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We Want Your Feedback To Improve OhGizmo!

OhGizmo! is going to be undergoing some changes over the coming weeks. We want to make the site easier to navigate, faster, and feel more modern, but we need your feedback!

Let us know what changes you’d like to see come to the website. They can be anything at all; from asking us to do more reviews to letting us know that you want to see more posts about Star Wars Toasters, we want the feedback of our loyal readers.

Ultimately, this site is about you guys, the OhGizmo! readers, so leave a comment or send an email to [email protected] and let us know what you like, what you hate, and what you want.

Cheers, Randy.

Introducing: Why-Tech Wednesday

 

We’ve all seen those products that make us scratch our head, I’ve written about some of them myself. It’s as though companies have an idea and spend thousands of dollars making it into a real product before they ask if it’s even a good idea.

In this new feature at OhGizmo! we’ll take a look at new products, sometimes tech, sometimes apparel, sometimes the undefinable, and ask the question, ‘Why is this a thing?’

There’s a lot of tech out there, and someone has to go through and filter out the sludge. So every Wednesday, I’ll be your Why-Tech Guide, searching the internet for the latest tech offerings that don’t offer much, those overpriced underwhelming products, the high-tech/why-techs.

DirecTV Customers Offered iPhone 6s Free Until June 30th

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A sort-of free iPhone…and some sizable discounts on other purchases.

Do you really, really wish that you had an iPhone 6s for the summer? AT&T has some good news for you – you can get one for free, just by signing up for DIRECTV.  But before doing that I recommend that you educate yourself to the correct satellite provider and read our DISH vs DIRECTV comparison reviews.

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Google Voice Finally On iPhone But Without Apple’s Consent

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By Gaurav Kheterpal

There is some good news – Google Voice is finally available on the iPhone. However, the bad news is that it runs on your iPhone’s browser and not as a native application. Google has been trying hard to convince Apple to allow Google Voice on iPhone but, no dice.

Google then simply decided to take the matter into its own hands and developed a web version which can be accessed by any HTML browser running on the iPhone. It is recommended to add shortcuts to your home screen for the most important features such as Dialer, Compose SMS, Inbox and Contacts. Something is better than nothing and Google Voice running on the browser is certainly better than no Google Voice on your iPhone.

[ Google Voice ] VIA [ CSMonitor ]

Twitter Trends Goes Local

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By Gaurav Kheterpal

Twitter has recently added a local flavor to the popular Twitter Trends service. It’s now possible to select a geographic region to see what’s hot and what’s not in your city or any city of your interest. The current Twitter Local Trends serves 15 major US cities and 5 countries aside from the United States and I’m sure that it’s a matter of time before more countries and cities are added.

This latest offering further strengthens Twitter’s portfolio of location aware services. Last year, it had launched a Geolocation API which helped make twitter applications location aware. For a start, Twitter offered the Local Trends facility to 1% of its user base and I’m lucky to be amongst the chosen ones. From what I’ve seen so far, Local Trends seems to work well without any major issues.

It will be interesting to see how Twitter refines it as it adds more countries and cities.

Twitter ] VIA [ CNET ]

Help Us Out With A Little Poll

By David Ponce

Hey guys, Federated Media (our advertising partner) is testing out a new widget and they’ve asked us for a little help. It’s a little poll that they’re running simply asking what your favorite wireless carrier is. Mind you, it’s not who you’re currently mortgaging your soul to they’re after, but really rather who your “favorite” carrier is. I don’t want to get into a metaphysical argument about what it can mean to have a favorite you don’t currently patron patronize, so instead I’m just asking you guys to click on a little button.

It’ll make us plenty happy… but of course feel free to skip if this is not the sort of unsolicited nagging you thought you signed up for. Just remember: we don’t do refunds.

The poll is below, and I’m going to leave it up for 4 days.

<a href="http://www.buzzdash.com/polls/which-mobile-carrier-do-you-prefer-149032/">Which mobile carrier do you prefer?</a> | <a href="http://www.buzzdash.com">BuzzDash polls</a>

This Week On BotJunkie

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By Evan Ackerman

This week over on BotJunkie, we started out by meeting a little Lego Mindstorms bot named Phobot who’s terrified of big things, found out that it’s a lot easier to give commands to robots if they’re capable of making smalltalk, took a look at a flying robot toy that you control with your hand, saw an awesome video of a little bot that wanders around with a pair of drumsticks and plays rhythms on whatever it bumps into, decided that we probably didn’t want to pay $5 for robot art made out of a small wooden block even if it’s quirky, questioned whether the new and improved version of BattleBots returning to ESPN2 is really new and improved, waxed philosophical about NASA’s recent threat to scrap one of the Mars Exploration Rovers (and enjoyed a bunch of cool Mars rover pics), checked out a round robot from Toshiba that wants to be your new voice activated universal remote, and lastly, nearly lost it while watching a spoof of BigDog’s latest antics.

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This Week On BotJunkie

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By Evan Ackerman

Our robotic sister site, BotJunkie, has been going strong since last year’s launch… There’s almost more cool robot news than we can keep up with! We kicked off this week with a video of a humanoid robot keeping itself (and us) entertained on a swing set, checked out the latest video of Boston Dynamics’ BigDog robot mule that looking damn funny keeping its footing on ice, watched a dachshund play fetch with a robotic tennis ball slingshot, saw the fastest industrial robot in the world stacking sausages, and got introduced to the Samsung Hauzen VC-RE70V vacuum robot, which could be a serious contender in the currently Roomba dominated robot vacuum arena. Oh, and in case you haven’t been keeping up, we’ve also recently posted about the latest Wall-E trailer (a must-see, trust me), watched the Army’s Crusher UGV drive over cars without noticing, and enjoyed (somewhat skeptically) a demonstration of a robot designed to massage your boobs.

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Happy New Year!!

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By David Ponce

Boys and girls, this side of the continent, it’s 2008. And by the time you read this, it may very well be in yours too. So Happy New Year errbody!!