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    May 28, 2015
    Get Up And Still Work

    I’ve let myself get really out of shape over the past few years.  A combination of some nagging injuries, depression, marriage, job troubles, and so on have really put the pounds back onto me after I worked very hard to get them off.  I’ve recently started doing DDP Yoga and making myself get up from my desk every hour or so to walk around a bit, stretch, and generally get the blood out of my feet and back into the rest of my body.  So far so good; I haven’t noticed any weight difference, but I feel better and my life-long back problems have lessened quite a bit.  However, that said, it’s easy to forget just what I’m supposed to do and when I’m due to move about a bit, so it might be time to consult a gadget to get my fitness levels up.

    PC World has put together a slideshow of 10 gadgets to help you get fit at the workplace.  I really love the idea of a workplace cycle, and I’ve been really tempted to try the ball seat for myself.  A co-worker recently switched to a standing desk and he seems very pleased by that, but I don’t think I have that option since I’m not in the IT department.  Still, maybe a convertible desk is in my future?  That’d be fun.

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    May 27, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Game Of Towers

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    May 27, 2015
    From Smartphone To Laptop

    I enjoy  my smartphone a great deal, and I do appreciate how it has made me a bit more productive in places I normally would not be productive, like waiting in lines for things.  However, while I can check Twitter or poke around on Wikipedia, the one thing I can’t really do is write, and for a freelance writer, that’s kind of a bummer.  There are plenty of times I could work on something and yet, due to the lack of bringing my laptop along, I can’t.  Samsung is working on solving that issue.  Samsung has been issued a patent for a dock that turns an Android smartphone into a Windows laptop.

    Basically, it’s a giant dock.  You hook your smartphone into the laptop shell and presumably it uses your smartphone’s processor and RAM as the centerpiece for your new netbook.  It also seems to function as the hard drive, meaning you’ll have two operating systems on your phone.  As of right now, Windows is the choice for the netbook, but there’s apparently a desire to offer different OS choices in the future.  Maybe just Android and Android, like a Google Chrome OS or some sort of ultra-thin Linux distro to go alongside the keyboard and possible trackpad?

    Either way, just being able to wring a little more productivity out of my smartphone’s productivity suite would be a pleasant change.

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    May 19, 2015
    KFC’s Solution For Greasy Fingers

    My lunch time is one of the few times in the day I can use my phone without interruption or dirty looks from other co-workers.  I usually use it to read while eating my lunch, but that’s a problem if you’re eating something like, say, fried chicken.  It’s delicious but it’s also greasy, and that means if you’re not careful about your eating, you’ll get your very expensive smart phone all gunked up with chicken bits.  KFC to the rescue, then!  KFC has come up with the Tray Typer, a portable grease-resistant keypad placed on serving trays to allow smartphone use during the meal!

    It’s a pretty simple solution.  You take a grease-resistant keyboard, put it on the tray, and then link it up to your smartphone.  Now, rather than smearing Original Recipe all over your phone, you smear it on the KFC Tray Typer and when you’re done with your food, you wash your hands, turn in your keyboard, and then take your phone on the road with you.  Most importantly, the product has been tested and works, according to KFC.

    In Germany, where the Tray Typer was tested, every single one of the Tray Typers was stolen from KFC.  That’s pretty impressive, when you consider just how closely KFC was watching those things, and it’s proof that the idea is a great idea.  Perhaps something consumer:  a home version of the Tray Typer to take with you on your lunch break?

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    May 15, 2015
    Iron Man’s Custom Samsung Phone

    Everyone wants to be in the Marvel business.  They’re the world’s most popular comic book company, and they’re routinely rolling out movies that gross hundreds of millions of dollars, and those are the small potatoes pictures.  Marvel is huge right now, and it makes sense that lots of folks want to start hitching their wagon to the Marvel train.  Enter Samsung.  Samsung announced a special Iron Man edition smartphone.

    The phone, which hopefully will be in Iron Man red and gold, is a Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, and as you can see by the box, it looks pretty cool.  Well, the box looks cool; no one really knows what the phone itself looks like yet, but I’m definitely interested, especially if it’s got some sort of power icon shaped like Iron Man’s built-in chest battery.  Or maybe it’s powered by an arc reactor, so if you need to fight off any invading aliens, you can just pull your phone out of your pocket and start shooting energy beams from the camera aperture (or hold a charge for longer than a day).

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    May 14, 2015
    Apple Watch Can Be Reprogrammed By Thieves

    It took a long time for the iPhone theft stories to die down.  For a long time, it seemed like everyone was getting their iPhones stolen or stealing iPhones or whatever.  However, it seems like it’s finally started to die down… but that won’t last long, because as it turns out, the latest Apple product is a boon to potential thieves.  If your iWatch gets stolen, thieves can reprogram it without any true security.

    All it takes to reprogram the iWatch to your iPhone, rather than the iPhone of the person you stole it from, all you have to do is hold down the power button, select. and then erase all the data to remove the protective passcode from the phone.  Of course, there’s no real way to remotely wipe data from something that doesn’t actively connect to the Internet, and I guess if a normal watch gets stolen, it stays stolen.  The Apple Watch is a bit different, but apparently not that much different.

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    May 6, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Keyball

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    May 5, 2015
    Get Your Apple Watch Gold Plated

    So you really want to look like you have $10,000 to waste on a gold watch from a technology company, not a watch maker with a history of crafting great watches, but you don’t actually have the money (or if you do, you’re smart enough not to spend it).  Well, there are a lot of options out there for the thrifty Apple Watch fan, and most of them are available at your local jewelry store.  As it turns out, people are taking their Apple Watch and having it gold plated to save several thousand dollars.

    In fact, certain clever companies are selling Apple Watches that have already been gold plated, as you can see in the article above.  Either way, it’s only another $400 or so to have an Apple Watch gold plated, but don’t try it with the Sport Watch; the coating on the Apple Watch Sport model will repel attempts at gold plating due to its coating.  Still, I guess if you’re getting a watch gold plated, it may as well be the standard model.  No sense in throwing (more) money away.

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    April 29, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Panorama

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    April 23, 2015
    The Apple Watch App Store Is Live

    The Apple Watch has been spectacularly popular, selling out preorders and creating a whole lot of interest in a little wrist-sized product that promises to become the first in a long line of wearables.  But a smart watch is nothing without a way to put cool stuff onto said smart watch.  That’s where the apps come in.  The Apple Watch App Store is now available.

    Of course, nobody really has an Apple Watch quite yet, but still, it’s nice to know that they’ve already got a lineup of apps ready at launch.  Indeed, there are 3000 waiting, not including the ones built into the Apple Watch.  The Apple Watch app store was first introduced in iOS 8.2, but now if you’re looking to poke around, persistence will get you a reward.  Most users are reporting that it takes multiple presses of the button to get into the store, but if you’re willing to keep clicking, eight or ten clicks should be enough to get you in.

    Unless, of course, Apple clamps down on the store and takes it offline again.

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