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1 March 2011

The REport

Can an app change your life?  The Wall Street Journal Europe recently published a list of the top 10 apps that are most useful, most recommended and most interesting.  From food to music to tracking alcohol consumption over time, it’s an interesting list!  What app will you download?

The iPad, a great tool for personal enjoyment, can also help increase productivity for businesses. Mashable looked at how five companies are using the device as a great business tool. My favorite is the Canine social club Zoom Room, where the faculty use iPads to check dogs into the facility for classes and other events.  If you have an iPad, how do you use its functionality to be more efficient?

Think you have friends far and wide?  Check out “Where My Friends Be?” from Google Maps, which pinpoints the location of your Facebook friends.  Where is your farthest friend from?

From finding your friends to finding loved ones…Google launched a Person Finder page which helped victims of last week’s New Zealand earthquake find friends and family.

In perhaps a sign of Facebook’s rising global influence, an Egyptian man, thankful for the role the social media site played in his country’s recent revolution, has named his baby after the site.  I love social media as much as the next person, but I think this may be a little much. It’s akin to the dot-com bubble when eBay auctions for baby names were aflutter!

In a way to promote new products, McDonalds and Dunkin Donuts are targeting consumers on Foursquare and Twitter.
In a way to promote new products, McDonalds and Dunkin Donuts are targeting consumers on Foursquare and Twitter.

Two of the fast food behemoths are embracing social media.  In a way to promote new products, McDonalds and Dunkin Donuts are targeting consumers on Foursquare and Twitter.  McDonalds is taking the social-cause route, donating money for McDonalds-related tweets and check-ins.  Dunkin Donuts, on the other hand, is hosting trivia Tuesdays on Twitter.  It’ll be interesting to see which campaign is more successful: charity or fun and games.

Sports fans, listen up! If you don’t have the most expensive cable package, that may not hinder you from catching all of the basketball and hockey games.  YouTube is in discussions with the NHL and NBA to stream live games. Stay tuned for specifics…

In closing, Frank Buckles, the last living World War I veteran, died at 110 years of age this past weekend.  It gave me pause to consider all the veterans and military personnel who work so hard to keep us safe.

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