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Ya just gotta watch this ; TOTALLY  FUNNY; reality show people in their 20s and up who are trying to get a drivers

license.Granted this is NYC – because in Minnesota or Oregon or Louisiana NOBODY past age 16 is not driving.

Some of these people are educators- a terrifying thought..


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SO many isp providers- let us all remember that there  is

an ALLADINS CAVE of new internet treasures- but you have to





Are you thinking mobile yet… if not you should be.

Consider these stats:

  • There are 5.2 billion mobile subscribers globally (77% of the world’s population).
  • In 2012, smartphone sales will overtake computers.
  • By 2013, more people will access the Internet through their mobile than through a PC.
  • By 2015, mobile broadband could be 3-4 times faster than fixed line broadband in many countries.
  • 79 percent of U.S. consumers use a smartphone to help with their shopping.
  • On average, people look at their phones 150 times per day.


With smartphones rapidly reaching critical mass in some markets, mobile is evolving from a “discovery” to a purchase tool for consumers.

At the Nielsen Consumer 360 conference in Frankfurt, Germany, strategies for driving an integrated mobile strategy were revealed.

Growth Potential in Germany is Big

With more than one mobile phone per person in Germany, it is a strong mobile market, but the potential for growth exists. German mobile consumers are connected and getting smarter. Nearly two out of every three (63%) mobile purchases in Germany are smartphones.

Today, 30 percent of Germans own a smartphone, compared with 45 percent in the U.K., 40 percent in the U.S., and 36 percent in Russia.

And with 83 percent of German smartphone users contract-billed by a carrier, higher monthly spending patterns follow: users spend an average of 1.5 more than feature phone users on their bills.

 Over 65 percent of smartphone owners use email and half are active social network users.

Perhaps most compelling is the fact that more than half (58%) of mobile Internet usage occurs in the home, virtually changing the way people shop and opening up new opportunities for advertisers.

Fifty-six percent of Germans react when receiving mobile advertising on their phone and more than one in five purchased the item advertised. ( THIS WAS A BIG SURPRISE)..

 “Mobile truly serves as the bridge between the online and the offline world,” explains David Gosen from Nielsen. “Mobile is empowering consumers to interact with stores, brands, friends and family in a way they never have done so before.”

More than 250 million active users currently access Facebook through their mobile devices and they are twice as active as non-mobile users.

 In Germany, nearly 50 percent of all smartphone users have used a social networking app in the last 30 days.

A mobile and social media strategy must go hand-in-hand (having a Facebook page is not enough). And proximity is influence. Location-based mobile alerts are impacting decisions to buy in a particular store.

 Creating a successful mobile strategy requires 4Cs:

  • Content – be engaging.
  • Conversation – create two-way dialogue
  • Community – connect through advocacy programs
  • Continuity – think long-term and on-going


Mobile is a big part of your customers lives – be a part of it. Build deep and more engaging personal dialogs – be where they are. Creativity and innovation differentiates your brand at every stage of their journey. Understand the real insight and behaviors of your mobile consumers to drive success.






Thank  heavens MF GLOBAL is  considered too little to fail with a “little” $50 Billion loss  portfolio- so we as taxpayers dodged another bullet …

MF Global today filed for bankruptcy protection, after a weekend dash to sell the company ended short of the finish line.

Here are the people or groups that stand to lose big from MF Global’s bankruptcy:

However, Corzine ended up with more than a $3.1 MILLION salary for failing;

HOW DO THESE WALL STREET INSIDER GUYS DO THAT ? Every company I have worked for fores you if you do not make your goals..

Shareholders: Typically when a company goes through bankruptcy protection, its common shares end up worthless. These are the largest holders of MF Global common stock, according to MF Global’s documents filed with a bankruptcy court:

1) Fidelity’s Pyramis Global Advisors, 13.9 million shares or 8.44% of common stock

2) Guardian Life Insurance Co. of America, 12.9 million common shares, or 7.8%. (A spokeswoman said Monday that Guardian’s RS Investment Management has sold its stake in MF Global.)

3) Fine Capital Partners, 21.5 million shares, 7.37% *(This appears to be a typo in MF Global’s filing. In a recent SEC filing, Fine Capital reporting owning 12.16 million shares, for a 7.4% stake in MF Global.)

4) Cadian Capital Management, 10.2 million shares, 6.17%

5) TIAA-CREF, 9.5 million shares, 5.77%- THE TEACHERS/ EDUCATORS PENSION FUND – OMG the poor teachers

fund always finds a way to pick a bad investment.

John Corzine swept in last year to lead MF Global, and he had ambitions to remake the company in the image of his former company, Goldman Sachs.

Over the summer, bond investors apparently thought highly enough of Corzine that theydemanded a richer payout from MF Global if Corzine left the firm for a high-ranking government job. Today, such a “key man” clause seems like an antique.

Howeve, Corzine  is still richer that Croesus; Corzine  will just not mak AS MUCH after the MF Global bankruptcy filing. Corzine’s compensation last year was $14.2 million, including stock options MF Global valued at $11.1 million. Those options pay off at a share price of $9.25, which means they are very likely to be worthless now.

My math says he made $ 3.1 MILLION -last year –  I could handle that.

Not many of us made $3.1 MILLION last year.

OCCUPY WALLSTREET – how many famlies could eat on the $3.1 Million Corzine made?





 A Minnesota  man was charged with installing a tracking device on his then-wife’s car, in violation of a Minnesota statute prohibiting the use of, among other things, tracking devices without a court order. (Minn. Stat. 626A.35.)

As recounted in the order, in March 2010, the victim had a mechanic inspect the car, and the mechanic found a tracking device magnetically attached to the underside of the car. And remember,  it gets 30 to 40 below here in winter.

In January of that year, the victim testified about an incident involving domestic violence. In response, the victim moved out, but the defendant sent her text messages “commenting on where she had been and otherwise indicating that he was monitoring her movements.”

She also testified that the defendant allegedly put spyware on her cell phone that “allowed him to intercept her text messages and that he also seemed to know everything she was doing on the family computer.” The defendant was also involved in an incident where the defendant allegedly located the victim in a lakeside cabin, “entered the cabin, and physically attacked an acquaintance of [the victim's].”

The statute excluded the use of a mobile tracking device when it was used to track an object with the “consent of the owner.” Hormann argued that because he had an ownership interest in the vehicle, the statute could not be used to convict him.

The court finds that the statute’s use of the word “owner” is ambiguous in this context, and the drafters did not anticipate the scenario where an object has more than one owner. The court looks to Minnesota’s vehicle-title rule for the definition of “owner.”

The vehicle-title statute defined owner to include a person who has “property in [sic] or title to a vehicle.” A person entitled to “use” the vehicle was encompassed within the definition of “owner.”

The court found that Hormann was entitled to use the vehicle. The vehicle was purchased with marital funds and thus presumptively marital property. There was also evidence in the record that Hormann used the vehicle on occasion. (At oral argument, the state conceded that it would not prosecute Hormann for auto theft if Hormann was found to be driving the vehicle, even without the victim’s consent.)

The evidence with respect to title to the vehicle was also favorable to Hormann. While the victim was shown to be the sole registered owner, Hormann produced evidence that the victim signed title over to Hormann (the testimony at trial showed that this transfer was done to facilitate the sale of the vehicle and the transfer was never recorded). According to the court, this transfer demonstrates how “incidents of formal ownership of marital property may not accurately reflect who is using a vehicle.”

The court applies the rule of lenity to construe the statutory ambiguity narrowly, and holds that the exception applies where the vehicle or object has multiple owners, and one of the owners consents to the tracking device.

Divorce and privacy

Divorces are fertile ground for privacy issues.

A New Jersey (civil) case involved GPS tracking, and although the court did not raise the issue and there was no statute expressly aimed at tracking,  the fact that “since the wife owned the car, she could have argued that she had the right to track its movements.”

(The New Jersey case was decided largely on the grounds that the vehicle in question was on publicly visible roadways, where the driver enjoyed a diminished expectation of privacy.) The issues can be less clear when it comes to emails, since spouses sometimes maintain joint email accounts, and there’s not always a clear “owner” of a particular account.

On the other hand, statutes which are aimed at communications provide for exceptions based on the consent of the parties to the communications, and ownership of a phone or an email account will not provide an easy out under those statutes. In this case, the victim alleged that the now-former husband infringed on her privacy in other ways (e.g., installing spyware on her computer and her cell phone), but the focus of the charge was the tracking.

It may be too early to have a meaningful tally, but it seems that courts are more tolerant of spouses who engage in tracking while in the midst of a divorce or separation.

SO .. I guess SOMEBODY has to REALLY CARE  care what you do .

Are you  flattered or terrified?



I’m getting arrested- OWS – the APP

Android developer Jason Van Anden designed an app for protesters participating in OWS (Occupy Wall Street) protests.YAAY Jason..

This app called “I’m getting arrested” works with the idea that participants in the protests weigh the possibility that he or she may be arrested.

The “I’m Getting Arrested” Android app has an easy setup:

After being setup with one push on the keypad, the program automatically alerts family, friends, attorneys, Facebook and Twitter.

LET PEOPLE KNOW – WE WORRY ABOUT YOU-and our poor poor country:

What has our indifference wrought? We elected  a preponderance of “legal” thieves- economic traitors and con artists.. 

Remember Maytag and Whirlpool in Newton Iowa – and Whirlpool- after all this country has done for you 

you should hang your head in shame.





Thank you Palm Beach Post for such a timely article.

Although this particular case is from Florida,  this same tragic scenario is being rewritten daily through our great Nation under Bailout . The digital divide is growing daily- hourly- with each click of our collective mice.

Although the 50 plus age community is highly represented  ( or NEVER counted as they are invisible)

in this struggling group, the newly poor – the foreclosed, homeless and jobless are in the same hopeless situation.

When I created APPSNEWBIE, I strongly felt that this  ” technological underclass”  was  a sad byproduct  we would see and I HOPED ( silly Pollyanna me ) that as a moral a society, we l find it  of value to provide education- access and services to the desperately in need .Silly Appsnewbie. 

 You cannot even apply for a job without  a computer.

But you lost your house -foreclosure  AND you pawned your laptop so you could eat.Or buy your diabetes medication

You are living in a car and the libraries and workforce shops have limited computer usage times-;

Those public computers also have firewalls so all job sites are not usable-and you cannot type that fast 

Plus the public computers they have are slow- hey -

the billionaire computer vendor who had that government t contract that sold the computers palmed off his second rate stuff- no sweat  -

After all- his/her  pal was sure he got the bid…






Seniors  Without Computers Struggle to Apply for Food Stamps, Medicaid benefits


Philip Proulx knew just enough about computers to check guests in at an apartment building in Palm Beach, where he worked as a doorman for several years.

Proulx, 77, was laid off recently and realized his $735 monthly Social Security check would not cover his expenses. His only hope was applying for food stamps and cash assistance.

Proulx said he tried calling the state Department of Children and Families’ toll-free number to apply over the phone, but a recorded message kept telling him to call back because of high call volumes.

He asked for help at several community organizations but was told he could apply for government aid only through the Internet. Proulx said he had no idea how to even get to the DCF website, much less find the application and submit it online.

Proulx’s quandary is not isolated, according to officials at local community agencies. Elderly and disabled residents or those without computer skills or access to an Internet connection, often struggle to get help to obtain food stamps and Medicaid assistance, the officials say.

“If they have no computer skills, they cannot apply on their own,” said Lela Jordan, director of Vickers House in West Palm Beach. “Many people who need food stamps and Medicaid face barriers to even apply because of their lack of computer skills.”

“If you are computer-ignorant, that’s too bad,” Proulx said. “You’ve got to find out how to do it on your own.”

He eventually found help at Vickers House and applied for food stamps and cash assistance online. But before he did, he said, “I’ve never been so confused in my life.”

DCF says about 90 percent of food stamp recipients apply online – an indicator that most have access to computers. But DCF spokesman Joe Follick said, “we do understand the frustration” of those who struggle with the online application process or busy phone lines.

DCF does not keep track of the number of complaints about the online application process since calls come in from regional and circuit offices, call centers and even the governor’s office.

But Follick said the department is aware of the problems and determined to fix them: “It’s our number one priority.”

DCF’s manpower has remained largely the same over the past five years, even though requests for food stamps have more than tripled, Follick said.

Even DCF Secretary David Wilkins, in a memo to employees of the department’s online system, called Access, said improvements must be made to ease the application process and make more operators available for callers.

“Employees, the millions of clients they help and all Floridians deserve a system that is efficient and minimizes the delay and frustration that are already heightened when families face difficult situations,” Wilkins wrote.

This year, DCF hired a new economic self-sufficiency director and has hired 60 employees for its call centers, Wilkins said.

Simple requests, such as how to reset passwords for online access, are being diverted to a group of operators to reduce wait times on the toll-free number, and the process will eventually be automated, Wilkins said. The department also plans to make its website easier to navigate.

Meanwhile, problems remain.

At Christians Reaching Out to Society Ministries, or C.R.O.S. Ministries, in Lake Worth, Director Pam Cahoon said many of her clients find it impossible to reach DCF to apply for benefits.

She said those without computers can sometimes use public library machines, but most libraries enforce time limits on computers.

“Unless you are really fast with the computer, you can’t get through,” Cahoon said. “It’s just absolutely horrible.”

At C.R.O.S., the demand for help filling out food stamp applications online is so high that the organization and DCF are splitting the cost of two workers dedicated to helping people apply and interview for government aid, Cahoon said.

“It’s just virtually impossible to get through on the phone,” she said.


European Audiovisual Observatory: The MISSION

European Audiovisual Observatory: FINANCES YOUR MEDIA PROJECT

Why am I posting this  for you?

Because this governmental entity actually has the money  to FINANCE your media endeavor; is this horrible financial clime- we need all the help we can get

your European

  • to create transparency in the European audiovisual sector
  • to provide information services for audiovisual experts

A Challenge for Europe

The audiovisual sector is one of the fastest growing areas of the European economy and a leading global market. The internationalisation and integration of what previously were mostly national media landscapes, boosted by rapid technical progress, mean that the audiovisual sector now stands out above other branches of the economy.

As well as huge potential, the dynamism, size and incredible diversity of the sector bring certain challenges for the players involved. One such challenge lies in people’s understanding of the audiovisual sector or of its component parts, over and above linguistic, cultural and national boundaries. Such an understanding depends on reliable, up-to-date information, the need for which has never been as great as it is today.

Transparency through Information

According to its Statute, “the aim of the European Audiovisual Observatory shall be to improve the transfer of information within the audiovisual industry, to promote a clearer view of the market and a greater transparency. In doing so, the Observatory shall pay particular attention to ensuring reliability, compatibility and comparability of information“.

The Observatory’s task is therefore clearly defined: to improve the transfer of and access to information. Achieving this means developing and providing information services in whichever formats audiovisual specialists need them most.

Fields of Activity and Responsibility

The Observatory has adopted a pragmatic definition of the audiovisual sector in which it works. Its principal areas of interest are:
Video/DVD and the expanding field of
New Media.

In these four sectors, the Observatory provides information services in the following fields:
- Market and Statistics,
- Law and
- Production and it’s Financing.

As far as its geographical scope is concerned, the Observatory monitors, records and analyses developments in its Member States.

In addition, if it seems sensible from a practical point of view, countries relevant to Europe are included.

Information Services and Target Groups

The various stages involved in providing information include the systematic collection, documentation and processing of information and data, together with its dissemination to users.

The services offered by the Observatory can be divided into five groups:
Print Publications,
- Online Publications,
Online Services,
Conferences and Workshops.

In addition, requests received by the Observatory are passed on to the relevant contact persons.

The Observatory’s primary target groups are audiovisual experts, including decision-makers in the various national ministries responsible for media, the relevant press officers of related public administrative

bodies, journalists, scientists, researchers, lawyers and advisers.

REALLY take time to read the services- I hope that it will help make your deam come true..


“The target call” in Novosibirsk

Appsnewbie LIKES THIS – thank you YANDEX.RU.

From now on advertisers from Novosibirsk service is available “Target bell” . 

Now they can count how many calls come from customers who have come to PPC advertising on Yandex. 

Working with “Trust call” in conjunction with the statistics of orders on the website allows you to get a complete picture of how many clients come from advertising and Yandex.

Direct Yandex.Market, and thus more accurately estimate the cost-effectiveness. The advertiser may also use the reports on calls to establish business processes. For example, choose the best hours of the sales department.

Connection conditions and the work of “Trust calls” in Novosibirsk simple. 

To account for the calls to users with metrics Novosibirsk Phone (383) and an average monthly budget on advertising over the past three months, more than 6,000 rubles will be allocated a special number. He may only see the visitors, who came out on the ads and Yandex.Direct Yandex.Market. Call statistics can be viewed in reports metrics.

We plan to soon offer the service “Task Call” and other regional advertisers. 

So there





The mission for children to learn and to have positive examples  of character is SO crucial for us as a nation. And so woefully lacking in the media.

That is just one of the many reasons  I LOVE WXEL TV Channel 42 – Public Broadcasting in Boynton Beach Florida .

Programming from Sesame Street to history- commercial free.

One of my favorite productions  is PBS KIDS – with a major character being a charming loved shelter dog named Martha.

As a confirmed pet lover-I  am a Martha Speaks fan; and the link that tells you how Martha learned to speak is below.

This link is charming for children of all ages – including me ( smile).

Martha shows children how to love animals and to be kind – a lesson we all can use.

PBS recently launched the first-ever PBS KIDS toy line of preschool toys designed to extend off-screen learning. This move into the toy aisle furthers PBS’ transmedia mission, reaching children across all platforms – on-air, online, on mobile devices in classrooms, and through creative play. 

 The toys are exclusively available online at a newly launched PBS KIDS Shop,, until early fall, when they will become available at additional online and in-store retailers as well.

This link will tell  you Martha’s Story how she learned to speak…-

MAR2011 EEO Report

Enjoy-and be assured your children – and you can watch WXEL TV 42 and be proud of  Public Broadcasting

and don’t forget that this programming  needs  your support.


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