Apple Free – iDevice Protection

 
I admitted in a recent post that I had yet to purchase an iPhone. While I got the occasional accolade, for the most part people snickered and belittled me for not yet entering the 21st century. Bear in mind I already had an iPad and an iPod and various other electronic  items that should have qualified me among the tech savvy, but most folks were faintly ashamed of me.
This weekend I got the darn iPhone. Of course I purchased the optional insurance from Apple, as I saw it, there was no choice. It was very expensive, but I have a daughter that we call “the Crusher”, so a discussion was not necessary. Well, I wish I had known about iSmart Protection, available nationwide, it offers the first ever family, group, small business and large organization plans at discounted prices. Best of all, it actually offers protection to people with UNLOCKED or Jailbroken iPhones who were previously unprotected. (woo-hoo)

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MyWeather.com – Weather gets Personal


Has anyone ever wondered about the weather reporting lately? Its gotten to a point in my neck of the woods that if the weatherman says its going to rain, I break out the sunglasses and tanning lotion. My 15 year old knee injury is a much better predictor of the weather than my local news. The weather at my house is quite different than at my parents, who live only 9 miles away, but they live in the valley.
Finally there is something different, MyWeather.com is changing the way folks receive and use weather information with a brand new, free app for  iPhone and Android devices and an app for the iPad will be available soon. MyWeather.com is the most precise compilation of weather information for customers anywhere in the world, MyWeather is six times more precise in providing location-specific weather conditions than its competitors and offers users completely personalized weather reports tailored for their lives, locations, and interests, whether they’re online or on the go.

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Charge your Cell Phone – With Sound


It happened again, I was 50 miles from home with a million things that needed to be done, when I got a flat tire, and my cell phone was dead. I didn’t have a charger, I was in the middle of nowhere, and I had to get to a dentist appointment AND I pick my daughter up at school. Why is it the phone never goes dead while I’m texting nonsense to my best friend in Minnesota?
Someday, days like today could be a distant memory, as electrical engineers in South Korea are currently working on a system that can convert everyday sound into energy, so imagine if you will, a world where cell phones can recharge themselves as people speak into them. The technology would also be able to harness background noise and music, to charge phones while they’re not being used.

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The Wave Jet – High Tech Hang Ten


Today was National “Take Your Child to Work” day, so here we sit, writing an article together. In actuality it was “Get your Stuff Done in Twice the Time it would Normally Take” day… but heres our spin on this thing anyway…
Delsie and I would like to introduce you to the Wave Jet, two battery-powered jets tucked into a surfboard that provides just about 20 pounds of thrust that can propel surfers at speeds of up to 12 mph, which is almost three times the average paddling speed, and so much more relaxing. The Wave Jet recharges easily, in a regular wall socket and it seems pretty safe, light and quiet. It also makes getting out to, and then catching up with the big ones, simply… awesome.

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Lawn Mowing with your iPhone 101


In case you missed it, Husqvarna has been in the robot lawn mowing business for quite a while now, we have been reporting on them for a few years already. Ahhh the pleasures of sitting in air conditioned comfort while the mower tackles your lawn all by itself.
It appears that the newest update to this idyllic scene, is that now you can be sitting in an air conditioned movie theater or lying on your favorite beach, because Husqvarna’s new iPhone app lets you mow the lawn without even being at home. Any Automower® robotic lawnmower equipped with a GPS Communication Unit (available separately) can be remotely started and stopped, as well as tracked on your iPhone screen. The app also has installation movies, a buying guide and FAQs, in case you’re considering a $5000.00+ lawnmower purchase.

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GoDigital to Deliver thousands of Hours of Movie & TV Programming to YouTube


 
GoDigital Media Group, a leading entertainment media distribution and marketing company, recently announced the upcoming delivery of up to 2,000 hours of movie and TV content to YouTube and I just can’t stop thinking about my iPad. This information comes directly after the announcement that YouTube is planning to add a channel based video experience to their site.
GoDigital President, Logan Mulvey says, “We’re thrilled to be a part of YouTube’s new channel based platform for feature length content, the move makes a lot of sense in the evolution of content distribution.”
GoDigital has already distributed thousands of hours of content in the digital space and shows no signs of slowing down. GoDigital uses the ContentBridge suite of digital supply chain management software to internally manage its content and automate its external packaging and deployment to retailers and publishers like YouTube.

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Popcornflix.com – 1000‘s of Free Movies Online


Popcornflix.com launched a few days ago and I already had a chance to check it out. Popcornflix is a new online digital platform that allows movie lovers to watch ton of fun movies for free online, anywhere in the U.S. The service will expand internationally in the coming months, and eventually almost everywhere movie viewing platforms are available, including web-enabled TVs, DVD players and set-top boxes.
Popcornflix.com made it easy to browse and select from hundreds of movies, including Comedy, Family, Drama, Horror, Spanish-language films, documentaries and more, all with a pretty easy user interface. Movie lovers can choose a movie by type, the name of an actor or director or simply by selecting a title from the latest in new arrivals, or you can search for all the films featuring your favorite star, but best of all, Popcornflix allows users to share films with friends and family by posting a link instantly to their Facebook or Twitter account. Cool.

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Tetris Link – From the Virtual World to Your Tabletop?


Having just left the crazy and chaotic word of the Toy Fair in NYC, I am still reeling from the experience. Not to mention the cost of parking. I would have to say that it was not the high tech world I envisioned, although there were some exceptions, the trend seems to lean toward, shall we say, more grounded play?
Enter Tetris Link, coming to you live from almost every gaming platform known to man, and in this case, when I say “live” I’m not talking the world wide web, or a handheld, I’m talking your dining room table. Thats right, Tetris has taken high tech and brought it back to the box. In an unusual move, we have found a game originally high tech, remember the green screen days? Now decidedly low tech. Not a battery or a plug in site.

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Starbucks has interactive touchscreens in front of their stores, for some reason

This is a shot of a front from a Starbucks in either Toronto and Vancouver. For some reason, Starbucks has decided to put some interactive screens on the front of their coffee shops in these cities.
I’m not certain why, but I’m sure that it is related to selling over-priced coffee. Anyway, there is a video after the jump which shows the set-up, which involves a vinyl screen, projector, and gesture controls.
I can’t really see what to do with these touchscreen displays except do some sort of silly game where you mix up some tea.

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