My York Sunday News column for June 5, 2011
Hubs surprised me with a 25th anniversary trip to Key West. Yeah, I know. Got married when I was 10. One of the best things about the trip -- well, besides the awesome seaplane adventure to the Dry Tortugas, seeing where Hemingway penned some of his greatest work, visiting the house where President Harry Truman enjoyed spending time away from the White House, watching the interesting characters, enjoying the tropical climate and dynamic nightlife and nightly sunset festival in Mallory Square (Whew!) -- was getting the York Daily Record/Sunday News E-edition on my iPad.
I know. I know. But once a news junkie, always a news junkie. And my trusty old iPad -- that Hubs bought me (wink) for Christmas but had no idea how much he paid for it until after the bill arrived -- made staying connected and up to date on hometown news a breeze.
If you own an iPad and you subscribe to our e-edition, you definitely should check out the presentation on your tablet. Just go to the App Store and search for "York Daily Record" and install. Use the same username and password you use to access your e-edition online.
The e-edition replicates the print issue and the iPad delivers an enjoyable viewing experience. For iPad users, it's intuitive. Touch the page number at the end of a story on the front page to go to the jump page to finish reading it. Touch URLs to go to websites and email addresses to send emails. Use the pinching method to reduce or enlarge type. Touch a story with two fingers and the screen splits, putting the replicated page on one side and the story on the other, which you can then enlarge if you need to.
I know that I'm raving about this e-edition on my iPad, but I'm in love with it. It's convenient, easy to use and truly allows me to know what's going on at home anytime, anywhere I am.
I hope that if you have an iPad you give this a whirl. I'd love to know what you think of it.
And just to make sure you're in the loop, here's the skinny on some of our other great apps.
-- We have a really cool free (emphasize free) smartphone app for those of you who love going to yard sales. And I know there are a lot of you. Just download the Yardsalespa app for Android or iPhone and you're in business.
This totally sweet app lets you find yard sales by street address and gives you GPS directions to each sale. Plus, you can save your searches and map out your day. Seems like a gotta-have tool for bargain hunters.
-- Our York Daily Record smartphone app is available for Android and iPhone. And it's free. Get the latest news on the go. Unlike the e-edition, it's constantly updated with the latest news and information.
-- To get live high school sports scores and more, download our free GameTimePA app. It's available for both Android and iPhone.
Social media and the newspaper
As the newspaper industry continues to evolve, one of the many ways we connect with our readers, in addition to print, is through social media.
Some of you we see regularly on our Facebook page or on Twitter or the Exchange or one of our many blogs.
We understand that social media is an important tool for citizen journalism, and it's my job, as social media coordinator, to make you aware of all of the ways you can get the news and information you want.
Chance to win tickets to Hersheypark
Comment on my "Don't Miss" post of June 3, 2011, on Buffy's World blog (http://www.yorkblog.com/buffy) and you'll be put in a random drawing for two tickets to Hersheypark.
Deadline to comment is June 9, 2011.
Some of my posts
Dear Social Gaming, I'm just not that into you. Sorry. You're too needy and, well, I just don't have time to raise crops or expand franchises or build armies.
I don't know how I ever wrote without a computer. I mean, the dang thing is like an appendage.
Waiting for coffee to kick in. Come on, joe. Get your act together.
I don't understand why my computer can't keep up with me. I swear it's slow on purpose. Ugh!
Why did I just down a Hershey's bar when I have carrots sitting on my desk?
I wish writing was like eating chocolate. I never have any problem eating chocolate and it always tastes great.
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