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Mobile Apps - optimizing the self

 Last week I spoke about the South African app Secret Agent – which was an interesting way of making small amounts of money for the average individual with an iPhone or Android smartphone.This week I’m going to look at other apps that have shaped the way we use the Internet in efficient ways.

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Mystery shopping goes digital

 Gone are the days of in-store customer satisfaction comment cards. The Internet provides people with the option to give immediate feedback on goods and services they consume and some are even getting paid to do so through mystery shopping.

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Our kids will be digital

With all of the social networking sites (SNS) today, a lot of what we do is transferred from analogue to digital. I worry for my children; I want them to experience a bit of analogue before being sent into the unforgiving culture of digital.

Social networking sites (SNS) have increased in numbers by large amounts over the past few years. We now have Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Bebo, MySpace, Friendster, Orkut, Netlog, Buzznet, Blogster and that doesn’t even cover the tip of the iceberg. This doesn’t even include networking sites created for more local purposes such as Rhodes University’s RUconnected or  Ratchat created by anonymous Rhodes students.
 
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Dear Internet, can you save us from high school Sex Ed?

I learnt some incredible things in high school Sex Ed.

One was that a woman’s hymen is structured like the seal on a Ricoffy tin: that once she has sex, her body is open for business and will never be the same again. (I remember the sneaking suspicion that once I “broke my seal”, my ovaries would somehow begin to grow stale).

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Female gaming: sex symbols and action heroines

Would you view a female gaming character like Lara Croft as a sex symbol or an action heroine?
 
When it comes to gaming, female protagonists are mainly characterized with larger hips and breasts wearing skimpy outfits.
  
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