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Archives: March 2013
For your weekend reading pleasure, here are the most popular AppNewser headlines of the week.
They include changes to airline device rules, the best iPhone apps for writers and a way to digitize everything you write (video embedded above).
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This week, Broadway.com is hiring an editor, while LeadDog is searching for a social media manager. Quirky needs a director of online marketing, and ePals is on the hunt for an editorial director. Get the scoop on these openings below, and find additional social media jobs on Mediabistro.
For the first time, Marissa Mayer has shared some of her thoughts on the question that everyone asked when she took the job as Yahoo’s CEO and announced she was pregnant on the same day.
LivingSocial co-founder and chief technical officer Aaron Batalion will leave the company, he said today on his blog. Batalion indicated he is not leaving to take another job.
Two developers have created an easier way to browse old reddit posts. RedditRewind is a virtual time machine for finding photos, videos, and links posted on reddit in the last few months. With a newly enhanced interface, it’s a welcome sight (and site) for sore eyes.
Amazon announced plans to acquire Goodreads, the social network for readers, yesterday afternoon. Many people expressed disappointment about the news on Twitter. While Goodreads, assured fans that the team behind the community is not going away, for those of you looking for an alternative to the soon-to-be Amazon company, we’ve made a list of five other social networks for readers. We’ve included links and the site’s description to help give you an idea of what these various social networks for authors have to offer.
5 Alternatives to Goodreads
1. weRead: “weRead is your own online virtual bookshelf and a great community for book lovers. Whether you love classics or popular fiction; whether you love Dickens or Dan Brown; weRead is a place where you can find others who share your reading tastes and through them discover new books that you will absolutely love.” Read more
A recent survey by AT&T reveals that adults are the biggest violators of texting and driving. Nearly 49% of adults surveyed admitted to driving and texting compared to 43% of teenagers. Ironically, 98% of adults thinks that this behavior is unsafe.
John Ulczycki of the National Safety Council states that, “Texting while driving is not just a teen problem. Teens text. But you’re looking at around 10 million teen drivers, but about 180 million other adult drivers.”
The bad news is, these numbers have been increasing. Of those that do text and drive, 60% said they never did it three years ago. Texting and using your smart devices can distract you for an average of 4.6 seconds – long enough to increase your crash risk by 23 times. Read more
Sapphire is the material used in bulletproof windows for military vehicles and Rolex watches, so why not mobile screens? If you have an iPhone 5, you are already seeing the genesis of the new technology in its camera lens.
Sapphire is only second to diamond in strength, and a screen made with sapphire can withstand scratches and dropping, making it a much more durable investment at a price. However, producers of man made sapphire project that the technology will become cheap enough to be used on high end smartphones in the next few years.
Currently, Gorilla glass costs much cheaper to use at $3 per phone compared to sapphire screens which costs $30 per phone. Sapphire optimists are projecting a $10 decrease in cost over the next few years which would make the material a lot more competitive, especially for phone users who want more resilient screens.
Facebook published its efforts to calculate just how many people changed their profile picture to some version of the HRC pink-on-red equal sign on Tuesday.