Author Archives: R. Michael Brown

About R. Michael Brown

Communication, public relations, & marketing consultant, freelance writer, media producer, and speaker.

Replace Laptop with iPad? Careful!!

I was thinking about getting an #iPad Pro 12.9  tablet to replace my MacBook Pro laptop.  Not so fast!  I read the reviews on the Apple website about the keyboard. No way…

– “If I could leave zero stars….”

– “Nothing but trouble…”

– “This accessory not supported – by the company that makes both the tablet and keyboard…”

– “Listen to the reviews – #AppleKeyboard unreliable…”

It looks like the keyboard gets about 2.25 stars out of 5 on the Apple website. The reviews about other keyboards aren’t much better.

A device is only as good as its weakest link.  Not having a reliable keyboard for what looks like a great iPad kills the product for me.

Time to rethink… I type, shoot, create web content, and video edit for a living.  I’m a writer and producer.  A keyboard is NOT optional.  You’ve been warned!

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Why Some of Instagram’s Biggest Memers Are Locking Their Accounts – The Atlantic

More meme accounts are going private. Their owners say it’s a new way to gain followers on a crowded platform.

Over the past six months, some of Instagram’s biggest meme pages—like Shithead Steve, with more than 2.5 million followers, howitlook.s (8 million), couplesnote, (8.2 million) greatercomedy, (5.3 million), Pubity (5.1 million), and more—have locked down their accounts, forcing non-followers to request access in order to view their content.

— Read on www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2018/07/why-some-of-instagrams-biggest-memers-are-locking-their-accounts/564995/

A new strategy to get more followers.

Skype 8.0 launches on desktop with HD video, and soon encryption & call recording | TechCrunch

Skype 8.0 launches on desktop with HD video, and soon encryption & call recording | TechCrunch

Skype’s redesign launched last year was met with mixed reviews, but the company is forging ahead by rolling out a number of its new features to other platforms, including the desktop.

Microsoft today is launching Skype version 8.0 that will replace version 7.0 (aka Skype classic), the latter which will no longer function after September 1, 2018. The new release introduces a variety of features, including HD video and screen-sharing in calls, support for @mentions in chats, a chat media gallery, file and media sharing up to 300 MB, and more.

It will also add several more features this summer, including most notably, supported for encrypted audio calls, texts, and file sharing as well as built-in call recording.

— Read on techcrunch.com/2018/07/16/skype-launches-a-new-desktop-app-with-hd-video-improved-chat-and-soon-encryption-and-call-recording/

#Microsoft #VirtualTeams

2018 Tour de France: Chris Froome falls victim to cobblestone in Stage 9 | NBC Sports

Team Sky’s Chris Froome slides off the dust-filled road in Stage 9 of the 2018 Tour de France.
— See on www.nbcsports.com/video/2018-tour-de-france-chris-froome-falls-victim-cobblestone-stage-9

Cobblestone roads beat up riders with crashes, dust, and distance. Amazing video. Rest day today after stage 9 of 21 stages. Tomorrow they go into the mountains!

Daily Prayer

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“Lord, make us to walk in your way: Where there is love and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance; where there is patience and humility, there is neither anger nor annoyance; where there is poverty and joy, there is neither greed nor avarice; where there is peace and contemplation, there is neither care nor restlessness; where there is the fear of God to guard the dwelling, there no enemy can enter; where there is mercy and prudence, there is neither excess nor harshness; this we know through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Prayer of Francis of Assisi, 1182-1226) Daily prayer is courtesy of Don Schwager © 2018. Don’s website is located at DailyScripture.ServantsOfTheWord.org/Readings

Amazon’s share of the US e-commerce market is now 49%, or 5% of all retail spend | TechCrunch

Amazon’s share of the US e-commerce market is now 49%, or 5% of all retail spend | TechCrunch
— Read on techcrunch.com/2018/07/13/amazons-share-of-the-us-e-commerce-market-is-now-49-or-5-of-all-retail-spend/

Amazon dominates.