About Michael Tchong
Michael Tchong is the founder of Ubercool Inc. and a trend-tracking inspirational speaker who helps transform audiences worldwide. As the founder of five start-ups, he helped pioneer such sweeping changes as desktop publishing, personal information management, Internet research and online marketing. Michael is authoring an e-book, called Social Engagement Marketing, that will shine a bright spotlight on this market. His uncanny ability to decode the future, lead the U.K. Telegraph to label Michael “America’s most influential trendspotter.”
Michael is the founder of MacWEEK and ICONOCAST, which produced multi-million-dollar conferences, including one starring basketball legend Dennis Rodman and another featuring a Broadway musical. Michael strongly believes that the successful organizations of tomorrow will address the changing consumer lifestyles of today.
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Sony’s best pocket camera packs plenty of technology into one small, portable product:
- Sensor – The DSC-RX100 II boasts a 20.2-megapixel Exmor CMOS sensor backed by a BIONZ Image Processor which offers high sensitivity and low noise by using a back illumination technology. It also offers beautifully defocused backgrounds, with optical zoom capabilities of up to 3.6x.
- LCD display – The DSC-RX100 II features a 3.0-inch 1.2-million-pixel LCD screen that displays your images clearly, even in direct sunlight.
- Optics – A 3.6x optical Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 10.4-37.1mm f/1.8-4.9 lens provides a flexible 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 28-100mm.
- Wireless – You can connect the DSC-RX100 II to your Android smartphone or tablet using the PlayMemories Mobile app, either via wireless or NFC connectivity.
- Interface – The multi-interface shoe lets you attach accessories, including a viewfinder and a remote control.
Accolades usually reserved for SLR cameras have been showered on the DSC-RX100 II. You don’t need to turn a control ring to know why.
The Armour39 tracks critical performance measures such as heart rate, intensity, calories burned and, ostensibly, willpower in real-time, which allows you to review your performance across workouts:
- Components – The Armour39 ($100) system consists of a chest strap, module, watch (sold separately: $200), plus mobile app. Body data collected is transferred to the module, which fits in the strap. When the module is synced with your phone the data is transmitted to your mobile device.
- WILLpower – One of the neat features of the Armour39 System is WILLpower, which determines what a user is capable of by sensing how one moves and recording heart beat and delivering precise measurements to the module. It then scores your performance and sets the bar higher to improve your score.
Like the Nike Fuelband SE we reviewed, the Armour39 measures your body’s performance, with Under Armour approaching it from a more sports approach.
When Paris, France-based Parrot launched its AR.Drone helicopter at the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show, it created quite a stir. Here was a quadricopter that could be controlled by an iPhone and was outfitted with a video camera that could be used to do some neighborly surveillance:
- Camera – The Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 ($300) is equipped with a 720p HD camera that can live stream what it sees to your mobile device. You can take videos or pictures and have them instantly sent to your smartphone or tablet with low latency streaming.
- Mobile control – Parrot offers a mobile application, AR.FreeFlight, that is used to fly and pilot the Parrot AR.Drone. Director Mode allows you to program the quadricopter for automatic movements so that you can shoot better videos. You can also utilize the Flight Recorder GPS to improve the stabilization of the Parrot AR.Drone and to view your flights in 3D.
It was only a matter of time for military-like drone functionality to enter the consumer market. And now that technology is available at your local Brookstone.
And that’s from a former Windows user. That’s partly due to the fact that Apple was first on the market with an integrated smartphone design, pointing the way for Mac developers to create seamless synchronization solutions. But the real story is that the innovation the Macintosh GUI ushered in will celebrate is 30th anniversary next year.
Here are our picks for the coolest Macintosh software:
1Password can create strong passwords, organize them, and insert them in web pages with a handy browser button. Mavericks made me switch to 4.0, which is still in beta. Usability has been improved and the interface is slicker. But the iPhone version also needs to be upgraded for $18.
Publisher: Agile Bits
Adobe Creative Studio 6
Adobe’s Creative Suite includes four useful applications: Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop and Acrobat X Pro. If you’re a designer, you can’t get by without these famous tools. Now that Adobe has gone Creative Cloud, CS6 is your last opportunity to own Adobe tools outright. Don’t miss this opportunity!
Publisher: Adobe Systems
This latest version of Aperture now shares your iPhoto library for greater simplicity in use. However, this program’s tabbed sidebar interface is daunting.
Publisher: Apple Inc.
AppDelete is a great uninstaller utility that removes applications and any other associated files that reside anywhere on your Mac.
Publisher: Reggie Ashworth
Balsamiq Mockups is a cross-platform rapid software prototyping tool that lets a UX designer quickly create a mockup of software screens. One minor quibble: no ready-made icons for folders or documents.
Category: Developer Tools
Batch Image Resizer
Batch Image Resizer re-sizes multiple pictures by percent or a fixed size while offering the ability to add watermarks or borders. You can also do some limited renaming, although the program is not as flexible in that regard as our favorite utility, Renamer 4.
Bontanicula is beautiful game that places you in a wonderland of a garden to venture through and explore. Particularly beautiful on Retina MacBook Pros.
Publisher: Amanita Design
Breeze is a window management application that is designed for people who want to quickly split-screen a window, or people like us who need to quickly replicate a standard windows size for screenshots.
Publisher: Autumn Apps LLC
BusyCal is far better than the Mountain Lion or Mavericks calendar because it works just like the Leopard calendar. It can also be shared easily via iCloud or Google. And it shows weather icons for an instant update.
Publisher: BusyCal LLC
Great solution for backing up and synchronizing files with an external hard disk or other storage device. Company should also be lauded for offering perpetually free upgrades.
Publisher: Econ Technologies
Gives Mac users a nice Windows 7 feature: Drag a window until the mouse cursor touches either left or right edges of the screen, and the window “cinches”s able to send a clippingsto your iPhone. You can specifiy how many clippings are kept, either 10, 20 or 50. A Pro version ($XX) sends unlimited clippings to your phone.
Publisher: Eric Mann
Cobook resides in your Mac menu bar and can be called up any time to search, add or edit entries in your Mac Contacts. Indispensable.
Right now Apple’s menubar battery status reports says there is a 95% charge left. In reality, coconutBattery tells the truth with 90% left. This handy utility monitors battery health, by showing how often the battery was charged and contrasting its current maximum capacity with its original capacity.
Edit HTML code simply and quickly with this nice web development tool. Besides HTML, Coda also handles CSS, Java, PHP and many other development file types. For a limited time, Coda is offering a $75 upgrade price for everyone.
Category: Developer Tools
Daylite used to be my favorite Mac CRM program, but it has been replaced by Base. The problem: the program is so feature-rich, everthing becomes harder to use. I’m leaving Daylite in this list for now, for people who need a Mac-based CRM recommendation, because it’s definitely nicely designed.
Publisher: Marketcircle Inc.
Decipher TextMessage saves your iPhone text messages, including image attachments, to your computer, so you have a permanent backup.
Publisher: Decipher Media LLC
Direct Mail is a freemium program that lets you create e-mail messages and send them to lists using either your e-mail account or Direct Mail’s pre-paid e3 delivery service, which starts at $15 per month for up to 500 e-mail recipients.
Publisher: e3 Software
DiskWave is a utility that scans your hard disk to determine what files and folders consume most of your disk space. A necessity for SSD users who want to free up disk space.
Publisher: Aymeric Barthe
Drive Genius is reportedly used by Apple to check storage devices, and can perform a number of functions, including defragging, permission repair and other optimization tasks.
Publisher: Prosoft Engineering Inc
Dropbox lets you save documents and pictures to the cloud, so you can instantly access them on other computers, your iPhone or your iPad. A must have. A free tier saves from 2GB to 16GB. A Pro plan stores 100GB for $9.99 per month.
Email Extractor extracts email addresses from text files, which is a great way to build a customer contact list using mailbox data.
eMmail Verifier actually connects to your mail server and checks whether an email address exists or not, and disconnects without sending.
Evernote saves notes, images, PDFs or web clippings and lets you access them from any platform. Indispensable for people who do a lot of research, like us here at Social Revolution.
Export Address Book
Apple’s Address Book does not let you export contacts by group. Export Address Book does that and a lot more. Totally worth $4, don’t you agree?
Publisher: Stefan Keller
Need software to transcribe your Sony or Olympus digital voice recordings? Download the freemium ExpressScribe software and you have a good solution.
Publisher: NCH Software
Fantastical has become our go-to calendar program. Sure, we use BusyCal too, but Fantastical can be called up from the menu bar when one needs it, and its scheduling intelligence is great. It looks beautiful and there is an iPhone app.
Fetch is file transfer utility that is easy of use and supports FTP and SFTP, the most popular file transfer protocols used to manage your web site or blog.
Publisher: Fetch Softworks
Category: Developer Tools
FileMaker Pro 12
FileMaker Pro is fully programmable database design tool that can be used to create custom relational databases and that can be deployed on all platforms, Mac, iPhone and iPad. This listing of products was originally created in FileMaker.
Want to write a screen play or Broadway book? FinalDraft lets you approach it the right way, seamlessly formatting your script as you type.
Publisher: Final Draft Inc.
Need to organize and repair your fonts? FontDoctor does this very well.
Publisher: FontGear Inc.
ForkLift is now our favorite FTP program, superceding Fetch, which still has not been optimized for Retina displays. ForkLift is fast and features two main windows that can either display your server files or your local disk files, so you can simply drag and drop between the two. You can, of course, also drag and drop between desktop and any window. The program does have a few interface idiosyncracies, like finding your Favorites, but it’s the best FTP file transfer program today.
Publisher: Binary Nights
Category: Developer Tools
Free Ruler is a floating horizontal and vertical ruler that measures on-screen items in pixels, inches, picas,or centimeters. A must-have for web designers.
As Apple puts it, GarageBand is a whole music creation studio right inside your Mac — complete with keyboard, synths, orchestral and percussion instruments, presets for guitar and voice, an entirely redesigned sound library, and virtual session drummers. Now nothing is holding you back from becoming the next Daft Punk.
Publisher: Apple Inc.
Price: Free With New Macs
Now here’s a tool for today’s economy. GarageSale is basically an eBay management tool. Use pre-designed templates to make your stuff look good and GarageSale manages uploading of the content and seller communication. Slick.
Publisher: iwascoding GmbH
If you use GitHub, and what technocrat doesn’t, you already know about this app.
Version: Drum ‘n’ Rebase (150)
Category: Developer Tools
Google Chrome has become the most popular browser because it’s frequently updated in the background, lighting fast and easily extensible.
Put the world at your fingertips. Fly to any place around the globe and see maps with 3D buildings and street-view terrains. Mindbendingly fun.
If you produce or attend webinars or online presentations, GoToMeeting is definitely one of the gold standards of the online meeting world. Work with anyone, anywhere, as long as you can afford the monthly $49 entrance fee. A cheaper monthly service is Join.me, which starts at $13/mo.
Publisher: Citrix Online LLC
Category: Online Meeting
Createw invoices and estimates using a customized design. Automatically attaches a PDF invoice to email for quick sending. Great for consultants.
Publisher: Stefan FÃ¼rst
iBooks Author lets you create sophisticated e-books with video, photo gallery widgets and more. Download your free copy now.
Do you need to design a favicon for your website? Then you must use Icon Slate, which is an easy-to-use tool that generates favicons, including Retina versions.
Publisher: Jeremy Marchand
Category: Developer Tools
I’ve been a very happy camper since I began using iDraw a few months ago. iDraw is the first truly viable alternative to Adobe Illustrator. This vector design and illustration program reads both Illustrator and Photoshop files and can export in a host of formats. If you frequently need to create buttons or logos for websites, iDraw should be your first choice. And, best of all, it’s Retina compatible.
Publisher: Indeeo Inc.
iMovie lets you edit camcorder and iPhone movies and organizes them for easy browsing and watching. Totally Apple, totally ubercool.
Publisher: Apple Inc.
iPhoto grabs photos from your digicam, organizes them by event or import date, lets you retouch photos and sends them to your friend’s inbox or mailbox.
If you code you know how often you have to compare two pieces of code to see the differences. Kaleidoscope makes this easy and sports a beautiful interface too. Unfortunately, Black Pixel decided to nearly double its price to $70. Not totally ubercool but worth it if you compare files a lot.
Publisher: Black Pixel
Category: Developer Tools
Keynote was the program that made yours truly switch back to the Mac. It’s that good. Outstanding ease of use and power, makes PPT fans green with envy.
Kindle for Mac
Want to read Kindle books on your MacBook? No problem with the free Kindle for Mac app makes, which can now be also downloaded in the App Store.
Do you dislike having to plow through your application folder, or like me, hate endlessly scrolling the toolbar with 72 app icons that, after a while, all start looking alike? LaunchBar lets you hit Command-Spacebar and enter one or two letters to quickly summon an application.The only thing I don’t like about Launchbar is that it’s too expensive for what it does.
Publisher: Objective Development Software GmbH
Need to take screenshots of entire web pages, i.e. more than is shown on your screen? LittleSnapper not only takes these screenshots but organizes them too.
Publisher: Realmac Software
What can I add about Apple’s built-in email program that you don’t alread know? It’s flexible and fast and, with a few exceptions, it does just about everything well. I live in it.
Publisher: Apple Inc.
MailSteward archives huge volumes of email by storing them in a database that offers sophisticated searches plus the ability to extract mail addresses.
This Macintosh application is a companion program to the Mint website. It brings the same beautiful graphics to the desktop but adds another nicety: a menu icon that tells you when a bank transaction has occurred. Great tool for organizing your financial life.
Publisher: Intuit Inc.
Mountain Tweaks, and Lion Tweaks, lets you customize and correct certain features in Mac OS X 10.7, many of which are undoubtedly annoying. After you download this free app, donate to developer Fredrik Wiker, so he can get a college education. Mountain Tweaks will probably lose its relevance once I upgrade Mavericks, but we’ll see if Wiker releases a Mavericks Tweaks.
Publisher: Fredrik Wiker
Need to rename a large set of files, like for instance add a file’s pixel dimensions and/or file size to the file name? Name Mangler will do this chore. It can also remove characters from file names starting at a certain position, or add suffixes and prefixes to file names. It can also “dumb down” file names for Windows, trim white space, convert AM to am, and add a time-stamp to file names.
Publisher: Many Tricks
Numbers is the Excel of the Mac. It offers much of its power, but some might think that’s not enough. Now that Apple has finally upgraded the suite, a new Numbers has appeared that has fewer features than its predecessor. Still we like its new skin a lot and will transition over.
Price: $19.99 (Free with new Macs)
OmniOutliner is our favorite tool for creating to-do lists, data lists, or any task that requires outlining. The good news is that The Omni Group is betatestng version 4, which has a much cleaner inteface.
Publisher: The Omni Group
How about a versatile utility with a nice interface that handles system maintenance tasks and is shareware? That is OnyX, and it’s only available on the Mac. We don’t know if it’s compatible with Mavericks, will let you know.
Publisher: Titanium Software
Need a free tool that can open Microsoft Office documents? Look no further, OpenOffice is helps you word process, spreadsheet and present to your heart’s content.
Publisher: Apache Software Foundation
Pacifist is a shareware application with a suggested donation that opens Mac OS X .pkg package files, .dmg disk images, and .zip, .tar, .tar.gz and .xar archives and allows you to extract individual files and folders. This is useful if an application installed by the operating system becomes damaged and needs to be reinstalled without the hassle of reinstalling all of Mac OS X.
Publisher: Charles Soft
Pages is the Microsoft Word of the Mac. Like Numbers, Pages has outstanding layout capabilities, as exemplified by its built-in templates. Well worth $20 or getting it free with every new Mac you help sell. Was updated to 2013 versions, see our review of Numbers.
Price: $19.99 (free with new Macs)
Need to manipulate data? Like join two fields or clean up a database marred by sloppy data entry? Panorama Sheets parses your data fast by doing all its work in RAM. If you don’t need to manipulate more than a few hundred records, you can keep using the demo version, since Panorama Sheets works for free on small databases.
Publisher: ProVUE Development
Paparazzi captures screenshots of websites but goes beyond the call of duty by grabbing the entire page, as far as the eye cannot see.
Publisher: Nate Weaver
Manage all your recipes on the Mac and then sync the recipe and shopping list to your iPhone. Paprka is one of the best recipe managers out there today.
Publisher: Hindsight Labs LLC
Run Windows apps on your Mac in a separate window. Drap and drop text between Mac and Windows applications, all feats made possible by Parallels. The progress in the field of virtualization is remarkable. Parallels 8.0 is so much easier to use than previous versions. We are planning to update to 9.0 soon.
Publisher: Parallels IP Holdings GmbH
Need Photoshop but don’t want to pay Adobe any more money? Pixelmator does what you absolutely need: resizing, retouching, layering and more. We have totally fallen in love with the latest version Pixelmator 3.2. Its ease of use, clean interface and very attractive price make Pixelmator a viable alternative to Photoshop.
Publisher: Pixelmator Team Ltd.
Presentation Prompter turns your Mac into a teleprompter, offering full control over display preferences, including scrolling speed and character size.
Publisher: NextForce Software
We created the weekly publication, MacWEEK, using Quark. It would not have been possible to publish a 50,000-circulation weekly in 1987 on the Mac without it. Enough said.
Here’s one case where a Windows program still outshines the Mac, but if you want balance your checkbook the Mac way, Quicken Essentials is good enough.
Silvio Rizzi has written the most gorgeous RSS reader bar none. Reeder syncs with Google Reader feeds but showcases articles beautifully and simply. UPDATE: We’re still waiting for an update from Rizzi for this great app. He has updated the iPhone and iPad Reeder and promises to update this one too, some day.
Publisher: Silvio Rizzi
Renamer lets you batch rename many files and folders at once. Renamer can even combine multiple operations in one single task. You can batch change file extensions, like changing JPEG to .jpg or change names of pictures from IMG_0051.jpg to something that is easier to recognize.
Publisher: Incredible Bee
Certain extensions, like ResizeMe 2, are only available for Safari, so for those with consistent window size capturing needs, Safari is the only way to go. (Chrome has no setting to get rid of its toolbar, which is why all advertising screenshots are taken in Safari.)
Scrivener is perhaps the most amazing writing organizer and thought outliner. Designed for book authors, Scrivener lets you organize your writing and thoughts by folder or sub-folder. It can even attach a document to a document. We have started moving all of our writing, wheter for book, site, collateral or anything else into Scrivener. Highly recommended for anyone who does any writing, whether for business plan or brochure.
Publisher: Literature & Latte
Search & Replace
Search & Replace is a powerful batch-processing utility that replaces content in text files, renames or trims file names, adds prefixes or suffixes, or changes text to upper and lower case with just one click. It will also provide you with a count of changes, if you like to keep track of things.
Publisher: Dorian Chapeau
Since its launch in August 2003, Skype has reshaped the chat and internet calling market. The Mac version, while radically different from its Windows counterpart, is pretty nifty.
I have yet to find a simple text editor that does what Smultron does, which is quick-and-dirty CSS or text editing. I really like its search and replace facility. It also has a great uppercase to lowercase to title case, etc. feature. Glad to see that Smultron is now compatible with Mavericks.
Publisher: Peter Borg Apps AB
Category: Developer Tools
Snapz Pro X
Mac designers create a lot of user manuals, so taking great screenshots is key. Snapz Pro X works the same way as Apple’s Grab but offers more options, like saving directly to a PNG or PSD files.
Publisher: Ambrosia Software Inc.
Sol Basics Solitaire
If you’re addicted to Solitaire, specifically Spider Solitaire, you will like Sol Basics. For 10 bucks, you get Sol Basics Solitaire, Spider, Free Cell and Klondike.
Publisher: Smallware LLC
We have two password keepers in this list. That’s because SplashID does a better job of organizing, while 1Password is better at inserting. Both could be far easier to use. UPDATE: Splash has taken a lot of heat for its latest update, which forces people to hand over their password to enable its new cloud synch feature. we do not recommend upgrading either the desktop app or the iPhone app until we can find an alternative. Unfortunately, the built-in Mavericks solution is not great either.
Suitcase Fusion 4.0
The bane of dealing with a lot of fonts is that the one you need is not always available. Suitcase Fusion makes it easy to manage a huge font library by turning fonts on and off when needed. Not cheap but definitely worth it.
Here is another program that we wished we had acquired earlier. Text Expander saves so much time typing repetitive things like URLs and return addresses, simply amazing. It even handles embedded terms that require further input when you type. Highly recommended.
Publisher: SmileOnMyMac LLC
Things is a well-executed to-do list manager and was one of the first apps that allowed users to synch between Mac and its iPhone app ($10), perfect for list checkers. What we really like about Things is that it has a Helper app that lets you add tasks from any program (as long as Things is running).
Publisher: Cultured Code GmbH
Category: Task Management
While Time Machine is a great backup solution, it has one annoying habit, it backs up all the time, slowing your Mac down. TimeMachineEditor solves that.
Publisher: Time Software
Would you like to surf the new Silk Road 2? The TorBrowser is a secure web browser that allows you to access web sites completely incognito. Take that NSA!
Publisher: Tor Project
TuneUp will parse your iTunes music library and find song duplicates, cover art and correct information, including artist, track name, album name, etc. While it is not Retina-optimized, particularly galling given its $50 price, it does what work well.
Publisher: TuneUp Media Inc.
TurboTax Home Business
Intuit makes great tax preparation software. While you can choose between filing taxes online or the software version, the software offers more features.
Heard the bad news? After taking Facebook out of Tweetdeck, Twitter has announced the end of the road for TweetDeck, a very popular preferred Twitter client. So get it while you still can. Perhaps we will make the older version available here, so you can still download what was once the best social media client.
Category: Social Media
Some online repositories like compressing files in a weird format called rar. UnRarX lets you expand these rare rar archives.
Publisher: Alexander Roshal
VLC Media Player
VLC lets you watch videos encoded in formats QuickTime player cannot handle, including MKV, WMC and AVI. As CNET puts it: If you want a player that can be totally customized and configured to suit, and is not only updated frequently but also regularly offers new features and options created by a huge community of programmers and users, the answer is VLC Media Player.
One area where the Mac suffers in comparison to the PC is bookmark management. Webbla organizes bookmarks the way iTunes does, either visually or as lists.
Publisher: Celmaro Ltd.
White List will parse your Apple Mail folders and provide stats on e-mail addresses you have communicated with and ranks them in order of number of e-mails sent. An invaluable tool for making sure your e-mail lists contain the people you correspond with frequently.
Publisher: Patrick Stein
There are many utilities that claim to be able to download videos from YouTube, but most don’t work very well. Even iLivid, which we recommended last, stopped working. Wondershare AllMyTube downloads the higest resolution videos available from YouTube, and even Vimeo. A welcome tool for presenters.
Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate
Despite the fact that Macs are hugely popular among video pros, you rarely find good info on the best video converter utility. Search no more, we think Wondershare is it.
If you need to write without distractions, WriteRoom is a full-screen writing environment that eliminates clutter. WriteRoom even lets you mimic those word processors of yore. Fun!
Publisher: Hogbay Software
Xee is an image browser that lets you turn any folder into a slide show. It will open any format Preview can open, plus a few esoteric ones, like PCX.
Publisher: Dag Agren
XMind is a brainstorming and mind-mapping software program that lets you diagram web site structures or org charts. It’s priced using the freemium model, so no arguments here.
Publisher: XMind Ltd.
What might have seemed inconceivable just a few years ago Tesla has done, and that is make the electric car hot. The Tesla Model S sets the standard for premium electric performance with its advanced technologies:
- Engine – The Tesla Model S powertrain delivers exhilarating performance, pushing the car from 0 to 60 in 5.4 seconds without a drop of gasoline!
- Design – This car features a 50/50 weight distribution, a low center of gravity, and responsiveness and agility that some liken to some of the best sports cars. No wonder Consumer Reports said that “The Tesla Model S is our top-scoring car.”
- Energy – The Tesla Model S is offered with three lithium-ion battery options: 60 kWh with an estimated range of 230 miles, 85 kWh with an estimated range of 300 miles, and 85kWh Performance with an estimated range of 300 miles but with a faster range of acceleration, more horsepower, and higher top speed.
- Charging – You can charge a Tesla Model S with a 240-volt or 120-volt outlets at a rate of 29 miles per hour. This means you can achieve a 50% charge in only thirty minutes.
The best feature of the Tesla Model S may well be its all-glass panoramic roof, allowing for a convertible-like driving experience, which we favor.
Version 2.0 is 20% slimmer than the original thermostat, and is now compatible with 95% of U.S. heating and cooling systems. Here are key features:
- Learns – The Nest learns what temperatures you prefer and when, and within a few days builds you a personalized schedule. Each adjustment, either higher or lower is stored.
- Saves money – The Nest Thermostat can save you up to 20% on your heating and cooling bills. Auto-Away detects if you leave your home and goes into an energy-efficient Away temperature.
Mobile control – You can make real-time adjustments to the temperature from any mobile device, anywhere in the world.
- Weather Aware – The Nest features a host of sensors including activity sensors, humidity sensors, temperature sensors, and even a Weather Aware function, which lets you gauge how outside temperatures will affect your energy bill. The device uses its Wi-Fi connection to check current weather.
The prospect of using a thermostat that no one has to fight over makes us already feel warm inside.
If you have ever dealt with the customer service person at any airline’s lost luggage desk, you’ll be happy to learn that Delta Airlines’ app lets you track your luggage using a mobile app. No more filling out forms looking for a black bag that is about “yay wide.” The video explains….
Additionally, they have a mobile app that lets you track every process of your trip for iPad, iPhone and Android. Being on the go never again means being out of the loop is one of their mottos. In addition to being the mobile extension of the new delta.com, Delta Mobile Web is a useful tool that efficiently handles your core travel needs.
Now why go through all this hassle for a pair of four-eyes? Because devices like Google Glass, or “heads-up displays,” are the wave of our three-dimensional future. If you’ve ever played with Layar’s augmented reality browsing app, you know what we mean:
- Heads-up display – Like a smartphone, Google Glass displays information in a hands-free format, and it’s voice-activated so you can communicate with the internet via voice commands.
- Record your experience – Google Glass features a five-megapixel HD camera, with the ability to record 720p videos or capture images.
- Ins and outs – A 640×360 display, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 16GB storage, 682MB RAM, ambient light sensing, and tri-axial gyroscope, accelerometer and compass round out its bleeding-edge feature set.
- Interface — Naturally since we’re talking Google, it’s the Android operating system, and you control and manage Google Glass via an app called MyGlass.
Unfortunately, Google Glass is not yet widely available. They’re set aside for those interested in joining The Glass Explorer Program to help shape and contribute to the future of Google Glass. What are you waiting for?