Friday, May 29, 2015

Google introduces ‘Jump,’ a camera rig implemention for taking VR video

Yesterday's Google I/O event further put a vision of the realty in the future (VR or Virtual Reality).

YouTube is great.  How do you make it better?  Jump and Go Pro 360.  Coming summer of 2015.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Google introduces Photos app with unlimited photo and video syncing on Android, iOS, and the web

"Google’s Photos service will store unlimited photos and videos, maintaining quality up to 16MP and 1080p, for free on all your devices. Photos is available starting today on Android, iOS, and the web.

Google I/O 2015 - extended in Lenoir NC (Charlotte and Raleigh too)

Google has a data center in Lenoir, NC which hosted a 'Google I/O 2015' extended event to preview what is coming from Google in the future.

Extended events concurrently occurred throughout the world (as seen on the image below).


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

U.S. pushes pedal on car-to-car communication

It is something that we believe can have a huge impact on preventing accidents from ever happening – and in helping us eventually produce a car that can drive itself better than a human can.
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx

Monday, May 25, 2015

Sunday, May 24, 2015

7 Skills of Extraordinarily Likable People

A summary of the 7:

  1. Lose the power pose.
  2. Embrace the power of touch.
  3. Whip out your social jui-jitsu.
  4. Whit out something genuine.
  5. Don't ask for anything.
  6. "Close" genuinely.
  7. Accept the fact it won't be easy.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Fo' shizzle: Scrabble stays dench and not ridic with obvs new words

These appears to be condensed words from a lot of texting.  :)
  • obvs (obviously)
  • ridic (ridiculous)
  • lolz (laughs)
  • shizzle (form of U.S. rap slang)
  • cakehole (mouth)
  • dench (excellent).

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Toon Camera for very special selfies

Ok, I'm a big guy; but I'm also a big fan of recreational cycling.  

Use this photography tool to make fun cartoon images for your digital life.

Here's my toon:

Thank you Paul for sharing this cool iPhone photography app during the AB Tech iPhone class.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

3 ways to embrace fear so you can have greater success

These are true!

  1. Fear is universal
  2. Embrace fear as a doorway to comfort and success
  3. See fear as a tool

Bunker ring, a smart accessory for you smartphone

Why is the bunker ring a smart iPhone accessory?

  1. Larger smart phones are slightly harder to grasp.  With this ring attached to the back of your phone or phone case, you have a very secure hold of your phone.
  2. Put a lanyard with it and you can easily wear your phone around your neck.
  3. Stand-up your phone with this accessory.
  4. Pivot the ring flat against the phone when not is use.
  5. Many options available on Amazon.

Very cool Andrea!  Thank you for sharing during the AB Tech iPhone class.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Are you guilty of these 5 bad-writing habits?

Guilty here (sometimes).  :)
  1. More Than One Exclamation Point 
  2. The Uberlong Paragraph
  3. Buzzwords
  4. The Rambling Story
  5. Vague Language

Hundreds of dollars being stolen from Starbucks app users – weak/duplicated passwords blamed

A security message here - don't use the same password on more than 1 account.
"(Starbucks) blames the issue on customers using weak passwords – or using the same password for multiple sites and apps."

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Anything but perfect: Self-driving cars can’t escape fender-benders

What is your acceptance level of technology?

A chief selling point for Google’s self-driving cars is safety. Their cameras, radar and laser sensors give them a far more detailed understanding of their surroundings than humans have, the company says. Their reaction times also should be faster. Cars could be programmed to adjust if they sense a crash coming — move a few feet, tighten the seat belts, honk the horn or flash the lights in hope of alerting a distracted driver. A higher priority so far is teaching them to avoid causing a serious accident that could set public and political acceptance of the technology back years.

Passport Parking App - nice tool for parking in downtown Asheville, NC

Asheville Downtown parking and transit website indicates this smartphone app is available for meters to accept the Passport Parking App to payment by phone.

Forget Social Media! Build Your Very Own Website

"With Squarespace and Weebly, you can build the website of your dreams without knowing a line of code"

"My personal preference, a 'Google for Work Site' that ingrates with all of your digital media, not just social media."  +Marc Czarnecki

Nuvango skin - art on your mobile device

Nuvango - awesome skin art for you iPhone, iPad, laptop, and more.
Thank you Mark Klein for sharing this tip during last night's iPhone class!

Free Content Creation Tools & Resources

Need to keep your website or blog current?

Here are some great web technology tools to achieve your goals,

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Friday, May 8, 2015

Florida woman escapes hostage situation via Pizza Hut app

Glad to hear of a positive outcome with this unusual use of an app.

It’s just something she did so naturally. The boyfriend never knew about it until he saw us coming around the corner.
Police Lt. Curtis Ludden
I’ve been here 28 years and never, never seen nothing like that come through.

Pizza Hut manager Candy Hamilton


Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Like Apple? Like Netflix? Like streaming broadcast TV channels? Read more...

Apple has an opportunity to completely change TV if it uses this model.

#NepalEarthquake: Facebook, Google, Apple and more are using their wide-reaching Web Technology

Global stewardship!

But also a potential dark side?


  • Safety Check - individuals being marked as safe, but...
"There is a very slippery moral slope in determining what is a disaster, especially from the safe confines of Silicon Valley. I don’t feel comfortable leaving it up to Facebook to decide which disasters are worthy of social media support or not. I would much rather see the Safety Check feature managed or at least influenced by local Red Cross or Red Crescent organizations and government emergency response agencies.

Monday, May 4, 2015

11 Techy Mother's Day Gifts for Under $50 - Slideshow from

Which techie gift do you think your mom would appreciate the most?

  1. Wearable - activity tracker 
  2. Leather iPhone wrap case
  3. Selfie oil painting
  4. Credit-card sized phone charger
  5. Netflix gift card
  6. Custom photo iPhone case
  7. Blue light blocker / shield
  8. Streaming stick
  9. Audio book subscription
  10. 8-bit flower bouquet
  11. Wireless external media drive

Any other ideas?