Friday, September 26, 2014

Top 10 Tech Ads – What Grabs Your Attention?

What's your favorite advertisement out there today? I tend prefer the ones that don't seem like they're selling anything. These are the ones that feed directly into your emotions and make you want to be a part of something.

Tech companies spend an excess of billions of dollars every year in order to advertise and it seems like they are really pushing the creative envelope in order to reach audiences in new ways. Here are my Top 10 Tech Ads - What Grabs Your Attention?

1. Sony Vaio uses young businessman with cool toys

young business man with jet

2. Panasonic shows life-size robot getting bossed around by a little girl

little girl and robot

3. Sony MicroVault--gives a close representation of what it is capable of


3. World Wildlife Fund--pulls right on your heart strings with these beady eyes

cute monkey chimp orangutan world wildlife funds big eyes

4. T-Mobile-- Literally puts a face in a hand to represent the feeling of proximity


5. 4G LTE--brings a Sci-Fi approach to "world at your fingertips"

4G LTE tablet next generation ipad world

6. Olympus--gives you an animal in an unlikely place

young guy takes picture with koala


7. SONY--uses a cute little girl to show the contrast between her and the TV 

cute little girl sits on big comfy couch

8. Ford Fusion gives the audience the power to take control


car key to take over the world


10. SKY HD demonstrates an athlete kicking low definition in the butt

soccer player wins over low definition


And then there's this hilarious spoof on tablets...


What kind of ad grabs your attention? Let me know, share your favorites below! :)

Friday, August 29, 2014

What you need to know about Google Map Shoes



If you're anything like me, you have a horrible sense of direction. Walking around a new city can be a nightmare if you don't have a GPS of some sort. I strongly depend on Google Maps on my phone to get me everywhere, and I mean, everywhere. The only problem: starring down at your phone while walking isn't exactly safe either. That's why a company called Ducere Technologies created Lechel Smart Shoes and Insoles to sync with your Google Maps! Here's what you need to know about this new, incredible technology.

1. Uses Bluetooth

Put your route into your phone and sync your Smart Shoes to an app that will pull your route from Google Maps. Once synced, your shoes will automatically know the route you are headed. 

2. Vibrates when you need to Turn

When the route shows you need to turn right, your right foot will vibrate. And, when you need to turn left, your left foot will vibrate. This takes away the need to look at your phone, therefore you can actually pay attention to your surroundings! :) 

3. Removable Bluetooth Soles

Each shoe will include a removable sole and the company will also sell the soles separately for those that will want to have the same technology with other shoes they own. 

4. Uses a Rechargeable Battery

There is a slot in the back of the Removable sole where you can insert a rechargeable battery. There's an added bonus: They are going to sell charger as an accessory for it that  has been named the "World's First Interactive Charger." It will give you audio feedback letting you know its charging level when you snap your fingers! (umm...whaaat?)  This will plug right into the wall and have a slot perfect for the battery!

5. Proximity Alerts

These shoes can send alerts directly to your phone when cool landmarks are nearby. This would be great for tourists walking around a new area! Not only can your shoes tell you about landmarks, they will immediately alert you if you leave your phone somewhere. I have to say, this is a huge selling point! Those whom rely on their phone definitely don't want to get lost without it. 



I found there is still a lot the company is developing and hope to have included in these Lechel Smart Shoes. A couple articles suggest that the company also hopes to take step further and have the shoes used as a wearable fitness monitor. This would track steps as well as calories burned. I think this would be a great addition because people are always looking for easy, fun ways to burn calories and keep track.


There is not a defined release date at this time since they are still working on a few details, but people are already signing up for pre-order notifications! You can do so here. :) I know I will be keeping my eyes and ears opened to see of the release date! Check out their video below!



So, would you buy Lechel Smart Shoes?

Friday, August 15, 2014

Top 10 Must-Have Apps You Probably Don't Have Yet



How many apps would you say are currently on your phone? Now, how many of those apps do you actually use on a regular basis? I can't tell you how many times I end up deleting apps because they just take up space and I never use them. It's time to save your space for awesome apps you won't want to live without! Here are the Top 10 Must-have Apps you probably don't have yet:



4. Shazam

6. iTranslate Voice   



8. Uber 


Do you have a favorite website that you would like quick access to?
Save it to your home screen!
Here's how:

 First, go to website you would like to save in Safari on your iPhone.



With all of these extremely useful apps you can be sure to get the best use out of your smartphone. The amount of money and time I have saved with having all of these apps are immeasurable. See what these apps might do for you!

What are some of your favorite apps? Share below! We'd love to hear about them!




Friday, August 8, 2014

Top 5 Things You Need for Back to School - Then and Now

Have you been able to wrap your head around going back to school? I always thought the best thing about going back to school was shopping for new supplies – you know, like the fresh smell of a newly sharpened pencil or the pristine look of a brand new notebook…. but times have changed in this electronic age and we’ve taken to downloading a lot of our school supplies.  So I thought it would be fun to look at the Top 5 things you need for back to school to help this year breeze by but with a twist! 

Here’s my Then and Now take on Back to School shopping:

1. Spiral notebooks vs. Apps on your iPad


Remember buying different colored notebooks to keep each subject in school organized to a particular color?

Well now apps like Noteshelf make it super easy to keep all of your notes organized in one place! Create new journals for each subject and keep a few extra ones for hobbies.




2. Researching then vs. researching now

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Don't get me wrong, libraries are great, but libraries are not always accessible. Also, if you're anything like me, too many books can become a little overwhelming! 

With search engines such as Google, any information you may need is right at your fingertips. I remember the first time I was taught to use Google in class--I think I heard the hallelujah chorus.



3. Walkman vs. iPod or iPhone

I recently came across my old Walkman while cleaning out my room and quickly realized how far we have come since then. 
I mean, would you want to walk to class with that thing on the left? 

Music to study with was a must for me. iPods and iPhones are so much easier for student's on-the-go lifestyle and not to mention much more attractive. 



4. Floppy disk vs. iCloud

I remember using floppy disks in computer class growing up. It was always important to label these or else they would be easy to misplace. And if you lost it, well, you were out of luck.

With iCloud, students can save all of their work in one place...and access it from anywhere! Students can easily sync multiple devices and they don't have to worry about losing anything.






5. Books then vs. books now

Did your books for school look similar to the one on the left? There was never enough space to jot notes and the highlighting just looked messy..

Now students can easily download books to their iPads or tablets and have them all on the same device! Highlight and take notes without the mess...simply brilliant!






It's easy to see looking back how much technology has changed and really improved the everyday student life. What comparisons do you have from growing up in school?

Write your comments below!









Friday, July 25, 2014

Top 5 Favorite iPhone Hacks

Top 5 Favorite iPhone Hacks

Do you ever wonder what other cool uses there are for your iPhone? I know I’m always looking for some little tips and tricks to navigating my smartphone. Here are some fun things I have recently come across.



  1. Your iPhone can double as a Level
    If you ever wonder if your picture is hanging straight but don’t have time to find a level somewhere in your garage, then this will definitely come in handy! All you have to do is open your compass app that comes on the iPhone, slide the screen to the left and your level will appear! Now you have a handy level no matter where you go!




  2. Use the volume button to take a photo
    Instead of having to use the circular button that appears in the camera app, there is another easy way to take a quick shot. Simply aim the camera towards your target and click down on either of the volume buttons to snap your photo fast!



  3. Hold down the photo button to take a “Burst” of frames
    If the subject you are trying to capture is moving really fast or you simply don’t want to miss out on a great shot, then this is extremely helpful! If you hold down the photo button (either the volume button or the white circle) the camera will take 10 frames per second. Just keep holding the button down until you are done shooting!


  4. Shake your phone to delete text
    Ever start typing something and then decide you don’t want to send it? Sometimes using the backspace button can take too long when you’re in a rush. Simply shake your phone and a message will pop-up asking if you wa nt to delete the text, then click undo. All of your recently typed text will disappear and you can start typing again from scratch.



  5. Seeing what time my text sent
    I love this one! It’s great for seeing how long ago I sent my text or looking back to see when my friend sent me something. All you have to do is slide left when you are looking at a conversation. Then all the time stamps of each text will appear.


  6. Hopefully some of these quick iPhone Hacks will come in handy! They have definitely helped me make better use of my iPhone and made my life just a little bit easier.


Friday, May 30, 2014

Would you let your iPhone control your Home?

Who remembers this movie? 



For those of you that don't know, a 13-year-old boy wins a prize of a computerized home aka "The House of the Future." Mind you, this was 1999.

Things start out great for the family having extra help around the house. But things quickly turn for the worse as the house gets a little too controlling and ends up going on lock-down. (Kind of like when you enter the wrong passcode too many times on your iPhone.)

Fortunately the creator was able to reboot the house and, like all Disney stories, they lived happily ever after...

I think this movie had quite the impact on many people, because who wouldn't want a "Smart House?" Of course, I mean, without the the whole scary lock-down thing.

I think we can all agree it would be nice to have an extra hand around the house. A Smart Home may just be the trick! According to a recent story from NBCNews, Smart Homes may not be as far into the future as we thought.
"Apple is reportedly about to enter the world of “smart home” technology in a big way. According to the Financial Times, Apple is positioning the iPhone as a remote control for home automation, allowing you to turn on the lights, adjust the heat and control appliances with the device."
This could definitely change the way people will use their smart phones and it could bring on a whole new meaning to smartphone.

What would you use your Smart Home for?

Be sure to get the latest and check out the full story here.



Saturday, May 3, 2014

10 Ways to Celebrate May the 4th - Star Wars Day!



A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away....

Sunday, May 4, 2014 is Star Wars Day, celebrated by fans around the world.  There are an infinite number of ways to celebrate!  From cupcakes to crafts, and Twitter to trivia, here are some of my favorite suggestions.









1. Movie Bloopers

Find these bloopers during your Star Wars movie marathon, courtesy of IMDB.com (in words) and MovieMistakes.com (with pictures!)




Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999)
Bloopers on IMDB    |    Bloopers on Movie Mistakes


Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002)
Bloopers on IMDB    |    Bloopers on Movie Mistakes


Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005)
Bloopers on IMDB    |    Bloopers on Movie Mistakes


Episode IV: A New Hope (1977)
Bloopers on IMDB    |    Bloopers on Movie Mistakes


Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Bloopers on IMDB    |    Bloopers on Movie Mistakes


Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983)
Bloopers on IMDB    |    Bloopers on Movie Mistakes





2. Star Wars character eggs

If you have lots of eggs left over from Easter, or just love coloring eggs so much you want to do it more than once a year.... you can decorate eggs to look like Star Wars characters!





3. Make your own lightsabers

Use empty paper towel rolls and print out these PDFs to make your own lightsaber!
Full instructions here: http://starwars.com/play/online-activities/crafts/papercraft_ksw_lightsaber/index.html






4. Make a Death Star pinata

How do you make a Death Star pinata?  A balloon, newspaper, flour, water, and some decoration - I'd probably make a simplified version for fun, but if you're having a fancy party, find the complete directions here: http://starwars.com/play/online-activities/cooking/deathstarpinata/index.html

StarWars.com has some of the best activity suggestions! (of course)


5. E-cards

Remind your friends to come celebrate Star Wars Day with you with e-cards like these from StarWars.com:
http://starwars.com/play/ecards/maythe4th/






6. Funny Star Wars Twitter accounts


If you enjoy some laughs as you scroll through your Twitter feed, parody accounts are great fun!  Here are some Star Wars-themed suggestions:

@SithSarcasm
@DeathStarPR
@DepressedDarth
@DarthVader
@Yoda
@Funny_Star_Wars
@EvilDarthVader
@StarWars7Parody




7. Star Wars-themed snacks

No celebration is complete without food!  Don't just buy a bag of chips, make your snacks as entertaining as the movies!

Check out CNET's article - Delectable "Star Wars" snacks you can make right now, including these adorable Princess Leia cupcakes from JustJennRecipes.com!

Also, here is a sampling of recipes from StarWars.com.  Click here, scroll down, and click "cooking" to find more.



















8. Special episodes of TV shows

Watch Star Wars-themed episodes of other shows.  In The Big Bang Theory episode this week, they celebrated May the Fourth!

Watch the full episode here! http://www.cbs.com/shows/big_bang_theory/video/

And a preview here:






9. Quizzes and Trivia

Become a Jedi Master by playing Star Wars categories on QuizUp.  In case you haven't played QuizUp yet, it's an addictive new quiz app, where you can challenge friends or anyone around the world to fast-paced quizzes in nearly any topic you can imagine!


Take this BuzzFeed quiz: Which classic Star Wars character are you?







10. What is your Star Wars name?

Back when episodes I-III were released, I remember finding out what my "Star Wars name" was.  Well, here are the instructions for you to figure out yours, too!  Then of course, you should refer to yourself by your Star Wars name on May 4.

First Name
First 3 letters of your last name
+
First 2 letters of your first name


Last Name
First 2 letters of your mother's maiden name
+
First 3 letters of the city in which you were born







How will you celebrate Star Wars Day?