eCoyotes: The Central American people smugglers who ‘Like’ Facebook
‘When Alan Villeda began smuggling people from Honduras to the United States in 1998, he could only communicate with customers via patchy phone calls. These days, he is a word-of-mouth success and new clients seek him out on Facebook.
‘Social media like Facebook and Skype are changing, and in some cases accelerating, the decades-old northward migration of Central Americans, U.S. and Honduran officials said, by providing crowd-sourced information on the risks and rewards of making the journey.
‘Images and testimonials posted by migrants who have made it to the United States help keep uprooted families closer together and drive business for e-commerce “coyotes” like Villeda, who is based in the city of La Ceiba on Honduras’ Caribbean coast.
“‘I don’t need to advertise because Facebook is what convinces them to go,” said Villeda, who dips into Internet cafes whenever he can to check his inbox…’
The Doctor Will Skype You Now
‘Next time you need to go to the doctor, instead of making an appointment, why not just fire up your smartphone? New programs by companies such as Doctor on Demand and the University of Pittsburgh’s AnywhereCare offer one-on-one conferencing with doctors, either over the phone or through video on your phone or computer – giving you all the medical advice you need without having to set foot in a doctor’s office.
‘This new breed of checkup, known as telemedicine, has the opportunity to revolutionize personal health, says Pat Basu, chief medical officer of Doctor on Demand and a former Stanford University physician. “Two of the most important skills we use as physicians are looking and listening,” he says. “Video conferencing lets me use those skills and diagnose things like colds, coughs and even sprains in a manner more convenient for you.”…’
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The Depressed Are More Active On Social Media Late At Night
‘People who suffer from depression are more active on social media between 11 pm and 3 am compared to other users, a new study has found.
‘The joint study from The Australia National University (ANU) and China’s Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT) analysed data from Chinese social media site Weibo to predict potential depression among users.
‘Co-researcher Jin Han, a PhD student with the ANU National Institute for Mental Health Research, says the depressed people have a specific linguistic pattern.
“’They are more likely to use negative words, such as death, depression, life, pain, and suicide,” she says…’
Tips and Tricks for LinkedIn Power Users
‘You have hundreds of connections, stacks of skills and endorsements, a killer review of your experience and a flattering but professional headshot. Your LinkedIn profile is all set up for some seriously productive networking, and you’re ready to build up your brand online as you climb the ladder of success.
‘But don’t you wish you could get a little bit more out of LinkedIn? While having an extensive network is a big advantage, there several little things you can do to help make the most of the website — and a lot of them are free…’
Here are eight ways to get a leg up on the LinkedIn competition