5 Apps To Help You Prepare For The Super Bowl

This is a big weekend for sports fans. Big. Weekend. The Super Bowl is on February 3rd, that’s this Sunday and you can bet that every sports bar in town will be crawling with Raven’s fans or 49er’s fans, a parade of purple and black, red and white, or perhaps a ceremonial jersey. So here are a couple of apps to help you either stay sane during this weekend, or join in on the festivities!

Pocket Cocktails

For all those who who are staying home and camping out in front of their TV but don’t want to miss out on great drinks – we’ve got the app for you! Pocket Cocktails helps you mix the craziest combination of drink, or something nice and simple if that’s your thing.

theScore Mobile

On the go? Need to keep score? We understand, hence – theScore.

Yelp

Don’t know where to go to watch the game? Go to Yelp, and there’s a whole section just on sports bars. Find the location closest to you, and head on over!

Food Network In The Kitchen

For some of us, wings and chips just won’t cut it. Enter the Food Networks’ vast menu of easy finger foods to the ones that are a little more complicated. Then again, if marinated chicken breasts take only 15 minutes, you could look like the Iron Chef come Sunday!

Any other life-saving Super Bowl apps you can think of? Let us know!

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January 28, 2013 at 4:20 pm Leave a comment

Hump Day Post – Infographic Proposal

It’s not every day that that you decide to propose to someone, or that you get proposed to. Since it’s only going to happen to you once in your lifetime (hopefully), Drake Martinet – associate editor at AllthingsD.com – decided to put his best skills to use and propose to his girlfriend via infographic. Not only has this gone viral, it is quite possibly one of the coolest and creative ways anyone has ever gone about proposing. And for the record – she said yes 🙂

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January 23, 2013 at 12:28 pm Leave a comment

Top 5 Photography Apps That Aren’t Instagram

In a mobile photography world dominated by Instagram, we’ve decided to explore the countless other apps that are available to us everyday folk who want to look a little more like professional photographers. So whether you’re filter junkie or love panoramic shots, we’ve got something for your snap-happy self!

DMD Panorama

Everyone loves a good panorama shot. Especially those who love taking pictures of landscapes, and there is no other app that has a following quite like this one. You point, move your phone across your landscape and voila! Perfection.

Standout feature: the panorama of course!

Color Splash

This is quite possibly one of the coolest, and most gorgeous and artistic effects photos can have – a splash of colour amidst a black and white photo. Color Splash makes it ridiculously easy for you to look like a future Mario Testino.

Standout feature: the name of the app says it all!

Picfx

There’s over 100 different filters in this app, all of which you’ll most likely spend hours combing through. You can rotate effects, save all photos in high-res to your camera roll and share them everywhere. And those are just some of their features.

Standout feature: we love that you have the ability to rotate effects here.

Snapseed

It was named the Best Mobile Photo App, and it’s iPad counterpart won Apple’s Best iPad App of the Year. Enough said.

Standout feature: the tilt and shift, it’s amazing!

Camera Awesome

Normally we’re a little skeptical when it comes to an app that declares just how awesome it really is, but then we took a little bit of a closer look at the app and realized, it actually is quite awesome. It has specially designed special effects that we haven’t really seen anywhere else, it’s easy to use, and has effects designed by a renowned photographer. Pretty awesome isn’t it?

Standout feature: re-focusing and tilting specific parts of your picture!

Now snap away! And let us know what your thoughts are!

 

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January 22, 2013 at 11:15 am 1 comment

Voice Series: Is Social Media Causing The Younger Generation To Lose Their Voice?

When it comes to technology, the difference between Gen X and Gen Y is but one thing – Gen X is technologically adept, Gen Y is tech-savvy. While the younger generation may be able to trump their parents any day in a game of Angry Birds or sending more texts in a minute, one thing that social media may have taken away from Gen Y is their individual voices.

Consider this; a study reported by The Mail Online did a study that makes most of us out to be internet-obessed, because there’s a growing trend that we’re spending so much time online that we sometimes go up to 48 hours with out interacting with another human being. That’s 2 full days of barely talking to another person! That literally translates to a loss of voice.

It used to be that if you wanted to give  your input on a hot topic discussed on the radio or a TV program you’d call in and physically talk to someone on the other end. Nowadays, we tweet in comments, write posts on Facebook, and scroll down to see what everyone else has said. If our opinions don’t match theirs we may or may not think twice about posting something.

In comparison to previous generations, Gen Y prefers communicating through emails and texts versus talking to someone face to face. Keeping conversation flowing instead of being able to stop, pause and think before replying puts a damper on communication and being able to voice your thoughts at any given moment.

Then there’s always the evolution of ‘texting language’, where two people – based on how well they know each other ‘in real life’ – are able to tell what the other person at the other end of the phone is saying through a text message.

So tell us, where do you stand on this debate?

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January 16, 2013 at 12:54 pm Leave a comment

Hump Day Post: This One’s For The Moms!

When Sarah Jessica Parker’s movie I Don’t Know How She Does It came out, it sparked a nation-wide dialogue about how women juggle it all. While there may be no one solid nugget of wisdom, moms everywhere know one thing – you just have to keep going! And it’s always good to know you’re not alone, which is why this book: Sh*tty Mom, is not only a New York Times bestseller, but it’s rightfully hilarious and delivers just the right amount of humour, cleverness, and honesty that all mom’s can relate to.

Here’s a quick summary!

We’ve all been there, between a rock and mom place… where there are just too many Sh*tty Mom moments to think about.  Like handing your child the iPhone at dinner so you can eat quietly at a restaurant, or baking cupcakes for your child’s birthday celebration at school (only to learn that half the class eats gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free).

There is definitely a less-than-glamorous side to parenting. It’s always nice to know you aren’t alone!

 

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January 16, 2013 at 10:32 am Leave a comment

7 Things To Look Forward To In 2013

2013 is a new year! Now that we’ve survived doomsday, there’s a new list of things to look forward to. Everything from tech to movies to pop culture and everything in between, we’ve complied a nice little list of the top 10 things to look forward to in the new year.

For the Social Media Lover: Twitter may go public

This is just speculation, but insiders say that Twitter and LivingSocial may be following in the much publicized and talked-about footsteps of Facebook. Whether or not you’re looking forward to this, it is something to look out for!


The for the Techie: The iPhone 6?

Is it any surprise that there are rumours buzzing that the next iPhone will surface this year? Answer: No. Here’s the concept for the latest in Apple’s iPhone line. Now the real question is, how much thinner, lighter, brighter and faster is it really?

Family Fun; For the Ladies: A little royal for Will + Kate

How many of you got up at the crack of dawn to watch the royal wedding? How many of you are going to waiting anxiously to hear news of whether it’s a boy or girl or even twins? Put on a pot of tea, curl up, and watch the inevitable live broadcast!


Family Fun; For the Men: The Superbowl Ad line-up (and the Superbowl itself)

Like everything else to do with the Superbowl, their line up reads like a rap sheet of who’s-who in the land of the rich and famous. We have a completely brown M&M (a.k.a Ms.Brown), Pepsi’s crazy 50 million dollar deal with Beyonce surfacing with her in the famous red and blue get up, oh and Audi spoofing vampires with Jay-Z thrown in there somewhere. Get excited!

Family Fun; For the Whole Family: The Great Gatsby (May)

This is probably one of the most anticipated films, along with Star Trek, Man of Steel, and maybe Iron Man 3. Either way, we already hear Oscar buzz around this film, critics lining up to take a bite of it, and audiences to swoon over Leonardo DiCaprio. And Chapters may want to stock up on Fitzgerald’s classic, with any luck it will rush off the shelves just like Twilight did.

For the Gamer: Grand Theft Auto 5

There’s no official release date yet, but when this comes out every guy you know will be lined out outside their local gaming store to get a copy. You getting them a copy will not only make you the coolest mom in the world, but you might start liking to play it too!

What are you looking forward to this year?

 

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January 14, 2013 at 12:23 pm 1 comment

Spoke’s Weekly Wrap Up

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This week we discovered all kinds of great things, so let’s do a quick wrap up and share!

Pinterest – Inspiring photography

Recreate your favourite family moments with Lego men this weekend! It’ll be a fun family project for all.

Twitter – Hump Day

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To honour the third day of every work week – affectionately known as ‘Hump Day’, we’re bringing you a weekly dose of funny, inspirational and interesting tidbits every Wednesday. We kicked it off with 60 Tiny Love Stories To Make You Smile!

Tumblr – we have a new layout!

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With every picture we find that makes us think of photography, long distance, love, family or special holidays, we can’t wait to share with you folks on our Tumblr.

Blog – Tech support for parents

They’ve guided us through life, now we can guide them through the iPhone (and iPad, and the internet). We’ve found some good resources to help you help them!

And … that’s a wrap! Happy Friday everyone!

 

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January 11, 2013 at 2:56 pm Leave a comment

Voice Series: 5 Reasons You Should Call Instead Of Text (or Tweet or FB Chat)

It’s been less than a decade since Facebook emerged, changing the face of communication as we know it today. Nine years ago (FB launched in 2004) our collective voices dwindled, and instead of hearing the other person’s voice through our phones, we saw text on our computer screens. Then technology took a somewhat backwards turn by introducing voice online – FaceTime, Skype became more popular – so we could go back to the original voice to voice connection!

In this episode of our Voice Series, we’re comparing voice vs. text, and we think voice rules! Here are our top 5 reasons why:

People identify with voice better than with text

You’ve seen it in countless movies before, expecting parents-to-be are always talking to an ever growing belly, playing Mozart to potentially produce a mini genius, turning on TSN to calm a kicking little one, well, there’s a reason for that! When your voice is heard over a long period of time, they begin to bond with you. It doesn’t matter what you talk about really, it’s just getting your child to recognize  and respond to your voice. Eventually just the simple sound of your voice elicits an involuntary emotional response – safety, love…it just sounds like home.

You want to stand out? Call.

According to TIME Magazine, “Americans ages 18-29 send and receive an average of nearly 88 text messages per day, compared to 17 phone calls.” The older we get, the less we communicate, and the less energy we have to put into reaching out in any form. So the next time you catch yourself thinking ‘we never talk anymore’ about someone, pick up the phone and give them a call. They’ll remember you took the time out to call, and you’ll remember when you last spoke!

You’ll build a better relationship with yourself and others

Not to get too scientific on you all, but one of the biggest worries developmental psychologists have when it comes to texting, especially in young people, is that it inhibits and slows down the full development of interpersonal skills. For adults, most of those skills are innate by now, so it’s not as worrisome. But saying “I’m sorry” in person is so much more powerful and meaningful than seeing those two words on your screen.

Less miscommunication

It happens to the best of us. We’re scrolling down a text and we miss that one crucial line that tells us when we want to meet up, then you inevitably reply with a “so what time are we meeting?” And either they’ll just repeat themselves or say something along the lines of “scroll up.” When we text, not only may your eyes just glaze over and read wrong, but things such as tone and emphasis on words are completely lost in translation over text. Now we all know what happens with miscommunications: hurt feelings, incorrect items procured at the grocery store, business deals gone awry.

It’s a natural mood lifter

Multiple studies have shown that the simple act of calling someone can lift your mood. You’ll laugh, you’ll smile and that creates endorphins that will stimulate our brain and get you ready to take on the world again. Call your mom, your best friend, your other half, whoever it is that makes you smile. You’ll feel better, studies say so.

There you have it. Now go talk to someone!

 

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January 9, 2013 at 2:21 pm Leave a comment

Hump Day Post – 60 Tiny Love Stories To Make You Smile

Welcome to Wednesday! Also affectionately known as ‘hump day’ in many work circles, so we’ve decided to give you a daily dose of inspiring/funny/interesting goodness to keep your day going. For our first hump day post, we couldn’t help but go with a great little mood booster we stumbled upon: 60 Tiny Love Stories To Make You Smile.

Here are some tidbits:

  • Today, when she woke up from an eleven month coma, she kissed me and said, “Thank you for being here, and telling me those beautiful stories, and never giving up on me… And yes, I will marry you.”
  • Today, my 8-year-old son hugged me and said, “You are the best mom in the whole entire world!” I smiled and sarcastically replied, “How do you know that? You haven’t met every mom in the whole entire world.” My son squeezed me tighter and said, “Yes I have. You are my world.”
  • Today, my 21 year old Labrador can barely stand up, can’t see, can’t hear, and doesn’t have enough strength to bark. But it doesn’t stop her from wagging her tail a mile a minute every single time I walk into the room.
  • Today, on our 50th wedding anniversary, she smiled at me and said, “I only wish I had met you sooner.”

 

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January 9, 2013 at 10:01 am 1 comment

For Parents: A Beginners Guide To Your New Tech Toy

Chances are, you or someone in your family got some new piece of technology over the holiday season. You’ve turned it on, powered it up, and toyed around with it – all with your kids by your side, walking you through it all.

Does this situation seem (somewhat) familiar? Maybe from a previous post?

Fear not – we’ve got the resources to help you become a mini tech whiz in no time!

iPad for Seniors for Dummies

This book literally teaches you everything you need to know and it’s organized perfectly into different categories. Email, internet, movies, you name it, this book will teach it to you. It covers the basics and it’s easy to read, filled with excellent step-by-step images and best of all – you can read it online and fiddle around with your iPad all at the same time!

Fun Tech Support For Parents

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This is probably the best way to get your parents and anyone else to understand how to use not only the internet, but any application on their laptop. You select what they need help on, and a short, informative video will be sent to them – from you!

iPhone For Dummies

These Dummy books may just be some of the smartest books ever written! Touch screen phones are definitely a defining part of our generation, and that being said – it’s not innate for everyone to use it. This book covers everything from how to activate the phone, to how to make a call and finally ends off with several tips and tricks!

These two together make great gifts, and if anything, it will save you from hours of repeating yourself over and over again. Did we miss out on some of your favourite beginner guides? Tell us about them!

 

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January 7, 2013 at 2:24 pm 1 comment

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