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Searching for some of the most captivating gadgets

We are assaulted by a constant pumped-up state of being clients and consumers. The anniversaries and holidays seem not to be enough. Product providers and brands compete for our attention incessantly. We learn that we deserve treats and presents with each opportunity there is. Our dear ones also seemingly need to see our love materialized in similar presents/representative gestures.

Since storytelling is a big part of the most successful marketing gigs nowadays, this state of perpetual gift-giving ends up being confusing. Are there for real things that could bring us joy? Or is it just an illusion?

Let’s remember how we enjoyed playing when younger. And let’s remember how there are such things that amuse, amaze and fascinate people, just because…

Keeping it up to date

Although some of us are nostalgic about a rubber ball or a kite, this just won’t do. Now the mindset is different. As annoying Windows 10 might be sometimes, it just won’t do to fantasize about Windows NT, right?

Therefore, our search for captivating gadgets wins over books, office accessories, yesteryear toys and other similar things.

We also won’t include computers, phones and tablets into our scope. After all, as entertaining as video games might be – they still look like work. Just observe a player and imagine he or she is actually working. Not just any work – it’s like passionate, dedicated work. Never mind it’s called gaming – it often brings contorted facial expressions in the mix. We are going for instant joy. And this is different.

So, fun gadgets.

Visually captivating gadgets

Although any great design is a pleasure to contemplate, light-emitting gadgets are an epitome of this category. We have stumbled upon a selection by Wired which fits the profile.

Just click on the link and explore the FlashFlight or the NeckFX Guitar. Ofc the Philips light bulb is in the list. Some of the gadgets mentioned here are not even expensive. But they do look mesmerizing.

Talking about nostalgia – the light-up shoes are also in this selection. Even better, it’s their adult counterpart that made it as a semi-gadget here.

From a light-saber to some admirable flashlights and smart candles – the list is indeed a delight. Spending at least a few hours of genuine delight with one of these gadgets is guaranteed.

Survivalist gadgets

I recently read that modern people aimlessly wander about searching for happiness because they have not rewired their brains to all the changes surrounding them. We still miss the primeval victories of acquiring food, being with a pack of kindred beings and accumulating possessions. While this might well be true, those most in tune with their ancient instincts can re-channel them into skills.

Skills need companions – and these gadgets are for survivalists.

BrightSide put together a list that contains scary stuff, less scary stuff, and things that will make you say “that’s clever!” A shark repellent, an emergency beacon, a universal water filter and so on. Of course, each of them implies you would be out there, in the wilderness. OK, we exaggerate here… But there’s no point in using these at home. Out there is implied, the wilderness not necessarily.

A bit of gadget therapy

As lava lamps are a cultural benchmark, we sought their upgraded version. We think we found the perfect one – the ferrofluid gadget. Just browse this post from Digital Trends before arguing against the idea. We kind of cheated. There is a ferrofluid lamp that makes no mystery of the entire lava lamp connection.

However, watching the gluey like waves of ferrofluid dancing around can provide a few good hours of entertainment. Since the patterns are at your disposal, it’s never the same with these gadgets. We estimate the few hours to be just the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

The plasma ball included in this list is similar. Just pay attention and get the real thing, and avoid the low-priced copy that has a tune bound to scratch your ears and whose buttons pop out. (Yeah, we speak from experience. It’s the same with the magnetic Perpetuum Motion gadgets.)

And the final wrap-up

We got a bit tired of searching by categories. And it’s not easy to find out simple, fun gadgets online. Or maybe it takes more virtual digging up. Anyways, here’s a final source to keep you happy and occupied for a couple of minutes – with 18 cool gadgets endorsed by BuzzFeed. You will meet again some things that featured in the last list we mentioned – which is a good sign.

Couldn’t get used to the garlic peeler. But it doesn’t matter since it’s not a modern gadget. Not in the sense of this article. The Pinart thing is also more for putting on the shelf after you’ve learned all its tricks – there aren’t so many.

But this list is also interesting, so it should provide you with a couple extra contenders for the funniest, simplest gadget to own or to offer as a present. Have fun!

Canvy, Canvy Team, Black Friday

Black Friday – it’s coming and you should be prepared

Even though this annual event entitled Black Friday has already included in its tradition bad deals, too, we are mere people, after all. We are curious, we are in touch with all things tech, some of us enjoy shopping online, and others still appreciate a good brick-and-mortar display filled with gadgets.

The idea of being able to get a few things at a more advantageous price appeals to all humans. (Even to those who are against consumerism, or at least it makes them go through a rather difficult time when the mother of all deals is stepping into town…)

However, considering that the habit that began roughly around 1952 transformed over the decades, increasing its amplitude, but also giving way to scams or exaggeration, what is the right way to approach Black Friday, in order to benefit from it, rather than being crushed under its pressure?

 

A few wise questions to ask yourself

Before knocking down the door or typing down your card details into an online portal, best ask yourself a few questions such as:

  • Is this something you thought of buying during this last year?
  • Is the price worth buying, compared to the price tags you’ve seen the previous YEAR? (yes, year, since some stores actually raise the prices, then lower them in an artificial move just before BF)
  • Do you have all the accessories you need (if not, consider how much you will actually end up spending, accessories included – are you comfortable with that?)
  • Are you replacing an item or getting it for the first time? (for the more ethically – concerned, do you REALLY need to replace that item this year?)
  • Do you have the place to install the item? (not fun buying a big smart TV just because it’s a deal, only to find out it does not fit your room)
  • Are you up to getting all upset if you actually don’t get to buy this item before the stock runs out? (this too happens quite often, so do you want to go through all the trouble or would you rather drop the entire thing?)

 

Now, proceeding to more familiar (tech) considerations…

Although there yet another month until Christmas, you might well say “Bah Humbug” when reading our above section. We understand why, but when seeing pics of crazed people crowding over the sales, a few reasonable words don’t seem redundant.

So, knowing that we’ve warned you before, now let’s get to some of the most attractive BF deals – as online media announced them.

Here you may find a complete guide of this event, including what is BF, how did it all start, the announced 2017 dates, BF shopping tips (out of which we cannot but condone “research, research, research!” – beforehand), and so on.

Mashable also provides a foolproof guide to victoriously go through Black Friday.

For more targeted special offers, it suffices to search on Google. As for some of the name explanations, here are a few of them, as listed by Business Insider.

Wishing you happy (and wise) shopping, we do have a couple of good deals on our minds, of course – but we plan on approaching the entire thing with the tech – specific composure, as well as communicate with our friends (via Canvy, of course), so that we share the best offers and help each other when it comes to beating the first wave of BF rush!

Canvy Team, Alphabet, $ 1000 stocks

Google’s Alphabet move generated a powerful parent company – the $1000 threshold news, summarized by the Canvy Team

Alphabet Inc shares went over $ 1000 for the first time ever. The class A shares pertaining to this company closed at $1,003.88 this Monday, according to Mercury News.

As you may well remember, Google went through a restructuring process, completed in October 2015. After creating Alphabet as a subsidiary, Google itself merged with yet another subsidiary – this time a dummy. This dummy subsidiary belonged to Alphabet, thus the newly-created brand ended up as a parent company for Google. Via a two-step switch, the tech company emerged more powerful from this reorganization process, while choosing a clever move that did not require for the shareholders’ vote.

Well, if any of the important shareholders may have felt threatened by this important change dating almost two years back, this moment of business history surely confirmed the company went the right way.

If curious, you may see here more details on the $1000 mark here. Apparently the Alphabet four-digit stock price comes only a week after Amazon marking the same milestone.

How tech, business and finances merge together for the perfect combination

We are tech people, as well as strategists. While focusing on what we aim to improve via our app, we also find tech success stories interesting and valuable. We keep an eye on what’s trending in relation with the tech giants, and we like to see how startups evolve and gain traction, as well.

Here’s an article on the $ 1000 stock-club and its select membership, dating back to 2013, when Google was just Google. Perhaps you find it interesting to put the values in perspective.

Although the said value of the shares greatly depends on the companies’ refusal to split the shares, the high-value status generates a stability effect, since such trading instruments are out of range for most of the usual investors. Volatility is most likely reduced this way.

While some voices fear bubbles whenever such high stock values are involved, others see this threshold share price as a trophy for the companies that manage to attain it.

Bottom line, in our times technology, business and finances merge together for a promising combination. While some companies represent success stories we may all learn from, others emerge as startups or smaller ventures, yet may hold the potential for great achievements.

Take yet another trip down the (volatile) digital memory lane and check out how investing in tech IPO’s looked like 4 years ago – here.

Cavy Google Assistant AI

Canvy Team question: Did the Google Assistant announcement just stole the thunder at the Google’s big developers’ conference?

The 10th edition of the Google I/O took place this year as usual in San Francisco, CA. The 2017 edition enthralled the participants present in the Shoreline Amphitheatre with quite a few subjects. Subsequently the online media covered these topics and even launched full-on debates on the most intriguing announcements.

Although the news ranged from the Google Home device to the availability of the beta version of the Android “O”, the Google Assistant changes are the ones that went mainstream viral.

But what’s in this piece of news that managed to make it talk of the town?

Google Assistant – the new best friend for marketing professionals, as well as online retailers

You may take a guess now, using our subtitle as a clue…

Yes, you are right. Google will monetize its Assistant “with ads and e-commerce functionalities” – as the publication Android Headlines puts it. The precise statement belongs to Sridhar Ramaswamy, Senior Vice President of Advertising at Google.

The current debate regards placing this move in the bigger context, where Amazon’s Alexa is already way ahead of Google’s Assistant future version – or so say the specialist, basing their affirmation on the way Alexa manages to integrate into the Amazon shopping-centered ecosystem.

Why should we care?

It’s been a year since Google announced its AI Assistant at the previous I/O. The unveiling integrated the Google Home suite of launches.

An attempt to break down the important tech concepts involved here would look like this:

  • AI (the technology behind Google Assistant, part of the huge machine learning, AI, smart tech trend)
  • The integration of AI into the audience’s everyday habits (IoT-related, bringing technology on the go in as many aspects of our lives as possible)
  • Digital marketing ( another extremely important phenomenon that went from serving businesses to making it clear that companies should integrate it I order to survive)
  • Online shopping (a mass phenomenon that might see the limits of its expansion on geographical markets at some point – perhaps sooner rather than later – and which is looking for innovative ways of reinventing competition and of re-gaining the attention of potential shoppers).

We should care because the changes induced by each of these elements which now belong to our everyday lives have proven to be so far of a much higher impact than officially estimated. Reverberating through businesses, financial markets and all the little yet important things that shape the world around us, all these factors combined are the mixture of our high-end, high-tech future. Therefore, each change announced by the tech giants has the “butterfly effect” and it is indeed an interesting subject to follow.

Why did the Canvy Team find this Google I/O news interesting?

Well, first of all, we are developers. Naturally, our morning news counts tech subjects.

Secondly, we are interested in the way communications and technology shape human society and relationships in general.

Once shopping would be not just a few taps away, but at a couple of voice commands away, with AI Assistants perhaps even suggesting you what you might need or wish to buy – in a functional, almost perfect, competitive manner – it would be intriguing to see all the resulting changes for retailers, app developers, and communication operators, just to name a few.

Well, perhaps we’ve exaggerated – a bit, just for the sake of sharing our enthusiasm in the matter – but you get the picture.