Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 05/31/14 at 04:52 PM ET
Disclosure: I received a complimentary device and data service from Verizon Wireless. No additional compensation was received, and there is no promise of a positive review. All opinions are my own.
I had breakfast with my 89 year-old uncle this morning and he started asking me about my smartphone.
He told me about his golfing buddy asking him for his street address, which was inputted into Google maps and a few seconds later my uncle's house appeared on the guy's smartphone.
My uncle was impressed and now wants to upgrade his flip phone to a smartphone.
No doubt in my mind my uncle can comprehend how to use the new phone but I have a feeling I may have to give him a lesson or two on how to get started.
This brings all of this back to me, you see at one time I felt I had no need for a phone which acts just like a computer, my desktop was just fine for me.
But reflecting back, the world might have just passed me by if I did not come to the realization of how important staying in touch, 24/7, was to me.
If I am not at my computer, I know I am still connected to the news I search for with my Samsung Galaxy Note 3.
Probably the greatest feature of the phone is the ability to open multi windows, which come in handy when I am responding to an email, talking with someone via text and keeping an eye on Twitter for any worthwhile news.
This video give a brief overview of multi-tasking and you can see how great this feature really is.
Allow me to go back a bit and talk about Twitter and stress to you how important it really is to me.
I use a 3rd party Twitter app which is no longer available, so I won't mention the name, but this great app allows me to receive audio notifications when anyone I have selected submits a tweet.
Now I follow around 350 who I consider a good, solid hockey source so setting a notification for all of them would basically sound an audio notification about 2200 times a day, ugh.
But with this app, I can select only those who I really feel are the true hockey insiders which totals around 20 people within the hockey world.
With the NHL Entry Draft upcoming, I am sure I will be hearing the audio notification in the middle of the night and I will be on alert mode all the way through July 10th, when the unrestricted free agency period begins to calm down.
After mid-July, I swear this will be me..
Yesterday, I was notified I will be receiving a Samsung Galaxy GEAR 2 smartwatch and plan to use many of the features on it. The heart rate monitor will be great to use along with the many other features as seen in this video.
I will let you know how things turn out next month after I have been able to put it through a more thorough test.
In closing everything I have learned about running a website and learning how to use all the features of a smartphone has been self taught.
I encourage all of you who have their doubts to do some reading on the latest technology for these phones which continue to improve and then dive right in, you will be surprised on how quickly you will grasp things and don't be afraid to try the apps and features all these phones offer.
You will find it is not as difficult as it looks and even though you might be "up there in years", you may actually feel more vibrant and younger once you grasp all there is to know.
I know I do and I occasionally look back in time and wonder where I would be today if I did not take the plunge, head first into the latest technology.
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