Gadget Flashback: The iPod classic

Few gadgets have been as successful and impactful as the first iPod, which revolutionized the way we listened to music. It also helped create the icon status of Steve Jobs. Here’s a fun look back at this amazing music player.

  

Report: Facebook will introduce first smartwatch with two cameras

watch on wrist glowing in the dark

According to a report on The Verge, Facebook will leap into the wearables market next summer with a new smartwatch. The key feature seems to be two cameras, one on the front of the watch that faces the user, which can enable video calls. The other camera will reportedly be on the back, and can be used as a camera for photos and videos which naturally can easily be uploaded to Facebook and Instagram.

Will this work? Who knows? Facebook doesn’t have a good track record with gadgets or wearables. Few companies have success with wearables. But they do need to try something, so this isn’t surprising.

And no, the photo above isn’t the Facebook watch . . . though we’re guessing it won’t look this cool.

  

Get ready for Coronavirus apps

businessman with smart phone

As we struggle to find ways to re-open the economy and get people back to work during this Coronavirus pandemic, we’re starting to see technology and health companies explore ways to make this transition easier and limit the spread of the virus.

Microsoft and UnitedHealth are now working together to offer companies free app to screen employees for Coronavirus. The app will set up various protocols for health screenings and testing for employees depending on their role. This customization by employee role should make the app much more effective than a “one size fits all” approach.

The availability and reliability of tests is still a big issue as we try to ramping up wide-scale workplace testing, but this app will help companies target their resources. The apps are also designed to entice customers to return to restaurants and stores by “ensuring wait staff and clerks are infection-free.” That seems overly optimistic. There is no complete assurance. But this could make customers feel more comfortable that a process is in place to minimize risk.

  

You can listen to your podcasts on your Echo

Amazon Alexa Echo Dot

Podcasting is exploding in popularity as the convenience of being able to listen whenever you like has helped to drive usage by consumers. It’s so easy to listen on your phone while you’re working out or in your car on a long drive. Now it’s getting even easier to listen to podcasts as Apple and Spotify can now play podcasts on your Alexa-enabled devices like the Echo.

  

The Best Mobile Applications For The Latest Mobile Releases

mobile phone

The best mobile applications have been released for modern mobile gamers and people looking to utilize convenient web applications. Remodel your office and give yourself a mobile platform by taking Microsoft Word, Excel, Google Calendar and other web based office products and keeping them close at hand or rather, on your mobile device.

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