A Social Media Intifada

By Adina Rosenthal Move over “Angry Birds.” The newest up-and-coming iPhone app may be for revolutions. While social media platforms have become commonplace in both our vernacular and daily use, they have also played an important role in fomenting recent revolutions. In 2009, thousands took to the streets of Moldova to protest their Communist government in what was titled the Twitter Revolution for the platform’s success in galvanizing and organizing the public. When the Iranian government prevented journalists from reporting on the 2009 post-election protests, Iranians flocked to social media outlets to update the world on their plight. Recently, social media platforms took like wildfire in the Arab Spring, empowering people to unite and demand reform from their oppressive governments, resulting in immediate resignations, swift ousters, and, in the cases of Libya and perhaps Syria, war. According...

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iPhone Goes Jewish

We know there are some pretty cool things you can do with an iPod, but now the iPhone is making its own legacy, in part because of programs like this one: the iPhone Siddur. According to RustyBrick, the iPhone Siddur has: Weekday prayer texts with easy and quick navigation Nussach for Ashkenaz, Sfrard and Sefarad Mizrachi Zmanim Calculator based on your location (with override) Minyanim database (finds the nearest shul to your location) Luach or Jewish Calendar And there are more features to come, including: Mizrach Compass Smart Siddur (will show you the prayers you need only for that day) Remember last location in Siddur text Siddur bookmarks Chabad Nusach Before the iPhone Siddur, there was iDaven, which could be downloaded onto an iPod or phones like Treo, Blackberry and Sidekick. But compared to the iPhone and its ability pinpointing davening times and finding nearby shuls, the iPod...

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