Two of the most powerful women in media — Oprah Winfrey and Arianna Huffington — are joining forces.
The two on Thursday launched “HuffPost OWN,” a new section on the Huffington Post website that will feature material from the Oprah Winfrey Network and Oprah.com. The new online destination will focus on lifestyle advice and personal inspiration.
Winfrey said she was “delighted to join the conversation” at the Huffington Post. In a blog post, Huffington said Winfrey is “made for the Internet,” given her qualities of engagement and authenticity.
There are now nearly six dozen niche sections on the Huffington Post.
If we didn’t have another reason to be excited about Samsung for it’s amazing products, how about the fact that they’re doing something great for communities all across the world… particularly Africa.
Samsung’s Solar-Powered Internet Schools Initiative brings mobile classrooms filled with gadgets to rural towns like Phomolong, home to about 5,000 to 10,000 people. By outfitting a mobile shipping container with desks, a 50-inch electronic board, Internet-enabled solar-powered notebooks, Samsung Galaxy tablet computers and Wi-Fi cameras, children can receive a technology-rich education without traveling far.
“I have this motivation in me. It’s this need to just grow up and become something better in life and help others to become a success so that in South Africa, or in the whole continent of Africa, we can have a better life,” a Phomolong Secondary School student named Lefa told us in a video by the Samsung Corporate Social Responsibility team.
For her, the computer lab presents an opportunity to “learn all the things” she’s ever wanted to learn. (read more)
Sometimes, rappers and the internet just don’t mix…just ask DMX! The opinionated rapper spoke with Power 105.1 – The Breakfast Club and discussed everything under the sun, however when it came to talking about technology and the internet…that’s when things really got funny.
We now live in a day-and-age where everyone and their mother (literally) has a computer. Most homes have multiple desktops, laptops, or notebooks and even kids know how to operate a system. DMX, however, took a trip to New York’s Power 105.1 radio station recently and admitted that he not only hates computers, but he’s never even used google.
Watch how confused he gets when he tried to Google himself on a laptop without a mouse and gets frustrated when the arrow pointer turns into a hand when he scrolls over an icon.
Starbucks won’t be the only go-to hot-spot for quick Wi-Fi action for long. Fashionistas can rejoice, haute fashion house Saks Fifth Avenue has announced that Wi-Fi service from AT&T is coming to all 44 locations across the United States. This is actually the culmination of a gradual roll-out that began last November at the original store in New York City. Now, you’ll be able to connect at any location – Saks suggests that you use it to view their FashionFix app, which introduces you to even more fashions and features an event calendar for all the store locations.
What do you think, can you see yourself breaking out the laptop at Saks?
Were you a summer school lunch kid like me? Do you know a low income family that could use in-home internet access and an affordable netbook to get ready for the school year?
As it was announced during last month’s Blogging While Brown Conference, Cable and Internet provider Comcast is launching a new program to offer discounted Internet service and computers to low-income families.
The program, called Internet Essentials, will “provide low-cost access to the Internet and affordable computers as well as digital literacy training to families with children who are eligible to receive free lunches under the National School Lunch Program,” according to the company’s blog.
Internet service provided through Internet Essentials features download speeds of up to 1.5 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 384 Kbps.
The plan costs $9.95 per month (plus tax) and is available for families that:
- Are located where Comcast offers Internet service (currently in 39 states)
- Have at least one child receiving free school lunches through the National School Lunch Program
- Have not subscribed to Comcast Internet service within the last 90 days
- Do not have an overdue Comcast bill or unreturned equipment
Upon enrollment, new customers have the opportunity to buy a “netbook-style laptop computer” for $149.99 (plus tax). It supports wired and Wi-Fi Internet connectivity and includes the Windows 7 Starter operating system and Internet browser software.
The program is a by-product of the Comcast-NBC merger, in which the company agreed to “increase broadband deployment in low income households” as one of a number of conditions to the acquisition.
This initiative helps push the United States one step closer to closing the digital divide between the “haves” and “havenots.”
During these hard financial times, now is the time to shout this news from the clubs to the malls & possibly gain a fresh for low-income families & kids during this upcoming school year.
Do you know a family that could benefit from Comcast’s Internet Essentials?
Would you consider contributing to that family in need?