Tech Talk 3/1

We can talk all day about net neutrality and drone regulation; however, there are more important things in life and tech that have occurred this week. Here is a quick run-down on what happened in the digital world.


googlyHave you ever visited a website and thought to yourself, “Wow, that photo would look great with some googly eyes?” There is an app for that. Googlifier is a new Chrome extension that allows you to put googly eyes all over your favorite website’s photos with just a click of a button.


Imagine walking into a restaurant with your own personal entrance music. Heads turn, while Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk” blasts from the rockbot2jukebox and you know all eyes are on you. Clearly, this is the dream and the folks behind the Rockbot app seem to understand your attention-seeking needs. Rockbot is a smartphone app that adds one of your favorite songs to the playlist of any venue when you walk in without you lifting a finger. The app aims to find the overlap between your taste in music and what is appropriate for the venue. The main idea surrounding this product is saving you and your friends the trouble of agonizing over choosing the perfect song to play on the jukebox… apparently this happens a lot.

Cute or Not… feeding your desire to swipe right

buzzfeed-puppies-e1424889964411Based on the concept of Tinder, Cute or Not is a new app created by the folks at Buzzfeed that displays photos of kittens, puppies, wombats, and a myriad of other adorable animals. Users can then swipe right if they find the animal to be cute and swipe left if they think otherwise. Commence your new addiction…now.

But let’s get serious for a moment.

The PG Version of Youtube

YouTube-Kids-UnofficialAs fascinating and addicting YouTube can be, we can’t help but stumble upon some not-so-PG videos while watching endless videos of dancing cats. No worries, YouTube has come up with a solution. They recently launched YouTube Kids, a service that “makes it safer and easier for children to find videos on topics they explore.” Designed and built for the little ones, the app restricts content such that only family-friendly videos, channels, and educational clips will show up on search. Moreover, parents have control over what their children watch, including having the ability to disable search, limit screen time and cap the volume. But what about advertisements? I’m sure they have a plan for that as well…

Contributor: Ricky Rajani

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