Children Trick-or-treating — Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis
If you’re letting your kids go trick-or-treating with friends this year, here are three free smartphone apps to help keep them safe. They’ll have to have a phone with them, but a lot of kids have their own phone anyway now.
And even if you’re going trick-or-treating with them, you might want them in case you get separated . . .
- Family Locator. It uses the GPS on their phone to show exactly where they are in real time. You just log in on your phone, and it pulls up a map. Or if they need you, they can press an S.O.S. button that sends you their location.
- Red Panic Button. It’s basically like the S.O.S. button, but simpler so it’s good for little kids. All they have to do is push a big red button, and it automatically sends you a text with a link to a map that shows where they are. And you can put multiple people on the contact list, so more than one person gets it.
- Life360. Again, you can see where they are on a map in real time, and they can message you if there’s a problem. But the cool part is you can also set boundary limits. So you get an alert if they go too far away, or cross a street they’re not supposed to.
Remember last month when Facebook announced they were finally adding a DISLIKE button? People were thrilled. I mean, what could be MORE useful in an election year.
But now it looks like that might NOT be the plan. Instead of a dislike button, Facebook has started testing “reaction emojis.” Lame.
In other words, there’d be no option to click a thumbs-down to “dislike” a post. There would be seven different emojis to choose from.
The old ‘thumbs-up’ to like a post . . . a heart for “love” . . . a laughing face for “haha” . . . a happy face for “yay” . . . a shocked face for “wow” . . . a crying face for “sad” . . . and a mad face for “anger.”
Right now they’re just being tested in Ireland and Spain . . . there’s no word whether Facebook plans to take them worldwide.
Facebook has finally bowed to public demand, and decided to add a ‘Dislike’ button. They announced it yesterday at a public town hall meeting that was streamed online. Who watches that?
According to MARK ZUCKERBERG, quote, “I think people have asked about the dislike button for many years. Today is a special day, because today is the day I can say we’re working on it and shipping it.”
Right now you only have the option of “liking” something or commenting on it. The new ‘Dislike’ function will be available soon, but there’s no official date.
But whenever they do add it, it WON’T work like a voting system, where stuff that people ‘like’ gets up-voted higher, and stuff that people ‘dislike’ is down-voted and lower. So what’s the point?
According to Zuckerberg, quote, “What [users] really want is the ability to express empathy. Not every moment is a good moment.”
Riiight. Everybody knows what this is . . . a way to diss someone’s opinions or annoying posts without actually having to say why. But it’ll still show WHO disliked something, so you can’t flame people anonymously . . . don’t get too excited.
In other important Facebook news, Zuckerberg says his favorite emojis are the cactus, and an image of his dog Beast.
Duet mix of my Carly Rae Jepsen/Nine Inch Nails mashup ‘I Really Like A Hole’
Sources: Carly Rae Jepsen’s ‘I Really Like You’ , Nine Inch Nails’ ‘Head Like A Hole’
Free download button below, and also free download of audio track available here: soundcloud.com/yepimthetoaster/carly-rae-jepsen-vs-nine-inch-nails-i-really-like-a-hole-yitt-duet-mix
Original audio mix (non duet version) of the mashup available for free download as well at: soundcloud.com/yepimthetoaster/carly-rae-jepsen-vs-nine-inch-nails-i-really-like-a-holemashup
According to a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, there’s a simple trick you can do every day to make yourself a happier person, and it only takes ten minutes a day. Here’s what you have to do . . .
Each night, write down three things that went well that day. You can use a pen and paper, or your computer. It doesn’t matter.
And they don’t have to be BIG things. A compliment you got on your outfit counts. Or if you got to work a few minutes early, that counts too.
Then next to each of those things, answer the question, “WHY did this happen?”
You don’t need to write a paragraph, just one sentence that sums it up. Like if you got to work early, maybe you’d write, “Because I didn’t hit the snooze button.”
And THAT’S IT. Studies have found that if you do it every day, it forces you to focus on the positive things in your life . . . and you’re almost guaranteed to be a happier person six months down the road.
The guy who came up with it says it’s tough for some people to think of three good things a day at first. But after about a week, it gets easier and easier.