Tuesday’s Tech of the Week, Volume 6
Happy Valentine's Day! Today's installation of Tuesday Tech features items that keep you close to what you love — friends and family, your favorite music, even that special someone.
This simple-yet-adorable site is a sweet way to send your Valentine a personalized message thanks to your Instagram feed. Created by Kaitlin Trigger, girlfriend of Instagram co-founder Mike Krieger, the site creates cute messages based on photos that you and your sweetie have in common — photos he's commented on, photos she's liked, photos that reference both of you. Just type in your username to get started, then your Valentine's. Lovestagram creates a slideshow of your photos, all displayed under a Valentine-themed border. How sweet!
We wouldn't necessarily feature a traditional smoke detector as part of a weekly tech roundup, but the Chick-a-dee is an exception. It marries smart design and important functionality (that is: keeping you and your loved ones safe.) Originally the winner of a design competition in the Netherlands, it's just been approved for sale in the US. The smoke detector first emits a bird call similar to the familiar chick-a-dee call, then switches to a more standard and jarring sound that alerts you of smoke in the home. Which means: accidentally setting off your smoke detector while cooking up a batch of cookies is a lot less stressful.
There's an endless number of ways to discover new music, but we love this latest idea for its simplicity and usefulness. Monstro uses your Twitter feed to see which music people in your network are sharing. Unsurprisingly, my personalized feed is filled today with Grammy-winning Adele, several albums of Whitney Houston, and the latest Katy Perry. Clicking on or searching for a song displays users who have shared it along with other songs they've shared. Voila: music discovery.
Hopper is a smart web-based app with a brand-new mobile version that makes it easy to copy and paste content — links, text, photos — between the web and your mobile phone. It eliminates the need to email yourself information (the most common way of sharing between devices so far), and makes it easy to access what you want wherever you want it. The best part: Hopper is free, and available on the iPhone — an Android version is coming soon.
Do you have anything to add? Have you seen an awesome piece of technology or a new can't-live-without app? Let us know below or find us on Twitter.
Fall is right around the corner, and we're getting amped up for our next session of Selfmade, Brit + Co's 10-week interactive startup school. Designed to help you create a new business or grow your existing one, this course is personally led by Brit + Co founder Brit Morin and co-founder Anjelika Temple, and supported by more than a dozen of the top female entrepreneurs, creatives, and investors in the country. Students receive personalized coaching on everything from how to get out of your comfort zone to how to scale your business, and everything in between. And now, thanks to Office Depot, even more of you can join the course!
For the fall session, we're thrilled to team up with Office Depot to grant 200 FREE scholarship seats to the course. Scholarships are open to US residents, focusing on women of color, women from underserved and underrepresented communities, and women in need of support to help them trail-blaze. After all, we firmly believe that your support system is a huge part of how you achieve greatness, and we are here to cheer all of you on.
To nominate yourself or someone you know for a scholarship, head to our nomination form right here. The deadline for scholarship nominations is September 27th — it's time to take the leap!
Beyond the scholarship, Office Depot is all about helping you accomplish more. Whether it be the start phase, growth phase or keep businesses going phase, Office Depot offers a full suite of business solutions, including services and products, to help you work from anywhere, organize and save time and help build your brand.
So what are you waiting for? Take a chance on yourself and get yourself one step closer to truly being selfmade. Learn more about the Selfmade program, apply for a scholarship and prepare to be inspired :)