Editor Picks: Tech Roundup

1) Twitter Gets A Facelift…and it looks like Facebook (but maybe better?)


Twitter is gradually rolling out a major redesign of user profiles, starting on Tuesday. The new look, which Twitter was testing in February, adds a lot more user information and several new features — and it looks quite similar to Facebook’s user. Read more on this here and here

2) Garmin Vivofit wants you off your arse and getting fit

Garmin Vivofit. Photo: Josh Valcarcel/WIRED

Getting you up off your tush and moving is, of course, the goal behind most wrist-worn step trackers. But the Vivofit’s implementation is especially effective. When you’ve been sitting for long periods, the red bar appears. Shorter bars pop up next to it for each additional 15 minutes you’ve been stationary. The device doesn’t vibrate, or beep, or otherwise interrupt your workflow. But should you glance down at your wrist, it’s an instant reminder to get up and save yourself from the inevitable death our desk jobs are delivering us. Read more on Garmin Vivofit here.

3) Colorbay is a new way of looking at Instagram, Flickr and other photo-sharing platforms

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Colorbay is a beautiful iOS app that lets you browse images from popular photo-sharing sites like Instagram500px, and Flickr. If you are a longtime user of these services, Colorbay is also a time capsule that lets you rediscover old favorites. Read more here.

4) Firechat Messaging App

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FireChat is a new free messaging app that harnesses wireless mesh networking to text even when there’s no cell service. This app has provided a flicker of hope for people pining for more effective, secure and affordable ways to communicate. The technique might someday be used to tie together thousands of devices with built-in radios and make it possible to be online without having to pay for the access. It could also enable online communications in remote areas or disaster zones without Wi-Fi or cellular signals. Read more here and/or watch the video below. 

5) Livestream Comes To Google Glass

Image / TechCrunch

As one of the most active and robust live video streaming platforms available, Livestream’s embrace of Google Glass is telling. The startup has long provided ways for broadcasters to show live in a unique way. But with Glass, the point of view will be noticeably more personal. Read more on Livestream’s embrace of Glass here and here

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About the Author
Mariel Kanene is Founder and Editor of TheArtOfPersptive.co and lead storyteller with a focus on people, place and purpose. His passion for storytelling was born in Kinshasa, Congo, groomed in Dallas, Texas, and cultivated in Washington, DC. Mariel now resides in Los Angeles, CA. By day, Mariel spends his days slowly trying to change the world—one meaningful interaction at a time. When Mariel is not in the office, he spends his free time in athletic pursuits from weightlifting to yoga, swimming, and the ocassional boxing class.  He loves good conversations over good coffee and even better rum. He hates talking about himself in third person. Thanks for stopping by. Always appreciated. Twitter | Instagram | Linkedin .

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