How Do Millennials Like to Read the News? Very Much Like Their Grandparents – Derek Thompson – The Atlantic

[A] new report from the Pew Research Center (pdf) suggests that, when it comes to reading the news on mobile devices, young people aren\’t so different. First, they use their tablets and smartphones to read the news at nearly identical rates to 30- and 40-somethings.

via How Do Millennials Like to Read the News? Very Much Like Their Grandparents – Derek Thompson – The Atlantic.

DUH.

If we would just step back and realize for the eight zillionth time that the medium is not the message and that people will seek out — always, not matter what age — the easiest way to get information and then actually give them the information, we’d be a helluva lot better off.

How to Recreate Your Favorite Instagram Filters in Photoshop

With its 20 filters that fit handily in an app, Instagram is undoubtedly a gamechanger for mobile photography. Unfortunately, the filters themselves aren’t readily available outside of the app.

via How to Recreate Your Favorite Instagram Filters in Photoshop.

Now that print publications are seeking to replicate the photo filters so easily accessible in Instagram, Hipstamatic and other apps, here’s a smart, short tutorial about recreating some of them in PhotoShop.

I think it’s fun. I also think it’s hilarious that some of the commenters are utterly scandalized by it all. Just like film photogs were when darkrooms were replaced with desktops 20 years or so ago!

Change. It’s what makes the world go ’round!

Explosion of Wireless Devices Strains Campus Networks – Technology – The Chronicle of Higher Education

A few weeks into the fall semester, Bruce Maas, chief information officer at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, received an e-mail from his chancellor: A junior living in campus housing was frustrated with the wireless network, which he said often left him unable to connect to the Internet. Mr. Maas, who describes the university’s wireless capacity as “very robust,” asked his networking staff to investigate.

“Like many students, he had brought in his own wireless router, which connected many different personal wireless devices,” Mr. Maas says. “The wireless router was conflicting with other wireless routers that other students had brought in, and they were all conflicting with our wireless network.”

via Explosion of Wireless Devices Strains Campus Networks – Technology – The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Good article. I don’t know why some of these cranky old profs can’t wrap their minds around this. It’s just change. God, bad, or indifferent, I’m not rendering an opinion, but the world is shifting. Think about how you interact electronically now vs. five or 10 years ago. Completely different world.

 

20% of Americans Can’t Access Facebook at Work

American employers who block websites in an attempt to boost productivity at work are most likely to start with Facebook. One in five Americans can’t access the social media site while at work.

Twitter is a close second, with 15.1% reportedly blocking the site.

via 20% of Americans Can’t Access Facebook at Work.|Mashable

I guess I should be shocked by this. I certainly see how management (other unenlightened managers, thus excluding myself!) could see all social media as a giant time suck, but, for me, and for others that must react to news and perceptions during the day, it’s simply essential that we’re plugged in all the time. #getwiththeprogram

17.4% of Global Web Traffic Comes Through Mobile

Is someone surprised by this? I’m surprised it’s not 25%. I’m probably off by a year. Watch this space.

People around the globe are accessing the web via their smartphones more often than ever. So far in 2013, 17.4% of web traffic has come through mobile, representing more than a 6% increase since 2012 when 11.1% of traffic came from mobile.

via 17.4% of Global Web Traffic Comes Through Mobile.|Mashable

Data Show Why Newspapers Still Need to Look Good on Smartphones

Data show why newspapers still need to look good on smartphones | Poynter.

Last week Pew reported that more than half of Americans have smartphones, and half of smartphone owners with household incomes over $150,000 have iPhones.

Why is that nugget important for newspaper publishers to know? Because of previous Pew research. Last fall, Pew reported newspaper readership correlates with income level. Even though their ranks are falling, 48 percent of people who made more than $150K reported reading a newspaper the day before.

This is a good piece on Poynter. Lots of fun graphs, too. I just don’t know how or why this is news.

If you are a marketer/developer this should NOT be news to you.

Apple: Original iPhone Obsolete

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@jianghomeshi Apple is set to declare the original iPhone ‘obsolete’. You know this is a disposable age when a product launched in 2007 is a museum piece.

There’s a lesson buried in here for us all: is your technology up-to-date? Gone are the days when you can go three or four years before thinking about updating websites and other media elements. It’s a daily fight to stay in the game. Don’t forget it.