Apple Music

Similar to Spotify, in 2015 Apple introduced their own music platform – Apple Music. Using a monthly subscription, the platform gives us an access  to an infinite music database. What I like about it is that every day Apple introduces us to different playlists, based on our preferences. For example one of my favourite days is when they offer me to listen to “The best of the 80’s rock or Queen Deep Cuts”. The other part I like about Apple Music is that every song, album or artist are arranged by genre, artwork is included, plus the year of the album. My point is that it is user-friendly.

What is important about this type of streaming is that you pay for the advantage to listen to music wherever you are. Moreover, you are certain that you are paying for legal, copyright and original content. This way artist gain both audience and keep their popularity, as well as money. Nowadays illegal streaming and downloading is common and it can be argued that people prefer to do it, without considering the importance and influence of copywriting on artists. When we are given the opportunity to listen to quality music AND prevent artists from losing money and popularity, why not do it? For 10 pounds a month, we help 10 thousand people, don’t you think ?

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Share or don’t share?

Being a part of social media nowadays implies that we have to use some personal information at times. It can be compulsory – when we register an account and give our e-mail adressess or it can be optional – hometown, postcode, date of birth etc. Are we really in control of the personal data we share or the platforms already know everything about us?

Personally, my preferred social media platform is Facebook. I like it because it is easy to use and it unites people from all over the globe. That being said, I believe people are keen on sharing many personal data with their  friends without thinking it through. On Facebook I share what can be appointed as basic information such as my name, hometown and birthday. I don’t consider this to be private information, because it helps other people to connect and find you. Other information such as adress, e-mail, political views, family members can be at times “dangerous”, because you don’t know who you are sharing it with. Though we put on the lock and other people don’t see it, it can be argued that Facebook itself already know enough. What I share on my timeline is visible only for people who are on my friends list. Sometimes when I am doing a project, written an article or involved in some public activity, I “unlock” my posts so that everyone can see and share it.

Sharing personal data on the Internet (not only social media) is dangerous nowadays. Hacking, misrepresentation, identity theft are common these days. It is crucial for us to keep our private information to ourselves. Share songs, not addresses.

Apple Support Communities

Apple Support Communities is a section of the Apple web-site which connects Apple users all over the world. Through this let’s call it ‘help engine’ you can share your problems that you are experiencing with the product you own and get troubleshoot solutions from other users.

 

I believe it to be quite helpful, because you are able to help other Apple users if they are experiencing a problem, you can give advice on better work with an iPhone for example etc. From personal experience I know this community to be extremely useful, because me as an Apple user have encountered several issues with my products and through ASC I have managed to fix them.

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Sometimes it can be tricky, because the issue you are having with your product may not be resolved by other people or you would need to contact Apple Support itself. Though this happens, it is perfect for small problems and really helpful to new users. I definitely recommend it.

The user, a better developer than the developers themselves

Nowadays all the applications that come with our smartphones can be as perfect and as glitchy at times. This can be quite irritating for the modern user. Nobody likes it when Facebook, Instagram or a game keeps crashing and we get mad (and possibly throw the phone at the wall).

What is good about contemporary technology is that the developers can make constant changes and updates to the apps, which means they can be improved. Also, what different app companies do, is they give the user to leave a Feedback about the app and also rate it (one to five stars). If the user is satisfied with what the developer offers, then he leaves a positive feedback. If not, then he can say where the app has flaws and what can be improved. Though it does not affect the content and the product itself, the audience still has a say where it could have gone better.

This is one of the few examples of how users and developers cooperate online in order to improve a product. I believe it is not just about the application, but about how the audience can shape and change social and digital behavior.  I hope you enjoyed reading.

 

Google Scholar -the search engine for students

I believe that being a student, especially a media one requires to use different websites to search information for example about an upcoming project and gain useful knowledge on a specific topic. Being a student also means that we have to use more and more academic sources which sometimes can be a bit hard to find.

That is why our beloved friend Google has developed a search engine called Google Scholar. It is a free search engine that combines various academic data including scholarly literature – books, journals, articles etc. With the functions that Google Scholar provides us we can easily locate an author, book even a keyword. As of 2014 it is supposed that there are over 160 million documents available.

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From personal experience I can say that it is perfect and useful for more unexperienced people like a first year university student. It is easily understandable and reachable. As we already established we can search and find information for possibly every subject of interest we have and find useful reading material.

Though there are many more freely accessible search engines like CiteSeerX, Google Scholar has been established as the most used and spread search engine on the Internet. I definitely recommend it to other students who are having a hard time finding information for their academic essay.

History of mobile communications

The Internet, what would our world look like without it? Ever since it’s earliest development in 50’s and 60’s and current/ongoing improvement, this cyberspace has drastically changed our perception and view of the world.  No doubt it is the main reason for the globalization of our planet and is the main medium people nowadays are communicating.

Nowadays everyone can be freely connected to the Internet. There are thousands of suppliers offering different speeds of your connection. There is one side of the Internet I find quite interesting and that is the development of the mobile Internet we all have on our smartphones.

In 1980’s was introduced the first generation mobile communication (1G) consisting of radio waves. Later on, in 1991 was released the 2G network operating on digital waves. That is also when SMS and MMS were first introduced. The third generation of mobile communication allows users a connection at a higher speed (up to several Mbit/s). The latest and fastest mobile communication – 4G allows us to play HD videos, download, surf across the Web at almost the same speed as in the comfort of our routers in our homes.

Though we have many more things to discuss about the history and development of mobile networking, these are the main technologies through the years. Will there be a fifth generation in the following years? I will leave the comments to you my dear reader.