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What is the Passbook App used for?

There’s already a lot of people taking shots at the new Passbook App for iPhone (now available on the new iOS6 upgrade). Some say ‘it doesn’t do anything’. Others say it has potential but it still seems silly. Others have just given up hope altogether: I want to put Passbook & Newsstand into a folder called “sad empty things”. — Anil Dash (@anildash)...

Reporter tool: Panorama for iPhone

Newsgathering has changed so much in the past decade. Heck, it’s changed in the past month. And it will continue to change as bandwidth gets faster, devices get smaller and the option to capture news becomes more abundant. Smartphones allow reporters to ‘bring the scene’ to viewers in ways never before possible. Apartment fire? Snap a photo. Car accident with traffic back-ups...

How to change Twitter header

If you’re a Twitter user, you’ve probably heard of a recent update that allows you to update your ‘header’ graphic on your account page. Have not fear, it’s pretty easy. It’s also nice to personalize your page just a bit. I just updated my Twitter profile very quickly to help mesh with my Facebook page and eventually, my website. Here is the quick and dirty on...

Robotic Pack Mules and why they rock

If you haven’t seen this video below – you must.  It’s creepy but ridiculously futuristic. Not only is this a great idea (in my opinion), it’s a step in the direction that many people figured we’d get to eventually: cyborgs and other robots waging our battles and performing jobs that humans currently occupy. These ‘robotic pack mules’ are beasts. They...

Our customers and GoDaddy’s hack

If you are a Joker Media customer, you may have some concern about a recent hack of GoDaddy servers. If you haven’t heard the news, here is a summary: (CBS News) GoDaddy, the domain registrar and Web hosting company, is down, perhaps taking millions of websites down as a result. Status Alert: Hey, all. We’re aware of the trouble people are having with our site. We’re working on...

Adios, DVDs

Remember cassette tapes? Or ‘Walkmans’? They were great inventions and served us well. But no more. When was the last time you’ve seen a Walkman? I think I still have one back at my parent’s house up in the attic. And I know there’s a copy of the Top Gun soundtrack cassette tape nearby. That, I’m sure. But as we fondly remember the cassette tape era, could it...

Oh, those old stacks of magazines

I can’t stand it. What is it with some women (I guess some men fit this bill too) and their desire to keep magazines, stack them up and 1) claim they’re going to read them or 2) save them for reference for ‘future ideas’? I love my mom to death but she used to be a major ‘mag-hoarder’. I remember the stacks of Better Homes and Gardens. Higher and higher they...

Blogging on the road with iPad 3

Greetings from Nashville! I’m on the road with Tara as her childhood friend Jen is getting married at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel. This place is massive. It has 2,881 rooms – each more than 400 square feet. Others, including the suites, are much bigger. All in all, it’s a great place to have a wedding. The first thing that really impressed me (outside of an atrium with a...

Ditch iPhone Reminders, get Wunderlist

If you’re like me, you can’t remember the last time you were ‘bored’. I haven’t used the word in years. Wait, I did a few weeks ago. I was at home in my kitchen, pacing around the island. The robot slipped a gear, as I fought to grasp the idea, “could I possibly be bored!?”. I found something to do quickly and that was that. My point is, with how busy we...

Cinemagram app makes it move!

WFTV-TV photographer and friend Dan Criswell just introduced me to a very cool, yet slightly creepy iPhone app. It’s called Cinemagram – what seems to be an offshoot of Instagram with some motion ability! Basically, it’s an animated GIF file. But it takes the magic of your iPhone images and video and merges it into a GIF and not a .JPG or .PNG you’d normally save from your...

Josh Benson

Josh Benson writes about the web, social media, entrepreneurship, television news and life in general. He covers the days news as a news anchor for WFLA-TV in Tampa, Florida. He's also a web designer/developer. He lives in Tampa, Florida with his wife Tara and two daughters Bella and Brooklyn.

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