Meerkat at SXSW 2015

What comes to mind when you think of a meerkat? Perhaps you envision a furry rat-like animal native to the African savannah?

Well the Meerkat app, with its fitting name, allows subscribers to view live streaming of videos through a link posted on one’s Twitter accounts. Meerkat at SXSW 2015 has allowed everyone from tech fans to celebrities to fall in love with its simplicity and fun.Screen Shot 2015-03-22 at 10.43.33 AM Continue reading

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George W. Bush is SMU’s Centennial Commencement Speaker

George W. Bush Announced as Most Influential Commencement Speaker of 2015

George W. Bush is SMU’s Centennial Commencement Speaker. Former president George W. Bush will be speaking at SMU’s May graduation and students could not be more excited. “It’s really cool; I cant wait to see what he has to say,” expressed senior theatre major Mitchell Presas. The announcement occurred on March 3rd by the SMU newspaper, The Daily Campus. Within minutes, the link to the article was posted all over graduating seniors’ facebook walls.

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“This Commencement is especially noteworthy because 2015 is the 100-year anniversary of SMU’s opening. So it is fitting that we should hear from a president who led our nation and the world during historic times and is a valued member of the campus community,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner

Being that SMU has a unique relationship with the Bush family, many students aren’t surprised. With Laura Bush being an alumna and the Bush Library being located on SMU campus the decision to host George W. Bush as the 2015 Commencement speaker seems natural. This will be the second time Bush addresses SMU; He delivered his first Commencement speech at SMU in 1999 when he was the governor of Texas.

According to Business Insider, the announcement is noteworthy, as SMU will be hosting one of the most notable Commencement speakers of the year. Other notable commencement speakers announced this year include former Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick at Harvard University and UN Ambassador Samantha Power at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Instagram Carousel Ads

Once an “ad free” social media platform, sponsored ads have slowly sprouted on Instagram feeds in the 18 months after Facebook acquired the photo-sharing startup in 2012. Cautious for users who may become upset with advertisements cluttering their feeds, Instagram has taken measures to introduce paid advertising gradually.

So what has Instagram developed next for ads? Carousel Ads.

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The Amazing Copenhagen

Last semester, I studied abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark. To say I had the best time of my life is an understatement. I was able to live the life of a local in an apartment on the canal, take classes taught by Danish professionals, explore the amazing city itself and adventure through Europe on a whim. I fell in love with the amazing Copenhagen but of course I am biased so let me share with you a few of my reasons that may persuade you to agree.

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Why All Companies Need to Practice Corporate Ethics

It’s not surprising that so many of today’s most successful companies also strongly emphasize different forms of corporate ethics in their business model. In companies that practice strong corporate ethics, the CEOs and presidents understand who are the most important people driving their business forward.  While all large company’s end goal is to maximize profit, some go about it in a more sustainable way. Continue reading

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Dress Inception Stirs Internet Debate

What causes you to see colors? How can people see different color combinations of the same object? What constitutes color blindness?

If you were plugged into social media this Thursday afternoon, then perhaps you caught a glimpse of this body con lace dress that caused everyone to agree to disagree.2D274907905979-150227-blue-black-white-gold-dress-inline.blocks_desktop_large

 

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Hollywood’s Dramatization of The Theory of Everything

As the Oscar’s rolled out their red carpets last Sunday, everyone had their fingers crossed hoping for their favorites to win Best Picture.  The Theory of Everything, based on the memoir by Jane Wilde, Stephen Hawking’s first wife, did not win but was certainly a crowd favorite among the many of the categories it was nominated for.  Although, the tear jerking story presented in The Theory of Everything was a much more messy tale in real life. Continue reading

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The Magic Touch

Do you believe in magic? What if Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, and the Easter Bunny were all real? Would all your childhood memories change?

Now consider this, what if you could text a specific number and get anything you wanted?

Enter Magic. This text-messaging-based concierge service promises to pull strings, place orders, and schedule deliveries so you don’t have to. The enthusiastic goal of the new start-up is to act as a phone number in your contact list, instead of an app, and provide a delivery service for anything you may need. Only catch- it must be legal.

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Cornell Uncovers Popular Tweet Elements

Twitter is chaos. How are you to fit an entire idea is a mere 150 characters? What make a tweet successful, or popular for you or your company? How can one achieve Twitter fame?

A recent study at Cornell University uncovers that elements of a popular tweet have more to do with a tweet’s style versus the content that is being said.

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Mars One Means New Civilization

Ever wanted to live on Mars? Now what about if it was a one way ticket, no chance of coming back to earth? That’s what Mars One is planning for four individuals in the next 10 years.  Continue reading

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Discover Pinterest App Pins

Ever wished you could pin an app on Pinterest? Or find out about new, up-and-coming apps that will make your life a heck of a load easier? Then Pinterest App Pins is definitely up your alley.

Partnering with Apple, Pinterest debuted its newest product, App Pins, which will allow Pinners to find iPhone and iPad apps. Without having to leave the Pinterest site, pinned apps can be downloaded directly to an iOS device by just clicking on the image.

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Public Speaking Tips

For the first time throughout my years of education, I am taking a public speaking class. To say the class intimidates me is an understatement. I have no problem with interviews or group projects or class discussions but something about standing in front of thirty or so students, judged on my performance, scares me to no end.

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Better Call Saul Record High Debut

Better Call Saul, the prequel spin-off to AMC’s Breaking Bad, aired a two-day premiere this week.  Breaking Bad was not only known for domination over the Emmy’s and many other award shows but also for it’s loyal and cult following of viewers.  You can find iconic Heisenberg t-shirts anywhere from Target to Hot Topic.  So it’s no surprise that Better Call Saul raked in 6.9 millions viewers for the debut, making it the second most watched cable series debut of all time. Continue reading

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Social Entrepreneurship: Praxis

According to the Kauffman Foundation, 54% of Millennials say they would like to start or be part of a startup. Now more than ever is the time for the entrepreneurial generation of creation.

Today, in my Social Innovation class, Dave Blanchard, the CEO and Co-Founder of Praxis lectured about the entrepreneurship movement that has taken off and influenced many young people’s career aspirations. Blanchard is an entrepreneur passionate about bringing new ideas to life to have a positive impact on society.

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Twitter is Lovin’ McDonald’s Super Bowl Campaign

What do a wheelbarrow full of Doritos, designer sandals, a trip to Ecuador and a $1,000 Victoria Secret gift card have in common? These were a few prizes offered on McDonald’s Twitter account during the Big Game.

Last Sunday evening, Twitter users were lovin’ McDonald’s Super Bowl campaign. Their winning idea: to give away every advertised product during the Super Bowl, after the ad airs, by offering it through a live tweet from McDonald’s twitter account.

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How to Adapt to Ever-Changing Social Media

As young professionals, whether in your career as a student or in the professional world, it is easy to assume that you are all-knowing in the field of social media.  But the way it is now, the way it was once and will be, is ever-changing.  It is so necessary to constantly learn what’s going on in the social media world.  And that doesn’t mean just updating whatever app it is and clicking around. Continue reading

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Sky Ferreira Second Album

35195c43As many already know Sky Ferreira has recently finished her Night Time, My Time tour throughout the U.S. However, that doesn’t mean it’s all over because she’s already working on her second album and we have the tour to thank. Long drives to different cities has not gone to waste because it’s inspired Ferreira and given her time to write new songs.  Continue reading

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Girl Scout Cookies Gone Mobile

Thin Mints, Samoas, Tag-Alongs? People can’t get enough. Girl Scout Cookies are the beloved All-American treat that people of all ages can’t get enough of. But sometimes they’re hard to come across – unless you have a little “Brownie” scout living on your block, chances are slim that you’re going to be able to order a  box. Or two. Or twelve.

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Nasty Gal Opens First Store

T160119he well-known global fashion online store —Nasty Gal— finally opened it’s first retail store today, November 21st in Los Angeles, CA. Located in the heart of Hollywood in the Melrose shopping area women and young girls now have access to a face-to-face shopping experience.  Continue reading

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Up Next for Snapchat: Snapcash

Snapchat has just announced the unveling of its newest feature: a payment option enabling users to exchange money among friends. This feature will be used through the private message service that is already in use.

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