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*

 

Apple delays white iPhone 4…again

First, let me start off by saying that the once self-proclaimed “iHater” has turned into a iPhone owner.  Yeah, yeah, yeah I was talking big ish in “iHate iPhone” post http://wp.me/pt9L6-qP, but remember I was big enough to admit when something is good even when iHate it.  Plus I’m a gadget whore.  How can I keep you abreast of all the funky lil technological shenanigans if I don’t try them out myself?

Anywho, for all of you waiting for the white iPhone 4, plan to keep on waiting.  Again, for the 3rd time, Apple has delayed the release of this white thing of beauty.  Apple has kept quiet about the reasons for delays but there are rumors that there are issues with color matching with the device body and buttons and/or light leaking through the phone since it’s white.  Not sure why it would be so difficult to release a white version of the black one but apparently it is.  Your estimated wait time for the white iPhone is Spring 2011.  Or you can just deal with the black one.  It does the same thing.

What’s the one thing a teacher shouldn’t say on Facebook?

 “I’m not a gynecologist, but I’ll take a look inside.”

YOWSERZ.

Yep.  A male teacher in New York posted that comment under a picture on one of his student’s Facebook page.  He’s one of three NY teachers fired over the last 6 months for inappropriate teacher-student relations on Facebook.  Another teacher, female,  kissed a student and posted the picture on Facebook and the other FOOL told his female student that one of her pictures is “Sexy.  This is sexy”.   Come on dude, “I’m not a gynecologist but I’ll take a look inside”?!?  Go kill yourself!

On another note, in Massachusetts, the town of Norton will begin monitoring their teachers Facebook pages.  A new rule explicitly bans teachers from making any students their “friends” and they are not allowed to make any comments or status updates that are sexual in nature.  What’s your take on this?  Invasion of privacy or protecting the students and teachers?

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.