Have you ever tried to use a GPS while on a motorcycle?

If you have, you know it’s nearly impossible. The screen is hard to see in sunlight, you’d have to take your eyes off the road to look at it or keep pulling over. It’s hard to hear what it is saying. These are just a few of the problems.

LiveMap, a Russian company, has been working on a helmet with built-in GPS for the past 5 years. It is Android-based and 4-G. It uses voice technology. Battery should last a full day. They have several prototypes working now.

Price will be $2000. (Early birds $1500.)

Read more about it here.

~ Jody Victor

What’s a good tech gift for Father’s Day?

With Father’s Day just around the corner, we found some top picks for your dad.

Under $100 From Cnet:

  • Roku 3 – Has more than 750 channels including Netflix, Amazon Instant, Hulu Plus, Pandora, MLB.TV, Vudu.
  • Apple TV – If your dad is an Apple person, this would be the better choice – it has most of the same things as Roku 3 but will also stream from iTunes.
  • Seagate Backup Plus – a USB drive that lets dad drag and drop up to 1 TB of data.
  • Logitech Harmony 650 universal remote – Program on the web to control up to 5 devices at once. A good gift for a couch potato.
  • Dayton Audio B652 bookshelf speakers – They sound great for the low price.
  • Amazon Kindle 2012 – At just $69 this has a long-lasting battery and paperlike screen.
  • Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch (2011) – This offers a touch screen, expansion slot for more memory, long battery life, wi-fi access at Barnes & Noble stores.
  • Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K760 – This will work with Apple Mac, iPad and iPhone and switch among the devices.
  • JBL Flip Bluetooth speaker – compact in design, can be used vertically or horizonatally, has speakerphone capabilities.

For more gift ideas check out:

~ Jody Victor

See what’s coming to streaming radio

A few of the most popular online radio services are Pandora, Slacker, and Spotify. There are a few others such as Songza, Soma.fm, and TuneIn. There is another one in the works tentatively called iRadio from Apple. It is speculated it will be unveiled next week at WWDC (Apple Worldwide Developers Conference June 10-14.) What will make iRadio different from Pandora is its integration with iTunes making it easy for someone to purchase a song they like. Like Pandora, there will be a free ad-driven version and a paid ad-free version.

~ Jody Victor

How smart is your house?

Last week’s episode of Apprentice featured some innovations from LG Electronics. The celebrities had to come up with commercials for their smart appliances. It starts with the LG Intuition: part cell phone, part tablet, part e-reader. Through this you can control your kitchen. The refrigerator can keep track of the food you have, expiration dates, help with grocery lists, and even give you recipes with the ingredients you have on hand. You can also keep track of the timing on your laundry, oven temperatures etc. This is worth looking into!
~ Jody Victor

Ever wonder what the very first website was?

Well, Jody, according to mashable.com, CERN – the people responsible for web standards has found a 1992 copy of their site. You can view it at its original URL. They are trying to find an earlier version from their very first site in 1991. In April 1993, they made the WWW technology available royalty-free.

Other beginnings:
See an article by Business Insider showing what 14 popular websites looked like when they first launched in comparison to now.

Happy Earth Day, Jody Victor!

Since today is Earth Day, below are some “green” tips.

Recycle your old smartphone:

Ideas for utilizing tech and staying green:

See how companies are being green or making it easier for you to be green

New news in tech this week

So here are some links to some articles and items new in tech this week:

Microsoft has new 2-step verification process for Microsoft accounts (formerly Windows Live ID), including SkyDrive, Outlook.com, and Messenger.

Google Glass Explorer editions will be rolling out in early May. They should be available by the end of the year for under $1,500.

CGI iPhones video

Roku 3 came last month. Here is a new review.

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 is the Difference between Windows RT and Windows 8?

Some people have bought the Microsoft Surface tablet thinking they were getting Windows 8 when they really got Windows RT. So what’s the difference? Windows 8 is a full OS like you would have on any laptop or desktop. Windows RT is a mobile OS that works with apps rather than programs. If you want a full Office Suite on your tablet, then you want Windows 8, but if you can settle for an app, you can use Windows RT. Some other differences are price, size, weight, thickness, connectivity. You can find a full comparison chart here.

So depending on what you want to use a Surface tablet for, you can find the correct one to purchase.

~ Jody Victor

Do you use eBooks?

Here are some sites with tips of how to organize your eBook collection:

These are just several of the ideas out there for organizing your eBooks. Hope this helps.

~ Jody Victor

Here are some interesting websites

  • Wired.com – what is interesting is they have sections called GeekDad and GeekMom. Within those sections you will find bulletin boards, latest games, projects you can do with your kids, and much more. Check it out.
  • ThinkGeek – This site sells “stuff for the smart masses.”
  • Awsome Geek Stuff – This site is an “online geek catalogue.”
  • How-to Geek – This site is a source of how-to articles easy enough for beginners but useful also for geeks.
  • Mashable – “a leading source for news, information & resources for the Connected Generation.”

~ Jody Victor

Read about CNN Tech’s favorite Rules of the Internet

I was telling Jody about this article I ran across the other day on the internet called “Meet the Rules of the Internet“. They chose some of their favorites from different places (most are tongue-in-cheek.) They are as follows:

  • Nothing is Sacred. No exceptions
  • Anything you post will eventually become public.
  • Anything you post can and will be used against you.
  • If you post something epically stupid it will go viral.
  • Whatever viral thing you love today you will come to hate tomorrow.
  • However bizarre or obscure your interests, someone shares them.
  • There are facts on the internet if you know where to look.
  • Everything on the internet is free or will be soon.
  • Post pictures or it didn’t happen. (Photoshop is an amazing tool.)
  • If it exists, there is porn of it.
  • YOU SHOULD NEVER WRITE IN ALL CAPS.
  • Anything can be made better by adding cats … or babies.

Jody Victor® Found Gift Ideas for Your Valentine Techie

With Valentine’s Day just 3 days away, Jody was wondering what kind of gifts were out there for techies and geeks. There are some lists but this one was the nicest. Here is a sampling:

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.)

Hey Jody, What were the top tech stories for 2012?

Jody Victor® found out what CNN Tech picked for the top tech stories of 2012:

  1. Microsoft Windows 8 – a complete overhaul of how Windows works.
  2. SOPA backlash – (Stop Online Privacy Act) bills that would have restricted access to sites with pirated content and anyone associated with them including search engines, ads etc.
  3. Live-tweeting war – Israeli military tweeted updates in a conflict with Palestinian forces in Gaza.
  4. iPhone 5 and the Apple Maps debaucle – Apple developed their own map app while dropping the Google Maps app.
  5. Apple vs. Samsung – Apple accused Samsung of infringing on their patents which ended in a trial. The jury decided in Apple’s favor.
  6. Facebook’s IPO – The most anticipated IPO fell flat when it’s initial price was $38 (too high). The stock hit a low of $17.55 September 4.
  7. Instagram – Started out as an app, but when usage skyrocketed, Facebook bought it for $1 billion in cash and shares (later dropping to $735 million as Facebook shares dropped.
  8. Megaupload and Kim Dotcom – Kim Dotcom founder of Megaupload, a file-sharing company, had his various sites shut down by the F.B.I. for piracy.
  9. Mid-sized tables become popular – Apple’s iPad Mini, and similar-sized devices from Google and Amazon.
  10. Nintendo offers Wii U – Wii U has a touchscreen tablet controller called a GamePad that communicates with the main console.
  11. Yahoo hires Marissa Mayer – The day she was hired, she announced her pregnancy. Stock has risen $4 a share since her hiring was announced.
  12. Tech and the presidential election – President Obama used Google Plus and Reddit to respond with voters.

Thanks for finding this, Jody.

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® finds out what to do with old devices.

Jody wondered what to do with old devices or gadgets that are no longer in use when you get the latest next best thing?
Jody found there are a few sites that offer trade-ins and or recycling of old devices

Gazelle.com will buy Apple® products (Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod). How it works: Find your device or gadget, answer some simple questions. You will be sent a box with a shipping label if your item is worth at least $30. You choose how you want to be paid: Check, PayPal or Amazon.com gift card. After they receive it, they will check it out and pay you or revise the payment if it’s not in the condition you said it was.

Nextworth.com will buy iPhones, iPads, iPods, cell phones, cameras (point & shoot or DSLR), tablets, e-readers, GPS, laptops, calculators, tv series in Blu-Ray or DVD, video games, game consoles. How it works: Find your item. Print the pre-paid shipping label, pack the item, apply the label and give it to UPS. Once they receive the item, they make sure it is in the condition described and ask to allow up to 10 business days for inspection and payment initiation. Payment options are money transfer to your PayPal account, check or Target gift card.

BestBuy.com Trade-in center. Best Buy will take video consoles, mobile phones, computers, monitors, laptops, tablets, e-readers, mp3 players, cameras, camcorders, receivers, GPS, multimedia projectors, DVD or Blu-Ray players, movies, music, video games, and musical instruments. You can trade you item in online or take it to your local Best Buy store. You will receive a Best Buy gift card as payment. If your has no value, they will recycle it for free.

Jody hopes you found this helpful and will dispose of old electronic equipment properly.

Jody Victor® finds tools to simplify your life

Jody found a site with some great tools to make your time on your computer more productive.

Here are the highlights:

Jody hopes you will the time to read this article from LifeHacker.