#ARTS: Mobile Technology For Dummies

Lehigh Valley Arts Council’s Professional Development Series offers a technology seminar for arts professionals, “#Arts: Mobile Technology for Dummies,” on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Butz Corporate Center, Ninth and Hamilton streets, Allentown.

Hit the ground running! Attendees are encouraged to bring their laptop, tablet, and smartphone to this hands-on seminar. Presenters will demonstrate how mobile technology acts as a driver for events, products, art sales and website traffic. Arts entrepreneurs and arts administrators will learn how to:

  • Enhance your marketing efforts through social media websites
  • Set up and use an Instagram account
  • Ensure your website is mobile device friendly
  • Adopt e-commerce solutions such as Etsy, Big Cartel and Amazon Marketplace and Mobile Technology point-of-sale devices such as Square, Intuit and Paypal to boost your sales.

Featured presenters, Matt McKernan, President of Mosaic Interactive, an award–winning, interactive and traditional marketing agency, and Steven Leibensperger, graphic and exhibit designer for Crayola, fine artist, and musician will provide both the developer and artist perspective.

The member fee is $25; nonmembers pay $45. Light refreshments will be provided. 

Buy Tickets Today! www.LVArtsBoxOffice.org
For more information:  www.LVArtsCouncil.org/ArtsMobile.html

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Philadelphia ‘Swiss Cheese’ Indecent Exposer Arrested At His Norristown Home

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Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Montgomery County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

NORRISTOWN, PA — The alleged “Swiss cheese pervert,” Christopher Pagano, 41, of Norristown, was arrested Thursday morning as part of a joint investigation between Philadelphia and Norristown police, according to NBC10.

Pagano is suspected of being the “Swiss cheese pervert,” infamous throughout the area for his penchant for propositioning women to perform lewd acts on him using Swiss cheese.

According to NBC10, the suspect was described as a heavy-set male between the ages of 40 and 50 with a goatee. Police also said he was driving a newer model silver sedan but has also been spotted in a black colored sedan.

Read more: http://www.timesherald.com/general-news/20140116/philadelphia-swiss-cheese-indecent-exposer-arrested-at-his-norristown-home

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10 Reasons Why Pittsburgh Owned 2013

From a giant rubber duck to cutting-edge restaurants to a yarn-bombed bridge, our city had the world buzzing this year.

By anyone’s standards, 2012 was a landmark year for Pittsburgh, capped off by “The Dark Knight Rises” hitting theaters and unveiling the ’Burgh as the fabled Gotham, not to mention National Geographic imploring the world’s travelers to train new eyes on our formerly smoky city.

Little did we know, that was just the beginning. As we get ready to tuck this year away, let’s take a look back at how Pittsburgh owned 2013.

Brace yourself, Portland.

See the list here:  http://www.pittsburghmagazine.com/Best-of-the-Burgh-Blogs/Pitt-Girl/December-2013/10-Reasons-Why-Pittsburgh-Owned-2013/

Candice Glover Wins Season 12 Of American Idol

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Logo of the Fox Broadcasting Company (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“I can’t even … Oh, my God … Three years.”

For three years, Candice Glover traveled from her South Carolina home to try out for American Idol. Thursday night, her efforts paid off. She became the 12th winner of the Fox singing competition, beating out Kree Harrison to become the show’s first female winner in six years.

Glover, 23, not only had the night’s final big moment, she was involved in some of the other highlights of the two-hour-plus finale, singingInseparable with Jennifer Hudson, then getting a shout-out from Aretha Franklin, who told her, “Candice, you’re a winner — win or lose, you’re a winner.”

Read more: http://www.usatoday.com/story/idolchatter/2013/05/16/american-idol-winner-third-times-the-charm-candice-glover/2192781/

Samsung Opening 1,400 Mini-Shops Inside Best Buy Stores Across U.S.

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English: Samsung Logo Suomi: Samsungin logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The next time you walk into a Best Buy store, there’s a good chance you’ll see Samsung‘s answer to Apple’s retail stores.

The South Korean electronics giant, which has been closing the gap between itself and Apple, is rolling out hundreds of mini-shops across the U.S. inside Best Buy big-box locations as well as its smaller mobile-specific retail shops.  The stores are formally called Samsung Experience Shops and will showcase Samsung products.

A couple of shops opened in March and more have opened since.  Samsung hopes to have 900 of them up and running by the end of this month with another 500 opening throughout “late spring and early summer.”

One of the primary purposes of the shops is to provide Samsung customers with assistance on their devices.  That’s no surprise considering Samsung credits its social media fans for sparking its decision to build out the shops.

Read more:  http://www.mcall.com/news/nationworld/la-fi-tn-samsung-experience-shops-best-buy-20130507,0,6685597.story

‘No Simple Formula To Success,’ YouTube Co-Founder Tells Twin Valley Students

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Chester County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Chester County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

ELVERSON — It’s not often that a high school student can brag to others that a famous person graduated from their school.

But the students at Twin Valley High School can, and on Thursday night, the new inductees to the National Honors Society got to meet one of their famed alumni.

Brent Hurley graduated from Twin Valley in 1997, nine years before Google purchased the company that Hurely helped found.  That company is a little video sharing website called YouTube.

Along with his brother, Chad, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim, Hurley helped launch YouTube in February of 2005.

Read more:  http://www.pottsmerc.com/article/20130504/NEWS01/130509706/-no-simple-formula-to-success–youtube-co-founder-tells-twin-valley-students#full_story

Creating A Buzz For 14 Philadelphia Neighborhoods

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English: Map of Philadelphia County highlighting West Philadelphia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

To some, they are former diamonds in the rough, locales that a decade or so of change has polished into something now truly unique.

And many have made the cut as city neighborhoods that the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corp. will be showcasing in a new, two-year campaign.

The 14 areas, to be unveiled Friday as part of the campaign’s launch, are: Fairmount, Spring Garden, Graduate Hospital, Callowhill, Bella Vista, East Passyunk, Fishtown, Northern Liberties, Queen Village, Pennsport, Cedar Park, Spruce Hill, University City, and Powelton Village.

“Philly is a city of neighborhoods. What does that really mean?” GPTMC president and chief executive Meryl Levitz said of the impetus behind the campaign. “We want people to go one block farther. People haven’t felt this good about Philly as they do now.”

Read more: http://www.philly.com/philly/business/20130405_Philadelphia_s_gems__Its_neighborhoods__that_is.html#ixzz2PbMBcjXg 
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Two Teenage Girls Face Charges For Threats After Steubenville Rape Trial

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio — Two teens accused of sending threatening messages on social media following the Steubenville rape trial will appear in court on the charges later this month.

Steubenville police were notified about the posts, both on Twitter, and on Monday arrested the 16-year-old girl, a relative of Ma’lik Richmond. The 15-year-old turned herself in the same day, Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla said.

Ma’lik and another Steubenville High School football player, Trent Mays, were found guilty Sunday of raping a 16-year-old girl after a drunken party in August.

The girls appeared at a detention preceding this morning in Jefferson County Juvenile Court. They are charged with intimidation of a victim, a felony, aggravated menacing and telecommunications harassment, both misdemeanors.

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/breaking/two-teenage-girls-face-charges-for-threats-after-steubenville-rape-trial-679963/#ixzz2O18PJ1dA

Facebook To Change News Feed To A ‘Personalized Newspaper’

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Facebook logo Español: Logotipo de Facebook Français : Logo de Facebook Tiếng Việt: Logo Facebook (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Facebook announced a revamp of its news feed Thursday, unveiling a minimalist design that puts a central focus on photos, graphics and video and that the company hopes will attract new advertisers.

The news feed, which provides a running list of updates from a user’s network, will serve as a “personalized newspaper” for Facebook’s 1 billion users, chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said at a news conference at the company’s California headquarters.

The redesign is critical in Facebook’s effort to convince advertisers of the value of working with the social network.  The company already allows users to pay to promote posts, buy goods through its network and buy gift cards directly from the site.

Read more:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/facebook-to-change-news-feed-to-a-personalized-newspaper/2013/03/07/b294f61e-8751-11e2-98a3-b3db6b9ac586_story.html?hpid=z3

Many Skip School At Brandywine Heights High Over Social Media Rumor

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Map of Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States Public School Districts (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Editor’s note:  Given recent events, can you blame parents for keeping their children home!

Despite assurances from the school district there was nothing to be concerned about, 40 percent of Brandywine Heights High School students stayed home Wednesday in light of rumors a student was planning to bring a gun to school.

Dr. Martin D. Handler, superintendent, said rumors began circulating through Facebook, email and other venues over winter break that a student planned to bring a gun to school Wednesday.

District officials alerted state police, who interviewed the student and his mother and determined there was no threat.

Just to be on the safe side, Handler said, state police were on hand at the start of school Wednesday.

Read more:  http://readingeagle.com/article.aspx?id=440746

Yahoo To Lay Off 2,000 Employees

Deutsch: Logo von Yahoo

Deutsch: Logo von Yahoo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Editor’s note:  Betcha nobody is yelling “yahoo” over this news!

(Reuters) – Yahoo Inc will lay off 2,000 people, or 14 percent of its workforce, in its deepest round of job cuts in years as new Chief Executive Scott Thompson tries to jumpstart growth with a leaner, more agile company while saving hundreds of millions of dollars.

Wall Street’s reaction was lukewarm, after two previous Yahoo CEOs failed to find an answer to rivals like Web-search leader Google and the Facebook social-networking site.

Sunnyvale, California-based Yahoo, which ended 2011 with some 14,000 employees, said it would save $375 million annually from the cuts and incur a pre-tax cash charge in the second quarter of $125 million to $145 million.

Read more: http://www.mcall.com/business/sns-rt-us-yahoo-layoffbre8330ly-20120404,0,1433746.story

Most Memorable Celebrity Tweets Of 2011

English: Picture I took of p!nk

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For those of you who enjoy all things social media, here is a list of some of 2011’s most memorable celebrity tweets:

After Christina Aguilera was arrested for public intoxication early this year, P!nk rejoiced in not being the one to get into trouble.

@pink: Out of Myself, Britney, and Christina – didn’t everyone think I was gonna be the troublemaker? LOOK MA!!! No CUFFS!!!

Read more: http://www.fm97.com/cc-common/news/sections/special/celebritytweetsoftheweek.html?an=Most-Memorable-Tweets-of-2011#ixzz1hy6L6uyR

Weiner Stands Firm – Will Not Resign!

Anthony Weiner

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Even with most of the Democratic Party calling for his resignation, Anthony Weiner is refusing to step down.  While the Democrats are having apoplexy over Weinergate, there are some who took this “sexcapade” and turned it into a profitable enterprise.

Evidently one can buy an anatomically correct Anthony Weiner doll.  Demand is so high the website keeps crashing.  You can even get a miniature Blackberry for your Weiner doll as an accessory.  If Weiner resigns, the doll could become highly collectible.  Can you imagine EBay’s delight!

Only in America!

Reading Woman Falls Into Fountain At Berkshire Mall While Walking And Texting

You have to love this stuff folks. 

A Reading woman was strolling through Berkshire Mall and texting on her cell phone at the same time.  You know what they say about walking and chewing gum…so I suppose texting and walking is about the same.  When we are not paying attention to what we are doing, accidents happen.  Consequently, the woman fell into a fountain at Berkshire Mall in Reading. 

Now, she is angry that the security footage was released.  The “victim” has hired a lawyer and is contemplating a lawsuit against Berkshire Mall.  She thinks mall security should have been more concerned about her welfare.  However, she immediately got up and walked away, apparently unharmed.

The reason people know her identity is because she released her own name to the public.  Her face was digitally covered in the video footage.

OH PLEASE!  Does somebody want their 15 minutes here or what?

UPDATE - this just keeps getting better.  Read all about the “faller” in this Reading Eagle article http://readingeagle.com/article.aspx?id=280672

Forbes Magazine Top Web Celeb 25 List

This is a great list if you are interested in learning more about the internet, social media/marketing, tech stuff, finance, gossip, entertainment etc….  These are people who are not necessarily well known to many people but are making a big name for themselves and $$$ using the internet:

  1. Perez Hilton – perezhilton.com
  2. Michael Arrington – techcrunch.com
  3. Pete Cashmore – mashable.com
  4. Evan Williams & Biz Stone – twitter.com
  5. Kevin Rose – digg.com
  6. Guy Kawasaki – guykawaski.com
  7. Heather “Dooce” Armstrong – dooce.com
  8. Tila “Tequila” Nguyen – tilashotspot.buzznet.com
  9. Gary Vaynerchuk – garyvaynerchuk.com

10.  Corey Doctorow – carphound.com

11.  Om Malik – gigaom.com

12.  Leo Laporte – leoville.com

13.  Frank Warren – postsecret.blogsport.com

14.  Robert Scoble – scobleizer.com

15.  Chris Brogan – chrisbrogan.com

16.  Wil Wheaton – wilwheaton.typepad.com

17.  Matt Drudge – drudgereport.com

18.  Danny Sullivan – daggle.com

19.  Jeff Jarvis – buzzmachine.com

20.  John Dvorak – channeldvorak.com

21.  Ana Marie Cox – anamariecox.typepad.com

22.  Ree Drummond – thepioneerwoman.com

23.  Jason Calacanis – calacanis.com & mahalo.com (search engine)

24.  Seth Godin – sethgodin.com

25.  Shane Dawson – shanedawsontv.com

Twitter

I won a contest on Twitter last Friday and have been awaiting my prize in the mail.  This morning it came!  I received an official Punxsutawney Phil Beanie Baby which is awesome.  I also received a really cool magazine from Pa Great Outdoors in Brookville which hilites Elk, Clarion, Cameron, Jefferson & Forest Counties.  Pretty cool.

It pays to tweet!

FarmVille Hiatus

As of this coming weekend I am taking a hiatus from FarmVille.  I do not have the time for two imaginary farms;  just one.  Too much going on now that summer is coming to and end.  So after Labor Day weekend the FarmVille fields will lie fallow until some distant date in the future.  Just Farmtown for now. 

Adieu FarmVille!

Social Media

I am addicted to social media.  Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, websites, blogs, you name it.  Lately I have been sucked into Farm Town and Farmville on Facebook.  I now have two gigantic farms that require hours of work each day and I earn fake money for my labors.  Am I nuts already?  Oy veh!

The best benefit of Facebook is the renewed contact with my classmates from good old Canton High School.  It’s amazing that the bonds you form in school carry over many years later.  The genuine care and concern for each other is totally cool. 

Make new friends, but keep the old;  one is silver and the other is gold.