Category Archives: Fave Apps

DAY 3 at #CES2014: Wearable tech, GPS tracking for pets, @Romarley interview

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I don’t ever rank CES. Whether or not is was “better” or “worse” than last year seems almost impossible to do. I spend my time thoughtfully looking for tech that inspires, excites and has long-term implications. For 2014, wearable tech dominated a lot of the conversation and it’s one of my favorite things. Check out my day three recap with @CoxComm:

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The next greatest iOS and Android addiction: Relay (GIF texting)

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This is the app that will make real-time messaging fun again. Who wants emoticons when you can have GIFs? Relay, currently available for iOS and Android, lets you message others with animated GIFs that are trending around the web. You can even upload custom GIFs you create, although creating one from within the app is not (yet) available.

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Would you keep your kids on a digital leash?

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Earlier this week I met with a young father who said his kids will not get a smartphone until they are 18 years old. Why? Because he wants them to remain little kids as long as possible. He feels that giving them such complete access to the internet, social networks and text messaging could take away their innocence. He wants to protect his children as long as he can. Now there’s a way to have the best of both worlds.

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Twitter takes “magic recommendations” to a new level, now available for Android and iPhone users

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Ever feel like you’re the last to know when some big name celeb joins Twitter or missed on the latest trending topic? Your fear of missing out (FOMO) can now be a thing of the past. Well, technically, you haven’t had to worry about it for a while thanks to Twitter’s @MagicRecs account. But, now Twitter is sharing these “magic recommendations” with Android and iPhone users via push notifications.

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First came 6 then 15, now comes 20 second videos with licensed music and sound effects

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New player in the short-video network game is Snapverse, which pairs 20 second videos with current, popular songs. Their core differentiators from other apps, like Vine and Instagram Video, are the music library and sound effects. Songs like Macklemore’s “Wings” and Van Morrison’s “Brown Eyed Girl” are part of the 25+ music library, not including the 25 sound effects currently available.

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