‘Ignore No More’ Android app forces kids to return parents’ calls | BGR

I can’t decide if this is brilliant or frightening….  but as a parent of an 11 year old girl on the cusp of such things….  I lean towards brilliant.  

Android only, for now… it forces a person (read child) to return a call or text or else the phone will lock, allowing only emergency calls and/or the designated contacts.
‘Ignore No More’ Android app forces kids to return parents’ calls | BGR


I can’t decide if this is brilliant or frightening…. but as a parent of an 11 year old girl on the cusp of such things…. I lean towards brilliant.


Android only, for now… it forces a person (read child) to return a call or text or else the phone will lock, allowing only emergency calls and/or the designated contacts.

 BBC News - Physicists make ‘tractor beam’ in water

Just in time for Star Wars, Tractor beams are real….   if you are wet, anyway.  Actually this is really cool, especially when you think about containing oil spills, red algae blooms, or maybe giant floating garbage islands.  But of course this will be adopted by the government for defense purposes…
BBC News - Physicists make ‘tractor beam’ in water


Just in time for Star Wars, Tractor beams are real…. if you are wet, anyway. Actually this is really cool, especially when you think about containing oil spills, red algae blooms, or maybe giant floating garbage islands. But of course this will be adopted by the government for defense purposes…

 13 Cheaper Alternatives To Life’s Expensive Necessities

This is a pretty nice little list of alternatives.  I was attracted to it just for the Dyson Alternative.  I have a 10+ year old Dyson that I love but the plastic bits on it are all starting to fail, and my bungee cord and bubblegum solutions aren’t going to last forever. It’s nice to see that there is a cheaper alternative that is actually in the same ball park.
13 Cheaper Alternatives To Life’s Expensive Necessities


This is a pretty nice little list of alternatives. I was attracted to it just for the Dyson Alternative. I have a 10+ year old Dyson that I love but the plastic bits on it are all starting to fail, and my bungee cord and bubblegum solutions aren’t going to last forever. It’s nice to see that there is a cheaper alternative that is actually in the same ball park.

Cheap Solid-State Batteries That Last Twice as Long as Li-On Are Coming

New battery tech seems to be promised every few months, and the tech punditry goes wild every time, why?  Because batteries are the weakest link in our wonder new age of conectivity.  We make things gadgets smaller, lighter, and thinner all the time, but its the battery that is really holding us back now.  

But this isn’t new battery tech its old.  Solid State batteries have been around forever, and they provide more power in a smaller, safer, and more stable form factor.  But they have traditionally been very difficult (read expensive) to make.

But Applied Materials thinks it can change that. It belives it can make an inexpensive solid state battery, and they are alluding that they already have customers in the wearables market.  

Wearables are great, I cureently use two devices already, but honestly, what I want is an iPhone that I can use heavily all day without an external battery case.  

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Cheap Solid-State Batteries That Last Twice as Long as Li-On Are Coming


New battery tech seems to be promised every few months, and the tech punditry goes wild every time, why? Because batteries are the weakest link in our wonder new age of conectivity. We make things gadgets smaller, lighter, and thinner all the time, but its the battery that is really holding us back now.


But this isn’t new battery tech its old. Solid State batteries have been around forever, and they provide more power in a smaller, safer, and more stable form factor. But they have traditionally been very difficult (read expensive) to make.


But Applied Materials thinks it can change that. It belives it can make an inexpensive solid state battery, and they are alluding that they already have customers in the wearables market.


Wearables are great, I cureently use two devices already, but honestly, what I want is an iPhone that I can use heavily all day without an external battery case.


http://gizmodo.com/if-you-think-you-have-it-bad-with-your-family-life-be-1621471447
Acer’s Chromebook 13 adds a Tegra K1 chip and optional 1080p display | Ars Technica
 I use my iPad for 90% of my “personal”, computing these days. But every now and then it is handy to sit down in front of a real keyboard and mouse, even if it is just to do some work in the cloud.
I was a beta tester for the og. chrome book, and I still have and casually use my CR-48 as a handy livingroom/kitchen lappy. But I have to say Ihavn’t been tempted by the mass market chromebooks, with the exception of the way overpriced Pixel, until now.

This little Acer for $379 (properly equipped, 1080p, 4gb ram) with its Arm based Tegra Quad Core processor and built in Kepler 192 core GPU (no, that’s not a typo… 192 freaking GPU cores) can tackle not only anything that the chrome browser can do, but some pretty sophisticated workstation style graphics as well. z

I can see this becoming my next lappy. In fact I just added it to my Amazon wish list, because it seems like a heck of a lot of power for a sub $400 Machine.

Acer Chromebook 13 CB5-311-T1UU (13.3-inch Full HD, NVIDIA Tegra K1, 4GB)
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Acer’s Chromebook 13 adds a Tegra K1 chip and optional 1080p display | Ars Technica


I use my iPad for 90% of my “personal”, computing these days. But every now and then it is handy to sit down in front of a real keyboard and mouse, even if it is just to do some work in the cloud.


I was a beta tester for the og. chrome book, and I still have and casually use my CR-48 as a handy livingroom/kitchen lappy. But I have to say Ihavn’t been tempted by the mass market chromebooks, with the exception of the way overpriced Pixel, until now.


This little Acer for $379 (properly equipped, 1080p, 4gb ram) with its Arm based Tegra Quad Core processor and built in Kepler 192 core GPU (no, that’s not a typo… 192 freaking GPU cores) can tackle not only anything that the chrome browser can do, but some pretty sophisticated workstation style graphics as well. z


I can see this becoming my next lappy. In fact I just added it to my Amazon wish list, because it seems like a heck of a lot of power for a sub $400 Machine.


Acer Chromebook 13 CB5-311-T1UU (13.3-inch Full HD, NVIDIA Tegra K1, 4GB)

Amazon Takes Shopping Offline With a New Mobile Credit Card Reader | Business | WIRED

Being able to accept credit cards on your mobile device is a very cool, we are living in the future, sort of thing, especially for the small business man.  Amazon, although late to the party dominated by Square, and Paypal, brings a lot of power to the table.  Brand recognition and low processing rates are just the beginning, I think.
Amazon Takes Shopping Offline With a New Mobile Credit Card Reader | Business | WIRED


Being able to accept credit cards on your mobile device is a very cool, we are living in the future, sort of thing, especially for the small business man. Amazon, although late to the party dominated by Square, and Paypal, brings a lot of power to the table. Brand recognition and low processing rates are just the beginning, I think.