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Technically Speaking: Stories of the Week – June 10

Each week we scour the internet to find the best stories on technology, digital living and news of note. This week features a massive online food delivery service, Google Maps upgrades, and a phone that gives off scents. All that and more in this edition of Mozy’s Technically Speaking.

The Device that Makes Your Phone Smell Good

ChatPerf device

While smart phones today are pretty good at appealing to most of your senses, they haven’t yet been able to satisfy your sense of smell–until now. Jesse Emspak of Mashable reports that the Japanese company ChatPerf has created a smartphone add-on that releases a scent when the user presses a “puff” button on their screen. Just the size of a USB stick, the device will enable users to send scents to each other, which could go along with photos, videos, and other media.

Brain Dominance Can Be Determined By the Way You Hold Your Phone

Are you left-brain or right-brain dominant? It’s not as easy to answer as it is to tell if you’re left-handed or right-handed, but a new study shows that most people who hold their cell phones to their left ear are right-hemisphere dominant and vice versa, says Elizabeth Armstrong Moore of CNET.  Someone who is “left-brained” is often said to be more logical, analytical and objective, while those who are “right-brained” tend to be more intuitive, thoughtful and subjective. The results of the study, which was conducted by researchers at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, could help understand the language center of the brain and develop a less-invasive, lower-cost option to establish the side of the brain where speech and language occurs.

A Perfect Solution to Late-Night Munchies

A perfect solution to late-night munchies

Two online food delivery startups have merged to create a dream service for people who love late-night food but can’t go out to get it. According to GigaOM, the merger of GrubHub and Seamless creates the biggest take-out and delivery portal on the web, featuring more than 20,000 restaurants in 500 cities. GrubHub has not only allowed customers to order from thousands of menus, it also started a feature to be able to track your delivery–so if your food is taking too long you can find out what’s going on. As GrubHub’s biggest competitor before the merger, Seamless features a similar service to GrubHub and even lets customers browse ratings and reviews of most restaurants.

Google Maps To Be Given Complete Redesign

The site that has helped many people avoid getting lost is receiving some improvements. Google Maps will have a whole new look and will launch some useful new features, including displays of real-time accidents and personalized recommendations, says Heather Kelly of CNN. The new customized maps feature will display more personal information related to the user, as well as suggestions for places to visit based on past searches and Internet activity. The smarter navigation will improve upon finding the fastest routes for users, and will include live information about accidents and road conditions. Finally, the graphics of Google Maps will also be bigger and better.

 

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