Between the rise of hybrid, electric and self-driving autonomous vehicles (among other automobile advancements), automakers around the world are seeing the next great frontier in the driving experience, which includes FINDING A DARN, AVAILABLE PARKING SPOT! It appears that the German car-maker BMW was thinking the same thing, as they have gone from being a minority stakeholder in Parkmobile — described as the largest mobile parking services provider in North America with a footprint over 1 million+ parking spaces — back in 2004 to going all-in by outright buying the app completely. It looks like BMW isn’t just content on profiting from car sales; they was to solve issues with, again, FINDING A DARN, AVAILABLE PARKING SPOT!
Google brand new upcoming app, Files Go, works similar to Apple’s AirDrop, as it will allow users to manage, clean up, and share files to nearby Android-based devices via Bluetooth. Files Go — what will likely be a less-than 10MB download, according to the closed beta — has a file-transfer feature doesn’t appear to operate EXACTLY how AirDrop works, as both people need to have the Files Go app open, while AirDrop lets you send files from any app to any nearby contact, regardless over the recipient having a similar app.
This is for my friends and family how hound me constantly about this annoyance in Facebook. After having the same problem myself over 5 years ago with Facebook — which I ended by no longer using my Facebook account to login to other sites & services; all hail LastPass, all praise to thee — some people enjoy that convenience. However, they they want to change how those apps are allowed to do with their account. On a separate settings page (because OF COURSE there’s one), you can block apps from posting to your wall while allowing them to stay connected to your Facebook profile. Continue reading How to Stop Apps That Automatically Post to Facebook For You
Our passwords need to be secure, complicated, while being easy-to-remember. However, with the number of services that we use that utilize passwords, it’s common that many people use the same password for each service and/or use “1234,” “abcd” or “password” as a password — which you SHOULD NEVER DO — and put ease of memory over security. That’s why I stopped keeping a grid of multiple unique and complex passwords for each service and started using LassPass. LassPass is a freemium password management service that aims to resolve the password fatigue problem I mentioned earlier by centralizing user password management using the cloud through a web interface, browser plugins and apps and bookmarklets. Continue reading LastPass is FREAKING AWESOME (and you should be using it)!
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This week, why architects should design with their ears, Evernote launches the Smart Notebook, why should you be watching “Hey Ash, Whatcha’ Playin,” and Jerry Lawler’s AWA-Memphis brawl in 1981. Plus, the QUESTION OF THE WEEK! Continue reading Acoustics, The EverNoteBook, HAWP & Brawler Lawler – PractitioNERD WIRed #15
This week’s episode of The PractitioNERD discusses a simple, vernacular Canadian Train Station (The Le Massif de Charlevoix Train Station), Bluetooth-operated light bulbs (Bluetooth Light Bulbs), Sonic the Hedgehog & Mega Man form a tag team against evil (Archie Comic’s Sonic / Mega Man Series to Crossover), and The Hitman vs. British Bulldog at SummerSlam ‘92! (Hart vs. Smith for the Intercontinental Championship at SummerSlam).
…also, THE QUESTION OF THE WEEK!! Continue reading Train Stations, Bluetooth Lights, Sonic/Mega Man & Classic Hart Drama – WIRed #9
With the influx of new and advanced technological gadgets, gizmos, and whosee-whatsits, some companies never forget that even mainstay and simple pieces of tech need a bit of a next-generation update. Take the light bulb; not quite thought of in the vein of gadgets like computers, phones, and tablets, but it has been getting updates in the last several years as well. This time around, how about adding Bluetooth 4.0 capabilities to them. Intrigued? Yes. Do you want to see videos of this in action. Click here –> Continue reading Control the Bluetooth Bulb with Your Smartphone. THE FUTURE AWAITS!!
WWE is close to finishing their official app for Apple iOS and Android platforms. The app will contain WWE’s latest news, a large library of videos, photo galleries and more. With the WWE app, you will have access to breaking news, a huge WWE video library (current and classic), and thousands of action-packed photos. Also, WWE promises that with a slide, swipe or tap of a finger, you can discover a few exclusive surprises that can only be found on the dedicated WWE app.
Currently, WWE had relied on its WWE Mobile services, which consists mostly of short-code text messaging, SMS text alerts, and mobile web browsing, which is great for those who still rock so-called dumb-phones (i.e., NOT smartphones). With a more uniform and native app for download on smartphone devices, WWE will be able to better streamline those existing services along with these newer features.
A few weeks ago, I took advantage of a great deal at my local Best Buy and purchased a brand new Pogoplug Classic (that used to retail at $130) for only 30 BUCKS. For the last few years I’ve been looking for a media server (like the LaCie LaPlug Media Server), and this steal came along. For the longest time, I’ve been using my laptop or my near-10-year-old desktop PC along with some server software (i.e., TVersity, PS3 Media Server, Vuze, Orb, etc.), that that always involved having my computer on ALL OF THE TIME, hogging up a whole lot of power.
Ringtones are an excellent thing, huh? I mean, instead of listening to the grating sound of the basic ringing sound of a phone for incoming calls, you can be notified of an incoming call by the grating sound of any song recorded by Souja Boy (**crickets**, **crickets**). Anyway, while there are many services available that allow you to download ringtones to your phone for a price (YUCK!), there are ways to turn practically any song into a ringtone for your phone. Thanks to Lifehacker, they have shared a few methods to turn songs into ringtones for your iPhone (using good ‘ol iTunes) or Android (using RingDroid).
Here’s the kicker; you can do this all for FREE!! Using iTunes involves selecting the certain start time and end time of the song you wish to convert to a ringtone (provided the song is unprotected), and converting the selection of the file into a new AAC file. Using RingDroid involves a similar process; after downloading the app for your phone, you can select the start and end times of a song located locally on the phone, and save that portion of the song as a new ringtone. Now, you can also use most of the iTunes method to create a ringtone for your Android phone, so in truth there are many ways to accomplish this task. For the complete guide from Lifehacker, go ahead and hit this link, and enjoy your FREE RINGTONES.
[Thank you Lifehacker & Gawker for the image]