Yes, technology is great. But it can sometimes let us down. In the worst ways.
A woman in Colorado was on her way to the airport in Denver to pick up her husband. She came across an accident along the way. Traffic was tied up indefinitely. She wanted to be on time for her husband’s flight. What did she do? She relied on Google Maps to help with a detour around the accident to get to the airport. Something many of us have done.
Unfortunately, this time didn’t pan out for this woman. She was led to a dirt road. A dirt road that had gotten pretty muddy from recent rain storms. She wasn’t the only one. She found there were about a hundred people who also took the same detour. Some people got stuck and she ended up with 2 other people in her car.
$250 for $1,932 worth of tech! So the Victor crew came across this YouTube video of someone opening up 2 boxes filled with tech returns to Amazon. It shows him unboxing 2 big boxes of tech products from Bluetooth speakers, earbuds, headphones, car speakers, and a lot of other miscellaneous products. Some of the items were clearly used and ready for the trash but some could be resold on eBay or Craig’s list. Some items were worth more than the $250 he spent on it.
So we were wondering how to purchase something like this. It turns out there are liquidators that get these types of items and sell them to people that go back and resell them again (even on Amazon). (See links below for more info.)
It’s a few years old now, but if you haven’t had the chance to see it, The Internship is quite entertaining. It costars Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn as two washed up salesmen, who lost their jobs to the digital world, trying to figure out a new career path. They decide to try for an internship at Google.
So here are two guys in their mid-forties trying to land an internship against a bunch of 20-somethings. To them it was like having their dads with them. What makes it even more interesting is their lack of tech-savviness against the younger generation but they do bring their life experiences. You will see some Google products in the credits such as Google Drive, Translate, Google+, and more.
It seems there are a bunch of different lists of gift-giving this year. If you are giving tech this year, here are a few lists the Victor crew found on the web:
CNN Tech – this has a short video that shows different tech available along with some tips for different types of tech.
The Inquirer – features a list for the gamer and gadget fan in your life.
CNet – video of the top 5 gadget gifts under $100.
Popular Mechanics – has a gallery of top picks for this season’s gift giving.
Here is a new charger out called Zolt, that is more compact and can charge up to 3 devices at a time. This gadget is about the size of a pill bottle. It plugs into an outlet, has a 6-foot cord that can rotate in the outlet. It has three USB ports. The cord wraps neatly around itself when not in use.
If you go to their site, you can check all your devices before purchases to see if it is compatible with them.
The price for this convenience? $99.99. It will be available starting November 17, 2015. Something to add to your Christmas list.
As a tech lover, I wondered what kind of tech was out there for the kitchen now that people are baking for the holidays. So I wandered over to Williams-Sonoma.com and looked to see what they had for tech lovers. Wouldn’t you know it, they had a list of “Gifts by Recipient” and sure enough there was a “Techie” page listed.
Here are a few of the products listed on the “Techie” page:
Williams-Sonoma smart thermometer listed at $149.95. So why so expensive for a thermometer? Well it has Wi-Fi connectivity and through their app for iOS, you can stay posted on the cooking details. It can estimate how much time is left, you can create alerts. Nice!
There are various stands and covers for your iPad so you use an online (or local) recipe on your counter. There are other gadgets to help make your cooking experiences easier. Be sure to check out the page!
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
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:
Jody Victor® found out what CNN Tech picked for the top tech stories of 2012:
- Microsoft Windows 8 – a complete overhaul of how Windows works.
- 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.
- Live-tweeting war – Israeli military tweeted updates in a conflict with Palestinian forces in Gaza.
- iPhone 5 and the Apple Maps debaucle – Apple developed their own map app while dropping the Google Maps app.
- Apple vs. Samsung – Apple accused Samsung of infringing on their patents which ended in a trial. The jury decided in Apple’s favor.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Mid-sized tables become popular – Apple’s iPad Mini, and similar-sized devices from Google and Amazon.
- Nintendo offers Wii U – Wii U has a touchscreen tablet controller called a GamePad that communicates with the main console.
- Yahoo hires Marissa Mayer – The day she was hired, she announced her pregnancy. Stock has risen $4 a share since her hiring was announced.
- Tech and the presidential election – President Obama used Google Plus and Reddit to respond with voters.
Thanks for finding this, Jody.
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…