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Facebook is NOT a “cool mom”

Facebook is facing what seems like a mid-life crisis. Instead of sticking to the share and like button, Facebook continually tries to imitate popular young, new mobile apps like Instagram, Snapchat and now WhatsApp. Unfortunately the “cool mom” persona leaves most kids with bright red faces, and hiding in embarrassment.  Facebook Camera and Facebook poke, both attempts to imitate Instagram and Snapchat, have fast become extinct on app stores. Now, Facebook is telling us to either “get cool or get out” by forcing us to download the new Facebook Messenger.

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The problem with mobile games

 I have a mild obsession with mobile games. I have 5 to 10 that I play on a daily basis and I am constantly looking for more that I can sink my teeth into.

The problem with mobile games today is that almost every game requires me to pay in order to play it the way I want to. In fact, there an entire community of online gamers that feel the same way. No matter what it says in the description of a mobile game, it is not free. A game may be free to download and play but it allows - and insists - in-app purchases.

Joni Lindes's picture

Apps (literally) go down the toilet

 Warning: this post is no joke. Poop is not a laughing matter

With Apple’s App store having over one million apps, it is no surprise that there are a few, ahem, eccentric apps that, most of the time are not very useful and would probably raise the eyebrows of anyone browsing your phone.

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iPhone apps: the new star on the big screen

Remember that time when it took dozens of camera men sporting expensive and heavy cameras to shoot a movie, a music video or a documentary? Today you can leave your costly recording equipment at home as Oscar-winning documentaries are now being shot with an iPhone app.

Video-enabled mobile phones followed by an increased interest in User Generated Content means that creating your own videos with your iPhone is no big deal, however it is not only the average Joe using this technique. Professional film and video makers are viewing mobile phones and mobile app technologies as creating film that is just as effective, if not better than expensive camera equipment.

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News channels want you!

While some media outlets feel threatened by citizen journalists taking and disseminating their own newsworthy footage, others are embracing the technologies to make their story reporting a richer experience. CNN’s iReport, Al-Jazeera’s Sharek portal, and NBC’s latest venture to collect amateur videos are just a few.
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