Tag Archive | technology

Now Trending on Facebook, Week of Aug. 11

There’s been a couple hot-button national issues on Facebook this week, and Daily Item readers were eager to put their two cents in.

But first, is a photo going viral:

  • More than 100 people liked this photo of  Specialst Andy Split, of Mount Carmel, pets his Husky Zoey after returning from deployment in Kuwait on Tuesday morning in Lewisburg, taken by reporter Evamarie Socha:539678_10151759180031168_1784055437_n
  • Readers also had concerns about the U.S. getting involved in the rapidly deteriorating situation in Egypt. Said Christian Cochran: “Let’s focus on the splinters in our own country’s eyes before trying to pull splinters out of the eyes of others.”
  • Readers also expressed support for Eric Holder’s decision to cut down mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenders: Chuck Barnhart: “Those mandatory sentencing laws were so unfair from the very beginning. I never thought that I would actually let this statement come from my lips , but I really do think that they should decriminalize so-called ‘whacky-weed.’ Fines and / or community service should be more the norm.”

Read more and join the conversation on the Daily Item’s Facebook page!

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My new social media obsession: Vine

vine-app-hed-2013I resisted getting into Vine – a social media application which helps you make six-ish second videos and easily put them online, on Twitter, Facebook, whatever.

I didn’t really see the need for it at first – in a world with Youtube, do we need another video service?

The answer, as it turns out, is yes. And I’d like to apologize for doubting you, Vine.

I downloaded the application after seeing it come up in the App Store on my iPhone. I wasn’t sure I’d use it, but I decided to give it a try.

I was amazed. It is so easy to use, and it is a fun way to give a snapshot of what you’re doing and where you are with little to no effort.

You simply press down, record and bam – your video is there.

Here’s one I made this weekend while riding the Grand Carousel this weekend with my fiance.

It took me literally 10 seconds to do. And it shared right on my Twitter page.

And I’m not the only Daily Item staffer using it. Photographer Amanda August is too.

I’m pretty excited to see how it evolves, though I love where it is now – simple, fast and fun. It’s exclusively on mobile, which means that its exclusively made for app users and people on the go. Which I like, because that keeps the app focused.

Are you on Vine? What do you like about it?

How do we stop texting while driving?

Yesterday on Facebook, a story brought out a surprisingly large reaction from users.

We asked “How do we stop texting while driving?” while linking to a story about a woman who was charged with manslaughter for texting while driving before a fatal crash.

People had some good ideas.

untitledI guess what struck me though, were those that said maybe it can’t be stopped.

They have a point: we outlaw texting while driving, drinking and driving, speeding, but that doesn’t stop people from doing it.

So can anything be done? Should technology take care of it?

I don’t know.

What do you think – can texting while driving be stopped?

Ziosk-ing

This week in cool Valley restaurant news:

The Red Robin in the Monroe Marketplace got “ziosks” aka tablets which allow you to play games, listen to music, order food or pay your bill from your table.

It even prints your receipt!

Here’s my sister using it:

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Our waitress said they Just got them Tuesday.

You have to pay for the games and extras, but even the regular features were cool.

Have you tried the Ziosks? What did you think?