The Most Useless Machine of all Time - Watch this video and it will make you laugh. Such a win for the week!
Slide to Unlock Doormat - innovative!
99.5% of Social Media Experts are Clowns - I am relieved that someone actually realized this and made a post about it. Gary Vaynerchuk says “we are going to live through a devastating social media bubble” due to people claiming to be social media experts. This form of communicating is so new that nobody can truly be an expert.
Tingle App - does the world really need a casual sex app? We are spending more time with our online social media lives rather than actually meeting people. why don’t you either 1. Just hook up with someones online made up profile or 2. hit a club downtown?
The Beginning of the End of Print - some may see this as a win but I see it as a loss of tradition. I love the feel of a newspaper and physically writing and screwing up crossword answers. The completion of the New Yorker iPad app is another blow to the physical paper sector of the news industry. I don’t think we will see paper through 2020.
Privacy Risks of ID Codes in your Apps - not surprisingly, there has been more and more research coming out involving mobile security in the last few years as smart phones have become more prominent. We are starting to see the implications of holding all of our sensitive data in one place. Unique identifiers are at risk of being used to gain access to your Facebook profiles and location data. I for see a strong user push from the market to upgrade security especially with the recent 1. Facebook security breach 2. Sony failing with their information security and 3. New NFC technologies for secure transfer of information.
Why isn’t wi-fi Better? – Stacy Higginbotham went over in her post the fact that most people use Wi-Fi “sitting still in a hotspot.” The infrastructure is there to support mobile wi-fi but has not been implemented yet due to the standard nature it must take on. These networks must be capable of seamlessly handing off between networks as you move so it has to be standardized. In order for this to take off, there must be a large advantage of mobile wi-fi over 3G communications and it must be saturated within large areas. Stacy believes that “it will likely never replace cellular when it comes to convenience.” I have to agree with this for the cellular market is already developed and working but soon there will be problems with bandwidth usage over 3G networks. This may spark interest in the mobile wifi technoogy down the road.
Here is my first tech/business funny of the week. I plan to make the is weekly thing (hence the name). Enjoy:
If you only live under a small rock you will have heard about the viral video posted on youtube composed of 5 minutes of baby talk between baby twins. Here is that discussion translated by the lovely guys on www.collegehumor.com
There is opinionated conflict between iPad lovers, skeptics, and whiney know-it-all wannabe tech junkies regarding this: can the iPad replace your laptop? I pulled the trigger about a month ago now to purchase my shiny new old generation iPad. (It was cheaper ok! Who wants the iPad 2?) I want to bring to you my personal take on how it has worked out for me so far.
The first thing I said during day 1 with the iPad: “Yes I can finally keep up with my neglected blog feeds and twitter account!” Try to read tweets and blog postings on a small iPhone screen; I will schedule your laser eye surgery in advance for you. The most useful social media apps I have discovered so far are Flipboard, Twitter for iPad, Facepad, and HootSuite. If you are a social media addict like me, these apps will save your life. Beautiful interfaces and layouts allow me to go through my social media feeds in ¼ of the time! Keep in mind that I am a student and am not constantly on a computer to check social media and email, so now I am able to turn to my iPad.
Not only will this device prevent you from going to facebook.com and twitter.com 20 times a day on your laptop, the battery will last for 3 days without charging! That is about 30 times longer than your two year old laptop we all know you have. Along with battery life, internet anywhere access and the $600 price tag make this device very appealing.
Some will argue that the iPad cannot replace your laptop in terms of word processing and spreadsheet management. I have been using Pages to write all my Finance notes and that is without an external Bluetooth keyboard attached! This blog post is also entirely written from my iPad just to prove my point. I have been using the apple iOS interface for 2 years now so I am used to the sensitive touch keyboard. All it takes is some practice so complainers hush up and try it.
Basically all I can say is this: if you are doing heavy statistical analysis or writing a novel, I would recommend supplementing your iPad use with a computer. Other than that, forget putting your laptop in your backpack and tuck the iPad under your arm instead. Your back will thank you.
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