M/A/R/C Research
Search the blog:

Archive for the 'Technology' Category

This App is a MUST HAVE!

Monday, July 18th, 2016

Last week I went on a family vacation out of the country. In total we had 12 people, including a number of kids. The day before the trip my sister (great job S.C.) said we needed to download this App right away. Basically the App allowed us to text for FREE while we were out of the country. We were easily able to create a group, not only exchange messages to see where everyone was at the resort but we were also able to exchange pictures & videos which AUTOMATICALLY load into your camera roll.

Here is the online description:

WhatsApp Messenger is a cross-platform mobile messaging app which allows you to exchange messages without having to pay for SMS. WhatsApp Messenger is available for iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows Phone and Nokia and yes, those phones can all message each other! Because WhatsApp Messenger uses the same internet data plan that you use for email and web browsing, there is no cost to message and stay in touch with your friends.

In addition to basic messaging WhatsApp users can create groups, send each other unlimited images, video, and audio media messages.

This was simply amazing, it allowed us to communicate so effectively and without question took some of the worrying away with regard to trying to figure out where everyone was, especially where the kids were at all times.

  • Have you ever heard or used this app?
  • What are your overall thoughts?

I look forward to reading your comments.

Watch or no Watch That is Today’s Question!

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

With a Fitbit on my right wrist 24/7 do I really need a watch on my left wrist? Before I answer that question – I have worn a watch for as far back as I can remember, at least 40+ years. I am specific of the watch I like, which tends to be simple, no numbers, light weight, and not too expensive.

Recently I have thought about forgetting the watch and going with just a Fitbit. I have tested this a few times and actually like it. Most of my watches don’t have a lot of features so I don’t think I will be missing anything.

Maybe I will wear a watch when I go to an important event but for everyday use, I think I am going to move ahead without it.

So I say bye bye watch! I hope you will be comfortable in my sock drawer!

  • Have you been at a similar crossroad?
  • Do you wear a watch every day?
  • Is your watch more of a fashion statement?

I look forward to reading your comments.

Ok this treadmill was really cool!

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

Last week I had the pleasure of staying at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas (one of my favorite hotels in the world) and as I was walking into the workout facility I noticed something a little different. Yes they had spinning bikes but they also had 20+ new treadmills. Ok I will admit it took me awhile to figure out how to use it and, like most guys, I wouldn’t ask anyone for help. Once I did figure it out, I was amazed at everything it had on there. Quickly I could go on YouTube, the web, and watch TV but it also had video on demand. I don’t recall ever seeing this feature anywhere else and I was able to watch movies and TV series at will.

During my two days of working out I enjoyed catching up on TV shows Survivor and Hawaii Five O. A big thank you to the Wynn for not only being a great hotel but also for always having the latest technology and incorporating that into your customer’s experience!

  • Have you used these treadmills before?
  • Have I been sleeping under a rock and didn’t realize every place has them?
  • Would you work out a little longer and more often if your treadmill linked to all your favorite shows?

I look forward to reading your comments.

P.S. I did work out longer because of all the features on the treadmill!

Do you pay attention to the steps you take?

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

At the end of 2015 I joined the Fitbit craze. It seemed everyone around me had one, kept track of how many steps they did a day, a week, and even a month. Well I must admit I really like it. I wear it all the time, except in the shower, and do monitor my steps and progress from the week. In fact, last week I noticed I had 87,140 steps – which I thought was good until I found out my baby sister (S.C) had 87,182 steps or 42 more than I did. When I asked her about it her response was – I am motivated! Which I thought was awesome.

Being goal oriented, I really like it. I have only had two days under 10,000 steps and have a current streak of 23 days over 10,000. My highest day is 17,985 and I will admit I did walk around the house once to get 150 more steps to exceed 10,000 for the day.

  • Do you have a Fitbit?
  • How long have you had it?
  • Do you like it?
  • Does it motivate you?
  • Do you monitor your friends/family steps as well?
  • How closely do you monitor your steps during the day?

I look forward to reading your comments.

Selfie Stick – Yes or No

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

What do all these places have in common? The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Getty Center in Los Angeles, the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington DC, The Kentucky Derby, and Yankee Stadium?

Give up? None of these places allow you to bring in and use a selfie stick! The have all imposed a ban on the gadgets over safety concerns. The safety concern represents a potential risk to damaging the art or potentially hitting someone. Over the past few months more and more people are using selfie sticks. Because of safety concerns is this a trend that will be short lived and go away?

Waiting For a Table…I Say No to Giving Me a Buzzer…Yes to New Technology!

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

A few weeks ago I was having dinner with my sister and cousins in Florida. While we were outside talking, my cousin said, “Ok we are all set” I looked at him and asked, “How do you know? Are you a mind reader?” to which he replied, “No I just got a text from them saying our table is ready.”

I think this is brilliant for so many reasons!

  1. Why not use the technology of today as opposed to a buzzer?!
  2. I am the only person using my phone as opposed to a buzzer that everyone has touched!
  3. My cell phone has better range than a buzzer which would allow me to perhaps go shopping/browse while I am waiting
  4. Strategically, this allows them to communicate with their customers (done the right way ) after they leave. They can do this with a short survey, coupon or a message that we miss you!

I really think this is brilliant and I haven’t seen it used in any other restaurants.

  • What do you think?
  • Does this concept make sense to you?
  • Would you rather get a text than hold a buzzer?
  • Have you used this technology in any other restaurants?

I look forward to reading your comments.

I Need Your Help! I Need a New Homepage….Any Ideas?

Monday, October 27th, 2014

For the last few years, MSN has been my internet homepage. Within the past few weeks there have been some changes to the site and frankly, I just don’t like it as much as I used too.

I need your help. I am ready, willing and able to change my home page but haven’t decided what to go with.

Attention Parents of Teens: You May Want to Sign Up For This New Technology!

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Does this sound familiar? Your kids aren’t answering their phone and they’re not calling you back…who knows, it could be even worse and they’re avoiding you. In the past, you may have grounded them, taken away their allowance or had them do additional chores around the house as punishment for being unresponsive. Well, thanks to a new $2 Android app called “Ignore No More”, you now have another choice!

Here is how this app works: the parent launches the “Ignore No More” app, selects their child’s unsuspecting smartphone from their contact list, create a password that only the parent knows and suddenly, the child’s smartphone goes into complete lockdown. A message pops up on their screen, saying they’ve been locked out and the only calls they can make are: 911, the parent or other selected numbers that the parent has designated.

  • What do you think of this app?
  • Will you sign up for it?
  • Do you use other technology to keep track of your kids?

    I look forward to reading your comments!

28 Years Later…My Parents Finally Replaced Their TV

Friday, March 14th, 2014

This is a true story. My parents had a 28 year old TV in their house…the original one they had when they built the house in Florida. I couldn’t make this up if I wanted too! I have offered many times to help them get a new one and my mother’s response has been the same time after time:

“IT ISN’T NECESSARY!”

This has always amazed me. Well, finally, the TV quit working and my sister (thanks L.B. – you have the biggest heart of anyone in the entire world) was in Florida so she decided to do something about it. A new TV was bought, installed and everyone was happy. Well, almost…my sister couldn’t lift the old 28 year old TV and needed to find a few people to help haul off the monstrosity!

I am sure many of you have had similar situations so I need your help:

  • Do you have any advice on convincing your parents to upgrade their electronics, furniture, etc…?
  • What is the oldest thing you’ve convinced your parents to throw out?

    I look forward to reading your comments.

Time To Watch A Quick 30 Second Video And Let Me Know Your Thoughts…

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

As you watch the video:

    • What do you think?
    • For those of you who know me, does my personality come through?
    • How would you use this video for business purposes?
    • Do you think it is a good idea to add a link to the video from my signature card?
    • Would you do an Overture to promote your business or yourself?

I look forward to reading your comments.