Yahoo Tech’s Absolute Favorite Tech Stuff of 2014 (So Far)
We are officially halfway through 2014. What gadgets, websites, apps, and assorted other releases have brought the Yahoo Tech staff the most joy in the first six months of this year?
We sorted through everything, from the headline-making gadgets to the handy utilities from lone developers; from the wacky and ridiculous art-tech projects to the small but meaningful updates to our most-used apps.
These are our choices. Read on to find our picks for the Best Tech of 2014 (so far):
This addictive new game combines an adorably illustrated story with a captivating strategy game. It’s a cuter form of chess. — Alyssa Bereznak, reporter
3. Evernote’s LinkedIn-powered business-card scanning: Social media has failed to stop us from exchanging identifying information on little pieces of paper, but with a new feature of Evernote’s iOS app you can scan a business card in seconds to turn it into a digital record that is a) searchable (unlike the pile of cards on your desk) and b) automatically connected to that person’s LinkedIn profile, should you have connected with her already. — Rob Pegoraro, columnist
4. iMessage eject: Apple announced that you will soon be able to remove yourself from irritating group chats in iMessage. So long, talkative texting friends! — Jason Gilbert, senior editor
Type in your location, and this website will tell you exactly how your hair will react to the humidity and wind in your area. ’Doin’ it right. — Alyssa Bereznak
These custom-printed outfits are designed to let the wearer strut about in the algorithmically styled results of a vanity Google search. The duds are exclusive to their artist creators for now, but they say they’re planning to convert the idea into an Avatar Apparel line. — Rob Walker, columnist
A portable battery charger that does double duty as an LED flashlight at a decent price ($29.99, or $34.99 for an upgraded version that sports a panic alarm — triple duty!) Boasts a big 2,200 mAh lithium-ion battery for fast-charging your devices. — Deb Amlen, columnist
8. GIFs on Twitter: If GIFs belong anywhere on the Internet, it’s on an endless stream of conversations between talking heads and weirdo personalities. All hail the Twitter GIF. — Alyssa Bereznak