Category Archives: Technology

Highlights from 2014 CES

It‘s been a while since I’ve had an opportunity to attend the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. This year, I forced myself out of the office and walked the conference floor to see the latest and greatest in consumer electronics and technology. What a show! I’ve listed a number of highlights below to share my thoughts and opinions on what’s coming for the future and a couple of personal favorites. 3D Printing I saw at least a dozen companies exhibiting their 3D technology at the show. From big, high-end physical setups to cloud-based services to brands that desire
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Google Glass: Terrifying or Kick Ass?

I will admit it…I am addicted to my iPhone. It’s like a part of me. When I am without my faithful companion, I feel lost, disconnected from the world. With my iPhone, I feel like I can access a wealth of information with a simple slide of a finger or polite request of Siri. It’s pretty amazing how far mobile technology has come in a relatively short period of time. And now, Google Glass has taken this need for connection a step further and in my opinion, this step is just a little too awkward for my liking. I mean,
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Can't Program Me Love

Are you in a strange, long-distance relationship with your website? Are you up late at night because your tech support is in a different time zone? Maybe the human-web relationship is not your thing. Maybe, Man and Website are just not meant to be. It’s too rough, too tough. I feel you. But, have you ever considered enriching your UX? No, it’s not a new kind of diet. It’s UX — user experience. All websites have one form of UX or another. Whether it’s UX for a site about food trucks or a website with copious amounts of cat videos — every
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How to Talk to Your Web Developer

If there’s ever a language considered missing from Google Translate (or any other major online language translator), it’s certainly the language web developers speak. Even Facebook acknowledges obscure user-languages such as Pirate and Esperanto. So, why not show the same love towards web developers? Aren’t all the latest and greatest websites created by this magical developer language? Is there no hope for a world where techies and non-techies can finally understand each other? Here’s a dirty little secret… Believe it or not, even web developers occasionally experience tech-overload. When those rare moments hit, web developers are just as likely to
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Throw a Little SMS in the Mix

According to a study conducted by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project: How American’s Use Text Messaging , more than 86% of adults own mobile phones with more than three-quarters of them (77%) sending and receiving text messages. Communicating via text has become second nature these days. Everyone is text happy. And while the 18-24 year old demographic sends and receives the greatest number of text messages, the usage rates among 25-55 year olds is ever growing. Many more people are on the go and constantly connected to mobile devices to stay in touch and access information.
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Top 10 Signs That You May Need a New Website

Top 10 Signs That You May Need a New Website Gone are the days of Netscape and Internet Explorer ain’t the only browser. If your website has a small footnote letting people know your site was built to be viewed in IE 6 – you may want to look at upgrading. Your website must be designed and tested for many different browsers including IE, Chrome, Firefox, Safari. You still think you need Flash to hang with the cool kids. Not anymore. Since Apple broke up with Flash, it may be time to start incorporating HTML5. Your idea of mixing in
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Kristop’s List O'Useful Tips: OSX Lion Edition

Howdy folks, I’ve been an Apple fanatic for quite a few years now, and there’s nothing I love more than finding new ways to save time. Since day 1 of OSX Lion’s release I have thoroughly enjoyed it and this is a list of some of my favorite little known features. Now you can resize windows from any side of a window Throw out the notion that you have to find the bottom right corner of a window to resize it! Apple has made a simple yet life changing update, you can now hover your cursor over any window edge
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Mobile Hits a Major Milestone with Facebook Acquisition of Instagram

The first decade of the 21st century was filled with mobile advocates crying wolf saying, “This is the year for mobile!” Then, each year passed with a disappointing sigh. Then in 2007, the iPhone hit the market and the real mobile revolution started to gain traction. The iPad came on the scene in 2010 and was seen by many (including myself) as a game changer. These two devices have made the dream of ubiquitous mobile computing a reality. Recently, this mobile-driven ecosystem hit another major milestone–the acquisition of Instagram by Facebook for $1 billion. Instagram is a photo sharing app
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Offshoring Digital Application Development is a Bad Idea

The first time I recall learning about sending digital work offshore was in 2002. It probably had been going on for a while before that, but that’s about the time it came across my desk. At first, I was intrigued at the implied upside of offshoring work – getting design and development done at a fraction of the cost otherwise incurred here in the States. Out of shear curiosity, we decided to give it a shot and outsourced a large e-commerce project. The offshore firm was represented by a friendly gentleman who seemed very knowledgeable and there were no apparent
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So You Just Got a New Mac. Now What?

Once the warming glow of your Apple purchase has subsided, you’re left with the task of getting your Mac calibrated to suit your needs. Here are some helpful tips from your guide to all things digital, Kristop. All the following tips are assuming that the user is using OSX Lion 10.7. Finder Window Tip #1 – Show Path Bar When I install a new system for anyone, one of the few tweaks I make is to configure the Finder to show me paths. This is a useful feature to see where a file is located, especially when using the List
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