We always find ways to entertain ourselves, don’t we? We started out as kids, creating worlds and characters out of multi-colored Lego blocks, and a lot of us did not stop even as we grew up and grew older. The difference is that today, we get to play with more interesting toys – our gadgets. Here are some of the coolest uses of our beloved devices, and some tips on how you can maximize them.
Google’s ever-changing homepage and whatnots
As if being the Internet god is not enough, Google makes it more fun for us to search for restaurants or pieces of information by changing its iconic logo to mark significant dates or to celebrate significant people. This effectively arouses the interest of visitors and places Google again and again on the top of their list of cools. And who can forget Google’s April fool pranks such as the infamous “Helvetica vs. Comic Sans” joke? Makes us all want to work in their even-cooler office.
Maximize it: Aside from hovering over the Google image on its homepage every time it changes, you can go deeper by clicking on it and reading the information shown on the links Google shows. Who knows, maybe as you enrich yourself, you can be half as cool as Google.
Voicemail messages set to music by One Hello World
What started out as a student project has developed into an interesting avenue for people to share how they feel. One Hello World turns voicemail messages into poems by setting them to music. It’s cool how its creator effectively redefined voicemail, even as it becomes unpopular especially among people who prefer texting. This places voicemail back in the loop of tools that are relevant and highly useful today.
Maximize it: Think of ways of how you can use your voicemail number to your advantage. You may do something similar to One Hello World if you have the talent and the time, or you can simply use a voicemail number for your business at least. Newer voicemail features are now available in both personal plans such as those from AT&T, as well as in business plans like RingCentral’s http://www.ringcentral.com/voicemail/index.html. Enhanced voicemail features work well for mobile professionals and business owners on the go.
The iPhone as a full band of instruments
There are a lot of YouTube videos that show musicians toying with multiple iPhone units, each representing a musical instrument. You may think that you can’t do it because you’re not rich enough to own several iPhones, but you have to admit that there’s some mean talent behind such interesting pieces. For one, you need to know how to play instruments and how to make music. Moreover, you need to be savvy enough to make iPhone apps work so well. Hands down, that is cool.
Maximize it: There is an endless list of cool things you can do with your iPhone, or with any other smartphone for that matter. From business tools to games and hobby apps, you literally have everything at the tip of your fingertips with the robust functionalities of a smartphone. It’s just a matter of how much you’re willing and able to use it creatively.