Moves for Max

Wrist envy anyone? Nowadays it seems just as common to sport a wearable health device than the latest fashionable watch. The popularity of products like Fitbit, Jawbone UP, and Moves illustrates our obsession with tracking every little step….literally. So why should our four-legged friends miss out on all the fun?! Enter Whistle: An activity monitor for your dog.

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With over $60 billion spent annually on pets and 80 millions dogs in the United States, it is no surprise that Whistle CEO Ben Jones is on a mission to capitalize on the canine space.

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Pooches are increasingly prevalent in the tech space. The hashtag #DogsofInstagram has over 7 million posts, and the World’s Cutest Dog Boo kicks it with celebrity pals like Seth Rogan.

Since we’re located in Silicon Valley, it would only be appropriate that our #PetsAtWork sport a Whistle.

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Our CIO Martin uses Whistle to monitor his puppy, @RoxyRetriever’s activity while he’s at the office. Martin is able to see whether she’s napping in the sun or tearing up the sofa.

“As my career and passions lie in data-driven analytics, I was drawn to Whistle. Roxy has been wearing Whistle for a month now. I love the ability to follow her daily schedule. The user interface makes it easy to glean insights into her activities, and I know how much I need to walk her at the end of the day.”

Whistle is available online and at 1,100 PetSmart stores. It includes a collar attachment, activity monitor, and USB charging dock. The app runs on Apple iOs 6.1 or greater and Android 4.0.3 or greater.

Tell us would you buy a Whistle for your canine companion?

 

 

 

Celebrating Earth Day

Happy Earth Day!

As a Bay Area company, the 3Rs — reuse, recycle, reduce —  are ingrained in our DNA. Here at iCracked HQ, we are always trying our hardest to preserve Mother Nature.

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These are three ways that iCracked helps the environment!

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Our iTechs and DIY customers send their cracked screens to us for proper recycling. This means fewer screens in landfills.

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Bay Area, South Carolina, and Georgia iTechs travel in Smart Cars, which emit fewer toxins. Did you know, every time a Smart Car is purchased, a tree is planted? Pretty great way to help out the environment while saving gas.

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Not only do we practice recycling at HQ, but we are one with nature. Austin, iCracked’s Financial Controller, sits amongst a living wall. He notes,”Being around the fresh plants helps me stay zen, especially during tax season.”

How are you celebrating Earth Day? Tell us in the comments below.

Hitting the Slopes with Liftopia

 

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We get it, we hear it everyday, “I can’t live without my phone.” This kind of passion brings about a conversation we have been dying to have with our community. What is it about our attachment to our devices that makes us freak out when the iPhone battery is at 10% or when we can’t remember where we last left our iPad?

In many ways, our iPhones and iPads are our lifeline to the world. They contain everything we cherish—recent travel photos, workout playlists, the alarm clock that gets us to work on-time.

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Kicking off today, we are launching #TuesdayTechTips, a new weekly content series highlighting all of our favorite apps, wearables, accessories, and blogs — and probably much more!

After spending the weekend up in Tahoe with iCracked coworkers, Leslee, our resident Senior Graphic Designer, is all about the ski and snowboarding app: Liftopia. 

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What is it?

Founded in 2005 and based in San Francisco, Liftopia is revolutionizing the ski and snowboarding industry through providing deals for lift tickets, rentals, and lessons. As the largest seller of lift tickets online, Liftopia features current weather conditions and in-depth information for over 150 alpine resorts across North America

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Where can you find it?

Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Requires iO6 or later.

Why do you use it and how did it make your life easier?

“When I make a last minute trip up to Tahoe, I love using Liftopia to see which lift ticket deals are available for that weekend. Last week, when I went skiing, I had already seen the current conditions of the mountain — all from my house in the South Bay. It’s a pretty sweet app when you’re trying to find lift tickets for a steal.”

Fun Facts about Liftopia HQ

32 ounces of bacon vodka have been consumed at Liftopia’s HQ.

Find out more about Liftopia on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Check in next week for more #TuesdayTechTips and have an appy week :)

iTechs of the Month

At iCracked, we hear about the incredible things that our iTechs do all of the time. Often, we take it for granted how truly lucky we are to have these terrific people as part of our network.  The stories range from hilarious to touching, unbelievable to motivational; and every time it is a direct result of having the privilege of these men and women say that they are proud to be an iTech.

We decided that it was about time we share a few stories that highlight and congratulate a couple iTechs for their great work.

First, we’ll start with iTech Dave Gaffin who hails from sunny San Diego.  Dave has been an iTech for a little over a year, and he officially completed his 500th repair! To put that in perspective, that’s 1.36 repairs per day for a year.  It is a remarkable milestone and we couldn’t be more excited for him.  Say the name Dave Gaffin anywhere at iCracked HQ or in San Diego and you’re sure to hear the same response over and over, “Dave Gaffin is amazing!” Congratulations, Dave. And thank you!

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If you’ve ever wondered whether camaraderie could exist across state borders, this next story will surely prove that it can thrive!

iTech Aaron Evans of Phoenix had his car broken into and, among other valuables, had his iTech kit containing his tools and inventory stolen. After hearing about the situation, a couple of iTechs banded together, created a Crowdtilt campaign, and within 48 hours had raised more than the total goal to replace Aaron’s kit.  The selflessness and generosity shown by our iTechs is nothing short of astounding.

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And last, but certainly not least, we want to commend iTech Tim Allen of Corpus Christi, TX for his partnership with Corpus Christi Independent School District for 1,000 devices!  This type of “enterprise” account is a testament to Tim’s hard work and skills.  Congratulations, Tim, on an awesome opportunity to help out your community and spread the word about iCracked.

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These are only three instances of the excellence that our iTechs continually exhibit all across the country and abroad.

 

Are you interested in joining our amazing network of iTechs? Check it out here.

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