Tips of The Trade – Glennettte Clark Shares Her Insights

Glennette Clark is a designer, communicator, and connector with more than 15 years experience in the web design and production. She is the chair of DC Web Women’s Girls Rock On the Web and the producer of UXCamp DC and MobileUXCamp DC. Just what is UX? The Grio recently featured Clark in a roundup of the top African Americans in technology to be on the lookout for in 2013 and explains it this way, “UX is a growing buzz-word in the tech game.” It stands for “User Experience” and highlights the human interaction with computer systems to create meaningful, …read more

5 Apps To Help You Weather The Storm

As the East Coast starts the slow and painful recovery from Hurricane Sandy and prepares for another wintery mix of rain and snow, there’s a lot of clean up to do and preparations to be made. Homes, cars, personal property and in some cases entire blocks have been destroyed. To help you document property damage to your home or car, MediaBsitro AppNewser put together a list of apps that can come in handy. Below is their list of iOS and Android apps that can help with either documenting damage, filing claims or simply tracking possessions.

 

 

Insurance Claims Recorder: …read more

Phone Home

What do you do when you can no longer go home for family dinners? This is the question our family recently faced when my sister and I relocated to Maryland this June, moving 588 miles away from our dad and our hometown in Lansing, MI.

Family dinners are important to the three of us and we were able to recreate the experience with Skype, an online video calling platform that allows you to call anyone, anywhere, for free. Every other Sunday my sister and I sit down for a Skype dinner with my dad. We each cook the …read more

#Fail

Technology. We’ve come to depend on it so much, and yet it’s not always dependable. Thursday morning, Twitter went down for over an hour, wreaking havoc in the Twitteverse and the world.

Mazan Rawashdeh, vice president of engineering posted the following apology on his blog:

“We are sorry. Many of you came to Twitter earlier today expecting, well, Twitter. Instead, between around [11:20am and Noon EST], users around the world got zilch from us. By about [1:25pm EST], people who came to Twitter finally got what they expected: Twitter.”

The outage was apparently cause by a “cascading bug” – which …read more

New Tech Hits Bonnaroo Music Festivals

As the summer season kicks off, so have the huge music festivals. With large music festivals come the unfortunate reality of wristbands to help regulate the overwhelming crowds of attendees. Organizers of the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival have came up with a more efficient solution: RFID chips.

RFID stands for Radio-Frequency Identification. The acronym refers to small electronic devices that consist of a small chip and an antenna. The RFID device serves the same purpose as a bar code or a magnetic strip on the back of a credit card or ATM card; it provides a unique identifier for …read more

The Second TV Screen

More and more people are watching TV along with their tablets, phones and laptops. According to data from Nielsen, 40% of owners of tablets and Smartphones in the U.S. use their devices while watching TV on a daily basis. In fact, only 12% of tablet owners and 13% of Smartphone owners say they have never used those devices while watching TV.

What are we doing on those devices? Many are checking email during programs and commercial breaks, but a whopping 42% are visiting social networking sites — a trend that is greater among women — and nearly a third are …read more

Can an Algorithm Write a Better News Story Than A Reporter?

Narrative Science’s mantra: “We Transform Data into Stories and Insights.” It sounds simple enough. But many writers are questioning the ethics behind the intentions of a company that trains computers to write news stores. It comes down to this, can algorithms become better at telling stories than journalists and should we even let them try?

The Wired article had this perspective on the company:

Had Narrative Science — a company that trains computers to write news stories—created this piece, it probably would not mention that the company’s Chicago headquarters lie only a long baseball toss from the Tribune newspaper building. …read more

Social Gifting: the New eCommerce

Major retailers such as Best Buy, Gap Inc. and Starbucks are all lining up to team up with Wrapp, a brand new social gifting service. A Swedish company made up of former executives from Spotify and Groupon, Wrapp is an app that allows Facebook friends to buy each other gift cards from participating retailers. Commonly valued at $5 to $15, the gift cards can be bought individually or in a group. Retailers are betting that the app will lure customers into their stores and once inside, they will end up spending more than the gift card’s value.

Hjalmar Winbladh, Wrapp’s …read more

Scared of Programming?

In today’s job market it’s harder than ever to stand out. So, raise your profile by learning to code with free programs like Codeacademy. You can start with introductory courses to learn JavaScript in weekly installments. The interactive system lets you learn with your friends and post to Facebook.

Sign up and start coding!

Starting the New Year Right

With the start of the New Year, resolutions are made and broken. Below are a few fun apps that can help you break bad habits, create good ones, and maybe even keep your New Year’s resolutions.

Weight Loss. This Calorie Counter app has a fitness journal and a large food database to track your meals. Watch yourself get healthier.

Organize Life. Keep your notes easily accessible with Evernote. Whether it’s your grocery list, trip itineraries, or favorite web pages, they are ever-accessible via your computer, tablet, or smartphone.

Money Budgeting. Mint brings all your financial accounts together. It automatically categorizes …read more