Amazon Rewards Visa now earns 5% back at Whole Foods Market

Amazon has just announced that Amazon Prime members with the Amazon Rewards Visa Signature credit card will now automatically earn 5% cash back when shopping at Whole Foods Market. This is great news for people who already have this credit card, as 5% cash back is one of the highest rates you can get today from any credit card. It makes sense that Amazon would do this since they purchased Whole Foods last year, and an offer like this can bring more customers to Whole Foods while also getting more people to sign up for Amazon’s credit card.

This card is already a fantastic value for Prime members who shop regularly on Amazon, and now it will be that much better for those who shop at Whole Foods. You can view more details at Amazon.

Android Pay is now Google Pay

Google has announced that Android Pay will now be integrated with Google Pay, which means the name of the app on your phone will also change. As you perform app updates in the next few days, expect Android Pay to disappear from your app drawer or home screen and be replaced with Google Pay.

Google Pay will bring better integration with other Google features, such as allowing payment on certain websites. The app is getting a makeover, bringing shopping info and gift card / rewards card management straight from the app. Read more at Google’s Blog.

Intel Vaunt smart glasses – exclusive hands-on look from The Verge

Intel is working on its own smart glasses, called Vaunt, that seem to be vastly superior to Google’s attempt a few years ago. These glasses look completely like normal ones, with no bulky second lens. The Intel Vaunt shines a special laser that reflects from the lens straight onto your eye. You only see the display if you look in the corner of your vision, so it’s not in the way all the time. The Vaunt smart glasses can work with prescription lenses as well. We can’t wait to see what will come of these in a year or two. Check out the full video from The Verge below:

Microsoft releases Photos Companion app for Android and iOS

Microsoft has released a new app called Photos Companion, which allows you to upload photos and videos from your Android or Apple device straight to your computer. This is done through your home’s wifi connection and therefore doesn’t use any cellular data.

This is a better method of transferring photos and videos from phone to computer for many people, because it does not upload anything to any cloud service. For people who value security and don’t want to pay monthly or yearly subscription fees for cloud storage, this is a perfect solution.

Google Photos is used by many, but it does not allow unlimited uploading of videos for free, and photos aren’t saved in full quality if you have a free account. For reasons such as this, Microsoft’s Photos Companion is the perfection solution for those of us who have been waiting for an app that allows easy transfer of both photos and videos to our computers, without a third party cloud provider getting in the way.

Note that this requires your computer and phone to be on the same wifi network. You can download the Photos Companion app from the Apple App Store and from Google Play.

Everything you know about keyboard ergonomics is wrong

Microsoft Sculpt Keyboard

Microsoft Sculpt Keyboard

Depending on your age you may not notice it yet, but after a few years of typing all day every day at a full time job, your wrists will start to feel uncomfortable. Eventually you will start feeling pain. All because you’ve been using your keyboard wrong the whole time and not paying attention to logical keyboard ergonomics.

It’s also disappointing that ergonomic specialists fail to address this problem. Most specialists that I’ve encountered during my career only focus on back and neck ergonomics. And when a user does specifically ask for wrist ergonomics advice for their computer workstation, most of the time the specialist just recommends installing a keyboard tray.

Maybe the companies I’ve worked for just hire bad ergonomics consultants. It’s baffling to me that there seems to be no logic behind keyboard ergonomics. When these specialists setup the keyboard trays, they keyboard was now lower than before and tilted even more upward. This doesn’t make any logical sense.

Natural Keyboard Ergonomics

Think about the natural position of your wrists. Now think about how most keyboards have legs at the back in order to raise the back of the keyboard, to make the keys tilt more towards you. Well, this makes no sense. You want the opposite. You want to tilt the keyboard away from you or have it completely flat if your arms are actually parallel with the desk surface.

Your wrists should be straight on the keyboard, not tilted up. That is their natural position after all. Take a look at the Microsoft Sculpt keyboard with the wrist stand attached:

This is how your keyboard should tilt in order to relax your wrists. Not just the vertical tilt, but also the slight sideways tilt and rotation so that your wrists can be at rest not just vertically but also horizontally and in their rotation. Basically, 360 degree ergonomic perfection for your wrists.

I’m not advertising this keyboard. This is not a promotion for Microsoft. It’s just the only commercial keyboard I have found that provides logical ergonomics. There may be other “professional” ergonomic business keyboards that look like they’re from the 90’s and offer this feature at a price that’s 5x more expensive, but there doesn’t seem to be any ergonomic keyboard at this price point that does it right.

Typing Styles

One thing I need to point out is that this ergonomic keyboard setup is best for touch typists. I’m assuming if such a large part of your job is typing, that you are a touch typist by now. If you hunt and peck for the keys, then and only then the “traditional” keyboard tilt might work better for you. But if you rest your hands on the keyboard most of the time, then you should try out this keyboard or some sort of stand for your own favorite keyboard.

So think about the natural position of your wrists, and how they feel at rest in front of a keyboard when you’re ready to type. If they’re bent upwards, that is not their natural at-rest position. Try tilting your keyboard to raise the wrist area. And make sure your monitor is also configured ergonomically, since eye strain is another topic that often gets missed by ergonomic consultants.

Disclaimer: I am not an ergonomic expert or medical professional. Consult with a professional to avoid any medical issues. This article simply describes the setup that I have personally found to be optimal for myself.

So what is Blockchain Technology?

Blockchain

To understand Cryptocurrency it is necessary to first understand Blockchain Technology.

Blockchain is a revolutionary technology built on cryptography which in essence is really hard math. This makes it possible for every single Bitcoin transaction to be permanently hardcoded into a universal ledger which is hosted on all computer supporting the block-chain around the world. Now don’t worry you don’t have to be a math genius to profit from Bitcoin and other cryptos. What this means though is that no one can hide what they’re doing with their money. And at the same time it provides a high degree of anonymity.

Today we have online exchanges and even smartphone apps that allow us to buy sell and trade dozens of crypto currencies. We also have devices called hardware wallets that allow us to move your cryptos. This way we can store them in perfect safety.

One can literally carry millions of dollars in pocket and use it anywhere in the world. Bitcoin and other crypto currencies have become accessible to pretty much anyone. Bitcoin is just a small part of the disruptive revolution to come.

Blockchain technology will have an impact far greater than the internet ever could.

SpaceX Falcon Heavy Sends Tesla Roadster to Space, but First Core Stage Crashes

Today’s Falcon Heavy test flight was a success, demonstrating that the new rocket of SpaceX is capable of sending a Tesla Roadster (and much more) into orbit. However, it has now been confirmed that the first core stage of the rocked did not successfully land on the autonomous ship as planned.

Elon Musk has confirmed that there was not enough rocket propellant left in order to ignite all of the engines on the core stage during its descent back down to earth. The core stage was officially declared a loss, while the two rocket boosters did land successfully.

Source: Digital Trends