WIRED WEDNESDAY – Networked

A Cisco survey of 2,800 twentysomethings across 14 countries said they would accept a lower-paying job in exchange for more latitude regarding the use of social media, ability to work from home, and choice of mobile phone talent.

If you are lucky to be able to access social media sites already at work – you may want to bookmark these and use your online time to your advantage by networking across the globe from your desk.

LinkedIn: a networking site to connect online
Ecademy: connects business people through its online network, blog and message-board chats
Focus: where business professionals can help each other with their business decisions by accessing research and peer expertise
YorZ: networking/job site
Xing: helps you find experts at the click of a button, market yourself and open up new sales channels
Facebook: not just for posting photos… advertising opportunities, event promotion and alumni
Care2: the global network for organizations and people who Care2 make a difference… is your business going green?
Gather: this thinking community talks about books, health, money, news and more to ignite discussions on politics, business and entertainment. This will help your company tap into its target audience and find out what they want.
MEETin.org: acquire contacts in your city on MEETin.org, and then organize an event so that you can meet face-to-face.
Tribe: Unique online communities where you can search for favorite restaurants, events, clubs and more (but not available everywhere yet).

WIRED WEDNESDAY – Art Online


Having just been given an amazing painting today, it reminded me of a new type of digital art that was available for those who don’t want to break the bank buying an original.

s[edition] (www.seditionart.com) features the world’s leading contemporary artists including Damien Hirst, Mat Collishaw, and Isaac Julian. The art is in high resolution, downloadable images, for your iPad, Blackberry, connected TV or any other connected device. It comes with a Certificate of Authenticity and it can be identified, verified and traced to you, with all purchased editions stored in your Vault (free online storage).

Works will cost anywhere between £5 and £500, and ultimately, buyers will also be able to resell works they acquire. Once the edition has sold out you can offer it back for sale again.

Introduces a whole new level to online art trading!

WIRED WEDNESDAY – Snap Happy

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FREEZE FRAME! Always trying to take the best possible picture but end up using your phone as you can’t be bothered carrying around your “good camera” with the big lens? I am a convert to small, easy and tough!

Personally I am a fan (and owner) of the Casio Exilim EX-G1 camera.
Rated the best rugged compact camera , it is also acknowledged as the best waterproof camera in its class. In addition to this, it is shock resistant and freeze proof (great for ski holidays!) of course the colour is important too – it comes in army green, red and black.

Nikon Coolpix AW100
16 mega pixels means great quality shots in both daylight and dark environments. The Nikon is waterproof and shockproof too.

Canon D10
It has 18 different scene modes and numerous different special effects that can be used. It is a bit more clunky that the others, but still rates well for an all-round waterproof camera.

They are all perfect for taking photos to upload to Facebook. According to recent stats over 200 million photos are uploaded to Facebook per day, or around 6 billion per month. There are currently almost 100 billion photos total on Facebook. This means they are by far, the largest photos site on the Internet.

WIRED WEDNESDAY – Sports Watches

A great way to incentivize yourself and keep your new year’s resolution of getting fit going, is to of course buy another gadget that makes it more fun (but unfortunately no less painful) As running is my number one choice of exercise, here are the latest and greatest watches that will help track just about everything you do. Now all you have to do is lace up your shoes and go outside and run!

Garmin Forerunner 210 – $200
While not the most expensive in the Garmin series, it has a broad set of features that caters to everyone from the beginner to elite Triathletes. It is GPS-equipped and lets you check data like time, distance, and pace at a glance while you’re running. You can then review that same data, along with maps of your routes and more detailed workout information when you’re back at your computer. It can also be paired wirelessly with a heart rate monitor.

Garmin Forerunner 910XT – $400
Then grown up version of the 210, it is a serious watch for the serious athlete. If cycling and swimming are going to be part of your routine then this is the money!

Polar RCX5 – $350
A slimmed down version of the old Polar watches that were a chunky feature on everyone’s wrists for years. The ZoneOptimizer feature measures complex heart rate calculations (calculates your level of fatigue before each workout – very cool!) And of course it plugs into Polar’s web app, where you can view your progress, recovery time, and training loads. It’s like a having your own magic endurance coach, without the part where they yell at you!

Nike Sportsband – $59
I have an expensive sports watch, but personally I like simplicity and found it in the Nike Sportsband. Water resistant so you can run in the rain, and just one touch of a button to start it. You can easily toggle between time, calories, distance and average speed without losing a step. Easy to upload info, and the online program to track your runs is pretty good. Just one catch, you have to wear Nike shoes to run in!

WIRED WEDNESDAY – Sonos Music

All the music you want. All over your house. All from the palm of your hand!

A few months ago I did a review on Spotify (my music provider source) and mentioned using Sonos as my stereo at home. So what is a Sonos? Think of a magical spell that plays any song you want, in any room in your house.

The system can be controlled by Android, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, Mac, Windows and is customizable – all you need is a zone bridge and player and you can control everything wirelessly via your phone. No need to plug in anything else.

Costs are approx. $299-$399 for the player and $49 for the bridge.

And of course it looks stylish too!

www.sonos.com

WIRED WEDNESDAY – Mobile/Cell Phone Covers

I have been through multiple covers for my mobile/cell phone, and am always on the prowl for ‘the one’. Every phone pretty much looks the same at the moment, but not anymore. How about a funky vintage cover that is environmental friendly and simply looks good!

Out of the need to protect her shiny new iPod in 2005, Breigh Stanfield began making her handmade iPod cases out of materials she already had (cereal boxes, vintage fabrics) and has been ever since.
Visit her site to see her range – http://www.debrisdesign.com/ipod-cases/

WIRED WEDNESDAY

Working too hard and need some downtime in front of the tv… LG’s stunning 55-Inch OLED 3D TV is likely to be the first 3D set that showcases the in-home potential of 3D viewing, so the 3D footage looks about as lifelike and immersive as possible. The tv is only 4mm thick so is basically thinner than any artwork framed on your walls.

The price? It will probably cost around $10,000, but as you know, it doesn’t take long for the cost of new technology to fall, so hang in there.