People Discovery Apps

In a world where new socialization is being more and more focused online, people are losing the process that existed for thousands of years beforehand. That would be actually meeting them in person either through similar likes or by mutual acquaintances. Now, app designers are coming up with ways to unite people in real life again.

One of the newest additions to this mix is the iPhone app Highlight created by Paul Davison. It will run on user’s devices in the background and can make connections with people up to 50 meters away. When connections are made either by address, Facebook likes, photos, or mutual connections, each user will receive the other’s profile.

Another new app currently in its beta is called Uberlife. This app also only currently available on iPhones works by creating hangouts or linking users to hangouts in whatever vicinity they choose. Users can be connected through similar likes. It’s a way of making real-life connections by using the user’s interests.

Glancee is an app that many people have probably already heard about. It works a lot like Highlight, and is available on iOS and Android. Users can be notified by connecting through Facebook when someone they know is in close distance at events. It will also notify users whenever someone is nearby who share similar interests. So far, this app has over 10,000 users.

Sonar is really like the rest of these apps. Its purpose is to notify the user of connections they may be missing by “highlighting shared friends, networks, and interests.” This one requires that users sign up using Foursquare which does in return require user to sign up with Facebook. It kind of seems like a reason just to use Foursquare.

One last app is Banjo. This one is a little too extreme for my tastes. While it does work to connect people that are using different social networks. It is more about not missing anything that happens in these other people’s lives than just connecting on a real life scale. While it will keep each user constantly up to date about the other by using Foursquare. I just think allowing an app to automatically check you in every place you go is a bit much.

Out of these I would say Glancee is by far at the top of the list in my opinion. I like how it finds people based on similar likes, but is not shoving it down your throat about every place that they go. Uberlife will most likely be great once it gets more users. By actually creating a hangout, it does not invade privacy, and gives the user the opportunity to meet new people. I would like to have more to say about Highlight because it looks very cool, but I use an Android system phone, and there is no web based app.

iTether Is Back, And Apple Can’t Do Anything About It!

Let’s cut to the chase, Apple is a great company, but they hate sharing anything with anyone else. Remember when they started to sue everyone over stupid things – they went as far as to sue the German Mom and Pop cafe when Apple found out they were using an apple on their logo – not Apple’s apple, but just a simple apple. So it wasn’t a surprise that when iTether came out the first time, Apple instantly shut it down because it successfully bypassed the iPhone’s hotspot limitations. A limitation that forced users to purchase or install an overpriced application.

But now iTether is back, but this time Apple can’t do anything about it. In the past, the iTether application needed to be running in the actual phone, but now, it runs as an HTML5 code. Which means, we don’t have to install anything into the phone – but most importantly, we don’t have to jailbreak our phones to get it working. If you watch the video above, you download the drivers to your computer, and then connect your iPhone to the computer via an ad hoc connection. Then simply go to http://tether.com/web on your phone and you’re done.

Companies usually sell us expensive packages to include the “tethering” applications. The packages range anywhere between $20 – $30 a month, and sometimes even more. But there are small companies out there that still make a killing and bring in profits by selling you the same capability with less than $3 a month. The iTether is $30 a year, or $15 if you get it in the next week from the iTether site. [via The Verge]

Next Xbox to not use discs??

Yes people, you read that correctly! According to a new report, Microsoft’s Next generation console (codename: Durango) will not feature a disc drive! This means goodbye DVD, Blu-Ray, and all of  the classic physical copies of your favorite gaming titles. This must be a tough blow to hardcore gamers with an extensive collection of past Xbox titles, but I cant say that they should be shocked. The future of all of our media seems to be going digital and to be enjoyed through the cloud to give us the consumer more devices and accessibility to enjoy our media wherever we are.

Apparently the new console is to employ “interchangeable solid-state card storage,” but it is yet to be knows weather this is going to be some sort of standard format, such as SD or CF. You must be asking yourself how we all got a sneak peek into this great information, well it seems one of Microsoft’s developmental partners is squealing all of the inside information (guess he was just so excited he could not wait for E3). He also gave us an insight of when to be expecting this new disc-less entertainment console, which according to the report is “100%” confirmed for a 2013 release! ha yea like we did not see that one coming.

Microsoft wasn’t going to sit back and read these claims without commenting and they did as such with this official response:

“Xbox 360 has found new ways to extend its lifecycle like introducing the world to controller-free experiences with Kinect and re-inventing the console with a new dashboard and new entertainment content partnerships. We are always thinking about what is next for our platform and how to continue to defy the lifecycle convention. Beyond that we do not comment on rumors or speculation.”

Pretty heavy! Other claims say Microsoft will actually release two! yes two, versions of the new console! One is rumored to be a download driven set model whilst the other to be a more traditional “core gamer” system. This “core” system should support physical copies of games and also Blu-ray! so we have one console that would be “streaming only” and the other to cater to our more traditional experiences with physical media and enhancing it with Blu-Ray technology.

Until the next Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3 we wont know for sure and all of these “rumors” will be just that…rumors.

 

WineRack Flask-Bra – Turns Your A Cups Into D Cups a Wine Bottle at a Time!

Turn an A cup in to double D’s AND sport your favorite beverage for yourself and your friends! Better than a Boob Job and Cheaper Too! Not to mention the savings on overpriced drinks! – No, this headline is not a joke. It is in fact dead serious. One might even call it. . . as dead serious as a boob job?!

What we’re talking about is the WineRack-Flask Bra. Effectively, this is a sports bra that any wine-o of a woman would give her right boob up for. Whether you’re speed walking with your wine-o best friend or going out for a night with your lady friends, or even your guy friends too, just fill it with the liquid of your choice in comparative relevance to the breast size of your desire, pop this sucker on under your shirt, and you’re good to go all night. Or, at the very least, until you drink all your boob juice. For the low low price of 29.99 you can have your very own juice carrier that can hold 64 shots, 7 beers, or 3 bottles of wine, plenty of juice to be the center of attention. Check out this video to see a similar product for guys – not as cool though.

So the way I see this, you’re essentially saving yourself what could be hundreds of dollars on drinks for a wild weekend, and potentially earning your fair share of admiring looks from the fella’s before they realize you’re just another wine-o. In case you saw a possible flaw for this product, its inflation size is not completely dependent on how full of liquid it is. Just a few blows into the straw keeps the party going. And if you think this product is on the creepy side of the fence, try rethinking it, after all, who doesn’t love boob juice that isn’t milk?!

Apple Introduces The New iPad!

The highly anticipated Apple media event set for today March 7th has come and gone and it did not disappoint for the most part, but then again no one is ever really satisfied . The event held in San Francisco was headed by Apple CEO Tim Cook. We first were treated to Apple’s seemingly obligatory rants about their amazing sales on their three post-PC devices (iPod, iPhone, iPad) then it got straight to the good stuff.

First thing announced was a new iOS update 5.1 which finally brings Apples patented voice assistant to Japan among a few other minor improvements and bug fixes.

Then the first big news of the day was a revamped Apple TV which will be available March 16th and will feature a beautiful new user interface and will now support FULL 1080P HD streaming! Pretty exciting news there and as part of the new UI it will now support third party apps and all of your iCloud content, such as Photo stream and your iTunes library.

The last new feature on the third generation Apple Tv is ability to stop watching on one iOS device and pick right back up where you left off on another device which is pretty sweet. The price point has remained the same as the last generation and will come in at the same low price of 99$

Now on to the big enchilada! The “New” iPad!! Before it was introduced Apple boasted about the sales figures and the future potential of the device and how it has become a favorite among users for email and books, and with over 200,000 apps tailor made for the iPad, I whole heartedly agree that the sales numbers reflect the quality and amazingness of this device which is still just under two years old.

The “New” iPad 3rd Generation features a beautiful retina display with a resolution of 2048X1536, which features over 3.1 million total pixels! Approximately 1 million more than HD TV itself. The elegant 9.7 inch screen boasts 44% saturation from its earlier version and features a quad-core A5X graphics chip, which will boost multimedia performance and allow for smooth operation of the iPad’s higher resolution. The 3rd generation iPad also contains an upgraded iSight camera coming in at 5mp backside illuminated and having the same optics as the camera in the iPhone 4s. Siri was one of the biggest features anticipated for the new iPad and when the inclusion of a microphone was shown many including myself were shocked not to see siri technology included, instead voice dictation will be the primary use for this new microphone. Which leaves siri integration something to look forward to in iOS 6.

The best news of all with all of these inclusions is that the starting price points will remain the same and so will the battery life! the new iPad will be capable of operating on 4G LTE and is 3G world ready which makes the 10 hour battery life that much more amazing. pricing is as follows

Wi-Fi only models 499$ 16GB, 599$ 32GB, 699$ 64GB

Wi-Fi & 4G LTE 629$ 16GB, 729$ 32GB, and 829$ 64GB and these are available for pre-order on Apple’s website and will be released March 16th in North America and March 23rd Worldwide.

The Hutlzer Banana Slicer – How to Chop Bananas For Dummies

If you’re a mom, a cook, or just a person in hurry, any utensil in the kitchen that saves you time – regardless of how insignificant the savings may be – can really make your life better.

At our home, we’re always in a hurry, sometimes it feels like we don’t have enough seconds in a minute. When we get up were usually trying to make breakfast and get out the door before 7:00 am, and sometimes something as easy as splitting a banana, or splitting an apple, can really screw up our routine.

How hard can it be right? You peel off half of the banana, you grab a butter knife, and then you start to cut the banana in small segments. It takes 60 seconds, max. Then you put the chunks in your cereal and have your cereal while you read the newspaper.

But if you feel like the 60 seconds can be the difference between having a healthy cereal or just getting cereal bar on the way out the door, the Hutzler Banana Slicer can really speed up your cereal making process. Simply peel, place on board, and cut. You’re looking at 10 seconds max to get the banana on your plate. Combine this with the Quirky container and you’re set – with seconds to spare.

Trust me, those extra seconds begin to add up. As human beings, we’re always looking for ways to simplify our life. That’s why people who find solutions to everyday annoyances find a plethora of customers lining up waiting to get the new “faster” thing to hit the market.

These products don’t make us lazier, I think they actually make us better and help us achieve more things in a day. This tool can also help you find ways to bring fun into the kitchen for your children. If you’re a parent and your children want to help you cook, you can always hand them a tool that’s safe and easy to use, they wont get hurt with blades or knifes, and at the same time you can rest assure that the job will get done the way it needs to.

School Goes in Lock Down Because of Crappy Autocorrect Functions “Allegedly”

We all know how horrible auto-correct can be, that’s why you can spend hours on websites like DYAC, but this auto correct spelling error went a little to far. Two schools in Georgia went under lock down on Wednesday because an autocorrected text message sent out a possible threat. A student from a nearby technical college was trying to text “Gunna be at West Hall today,” but instead his cellphone changed the text message to “Gunman be at West Hall today.” To make matters worse, he texted the wrong number. The number belonged to a random person in the community who in turn called 911 and then all hell broke lose. Will Schofield, the superintendent of the school, told The Gainesville Times – “Be assured that we will always err on the side of caution when it comes to the safety of our boys and girls.”

Maybe this is my investigative side coming out, but if that student was trying to text a question why didn’t he add a question mark? That text message wasn’t a question. It was a statement. Additionally, he sent out the text message to a wrong number in the community – allegedly by accident – but the text message was obviously meant for a friend, other wise he wasn’t going to be asking a random person “hey are you going to be on West Hall today?” Then you have other factors too, like storing people’s phone numbers on their phones. Also, even if it was a phone that was not stored in your contact list, if you ever communicated with this person in the past, your phone keeps a record of what they last said. I think the police should look into who he was trying to text, and then see if the numbers were even remotely close to the person he was sending the text message to.

I’m not saying this couldn’t of been an accident but I think in this day and age those accident’s don’t happen to often. I think this was another one of those stories like the kid in the balloon. This kid found a way to inflict panic in a community and then get away with – oh it was just a simple cellphone error that everyone makes.

Over 850,000 New Android Phones Are Activated Each Day

The Android system has really been picking up lately, according to Google, every day there are 850,000 new devices being activated across the world. You could argue that this trend will end soon, but at the same time I’ve activated 5 Android phones in the past 4 years. And with the annual Mobile World Congress (MWC) coming up, Google is really trying to push out and boost their mobile system even higher than it already is.

According to them, right now there are over 300 Million android devices across the entire world, and they have been growing at about 250 percent each year.  There are a couple of reason as to why they have been growing so fast. For starters, there is a wider selection of phones that can run the android system – over 800 different phones. Another reason is the number of applications.

Last year at the MWC, Google announced that there were more than 150,000 apps in Android Market. That number tripled to more than 450,000 apps today, with over one billion app downloads happening every month. And not just silly apps that let your phone make cat noises, some apps like the Android Beam, lets you share content like web pages, videos, directions, and apps—just by touching two Android phones back to back.

While Android still has a lot to do before it can catch up to the iOS, it’s not doing to bad.