I know there is no way you were able to get to all the April Fools pranks happening so we did you a favor. Here are the best tech ones in one spot. The T-Mobile one is my favorite. I mean I would actually order it on Amazon if it was real. The Google Ms. Pac-Man game was actually fun to play. This year more than others, April’s fool was a hit.
Google went all out this year. With a few great and a few not so great pranks from the different departments. From the Google Maps team, Ms. Pac Maps. It turns any map on iPhone and Android in a huge Pac-Maps game. It’s actually fun. There is the Bubble Wrap Keyboard, Google Gnome and Haptic Helpers.
Hulu: Hu Short Cuts
Hulu is cutting shows to just a few seconds.
Amazon Echo that can talk to animals.
Lyft: Power Glove
Raise your hand in the air and request a ride.
T-Mobile ONEsie full-body wearable that monitors everything for $40 is fake but I want it!
Lucid: The Haramed Mattress
I don’t know if I want to laugh or smh. I ended up doing both.
The online Apple store this week started selling Smart Rope. What makes this jump rope “smart” you ask? The jump rope counts the number of jumps you take. My first thought was whats the big deal. The Tangram Smart Rope shows the number of jumps right in front of user. So as you jump you will see your jumps “in the air” which is pretty cool. The Smart Rope has built-in LEDs. You can also display the number of calories you burn instead of jumps if you wish. The 23 LEDs embedded in the rope flash at thousands of times per minute, using persistence of vision. The LEDs are bright enough to be seen clearly even in bright room.
The Smart Rope relays your information to your smartphone via Bluetooth. You have to use an app called the Smart Gym. The app displays information on jumps, calories burned and total training time. You can also sync the app with Apple HealthKit to help provide an even more accurate picture of your overall well-being. The cost of Tangram Smart Rope Factory in the Apple Online store is $89.99 or you can get it at Amazon for the same price.
There is not much that Alexa can not do. The voice-activated Echo is Siri that works. Every week it gains new feature to make our lives easier. Well Amazon’s Alexa now can control Nest. Amazon’s digital assistant Alexa will be able to tell the smart thermostats how cold or hot you want your house. Rumor has it that Google is working on a competitor to the Echo but Amazon. However at this point Amazon has such a head start in the space it may be too late for others. When the Amazon Dot and Tap are launched later this year they will have the capability to control the Nest.
Amazon has been working with multiple companies to try to make Alexa the go to platform for your smart home. Nest for its part has also been doing what it can to get companies to work with it.
Today from 12:00 a.m., ET, through 11:59 p.m., PT, new members can join Amazon Prime for $67 for the first year
Should you be one of the few people who do not have Amazon Prime you can enjoy Amazon Prime Video, Amazon Music and of course free 2 day shipping for just $67 today. Now that Amazon is starting to give Netflix a run for their money with their own Emmy Award-winning series its the perfect time to jump on board. Just a heads up the price in your cart will show $99 but a discount will be applied at checkout.
Keep in mind this offer is for new members. There is a way around this. All you have to do to upgrade your Amazon account and get the sale price is email yourself a gift subscription and apply the code once your current subscription ends.
The BBC might have had problem keeping a show with that kind of bad karma but over in the states that just another part reality TV show.
Great news car fans. New Top Gear Show is coming to Amazon! Sort of… Amazon announced that Jeremy “Momma Said Knock You Out” Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May are teaming up again for a new car show. Amazon even managed get the show produced by Top Gear executive producer Andy Wilman. The yet to be titled show is scheduled to come out in 2016. The car show will stream exclusively on Amazon Prime. Sorry BBC and Netflix. That said we are sure that Amazon head Jeff Bezos will license the show to local broadcasters in other countries around the world.
I'm very excited to announce that Hammond, May and I have signed a deal with .@AmazonVideo
The insanely popular BBC car show cashed into a wall of bad press after Jeremy Clarkson admitted to having punched a producer in the face. The BBC might have had problem keeping a show with that kind of bad karma but over in the states that just another part reality TV show. Amazon was not going to let Top Gear, the most watched factual program in the world slip through its fingers because of a little jab. From a business point who could blame them? Top Gear has a global audience of around 350 million people per year.… Read the rest
Amazon is giving away 26 paid Android apps for free
Amazon is giving away 26 paid Android apps for free. Amazon may not be the name you think of when you think of app stores but it should be. The Amazon Appstore itself is an app that can be download from any Android smartphone and tablet. Google’s Play store is the defacto king but there can be some great deals on Amazon Appstore.
Amazon gives away new paid app for free every day. They have stepped up this already great promotion. Right now you can get 26 paid apps for free. We don’t know how long they will remain free. So follow this link to visit Amazon’s website and see what paid Android apps available for free now.
Everyone loves Amazon but it seems not as much as they love Wegmans. The Rochester, NY based grocer just took down Amazon to earn top the number one ranking in the Harris Poll. Although the grocer only has just stores and it was ranked one out of the 100 most visible companies in the world. A company’s corporate reputation is what can make or break a company.
The 16th annual Harris Poll Reputation Quotient study is an early indicator of public sentiment. If you look at just technology companies, Samsung was ranked 3rd. Apple and Google were at No. 9 and No. 10 respectively. Apple was No. 1 and Google was No. 2 back in 2012. My how times have changed. This is the first year that the Harris Poll has expanded the list to 100 companies. They are doing this to give a deeper insight by industry.
“Reputation is far from static and is a business asset that is earned every day as people evaluate companies through the lens of what matters most to them. Wegmans has spent years building a sterling reputation in the communities they serve, through its employees, one shopping experience at a time. Samsung has steadily climbed up the ranks in recent years with consumers rating it among the 5 best on key reputational dimensions of products and services, emotional appeal, financial performance and vision and leadership. Apple’s performance, while still excellent, has fallen 5 points since 2012.” ~Carol M.