Social Bucket List

“Most people only travel a few times a year šŸ˜ž, but we talk šŸ‘­ and read šŸ“š and dream šŸ’¤ about it all the timeĀ šŸ™‹šŸ½. We realized that every dinner, šŸ Instagram feed šŸ“· and glossy mag šŸ“° is full of inspirationšŸ’”, but it all tends to be lost šŸ‘€ in space šŸš€ when we finally stand there at the airport. āœˆļø”

 

anVcaaK8Soo very true! Now there’s an app, Soon, that helps you keep track of all the cool places you want see or things you want to try or do!Ā Think of it as your personal social bucket list, stored right on your phone (iOS only). You can add books, movies, restaurants and more!

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Learn more by watching SoonĀ in action below. Happy Sooning (?) !

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quoteĀ mashable, picture and videoĀ techcrunch

Smart Gun Technology

Yesterday President Barack Obama issued a memorandum,Ā Promoting Smart Gun Technology. It’s easy to listen to everyone else’s summary of what the memorandumĀ entails – even better is to READ THE MEMO FOR YOURSELF. Let me share a few important takeaways from this memo:

  • As with most federal issues, there was a “team” established 3 years ago to look at gun violence in general and make recommendations.
  • WithinĀ 90 days FROM TODAY (March 30, 2015), the Secretary of Defense, the Attorney General, and the Secretary of Homeland Security shall prepare jointly a report outlining a research and development strategy designed to expedite the real-world deployment of such technology for use in practice.
  • Department Consideration of New Technology. In today’s press conference, President Obama made a great comparison to technology most Americans already use today: If we can push a button to find our iPhones, why can’t we push a button to find our guns.

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516ZHwhNaUL._SX342_BO1,204,203,200_That very lastĀ statement is the most powerful statement I have heard to date about gun control. This idea is not revolutionary, as noted by The Blaze back in 2011. “Smart guns theoretically offer a way for a firearm to be personalized so it will only work for an ā€œauthorized person.ā€ Engineers working on smart guns have already tried things like radio-frequency identification (RFID), fingerprint-recognition systems, and magnetic rings to keep an unauthorized person from firing a gun.” There was even a book written in 2014 called, “The Future of Guns”.

I don’t own a gun, never even touched one. (If I did it would be pink). IĀ have no idea how much they cost. One thing I can comprehend isĀ THE potential COST ASSOCIATED WITH THE A LOSS OF A GUN VS. THE COST OF LOSING AN IPHONE. If you consider it that way, this IS A LIFE AND DEATH SITUATION, regardless of the who or the what.

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT:Ā DISMISSING THEĀ IDEA THAT SOME ACTION, WHILE SURELY NOT A PANACEA, THATĀ AIMS TO PREVENT SOME GUN VIOLENCEĀ MAKES YOU LOOK LIKE A FOOL WHEN YOU HAVE NO SOLUTIONS OF YOUR OWN TO OFFER. No one with any sense takes you seriously. #solutionsplease #nopoundingthetable

Technology innovation solves tough problems. Now surely, there are traditional “gun companies” that will undoubtedly try to get in on the action when a Request for Proposal (RFP)) is issued. But I would LOVE to see the likes of Google, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook and othersĀ – major tech companies –Ā BAN together to HELP the federal government sort through this issue. Think this is too far off? Well, what about Microsoft and Apple’s recently advertised, “Let there Be Peace on Earth and Let it Begin with Me”Ā commercial? Controlling gun violence supports peace on earth, no? Doesn’t sound too far off if you ask me!!! #techrules

You can watchĀ President Obama’s the full speech from today below (save yourself some time and skip to 12:57). and the Microsoft/Apple commercial I referenced here.

The World in 2016

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(blogging while sick) Each year The Economist produces its “The World” series, a publication designed to focus on themes, trends and influential people/events forĀ the upcoming year. If you never really spend time thinking about international policies, this is a good opportunity to get some perspective for the new year (before it arrives).

You ca buy the magazine in most stores, read it on the web or download for the first time The World in 2016 app (iOS, Android). The app is FREE. I’ve also included a short vide below from The Economist’s YouTube channel. So go ahead, grab a copy and head to a coffee shop. Sit down for an hour and #HappyReading. I will be doing just that (as soon as I get well).

City Guides by Louis

Did you know Louis Vuitton is a writer? For a while now, the luxury brand has put out super expensive city guides that cover places like Milan, Paris, Shanghai – a total of 25 cities from around the world. It’s the kind of gift travelers would love to have in their collection but also the kind that most of us can’t (or don’t want) to afford.

Well, Louis Vuitton is making its city guides accessible to all via a mobile app (iOS only). 24 city guides are available for download @ $9.99 each. You can download Paris for FREE until December 31st if you want just give it a spin and see what it’s like. Check out the video below for a brief intro. Individual city videos are also available as a playlist (~3 minutes each in the designer’s YouTube channel). Enjoy!

All You Can News

a69fad3b-089a-4507-a6af-70abae36fd87-620x372I love the NetflixSpotifyNextIssueOysterMoviePassĀ business models even though I don’t subscribe to them all – Ā you pay one flat fee and get “All you can consume.” Kind of like Golden Corral’s All You can Eat buffet. This trend continues to grow and sooner or later anything and everything you can buy will have this type of option.

To add to the fun, Reuters is launchingĀ a ‘Netflix for news-like‘ app called, Reuters TV. The app is, “Powered by over 2,500 journalists in 200 countries, offers on-demand news programming and live, unfiltered video feeds of the worldā€™s great events.TheĀ cost isĀ $1.99 a month or $23.88 per year. You can also sign up for a free 30-day trial.

Check out the video below.