Bombshells of the Month: Spelman students win AT&T Mobile App Competition

Maybe I’m out the loop. I tend to think I try to stay on top of things that are IMPORTANT or recognize things that should be RECOGNIZED. I”m constantly hearing about young kids creating iTunes apps, or the high school kid who ILLEGALLY broke into a iPhone and made it usable on a T-Mobile network, or the MIT student who hacked into federal officials emails.  So I was shocked and thoroughly excited to hear that two Spelman College students recently won a mobile app competition last October. Shocked because I didn’t even hear a buzz about it last year and I LIVE in Atlanta and excited because of the obvious.

Jazmine Miller and Jonecia Keels, creators of the “HBCU Buddy App” are the 2010 winners of the AT&T Wireless Big Mobile on Campus Challenge beating out last year’s winners from Harvard. Students across the nation enter this competition for a chance to  win a $10,000 scholarship, a mobile device of their choice and to present their app at the EduCause Annual Conference in California.

From Blackweb2.0: HBCU Buddy is an iPhone app created to educate and inform users, including both prospective and current college students, about Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) across the United States. It is a fully fledged mobile service application that provides detailed information about each and every HBCU in the nation and integrates all facets of college life. Chris Hill, Vice President, Advanced Enterprise Mobility Solutions, AT&T Business Solutions stated that “HBCU Buddy is an outstanding mobile application, embodying everything this contest is about: providing a platform for higher education students to develop their innovative ideas into practical and useful e-learning mobile applications.

Congratulations Jazmine Miller and Jonecia Keels of Spelman College in Atlanta!

Why iM not iN love with the iPad

As a self-proclaimed iPhone hater turned iPhone lover, the hate didn’t just stop there.  iHated on the iPad as well then turned into an iPad owner.  The jury is in: I’m not iN love with the iPad. As a matter of fact, I may still be an iHater. My position still stands that this iPad is an oversized iPhone that can’t make any calls.  Of course the apps are like crack and the high-resolution screen is filled with all the pretty little colors in the world, but at the end of the day it’s an oversized walkman.  You’re not going to carry this thing down the street listening to the iPod part of it. You will not jog with it attached to a band around your arm. It really serves no purpose other than keeping Steve and them in our pockets.  The one and only benefit of having this oversized iPhone that doesn’t make calls, is its ability to replace your heavy ass laptop during travel.  IF you can do without your laptop.  You can sync your iPad with a wireless keyboard and you can add iLife or Microsoft Office ’11 for all your business needs. Other than that, it’s still a snoozefest.  Maybe because I have the iPod Touch, iPhone 4 and the new MacBook Pro. *shrugs*

 

Highlights of the week

Last week I spent 5 days traveling and missed EVERYTHING.    But I did take some good mental notes that were worthy of a few words or two from the bombshell.  Everything from the stock market to T.I. crying, last week was a good week.

TIP TIP, HOORAY! 

T.I.P. saves the day.  Last week he assists in talking a man off the roof of a midtown Atlanta building, that just so happens to be the home of Atl’s hip hop and R&B radio station V103.  As I traveled through Charlotte and D.C., most if not all of the radio stations had an opinion about T.I.’s random act of kindness.  Most of the radio stations and its callers all believe it was a publicity stunt or T.I. did it in hopes the act would somehow affect his court hearing that was happening the next day.  I don’t know about any publicity stunt but what I do know is it damn sure didn’t help his court date.  Remember when the fool spent a year in prison for the weapons charge, was released earlier this year and then not even 6 months later arrested with his “down ass wife” (laughs out loud) in L.A.?  That probation violation awarded him another 11 months in jail.  Good job TIP! 

  

Apple Inc. hits new high!

 

Bottles must have been popping everywhere last week in the Steve Jobs home.  Apple Inc. stock trade price hit $301.50 a share on October 13, 2010.  That’s Apple’s highest trade price ever thanks to the iPad, iPhone and iPod which are still flying off store shelves.

 

And guess what Wal-Mart started selling on Friday?

That’s right.  The iPad.

Wal-Mart has begun selling all six versions of the iPad on Friday, October 15, 2010.  By November they will have the iPad in  2,000+ stores.  But don’t go running to Wal-Mart thinking you will get the iPad for the low-low.  It will be sold for the same price that the Apple store sells it for.  But this is a big plus for Wal-Mart and Apple sales.  When it began selling the iPhone, Apple saw an 88% increase in sales at the end of 2008.

Bullying hits an all new low

For the most part, I try to walk in love..even when met with ignorance.  But there are some things that throw my love walk right out the window.  I know I’m probably wrong for asking the Lord to give me 5 minutes in a phone booth with this bitch Jennifer Petkov but Lord, please give me 5 minutes in the phone booth with this chick!

33-year-old Jennifer Petkov of Detroit is accused of cyberbullying her 7-year-old DYING neighbor, Kathleen Edwards.  Little Kathleen is dying from Huntington’s Disease and her douche bag neighbor Jennifer, has been bullying her on Facebook.  Jennifer posted pictures of Kathleen’s dead mother in the arms of the Grim Reaper and photoshopped pictures of Kathleen with her eyes closed, tongue rolling out and crossed bones beneath it.    When asked why she did it, “yeah I did it.  For personal satisfaction!”   See why I asked for 5 minutes in a phone booth with this bish??  Later it comes out that this grudge stemmed from Jennifer not being invited to a 8-year-old birthday party last year.  A birthday party..smh.

A New Face in Gaming?

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Living most of my life in my hometown of Boston, I never got to experience a black college football game until I moved to Atlanta.  I learned immediately that there were “classic” rivalry games that take place every year in Atlanta that are a must go to event.  My first game was most definitely an experience.

The video game industry is nearly a 40 Billion dollar industry.  But the one thing that’s missing is diversity.  Less than 2% of the developers and owners are African American.

Jacqueline Beauchamp, CEO of Nerjyzed Entertainment, pronounced like “Energized”, joined this industry to hopefully change that.  Nerjyzed is the first African American owned gaming studio to create a game for a major console.  Black College Football the Experience, also known as BCFX, can be experienced on XBOX 360.  If you are a current student, former student or have just attended an HBCU (Historically Black College and University) football game then you should know what BCFX is all about.  It’s a wonderful marriage of football, rhythm based music, halftime shows that’ll blow you away and phenomenal drumlines.  Consumers can also learn more about HBCU’s and what great football players came from them such as Jerry Rice who attended Mississippi Valley State and Walter Payton who was an Jackson State University alumni.

But just because it’s a game that focuses on the black college experience doesn’t mean it’s only for African Americans.  If you love football, gaming and music, then this game is for you.  Black College Football the Experience can be purchased anywhere games are sold.  For more information on the game and Nerjyzed Entertainment http://video.blackenterprise.com/services/player/bcpid1670081878?bctid=54970702001

Hi! My name is Anjela and I’m addicted to Social Networking

Social networking has made my addiction to gadgets, especially cell phones, reach new levels.  I was anti-social networking 12-18 months ago but after pressure from my friends to join Facebook, I’ve been a crackhead ever since.   It wasn’t enough to have all my FB notifications come to my Blackberry but I had to have it come to my Droid and my iPod.  Then Twitter came into my life.  It wasn’t enough to just download UberTwitter, an application specifically for Blackberry phones, but I had to download TweetDeck to my iPod and to my Droid.   Is that not insane?  Then WordPress.com got a Blackberry application.  Then it got a iPhone/iPod application.  It wasn’t enough for me to just blog when I turned on my laptop but now I need to blog on all my gadgets?  Is that not insane?

As I sat at the Dwele concert (3 blogs down) I couldn’t help to notice all the light illuminating from the hands of almost everyone in the audience.  Literally, almost everyone.  Here we have this sexy ass man crooning on stage and people couldn’t put their Blackberry, iPhone, Droid, HTC’s down.  Every moment needed to be tweeted or facebooked.  Dwele’s in the background setting a serious mood.  Singing his best baby-making music.  Since most of the crowd were couples you would think that there would be more cupcaking but instead of being unable to keep hands off each other, they couldn’t keep their hands off their phones.  And nothing, I mean nothing, should keep you away from copping a few squeezes on your main squeeze.

The social networking matrix has controlled most of our minds.  I recently lost all my gadgets to water damage – iPod touch, a Blackberry, a Droid.  When I noticed all of my items submerged in a puddle of red colored juice, my heart began to race and immediate anger began to boil my blood.  The first thing I thought was “OMG!  Now how am I going to tweet?!?”  Not the fact that my very new Droid was less than a month old, my new Blackberry was less than 2 months old and my iPod Touch 64GB was less than 6 months old so all that money I spent never crossed my mind.   Not until hours later and phone calls made that I realized that none of my items would be replaced because my insurance doesn’t cover juice damage.   A loss in my ability to  tweet, facebook, reddit, digg it, flicker, wordpress, rss feeds, BBM, IM and every other form of this crack outweighed that all the money I spent was out the window and I would probably have to rebuy every single gadget I owned.

It’s been a couple of weeks since this epic loss and I feel like a 2 bit crackhead in withdrawal.  My backup phone I purchased just to have a phone has none of the social networking capabilities and I feel like killing myself.  How pathetic is that?

Hi.  My name is Anjie.  And I’m addicted to social networking.  *shrugs*