Monday: Headlines

9 Jul

Before I get to the Monday headlines, I must first apologize for not posting last week. If you follow me on Twitter, than you know that I was without power for almost a week due to storms that came through Columbus, Ohio. Between living out of a suitcase, living with no power, and living with high temperatures, it was an interesting 4th of July week. However, we survived and still managed to celebrate our country. Now that we are back in our house and have power again I will resume my normal posting schedule. Hope you enjoy today’s headlines!

‘Internet doomsday’ impact minimal, service providers say

Many of you may have heard about this virus awhile back. Last night, the FBI shut down the servers that kept the virus from being active in infected computers. Many news outlets warned viewers and instructed them to go to a website and conduct a virus scan. I am sure many did exactly what I did – ignored the instructions. As Monday comes to a close, it appears the virus’ doomsday attempts were a flop.

Did your computer catch the virus? If not, did you run the virus scan? Were you nervous?

It’s official: Windows 8 is coming at the end of October

There have been some rumors about Windows 8 coming soon, but today Microsoft finally confirmed it. According to the video at the end of the article, Windows 8 is similar to the operating system and look of Windows phones. I have never used a Windows phone (I am a die hard iPhone fan); however, I do like the look of the system. It’s entertaining with the pictures, or tiles as the reporter calls them, changing with up-to-the-minute information. Windows 8 also appears to provide more personalization for the user, which was one of my biggest issues with Windows when I owned a PC. I felt that I could not customize my desktop and computers. Much of the touch screen technology seems to resemble the touch screen technology of Apple products. Lastly, apps draw information from your social sites. For example, the “people app,” or your contacts, is synched with Facebook. Again, this is similar to the Apple products. Perhaps my favorite feature of Windows 8 is the “share” button. It makes it much easier to share documents, pictures, etc. with contacts or with other programs. While I am now an Apple user, I am very curious about Windows 8. This article and video got my attention, and I cannot wait to hear and read the opinions when Windows 8 launches in the fall.

After watching the video, what’s your reaction to Windows 8?

MLB Gets Social With Home Run Derby, All Star Game

As I have mentioned before, I am a huge sports fan. All day I have listened to sports talk show hosts discuss and analyze the Midsummer Classic. Should MLB get rid of the All Star Game? How can the Home Run Derby be more appealing? Does home field advantage really matter in the end? Many people have opinions about how baseball can remain a top tier sport in the U.S. Unfortunately, baseball is traditionally slow to make any adjustments. However, they are becoming social. This article discusses baseball’s efforts to engage fans via social media. Social media and sports have an interesting relationship. There is much debate about how much social media should be used in the sports world. For instance, fans want players to Tweet live during games; yet, the governing bodies, like the NFL commissioner, do not want players distracted or sharing such information. The discussion will continue. Maybe, over time, sports will warm to social media. For anyone who is in sports marketing, you should definitely read this article. Enjoy the Home Run Derby and All Star Game. GO TRIBE!

Will you participate in MLB’s social media efforts? Will these effort be effective?

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