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Summon A Snow Plow From Your Smartphone

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Way back in the day, my brother and I went door to door shoveling neighbor’s driveways for $10 bucks to save up for our first NES game (Metal Gear). In my opinion, shoveling show is a dope winter hustle because as much as we love playing in the snow, NO ONE wants to actually shovel that heavy crap off their driveway and they will gladly throw money at the situation…We actually bought two games…and some french fries

Fast forward to 2014 – I’ve moved down south (Ha!), so I no longer have to deal with punishing winter snow storms. Even if we did get a crazy snow storm down in the “A” I’m too old to be messing with snow.

If I were back up north facing yet another snow storm hitting most of the country as I type this post, instead of throwing on my “long johns” under my clothes and wearing double tube socks, I’d probably pull out my smartphone and use the Plowz app that can locate, schedule and pay a local plowman to come and clear up my driveway while I stay in the house and eat some of Mrs. Tech’s BOMB-ASS chili.

For my peeps in the path of this latest winter blast who are not looking forward to moving heavy snow around after it’s over, Plowz is an iPhone and Android app that will help you contract a snow plow driver to clear your driveway.

According to the Plowz site, tapping the “Schedule a Plow” button after you’ve described your driveway, entered your location and preferred time, and approved a price, a snow plow driver will come your way to start shoveling snow. Once the job is complete, the app will bill your credit card without worrying about invoices and tips…I would suggest you tip them a couple bucks anyway if allowed…IT’S COLD OUT THERE!

With Plowz, you can even send a snow plow driver to another home as a gift or to look out for an elderly neighbor. The assigned plower will send you a pick of their work to ensure the job is done right. I can imagine some richers on vacation someplace nice using Plowz to have their driveway plowed so they can return to a clear parking spot for their car #Hate.

Be sure to check the Plowz website to see if there are any available snow plows in your area….If not, be sure to stay [the opposite of] frosty.

Terrance GainesSummon A Snow Plow From Your Smartphone

Beats Music Goes Digital With Online Streaming Service

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Enter Beats Music, the subscription-based online streaming music service founded by Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre that will serve up over 20 Million tracks, curated by music experts, and can be customized based on your interests.

Beats Music doesn’t sound too much different than some of its competitors like Spotify, Pandora, Rdio, and the long list of other players in the field. You sign up, pay a monthly $9.99 fee, download and app, and you get as much streamed music that your wireless data plan can handle – no ads. Beats Music also has a tiny social network that lets you share every single hipster thing you listen to that “nobody else is up on yet”, and as well as chat with other music snobs.

What may give Beats Music a boost up to the front of the music-streaming line is street cred. Dre and Ioving are both music legends that came together to build a billion dollar brand in Beats by Dre that is blindly accepted by other music experts, celebrities, and consumers alike. Wearing Beats headphones is more than just about music – It’s a status symbol. So it’s not hard to imagine that users who wear Beats headphones may just take a hard look at what the Beats Music service has to offer solely based on name recognition alone.

With a name like Beats Music, with all of its connects in the music industry, the old guards of the music industry that are purposely slow to accept the new online-streaming trend, may just have to speed up their adoption now that Dre and ‘nem is on the scene.

Beats Music, while not yet ready for launch (Jan. 21st), already has the ears of  my favorite “play everything everywhere” Sonos wireless music system that stated Beats Music will be available on their devices day one. “Technology innovators have been betting on streaming for years and we’ve finally reached the tipping point with visionaries in the music industry going all-in,” notes Sonos CEO John MacFarlane. “We’re thrilled to launch Beats Music on Sonos day one of its availability. It’s never been a more exciting time to be a music lover.”

According to the Beats Music site, AT&T also has an exclusive Beats Family Plan that will let subscribers add up to 5 users and 10 devices on one account.

What do you think? Can Beats Music make waves in the highly-contested online music streaming industry as well as urge the music industry change its ways?

Terrance GainesBeats Music Goes Digital With Online Streaming Service

Tech Tools For Creating the Best Holiday Cards

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Every year around this time, Mrs. Tech stresses out about sending holiday cards. Making an appointment with a photographer/studio, finding matching outfits for us (lame), and making sure everybody smiles (and stays clean) can prove to be a overwhelming for her. That’s not counting the time it takes to create and mail the cards. But every year, she powers through…That’s why I call her “Michelle Huxtable” Or “Claire Obama”.

As a tech geek, I’m always trying to find ways to make her job easier. My low-tech suggestion is “They will be alright if they don’t get a holiday card this year” As you can imagine, that suggestion doesn’t make it to the final cut. My technology suggestion would be to use all these gadgets, apps, and websites that I’m familiar with that will cut down on the amount of effort (and cash) it takes to create those admittedly pretty cute holiday cards she sends out every year.

Check out my “The Best Apps and Website to Make Holiday Cards a Breeze” post on Babble for some pretty slick suggestions this year for her and anybody else looking to find easy ways to shoot and create the perfect holiday card


Terrance GainesTech Tools For Creating the Best Holiday Cards