5 Things - Week Ending 4/27/12

This is the 5th post in a series called 5 Things. Each week I will share a combination of technology articles and apps that I have discovered and liked in the past week.

∞ Ruffled Feathers

Ben Brooks:

This lead to the normal argument of what “free” means. I say Facebook is not free because: ads distract and vie for attention, and Facebook uses your personal data for profit. The cost to the end user is not free because it is costing you attention and privacy — whether or not you accept that is up to you, but the cost is very real, if unseen. However, if free is simply what you have to pay monetarily to use something, then yes, it is free.

We often think that free is good but when it comes to technology I am not so sure anymore. It seems like that often the true cost of "free" is our privacy. Over the course of 2012, I am going to reevaluate the "free" online services that I am using and whether I want to continue trading my privacy for their service.

How the iPad Simplified Our Lives & 12 Devices It Has Replaced

Craig Jarrow:

Some people may balk at the iPad’s price point. However, when you look at just how many devices the iPad replaces, it puts things in perspective. (Case in point, I was able to justify the cost of upgrading my iPad solely on the feature of the new Wifi hotspot.)

On most days the new iPad has taken the place of my MacBook Pro, digital camera, video camera, and e-book reader. It's much more convenient to carry one device everywhere with me that can do most tasks that I would ever want to do.

6 lessons learned from losing my iPhone

Charlie Leocha:

Recently, I lost my iPhone. I had it with me going through security at DCA and after boarding the plane, I discovered it was gone.

No one wants to think that they will lose their iPhone. The best way for you to protect the stuff on your iPhone is with a passcode and by turning on Erase Data.

Postagram Postcards

This is really cool. For less than $1 you can send a custom postcard to a loved one back home. I plan on using this app next time I take a trip!


An example of a photo collage produced with the app Diptic.

Next week I will be teaching a community ed class on how to use iPhoto on the iPad. I have been playing around with various photo apps so I can share some of them towards the end of the class and Diptic caught my eye. It is a fairly simple app that allows you to create photo collages. Once you have created your masterpiece you are able to share it to Facebook, Instagram, Flickr, and much more.