The site is basically a huge wiki intended to explain the lyrics of any and all rap songs, and since the entire Internet is invited to participate, there are naturally a few Justin Bieber songs up in the mix as well. But lately, some non-music entries have been uploaded to the site, including the Terms of Service for iTunes, which has already begun to be annotated to hilarious effect.… Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Fat fingers to blame for upping mobile ad clicks.
- Andreessen Horowitz invests $15 million in Web site Rap Genius.
- San Francisco's Weiner tries to ban exposed genitals.
- How New Yorkers can beat Time Warner's bullish modem rental fee.
Looking to help jump-start a new era in annotating Web text, leading venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz today said that it's investing $15 million in RapGenius, a startup that enables such annotations.
RapGenius was founded on the idea that rap lyrics needed explanation. And given that Andreessen Horowitz partner Ben Horowitz is a well-known rap devotee, there's an obvious hook that would attract the VC firm to help fund the startup.
"Given that RapGenius is a Web site where people explain rap lyrics, and given that my partner Ben is a noted rap fanatic, your first reaction … Read more
Apple could be overhauling at least one of its retail stores to add more space for the Genius Bar and the customers themselves.
The company's Garden State Plaza store in Paramus, N.J., is reportedly the target of the renovations, according to Apple blog site ifoAppleStore. The store itself is moving to a larger space in the shopping mall that will triple its square footage.
Sources told ifoAppleStore that the Paramus store originally occupied a space 30 feet wide but has since outgrown that and has run into problems of overcrowding. The new location will open up room for … Read more
The envious like to snipe at Apple.
It's not just the quest for perfection that gets to them. It's the annoying habit of attaining it (or at least something close to it) that rankles.
So today, when details of Apple's genius training manual were revealed, the scoffing could be heard from Jackson Hole to Seoul.
Who do these people think they are to stop their employees from using the word "frozen?"
What sort of controlling freaks demand that their employees become something akin to those peculiar Scientology people on the street who tell you they'… Read more
One of the key parts of Apple's retail success has been its Genius Bar, its in-house support service that lets Apple product owners bring in their gear to get looked at.
As it's been explained by former executives, the idea for the bar initially befuddled users, though over the years it's become a defining feature, and an increasingly important one as the company's gadgets have moved away from user-replaceable parts.
But just what kind of training is involved to make it behind that bar? Tech chops for sure, but as an internal training document shows, quite … Read more
And so the mob appears to have had its way.
Apple's boy genius ads -- the ones that revealed the startling truth than some men in their 40s can't even use Apple's simple software -- have been entirely removed from public view.
The ads, which debuted on TV during the Olympics, were removed from ad breaks in what seemed to be some haste, though they remained on Apple's YouTube Channel.
At the time, Apple's ad agency insisted that no, no, this was the plan all along, scout's honor, cross-our-hearts.
And yet the slightly insane … Read more
School is back in session, meaning students have folders full of syllabi, schedules, and other paperwork you're likely to reference as the semester goes on. Wouldn't it be nice to be able to carry all of it around with you all the time, without overloading your backpack?
Thanks to a handful of iOS apps, you can scan whatever paper documents you might need easy access to and store them on your iPhone, in the cloud, or on your computer with just a few taps.
I've found five apps that will help you quickly scan and organize documents. … Read more
Just as you were getting used to the idea that men in their 40s still can't get the hang of software and Apple's geniuses are helpful at 4 a.m. to help, the company has decided to remove these thoughts from your sports watching.
For its brand new ads, which debuted during the Olympics, have been disappeared by the company.
I am grateful to Business Insider for waking me with this troubling news.
We've contacted Apple to get its take first hand. But an official statement to Business Insider suggested that the removal was all part of … Read more
The other day, I received a tweet from someone supposedly representing Microsoft.
He told me the company was opening a new store near my local Apple store and please could I recommend some people to go work there.
I tend to steer clear of teenage techies and their superior tics and snorts, so I didn't reply. I had no idea who this man was anyway. It's not as if he'd offered a commission.
However, it did make me wonder about Microsoft's sudden enthusiasm for retail.