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The Campus Socialite Presents: This Week in Social Media

June 24, 2011

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Does tech and social media play a big role in your internship? Check in every Friday for this update from The Campus Socialite. This week, we’re buzzing about Apple shutting down iPhone cameras at concerts, a big milestone for mobile devices and technology that could let your fingers power your phone.

By Matt Schoenman

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Consumers Now Spend More Time on Mobile Apps Than The Web

Combined tablet and smartphone sales have surpassed those of desktops and laptops for the first time ever. That means that people on the go are now spending more of their time checking Facebook and Twitter via mobile apps, instead of opening up an inconvenient laptop to see going on in social media. A study reported that consumers spent 81 minutes per day using apps, compared to 74 minutes on the Internet. So if you don’t have an app for your site, now would be the time.

Apple Patents Technology to Shut Down iPhone Camera in Venues

Apple is now developing software for the iPhone that would disable its video camera with the help of infrared sensors installed at concert venues worldwide. The purpose of the technology is to prevent concertgoers from taking video footage of shows that certain broadcasters purchased the rights to record. It would also help curb the posting of copyrighted material to the Internet.

The Future: Your Gadgets, Powered By You

Let me explain: Australian researchers have discovered a way to harness the energy we use while typing, swiping, and touching our gadgets using piezoelectric film – a material that creates an electrical charge as you apply mechanical stress. Soon enough, your phone, computer, tablet, etc., might be coated in this stuff, allowing your technology to potentially have an endless supply of battery life. Awesome.

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