac recently announced to help unify all Clear users onto the same version. But act quickly, because by the time you're reading this, there will only be a few hours left to get Clear for iOS free of charge.
Adobe Heads to SXSW for Creative Camp
Austin, Texas is being invaded by nearly everyone interested in music, film and interactive media this weekend for the annual SXSW conference, and Adobe will be there hosting the #UseMeLeaveMe Digital Campground downtown at 1206 E. 4th Street through March 11 as well as a Creative Camp event today, March 7 from 11 AM to 6 PM local time. Taking place at the Radisson Town Lake Riverside Ballroom, Creative Camp will include five sessions on topics relevant to modern web design, including a Typekit pop-up library with more than 65 specially curated design books and loads of tasty snacks on hand. Hit the links to find out more about all of the Adobe-hosted SXSW events.
Former Apple CEO Launching Smartphone in India
BGR India reported Thursday that a name familiar to longtime Apple fans is launching a new smartphone brand for that country's burgeoning market. Former Apple CEO John Sculley (better known as "the guy who fired Steve Jobs") has teamed with former HTC India boss Ajay Sharma for an as-yet unnamed brand launching next month priced between Rs 5,000 and Rs 15,000. And little wonder: According to recent IDC data, smartphone shipments to India ballooned from 16.2 million in 2012 to a whopping 44 million last year.
MetroTwit for Windows Latest Victim of Twitter Token Limits
It's been quite awhile since we've heard developers complaining about Twitter's artificial token limits causing them distress, but this week the Windows platform lost one of its best such clients to just such madness. The folks behind MetroTwit announced end of life for its desktop and Windows 8 apps effective Wednesday, March 5 after hitting the access token limit imposed by Twitter, which determines how many individual users third-party clients can have. Existing users will be able to continue using MetroTwit for the foreseeable future, but it sadly won't be updated with any major new features or updates.
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