Lynktec Blog | Tech News, Tips, & Amusing Tidbits!: May 2014

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?