Saturday, May 18, 2013
These last few weeks have been absolutely nuts with school events, prepping for our annual Memorial Day camping/fishing trip. I have only been able to post these Six on Saturday posts. It will be my focus to get back to regular posting. There are some pretty cool things that I have found this past week, but have fallen behind in my feed, at one point I had more than 2,000 unread articles...yes, I flirted with the mark all categories read button a few times, but managed to at least glance at them all. Here are my favorites of the week:
1. What...not really a favorite, but worth mentioning
Up until a month ago, I had a dumb/not so smart feature phone. I frequently used services on the web via SMS. Google had quite a few services integrated with SMS messages. Here are two I actually used all of the time, Google Calendar and Google SMS. It was a way I could search or keep track of things on the go without paying a small fortune in data costs to my mobile carrier. Those two services have come to an end. Google killed them both. The tech community states, it is another small way that Google is forcing their market share in Android world as mentioned here via John Fingas on engagdget.
2. It would not be a S.O.S(Six on Saturday) if I didn't mention Google Glass...yes, I am infatuated with this beta product. It was found over on The Verge, it was posted and produced by Ross Miller. Here is the video:
If you can't see the video, the original post is here.
3. Here is great tip for any of you DIY Warriors that follow my blog, from Lifehacker by Shep Mcallister. It is a simple way to use something that gets thrown out for storing a tool that most any DIY'er has. Here is the article: http://goo.gl/3kZp3
4. A local favorite, is an application for iOS and Android, it's from our ISP, Armstrong Cable Company. It's a bit basic, you can view your bill, check voice mail and get notifications regarding your account, and of course I feel it needs a little more work, On Demand on the go would be amazing. A guy can dream, right?? Maybe they are listening... It originated over at Followthewire, where you can find more great articles regarding what the ISP offers. Here is the direct link to the article: http://goo.gl/QXnMI and here is a screen shot of the app on my tablet.
5. This article comes to us from Phandroid, It's a great list of Android apps for managing your to-do, tasks and checklists. I am currently using todo.txt, but will be looking at some of these other ones as well. Here is the article: http://goo.gl/SSwcP
6. My final link for this week was found on techcrunch.com written by Sarah Perex, it is for Google Drive users. It highlights a new "Save To Drive" button on websites making saving files even easier. Here is the link: http://goo.gl/MqxCw
Now back to working on these:
our camper and boat. I can't wait to go camping!!
Thanks for visiting the blog and have a great weekend!!
Good Saturday Morning.
This weeks Six on Saturday will begin at number one of course, with an article coming from Thorin Klosowski over at Lifehacker.com. This Article It touches on some Chrome apps that are not so popular, but are worthy of giving them a try. My favorite from the list is Write Space, it is just what it states, a space to write. I use it to write up my blog posts before I even go to my blog publishing software. It is clean and clutter free. http://goo.gl/6gLMG
Second up is another article talking about Google Glass, via Matt Asay over at ReadWrite.com. It mentions that Google glass is too much Google. I understand where Matt is coming from, but also see Gina Trapani's point of view, when she mentioned, pictures she has captured of her child would never be possible with a typical camera. I just recently got a new smart phone with Google Now installed on it, and I actually like the interaction it provides as it is constantly trying to be step ahead of me. The ah-ha moment for me with Now, was when it prompted me to leave if I wanted to be on time when Brenda's flight returned to Pittsburgh's International Airport. It new the route and saw that traffic was slowing because of an accident. It's all a little creepy that it knew I needed to be there, but cool at the same time. Glass will just be an extension of Now on your phone but will be in your vision. It will be interesting to see how Google moves forward with this beta program. Go check out the article: http://goo.gl/QyNKS
Up in the third position, is some cool ideas on how to organize the workbenches in our lives. This article is another one that originates over at Lifehacker.com, this time around it's written by Michael Colombo. I know my workbench has never evolved past a pile of stuff, that I say I need to get to...someday. I am a scavenger, and always keep things that may work in another applications, but with that I have to constantly purge through the piles or bins of stuff. If only, I had a larger garage?!#$? Brenda will laugh at that last statement. In this article there are several great tips to help with my mess, that I intend on using. http://goo.gl/Fm6Rn
Fourth on the list we have an intentional #Fail. This article was pulled from Engadget.com posted/written by Sean Buckley. In this article is a cool video of an parachute intentionally failing during a test flight of the Orion spacecraft. Go check out the video: http://goo.gl/psd4p
Five brings us smart phones that not only send satellite images from space, but also orbiting as the satellite. This short article with several interesting links was written by Carl Franzen over at TheVerge.com. I love geeky articles like this: http://goo.gl/DYksV
My sixth article is from Jon Fingus, via Engadget.com. Yes, it is another Google Glass article, but it's another cool application for this wearable device. Go check out the video posted within the article: http://goo.gl/uOgRX
Thanks for reading this week's SOS, have a great weekend!
Saturday, May 04, 2013
This is the start of a new category of posts, Six on Saturday. It will simply be a post including six links of stories I found interesting throughout the week. Enjoy!
First in this weeks six, comes from Engadget. It is an article discussing what may be the next generation of camera packages packed inside of smartphones in the near future. It looks interesting and maybe even promising. http://goo.gl/6yR16
This second link originates via The Verge. Yes, someone has not only contemplated creating bionic ear, but has created one. http://goo.gl/phoJu Cool and kind of creepy at the same time.
Link number three really takes me back to when I raced remote control cars. Yes, I competitively raced R/C cars, and I loved every minute of it. You bought a kit, built the car, customized it if you had the cash to, and raced to the checkered flag!! This article originates from Car and Driver's Blog, and it highlights a gentleman that custom builds an actual v-8 for a remote control car. http://goo.gl/Fcyj7
Google glass finds it's place at number four. This video is from Project Glass on YouTube I have been following much of the chatter regarding the new wearable technology. I really like what I see in this How-To video. I probably won't be able to afford a pair, and I really don't want to be called a glass-hole for wearing them. Go check the video out and tell me what you think in the comments below. http://goo.gl/wmy59
Vine lands at number five via PhanDroid. If you don't know what it is, you may not be on the Apple iOS platform or you simply don't care. I got acquainted with it while using an iPod. I made a vine, here and here. It currently is a iOS only app that allows a user to make a six second video and share it on social networks. Vine is coming to the Android platform soon. http://goo.gl/5On2A
For the final position, at Six...coming straight from Cnet, Google adds remote desktop to Hangouts in Google+. I have yet to utilize the Hangout feature in Google+, but this may be a valid way to provide some FTS (Family Tech Support). I plan on testing this out in the near future. http://goo.gl/dtX4K
So there you have it, Six on Saturday.
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