At this point in our lives, many of us may become conflicted because you or your significant other decides to study abroad, transfers colleges, or maybe a result of a summer romance. Long distance relationships (LDRs) are tough. That’s what we’ve been told at least. But what ways do people deal with being away from someone for so long for the first time? Today, we have technology on our side. Read the rest of this entry »

In a city with as much restaurant, bar, nightclub, food truck and pop-up shop overload as New York, tools for filtering through and finding the best that the city has to offer are a must have. Sites such as CitySearch and Yelp have existed for years as forums for people to post “real” and “honest” reviews, and newer apps such as FourSquare and Tenka have expanded upon this further by introducing elements of location-based marketing and social media to further round out the choosing, experiencing, and reviewing habits of users.

Now, Google HotPot hopes to blend all of the best elements of Yelp, Google Maps, and social media to create a dynamic ratings/review system intimately connected to the ubiquitous Google search engine itself. (Click the following link to see the brief promotional video Google created to introduce HotPot: Google Promo Vid)

Accessing HotPot is a seamless transition if you already have a Google or Gmail account. There is no real registration process beyond creating a “nickname” for yourself. Read the rest of this entry »