Posts Tagged ‘just for fun’

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Holiday Contest Time – Spot the ZOMMs, Win a ZOMM!

The holidays are here and we’re in the spirit of giving! From now until Christmas, we’ll be giving away several of our Wireless Leashes to you, our loyal customers, fans, followers and of course, friends.

holiday contest

The first way to win is in our “Spot the ZOMMs” holiday-themed contest. Here’s how you can enter:

  • Visit our Twitter Page (more specifically, this Twitpic)
  • Count the ZOMMs in the photo
  • Tweet @theZOMM with your answer

We’ll be doing this contest three times throughout the month – so be sure to check our Twitter Page regularly for your chance to win!

On December 5, we’ll be launching a contest right here on our blog as well – but we can’t tell you just what it is yet. You’ll have to tune in next Monday to find out how to win!

In light of all these contests, we want to know: what would you do to win a ZOMM?

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

iPhone Apps: Before, During and After Thanksgiving

Tis the week to give thanks! Are you gathering with family and friends on Thursday to give thanks for all the blessings in your life?

If you’re the host of one of these gatherings, it can be a little stressful. However, today’s technology provides tons of tools out there to help you throw the best Thanksgiving party on the block.

We’ve compiled four apps to help you throw a stellar Thanksgiving gathering:

Getting the Groceries:

  • Grocery iQ With this app you can build shopping lists simply by scanning barcodes! You can also sync with other’s lists—so if people at home think of something to add while you’re out, they can add it to your list.

Preparing the Meal:

  • iFeast: Thanksgiving Cooking a Thanksgiving meal, but not sure you can keep everything straight? This app will help you make sure everything is ready at the same time.

Setting the Mood:

  • FirePlace Use this app to bring the peace and ambiance of a fireplace to any room in the house. Unfortunately you’ll have to imagine the heat part.

After Dinner Entertainment:

  • Fox Sports Mobile Football is an essential part of this fall holiday. However, sometimes you’re not able to watch the game on TV. If that’s the case, grab Fox Sports Mobile to follow Thursday’s games: Lions vs Cowboys and 49ers vs Ravens.

What are you Thanksgiving plans?

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

Taking it Too Far? Mobile Technology During Weddings

Tuesday we wrote about technology etiquette—from cell phones to laptops and social network updates, we gave our take on the correct way to behave when it comes to technology. However, apparently we forgot one little bit of tech etiquette: weddings.

Recently a video of a bride texting while at the altar has gone viral. We watched the video and just have one question… Who is she texting that’s so important she can’t pay attention to her own wedding vows? This is one of those gotta-see-it-to-believe-it things, so here’s the video:

This isn’t the first time cell phones have been at the altar. You’ve probably seen a YouTube video or two where a bride or groom whips out their cell phone to update their Facebook status or post a tweet. Have you ever seen it as a part of the ceremony, though? Before this groom is allowed to kiss his bride, they must update their Facebook statuses:

Maybe you’re not into having mobile technology used that way during a wedding—we can understand that. But what if mobile technology could allow people, that otherwise couldn’t, be a part of your wedding? That’s exactly what the next couple did. When one of the bridesmaids couldn’t afford the airfare to get to a wedding over 1,500 miles away, they FaceTimed her into the bridal party! A groomsman carried her down the aisle—on an iPad 2. Check it out:

Would you use mobile technology in your wedding ceremony? We’d love to hear your thoughts on this!

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Tech Etiquette: Are You Being Polite?

Tech is everywhere. In a world just short of Skynet (okay, we hope not!), we’re almost constantly using technology. Today, we’re sharing some tips on tech etiquette. Whether you know these tips and need a refresher, or don’t know them and should learn them now, we’re offering a long list of tips. So without further ado, here are our tips for tech etiquette when…

…you’re texting and emailing:

texting

 

  • Abuse of the Reply All is the number one text/email etiquette rule. Let’s just put it like this: you don’t want to end up in a situation where you’ve said something, maybe less than kind,  and then sent it to the wrong person via a Reply All situation.
  • DO YOU FEEL LIKE WE’RE YELLING AT YOU? THAT’S BECAUSE OF THE CAPS LOCK! Double check that your caps lock is off so the recipient of your message can avoid the awkward moment when they have to wonder if you’re yelling at them.
  • Omg! IMHO that was an LOL moment… No! This is what we like to call acronym overload.
  • Don’t reply when it’s not necessary to reply. Yes, that’s right: you don’t always need to reply! Sometimes sending a reply with just a “K” or “thanks” may seem appropriate, when actually you’re just taking up time in someone else’s day. Avoid replying unless it’s actually necessary.

…you’re on your laptop:

laptop

  • When Skyping or participating in a conference call via computer, do your best to refrain from typing. Often, your microphone will pick up all of the keyboard sounds, and it may distract others from the conversation at hand.
  • Be mindful of your volume controls. You never know when a website will have music, and you don’t want to be that one person who accidentally blares music when you’re sitting in a quiet area. Our tip? Grab a pair of headphones.
  • When you’re around others, consider them before doing anything on the internet. Maybe you’re bored in a meeting and flipping through Facebook photos; often, this will distract everyone around you. Be mindful of your “distraction potential” before you start browsing the web.

…you’re on social networks:

keep-tweeting

  • D0n’tt TyPE liiKE tHis. Nobody will take you seriously.
  • It can be difficult to tweet in 140 characters, but avoid shortening words. Things like “u” and “ur” aren’t professional and aren’t appealing for your followers to read.
  • Don’t overshare! People like to know a little about you, but they don’t care to know each time you cook dinner or take a photo. Be mindful of what you would and wouldn’t care to see on someone else’s profile before putting it on your own.

…anytime you’re communicating via tech:

Man talking on cell phone at dinner table beside bored girlfriend

  • Be mindful of appropriate communication times. Before shooting off a text, tweet, or email, consider what time it is. Just because it’s 9pm your time doesn’t mean it’s 9pm their time. Think twice about the time of day before sending a message or making a call.
  • Don’t let your tech distract you from life. We all know what it’s like to be sitting at a dinner table with a friend and they’re too busy using their phone to actually speak to their dinner companions; don’t do it.
  • Quiet area? Respect that or pay the consequences. If you were craving some quiet time and someone was talking on their cell phone, you wouldn’t be happy either!

That was a long, long list but what can we say: it’s important to be conscious of your tech etiquette! Did we miss anything? Leave us a comment below letting us know what tech etiquette you wish other people followed. 

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

5 Pop Culturally-Relevant Phones

Telephones: everyone uses them. Doctors, lawyers, moms and even pop culture icons need to make phone calls. While we favor cell phones over landlines, many of these incredibly awesome (and pop culturally-significant) phones had curly cords.

Today we bring you a fun list of 5 of the most pop culturally-significant phones.

Juno’s Hamburger Phone

 

pop culture phone

 Juno famously tells the person on the other end “Can you hold on for a second? I’m on my hamburger phone. It’s just like really awkward to talk on.” We still want to know if she got fries with that phone.

The Jersey Shore Mallard Duck Phone

pop culture phone

Regardless of how you feel about the show, it’s definitely a pop culture sensation. One of the strangest parts of the show is not the incessant partying or fist-pumping, but the phone shaped like a Mallard Duck. Why? The better question is “Why not?”

Clarissa Explains it All’s Anatomy Phone

pop culture phone

Clarissa Darling was a 90s teen that 90s teen girls wanted to be BFFs with. As her pre-adolescent concerns (boys, pimples, annoying siblings) played out onscreen, she made regular phone calls on her super cool anatomy phone.

Zack Morris’ Brick Phone

pop culture phone

We mentioned Zack’s brick phone in our story about phones in entertainment. However, this beast of a phone is truly a pop culture icon. It’s so popular it even has its own YouTube video.

The Flinstones Dino Phone

 

pop culture phone

 You might think your iPhone 3GS is a dinosaur phone due to the release of the iPhone 4S, but you’ve got nothing on the Flinstones. However, they were way ahead of their time when it came to telecommunications.

What pop culture phones will we be writing about ten years from now? Perhaps these will still be on the list, or maybe some wilder, wackier and more outrageous phones will have infiltrated pop culture. We can’t wait to find out.

What other phones would you add to this list?

 

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

In Honor of Caps Lock Day – 3 Annoying Online Behaviors to Avoid

IN HONOR OF SATURDAY BEING INTERNATIONAL CAPS LOCK DAY, WE’VE DECIDED TO WRITE A POST ENTIRELY IN ALL CAPS…

caps lock day

Ok, we won’t really do that to you. We, like the majority of the population, understand that writing entirely in caps lock is one of the most annoying things someone can do online. So instead of torturing you by SCREAMING AT YOU FOR AN ENTIRE POST, we’ve decided to compile what we consider to be some of the other most annoying online behaviors.

Top 3 Annoying Online Behaviors to Avoid:

Overuse of Acronyms

IMHO, using OMG, BRB, TTYL and L8R, isn’t cute or LOL-inducing. It’s just annoying.

Abbreviating Everything

The need for instant communication has naturally led to the shortening of the words we use in those types of communication. However, much like overusing acronyms, one can overdo it with abbreviations. An occasional “plz” or “thx” is one thing, but don’t let it take over your life.

Abuse of “Reply All”

When a company-wide (or family or friend) email is sent, it’s often convenient to hit “reply all” and answer everyone at once. Make sure, though, that your response is actually relevant to everyone you’re sending it to. Be especially careful with the snarky responses that are meant for one person’s eyes…but fall victim to the accidental “reply all.”

What kind of online behaviors do you find to be the most annoying?

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Cell Phones, Mobile Tech and Texting, Oh My! 4 Insightful Infographics

There are all kinds of information circulating about cell phones, the people that use them and how that’s changed over the years. In order to quickly and easily digest that information, however, we’ve pulled together 4 incredibly insightful infographics about  things like cell phones, mobile tech and texting.

From Brick to Slick: 38 Years of Cell phone Evolution

We all know cell phones have evolved dramatically over the past few decades, yet somehow putting it in this format is incredibly eye-opening. From Dr. Martin Cooper’s unforgettable brick phone (how that was considered portable?) to the new apple of everyone’s eye, the iPhone 4S, take a journey through cell phone time with this infographic:

Evolution of cell phone infographic

 

How the Millennial Generation Uses Mobile

The Millennial generation is a mobile one, that’s not surprise. Users in that bracket—ages 18 to 34—tend to own multiple Internet-connected devices and a majority of them (62%) are smartphone users. Check out other statistics on this Millennial’s mobile make-up:

millenial cell phone infographic

How Texting is Changing the World

Text messaging is one of the most-used forms of communication today. If you don’t believe it, check out this infographic which boasts that 3 out of 5 humans on Earth are texters. That is more than the entire population of the world just 36 years ago, in 1975!

texting infograhic

Mobile Apps: The Battle of the Sexes

There are plenty of debates about men versus women. This one, however, looks right at mobile use (specifically, mobile advertising). Wondering what kind of smartphone women are more likely to use? And which sex tends to click on mobile ads more? This infographic bares all:

battle of sexes infographic

What’s your favorite mobile-related infographic?

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Stop Losing and Forgetting Things – 6 Memory Tricks

We’ve all lost something at one time or another. Usually, we lose things because we forget what we did with them. If only there was a way to not forget things…

memory tricks

Lucky for all of us, there are lots of ways to exercise your memory. We’ve pulled together 6 tips for boosting your memory:

  1. As you do something, make a mental note of it. For example, if you put your cell phone on the bedside table, say to yourself, “I’m putting my phone on the bedside table.” Creating this clear memory will help you remember the action.
  2. Utilize repetition to remember names and numbers. When someone tells you their name for the first time, repeat it in your head at least three times. Then, make sure to use their name during conversation to ingrain it into your mind.
  3. Learn with all your senses. Look at it, touch it, hear it, smell it and even taste it if you can. Incorporating all of your senses will help you create a memory of an item.
  4. Create songs or rhymes out of information you need to remember. Think about it—how many song lyrics can you remember even though you haven’t heard the song for years? Singing and rhyming is a powerful way to increase memory.
  5. Invent mnemonic devices for lists of information. Do this by making a sentence of out words starting with the first letter of each thing on your list. For example: ROY G BIV for the color of the rainbow or HOMES for the five American Great Lakes.
  6. If something is on the tip of your tongue, recite the alphabet. When you get to the letter that starts the word, it should pop right out in your mind.

Of course, when it comes to remembering something like your cell phone, you can always use a less subtle reminder—like the alarm on our Wireless Leash.

 

What are your personal memory tricks?

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

Remember When? A Look Back at the First iPhone Announcement

The date? January 9, 2007. The occasion? The much-anticipated announcement of the very first iPhone. It was on that day nearly five years ago that Steve Jobs officially introduced the first-ever iPhone to the world. In light of the awaited iPhone 5 (as it’s been dubbed) announcement tomorrow, we thought we’d take a look back at the first iPhone.

iphone original announcement

The world first heard mention of Apple’s phone in December of 2004. Three years later, in January 2007, Jobs held a press conference to debut his device. After its unveiling, people only had to wait six months to get their hands on one.

After those six months, anxious customers waited in line to be the first to own the revolutionary device. Take a look at this news story from Chicago:

The specs of the first iPhone? For that we turn to Engadget:

“Sweet, glorious specs of the 11.6 millimeter device (that’s frickin’ thin, by the way) include a 3.5-inch 480 x 320 touchscreen display with multi-touch support and a proximity sensor to turn off the screen when it’s close to your face, 2 megapixel cam, 4GB or 8 GB of storage, Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR and A2DP, WiFi that automatically engages when in range, and quad-band GSM radio with EDGE. Perhaps most amazingly, though, it somehow runs OS X with support for Widgets, Google Maps, and Safari, and iTunes (of course) with CoverFlow out of the gate. A partnership with Yahoo will allow all iPhone customers to hook up with free push IMAP email. Apple quotes 5 hours of battery life for talk or video, with a full 16 hours in music mode — no word on standby time yet.”

The original iPhone blew us all away—yet somehow we believe that Apple will be able to do it again, four versions later.

Did you own the first iPhone? Have you upgraded to each iPhone since then?

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Cell Phones: the Weird and the Wacky

From the World’s Largest Cell Phone to the Zack Morris Phone and even a gold-plated iPhone, here on our blog we’ve shared some off-the-wall phones with you. However, today we might just have the wildest and wackiest phones yet.

Check out these three bizarre phones from around the world—you just might change your mind about waiting in line for the iPhone 5!

weird phone

A Porsche branded cell phone. The ultimate in speed dialing luxury? We’re not sure, but we can say that this phone is definitely not something you see every day. In 2007, the Porsche cell phone was sold in Hong Kong for $164.

weird phone

From a company called HiPhone comes this iPod Nano look-a-like. While it appears to have a rotary style dial, it actually requires that you press the buttons (unlike the actual Nano). These were popular in China in 2009, so who knows what they’re disguising phones as today.

weird phone

This cell phone has a bonus feature… a stun gun. Yep, press a button and stun away. The stun gun cell phone also includes a flashlight and operates on battery power. As of 2009, the stun gun cell phone retailed for $79.95, but we’re assuming you won’t be able to find a similar model now… This is certainly one approach to safety, but for a better approach, we suggest a Wireless Leash!

These are just a few of the weird and wacky cell phones out there available to purchase, but we want to see some of the more recent models.

Leave us a comment below telling us about the weirdest cell phone you’ve seen (or heard about) lately!

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