This is the 42nd 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. Anything highlighted in blue is a link to an article, an app, or another section of my website.
This story is really sad. This kid lost his life because he couldn't wait until he arrived at his destination to have the following conversation:
Friend: Hey man I had to run out for like an hour
Heit: Sounds good my man, seeya soon, ill tw
He never finished the text. He looked up, saw his car was in the wrong lane, overcorrected and ended up rolling the vehicle.
If you have young people in your life, please take a few minutes to have a caring conversation with them about texting and driving.
I just talked to my wife's brother Mikkel (senior at Farmington High School) about this article this morning.
Facebook has announced new software that can be installed on some Android based smart phones. The idea behind the software is that you are connected to your Facebook friends 24/7.
Even if I still used Facebook I would not want Facebook dominating my cell phone.
It will be interesting to see if this takes off or not.
I have been reading some stories suggesting that Apple has lost its cool factor (whatever that is). I read this story written by 17 year old Alex Guyot who shares his observation of the phone culture at a middle class Arizona high school.
One lesson that I wish teens would learn (besides not texting while driving) is that you shouldn't make your purchasing decisions based on what others are doing, but rather make an informed decision on what makes the most sense for you.
I remember that for my first couple years in high school I was under the impression that wearing a certain brand on clothes and having a cell phone (not everyone had one in those days) would help get more people to like me. It didn't make one bit of difference.
Catherine Saint Louis:
The other weekend I was at my cousin's birthday party and we started talking about technology. Someone mentioned their concern about changing at the gym due to the ubiquity of smartphones. Almost all smartphones have a camera and with just a couple of taps someone could take a photo or video of you and upload it to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, or send it via email without you even knowing it.
This raises some major privacy concerns and it sounds like gyms are struggling to regulate smartphone use in their gyms.
I thought that this article did a nice job explaining the pros and cons of reading a book via various methods (iPad, Kindle, and book).
My favorite way to read is on the Kindle. I can't say enough positive things about it!
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