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Starbucks Mobile Order & Pay Review: A Love Story

February 3, 2016 | By | 2 Comments

East Coast vs. West Coast

On Jan 19, 2016 the way we order coffee and use apps was changed forever because the Starbucks Mobile Order & Pay finally launched in Vancouver. Even though Vancouver is becoming more and more of a tech hub, we still lag behind Toronto, and it’s enraging to us West Coasters. However, I shall put my technology beef aside in order to applaud the glory of the Mobile Order & Pay app because it deserves a standing ovation and a maybe NASCAR champagne celebration. I cannot say enough good things about this app and it thrills me that the hype is legitimate.

The original East vs West battle

The original East vs West battle. No doubt they would have bonded over Mobile Order & Pay

Location, location, location

I must mention that the first step to get the mobile ordering part of the app is to enable location services. Duh, right? Yes, yes it is, but not to me when I first attempted to use it. My app didn’t look like anyone else’s when I compared it with both Android and iPhone users, so I had convinced myself my phone was somehow broken. I shoved my phone in Clarence’s face because he has an iPhone and successfully used the Mobile Order app. To his credit, he did attempt to fix it, and when he couldn’t he just laughed and gave it back to me. No mobile ordering for me apparently. I persevered and instead chose to annoy more people by asking why my mobile app wasn’t working properly. Cue the install, uninstall circle of horror until I had the brainstorm (way too late) to check my location services. Sure enough, it was turned off and as soon as I turned it on, the app transformed into the Mobile Order & Pay that I knew it could. Shout out to Morgan, the greatest Starbucks District Manager in Vancouver, who upon hearing how I finally got the mobile ordering to work, politely stifled his laughter and asked incredulously “Aren’t you…kind of in IT?” YES MORGAN, I KIND OF AM. The shame..the shame is too real.

My feelings exactly

My feelings exactly

Justify My Love

Now, let’s begin. Since Starbucks is in my Holy Trinity (the others being Costco and Apple), I expected a certain level of bias on my part, but all my love is completely valid and justified (huzzah!). Apparently, the Mobile Order & Pay is only available at certain stores in Vancouver so don’t yell at me if it’s not working in your neighbourhood. When you use the app, it’ll automatically detect the appropriate stores so you will know right away if you’re able to use the app.

You can check out the store nearest you

You can check out the store nearest you

Once you open the app, you can click on the ‘Order’ section and the entire Starbucks line springs to life before your eyes. Drinks! Fancy baked goods! Overall deliciousness! You can browse the photo menu to get inspiration if you aren’t sure what you want. If you do know what you want, hit ‘Browse Menu’ and the closest store pops up (see why those location services are so handy?) and a list of drinks and food pops up underneath. The scroll shows you if an item is out of stock so you don’t end up going over and not finding the sugar cookie you wanted.

Check out all the options!

Check out all the options!

When you click on the store, you can see the fastest route, how long the mobile order wait is, and a map in case you’ve ventured out of your neighbourhood. I actually had a bit of trouble ordering a vanilla latte because I thought it would appear under the espresso drink category or when I searched the app, but it’s actually an addition to a regular latte. When I clicked on a latte, a bunch more options to customize my drink appeared. The options allow you to add extra shots, every kind of syrup known to humanity, milk type, toppings and much more. If you scroll down more you can read more in depth nutritional and allergy information.

Options galore!

Options galore!

So Much JAVA

Once I ordered my vanilla latte using the mobile order and pay, I put my shoes on and headed out the door to my Starbucks. I felt like a jerk for skipping the line and heading right to the bar to pick up my drink, but it wasn’t there. I waited a minute and then asked if they received my mobile order. They did, but apparently I was in the wrong spot as I waited for it. Someone reached behind the bar and handed me my drink and I was off. No cash, no line up and minimal human contact- it was joyous! I still maintain that I was in the right place to get my drink but the barista mockery told me I was not. However, I was the envy of all the plebes standing in line (in the 20th century) to order while I sailed out.

Exact representation of how you feel walking out with your mobile order

Exact representation of how you feel walking out with your mobile order

Round Up

The mobile app has a very small learning curve and once you get used to the little tricks, it’s so simple and user friendly. I don’t enjoy the calorie count listed for every item because I don’t need to be reminded, but I love that the app remembers your last order, so overall it’s a draw. I liked the map because my sense of direction is terrifying so I appreciate anything that can point me in the right direction. The app is so great to use that I can’t imagine other coffee shops and restaurants not implementing something similar. The Mobile Order & Pay is a slam dunk and has changed the way we interact with apps on a daily basis. I look forward to seeing how this technology will change the service industry and save relationships because you won’t get someone’s drink order wrong or be mocked when you order someone’s vanilla bullshit.

It remembers my last order!

It remembers my last order!

**It must be noted (and celebrated) that with the Mobile Order & Pay that my name is ALWAYS correct

Victory for everyone who's had their name butchered at Starbucks!

Victory for everyone who’s had their name butchered at Starbucks!

To be the envy of all Starbucks goers, download the mobile app for iOS and Android and never wait in line again! I’ll make sure to avoid eye contact when we pass by each other

The X-Files Revival: Mulder and Scully Are Still Technophobes

January 28, 2016 | By | No Comments

As a kid my unhealthy obsession with the X-Files resulted in a lot of Scully Halloween costumes (Go ahead, yuk it up. Thankfully there are no photos) and scaring myself so much I couldn’t sleep. To this day I’m suspicious of vents because of an X-Files episode I saw in 1993. It was a magical time! The X-Files was a cultural touchpoint and pushed the boundaries of the TV landscape which has forever left its mark in our minds and hearts. As such, when the X-Files reboot was announced the internet lit up with excitement. Mulder and Scully were back for another round of investigating paranormal occurrences and fighting the government!

If seeing the X-Files opening credits in primetime again didn’t send a shiver down your spine, you’re dead inside.

Chills, chills, chills

Chills, chills, chills

**There are some spoilers ahead (duh)

Musings from Episode One “My Struggle”

Holy smokes Joel McHale is irritating! From the moment his beat-me face is shown on the TV, I cringed. Even his character’s name, Tad O’Malley, which sounds like a dive bar by a university campus, is horrible. He’s not a terrible actor, this role was just completely wrong for him. The idea of someone being more paranoid and crazy than Mulder is really exciting, but just no. However, I can’t blame him for hitting on Scully though, she’s a national treasure.

Go away, Tad

Go away, Tad

Mulder’s voiceover in the beginning to catch people up to speed was awesome because it showed old photos and monsters (Eugene Tooms will forever be one of the most terrifying villains) but it was strangely executed. Basically, just old set photos were recycled but clearly no one would have been able to take a photo of Mulder and Scully in the freaking forest. Fine, I’ll shut up about that, I know there are creative freedoms required for TV.

One highlight of the first episode was Sveta’s car getting zapped by the alien craft. Throwback to some of the best old X-Files episodes! I enjoyed the throwback to the Roswell crash but it didn’t really go anywhere. However, I did enjoy the government agent gunning down the alien that was trying to crawl away. Let him live! The overarching conspiracy of the first episode didn’t pay off but I appreciate Chris Carter’s attempt. It was cool to see the X-Files set in real time with reference to 9/11 and with Obama laughing about aliens but that wasn’t enough to save it. It was a disappointing first episode that is making me question the entire reboot. Has Chris Carter lost the magic that made the show such a hit?

ICBC probably won't cover that

ICBC probably won’t cover that

Musings from Episode Two “Founder’s Mutation”

Ok, this is exactly what I wanted- there was a cold open and a monster of the week! First off, I need to mention (brag) that the cold open was filmed at the 14 Oranges office at the BCIT Aerospace building! I’ve been missing meeting/seeing Gillian and David for exactly 20 years now so it’s no surprise I missed them again. Sigh. The X-Files have always had fantastic openers in iconic episodes like “Bad Blood”, “Home”, “Jose Chung’s From Outer Space” and the “Post-Modern Prometheus” to name a few. I’m glad that “Founder’s Mutation” stayed true to the winning format because it made the show start to feel back in the swing of things after the dismal first episode.

It's our office!

It’s our office!

Founder’s Mutation has the sci-fi goodness that we’ve come to expect and love from the X-Files. I loved that Mulder and Scully were back in the FBI without a hitch. There was no ‘should we, shouldn’t we’ nonsense, it was pure back in the saddle, grab your flashlight goodness. Also, the guy jamming a letter opener into his brain was a throwback to the gory imagery that we so adored 20 years ago. Good work, Chris Carter, you’ve redeemed yourself!

Technology

Mulder and Scully have smartphones! That seems very anti-Mulder because I would imagine a smartphone would be easier for the government to trace but I’ll ignore that. Scully was also using the internet and made a crack about knowing things because she’s “pre-Google” which gave me a chuckle. One thing that was true to the original old school style, but still confuses me is why they continually use flashlights when they could simply turn the actual light on. I’m counting that plot detail in the technology section because today everyone would just use the flashlight on their smartphone.

Just turn the lights on

Just turn the lights on

I enjoyed the plot detail that Mulder was using Uber which was a nice nod to the modern world of car sharing and transportation technology. By extension this means that Mulder knows how to use a mobile app! I’ll be bitterly disappointed if his Uber username is not Spooky.

With several mentions of hard drives and data centers, this episode showed that Mulder and Scully are still not very comfortable using technology.  Instead of hacking the hard drive or stealing it (please bring the Lone Gunmen back for some hacking!), Mulder instead chose to just take the dead guy’s iPhone. They didn’t rely on their phones for directions or information the way that everyone on earth does today.

Overall X-Files Vibe

Mulder and Scully’s first meeting is clearly outside Terminal City Club in Vancouver so right away it felt like home. Vancouver is the perfect setting because every old X-Files episode starts with ominous music and someone getting chased in a forest while it poured rain. It was perfection! After the ‘meh’ of the first episode, the second episode really hit its stride because the old Vancouver feeling was back. It was like being in a time machine watching and picking out the locations around town like when Scully drove through an alley that was clearly Blood Alley in Gastown.

Outside the Terminal City Club in Vancouver

Outside the Terminal City Club in Vancouver

Mulder and Scully

Mulder needs a nap because he looked very tired. I’m not sure if that’s part of his schtick or if David Duchovny is just tired. Scully continues to be flawless and this time she gets a better wardrobe. Their dynamic was great because it picked up right where they left off. They were comfortable with each other, the banter was returning and they were still a dynamic team. I also noticed that Scully did all the driving!

Other Notable Highlights

  • Skinner is on Mulder and Scully’s side this time
  • The Cigarette Smoking Man is back and appears to be badly burned and could get some extra cash by telling kids not to smoke by enjoying a cigarette through his neck hole
  • The original opening credits were used which made me laugh because it seemed lazy and perfect at the same time. It’s iconic!
  • I think I own Scully’s burgundy pencil skirt
  • The weird old man who has never appeared in the show and then won’t tell Mulder anything doesn’t serve much purpose in general and can go away
That's my skirt!

That’s my skirt!

Inspired by my love of the X-Files, I decided I would add another dimension to my X-perience: mobile games! There isn’t an official X-Files mobile game so I had to make due with what was available.

X-Files Mobile Games

Signs and Wonders- The X-Files Version for iOS

First off, I tried to make Scully my avatar and it wanted to charge me $11.99 for that privilege! Outrageous indeed, so I was stuck with Mulder as my second choice. The in-app purchases basically destroyed this game because you couldn’t get into it without having to pay. One basic level is not enough to make me shell out $11.99 for more. The whole game was Mulder jumping through hoops while a non-threatening UFO with a cow in its beam of light hovered nearby. Also, this app had so many ads that it ruined any enjoyment of the game. Every level completion or milestone resulted in an app. Ick.

Someone save that cow

Someone save that cow

Sunshine Days- X-Files Version for iOS

Since the first game was so dismal I decided to try this one. For this game I was also unable to be Scully either! The premise of this game was to jump on platforms while there was a UFO in the background. When you fall off the platform you have to pay points to get another life. Yes, it was that boring. Very disappointing game and graphics that there was no way I would pay a dime to play more.

Love the eyebrows

Love the eyebrows

Telepathy Zero- Test Your Psychic and Telepathic Abilities and Third Eye for iOS

Ok, this is technically not an X-Files game, but I was desperate for something that didn’t elicit rage. There were mercifully no in-app purchases but the game itself was exactly what was promised. I guess I was expecting more, but it’s just guessing what the next shape will be. There was a cool robot named Lisa in the intro that made me think of Sigourney Weaver but it had nothing to do with the game. Turns out, probably to the surprise of no one, that I’m not at all psychic or telepathic. At this point, my iPod is more telepathic than I am because sometimes I’ll be thinking about a song and it’ll play next. That probably explains why I haven’t won the lotto yet.

The high point of the game

The high point of the game

I would recommend powering through the first episode because it’s mainly a set up for what’s next. According to my internet research, episode three is when things get really good. Go forth, watch it, and let me know what you think!

Will the truth be revealed?

Will the truth be revealed?

21 Jan

Sylvain

Hiring – QA Tester – Contract

January 21, 2016 | By |

We are looking for a QA Tester for a 2 months contract. You will be working on variety of small and large projects that we are currently working on.

Responsibilities include:
– Executing test plans on mobile phones and tablets (iOS / Android)
– Executing test plans on desktops using modern browsers
– Making modifications to test plans to improve coverage
– May include implementing set of tools / scripts for automated testing
– Reporting bugs
– Helping development team reproduce bugs

Desired Qualifications:
– 2 to 3 years of experience in QA / testing functions
– Good communication skills
– Good attitude
– Good aptitude
– A demonstrated interest in mobile technologies

The position can be based from our office in Richmond or be based from your home but with visits to our office as required. We will provide the necessary equipment as required.

Please send your resume and cover letter to hr@14oranges.com with REF 14O-QA16-W

20 Jan

Sylvain

One Year Married to the Moto 360 – Has My life Changed?

January 20, 2016 | By |

It has been just over one year since I decided to take the plunge and get a wearable, a Moto 360 to be exact. When I got this watch, I wasn’t 100% sure what to expect but I was in serious need of a replacement for my 10 year old watch and the Moto 360 was about the same size as my old watch so I figured I should try it out.

Honeymoon

The honeymoon period was great- I just loved the watch. I was finding that I didn’t have to constantly pull my phone out of my pocket to look at notifications. I could also execute quick commands like sending a text message (I have kids that love to text me when I am driving), replying to emails and answering random trivia questions from my kids, all with ease. The speech recognition is fabulous (although it’s the same as my phone but I never got into using it on my smartphone). On a recent trip, I used it to figure out where we were and what how much time we had left (aka are we there yet?). You quickly discover that “OK Google” is awesome even though you do get a few strange looks when you are seen talking into your wrist in public, but when you’re in your honeymoon phase, you don’t care if you’re seen doing it in public. You just do it! I read lots of complaints about battery life but I pick it up from the charger at 6am everyday and by 11pm, it still had ~ 50% of its charge which is better than what my phone could do.

There weren’t too many apps specifically written with the Moto 360 in mind; however, one of my favorite apps Stocard did a really nice job with it. I can quickly select the barcode for the cards I need (usually Save On Foods, Scene card, or Air Miles) and get the cashier to scan it on the spot which is usually accompanied with a “I’ve never done that before, that’s cool!” Yes, another favourite saying heard during our honeymoon.

Realization

Much like with the 7 Stages of Marriage, it didn’t take long for the passion or honeymoon stage to come to an end. For me, it started with the promise of something better. Google released a new version which promised to allow my watch to connect to my phone over wifi instead of bluetooth. This means that I could leave my phone charging in one room but still get my notifications while watching TV in another room. I was really excited about that at first because the phone I had at the time was starting to have battery issues and required more charging. After that install, life was never the same. The bugs, the bugs, the bugs. Arggh!! Where do I start? Suddenly, “OK Google” had less time for me. It kept giving me the “Unable to Connect” error which is the techie equivalent to “I have a headache”. “But I just want to know how tall the Eiffel tower is right now. Not tomorrow!!” The next issue I got, fortunately only a few times, was that the alarms wouldn’t go off. A few times, I setup the alarm for a certain time and that time came and went and no alarm. I was fortunate enough to wake up on my own but now I am always worried that it won’t work. I don’t really want to rely on some exterior help for a basic function like an alarm clock even if I am reminded everyday with a thousand emails how cheap and easy it is to get. Good morning, good morning is how the song goes I think.   

Rebellion – Don’t Make Me Think!

Speaking of alarms, who was the bright person who decided that when you set an alarm, it needs to be set for right this minute? Before the upgrade, when setting an alarm, the watch would remember whatever the last alarm was set to, and it would be offered as the starting point for the next alarm which for most mortals is what they want to do. Now it only takes a few seconds to adjust the wheel to 6:00am the next day so I guess that’s not the end of the world but annoying nonetheless. Finally, once the alarm is set, it would be nice to know that it is so I don’t have to keep asking. Complications is what those things are called according to Apple.

Another annoyance that I have learned to live with is how to turn off Theatre Mode. Theatre Mode is a mode you can put your watch into so that when you are in a movie and you move your arm, the watch screen doesn’t turn on and annoy your neighbour. Turning it on is easy, turning if off is now strange. You go to the same screen where you turned it off and everything looks the same as before, so you tap the button to turn it back off. But, what really happened is that by going back to that screen in the first place, the watch automatically turned it off so you end up turning it on again and again. I got as much feedback here as the standard: “nothing’s wrong, honey”. It took me about three times to figure that one out so a little feedback here would have been useful.

One of my major annoyances with the UI today (come to think of it, it actually started from day one but I wasn’t really ready to admit it) are those toasts that come halfway up.

Your toast is ready

Your toast is ready

In most cases, when you have a toast, you can tap up on it to reveal the full details of the notification; however, when you are listening to music, tapping on the toast pauses the music. Pulling up on it brings the notification that is underneath. “But all I want to do is turn up the volume”. It is like that elusive G thing, you know it is there and sometimes you stumble on it but don’t ask me how.

Cooperation

There were a lot more bugs that I went through, I don’t know if I just got used to them or because I recently upgraded my phone to a Nexus 5X running Marshmallow, but most bugs seem to have settled down. Well, “OK Google” is sometimes worse and won’t even acknowledge that I exist. Other than that, things are good.

Round Up

Now it has been a year and with a few patches and compromises, I have come to (still) love my Moto 360 for the same reason as I did when I first purchased it. It’s not doing everything that it promised it would do when I first got it, but I still prefer having it as opposed to being single. Probably the biggest advantage is that it just takes a few seconds to filter the many notifications that I get during the day. My phone stays in my pockets and that has helped me reduce my smartphone addiction. Gone are the days of “Oh, I got an email, let’s see who it is from,” take the phone out and look, and then decide to reply to the next one in the list, then why not check facebook while at it … so on. Now I see who it’s from and simply swipe them away much like that barista at Starbucks that keeps flirting with me. Life is good!

New Mobile Etiquette Rules for 2016

January 15, 2016 | By |

Do you remember the simple yet complicated time when only stock brokers, Zach Morris and doctors had cell phones? You could be sitting in a restaurant and not see the majority of the restaurant staring into their smartphones, they actually looked at each other. Each other! I know, crazy, eh? Nowadays we have toddlers who are addicted to iPads and people who can’t put their phone down to speak to wait staff. There’s only one person I know who doesn’t own a cell phone of any kind, so it’s time for some Bill Maher style new rules to keep society intact.

Yay, can I get an invite?

Yay, can I get an invite?

New Rule #1- Keep Your Phone Off The Dinner Table

Next time you set the table for dinner at your house or walk into a restaurant, I want you to notice something. Look at the table setting and pay attention to what’s included- cutlery, plate, glass, napkin, right? I don’t see a space for a cell phone on the table. I even consulted Emily Post and nope, there’s no inclusion of a mobile phone as part of a traditional place setting. So as the first rule of the mobile etiquette guide, I say leave your phone in your pocket. I’m totally supportive of legitimate reasons like an important work call, but checking your phone every 10 seconds to see who’s following you on Twitter is just rude. When I go to happy hour I want to drink cheap wine and actually catch up with people, not watch them play on their phone.

I don't see a spot for a smartphone

I don’t see a spot for a smartphone

New Rule #2- Selfies: Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself

For Christmas dinner, we went to the Pacific Rim Fairmont buffet of glory. After dinner, because we needed to consume another 4000 calories, we went to the lobby lounge to enjoy the eggnog rum drink. While enjoying our delicious drinks, two young women came to sit in the seating area next to us, and proceeded to have a 30 minute photo session (I kid you not). I wish I had filmed it. They would take turns acting out poses for action shots, then acting out model poses for still shots. At one point we were all so mesmerized (horrified?) that we stopped talking and just watched the slow moving trainwreck of vanity. They didn’t order a drink, they didn’t talk to each other except instructions to get the best photo angles. This behavior is becoming more and more common as technology seeps into our everyday lives that it’s barely regarded as strange anymore. I say with regards to selfies, unless you’re standing in front of the Parthenon or the Eiffel Tower, get over yourself. No one cares about your gym selfies or you and your brunch.

Even David Beckham takes selfies of himself with his coffee

Even David Beckham takes selfies of himself with his coffee

New Rule #3- Check Your Ring Tones, We Aren’t Deaf

Everyone has a story of a phone ringing at a horrible time- funerals, movies, meetings and weddings. Years ago my phone rang in a job interview and I still cringe at the memory. To this day I’m still positive that I turned it to silent so I have no idea what evil technology forces were at work that day. We’ve all been there, but the problem persists even as tech progresses. It’s becoming more socially acceptable to just shrug when a phone rings loudly and disturbs everyone. True story: At a previous job, a vendor was in a meeting with the marketing team and his phone rang very loudly. So what did he do? He took it out, looked at the caller ID and put the RINGING PHONE back in his pocket. If this isn’t the mark of a serial killer, I don’t know what is. Since the days of having your favorite song as your ringtone are long gone, let’s just keep tones low or on vibrate, especially if you’re in a meeting.

Even Dexter wouldn't have put his ringing phone back in his pocket

Even Dexter wouldn’t have put his ringing phone back in his pocket

New Rule #4- Resist the Urge To Pick Up Your Phone When You’re in the Middle of a Human Conversation

Picking up your phone and aimlessly texting or surfing Instagram while in the middle of a human-sitting-in-front-of-you conversation is something that kills me about society. I see it all the time. For example, I’ll be talking to someone about my excitement for the first season of Fargo and then they’ll just pick up their phone and start texting. I know what you’re thinking: “Kirsten, they’d rather be dead than listen to you prattle on about Fargo,” which was my first assumption too. However, this happens all.the.time. I understand if you’re talking about meeting up and everyone pulls out their phone to check their calendars because that’s reasonable. Waiting for someone to buzz into your apartment? Sure, go ahead and pick up the phone. Being reasonable is the missing component of mobile phone etiquette.

We've all been the person watching everyone on their smartphones

We’ve all been the person watching everyone on their smartphones

Round Up

Technology trends are thrilling and fast paced but we need to take a step back and assess our behaviour. Cell phones have become so common that all our horrible habits have completely ballooned. One person glued to their cell phone was never a big issue; it becomes a problem when every single person is on their smartphone. Some people say that technology gives us less face to face time but it seems to be a conscious choice on our part. We decide to pick up the phone or the iPad. We decide to text and post on Twitter while at a family dinner. We control technology (for the most part) and we make the choice to take a million photos of our eggs Benedict or walk into a bear while texting. It’s time we hold ourselves and each other to a higher standard. So look up, remove your headphones and check out what’s going on in the world, there’s lots going on! Now if you’ll excuse me, my phone is ringing.

Yes, a seeing eye person is a real thing so you can text without getting hit by a car

Yes, a seeing eye person is a real thing so you can text without getting hit by a car

*Special shout outs to Flora, Clarence and Morgan for their input!

9 Mobile Apps to Help You (Realistically) Survive the Post-Holiday Slump

January 8, 2016 | By |

Whoever came up with the idea to pick a resolution for the coming year while you’re drunk on champagne at a party is either an idiot or an huge optimist. I stopped making New Year’s resolutions when I was a teenager (there were easier ways to fail at life) but I’m constantly amazed by the amount of people who continue to do so. January is a horrible wasteland because everyone is broke, hungover/sober, tired and cold. No one wants to go out or do anything that requires effort or money (I will spare you the woes of a January birthday). As such, my mobile app January survival guide includes things the real you will actually do, not the New Year’s resolution version of you. Let the sloth and TV binge watching begin!

Dust off the Snuggie and the Remote

Since in December we spent all our money on merriment and gifts for others (mostly ourselves), everyone will be staying home. Coincidentally, January is when all the new TV shows start up! It’s almost like they planned it… TV Guide Mobile and Netflix iOS or Android will become your new best friends. If you want to be able to tell people you don’t watch TV, I suggest Goodreads iOS or Android for storing your books and seeing friend’s book recommendations. Goodreads has finally fixed a bunch of bugs and design flaws so if you were like me and hated the old app, this one will be way less rage inducing. You may actually enjoy it.

Every night at my house

Every night at my house

Slice, Slice Baby

The holidays have ended but we still have to eat and drink. Instead of counting pennies or going to McDonald’s (again), bust out the Epicurious app. I tried a new crock pot recipe this week and it was a failure so I welcomed testing this new mobile app. This app is actually better than the desktop site because you don’t need to sign up to browse recipes. There’s a huge selection of food and I picked the ‘Tonnarelli a Cacio e Pepe’ because of the simplicity and delicious looking photo (true story: friend of a friend’s wife had a baby and he told me they named it Pepe to which I replied that my car is named Pepe. The dude hasn’t spoken to me since). The pasta turned out better than that social interaction. Plus, cooking at home will satisfy your empty wallet and desire to wear pajamas while eating.

Everyone says they’ll stop drinking after the holidays but let’s be real- the post holiday misery slump is the reason TO drink. With the Vivino app, you can find the perfect intersection of super cheap but not vinegar. Think of the possibilities to look snooty while at a restaurant! This app is very simple to use and has stopped me from standing around the liquor store inspecting labels trying to remember what I got last time.

Wine is win with an e

Wine is win with an e

Do You Even Lift, Bro?

Since I’m on the lookout for the slightest reason to skip the gym, my most relevant excuse is that it’s too crowded with all the new year’s resolution folks hogging the machines. However, there has been an exciting new addition to the clueless gym attendees- the Instagram generation! These gym goers dress up in sparkly, hilarious outfits and stand in front of the mirror taking pictures of themselves for their social media profiles. Naturally, I ‘accidentally’ stand in their frame or mock them internally (it burns calories) trying to bet on the exact day they’ll stop showing up. So, in two weeks, when everyone stops going to the gym, I’ve got the solution. There are some great apps that you can use at home for when you don’t feel like seeing your butt in stretchy pants or working out next to some guy flexing in the mirror. There’s the Daily Workouts app which lets you pick what area you want to work on and set the increment (5, 8 or 10 minutes). I like to do a few 5 minute rotations so when I’m done I can congratulate myself on how hard I worked out (4 sets! I’m a hero!). I downloaded the app to review it but I got sucked in and enjoyed it way too much. I’ve even kept it on my phone which is high praise for a new mobile app about exercise. You can even watch horrible TV while you do your workouts (not that I know from personal experience).

We have the same muscle mass

We have the same muscle mass

Leaving on a Jetplane

For us Vancouverites, we are pretty used to the rain, but by mid to late February we start looking to flee to warmer climates. If you’re lucky like me, as soon as you book something, the price drops. With the Hopper mobile app, this won’t be me anymore! You can put a date range and destination in the app if you want it to ‘watch’ for the cheapest flight so it’ll notify you. If you aren’t sure, you can just put a date range in and look at the map to see the price fluctuations. Hopper removes the need to go check flights everyday and it saves you money. If that wasn’t enough for you, Apple voted Hopper the best travel app of 2015!

Vacation time!

Vacation time!

Honorable Mentions:

Be My Tinderella

Were you Bridget Jonesing it this holiday season? Are all your old high school ‘friends’ that you secretly creep on Facebook married with a baby on the way? If this matters to you, then it’s time to try online dating- it’s not just for perverts anymore, everyone is doing it! January is a great time to give online dating a try because it’s a solid amount of time before the forced ‘what are we?’ awkwardness of Valentine’s Day, plus it’s a good excuse to participate in Dine Out Vancouver (and skip a workout).

The newest online dating app that has everyone buzzing is Hinge because it’s supposedly like having a ‘good host’ introduce people at a cocktail party. There are cards with questions that you answer then it matches you up. It doesn’t sound terribly original but it’ll keep you away from the cesspool of Tinder. I particularly enjoyed the list of things most people are likely to bond and not bond over and one question included asking if you’d ever been to Burning Man. I laughed about that one because these days it’s like asking a hipster if he or she owns vinyl records (sidenote to Hinge: I’d suggest adding a timeframe when Burning Man was truly underground and kids weren’t being dropped off in their parent’s BMWs). You’ve got nothing to lose except your grandma’s disapproving stare, so give it a whirl from the comfort of your couch.

New matches in the new year

New matches in the new year

Let It Snow

OnTheSnow Ski and Snow Report app is highly rated by the interwebs and perfect for snow bunnies. It shows detailed weather conditions for ski resorts around the world. The information is pulled from weather stations and first hand ski reports. I love that it’s essentially the Yelp of skiing.

A new year brings new apps to your phone. With these mobile apps, you’ll be ready to hunker down and ride out the horror of January with food, good TV, questionable wine and meeting people online. The best shows I’ve seen over the holiday are Making a Murderer and the Seven Five which were shocking, exciting and alarming. Give them a whirl while doing your exercises and then reward yourself with wine. The snow on the Vancouver mountains has been great this season so when you can’t scream at the TV anymore, check the conditions and head on up the mountain!

Vancouver snow!

Vancouver snow!

Robots Riding Hoverboards While Flying a Drone: Grandiose Technology Predictions for 2016

December 31, 2015 | By |

Rose Gold Is the New Black

2015 has been an action packed technology year. We’ve seen hacks, drones and a lot of hoverboards in flames. Aaron Sorkin couldn’t even get people excited about a Steve Jobs movie (too soon guys, give it a decade) and self driving cars have quickly taking over roads in California for testing. New Apple products made rose gold a thing (but still not fetch), Google became Alphabet in a strange and unnecessary creation of a umbrella corporation which will hopefully make more sense in 2016.  Since the end of the year is a wonderful time to make grandiose predictions for the coming year, here goes!

Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs is showing us his thoughts on the movie

Even Michael Fassbender playing Steve Jobs knows it’s a terrible movie

Drones

Duh, right? They have gotten a lot of press with the recent ruling about mandatory FAA registration and people crashing the drones they got from Santa. These unmanned aircrafts have taken off (ha!) and in 2016 they will really continue to dominate the skies and our fascination. Amazon has been promising parcel delivery by drone for some time now and I have a sneaking suspicion that it will hit critical mass in 2016. I can’t wait for the time that an Amazon drone will appear at my balcony with whatever I’ve impulsively bought because their one click purchase is the devil. There’s even a “No Drone Zone” sign on the Arthur Laing bridge heading to the Vancouver airport. How glamorous of us!

*Ranking of my excitement: 9/10

Drop it at my house!

Drop it at my house!

Artificial Intelligence

Nothing scares people more than the idea of an evil robot taking over and killing or enslaving the human race. Evil robots have been a pop culture fixture for decades and that theme won’t end anytime soon. The uncanny valley is one major hurdle keeping AI from breaking into the mainstream the way it should have by now. Ex-Machina came out in 2015 which I have mentioned MANY times in previous posts but I shall beat that dead horse again.  That film was the best AI movie I’ve ever seen because the robots didn’t have an uncanny valley problem, and  it quietly illustrated how utterly terrifying AI can/will be due to our hubris. Terminator is unrealistic while Ex-Machina seems like something that we’ll be hearing about next year. Elon Musk and Steve Wozniak has spoken out against AI but their warnings will be ignored. Apple, Google, Facebook and Elon Musk have open sourced all their AI technology so next year we’ll really start to see AI gain momentum.

Ranking of my excitement: 7/10 (I’m cringing imaging how humans will ruin this)

Don't piss her off

Don’t piss her off

Hacking

A very clever teenager hacked a CIA Director’s AOL email account, Ashley Madison user data was exposed, Jeeps got hacked on the highway and countless more people got screwed over. Vigilante hacking has also risen to prominence by attacking racist websites, threatening to expose evidence that Making a Murderer’s Steven Avery is innocent and even going after ISIS along with many others. The Sony hack in 2014 opened the floodgates for 2015 and I am very confident that next year will have even more hacks and cyber security breaches. Even Hello Kitty user data was hacked, so apparently kids aren’t even safe. Hacking is coming to the forefront of pop culture again so there will be even more high profile cases than 2015- it offers fame and in some cases, money.

Ranking of my excitement: 8/10

Mr. Robot is one TV show that got hacking right

Mr. Robot is one TV show that got hacking right

Hoverboards

There’s nothing more rewarding than being proven correct in your baseless predictions of technology trends! My hatred of hoverboards is well documented and now everyday online I see articles about hoverboards catching on fire. So, so, so many articles. Hoverboards should be sold with fire extinguishers (please forward me all royalty cheques for that brilliant idea) but they continue to sell and I continue to see people rolling down the street on them. Even though becoming a human torch is very likely, I still expect hoverboards to have a knockout year in 2016. Hey, even Russell Crowe and a priest (doesn’t that sound like the punchline to a horrible joke?) got in on the hoverboard action. There’s no stopping these silly devices from rolling into our everyday lives once the battery issues get resolved. They need to all catch on fire and rest in the depths of their fiery hell, but the opposite will happen.

Ranking of my excitement: 2/10

Try the hoverboard they said, it's totally safe they said

Try the hoverboard they said, it’s totally safe they said

The Descent of Apple

I remember when the coloured iMac G3s were first announced in 1998 and desperately wanting one. When the first iPod was released in 2001, the tech world had clearly changed forever. Apple was dominating the industry with their innovative, simple designs and the charismatic Steve Jobs at the helm. I wasn’t interested in technology (shhh, don’t tell 14 Oranges) but I was captivated by Apple’s ability to predict and deliver on consumer trends before we knew we wanted colourful computers and to never use a Sony Discman again. They made non-techies able to appreciate and enjoy technology, which was once the exclusive domain of IT folks.

For years Apple was untouchable and the aspirational dream of most tech people. However, I haven’t been excited about anything Apple has announced in years. YEARS! That’s an eternity in technology time (for those who don’t know, tech time is like dog years). Their keynotes and product reveals don’t hold the same surprise and delight that they once did. I don’t watch the livestream anymore or get excited the way I used to. It kills me to have say this, but I predict 2016 won’t be a glorious year for Apple unless there is a dramatic announcement. I’m not saying they’ll be going broke anytime soon, but their stronghold of the consumer tech arena is loosening and next year will be when we really start to notice.  

Ranking of my excitement: 1/10

At one point the iPod was the pinnacle of sophistication

At one point the iPod was the pinnacle of sophistication

Virtual Reality

Virtual reality is an exciting possibility that humans haven’t gotten correct yet. It helps that LeBron James is training in VR, Google Cardboard and Samsung Gear VR were released and people are becoming more open and curious about the technology. What was once a frontier of weirdness has become more accepted into pop culture as athletes and newspapers are jumping onto the VR bandwagon. Video games and movies are going to be a huge market for VR in 2016 as partnerships between Oculus and 20th Century Fox and some others have been announced. Moviegoers would love to watch a movie in VR because it the possibilities are endless! I can’t wait to experience the excitement of sailing on the Titanic, the terror of huddling in a trench in World War I and watching a gladiator fight (are you not entertained?) in the Roman Coliseum. I think that in 2016, the VR technology will be so much further ahead than it is today that what we have right now will look primitive.  

Ranking of my excitement: 10/10

Just when you thought LeBron couldn't get any bigger

Just when you thought LeBron couldn’t get any bigger

Wearables

My love/hate relationship with wearables has also been well documented, but I still think 2016 will be the year for smartwatches. The Apple Watch flopped because the first gen model did nothing but subsequent updates have made it more useful. Since the Apple Watch came out, I have not seen anyone wearing it on the streets. Not seeing everyone with the latest Apple offering is strange but given how ‘meh’ the watch was, it’s not surprising. Wearables still have a long way to go in order to hit critical mass, however, I think smartwatches will become more common in 2016. Other wearables like Google Glass most likely will flop again, but FitBits and the health side of wearables will continue to grow.

Ranking of my excitement: 4/10

NOT Google Glass

NOT Google Glass

*My excitement ranking is based on if I’m looking forward to the occurrence and how much I think it will affect my life (it’s all science).

The Final Frontier

If I never see another hoverboard again, it will be too soon. Those things are moronic and fire hazards- good riddance. The endless possibilities of drones is thrilling for my retail and instant gratification purposes- bring on the drones! Artificial intelligence will rise up murder us all (maybe while riding hoverboards) in the future but in the meantime I wouldn’t say no to a robot butler. If I had any talent with a computer I might consider a career as a professional hacker, however, I am not. Hackers will be the new rock stars but instead of comparing top 40 hits, they’ll be comparing hacks. Virtual reality will be really exciting in the coming year and I can’t wait to get to explore places in VR. VR will be a sort of time travel experience that I think a lot of people are excited for (plus, it won’t murder us). Wearables have a lot of necessary improvements but when they get to a Star Trek level of usefulness then they’ll be on everyone and we won’t look back.

At least it hadn't burst into flames yet

At least it hadn’t burst into flames yet

22 Dec

Sasan Naderi

The (Developer) Nerd Awakens: A Very Vague Star Wars Review

December 22, 2015 | By |

Disclaimer: Sasan, a 14 Oranges developer, is not a Star Wars ultra-nerd and therefore doesn’t know every single minute character and storyline detail. Also please forgive him in advance for spoiling it for you if you haven’t already seen The Force Awakens. You’ve been warned of spoiler alerts!

Spoiler alert

Spoiler alert (this is your last chance!)

Please enjoy these cats while you avoid spoilers

Please enjoy these cats while you avoid spoilers

Oh crap! I’m late for the biggest movie of the year. I waltz into the lobby of the Metropolis Cineplex Odeon movie theatre 10 minutes after showtime. I wonder if I have enough time to buy $30 worth of junk food (The answer is always yes – kirsten). Hell yes I do thanks to Timeplay and the nonstop commercials before the previews- consumerism to the rescue (Dude, it’s Christmas and you’re at Star Wars… What do you expect? – kirsten). Okay, I got my over-priced snacks and now I’m in my DBox seat. My body is ready. Let’s do this!

Sasan's snacks

Sasan’s snacks

The previews are lacklustre and where is the Independence Day 2 trailer? I abstained from watching it online so I could experience it in full AVX 7.1 Dolby IDGAF MF. Only some of those acronyms may be correct. (by ‘some’ you mean ‘none’ – kirsten)

Goddamn, can this movie start already? The nerds around me are getting anxious and probably already perspiring. A long time ago in a galaxy far far away… Cue the applause. Who are these people applauding? Maybe it’s the projectionist, he or she did have to press play after all.

First scene, like all Star Wars opening scenes, begins in the empty void of space and always includes a ship whizzing by. This one delivers on that. Great start. Everyone can calm down a little.

It’s at this point that I become a little concerned. I’m starting to realize that the person sitting directly next to me is one of those ultra-nerds. He starts muttering things to himself. “Oh shit!” is heard probably 50 times over the duration of the movie whenever something, anything happens. Homicidal urge rising.

We meet our heroine while she’s scavenging for parts in a destroyed Star Destroyer. You get shades of Anakin from Rei. Besides the fact that she’s been somehow separated from her family which you discover through a sequence of brief flashbacks, she has a deep knowledge of electronics and a shady past. Her mysterious past is probably going to be the basis of Episode VIII but don’t quote me on that.

This looks dramatic and relevant

This looks dramatic and relevant

The movie is peppered with tons of moments with comedic relief lead mostly by Chewbacca and Han. By the way, they’re back aboard the Millennium Falcon and still up to no good, dodging their fate at the hands of crossed business associates. The laughs often come too fast and too often maybe even a little forced. I’m probably overthinking it. (We probably aren’t in danger of that – kirsten)

The droids we were looking for are back and it includes a new, improved droid. In my opinion the best character in the whole movie is BB8. This rolling globe of cuteness is what George Lucas was trying to achieve with R2D2 from the beginning but fell short.

Roll on over to Sasan's house for Christmas

Roll on over to Sasan’s house for Christmas

The first Tie Fighter dog fight was everything I could have hoped for and more. Oh no, my seat neighbour is spazzing again. He’s almost in a full blown seizure from the excitement. He’s foaming at the mouth during some of the more heated scenes. +1 homicidal rage.

I think the idea of a defected stormtrooper helping the rebels is a great angle and that’s exactly who Finn is and what he does. It’s fresh and new and gives the clones a better backstory. One thing I didn’t understand is why Finn didn’t look like a clone of Jango Fett? Did I miss something here?

KYLO freaking REN. He was such a roller coaster of a character. He goes from ultimate bad ass when he slaughters a village of people on Jakku to a complete weiner almost breaking down in tears. Oh and by the way, he’s Han Solo and Princess Leia’s son. BOOM! And if you’re an observant nerd, you’ll quickly realize that his grandfather is Darth Vader who Kylo idolizes and hopes to avenge.

Love his look

Love his look

I was so worried because half the movie is absent from any lightsaber battles. I spent good Scene points to watch the movie and I want some lightsaber battles! (plus you practiced with your phone too- kirsten) I should be more careful about I wish for because there was finally a lightsaber battle. But oh no, much like the awakening of the force, the neckbeard beside me has awoke from his epileptic induced slumber. He jumps at every swing of the saber. Hands flying around like he’s a wacky inflatable tube man (this is what I’m imagining – kirsten). Noises come from him that are only ever heard in a slaughter house. I’m done. I’ve been building up like a volcano ready to erupt. “Shut the f*ck up!” I said in a moderately responsible tone for a movie theater. But it goes unnoticed as the brute was reacting to something on screen. Missed opportunity.

Neat-o, the good guys did that thing they wanted to do. Destroy the death star, err I mean the Death Star 2 or is it 3 now? Anyways it’s a big planet that harnesses the energy of nearby stars to destroys other planets. You may have heard of it before it’s kind of a big deal in the saga.

Google told me this is the Death Star

Google told me this is the Death Star

So anyway, the whole point of this movie is to retrieve a missing piece of a map that contains the location of Luke Skywalker. You may have heard of him too. He’s vanished on his own accord because he messed up and felt bad- kind of unbelievable especially considering he’s not some emo teenager goth. He’s basically playing hide and seek. Galactic hide and seek. Real mature, Luke.

The final scene actually has him being found by our future Jedi, Rei. They share an intense meeting on top of a giant rock island with what seemed to be filmed with a GoPro and a drone. The final scene includes a meeting of past and present and paves the way for future installments of the continued franchise. (Of course it did. Gotta make that money – kirsten)

Cue the applause again. The projectionist did an amazing job. Wow, what a movie! Polish up the Oscars. Oh wait, they’re applauding the movie. Nobody who had anything to remotely do with the movie is even at this movie theater. At least when a pilot lands a plane amid turbulence and everyone applauds him, I can understand. This makes no sense whatsoever. Who the hell are you applauding? (I don’t get why people do that either – kirsten)

In conclusion, it was a great movie but I just wish I waited another week to avoid the people who are too emotionally invested in the Star Wars story. I would’ve loved an empty seat between myself and anyone who brought their own lightsaber. (I’m glad the guy I paid to sit next to you was a real treat. MUHAHAHAHA – kirsten)

Sasan's fantasy

Sasan’s fantasy

Note from Kirsten: I have never seen Star Wars so I just inserted photos that looked relevant. Hope you enjoyed them!

3 Reasons Why 2016 Should Be the Year You Finally Invest In a Mobile App

December 17, 2015 | By |

When I worked retail as a university student, one thing we constantly found ourselves saying to customers was “you can wear it with jeans!”  This turned into a running joke because we didn’t realize how often we said it and how often it worked.  Granted, this was between 2003 and 2008 so it really was the jeans-with-everything hay day.  Today, the equivalent of ‘you can wear jeans with it’ is ‘there’s an app for that!’ which has become so mainstream it’s used as a bad joke on TV.  

Our love of jeans is well documented and still hilarious

I laughed along with ‘there’s an app for that,’ but upon further inspection, I would have to strongly disagree.  Now that I’m aware of it, I notice stores and businesses that desperately need an app but don’t have one.  It’s like when you buy a certain car, then you suddenly see it everywhere because now you’re paying attention.  Almost everyday I find myself annoyed that in soon-to-be 2016, there are SO many businesses that haven’t taken an app into consideration.  Don’t get me started on companies like a certain movie chain *cough cough* that has a rage inducingly terrible app that makes me want to burn it to the ground every time I use it.  I have never had a positive experience using their app and that’s a giant fail on their end because I cringe when I open it.  Since I need the internet like I need a heartbeat and I love complaining to corporations, I have deemed myself the unofficial crusader for mobile apps.  Be scared.

Actual portrait of me crusading for mobile apps

Actual portrait of me crusading for mobile apps

You Can Sit With Us

If you own a business, regardless of size, your customers expect to access your products/services every minute of the day.  I don’t care if you sell dry pasta or multi million dollar cloud computing, people must be able to access information about you at all times.  My insurance company’s website does maintenance all night every night so I am unable to submit my claims anytime passed 6pm PST.  I have probably attempted to log in and failed about 20 times because I keep forgetting that their website is from 1999 and has zero functionality.  Does my head explode every single time I attempt to log in and fail?  You bet it does.  Since most people work a 9-5 day, by the time they get home, they won’t be able to submit their claims.  So their ‘client portal’ website is not only useless, but generating negative feelings from members.  In 2016, this is business suicide.

A mobile app can go a long ways toward generating more opportunities from clients (assuming your app works well).  An app is an awesome way to provide value to clients and make their lives easier.  For example, the Starbucks app makes my life easier because I don’t need to carry cash, I get loyalty points and notifications of deals and promos.  Starbucks has given me every reason to continue using their app because it provides value each time I use it.  Every time I flip through my phone I see the Starbucks app.  Having your app in front of your clients’ face every single day when they flip through their smartphone is marketing most business couldn’t afford. For most people their smartphone is the first and last thing they see everyday.  Wouldn’t you want your mobile app to be part of that?

Starbucks, I love you

Starbucks, I love you

Tomorrow Never Dies (So you’d better be ready for it)

Do you remember when you got your first website?  If you’re a small business owner you probably didn’t think you needed a website but got talked into it (“I sell shoes, why do I need a website?”). Today having a website a no brainer and if someone doesn’t have one, people look at you like you’re insane.  Well friends, an app is the new website.  An app is the website of the 21st century because it has more functionality and it supports your specific business infrastructure.  Your website was the workhorse of the 20th century and served you very well, but now it’s time to take the next leap into mobile apps.

Enjoy the Space Jam website that's frozen in time. Did it look like your first website?

Enjoy the Space Jam website that’s frozen in time. Did it look like your first website?

Mobile apps have more functionality than websites because they have useful things like push notifications, cameras and geolocation services etc built in.  An app will support your business tomorrow and next week while your website serves your clients today.  Back in 2011 most people were wondering what on earth Starbucks was doing getting a mobile app.  Now we can see their plan put them ahead of the game and proved their instincts were correct.  Mobile usage continues to climb and has since overtaken desktop, so arguments from companies about it being a fad are clearly wrong.  It may seem like only enterprise or retail companies need a mobile app but that’s not true anymore.  It’s almost 2016 and mobile is mandatory.

Adapt or Die

For example, if I were in the market for yoga pants, would I buy from a store with an outdated website and unchanged product offerings?  Doubtful.  Instead I would consider a company like Lululemon (Woo! Vancouver!) because they were first to market and they heavily invest in new fabrics and technology to continuously improve their products. They even have a mobile app which shows me, the potential customer, that Lululemon is serious about staying ahead of their competition and that they want to optimize the customer experience.  Showing clients that you’re investing in your business, staying on top of the market and ahead of the curve is a huge differentiator.

Yoga pant shopping made easier

Yoga pant shopping made easier

As a consumer, I appreciate a company that takes my buying habits and desires into consideration and that will make me more loyal in the long run (my ultimate consumer loyalty is to J Crew because of their amazing customer service).  If I had a choice, I would never give my insurance company a dime of my money and I will remember how much I despise them forever.  Every time I visit their website they are pushing me closer and closer to their competitors.  

Round Up

At first glance it would seem mobile apps are taking over the world but after careful, empirical research (ha!) conducted by me, I can assure you this is false.  Apps are a glorious, interactive technology that provides value to the user.  When built correctly, a mobile app will make your business and customer experience more efficient and streamlined which will build loyalty and allow more client touch points.  With an app you have a direct line of communication with your clients via push notifications and updates that they see everyday on their smartphone.  Since no one can put their phone down, your app will be visible all day everyday.  People are more tech savvy than ever before so your business must be visible and accessible 24 hours a day.  I want the ability to check out your products at 4am if that’s when I decide to look at your menu or yoga pants.  By allowing me the freedom to browse your products or services on my schedule, you’ll generate more opportunities and stay ahead of your competition.  A website served you well for over a decade, now it’s time to reinvest in your business by taking the leap to a mobile app (don’t worry, we’ll catch you).
Why would your clients spend their time and money on your business if you don’t?

Even cats are addicted to smartphones and mobile apps

Even cats are addicted to smartphones and mobile apps

The Tech Days of Christmas 2015

December 10, 2015 | By |

The Twelve Days of Christmas is a festive song that I have butchered to accommodate some of the exciting technology moments in 2015.  Please enjoy!        (a two drink minimum is suggested… go ahead, I’ll wait)

On the first day of Christmas

my true love sent to me:

A stylus for an iPad

On the second day of Christmas

my true love sent to me:

2 GoPros

and a stylus for an iPad

On the third day of Christmas

my true love sent to me:

3 Moto Xs

2 GoPros

and a stylus for an iPad

On the fourth day of Christmas

my true love sent to me:

4 Apple Watches

3 Moto Xs

2 GoPros

and a stylus for an iPad

On the fifth day of Christmas

my true love sent to me:

5 Apple TVs

4 Apple Watches

3 Moto Xs

2 GoPros

and a stylus for an iPad

On the sixth day of Christmas

my true love sent to me:

6 Selfie sticks

5 Apple TVs

4 Apple Watches

3 Moto Xs

2 GoPros

and a stylus for an iPad

On the seventh day of Christmas

my true love sent to me:

7 Oculus Rifts

6 Selfie sticks

5 Apple TVs

4 Apple Watches

3 Moto Xs

2 GoPros

and a stylus for an iPad

On the eighth day of Christmas

my true love sent to me:

8 Mobile apps

7 Oculus Rifts

6 Selfie sticks

5 Apple TVs

4 Apple Watches

3 Moto Xs

2 GoPros

and a stylus for an iPad

On the ninth day of Christmas

my true love sent to me:

9 Front End Developers

8 Mobile apps

7 Oculus Rifts

6 Selfie sticks

5 Apple TVs

4 Apple Watches

3 Moto Xs

2 GoPros

and a stylus for an iPad

On the tenth day of Christmas

my true love sent to me:

10 AI Robots

9 Front End Developers

8 Mobile apps

7 Oculus Rifts

6 Selfie sticks

5 Apple TVs

4 Apple Watches

3 Moto Xs

2 GoPros

and a stylus for an iPad

On the eleventh day of Christmas

my true love sent to me:

11 Delivery Drones

10 AI Robots

9 Front End Developers

8 Mobile apps

7 Oculus Rifts

6 Selfie sticks

5 Apple TVs

4 Apple Watches

3 Moto Xs

2 GoPros

and a stylus for an iPad

On the twelfth day of Christmas

my true love sent to me:

12 Surface Pro4s

11 Delivery Drones

10 AI Robots

9 Front End Developers

8 Mobile apps

7 Oculus Rifts

6 Selfie sticks

5 Apple TVs

4 Apple Watches

3 Moto Xs

2 GoPros

and a stylus for an iPaaaaaaaaaaaaaad!

Merry Christmas!