I. Kindle Fire HD vs. iPad 2
I am a longtime Apple fan. Listen to my surprising review of my newest device: Kindle Fire HD Tablet. Find out how it measures up against my beloved iPad 2.
II. Mobile in 2013
As we turn the corner into the New Year, we share our predictions for the mobile industry in 2013.
III. Fake Online Reviews
Bogus online reviews are becoming an area of increasing concern as more and more studies reveal just how prevalent they’ve become. We explain how to spot a fake review. Gartner predicts that by 2014, 10-15% of online reviews will be paid for by companies.
Tips on Tap
This highly acclaimed app works as a shopping tool that allows you to scan barcodes while shopping to compare costs at nearby locations and online. redlaser.com
3. How to Hide Your Last Name on Foursquare
Social etiquette is becoming murkier everyday. Half of all adult Americans now own either a smartphone or tablet, and one-third use their mobile devices to view news stories and video clips at least weekly. –Half of U.S. adults own a smartphone or tablet, 2012 Pew survey Everybody’s on the phone. But they’re not just talking on the phone.
Instead of reiterating the obvious, I will dive into the implications for IRL interactions.
Cultural mores dictate certain things you shouldn’t do because they’re rude. And usually there are exceptions to these rules. Common sense used to suffice in this realm. Mobile technology has introduced a host of new implicit rules and exceptions, not to mention the generational divide over what’s considered rude. The key is whether the other person knows you have an exception (assuming they care or loosely adhere to the following). Common scenarios:
Mention to present company that the other party is the person you’re texting. Generally, just give your undivided attention to the other person.
Using your phone while watching/listening to a presentation or speech
Taking notes; taking a non-flash photo of the speaker/event; tweeting about the presentation
Even if you’re just notetaking on your phone (and do use Evernote), it would look better to use a tablet, seemingly more public and when so, associated with single tasks like notetaking, whereas a phone screen is smaller, thus less conducive to notetaking and more private. Phone is better at hiding your potential bad tech behaviors. Ongoing tweeting is acceptable if the presentation is meant to be live tweeted- definitely if the event has a hashtag. But try and look up.
Texting, web search, or checking Facebook while on a date
Showing something on Facebook that is relevant to the conversation. Googling/texting a mutual burning question to an authority.
If you want to get away with any of these behaviors undetected, do not post anything. The person may now be or may end up your Facebook friend. A simple calendar check would let them put two and two together: you were multitasking them, as in digitally double-booking them.
Forgetting to turn your phone on silent or vibrate in the movies or at a meeting
Movie theatre: no exception. Meeting: Vibrate is acceptable if expecting an important call or email but only if the phone is in your lap, pocket, or purse — not on the table.
In a meeting where others are aware (and better yet, mutually affected by the outcome) of your expected call or email or text, vibrate mode on the table is fine.
I don’t want to be always on. I want to be in the moment even when the moment is paused for a bathroom break. It’s part of the bigger picture: we need to silence our FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out). Multitasking is addictive because it produces dopamine. We instinctually want to multitask because the big DA is a powerful reward-based neurotransmitter. It’s what makes cocaine and methamphetamines such fun. We bathe in dopamine for that neurological reward and in order to supposedly maximize our experience of all the available technology. But digital stress on the brain from multitasking makes us perform worse. We really can’t handle more than two tasks at once. We really should focus on the main task at hand: each other.
This week The Digital Dive Podcast covers new Twitter photo filters, standing desk adventures, and a major privacy issue with Facebook/iOS 6 integration that hit a little too close to home for me. Your favorite digital divers are also thrilled to bring special guest Australian Crime Fiction Publisher Liam Jose on the show. Liam chimes in on Australia’s recent controversial policies regarding Internet censorship.
I. Standing Desk Update – How Melanie used stacks of office supplies to prevent cancer
II. Twitstagram- Twitter to add Instagram-like photo filters in the next few months
In Episode 2 of The Digital Dive Podcast my co-host Melanie Touchstone of missmelt.com (@MisssMelt) and I discuss the 8/16/12 Instagram update, pros and cons of Instagram Photo Maps, Facebook’s acquisition of Instagram, and Facebook’s iOS app update. Listen for the frightening third Tip on Tap at the end. Facebook and Instagram …. become Facestagram?
We promise this will be the last episode for a long time in which we focus on Instagram. We do know about other topics. Thanks for listening. Episode 3 will be posted between Monday 9/10/12 – Tuesday 9/11/12.
The long awaited first episode of The Digital Dive Podcast: My co-host Melanie Touchstone of missmelt.com (@MisssMelt) and I discuss a smattering of digital topics from social marketing to search, Facebook, Pinterest, Google, and Instagram, to user psychology and more (in less than 23 minutes!)
This twenty minute bi-weekly podcast quickly hashes out and ties together what’s happening in digital that matters: social media, marketing, emerging technology, and guilty tech/app/ego pleasures. Subscribe in iTunes
In this episode we discuss:
Sense of entitlement and privacy demands
Like button / +1 button
Google. Social search.
Social bookmarking. Twitter – favorite tweets.
Tips on Tap – 3 Things to Know This Week
Bear with us as we get this thing rolling. Questions or comments? Write below or tweet us @thedigitaldive_