June 5th, 2014

In a time where journalism isn’t as popular as it once was, Watchup is a potential savior looking to reinvent video journalism. Watchup is a personalized daily newscast that considers user’s preferences, and then displays videos based of these preferences on its brilliantly designed newsfeed. Videos stream instantly, enabling users to surf the news seamlessly with the touch of a finger. 

The app developers realized that users often find themselves lacking the context needed to have an understanding of the news beyond the moving images. Watchup offer’s a solution to this issue by presenting users with related articles that can be read during or after a video is watched. 

Watchup is available for IOS devices and Android tablets.

March 20th, 2014

While technological advancements have taken us further than we could’ve ever imagined, our imaginations are still most comfortable with creating the old fashioned way. Ink pens flow through paper notebooks, brimming with ideas, until an overwhelming library of stacks towers over us in the corner. Keeping these ideas becomes burdensome. Finding them becomes nearly impossible. 

What if we could keep those ideas flowing, but store them neatly while keeping them easily accessible? You know, digitally? Well now you can with the Mod Notebook. Write just as you would, knowing every page can be fully scanned, digitized and uploaded into their app. 

Take note. The future has arrived.

(Source: NPR)

March 7th, 2014

Do you enjoy a nice glass of wine?  Well, if you have a smartphone and water, you’re just one step away from a miracle. 

Dubbed, “The Miracle Machine,” this device pairs itself with a complementary smartphone app complete with recipes and a timer to recreate one of history’s greatest occurrences. Simply follow the instructions and in three days, voila. Now it’s your turn to treat the masses.

The Miracle Machine won’t get you into heaven, but it will make life here on earth a bit better. 

(Source: TIME)

February 26th, 2014

Facebook remains determined to incorporate itself into every aspect of daily life and they’ve taken another huge leap forward with their recent acquisition of WhatsApp. The $19 billion exchange of cash and stock constitutes one of the largest purchases ever, which is particularly striking for a company whose revenue remains a mystery. 

WhatsApp is essentially a substitute for text messaging, charging only .99 cents a year, with no advertisments. Founded in 2009, it’s inherent appeal has drawn users by the millions, 450 million, to be exact. By comparison, Facebook had less than 150 million users in the same amount of time. 

While unclear exactly how WhatsApp will consolidate itself with Facebook, the certainty remains that this is a victory. It not only ensures the retention of a waining teen market, but will likely draw even more new users, keeping Facebook atop the social media mountain.

February 6th, 2014

Facebook continues to adjust to the competition with their latest feature, Facebook ‘Paper’. Similar to the popular Flipboard app, Paper is a fully customizable digital newspaper for consuming photos, stories and videos. However what distinguishes this app from the daily paper is the ability to pull from multiple sources. Don’t worry, the notable updates from your friends and their adorable children will still populate your feed, but their suggestions for news are replaced by an editorial staff, supported by analytics. ‘Headlines’ provides the day’s top stories, while ‘Flavor’ and ‘Exposure’ populate with food and photojournalism, respectively. 

Paper is informative and intuitive, with cleanly segmented browsing just a swipe away. For now, all Paper users will see the same stories, which presumably will cultivate more discussion on the native app. Download Paper, get reading and start talking.

February 3rd, 2014

On January 24, 2014, Apple celebrated “Thirty Years of Mac.” To commemorate the milestone, Apple released a 90-second video, which was shot completely on the iPhone 5S. Cinematographers used the i0S built-in Camera app and other film apps available in the App Store. 100 iPhones were used to shoot footage amounting in over 70 hours of footage. In one single day, across 15 separate locations around the world, Apple documented 45 stories sharing the remarkable things they do with the Mac and other Apple technology.

Happy Birthday, Mac! 

January 7th, 2014

Beauty on demand. Sound familiar? The new concierge app, StyleBee, allows women and men to schedule cosmetic appointments on the go. Women can make blowout, makeup, and/or face painting appointments at the drop of a dime, similar to the impromptu car service, Uber. Don’t worry guys, StyleBee has you covered too.  Men can make shaving appointments, and both men and women can make convenient haircut appointments between the hours of 7:30am and the last appointment starting at 10:30pm. StyleBee assures clients affordable luxury and star treatment. As of now, the newly launched service is only available in the Los Angeles area. 

StyleBee is available at Apple’s App store.

(Source: TechCrunch)

November 21st, 2013

FiftyThree, the maker of the popular iPad creativity app Paper, has released its first venture into hardware with their new stylus, Pencil.  The stylus is designed to work directly with the Paper app, and to give users more control when using the app. Pencil communicates with the app after a simple, two-second “kiss-to-pair” connection, syncing via Bluetooth.  

When connected, the app rejects palm movements against the tablet, allowing users to draw smoothly.  Users can also blend colors directly on the page using their fingers, or fix mistakes with Pencil’s eraser.  

Pencil is designed to work specifically with Paper, but it also works just as well as a stylus on other touchscreen devices.  The stylus is available in a walnut finish, made from sustainable hardwood ($59.95), as well as a more modern aluminum finish ($49.95), and is available for purchase in time for the holiday season. 

(Source: Fast Company)

November 19th, 2013

Capturing that perfect photo has never been more important since apps such as Instagram have hit the scene.  Enter the Panono Panoramic Ball Camera, essentially a ball that you toss up into the air, capturing a 360-degree spherical panoramic photo at its highest point. 

The Panono uses 36 perfectly timed cameras that capture every angle simultaneously thanks to a highly sensitive internal accelerometer that knows exactly when the ball has reached its highest point.  As soon as your camera ball takes a shot, the images are automatically downloaded to the Panono mobile app, allowing for instant viewing. The Panono can also be transfixed to a pole for more strategic photos.

The Panomo is set to retail for $600, but by preordering through their Indiegogo campaign early adopters can get a $100 discount.  

(Source: Gizmodo)

November 14th, 2013

In terms of innovation, 2013 is certainly going to end on a high note. The UK town of Milton Keynes is close to premiering a self-driving car. The town plans to replace its local buses and introduce 100 self-driving pods to run between the city’s central train station, shopping center, and office parks beginning in 2015. 

The 2 passenger pods will cost £2 per trip and can be reserved through a smartphone app.  They will be fully electric, with motors mounted at each wheel and charging handled by an inductive system set up along the route. A full rollout is expected in 2017.

(Source: Wired)

October 28th, 2013

JBL has released a new wireless Bluetooth speaker dubbed “Pulse” that reacts to music with programmable LED lights. The Pulse comes with five light schemes installed with more available via online download. Music is streamed via Bluetooth, and NFC enables quick pairing with compatible devices. The speaker is available for pre-order ahead of its expected release next month and will retail for $200.

(Source: selectism.com)

September 18th, 2013

It was only a matter of time before the wearable technology trend was applied to public transportation.  Two MIT students, Olivia Seow and Edward Tiong, have created Sesame Ring, a 3-D printed ring that also serves as a Boston MBTA CharlieCard through the compatible RFID chip.  Users can swipe the ring at a turnstile for easy entry to the train or refill it at a vending machine or online. 

The duo hopes to expand the idea into other cities and markets. They have exceeded their Kickstarter goal of $5,000 by raising over $19,000.  

(Source: fastcodesign.com)

September 13th, 2013

Love video games, but never had the opportunity to create your own from scratch? Insert Pixel Press, an app that allows users to draw their own video game. Yes, you read that correctly. 

The Pixel Press app removes the hardest part of interactive storytelling, which is writing the code that creates the most intricate and detailed levels possible. You only need the bare essentials to create your adventure: a computer, a printer (to print out the Pixel Press sketch sheet and instructions), a pencil, an eraser, ruler and an Android or iOS device. 

Pixel Press starts out with a blueprint that allows users to create and shape levels with terrain, hazards, power ups and portals. By simply taking a snapshot of your sketch, you have the power to design your level on the Pixel Press app with graphics, music, character animations and sound effects. 

After drawing and testing your game, you can upload your level to the Pixel Press community to share with gamers and designers around the world. Pixel Press will be available on iOS in December 2013 and Android Mid-2014. 

(Source: projectpixelpress.com)

September 5th, 2013

If you thought hacking was bad for technology, think again. 

Just ask robotics engineer Taylor Alexander, whose months of hacking and re-writing an android app may change wireless connectivity, as we know it. Flutter is an alternative to Wi-Fi that can cover 100 times as great an area, with a range of 3,200 feet, using relatively little power, and is either the future of the way that all our connected devices will talk to each other or a reasonable prototype for it. Flutter radio also sits at a reasonable price of $20.

Alexander started building robots when he was 15. His goal is to make nearly every device in the modern household Wi-Fi enabled. The “internet of things” is on the way, and Alexander and his Flutter team are working hard to allow products to communicate with each other across the house, the neighborhood, and beyond.

(Source: qz.com)

August 26th, 2013

This is when technology really starts to blow our minds. Ikea is now allowing shoppers to virtually try furniture and home goods before purchasing through a new cool app. When flipping through the retailer’s 2014 catalog, customers can hover their iOS or Android device over plus signs on the bottom of the page, and then the magic happens - a 3-D version of the furniture will pop up on the screen and you can move your device around to virtually test how the items would look in your home. See how that sofa  fits against your exposed brick wall or if that dining room table matches your hardwood floors within seconds.

The catalog made its debut yesterday (Aug. 25). Thanks for making home décor shopping so easy, Ikea.

(Source: racked.com)

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