The Cloud

The cloud service I use the most is Google Drive. The drive from Google is a 15 GB free cloud service. If 15 GB is not enough you could increase the storage size to 100 GB for $1.99 every month or all the way to 30TB for 299.99 a month. Google Drive stores pretty much anything; photos, designs, drawings, recordings, videos, Microsoft Office files, etc. Google Drive can be used from almost every device that has internet access from either going into Google or downloading the Google Drive app, the service is available for Mac, PC, iTunes store, Windows store and Google store. Google Drive is a pretty secure but it has a few problems with it. The user could manage the security settings to personalize how secure they want their account to be. A problem with the service is that since the service is linked to the user’s gmail, someone could try to access it if they get the user’s e-mail address. Google drive allows people to share their files, which could also be another security problem, but this can be fixed by changing the sharing settings. The reason I use Google Drive is because is easy to use and I can use it anywhere I want.

 

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5 Things you need to know about xmas!

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Its December, and you know what that means. We’re all getting ready to celebrate christmas, hanukkah, kwanzaa and any other holiday I missed (oops). Its tradition in many families to put up the lights and set up the plastic and or real tree but other families are eagerly waiting to light up the menorah. Christmas is not the only holiday celebrated in December but it is the most popular in the United States.
I remember christmas gave me so much joy as a child, which I think is the biggest reason why I still celebrate that glorious morning, but as I get older I start to ask myself…where did christmas come from? Why do we celebrate it?..and who the hell is the REAL Santa Claus?
Since the first recorded date of Christmas being celebrated on December 25th was in 336AD,  we can assume the humans back then weren’t stringing up lights and spiking eggnog. When I dug a little deeper on the subject I found 5 things, you need to know about christmas!

#1. WHO IS SANTA CLAUS?

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Santa Claus comes from St. Nicholas, a Christian bishop living in Turkey in the 4th century AD. St. Nicholas had inherited a great deal of wealth and was known for giving it away to help the needy. St. Nicholas was also known as “the protector of children”. This explains the connection between children and their fondness of Santa.

#2. WHY DECEMBER 25? 


Many people believe xmas falls on Dec. 25th because thats the day Jesus was born, but the bible never states this. So it is widely speculated that Dec. 25th was chosen because it coincided with the ancient pagan festival Saturnalia, which celebrated the agricultural god Saturn with partying, gambling, and gift-giving. 

#3. Upside down or right side up!
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Originally only used in department stores to increase floor space, consumers (as usual) decided they like the idea and took it home with them. Some european folks believe the “inverted tree” represented the holy trinity. You can buy this here tree for 198$.

#4. I’ll take EVERYTHING!
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We lead in consumer culture thats a given but according to List25 Christmas purchases account for a 1/6 of all annual retail sales in the United States. Hot damn! No wonder why christmas comes earlier every year.

#5. “Im changing my status!”
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Facebook released an article that tracked changing of relationship status, ‘Tracking the Seasonality of Relationship Formation’ and it stated that on Dec. 25 people are 34% more likely to pair up!

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The Cloud

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United States (USD)

50 GB: $0.99

200 GB: $2.99

1 TB: $9.99

Storage:

Photos

Videos

Documents

Security:

Apple uses a minimum of 128-bit AES encryption. This is the encryption standard used by banks and other financial institutions. 

The security of iCloud is extremely safe unless you’re being tracked down by the NSA or something…

 

Access:

iCloud is available cross platform, which means you can access the cloud from your cell phone, computer, and even tablet!

 

Mobile Apps: 

The option to connect to iCloud is integrated in the newer Apple products (devices that have iOS9 or later). Once activated, you can have instant access to all files on the cloud with little to no hassle.

 

Why iCloud?

I use all Apple products, therefore it’s the one I’m most familiar with. The cloud is very user-friendly and Apple offers 24/7 customer support online which means if I have any problems I can fix them immediately.

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Classic Holiday Movies You Must See

It’s that time of the year again, the time that we can all snuggle up with hot cocoa and watch our  favorite holiday movies. Whether they’re movies from our childhood like A Christmas Story, or bad movies like Bad Santa . We at SLCC Mass Communication Center have put together the top holiday movies for your enjoyment!

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MIXED NUTS, Adam Sandler, Liev Schreiber, Madeline Kahn, Steve Martin, Rita Wilson, Juliette Lewis, Anthony La Paglia, 1994

Mixed Nuts -(1994)
7% Rotten Tomatoes
Directed by Nora Ephron, in this movie, you’ve got it all, slapstick comedy, a struggling crossdresser (Liev Schreiber) and a “who done it” murder mystery.  A serial killer is on the loose in sunny California, but that doesn’t stop Philip (Steve Martin) and Katherine (Madeline Kahn) two crisis phone line workers, from throwing their annual christmas party. AVAILABLE NOW ON YOUTUBE clink the link below.
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Pop Quiz what was Adam Sandler’s first movie?
A. Billy Madison
B. Going Overboard
C. Mixed Nuts

 

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The Ref- (1994)
71% Rotten Tomatoes  
Available now on NETFLIX The Ref Starring; Denis Leary, Kevin Spacey, and Judy Davis… What happens at the Chasseur house, stays at the Chasseur house, especially when your christmas party gets hijacked by a conman on the run. Gus (Denis Leary) a safe cracking thief pretends to be a marriage counselor for Lloyd (Kevin Spacey) and Caroline Chasseur (Judy Davis), who are expecting their family over for dinner. Gus is slowly starting to realize he hijacked the wrong family. Whats happens when you mix family drama, a drunk santa, blended together with an assortment of felonies? You’ll just have to see for yourself!

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National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation- (1989)

64%  Rotten Tomatoes
Having your extended family over for the holidays? Well so are the Griswolds! Directed by Jeremiah S. Chechik, Clark (Chevy Chase) and Ellen Griswold (Beverly D’Angelo) star in another National Lampoon’s Vacation, but it’s Christmas time. This hilarious comedy takes place in a nice quiet suburb outside of Chicago, it won’t stay quiet for long as the entire Griswold clan comes together for the holidays. The cast includes Eddie Johnson (Randy Quaid), Russell (Johnny Galecki) and Audrey Griswold (Juliette Lewis). Available on Netflix DVD.

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Bad Santa- (2003) 

78%  Rotten Tomatoes

Director: Terry Zwigoff: Starring: Billy Bob Thornton Tony Cox, Lauren Graham.

Billy Bob Thornton plays the sleaziest Santa to ever come down the chimney in this controversial classic. Available on: Netflix, Hulu and amazon prime.

 

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A Christmas Story- (1983) 

88%  Rotten Tomatoes
All Ralphie (Peter Billingsley) wants for christmas is a Red Ryder bb gun with a compass in the stock, but as he hears from his parents “you’ll shoot your eye out”.This Christmas comedy takes 9-year-old Ralphie on a wild goose chase (or duck chase if you will) were getting his x-mas wish isn’t so easy, so Ralphie takes his wish list to the big man himself, Santa Claus. Available on Netflix DVD.

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Elf – (2003) 

84% on Rotten Tomatoes
Who doesn’t love a grown man yelling at a department store santa: “You sit on a throne of lies!”, this hilarious tale is available to rent through itunes & Amazon or on Netflix.

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Nightmare Before Christmas -(1993)

94% Rotten Tomatoes
The ultimate animated christmas awesomeness, brilliantly realized in visuals, music and storytelling. The highest rated movie on our list, Tim Burton takes you into a creepy musical, where Jack Skellington (Danny Elfman) discovers something he has never seen before, something so beautiful that he is forced to defend it from the ultimate creeper Mr. Oogie Boogie (Ken Page). What is that something? Christmas town! Available on Netflix & Amazon

 

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Jingle All the way – (1996)

17% Rotten Tomatoes
A fantastic tale of a father doing everything it takes to make it up to his son on christmas.

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Home Alone – (1990) 

54% Rotten Tomatoes
A cautionary tale or every kid’s dream? Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) is left behind after his family goes on an out of state christmas vacation. Unfortunately Kevin finds himself defending his home against the infamous “wet bandits” 2 house burglars Harry (Joe Pesci), and Marv (Daniel Stern). With a big house full of christmas presents Kevin gets pretty creative, in this family comedy.

 

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Gremlins -1984

85% Rotten Tomatoes
Directed by Joe Dante. Mixing a family holiday affair with some genuine gruesome scares available on Netflix & Hulu. When a small time gadget maker wants to buy his son Billy (Zach Galligan) a cute furry christmas gift, Billy ends up breaking the rules and feeding the little guy after midnight, find out what happens next in this creepy Christmas tale. Watch the trailer for this cult classic now, Gremlins.

 

 

 

 

Cloud Based Services Google Drive

Google drive it free only for users how only use up to 15 GB but after that if you want 100 GB its $1.99 a month 1 TB is $9.99, 10 TB is $99.99 a month even though that is a lot of money Google Drive is a good storage choose. Google Drive can do it all it does docs it can upload media etc… It looks though that it has been attacked by outside sources before one was a bug in the 2009 where Google Docs had allowed viewer access to private documents and in 2011 a lot of US government officials passwords and their accounts where hacked by someone in China. You can view google drive from your phone, tablet, computer practically anywhere. I selected this one because I primarily use this one more and pay attention to it more. ^DF

Moov Now

The Moov Now

There are two articles , and another review of the Moov Now. I think that the most important information can be gathered from all and how this activity tracker is more of a virtual coach than an activity tracker in the sense that it has the ability to let you know how long you have done something other than sit around.

has the ability to coach through an app available to any individual using a smart phone. The tracker has a very lightweight; the band that holds the tracker is also light and dynamic.

The app helps you get better at your training activity especially if it is Running, Swimming, Walking and indoor cardio workout that is already preset into the app. There is an 8-minute workout that requires you to wear two trackers at the same time to measure your landing, push and range of motion.

If you are an experienced athlete the Moov does not offer the advanced coaching you might want. If you are a beginner athlete or just getting started, than this tracker really has the ability to help you get motivated to exercise for a little at home with an intensity that can help you get better or do an interval walk, the coaching voice comes through your phone and helps you push yourself harder.   Another feature is that it automatically tracks your sleep and quality of sleep; the con of this feature is that if you stop moving the tracker just consider that as sleep.

The biggest downfall in all articles researched is that if you have a big size phone this would be a very difficult thing to have with you if you go running. Also if you choose the boxing work out it is necessary to have the second tracker. All other workouts only require one.

The battery will last for six months and once you need to replace the replacement is only a few dollars.

 

Black Friday apps

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Slickdeals is one of my favorite apps and websites. There is lots of info on anything that there is to buy. You can go directly to the website here . Download the app on the ios here, android here.

 

 

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Also if you are looking for things to purchase online don’t forget that many retailers are offering free shipping and always amazon.com has prime or other free shipping deals on certain products. Here is a comprehensive list of those retailers: Black Friday 2015: Target, Best Buy, Apple and others offering free shipping.

Happy shopping!!!

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