Facebook friends with your boss.



In this era social media is something that a lot of people use, including potentially, your boss. These are issues that prior generations, and people who use common sense probably never had to deal with.

According to this article, here are a few things that you should avoid doing if you are Facebook friends with your boss.


Creeping on your fellow coworkers

Or this


Or say rude things about your boss via your status



50 years ago today, the public got its first taste of video calls



I always thought that video chatting was a relatively new thing but I guess I was wrong. “It seemed like the inevitable future at the time, we’re sure. On April 20th in 1964, Bell Telephone showed off the Mod 1 Picturephone — a precursor to the Skype and Hangouts video calls that have become a standard but under-utilized feature of modern communications. The demonstration was part of the World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows, visitors were able to step into a booth and have a conversation with a person thousands of miles away in Disneyland. But instead of just talking into a handset, users sat in front of an oblong device that housed both a video screen and a camera. The service delivered a 30 frame-per-second black-and-white feed to wowed Fair-goers. A few months later, in June of the same year, AT&T took the service commercial.” Apparently it was 16 dollars for 3 minutes of video chatting. I can’t imagine paying this type of money today. This invention never really caught on because of the price and the difficulty that people experienced with it. Skype was one of the first major companies to make things like video calling easy and practical. 




Exclusive games and smartphones


Apparently smartphones are now beginning a similar battle which playstation and nintendo and other game systems used to share. They are creating exclusive games and apps in order to attract buyers. Both Apple and Google are trying to get developers to signs contracts and get them on their side


The Cut The Rope series followed a similar pattern, while Gameloft, the company behind titles like Asphalt, had apparently discussed the exclusivity angle with Apple, but eventually decided to launch on both Android and iOS at the same time”. Neither Apple or Google has successfully really locked down and contracts with these companies and I hope that they don’t. There are already a few apps and car accessories that are only compatible with either android or apple.


So I was at Chili’s and noticed that they have one of these at literally every table

It’s a device where you can order food, get the check, print it and pay. It essentially eliminates the need for a waiter/waitress. They basically just have to bring the food. Of course the waitress still came to the table and “took our order” but we really didn’t need her since we could order everything right from the table. I asked the waitress if it ever gets confusing since not everyone wants/knows how to use a tablet. She said a few times with older customers they come in and accidentally order drinks/food. I guess this is the direction that the restaurant industry is going in. I do think that it could take some time to get used to however.

How Strongly Can Social Media Influence and Control People’s Lives?



I read this interesting article about social media and how much it has changed society. It has become a major part of our day. We wake up and don’t have to go read the paper we can go online, check twitter, etc. “Blog and Forum are also types of social media because they allow you to share “what you think” about articles, pictures, videos and so on. There is social media which allows the users not only to share about their profession, major of study, works and company, addresses, political views and religion, but also allow them to find a job and allow the company to find the employees. Everything looks and feels easier to do with social media.” Blogs are a really interesting way to share information and ideas. They’re expressive and creative and free. People can share tips on makeup, movies, cars, literally anything.

Apart from blogs, the article then takes a turn and mentions how social media can influence us in not only positive, but negative ways as well. “Let me tell you a very interesting case from Indonesia about social media. In August 2008, there was a women who has known by Indonesian people as Prita Mulyasari. Her case begun when she wrote about her disappointment of the services of a Hospital in Jakarta. She told and wrote everything about the hospital and the bad services that she got from the doctors, nurses and administration staff. Then, she sent a message to her friends on the mailing list. Actually, she just tried to remind her friends to be more selective in choosing the hospital and to be more careful in accepting many kinds of services. But, her message became a big problem after her friend shared it to a website (the people’s forum) with so many read and commented about the issue.In September 2008, the management of the hospital reported Prita Mulyasari for the bad news about the hospital that she has spread. The management of the hospital demanded her to pay a material loss of about Rp.161 million as a replacement for clarification in national newspapers and Rp.100 million for immaterial losses. She wasn’t only to pay for the hospital losses but she was also detained in May 2009. After 8 months she went through the inspection and verification process and was convicted by the court for violating the law about using the ICT (Information and Communication Technology). This case rapidly spread among Indonesian people.”


Netflix And Hulu Are Starting To Kill Cable



With Netflix, Hulu and the ability to watch most of our shows online, many people are opting to cut cable costs. “The number of cord-cutters, which Experian considers people with high-speed Internet who’ve either never subscribed to or stopped subscribing to cable or satellite, has risen from 5.1 million homes to 7.6 million homes, or 44 percent, in just three years.” Almost a fifth of households that use netflix and hulu don’t pay for cable anymore. The article also noted that nearly a quarter of young adults between 18 and 34 who subscribe to Netflix or Hulu don’t pay for TV, Experian found. Cable companies could be in trouble down the line if they don’t get creative and change the price and the way that people view tv. “So-called “data caps” — which limit the amount of data a person can download each month before they’re charged overage fees — are already in place in more than 60 percent of homes in the U.S., according to GigaOm.”


New Jersey woman, sues over ‘8THEIST’ license plate



A New Jersey Woman applied for a custom license plate. Her request was denied because it was deemed to be possibly “offensive”. She filed suit this week claiming that it violated her first amendment rights. She received a message stating that her license plate request “may carry connotations offensive to good taste and decency”. She then decided to perform a little test of her own. She filled out an application but instead of “8theist” she put “baptist”. The website accepted this. She also claimed that she tried to get in contact with the agency to dispute this issue but could not get a hold of anyone after several attempts. “Ayesha N. Khan, the legal director of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, a Washington D.C.-based advocacy group representing Morgan, said the fact this has happened at least twice in New Jersey shows the problem has not been fixed.The Motor Vehicle Commission is “disfavoring atheist plates and not fixing the system. Whatever Internet glitch there might be cannot be the explanation this time,” Khan said, adding that they were seeking the enactment of new agency regulations that include “objective, viewpoint-neutral criteria for issuing a plate.”


So this is kind of creepy



Facebook has decided that it will now tell you “friends” when you’re nearby. There is now and optional mobile feature that will notify you when your friends are close.

Since Facebook is notorious for having confusing privacy settings, and because everyone has Facebook “friends” who really aren’t friends at all, this new feature might raise some eyebrows. So here’s to hoping Nearby Friends will be more straightforward than, say, everything else about the site.” I think Facebook needs to be careful with how creepy it has been getting lately. Despite these things being optional they could still be creepy and even dangerous. I don’t think young kids should have Facebook, but a lot of them do. This could pose a threat if parents are not monitoring them carefully. 

Review of Maggia and Graziella’s Project

I really enjoyed listening to your podcast. I had no idea how ridiculous and gruesome the original stories were. I guess they had to completely change them if they wanted to make them appropriate for children. The Little Mermaid one shocked me the most. I can’t believe that it wasn’t about a mermaid who wanted to grow legs to marry prince charming; that it actually involved a tongue being cut off and pain the entire time. The stories that disney based their movies are extremely different form what I imaged.

I remember that my mom used to tell me a few stories that had the intention of scaring me. Nothing gory like cutting off my tongue or murder but little things like wash my hands so i don’t get sick and eat my veggies so I grow up big and strong. I thought your podcast was very interesting to listen to even though I usually think podcasts are pretty boring! 🙂





Anyone who travels knows how expensive it is to use your phone outside of the United States. With that being said, there’s a new device that may help overcome some of these insane costs. “With the exception of T-Mobile’s Simple Choice plan, global data is still expensive. Spending $30 on a long weekend abroad does beat dropping $50 or more for the same access, however, and if you’re in the majority of cellphone users who don’t have access to free data across the globe, KnowRoaming is a generally affordable product that’s worthy of your consideration. While the initial run of stickers has already shipped out and pre-orders are currently closed, you should be able to hand over your 35 bucks for a starter kit soon.” This product is still no where near perfect, but it could open doors to an alternative and cheaper way for travelers to use their phones outside of the country.