Periscope turns any iPhone user into a live broadcaster–Gizmag

By Nick Lavars

March 26, 2015

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Twitter acquired Periscope in February, apparently looking to bring the nature of its frenzied, real-time text updates to life on screen. Available for iOS with Android on the way, the app allows users to stream vision from their smartphone camera to anybody and everybody using Twitter’s distribution network.

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Periscope lets you broadcast live video to the world. Going live will instantly notify your followers who can join, comment and send you hearts in real time. The more hearts you get, the higher they flutter on the screen.

Other features:

[+] REPLAY: When your broadcast is over, you can make it available for replay so viewers can watch later. Viewers can replay your broadcast with comments and hearts to relive the full experience. Replays currently last 24 hours. You can delete your replay at any time.

[+] PRIVATE: If you want to broadcast to specific people, press the lock icon before going live and choose who you want to invite to your broadcast. 

[+] TWITTER: You can choose to share your Periscope broadcasts on Twitter by tapping the bird icon before you start broadcasting. When you go live, you’ll tweet a link so that your Twitter followers can watch on the web (or in the app)

[+] MANAGE NOTIFICATIONS: Periscope will suggest people for you to follow based on your Twitter network. You can always follow new people, or unfollow them if you don’t want to be notified when they go live. You can also adjust notification preferences in Periscope Settings (in Profile)

[+] HEARTS: Periscope keeps track of how many hearts you get from your viewers. The more hearts, the higher you get in the “Most Loved” list.

Download for free:

https://itunes.apple.com/app/id972909677

Starting a Podcast? Here’s What to Buy–Lawyerist

by Sam Glover on March 27th, 2015

“…When I was trying to figure out what kind of equipment we needed to start podcasting, I was frustrated by the lack of a good just-get-this-stuff list so I didn’t have to research what to get, buy it, realize it’s the wrong thing, then buy something else. Fortunately that only happened a couple of times. To save you the same frustrating experience, here is my just-get-this-stuff list, which is also what we are using right now to record the Lawyerist Podcast…”.

Read the entire article here.

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Edits to Wikipedia pages on Bell, Garner, Diallo traced to 1 Police Plaza | Capital New York

Computers operating on the New York Police Department’s computer network at its 1 Police Plaza headquarters have been used to alter Wikipedia pages containing details of alleged police brutality, a review by Capital has revealed.

“The matter is under internal review,” an NYPD spokeswoman, Det. Cheryl Crispin, wrote in an email to Capital after examples of the changes were presented to the NYPD.

The edits and changes were linked to the NYPD through a series of Internet Protocol addresses, or IP addresses, which can be publicly tracked by various websites. (Here, for example, is one website that shows a number of IP addresses registered to the NYPD.) IP addresses can locate where a computer is when it connects to the Internet.

Read entire report here.

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Google Docs

https://docs.google.com

Google Docs was launched in 2007 as a cloud-based answer to the Microsoft Office Suite of Word, Excel, and Powerpoint. While Microsoft’s applications are still engrained as most people’s go-to for their basic office needs, Docs has been gaining ground, both in terms of market share and usability. Now part of the greater Google Drive collective, readers can create, edit, and share documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. In addition, it’s web-based, which leads to important conveniences, like the ability to access documents from different computers or include multiple people when simultaneously drafting a document. Documents save automatically every few seconds, making loss of work nearly impossible, and users can also access revision history to see what changes have been made, when they were made, and by whom. For readers who have heard of Google Docs or Google Drive but haven’t put it to full use quite yet, this is a handy and efficient way to tackle projects as a team.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2015. https://www.scout.wisc.edu

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Chromebook Buying Guide – Amazon.com

You’ve compared all your laptop options and are considering a Chromebook.  But now comes the hard part–choosing just the right model. Amazon is here to help. Click here to see a side by side comparison. If you’d like some more information, read on or visit their Chromebook Store.

Chromebooks are a unique class of mobile computing devices, designed specifically for Web-based tasks. They differ from traditional laptops in a few important ways: 

Chromebooks run Web-based apps, not traditional PC applications. 

Chromebooks are designed to be connected to the Internet. You can create documents and spreadsheets or edit photos on a Chromebook using Google apps designed for these purposes. The Chrome operating system will not load and run traditional PC software like Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop. However, files created in these applications can be viewed and edited using Google apps on your Chromebook or cloud-based applications like Microsoft’s Office web apps.

You store your files in the Cloud, not on the machine.  

To help make them thin and light, Chromebooks are built without large-capacity drives. So instead of storing your documents, videos, and photos on your computer, you save them to Google Drive (Google’s Cloud-based storage service). Your files are password-protected and secure, and you can access them anywhere there’s an Internet connection. If you know you’ll want access to a file or photo offline, however, you can easily save it to the built-in solid-state drive.

Read more Chromebook Buying Guide-click here.

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Telegram Messenger

Telegram

https://telegram.org

Telegram is a cloud-based mobile and desktop messaging app with a specific focus on security and speed. If you’re concerned about your data privacy when messaging others, Telegram may be for you. There are two big advantages of using Telegram – it’s open source and it’s entirely cloud-based – so even if you don’t have your phone, you can still access all of your data from your computer. Users can even set a timer for messages to self-destruct, erasing it from the receiving device as well. Telegram is available across all platforms. [CBD]

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2014. https://www.scout.wisc.edu

Dropbox and Microsoft Word apps can now share documents – iPhone J.D.

Last week, Dropbox and Microsoft updated their iOS apps to work together, and the result is really nice.  With the updated versions of the apps, it is easier than ever to take a file from Dropbox to Word and back again.

In the Dropbox app, you can now select any Word file in your Dropbox.  Then tap the edit icon, which is four over at the bottom of the screen.  In fact, when you open your first Word file after the app is updated, the Dropbox app will even give you a friendly reminder of the new feature, as shown in the picture below.  After you tap the edit icon, the Dropbox app lets you select a helper app, and for now Microsoft Word is your only option.

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Jeff Richardson takes you step-by-step, with images, on how to use this new feature.

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