Traveling, apps, and what if?

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I have to travel now and again for work, and I’ve noticed over the years how new media has changed the way we get from one place to another. This year, I was away from home for about 70 days, and passed through 20 states (maybe more, I can’t remember). The use of mobile technology has made traveling much more convenient, from using navigation apps for driving, to airline and parking apps when flying.

So what? Maybe it would be better to ask “what if?” Continue reading

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Tracking all of me, all of you

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UA knows when, where, how fast, and how far I’m running. Creepy or awesome?

Under Armour, the sports apparel brand headquartered in Baltimore, acquired fitness tracking app MapMyFitness in late 2013. In 2015, UA bought nutrition and diet app MyFitnessPal and personal trainer app Endomondo. This means that that UA could potentially have access to a variety of health and fitness related data, like your height, weight, diet, activity levels, types of activities, and more. What can the company do with this information?

First, I read over the UA-MapMyFitness Terms and Conditions of Use, then checked out UA’s Security and Privacy Policy. I should note that I am not a lawyer, and a lot of this was more than a little confusing. UA is pretty explicit in noting that it will use your personal information for a number of things, but two of those really jumped out to me: Continue reading

Four things you didn’t know about the Facebook “like”

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    Disclaimer: I took the Facebook “like” button and made it green. For illustrative purposes.

    The like button was originally going to be called the “awesome” button, but Mark Zuckerberg didn’t like it. As a matter of fact, it took two years to convince Zuckerberg that a like button was a good idea.

  2. The like button earns Facebook billions of dollars. Those likes help Facebook target ads for companies trying to reach specific audiences.
  3. Facebook’s like button launched Feb. 9, 2009, but it wasn’t the first network to do so. FriendFeed, which shut down earlier this year, had a like feature as early as October 2007.
  4. The like button was almost green. According to Facebook product designer Soleio Cuervo, the team explored a number of different design options for the like, including a green thumbs up, a heart, and a star.

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Getting a job

Enjoyed this blog post from trumpeter Stan Curtis, titled “How not to get a trumpet job,” though you could apply it to any instrument. In fact, there’s a lot of good points for any profession. As an added bonus, most of the comments seem to revolve around some music fraternity. Missing the forest for the trees, I suppose…