FIND NEW FRIENDS
We all have niche interests that our friends (no matter how much they love you) don’t share. And whether it’s pigeon-racing or pie-making that tickles your fancy, China based Huohua wants to help you locate like-minded people.
Tech Crunch said, “Founded by Carl Wu, Huohua is trying to solve a problem of “where and with whom to have fun” by introducing a smart feature dubbed Instant Circle. Basically, it works like this: open the app to tap a keyword like ”basketball”, “hot pot” or “mountain climbing” to locate people with same interests around you, then live chat with them.”
“The updates published on Huohua such as “get something to drink” and “drink beer” can be considered as the same interest and users can be thus connected. So based on where you are and what are you interested in, Huohua will be generating a location-and-interests-based instant circles just for you.”
No more excuses that you couldn’t find anyone to hang out with.
HOW-TO BECOME A PAID BLOGGER, TODAY
It’s no secret that celebrities such as Kim Kardashian get paid to tweet about businesses and for product endorsements, now you can too.
While the $0.20* cents per click may not quite be the $10,000 a tweet Kim gets, you can still join socialoot.com and earn money by referring your friends to their business partners.
The variables on how much you get paid depend on a variety of factors including the company, how many friends or followers you have as well as your social clout.
The new service in Australia is gaining momentum quickly, but some experts fear that it could have a detrimental effect on social media brands and cause their users to flee en-masse. Others, such as myself, see it as a simple way to save up for a copy of Kim’s Jimmy Choo’s.
*0.20 cents is based on having a minimum of 200 Facebook friends or Twitter followers, as well as some variables.
THE APP GAP
The trusty television has long been considered a good friend of many parents with children, but now 0-8 year olds are adding devices such as tablets and smart-phones to their media diet.
Interestingly, research conducted by Common Sense Media identified a new trend emerging, coined the “app gap.”
Key facts include:
– 27% of children living in lower-income homes have access to a smart-phone compared to 57% in higher-income homes
– 2% of children living in lower-income homes have a tablet device compared to 17% of higher-income homes
– 38% of parents in lower-income homes say they don’t know what an app is, compared to 3% in higher income homes
One thing is for certain; children are becoming a lot more technology savvy.
BUSINESSES GET BEHIND TABLETS
Tech geeks have long preferred Android to iPads because of the customisation that open source allows, but it seems that enterprise level businesses are demanding their own tablets that allow them to streamline their processes.
The demand from the enterprise level market has been answered by the WI-FI enabled Motorola ET1 tablet. Gary Starr, managing director of Motorola Solutions Australia and New Zealand, explained the benefits to ZDNet Australia.
“From a management perspective, it gives us a lot more flexibility,” he said. “In the enterprise space, all of the accessories become critical, because it’s part of their workflow. So they need to be able to swipe, scan and print.”
While the first of the tablets will be focused on retail, the company plans to rollout similar devices for healthcare, hospitality and safety in the future.
COMMUNIST CHINA THREATENED BY DIGITAL MEDIA
Technology has almost done away with dial-up telephones, cashiers at supermarkets and the humble hand-written letter, but in the next decade, Chinese political leaders fear it could also contribute to the downfall of communism.
Aspiring politicians who want to run as independents in China are using social media to run their election campaigns and to garner the support they need to make it on the ballot papers in 2012. The new way of campaigning has created a level of complexity which existing leaders are unsure of how to deal with. Not only are there many more people who will be running for office, the candidates are no longer faceless people – they have the support of thousands of online supporters and will not be gagged easily.
The New York Times reported that an expert they spoke to said regulatory authorities were considering measures to curb social media sites, partly because of the potential for political networking.