Pulse Profile: Disney Channel’s Cameron Kennedy Shares Some Pulse Tips
Last fall, Pulse got a pleasant surprise from a rising Disney Channel star. Cameron Kennedy of “My Babysitter’s A Vampire” fame reached out to us to share how he uses Pulse to get a world view on what’s happening when he’s on location filming. Cameron was able to carve out a bit of time in his busy schedule to sit down with Pulse and share how it fits into his life as a budding actor.
Pulse: Tell us a little bit about yourself and your work.
Cameron: “My Babysitter’s A Vampire” is a show that airs on the Disney Channel so it’s geared towards a younger audience but it’s actually pretty clever and works for adults, too. It has plots for a wide range of people. My character, Rory, is a lot of fun because he provides the comedic relief by being a kind of a goof. We just wrapped up season two this past fall.
P: Great! Should we be expecting more projects from you?
C: At the moment, I’m taking a break to explore other projects. I’ve been accepted to university and I’m interested in media communications, business, and web development so I may pursue that. If I can develop something nearly as cool as Pulse, I’d be thrilled.
P: You can definitely develop projects like Pulse! Take a look at our engineering blog.
C: Awesome! I’ll take a look at that. I love what you guys have done with the app so far. It’s so user friendly that anyone can set it up. I was able to customize my sources so my favorite news sites were available. When I was on location filming in Hamilton, Canada, wi-fi wasn’t always reliable so I used the star feature to save the sources for later reading.
And the fact that there’s a web-browser built into Pulse is great! I can just tap the the title to go to into the web view and not leave Pulse.
P: We love that you’re using the features we’ve built in! You mentioned in passing that you used Pulse with your grandfather?
A: When I was filming, I was staying with my grandparents and I introduced my grandpa to Pulse and he loved it! My grandpa is a little bit of a tech guy and he liked how easy Pulse is to use. I didn’t have to coach him at all; he was able to figure it out himself.
P: What are you reading on Pulse?
C: I have three pages set up. The first page is news and it has sources like Time and CBC. The second page is my tech fix so it has —- and finally, the third page has fun stuff like comics and other random sources.
P: And we like to ask all our users this, what do you want to see in future versions?
C: Well, I love that I can share interesting reads I find on Pulse to my Twitter followers and Facebook friends. The integration there is great! It’d be cool to see how Pulse can become more social with news.
Pulse Profiles: Gaming, Fatherhood, and Pulse
The third installment of Pulse Profiles is about getting to know a father that has a love for gaming and information consumption.
Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself.
A: I work in import and exports but more interestingly, I blog a lot. I write reviews for G Style Magazine and my own blog, The Gamer With Kids (TGWK). I’ve been blogging for a long time and The Gamer With Kids evolved into my own reviews of games and anything tech related.
Q: The Gamer With Kids is an interesting blog name. How did you develop that title?
A: The Gamer With Kids came about on a whim. About 5 years ago, my first son was born and that pretty much changed my whole outlook on gaming. No longer was I able to game for long periods of time anymore or play as loud as I wanted to. I had to literally change my habits.
It was several years before the name came about. During that time, my son started to pay attention to what I was playing and started playing a few computer games, xbox games, and iPhone games. At this point, I knew it was time to start finding games that were more family friendly and less adult in nature. TGWK was born. On the site, I mainly deal with iOS games and ones that are family friendly that my kids can play. I also deal with iPhone and iPad tech and accessories since they go hand in hand.
Q: And do you have some favorite games?
A: I’m pretty addicted to Skyrim right now. I’d consider it the game of the year. It’s like a fantasy RPG. People are playing it on most consoles. It’s the fifth installment in the series but it’s my first time playing it. Best game ever.
Q: How do you keep up with new games and technology?
A: I use Pulse for reading and organizing my news sites. I read mostly tech blogs, a few game blogs here and there, and car sources. A lot of the sources on Pulse are things I’d read on the computer but nowadays, I don’t have time to sit at my computer all the time so it’s helpful to have my sources on my phone or iPad when I’m on the go.
Pulse Profiles: Derek Murawski, A Student and Aspiring Entertainer
Part two of Pulse Profiles takes us to the mid-west where we find a loyal Pulse user that’s been with us since the very beginning. Derek Murawski hails from Minnesota where he is studying film and communications at St. Cloud State University.
As an avid reader of a variety of news sites like The Unofficial Apple Weblog, celebrity gossip sites, and MTV News, Derek was looking for a way to consume his content efficiently. “It was annoying having to check all of those individually,” he shared. He discovered Pulse while searching the app store and was intrigued enough by the slick interface and content aggregation to pay the hefty two dollar price tag. “I use Pulse everyday! It’s easy to refresh, the images are nice and I have a lot of sources in one place.”
Derek organizes his sources by pages. The most easy to digest and entertaining sources sit on his homepage. Those include Engadget, Reddit, and icanhascheezburger, as well as the three mentioned above. Other pages exist when there’s more time to explore content and they include niche sources in the technology and entertainment space.
With two more years of school, Derek is busy with his studies and building his musical and comedic oeuvre. “I’m always doing something so Pulse is great for keeping me informed and helping me discover content for future works. Now if only there was a mac app so I can have Pulse everywhere!”