Kindle Fire Review, High School Tweeting, and Music Trends of 2011

We are fresh off our Thanksgiving Holiday Extravaganza and ready to dive into the crazy and never changing world of technology. We have a great show lined out for everyone this week. We hope you enjoy and don’t forget to join in on the conversation and become a part of our community here at .

One of the top sellers this holiday season is going to be Amazon’s Kindle Fire. The Kindle has gone through quite a progression the past few years. Starting as a simple e-reader, this brand now offers a sleek, dynamic way of consuming information and staying connected. Despite the constant comparison to the iPad, the Fire provides another fresh way to enjoy technology. We had the privilege of getting some hands-on experience with a Kindle Fire over the holiday weekend. Silk, the ultra-fast browsing, could still use some fine tuning. The app store is pretty well developed. A few default settings make for an uncomfortable experience but customizations are available to remedy those. The touchscreen is vibrant and breathtaking. The weight of the Fire came as a surprise but nothing beats having your Fire preloaded with your content when taken out of the box.

Black Friday is quickly becoming a black stain in American culture. Yes, the deals are amazing. Discounted home entertainment systems, gaming consoles, and tablets are all fun to shop for and acquire. But, what does it say when you are looking forward to the commercialization of a holiday rather than the family focused approach that it really should be. Just something to consider this season.

Well, a Kansas high schooler made headlines this week when she sent a tweet regarding the Governor of Kansas. Here are some thoughts from Jim on the situation in it’s entirety.

A Kansas teen tweeted “Just made mean comments at gov brownback and told him he sucked, in person #heblowsalot.” She was called into the office of her high school and told that she would have to issue an apology.She was an “embarassment” and they were going to have to do “damage control.” The school board had issued a statement on Monday that said that the teen would not be issuing an apology:

“The district acknowledges a student’s right to freedom of speech and expression is constitutionally protected,” the district said in its statement. “The district has not censored Miss Sullivan nor infringed upon her freedom a speech.” On Monday, Governor Brownback also issued this statement in support of the student and her Freedom of Speech. He wanted to thank “the thousands of Kansas educators who remind us daily of our liberties, as well as the values of civility and decorum.”
“My staff overreacted to this tweet, and for that I apologize,” the governor said. “Freedom of speech is among our most treasured freedoms.”

I believe in freedom of speech. The student certainly had the right to say what she felt, as her statements were not slanderous, or libelous, or malicious. And it is good to see teens getting involved in the political system. I do, however, think that an apology is in order. First, for thinking that any Tweet that you send out is going to be private. And secondly, for a senior to not capitalize the name of the governor, making comments at instead of to him, and having a lack of vocabulary that can only categorize him as “he sucks”.Yes, indeed, apologies are in order.

At the end of 2010, the tech crew made predictions as to what the year 2011 would hold. We touched on the tablet markets, the 3D technology market, and even the touchscreen market. We did not however consider what changes in music would happen in 2011. In 2011, we experience a major shift in music toward “the cloud.” The evolution of Google Music, iCloud, Spotify, and are a few examples of cloud based music. Every field of technology seems to have a social component to it as well. Social media integration into the music industry is pretty prevalant. Consider Ping (despite its failure), Rdio, Mog, and Facebook’s move to incorporate music seamlessly. Thirdly, we now often take the advice of the machine rather than the man now. Music platforms suggests songs. We approve or disapprove and move on. There is a hint of human separation when considering the changes of 2011. Finally, we all have the access to create music. Garage Band is a great example of this venture.

Well, we cover a lot of content this week and we hope you enjoyed the show. Be sure and tell someone this week about our network. We would truly appreciate the word of mouth. We hope everyone had a great holiday and continue to ride…those waves of tech.

1. Kindle Fire review and the Consumer holiday
2. Digital Music Trends in 2011
3. Teen and Governor in Twitter battle



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