I’m going to be taking some time away from technology (with the exception of Netflix!) to enjoy the holiday season. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I’ll see you back here in 2018! ♥ Jennifer Wilde
General Motors has rolled out a new platform called Marketplace that allows you to order coffee, reserve a table at a restaurant or book a hotel room from your car’s console without having to pull over. With just a couple of touches, you can order your favorite Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts coffee order, then just drive up, give your name and pick it up. If you own a 2017 or 2018 model Chevy, GMC or Cadillac, you’ll notice the Marketplace icon on your car’s computer screen now.
Youtube signed deals with Warner Brothers, Sony Music and Universal group that has set the stage for a new music service launch next year. The plan is to combine the YouTube Red video subscription service with Google Play Music to create a new service called Remix (at least that’s the tentative name for it.)
Does your scale make you feel bad when you step on it? So many people depend on that number on the scale to determine whether they feel good or bad when they weigh themselves, but according to the creators of the Shapa scale, weight is a metric of the past. Shapa doesn’t look like a normal scale, because there’s no screen… it will never tell you what you weigh. The Shapa captures bone density and muscle mass in addition to your overall weight (and it’ll also take in the data from fitness gadgets like the fitbit or apple watch) then it analyzes all the data and simply tells you if you’re on the right track or not. And it’s on sale right now.
Looking at your bank account balance will not tell you how much money you actually have. Because you have to think about the bills that are going to need to be paid, not to mention groceries and gas… and that’s where the Even app can help. It tracks the in-and-out flow of your money, then does the math to evenly spread out the money you earn to cover those upcoming bills so they’re paid on-time. Then, Even will show you the amount that’s “Okay to spend.”
Tis the season to be jolly… but a lot of us aren’t. Christmas is also the season for depression for many people, so I wanted to remind everyone about some technology that can help anyone who needs it. The Crisis Text Line, 741741, is a number anyone can send a text to to get understanding, support and resources when they’re going through a painful time or feeling like there’s no hope. They offer assistance for a range of issues, including eating disorders, addiction, suicide prevention and child abuse. So if you or someone you know is suffering and needs someone to talk to, remember the number 741741… you can text that line 24 hours a day. And if you’d like to help their cause go to crisistextline.org.
You can now train to be a Jedi with a new augmented reality game from Lenovo. Lenovo – Star Wars: Jedi Challenges, is a three part system which includes an AR Headset, a Lightsaber Controller (modeled after the one used by Anakin and Luke Skywalker) and a tracking beacon that allows you to train and battle opponents in lightsaber battles. There’s also a strategic combat game and Holochess, which features holographic aliens going head-to-head at your command on a virtual chess board. You can find it at Best Buy, Target and other retailers, or online at Lenovo’s site.
Tech THIS Out… People who have Color Vision Deficiency can now watch TV in full vibrant color thanks to Samsung’s SeeColors app and their 4K QLED TV.
We get our best ideas in the shower and now Marriott hotels is giving us a way to remember them. Just write or draw on the steamy shower glass and those thoughts will be transferred to a tablet and can then be shared via email or social media.
How great would it be if your fitbit was powered by your workout sweat? An engineer has created stretchable, twistable batteries powered by our body’s bacteria, so gadgets of the future could run off sweat.