Category Archives: Technology

Seriously. Don’t Text & Drive

Still today I’ve been replaying in my mind the scene of a truck pulling in front of me recently. You can read about that here.

What I’ve been thinking most is that I’m glad I wasn’t checking my phone when it happened. As a general rule, I don’t check it when I’m in the car. Especially, when my kids are with me.

On occasion, by myself, I’ve been known to “sneak a peak”. I kept thinking today, “What if I was checking my phone. I could have driven right into the back of that truck.” Checking your phone like this is dangerous, it could easily have caused an accident. My friend suggested looking at an online drivers education course, maybe from one of the traffic schools alameda county has to offer, in order to refresh my driving skills just in case.

If you’re like me you probably know someone who has been in some sort of fender bender that was phone/distracted driving related. I can think of 2; both were extremely lucky. This being said, it wouldn’t hurt any of us to maybe try an online course to improve our knowledge of driving.

Yesterday was reminder to me that there’s nothing on my phone worth dying for.

Do you know someone who got in an accident because of their phone? Did they change their habits after it?

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Last Minute Tech Gifts

It’s crunch time! Christmas is days away. If you have a technology fan on your list but still aren’t sure what to get them then going in blind can lead to you spending a lot more money than you wanted to. It’s always best to go online shopping with an idea of what you want to get in your mind to save yourself money. Between having a plan and using a site like GetYourCouponCodes, you could save hundreds of $. Here are a few ideas that should be fairly easy to pick up.

Chromecast: I’ve written about this before. It doesn’t matter if your tech fan has an iPhone or an Android, Mac or PC, a Chromecast makes a great gift. You should be able to pick one up at any of the big box retailers. As an added bonus, there are deals on these right now that include credit to the Google Play Store.

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Bluetooth Speaker: I got one of these for Christmas last year and love it! It’s been used nearly every day. You can find them in all price ranges from $15 – $150 dollars. These also work with both iDevices and Android. Speaking of Android, did you know there are phones for seniors citizens? If you are looking for that perfect gift for your parents, you might want to look into something like these phones with big numbers for senior citizens so you can keep in touch with your parents throughout the year.

Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

Power Inverter: You plug this into the cigarette lighter in your vehicle and then you can plug your regular power cords into it. Phones, tablets, laptops, portable DVD players… you can power them all on the go! Once you’ve had one of these you’ll wonder how you got along without it.

Stylus for touch screens: This is another one of those things you might not buy for yourself but really appreciate having once you own one.

Google Play Gift Card: The Android fan on your list is sure to appreciate this. They could use it to buy apps, movies, music, and more. Pick them up at Target, Wal-Mart, Best Buy… they even have them at our local grocery store.

iTunes Gift card: The iPhone/iPad lover on you list can always use this! It’s the iTune equivalent of the Google Play Gift card. You can find them at most big box retailers.

Otterbox Phone Case: These are my favorite phone cases. They are rugged and offer maximum protection. Even if your tech fan doesn’t use it all the time, there are bound to be times when their phone could use extra protection. But if you’re more of a fan of more creative and personalised phone cases, doing a quick search into personalised phone cases (or Personalisierte Handyhülle for my German readers) and hopefully you’ll be able to find what you are looking for. All phones need at least some form of protection.

Those are just a few tech gifts you should be able to pick up fairly quickly and for less than $50.

What tech gifts would you add to the list?

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Are Digital Id’s A Good Thing

Iowa made tech news recently and it wasn’t for our Facebook server farms or wind energy.

It’s because the Iowa Department of Transportation is pushing to create a first of it’s kind Id app.  You can read about some of the details here and here.

I’m still trying to sort out my feelings on the issue.  At first glance I like the convenience of it.  My phone is always with me.  I can’t say the same thing about my wallet and id.

On the other side, there are security and privacy concerns.

I asked on Twitter if it was a good idea and got this response from @HolaChiqa: “It needs more refinement. It’s like any new technology, it becomes available, some issues arise, then it improves.”

Yep.  I agree… I also think it will be interesting to see how this all plays out.

Since I’m still on the fence on this I’m curious what do you think?  Are digital id’s a good idea?  Leave a comment and let me know.

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