iPad Users Mostly Male, Love Photos [Y! Mobile]

From Yahoo’s Mobile Blog: “As expected within the classic early-adopter profile, we identified a male skew in the 35-44 age group among these early users. In fact, among all users, men outnumber women 2:1.”

“The iPad Yahoo! user closely followed the interests on Yahoo! that we would suspect: Flickr, Finance, Sports and News”

More results and charts at Y! Mobile Blog

[Hat tip to the Newsosaur]

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25+ Useful Online Media Infographics [Webdesigner Depot]

Remember all of those awesome inforgraphics you’ve found across the internet? You know like the giant social media map or the subway map of Internet trends.

They’re all compiled here. [Update 4-29: Apologies for the link fail. The link is posted now.]

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Report: Women 55+ Facebook’s Fastest-Growing Demographic

From the Shaping The Newspaper Blog, sourced from a Morgan Stanley Research report:

“To the surprise of many, Facebook in not just the privilege of tech-savvy kids – the college and post-college folks (18- to 24-yearolds), which the site originally aimed to target, now only account for less than 25 percent of total users. The fastest-growing demographic group is women age of 55 and older, up 175 percent since September 2008.”

Read more at SFN

[Hat tip to Journerdist Will Sullivan]

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What Does One Call A Programmer/Journalist? [PBS MediaShift]

From Aron Pilhofer writing at MediaShift:

“This is a problem of no small significance, because as the career paths of journalists and developers converge, the labels we use affect how we are seen by those around us. I experienced this first-hand a few years ago when I went from being a journalist who used data in his reporting to a computer-assisted reporting specialist.”

“Then there’s the term that seems to be more and more in vogue — “programmer-journalist.”  And while that definitely captures the dual nature of mission, it feels like a bit of a cop-out to me. Like we couldn’t find a good title, so we’ll just jam a couple half-baked ones together. It’s clunky to say, clunkier to write and it’s just a little too combination Pizza Hut/Taco Bell, you know?”

Read more at MediaShift

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Newspaper Comments: Forget Anonymity! The Problem Is Management [Scott Rosenberg]

From Scott Rosenberg’s Wordyard: “The great mistake so many newspapers and media outlets made was to turn on the comments software and then walk out of the room. They seemed to believe that the discussions would magically take care of themselves.

If you opened a public cafe or a bar in the downtown of a city, failed to staff it, and left it untended for months on end, would you be surprised if it ended up as a rat-infested hellhole?”

More at Wordyard

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Slash? Backslash? Whiplash? Prevent most usual car crash injuries

car accidentCar accidents can be particularly devastating. Even minor accidents can be costly to the drivers, passengers, and pedestrians. The risks of car accidents are real. For 2016, the National Safety Council estimated 40,200 fatalities — an increase of 6 percent over the previous year. The number of fatal crashes in the previous two years is the highest in the past half a century.

The fact is that car accidents can be prevented by taking simple precautions. In this article, we have shared five tips that can help in avoiding auto accidents.

1. Remain Vigilant When Driving

When driving, you should keep your focus on the road. Avoid letting anything distract you from driving. The car is the last place that you should be multitasking. You should never use your cell phone when driving — even if it’s a hands-free model. Talking while driving will distract you from focusing on the road. So, put away the phone, and make sure that it’s turned off before driving.

2. Never Exceed the Speed Limit

The purpose of a speed limit is simple: to avoid accidents. Exceeding the speed limit increases the chances of an accident. Apart from consuming more gas, driving at a high speed can put the lives of others in danger. You will have less reaction time to avoid rollovers and collisions when driving the car at a fast speed.

3. Select a Safe Car

Apart from good driving behavior, you must select a car that has excellent safety features. A car with electronic stability control can reduce the risk of a fatal rollover by about 80 percent. Also, you should look for other safety features such as blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure warning, rear cross-traffic alert, and more. You will cut the risk of a serious car accident by half when you select a reliable and safe car.

4. Don’t Drink and Drive

Another advice to avoid a car accident is to never drink and drive. Majority of crashes involve drunk driving; most of which turn out to be fatal. Driving while drunk impairs the senses. This makes it highly likely that you will make mistakes when driving, resulting in a car crash. So, never drive when drunk.

5. Ignore Crazy Drivers

Los Angeles drivers tend to do crazy stuff such as cutting other drivers, breaking the signal, and speeding. You should avoid these crazy drivers when driving. If they get behind your car and honk the horn, you should let them pass. The quicker you get away from these reckless drivers, the safer you will be. Make sure you check out more information about TDLR course in the state of texas.

The above tips can greatly help in reducing the risk of a car accident. In case you have been injured in a car accident caused due to another person, consider contacting an experienced car accident attorney. An attorney will help you get the compensation you deserve for the injuries sustained in an accident caused due to another person’s negligence

Delayed injury symptoms after a car crash

Vehicle accidents are generally horrific experiences — even when the damage is not severe. Everyone reacts differently to a crash. Some experience a mental fog, making it difficult to think or focus. Others might find their minds flooded by thoughts and concerns.

In addition to the mental trauma and emotional disorientation, sometimes vehicle accidents cause physical damage that’s hard to notice amidst immediate distractions. Even serious physical issues might not present any signs for several days.

The first six weeks after a whiplash injury are usually conservative in care. Massage, chiropractic care and physical therapy may be part of the comprehensive healing program. Pain that continues past 6 weeks without continued improvement with conservative care is appropriate to seek the care of an interventional pain doctor. Injectable treatments, such as the ones found at Novocur, can reduce inflammation and get back to the road of being pain-free again.

For those who have been in an accident, here are some of the more common symptoms that can appear several days later.

1. Headaches
Headaches that develop several days after a vehicle accident are common. Sometimes they can signal a potentially serious problem, such as, a blood clot on the brain, injury to the neck or head or even a serious concussion.

2. Neck or shoulder pain or stiffness 
Whiplash is the classic delayed symptom injury associated with accidents.

“Most cases of whiplash injury occur as the result of rear-end vehicle collisions at speeds of less than 14 miles per hour,” according to patientinfo.com.

Whiplash injuries can be serious and may require x-rays, CT scans or MRIs for proper diagnosis.

3. Back pain
Back pain that appears after an accident could be caused by injury to the muscles, ligaments or nerves in the back or even by damage to the vertebrae.

“Low back pain is found in more than half of rear impact-collisions in which injury was reported, and almost three-quarters of all side-impact crashes,” reports the Back & Neck Pain Center.

4. Abdominal pain or swelling
These signs could indicate internal bleeding. Other symptoms include large areas of deep purple bruising, dizziness and fainting. Internal bleeding can remain undiscovered for hours or days. It can be a life-threatening condition that needs to be diagnosed and treated by trained emergency medical personnel.

5. Numbness
Loss of feeling in arms and hands is another indication of whiplash injury (also called whiplash associated disorder). The loss of feeling results from damage to the neck or spinal column. Modernmedicine.com notes  about 20 percent of people involved in rear-end vehicle accidents develop some symptoms of whiplash.

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Predicting The Future Of Obituaries

A team of Northwestern University students led by pioneering professor Rich Gordon has published the results of a compelling analysis on Legacy.com and the future of newspaper obituaries.

Gordon published an overview today on Poynter E-Media Tidbits, where he urged the newspaper industry to pay more attention to the state of obituaries.

Obituary revenue has weathered the massive industry changes relatively well for now, Gordon says, but that may quickly change as it did for other classified categories. He writes:

“For newspapers, the key lesson from history should be clear: Act now, before it’s too late. And don’t let the industry’s current, relatively strong position in death notices and obituaries stand in the way of innovation, collaboration and partnerships.”

“Historically, via death notices and obituaries, newspapers met the needs of all of these audience segments. But changes in technology, media usage and cultural norms are combining to threaten newspapers’ dominance of this category.”

So check out Gordon’s piece here and the recommendations his students made to Legacy (PDF download here).

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At Snopes, A Quest To Debunk Misinformation Online [NYTimes]

From the NYTimes: “The popularity of Snopes – it attracts seven million to eight million unique visitors in an average month – puts the couple in a unique position to evaluate digital society’s attitudes toward accuracy.

After 14 years, they seem to have concluded that people are rather cavalier about the facts.

In a given week, Snopes tries to set the record straight on everything from political smears to old wives’ tales.”

Read more at NYTimes.com

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The Twitter News Instinct

See the original at XKCD, my all-time favorite webcomic.

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Eye-Tracking Tablets And The Promise of Text 2.0 [Wired]

From Wired.com: “For example: What if those written words were watching you reading them and making adjustments accordingly? Eye-tracking technology and processor-packed tablets promise to react, based on how you’re looking at text – where you pause, how you stare, where you stop reading altogether – in a friction-reducing implementation of the Observer Effect. The act of reading will change what you are reading.”

Read More at Wired

[Hat tip to Journerdist Will Sullivan]

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Automated Sports Reporters Coming This Summer [ReadWriteWeb]

From ReadWriteWeb: “Make room on the bleachers, the robot reporter wants to sit down and watch the game. Sports statistics company StatSheet says it will have technology ready this Summer to turn statistics for hundreds of small college basketball games into richly reported blow-by-blow coverage of how the contests unfold. There are many Sports broadcast (스포츠중계) sites which provides live broadcast of all sports.

The rise of Automated Sports Journalism
The union of AI, predictive models, and sports is growing every year more.
It seems like a lifetime ago when there were no latest-generation sports products or super-technical materials. When the Boxscores were created with a pencil and a notebook and the training of the athletes was based only on running.
This situation has been turned around by a tech revolution that is leading to a sports improvement, both in terms of products and performances. Of course, sports romantics won’t be happy about it, but this technical an methodological change is relentless and we can do nothing to stop it.

Totally unexpected is the use of AI in sports journalism, a field that so far didn’t have the deserved attention.

Perhaps not everyone knows that since some years sports journalism became the object of different tech integration trials: first among the many, the data and tech integration for the editing of sports articles.

This revolution – started from Baseball – is a clear example of how Sport is the perfect field for testing new processes that, if working, can be used in many other activities and in the popular ones like Badminton, so if you are looking for equipment check the new Quality badminton racket and more new available products !

The Associated Press started its first test on a sample of 10.000 matches in the minor leagues of baseball. This new software seems to be capable of building up a detailed recap of the most important moments of the game, after analyzing all the data coming from any single match.

It is very hard to reach outcomes comparable to the report of a journalist, but these first tests proved that the results are good and with a big margin of improvements.

This new software can easily be a game changer of sports journalism, especially because AI can cover any single match on a national scale, becoming a sort of extension of the journalist and doubling his resources.

Sports journalism is not the only journalism affected by this evolution. Many important newspapers (New York Times or The Washington Post just to name two of them) are already introducing these new technologies in their workflow and so far the results are great.

The application of AI is bringing added value to some crucial topics, such as:

– Automation of daily procedures: AI let journalists focus on important matters, automating their daily and time-consuming routine.

– Data analysis: AI makes possible to analyze a huge amount of data and make predictions on specific topics.

– Fight against fake news: AI can use algorithms able to stand in the way of this phenomenon

So far, one of the most ambitious attempts was made by The Washington Post during Rio Olympics of 2016. Thanks to Smart Software Heliograf, the prestigious newspaper could cover multiple disciplines at a time, generating a flow of information big enough for the editing of many articles.

People have been talking about robot reporters for years, but sports coverage is a logical, structured field for it to happen in and StatSheet says it will soon bring a product to market.”

Read more at ReadWriteWeb

[Hat tip to Doug Fisher, who has a great post on this too.]

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Update Facebook On Weekends, Twitter In Mornings [OMNT]

From Old Media, New Tricks: “In a recent blog post, Dan Zarrella published results from an ongoing analysis of Facebook data points. One interesting statistic stood out: Facebook users share anywhere from 20 to 50 percent more stories on weekends than they do during the week.”

Read more at Old Media, New Tricks

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