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Eigh-TECH: BlackBerry

Posted by Tattletech on Mar 7, 2012 in Eigh-TECH, Mobile
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Continuing our trend of letting the younger voices in the tech/media landscape have their say, we decided to give our youngest writer yet, Stella, a chance to tell us what technology is important to her. She decided to write about the BlackBerry.


My name is Stella, I am eight years old.

I love phones and computers and playing games on them. My favorite games are model and hairdresser games, I play them on www.spelletjes.nl.

I really really want to be an ink girl. The most important reason is because my aunt is also one and she has a very cool BlackBerry, which I love. The reason why I love this BlackBerry is because it is very convenient, it looks very cool and they are very popular. You can use them for calling, pinging, taking photos and many other things.

I am in a class with 26 kids and about 10-15 of them have phones. We are not allowed to have a phone in our classroom.

I really like to play with computers and telephones. I like to play with my mother’s BlackBerry and to ping with my aunt.

I like that computers and telephones are invented because otherwise you have to do everything by post and then it takes a very long time before you get an answer.


- Stella

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Tattletech Gets Digital in NYC

Posted by Tattletech on Mar 6, 2012 in Conferences, Digital Media
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Tattletech will be reporting this week from the Digital Media Summit, New York. Both Kelsey Barry and Jason Oberholtzer will be attending the event, which boasts an impressive lineup up of speakers and panelists, ranging from Jim Schachter to Adrian Grenier.

Stay tuned to the Tattletech Twitter feed for updates from the event, as our intrepid reporters share secrets from the cutting edge of urban digital media!

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Monday Jumpstart

Posted by Tattletech on Mar 5, 2012 in Monday Jumpstart
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“I must govern the clock, not be governed by it.”

-Golda Meir

 
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Clutch: Googly Eyes

Posted by Tattletech on Mar 1, 2012 in Clutch, Cool stuff, New things, Technology
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Google: who doesn’t love it? Whenever you find yourself unsure of a definition, fact, or recipe, Google is there for you. When you need directions, Google is there for you. Need a picture of an actor or actress? Once again, Google is there. Google is my best friend… well one of them.

I use it for anything and everything, but my favorite feature is Google Maps. I always find myself lost somehow and pull out my smart phone to Google map where I am so I can get to where I want to be quickly. And I’m not the only one who relies on their phone to do everything for me. At this day and age, you will most likely see five out of six people walking and talking on their cell phones. Whether they are looking at a map, texting, talking, playing a game, or even “face-timing,” people just feel the need to always be doing two (or more) things at once. And cell phones allow you to do just that.

But frankly, always staring at your hand while walking, running, commuting, whatever, is becoming dangerous. So when I came across the concept of Google HUD glasses, I couldn’t hold back my excitement. HUD stands for “Heads Up Display,” which is exactly what we need, in addition to being a pretty futuristic concept. Slip on a pair of these glasses and not only are they able to determine the environment and location by taking in sounds and images, they allow you to see the outside world while displaying information on the lens of your where-abouts.

Basically, these glasses are a combination of Google maps, Google local search, voice search and a camera, all rolled up into one. Instead of walking, holding your smart phone in front of you, following the GPS, you are able to be hands free all while knowing where you are going. It also uses a technique called video capturing, which tapes your surroundings as you see it. In addition, these glasses use the same concept as Yelp, but in a much more innovative way. Simply look at a restaurant with the glasses on, and it will give you information, menus and reviews about the location. Talk about convenience.

I’m a little too excited to get my hands on these and rumor has it these will be available by the end of 2012. I am totally getting myself a pair whether I look cute in them or not.

-KB

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Touch and Go with WHDI

Posted by Tattletech on Feb 28, 2012 in Mobile World Congress, TV, Tablets, Technology
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Want to see just how smoothly WHDI technology can work? Well, they have been showing us quite a lot at Mobile World Congress this year. Wireless HD mirroring between devices? Yes please.

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Monday Jumpstart

Posted by Tattletech on Feb 27, 2012 in Monday Jumpstart
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“Authority doesn’t work without prestige, or prestige without distance.”

-Charles de Gaulle

 
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Clutch: Say Goodbye to Luke Warm

Posted by Tattletech on Feb 23, 2012 in Clutch, Cool stuff, Technology
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Don’t you just hate cooking a huge meal? It takes so much time and effort, causing you to plan ahead so all items will be ready at the same time. But it seems no matter how hard you plan, some are ready before others, leaving them either piping hot and ready to go, or cold. This forces you to have to heat up the food in the stove or microwave, assuring everything is at the same temperature.

Sounds like a huge hassle to me, which is why I’d rather go out to eat. Besides I can’t cook anyways.
However, if I did cook, I would certainly use this helpful new devise for heating or cooling down food. The device is called the Electrolux Ribbon: Mobile Food Heater/Cooler and it seems like the perfect solution for timing problems in the kitchen.

Once an item is fully cooked, you simply place the “Ribbon” around the pot or container and choose to keep it hot, or cold. How sweet is that? You can keep it at a safe temperature, all while prepping and finishing up the other items for the meal.

Adam SchanzThe Ribbon works on many small battery-powered thermoelectric cells and is a flexible belt shape that allows it to wrap around almost any container or pot. Simple. And it alleviates one of the biggest annoyances in the kitchen.

Still, I probably won’t be cooking in my kitchen unless I find a robot to cook for me and I’d gladly go buy one of these.

-KB


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Fif-TECH-Teen: MixCloud

Posted by Tattletech on Feb 22, 2012 in Fif-TECH-teen, Internet Stuff, Music
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Last week was SoundCloud week. This week I will be informing you, the Tattletech readers, about yet again another fantastic site, one that has a few things in common with SoundCloud: MixCloud.

MixCloud is a fairly new website, launched in 2008 by four friends and Cambridge University graduates: Nikhil Shar, Nico Perrez, Matt Clayton and Sam Cooke (ed: no, not that Sam Cooke). Their plan? Establish a website with the intention of building a home for radio presenters and DJs to share and promote their shows without having to use file sharing sites.

Mixcloud lets you listen to the best radio presenters and DJs in the world. You will find talent like the resident DJ at Space in Ibiza, Carl Cox, or famous Slovenian DJ and producer Uroš Umek. You will find loads and loads of other great DJs, producers and radio presenters as well. The other amazing thing is that you can easily get recognition in the scene by uploading your own DJ mixes, podcast, or even your very own Radio show. Cool, right? There are no boundaries; anyone can listen to your “Cloudcast’s” (what MixCloud call your mixes, podcast, or radio show) around the world and the same goes for you, you may listen to anything in any place.

This idea reminded me of SoundCloud because you may also upload any type of audio, but MixCloud seems to have thing over SoundCloud, a thing that made me to sign up to MixCloud in the first place: I love the fact that when you sign up (for free) you may upload as much content as you please. When you sign up for SoundCloud for free, you are only allowed 120 minutes of content before upgrading to a Premium account and spending from twenty-nine to five hundred euros a year, depending on the premium account you purchase. This is not so cool for DJs uploading long mixes, like me. I recently uploaded a mix to SoundCloud and I only have about sixty minutes of audio left, which is the equivalent to one good mix, so that is not so cool.

On the other hand, on MixCloud you can’t download songs and remixes like you can on SoundCloud, due to copyright issues. I would suggest having both an account for MixCloud for all mixes, podcast or radio content, and on SoundCloud if you are into producing songs or remixing songs.

Overall, I thoroughly recommend this site because it is an easy way of “getting your self out there” by having the power to upload your work in a matter of minutes and share it.

Great job MixCloud, you guys nailed it!

You can read Fif-TECH-teen weekly right here on Tattletech. You can also follow Sean on Twitter @sean_edwards1.

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Monday Jumpstart

Posted by Tattletech on Feb 21, 2012 in Monday Jumpstart
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In honor of this being Tuesday and all…

“He was always late on principle, his principle being that punctuality is the thief of time.”

-Oscar Wilde

 
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Cellrox. Columbia University. Yes.

Posted by Tattletech on Feb 20, 2012 in Emerging tech, Mobile, Software, Technology
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Cellrox Ltd. announced today the signing of a worldwide exclusive agreement with Columbia University to license certain mobile technology developed at Columbia that will enables corporate IT departments to securely accommodate the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend.

Using virtualization technology developed at Columbia’s School of Engineering and Applied Science, Alder Security Cellrox addresses the challenges of BYOD by allowing both corporate and personal individual “personas” to co-exist on a single smartphone. Employees have secure access to data and applications necessary for their jobs, while reducing security and compliance risks for corporate networks. This also alleviates the need for employees to carry two smartphones, knowing that their personal data and applications are kept separate. Adam Schanz

As somebody who uses two phone, I like where this is going. Sold.

-JO

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