Posted by Tattletech on Mar 14, 2013 in Clutch
, Cool stuff
, New things
Google: It’s an essential part of most people’s everyday lives. And lately, any article written is about “Google Glasses”-too bad I wrote about them last year… But it’s all the hype recently and people are gobbling up all the gossip.
Well do I have news for you! Spread the word: Google is working on a “talking shoe”. But is it a step in the right direction? It seems Google is teaming up with YesYesNo to create the ultimate personal trainer. Of course we’re all aware that there are many fitness apps and watches that act as personal trainers… but a shoe? Talk about taking a walk on the wild side.
Still at a concept idea, it’s a chip that is attached to the outside of your shoe and a small speaker of some sort which encourages you to keep going or better yet start doing something. Just like anything that is related to Google, it’s smart. It makes comments about “feeling the wind in my laces” and “what are you a statue? Get moving!”. Talk about a wise ass…I mean wise shoe.
The shoe also contains an accelerometer, gyroscope and uses Bluetooth connectivity and can even share your activity with friends. Of course it does, it’s a social media guru shoe.
I think my favorite part about this shoe is that it’s sarcastic and makes you talk back to it. As if talking on a Bluetooth headphone isn’t weird enough these days (because it looks like you are talking to yourself) now we’ll be talking to a shoe instead.
Posted by Tattletech on Mar 11, 2013 in Monday Jumpstart
“To achieve really great things you need a plan and not enough time.”
- Leonard Bernstein
I must admit, I love my iPhone 5. It’s fast, I have a cool case, and it always fits perfectly in my purse compartments. I’ve never even thought about purchasing an Android or an HTC phone because I’ve always enjoyed the iPhone and I am satisfied until they introduce the next best thing in the market…then I purchase that.
However, that logic may be shot to the ground. I recently discovered that the Samsung Galaxy S4 which is set to release next month has a wicked cool feature that I didn’t even know existed. Yet it’s 2013, and anything can happen these days.
Let me describe a situation so you can envision how this new feature will work. You’re sitting on the subway after a long day at work. You want to check your emails one last time before you put your phone away. You also have a coffee in your hands and a brief case on your lap, so it’s hard to use your finger to scroll down to read the complete email. We’ve all been in this situation right? It’s annoying, and you just wish the phone knew when to keep scrolling instead of manually doing it. Well, like I always say, there’s always a solution to our tedious problems.
So rumor has it that the Samsung Galaxy S4 will in fact contain a feature known as “eye scrolling”. It will detect when your eyes have reached the bottom and then continue to scroll for you-hands free. Three words: genius, genius and genius.
Posted by Tattletech on Mar 4, 2013 in Monday Jumpstart
Intelligence is not to make no mistakes, but to see quickly how to make them good.
Posted by Tattletech on Feb 18, 2013 in Monday Jumpstart
“Your mind is not a cage. It’s a garden. And it requires cultivating.”
— Libba Bray
Posted by Tattletech on Feb 14, 2013 in Apps
, Mobile apps
Who doesn’t love a nice relaxing day off on the weekend to just do absolutely nothing? On a Friday night after work, lie down and watch TV…passing out without setting an alarm to go off in the morning. But since it’s 2013 and people obsess over social media-it seems there are certain people that are literally scared about “missing out” on a night out, and will become jealous when they see pictures of people out and about having fun. Clearly I found an app to cure that.
An app known as “CouchCachet” literally posts pictures of people you don’t know, and posts updates of things you’re not doing…just to make it look like you are having an adventurous night out-when in reality you are in a snuggie munching on a bag of Doritos.
Well, my mom taught me to never lie, so I don’t know if I’ll be downloading this app anytime soon. I also don’t have facebook, foursquare or instagram so I never know what other people are up to. But if you are one of those people that fear people will think you’re a loser if you stay in, this app is perfect for you!
Quoted from the website to this blog post…”CouchCachet finds the coolest parties in your neighborhood, and automatically checks you in on Foursquare so all your friends can be super jealous of how awesome you are. Plus it will tweet all the right lyrics from the right indie rock bands, post amazing images of young 20-somethings in skinny jeans from instagram and wax poetic about that perfect local, organic, microbrew that everyone’s drinking. You won’t be cooler, but you will seem that way.”
This all seems a bit over the top- but we live in a world where people worry about what others think of them, so I’m sure this app will be popular in no time! As for me, I’m going to go tweet that I’m eating Doritos in a snuggie and be proud of it.
Posted by Tattletech on Feb 5, 2013 in Fif-TECH-teen
Hey Tattletech readers, my name is Sean Edwards. You may remember me from early last year when I used to go by the name of “Fiftechteen”. From time to time I ranted and gave my personal opinion and point of view on technology. A lot has changed since then, as I am now sixteen, I can’t go by the name of “Fif-TECH-teen” but I’ve decided to return once again to talk about technology from a teen’s point of view.
I know a lot of you have already used or tested Windows 8 since its release in October, but here is what I think.
During the Christmas holiday, I was fortunate enough to make a big switch from Windows 7 to Mac, although my younger sister decided to upgrade to Windows 8. I couldn’t help but try and explore Windows 8 after hearing so much about it on TV and from my friends.
Although I had heard so much about this operating system, I had never had the opportunity to actually use it. At first glance I was struck by the new look and the vibrant colours on the screen – it just looked very inviting.
I soon thought differently when I had the opportunity to give my sister’s laptop a go. I still loved the colour scheme but the start menu just became way too confusing. So I decided to set my parents to a challenge of navigating round the start menu. They found this to be really difficult and admitted to me that they would not be confident to use the menu without guidance from a younger person. In fact the statement was made that Windows 8 was a lot more un-user friendly than previous editions that they were familiar with.
I also didn’t like the fact that it came with unnecessary applications such as Netflix, Ebay and Amazon which, in my opinion, are only used for targeted advertising and make the start menu very clogged up and confusing. I feel that this is an issue Microsoft has had for a while; I can’t help but notice that since Vista the amount of annoying, “in your face” apps have been a progression.
I mean, c’mon who needs a Netflix logo staring at them everytime they start their computer?
It’s possible to download the Windows 8 upgrade for the little price of around £40, but I still think that the hardware is the best part about it. I love the new look of all of the new laptops and notebooks running Windows 8 and that is probably the only reason I would buy one.
Unfortunately, I highly doubt I would purchase the upgrade or a new Windows 8 machine based only on the software. But I have to say that the new Windows phones look stunning and I would really like to use one.
Whether you agree or not, I would love to hear from you.
Follow me on twitter: @seanedwards_
Posted by Tattletech on Feb 4, 2013 in Monday Jumpstart
“I do not exist to impress the world. I exist to live my life in a way that will make me happy.”
|| Illusions, Richard Bach
Posted by Tattletech on Jan 31, 2013 in Clutch
, Cool stuff
, Good things
I’ve written about the Invisible Helmet which was chic and fashionable, but this helmet is all about being practical. Helmets are usually bulky and inconvenient to lug around and not easy to store because they are so awkwardly shaped. It’s just an object that people accept being annoying…however, there’s always a solution for annoying things, which is why I introduce you to the Overade Collapsible Helmet.
Not only does this helmet save space, but it even fits in your purse or briefcase. If you’re a city gal like me, you’ll appreciate this invention because we all know closets are valuable space, and a hook used to hold a helmet can now be used to hold a new coat…who doesn’t love that?
Coming in at a hefty price of $97, it’s still cheaper than the hospital bill you’ll get when you crash your bike not wearing a helmet! So I’d say, the money is worth it.