The Mobile Photo Explosion [Infographic]

December 10, 2012 |  by  |  Entertainment, Lifestyle  |  No Comments
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Smart phone users: what is the most frequently-used app on your device? For some people it might be a favorite game or music app, but for many others the answer would probably be Instagram or another photo app.
Since it was launched in late October of 2010, Instagram has exploded (not just in the number of members but the sheer amount of photos taken as well). As of March 2012, Instagram boasted more than 27 million users, a figure that has only grown since then.

Today’s infographic from socialnewsdaily.com goes over the history of the photograph, from its early beginnings to the staple of our society that it is today. The first permanent photo was taken in 1826. It was definitely an accomplishment, but it was in black and white, it was grainy, and it required an 8-hour exposure. Fast-forward to today and there are 26 photos uploaded on Instagram every second of the day. That’s quite a leap!

The extreme availability of cameras and smart phones today has boosted the amount of photos used not just in social media, but for artistic purposes as well. Photoshop is still the preferred method among photographers to alter and edit photographs, but photo-editing apps on phones are being used more and more for their convenience and readiness for immediate use.

For more info on the prominence of photos and Instagram today, refer to the infographic below and have a great week! [Via]

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Playground to Prison: Youth in the Adult Criminal Justice System [infographic]

December 9, 2012 |  by  |  Crime, Government  |  4 Comments
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Alright. Time to get serious again. Today’s infographic tells about a topic I have recently been incredibly intrigued by. Juveniles in the adult prison system. It’s an issue a lot of people do not know much about, but it affects society on a HUGE level. Seriously, though.

Almost everyone breaks the law in one way or another—especially when in the years of our infamous teenage rebellions. The problem is when a kid gets put in the adult criminal justice system, even for “minimal” crimes, the effects on their lives are usually not beneficial. The lack of rehabilitation and therapy in the prison system might be to be blame with a shockingly high recidivism rate among juveniles (and adults).

I am training to be a social worker, and although I do not wish to work within the prisons, I want to promote reform of the prison system. It is much needed, with study after study showing that the methods in practice do not work. For those of you who are interested, I put a video about some of the issues that a professor at UT addresses directly under the infographic. It is very educational.

Have a great Sunday, y’all. Watch some good football and eat some yummy food! [via]

 

Playground to Prison: Youth in the Adult Criminal Justice System

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Google Music vs. Itunes & Amazon [infographic]

December 8, 2012 |  by  |  Music, Tech  |  1 Comment
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Hooray! I get to post a completely pro-Google infographic! If you don’t know, I love Google and hate Apple, mainly because of Apple’s uncanny ability to milk every last penny out of their customer base. Google, once again, has produced one of the greatest mobile apps, for completely free.

Google Music is a free music cloud storage and streaming solution. When I first heard of Google Music, I could not believe it. Free streaming of my entire 15,000+ song library? I’m there. Not only that, Google Music’s app works 99% of the time, even with slow internet.

Now I’m not going to say that my Google Music app will be obsolete soon, but it will. I’m sure I’ll be making the switch to Spotify Mobile shortly. Not because I don’t like my Google, but when entertaining as many new musical artists as I do, all the downloading and record storing takes up too much time. I’m getting older now and I don’t have time to hipster out on obscure music blogs all day. I need a service that can do some of the work for me with similar artist functions and app capabilities. I’m sorry to all you online music stores, instant music streaming is the only option for the future. Now I just can’t wait until Google comes out with a free version of Spotify Mobile. [Via]

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The Walking Dead [infographic]

December 7, 2012 |  by  |  Entertainment  |  4 Comments
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I bet there are a buch of Walking Dead fans out there. I am one myself and I could’t be more happy with the third season thus far. After an amazing series premiere a few years ago, The Walking Dead has gone directly down hill with one of the worst second seasons of a series I’ve ever witnessed.

The first episode of the third season turned that opinion on its head. There was action, drama, interesting new characters and they killed off all the bad ones, but most importantly, there were zombies. Tons of them. The first episode wasn’t a fluke either, every episode was entertaining and I’ve heard its partially due to the story following the original comic more closely. Although I do get a Jericho vibe because of the claustrophobic camera shots and characters uncanny ability to heal incredibly fast, it is stil very worth my time. Whatever the writers are doing this time around better stick tight for the 2nd half of the third season.

I have always had the opinion that there is enough room for another zombie show, I’d love nothing more than HBO to take a crack at it. The Walking Dead is all we have at the moment and it isn’t something to complain about. Take a look at today’s infographic and you may start rethinking your opinion on the most badass character. [Via]

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Does Music Make You Smarter? [infographic]

December 6, 2012 |  by  |  Education, Music  |  1 Comment
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Does music really make you smarter? I personally think so. Some of the smartest people I know are music majors. Music requires not only the creativity and maturity to make it beautiful, it also requires some decent knowledge in math as well. Music involves counting beats and measures, and within that, sub-dividing those beats, like fractions. You must multitask between reading/playing the music, and looking at the conductor from time to time. It is all a very complex process that stimulates different parts of the brain at the same time. Perhaps that is why musicians are “smarter” than the average person. [via]

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