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‘Post-Mobile’ Is Inevitable: Why Journalists Shouldn’t Dismiss Google Glass

glassBeing cranky and snowed in on the east coast, I was ready to remain skeptical when talking to Robert Hernandez, USC Annenberg journalism professor, about his work with Google Glass and what news orgs could do with them. But his determination to explore what he calls ‘post-mobile’ tools and how journalists can use them convinced me. I (almost) want a pair, once they’re more stylish and I don’t have to talk to them, which will happen, according to Hernandez.

“When have we as an industry ever benefited by dismissing or feeling above an emerging technology?” he asks.

From the internet itself, to blogging, or micro-blogging, or mobile, you’d think we’d have learned our lesson by now. The debate shouldn’t be about when it’s going to catch on or how dorky they look or how people don’t want to talk to themselves to find information. It’s about getting in there and finding out how we might start to use the technology.

Google Glass isn’t the best iteration of itself , but the ‘post-mobile’ world is inevitable, he says, “and if its inevitable what are the features that you want?” He’s calling it post-mobile or micro-content:

I was going to call it ‘light content’ but I know haters will think of ‘fluffy’ content. The premise of Google Glass is that it doesn’t affect your life…it’s not an immersive thing, it’s about eliminating the time, those seconds, of pulling out your phone and unlocking it and searching. Is that good or bad? I’m not going there.”

He’s right. Think about when Twitter came out and we all rolled our eyes over 140 characters. Read more

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Quick! Pick Up These Helpful iPhone Apps Still On Sale

As a journalist, the only thing better than a piece of new equipment is a piece of new equipment for a rock-bottom price. Everyone is doing more with less these days, so it’s more important than ever to take advantage of sales that will boost your toolset without breaking the bank.

Luckily, those doldrum days between Christmas and New Years have become a boon for people who are looking for a good deal, and you can see that phenomenon no better than in the Apple app store. Whether you’re taking advantage of a new device or interested in updating your apps, these four products will become your go-to for on-the-fly reporting and task management — and might make you a better reporter in the process. Read more

How to Take Advantage of IFTTT For Reporting

If you’re haven’t heard of If This Then That (IFTTT), then you’re missing out on an important, productivity-boosting tool. Pulling in information from “channels” such as Twitter, Storify and even your phone, IFTTT is like an infinitely flexible bridge that connects all of your most used tools in new and exciting ways.

Here are a few simple ways that you can use IFTTT’s programs (called “recipes”) to boost your reporting skills and automate some of your more menial tasks. Take a look for yourself, and see how a couple of small steps can take the pain out of some of your most difficult daily activities.

What’s your favorite use for IFTTT? Let us know in the comments. Read more

Pocket and Matter Announce Partnership

The content saving platform Pocket (formerly Read It Later) has announced its first publisher partnership with Matter. Those who subscribe to the Kickstarter funded journalism startup will now be able to access its content directly within the Pocket app. It’s a fitting partnership, since Matter does not have an app of its own. Co-founder Bobbie Johnson told The Next Web that they are not pursuing it because “We had raised money from people through Kickstarter to commission journalism, and wanted to use as much of our budget for that as possible: developing an app would have eaten up a vast chunk of our resources.”

Matter published its first piece of longform journalism last month, and you can get it for $0.99 here.

(H/T The Next Web)

3 Lessons Journalists Can Learn From Circa

Roughly a week and a half ago, a new mobile app launched for iOS devices that may have a big impact in news circles – not just in terms of usage, but in how it may affect the way journalists and news organizations think about presenting the news for a mobile audience.

The app, known as Circa, is branded as “the best way to read the news on your phone.” As opposed to functioning like an RSS feed by incorporating entire stories for users or as an app providing short summaries to recap major news stories, Circa offers a snack-able alternative for story consumption.

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