Coachella Did NOT Cause Instagram To Crash

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(PCM) Instagram users were in a frenzy this afternoon when the popular social media photo app was down for a few hours with many blaming the influx of Coachella selfies being shared for the issue. Instagram has issued a statement and claims that it was not the Coachella music festival that caused the outage.

The problem according to Instagram was a “feed delivery issue” which appears to be fixed at this time.

From the many tweets that were posted from those attending Coachella, the popular music festival in Indio, Ca, this weekend, you would have thought that the entire world was coming to an end and that Instagram was just another part of the festival.

The very best one came from comedian/actor David Spade which read “Instagram is down.  Does that mean they cancel Coachella? I mean what’s the point of going now. To hear music??”

We can’t believe that some even believed that the festival would be cancelled over a lack of Instagram use!  We love social media as much as the next person, but seriously…..pay attention to the incredible festival happening around you and put down the phone or tablet for just a little while!

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Teen Discovers A Way To Save The Government $400 Million

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(PCM) A Pittsburgh area middle school student, Suvir Mirchandani, was working on a school project when he discovered that a simple change to the font or typeface on paperwork produced by government officials and authorities could save as much as $400 million dollars every year.

The basis for the school project was a look at the ways in which computer science could improve evironomental stability. Mirchandani analyzed the typeface on teacher handouts and the amount of ink used for letters that appear repetitively. He was then able to make the conclusion that if the school were to go with the thin and light weight Garamond typeface rather than a thicker font, his school would be able to reduce their overall ink consumption by 24% and save about $21,000 per year.

Mirchandani’s findings were incredibly impressive to school officials and the real-world application was quite apparent. The school challenged Mirchandani to apply his findings to the government printing budget which equals out to about $1.8 billion per year. The students results were exactly the same, so therefore if the U.S. government were to change its’ typeface/font, they would be able to save as much as $400 million dollars annually.

The school was the US Printing Office aware of Mirchandani’s findings, however, while there were incredibly impressed by the work, they would not comment on whether or not they have any plans to change the typeface. Currently they are in the process of switching over most of the paperwork to an online format going forward in the future.

While there many not be any big changes coming from the government printers, we can use Mirchandani’s research in our homes and offices as well to reduce our own printing costs over times.

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Do You Fear Friday the 13th?

Friggatriskaidekaphobia: the fear of Friday the 13th is the most widespread superstition in the United States today.

Paraskevidekatriaphobics are people afflicted with a morbid, irrational fear of Friday the 13th. It is estimated that this affects between 17 and 21 million Americans. Some people won’t get out of bed; others won’t fly, buy a house or act on a hot stock tip. Still others won’t work, eat in restaurants or get married on a Friday the 13th. This superstition seemingly began in the 19th century.

Many cities have no 13th Avenue or 13th Street, and many buildings don’t have a 13th floor. 13 letters in a name are referred to as “devil’s luck”…just think of Jack the Ripper, Charles Manson, Jeffrey Dahmer and Theodore Bundy. 13 witches comprise a coven. A Norse myth tells of mischievous Loki joining the party as the 13th guest, and Judas was the 13th at the table at the Last Supper. Christians also held Friday as unlucky due to the crucifixion of Jesus.

Friday the 13th was anything but unlucky for the horror film franchise that debuted in 1980, and the date is forever associated in pop culture with a machete-wielding psychopath in a hockey mask. The most recent installment was released in 2009.

Experts say data is impossible to collect since many people avoid certain activities, though no one would dispute that receiving a baker’s dozen at the local donut shop would be a lucky thing indeed.

Phobics beware: we have one more Friday the 13th in 2013 – Friday, December 13!

 

 

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Only Known Anne Frank Video Resurfaces

(PCM) On July 22 1941,The young woman living at Merwedeplein 39, in Amsterdam got married. Anne Frank (June 12, 1929-1945) can be seen leaning out of the window of her apartment to get a look at the bride and groom.

At the time of her wedding, the bride lived on the second floor at Merwedeplein 39. The Anne Frank and her family lived at number 37, also on the second floor.

It is the only time Anne Frank has ever been captured on film. Anne Frank died in March 1945 at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. Nazi Germany surrendered on May 8, 1945. The subject of a film based on her diary, The Diary of Anne Frasnk, helped make her the very human face of the holocaust. Her father, Otto, was the only immediate family member who survived the war. He died in 1980.

The Film is courtesy of The Anne Frank House, who were given the video in the 1990s by the now long-married couple.

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Myspace Relaunch June 12, 2013

(PCM) We gotta give them credit for trying, and it can’t hurt!

The new Myspace launched June 12,2013, bringing the rebuilt platform out of beta and debuting a new mobile app available for free at the App Store today.

Profiles from Classic Myspace have been upgraded to the new platform, so that members can log in using Classic Myspace, Facebook, or Twitter account credentials and access their content and connections easily.

Built from the ground up using the latest technology, Myspace is designed to showcase creativity, foster collaboration, and promote discovery. New features and tools work seamlessly across desktop and mobile devices to provide an integrated and complementary experience.

“The magic of Myspace has always been at the intersection of creative expression, community, promotion, and discovery,” said Myspace CEO Tim Vanderhook. “Myspace aims to power a new ecosystem catering directly to the creative community, enabling artists to manage their digital presence, build an audience, upload and distribute their content, and learn from data all on a single platform.”

The entirely new platform was developed by a creative team of artists, designers, and developers, and refined by community feedback during the site’s beta. One feature developed as a response to high demand by the community is a tool that allows people to create and share animated GIFs as simply and intuitively as taking and posting pictures.

The new Myspace also offers a persistent player, which anchors everything in music. Accessing 53 million songs from the world’s largest digital music library, the player delivers faster streaming and intuitive drag-and-drop functionality for a superior music experience.

The mobile app’s My Radio feature allows people to create and program their own radio stations, which can be streamed for free on an unlimited basis. Stations can be produced by anyone, giving each member the opportunity to play the role of DJ and promote the music they love to the broader community.

Myspace also delivers its community Insights, an analytics suite that offers a set of visualized data reports telling artists how big their audience is, which fans are most influential, and what’s resonating with them.

Committed to promoting its community, the new Myspace dedicates a highly visible home page to highlighting members and their content. The site’s Discover feature drives connection and collaboration by allowing members to filter searches by account type, such as musician, photographer, writer, or even developer.

The mobile app is available exclusively for iOS devices at www.AppStore.com. A mobile-optimized version of the new Myspace is available for non-iOS consumers as well.

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