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One of the most important things that Google does for the office-bound employee is that it provides a wealth of very important information. Namely, it provides the helpless and hungry a chance to daydream about the most important decision of the day: what to eat for lunch. Normally you have to wade through Yelp, websites, PDFs, Facebook, and so on to find out the important stuff. You know, what’s on the menu, how much it costs, what kind of delicious desserts might be available as a midday pick-me-up. Google, as always, is here to save the day. If you go to Google and enter “show me the menu”, add a restaurant, and add a city name, and Google finds the menu for that restaurant.
I just tried it for two different restaurants located about 200 feet apart from one another. One of the restaurants showed up just fine; the other didn’t. Neither one is a national chain, but one has a much better online and Facebook presence while the other only has Facebook and whose only menu is a couple of pictures on Facebook. Hopefully either my favorite Middle Eastern restaurant will improve its online presence or will submit its menu to Google for inclusion.Technorati Tags: food, google, google restaurant menu search, google restaurant menus, google show me the menu, menus, restaurant menus, restaurants, show me the menu
There are a lot of places where talking on your cell phone is discouraged, and many other places where talking, texting, and that sort of thing are not the best idea. One of those places is in the middle of a major highway. Like a lot of states, California has laws against talking on the phone and driving unless you’re using a hands-free device. California courts have decided that looking at a map on your phone while behind the wheel is a-okay.
In January 2012, Steven Spriggs was caught in traffic when he grabbed his iPhone 4 and looked up alternate routes on his map. That’s when a California Highway Patrol officer spotted him and wrote him a juicy $165 ticket for talking on his phone and violating California law. However, the ticket was written in accordance to a law that specifically prohibits listening and talking on phones while driving. Nowhere in the law does it mention looking at maps on your phone. Hence, the ticket was written in error.
It only took two hours and who knows how many thousands of dollars in legal fees to avoid a $165 ticket, but I guess the state has to pay his legal fees now and he’s made his point and clarified the law.Technorati Tags: apple iphone, california, california laws, fresno, iphone map, iphone maps, looking at maps on the iphone is legal, maps, state laws, steven spriggs
So just what has the government been spending its billions of dollars on every year? Well, if you believe President Obama, we’ve been making our own super heroes. Not in the sense of Captain America or The Hulk, but definitely in the sense of Iron Man. During a press conference concerning manufacturing innovation, Obama joked, “We’ve been building Iron Man.” Check it out!
Of course, Obama played it off like a joke, but rest assured: this is not a joke. The government might not be calling it Iron Man, but they’re definitely working on a powered, reflex-boosting, bullet-resistant combat suit. It may not have jets and missiles and JARVIS, but it’s pretty close to Iron Man. The suit is called the Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit, or TALOS for short, and it looks pretty impressive. The suit will use electrical currents to absorb shocks and deflect ballistic weapons, and as if that wasn’t enough it’ll also be flame retardant. It also has an optional exoskeleton to improve speed and strength. Amazingly, this isn’t science-fiction; all these technologies currently exist, it’s just that no one’s made them into a suit yet.
It’ll happen. President Obama said so!Technorati Tags: barack obama, building iron man, department of defense, funny videos, iron man, obama, obama iron man, press conference, white house
One of the hardest places to get cell phone signals (aside from every major city) is in your very own home. You’ve got your cell phone, but in order to answer calls or get any kind of sound quality, you have to go sit by a window or go outside or even retreat to the comfort of your car in bad weather. It’s kind of annoying, considering just how good the average home Wi-Fi signal is. Fortunately, Sprint is going to be correcting that eternal problem. Spring is going to be adding Wi-Fi calling and texting service to certain Android phones.
The phones in question are the the Samsung Galaxy Mega and the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini Sprint will be rolling out updates to the phones in the coming weeks with the goal of relieving congestion on networks and improving service within the home. AT&T and T-Mobile offer similar plans and similar ideas, with T-Mobile having the in-home Wi-Fi calling and AT&T using public Wi-Fi hot spots to reduce congestion on its service. Those have been pretty successful, so I imagine Sprint’s plan will work out pretty well for the company, barring technical problems.Technorati Tags: calling and texting via wifi, calls and texts over wifi, phones, samsung, samsung galaxy mega, Samsung Galaxy S4, samsung galaxy s4 mini, smartphones, sprint, sprint to roll out wifi calling, sprint wifi calling, wifi
It’s tax season, and if you haven’t filed your taxes, you’d better get on that as soon as reasonable. If you’re getting a nice refund, and you’re looking to invest in a new piece of technology to get the most out of your couch and television time, why not consider a tablet? It’s like a laptop but even more portable, and as tablets get more advanced, the line between them and a laptop continues to blur. Whether you’re looking for a value machine or a top-of-the-line laptop replacement, Engadget has a great tablet buyer’s guide for the latest releases.
I have to say, the tablets with keyboard attachments, like the above Nokia Lumia 2520, are the direction in which I’d go if I was buying a tablet. They’re so much easier to type on than having to poke at a touchscreen with a single finger in an attempt to enter any text. I’ve tried to do more productive things on my Kindle Fire (which I love as an entertainment tool that’s occasionally useful), and a keyboard would make that a whole lot easier.Technorati Tags: best tablets, engadget, Expert Advice, tablet buyer's guide, tablet buying advice., tablet guide, tablets
Good news everyone! Google Fiber is expanding, and it has picked out 34 potential cities to join the Fiber train alongside Google Fiber’s current home bases of Provo, Kansas City, and Austin. The cities appear to be clustered around major points in the country’s tech, financial, and entertainment industries. Are you near a potential Google Fiber city?
Among the places Google is considering expanding to are several cities in California clustered around Silicon Valley (like Santa Clara, San Jose, Mountain View, Sunnyvale, and Palo Alto); the Durham, North Carolina Research Triangle area; Charlotte, North Carolina–America’s credit card center; Atlanta and several surrounding communities; Phoenix/Scottsdale/Tempe; Portland; San Antonio; and Salt Lake City.
Some of these are probably guaranteed winners (Mountain View is Google HQ, they probably should’ve started Fiber there; SLC isn’t far from Provo) and others are possibly pipe dreams who are setting up for future rounds of expansion. The cities have to clear the way for Google to find space on utility poles, install new fiber, and clear the way from a regulatory standpoint for Google to come in. If you’re a city who is looking for Fiber service (pay attention here, Louisville), then you can look at what other companies have offered Google and prepare your offer sheet the next time Google is looking to string out their Fiber.Technorati Tags: broadband internet, google, google fiber, google fiber coming to 34 more cities, google fiber expands, google fiber expansion, google fiber looking at 34 new markets, google fiber to atlanta, google fiber to san jose, high speed internet
I think we’ve all had a problem with a new piece of technology. You get your fancy little gadget, you turn it on, and then… you don’t know what to do with it. Hence this poor old lady attending the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. She’s excited, she wants to take some great pictures of the best athletes in the world, and all she gets are a bunch of pictures of a gigantic eyeball. Not that that’s not cool, but it’s definitely not someone skeleton-ing down the track at 80 miles an hour with his or her head inches from ice.
As funny as it is, I think we can all empathize. I know that I’ve tried to take pictures with the wrong end of the camera before, especially when I was in a hurry trying to capture something especially cool when I had a limit on how long I could take to get into picture position. I’ve never pulled the trigger on an eyeball selfie, but I’ve been close before. When I had a point and shoot film camera, I took a lot of pictures of the inside of my pocket by forgetting to close the aperture.
Can’t look down on someone for getting some good eyeball pictures.
Via Bryan Wood.Technorati Tags: camera mistakes, digital camera problems, digital cameras, funny pictures, Russia, sochi, sochi selfie, sochi winter olympics, unusual images, unusual pictures, woman takes a selfie of her own eyeball
Happy Valentines Day from Shaktronics! As always, we choo-choo-choose you! Hope you and your significant other(s) have a great day, assuming you can keep warm and stay out of the snow.happy holidays, holidays, i choo choo choose you, scott weinberg, the simpsons, the simpsons valentine, valentines, valentines day
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