Archive for January, 2010

Phil on your phone

January 28, 2010 0 Comments
Phil on your phone

Every morning I get a weather forecast on my phone from Mark, Jeff, Eileen or Jennifer. And now I can add Phil to the list. This year, Punxsutawney Phil’s“weather prognostication” will be texted as well as streamed live online. I signed up earlier this week. It looks like the Pennsylvania Visitor’s Bureau is hoping you’ll […]

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You ask, Obama answers

January 27, 2010 0 Comments

If you are interested in watching President Obama’s State of the Union address tonight, you have your choice of options. It will be on-air (on KWWL), online (KWWL.com, YouTube, whitehouse.gov, etc.) and on your phone (the White House iPhone app). But now the President and YouTube are offering a unique opportunity – a chance for […]

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Your texting days may be numbered

January 26, 2010 0 Comments

Today the Department of Transportation announced an immediate ban on texting while driving commercial vehicles like semis or buses. Those caught in the act could be fined as much as $2,750. The move is part of a concerted effort by U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to limit driving distractions. An executive order took effect last […]

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UNI updates its official Web colors

January 25, 2010 0 Comments

I’ve always known that universities like to control their public image, but I guess it never dawned on me that a school would have official Web colors. On Friday, UNI updated its Web colors for the first time in 10 years, citing new technology and further testing as the reason for the change. The Web […]

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Don’t get offended…

January 22, 2010 0 Comments

…if I don’t friend you on a social network. It’s not that I don’t like you, it’s just that I take my privacy seriously. I have chatted with many soon to be college grads and discussed my philosophy on social networking, and my advice is always the same – You have to make a choice. Is […]

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White House launches iPhone app

January 20, 2010 0 Comments

Yesterday, the White House released its own iPhone app to complement WhiteHouse.gov, promoting live streaming video as one of the key features ahead of President Obama’s State of the Union address. I decided to give it a try. I’m watching live streaming video of Press Secretary Robert Gibbs. And the quality isn’t too bad considering […]

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Tell your techie friends – Crisis Camp

January 15, 2010 0 Comments

I know it’s far removed from eastern Iowa, but if you have techie friends living in D.C., CA, Denver or London, pass this along. It’s a project I’d love to be involved in and I think could really have an impact on how we share information from Haiti and future disaster sites. Crisis Camp is looking […]

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Haiti

January 13, 2010 0 Comments

I have seen suffering; poverty, war, natural disasters. And I can say with certainty, that no video or photo can capture the emotion of standing in the middle of senseless destruction. Unfortunately, we here in eastern Iowa have a powerful connection to these images. Looking through photos from Haiti today, I could feel again the […]

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Cell phones and memory loss

January 7, 2010 0 Comments

Ever since my grandfather was diagnosed with, and then died from, Parkinson’s, my family has become truly passionate about keeping our minds active and fighting memory loss. My mom favors word games, while my dad tends towards number puzzles. And my sister and I have developed a love for both. Now it turns out that […]

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Snow plow Q&A

January 6, 2010 0 Comments
Snow plow Q&A

Ever wonder what it’s like to brave the worst winter has to offer in an Iowa DOT snow plow? An IDOT information specialist is blogging about her ride-along with a snow plow in Des Moines. She’s also answering questions – like how long does it take to clear one route? Iowa DOT Blog

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