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Empowering people through technology – that’s what gets me excited. How does technology influence our daily lives? That’s question I try to answer with most posts.

Moto X Makes it Easy to Move to Android

Moto X Makes it Easy to Move to Android
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If you’re using an Apple device today but thinking about switching to a Android one, what would seal the deal? Is it a feature? A review? Word of mouth? Frustration with Apple? The device? For me, it’s the device or it’s looking that way right now. In a previous post I detailed the critical thinker’s […]

Hexoskin Review

Hexoskin Review
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A wearable technology tracking device that’s not on your arm or wrist? Such a thing does exist. Hexoskin is the latest wearable tech innovation for health tracking. Hexoskin is a shirt integrated with body sensors to deliver health tracking data. What I find so appealing about this is the obvious fact that it seamlessly integrates to […]

4 Ways Google Now Helps Parents

4 Ways Google Now Helps Parents
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I’m not sure if the folks at Google knew what they did for parents when they created Google Now. I’ve found it to be a nice productivity tool and organizer. It’s simple to use and can be customized. If you’re not familiar with Google Now, it’s a virtual assistant that presents information as you need […]

What a Smart City Looks Like

What a Smart City Looks Like
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What a smart city looks like is certainly open to interpretation. Some might think it’s sustainable, green technologies fueling a city. It could be the internet of things powering a city and the people in it. I came across some really striking art work about what a smart city might look like. You can views […]

The Critical Thinker’s Path to Android

The Critical Thinker’s Path to Android
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I’m breaking up my long standing relationship with Apple and switch over to Android. It won’t be easy or pretty, but I’m ready to move onto better (not so much bigger) things. By taking a critical thinker’s path to Android, I feel better about the decision. Besides, I think android is better. If you’re on […]

Why Google Chrome Is Right For Your Desktop Needs

Why Google Chrome Is Right For Your Desktop Needs
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Last month I came across a good post why Google Chrome is the premier and maybe the best internet browser. Now, I was already using Chrome, but I couldn’t agree with a lot of the author’s points. Chrome provides a unique browsing experience that I find Internet Explorer falls short on. I might not be […]

Where You’ll Find 3D Printing Next

Where You’ll Find 3D Printing Next
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A technology that has gained plenty of momentum in 2013 is 3D printing. It’s become more accessible and accepted as people find more uses for it. Back in July I wrote about how 3D printing will change the running shoe market, but where will we find 3d printing next? Well, anyone up to the challenge […]

Declining Technology and Mass Transportation

Declining Technology and Mass Transportation
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We took the boys to the Illinois Railway Museum this weekend. We had a great time seeing the history of trains, plenty of interactive exhibits for the boys to play with, and, of course, Thomas the Tank Engine was the big draw. What I was struck by more than anything about our visit was realizing […]

What Does 50 Billion Things Connected Look Like?

What Does 50 Billion Things Connected Look Like?
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As someone who writes fairly regularly about technology, I’m always interested in trends and what’s next. Well, I wasn’t prepared for this number when I saw it: 50 billion things connected by 2020. That’s right. Cisco is forecasting that 50 billion things will be connected in just seven years. That’s a huge number but is […]

Life Sized Hologram: The Next Innovation in Home Entertainment

Life Sized Hologram: The Next Innovation in Home Entertainment
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Think of any sci-fi based movie, game, television show, or book and more times than not a life sized hologram appears. It’s a popular device used in fiction, but it might not be that far fetched for reality. Provision 3D Media is working to develop a viable life sized hologram solution for the home. The […]

How Capturing Kinetic Energy Can Benefit Runners

How Capturing Kinetic Energy Can Benefit Runners
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Two things I wrote most often are technology and running. Whenever I get a chance to combine the two, I feel that Amplify’s theme of people empowered by technology really resonates. When I learned about a device that makes capturing kinetic energy possible, I knew it was a good fit for Amplify. myPower is a […]

Every Try an Augmented Reality Search?

Every Try an Augmented Reality Search?
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The term “augmented reality search” hasn’t crossed over to the mainstream yet, but it’s a familiar use case you may already know. You’re on vacation to a city you’ve never visited before and decide to visit an art museum (this is you not me; I would’ve settled for golf or a baseball game). You come […]

Techweek Chicago Recap: How Google is Changing Entrepreneurship in Poland

Techweek Chicago Recap: How Google is Changing Entrepreneurship in Poland
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Entrepreneurship in Poland is the focus of my last Techweek Chicago recap. Five startup companies were highlighted in the “Do IT with Poland” lounge, sponsored by the Polish American Chamber of Commerce (PACC). These companies were part of the Google for Entrepreneurs program based in Krakow, Poland. Launched in January 2013, Google for Entrepreneurs Krakow provides a physical […]

Techweek Chicago Recap: Innovative Startups and Jenny McCarthy

Techweek Chicago Recap: Innovative Startups and Jenny McCarthy
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In my last post, I detailed Techweek Chicago’s progressive companies and highlighted a panel discussion on digital art. In this post you’ll find out more about the hottest place on the show floor: innovative startups of Startup City. This designated area on the show floor of Techweek was a great way to find innovation because […]

Techweek Chicago Recap

Techweek Chicago Recap
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I had the pleasure of attending Techweek Chicago for the first time and it did not disappoint. My Techweek experience consisted of meeting with technology’s prominent innovators, leaders, and developers. Many people I met encompassed all  three distinctions, and some were part of a talented team launching a new product or service. To recap my […]

What 3D Printed Running Shoes Means for Runners

What 3D Printed Running Shoes Means for Runners
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The Financial Times recently broke a story about the increased interest in 3D Running Shoes by major brands (i.e. Nike and Adidas).  If you’re not familiar with the concept of 3D printing, then let me break it down for you. 3D printing creates a three dimensional solid object from a digital model (source: Wikipedia). What […]

Does Technology Make Us Lazy?

Does Technology Make Us Lazy?
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Does technology make us lazy? It’s an interesting question at this moment as technology continues to quickly evolve as well as  become more mainstream. What prompted the question was a conversation with my wife. I was typing up my Trending on Amplify post for the end of the week and watched a short video that […]

How Smarter Socks Will Change Running

How Smarter Socks Will Change Running
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Ever completely overlook something and then have one of those, “Doh!” moments? I read  a wearable technology article on smarter socks, and I wondered why I didn’t think of this innovation earlier! I just started following Erich Radstake’s blog in which he posted the video below on  a company called Heapsylon that specializes  in wearable textile […]

Looking for a Tech Conference? Try Techweek Chicago

Looking for a Tech Conference? Try Techweek Chicago
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On June 27-29 over 8,000 people will gather in Chicago for the 2013 Techweek conference. The 3 day event covers all the latest innovation and technology on the market as well as what is up and coming. As far as 2013 tech conferences go, this is the place to be. I decided to go Techweek […]

What the Breakthrough in Robotic Limbs Can Teach Us About Technology

What the Breakthrough in Robotic Limbs Can Teach Us About Technology
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60 Minutes probably had one of the more impressive segments in recent history last night. As soon as I saw Scott Pelley introduce the piece on robotic limbs, I was hooked. If you’ve read Amplify for a while, you know I’m big on how technology empowers us. I write a lot about fitness, productivity, entertainment, […]

Augmented Reality Apps: The Next Innovation for Mobile Apps

Augmented Reality Apps: The Next Innovation for Mobile Apps
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I finally found someone (or something) that will listen to me. Thanks to augmented reality apps, my questions never go unanswered. There’s a new wave of innovation changing the way you and I search for anything. Augmented reality takes a live view of a physical environment and augments by with sound, video, and graphics. How […]

Under Armour E39 Review

Under Armour E39 Review
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Forget about bionic legs and power armor. Think more in terms of wearable technology. Can it make you run faster? Whether your an athlete, a runner, or a just looking to stay in shape, at some point the question crosses your mind how to get faster? There are plenty of training programs by experts that’ll […]

How YouTube Will Destroy Television

How YouTube Will Destroy Television
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Remember when YouTube was full of just user-generated amateur clips? Maybe not because YouTube has matured pretty significantly since it first went live. The video-sharing site is now poised to destroy television. But let’s not prepare a eulogy for television just yet – maybe think about calling the coroner though. I’m just not referring to the […]

How the Smartphone Overtook the Feature Phone

How the Smartphone Overtook the Feature Phone
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Remember when a smartphone was cutting edge? I still remember when someone at my office brought one in to show it off. At that time, I had only heard of a “smartphone”; my feature phone at the time didn’t even have a camera! The concept of having a computer in your pocket sounded like science […]

Noxgear Reflective Gear Review

Noxgear Reflective Gear Review
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The ability to remain visible in the dark while running or cycling is a must. As a dad and avid runner, more times than not my runs are scheduled in the dark, early morning hours The Reflective Gear Problem The sun won’t be up for at least another hour, and I have had too many close […]

How to Use Twitter Music

How to Use Twitter Music
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Twitter’s much-anticipated announcement about its music service created quite a buzz last week. Now you’re able to view trending songs and artists, discover new music, and share what you’re listening to. No doubt that Twitter designed this free app with music fans in mind. So what is Twitter Music and how does it work? I […]

How to Navigate the Changing Streaming Music Landscape

How to Navigate the Changing Streaming Music Landscape
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If you’re a casual music fan or a serious one, at some point you’ve streamed music on a mobile device or desktop client. The technology has quickly replaced radio and given the listener control over the songs they want to hear and when they want to hear it. With that control comes many options as […]

What is Bitcoin?

What is Bitcoin?
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If you follow the news, you might have heard about a relatively new currency called Bitcoin. Lately, Bitcoin has received a lot of attention because it’s value is soaring. But if you don’t follow the news (or even if you do), you might be wondering what is Bitcoin? Don’t feel bad if you don’t know what […]

Paris Marathon Creates Energy Using Floor Tiles

Paris Marathon Creates Energy Using Floor Tiles
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Kenya’s Peter Some wasn’t the only winner at the Paris Marathon on Sunday. As the Paris Marathon creates energy using floor tiles, alternative energy was the other big winner. Imagine the ability to harvest the energy of over 40,000 runners on 26.2 mile course. That’s what happened this past weekend at the Paris Marathon. It’s reported that […]

Google Fiber and Kansas City: The Future is Now

Google Fiber and Kansas City: The Future is Now
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What does a future city look like in America? Take a look at Kansas City and Google Fiber. The Google Fiber experiment installed in its light speed fast broadband network and catapulted the city in to the future. There obvious benefits to having a network this fast. Downloading movies and music are as easy as flipping […]

Tips for Streaming Movies Online and Site Review

Tips for Streaming Movies Online and Site Review
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A couple of weeks I posted the steps to connect your iPad (or mobile device) to your TV. That turned out to be the easy part. What I didn’t anticipate was the difficult decision on which streaming movie service to select. Surprisingly, the market for streaming movies isn’t as big I thought. But before I get to the options […]

Are You Ready to be a Cyborg?

Are You Ready to be a Cyborg?
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With the introduction of Google Glass and announcements of a Smart Watch from Apple and Samsung, the race is on for human augmentation. Or basically, we’re a little bit closer to becoming cyborgs. Not ready to get completely plugged in and downloaded? Relax, you have some time to warm up to the concept. Before I […]

March Madness and its Social Media Disconnect

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In a recent Mashable article, there’s a surprising stat about March Madness and lack of social media presence. The actual NCAA tournament is well represented on Twitter  and Facebook. However, it’s the teams that have the disconnect. More than half of the teams in the field have little or no social media presence. That’s 29 out […]

Blogs Worthy of Your Feed

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Are there any blogs worthy of your feed? As I find an alternative to Google Reader, I reviewed my feed to see what blogs I read regularly. My interests cover quite a bit of ground: health and fitness, personal finance, music, technology, and science fiction. Here are a few blogs that I think are worthy […]

Sports Technology for March Madness

Sports Technology for March Madness
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Who doesn’t love a good stat when they’re watching a game? Given that March Madness has finally arrived, player and team stats will be scrutinized maybe more than any other time in a season. A company that has been around for some time but recently making news is Synergy Sport Technology. They’re able to combine […]

Good-Bye, Google Reader – I Hardly Knew You

Good-Bye, Google Reader – I Hardly Knew You
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It’s like having your favorite player retire. Or maybe it’s like your significant other telling you it’s just not working out anymore. Eventually, all things come to end, I guess. But I was quite surprised when I learned that Google was putting its Reader to sleep. I just recently discovered Google Reader a couple of months ago. Prior […]

How to Connect Your iPad to Your TV

How to Connect Your iPad to Your TV
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How to Connect Your iPad to Your TV – The Setup My DVD subscription to Netflix felt antiquated. Remembering to mail DVDs and maintaining a queue for future viewing felt very 5 years ago. The answer? Connect my iPad to my TV and then stream movies online. You might be wondering what took me so […]

Technology’s Place in Music: Review of Sound City

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Ever read the liner notes in a CD case or in a vinyl record jacket? Confused by the question? Thanks to technology, this is sadly no longer an option if you downloaded an album from iTunes. In the liner notes, bands or artists list everything from the instruments, managers, friends, lyrics, and family. Though, if […]

The Reality of Not Having Bionic Legs

The Reality of Not Having Bionic Legs
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Today’s post focuses on legs. Specifically, my legs and the bionic legs I wish I had. Bionic Legs Familiar with the Six Million Dollar Man? It’s an old TV show from the 70′s based on the book “Cyborg” by Martin Caidin (a great read by the way). Major Steve Austin is near death after a […]

High-Tech Running Shoe Will Change How We Run

High-Tech Running Shoe Will Change How We Run
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As if there weren’t already enough choices when it comes to selecting a running shoe. Researchers are developing a running shoe designed with integrated  electronics that will send real-time performance data. The Institute of Biomechanics of Valencia (Spain) is working to develop this very shoe. The focus is injury prevention. Regardless of the level of […]

Body Media FIT Armband Review

Body Media FIT Armband Review
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There are many gadgets on the market today that monitor the bodies’ vitals signs. The technology continues to grow and there’s plenty of competition in this market. One of the players is Body Media. In this post I’ll examine the Body Media FIT armband while highlighting some of its features and benefits. The FIT armband focuses […]

Health and Fitness Singularity

Health and Fitness Singularity
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There’s a theme running in Amplify that’s present in every post I’ve written to date. The theme is Singularity. Before you run off and do a Google or Wikipedia search, I’ll save you the keystrokes. Singularity is the integration of human biology and technology. Inventor and Futurist, Ray Kurzweil, gives a good definition: “…the dawning of a […]

Tech News: Iron Man Coming to Life?

Tech News: Iron Man Coming to Life?
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 THIS IS COOL. So NASA is developing an Iron Man-like exoskeleton power suit for astronauts called the X1. Its original intention is for exercise while astronauts are in space. However, the benefits on Earth may help paraplegics walk again. You can read the rest of the details on how Iron Man helped develop the X1 over at Science Daily. So what does […]

larklife Review

larklife Review
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Just released this week to help fight weight loss is the larklife wristband that serves as a fitness monitor reporting back on eating, exercising, and sleeping patterns. Other products have been on the market for quite some time (i.e. Fitbit and Nike FuelBand).  But larklife moves away from the social media integration-yes! It’s already kind of a […]

Amplify Today

Amplify Today
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Robert Heinlein described the integration of technology and man in his 1959 classic science fiction novel “Starship Troopers” as amplified. With innovations beyond anyone’s imagination then, he envisioned men and women exceeding the limits of speed and strength through technology. In the context of Heinlein’s novel, technology was used to amplify the people on earth […]