Category Archives: Health and Fitness

Cyber-bullying The Wild Wild Web – What Everyone Needs to Know

We talk with Author J.A. Hitchcock and President of WHOA – Working to Halt Online Abuse about her new book published by Rowman and Littlefield “Cyberbullying and the Wild Wild Web What Everyone Needs to Know.

What are the Signs to look for, Not only for those bullied but those that may be doing the bullying. The Numbers have grown with the popularity of devices of bullying which usually starts out small however can grow with devastating results. You Can check out J.A. Hitchcocks book from Amazon and other booksellers.

https://www.amazon.com/Cyberbullying-Wild-Web-Everyone-Needs/dp/1442251174

Author J.A. Hitchcock and the Book Cyberbullying The Wild Wild Web

Scott Sands WSPD talks with Andy Taylor of TechtalkRadio

Andy Taylor talked with Afternoon Show Host Scott Sands at NewsRadio 1370 WSPD about CES2017. Covered were some of the Technology idea certainly worth saving Pennies for and of course the ideas that had many scratching their heads saying “Why?” As Scott said “Do we really need to be that lazy?” however the answer most likely is “Why Not?”

Some of the Cool Innovations are discussed and some of the high points for this 50th Anniversary of CES put on by the Consumer Technology Association.

Check out the Video and be sure to check out Scott Sands (And Shaggy Too) on iHeartRadio! http://wspd.iheart.com/ and the Podcast for the Show
https://www.iheart.com/show/139-The-Scott-Show/

New Verizon Wireless “Smart Store” In Oro Valley Arizona

Verizon Wireless Smart Store Device Wall
A Photo of a Verizon Wireless Smart Store – New Store Opened in Oro Valley

Sometimes walking into a Wireless Carrier store that sells just smart phones and service isn’t enough for consumers seeking out the best bang for the buck.

For the many making the move to a new or first time  Smartphone brings questions that need to be answered, that’s where the Verizon Wireless Smart Store comes in.

The Second in the Tucson Area, the Verizon Wireless “Smart Store” features close to 2700 Square feet of area that gives consumers a more driven experience with new technology that is Hands On with all devices in “Lifestyles Zones” on the 4G LTE network from Verizon.  The idea is to give the customers access to more than 90 smartphones and about 800 different accessories throughout the different zones.

Photo of the Get Fit Section in the Lifestyle Zone of Verizon Wireless Smart Store - Now Opened in Oro Valley
The Lifestyle Zone – Get Fit, featuring devices to Get and Stay Fit in the Verizon Wireless Smart Store – Now Opened in Oro Valley

There are so many different uses for technology in our life and the lifestyle zones for customers of the Verizon Wireless store will feature a Get Fit area giving a better hands on look at how active sports and fitness consumers or those wanting to engage a better fitness lifestyle can benefit with the technology available.

There are many options in Audio with our devices and that is where the “Amplify It” section will appeal to those wanting a better listening experience for themselves or for a room of people. Bluetooth speakers of different sizes and types will be available to listen to for the ear of those needing a speaker solution.

Another section includes a “Have Fun” area with some of the newest and enjoyable games. This is extremely popular for those with children looking for education/learning titles that can be paired with a tablet or even smartphones. We’ve featured devices such as “Ollie” along with Word and Shapes toys which can turn a road trip into a learning experience.

One of my favorite areas in the Lifestyle Zones has got to be Home on the Go. This is where a consumer could get a first hand look at “Canary” the easiest to set up and use Home Monitoring Cam I’ve ever used. Other Home Monitoring options and devices are also on display at the Verizon Wireless Smart Store.

With the different areas consumers can also benefit with workshops for those looking to tie in some of these devices added to their digital lifestyle along with new tablets and smartphones. These free in-store customizable wireless workshops are set to provide personalized hands-on training

The New Verizon Wireless “Smart Store” is located in Oro Valley at 10580 North Oracle Road

Death and Facebook…

It’s that subject that nobody really wants to talk about however it is something that is being addressed and can provide a little piece of mind to Facebook Users on what happens to a users Facebook account when the unfortunate happens. Today, Facebook introduced what they are calling Legacy Contacts.

Users can easily choose a legacy contact, either a member of the family or a friend that can manage the account of a Facebook User when that user passes away. Again, a great deal of trust would need to be exercised as that person has the power to notify of the passing, Facebook will then Memorialize the account and allow the Legacy Contact Chosen to “Write a post to display at the top of the memorialized Timeline (for example, to announce a memorial service or share a special message), Respond to new friend requests from family members and friends who were not yet connected on Facebook Update the profile picture and cover photo.”

According to a release from Facebook, The legacy contact will not be able to log in as the person who passed away or see that person’s private messages. Facebook staff has stated this was done after talking to members who experienced loss and wanted to offer more to those grieving than the basic memorialized viewable only accounts offered in the past.

All of this is not required and the option is also available for Facebook Users to elect to just have the account deleted upon their passing. This is all coordinated through the settings tab, then the security tab. Users will see Legacy Contacts as pictured in our screen capture this morning.

Facebook Capture of Legacy Contacts
Facebook Screen Capture of Legacy Contacts

The Service according to Facebook is launched in the United States first and is hopefull to expand to more countries over time.

TechtalkRadio Quick News from Tech

Thanks for checking out the Quick News for Tech from TechtalkRadio – For 08/27/2014 we take a look at an announcement from GoPro for your Canine friends! They can now Create Action!

http://gopro.com/camera-mounts/fetch-dog-harness

We also check out a Recall from HP regarding Laptop Cords that have been reported by the Consumer Product Safety Commission as hazardous! Check out the Recall Page Here

https://h30652.www3.hp.com/

Finally Ralph Lauren Tech Polo shirt is capable of many things and according to the company, integrated clothing with technology? This is just the beginning!

http://www.ralphlauren.com/shop/index.jsp?categoryId=46285296&ab=ombanner

Thanks For Checking it out and please, we would love your feedback!

KMSB Fox 11 Segment – ChicBuds Great Gift Ideas for Valentines

Hopefully you have had a chance to read our Blog Post about ChicBuds and the Many Different products that the company offers for female technology users.

The Company features products for Women create by Women. Our Blog post can be found at http://blog.techtalkradio.com/?p=2035

Jim Barry from the Consumer Electronics Association

Jim Barry, the Digital Answer Man from the Consumer Electronics Association visited with Andy Taylor and Mark Stine on KMSB Fox 11 Daybreak to share some of the latest gadgets and talk about the trends during the show.

We also get a chance to first hand see what some of the awesome new technology we may see this year or coming in the next few years!

We talked about the growth in Technology on our vehicles and some of the announcements focused on this technology inside vehicles!

From the Mobile In Car, we talked about Mobile Wearable Technology. Some of the Products we took a look at in this first segment were:

The Scosche Rhythm  – This wearable technology allows you to wear this pulse monitor to check and manage your pulse rate, calories burned during a workout, the distance of your workout and of course others such as speed, rate or repetition and your pace.  Many people listen to music while working out and The Rhythm allows you to not only monitor your workout pattern but at the same time control your music within the Rhythm interface.  More Info at http://www.scosche.com/rhythm

The FitBit Flex – This Wearable technology not only helps to monitor your activity but can be used to monitor your sleep! The FitBit can monitor how often you wake up, how long you slept and can even gently wake you up with a slight vibration in the wrist unit! The FitBit Flex doesn’t just report, it gives you goals to hit. Pre set your activity levels and as you approach these goals, LED lights will illuminate to show you are working towards your goal! More Info at http://www.fitbit.com/flex

The Tinke from Zensorium – In the Wearable Health category we also took a look at the Zensorium Tinke which plugs directly into your iOS or Android Device and then monitors your Heart and Respiratory Rate as well as a few others checks for keeping you aware of your wellness and fitness.  You can find more info at http://www.zensorium.com/tinke/

During the segment we also talked about Wireless Technology with Wireless Speakers, one that looked like a large coffee mug from iCreation called the Speecup. It’s design makes it not only handy to fit into a coffee cup holder in a car or as Mark Stine put it, In a golf cart – great for the ride on the greens  but also resonates some great sound in this small form. The Speecup also can be used with gesture technology which means not having to fumble to push a button, a gesture of the hand across the top can perform functions such as answering a call with this Bluetooth connected device. For more info check out http://www.icreation.com

Jim is always a blast to have on the show! Part Two will be posted in a few days!