Here’s What to Look For at Today’s Big Apple Event


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Today at 1pm Eastern, 3pm Apple Time, Apple CEO Tim Cook will take the stage at the biggest Apple event of the Apple year, the annual fall product reveal. This years big news? Big iPhones. BIG ones. And big prices. BIG ones. Apple Day, as users call it, involves new product launches or product upgrades every fall. This year, new iPhones and a new Apple Watch, as well as possible upgrades to Macbook and more are on deck. CNN’s Brian Stelter, reporting from Cupertino, talked about the price and updates. “I don’t think these pro products ever really get cheaper, unfortunately,” Stelter joked, “But they do get better. That’s what apple says. It is Apple day once again. They’re launching a bunch of new phones here at the Steve Jobs theater later today.” “They will be pushing the price a little higher on the top of the line iPhone,” Continue reading "Here’s What to Look For at Today’s Big Apple Event"

Fox Business Network’s Trish Regan Suggests She’d Spend $5k on an iPhone if it Were Made in Kansas


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[image via screenshot] Fox Business Network’s Trish Regan discussed President Donald Trump’s forthcoming trip to Davos and, along with a panel of guests, brainstormed ideas on how to bring factory jobs back to the country. Of course, it didn’t take long to realize that in order for companies to create middle class jobs in the manufacturing sector, prices of goods would have to rise significantly. There is a reason, after all, most of our gadgets are made overseas. Regan, however, would be willing to pay a lot more for her iPhone if it were made in, say, Kansas. Just how much more? Possibly as much as $5,000? She started be describing the current state of the goods economy, in which she said prices have hit record lows. “There’s no inflation in this economy right now,” she said. “We really have seen consumer goods just plummet in terms what the costs Continue reading "Fox Business Network’s Trish Regan Suggests She’d Spend $5k on an iPhone if it Were Made in Kansas"

Get Pumped! Greta Van Susteren is Launching an App That Lets You Reject Apologies


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Former news anchor Greta Van Susteren, who has been employed by all three major cable news networks, has long dreamed of developing her own app. Well, her day in the App Store spotlight has finally come. Susteren and her team have developed a social media platform, of sorts. It’s called Sorry, and, no, it is not based on the worst board game ever (come at me.) The app essentially allows you to accept or deny apologies. Wallow in the muck of vengeance or claim the moral high ground? The choice will be yours.
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TBT: Ten Years Ago TechCrunch Predicted That the ‘iPhone Will Bomb’


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On this day 10 years ago, the world was introduced to Steve Job‘s iPhone 1. It was unlike anything on the market at the time and debuted to mostly positive reviews — but like all things — it had its haters. And that hate really hasn’t aged very well. Of all the critics, few were more vociferous than Seth Porges. Porges penned a review for TechCrunch literally titled, “We Predict The iPhone Will Bomb.’ We predict he likely regrets that call. Porges started off his critique by saying the iPhone was doomed from the start, literally his first problem was with the release date. He believed “the product was almost certainly rushed to market before Apple’s engineers would have liked” and would result in multiple bugs. He then listed his problems individually, starting with the glass screen. The front of the phone being all glass was a new Continue reading "TBT: Ten Years Ago TechCrunch Predicted That the ‘iPhone Will Bomb’"

Why Instagram is This Journalist’s Favorite Tool


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As I reported in the villages of rural Nepal after the earthquake, I posted iPhone photographs with short dispatches on my Instagram account (@sonianarang). I suddenly found my Instagram feed full of questions about the situation in Nepal, so I kept posting more and more. In my Instagram photos, I tried to showcase the life of regular people I was meeting everyday – women who had built makeshift shelters, young mothers in a tent with their babies, and schoolchildren trying to study despite the disastrous earthquake. For me, Instagram was the perfect tool to get real-time photographs out into the world about how the earthquake had changed people’s lives.

Everyday Instagram Feeds

With more than 700 million people on Instagram as of April 2017, this popular photo-sharing platform has become a powerful tool for journalists globally. The rise of fascinating, region-specific Instagram feeds curated by a wide range
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HomePod, death to autoplay, and a smarter Apple News: These are the key Apple updates for publishers


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Apple went the first five full months of 2017 without a public event to announce new products, so there was a backup of things to talk about at today’s WWDC overstuffed keynote. As usual, a few of the announcements had impacts on the publishing business; here are the highlights. HomePod: Apple led its presentation (and picked the name) of the HomePod with music in mind — putting it in a historical line with iTunes and iPods rather than voice interfaces. (Its first stated need was to “rock the house.”) In the same way the Apple Watch sells fitness as the hook to get a computer strapped on your wrist, HomePod sells music to get a microphone in your home — and for many people, music will be all it gets used for. But it also features the same sort of interaction patterns we’ve become familiar with with the
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Some Genius Figured Out You Can Backspace on the iPhone Calculator and People are Freaking Out


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shutterstock_522293104 If you frequently use the iPhone’s calculator (guilty), you know how annoying it is when you accidentally type the wrong digit (every time), and you have to start everything over. We’ve got some good news for you. Make sure you’re sitting down. You don’t have to do that. Hero Jazz Johnson came upon an old Reddit thread where user sweetbabyapplepie revealed that you can actually just swipe either left or right, and the calculator will delete the most recent digit that’s been typed. Johnson told Buzzfeed, “I have actually thrown my phone out of frustration when messing up a calculation,” and that this discovery “changed [his] life.” So, like the good person he is, he decided to share his discovery on Twitter. And, people cannot get over it:

HHS Secretary Tom Price Gets Question About Chaffetz iPhone Comment at Press Briefing


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Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price spoke to the White House press corps today about the health care bill introduced by Republicans last night. “This is not about money,” he said. “This is not about something else. This is about patients.” At one point he was asked about Congressman Jason Chaffetz‘s comments today that many Americans may have to choose between getting a new iPhone and investing in their personal healthcare. Chaffetz later followed up by saying, “What we’re trying to say and maybe I didn’t say it as smoothly as I could but people need to make a conscious choice and I believe in self-reliance.” Price, upon being asked about those remarks, said, “What’s Continue reading "HHS Secretary Tom Price Gets Question About Chaffetz iPhone Comment at Press Briefing"

‘I Didn’t Say it as Smoothly as I Could’: Chaffetz Responds to iPhone/Healthcare Comments


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Hours after he made a bit of a firestorm for stating that Americans may need to make a choice between buying an iPhone and healthcare coverage while defending the GOP’s Obamacare replacement plan, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) appeared on Fox News and attempted to clarify them. Towards the end of an interview with host Shannon Bream, the Utah lawmaker was asked to respond if he was suggesting people on the lower-income spectrum would need to give up things to make sure they have healt coverage. “What we’re trying to say and maybe I didn’t say it as smoothly as I could but people need to make a conscious choice and I believe in self-reliance,” Chaffetz stated. “And they’re gonna have to make those decisions.” He would further add that he wants to make sure people have access to affordable healthcare and they Continue reading "‘I Didn’t Say it as Smoothly as I Could’: Chaffetz Responds to iPhone/Healthcare Comments"

‘Those Type of Comments, I Think, Are Unwarranted’: GOP Representative on Chaffetz’s iPhone Remark


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During an appearance on CNN this morning, a Republican Congressman admonished the comments made by one of his GOP colleagues earlier today regarding how Americans may need to make choices on spending their money when it comes to healthcare. As you may recall, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) showed up on CNN’s New Day to defend the new GOP replacement for Obamacare and stated that “Americans have choices and they’ve got to make a choice and so maybe rather than getting that new iPhone that they just love and they want to go spend hundreds of dollars on that, maybe they should invest it in their own healthcare.” He also agreed that low-income Americans will need to make sacrifices because they “have to lower the cost of healthcare.” Hours later, CNN anchor John Berman asked Rep. Larry Bucshon (R-IN) if his thoughts on Chaffetz’s Continue reading "‘Those Type of Comments, I Think, Are Unwarranted’: GOP Representative on Chaffetz’s iPhone Remark"

Mobile App ‘Pie’ Makes 360 Video More Accessible


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Until recently, most 360-degree video has been created by professional filmmakers with expensive equipment. That’s beginning to change as more 360-degree cameras continue to enter the consumer market. A team of entrepreneurs hopes to make 360 video even more accessible by 360 technology with user-generated content to create a new platform – called Pie. Pie is an iPhone app that allows users to record and share 360 videos that are 10 seconds or less in length. It’s been described as “Snapchat for 360 video.” “Younger users and teenagers, up until this point, haven’t been that interested in 360 video,” said Ceci Mourkogiannis, one of the app’s co-founders. “We have a hypothesis that the younger generation wants to create things, not just watch them.”

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Upcoming Trainings and Courses: Jan. 17 Edition


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Each week, MediaShift will list upcoming online trainings and courses for journalists and media people — with a focus on digital training. We’ll include our DigitalEd courses, as well as those from Mediabistro, NewsU, and others. If we’re missing anything, or you’d like to pay to promote your training in the “featured training” spot of our weekly post, please contact Mark Glaser at mark [at] mediashift [dot] org. Any non-MediaShift courses in the “featured training” slot are paid placements. Note: Course and training descriptions are excerpts, edited for length and clarity.

FEATURED TRAININGS

Mobile Media: Producing Visual Stories with the iPhone
Your smartphone is able to shoot amazing high definition video, act as a basic editing suite, apply professional-looking finishes and then instantly distribute the material around the globe. Empower your brand with versatile video skills at this two-day certificate workshop, where you’ll learn how to create high-quality video on Continue reading "Upcoming Trainings and Courses: Jan. 17 Edition"