Getty Images allows free use of photos

Getty Images

Getty Images

The world’s largest photo agency is allowing you to use its images,– free .  Whether you are a journalist, ad agency, blogger or student, anyone can now visit the Getty Images website, select a photo, grab some embed code and display the image on blogs and social media pages without paying a licensing fee. And they’re also dropping the opaque square watermark on the majority of their stock.

Previously, if you used an image, you risked receiving a scary letter threatening to sue you if you didn’t own the licensing rights to the photo.  So what’s the catch, you may ask?    Click here to find out why the agency is now letting you have free access to millions of its images.

Cheers,                                                                                                     @SunnyFridge

Ok Glass: “Please come to my class”

I recently got the opportunity to try on Google Glass while at a recent IRTS seminar during the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, NV. The technology is really amazing, allowing you to wear this tiny computer like a pair of glasses. You can access information through voice commands without using your hands. It works on the iPhone but seems to be more Android friendly.  One website I checked out listed more than 70 Google Glass apps, and one in particular, Google Now is pretty impressive. The app acts as a virtual personal assistant (think Apple’s Siri) and automatically generates Gmail cards with customized information based on your location, interests and search habits.  It also retrieves travel and restaurant reservations from your Gmail account and lets you know what the weather or traffic is like before you head out the door. The beauty of this technology is that the information is shown literally before your eyes without having to reach for your smartphone. There is a touchpad on the side of the frame but you can also activate Google Glass by simply tilting your head up. Once you say the words “Ok Glass,” a screen appears and you can tell Google Glass to make a call, send a message, email, access contacts , music and much more.

And you have access 24/7 to taking photos and recording videos and immediately sharing to social media.  There’s even an app that allows you to simply “wink” to take a photo. There are drawbacks and privacy issues, but that’s why Google has been allowing consumers and developers to test the product.
I signed up for the Google Glass Explorer Program and am hopeful I will soon be selected to beta test Google Glass, so that our mass comm students at Jackson State will have a chance to experiment. The sky’s the limit, as you will see in this video that shows the super cool ways Google Glass can be used.

“Ok Glass, please come to my class!”

Cheers,
@sunnyfridge

Storage in a flash(drive) for your iPhone and iPad

i-FlashDriveHD_l

Have you ever wished you had more storage for your iPhone or iPad but aren’t eligible for an upgrade?  One of the booths I stopped by during  CES2014 in Las Vegas had a great gadget for storing and transferring content on-the-go from your smartphone to a laptop…  It’s called PhotoFast i-Flashdrive.  The price tag is a little hefty, starting around $105 for a 16gb flash drive to around  $299 for a 64gb flash drive, but hopefully the cost will come down soon. There’s also an i-Flashdrive app.

Check out this short demonstration on the Photofast i-Flashdrive.  You can also read a review here.

2014 CES Photofast Demonstration from Sunny Fridge on Vimeo.

Cheers

@sunnyfridge

Smart and Fashionable Announcements by Intel @CES 2014

I’m having such a great time at CES2014 in Las Vegas. Many of the booths that I’ve visited are showcasing mind blowing technology; some useful, some just plain old fun…

Some of the biggest announcements at CES2014 came from Intel CEO Brian Krzanich.  Wearable devices like smart earbuds, smart headsets and prototype smart watches to a smart charging bowl are some of the gadgets we can expect from Intel in the next few months.  I’m now a Fitbit owner, and I love that Intel (as well as other companies) are partnering with fashion industries to make wrist worn wearables. Intel is also offering a contest for developers with $1.3 million dollars in prize money to design the next big wearable tech.  Krznanich also announced new developments to mobile security and Intel Device protection technology in 2014.  Check out the highlights:

Cheers
@sunnyfridge

Tech Stars Shine at 2014 International CES Show in Las Vegas

photo(1)Today, I’m joining over 150,000 people who have gathered in Las Vegas, Nevada for the 2014 International CES.   Over the next four days, those who shape the future will unveil the latest products, services and networks that will impact the future of innovation and our interaction with the world today and in years to come.  The global consumer electronics and consumer technology trade show will showcase over 2700 exhibits…From 4K TV (ginormous105”  curved HDTVs) to the latest in wearable technology (move over Fitbit)… New apps for smart cars… and predictions from big tech stars are just a few of highlights at 2014 CES…

I’m among 40+ educators from across the country taking part in the 2014 IRTS Faculty Seminar “Reaching Audiences in a Multi -Device World.”  Thanks to the International Radio Television Foundation, the seminar includes a visit to the 2014 CES.  On Monday, we heard from experts in the communications industry who weighed in on the future of innovation as it relates to journalism education. We also got a chance to do a group exchange on innovative teaching practices. Thanks to my colleague from Syracuse University, Dan Pacheco, I got a chance to test out Google Glass.  The head mounted-wearable technology has all the resources of a smartphone that you access through voice commands without using your hands…. Really cool.  Hope I can get one for my multimedia reporting class! (Are you listening Google??).

Testing out Google Glass technology at 2014 IRTS Faculty Seminar in Las Vegas

Testing out Google Glass technology at 2014 IRTS Faculty Seminar in Las Vegas

IMG_5007

Stay tuned for my updates from 2014 CES.                                                       Remember…What happens in Las Vegas stays in Las Vegas and … on Social Media!

Cheers,                                                                                                                                                                            @sunnyfridge #CES2014

Being “Social” in 2014

2014 poster wordle

Happy New Year!  Are you ready to ring in the new year with some new resolutions to be more social in 2014?

social-media

If so, check out this great post by Alex Hanse on “14 things you should be doing with social media in the New Year.” http://bit.ly/1goKp4A .

Cheers,

Sunny Fridge                                                                                                               @sunnyfridge

Mississippi Association of Broadcasters Media Panel at JSU

MAB Industry Panel at Mississippie-Center@JSU Friday, 9/27 at 1:00 pm

What do today’s journalists need to know about telling a story and engaging their audience?  What do journalism educators need to know about training today’s students for tomorrow’s jobs? You can find out answers to these questions and much more. The Mass Communications Department at Jackson State University will host MAB on Campus Day at Jackson State University on Friday, September 27th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  The event kicks off with portfolio critiques for students from 10 a.m. to Noon.

At 1:00 p.m. an industry media panel of  television and radio broadcasters and educators will discuss, “Storytelling in a Digital World: The Impact of Technology on Journalism from the Classroom to the Newsroom.” The audience will include media professionals, journalism educators and students from local colleges and universities. The event will be streamed live at www.livestream.com/jacksonstateu .

Admission to the Industry Panel is free and open to the public.  For more information call 601 979-3601.

Move over Vine, Viddy…Instagram now has 15 second videos!

So the rumors were true… Facebook has announced Instagram now has video.  And while posting video to the internet is nothing new… for millenials like my high school and college students who love to use Instagram, its a convenient way to post videos from an app they use on a daily basis for up to 15 seconds of fame.   Personally, I like the app Viddy because it gives you up to 30 seconds… but to have the option to post either photo or video from the same app will probably make Instagram the favorite over Viddy, Vine, Social Cam and others..

You can read the full story here: http://techcrunch.com/2013/06/20/facebook-instagram-video/

cheers

@sunnyfridge

Isaac Carree to perform at the “U” at JSU June 21st 7:00 pm

Image I

Its going on four weeks since the inception of JSU Connection, the new radio show airing live on Tuesdays from 12:30 to 1:00 p.m. on WLEZ, 98.1 FM.  The show is broadcast live from the Mississippi e-Center @JSU and is hosted by  JSU Mass Comm department Interim Chair Dr. Monica Flippin Wynn. I host a segment called TechTalk.  MC student Crystal Hilliard also does a JSU Campus update.  Since she wasn’t in today, I had the pleasure of interviewing Isaac Carree.  You may recall he is the former lead singer for the contemporary gospel group, “Men of Standard.”  Caree will be performing live on Friday, June 21st at the “U,” located at One University Place at Jackson State University.  Check out my radio interview below with Isaacc Caree and hear him talk about his new CD, “Reset,” being released next week… and get a sneak listen to his single, “Clean this House.”                                                                        

For more information on Caree, check out his  Facebook page

Cheers

@sunnyfridge

CBS’s Randall Pinkston retires after 40+ years as a Journalist

Randall Pinkston picCongratulations to veteran CBS news correspondent Randall Pinkston.  Pinkston  recently retired after more than 40 years in journalism. The Yazoo County, Mississippi native got his first TV job in 1971 at WLBT in Jackson.

Randall’s final report aired in May on CBS This Morning.  It’s an inspiring story on civil rights leader Medgar Evers, and tells how efforts by Evers helped pave the way for Pinkston and other African-Americans to have a voice on Jackson television and local stations around the nation.

A few “Fridge Notes”:  Many of our mass comm students are often surprised to learn their media law textbooks and research documents list WLBT as one of only two stations in the country to lose its FCC broadcast license for violations of fairness in business and on-air practices.

Dr. Olorundare, Dr. William McHenry, MC student Deneisha Pearson, Dr. Sunny Fridge

Dr. Olorundare Aworuwa, Dr. William McHenry, MC alumna Deneisha Pearson, Randall Pinkston and Dr. Sunny Fridge at JSU-TV studio.

Although I worked at CBS in New York for six years, I never met Randall Pinkston until I moved to Jackson, Mississippi. It’s always great to see Randall at the annual National Association of Black Journalists Conventions or other journalistic circles. I also had the pleasure to work on the planning committee to bring Pinkston to Jackson State as a guest speaker for JSU Mass Communications Day. And in 2011, I served on the board of the Mississippi Associated Press Broadcasters that selected Pinkston as one of the first recipients of the MAPB Pioneer of Color Award –for breaking the color barrier in newsrooms around Mississippi.

MAPB Pioneer Honorees

2011 MAPB Pioneer Honorees Walter Saddler, Randall Pinkston, Sally Ann Roberts, William Dilday.                              (R. Solis AP Photo)

Watch Randall’s final report for CBS News on Medgar Evers.    

Congrats Randall… I join industry colleagues and viewers in saying, “you’ll be missed.”  Happy retirement!

Cheers,                                                                                                                               @sunnyfridge