HOT Watch, or “Hands on Talk,” a smartwatch, not only locked its Kickstarter goal of $150,000, but has passed the $200,000 mark. Why all the hype? HOT Watch reached its initial within its first 30 hours of going live (campaign ending on September 7) and we think it’s got a lot of potential. The watch enables its wearers to take phone calls by simply raising the watch to their ear, with blue tooth enabled.
The delightful Timehop team is at it again. They released a way to get text message updates from your year-ago self in real time. If you were at SXSW last year you can see if you can keep up with…yourself.
Dubbed “Mario Kart Ghost Mode” (love it!) signing up via their landing page allows you to relive what you did last year. So why might one do that, you ask? For the same reason I love getting my Timehop emails each morning: 1) reminds me where I was one year ago; 2) triggers ideas for new content; 3) makes me feel special.
If you’re a current Timehop customer then all you need to do is enter the phone number where you’d like the texts to go. Don’t worry, if the texts completely annoy you, simply go back to the page and select “texts off.”
So tell me, what were you doing one year ago today?
Hey @marianslibrary (yah, that’s my Mom). You know how you want me to call or text you when I’m safely on the ground after being 30,000+ feet in the air? I can promise you I’ll never forget again.
The folks at #mom (hashtagmom) must really love their moms because they created a service that automates this: a Foursquare check in with the #mom calls or texts your mom. That means anytime mom is worried about where you are, you can let her know you arrived safely. Mothers around the world REJOICE!
If you’re a Foursquare user and you like your mom, there’s no reason not use it. Simply go here, enter your mom’s phone number, select whether to send her a text or call, connect Foursquare account. Done. Aren’t you a good son/daughter?
“OMG! How did you do that?” As much as I’d like to keep my mom and dad thinking I actually invent these things, I thought I’d share the info with you. Emoticons are not only cool and fun (that’s right, I think they’re cool), they’re also space and time savers when texting. If you install the Emoji Free! app on your iOS devices you can add symbols almost anywhere where text is allowed.
The only downside is that non-iOS users (yes, they exist) cannot see them. I didn’t discover this until my husband asked me why I kept sending him weird symbols all day. Of course I had a little fun with him and said, “You mean you’re not familiar with text symbol language?” Yep.
Here are the steps you’ll need to make the Emoji app work with your iPhone (and/or iPad–I have it on both):
- Download the free app: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/emoji-free!/id332509635?mt=8
- Go to settings –> general –> keyboard –> international keyboards –> add new keyboard
- Select the keyboard titled “Emoji”
- To use the emoticons select the new “globe” button that should appear to the left of your space bar
A word of caution–these emoticons will become your new bright, shiny object. Prepare to craft sentences to ensure you have to use as many emoticons as possible all the while thoroughly annoying your friends and family. Have fun!
Have a fave you think I should feature? Send your submission to prsarahevans [at] gmail.com.