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Insights Lab Weekly Round Up: Game Changer Edition

Let's face it. At AMP, we LOVE the Internet. And, we want to share our geeky, awesome, internet/techy finds with you on a weekly basis. In this week's edition of the Insights Lab Weekly Round Up, we'll share some of the game changing things released this week. Let's just say it was a great week on the interwebs. Eye See the Future While Google Glasses may not usurp Warby Parker in style, they sure are incredibly cool with the potential to be a HUGE game changer. Watch out, smartphones. For those of you who have been ogling over the futuristic glasses for almost a year now, you may be able to snag a pair early. In conjunction with the release of their stunning Google Glass video, Google put out a call for submissions via a socially-driven contest on Wednesday. The winners of the contest would qualify to be one of the first people in the world to own a pair of Google Glass. All a contestant had to do was log into Twitter or Google+ and write a message with the hashtag #ifihadglass, explaining what they would do with the G-Glasses. My tweet: If I had glass, I would pin all day, everyday. #ifihadglass Sprucing up the Front Door No surprise that Yahoo's homepage looks like Facebook, but it's a step in the right direction. While they made a huge deal about the redesign, the bigger story is that Yahoo is taking a step into the 21st century. A modernized homepage is the first step. Yahoo product VP Mike Kern says, said, "I totally acknowledge and agree with the trends and Yahoo, more so than anyone on the web, stands to benefit from improving our other front doors." Drawing in Mid Air Remember that game DrawSomething? Imagine if you could have a 3D doodling battles with friends. Oh wait, you now can. Toy and robotics company WoobleWorks launched 3Doodler, the world's first 3D printing pen. While most 3D printers can cost you thousands of dollars, 3Doodler is available for preorder on Kickstarter for $75. "If you can scribble, trace or wave a finger in the air you can use a 3Doodler," the designers say on their site.

Insights Lab Weekly Round Up: Romance Edition

Let's face it. At AMP, we LOVE the Internet. And, we want to share our geeky, awesome, internet/techy finds with you on a weekly basis. In this week's edition of the Insights Lab Weekly Round Up, we'll share our take on romance-inspired tech. Valentine's Day brought to light quite a few apps and websites that truly prove ain't nobody got time for that (even when it comes to love). Tinder  It's basically a trendy version of Hot or Not backed by IAC, the parent company of Match and OkCupid. Tinder is a simple dating app that anonymously finds out who likes your looks nearby. If you happen to think the other person is good looking too, it offers an intro. If not, the person never knows you weren't a fan. It feels more like a game than an app. Validation that you are wanted by many? Yes, please. WhatsYOURprice.com Think about it as an auction for love. It's simple, let other singles bid for your affection. If you like a person's monetary offer and profile, you accept and get paid to go on a first date. While it sounds like an online brothel, it's just a site that allows you date 'generous, attractive people'? but with an incentive. Watch out eHarmony.com, Match.com and JDate. The Harlem Shake This dance craze was the IT thing this week. While not directly tied to romance, you can always resort to the dance moves found in the 12,000 Harlem Shake videos to seduce your potential soul mate at the bar. If dancing isn't your thing, you can always convert websites into Harlem Shake videos and share with your crush ' wooing them with your internet know how. Treater While not Valentine's Day specific, this app could help brighten your friends' and loved ones' days all year long. By analyzing your friends' Facebook Timelines, Treater will suggest events for which to give a gift and will suggest treats based on their likes. Add a message and photo to personalize your treat and viola! Kiss Me Thru the Phone Take a page from rap artist Soulja Boy and kiss your loved ones through the phone. But, how? Don't worry he's got you covered. He created a Kiss Me Thru the Phone app ($1.99). Snap a selfie, adorn with romance-inspired clip art and send your grand romantic gesture on its way.

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