So what’s so different about a Facebook phone?

Well, Jody, we found this article that explains it. It’s not really a “phone”. It’s not really an “os”. It’s not even really an “app”. It is more of a homepage to your phone. Right now when you unlock your phone, you are faced with maybe a clock, a widget, some apps, maybe all on wallpaper. With Facebook Home, you will see a Facebook interface with your friend feeds, some photos, or chat bubbles. Facebook Home replaces the lock screen and homescreen of your phone.

Facebook Home becomes available as a download through Google’s Play Store April 12. As of now, Facebook Home is exclusively for Android users. Sorry Windows and iOS users.

Past and Present April Fool’s technology pranks:

This year’s Google joke:
Google Nose Beta
YouTube shuts down

Past jokes From Google:
Google 8-bit Maps
Chrome Multitask Mode
Google NASCAR Racing
Google self-driving cars in NASCAR
Gmail Tap
Google Street Roo
The YouTube Collection
Go Ro
Google Fiber (bar)
Google Voice for Pets
Jargon-Bot
Interplanetary Reporting on Google Analytics
Google’s Canine Hiring Process

Past pranks from other places:
Warby Barker – Glasses for Dogs
Redfin 2-click House Purchase
ThinkGeek Examples:

~ Jody Victor

New App from Google: Google Keep

If you’re on the run and you need a quick note to yourself, then you can use Google Keep. Your notes are stored on your Google Drive and synced to all your devices. You can even speak your notes and they will be transcribed automatically. There a search to find what you’re looking for. You can delete the note when you are finished with it. Google Keep works with Android 4.0 and above.

~ Jody Victor

What does “Cloud” mean in computing?

Jody Victor®: Cloud computing to put it simply is having a repository for your data that you can access through all your devices, anytime, anywhere. Instead of saving to your computer, you save to a “cloud server”. There are many companies out there offering specialized clouds. They usually consist of a group of computers so there is load balancing of all the data.

There are clouds where you can store your music but they are tied to certain players and apps. Amazon and Apple iTunes are examples of these. There are also cloud players such as Pandora or Songza where you can play whatever genre music you want without actually owning it. You can play these through their website on your computer and/or download their app for your mobile device.

File cloud servers are places you can store all your documents and access through any of your devices anytime. You can search the internet for these – there are so many to choose from at different price points depending on the size you need.

What’s for Dinner?

That’s an age-old question, Jody. Here are some apps that may quench your appetite!

GrubTonight
Don’t know where to eat? Want to meet new people? This is the app for you! Spontaneously join a group in your area. Purchase a fixed-price dinner which includes your first drink, tax, and tip.

FoodSpotting
You take pictures of your food? Yeah you know you do. Upload them to FoodSpotting. Don’t know what you’re in the mood for? Then look at the food uploaded by other foodies like you. FoodSpotting is a visual guide to food in your area.

Forkly
This app allows you to upload your food pictures and you can rate the restaurants. (Think Yelp meets FoodSpotting.)

Jody Victor® finds out some interesting info from CES 2013

Jody found out the CES 2013 (International Consumer Electronics Show) was held last week (Jan 8-11) in Las Vegas, NV. This article tells how your smartphone will be a crucial element to connectivity in your home. Many newer gadgets and electronics are already capable of being run by an app on your smartphone.

PC World Magazine’s website also had an article on their site about the best of CES 2013. Jody: “Check it out.”

Jody Victor® talks about Pinterest

What is Pinterest you might ask? Jody Victor® wanted to know what it is. Here is what he found out:

Pinterest calls itself a “Virtual Pinboard“.

You can make a board and categorize the objects. You can have followers: people who like your pins may decide to follow you to track your pins. You can put an icon on the top of your browser and while surfing the web, you can click it on a page with a picture you like and you have a pin. You must be logged into Pinterest at the time to use it. If there’s a pin on someone else’s board that you like and want to put on yours, you can “repin” it. You can also “like” a pin.

Even counselors are using Pinterest according to this article in Wired, Jody Victor has found. Also there have been people that used it to plan a big event, like a wedding. You can pin the items that catch your eye so you don’t forget them.

Do you use Pinterest? Or do you think this is just something else that will eventually fade away? Jody thinks you should try it and find out…