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Eric Kuhn

Social Network Designed for Only Two Lovers


The free Pair app will help you create a social network designed for two lovers, a private way to share messages, pictures, maps and other digital material with your husband, wife, girlfriend or boyfriend.

Writers and media professionals spend too much time chasing Facebook readers and Twitter followers. It is easy to forget that these social networks are designed to create a deeper level connection online, rather than more superficial relationships.  You can download the app for iOS or Google Play. Check it out:

Pair is the easiest way to stay in touch with the person you love, making it easy to share the little things in life with each other. It creates a timeline just for the two of you, where you can post cute video messages and photos that no one else will see. You can also chat, share sketches, voice messages, your location, and even let your partner know that you’re thinking of them with just the push of a button. If your partner has a Facetime account, you can easily switch from text chat to video chat from inside the app. If you’re both online at the same time, you can sketch together, as well as ThumbKiss – a feature that let’s you see where your partner is touching their screen so you can touch the same spot and make both phones vibrate simultaneously. Set reminders for your anniversary or your partners birthday, and share a to-do list to make sure your partner doesn’t forget the milk!

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White House BlackBerry-ies in a Basket Rule for President’s Cabinet

Video courtesy of The White House

So, let’s say you’re a member of the Cabinet of the President of the United States. Let’s also say that you carry a BlackBerry of some kind as does every other Cabinet member. The rule is that phones have to be left in a basket outside of cabinet meetings. So, how do you think the phones of these high ranking presidential appointees’ phones are handled? RFID tags on each one which are then placed in individual mini-vaults? How about DNA tags for the BlackBerry-ies which are then sealed in a room requiring a retina scan for entry?

CNN’s eagle-eyed Eric Kuhn found the answer in a White House produced video at about the 2:08 mark of the video…

Inside the White House: The Cabinet (The White House)

Cabinet members: Leave your BlackBerry at the door (CNN)

The truth is that each Cabinet member jots his or her name on a yellow Post-It note and affixes it to his or her phone…

Image courtesy of The White House

These labeled phones are then placed in a basket outside of the meeting room…

Image courtesy of The White House

If you look at the bottom left corner of the photo above you’ll note what Eric also found: UN Ambassador Susan Rice apparently carries and deposits three phones in the basket.