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So if you know me, and I mean you are a real life friend, or family member, you know that I love Chromebooks. I am a proponent. I'm convinced that they are the perfect choice for most of the non-tech public that I know! Very secure, fast boot times, great battery life, and compact. But even I will admit that Chromebooks could be so much more when it comes to the hardware choices that most manufacturers make. Most of these devices are almost always lots of plastic, and run with a minimal configuration when it come to whats inside. (2 gigs of RAM and 16 Gigs of storage) Often, the display choices at the $200 pricepoint is barely decent. One bit of good news is there are a many models now that come in all shapes, sizes and configurations. Some have touch screens, some have Intel Processors, Some include HD displays, some include 360 degree displays to turn your computer into a touch screen web tablet. . . . But if you want an aluminum body, touch screen, HD display, backlit keyboard, USB C connection all in one Chromebook, then be prepared for real hurt on your wallet, because we are now talking the $1000+ Chrome Pixel.
Through the myriad of Apps available for mobile devices these days, when I find one that is truly unique, I like to share it here. And last week I discovered such an app. It's called Wayfare. About the best way I know how to describe it, is that its penpaling for mobile. You get to meet people but there are safegards built in to make it almost impossible to "Hook up" as in apps such as Tinder. Wayfare is all about exploring other countries, people and cultures.
There is no working website available from your PC. All interaction takes place from your Android or iOS based devices. When you first sign up, you are given the opportunity to share minimal information such as your first name, country, Gender and birth year. Once that is complete, you "embark" on a journey to another country. This can be random, or you can choose from over 113 countries. It doesn't give you the ability to pick the gender of your guide. But interestingly, all the guides I have received so far have been female.
After questioning the usefulness of smartwatches on Android Journal for weeks now, I actually took the plunge and purchased one.
Which one you ask? The Asus Zenwatch. Why this one vs the Motorola or LG round? Price was certainly a consideration as it could be as much as $100 cheaper. And even though it is a square watch, it is actually attractive with the nicest band (in this guy's opinion) of the bunch. This won't be an indepth review. Only my opinions on what it's been like to use this device for a week.If you need more, believe me, there are a multitude of long reviews out there.
By day I try to keep a Chemical Company safe. But on my time, I seem to have an obsession with Technology. I've been following mobile advancements in Technology since the mid-90s. I've used Palm OS, Windows Mobile, iOS and Android devices. With this experience comes a lot of opinion. I offer those opinions here.