FireMe! App: Be careful what you tweet.

In this day and age, we are turning more and more to social media outlets, such as Twitter, to express our thoughts and emotions. With 200 million active users, Twitter makes it easy to post your deepest thoughts, photos, interests, whereabouts, and plenty more.  The very nature of social media sites encourages users to provide a certain amount of personal information. Bear in mind, however, that this doesn’t mean that you should post everything that crosses your mind. If you do this regularly, your job security and future may be at risk. read more

Common Mistakes Developers Make

Here at JH Media Group, we are constantly looking for ways we can improve on our skills. Often times, you go to a website and bad design just slaps you in the face. So we thought we can put together some common mistakes developers make when designing a website. Here are just a few!

  • Clutter!

Too much clutter can really throw all the work you did on the theme of your website out of the window. When a page has too many words and pictures, people will often get lost in the extra information and don’t see the point you are trying to make. You want your website to be concise and to the point so that people can quickly see what your company is all about in their first look. Remember, whitespace is your friend in this case! The eye can only take in so much information, so make sure you only use information that is necessary to communicate the objective of your website. read more

If You Can’t Make It, Fake It with Instasham!

Tired of going on Instagram and seeing all your friends taking trips, eating exotic foods, and just doing more fun things than you in general? You might be working a 9-5 everyday and the highlight of your week is getting to sleep in an extra couple hours on the weekends. You then hop onto Instagram and seeing your friends living their life to the fullest and you have nothing to post.  Fear no more!

Some time ago we wrote about the Hater App that acts like Instagram for the things you hate. Now we are discovering this new concept of “Instasham”. This new website gives you Instagram-esque pictures from their stock photography that makes it look like you are having more fun in your life than you really are. Now you get to look like you are visiting Paris and driving that Ferrari you’ve always dreamed of! The only question is if your friends will really believe you’ve gone from your boring life to visiting exotic locations and driving fancy cars? That may be a gamble you’ll have to take to find out. read more

Giving a Voice to the Voiceless

A few Ukrainian college students have designed gloves that turn gestures into speech! Inspired by deaf students that were excluded from activities based on their deafness, these students that were observing their fellow peers have created gloves that give them a voice. It doesn’t even matter if you don’t understand sign language! The gloves do all the work.

There are 15 flex sensors in the gloves that detect the finger bends and the motion through space. Through Bluetooth, they are then sent to a mobile device that translates them into language when the motion is recognized. Using Microsoft APIs for Speech and Bing, the text is spoken by the phone using Windows 7. They are working with other developers and soon it will be supported by Android and Apple iOS. The base cost for each glove is $150 dollars but they predict this number will drop by 50% once everything is developed, tested, and marketed. read more

Will Fast Food Become Even Faster?

Some forward thinking McDonalds branches located in Japan are revolutionizing the way people order their fast food. Starting this month, they will be testing a system in which users can order and pay for a McDonald’s meal through their car’s navigation system. After that, all you have to do is drive to the McDonalds and pick up your food! This may seem like it is something that is still a few years in the future for most of us, however, in Japan, there is enough technology already in place to make this possible in the next year or so. Let me explain. read more

Google Street View Snooping Scandal

Google will pay a fine of $7 million dollars in a new snooping scandal that has affected 37 states and the District of Columbia. Using the Street View program company employees “casually scooped up passwords, e-mail, and other personal information from unsuspecting computer users” between 2008 and 2010 while driving around taking photos of houses and buildings to populate their “Street View” maps, according to David Streitfeld of the New York Times.

Google blamed the breach of privacy on a rogue code mistakenly included in the software that was only supposed to collect basic information on the location of the people using its maps. The company claims no wrongdoing and said, “The project leaders never wanted this data, and didn’t use it or even look at it”. Google adamantly denies the code was intentional and argues that they did not use any of the information. Whether you believe their claims or not is up to you. Either way, consumers were unaware that their wireless networks were being tapped and sensitive information such as emails, search history, and passwords were being collected by these Street View cars. This is a violation of privacy and makes us wonder what other questionable practices the company is involved in. read more