August 22, 2011

iPhone 5 Rumors Roundup: Possible Features For Apple’s Next Generation

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iPhone 5 MockupApple is expected to officially announce the iPhone 5 in September or October of this year and on the heels of that announcement we have compiled a list of possible iPhone 5 features as rumored from various online sources. While we still don’t know what the iPhone 5 price will be, these rumors give us a good idea of some major possibilities for the devices hardware and software future.


New Design


Apple is expected to go bezel-free with the release of the iPhone 5, returning to a design that’s closer to the iPhone 3G than the iPhone 4. According to some reports the curved back can help eliminate “Death Grip” while a tapered design is said to be in the work that would create a thinner bottom than top, allowing the phone to sit on an angle while placed on a flat surface.

Another rumor says the device will feature a metallic back instead of the devices signature black and white options we’ve seen in the past, however a curved glass design could also be used as Apple is rumored to have recently purchased 300 glass cutting machines. read more

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August 19, 2011

$72000 Fine For Website Owners Who Use Facebook ‘Like’ Button In Germany

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Facebook Like ButtonA German official in the Schleswig-Holstein district of Germany has ruled that the Facebook “Like” plug-in violates European Union privacy laws and he is going after websites operating in his region who use the button, fining them $72,000 for “Like” button use.

According to the official, Facebook follows a users habits for a period of two years from the time of use, tracking that is used by Facebook to “build a broad individual and for members even a personalized profile.” read more

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What To Do If You Get a Legal Threat Online

Threat PosterThe Internet, for better or worse, is the largest meeting place to have ever existed in history. It’s a place where millions of people, from all backgrounds, can get together and exchange ideas, news, artwork and pictures of cats.

However, it’s inevitable that, with so many people in one “place” that there are going to be disagreements and some of them are going to get quite heated. Just as you don’t always get along with your “real world” neighbors you probably won’t get along with some of your virtual ones either and, also like physical world problems, virtual world ones also, at times, disintegrate into legal disputes.

So, if you blog long enough, especially if you routinely discuss or use work from other people on your site, there’s a chance that you’re going to be the subject of a legal threat.

For the unprepared, this can be one of the most terrifying experiences one can have online. Such threats often come with fears big legal bills, huge settlements and more. It’s pretty easy to paint a worst-case scenario that is either unrealistic or completely impossible.

Still, these are matters that should be taken seriously and knowing what to do is important. Though I’m not a lawyer and certainly can’t provide legal advice, there are steps that most attorneys advise you to take and I’ve outlined them below. read more

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August 18, 2011

Foursquare Now Allows Users To Check Into Events

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Foursquare Events Checkin Screenshot

Foursquare has announced a new feature which allows users to check into major events, a task users typically fulfill by checking in at various locations and then typing a message so friends know why they are at those venues.

On their official Foursquare blog post they wrote:

“It’s one of the most common checkins on Foursquare: you head off to a movie theater, check in, and type in ‘Harry Potter’ to tell people what you’re seeing. Or check in to a stadium and shout ‘Patriots game’ or ‘Lady Gaga concert.”

Company officials went on to add: read more

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August 16, 2011

President Obama Joins Foursquare, Utilizes Tips And Event Checkins

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President Obama BlackberryPresident Obama has joined the world of location based services, signing onto Foursquare this week.

After signing up for the popular check-in service the White House released the following statement:

“The White House is now on Foursquare, a location-based social networking website, which is the latest way for you to engage with the administration,” while adding, “There are over 10 million people already ‘checking in’ around the world, and now you’ll be able to discover ‘tips’ from the White House featuring the places President Obama has visited, what he did there, plus historical information and more.”

The President’s Foursquare account will be used to post his whereabouts as he tours the country for his economic bus tour, focusing on the Midwest at this time.

Along with the President’s location, various checkin locations for different presidential events are being created, while White House staffers have already posted their first tip on Monday, revealing that the President had delivered a speech in Cannon Falls, Minnesota where he talked about growing and strengthening the economy. read more

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A Better Blog Contest

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A better blog award is one that highlights actual excellence in craftsmanship and the depth of one's knowledge on a subject matter.

There’s always one or other “blogging contest” going on around in the world, some are sponsored by “Big Money” and launched with obvious “Brand Promotion Agendas” while others promote “Presumably Good Causes”.

I’ve said previously, in general, joining a blogging contest is a good way to promote your blog and network with other bloggers.  You not only get a chance to build a wider readership for your audience, but you also get a chance to meet more established bloggers who can actually help you become a better blogger.

The right attitude in joining a contest, any contest, is to become more aware of what your capabilities are and learn how to improve them.  It is not so much winning that matters but finding and taking away lessons that you can help you achieve your own personal blogging goals.

However, it must be said, that some blogging contests are rigged in such a way that it essentially becomes a vehicle for establishing “no go” zones around certain brands.  Moreover, it can be a palliative remedy for what really ails people’s perception of the brand — bad service and bad practices.

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August 15, 2011

Cheer Detergent Rolls Out Interactive YouTube Video

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Cheers YouTube Clickable VideoCheer detergent on Monday rolled out a new type of YouTube campaign that marks a first for the social video network. Using YouTube technology users can click on certain parts of the video to be taken to a non-Youtube website where they can win prizes.

The Climbing Walls video by Strange Talk features colorful objects that users can click on to win prices that includes socks, dress and a Fender Stratocaster among various other items.

Procter & Gamble brand manager Jason Wiedemann says that while various other YouTube videos have offered clickable links, those links have always led to other YouTube.com locations, while the Cheer links take users to a Facebook app for the company where users can register the items they have “dug.”

Cheer has recently decided to place 100% of their marketing funds into the digital space in the hopes of grabbing a younger, more digitally savvy audience.  read more

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Why Blogging Can Relieve Stress

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I have always loved to read. This was because as a kid my grandmother would read me a fairytale every night. This was a nightly ritual that had to be followed or else I wouldn’t go to sleep. Whenever my family would go to the mall my mother would take me to the bookstore. With my love affair for books it’s no wonder I learned to love writing as well. In high school I used to keep a journal. At the end of each day I would narrate what happened on it. But I usually kept my entries short. As much as I enjoyed writing, doing it by hand can be tiring.

It was in college when I discovered the art of blogging. I was surfing online when I stumbled across a food blog. I realized it was something that I could do as well. So I decided to try it. I blogged for a month and I loved it! Blogging is not only fun it’s a great stress reliever as well.

Here are 3 reasons why blogging can relieve stress. read more

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A petition on Facebook for Ernie and Bert to get married

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Ernie and Bert getting married.

It was a simpler time, perhaps, when Ernie and Bert were first introduced in 1969.  Originally, the two muppets created by Jim Henson, was supposed to teach children that people could be friends despite so many differences.

Ernie is a dark colored, rotund shaped puppet and Bert is a light colored, longish puppet who lived together in an apartment on Sesame Street.  On the surface of it, perhaps muppets showed children how vastly different people could get along with each other and on another level, it perhaps also reflected how the characters may have been conceived in the milieu of racial tensions in the United States.

They were probably also modeled after tandem comedians Laurel and Hardy and Abbot and Costello.  Ernie is the boring, straight-laced character while Ernie is the goofy prankster and most of the skits involving the two revolve around Ernie infuriating Bert.

In the face of the legalization of gay marriage, should the muppets be used to teach children the why two people of the same sex can get married?

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August 12, 2011

Is Creative Commons Right for Your Blog?

Creative Commons Work LogoIf you surf around the Internet long enough, you will no doubt notice many sites Creative Commons badges or other integrations of their licenses.

Several larger sites, including Flickr and WordPress.com have integrated Creative Commons support into their offerings and even Google has integrated Creative Commons into it search tools to make it easier to locate such works.

But with Creative Commons being so popular and on so many sites, many bloggers are wondering if a CC license is right for them and their site.

The answer, however, isn’t straightforward and it’s a decision every blogger needs to make for themselves. But, with a little bit of information, the choice should be an easy one to make, letting you get back to running other parts of your site. read more

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