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Meadows in the Mountains Festival Returns to Bulgaria

April 21, 2014 by  

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 Meadows in the Mountains Festival returns to Bulgaria’s Rhodope Mountain range this summer. Located near the Greek border, the festival will be held from June 13-15, 2014 and feature live artists and DJ’s across three days, from disco, electronica, chill, funk, jazz, art, sun and nature. Other Meadows In The Mountains activities include horse & cart taxis, mountain zip line, creative arts & installations, downhill grass bobsleighing, death slide, horse riding, waterfalls, mountain walking, natural thermal springs, hammocks, family friendly, local village life and locally sourced food. Meadows is nestled high up in the stunning Rhodope Mountains, very proud of its quirky and different attitude that doesn’t follow trends and other festival’s concepts. The beautiful landscapes of Bulgaria beckon once again to recreate the magical mystery and true sense of community that Meadows In The Mountains represents.   Inspired by Bulgarian revolutionaries Vasil Levski and Hristo Botev, Meadows invites it’s participants to embark upon a voyage across the seven seas to the very heart of the Rhodopian Mountains nestled in the beautiful Bulgarian countryside; an untouched and un ravished bastion of nature in this harsh world of urban sprawl and concrete jungles. Once home to prehistoric man these…

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Smartwatches vs Featurewatches: Discover the Phosphor Touch Time

April 18, 2014 by  

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Just as your smartphones had some competition with features phones and their limited apps, longer battery life, and in many cases better designs, so the smartwatches of the world have the oncoming storm of the featurewatches. Starting with the Phosphor Touch Time.
Just like the feature phone, the Touch Time stands out against a field of smartwatches thanks to a limited but focused set of applications. Through these applications, and the hardware in the watch, the idea of a smartwatch is implied. The capacitive touch-screen, as well as contributing to the name, also allows a smartwatch like UI to be employed. Switching between the top level screens is accomplished by a swipe across the screen to either the right or the left; app selection is through a tap on the screen; and switching through views in each individual application is accomplished with either an upwards or downwards swipe. The UI is consistent across the seven applications, the settings screen, and the clock faces. That’s important in a small piece of consumer technology, so congratulations to Phosphor for focusing on the UI to enable this consistency. Excerpt taking from additional fodder I have over on Forbes. When


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The Fading Social Fashion Of Google Glass

April 17, 2014 by  

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Molotov Sarah Slocum’s recent experience at Molotov’s, a lower Haight Street bar where an irate drinker snatched her Google Glass off her face, did a lot to boost her popularity as TV and newspapers covered the incident. But the association with someone who called the incident a hate crime,  has not been good for Google Glass. NewImage A bouncer outside Molotov’s Several prominent Google Glass enthusiasts I know have started to leave their digital goggles at home, and I’ve heard others are doing the same. They don’t want to be associated with Slocum even though they like the wearable technology. It’s not just the Slocum effect: there’s a sense of manners related to the use of any camera in public that requires people to ask permission. You can generally see if someone is pointing their phone at you yet it’s difficult to tell if a Google Glass wearer is taking photos, or shooting video. This is especially true in the latest version of Google Glass where the bright tiny screen is now very visible to outsiders and is clearly on even though it might not be recording. This…

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Freeing Yourself From Internet Censorship When You Travel

April 11, 2014 by  

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A carefree tour is nothing short of a blessing these days. It is a leisure that only few can afford in time and in money. It is an escape from the burnouts of noisy cities, polluted lanes, stressful work, social strife and much more. It is a journey to peace. But then you know it is short lived, so you just want to make the most of it. You get cameras, bookmark places, and make a long list of shopping spree you would like to do on various points of your trip. You want to tell the whole world of your whereabouts time and again. You are not going to miss out on your friends and family back home.

Travel Experiences You Always Wanted to Have – And Share!

Whether it is an exotic massage on a beach in Thailand, a crazy dance with village farmers, or even a long drive with your childhood friend in his Lamborghini, you have an irresistible urge to show it off to the world, just like you have been seeing it long until your own journey. It is your turn to brag. You have planned to update your entire social world about whatever new…

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5 Top Mobile Apps for Getting Around New York City

April 11, 2014 by  

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Besides my Metrocard, the only other thing I never ever leave home without is my trusty iPhone.  Any other New Yorkers out there relate? I’ve only had this amazing piece of technology for about a year, and it’s insane to think how I navigated my way around the city before!  (Blackberry, you’ll always have a place in my heart.)  Here are the top 5 NYC-centric apps that are, quite simply, priceless.

1. Seamless

Heading home from a long day at work?  Sure, you could wait until arriving home to log onto the desktop and place an order for your go-to Thai…OR, you could open up this handy dandy app on your phone, order and pay for it en route, and have it delivered by the time you walk in your building.  Amazing?  I think yes.

2. HopStop

In pre-iPhone days, I would email myself directions from HopStop, like, all the time.  Now life on public transportation just got a million times easier, cause you can search for door to door directions virtually anywhere!  Or if you’re feeling super lazy, you can even get an estimate on how much cab fare would be.…

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The Flashy Can-Am Spyder Available to Test in San Mateo Through April 10

April 9, 2014 by  

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Coming to Northern California’s Silicon Valley/Bay Area for the first time is the Can-Am Spyder on April 9 and April 10, 2014 at the San Mateo County Convention Center at 1346 Saratoga Dr., San Mateo, CA  94403 (demo area outside).  You’ll be able to try out this three-wheeled open air vehicle that gives you the exhilaration of riding with confidence and control thanks to its Y-frame design, state of the art 7 automobile technologies and Rotax engine. Could this be the future sports ride of Silicon Valley techies? The Can-Am Spyder has awesome tech features:
  • AM/FM Audio System with iPod Cable – Audio system and weather band that is all satellite-radio ready and rear speakers with independent audio control.
  • Garmin Zumo 660 GPS – Integrated with an easy-read 4.3-in touch screen and Bluetooth wireless technology.
  • Anti-theft system – Digitally encoded security system (D.E.S.S.) prohibits vehicle from starting unless the rider uses the correct coded electronic key.
  • 41 gallons of storage – A perfect place for your phone, tablet and computer, keep your gear safe with lockable watertight storage.
And also… fuel efficient and green features… In addition, updates to the cooling

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Putting a Dent in the Future in Sun Valley Idaho

April 1, 2014 by  

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When you hear the word DENT, you might have a visual of a dental brand or maybe an auto repair company, but your mind might not automatically jump to a conference in the middle of the Idaho mountains whose goal is to shake things up across industries with technology. Now in its second year, Steve Broback and Jason Preston are the visionaries behind this event, which aims to explore the magic and science of visionary leadership and groundbreaking success. DENT on stage talks (39) While so many events and conferences focus on one main track or trending idea, i.e, mobile apps, enterprise software, wearables or connected devices, DENT the Future has focused on creating an “experience” for its attendees, all centered around entrepreneurship, leadership and having “fun.” DENT on stage talks (21) Sessions and discussions ranged from mobile development, gaming, delegation and goal setting to the art of design, crowdfunding, wearable tech, data visualization and decoding the language of glamour. We delved into education and IPs and then onto the importance of creating support networks when building a startup, before embarking on a dialogue with Richard Douglas “Dick” Fosbury, who is one of the most influential athletes in…

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Wearable World Brings 2 Events to San Diego & LA This Month

March 9, 2014 by  

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Wearable World is hosting two upcoming events in San Diego on March 19 and in Los Angeles on March 26, events they’re calling Wearable Wednesdays. At the event, you’ll hear from thought leaders and entrepreneurs on the topic of truly wearable technology in the form of smart fabrics, e-textiles, and clothing that connects us to all things internet. From fabrics that change color with your movement to textile sensors that monitor oxygen levels for firefighters - the potential for intelligent clothing is unlimited. Although researchers believe it will be another 20 years until products like these are made commercially available, that hasn’t slowed down companies like Adidas, Under Armour, Nike, and Reebok from exploring the potential for connected apparel. Soon enough wearable tech watches will become archaic when the very shirt and pants you are wearing can provide data on everything from muscle exertion and skin temperature to who is tweeting you. They will discuss the current state of smart fabrics, where the industry is moving, and how the leaders in connected clothing are breaking away from the pack.  ABI Research estimates the global market for

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