Whiz BANG! Gadgets That May Just Change Everything

Whiz BANG! Gadgets That May Just Change Everything

There is something that I realized earlier today, and I have to admit, this should have come to me earlier: it’s 2013.

Yes, it’s well into September, I know. I need to “get with it.”

Let me explain. I haven’t always been the most reasonable person. I don’t mean irrational, by any stretch. I mostly mean that I have a funny way of going about things, and that my way sometimes may not make the most sense, especially when you consider that it’s 2013. For example, two weeks ago, I was looking for a book, and instead of sitting still, and calling the bookstores in my area, I got on my bike and rode to each one in turn, only to find that the book was out of print, from 5 different booksellers. Why didn’t I just order it online, or at least call the bookstores before I went riding all over creation to find something that it turns out doesn’t even exist?


I couldn’t give you an answer, though I wish I could. And odds are, I’m not going to start doing things differently. Somewhere down inside, I like running around, searching and hunting for things. But the little book episode made me wonder what clever little gadgets I could find that would make my life easier, and maybe even give me some more time to run around town looking for stuff. So here’s a list, just for you, of time and trouble saving gadgets that will hopefully make your life a bit easier.

MiLi Power Spring


    Next time you’re waiting in line at the movie theatre, or stopped at a red light, take a look around. What’s the first thing that you notice? Wait, let me guess, people staring at their phones, right? In all fairness, I can’t judge, being one of these phone-starers myself. And like most others who are glued to their smart phones, it’s an iPhone in my hand. There’s little doubt that iPhones are the most popular smart phones on the market right now, at least for the time being, and if there’s one thing most iPhone users have in common, it’s that they always carry a charger with them. Why? Because despite the brilliant design and functionality of the iPhone, the charge just doesn’t last, not if you use it all the time. Luckily, MiLi has the answer with their Power Spring 4/4s. It basically an iPhone case with a built in battery that adds 7.5 hours of life to your phone. You don’t really need me to list the advantages, do you?


    Gunnar Computer Eyewear

    Gunnar Computer Eyewear

      How many of you out there spend all day in front of your computer screens? I’m going to guess quite a few. As we all know, starting at a back-lit screen for hours on end is anything but good for your vision. And I have to admit, when you’re in the middle of a days work, odds are you aren’t following the 20-20-20 rule (Google it, it’s really good advice). So for those of you who can’t tear your eyes away from the screen, Gunner Computer Eyewear has invented a pair of lenses that protect your eyes against Computer Vision Syndrome and helps fight the fatigue that comes with gluing your eyes to your monitor.




        File this one under wacky, and possibly useful. The HAPIFork has sensors on either side, and tracks your bites by monitoring how often you lift your fork from the plate. If you are eating too quickly, the fork lights up and starts buzzing. Expect shorter meals and slimmer waistlines.

        Parrot Flower Power

        parrot flower power

          A house plant can brighten up any room, whether it’s in your office or your house. And while not everyone was born with a green thumb, keeping your plants alive may no longer be a problem thanks to Parrot’s Flower Power. This Bluetooth-enabled device is shaped kind of like a twig and goes right into your potted plant’s soil. It then sends information straight to your smartphone so that you know if your plant is getting enough sunlight, water, and fertilizer. It even  measures pH levels. Mother Earth will be so proud!


          HzO WaterBlock

          HzO WaterBlock

            I had to debate a bit before I added this one, since it isn’t technically available for purchase yet, but then idea is so cool that I just had to find a place for it. At the Consumer Electronics Show this year, HzO showcased a nano-material that actually waterproofs electronics from the inside out. That means that you can completely submerge your phone or tablet in water without doing any harm. Unfortunately, HzO is only going to deal with manufacturers for the time being, so there won’t be any trips to Target so buy some “iPhone waterproofing goop,” but a boy can dream, can’t he?

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            8 Most Effective Games and Apps to Learn to Type Fast

            8 Most Effective Games and Apps to Learn to Type Fast

            Computers and cell phones have become an integrated tool in our professional and personal lives that the original methods of using pen and paper may not be so common anymore.

            Although our old-school methods of note taking may not have entirely left us, technology is advancing with no intention of slowing down; iPads are moving into service industries, video calls are taking the place of in-person interviews, and store receipts are making its way into our email inbox – all of which requires the skill of typing.

            Learning a new skill doesn’t have to be boring and never had to be. Thankfully, there are effective games and apps that can help you learn to type fast with swift precision and accuracy.

            Why Typing Fast Matters?

            Learning how to type fast is a game changer. In fact, you can save 21 days per year by typing fast!

            Although shaving several minutes from curating a long email or texting paragraphs in a text message may not seem to be of great significance, the minutes soon do eventually add up and the long list of tasks then evolve into frustration. By the end of the day, time is being wasted, and the work pile is stacked high over your head.

            Why not alleviate some of those frustrations through practice and dedicating your spare time to build muscle memory?

            Learning a simple skillset like speed typing can drastically improve other essential areas in life including time-management and prioritization. Not only does it help you efficiently complete tasks at work and in your personal life, but it also boosts your productivity.

            8 Most Effective Typing Games and Apps

            Everyone learns at different speeds and uses various methods. While some work better under pressure and tight deadlines, others thrive when given ample amounts of time to learn and soak in the knowledge that is being provided. Despite the number of resources that are available in the hollow corners of the internet, it’s all about finding one source that helps you learn at your fullest potential.

            Whether you’re a keyboard ninja or not, here are some effective typing games and apps that allow you to test your speed, accuracy, and maybe shoot some spaceships along the way.


            For Beginners

            1. Speed Typing Online

              What’s more fun than to type to the story of Alice in Wonderland or the lyrics to “Hey Jude”? Speed Typing Online is an online typing game that allows you to dive into the creative and familiar world of famous books, fables, songs, and even hone your skills in data entry.

              The bright blue frame holds the text, which then turns green after punching in the accurate keystrokes. After the end of the personal timer, a statistics page appears to show you your typed words per minute, accuracy, correct and incorrect entries, and error rate.

              2. Typing Trainer

                Typing Trainer

                is another online platform suited for beginner typists looking for step-by-step lessons. Learning the keys on a keyboard can confusing especially for those who aren’t as familiar or getting adjusted to typing on a computer keyboard.

                Typing Trainer has a collection of step-by-step tutorials that covers everything from sentence drills, introduction to new keys as the lessons progress, and skills test. The Typing Trainer specifically highlights unique features in each lesson including a warm-up section where the user begin to build muscle memory and learn to type without looking at the keyboard.

                The website is also programed to identify difficulties the user is facing when typing specific words or sentences.

                3. TapTyping – Typing Trainer

                  There is the feeling of physically typing on a keyboard and then there’s the feeling of typing on a touch screen mobile device.


                  Since the use of cell phones has become closely integrated into our everyday lives, learning to type on a mobile is much of a skillset as it is to type on a computer. The mobile typing app, TapTyping – Typing Trainer, allows users to practice while on-the-go making it perfect for commuters who want to practice typing during their down time.

                  The app allows you to challenge other typists around the world with TapTyping’s global leaderboard and test your skills by taking advanced lessons. There’s always room for improvement and with the app, you’ll be able to find your mistakes by watching a heat map of your finger strokes.

                  For professional writers and programmers

                  4. The Most Dangerous Writing App

                    Suitable for writers facing a creative block or on a tight-deadline, the Most Dangerous Writing App is a website that forces your fingers to type as quickly as your ideas.

                    If you stop longer than 5 seconds, everything you had written will slowly disappear from the screen.

                    Sessions are timed from 3 minutes to 20 minutes, or can go from 75 to 1667 words. This online app is perfect to brain dump ideas, write a chapter of a manuscript you’ve been stuck on, or help with procrastination.

                    If you’re up to the challenge, try the hardcore mode – an alternative option where a single letter appears on the screen at a time. This level prevents you from seeing the entire word, sentences, or even correct any spelling or grammatical mistakes until the timer is complete.

                    If you’re wondering, copying and pasting is not an option until each the end of each session.

                    5. The Typing Cat


                      Looking to upgrade your typing skills? Also working as a personal tutor, the Typing Cat has a list of regular typing courses with the option to try other lessons with more complexity such as HTML. Learning to type code is a another valulable skillset worth adding.

                      Even with disregarded interest in the coding world, using the code course enhances your typing skills and allows your fingers to familiarize itself with uncommon word combinations and placement of punctuations on a keyboard.

                      The coding course can be difficult even for typing whizzes, but it’s all a part of muscle memory. According Psychology Today,[1] only a handful of people actually learn how to type by looking at an actual keyboard, while a majority of the population locate specific keys intuitively through muscle memory.

                      Available courses include EcmaScript 6, HTML 5, and CSS 3.

                      Fun typing games

                      6. ZType — Space Invaders Meet Webster

                        Remember playing the iconic 70’s game that allowed you to shoot tiny purple and green aliens from one end of the screen to the other with a two-bullet laser? It’s hard to believe that Space Invaders just turned 40 , but you can still get the same adrenaline rush with ZType, a typing game with the same shooting concept.

                        Ztype works in waves – stages that must be cleared but instead of aliens, you must type out the words before the missiles destroy your ship at the bottom of the screen. Every so often, longer and mor complex words would appear and if the words are not typed in the allotted time, a series of letters will disperse like missles.

                        The game is quick on the fingers and will still have your heart pumping until the very end.

                        7. Epistory – Typing Chronicles


                          Although this game does cost money to purchase, it is worth the investment if you’re looking for a refreshing and alternative mode to learning how to type fast.

                          Epistory – Typing Chronicles is a role-playing action and adventure game of a young girl riding a fox in a magical and fictional realm; together they combat enemies in the shapes and forms of words.

                          Once you’re starterted, you almost forget you’re playing a typing game. The paper craft art aesthetics of the game has you captivated by the vibrant colors and character’s storyline, while having you build your typing skills.

                          8. Daily Quote Typing

                            Need some inspiration? Say no more.

                            Daily Quote Typing is one of many gammes available on – a website that offers a variety of typing games ranging from different levels based on your experience.

                            With Daily Quote Typing, users are able to type out inspirational quotes by famous leaders, inventors, and innovators such as Mark Twain and Albert Einstein.

                            Bottom Line

                            At the end of the day, discipline and patience is what teaches to type faster. It comes down to making that commitment to improving not only your typing abilities, but in a lifelong skill that benefits other areas in life.

                            By practicing daily and using effective games and apps, it’s only a matter of time before keystrokes will become second nature and your brain will adapt to learning other skills faster.

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