Give an Online Friend an “IRL” Gift Through Facebook

Soon, Facebook will have a new feature. The Facebook Gift Store will allow users to spend real world money to send an “in real life” gift to an online friend that they have connected with on Facebook. Does anyone else find this as bizarre as I do?

I understand that the primary purpose of the Facebook Gift Store is to generate revenue for Facebook. I’ve heard this described as a somewhat unique way for Facebook to make some money without having to rely entirely on ads.

The financial aspects make a certain amount of sense to me. Facebook is hoping that thousands of its users will want to spend money at the Facebook Gift Store in order to send their Facebook friends a teddy bear, some cupcakes, socks, a Facebook gift card, or all manner of other products. There is a video about the Facebook Gift Store that shows just how easy it is to send your Facebook friend a gift. The option to do it will appear with the birthday reminders, and in a bunch of other places on Facebook.

It is the social aspects of the Facebook Store that perplex me. While there are some people who only “Friend” their relatives, this isn’t what typically happens. How many of you have “friended” someone who you vaguely know because you work at the same place? Have you ever “friended” a podcaster, author, or musician because you like his or her work? Imagine how awkward it would be to learn that some random person, who is basically a stranger, has decided to send a gift to your home or office!

Let’s say one of your co-workers, whom you barely know, (but who is your Facebook Friend), decides to send a box of cupcakes to your home for your birthday. Should you bring the box to the employee lounge, to share with everyone? Are you now obligated to send that person a box of cupcakes on his or her next birthday? How does one explain to their significant other why a person, whom you never once mentioned, has sent you a gift? I think the Facebook Gift Store is going to bring a whole lot of drama.

Image: Stock Photo Cupcakes by BigStock

TMS-2012-09-29 #63 FeedBurner Debate

I am joined by Rob Greenlee and Cliff Ravenscraft from GSPN.TV we talk about the possible demise of FeedBurner and the debate surrounding the service along with a variety of other tech news from this past week. My team at RawVoice has also posted our overall thoughts on the FeedBurner debate.

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GNC-2012-09-27 #803 Back In Hawaii

Back in the saddle here in Hawaii. Will be taking about a week of, but never fear the shows will continue on schedule. Gonna take a little down time here to re-charge my batteries and get caught up on local kind chores. :)

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Never Stop Exploring: Google Releases Field Trip for Android

Google has released another app for their popular Android platform and this time it’s all about exploring the world around you, no matter where you are.  The new app, appropriately called “Field Trip”, will use your device’s GPS to get your location and, when it senses you are close to something cool, it will alert you.  The app simply runs in the background on your phone and waits for it’s moment to shine.

As the folks over at Talk Android described the new app, “Field Trip will identify the best places to eat, shop, or have fun, including local history. For restaurants and bars, data will be taken from publications like Thrillist, Food Network, Zagat, and Eater. For stores and products, Experts at Sunset, Cool Hunting, WeHeart, Inhabitat, and Remodelista will provide the information. Songkick and Flavorpill will take care of local music and Atlas Obscura and Daily Secret will uncover hidden gems.”  That’s plenty of good sources to cover the bases, and it can be assumed certain that Google will be adding more as time goes by.

Version 1.0 of the app was released today and it’s free to install from the Google Play Store.  If you are using Android 4.1 (Jelly bean) then this may be a perfect compliment to the new Google Now service and perhaps will eventually be rolled into the new Siri-like software.  Will this become part of Android “Key Lime Pie”?

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If You’re Happy, and You Know it…Wag Your Tail?

Here’s a gadget that you don’t see everyday. Actually, since it is still a prototype, odds are you haven’t seen one of these in person yet at all. Neurowear recently announced a new and unique product at the Tokyo Game Show.

The gadget is called Shippo. It is a furry tail that you can wear. Clip it on, and it will wag when you are happy or excited. The tail will droop when you are feeling calm or meditative.

I think the idea is that Shippo will allow you to broadcast your mood to the people around you in a very visual way. The technology that makes Shippo work involves a sensor that a person must wear on his or her forehead. It measures the electricity at the scalp. Another sensor, that measures a person’s pulse, must be clipped onto his or her ear. The sensors tell the tail what to do via Bluetooth.

Personally, I think the girl in the video is emotive enough all by herself, without the addition of an electronic tail to express herself with. Shippo is still in the concept phase, and could be on the market possibly before 2012 ends.

Neurowear also makes a product called Necomimi, which are cat ears. Wear them on your head, and technology similar to what is used for Shippo will cause the ears to perk up or fold down to visually demonstrate your mood. Necomimi has been released and is something you can purchase today. Perhaps being a kitty for a while will be enough to tide over those who are anxiously awaiting Shippo, (and their very own, fuzzy, puppy tail).

Job Hunting Tip of the Day

Job hunters…..if you are applying for jobs and want to make a good first impression, get a sensible email address.

Business woman holding a Hire Me cardThe kind of address below really doesn’t make you stand out in the right way when there are lots of candidates.

hotchick1991 @ gmail.com
i_luv_beer @ hotmail.com

Trust me on this one.

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Logitech Introduces a New Skype Camera for Your TV

Adding a video camera to your TV webcam-style isn’t a new concept.  In fact, it isn’t even new to Logitech, but today they began sending out announcements about their brand new HD model.  The Logitech TV Cam HD takes the whole process to it’s next logical level, which is, of course, HD.

The new camera, which isn’t exactly small at 9.5 inches in width, is capable of full 720p high definition resolution.  In addition, it has 802.11 g/n or ethernet connectivity, an HDMI connector port, Carl Zeiss optics, pan and tilt, and 4 noise canceling microphones so the whole family can video chat with grandma.  It even comes with a remote control and a 6 foot HDMI cable.

  • Connect to anyone on Skype™
  • Ready to use with any HDMI/HDTV
  • Rings whether your TV is On/Off
  • Clear, full-room view

All of this functionality doesn’t come cheap.  The MSRP is $199, which is a significant jump from the previous Logitech model.  While there are other, cheaper solutions that do essentially this same thing, Logitech seems to have created the model to beat for those who want the top-of-the-line features.  Currently the device seems to be available only through the Logitech web site.

GNC-2012-09-24 #802 Live in Japan

Show #802 Live from Japan. I will be headed back to Honolulu tomorrow and will have my standard Thursday show along with a Saturday morning tech show. Videos from previous two shows will be uploaded when I get back to Honolulu. My mobile card cant handle the big files..

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Netflix Adds New Features to Android App

This morning DVD and video streaming giant Netflix announced major changes to their popular Android app.  Netflix Director of Product Innovation Chris Jaffe, who made the official announcement, called the update “a completely new Netflix experience for Android-powered phones.”

The Android phone app is now much like their tablet app, which has been available for some time.  It now displays more titles and galleries than ever before.  The title bar features the ability to pick up watching TV shows and movies where you left off and the home screen now features the Instant Queue and TV show and movie recommendations.  Tap on any title to find out more information about it and double-tap to begin playback.

“Tapping the browse menu gives you access to an extensive list of genre galleries that show even more titles organized into categories. Parents–like me–will really appreciate the children and family gallery with many titles organized by age.”

The new features require users to be running Android version 2.3 (Gingerbread) or newer.  It will apparently be rolling out today, although the Google Play Store doesn’t yet reflect the update as of this writing.  To find out more you can watch the demo video below and also head over to the Netflix announcement.