Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Free Gift Cards and Privacy

So, over Christmas break I was shown this website called MyFreeApps where I download free apps and get points, once I get enough points I can cash them in for different types of gift cards.  I only ever get iTunes ones though.  The only catch is that you have to actually open up the app and use it for awhile, usually only about 30 seconds, and to make sure you do this you have to install something on your device to make sure you are actually using the apps for the required amount of time.  I read though what they tell you it does when you install it, and didn't really find that they monitored or stored any info other than how long I was using the apps I downloaded from them.

I am now getting ready to write my paper on mobile devices and all the privacy issues involved in that and have been thinking about what other information they may be taking from me, and also whether or not I care if they are taking it.  I think I have come to the consensus that I don't really care that much.  There can't be that much information they are taking from my iPad and I am being compensated (the free iTunes gift cards).  Also, I am convinced that in order to be able to install software on an iPad (not sure what it is, but it wasn't actually an app) they had to have Apple sign off on it because they typically highly regulate what can and cannot be installed on their hardware, especially mobile stuff, then they can't be taking too much.

lastly, if anyone is interested it is available for iOS and Android I believe
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Monday, March 25, 2013

Youtube/Google continuing to take over

I recently made a Spotify account. It kind of snuck up on me. All of a sudden everyone was using it, and notifications on facebook let me know about it. I had never jumped on the Pandora train, so I didn't really have experience with streaming music sites. I made a Spotify account and have really liked it. Being able to listen to full albums legally without buying them is a really cool way to test out albums before buying them and then keeping albums that are only ok but not worth buying available in a way that gets at least some profits to the music industry (via ads).

"Anything You can do I can do better" - Google

With the boost in popularity of sites like Spotify and Pandora, I was not very surprised to see that Google is joining the music streaming fray. Youtube will soon feature a free with ads and premium, ad-free music streaming service. As many of you probably know (or might not know), Google owns YouTube, on top of things like Gmail (naturally), blogger, drive, maps, calendar, and images. Many of these services that Google provides have become, as we talked about in class earlier in the semester: transparent. Heck, google has even become a contemporary verb - googling.

With the addition of a (I assume) competent music streaming service that can rival spotify and pandora, it would seem that Google would become even more transparent in that it would have one more feature that we become very accustomed to. Yet, the neat thing with Google is that it has all of these cool features tied to one account. I think that youtube adding a streaming service is a good idea, despite the increase in transparency of and dependence on Google's services.

What do you all think? Do you use streaming music sites? Is Google taking over? Too transparent? Are we too dependent on it? Am I asking too many questions?

Monday, March 18, 2013

Website Creation

So this week I finished an online class covering the basic training of the Dreamweaver web design program.  As I finally finished this course and made my final project into a website, I began thinking about the different platforms that we were able to use for our mapping projects, a few weeks ago.  I thought about visibility, user friendliness, layouts, and essentially what you can do with each program. 

I personally like sites such as, Prezi or Wiki Spaces, because they are very easy to use.  The only problems with them are the limitations that they have. It seems Prezi is somewhat limited all around, but Wiki Spaces was very limited when it came to design and layout options (I know from personal experience, working with my mapping project on Wiki Spaces).

I have not tried Weebly, but have heard some good things about it.  Dreamweaver, however, allows you to do pretty much anything you can imagine on a website or web page; but, you need to have some training and knowledge of the program, in order to know what you are doing.

I am interested to hear what other web platforms there are that you have found user friendly PLUS diverse in the capabilities of the web designing process. Should we have to choose between one or the other?

Monday, March 11, 2013

Hello everyone, I hope you all had a relaxing spring break! A few classes ago we had the discussion about chapter two, which explained that more men use technology/Internet compared to women.
Some part of this I do believe to be true, but other times, I believe it to be false. In the past I would fully agree with anyone to say, “Men use the Internet more than women and are more advanced in this department.” I say this because forty to fifty years ago it was the men who went to work and as they say, “brought home the bacon.” Women were recognized as staying at home, taking care of the children, and baking cookies. I believe this to be true because men dominated the work force earlier than women and were able to have a jump-start of incorporating technologies into their everyday life.
Today, women are working outside of the home and using the same technologies that men do, although some may say that they do not use it to its full extent. I did find a website that disagreed with this from Huffington Post. It explained, “Women are dominating in the digital "battle of the sexes." That's what the numbers say, anyway.” This incorporates social media, video games, and research. Do not get me wrong; everyone has different preference to what he or she does on the Internet, but women are starting to get more involved with technologies, but are moving at a slower pace, because they are not as advanced. In addition, it may not be a woman’s preference to use a certain type of technology or research certain information.
In conclusion, do you believe that women are held back from Internet because they were not given this as the same time as men were? Also, do you believe that women will be able to take on Internet use as men do now, in the next ten to twenty years, or do you believe it has already happened?