This week we said goodbye to 2012 and hello to 2013. I'm happy to be back to share with you some news that caught my eye this week:
Stick-N-Find: Keep track of your things with tiny Bluetooth Stickers
Have trouble finding your keys, the remote control or your shoes? Stick-N-Find will help you!
These one-inch diameter objects can be affixed to items you want to keep track of, then tracked with a smartphone app. Stick-N-Find is available for pre-order on Indiegogo, with an expected shipping date this March. Link to post on LaughingSquid.com
The Animated GIF: Still Looping After All These Years
Love them or hate them, animated GIFs are all over the place. Even Oxford Dictionaries chose GIF as its USA Word of the Year for 2012. This Wired article gives a bit of history of the animated GIF, and gives us insight on how they became so popular. Link to post on Wired.com.
Get book recommendations based on your tweets
Need an idea for a new book to read? Take a look at your tweets. BookRx is a service that analyzes your tweets, people you follow and hashtags in order to create your own customized reading list. My list of books was a bit off, I think. But of course I had to have one book related to cats on my list. Link to post on GeekSugar.
Apple testing iPhone 6
The Next Web reports that developers are seeing logs for the new Apple iPhone hardware and iOS7 in usage logs. Here's to more months of new rumors, reports and speculation. Link to post on Gizmodo.
Google Street View Mapping Sandy Damage
The Google Street View car has been spotted in Staten Island taking photos of homes damaged by Hurricane Sandy. There has been some outcry from residents because of these images, with complaints ranging from privacy issues to concerns regarding property values.
However a Google spokesperson said, "We hope this accurate, updated imagery will help people around the world better understand the extent of the damage and the importance of coming together as a community to aid in the recovery efforts."
Link to post on Mashable.
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