Archive for the ‘Fun’ Category

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SA pigeon ‘faster than broadband’

Winston the pigeon

Winston the pigeon was allowed no “performance-enhancing seeds”

Broadband promised to unite the world with super-fast data delivery – but in South Africa it seems the web is still no faster than a humble pigeon.

A Durban IT company pitted an 11-month-old bird armed with a 4GB memory stick against the ADSL service from the country’s biggest web firm, Telkom.

Winston the pigeon took two hours to carry the data 60 miles – in the same time the ADSL had sent 4% of the data.

Telkom said it was not responsible for the firm’s slow internet speeds.

The idea for the race came when a member of staff at Unlimited IT complained about the speed of data transmission on ADSL.

He said it would be faster by carrier pigeon.

“We renown ourselves on being innovative, so we decided to test that statement,” Unlimited’s Kevin Rolfe told the Beeld newspaper.

‘No cats allowed’

Winston took off from Unlimited IT’s call centre in the town of Howick to deliver the memory stick to the firm’s office in Durban.

According to Winston’s website there were strict rules in place to ensure he had no unfair advantage.

Kevin Rolfe with Winston
Winston is over the moon
Kevin Rolfe

They included “no cats allowed” and “birdseed must not have any performance-enhancing seeds within”.

The firm said Winston took one hour and eight minutes to fly between the offices, and the data took another hour to upload on to their system.

Mr Rolfe said the ADSL transmission of the same data size was about 4% complete in the same time.

Hundreds of South Africans followed the race on social networking sites Facebook and Twitter.

“Winston is over the moon,” Mr Rolfe said.

“He is happy to be back at the office and is now just chilling with his friends.”

Meanwhile Telkom said it could not be blamed for slow broadband services at the Durban-based company.

“Several recommendations have, in the past, been made to the customer but none of these have, to date, been accepted,” Telkom’s Troy Hector told South Africa’s Sapa news agency in an e-mail.

South Africa is one of the countries hoping to benefit from three new fibre optic cables being laid around the African continent to improve internet connections.

Source BBC

Google Streetview in the UK

Google have recenly launched ‘Street view’ for the UK! It looks as though here in London someone, or something has been watching us for some time!  It has ‘attack of the smart cars with cameras attached’ all over it. But it is quite a thing to behold. Here you can see where we are.

Unfortunately they took the picture before we got our door vinyl up! Sorry about that!

There are people left right and center complaining about concerns over individual privacy (see article from Digital Bulletin), perhaps they have a point. But for now it is here to stay! Well I mean if you are called Christine Boring, it’s going to be hard to have anyone take you seriously on a project such as this! So get on it and look up your own house! Visit google street view here

Sweemo BBC Pitch in a lift

sweemo

Sweemo is launching itself into the new heady heights of featuring on world wide news coverage! The BBC are showing a short video of representatives from 5 of the world’s hottest budding web companies. The representatives have just the time it takes to be elevated 26 floors in a lift to deliver a pitch about their company, and Sweemo are up first! Click here to see the BBC news page covering Sweemo

The hopefuls were showcasing their online innovations at a US technology festival, South By Southwest, in Austin, Texas.

Compare the Meerkat.com

This has to be one of the funniest adverts on TV at the moment and a very welcome relief from the dreary comparison site adverts that we’ve been subjected to in the past. For those of you who haven’t seen it yet, here is the link.

Also, if you’ve got a spare five minutes, it’s worth logging on to www.comparethemeerkat.com.

Too much fun to be had!

Do you twitter?

It’s the latest thing at the moment with many celebs professing their love for the act of twittering, including Steven Fry and Jonathan Ross, but what is it all about? We had a bit of a dabble into the medium here in the office recently. Why not get involved and follow the Pomepeople??!

Happy New Year!

Wishing everyone a happy new year, from all of us at Pomegranate Media. We hope 2008 was good to you and bring on the prosperous times of 2009!

Happy New Year!!!!

Last day at work? Here are a few more little morsels of fun before it’s all over…

Here are a few little links of pleasure to get you through the last day (or nearly last day) at work!

I think this was absolutely amazing!
Muto, a wall painted animation by BLU >>

Online guitar hero anyone? Created by Pepsi this is just a bit of plain old fun!
Pepsi guitar hero >>

Great fun, amazing!
play auditorium >>

This one is riduculously simple and daft, but satisfying (if a little guilty ) when you slap the little fella!!
save your sensible >>

This is old but I still love it
http://amanita-design.net/samorost-2/

Pomegranate’s Top 5 Virals of 2008

2008 has seen some amazing virals been broadcast through the internet, here are Pomegranate’s top five.

Number One:
Wii Fit Girl – As seen on our Pomegranate group blog back in June, the Wii Fit girl took the world by storm with accusations flying around about it’s authenticity.
See it here >>

Number Two:
What are you Zinking about? – Hilarious video poking fun at the German accent.
See it here >>

Number Three:
Wass Up Anno 2008 – Homage to the Budweiser adverts, with a sprinkling of political agenda thrown in for good measure.
See it here >>

Number Four:
Sweemo Launch – Sweemo’s CEO Jay Nguyen challenged the world to slap him in the face with a fish!
See the challenge here >> And the actual slap >>

Number Five:
Quicksilver Dynamite Surf – No waves? No problem! The Quicksilver Team have come up with an intriguing solution to the problem.
See it here >>

– And an extra one for free!
Number Six:

Eppy Post-it Note Experiments – Amazing!
See it here >>

And a couple of a great online games, just for fun:

Frozen Pole Click here >> Create your own Christmas message and send out to all your friends!

Got Milk? Click here >> This one is just really cool.

New Facebook phone hits the shelves in time for christmas

Finding it hard to drag yourself away from your PC for fear of missing out on who tagged you in an old school photograph or which of your friends is now listed as “in a relationship”? Yes you know who you are – calling all Facebook addicts!

Well fear no more! Mobile phone company 3 has just announced the launch of a brand new handset – the INQ1 (pronounced ink one) which is set to be dubbed the ‘Facebook phone’.

Whilst surfing the internet on your phone is nothing new and neither is sending mobile Facebook alerts from your handset, the INQ1 aims to fill the gap for those users who can’t afford the likes of the Apple iPhone or Blackberry Storm but still enjoy social networking, e-mail and instant messaging as well as surfing the web from their mobile.

The phone will integrate single button access to social networking with all the key features of a standard mobile phone, a clear indication of the overwhelming impact that social networking sites are having on our lives.

So, whilst bosses may have banned access to Facebook on company PC’s, the dawn of a new Facebook mobile will make tracking employees movements just that little bit more tricky. Oh how we love technology!

Facebook phone

Facebook phone