DashBurst http://dashburst.com The latest in social media, technology and design Fri, 25 Apr 2014 01:28:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9 Social Media Etiquette 101 [INFOGRAPHIC] http://dashburst.com/infographic/social-media-101/ http://dashburst.com/infographic/social-media-101/#comments Fri, 25 Apr 2014 01:22:46 +0000 http://dashburst.com/?post_type=cpt_infographics&p=69412 Is it possible to effectively teach social media etiquette? What exactly is social media etiquette? As of September 2013, about three in four online adults actively use social networking sites. Those in the 18-29 age group are the heaviest users of social sites. Facebook has a whopping 1.26 billion users, and its main purpose is connecting friends and family together and serving as an outlet for people to share stories, photos and videos. With 6.5 million users, Twitter connects friends, like-minded colleagues and collaborators together. The professional network LinkedIn now has 187 active monthly users. It’s primary purpose is connecting professionals in an industry together. Very close to Facebook levels, YouTube has 1 billion users who use the tool to share and discover original videos.

Since Facebook is most people’s social networking site of choice, it makes sense to talk about Facebook etiquette. If you have one, be careful with your identity and never share information. Act your age, and don’t try so hard to appear “cool.” Don’t just assume that someone else will want you to tag them in a story, photo or video—always ask for permission first. You should also avoid posting too many useless statuses—the world doesn’t care what you had to eat for every meal. Of course, these tips apply to all the social networking sites highlighted

To make sure you’re getting the most out of social media, check into some classes or online sources, make a checklist of what you want to accomplish with your social presence and even ask your kids for some advice. Children tend to be very social media savvy.

Are you active on social networking sites? Do you practice these etiquette best practices? Please share in the comments, and be sure to check out the infographic for more advice!

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Bad on the Big Screen: 6 Criminals That Made a Movie a Blockbuster http://dashburst.com/criminals-that-made-for-blockbuster/ http://dashburst.com/criminals-that-made-for-blockbuster/#comments Thu, 24 Apr 2014 22:17:56 +0000 http://dashburst.com/?p=69397 While we all aspire to be the heroes portrayed in blockbuster movies, no hero can pass muster without first facing off against an equally great villain. In recent years, there have been many villains who have left a memorable impression on movie fanatics. Here are six of the best:

1. Loki (The Avengers)

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Tom Hiddleston is one of few actors who could do Loki justice. The mischievous brother of Thor causes chaos throughout the film, leading up to the release of the alien Chitauri to attack Earth. With the use of his cunning and power, Loki will be remembered for many great battle scenes, especially his futile (yet comedic) attempt at insulting The Hulk.

2. Bane (The Dark Knight Rises)

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Villains throughout the history of the Batman franchise have proven to be adept at a wide variety of damaging abilities. Bane may not have the twisted psyche of the Joker, but he was one of the most menacing villains the Dark Knight has faced on the big screen. A few moviegoers may sympathize with Bane, but most of the time, as an intimidating giant trying to exact his master plan, he simply leaves audiences feeling horrified.

3. Mother Russia (Kick-Ass 2)

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Who doesn’t love a nearly indestructible Russian assassin? Mother Russia is more than an extremely strong and battle-ready giant, she also has a sharp mind to devise battle plans on the go. Taking down multiple police cruisers with your bare hands is nothing to scoff at. If there wasn’t an extremely talented little girl to bring her down, who knows if she’d have been stopped.

4. Chester V (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2)

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Chester V, a genius innovator, plans to steal Flint’s amazing invention and use it for his own gain. Unlike with most villains, his intentions aren’t obvious to our hero for most of the film. Chester V’s actions throughout the futuristic movie allow for the development of many central characters in a fun, fast-paced race to save the world.

5. Danny McBride (This is the End)

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While most villains are remembered for their dastardly antics and revenge plans, Danny McBride is a hilarious villain in this apocalyptic comedy. Essentially the worst person to be with during an apocalypse, he makes you examine how you would treat a friend who is a liability if you wound up together in dire straits. He reminds us that villains aren’t always evil, they just sometimes lack common sense.

6. The Mandarin (Iron Man 3)

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To fully unleash the genius and power of Iron Man, there needed to be a great enemy. That enemy turned out to be The Mandarin. He comes closest to killing Tony Stark and is only brought down after a truly epic war of technology.

While being a super hero isn’t exactly a viable career option, real life criminals and killers exist all around us. If you want to try and stop them, study criminal behavior and consider a career in criminal justice so that a person like yourself takes up the cause of justice as a police officer or human rights defender, you could one day see yourself as a true life super hero. And, of course, anyone can wear a cape and mask at home!

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These Rwanda Genocide Survivors See Pictures of Themselves as Children For the First Time [VIDEO] http://dashburst.com/video/rwanda-genocide-survivors-see-child-pictures/ http://dashburst.com/video/rwanda-genocide-survivors-see-child-pictures/#comments Thu, 24 Apr 2014 19:05:21 +0000 http://dashburst.com/?post_type=cpt_videos&p=69680 This year marks twenty years since the Rwandan genocide, which left thousands of children without families or homes. Most of the survivors have never even seen pictures of themselves as children, until Save the Children UK decided to show them photographs they took years ago. After the genocide in 1994, Save the Children launched a huge campaign to create biographical files of the displaced and separated child survivors and reunite them with surviving family. Because of this effort, Save the Children UK was able to show these three siblings polaroids from their file and give them a view into their past.

Watch the now grown-up child survivors react as they see their child photos for the first time ever.

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Facebook ‘Moves’ into Activity-Tracking World, Acquires the Fitness App Moves http://dashburst.com/facebook-acquires-fitness-app-moves/ http://dashburst.com/facebook-acquires-fitness-app-moves/#comments Thu, 24 Apr 2014 18:03:14 +0000 http://dashburst.com/?p=69634 Facebook truly seems to be taking over the world with its acquisitions, from photos with Instagram to international communication with WhatsApp, to virtual reality with Oculus. Now, Facebook is tackling fitness with its acquisition of fitness and activity-tracking app Moves.

Created by Helsinki-based company ProtoGeo Oy, Moves is an iPhone and Android app that tracks a user’s motion through his or her phone. It can automatically and intelligently distinguish between walking, running, biking or riding on public transportation, providing data about a user’s daily fitness activity. The goal behind the app was to incorporate fitness tracking into a user’s everyday life and eliminate the need for external tracking devices like Fitbit. Since its launch, Moves has 4 million downloads and counting.

Today, April 24, Moves announced on its blog the Facebook acquisition and merger of the two companies. The price Facebook will pay wasn’t made public, though its likely less than Facebook paid for previous acquisitions. Moves says that the buyout in no way changes how the app operates, nor does it signify that any data will be provided directly to Facebook. It seems that this acquisition will follow the pattern of Facebook’s previous buyouts of Instagram and WhatsApp.

While Mark Zuckerberg’s detractors question whether he can still innovate for himself, he now has a proven track record when it comes to acquiring other companies. After acquiring Instagram, that social network became one of the fastest growing in the industry today as the number of users nearly doubled from 80 million to 150 million. The number of users for WhatsApp also skyrocketed; the mobile message service announced on April 22 that it reached the milestone of 500 million users.

On Wednesday, April 23, Facebook reported unexpectedly high fourth quarter earnings with a 72% increase in revenue and profits practically tripled from the past year. In less than a year, the company’s rising stock nearly doubled, giving it ample resources to invest its money elsewhere.

The acquisition of Moves falls under Zuckerberg’s plan to connect the world in diverse and effective ways and, in this particular case, to help people achieve a healthier lifestyle.

You can download the newly acquired Moves app, here:
 
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Featured Image by Lorna Jane
via The Wall Street Journal

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Are Green Apples Better for You? http://dashburst.com/green-apple-comic/ http://dashburst.com/green-apple-comic/#comments Thu, 24 Apr 2014 17:07:58 +0000 http://dashburst.com/?p=69643 Greenpeace has recently named Apple the most improved company in terms of promoting green internet practices. However, while many are praising Apple and CEO Tim Cook for their effort to shift toward renewable resources and generally become more environmentally-friendly, some consumers and investors aren’t buying it. You might even say that the critics have been talking a bit of trash:

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Comic by The Joy of Tech

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With Prime Pantry, Amazon Will Ship the Convenience Store to You for a Flat Rate http://dashburst.com/amazon-prime-pantry/ http://dashburst.com/amazon-prime-pantry/#comments Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:02:04 +0000 http://dashburst.com/?p=69618 Do you hate going to the store and interacting with other humans while you buy your deodorant and cereal? You’re in luck: Amazon’s made it easier than ever to have nonperishable groceries and toiletries delivered to your home with its new Prime Pantry offering. The program eliminates the need for buying household items in bulk, for the first time making it financially feasible to have small essentials delivered.

How Prime Pantry Works

Available to Amazon Prime members, Prime Pantry lets users order household essentials from Amazon.com and have them delivered for a flat rate.

Start a Prime Pantry order by adding a Prime Pantry item to your cart. A Prime Pantry box will automatically be started. As you continue to add items like laundry detergent, shampoo, snacks and pet food to your box, Amazon will calculate how much of your box is full based on the size and weight of your items. Once you’ve filled your box or ordered everything you need, have your box shipped for a flat rate of $5.99.

A Ploy to Take Down the Convenience Store?

As you can see from Amazon’s promotional video above, Prime Pantry is geared toward working parents and others who are swamped for time but still charged with running a household. I have a feeling, though, that the program will be more popular among those who prefer the glowing comfort of their computers to sunlight and human interaction: namely computer nerds.

While Prime Pantry can provide you almost everything your local drug store can, if Amazon wants to compete with convenience stores it has one huge hurdle to overcome: time. When you open your pantry to find your fresh out of coffee, or when you turn in at night only to realize you’re out of toothpaste, it’s the drug store you’re going to turn to, not Prime Pantry, to instantly purchase what you need in the moment. This is where Amazon’s futuristic drone delivery service could come into play, if it ever gets off the ground.

Learn more about Amazon Pantry here.

Are you planning to order from Prime Pantry?

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Watch This GoPro Camera Go Head-to-Head With a Leopard and Her Cub http://dashburst.com/video/gopro-leopard-footage/ http://dashburst.com/video/gopro-leopard-footage/#comments Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:05:46 +0000 http://dashburst.com/?post_type=cpt_videos&p=69617 We all know how curious cats can be, but when the big, wild cats act out, there’s going to be a little more damage. In this case, a GoPro camera stared a leopard in the eyes and down the mouth as she and her 10-month-old cub scoped out the device.

A 26-year-old ranger at the MalaMala Game Reserve in South Africa, Roan Ravenhill left the camera on a wooden post in the wild to capture footage of animals without humans around. To his delight, two leopards, which are members of an elusive, near-threatened species, stumbled upon his gadget.

Leopards are known to be one of the most private big cat species on the planet. Luckily, Ravenhill’s GoPro was able to take us head-to-head, or head-to-mouth, with the beautiful animals and capture a glimpse into their lives as they investigated and played with the unfamiliar object.

This is not the first wild adventure the GoPro camera has experienced. The rugged camera is often used to capture wildlife footage that humans cannot capture because of their intrusive presence.

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Soon You Can Watch HBO Shows on Amazon Instant Video http://dashburst.com/hbo-amazon-instant-video/ http://dashburst.com/hbo-amazon-instant-video/#comments Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:06:53 +0000 http://dashburst.com/?p=69610 Are you an Amazon Prime subscriber and an HBO fan? If so, today is your lucky day. Amazon and HBO have announced an exclusive partnership that will bring beloved HBO shows to Amazon Instant Video, making series like The Sopranos and The Wire available to Amazon Prime members for unlimited streaming starting next month. Though HBO Go will also make its way to Amazon Fire TV, HBO’s biggest hit, Game of Thrones, will not.

This the first time HBO content will be available through an online-only subscription streaming service that’s not HBO Go, a fact that will lend Amazon’s Instant Video service some credibility. And with Amazon pushing sales of its new TV setup, Amazon Fire TV, this is great news for Amazon. “HBO original content is some of the most popular across Amazon Instant Video – our customers love watching these shows,” said Brad Beale, Director of Content Acquisition for Amazon. “Now Prime members can enjoy a collection of great HBO shows on an unlimited basis, at no additional cost to their Prime membership.”

The deal will bring all seasons of The Sopranos, The Wire, Deadwood, Rome, Six Feet Under, Eastbound & Down, Enlightened and Flight of the Conchords to Amazon Instant Video starting May 21. Miniseries like Angels in America, original movies like Game Change, documentaries including Ghosts of Abu Ghraib and comedy specials from the likes of Lewis Black, Ellen DeGeneres, Louis CK and Bill Maher will also come to Amazon Instant Video, along with select seasons of current series, including Boardwalk Empire and True Blood. Older seasons of shows still on the air, like Girls, The Newsroom and Veep will become available about three years after they first aired.

Along with Game of Thrones, Sex and the City, Entourage and Curb Your Enthusiasm will also be unavailable on Amazon because they are tied to existing syndication deals with TV outlets.

HBO takes pride in its programming, and is very aware of its value. While the network has a lot of gain by maintaining the exclusivity of its programming, it has to strike a balance between pleasing cable providers and making its programming available to the growing online-only TV audience. That’s why keeping Game of Thrones away from Amazon is a smart move for now. “As owners of our original programming, we have always sought to capitalize on that investment,” said Glenn Whitehead, Executive Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs. “Given our longstanding relationship with Amazon, we couldn’t think of a better partner to entrust with this valuable collection.”

Amazon will pay HBO more than $300 million over the course of the deal’s three-year term, according to Re/code. Though large in itself, the amount is paltry compared to the $75 billion Amazon generated in sales last year and the $1 billion annual budget Amazon is believed to have put in place to build its streaming video catalog.

Amazon and HBO aim to launch HBO GO for Fire TV by the end of the year.

Do you stream shows and movies on Amazon Instant Video?

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Have an Affair. (Just Not in South Korea.) http://dashburst.com/ashley-madison-blocked-south-korea/ http://dashburst.com/ashley-madison-blocked-south-korea/#comments Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:22:31 +0000 http://dashburst.com/?p=68848 People around the world are coming together over the internet, but much of mankind has long had another thing in common: adultery. And perhaps no one has married the web with adultery better than Ashley Madison, the online matchmaker of the unfaithful.

Ashley, however, suffered a setback last week in its amorous mission. When it launched a newly designed Korean version of its site, the government of South Korea banned it.

Adultery in South Korea remains illegal and carries a maximum sentence of two years in jail. It was with this law in mind that, according to Yahoo News, the Korea Communications Standards Commission (KCSC) banned the Ashley Madison site, which the governmental body accused of inciting adultery. According to a statement from the KCSC, the action was taken to “protect healthy sexual morals, marriage bonds and family life.”

The dating site, whose slogan is “Life is Short. Have an Affair,” says it does not in fact incite adultery. It doesn’t even encourage anyone to cheat. If you’re going to cheat, though, you might as well make it easy on yourself by using Ashley Madison. (Seriously, the company says this in its FAQs.)

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Ashley Madison membership over the years.

Statistics on infidelity by country are hard to come by since many countries discourage research on sex. Still, no one believes cheating doesn’t take place in South Korean or anywhere else.

According to a 2011 Harris Interactive poll cited by the Wall Street Journal, 34% of South Korean men admitted to engaging in extra-marital sex. Of the 36 countries surveyed, South Korea ranked second in infidelity only after Thailand, where 54% of men admitted to cheating on their spouses. Some percentage of South Korean women are sure to cheat, too.

Meanwhile, Ashley Madison has 25 million members spread across 30 countries, including South Korea.

 
Featured Image via AshleyMadison.com
Graph reprinted from Business Insider Australia.

Via Yahoo News

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Photos of the Day: Scenes from Ålesund http://dashburst.com/pic/scenes-from-alesund/ http://dashburst.com/pic/scenes-from-alesund/#comments Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:31:25 +0000 http://dashburst.com/?post_type=cpt_pics&p=69597 When the landscape, sky, light, and reflection all come together the result is the beauty above. Ålesund is a small seaport town in Norway with a population just over 40,000. It is known for its Art Nouveau architecture.

The mysterious photographer “Europe Trotter” hails from Paris, France.

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Featured Image: Blue Hour Europe Trotter

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