They never let me anywhere near the studios but I'm sure I'd have the best "one hour - all request hour" if they did!
I've got a phone that sometimes works and an email account that I can't remember. Best way to reach me - just COMMENT below. Thanks!
Hi! I'm Mike The Web Guy. My boss told me that I should start one of these blogs, even though I'm not "on the radio." After being told that it was a "good idea," I figured, "why not?" I could always use another thing to do. Things about me... I'm a HUGE San Diego Chargers Fan (Any SoCal Locals who want to get together for a game - COMMENT back at me and let's HOOK IT UP). I live in Clifton Park. I'm all about APPLE (sorry PC people). I have a woman who lives upstairs in my house who is related to me by marriage. We have two kids who pretty much run our social life.
We had a death in our family over the weekend.
Some of us are grieving better than others. My wife and daughter are unfazed and have moved on. I was the one who had to be the bearer of the bad news. After a few minutes, I made my peace and was all right.
My son, I worry about him. Over the weekend, he accidentally dropped the old Dell laptop that I brought back to life for him. This time Dad wasn't able to get the old PC to fire back up again. The monitor had taken it's final drop. When I tried to boot up the machine, everything came alive except the glow of the screen. I turned to my son to share the news that his beloved "'puter" was about to join the recycle bin which caused him to run upstairs and throw himself on his bed.
After a few minutes of heavy grieving he came downstairs and asked me if he could get an iPad now.
No one moves on faster than a six-year-old.
We all can related to this. We all at some point have had a strong attachment to a piece of technology that when it failed, that moment tore apart our hear. For me it was when my iPhone 4 mysteriously decided to self-destruct and over charge the tiny wire that connected my back screen to the motherboard inside the phone. According to the Genius who diagnosed my phone, it was a freak malfunction that was not my fault - no amount of tender care could have prevented this internal error. Yet, it still out of warranty with a repair bill that cost more than what the phone was worth.
I too wanted to run upstairs and throw myself on my bed to shed tears. Instead, I made the long walk to the AT&T store at Crossgates to see what my "replacement" options were. Every time I see my outdated BlackBerry Curve that will have to serve me for another two years when my upgrade is ready, I share that same sadness my little guy has when he has to wait until Christmas to see if Santa will bring a replacement computer.
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I claimed my seat in the packed theater on Sunday afternoon in Clifton Park to see the new Superman "Man of Steel" movie. And while I found the cast and their performances to be excellent, the re-boot of the Superman storyline left me cold. Sorry. I felt the same way about the recent Spiderman "do-over."
The one question I walked out of the theater with was, "will their be a Justice League movie?" Marvel comics used their "Iron Man" movies to slowly rollout "The Avengers" (The Hulk, Captain America, and Thor), which was last summer's BIG comic blockbuster.
The Justice League would be an easier sell with Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Green Lanter (really the only character that needed their own movie, remember Ryan Reynolds in the green costume?), and Aquaman as main characters with several other lesser known (comic-book fan) favorites.
Warner Bros. spent an estimated $225 million making "Man of Steel," taking in an estimated opening weekend haul of about $357 million. Since the movie studio has finished it's Harry Potter franchise and seems to be putting it's focus back on super hero movies - all we can do is cross our fingers that the rumors of a "Justice League" film really do develop.
For those who trust their phones for turn-by-turn directions, imagine how distracting it would be trying to navigate downtown Troy, full of one-way streets in rush hour traffic, when an ad pops up on your phone as pass a nearby store.
That's what is coming…
Google paid $1.3 billion for the social driving app Waze - yes, over a BILLION dollars for an app that helps users get from here to there. Nothing fancy. No "social networking." No "in app game purchases." Just a driving app.
There are a couple key things that made Waze so attractive for Google.
Waze users can report traffic conditions, like an accident or a cop sitting in a U-turn area on the Northway - with these alerts popping up in real time on the map. Pretty useful.
Yes, ads that pop up when you pass by a store or business, like Best Buy or Whole Foods who have bought promotions in the app, with special offers or coupons.
And this is the BIG number for Google - after Apple destroyed their maps app, Waze saw a jump of 100,000 new users a day before Google debuted the iPhone version of Google Maps in December.
Mapping technology today is not about where you are or where you are going, but what you can encounter on your destination - whether you want to or not.
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Huggies helps fathers feel the joy of pregnancy, with a specially designed waist-band that replicates, in real-time, the baby's movement and kicks as and when the mother feels them. Now if only they could do something about morning sickness.
Pop Quiz: What app claims to have eclipsed Twitter's 200 million monthly active users? It's the FREE SMS chat application called WhatsApp. Why haven't you heard about this? Answer: Because it's big in Brazil, India, the Netherlands, Spain, Germany and Italy.
In America, most cell plans offer an "unlimited text" option, which you get if you are 13 or have a teenager in your house. You pay $30 a month to get the piece of mind that your teen isn't going to text you into debtors prison with their all-night and day text messaging. But what if you could text 365 FOR FREE?
That's where WhatsApp comes in. It's 99¢ for iOS users to install it and a 99¢ annual charge for users of other platforms, with the first year free. The app uses the push notification that comes with your phones monthly data plan - cutting out the need for Text Messaging. Ah, ha!
According to their site, "In addition to basic messaging WhatsApp users can create groups, send each other unlimited images, video and audio media messages."
What I like about this service is that you can use ONE messaging app over ALL devices. So Apple's and Android's can communicated… oh, and those of us still stuck with a BlackBerry can get on board too.
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The 67th Annual Tony Awards were CBS last night. Sorry, I didn't tune in, the season finale of Game of Thrones was on and I had to see if there were going to be any Stark's left for next season. (Spoiler Alert: there ARE!).
Since I get most of my entertainment news from my wife in the form of breaking news "did you hear?" updates or while watching the news on the treadmill at the gym, this morning being the later. I was shocked to see Cyndi Lauper on stage accepting an award for Best Original Score for 'Kniky Boots.' Which I'm guessing is a stage show about boots?
But Cyndi's award was the highlight of the night… no, that would be the local weekend TV anchor who has NO IDEA what the Tony's are and can't read a teleprompter. Enjoy these 26 seconds of awkwardness.
I love when we use technology for good. In a country the size of China, finding missing kids is near impossible. The website Baby Back Home helped turn China’s 1.4 billion citizens into search volunteers via an app using facial recondition technology.
According to news reports, two families were united in a week after launch. The app has been downloaded 20,000 times.
Leave it to the English to figure out a way to make Zombies, "good." While this TV commercials starts out like an episode of "The Walking Dead," Giffgaff, a UK mobile phone company, turns the un-dead into our friends.
Now the only "dead spot" we have to fear is that area between Lake George and Glens Falls where's its impossible to get a cell signal.
Tired of burning your popcorn? I hate that. Because the microwave timer just isn't loud enough to be heard in between skipping through commercials on the DVR, Pop Secret has solved the problem with it's new app: Perfect Pop!
It's free to download in the App Store or at PopSecretLabs.com. Since going live, it has already become one of the top 10 food apps and had 80,000 downloads!