My Wish List Gets Organized 

Happy birthday Dad. You would have been 98 today. Miss you, love you…..

I feel like someone read my mind. I always wanted to organize all of my favorite things to do: read books, watch TV, go to the movies, restaurants, museums, hotels, etc. I like keeping lists. It makes me feel productive. 

The trouble is that I keep my favorite “things to do list” with all the other things I need to do. Everything always gets mixed up and I never have the time to do the proper research on the items I’m interested in. 

Then I heard about a new app in Tech Crunch that could be a great solution. Called “Soon,” the app organizes my bucket list into categories. But that’s not the bonus news. Soon actually posts additional information about each item. For example,  if I list a book, the app might add the author’s  biography, plot, and purchase information.  

Soon also has a social feature. You can follow your friends to see what they have on their lists. I love comparing notes. And I also absolutely love that Soon has a “trending” section which lists the hottest items in each neighborhood or city. It takes all of the guesswork out of what to do at home or when traveling. 

I just downloaded Soon. The following photos are the opening introductions. I will let you know if Soon fulfills my expectations. I certainly hope it does. If you try it, let me know your impressions. 


The Ultimate In Language Translation  

The newest feature being offered by Skype is going to open up a whole new world of communications. The software company is going to allow you to talk to people you could never talked to before because of a language barrier, Skype now has an on-the-spot language translation feature for users of Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10. 

You can now converse in one language and it will be automatically translated. To date, the following languages are involved: English, French, German, Italian, Madarin, and Spanish. It’s pretty amazing that you no longer need to learn a new language just to speak to someone. How awesome is that? 

Look out for the new translator button within conversations. There’s no word on Mac or iOS / Android support yet,  but the company expects it to happen very soon.

The Digital Language Translator  

אני מדבר באנגלית עדיין זה שתורגם לעברית

Estoy hablando en Inglés pero esto está siendo traducida al español

Je parle en anglais encore cela est en cours de traduction en français

I’m speaking in English and it’s being translated into  —– by an app called the iHandy Translator

I used this app for years when I needed to translate one language to another. Then I forgot all about it. I’m so glad I rediscovered it because it’s new and improved. 

You type in the sentence you want to translate and then pick the language. You have 52 choices.

If you upgrade, the pro app will give you a speech translation and often used common phrases.



I plan to use the iHandy Translator to help me learn other languages.  It’s just so easy to use. If you search the App Store, you will see that there are many language apps. We live in a time when we should be taking advantage of all these electronic aids. Our ancestors would have loved them.


Or, learn a new language. 

Flying On Water Pressure 

In the last few months, I have been meeting up with a number of inventors involved in extreme water sports. They are all interested in developing new ways to thrill daredevils. While I’m keen to let the world know about some of these activities, I wonder how safe they really are. 

One extreme water sport that seems to be gaining momentum in year-round warm weather climates (Miami) is the Flyboard. I never heard of this one before, even though it’s been around for a few years. It basically rockets you several stories high out of the water. 

If you watch the two videos above, you’ll see the stunts that can be performed and how the Flyboard works. There is no question about it, this extreme water sports activity is not targeted to our age group. Hopefully, we have better sense then to try to be a rocket. I still wanted you to know what the young and strong are up to.

The Flyboard works on water pressure. The more water pressure that is applied, the higher the user gets. It also allows them to perform better tricks. Again, watch the first video for great demonstrations.

The Flyboard was created by French water sports master, Frank Zapata. He explains that the Flyboard is comprised of a rider platform that’s connected to a long hose and a water jet. To many our age, the Flyboard resembles a flying snowboard. To those who are under 50, the Flyboard is a great way to show off.  

Update On Expensive Electric Cars

The tech trades were buzzing today about the latest in electric cars. Here are two noteworthy items. 

Bonhams Auction House recently reported that one of the very first battery-powered electric cars, just sold for $95,000. The 1905 Woods Electric Style 214A originally sold for $3,000. That was considered very pricey at the time. The Woods Motor Vehicle Company was founded in 1899 in Chicago. The top speed of the Woods Electric at the time was about 30 mph.

  Fast forward. 

Tesla just became the only player in the high-end electric SUV market. Fully-loaded, the auto could sell as high as $132,000 or as low as $80,000. The Model X is expected to achieve sales of 50,000 cars in 2015 and 500,000 by 2020. There are 30,000 reservations for the vehicle. Americans love the falcon-wing rear doors.

In 1954, this was my mode of transportation. $12.00. 



Sweet Sixteen

Keurig Green Mountain is at it again. A few months ago, they announced a partnership with Campbell Soup and now they are entering into the soda business.   

Just what I need, more sugar.  Keurig is introducing a dedicated soda machine called Keurig Kold (they use “K” like the Kardashians). Prices run from $300 to $370. Ouch, that is expensive!

Keurig justifies the higher price because it eliminates the bulky CO2 canisters. The Kold machine also chills the soda, ice tea, and sports drinks, so no ice is needed. 

Keurig sells packages of four flavor cartridges from $4.49 to $4.99. Each drink is about $1.12 to $1.25

The company said the Keurig Kold produces a cold drink in just over one minute. ( Coca-Cola, Sprite, Coke Zero and other Coca-Cola flavors, as well as Dr Pepper). Keurig has developed some of its own brands. 

Okay,  this all sounds very exciting but my kitchen counter is already filled with all kinds of goodies. Keurig doesn’t want me to position the Keurig  Kold in the kitchen.
The company sees the machine displayed in the den, the family room, the bedroom, and the porch.  Soda machines always have to be in the vicinity of entertainment areas. 

I haven’t tasted the Keurig beverage yet, but I’m willing to bet it will be adored by current Keurig users. Amen ! 

Print Refuses To Die

Much to my surprise, the sales of print books are still showing signs of life. I thought Eliot, the collector, was the only one who still reads printed books. That’s why a recent story in Engadget caught my eye. I  wanted to share it with you.

The Association of American Publishers claims that sales of e-book dropped 10 percent during the first five months of 2015. That’s good news for print. It seems that many folks like to mix it up. If they are home, they read print. If they are commuting, traveling, or even going out for the day, they opt for an e-reader.

Forrester Research revealed that 12 million reading devices were sold last year in 2014. That’s a sharp decline from 20 million in 2011. 

Eliot loves to read mysteries in the printed version but has no trouble transferring to a Kindle when we travel. However, I don’t think he reads the same story both devices. If he starts a story in print, he stays loyal to that format. He can easily read a few different books at one time.

I prefer the digital format. I like to know that all of my favorite books are in one device. It makes me feel secure and productive. I also feel that way about newspapers and magazines. I read everything on a digital device. 

The trend may swing once again now that Amazon is introducing very inexpensive reading tablets. I predict that some Amazon tablets will be less expensive than a hardcover book. 

The jury is still out on what choice Americans will  make in the future. I think it will always be a combination of the two.

Read more on this topic.




Go Ahead, PhunkeeDuck 


I first saw a PhunkeeDuck two years ago, at CES, in Las Vegas. I didn’t think much of it then, but today is the third time in two weeks that someone whizzed by me on a PhunkeeDuck. This one was not going to get away. Watch the video.

What is a PhunkeeDuck? It’s a Segway without the handle bars. It’s a balancing bar on wheels. It’s a snowboard.  It’s a new form of transportation. 

Make sure you watch the video to the end. The gent demonstrating the PhunkeeDuck claims his 55 year old mother is using the PhunkeeDuck. 

The top speed for PhunkeeDuck is 12 MPH. One charge will last for over 10 miles. So, who goes first? 

Fly Like A Bird 

If you have ever wondered what it’s like to fly around like a bird, here is your chance. There’s a new type of drone, called the FLYBi, that will be coming out early next year. It will allow you to see the world from a bird’s eye view. The  FLYBi comes with a wrist remote control, an app, and head-tracker goggles. 

Currently being pitched on Indiegogo, the FLYBi will retail for $1,285.00. I just may buy one. I’m not a fan of flying or being situated high above the ground, but I do like the idea of experiencing what it’s like to fly. 

Watch the video to learn all about the FLYBi’s capability and features. Click here  to read more about the project. 

Problem Solved 

Thank you Jason Henriques of HWH PR for figuring out why I couldn’t insert pictures on my DigiDame blog post. I ran out of photo memory space after four years of blogging.  All I  needed to do was spend $100 for additional storage space. The  Wordpress people put me back into business. Money talks.

I wanted to describe my lifestyle with a Livescribe pen yesterday but then I got interrupted because of technology issues.

I talked about Livescribe three years ago when it was first introduced. Now, I have been using it, so I wanted to give you my first hand experience.

No one over 50 should be without a LiveScribe pen when you go to a doctor, your lawyer, your accountant, a lecture, or a personal/business meeting. You want a LiveScribe pen with you to understand or recall information.

I recently bought the Livescribe Echo smart pen because I am conducting a lot of interviews, and I have to be sure to get complete, accurate information. The pen allows me to takes notes while recording. The best part is that you don’t have to take detailed notes, just keywords. If you use the companion notebook, all you have to do is tap on a word and the recording plays that segment back to you. The notebook has starter dot paper that has heen programmed to be completely interactive.

The Livescribe website says: 

1-Echo Desktop software allows you to save, organize and play back interactive notes from your Mac or Windows computer.

2-Share notes and pencasts as images.

3-Price: $119.95

The website constantly reminds everyone that we  have to let people know that he or she is being recorded. 

At first, the Livescribe pen seems overwhelming to use. After a while, all of the features became intuitive. 

Give it some thought. Our age group has a lot to remember from the past, and  hopefully a lot more coming up. Make your life a little easier. Learn how to use  a Lifescribe Echo smart pen. You won’t miss a thing. 

Any questions? Call me.