Posted by Tattletech on Jun 29, 2012 in Art and technology
, Cool stuff
, Digital Media
, Go Bag
, Good things
, Internet Stuff
, New things
, Travel 2.0
Posted by Tattletech on Jun 28, 2012 in Clutch
, Cool stuff
I feel like I come across a lot of products that are either about an iPhone, or about sniffing
something. Well I bring you both today. Here we have an iPhone case that smells like some of your favorite treats. Get a whiff of that!
Offering scents that attract a wide array of people, with a price that is cheaper than most cases you buy in a store, seems like a crazy and exciting idea.
Catching the younger generation’s attention, there are cases offered that will leave them in the Apple store choosing a case for hours, just like a kid in a candy store, how ironic? Chocolate, soda, popsicle and bubble gum aromas are available, as well as several flavors of jelly bean scents. There is even a case that smells like a nice bag of mixed candy — including graphics of Swedish fish, gummi bears, mints and more. And then some fruit aromas such as strawberry, apple, etc.
Getting into the more bizarre scents available, there is one that smells like a fresh loaf of bread. Yes, I’m dead serious, but I am laughing as I type that. I’m making fun of now what may be the best thing since sliced bread, and I get the last laugh.
Finally, we have some more sophisticated scents such as coffee. Now we’re talking.
Still I don’t know if I’ll stand in line to purchase one of these. I have the hungry horrors as it is, and if I smell candy scents all day long, I’ll drive myself crazy until I go buy candy. And, I’d be scared my dog would eat it, she has a sweet tooth herself, and I’d cry if she happened to chew my precious iPhone by accident.
Posted by Tattletech on Jun 26, 2012 in Technology
Did you know Tattletech and ink Communications have an intern? It’s true and they do. She is hiding in the sunny [read: humid] state of Florida and I am she. As we’re well into this internship, I figured it’s time to introduce myself a fair bit more properly.
My name is Kayla Egbert and I’m a student at the University of Central Florida. The campus is within driving distance of where I was already living and the marching band has a penchant for classic rock medleys. Those were the major selling points. Admittedly the school has a lot more to offer, but I’m nearly finished and I wouldn’t give that up for even the most delicious of cheeseburgers.
Funny story: Why am I here? I waited on the founder’s mother one night at work (the restaurant serves a pretty awesome burger). I don’t know what she was thinking, but those thoughts were in my favor as she is the one who introduced me to ink Communications. I visited their website and couldn’t believe my luck.
So here I am; my initial excitement has settled into a gentle, prolonged flow of serotonin in my bloodstream. I can’t wait to contribute even more. Keep an eye out for things being posted on any of ink’s various social media outlets. It could be me. I’m sneaky like that.
Here’s the least awkward grayscale picture of me.
Posted by Tattletech on Jun 25, 2012 in Monday Jumpstart
“I prefer to make up my own quotes and attribute them to very smart people, so that I can use them to win arguments.”
Posted by Tattletech on Jun 22, 2012 in Go Bag
This week’s odds and ends.
Posted by Tattletech on Jun 21, 2012 in Clutch
, Cool stuff
, Green technology
It’s apparent that showering is a huge water-waster, especially if you’re like myself and like to sing, do all of your deep thinking and lose track of time while you’re in there. But “going green” was not the main reason a South African inventor created a product known as DryBath, a waterless way to shower. Instead, his inspiration came from his lazy friend’s lack of motivation to bathe everyday. How nice of that friend to be so lazy and lethargic!
This product turns the shower into a waterless one. But not only is this perfect for the land of the lazy, it’s also great for countries that do not have regular access to running water, or military that are in the middle of nowhere for several weeks. Everybody wants to be clean, right? So this is a gel that acts as water and soap, much like any anti-bacterial product we use every day (for me, 50 times aday), except minus the strong alcohol smell and with added moisturizer . I don’t know if this would make me feel so fresh and so clean, but I guess it’s better than not bathing at all!
Still, this DryBath doesn’t deliver the complete shower experience, because your hair will still be a hot mess, I guess that’s why we have dry shampoo!
Posted by Tattletech on Jun 18, 2012 in Monday Jumpstart
“I choose a lazy person to do a hard job. Because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it.”
Posted by Tattletech on Jun 15, 2012 in Go Bag
This week’s odds and ends.
What do your shoes say about you? – We just love shoes.
How Employers Really Feel About Social Media [INFOGRAPHIC] – Mashable dishes up the truth.
Burger King Bets Bacon Sunday -Bacon never gets old.
Posted by Tattletech on Jun 13, 2012 in Clutch
, Cool stuff
, New things
Bottled Water; is it a thing of the past? Many people in the US enjoy bringing their own re-usable bottles filled with either tap or filtered water, reducing plastic consumption. And most homes contain refrigerators that have filtered water and ice so there is no need to purchase bottled water any longer.
However, in Europe, it’s not as safe to drink the tap water and therefore bottled water is the only option. From personal experience when I lived in Europe for 5 months, I know it can be a hassle carrying large packages of water, or even the oversized single bottles. They are awkward and heavy, and overall annoying to carry.
Taking this into consideration, Evian-a France based bottled water company has created the “Smartdrop”, which is web-enabled magnet that allows you to schedule delivery of bottled water to your home. Talk about convenience! They are now considering adding a smart phone app that will do the same to make it easier for consumers to order. Pretty snazzy.
The main focus of this creation was to put an end to carrying the heavy bottles yourself. Instead, have it delivered, and they are hoping this will in the end produce a higher rate of consumption. J’aime l’eau !
Posted by Tattletech on Jun 13, 2012 in Apps
, Bad things
, guest blog
, Mobile apps
The following is a guest post by new Tattletech blogger, James McKenna.
Here’s a pretty fantastic scenario that I encountered recently that should set this piece up nicely. While sitting at an Upper West Side bar about two weeks ago with a friend, chatting about God-knows-what, I got a tap on my shoulder. Turning to what I assumed to be a co-worker, I found myself instead staring at some relatively attractive female in her mid-twenties. Through the confusion, I was able to mutter out “can I help you?” to the sheepish woman in front of me. Her response is one I will not soon forget, as it ushered in a new era of social media for myself and forever changed how I thought about networking.
“James right? I saw you on Highlight, you totally owe me a drink.”
For those of you unaware of what Highlight (highlig.ht) is, it is a social networking app for the iPhone (and currently hiring designers for Android) that runs in the background of your phone, quietly snagging information as you wander aimlessly around your city. The premise is simple enough, if two people are close to each other, Highlight then informs them that so-and-so is near you. It then will go on to list attached social networking profiles, pictures, things in common (based off Facebook “likes”) and how many times said person has been near you, offering up a message section and even a status update area they call a blurb. Mine just so happened to say playfully at the time, “Come say Hi! Drinks are on me!”, assuming no one would ever take the bait. I was dead wrong.
This, for me, introduced the concept of what Im going to enjoyably call a “stalker app.”
They have been silently appearing in droves via the app store and quite possibly integrating themselves into applications you know and love to begin with via software updates. Unlike check-in based services like Foursquare & Facebook Places, these “stalker” apps (depending on if your location services are turned on for your phone) use your 3G & gps signals to determine not only who’s around you, but compares your user information for compatibility. In other words, your phone knows who you are going to like better than you do.
The best part to all of this is it is slowly not applying to just to “hey, you could be friends with this person” demographic. Many well-known dating sites are picking up the trend too with the most popular being OkCupid’s “locals section” and the ever-infamous GrindR – both being strictly for location-based meet-up/hookups. Hell, even those annoying-as-all-hell advertisements for Badoo link to a mobile app that is based off a PAID dating service. The apps seem more like a well-oiled Craigslist “casual encounters” section than anything else.
Maybe the most well known company behind this and maybe the reason it all started is the one whose app store most of these gleefully occupy, Apple. With the introduction of the iOS 5, they brought to light an app entitled “Find My Friends,” an app solely dedicated to … well, stalking actually. It’s a little bit more intricate than I am making it seem, as you have to confirm/deny people who can literally follow you and you can set many parameters to how you are found … but the end result is the same. You can be tracked by anyone following you at any time. Go ahead, type it into google … as of now, there is a posting on the first page about how it has already ruined a marriage. Read that again if you must, an app RUINED A MARRIAGE.
This trend, however, will press on and as faithful social networkers we must press on with it. It’s a brand new frontier of being in-your-face and the more I think about it, the more I don’t mind it. Not to go all “nerd-core” on everyone but I believe it was Spider Man’s Uncle Ben that said “with great power comes great responsibility.” This is all a shining example of that statement. If anything, this post is trying to convey is that you need to be knowledgeable about what you are signing up for and how it is used. Yes, this all can have a very bad ending attached to it, but it really depends on who the authors are. The people using these apps have a responsibility to make sure they are used within reason. People, dont be a mark and just have fun with this and always ask the question “would I be super creeped out by this?”. If the answer is yes, walk away slowly … go back to an AOL chat room or something.
Untill then, have fun buying drinks for people cyber stalking you. Hey, at least she was cute…
You can follow James McKenna on Twitter @chillhartman