Do you text more then you talk on the phone? If that’s the case you’re probably already using instant messaging chat apps. Lifehacker provides five best alternative texting apps. Instant messaging on chat apps, such as Viber and WhatsApp, has overtaken the traditional SMS text message. These apps are all here to send a message to whomever wherever they may be, but they all have different features that suit diverse users. Take a second and learn about five free popular texting apps and download the one that does the job you want.
The digital realm has established virus like symptoms. New innovative ideas continue to grow and spread throughout the web precipitously. There is a new trend in publishing that is quickly spreading throughout the web this very moment. “Subcompact Publishing” is a form of micropublishing that puts focus on text-based stories while avoiding rich-media add-ons to help bring an expansion to the way stories are told and sold.
Subcompact publishing was first introduced by a few seminal articles written by former Flipboard designer Craig Mo. Subcompact publishing brings the notion that people are cagey of flashy websites and apps, they are more interested in something that works and delivers with out add-ons to use certain apps. Subcompact and long-form publications don’t reject photography or illustration, their approach leans more towards written pieces over photo essays and videos. The elements of subcompact publishing are what clutch users attention. These elements include flat hierarchy, scrolling, minimalism, 7-inch tablets and typography. With elements like the ones listed above user-friendly and user engagement isn’t too far. This will help resolve the usual issue of people leaving webpages before exploring the entire page.
There are many journals and magazine such as The New York Times’ “Snow Fall,” The magazine, Quartz and Epic who have adapted to subcompact publishing style. The article “Recent Trends In Storytelling and New Business Models For Publishing,” published on Smashing Magazine by Jose Martinez Salmeron not only highlights the spread of subcompact publishing, but also raises an important question about the future of print journalism. Check out the article to get the full details. But for now, are you going to get affected by the digital virus and incorporate subcompact publishing as the format for your blog or webpage, the next time you have a story to tell?
Take a deep breath, look up and count the beautiful things that surround you. When was the last time you did that? Can’t remember, well it’s time you stop being like “Dot.” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s sister Randi Zuckerberg has written a children’s book about a little girl named Dot who is obsessed with her phone. Neatorama finds it anomalous, that the sister of an Internet dynasty whose goal is turning the world into a bunch of Facebook-using smartphone addicts would write a children’s book that urges people to put down their phones and experience real life.
The rumors of a smartwatch from Google might not be rumors anymore. An anonymous source from The Wall Street Journal said that the watch could be “ready within months” and will likely “be able to communicate with other devices such as a smartphone.” Although this new smartwatch is said to run Android, I hope it won’t be like the disappointing Samsung Galaxy Gear, which users reported had a poor battery life, substandard performance, and an incompatibility with non-Samsung devices.
The Google smartwatch will focus on the functions of the Google Now personal assistant, which allows quick updates at-a-glance. Such information would include weather updates, travel alerts, and news tailored to you from your email, Internet browsing history, and location. It all sounds great now, but I wonder if Google will address the problems Android had with its smartwatch or push the promotion of its watch in favor of releasing a new product sooner. Regardless, this technology could be less than a year away – are you ready for the smartwatch? Read more about this intriguing technology on The Verge.
Nothing could be more relevant to my inescapable future than my soul crushing anxiety about getting a job after graduation. It’s not a secret that college graduates today are facing one of the harshest job economies the US has seen in decades. Chegg, the well-known textbook rental company, organized a survey that compared how prepared students believed they were for the workplace versus how prepared hiring managers thought they were. They found that there was “a gap between the skills hiring managers reported seeing in recent graduates and the skills the students perceive themselves as having mastered.” This is quite a disturbing void. The survey covered skills such as compelling, concise slide presentations, organization, prioritizing work, summarizing data, public speaking, managing a meeting, creating a budget, and communicating clearly among many others.
In every category, there was at least a 10% difference between the student’s and hiring manager’s assessments of a student’s skills. My first reaction is to disregard these findings and reassure myself that I could survive and thrive in a workplace. However, that probably just means that I’ve lumped myself with every other like-minded, hopeful college student. But what are we supposed to do? Back down from challenging situations? Not apply for jobs because we might not be fully qualified? No. The most important point to take away from this study is that college students today don’t give up. We work hard because that’s the kind of environment we were faced with in school; it’s the kind of world we’re going to have to face outside of college too. However, there’s only so much us students can learn in college. Hands-on, interactive learning is invaluable. So, yes, maybe those students weren’t really prepared for those jobs, but they strived to excel and who’s to say they weren’t willing and ready to learn? Read the full study here and Gawker’s summary here.
Have you ever wondered why things on Buzzfeed spread so quickly among your friends? It might be because Michigan’s most popular online media resource for news is Buzzfeed. For newspapers, USA Today wins over Michigan residents at #1. For television, the most watched is ABC News and Wired is the first for magazines in Michigan. These statistics all come from Bit.ly’s Real-time Media Map, an interactive map of the US that shows the most preferred media outlets by state. The media categories include television and radio, newspapers, magazines, and online resources. You can toggle to see real-time use of the different media or see the winners in each category for every state. Play with the map here and read more about this Bit.ly feature on Neatorama.
As a perfect square shape, Instagram pictures are the ideal fit for album artwork. This is what CEO of SoundCloud thought too because last week he announced a partnership with Instagram. “We’re the largest audio platform and they’re the largest photo platform. It’s cool to tie them together,” said Alex Ljung, CEO of SoundCloud . Users will now be able to upload their Instagram pictures as album artwork on SoundCloud. This new development is awesome – unless all your Instagram pictures consist of food. However, then you could literally make a meatloaf album artwork for your Meatloaf Greatest Hits album. Read more about this artsy partnership at The Verge.
If you’re like me, you’ve had intense daydreams about asteroids plummeting towards Earth and knocking it off its orbit sending our little blue planet into an inevitable spiral towards the sun and consequently, you’ll never be able to live out your life. Or maybe you haven’t. Perhaps, I watch too much Doctor Who.
Regardless, the Earth now has its own Doctor Who-like authority in the new International Asteroid Warning Group. Yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like. In the wake of the Chelyabinsk meteor in Russia earlier this year, the United Nations took the advice from the Association of Space Explorers (ASE) to go ahead and create this group. In the event that there should be a killer asteroid heading towards Earth, the Warning Group will notify the UN’s Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space who will then launch a missile to knock the asteroid off its course.
Supposedly, the Earth has had a few close calls including an asteroid the size of the Golden Gate Bridge. (I’m convinced one of the members of the Warning Group is the Doctor and you can’t convince me otherwise.) Personally, I’m surprised a larger asteroid hasn’t hit us before. It could just be dumb luck, but I’m glad we have some people thinking about the important things because if we didn’t have this group, to use the words of ex-astronaut Ed Lu, that would be “stupidity”. Catch up on this important development at The Verge.