The issue of “sexting,” where an individual sends nude or semi-clothed photos to another, has been in the news a lot lately. As I’ve previously mentioned, this is an important issue, especially because it is a popular and dangerous sensation with teens. But as I’ve also highlighted over the past weeks, it could be a problem that could spill over to the office world as well. Again, the best advice is never send anything that you wouldn’t want the world to see via a mobile phone (or e-mail, etc.) because once a risqu? photo is out there, it is out there and could be posted for the world to see.
What is also worth noting is that one state is considering actually legalizing “sexting.” And at first thought this seems like a very, very bad idea. Why would lawmakers in Vermont even consider making it legal for minors to send sexual images of themselves?
Well, the reason is because under the current law teens could be prosecuted as sex offenders for sending sexual images of themselves – even if it the exchange was consensual. The law change is even receiving widespread support from prosecutors, defense attorneys, law enforcement, women’s groups and others. The reason is that if convicted under the current law a teen might be deemed a sex offender, just for sending a nude photo.
Obviously this law change isn’t meant to protect sexual predators, pedophiles or any adults who transmits photos of underage individuals. And this is a rather big distinction. But again all this is worth mentioning, especially as many 20-something (and even older) employees sometimes don’t always understand that something seemingly playful can have huge repercussions.
iPhone Controller Update Released
When it comes to the iPhone, it isn’t all work. The phone has plenty of options for play. And it also has options to do more than just play music. It seems this is a handset that can take control of a home music entertainment system and so much more.
This week Sonos announced the release of the latest update for its Sono Controller for the iPhone. The Sonos Multi-Room Music System, which had previously been designed for the iPod, has an iPhone version that is straight out of a sci-fi film. When users arrive home, they can dock their iPhone (or iPod Touch), which connects the handset to an existing home theater system. The latest update has added some new key features including the ability to play music from a PC, Mac or other streaming media device.
To date, the Sonos system, which is available beginning at $349 for the ZP90 unit, is the only docking system that allows a mobile handset to interact with one’s home entertainment system. While it would be nice to take things a step further, such as providing control for the lighting, security and intercom as well, this first step is still impressive.
The other features offered by the Sonos Controller include:
- Ability to create and edit multiple alarms on the Sonos system, including wake up options to music
- Timers that can allow users to play music in connected rooms, which will shut down automatically so you can fall asleep to music if you choose
- Support for six languages including English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Swedish
- Computer-free set-up, so you can plug-and-play and go
Digital Chocolate’s Trip Hawkins Loves the iPhone
In the world of video games Trip Hawkins is a legend. He was one of the original founders of Electronic Arts, and now heads a smaller company called Digital Chocolate. This enterprise has been primarily focused on producing games for the mobile handset market.