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The life of a freelancer or remote employee is characterised by a few day-to-day truths: a commute that doesn’t necessarily involve leaving the bed, pajamas as acceptable daywear, and stretches — kind of long to very long — with no IRL human interaction. Leaving the house is healthy — but where to go?
Who knew that when Super Mario Kart first hit the SNES so many years ago it would have such a lasting effect on us? Even Scalextric, who have been making slot car tracks for decades, are finally introducing a new accessory that wirelessly connects to an app so you can add SMK-like crash damage, power-ups and even stat tracking to back up your bragging rights.
We spend our days walking around in a state of distracted bliss. It’s dangerous. Let’s not die, OK? While you’re rocking out with your EarPods in, you’re in danger of failing to heed the hazards of the world around you. A forthcoming app turns your phone’s microphone into a second set of ears to keep you from going splat.
Zello is a walkie-talkie app made by a small company based in Austin, Texas — but if you’ve heard of it, it’s probably because you’ve been following the news in Venezuela or Ukraine. Some of its biggest users are protesters taking to the streets. The app’s creators hadn’t planned on getting involved in political revolutions, so you could say this is one hell of a pivot.
I’m getting pretty sick of being nagged to install your damn apps. Yeah, there are smart app banners, which are marginally less annoying, but it’s amazing how quickly we went from “Cool! Phone apps that finally don’t suck!” to this sad, eye rolling, oh-great-of-course-you-have-an-app-too state of affairs.