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Posts about the web – things discovered there, and created there.

Yahoo’s big mistake in buying Summly

The minute I heard about Yahoo’s acquisition of Summly, a news-aggregating website developed by a 17-year-old kid for $30 million dollars, I wasn’t surprised. Wait, yes I was. And all because I looked at the website and watched Nick D’Aloisio’s video and scanned his platform and realized at 17-years-old, the kid had it figured out. He had created an algorithm that had...

CleanPrint saves trees, consumer stress

In a time of rapid development of new software, apps and technology, it’s common to find ideas that ‘miss the mark’. Sure, there are problems that need solving in this world of technology. Tech has grown so quickly, it’s hard to stay on top of everything. It seems anyone can hire someone to develop a mobile app or a piece of software. Some are even smart enough to do it...

Working on Christmas

Most of us have had to work on holidays. If you’re like me and you’re in the TV News business, then you work holidays more often than not. There are some perks to working on days like today – Christmas Eve. Here are a few: [+] The newsroom is quiet (barring breaking news). In that case, it’s just one or two people screaming. Not 12. [+] The restroom is always empty...

Passbook error in iOS6

If you’re an Apple fan, by now you’re either standing in line waiting to buy the iPhone 5, or if you’re like me, you’re ‘sitting this one out’ and enjoying the new operating system (iOS6) on your iPhone 4S or older models. The new iOS is loaded with 200+ features that will beef up your iPhone. There’s something for everyone, no matter what your interests...

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...

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...

Twitter embeds with WordPress 3.4.1

The newest version of WordPress (3.4.1) has a few neat little tricks. I noticed they have automatic Twitter embeds by simply just adding the tweet link to your blog post. Let me give it a try: @wordpress 3.4.1 #Twitter integration. Lets see how it works… Testing. Testing. Testing! Happy Sunday, everyone. — Josh Benson (@jpbenson) July 8, 2012 Perfect! I love when things work...

Facebook ‘Camera’ App Review

I get a bunch of news releases in my inbox everyday. 98% of the time I delete them. But I was surprised to see one from the agency repping Facebook (one of them, anyway). The release talked about its new Camera App. ‘Kate’ let me know that the new app enhances the Facebook photos mobile experience. The biggest difference between ‘Camera’ and your iPhone camera is that the...

Increase local storage? iPhone message

The other day I was on my Safari browser on my iPhone 4 looking over a Twitter profile when a dialogue box popped up asking: “Increase local storage? Do you want to allow the website to use up to 10mb of storage on your iPhone?” I thought it was a virus, but I was on Twitter, so I was a little suspect of being suspect. After poking around, I was surprised to find how little was...

Someone is saying bad things…

I just got another one of these urgent, life-altering, panic-stricken email notifications from one of my followers on Twitter. Dang, not again. Why all the hate? It’s all a scam. In fact, you’ve probably seen a couple of these in the past. Before you start panicking and losing sleep, learn about what it is and why it arrived and you’ll feel just fine – and a little annoyed...

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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