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27 minutes | Dec 5, 2013
Health Risks of Cell Phones – Interview with Dr. Carrie Madej – Episode 30
Emily Binder interviewed Dr. Carrie Madej about the health risks associated with smartphone use. In Episode 28, we explored the behavioral and psychological aspects of Smartphone Addiction. We wanted to take a deeper dive into the research, safety testing, and what we can do to limit the potentially negative physical impacts of the wireless devices and gadgets that we love. Carrie Madej, D.O. is an internal medicine physician who operates a private practice treating patients for a variety of medical issues. 08:55 – The two most toxic (or EMF emitting) objects we use on a daily basis: microwave ovens and heating blankets / heating pads. 09:50 – Studies on qualitative quality of life measures, infertility, depression, etc. Lack of data without longer term study lengths. 11:15 – IARC Interphone study from 1999-2004. 13 countries, 14,000 subjects. Omitted data: subjects with brain tumors, subjects who died, those who were too sick to be interviewed, children and young adults, and users of feature phones. A correlation between cell phone use and brain tumors was found nonetheless. 13:00 – Health effects of smartphones and wi-fi devices on children: developing brain tissue is more susceptible and sensitive to the impact of EMFs. 14:00 – European vs. US research on cell phone radiation. 15:10 – What to do to decrease effects of the EMFs of iPhone: keep it farther away from the body, do not use wi-fi and Bluetooth at the same time when not necessary (decrease potentiation signals next to other devices). Data is inconclusive about the true safety of our phones. 16:35 – A fertility study showed evidence that after 15 minutes of having a laptop on a male’s lap, the sperm count dropped 15%.* 19:00 – A few tips for decreasing the SAR of your phone: turn off when not in use; turn off when signal is weak (searching for signal increases EMFs). 19:30 – Emily: The Digital Dive typically focuses on technology’s impact on society, marketing, and innovation, and we thank Dr. Madej for offering her medical insight in this interview. Tips on Tap – with Guest Tipper Kevin Griggs, Photographer 1. Triggertrap – “Creative ways of triggering your camera.” Photographer Kevin Griggs of Capitol Photography shares the awesome free Triggertrap mobile app. It enables photographers to trigger their phone’s camera or an external camera by various actions such as a sound (like snapping your fingers or a bang), a timer, GPS, vibration, face recognition, and more. In Wi-Fi Slave Mode, you use another Triggertrap mobile device as a trigger, connect to the master device and wait for the other device to trigger this camera. You can purchase an optional dongle (a wire to connect the phone to the auxiliary camera) for $30 which allows you to use the app to fire a DSLR from a mobile device. Free app available for iPhone and Android. You can do a 5-10 minute exposure by setting it to manual. The app lets you get away with much more than a traditional cable release at the fraction of the cost. 2. NegativeMe app – (currently) free for iPhone and iPad. Kevin shares this gem of an app that allows you to take a photo of a hard copy negative and the app turns it into a positive. Easy, fast conversion of negative images into positives. 3. iPhone Safari tip: How to use the “Find on page” feature in Safari for iPhone. It’s basically CTRL F for mobile. And it’s incredibly simple but not terribly obvious. Just type the phrase or word you want to see highlighted on the page into the search bar. Scroll down to the bottom of the results and then tap the phrase. Lastly, please excuse any audio quality issues with this episode. Our expert editor Melanie Touchstone was out of town this week, but she will return for Episode 31! *Citations: 1. Use of laptop computers connected to internet through Wi-Fi decreases human sperm motility and increases sperm DNA fragmentation. Fertility and Sterility. January 2012. 2. 2. BREAKING: Cell Phones Could Hurt Your Sperm. Men’s Health. August 2011. — You can download or stream The Digital Dive Podcast at thedigitaldivepodcast.com or search for us in the iTunes Podcast Directory–> If you like the show, please subscribe and/or leave us a review. The Digital Dive Podcast is on Stitcher, the best free podcast streaming app. New to Stitcher? Please sign up with our link: The Digital Dive PodcastTM: Get the most out of technology… without ever fully giving inThe post Health Risks of Cell Phones - Interview with Dr. Carrie Madej - Episode 30 first appeared on The Digital Dive Podcast™.
27 minutes | Nov 13, 2013
15 Must-Know Tips on Tap: Apps, Sites & Hacks – Episode 29
So many tips, so little time in each show. In each episode of the DDP, Emily and Melanie offer 3 of their favorite tips, sites, apps, and recommendations in a segment known as “Tips on Tap” (cue Emily’s radio announcer segment intro). A show favorite, many of you asked for more, and this week, you shall receive. The co-hosts are back this week and armed with 3x the tips. 1) Umano: News Read to You Umano is an iPhone and Android app that picks about 50 online stories per day to be read by voice actors. The stories tend to be about technology and pop culture. 2) Happify Happify is a brain training type of website that just launched and is claiming to “bring the latest scientific advancements in positive psychology and positive neuroscience to consumers in the form of games, activities, and exercises.” 3) Swell Like a Pandora for podcasts, Swell Radio lets you tune into your favorites and discover new podcasts based on your interests. 4) iOS7 text timestamps tip: If you want to check the time you or someone else sent a text message, swipe from right to left on the screen to check out the hidden timestamps. 5) Price Check by Amazon: Online retail giant Amazon has its own barcode scanning app. Compare in-store pricing with the prices offered on Amazon.com, as well as search product descriptions and customer reviews. 6) RepairPal: Flat tires. Mystery sounds. Car trouble happens to the best of us. Use this site to search by your car’s make and model for a repair estimate and recommendation of “Top Shops” in your area. 7) Android tip: Create and store up to 6 offline maps. Enter Google Maps for Android and pull up the area of the map that you’d like to access offline. Select “Make this map area available offline” and the estimated size of the area in your map will appear on the screen. Great tool for travelers. 8) LinkedIn Group Notification Opt Out We love LinkedIn, but with it’s ever changing interface, it’s easy to get a little lost when trying to change your settings. Go to the Privacy and Settings page and click the “Groups, Companies & Applications” tab. Below “Groups”, click “Turn on/off notifications when joining groups.” By default, this setting is automatically set to publish notifications. To turn it off, uncheck the box and click Save Changes. 9) Lead in your Lipstick? Yes, there probably is, along with a lot of other questionable stuff lurking in your cosmetics. Safecosmetics.org educates and provides tools to help navigate between the good, the bad, and the downright scary products on the market. 10) Bring Fido: This site and app shows your city and surrounding areas and gives you the lowdown (including consumer reviews) on dog friendly hotels, restaurants, parks, etc. Great tool recently while looking for vacation rentals and restaurants with dog friendly patios. 11) Android tip: Long name? Tired of having to retype it? Next time you’re in the middle of typing “Elizallisonetta” into your text field, long-press on it. This will add it to the dictionary, so you’ll no longer have to type more than the first few characters of the word. 12) Instasize – If you’re on Instagram, you’ve certainly faced that annoying moment when your fantastic IG photo doesn’t fit within the square frame allowance of IG. Instasize lets you post entire photos on Instagram without cropping, offers more filter options, and other features, such as adding text to images. Available for iOS and Android. 13) Perfect365 in iOS store – This app has an excellent “key points” photo analysis feature, which finds your face in the photo and maps out your eyes, lips, skin, etc. If it doesn’t get it right, (though it usually does) you can move the point around to make it just right. From there, you can apply dozens of preset full face layers, ranging from mod makeup to fake eyelashes, etc. You can also just make simple adjustments to specific features. The undereye tool is magic. 14) GroupShot – The idea of GroupShot is simple: take a bunch of similar photos of a group of people, and combine the best bits from each one to create the perfect group shot. Fix the one person who isn’t smiling by taking their face from a separate photo in the series. 15) White Noise – Sleep sounds and so much more. Get some shut eye to classics like rain and ocean sounds, or dishwashers and mechanical hums for the modern sleeper. With timers and a custom alarm clock, it’s one of the best sleep apps on the market. *** You can download or stream The Digital Dive Podcast at thedigitaldivepodcast.com or search for us in the iTunes Podcast Directory–> If you like the show, please subscribe and/or leave us a review (some stars, if you will). The Digital Dive Podcast is on Stitcher, the best free podcast streaming app. New to Stitcher? Please sign up with our link: The Digital Dive PodcastTM: Get the most out of technology… without ever fully giving inThe post 15 Must-Know Tips on Tap: Apps, Sites & Hacks - Episode 29 first appeared on The Digital Dive Podcast™.
32 minutes | Oct 29, 2013
Smartphone Addiction: Habit, Health, Happiness – Episode 28
Just how addicted are we to smartphones? What does it mean for our physical and mental health, and how much does it really matter? Emily and Melanie review stats on usage, psychological research on smartphone habits, health impacts, and the unclear safety of cell phones. I. Smartphone proliferation: Global cell phone subscription soared from 12.4 million in 1990 to 7 billion in 2013. 2.7 hours per day are spent socializing on our cell phones – twice the time we spend eating. The typical smartphone user spends regarding $107 monthly for wireless access-more than the typical house pays for electricity each month. –bestsmartphones.us, 10/19/13 15.7 billion texts are sent each month. That’s 363,426 per minute or 6,057 right this second. –Pong Research, 2013 New moms spend more time on smartphones (their “lifelines”) than other adults. Average 37 hours per month, 20% more time than the average millennial (~31 hours). –LA Times, 10/24/13 Psychology: Research shows that 73 percent of Americans would feel “panicked” without their smartphones In a 2013 study, 30% of people admitted to snooping on someone else’s mobile phone 12% of people surveyed are concerned that smartphones are damaging their relationships Why do we instinctively pull out our phones when we have a moment of non-occupation? Checking habits: Because we use smartphones in so many different situations, and to accomplish so many different tasks, we develop a vast range of triggers and cues associated with pulling them out and looking at them. -Scott Campbell, a communications professor at the University of Michigan What concerns us here is that if your habitual response to, say, boredom, is that you pick up the phone to find interesting stimuli, you will be systematically distracted from the more important things happening around you. Habits are automatically triggered behaviors and compromise the more conscious control that some situations require… -Antti Oulasvirta, Personal and Ubiquitous Computing Impacts on Health: Cell Phone Radiation In May 2011, the World Health Organization (WHO) classified cell phone radiation as “possibly carcinogenic to humans.” Recall the hidden bit of legalese that comes in the safety manual for Apple’s iPhone 4: When using iPhone near your body for voice calls or for wireless data transmission over a cellular network, keep iPhone at least 15 mm (5/8 inch) away from the body, and only use carrying cases, belt clips, or holders that do not have metal parts and that maintain at least 15 mm (5/8 inch) separation between iPhone and the body. Manufacturers of multiple smartphone brands place these warnings on user manuals to cover themselves in what is still a legally unclear situation. Why government cell phone safety testing is inconclusive: A cell phone’s SAR, or Specific Absorption Rate, is a measure of the amount of radio frequency (RF) energy absorbed by the body when using the handset. All cell phones emit RF energy. The FCC’s 2001 manufacturer guidelines require that SAR must be no more than 1.6 watts of RF energy per kg of body tissue. This standard was considered a worst-case scenario. FCC guidelines assumed that there would be a buffer between the device and the body. But there is typically not a 1-1.5 inch separation between body and phone. –Time.com, 10/26/10 Find your device on CNET’s cell phone radiation levels chart, which shows that Apple’s iPhone 5 emits 1.25 SAR, the highest of any iPhone (SAR increases by generation, with iPhone at 0.974, iPhone 3G at 1.38, iPhone 4 at 1.17, etc.) Compare: Samsung Galaxy S II has an SAR of 0.36, the S III has 0.74 on AT&T (but 0.43 and 0.48 on T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless, interestingly), and the Samsung Galaxy S4 SAR is 0.84 on AT&T, which is 33% lower than iPhone 5. In March 2013, the FCC officially opened an inquiry into whether the current U.S. safety standard is adequate to protect consumers. –Pong Research Ask: Why did the FCC testing regulations omit the most typical use case: a situation in which the phone was broadcasting at full power while inside a shirt or pants pocket flush against the body? Why do we do it to ourselves? If we suspect or know that our cell phones are damaging us in different ways ranging from possible increased risk for cancer, texting while driving accidents, and damage to relationships, why do we stay addicted? Emily and Melanie weigh in. *** TIPS ON TAP 1) Pong: The First Intelligent iPhone Case – for iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry. Claims to “reduce your radiation exposure by up to 82% below the international safety limit.” Pong’s Gold Reveal for iPhone 5 comes in white, teal, red, and black for $59.99. How it works: “When a Pong case is snapped onto a phone, the paper-thin antenna embedded in the case establishes an electric field with the antenna inside the phone. This steers the energy away from the front of the device (the user-facing side) and toward the Pong case instead.” -Todd DeYoung, Pong’s president and CEO 2) hasitleaked.com –This website tracks and posts information on possible track leaks, news, and updates on anticipated albums before they are released. Find out if your favorite artist has posted a secret track to their website or YouTube channel, if a release date has changed, and if the album has been leaked. Has It Leaked also provides a safe forum for fans to discuss the leaked music outside of the often shady torrent sites where albums are illegally downloaded. 3) DuoLingo – a free app and website to learn languages using scientifically proven games. Learn or practice English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, and Portuguese. More languages such as Japanese, Chinese, Polish and Russian should become available soon thanks to the crowdsourced Language Incubator. Additional Sources: Do you obsessively check your smartphone? – CNN 7/28/11 Cell phone/FCC testing guidelines. Time Magazine, 10/26/2010 “Habits Make Smartphone Use More Pervasive,” Personal and Ubiquitous Computing. 7/25/11 Are You Addicted to Your Smartphone? – Psychology Today, 5/29/13 A Stylish iPhone Case That Shields You From Harmful Radiation -fastcodesign, 6/12/13 — You can download or stream The Digital Dive Podcast at thedigitaldivepodcast.com or search for us in the iTunes Podcast Directory–> If you like the show, please subscribe and/or leave us a review (some stars, if you will). The Digital Dive Podcast is on Stitcher, the best free podcast streaming app. New to Stitcher? Please sign up with our link: The Digital Dive PodcastTM: Get the most out of technology… without ever fully giving in The post Smartphone Addiction: Habit, Health, Happiness - Episode 28 first appeared on The Digital Dive Podcast™.
31 minutes | Oct 15, 2013
Facebook Privacy, Shared Endorsements, and Online Mugshots – Episode 27
I. Facebook Gets Rid of Privacy for Profile Search Anonymity on Facebook is a thing of the past. Facebook has changed its rules, making all users’ profiles searchable. The “Who can look up your Timeline by name” feature formerly allowed you to limit who could find your profile photo and basic info (friends, friends of friends, or no one). Facebook nixed this feature in December 2012 for anyone who was not using it (i.e. the majority of users). Those who were using the incognito setting were grandfathered in until now: every profile will be searchable. Granted, before this change, you could still be searched via graph search or a non-friend could locate your profile from your activity that showed up in their news feed. While this change may be useful for users trying to locate someone, in the long run, this could hurt Facebook because the reduction in privacy could cause less sharing of personal data, opinions, photos, and content, which is how Facebook generates ad revenue. II. Google Shared Endorsements Google has announced shared endorsements, in which user data and activity will be fair game to appear in ads. Much like Facebook sponsored stories, in which advertisers may use the likeness, name, or image of a user who has Liked or engaged with a brand, starting November 11, 2013 Google will display Google+ users’ profile photos and/or reviews in ads on the more than 2 million websites on the Google display network. Users who have commented on a YouTube video, recommended a product or service, posted a Zagat review, etc. may see their name, photo, and/or comment in an ad. Fortunately, Google is being transparent about the change (unlike Facebook was last year): To opt out of Google’s shared endorsements, click here, and scroll to the bottom of the page. Uncheck the “Based upon my activity, Google may show my name and profile photo in shared endorsements that appear in ads.” option and hit the blue Save button. It is currently unchecked by default, but Google will set this option to checked by default on November 11, so make sure to come back and uncheck it if you don’t want to participate. –thenextweb.com Users under 18 are automatically excluded, and if a Google+ post was shared only with a Circle, it will not be fair game for ads. We all enjoy using the free services provided by Facebook and Google. Is it fair to expect these companies not to use us in return? III. Online Mugshots Mugshot websites are increasingly becoming an issue. They started popping up in 2010 and now over 80 websites such as Mugshots.com, BustedMugshots.com, and JustMugshots.com, etc. do heavy advertising and SEO. They can easily be the first results that pop up in searches and image searches of people’s names. The owners of the mugshot sites argue that these images are public record and provide the service of a quick background check. But critics argue the sites border on extortion. Most states have no legislation passed to control mugshot websites, but Oregon, Georgia, and Utah require sites to remove mugshots if a person either provides proof of an expunged record or innocence and/or if they pay a fee. In many states, you can pay anywhere from $30-400 to have your mugshot removed (but at the discretion of the site admins). Mugshots imply an arrest, not a conviction. Considering that many employers research applicants online, is this easy access to proof of arrest unfairly damaging to people’s reputations? Time and again, the Supreme Court has upheld that mugshots are in the public domain. Emily argues that nothing has changed about the legality here; the Internet is simply making mugshots more accessible instead of having to go to a sheriff’s office in person. Melanie proffers that these mugshot sites can extort innocent people and destroy their chances at success by ruining their reputations online. Also, we consider that class and socioeconomic status enter into the equation of being able to afford a removal request in most states. Tips on Tap 1) Hugecity – Atlanta startup currently housed at The Goat Farm. Hugecity app places Facebook events on a map and shows where your friends are going. Much love to Atlanta’s startup scene. 2) Nectar app for Blackberry, Windows Phone, iPhone, and Android: This free app gives you bonus points for shopping online and sends your mobile offer reminders when you’re near your favorite store. You can spend your points at various retailers. Related: Moves activity tracker app for iPhone and Android tracks activities like run, cycle, walk etc. and now integrates with 15 other apps like Earndit. 3) PocketEarth – App publisher GeoMagik has a series of travel apps for specific cities that contain offline maps and quick area guides (complete with a brief history of sites). For iOS and available in English, Spanish, French, German, and Russian. Very useful when trying to avoid cell phone data roaming charges abroad. Sources: Facebook Gets Rid of Privacy Option And Makes All Users Searchable – ABC News, 10/11/13 Google to Sell Users’ Endorsements – NYTimes, 10/11/13 Mugged by a Mug Shot Online – NYTimes, 10/5/13 — You can download or stream The Digital Dive Podcast at thedigitaldivepodcast.com or search for us in the iTunes Podcast Directory–> If you like the show, please subscribe and/or leave us a review (some stars, if you will). The Digital Dive Podcast is on Stitcher, the best free podcast streaming app. New to Stitcher? Please sign up with our link: The Digital Dive PodcastTM: Get the most out of technology… without ever fully giving inThe post Facebook Privacy, Shared Endorsements, and Online Mugshots - Episode 27 first appeared on The Digital Dive Podcast™.
30 minutes | Aug 21, 2013
2013 FCC Marketing Guidelines & Your Neighbor’s Leftovers – Episode 26
I. The Samsung Apple War Continues. The race for digital watch device domination ensues; Melanie weighs in on why Apple and Samsung are becoming the modern day Hatfield and McCoys. Are you pro Apple? Pro Samsung? More importantly, does it even matter anymore? Melanie and Emily ask if brand loyalty is becoming extinct. II. FCC / FTC Requirement for Telemarketing Robocalls and New Social Media Guidelines. In April 2013, the FTC announced they would be updating the 1991 Telephone Consumer Protection ACT (TCPA) to align it with the FTC’s Telemarketing Sales Rules, part of the Do-Not-Call Implementation Act. Text messages are classified with auto-dialed “telemarketing robocalls,” and requires “prior express written consent” from the recipient. Consent can take the form of an “email, website form, text message, telephone key press, or voice recording.” –Written Consent Required for SMS by October 2013 March 2013 update to the Dot Com Disclosures addresses current online and mobile advertising environments, including suggestions for marking social media posts as ads. New 2013 FTC marketing regulations send a clear message to marketers everywhere. Stricter guidelines for contacting and marketing to consumers. Your customer email list may go to zero unless you’ve always had default unchecked email opt-in boxes and a conspicuous paragraph legal disclosure at time of opt-in (which is no one). Effective in October 16, 2013: companies and brands now need to comply with “clear and conspicuous” disclosure at the time of email opt-in. These measures protect consumers and may benefit marketers in eventually whittling down contact lists to more targeted recipients. But it’s going to be a scramble to reconfirm your existing customers’ opt-ins before October. How to opt out: Emily urges listeners to join the National Do Not Call Registry. How to opt out of email marketing: Register for the eMPS, the Direct Marketing Association’s (DMA) Email Preference Service. You can remove your email from national lists. What is DMA eMPS? How to opt out of direct mail: DMAchoice: The Direct Marketing Association’s (DMA) Mail Preference Service (MPS) lets you opt out of receiving unsolicited commercial mail from many national companies for five years. Registering with the MPS will put your name on a “delete” file which will reduce most of your unsolicited mail. Register for DMA’s Mail Preference Service online. Tips on Tap I. An app for eating strangers’ leftovers. No, we’re not kidding. LeftoverSwap “encourages people to share their leftovers and eliminate food waste while making us more social.” Socially and environmentally conscious, but can it withstand the “ew” factor? II. Databoard for Research Insights – a presentation and inforgraphic/stats tool by Google. This interactive tool helps you quickly find what you need from Google’s vast research archives. III. UberConference: It’s the easiest way to host or join a conference call from mobile. Uber Conference offers free visual conference calls (see callers’ complete social profiles, always know who’s talking, and mute, hang up, or “earmuff” specific callers, etc.) It’s a user-friendly, robust free conference call app and brainchild of Google Voice guru Craig Walker. Select attendees from your phone’s contact list and UberConference automatically calls, emails, or texts them to join, no PIN required. Available in the App Store and Google Play for Android. Tiers: Free basic account, $10/month Pro Account, and Business Accounts. — You can download or stream The Digital Dive Podcast at thedigitaldivepodcast.com or search for us in the iTunes Podcast Directory–> If you like the show, please subscribe and/or leave us a review (some stars, if you will). The Digital Dive Podcast is on Stitcher, the best free podcast streaming app. New to Stitcher? Please sign up with our link: The Digital Dive PodcastTM: Get the most out of technology… without ever fully giving inThe post 2013 FCC Marketing Guidelines & Your Neighbor's Leftovers - Episode 26 first appeared on The Digital Dive Podcast™.
26 minutes | Aug 7, 2013
Native Ads and Wearable Technology – Episode 25
Video: Native Ads and Wearable Technology – The Digital Dive Podcast – Episode 25 (Vimeo) –>Watch on YouTube 1. Instagram Ads: Native Advertising (0:55-7:20) What will it take for a successful native ad to work on Instagram? Hear which brands are succeeding now and why (Timberland, Redbull, Marc Jacobs). The Instagram community is sensitive and accustomed to an intimate app experience, so how IG rolls out advertising is crucial. Emily’s advice: Don’t be irrelevant and don’t be creepy. 2. Wearables and Google Brain (07:20-12:39) Wearable technology: it’s the future. We are so over interacting with our devices on hard surfaces in the physical world. How will the rules of social etiquette adjust for a bunch of Glassholes (10:39)? Emily likens our smartphone addiction to cigarette addiction: both compel the addict to remove themselves from the moment (15:05-15:20). Google Glass can take away the physical barrier – maybe it will bring us back to being present. Fashion meets technology: (16:40) On July 2, 2013 Apple recruited Yves Saint-Laurent CEO Paul Denève to work on a “special project,” (presumably the iWatch), reporting to CEO Tim Cook. Denève’s career is known for fashion, but this will actually be his second foray with Apple; he was a European marketing and sales manager in the 90s, according to his LinkedIn profile. Modern memory: The phenomenon known as Google Brain isn’t as bad as it sounds – we hope. Columbia University psychologist Betsy Sparrow et al published key findings in Science (August 2011): Google Effects on Memory: Cognitive Consequences of Having Information at Our Fingertips: “…when people expect to have future access to information, they have lower rates of recall of the information itself and enhanced recall instead for where to access it.” Maybe that isn’t so bad: if the world has changed and made information more readily available, why shouldn’t our brains adapt to locate it faster instead of work on remembering it? It’s all about efficiency, as Melanie will tell you. 3. Alone Together (12:39-14:00) Digital natives (13:02-13:27) are losing the art of conversation. What’s wrong with the statement, “I’d rather text than talk”? Emily recaps psychologist and sociologist Sherry Turkle’s TED Talk and book Alone Together. Turkle poses the question: what are we losing by using technology to communicate when we want, how we want, and in an abbreviated and controlled manner? “As we expect more from technology, do we expect less from each other?” (13:30) Melanie reminds us that as humans, we have historically had trouble accepting changes in society, in language, and in our bodies. Here’s our Death of the English Language episode (read: Emily’s head in Downton Abbey): U-Turn Into a Tech-Speak Future – Episode 5 Two great Sherry Turkle quotes: -The feeling that ‘no one is listening to me’ make us want to spend time with machines that seem to care about us. -We’re lonely, but we’re afraid of intimacy. And so from social networks to sociable robots, we’re designing technologies that will give us the illusion of companionship without the demands of friendship. Fun/weird: The Intimacy 2.0 Dress: High-tech wearable: clothing responds to your heartbeat. “The ‘Intimacy 2.0’ dress, designed by Daan Roosegaarde, is getting a rise out of the fashion world because its opaque fabric becomes transparent when you get aroused.” Tips on Tap (20:40-25:12) Tile App (20:45-22:16) – Tile, the world’s largest lost and found. The Tile App on your phone makes it easy to find anything you have placed a small plastic Tile on. Keep track of your stuff. Preorder now for $18.95. “Works with iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad Mini, iPad 3rd and 4th gen, and iPod Touch 5th gen. New iOS devices will be supported as they become available, as long as they have Bluetooth 4.0 support.” Closet+ app (22:17-23:56) – “The Swiss Army Knife of style assistants.” Catalogue your wardrobe with phone pix to plan outfits easily. Free on iTunes. Drinkify.org (23:57-25:10) – Drink and cocktail recommendations based on the music you’re listening to. ——– You can download or stream The Digital Dive Podcast at thedigitaldivepodcast.com or search for us in the iTunes Podcast Directory–> If you like the show, please subscribe and/or leave us a review (some stars, if you will). The Digital Dive Podcast is on Stitcher, the best free podcast streaming app. New to Stitcher? Please sign up with our link: The Digital Dive PodcastTM: Get the most out of technology… without ever fully giving in Note: The two videos at the top and bottom of this post are the same, we just wanted the Vimeo option to appear first.The post Native Ads and Wearable Technology - Episode 25 first appeared on The Digital Dive Podcast™.
33 minutes | Jul 23, 2013
Truly Secure Messaging, Data Encryption, and Twitter Faux Pas – Episode 24
In the wake of continual major data security breaches, Edward Snowden’s NSA leak, and countless new startups in the Privacy/Security sector, all eyes have been on the growing concern of protecting information in the digital world. This week, The Digital Dive Podcast examines data encryption. From the early days of walkie talkies to TETRA, standard public-key cryptography, and end-to-end encryption (E2EE), the promise of a secure transfer of information is often murky. Also, did you know that the Facebook Like counter button on blogs and articles counts more than just Likes? Shares and Comments are included. (Thanks Mari Smith.) I. Heml.is Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde et al.’s crowdfunded, in-development app Hemlis (Swedish for “secret”) endeavors to offer a more secure communication channel than texting, email, and apps like Snapchat and WhatsApp. Hemlis promises to surpass these channels by using end-to-end encryption (like iMessage and Facetime) which makes the content of users’ messages unretrievable even by Hemlis employees. Coming soonish for iPhone and Android. DDP asks, “Could secure messaging apps like Hemlis change mobile industry standards for communication or become just another attempt to capitalize on growing public paranoia?” Hemlis video referenced in the episode: II. Thanks, But No Thanks: a Twitter PSA Co-host Melanie Touchstone makes a plea to Twitter users to stop tweeting and DMing “Thanks for the Follow” messages. Also, again: death to auto-DMs. Tips on Tap: 1. (Update: this tip applies to iOS 6:) iPhone shortcut for responding to calls: If you receive a call when you’re busy, but you want to respond with a text or call back later, you can with the phone icon on the bottom right (to the right of Decline and Answer). Slide it up while the call is coming in and choose from the available options: Select Reply With Message to send a default message to the caller (adjustable in Settings). Choose Remind Me Later to set up a reminder for a certain time or place. 2. iPhone typing shortcut: (update: still works on iOS 7) Quickly switch between alphabetical and numerical keyboards. Especially useful for inserting the @ symbol in an email address or adding punctuation marks and currency symbols. While typing on the alphabetical keyboard, hold down the 123 on bottom left and drag your finger up to the character you wish to insert. Then release and the phone automatically switches you back to the alphabetical keyboard. This will save you at least two keystrokes for every character. Howcast video: How to Type Faster on Your iPhone 3. Grid app – Great new free spreadsheet app for iOS. This beautiful “spreadsheet on steroids” lets you incorporate images, graphs, to-do lists, and links. Think Pinterest + MS Excel + infographic. Grid was created by an ex-Excel developer and is highly visual. ——– You can download or stream The Digital Dive Podcast at thedigitaldivepodcast.com or search for us in the iTunes Podcast Directory–> If you like the show, please subscribe and/or leave us a review! The Digital Dive Podcast is on Stitcher, the best free podcast streaming app. New to Stitcher? Please sign up with our link: The Digital Dive PodcastTM: Get the most out of technology… without ever fully giving inThe post Truly Secure Messaging, Data Encryption, and Twitter Faux Pas - Episode 24 first appeared on The Digital Dive Podcast™.
37 minutes | Jul 10, 2013
Gmail’s New Inbox Threatens Email Marketing; Gamer Dads Hack Away Gender Roles – Episode 23
Website update 7/16/13: We are having some theme/layout issues. Will fix them soon. Thanks. I. New Gmail Layout Threatens Email Marketing As We Know It Email is one of the original eCommerce platforms, and it is also one of the most effective for merchants. 83% of small and medium-size businesses say email is critically important to their overall marketing strategy. So, what happens when the world’s most used email service, Gmail, introduces a new tabbed layout that automatically hides automated marketing emails? Email users rejoice. Marketers cringe. Melanie and Emily weigh in on why this is good news for consumers, but potentially catastrophic news for digital marketers. Reports/Statistics cited: Customer acquisitions gained via email marketing has quadrupled since 2009, with email delivering more customers than Facebook or Twitter. Custora Report via MarketingLand Customers acquired via email were 11 percent more valuable than the average customer, while customers acquired via Facebook ranked as average. Custora Report via MarketingLand Report from iContact finds that “83 percent of small and medium-size businesses say email is important or critically important to their overall marketing strategy. The report also notes that businesses are spending more of their marketing budgets on email than on any other tactic.” Marketing email open rate in North America is 25.7% according to Direct Marketing Association. iContact reports that 24% of email opens occur within an hour of delivery. After the first hour, that number drops to just 9%. 43% of email is now opened on a mobile device. Litmus Report. Mobile purchasing decisions are most influenced by Emails from companies (71%) only surpassed by the influence of Friends (87%). – Adobe “2013 Digital Publishing Report: Retail Apps & Buying Habits” II. In-Car Navigation Technology Moves to the Windshield GPS navigation company Garmin has developed the HUD for drivers (heads-up display). It’s a portable device that displays navigation information from a smartphone onto the car’s windshield. How: a transparent film affixes to the windshield, or an included reflector lens attaches to the device. You can see real-time navigation information in daytime and nighttime driving situations. The HUD supports iPhone, Android, and Windows Phone 8 devices when used in conjunction with the Garmin StreetPilot1 or Navigon app. HUD cradle: $129. Question: When will mobile phones have the native/quotidian ability to beam onto windshield? This would negate the need for a separate one-trick pony Garmin dock. III. Dads Hack Video Games to Reverse Gender Roles and Inspire Their Daughters Some very cool parents who also happen to be developers wanted to make gaming more of an inspiring experience for their young daughters. Examples: Donkey Kong and Zelda were hacked to change up gender roles and make the girl characters heroes. Father hacks ‘Donkey Kong’ for daughter, makes Pauline the heroine 3/10/13 Game changes: Mario was now under Donkey Kong’s control Pauline was tasked with rescuing the plumber in distress. Following his successful DK character role reversal for Donkey Kong for NES, father Mike Mika’s YouTube channel shows the hack and lets you download the patch. Another awesome dad: Small business owner and gamer dad Mike Hoye spent a few weeks hand-tweaking the text in The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker so that the main character was referred to as a girl instead of a boy. “I’m not having my daughter growing up thinking girls don’t get to be the hero.” –“I am no man”: For Zelda-playing daughter, dad gives Link a sex change 11/8/12 Big ups to these dads! Tips on Tap 1) Clapmera – So simple, so genius. Instead of relying on the often frustrating camera timer or someone else to take images from afar, this app takes a picture when you clap. Free camera app for iPhone and iPad. 2) FxCamera app Free for iPhone and Google Play, FxCamera is a cross between Instagram and Vine. Just by sharing a single photo taken with FxCamera on Facebook or Twitter, FxCamera will donate a penny for a photo (up to $10,000) to Japan Water Forum. 3) ecorner.stanford.edu – If you’re a fan of TedTalks and other informative, often inspiring video tools for personal growth, take advantage of ecorner.stanford.edu. Melanie recommends one in particular: Carly Fiorina, CEO of Hewlett Packard on leadership, distilling information. ________ You can download or stream The Digital Dive Podcast at thedigitaldivepodcast.com or search for us in the iTunes Podcast Directory–> If you like the show, please subscribe and/or leave us a review! The Digital Dive Podcast is on Stitcher, the best free podcast streaming app. New to Stitcher? Please sign up with our link: The Digital Dive PodcastTM: Get the most out of technology… without ever fully giving inThe post Gmail's New Inbox Threatens Email Marketing; Gamer Dads Hack Away Gender Roles - Episode 23 first appeared on The Digital Dive Podcast™.
36 minutes | Jun 25, 2013
Vine vs. Instagram Video and Lulu’s Controversial “Yelp for Men” App – Episode 22
I. Vine vs. Instagram Video – New Feature Instagram’s new video feature has everyone asking if Vine can survive (and has some IGers pretty annoyed). Co-hosts Emily and Melanie give a side-by-side comparison. Image courtesy of TechCrunch II. Controversial “Yelp for Men” App Lets Women Rate Ex-Boyfriends Melanie and Emily take on Lulu, an app that allows women (and only women) to anonymously create “reviews” of men they know. Profiles are pulled from app users’ male Facebook friends. This isn’t an opt-in app; profiles are automatically created without the man’s knowledge or permission, and any man on Facebook is fair game. Pictures and limited profile/public information from Facebook, combined with anonymous rankings from women who’ve dated them, hated them, or adored them, are used to create a man’s profile on Lulu– complete with a numeric ranking and a myriad of hashtags ranging from complimentary to cruel… Examples of Lulu hashtags to review men: #BurnsCornflakes #ObsessedWithHisMom #BabyDaddy #DoesDishes #SixPack #DrinksTheHaterade #CanBuildFires #EpicSmile #CheaperThanaBigMac #WearsFratTanks Arguments for and against the app are abundant. A few comments from around the web: Creepy, non-consensual and harassing. Just an app for something that girls do anyway. This is the stuff [women] need to know when checking out a guy. Lulu puts the girls in control. The textual equivalent of leaking your ex’s naked pics to the Internet. Currently, the app is geared toward college-aged adults (but then again, so was Facebook). Tips on Tap I. Swackett – Free weather app available on most platforms. Combines forcast and weather information with added features, such as “Dog Walking Index”, clothing suggestions, and an excellent mobile shopping tie-in. Advertising win! II. Facetune – Photo beautifying tools are a dime a dozen, but this one has been making waves. Ranked number three on the App Store’s top paid apps chart, this app is geared toward making photos of people more flattering. III. LinkedIn Privacy Tip – There is a LinkedIn profile setting under Settings -> Groups, Companies & Applications. Under Privacy Controls, you can turn on/off two things. One is whether you share data with third parties. Understand the associated risks and potential social benefits for a LinkedIn connected content experience vs. exposing one’s perusal of job-seeking content to one’s entire network. “If you’re signed in to LinkedIn when you view any page that uses our professional plugins, we receive information that you’ve visited that page. This allows us to improve your LinkedIn experience and provide you with insights from your professional network, like how many of your connections have shared an article into LinkedIn using the Share on LinkedIn plugin.” -LinkedIn ________ You can download or stream The Digital Dive Podcast at thedigitaldivepodcast.com or search for us in the iTunes Podcast Directory–> If you like the show, please subscribe and/or leave us a review! The Digital Dive Podcast is on Stitcher, the best free podcast streaming app. New to Stitcher? Please sign up with our link: The Digital Dive PodcastTM: Get the most out of technology… without ever fully giving inThe post Vine vs. Instagram Video and Lulu's Controversial "Yelp for Men" App - Episode 22 first appeared on The Digital Dive Podcast™.
39 minutes | Jun 11, 2013
Banning Bikinis and Booze – Advertising, Censorship, and Sexism – Episode 21
This week, discussion centers around advertising, censorship, sexism, and the media. Where should we draw the line between free speech and offensive content? Does controversy and banning empower the content or spark an important dialogue? Enjoy the heated debate. Flickr announced in late May that every user will get a free terabyte of space Windows 8: Less talking, more doing commercial for Asus Vivo Tablet mocks the iPad using Siri’s voice. The Windows tablet at 64GB is $449 vs. $699 for a 64GB iPad. Windows jabs the iPad for not being able to multitask (in the desktop sense of the word) and lacking Powerpoint (which is a weak point). Censorship and Sexism in Advertising – At Home and Abroad: 3.1 Turkey to ban alcohol ads The Turkish Parliament passed legislation on May 24, 2013 to ban advertising of alcohol and to outlaw sales of alcoholic drinks between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. except in tourist zones. Claim from government: protect youths Sparked riots and protests in Istanbul and Ankura Not unheard of: Los Angeles City Council considering a city-wide ban on alcohol advertising on municipal property; already prohibited on bus benches Philadelphia already operates such a ban San Francisco bans alcohol advertising on public transport Alcohol ads are already mostly banned in Sweden, Malaysia, and Russia US standard: alcohol ads can only be placed in media where 70% of the audience is over the legal drinking age (21) Ofcom (the independent regulator and competition authority for the UK communications industries) has called for a review into existing rules – which ban alcohol ads from airing in shows that appeal to under-18s – after finding that between 2007 and 2011, number of alcohol commercials seen by children rose almost 19% 3.2 “Sexist and degrading” Pamela Anderson commercial for Crazy Domains banned in UK The Australian commercial was first broadcast in 2010 and was banned shortly thereafter. Much like the notoriously sexist GoDaddy Superbowl ads in the US, this ad for another web hosting company depicts females as sex objects to be consumed… but this time they are in a business setting. We’re not going to embed the video but you can view it at the Huff Post link below. “Australian Advertising Standards Board decided the bikini sequence was sexist, exploitative and had “no relevance to the product.'” –Huffington Post Last week, the Crazy Domains commercial was allowed to air in the UK after 9PM. A few days later on 6/5/13, the British Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) banned it but with slightly different reasoning: “We considered it gave the impression that he viewed his female colleagues as sexual objects to be lusted after. Because of that, we considered the ad was likely to cause serious offence to some viewers.” -ASA “Crazy Domains’ parent company Dreamscape Networks insisted that the dream sequence was not “gratuitous or pornographic”, saying it portrayed the women as ‘attractive, dynamic and confident business people.'” Dreamscape Networks is based in Dubai… Emily and Melanie discuss censorship in advertising, the media’s portrayal of women, and argue over whether marketing and media inform culture and shape our minds, or gain their power from the attention society gives to controversial content. Startling statistics about lack of female leaders (the US ranks 90th in terms of number of women in legislative positions, behind China, Iraq, Cuba and more). 67 nations have had female presidents or prime ministers. The US is not one. Who is responsible for perpetuating stereotypes? Should we blame an ad for misrepresentation of women, or the society that makes the ad successful? 2010 documentary film Miss Representation “exposes how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. The film challenges the media’s limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls, which make it difficult for women to achieve leadership positions and for the average woman to feel powerful herself.” (Updated 10/7/13 – film is no longer free on YouTube.) Watch: Miss Representation on Netflix. Or rent on YouTube- $1.99. Trailer: Thanks to Digital Divas Atlanta for the March 2013 screening. TIPS ON TAP Sort Gmail inbox by sender: Go to your inbox and hover over the sender’s name. In a second or two a window will pop open. Now choose “emails” near the bottom. Your inbox will now be sorted by the sender you hovered over. You can now read, delete, or move all those emails at once. Quite a time saver! Tips to Keep Your Mac Running Like New: 2a) Restart your computer somewhat frequently. Restart can help flush out some old gunk that’s slowing it down. 2b) Keep desktop clean of files. Place them in folders and Finder will be faster. 2c) Restart your browser and clear the cache. FrontFlip is a mobile loyalty and engagement app for businesses. Get customers to scan to win prizes and gifts from restaurants, shops, bars, salons, etc. ______ You can download or stream The Digital Dive Podcast at thedigitaldivepodcast.com or search for us in the iTunes Podcast Directory–> If you like the show, please subscribe and/or leave us a review! The Digital Dive Podcast is on Stitcher, the best free podcast streaming app. New to Stitcher? Please sign up with our link: The Digital Dive PodcastTM: Get the most out of technology… without ever fully giving inThe post Banning Bikinis and Booze - Advertising, Censorship, and Sexism - Episode 21 first appeared on The Digital Dive Podcast™.
24 minutes | May 31, 2013
Millennials Can’t Play Dodgeball – Episode 20
Stream on YouTube here Video playback slow? Stream audio only here. The Digital Dive celebrates our 20th episode with a special video podcast. Millennials: scrutinized, fascinating, controversial. A bunch of overly coddled narcissists? Or the highly educated, tolerant, tech-savvy hope for our future? Watch those familiar voices Emily Binder and Melanie Touchstone in action as they report on Yahoo’s acquisition of Tumblr and tackle the ever-controversial subject of the Millennial Generation. I. In a bold move (that follows Google’s and Facebook’s acquisitions of startups in hopes of gaining an edge), Yahoo acquired Tumblr for $1.1 billion, Yahoo officially announced Monday, May 20, 2013. A popular social blogging hub for photos and funny gifs, and a major meme birthplace, six-year old Tumblr has ~900 posts a second with 300 million monthly unique visitors and 120,000 sign-ups every day. It also does not have a revenue model, much like Instagram, which Facebook acquired in 2012 for about $1 billion in cash and stock. Tumblr is highly mobile and has a young user base, in contrast to Yahoo’s older users. Tumblr could help Yahoo compete with Facebook and Google in the social networking space. II. The Millennial Generation: In the wake of the controversial Time magazine article Millennials: the Me Me Me Generation by Joel Stein, we discuss some of the most prevalent complaints and praises of the most talked about generation since the Baby Boomers, along with a few surprising statistics about work ethic, narcissism, and tattoos. Referenced in this episode: 1. The Pew Research Center’s comprehensive 2010 report: Millennials: Confident. Connected. Open to Change. 2/4/10 2. David McCullough Jr.’s controversial “You Are Not Special” commencement speech: Tips on Tap: I. Artsy iPad cover: GelaSkins. Wraps front and back of iPad with your chosen artists design. Get free matching wallpaper for your screen. $29.95 II. Houzz – Landscaping, decorating and home design app. III. Cool alternative to a business card: Custom Inspector Stamp is a keychain stamp by Mikey Burton in collaboration with Cranky Pressman. The Salem, Ohio based online letterpress service was founded by its original owners in 1934. Read more about Cranky Pressman. Infographic about Millennials (click on the image to view it in full): Caveat from Emily: we are also coddled narcissists who did not play enough dodgeball in gym class. ______ You can download or stream The Digital Dive Podcast at thedigitaldivepodcast.com or search for us in the iTunes Podcast Directory–> If you like the show, please subscribe and/or leave us a review! The Digital Dive Podcast is on Stitcher, the best free podcast streaming app. New to Stitcher? Please sign up with our link: The Digital Dive PodcastTM: Get the most out of technology… without ever fully giving inThe post Millennials Can't Play Dodgeball - Episode 20 first appeared on The Digital Dive Podcast™.
37 minutes | May 13, 2013
Google Now for iOS, Amazon vs. Netflix, & Surprising Twitter Study – Episode 19
Topics In response to Netflix‘s exclusive programming featuring their hit series House of Cards, Amazon announced in March 2013 that they were creating a Zombieland pilot. On April 19, 2013 they released Amazon Original Series as fourteen original pilots available free to Amazon Prime members. Users vote on their favorites and Amazon will likely produce two winners as full series. Emily gives the run-down on both House of Cards and a couple of the Amazon pilots: Those Who Can’t and Betas. Follow-up from Episode 14. P.S. Downton Abbey fans, by the end of 2013, Prime Instant Video will be the only paid streaming service to offer Downton Abbey. Hulu Plus and Netflix are out. Google Now comes to iOS. Available since July 2012 for some Android users, Apple device owners now have access to the clairvoyant Google Now by signing into one’s Google account in the free Google app for iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. The nascent Google Now is a savvy digital assistant in ways that Siri can’t compete. Because Google records its users’ actions in all of its products (from web search to Maps to Gmail to Google+ and more) it has access to massive amounts of data and the ability to triangulate personal information, behavior patterns, calendar events, contacts and more. The potential for Google Now is quite exciting. Some users have concerns over privacy issues. However Emily is happy to benefit from the data she is already sharing with Google in exchange for predictive, personalized assistance. How will Apple and Facebook compete? Instagram app update: 5/3/13: Now users can tag other IG users in photos like you tag friends in Facebook photos. Tags must be approved. Best Brands on Twitter: Social Media startup Nestivity released their list of the top 25 most engaged brands on Twitter – we look at the top 10 and why they are successful. About the List: Brands were selected based on the results of a study that examined how brands cultivate relationships with influencers, customers, and advocates on Twitter. Primarily using push marketing on Twitter doesn’t work (obviously) Conducted by Evolve Capital Inc. (private equity firm) and UCLA Anderson School of Management, the study looked at the top 100 most-followed brands on Twitter, analyzing over 739,000 tweets over one month. Significant: study was backed by a private equity/venture capital fund. Investors are paying attention and putting money into researching the success of brands on Twitter. Investor attention is often a barometer of the times; the players who have a major say in the lifespan and ultimate success of companies and industries are making a real connection between brand engagement on Twitter and a company’s bottom line. High follower count also did not necessarily mean an engaged audience: “While all of the 25 most engaged Twitter accounts had over a million followers, so did the bottom 70% of the same.” 76% of content that was shared (RT’d) had a photo attached, and 18% had a video as part of the message. Top 10 Brands on Twitter: Notebook of Love Disneywords ESPN Playstation Disney Chelsea Football Club BBC Breaking News NASA CNN Breaking News Instagram Tips on Tap: Twitter Keyboard Shortcuts: M = new direct message N= new tweet R = reply T = retweet GR = Mentions GH = Home GM – Messages . = load new tweets Tips to resize and optimize layout of web images: A. Two free tools to resize web images: Picresize and Resize Your Image B. When resizing, choose small file sizes: Upload a PNG or JPG not too much larger than your desired image size. Choose PNG or JPG over BMP as the file format. Your site load times will benefit. B. Have subjects (people, animals, products, etc.) facing in toward the block of text instead of outward and away from the text. Smartskin Condoms for Smartphones Sex sells. This thermoplastic skin slips on and stretches to fit and protect your iPhone 4/4s/5 or Galaxy S3. Water-resistant plastic wraps retain touchscreen and call functionality and 98% camera clarity. Note that neither headphones nor cables can be used with Smartskin. Up to three uses per tab/pack. Smartskin from Firebox costs $18.50. Show Notes: This was our first episode recorded from two separate locations. Please excuse the less-than-perfect audio quality. Emily’s app recommendation for recording a podcast on iPad (used internal mic): Voice Record Pro (free app to record unlimited length with convenient conversion to MP3 and ability to share to Dropbox, Google Drive, soundcloud, email, Facebook, etc.) Amazon Studios unveils 14 original pilots -CBS News, 4/19/13 Google Now is one step ahead -The Boston Globe Techlab, 5/9/13 25 Of The Most Engaged Brands On Twitter -Mashable, 4/25/13 25 Clever Twitter Keyboard Shortcuts -Mashable, 2/20/13 ‘Zombieland’ Pilot Debuts On Amazon, Viewers Can Vote For Their Favorite Series -Huffington Post, 4/19/13 Five Quick Tips On Choosing And Creating Images For Your Website Or Blog -socialmediarevolver, 4/25/13 ______ You can download or stream The Digital Dive Podcast at thedigitaldivepodcast.com or search for us in the iTunes Podcast Directory–> If you like the show, please subscribe and/or leave us a review! The Digital Dive Podcast is on Stitcher, the best free podcast streaming app. New to Stitcher? 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36 minutes | Apr 22, 2013
CYBER ATTACK! – Episode 18
Almost daily, news reports of major corporations falling victim to cyber attacks flood the media. What does this mean for us as individuals? As consumers? As a society? How serious a threat are we facing, and how much of it is media hype? I. Boston Marathon Bombing media coverage: Twitter’s integral role. From helping runners notify their loved ones amid the chaos, to hospitals communicating occupancy info, to the Boston Police Department announcing the capture of the suspect — Twitter played an important role in the devastating event. Emily and Melanie discuss. To find out ways to help the victims, click here. II. Spamhaus and other recent/notable cyber attacks. The list of companies that have fallen victim to cyber attacks reads like a Fortune 50 list — Microsoft, Apple, Facebook, Twitter, The New York Times, Sony, and even government entities such as the US Federal Reserve, South Korea, North Korea, etc. have reported major security breaches linked to hackers. Recently, the infamous Spamhaus attack caused a global Internet slow-down by what some experts are calling the biggest cyber attack in history. Click here to see the Cyberbunker building image referenced. III. Portrait of a Hacker. So, who are the men and women behind cyber attacks? Melanie and Emily discuss hacking history, a common type of attack (denial-of-service attack, or DDoS), and three types of hackers: ethical hackers, hacktavists, and organized cyber crime groups. Is there a such thing as a good hacker? IV. What we’re doing about it. Governments and corporate executives are beginning to realize the severity of a potential cyber attack. Emily and Melanie discuss the ways the EU, U.S., and others are taking protective initiatives. Tips on Tap I. FireMe! App – New app which tracks certain negative phrases about bosses and jobs in social media and rates how likely they are to get the poster fired. II. Vine – Emily’s love/hate relationship with Vine, a sometimes bagbiter new Twitter-owned social media platform that allows users to create six-second .gif-like looping video mash-ups. Less than three months after its January 2013 release, the popular video-sharing service topped the U.S. App Store’s list of free iPhone apps. Emily quoted John Constine’s 4/20/13 techcrunch article about Vine (and this is just poignant in general about how we use smartphones to memorialize moments): It’s when Vines disintegrate that I get truly angry, though. It’s blatant violation of the implicit value exchange between a human and an app. Rather than live a moment, I recorded it. When I ended up with nothing to show for it, I feel cheated. III. Shopping for Flights Online: When to Buy – Melanie offers tips on how and when to get the best deal on airfare online. ______ You can download or stream The Digital Dive Podcast at thedigitaldivepodcast.com or search for us in the iTunes Podcast Directory–> If you like the show, please subscribe and/or leave us a review! The Digital Dive Podcast is on Stitcher, the best free podcast streaming app. New to Stitcher? Please sign up with our link: The Digital Dive PodcastTM: Get the most out of technology… without ever fully giving inThe post CYBER ATTACK! - Episode 18 first appeared on The Digital Dive Podcast™.
37 minutes | Mar 31, 2013
Tracking Clicks, Eyes, and Bodies – Episode 17
35 minutes | Mar 18, 2013
Love in the Digital Age: The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly – Episode 16
This week on the DDP, Melanie and Emily discuss the way technology has radically changed the world of dating and relationships – for better and for worse. Take a walk through the good, the bad, and the ugly ways that social media, online dating sites, search engines, etc. impact the fundamentals of romance in modern culture. Is the level of transparency afforded by technology a good thing? I. “Facebook me.” – When first meeting, how soon should you share your social profile? Is sharing a social profile more intimate than sharing a phone number? II. Online dating websites – The popularity of online dating sites has skyrocketed over the past few years, and the average age of users is dropping. The co-hosts discuss the advantages and disadvantages of meeting organically vs. meeting online. Is there still a stigma? III. Breaking up digitally – “Out of sight, out of mind” is increasingly difficult as individual online presences grow. Avoiding an ex online can be almost impossible when you have mutual friends. Listen for websites and apps that can help ease the pain. Tips on Tap: I. Block Your Ex – Browser add on that blocks you from seeing your ex on social media, search engines, and blog networks. blockyourex.com II. Never Liked it Anyway – Online marketplace to sell gifts from exes that are too hard to keep. neverlikeditanyway.com III. What to do if your site gets hacked: Informative videos from Google Webmaster. ______ You can download or stream The Digital Dive Podcast at thedigitaldivepodcast.com or search for us in the iTunes Podcast Directory–> If you like the show, please subscribe and leave us a review! The Digital Dive Podcast is on Stitcher, the best free podcast streaming app. New to Stitcher? Please sign up with our link: The Digital Dive PodcastTM: Get the most out of technology… without ever fully giving inThe post Love in the Digital Age: The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly - Episode 16 first appeared on The Digital Dive Podcast™.
33 minutes | Mar 4, 2013
CAS Internet Piracy Crackdown and Outlook.com’s War on Gmail – Episode 15
Melanie Touchstone and Emily Binder are back this week for lucky 15 covering the Center for Internet Security’s new Copyright Alert System, an ISP-backed online piracy crackdown plus Microsoft’s launch of Outlook.com email. I. The 6 Strikes Copyright Alert System – MPAA Got Time For That Appearing before your DVD feature film, the much-loved PSA from MPAA’s “Piracy — It’s a Crime” campaign c. 2005 The Copyright Alert System – A collaboration between the Center for Copyright Information, the MPAA, RIAA, and Internet service providers aimed at curbing illegal downloads of copyrighted content. Watch the CAS Process video. What it means for users, peer to peer downloads, online piracy, and your home Internet account status and speed. Remember, email and Dropbox etc. are safe from the CAS monitoring. However, MPAA and RIAA got time for that when it’s P2P. II. Outlook.com If you are a user of Hotmail, MSN or other Microsoft email services you will (if you haven’t already) notice a major change: When you sign in, you’re sent to a new service called Outlook.com. “Outlook? As in what I use at work?” Yes. But Microsoft is now adapting the Outlook brand for personal, web-based email services as well. It’s part of a broad makeover that includes the company’s overhaul of the Windows operating system and the Office software suite. Outlook.com is a challenge to Gmail in several ways, including the touted benefits: Email content will not be used to target ads (something many users don’t like about Gmail) Outlook integrates with social networks such as Facebook and Twitter Users can alternate email addresses without signing up for additional accounts Customizable filters like “shipping updates” Clear the trash can and still have a chance to recover deleted emails from the server Tips on Tap Slice – this free app “keeps track of what you buy, effortlessly” using your email inbox. Slice tracks your shipments, online orders, and triggers alerts when items you have recently purchased go on sale. For iPhone, Android, and web. Blackl.com – a “green” search engine powered by Google, Blackl is essentially Google search in your browser on a black background. AMOLED screens use a lot less power displaying black instead of white. (AMOLED = Active-Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode, the technology used in most smartphone screens.) How to Evade the Copyright Alert System (CAS): The most obvious solution: Stream, don’t download. Jared Moya offers four more workarounds including Usenet, upgrading your residential account to a business account, and using a VPN. – zeropaid.com, 2/26/13 ______ You can download or stream The Digital Dive Podcast at thedigitaldivepodcast.com or search for us in the iTunes Podcast Directory–> If you like the show, please subscribe and leave us a review! The Digital Dive Podcast is on Stitcher, the best free podcast streaming app. If you’re new to Stitcher, please sign up with our link below. The Digital Dive PodcastTM: Get the most out of technology… without ever fully giving in The post CAS Internet Piracy Crackdown and Outlook.com's War on Gmail - Episode 15 first appeared on The Digital Dive Podcast™.
37 minutes | Feb 11, 2013
Super Bowl Ads, Netflix’s TV “Binge-Watching” Model & the Content Renaissance – Episode 14
Topics: The most popular 2013 Super Bowl ads and advertisers’ attempts to engage viewers on social, Netflix’s game-changing business model, the television renaissance, and our predictions on the future of media consumption. I. Super Bowl Ads Melanie and Emily review the most talked about Super Bowl commercials & ads of 2013, including: Ram Trucks – “Farmer” – Paul Harvey (Dodge – Chrysler) Budweiser – “Brotherhood” Jeep – “America Will Be Whole Again” – Oprah (Chrysler) Mercedes-Benz – “Soul” – Willem Dafoe Oreo – “Dunk in the Dark” (Twitter photo post) – total show stealer Judge for yourself–you can watch this year’s Super Bowl commercials here II. Netflix Netflix is changing the traditional television viewing model from trickle out to “binge watching” with their new series House of Cards. Will this decisive shift in TV consumption change the future of television? Will the “I Want it Now” mentality extend to new film releases? Listen for Melanie’s prediction on the future of movie theaters. Tips on Tap: I. Prompt Me Nina — Password reminder app created by 14 year old British Teen Nina Devani. Customized password reminder question prompts. II. UnoDNS — Paid Service lets you access your Netflix, Hulu & Spotify accounts from outside the country. III. 1Weather App — Excellent free weather app for Android available on Google Play Show Notes: Most social TV event ever? By Bluefin’s measure, Super Bowl social media activity peaked during Beyonce’s halftime performance with 366,000 comments per minute. By comparison, well ahead of the 261,000 comments per minute generated the moment Barack Obama was reelected. Twitter: the Super Bowl generated a total of 26.13 million tweets, according to SocialGuide, which was nearly as many as all three of last year’s presidential debates combined (27.63 million total, peak of 10.87 million). –Super Bowl is most social TV event ever 2/5/13 ______ You can download or stream The Digital Dive at thedigitaldivepodcast.com or search for us in the iTunes Podcast Directory–> If you like the show, please subscribe and leave us a review! The Digital Dive Podcast is on Stitcher, the best free podcast streaming app. If you’re new to Stitcher, please sign up with our link below. The post Super Bowl Ads, Netflix's TV "Binge-Watching" Model & the Content Renaissance - Episode 14 first appeared on The Digital Dive Podcast™.
33 minutes | Jan 29, 2013
Fraley v. Facebook: A User Win? – Episode 13
In the news: 1) Coca Cola addresses the obesity epidemic 2) Spam email hits a five-year low, but is still two-thirds of all email. Considering how prevalent spam is, it’s no wonder many people who recently received the legal notice Fraley v. Facebook email were suspicious: Fraley v. Facebook, Inc. Lawsuit – Sponsored Stories If you’re an eligible Facebook user in the U.S. or UK, you may have already received an email (or may get one soon) from email@example.com titled: “Re: Legal Notice of Settlement of Class Action:” You are receiving this e-mail because you may have been featured in a “Sponsored Story” on Facebook prior to December 3, 2012… What are sponsored stories? “Sponsored stories are messages coming from friends about them engaging with your Page, app or event that a business, organization or individual has paid to highlight so there’s a better chance people see them.” -Facebook Who is the lead plaintiff, Angel Fraley? If the Fraley v. Facebook goes cy pres, which not-for-profit organizations will receive what’s left of the $20 million settlement? Why does this all smell fishy? What does the average user stand to gain (besides $10 max)? Tips on Tap 1) Prevent cell phone frostbite: Keep your phone in your pocket in cold temperatures to prevent decline in the lithium ion battery when it’s below freezing. 2) Fashism.com – A fashion crowdsourcing website and app for iPhone and Android. “Post a photo, ask a question, get advice.” 3) Electronics buying guide – When to buy: Computer monitors: January-February Cell phones – Valentine’s Day (look for BOGO deals) Show Notes “Spam hits a five-year low (but it’s still two-thirds of all email)” –NBCNews – Technology 1/25/13 Fraley v. Facebook, Inc. – fraleyfacebooksettlement.com/ Citizen Media Law Project- Fraley v. Facebook ______ You can download or stream The Digital Dive at thedigitaldivepodcast.com or search for us in the iTunes Podcast Directory–> If you like the show, please subscribe and leave us a review! The Digital Dive Podcast is on Stitcher, the best free podcast streaming app. If you’re new to Stitcher, please sign up with our link below. The post Fraley v. Facebook: A User Win? - Episode 13 first appeared on The Digital Dive Podcast™.
35 minutes | Jan 14, 2013
Facebook Fake Accounts, Timeline Changes, and Your Digital Legacy – Episode 12
1) Passing Down Digital Assets After Death Emily and Melanie argue about whether acknowledging your digital footprint in your last will and testament is ridiculous (and what is at stake). What happens to your email, social media, blog, photos, cloud documents, financial, professional, and gaming accounts when you die? Why online accounts matter after death: 1) Wishes of the deceased: do they want the FB account up as a memorial? for how long? who should be trusted with the emails, records, photos, videos, messages, etc.? 2) Money: U.S. consumers value their digital assets, on average, at nearly $55,000. –2011 McAfee Survey. That includes MMOG (massive multiplayer online game) assets, photos, projects, hobbies, personal records, career information, entertainment, and email. “Online companies face a ‘patchwork of state laws’ and are usually cautious when it comes to granting access to a deceased user’s account.” -via nbcnews.com U.S. General Services Administration recommends you set up a social media will Only five states’ estate laws include digital assets: CT, RI, OK, IN, and ID. Some statutes only relate to email. Just OK and ID clearly include social networking and blogging as part of an estate (well done, y’all). How to: digital estate planning – Consider using a paid service on this list: thedigitalbeyond.com/online-services-list/ 2) Fake Facebook Accounts – Categories, Prevalence, Issues Like Fake Clicks The “bad actors” that Facebook targets are people with many fake accounts As of 8/1/12, CNET reports 8.7%, or 83.09M accounts are fake: “Facebook estimates that 4.8% are duplicate accounts, 2.4% are user-misclassified accounts, and 1.5% are undesirable accounts.” “We want to ensure that one of the core tenets of Facebook is that you have your unique identity on Facebook.” -Facebook’s Vice President of Global Marketing Solutions Carolyn Everson to Business Insider 3) Facebook to roll out more Timeline changes In New Zealand and parts of Europe, FB has started to roll out new changes to Timeline. Changes to expect for profiles (and probably brand pages eventually): Boxes below your cover image will be replaced with a simpler, tabbed design. Posts in single wide column on the left as opposed to being randomly split into two columns. New “collections manager” lets you drag to reorder your collections (e.g. maps and friends) Nods to Twitter: 1) Subscribers will be called followers. Subscribers/followers are different from friends. 2) Your name will appear in white over the bottom of your cover photo. Basic info including location and job will be located to the right of your profile pic instead of below. 4) Facebook Ads, Mobile, and Stock Facebook shares are way up ($30/share). Mobile has gone from being perceived as a challenge to Facebook toa huge opportunity. Mobile revenues predicted to make up 20%-24% of Facebook’s overall top line in Q4-2012, up from 3% in Q2-2012. Analyst Anmuth says mobile will generate $2.13 billion for Facebook in 2013, up from his previous $2 billion estimate. FB mobile revenues to surpass desktop in 2014 Ads in the Newsfeed are much more effective than ads on the right side Facebook Gifts – predicted to contribute $1 billion+ by 2015, and 5% of Facebook’s profits in 2013. Advertisers love Facebook’s ad exchange, which has tons of room to grow. –Business Insider 2/2/13 Tips On Tap 1. Home Inventory: As we begin a new year, here’s a life admin tip to ensure that your home or renter’s insurance really will cover you if disaster strikes. With camera phones and free online storage services like Google Drive and Dropbox, you have no excuse not to make a video documenting your possessions and store it in the cloud. Try CNET’s recommended WhatYouOwn – home inventory software. Free trial version for Mac OS or Windows 8. Why create a home inventory: Purchase enough insurance to replace things you own. Get insurance claims settled faster. Substantiate losses for income tax return. 2) AppGratis is a free iPhone app that recommends a new app each day that’s free for that day. It is available on Android in France and should be coming to the US soon. Emily downloaded the super skeuomorphic Daily Weather app. Its merits are discussed. 3) Digitally Imported App– http://www.di.fm/ “Digitally Imported – Addictive Electronic Music 24/7” A free music streaming app with premium membership option. Great for serious electronic and progressive music fans because it is genre-specific and very extensive in sub-genre channels Social: Community tab displays Facebook and Twitter conversations Radio shows can submit demos to be on the dozens of stations They air popular shows like Armin Van Buuren’s A State of Trance, Carl Cox Global with Carl Cox and Friends at scheduled times, otherwise you can stream Channels Show Notes Digital Afterlife: What happens to your online accounts when you die? nbcnews.com 6/1/12 Passing Down Digital Assets – WSJ.com 8/31/12 Facebook Stock Is On A Profound Tear As Wall Street Analysts Praise Its Stunning Turnaround in Mobile– Business Insider 2/2/13 Flurry: Christmas Day 2012 Smartphone And Tablet Activations Top 17.4M, 2.5X The Record Set In 2011 (a stat cited by Emily) ______ You can download or stream The Digital Dive at thedigitaldivepodcast.com or search for us in the iTunes Podcast Directory–> If you like the show, please subscribe and leave us an (authentic) review!The Digital Dive Podcast is on Stitcher, the best free podcast streaming app. If you’re new to Stitcher, please sign up with our link below. 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37 minutes | Jan 2, 2013
Fake Online Reviews, Mobile in 2013 and Kindle Fire HD vs. iPad – Episode 11
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