October 18, 2011

“Achieve anything” with Lift


The co-founders and the minds behind Twitter are starting another project in the social-media arena. Biz Stone, Evan Williams and Jason Goldman are helping launch this product under their company called “The Obvious Corporation“. The project, dubbed “Lift”, is speculated to be a type of goal / achievement platform. They will join forces with the [...]

HP launches a new desktop after announcing spinning off PC business


Don’t be confused. On Monday 08/22/2011, HP unveiled a new desktop dubbed “HP Compaq 8200 Elite All-in-One”. This announcement is just days after HP made known that they are planning to spin / sell off its personal computer business. This announcement is no surprise since consumer spend has been lured away from HP and towards [...]

Review: Conan the Barbarian 2011

Conan the Barbarian 2011

With a gradually incoherent story line, Conan the Barbarian 2011 starts off exciting but leaves you wondering if you should have waited for the DVD. And, during the quiet times of the movie, you can actually hear Arnold gently weeping.

Recap of the week: 08/14/2011 to 08/20/2011

Recap @CultureSpike.com

Google kicked off last week with the announcement to purchase Motorola Mobility that has a lot to do about smartphones, Google TV, and patents. We also learned how to say “begin” or “hello” in Japanese polite form but ironically we also figured out that we may want to act like a jerk at work to [...]

Apple Online Store is down

Apple Logo

According to a post from Gizmodo, it seems like store.apple.com is down. This can be reconfirmed by going http://www.downforeveryoneorjustme.com/store.apple.com. Gizmodo is stating they are getting the ”We’re Updating the Store” message but we did not see that message when we tried. For us, we got an “internal error – server connection terminated” error. We’ll post an update [...]

Creator of the first industrial robot arm dies at 99

Robotic Arm Manufacturing

According to Engadget, George Devol, the creator of the first programmable robotic arm, died last Thursday night in his home. The first robotic arms were used to stack hot cast components from molds in a GE automobile plant. Today, factories all over, and in all different industries use some sort of programmable robotics to manufacture [...]

Culture Tip: Be a jerk to earn more money

The Disagreeable Businessman

Now this may be obvious to some people but there was a study done to back it up with research data. It seems to be that companies paid more per year in salary to people who were less “agreeable” than those of their “agreeable” counterpart. The difference between the two were upwards to about $9,772 more [...]

Culture: Learn Japanese – “Hajime”

Hajime Kanji

Here in CultureSpike, we like to expand our cultural horizons, especially when it comes to Japan. Now, no one here is fluent in Japanese, but we do understand a little just by watching our weekly doses of anime. But in an effort to learn conversational Japanese (rather than “tte ba yo!”), we’ll post some Japanese [...]

Google acquiring Motorola Mobility is not all about smartphones


  In a Twitter post by gdarklighter, it is stated that the Google / Motorola deal does not only affect smartphones. This is absolutely true. In our earlier post, we mentioned that Motorola Mobility makes hardware for mobile phones AND TV set-top boxes. This can mean that Google is in a good position to push [...]

Google is going to buy Motorola Mobility for a whopping $12.5 billion


    To increase adoption of the Android OS, Google will buy Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion. To do this Google will shell out $40 per share in cash. As you know, Motorola Mobility is headquartered in Libertyville, Illinois and manufactures hardware for smartphones and TV set-top boxes.  This is a awesome deal for both [...]