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Shelly Palmer Radio Report – August 6, 2014

Shelly Palmer Radio Report – August 6, 2014

What if your office lamp could tell your co-workers where you were? That’s the thinking behind Place Lamp, which syncs with your smartphone to set up “geofences” that detect how far you are from your lamp. In the office but not at your desk? The lamp can glow blue. Out of the office on your lunch break? The lamp can glow yellow. Out of the country on vacation? The lamp can glow red. If you’re sitting at your desk, Place Lamp acts like a traditional desk lamp and provides light for your tasks. You can also use the lamp to set up notifications, like changing color when you get an email from your boss or have it “wink” pink if a loved one texts you. The Place Lamp is entirely automated, which means you can set it and forget it. Place Lamp isn’t available for purchase yet – the team is looking into a cheaper bulb than the Philips Hue – but it does offer a sneak peek into The Connected Office.

Shelly Palmer Radio Report – August 5, 2014

Shelly Palmer Radio Report – August 5, 2014

If you spend a lot of time traveling overseas, you’ll quickly realize that smartphones are not all smart. The rates for making and receiving calls are reminiscent of mobile phone plans in the 90s. If you don’t buy an expensive monthly international roaming plan, your phone calls may cost several dollars per minute. Even with those plans, calls and texts aren’t cheap, and the data you’re allowed is almost non-existent. If you use your phone overseas the way you use it at home, you’ll spend somewhere between $100-$150 per day. But there’s a way to avoid crazy fees. If you have an unlocked phone from AT&T, T-Mobile or Sprint, you can pop in a relatively cheap, local prepaid SIM card and keep your costs down. But that SIM card comes with a brand new phone number, which is a big deal if you need to receive calls on your real mobile number in real time. If you don’t, remember: you can always check your American smartphone voicemail a few times a day.

Shelly Palmer Radio Report – August 4, 2014

Shelly Palmer Radio Report – August 4, 2014

Science has cracked the code on one of today’s most important mysteries: How do I get the most likes on my selfie when I post it online? Selfies – pictures you take of yourself and share on social media – are one of the hottest trends in tech right now, so a PhD student at MIT developed an algorithm based on 2 million selfies that can predict how popular a selfie will be. If you want to maximize your likes, here are a few tips to take a great selfie. Brighter colors – especially yellows and pinks – draw the eye and tend to generate more likes. That’s also true of pictures with more people in it – the study found that selfies with other people were more popular than selfies in front of scenery. Adding tags to your photos is important, too, because then they’ll show up in more searches. Finally – and this is no secret to advertisers – sex sells. So remember to smile big, wear bright colors and grab a friend. Thanks, science!

Shelly Palmer Radio Report – August 1, 2014

Shelly Palmer Radio Report – August 1, 2014

When a natural disaster strikes, one of the first things you want to do is get in touch with your loved ones to let them know you’re alright. But if local cell phone towers have been affected, you might be stuck without your regular cell phone service and have no way to get in touch with the rest of the world. A new gadget called goTenna changes all that by letting you send text messages when you don’t have service. goTenna is a five-inch device that pairs with a companion app on your iPhone or Android phone. The messages are sent from one goTenna to another over Bluetooth LE, which transmits the message to your phone. Think of it like a sleek walkie-talkie that pairs with your phone. goTenna is also able to send your current location to contacts, letting your friends and family know exactly where you are. You can pick up a pair of goTennas for $150 today if you want to be prepared for the next time nature strikes.

Shelly Palmer Radio Report – July 31, 2014

Shelly Palmer Radio Report – July 31, 2014

MakerBot’s Replicator Mini, the company’s entry-level 3D printer, has made its way into Home Depot stores. Calling the Mini an “entry-level 3D printer” is a terrible name for it, because it’s spectacularly interesting. 3D printing – or additive manufacturing – lets you create almost anything you can imagine, one layer at a time. 3D printing is not meant to make stuff you already know. Sure, you can print combs and replacement parts, but you can also create things no one’s ever imagined, like new action figures, home crafts and jewelry. You can take files that already exist and 3D print them, or you can create brand new files using 3D software. You can 3D print just about any material – including wood, metal and even food. The Replicator Mini, which costs $1375 and is now available at a dozen Home Depot stores and on the company’s website, is a key to unlocking your imagination. You can put it in your home, connect it to your computer and change the future of creativity.

Shelly Palmer Radio Report – July 30, 2014

Shelly Palmer Radio Report – July 30, 2014

If you’re a regular user of Google Chrome, you probably know that you can perform Google searches directly in the browser’s “Omnibox” – that text box at the top of your screen that shows a website’s URL. But did you know that you can also add other site-specific search engines to that box? It saves you a step when you want to buy something on Amazon or find a movie to watch on Netflix, and it’s really simple to set up. Here’s what you’ve got to do. First, head to the website you want to add to Chrome, right click in the search box, then click “Add as search engine…” Chrome will then open a pop-up where you can give the site a name and, more importantly, a keyword. Type that keyword into Chrome’s Omnibox, then hit tab. A block with the site’s name will show up in the Omnibox, letting you know you’re now searching on that site instead of Google. Type in your search, hit enter, and you’re searching like a pro!

Shelly Palmer Radio Report – July 29, 2014

Shelly Palmer Radio Report – July 29, 2014

Amazon recently launched Kindle Unlimited, a new e-book subscription service that gives you access to over 600,000 e-books and thousands of audiobooks for $9.99 per month. Amazon’s not the first company to launch a “Netflix for e-books” program, though – Oyster and Scribd have both already launched similar services. While Amazon’s 600,000 titles represent a bigger library than Oyster or Scribd, none of the “Big Five” publishers have signed an agreement with Amazon. That means there are plenty of books for you to read, but not necessarily the books you WANT to read. Most of Kindle Unlimited’s library overlaps with the Kindle Owners Lending Library, which lets you read one book a month for free with an Amazon Prime subscription. Considering Kindle Unlimited costs $20 more per year than Prime – and doesn’t include any other perks like free two-day shipping or music or video streaming – it’s an idea that’s better in theory than in reality. If you want to see what Kindle Unlimited is all about, you can sign up for a free 30-day trial today.

Shelly Palmer Radio Report – July 28, 2014

Shelly Palmer Radio Report – July 28, 2014

Will Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 replace your laptop? Microsoft says it absolutely can – and it’s right. The Surface Pro 3, Microsoft’s newest tablet, is bigger and faster than earlier models and comes with better accessories. For Windows users, the Surface Pro 3 has only one important feature — it runs 100 percent of your Windows programs. Whether you need to run the full Office Suite, Adobe Creative Suite or Pro Tools, the Surface Pro 3 is up to the task. One of the best features of the Surface Pro 3 is its “pen,” which is far more than just a stylus. Clicking the top of the pen immediately brings you into Microsoft OneNote – even if the device is locked. So who is the Surface Pro 3 for? Students and professionals who really want to have the best of the tablet and laptop worlds. If the Surface Pro 3 sounds like a device made for you, two models are available now, with entry level and ultra-high-end models shipping at the beginning of August.

Shelly Palmer Radio Report – July 25, 2014

Shelly Palmer Radio Report – July 25, 2014

Science has cracked the code on one of today’s most important mysteries: How do I get the most likes on my selfie when I post it online? Selfies – pictures you take of yourself and share on social media – are one of the hottest trends in tech right now, so a PhD student at MIT developed an algorithm based on 2 million selfies that can predict how popular a selfie will be. If you want to maximize your likes, here are a few tips to take a great selfie. Brighter colors – especially yellows and pinks – draw the eye and tend to generate more likes. That’s also true of pictures with more people in it – the study found that selfies with other people were more popular than selfies in front of scenery. Adding tags to your photos is important, too, because then they’ll show up in more searches. Finally – and this is no secret to advertisers – sex sells. So remember to smile big, wear bright colors and grab a friend. Thanks, science!

Shelly Palmer Radio Report – July 24, 2014

Shelly Palmer Radio Report – July 24, 2014

What if your office lamp could tell your co-workers where you were? That’s the thinking behind Place Lamp, which syncs with your smartphone to set up “geofences” that detect how far you are from your lamp. In the office but not at your desk? The lamp can glow blue. Out of the office on your lunch break? The lamp can glow yellow. Out of the country on vacation? The lamp can glow red. If you’re sitting at your desk, Place Lamp acts like a traditional desk lamp and provides light for your tasks. You can also use the lamp to set up notifications, like changing color when you get an email from your boss or have it “wink” pink if a loved one texts you. The Place Lamp is entirely automated, which means you can set it and forget it. Place Lamp isn’t available for purchase yet – the team is looking into a cheaper bulb than the Philips Hue – but it does offer a sneak peek into The Connected Office.