Apps to spy on your childrens mobile phones

Social Identity in the world

We look at the growing number of apps that spy on the mobile phone activity of your children.  An increasing number of parents feel the need to spy on their children’s cell phones to keep up with who they talk to and what they share. One thing to remember is that all of the data you are tracking is being sent from your child’s phone to the Internet and then stored there. While all of these services use encryption to store the data, the fear it is out there is always on our mind.

While we feel there are better ways, we look at the growing market of applications. A step you can take on a schedule, or even better randomly, is to sit with your child and ask to see their phone. Browse through the pictures, apps and contacts.  Learn the slang they use in texts. Check for history in the Direct Messages of Instagram, Facetime talks and more.  Compare it to how  your job owns your work email content, computer and provided phone if you are paying the bill you own theirs.

Remember that cyber bullying is a real issue and we are proud to be on the Board of Directors for the Megan Meier Foundation. You should be involved with your kid online activity and have open communication. Do not rely only on these applications.

Watch me in the following video that aired Jul 2016 on KSDK (NBC) News Channel 5 about this very topic before we look at apps.  Follow me on every network as @IdoNotes (Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and everything else)

Below is some of the top apps for monitoring your child’s mobile phone activity.

How to create a Pokestop for Pokemon Go. Good for businesses?

Pokemon Lure module

I could go into Pokemon Go security or even how to play, but what about creating Pokestops as a way to increase foot traffic to your business? As brought up by a friend during a Facebook posting, a Pokestop can be beneficial.

What is a Pokestop?

As defined by Niantic Labs, a Pokestop is a place to collect items such as Pokeballs, eggs and a ton of other items to help you catch, grow and maintain Pokemon.  Sounds simple right? There are so many online resource right now showing you every corner of Pokemon Go you should have no trouble learning the game.

Why should I suggest a new Pokestop as business?

But how can a business benefit from Pokestops? Unless you were in a historic marker, public place or other location that Niantic knew about and had on their Ingress map (another game from Niantic Labs) you were out of luck.  Well as of July 14th 2016 they have an online form to suggest Pokestop locations.  This form can be found right here in their help system.

Imagine now that you want to drive foot traffic to your business? Building a Pokestop forces people to come into your business range to access the stop to get the goods. While you do not control the main items that are offered, you can drop gifts or Lure Modules. What is a Lure Module?

If a player purchases one of the Lure Modules from the in-game Shop, the player can place a lure at any PokeStop to increase the amount of Pokemon who will gravitate to that area – and this will benefit any other players in the area. You can even see when a PokeStop is under the influence of a Lure Module on the map by looking for the showering of pink petals, and interacting with the PokeStop will have an icon that details who used the lure.  A new Pokemon will show up approximately every 3 minutes. Lure Modules can be purchased from the Shop either one for 100 PokeCoins, or 8 Modules for 680 PokeCoins. Additionally, when the trainer reaches certain levels – like level 8, they will also receive a free Lure Module. See the Level Rewards page to see which levels reward Lure Modules.

So as a company there may be a small investment of virtual coins to draw customers to your doorstep. This sounds like a winning investment to me no matter how you look at it. Foot traffic can at least get your name known or maybe a few dollars of business just because they are there.  Right now thousands of people are investing time in a game that makes them walk around. I think as a business taking advantage of anything to grow business is a win.  (Even make yourself a custom SnapChat geofilter for added promotion).

It seems they may have been overwhlemed with requests for new Pokestops as the form line to request new ones is down again. You can get a feel for every stop they initially put up since it used the Ingress map. You can catch that anytime right here on the Ingress intel page

GoGo Entertainment app review – GoGo quickly away from it

Many airlines are turning their in-flight entertainment over to GoGo Entertainment (who also controls GoGo Internet in the flights). The use and flow of this application as an entertainment server is horrid. Here is my story.

On a recent American Airlines flight (formerly US Air leg from St Louis to Charlotte) I noticed all the in seat music was disabled. The magazine and agents directed me to the GoGo Internet to then hook into the GoGo Entertainment to get the music, movies and TV shows. I presumed some would be free and some would be pay. I presumed I could use any newer device for sure. I successfully connected to the GoGo Internet and the link given to get the entertainment was invalid. Here is the link they give in the magazine

American Way Magazine entertainment














Now attempting to go tho that page while in fight or even here at the computer shows that it is invalid; the page could not be displayed. The real link is or to get to the right page.

Podcasting and Videocasting with WordPress at Wordcamp 2016 in St Louis

odcasting with Wordpress

This is Podcasting and Videocasting using WordPress from WordCamp 2016 in St Louis

Psst … How’d you like to be a famous podcaster? Even better, a famous videocaster?

Well, before you can produce, you’re gonna need to procure.

But what, exactly? What tools? Services? Hardware? Of course, you’ll be using WordPress.

But that’s just the beginning. Let’s cover the basics of:

  • Hosting media files.
  • WordPress plugins.
  • Bandwidth considerations.

And the specific tools you’ll need to look and sound your very best.

The slides for this sessions are also available below