iPhone 4 Snaps Candids

Every single electronic device has it’s own glitch, or series of them. However, the new iPhone 4 seems to be a leading the rest in creepiness with it’s new problem. According to a Huffington Post article, the iPhone 4 Facetime app allegedly takes secret photos of users while they are unaware.

The complaints, which have been posted to an Apple Support Forum, all seem to agree with the fact that users “have seen photos taken with the iPhone 4’s front facing camera–but which they themselves did not take–freeze on the phone’s screen during FaceTime calls.” One man stated “I have a dashboard mount for my phone. I had left the phone in the car when I ran in to get my sandwich. This was at a strip mall that I had never visited before and never connected to any WiFi. I parked in the middle of the lot, about 75ft from the doors to Subway. Ran in, got my food, hopped back in the car. I hit the button to see if anyone called me (no one did) and drove off. After I got in to where I was working and ate my sandwich, I tried to use FaceTime and saw a frozen image of me in the car from 20-30 minutes prior!”

Apple is not sure what may be causing the problem or how to fix it, but the company told one client to restore the factory settings on the smart phone (which apparently didn’t solve the problem), and to then return the phone for a new one. Although I love my MacBook pro, I’m happy I don’t have a creepin’ iPhone 4! Have any of you had these problems?

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Tequila Shots BYOSC (bring your own sippy cup)

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PR Daily often times has some interesting articles–like today, where I read an article entitled An Applebee’s serves tequila to a 15-month-old; chain calls it ‘unacceptable’ by Michael Sebastian. Seeing this title, I of course had to read more. According to the story, one of the chain’s Detroit area restaurants served tequila mixed with apple juice in the child’s sippy cup this past Friday. Shortly thereafter, the child began acting “strangely” and the parents discovered the drink. After being rushed to the hospital, doctor’s found that the child’s blood-alcohol concentration was 1.0–over the limit for driving in most states.

The incident has sparked lot’s of attention; articles have been written by many news websites, Twitter is abuzz with Tweets about the establishment/story, and people are posting to Applebee’s Facebook wall. The company’s official Twitter account responded “Obviously any situation like this is unacceptable and we take it very seriously. We are working with local authorities and conducting our own investigation so we can assess exactly what happened.”

As for me, I’m not too sure if I’ll be going to Applebee’s anytime soon.

Twin Talk

A few weeks ago, when I was talking to my mom on the phone, she told me about a YouTube video where a set of twins have a long and very funny conversation together in baby talk. I just got around to watching the video and it is absolutely adorable and hilarious! The fraternal twins–whose names I found out are Ren and Sam McEntee–have been having these conversations since they were about six months old according to their parents.

In February, their mother posted a video of them on YouTube.com and it received millions of views and media attention shortly thereafter. People everywhere wanted to know more about these two cutie pies, so ABC News found out that the family lived in Brooklyn NY and got them to appear on Good Morning America. In addition, the McEntee’s video aired on other news shows such as CBS and CNN, and was seen yesterday on the Ellen DeGeneres show with subtitles (apparently they were talking about April Fool’s Day).

Visit their mom’s blog to learn more about the twins and see some cute videos and pictures!

People on Facebook can be Just as Annoying

I want to share with you all a funny post that I saw on PR Daily today. The post, 5 types of annoying people on Facebook by Susan Young, showed readers five out of nine “annoying” types of people from a list originally compiled by The Oatmeal. These included the passive aggressor, who writes status updates such as “oh you did not just say that to me” and other well rehearsed retorts without mentioning anyone by name; the desperate marketer, who asks you to “like” or “become a fan of..” just about anything; and my personal favorite the rash, a person who basically likes and comments on everything you do/say on Facebook. Read the full article How to suck at Facebook and I’m sure you’ll get a good laugh too!

Artwork Credit: Matthew Inman

It’s Friday!

Today is Friday and of course everyone on campus is singing that new, incredibly obnoxious, but somehow catchy song “Friday” written by Clarence Jey and Patrice Wilson, and performed by 13-year old American “singer” Rebecca Black. The single, which was not actually released until March 14 2011, has already received millions of views since it’s posting on YouTube.com on February 10, 2011. It became a viral hit as of March 11, 2011 when comedian Michael J. Nelson exposed it on his Twitter account and Tosh.O blogged “Songwriting isn’t for Everyone.” These guys sure showed the influence of social media sites! Now, everyone I know has watched, or heard of, the song with the awful lyrics and accompanying video entitled “Friday.” If you want to be a singer and think it may be hopeless, just watch this video.

I Don’t Want to Marry Someone if I Don’t Have a Job First

This video, from Anna Graceman’s YouTube channel, is both adorable and funny, but it also makes a valid point: getting married before getting a job is not always the smartest decision. Now don’t get me wrong, early marriages can be very successful; however, it is much more practical to finish college and get a steady job before getting married. So, I have come up with three reasons why I believe in getting a job before marriage (in most cases):

1. Do Something Special! This little 5-year old said it perfectly; do something special for yourself. Get a degree in something you love and then work in that field to learn more about yourself, gain new skills, and make connections with other people who have similar interests. Build a life for yourself, and then share that life with someone you love.

2. Financial Stability…Who doesn’t want to be financially stable before entering a binding union with another person? It’s important that you and your partner are both financially ready for marriage. Not only does the wedding and honeymoon cost money, but so does buying a house and furniture, buying groceries, paying a mortgage, paying for taxes, and so on, nonetheless having kids!

3. Do Some Traveling…I don’t think I’ve ever heard someone say that he/she hates traveling–unless they are deathly afraid of planes, which is just another fear that can be overcome with time.  I myself have not traveled extensively, but in my short travels I have come to realize that it is such an eye-opening experience. Traveling will give you a greater world-view (no more close-mindedness), an introduction to new cultures and customs, and might even teach you some of your greatest life lessons.

My hope is that you can find yourself before finding someone else, and maybe have the mindset of this little girl “I don’t want to marry someone if I don’t have a job first!” (but of course don’t let this stop you from having relationships and thinking about marriage–you don’t want to end up as the crazy cat lady).

They’re Taking Over…One MacBook At a Time

Image Credit: Chris Corwin

Today, Ragan PR blogger Alan Pearcy posted this photo under the descriptive title “The future belongs to Apple.” The picture comes from a story by Fast Company, displaying a university classroom in Great Britain, and clearly, the students like their Macs.

When I first saw this picture, I laughed to myself because it’s true–Apple seems to be beating out competitors when it comes to sales of laptop computers to college students. I am currently sitting in my Intro. to Business class and out of the thirteen lap tops open, ten are Macs and three are PCs. The article Top 10 Reasons College Students are Buying MacBooks (Not Dells) tells us exactly why college-aged kids want to purchase Macs.

Before I started my freshman year of college last fall, I myself bought a thirteen inch MacBook Pro and it has so far been the most expensive, but best purchase I have ever made. The main reason I bought my Mac was because of the recommendations of my peers as well as the amazing student discount I received. When I entered the Mac store near my hometown I knew essentially what I wanted, but still had some unanswered questions. The employees were so incredibly helpful and knowledgeable about Apple’s products and helped me to get the best deal possible and install each program that I wanted. They even helped me carry my boxes to my car!

Upon leaving the store, I had spent just under $2,000, and later received a $300 rebate in the mail. But for the money I got my 13-inch MacBook pro and it’s accessories, installation of iWork (Apple’s version of Microsoft Office), a 3-year protection program, an HP Photosmart C4780 All-in-One printer, and a 34GB iPod touch. Can you beat that? I think not. Consequently, I am happy to say that I am a proud owner of a MacBook Pro—the most reliable, virus-free, and simple-to-use computer I have ever owned.