Coming Soon: Doc’s Picture Hunt?

Over the weekend, I participated in a Instagram Scavenger hunt! There’s this blog that I’ve found that has their own Scavenger hunt going on strictly throughout the internet.  By this I mean, they don’t require people to meet up and form groups to participate in their challenge. I took on the opportunity to take some pictures and send off a few tags that I found upon the list that was posted. BOOM, I’m part of the game. It was really fun and I enjoyed it a lot and it made me want to do something like it with Doc’s Castle Media. Curly Girl Designs is the facilitator of this awesome project. Seems like their game has been going on just a short amount of time. It might have started within the last few weeks of April. Other people may be familiar with the #PhotoADay trend on Instagram, which was started by Fat Mum Slim. It’s the challenge where they take a month from the year and gives you the list of days with a subject to highlight for each day. That’s another scavenger hunt. But that’s far from the subject now. Back to my plan!

I want to incorporate a Scavenger Hunt game for a few of my readers this summer, something to keep you busy from week to week, right? Wrong! Something to keep ME busy. I feel that Instagram is a great project created to share memories. But what does posting a pic of what you’re eating have to do with a great memories if you’re going to eat the same meal another day? I don’t think any of us understands that.

Doc’s Castle Media wants to let the world know of Doc’s Picture Hunt, an instagram scavenger hunt that will last for the entire summer and maybe longer, depending on you all! If you guys want to play the scavenger hunt game, we’ll get it crackin’ the first week in June and continue until the first week of September. It all depends on you all! The hunt will consist of a list of words that will come out weekly. You’ll look for those few things, tag #DocPictureHunt  along with the word you’re representing to your photo, and then lookout for the next list to come out the following week. There will be no winner, just some of your work displayed to our viewers. You’re making the world your playground and showing everyone how you perceive life. It makes you feel important doesn’t it? That’s the point!

Let me know if you’re interested. Thanks Everyone!

What's the Right Prepaid Debit Card for Me?

Today, I want to take the time out to highlight electronic money $$$! I recently saw an article in the Baltimore Sun Newspaper this Sunday called Be Wary of Fees with Prepaid Debit Cards by Eileen Ambrose that was very informative. It’s important to talk about the subject of prepaid debit cards, especially to those college students out there looking for ways of keeping track of their money.

Prepaid Debit Cards

To the college students, I feel your pain! I’m a full-time student pursuing a bachelor’s degree in corporate communications with two jobs, still have time to blog, and find time to intern for a small business as well. Money is very important for all of us because we want so many things or want to do so many things. That is why we must save, save, save! I’m looking for a prepaid card to put my money on so I won’t have to swipe my debit card everywhere. I really don’t want to apply for a credit card, either. I recommend people read Ambrose’s article.

Prepaid debit cards often come with monthly fees, withdrawal fees and other stressful money issues that various people who do not own prepaid cards are aware of. I recommend people to research what prepaid card is best for them before going out and getting any card. I may have a few people reading this blog who are familiar with the Russell Simmons’ Rush Card, usually advertised on BET and other music video channels. I named this card in particular because its one of the few prepaid cards that I know of rather than my school’s ID card and my jobs Total card, which deposits money from your paycheck directly to the card on payday. I think college students should have choices, wider ranges of prepaid debit cards to choose from when pondering a decision such as getting a credit card. Instead of sending us credit card applications in the mail, how about applying mailing list within companies that will send out more pamphlets about investing in a prepaid card? That’s something useful for us!

Russell Simmons Rush Card

In Be Wary of Fees with Prepaid Debit Cards, it gives a worthy and informative website to run to for help with our prepaid card research, Nerd Wallet, which compares more than 60 prepaid cards. “The website allows you to plug in how you expect to use the plastic— such as number of monthly ATM withdrawals, bill payments and balance inquires— and then lists the least expensive cards for you.” That’s a good tool to have! Check it out, here.

Hope this was helpful to all those researchers. I know there are plenty of other ways people save money. Leave a comment telling us of all the best ways you save your money. Is it better having a prepaid debit card or a checkings account?

What’s the Right Prepaid Debit Card for Me?

Today, I want to take the time out to highlight electronic money $$$! I recently saw an article in the Baltimore Sun Newspaper this Sunday called Be Wary of Fees with Prepaid Debit Cards by Eileen Ambrose that was very informative. It’s important to talk about the subject of prepaid debit cards, especially to those college students out there looking for ways of keeping track of their money.

Prepaid Debit Cards

To the college students, I feel your pain! I’m a full-time student pursuing a bachelor’s degree in corporate communications with two jobs, still have time to blog, and find time to intern for a small business as well. Money is very important for all of us because we want so many things or want to do so many things. That is why we must save, save, save! I’m looking for a prepaid card to put my money on so I won’t have to swipe my debit card everywhere. I really don’t want to apply for a credit card, either. I recommend people read Ambrose’s article.

Prepaid debit cards often come with monthly fees, withdrawal fees and other stressful money issues that various people who do not own prepaid cards are aware of. I recommend people to research what prepaid card is best for them before going out and getting any card. I may have a few people reading this blog who are familiar with the Russell Simmons’ Rush Card, usually advertised on BET and other music video channels. I named this card in particular because its one of the few prepaid cards that I know of rather than my school’s ID card and my jobs Total card, which deposits money from your paycheck directly to the card on payday. I think college students should have choices, wider ranges of prepaid debit cards to choose from when pondering a decision such as getting a credit card. Instead of sending us credit card applications in the mail, how about applying mailing list within companies that will send out more pamphlets about investing in a prepaid card? That’s something useful for us!

Russell Simmons Rush Card

In Be Wary of Fees with Prepaid Debit Cards, it gives a worthy and informative website to run to for help with our prepaid card research, Nerd Wallet, which compares more than 60 prepaid cards. “The website allows you to plug in how you expect to use the plastic— such as number of monthly ATM withdrawals, bill payments and balance inquires— and then lists the least expensive cards for you.” That’s a good tool to have! Check it out, here.

Hope this was helpful to all those researchers. I know there are plenty of other ways people save money. Leave a comment telling us of all the best ways you save your money. Is it better having a prepaid debit card or a checkings account?

App of the Week: Iron Man Mark VII Interactive Comic Book

If you consider yourself to be a comic book psycho, Marvel fanatic, and superhero freak, today you’re going to go nuts when you hear this week’s app of the week! In honor of the Avengers coming out last Friday, Doc’s Castle Media has decided to makes this week app of the week Iron Man Mark VII Interactive Comic Book!

Iron Man

What does this App do?

Stated from Appshopper.com,  “Set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, “Marvel’s The Avengers: Iron Man – Mark VII” is an epic interactive comic book experience through the design logs of super hero Tony Stark as he journeys from his Mark I armor, used to escape from captivity in the Ten Rings insurgents’ cave, to the high-powered Mark VI armor, used to vanquish Ivan Vanko and his army of Hammer Drones.

A war has started and we are hopelessly outgunned. It is time for billionaire philanthropist Tony Stark to upgrade his Iron Man armor for the upcoming battle when “Marvel’s The Avengers” assemble for the blockbuster movie event of summer 2012.”

This App’s Features include:

  • 15+ pages of an all-new story
  •  Hit musical soundtrack from the Iron Man and Iron Man II movies
  • Innovative new sliding panel navigation to immerse you in comics
  • Dozens of interactions that react to tilt, touch, and drag to give you full control over the experience
  • “Read to Me” mode with word highlighting!
  • “Read Myself” mode with touchable words!

Where can I find this App?

Android’s Google Play, iTunes App Store

How much does this App cost?

Absolutely nothing but the space in your phone!

Would I use this app?

Comics are awesome but ever since comics have become popular television shows and sold out movies, I’ve find that I like seeing the action play out rather than reading and guessing what’s going on in a comic book. Yes, it’s interactive but it’s not the same as watching the movie!

Spreading the Word about Hip-Hop

So I’m going to do something a little different here for Wednesday’s blog and not talk about the latest technology news. I want to give an update on what’s interesting in the life of Doc. In one of my classes this spring semester, I spent a lot of my time studing a subject many people aren’t aware is being taught in some universities. My Media Genre’s class at the Unversity of Baltimore in Baltimore, Maryland was dedicated to teaching college students on the subject of Hip-hop. It’s quite astonishing but yet very relieving to know that something that I completely understand and spend 87% of my life living is finally being taught in school! Yes!

Hip-hop

This semester, I was given an awesome task to complete for a grade in class. My hip-hop genre professor gave everyone in the class the task to Spread the word of Hip-hop to the community the best way you possibly can. Students were split into groups of five and instructed to come up with a creative way to teach people about the hip-hop culture. I was in the group that decided to create a hip-hop documentary. To jump right into what this blog is actually for, it’s to promote the documentary we have created, spreading the word of hip-hop! This is what Baltimore believes is hip-hop…

Texting Saving Teenagers Lives

While scrolling down my facebook news feed, I see a post from one of the facebook pages I’ve liked called Geeks are Sexy. The post caught my eye because the title of the link to the post was “Texting Can Help Fix Teen Problems.” How can texting fix teens problems? I didn’t think I could think of a way it could. So I clicked on the link and found out how, of course. This is from TED and is definitely an Ideas Worth Spreading.
Texting Saving Lives
Nancy Lublin, CEO of the Do Something Organization, talks of another awesome idea she wants to launch utilizing text messaging! Stated on Geeks are Sexy, “She’s setting up a text-only crisis hotline to allow teenagers to have somewhere that they can message, using a medium that they’re completely used to in today’s world. She discusses the enormous possibilities that setting up such a text hotline could have in terms of the data gathered and what that could mean for understanding teen problems and taking steps towards reducing and possibly eliminating them.” GREAT IDEA! Sounds just like one of those hotlines that you call into for help except with advance possibilities, testing. The following is a video from TED.

App of the Week: Group Me

Stated on the GroupMe Blog, “Whether it’s an impromptu book club, karaoke crew, pick-up soccer group, or fan club, open groups make it easy to talk about the things you like with anyone you know.” Sounds good enough for me!

GroupMe

What does this app do?

What if you wanted to have a conversation with your sorority all at once but you weren’t in the same place and it’s hard to get the message out to everyone at once? Yes it’s here. Group texting! It’s something I’ve always wondered about ever since text messaging came into existence! With this app you can carry a group discussion with your friends and all your friends can see each reply between every member of the conversation, like instant messaging.  Here’s what you can do:

  • Start groups with the people already in your contacts.
  • Send and receive messages using your data connection and when you have a poor connection, the app can switch you to SMS so you’ll never miss a message.
  • Share photos within any conversation.
  • Create open groups so anyone can join in the conversation.
  • See group members’ locations on a map.
  • Have private conversations aside from group convo’s, too.

Where can I find this app?

You can get this app from Google Play, iTunes App Store, Blackberry App World, and Window’s MarketPlace. If you don’t have a smartphone, you aren’t left out. GroupMe also has an SMS option so everyone is included!

How much does this app cost?

This app is absolutely free!

Would I use this app?

I already do. I don’t use it too often. But I use it whenever I want to talk to a group of friends at the same time. It’s quick and easy!

Social Media 101

Now, I know plenty of people who don’t know how to work social media websites. I’m oftened asked to provide assistance with social media promotion. Though, I may say it’s easy and fun work to do, I’m still learning how to work these sites. I’ve learned a great deal along the way and I know there is so much more to learn. I am never discouraged about all of the social network talk at all. Neither should you guys!
Social Media Help
There are so many outlets to helping you manage your social media that isn’t taking in advantage of. That may be because people want the easy why out. They often think “Where do you get the time to do all of this? This is too much work!” It comes natural to me because I’ve been working with social networks for a little over a decade now. You can’t expect to know everything about the social media world in a snap of a finger. It takes an excessive amount of observing, a lot of testing what you’ve learned from observing out, and loads of time practicing. When you dedicate yourself to overcoming the social network battle, you’ll begin to do very well with managing your site!
A Great Idea!
So I’ve gone searching for a solution to this social networking problem for everyone. I went looking for a class for people to attend so they can learn more about social media. In the link below, there is a list of free opportunities from Kommein.com to help you learn about social media. There are 25 Free Online options mentioned. Feel free to check it out!

Social Media 101 from Kommein.com

App of the Week: Shark Dash

If you’re a fan of Angry Birds or just a video game freak, this week’s app will definitely grab your attention. Winner of today’s app of the week is Shark Dash. This Tuesday, EverythingICafe.com decided to give away Shark Dash to winners of their daily iPhone and iPad giveaway. Competitors had to post a shark video from youtube in EverythingICafe’s forum to enter to win. Winners were announced on Wednesday. Sorry guys, you’ve missed out on your chance. Better luck next time.

Shark Dash

What does this app does?

It’s a video game and the object of the game is to simply drag and release the rubber bath shark’s tail with your finger to launch him at the rubber ducks in the bath tub. You dispose of all of your duckies, capture all the coins, and finish each level with the least amount of jumps possible to earn 3 stars. Then use your Stars to unlock new levels. There are 96 levels to this game and more to come in the future!

Where can I find this app?

Shark Dash is available in the iTunes App Store. This means you can get it for your iPhone and your iPad. This app is not accessible for android. Sorry!

How much does this app cost?

This game only cost $0.99. You can spare that, right?

Would I use this App?

Sure! If this app was on android, I’d definitely use this app during the days when I can’t find anything to do. It’s a great app to play on your downtime. With its amount of levels, this game would probably last me a few weeks to beat.

Top 10 iPhone Apps of All Time

You see, I’m not an iPhone user so this is kind of difficult for me to vouch for what apps you should download for your iPhone. But I’ve found that I could find info about this elsewhere. The Business Insider posted an article highlighting the 10 best iphone apps, EVER. That’s the best iPhone apps of all time. Sure, many people may disagree with some of these apps. But this is where you’re imput comes in. Comment on this blog with your favorite iPhone apps. Here’s what they had to say were the best:

Angry Birds

10: Camera+

Turns you’re phone into a camera. The app offers basic photo editing features, such as crops and special effects,  and you can directly send your edited picture off to Facebook

9: Pocket God

iPhone users must like to play God as the game allows you to rule over your  island and control the fate of your citizens. The app continuously updates with  new episodes for you to mess with your islanders as well as new powers to test  out.

8:Angry Birds Rio

Released as a partnership with the animated film Rio, this special  edition of Angry Birds lets you rescue exotic feathery friends instead of  destroying the usual hoard of swine. You can even fling over a special breed of  bird that flaps its wings to knock over structures instead of slamming into  them.

7: Tiny Wings

Tiny Wings combine the innocent wish to learn how to fly with beautiful graphic  art, making this app one of the prettiest games you can play on your iPhone. The  app was recently chosen as iPhone Game of The Year in the App Store Rewind 2011  list compiled in Europe.

6: Words w/ Friends

Words With Friends is easily one of Zynga’s most successful games on the iPhone,  especially since you can play each game on your phone and continue it on the  Facebook app

5: Angry Birds Seasons

Angry Birds Seasons updates the levels to match your ongoing festivities,  whether it be Chinese New Year, Valentine’s Day, Halloween or Christmas. The  constant updates also bring you new birds with its own unique powers, including  the orange expanding bird and the green boomerang toucan.

4: Cut the Rope

In 2011, Cut The Rope landed in IGN’s Best Game on The iPhone list, with more  than 60 million downloads to date. The cute strategy game was also the first to  win a BAFTA award for Best Handheld Game in 2011.

3: Doodle Jump

Doodle Jump lets you bounce your way to the top while battling aliens and UFOs,  all with the control of tilting your phone left or right. Though Lima Sky, the  game’s developer, released a Christmas special edition of Doodle Jump, the  original version remained the popular choice among iPhone users.

2: Fruit Ninja

Fruit Ninja is a game that needs so much of your precision that even New York  Knicks’ Jeremy Lin (jokingly) named it as one of the ways to improve the speed  of your hand-eye coordination skills. The cartoony, sloshing sounds only help  add to the sensation of annihilating random fruits tossed onto the screen.

1: Angry Birds

The Angry Birds phenomenon would be nowhere if not for the original version  which premiered in December of 2009 and captured our angry, angry hearts ever  since. The game has since expanded its franchise to various other platforms,  including apparel, food, and even a theme park.

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