Selfie craze

15 April 2014 in Fun

The craze of the selfie has hit an all time high. Celebrities are posting selfies worth $1 billion, a song called "#Selfie" has made its way into the top 20, and even the Pope is getting involved! What started out as something reserved largely for vain teenage girls, this trend has become a worldwide phenomenon and is a great way to capture special moments. Of course, if you have one of our Power Banks you have three times as much battery power for taking all these marvellous selfies, but you knew that already. You could also then import all of those onto one of your Memory Mate flash drives, right?! OK, enough shamless plugs.

So, with the craze seemingly at its height, what else can possibly top the Ellen Degeneres Oscars selfie or the First Papal selfie? Astronaut selfies. 

Here at Memory Mates we obviously like to keep our fingers on the pulse when it comes to technology and trends, so we were keen to share the incredible astronaut selfies with you to perk up your day! Some of these astronauts were so ahead of their time, they were taking selfies in space before we even had a name for them.

Enjoy!

JAXA astronaut Aki Hoshide takes a self-portrait during Expedition 32 in September 2012. “Visible in this outworldly assemblage is the Sun, the Earth, two portions of a robotic arm, an astronaut’s spacesuit, the deep darkness of space, and the unusual camera taking the picture,” NASA wrote. Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech

Apollo 12′s Pete Conrad is visible in the helmet of crewmate Al Bean during their moon landing in November 1969. Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech


Expedition 15 crewmember and NASA astronaut Clay Anderson snapped this self-portrait during a spacewalk in August 2007. Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech


Self-portrait of Expedition 36/37 European Space Agency astronaut Luca Parmitano during a July 2013 spacewalk. Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech

 

NASA astronaut Mike Fossum grabbed this self-portrait in July 2011, with space shuttle Atlantis visible in the background. Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech


NASA astronaut Joe Tanner grabs a helmet shot during a spacewalk on STS-115 in September 2006. Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech


Mike Fossum, a mission specialist on STS-121, took this shot in July 2006. In the visor you can see space shuttle Discovery, part of the International Space Station and fellow crewmate Piers J. Sellers. Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech


NASA astronaut Scott Parazynski takes a self-portrait during STS-120, which ran from October to November 2007. Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech


Gemini 10 astronaut Mike Collins in July 1966. Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech/Arizona State University


Expedition 6′s Don Pettit takes a portrait in January 2003. Also visible in the picture (upper right) is his crewmate, Ken Bowersox. Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech


Gemini 12 astronaut Buzz Aldrin snaps a picture of himself during a spacewalk in November 1966. Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech


A tiny Neil Armstrong is just visible in the helmet of Buzz Aldrin during the Apollo 11 landing in July 1969. Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech

stay charged - power banks!

28 February 2014 in Power Banks

I remember one of my very first mobile phones; a Nokia 3310. Faithful, near unbreakable, hundreds of interchangeable fascia cases, and a battery life that by today’s standards is just unthinkable. You could go days without even considering charging it because all you could do was call, text, and play snake. But the ever increasing craziness of technology that started engulfing the Western world quickly spread to our mobile phones and soon enough, everlasting battery life became a thing of the past.

A lot of us use our phones almost constantly throughout our day - whether it’s browsing social media, checking the weather, or powering satellites – and because of this we’ve had to sacrifice the battery life that makes us nostalgic for the ‘brick’ phones of yore. Most of us are resigned to this unfortunate fact of life and make sure to carry a charger around just in case we have a desperate urge to play Flappy Bird on our lunch hour and only have 1% battery. But it’s not very convenient to carry a charger around with you and it’s often quite difficult to find a socket to plug into.

But fear not my fellow technofiles, because we at Memory Mates have a solution: The Power Bank. This brilliant little device will ensure you don’t miss one of the fourteen times you need to visit Facebook during the day, as it can provide up to two full smartphone battery charges! All you have to do is charge up the Bank via a plug point at home and you’re ready to use your super powered 21st century phone without dreading the speedy drain of the battery. It even has the extra bonus feature of a torch, which makes this little gadget ideal for camping and other adventures, especially as they're conveniently pocket sized.

So long as you plan ahead with one of our Power Banks, you’ll never have battery life anxiety again.

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