The building game Minecraft: Pocket Edition leads the lists of the top paid iPhone and iPad apps.
Here's Apple's Best of 2013 lists for apps in Canada.
Top Free iPhone Apps
A couple of months ago, I reported on a project by two SFU students which encourages TransLink riders to share their stories of gender-based harassment on the transit system. The Harassment on TransLink website ended up getting a lot of media coverage and hopefully raised awareness of this ongoing problem.
That didn't last long. On Thursday (December 12), Twitter updated its blocking policy. Later that day, the social-media service reinstated the old policy.
In a blog post, Twitter vice-president Michael Sippey said the reversal was made in response to a user backlash:
Earlier today, we made a change to the way the “block” function of Twitter works. We have decided to revert the change after receiving feedback from many users – we never want to introduce features at the cost of users feeling less safe. Any blocks you had previously instituted are still in effect.
Until now, when you blocked people on Twitter, they couldn't follow you and wouldn't see your tweets in their streams. Of course, harassers could always go to your public profile and read your updates there, but it would take a little extra effort on their part.
Could you survive a week without the Internet?
That's the subject of this short documentary from Mother London, which follows the lives of five digital natives as they attempt to get through a week without social networking, web browsing, or even taking the dreaded selfie.
Tellingly, participants, along with their friends and family members, reported a greater overall level of happiness, with one son saying his dad was much friendlier to be around without the digital distractions.
Imagine if the City of Vancouver blanketed the Downtown Eastside with free wireless Internet access? If our city hall ever decides to go down that path, local officials could look to New York City for a model.
The City of New York announced today (December 10) the launch of what it's calling the largest continuous free public Wi-Fi network in the United States. The Harlem Wi-Fi network will cover 95 city blocks, extending from 110th Street to 138th Street and between Frederick Douglass Boulevard and Madison Avenue. That area is home to 80,000 residents, including 13,000 in public housing, and many businesses.
Even though I can't load up my Facebook news feed without seeing a mention of Toronto's embattled-but-defiant, crack-using mayor, Rob Ford wasn't the year's most talked about topic among Canadian users. That "honour" went to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
As well, if you think your fellow sports and music fans at Rogers Arena spend too much time looking at their phones, you're right. Rogers Arena was the number one checked-in location on Facebook in 2013 that wasn't a bus stop or rapid-transit station.
Selfie is the word of 2013 but for the life of me I can't figure out why; obsessing over self-image isn't anything particularly new. As a teenager, I'd grab my film camera and spend obscene amounts of time taking pictures of myself with the self-timer button; that impulse only increased with the advent of webcams and digital cameras.
But why are selfies a big deal now? I've been struggling to understand why this has become such a phenomenon now in 2013. TThis year, the use of the word selfie has increased by 17,000 percent.
Earlier this week, I blogged about an analysis by Samara of MPs' websites. While the Toronto-based organization found some bright spots, including the sites of local MPs Hedy Fry, Libby Davies, and John Weston, it concluded that MPs tend to "perform poorly at offering ways for Canadians to engage with politics or have input on decisions and policy".
The good news is Samara has put together a list of ways that MPs and other elected politicians can improve their sites. These tips are found in the following infographic:
There’s been a threat of snow in Vancouver’s weather forecast for a few days.
This is in contrast to my friend’s iPad—no matter how much she wants it to snow on her iPad, it’s forecast to stay clear and bright through the holidays and beyond.
It’s a WordPress.com thing. You know…the free Internet blogging dew-hickey?
My friend couldn’t really think of much to do with her WordPress blog after a friend created it for her. Then she heard about the festive feature to make it snow on a her blog until January 4th.