“A whopping 63 percent of participants claimed that their sleep needs were not met during the week. This dissatisfaction may be connected to the fact that virtually everyone polled — 95 percent — reported that they surfed the net, texted or watched TV at least a few nights a week in the hour before trying to sleep.”
Sleep In America Poll: Technology Is Ruining Our Sleep | HuffingtonPost.com | 11.17.11
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You have files on your laptop. You have files on your work PC. You have files on your home PC. You also have files on your smartphone. When you want to access important docs and share those amazing pictures you took last weekend, you can use cloud computing, like my personal fave, Dropbox.
You also have a cool option called the Pogoplug (I recently read about it on WebWorkerDaily.com). Simply plug your USB thumb drive or hard drive into the Pogoplug, create an online account, and voilà! …all the files stored on those devices can be shared via the internet. After connecting the device, all you have to do is enable e-mail sharing and enter the addresses of everyone you want to give access to. They will then get link to connect to those files. This means sharing without uploading.
I know what you’re thinking…can you share videos? Yes. Music? Yes. Will it work with Droid and Blackberry? Yes…and there’s an iPhone app, too. Did I mention that you can e-mail documents to your device? That cord tamer at the back of the unit is another plus.
The folks at Pogoplug describe it as having your own personal cloud. Even better, there are two models and are no monthly fees.
Have you used Pogoplug or a similar device? It sounds awesome to me, but do you think it’s worth a test drive?
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Last year, I found out about a new gadget called Peek. It piqued (sorry, couldn’t help it) my interest, and I wondered why anyone would choose it over an iPhone or other smartphone. It seemed (and still does) that there are so many more benefits to having a smartphone, one of them being that you have access to many apps that can help you stay organized and manage your life.
So, I contacted the company in December to request an interview and to hear why they think it’s a better choice. So far, no one has gotten back to me but they did send me one of their products to test.
Here’s a run down of my experience with TwitterPeek…
1. Shipping. TwitterPeek arrived quickly! I was impressed by how fast it was delivered, though the plastic packaging was already open. I assumed this was because it was a test model and wasn’t too concerned.
2. Familiar Look. The Peek has the look of a BlackBerry with a keyboard and scroll wheel.
3. Function & Ease of Use. I really liked some key things about this device.
a. Power Button. The power button was easy find and the battery cover didn’t require a crowbar to get it open.
b. Back button. Love this! It’s the little things, yes? =) It was great having a button dedicated to going back to the previous screen…efficient and easy to use.
c. Scroll Wheel. I liked that the scroll wheel did what it was supposed to do – let you move down the screen – and, if you pushed it in, you would advance to the next screen or see a list commands to choose from.
4. Portability. It is super lightweight and can easily be stored in a purse or pocket. It’s slim profile makes it easy to carry.
5. Customer Service. When I took their offer to test out the product, I received a quick and enthusiastic e-mail with instructions on what to do once I got the device. The folks at Peek were also responsive (mostly) when I ran into a few problems, but more on that later.
1. Overall Function. I got half way through the registration process and it stalled. It wouldn’t accept the most crucial piece of information: my Twitter user name and password. I tried for several days to get it to work (and again last night), but no luck.
2. Customer Service. As I mentioned before, I contacted Peek on Twitter and each time got a response. They checked with the carrier who said that it may be due to a “coverage issue.” They also said it could be that the “SIM was disconnected.” The problem here is that they stopped following up with me. I realized that each time they contacted me, it was as a result of me following up and asking for more help. When I stopped sending them inquiries, they dropped the ball. The last response I got was on December 14th…and that e-mail request for an interview on December 3rd – still waiting to hear back.
While I love it’s cool buttons and it looks, the fact that it didn’t work trumped all it’s positives. There was no way for me to really see why this device would be the picked over a smartphone. Yes, it’s cute, but entrepreneurs need more than cute. Perhaps it’s a less expensive option, but I’d rather spend more for function and figure out how cut costs elsewhere. If you’re using one – and love it – please tell me why because I just don’t get it.
Sorry, TwitterPeak. You #Fail.