Five Problems with Social Media.

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I’ll begin with a list of things.
Snapchat
Facebook
• Friend Requests
• Communications overload
• Simplify
I’m on Snapchat, you can find the link to the right side of the blog. I’ve been on for a few weeks now and I’m still learning. I’m using it at 10% of its capabilities. The learning curve is a steep one to be sure. It’s not the making and posting of video’s or photos, rather it is the interacting with my friends. Also, some sort of threading of postings would be nice so I can go back and find a post I want to reply to or comment upon.
I have mixed emotions about Facebook. There are times when it is a fun and informative place and other times a frustrating piece of horribly designed user interfaced software. The fact that I need to change my settings each and every time I log into the software to see the most current postings is a major #FAIL. I know they want me to see their ads and promoted items, and that’s not what I go to Facebook for. If they bothered to look at my purchasing habits from Facebook promoted ads, they’d find none. Get a clue guys.

Friend Requests are a mixed blessing. I get some each and every week from the usual suspect social media outlets. Some are welcome and others are clearly and blatantly #SPAM. It would be great to stop the latter type of requests before they reach me. If algorithms are so great, why hasn’t anyone written one to address this issue?

I’ve written about communications overload previously, so I’ll direct you to that missive to draw your own conclusions.

Simplify, simplify and once again, simplify. I have an iPhone, no cell service, and an iPad with a duplication of many apps. Sometimes it depends on my mood or if I’m going to the store or out and about town. I seem to have many apps that function in the same way, providing the same end result. I’ve begun to use Skype as my primary communications app for daily use. Yes, I’m using other social media apps for postings and some communications, as not everyone is on Skype.

Ok, there are my five. Let me know your thoughts.

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Thoughts on a Daylight Savings Sunday.

Daylight Savings began today so we’re all subjected to everyone’s semi-annual bitching

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about this event.  We had three clocks that needed attention here in the house, so it wasn’t a real chore.  Possibly with the advent of the Internet of Things (IoT), our appliances will begin to comply.

Some other random thoughts and observations –

  • Why isn’t there an option to see only the most recent posts on Facebook while using my iPad?
  • Why isn’t there a Facebook Paper app for the iPad as there is for the iPhone?
  • March this year includes both Daylight Savings Time and Easter.
  • Is it simply me, or do the rest of you have a love/hate relationship with Facebook?
  • Skype is now my go to phone service.
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Lake View.

View on a Monday of Lake Superior.  Basswood Island straight ahead, and Madeline Island to the right.IMG_2104

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50 Best Productivity Apps For iPhone.

Of course you need more apps for your mobile devices.

 

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One Thing Every iPhone owner should do…

One thing every iPhone owner should do to stretch battery life.

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Copper Mountain Introduces Sherpa

Copper Mountain Introduces Sherpa: New Smartphone App for Skiers, Riders Sherpa-Hero

• Sherpa is the first hands-free, geo-aware mountain guide available for smartphones
• Terrain and lift updates, local insider tips and ski patrol aid all available through Sherpa
• Sherpa will be available for iPhone on November 1, 2013, available for Android in mid December

COPPER MOUNTAIN, Colo. — Copper Mountain has developed an all new on-mountain audio intelligence smart phone application called Sherpa, available for the 2013/14 winter season. Sherpa is the first hands-free, geo-aware mountain guide giving guests access to local expert advice and the ability to enjoy Copper unlike ever before.

Sherpa provides information based on location using a phone’s GPS services. Users simply turn the app on, plug in headphones and Sherpa continuously delivers insider tips, directions and information through voice recordings – all without lifting a finger. Terrain updates include details such as which sides of the trails have fresh snow and which will be groomed, allowing for guests to fully customize their day on the slopes in real-time. Users can also receive information on promotions and event updates including traffic wait times and road closures. Sherpa doesn’t stop there; the application will continue to get smarter as mountain intelligence is shared. Frequent updates to app features are planned throughout the winter season.

Sherpa will be available for free download from the Apple iTunes store on November 1, 2013. Android downloads will be available by mid-December. For the most up-to-date information on Sherpa including a demo video.

Lock in snow days for the 2013/14 winter season with the Copper Season Pass and Copper 4-Pack, on sale now with special early season pricing guaranteed through September 3. Visit www.CopperColorado.com for more information.

Visit CopperColorado.com for the latest information on winter pass products, lodging steals and more. Stay connected all season long at www.facebook.com/CopperMtn or @CopperMtn on Twitter.

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Google to open retail stores to compete with Apple Stores.

Google to open retail stores to compete with Apple Stores. Only to compete with Apple Stores? They completely ignore the Microsoft Store’s across the country. The best thing about Google and their

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entry into the retail arena, is that there are plenty of empty store fronts in the shopping malls across the country.

 

 

Google to open retail stores to compete with Apple Stores

 

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Google is launching retail stores by the end of the year to sell its own products we’re reporting over at 9to5Google. Will Google try to squeeze into the local Mall between the new Microsoft Store and the existing Apple Store? Will they be able to supplant some of Apple’s MacBook sales with their $249 Chromebooks? iPhones with Nexuses? Find out more.

 

(Via 9 to 5 Mac.)

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Email Accounts.

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Email accounts are a necessity and we often have a love/hate relationship with them. Some challenges are with the account, ie: the company or developer of the email program. Other challenges are with the email program itself, ie: Apple’s Mail App.

For the past week or so I’ve been working with the fine folks at my blog hosting service to set up an email account associated with this blog. This is part of a longer term goal of branding myself in a more specific way as a journalist/writer.

I have a version 4.6 (1085) of the Apple Mail App on this desktop. My hosting service has very well written and easy to understand instructions on setting up a blog specific email account. And they offer details on how to set up an account using the Apple Mail App. They even go so far as to offer a downloadable apple script to automatically set up the new account in the Apple Mail App.

Being as it’s Monday, I decided to quit banging my head on the desk and pass on setting up the new email account for the time being. I’ve presumed that due to the older version of the email app and of the current Mac OS I’m running that in the larger scheme of things, maybe this is the issue. I’m well aware that I’m behind the times regarding the Mac hardware and software I’m currently using, which brings me to the following.

You will notice if you’ve not already the donate box at the top of the blog column on the right hand side of this screen. In order to bring me back to some modicum of being current with my hardware and software and tools of the trade the donate box is one vehicle I’m using to reach that goal. Items I’ve put on the wish list can be found on Amazon.com making the entire process easy. No it’s not Staples, and yet easy.

Thanks in advance for your readership and your ongoing contributions to this enterprise.

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New York makes real-time subway arrival data available to devs, releases free MTA Subway Time iPhone app

Transportation information arrives in the digital age.

New York makes real-time subway arrival data available to devs, releases free MTA Subway Time iPhone app: “MTA Subway Time-01
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As noted by AllThingsD, New Yorkers will now have access to accurate arrival times for seven of the city’s subway lines as the Metropolitan Transit Agency today released a new app that provides access to the real-time train location data. Available on the App Store, the MTA Subway Time iPhone app is a test app released by the MTA for the 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and S 42 Street Shuttle lines. It displays the same data as the countdown clocks inside stations, and the MTA will make the data available on its website for developers to use in third-party apps.

The app covers the 156 stations where the MTA has installed countdown clocks that provide arrival estimates in minutes for upcoming trains. This app joins MTA Bus Time™, Metro-North Train Time™, LIRR Train Time™, and MTA Bridges and Tunnels’ Travel Time in the MTA’s expanding list of real-time data tools for customers.

As for the remainder of the subway lines, The Wall Street Journal explained it could take until 2016:

The new signals were installed at a cost of more than $228 million over 11 years, the MTA said. Two other lines are already being overhauled in a way that will eventually allow real-time updates: the L line running between northern Brooklyn and Manhattan’s 14th Street, which already uses an advanced signal system; and the No. 7 line between Queens and Midtown Manhattan, which is receiving the same upgrade.

The L line should be added to the data stream that feeds Subway Time within six to 12 months, the agency said. The improvements that would add the No. 7 to smartphone apps won’t be completed until 2016.

Today, New York City Mayor Bloomberg attributed an increase in the city’s annual crime index to a rise in iPhone and iPad thefts.


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(Via 9 to 5 Mac.)

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Got a new iOS device for the holidays? Try AppHero to find apps

Got a new iOS device for the holidays? Well if you were one of the fortunate ones an ongoing issue is where to find useful apps. You might want to try AppHero to find those elusive apps.

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Over the holidays, the iOS device user base surely grew to new heights with many gifted new iPads, iPhones, and iPod touches. With the growing App Store, it is important for new iOS device users to know which of the many applications are right for them. We have been pointed to AppHero’s free iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch application, which uses multiple methods to recommend App Store applications to its users. We spoke to AppHero’s Jordan Satok who explained that AppHero primarily uses a user’s Facebook and Twitter data in order to serve application recommendations.

AppHero uses your Facebook data such as things that you have ‘Liked.’ For example, if you liked a set of sports teams, TV shows, movies, or places, AppHero can use this information to recommend applications related to your favorite sports teams, TV programs, and apps that are region-specific to places you ‘liked’ or have been to. Of course, access to your Facebook information must be explicitly approved by you. Satok assures that this is done securely and that only information relevant to creating application recommendations is scanned.

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‘Everyone has different songs on their iPod, different movies in their movie collection, different books on their bookshelf, but because discovering apps is so difficult, most people just have the most obvious and generic apps, and that’s sort of crazy to us,’ Satok told us.

Like with Facebook, AppHero is able to scan through your public Twitter tweets in order to find applications pertaining to your interests. For instance, if you actively tweet about a certain sports team, it is likely that AppHero will recommend applications pertaining to that team.

Another important aspect of AppHero is how quickly its scanning engine functions. Additionally, Satok tells us that the application’s simple user-interface was built with a mainstream user base in mind.

AppHero’s personalized recommendations also improve as the application is used. Additionally, the application has features that allow you to easily recommend applications to friends.


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