People tend to forget that, underneath the sleek scratch resistant glass, artfully crafted microchips, and nebulous cloud computers, our technology is run by people. People with agendas. And that means often our favorite social media platforms don’t play nice with each other.
Layton estimates six companies have each made more than $100 million in annual sales during the last decade using the Maasai name. In 2003, Jaguar Land Rover sold limited-edition versions of its Freelander called Maasai and Maasai Mara. Louis Vuitton’s (MC:FP) 2012 spring-summer men’s collection included scarves and shirts inspired by the Maasai shuka. The shoe company Masai Barefoot Technology (MBT) says on its website that the distinctive curved soles of its sneakers were inspired by “the wonderfully agile Masai [sic] people walking barefoot.” Bedding by Calvin Klein (PVH), shirts and trousers by Ralph Lauren (RL), and cushions by Diane von Furstenberg have all been sold using the tribe’s name. “Most of the value of the Maasai brand is not in the handicrafts the tribe produces,” Layton says. “It’s in the cultural value of an iconic brand.”
India’s Hackathon for Women is bringing together developers to focus on humanitarian-based projects in areas of financial inclusion, locations and maps, safe areas, and health and medicine. Some of the hackathon participants worked to build a platform that enables financial-service providers to serve an estimated 2.5 billion poor and unbanked people globally. Other hackathon partipants worked on a custom, crowdsourced map that highlights information such as local police stations, hotels, accommodation and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) that would come handy for women’s safety.
"Well, when I was nine years old, Star Trek came on, I looked at it and I went screaming through the house, 'Come here, mum, everybody, come quick, come quick, there's a black lady on television and she ain't no maid!' I knew right then and there I could be anything I wanted to be.”
— Whoopi Goldberg
Do you know young black men ages 14-17 who are interested in tech?
All Star Code is hosting their second free “Design a Startup in a Day” workshop at General Assembly on November 23rd. Applications are now open on a rolling basis, so the sooner you apply, the better!
Apply now at allstarcode.org/apply or email email@example.com with questions.
Everyone, we’re delighted to show off a feature that we’ve been hard at work on for the last few months and badly addicted to for the last few weeks.
The new Tumblr Search has been rebuilt, front to back, to help explore all of your 65 billion(!) posts.
Here are a few of the big additions to check out:
- You can now use multiple #tags in a single query to find all that #hello kitty #nail art.
- Searching for “government shutdown” now returns posts tagged
#government shutdownor that mention ”government shutdown”. Searching “#government shutdown” will limit the results to posts with that #tag.
- You’ll now see related blogs in your search results.
- Use the new Filter menu to filter by post type!
And in an effort to make the explicit content filter more transparent (and less confusing), we’ve moved the option right to the search results page. We’ve also been able to use this smarter filtering to unblock innocuous keywords in our apps that used to be prohibited by app store policies. #reaction gif #happy!
Please take the new search for a spin! (And let us know if you catch it acting up.)
Image via Adafruit
Attention everyone! Go check out FullScreenMario immediately.
This HTML5 version of everyone’s beloved 1980s video game lets you relive your childhood over and over again. But there’s also a random level generator for those who are looking for a fresh spin on the old game and – get this – there’s a tool that lets you design your own level. WHAT? And it’s all open source and fee. Yep, go get your game on, now.
— IT Girl