Battles With Boredom

September 18, 2013

New App Helps Balance Your Life

Filed under: Mobile Devices,Techspeak — Peter Nikolaidis @ 2:07 pm

Balanced - Get More Out of LifeFor the last few weeks, I’ve been playing with a new iOS app called Balanced – Get more out of life. Balanced is good for reminding you to perform recurring tasks, but it is not a traditional “todo” list. You would not, for instance, put a reminder to “buy milk,” or do something that is time-sensitive into Balanced — it’s for recurring tasks that you want to accomplish. Balanced seeks to help you keep your life in balance, and rewards you for doing so with some motivational feedback. (more…)

July 21, 2013

Is Anyone Doing This yet? Pre-order My Favorite Drink On Arrival

Filed under: Apple,Coffee,Internet,Mobile Devices,Techspeak — Peter Nikolaidis @ 6:53 pm

Starbucks: Love 'em or hate 'em, you have to admit, they are doing something right.

Since moving to the Boston area, I’ve had the pleasure of actually using cool technologies a lot sooner than I used to in rural Vermont. For instance, Starbucks’ mobile app, allowing me to order and pay for my drinks with my iPhone, or Stop & Shop’s “Scan It!” app that lets you itemize what you’re buying as you go through the store, saving time at checkout because you’ve already accounted for everything and don’t need to itemize them all again. Granted, I’ve never gotten it to work completely for me, so I question how much time Scan It! has saved me, if any, but I digress.

I’ve mentioned an idea in the past on the Pocket Sized Podcast, with respect to Starbucks and their mobile app for iOS, but I don’t know if I went into details. The Starbucks app allows me to save my favorite drink, in Starbucks lingo, so instead of trying to order a “small latte with caramel syrup, the sugar free kind, two shots,” and getting confused as to whether I meant espresso shots or syrup shots, etc., I can whip out the app, refer to my favorites list, and say “Short 2-pump Sugar Free Caramel Nonfat Caffe Latte, please.” Theoretically this will save time.

But… why can’t I, upon entering the shop and connecting to Starbucks’ (arguably the slowest) free wifi (network on the planet), tap on my favorite drink, and go straight to the pickup line? You already know who I am. You already have my credit card on file. Now you know what drink I want. Granted, I might miss some thrilling conversation with the person at the counter, but that’s not usually so noteworthy as to be missed.

It doesn’t have to be Starbucks! Someone, please, make this happen. If it’s already being done, please drop me a line and let me know where.

August 27, 2012

Review: Griffin HELO TC Assault

Filed under: Mobile Devices,Techspeak — Tags: , , , , , — Peter Nikolaidis @ 8:45 am

HELO TC Assault

HELO TC Assault
Company: Griffin Technology
Price: $59.99

Every now and then I get a chance to play with a cool new toy. Usually, by “new cool toy” I’m referring to some computer-related tool, self-defense weapon, firearm, or bicycle. This time, it’s a genuine toy. I’m referring to the Griffin HELO TC Assault remote control helicopter.

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August 9, 2012

Review: iBike Coach and iBike Phone Booth

Filed under: Biking,Health & Fitness,Mobile Devices,Techspeak — Peter Nikolaidis @ 4:53 pm
iBike Coach and iBike Phone Booth
Publisher: Velocomp
Price: $59.95

I had the opportunity to review the iBike Phone Booth, a bike mount for the iPhone, and iBike Coach, a cycling computer app for the iPhone. (more…)

July 31, 2012

Type Like a Teenager, Communicate Like a Professional

Filed under: Apple,Mobile Devices,Techspeak — Peter Nikolaidis @ 5:18 pm

(Originally posted on the Paradigm Consulting blog.)

Whether it’s fair, or not, people judge you by the words you use, spoken and written. This applies to electronic communication as well and, while the accepted norms for grammar are being relaxed more and more every day, f u typ lik ths n a prof ltr, ul look like a ful. (more…)

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