“What’s for dinner?” is a question as old as time itself – and it’s one of the most frustrating. Now, technology has an answer. A slew of Web and phone apps take into account what you have in your fridge, what you’re in the mood for, and how much time you have before answering that question. Many, also offer great grocery list features so that even when you’re at the grocery store, you’ll know that a bunch of fresh basil and take you from roast chicken breasts to Caprese salad. Mobile apps Epicurious When it comes to well-vetted recipes, Epicurious’ free app offers the best of the best with recipes from Bon Appetit, Gourmet (R.I.P.), and star chefs from around the world. Choose from a variety of categories from “Low-Carb Mains” and “Family Reunions” to recipes based on skill levels, including “I Can Barely Cook.” Or, start with a main ingredient, then choose a course, … [Read more...] about Hack your way to dinner with these apps that make sense of your fridge
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No sense of direction? No problem.TomTom has launched new navigation products that won’t make you a better navigator, but will at least get you safely from Point A to Point B. Released under the TomTom Go and TomTom Via lines, these systems will set you in the right direction for the new year.The new TomTom GO 520 and GO 620 integrate with your smartphone, which means your GPS can read aloud your text messages, serve as a conduit for your phone’s smart assistant (like Siri or Google Assistant), and allow for hands-free calling, all in the name of keeping your eyes on the road. And because they feature Wi-Fi capabilities, the Go devices boast up-to-date maps and software without the need to connect to a computer.Moreover, the new GPS’s are of the smart variety — the more you use them, the better they’ll get at predicting where it is you want to go. The GO 520 and GO 620 will familiarize themselves with your most common commutes, and … [Read more...] about No sense of direction? No problem — thanks to TomTom’s new GPS devices
Historically, Apple’s design guru Jony Ive has been wary of talking with reporters, but recently, he’s become the somewhat reluctant poster boy for the Apple Watch. The New Yorker got a first-hand tour of the company’s design studio and spoke at length with Ive about a number of subjects, including the process of designing Apple’s first wearable.Although most Apple products have Ive’s name written all over them in terms of design language and iconic style, the Apple Watch is perhaps Ive’s greatest triumph so far. Apple’s senior vice president Jeff Williams agreed that the “Apple Watch seem(s) more purely Ive’s than previous company products,” when the interviewer asked him if this device was special to the designer.“Jony didn’t pull out of his butt the 4.7 and the 5.5.”Prior to the death of Apple founder Steve Jobs, the company was hard at work looking into new product categories and ideas for the future. Ive … [Read more...] about Jony Ive says round smartwatches make no sense in big Apple Watch reveal
Fight it all you want, but we’re all becoming cyborgs. Don’t worry, it’s not nearly as dystopian as it sounds — at the very least, it’ll be a heck of a lot easier to check text messages when we’re all walking around like Terminators with day jobs.But the road to achieving perfect human-machine symbiosis is going to be a fairly bumpy one, littered with poorly designed smart watches and awkwardly-placed sensors. There’s already a “smart” device out there for every part of your body, and before the wearables race really shakes out, it’s only going to get worse.So for the sake of embracing our inevitable robotic futures, let’s have a look at some of what’s out there and dig a bit deeper than the Google Glass and Pebble smartwatches. It’s a sometimes exciting, often strange place, where socks have become intelligent and tattoos know what’s in your sweat. The future has arrived — and honestly, … [Read more...] about 6 smart devices that make Google Glass look downright normal
With the launch of Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch coming next week, everyone’s trying to figure out what Apple’s rival iWatch will look like. Chances are, given that the iPhone was an iPod Touch with a phone, and the iPad was a humongous iPad Touch, the iWatch will be an iPod Touch with a wrist band. So you get music, movies, and apps on your wrist. Whoopee.A number of existing smartwatches already fill more defined niches. Nike already has a smartwatch focused on exercising, and several companies make smartwatches that are also phones, though they don’t sell very well (likely because most of the folks that thought Dick Tracy’s Wrist Radio was cool are dead).So why not a smartwatch that focuses on connecting me to my car? I mean, the Tesla S is basically a cool tablet you can drive. Why not put part of that tablet on my wrist where I could really use it?So much better than a key fobThink of your key fob. Ever left it in your pants, had it go through the … [Read more...] about iWatch? No thanks, I want to ditch my key fob for a smartwatch that goes vroom
The persistent rumors regarding Google's efforts at developing a mobile phone took another surprising turn over the weekend. An article in The New York Times said Google isn't building a "Gphone," but will develop a Linux-based operating system for mobile phones instead.Newspaper of record or not, Mark Specker, head of technology research for Anián, is not about to ditch his Gphone stance."There still seems to be evidence that Google is considering either marketing a cell phone directly, or is engineering a working cell phone-software unit that a wireless operator could offer, and that is prepared for manufacturing," Specker told LinuxInsider. "I leave it to you to decide if this meets the definition of a Google mobile phone."A Google spokesperson declined to comment Tuesday when asked about the Gphone and Google's software intentions.The report in The New York Times referred to "industry executives familiar with the project," "people briefed on the project," and "analysts" who … [Read more...] about Hey Google, Is That a Phone in Your Pocket or Just a Linux OS?
After a long period of unfulfilled hype, there finally appears to be some real momentum behind a nationwide movement to electronic medical records -- and that's just one of a series of recent developments that have caused me to change my attitude about online privacy.Over the years, I've gone to great lengths to protect my personal information from the assortment of spammers, identity thieves and other disreputable characters lurking in cyberspace.I shop only at well-known, well established sites. I never sign up for email lists -- and I've shied away from some of the most popular social networking sites because I didn't trust them to keep my information from falling into the wrong hands. However, after seeing how close we are to widespread use of electronic medical records, I've concluded that in this digital age, there really is no way to maintain any real semblance of anonymity.The electronic medical records movement is still in its infancy, which means not many of us currently have … [Read more...] about OPINION There’s No Sense Stressing About the End of Privacy
There's just never a dull moment here in the Linux blogosphere, whether there's big news being made at the moment or not.Some weeks, we have wild activity surrounding the latest moves from Canonical, for example, or perhaps Adobe's latest affront; such happenings are virtually guaranteed to generate some lively conversation.Even in other weeks, though, where the news days might seem slower, there's never a shortage of things to talk about.Case in point? Just last Monday, when all the Linux world was still waking up from the weekend, a lone voice rang out with the question, "is open source anti-profit?"A hush quickly fell over the Linux blogosphere as FOSS fans far and wide pondered the implications. It was ITworld's Brian Proffitt who gave voice to the troubling question after reading a recent interview with Eucalyptus CEO Marten Mickos by New York Times blogger Quentin Hardy."Some people in open source think it is immoral to make a profit. I don't,'" Mickos said."I do not think that … [Read more...] about LINUX BLOG SAFARI Is It Wrong to Make a Profit From FOSS?
Just as businesses used to fool themselves into believing they controlled the customer conversation, many businesses today think they define the customer experience. They think that by assembling the right combination of processes, environment and people, they can develop an experience that will delight the customer.In most cases, however, and especially in B2B scenarios, the customer has a well-defined experience in mind long before the business has a chance to start building it. The customer usually wants that concept fulfilled, in a timely fashion, at terms that make business sense, and in as frictionless a way as possible.The B2B customer is not buying to be delighted. The B2B customer wants improved business operations. That's the experience the customer expects.Expectations are important. They're the bar that establishes where and how far businesses need to go to make a purchasing experience pleasant and likely to be repeated. There's a big difference in the experience expected … [Read more...] about OPINION Giving Your B2B Customers an Experience That Fits
Last week I was in Shanghai, China -- which is truly an amazing place -- attending Intel's IDF (Intel Developer Forum), where the company is officially launching its new Netbook and iPhone-like MID (mobile Internet device) platforms. This is actually the first time I've seen products that are based on Linux that may exceed Apple's vaunted user experience.While here, I'm reading a book titled True Enough, which not only explains why Apple fans think everyone who doesn't believe like they do are paid by Microsoft but also tells you how to predict the U.S. presidential election. In both cases, it comes down to how well we fool ourselves by going to extreme lengths to avoid the facts simply to be "right" in our own heads. I'm so impressed with this book, I think it should be required reading for anyone who wants avoid making really stupid choices.We'll conclude with my products of the week. Breaking tradition, I'm rolling with two different iPhone/iPod/cell phone/laptop protection products … [Read more...] about OPINION A Linux Device That Could Beat the iPhone