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Netflix vs. Amazon Prime Contest [INFO-GRAPHIC]

There has been a lot of buzz around which streaming service is better Netflix or Amazon Prime. I currently use Netflix but have started giving Amazon Prime a thought since it also comes with free two-day shipping on all Amazon orders. Yesterday, I came across an info-graphic that compares several key features from both streaming services:

Amazon vs Netflix

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Invitation from Google to become a Glass Explorer

Earlier this year, Google had launched +Project Glass contest and offered a unique opportunity to experience Google Glass in-person. I entered into the contest as well and my submissions can be found here. Approximately eight thousand winners were selected and I was not one of them.

Recently, I received an email from “Glass Support” with an invitation to become a glass explorer! See email below:

Google Glass Inviatation

I have not yet decided if I will join the program and purchase the Glass Developer Kit which has a price tag of $1500. Trying to figure out business value for Google Glass; from an enterprise IT perspective, I’m not sure how we can use Glass currently. In addition, I don’t think any of our largest partners are working/developing for Glass – example: IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, etc.

Since I am a technology enthusiast, I would like to get Glass for personal use anyway; it would create nice blog posts to share my experiences with especially how wearable tech is transforming user experience.

I would like to hear your opinion – Should I invest in Google Glass? Why or Why Not?

My +Project Glass Entry to be submitted tomorrow 2/27/2013

#GoogleGlass is one of the best inventions of the Year 2012, part of an elite group that also includes Element 113, Tesla Model S, Switchblade Drone, and Indoor clouds to name a few.

+Project Glass was first introduced in 2012 and gained a lot of hype with the commercial Promo Video they released. This brought about a lot of buzz in the tech world and social media. Google, being one of the smartest and innovative enterprises of our century, it has offered an exclusive opportunity to the 50 United States and District of Columbia to become a #Glass Explorer. A unique opportunity to experience Google Glass in-person in New York, San Fransisco, or Los Angeles. The only catch to the opportunity is that Explorers will each need to pre-order a Glass Explorer Edition for $1500 plus tax.

The contest started on February 20, 2013 and ends February 27, 2013. In order for you to apply/enter to win, you need to:

Using Google+ or Twitter, tell us what you would do if you had Glass, starting with the hashtag #ifihadglass.”

After thinking about it for several days, I’ll be posting my +Project Glass entry tomorrow 2/27 – Focus is #originality and #creativity –

More information on Google Glass and how to enter can be found Here.

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Are we addicted to our phones? Moment of Realization – Video

I recently came across a YouTube video from a friend titled “Slow Tech” by Joe Kraus. My first thoughts when opening the link was “hmm, probably not watching” due to the 15 minute time stamp for the length of the video. Since it was recommended by a colleague I admire, I went ahead and played the video. Ill give my final thoughts after watching the video and let you decide if you would like to watch it or not; I will however mention – If you want to continue your life as a ‘robot,’ ignore this video, but if you want to reconnect with your human self and appreciate life and the people around you, this is a must watch and a ‘mind-opener’

At the end of the video, “Wow” was my first impression followed by a two minute halt on all my tasks and just thinking over the contents of the video. This moment was a hit of reality and a moment of realization. I now had desire to become better, to have a purpose, to appreciate life.

Brief intro: “How do you like your relationship with your phone?” Did you know – Humans don’t multi-task, we switch very fast between single-tasks; and the more we do it the dumber we get, and the slower we become – almost 10 IQ’s lower and less efficient! We have an attention crisis!

Click play and come to a new realization!

LinkedIn Passwords Leaked!

LinkedIn is one of the main resource businesses and professionals use as a tool for social networking.  According to LinkedIn Press Center, the network has approximately 161 million members in over 200 countries and territories.

According to Business Insider, 6.5 million encrypted LinedIn passwords have been leaked and dumped into a Russian hacker forum. Compare to 161 million members, the breach affects a relatively small number of members.

LinkedIn has acknowledged the reports and has not released a formal statement yet, but tweeted “Our team is currently looking into reports…”

Change your Password Right Now!

  • Never change your password by following a link in an email, since those links might be compromised and redirect you to the wrong place.
  • You can change your password from the LinkedIn Settings page.
  • If you don’t remember your password, you can get password help by clicking on the Forgot password? link on the Sign in page.

“PayPal Here” as a credit card solution for SMBs and technicians

Ever had a problem accepting credit card at an on-site job? or Credit Card Merchants over-charging in interest/equipment?

As an on-site computer engineer for several years around the year 2006, the only method of payment I could accept was cash or check. This was very inconvenient as I might have lost some clients due to the lack of accepting credit/debit card payments. A system was put in place by my employer while working as a field technician –  I had to use the credit card carbon copy slip to accept plastic payments. This ancient way of making copies was futile let alone time-consuming.

Paypal Here might be the solution to the credit card issue one faces as a field technician or a small business that cannot afford the over-priced merchant services.

Paypal Here: How it works!

Find your Lost Droid or Compromise Privacy!

I recently came across an article from a local newspaper where a man had lost his iPhone and Blackberry. Using couple applications, he was able to track his phones to the next block neighbour. Involving the local police, the man went to the neighbor’s house and asked for the phones to be returned but the family was at complete denial. The man opened up his laptop, tracked the phones again and activate the ringer. The iPhone was found in the closet of a 12-year old. After confessing and asked about the blackberry, the 12-year old denied again. The man tracked and activated the ringer to his blackberry – Surprise Surprise – the Blackberry started ringing from the kid’s shoes. He was taken away by law enforcement and the story ends.

This article made me think if I had a similar solution if my smart phone gets stolen. Searching and comparing apps online…

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