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Podcast: Up to Speed in Digital Media News with Quinn & TJ for 03/31/2013

Book Review: Starting a Micro Business by Carol Topp, CPA

Book Details:

File Size: 1397 KB
Print Length: 97 Pages
Publisher: Ambassador Publishing
Publication Date: April 30, 2012
Text-to-Speech: Enabled

Book Summary:

Starting a micro business will help teenagers earn money while learning a lot. A micro business is simple to start, usually home-based, low risk, educational and easy for a busy student to run. This book offers ideas, a business plan, pitfalls to avoid and resources to get a teenager started making money running their own micro business.

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Book Review: The 4-1-1 on Surviving Teenhood by Michele Sfakianos

Book Details:

File Size: 311 KB
Print Length: 136 Pages
Publisher: Open Pages Publishing, LLC
Publication Date: October 16, 2012
Text-to-Speech: Enabled

Book Summary:

When I say the word teenager what comes to mind? If you are like most people, the words rebellion, trouble, and stubborn come to mind. You might also think: drugs, crime, pregnancy, peer pressure, sex, puberty, driving, attitudes, relationships, irresponsible, and messy. Those about to go through the teen years might think: independence, first job, fun, sports, adventure, dating, invincible, and driving.

It is time to change the way adults see teenagers. Teens today are faced with drugs, teen pregnancy, texting or sexting, alcohol, peer pressure, bullying, and other dangers. Why do our teens use drugs and alcohol, gamble, or fall prey to other destructive behaviors such as eating disorders or cutting? We will walk through these and other scenarios, and I will offer guidance on how to get through it.

We take our children through childhood, into teenhood, and then onto adulthood. Remember: if you go into the adventure together, you will come out of it together.

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Book Review: Last of the Seals by Greg Messel

Book Details:

File Size: 1019 KB
Print Length: 392 Pages
Publisher: Gregory W. Messel
Publication Date: April 23, 2012
Text-to-Speech: Enabled

Book Summary:

The year is 1957 in San Francisco. Sam Slater is a lifetime minor league baseball player for the San Francisco Seals. The Seals have just one more season left as San Francisco is about to become a major league city. The Giants are coming to town in 1958 and the Seals will be displaced. Sam has come to the end of his baseball career and is going to join the private detective agency of his best friend. When his friend is brutally murdered, Sam must go it alone and try to find out why. Along the way he is swept off of his feet by a beautiful Elvis-obsessed TWA stewardess named Amelia Ryan. Sam and Amelia try to unravel the mystery together. Sam’s best friend, Jimmy inadvertently saw something he shouldn’t have. Sam and Amelia have pictures in their possession that have crime families in San Francisco and Chicago very worried. Then a young woman Sam has been searching for is found dead on the beach. Suddenly, Sam and Amelia find themselves in danger. On dark and foggy San Francisco nights, trouble is lurking just around the next corner.

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Digital Media News for the Week Beginning 03/17/2013

EFF BLASTS PLANS TO BUILD DRM INTO HTML5
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has weighed in on the growing controversy over the proposal to build DRM into HTML5, the next version of the standard language for building Web pages and applications… [read more]
Source: Boing Boing

ATAVIST CO-FOUNDER EVAN RATLIFF ON DIGITAL CONTENT MODELS
The Atavist, founded by Evan Ratliff, Jefferson Rabb and Nicholas Thompson, was launched in early 2011 to tap the burgeoning long-form digital content… [read more]
Source: Folio Magazine

HTML5’S OVERSEER SAYS DRM’S TRUE PURPOSE IS TO PREVENT LEGAL FORMS OF INNOVATION
Ian Hickson, the googler who is overseeing the HTML5 standard at the W3C, has written a surprisingly frank piece on the role of DRM. As he spells out in detail, the point of DRM isn’t to stop illegal copying, it’s to stop legal forms of innovation from… [read more]
Source: Boing Boing

AMAZON’S ‘SEND TO KINDLE’ BUTTON TAKES AIM AT READ-IT-LATER SERVICES
Now Amazon is entering the read-that-really-long-story-later market with a Send to Kindle button that will push content directly to Kindles and devices with the Kindle app. The button has already launched on Boing Boing, Time and The Washington Post… [read more]
Source: Wired

AMAZON WHISPERCAST FOR KINDLE NOW LETS ORGANIZATIONS MANAGE MASS APP
When Amazon introduced its Kindle Whispercast service back in October, it did so with the promise that ‘”bulk app distribution” would be coming soon for Fire tablets. Fast forward to today and that feature is now live, giving organizations the ability… [read more]
Source: Engadget

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Book Review: Prey of the Spirit Bear by William Hill

Book Details:

File Size: 851 KB
Print Length: 293 Page
Publisher: Otter Creek Press
Publication Date: September 14, 2012
Text-to-Speech: Enabled

Book Summary:

Prey of the Spirit Bear is a gripping young adult adventure set in America’s National Parks where Native American legends and old world monsters roam the lands. The story follows the investigations into strange sightings, raven deaths, and a mysterious crystal skull by a National Parks junior ranger, a Boy Scout, and a reluctant gamer of mixed heritage with blood ties to Native American spirit beasts. The Old World collides with the New where stone arches, caves, and natural bridges connect the realm of Above with that of below. The trio must rediscover lost secrets and stops an ancient threat before monsters are unleashed into the civilized world.

National Parks visited include Arches, Yosemite, Yellowstone, Bryce Canyon, Devils Tower, and Great Smoky Mountains. The book includes compelling pen and ink drawings at each chapter heading inspired by southwestern art and landscapes to visually enhance the story. Prey of the Spirit Bear reads swiftly at 384 pages.

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