Tuesday, September 09, 2014

TechTalk September 8

Andrew Thomas is in the house form www.digitalnexa.com and we are giving you a rundown on the latest and greatest in technology.

James even came off the fence with the iPhone 5.5 inch product, yes he will have one.

Here is the podcast to share.

Here are the show notes!

Andrew Thomas MD @ Nexa www.digitalnexa.com

App of the week

Snapp loyalty - used this over the weekend, based on qr code, very cool idea
Snapp is the region’s leading digital loyalty platform, allowing customers to earn points for purchases from their favorite venues directly on their phone.
Snapp gives business owners and marketing managers a simple yet sophisticated tool to establish, build & maintain authentic relationships with their loyal customers.

Hyper lapse for business
Instagram offered the following examples of brands using Hyperlapse in its blog post:
Behind the scenes: Flying through the narrow corridors of its New York office, @voguemagazine gives a sneak peek into the day-to-day world of an editor at a top fashion magazine. An employee at@burtonsnowboard captures a coworker heading into the skate park at its Vermont headquarters.
Products in the making: In a Hyperlapse of a ceramicist trimming a clay cup while it’s still on the pottery wheel, @shopmazama gives viewers a chance to appreciate the artistry and precision behind its hand-made homewares. @ohhappyday takes a playful approach to enlivening its storefront in San Francisco.
Services in motion: A @jetblue plane pulls away from a gate, reinforcing the airline’s message of on-time departures.
A unique vantage point: Diners probably wondered what was going on when the owners of@russanddaughters carried a ladder into their new cafe to capture their famous smoked salmon being sliced from above. A flight technician at @3drobotics mounted an iPhone to

Bluetooth-speaker manufacturer Jam Wireless Audio may have been one of the first brands to tap the newHyperlapse time-lapse video application from Instagram for marketing purposes, but it now has plenty of company, as the Facebook-owned photo- and video-sharing network shared some more examples in a post on the Instagram for

Not an App but way cool , online serial thriller!

A bad oil app!

th about 3.5 million tons of illegally reprocessed cooking oil returning to dinner tables each year, Chinese consumers are desperately looking for an easy way to help them determine if the oil they use is safe.
Baidu, China’s largest Internet search company, says it has found a way: chopsticks fitted with sensors that can be connected to a smartphone app to give users analyzed readings.

Facebook BEWARE of autoplay!

Some Facebook users have discovered that a feature of the social media site may be responsible for racking up unexpected charges on their mobile phone bills.
Simply perusing your News Feed on the Facebook mobile app on your phone can take a toll on data usage because the site's videos autoplay by default. Pause on a post with video, and it starts to play whether you clicked on it or not. However, Facebook says users can avoid that drain on their data consumption with just a few setting changes.


Photo-sharing service EyeEm wants to offer publishers an option somewhere in between Flickr and paid photo services, and it’s partnering with the Huffington Post to roll it out.
This week, EyeEm expanded its partnership with HuffPo, which previously consisted of the service’s competitive “Missions.” In addition to those time-based challenges, EyeEm userscan now see what kind of content HuffPo reporters are interested in and submit their work if they think it fits the bill. For those who think their own stories might interesting to the site, EyeEm has launched a “Huffington Post Stories” album that anyone can submit photos to with descriptions of the broader story they’d like to tell. The startup says it’ll monitor that album for cool tidbits and connect photographers with the publication when it finds something worth expanding into a longer blog post.

Part 2

Berlin Bans Uber!

IKEA catalogue - tongue in cheek

In an hilariously tongue-in-cheek video, IKEA has dramatically re-introduced to a deeply digitally entrenched world something that “changes the way we live, a device so simple and intuitive using it feels almost familiar.” What is this awesomeness? The 2015 IKEA catalog or, if you will, a “bookbook.” Yes, that’s right. A physical catalog.

With so many devices trying to connect to your wifi to send stuff we need a no router tool, and here it is!
Cyborg Unplug is a wireless anti-surveillance system for the home and workplace. 'Plug to Unplug', it detects and kicks devices known to pose a risk to personal privacy from your local wireless network, breaking uploads and streams. Detected devices currently include: Google Glass, Dropcam, small drones/copters, wireless 'spy' microphones and various other network-dependent surveillance devices.

Cyborg Unplug comes hot on the heels of glasshole.sh, a script written by Julian Oliver to detect and disconnect Google's Glass device from a locally owned and administered network. Following broad coverage in the press, the script struck a chord with countless people all over the world that felt either frustrated or threatened by the growing use and abuse of covert, camera-enabled computer technology.

New snapchat feature - our story. Amazing for live events

Snapchat has just updated its app with a brand new Live section that will incorporate Our Story into everyone’s feed, regardless of location. Our Story is a Snapchat product that lets users contribute snaps to a single Story (or, thread of snaps) from a single event.
The product first launched back at Electronic Daisy Carnival, and then went on to Rio, Outside Lands, and Lollapalooza. The reaction was great and users contributed over 350 hours of snaps over the course of those events.
Today, the feature is going Live (if you will) for all users, letting them “experience Stories contributed by the Snapchat community at all sorts of events [...] around the world,” according to the official blog post.

Part 3

Apple, Apple, Apple

Samsung, Sony, Motorola gear up for a fight with apple!

New vr headset from samsung

Samsung is venturing boldly into the world of virtual reality, but not without one of its trusty smartphones strapped along for the ride. The company today introduced the Samsung Gear VR, a headset that plugs into the Galaxy Note 4 to create a virtual reality experience not unlike that of the Oculus Rift.
The Gear VR itself is filled with various sensors, while the processor and the battery of the Galaxy Note 4 handle all the heavy lifting. After removing the visor, users can plug in their Galaxy Note 4 into the device and the 2k display will take over.
Samsung is tapping Oculus to power the device, which uses Oculus’ VR store to give users access to content. The Gear VR will also be able to give users access to concerts, 360 degree tours of cities and locations, among other things.

Google buys cloud based visual effects rendering firm!

ogle beefed up its cloud-computing platform Tuesday by acquiring Zync Inc., a Boston-based firm that specializes in visual effects rendering through the Internet.
In the visual effects industry, rendering is the process of taking computer generated 3-D models and turning them into the realistic 2-D visuals that we see in movies. But rendering requires a lot of computing power, and as a result most visual effects companies build out entire "render farms" to create their scenes.

Part 4

KFC Leads the way! with computer stuff we need!

Apple back on design

Marc Newson will work under Apple’s Jony Ive, bringing serious design chops to what is already one of the most design-oriented companies in Silicon Valley.

We need these! 5 unique car gadgets!

TI-84 nice to learn about this 2004 device!

MOTO 360 Android watch, nice!

Just cool!

The cloud is here to stay!

It’s a fun thought experiment! Give it a try. Because what you’ll find is that leaving the cloud now is actually pretty hard. Maybe I’m an edge case, but the number of things I currently have stored online – on far-flung servers, in whole or in part – include: my e-mails, instant messages, contacts, music, browsing history and bookmarks, interview recordings and transcripts, article drafts and research, passwords, instant messages, every photo I’ve ever taken with my phone or DSLR, my family’s home movies, books, video games, movies, television shows, and that’s just the preliminary list of things I came up with during a few minutes idle thought, not counting all my phone and laptop backups that include all of this and more.

Google aims to create accounts for kids under 13!

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