I've got what most people refer to as a black thumb. I can't grow anything but weeds. I'm so bad with plants, I once killed a cactus. It's really hard to kill a cactus. If you're like me and don't have a good history with growing things, the thought of having your own fresh herb garden for the kitchen may seem like a bad idea, at least for the plants.
I can understand retail locations trying to come up with anything they can to help fight the increasing showrooming phenomenon. Showrooming is the name given to the act of seeing customers come into a retail store to look at items and then leave to purchase the goods online at a lower price. This problem is common to all retailers including big stores such as Walmart and Target.
I'd wager everyone has shopped at Walmart at one point or another in their lives. I'd also wager that many people have had experiences where the checkout person was incredibly slow and seemed more interested in talking than ringing up your purchase. What you may not be aware of is that Walmart has been testing an iPhone scan and check out feature in some markets around the country.
Withings has made some interesting products over the last few years. This is the company that unveiled the Internet connected scale with the ability to share your weight via social networks to help you meet your goals. The company has unveiled its latest product called the Smart Body Analyzer.
TV fans in the UK who are Sky customers get a new TV catch up service this week. Sky has announced that it has added the Channel 4 4oD catch up service to its offerings creating the UK's most complete catch-up TV service. 4oD is Channel 4's video-on-demand service and it is available as an upgrade at no cost for some Sky customers.
I'm a sucker for a lot of the geeky items they have at ThinkGeek. Some of my most favorite are the little collectible items that go along with video games such as Portal 2. Specifically, I've been rather enamored on several occasions by the replica turrets you can purchase from the game. If you're going to be on hand at the PAX East 2013 conference, you will have a chance to buy a couple conference exclusive geeky bits from ThinkGeek.
If you're a cat person, you'll think this is great and if you aren't, you'll probably think this is really weird. Purina Friskies cat food has issued a challenge for game developers to create the next great game for cats. Seriously, Purina is looking for developers to build game apps specifically aimed at cats.
Millennials is a term given to the generation of 18 to 34-year-old people. A recent survey performed by Experian looked into the digital usage of this particular generation of people within the United States. The study was called the 2013 Digital Marketer Report and looked at multiple segments including the millennial generation.
Amazon has had its Prime subscription service for quite a while now. Prime gives Amazon customers some very nice extras for a $79 annual fee. One of the best features of Amazon Prime is the included streaming video service. That service has some popular TV shows and movies offering a Netflix-style streaming service that also includes some extras no one else offers.
If you're a user of Hotmail or Outlook.com who is waiting for an important e-mail message, we have some bad news for you. Microsoft currently lists both Hotmail and Outlook.com as being down. That means that users of both of those services won't be able to log into accounts.