What Would You Do For $5? [What the Tech?!]

If you’ve ever wondered to yourself what you or someone else would do to earn $5, there’s a website for that! It’s called Fiverr.com and it just got a nice user interface revamp last week which took it from looking like Craigslist’s awkward cousin who knows a little about html to looking like a seriously legit marketplace where I’d feel comfortable tossing a few $5 bills around! Fiverr allows individuals to create “seller” accounts and get online and sell whatever it is they feel is worth your $5. These goods and/or (mostly) services fall into one or many of eight categories: gifts, graphics &...

Three’s a Crowdsource [What the Tech?!]

What the Tech’s techy buzzword of the week is “crowdsourcing”. I’m calling it a buzzword because I’m sure many of you have heard it and been able to deduce a general meaning behind it, but there’s a decent chance you’re still sort of in the dark. Crowdsourcing is when a company or individual employs a not-yet-determined group of people to contribute a small piece in order to create a bigger-picture puzzle. If you were to ask your friends to help you out with something, that’d be outsourcing. But if you were to put your thing you needed help with out there to reach a broader public, and members...

Whatever I Want [What the Tech?!]

The best part about being a writer for Fierce and Nerdy is that I can write about whatever I want to write about. And that’s the theme of today’s What the Tech?! What I Don’t Want to Write About I bet everyone was expecting a big E3 post this week but really, the thing is, I’m not THAT BIG on video games. Playing them, that is. I am a huge fan of watching the E3 live coverage and seeing what developers are coming up with in the gaming world because I can appreciate the work they’re doing – and who doesn’t like seeing cool new stuff?! That’s as far as my thinking usually goes, though....

Your Kid Is Not Good At Computers [What The Tech?!]

When I was a kid, no battery operated toy was safe from my 6-year-old screwdriver. I’m not sure when it started, but since before I can remember, I was pulling the motor out from the rotary plastic fishing game or ripping the simple circuitry out of the Operation man’s face. I should make it known that I hated Operation. The damn thing gave me a heart attack and I wouldn’t go NEAR it if others were playing. The suspense, followed by the heart-stopping and the unpredictably timed BUZZZZ were all a little too much for me. And yet, for some reason, every time Santa had discovered I’d ripped the poor man’s nose out he’d bring me another one!...

Google Says I Put My Baby In The Microwave, How Do I Make Them Stop? [What The Tech]

Michele Agius is on vacation but will return next week. She has graciously (and foolhardily) allowed me to fill in today. I pre-apologize on her behalf. Back in 2007, a 19-year-old, pastor-in-training was arrested in Texas for shoving his then 2-month-old daughter into a microwave and turning it on. Thanks to Google, because this would-be pastor shares my name, the first thing that pops up in a search is this wonderful story. A few hits down, a separate article clarifies the facts: According to the Houston Chronicle, Detective Johnson testified that Mauldin first threw the baby on one of the beds in the hotel room. He then confessed to...

Technolog-a.d.d. [What the Tech?!]

I read about two hours of tech news a day, all from various sources. Some are geared to alert consumers about new products coming to market, some are more business oriented (startups, acquisitions, etc.), and some of the stuff I read veers into the dark trenches of R&D. So deep your mind probably can’t handle it. Technology, science and discovery are moving at such a rapid pace that fifty years from now, 90% of what we know won’t resemble anything we know today. I’ll let that marinate with you for a second. This week I’ve decided to bring you a ton of random information about this past week in technology and...

Tech Your Mom Out [What The Tech?!]

Most, if not all of our parents are what we might consider “technologically challenged.” Instead of holding it against them, think about how you’re going to feel in 30 years when cars are flying themselves and a breakfast resembling a bullion cube is handed to us by your apron-wearing robot maid and then take the time to reach out to your mom this Mother’s Day. Let’s begin to bridge the gap with a few nifty gadget gift ideas. Present them sensitively enough and you might even see some progress. So without further ado, here’s a list of cool shit you can get your mom to amaze her and make her life a little...

Obligatory Facebook Home Post [What The Tech?!]

I wasn’t going to make this post because I couldn’t quite put into words how I felt about Facebook Home. I kept trying to come up with analogies that would help relay my true feelings about it and because of this, I kept putting it off. Then, last weekend my dog lost his toe in a tragic ‘pawing at the wicker basket’ accident. In case you’ve been living under a rock, on April 12th Facebook released its app/jacket/cover/non OS thing called Facebook Home. Rumors have been brewing about a Facebook phone since Facebook itself went mobile. Zuckerberg was always quick to let it be known that a phone itself wasn’t in...