Archive | April, 2012

ADIOS PROF!

20 Apr

For the past 14 weeks, I have learnt so much about the Internet – how the Internet functions and the power of it.

The video above is really interesting as it shows how fast the Internet evolves and how it has impacted our mankind. The Internet has indeed “intruded” our lives and it is almost impossible to live without it now. Imagine a day when you need a piece of info and you cant say, ” LET’S GOOGLE IT!”

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I guess sometimes it is hard for those non-tech people to catch up with how fast technology is changing. Look at the functions of a cellphone now. It is almost like a 3-in-1 product because it not only functions like a phone, it is also like a computer and it has superb camera functions. Some phones can even do HD recording now. What up!

Personally, I find it kind of scary to know how fast technology is changing and how much it is impacting our lives. Today, almost everything is related to the Internet. We can learn through the Internet, conduct businesses on the Internet, advertise through the Internet. In fact, there is SOOOO much more that we are doing in this virtual world.

As Web 2.0 is evolving into Web 3.0, the Semantic web, how is the world going to change? 10 years down the road, will the gadgets start talking to us? Wouldn’t it be interesting if your refrigerator can send you a text message to remind you that you are running low on milk?

Today, we only experience 3D images in the cinemas and some television sets at home. Imagine your phone, books, computers turning 3D?

 

Even though some may find the change scary or even hard to imagine, it is inevitable that we have to embrace the new and upcoming Internet and technologies. So, are you ready? 😉

I See, I Shoot, iJournal.

7 Apr

As you walk down the streets, take a look around.

Majority of the people will have their eyes glued to their phones. Smart phones have taken over our lives, and every minute we are constantly checking our emails, Facebook, Twitter, Etc. With so many smart phones in the market, one can be spoilt for choice.

The specifications are now so advanced, some feature quad core processors, some feature AMOLED screens, and most importantly, some have amazing cameras.

It is nice to fantasize once in awhile…

Nowadays, many people are into photography. Having a meal? Take a picture and tag your friends. Witnessed an accident? Take a picture, upload it online.

With the power of such good cameras and internet connectivity at any given point of time, we are able to report on happenings in Singapore.

Take for example, the latest MRT breakdowns.

Omg, someone broke the train window! I've been stuck here for 20 minutes 😦

I can take this photo and upload it onto the local mobile news site, STOMP.

And now the photo makes the headlines on stomp..

STOMP is an online mobile news site, which enables anyone with a camera phone to take a picture and upload it onto their portal. If it becomes newsworthy, it gets published. And you get rewarded with a nice new phone. Besides STOMP, CNA, Today, and Straits times all have their own iOS/Android app, for users to post tips on happenings and news.

CNA Singapore, a local iPhone app for those who want their news on the go

Of course, the big boys like Reuters, BBC, ABC and FOX all have their own apps to provide news feeds.

Twitter has also become a new outlet for news.

When the tsunamis struck japan, the locals in japan were notified and advised to evacuate. When the presidential election results were released, the updates on twitter were more efficient than those on broadcast. When there is a risk of a flash flood in Singapore, NEA sends out a warning to the affected areas.

Subscribers to these feeds will receive notifications and get updated.

NEAsg! Now I can get the weather update before I head out.

The Internet has changed the way we function, and in turn, it has impacted the newsroom. News can now be broadcasted via mini feeds on twitter/facebook in a matter of seconds, and portals like stomp provide a channel for people to comment and share their views.

As long as you have a camera and an active internet connection, you are a journalist in your own way.

When Anything Can Get Viral

3 Apr

Kony 2012 is a short filmed created by Invisible Children, who aimed to garner attention on this guy called Joseph Kony in Uganda. Up till date, the video has attracted 87 million views in less than 2 months. If you guys have yet to watch it and is interested to know what is it about, here’s the link.

Kony 2012 has gathered many extreme opinions. Some were very supportive of the campaign while some claimed that it was a scam.

Social media is so powerful today. A video can be easily uploaded online and then boom! It turns viral. This can never be possible with the traditional media.

Another video (Caine’s Arcade) was also showed in class recently. This video is about a 9 year old boy who built his own arcade with cartons and basic materials like scotch tape, in his dad’s store.

Everyday, he will sit by his arcade and wait for people to come play. Caine’s Arcade showed how powerful social media is because people started sharing about his arcade on Facebook. The word was spread and everyone planned to surprise him at his arcade one day.

This video portrayed how the social media can even fulfill small dreams like Caine’s.

See, even a marriage proposal can get viral. How amazing! The influential of social media is far beyond what we can imagine. As long as there is meaning to the video or just as simple as the video is interesting, there is a potential for it to get viral. 🙂