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Jeremy Clarkson let go from the BBC, and that's the right thing

I'm a Top Gear fan but the BBC's decision to get rid of Clarkson and, despite thinking otherwise, bring about the end to Top Gear is the right decision.

It's one thing to be a polarising, politically incorrect figure; but to be a verbally and physically abusive arsehole to colleagues should never be accepted.

And let's be honest Top Gear fans; the show itself jumped the shark way back in Season 9 with the Robin Reliant Space shuttle episode. Since then, while commercially successful in merchandise and brand recognition, the show itself has been mediocre with splashes of its former glory on occasional episodes.

They became the Ferrari of car shows: at times able to prove why they became the #1 car show, but mainly existing to support the sale of merchandise. 
Car News · First Drives · Motorsport · Latest from the Top Gear TV Show · Geneva Motor Show: winners and losers · Geneva Motor Show: winners and losers: From Aventador SV to Bentley Speed 6, it was quite a show for fast metal. But what was the star of Geneva?
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Netflix Australia is live

Free month offer so, as I also suggested with its streaming competitor Stan, just try it and see if it works for you.
Watch Movies & TV Shows Online or Streaming right to your TV via Xbox, Wii, PlayStation & many other devices. Start Your Free Trial Today.
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Some ok content but if they don't add much in the next year I can see it becoming meh. Like you say, If you have another streaming service then you have a decent library. 
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My thoughts on the Apple Watch/MacBook event

Yes I'm hilariously late to the party but I only managed to watch the keynote late last night.

Apple Watch
- The watch, ignoring price, seems like a pretty neat gadget but that $499 AUD entry point puts it out of my range. Biggest problem? To get one with a sapphire glass screen, you need to spend at least $799 AUD on the standard Watch edition.

- pricing seems to ramp up way too quickly on subsequent models and watch bands.

- still not convinced on the app menu

- if they just had, 2-6 models (including strap and size combos) then the early adopter pricing may have made more sense. Offering so many choices gives the impression of a more established, easily mass produced product.

- the Apple Watch Editions are ludicrous and tacky....and will sadly be the first to sell out worldwide to the obnoxiously wealthy. Hell let's be honest, I'd do it if I had that kind of cash to spare.

- how well the taptic function works will be interesting. I'd rather have a tap of the wrist for notifications than a mild buzz.

MacBook
People are complaining about the price and the lack of speed. Remember the original Air? Impossibly thin at the time, underpowered and massively expensive. Rinse and repeat.

The good news means future models should get more capable and cheaper. Eventually look for this replacing the Air range so the product lineup will just be the MacBook standard and pro models only.

HBO Now
The only news that genuinely excited me. Better top-up my US iTunes account :)
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LGs urbane is a nice looking watch. Haven't seen too many reviews though. Since its apples first foray they should have done what Microsoft did with the band. Release a limited quantity and see how it fares. 
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Another day, another golden sunset over Perth

#Fuji #X100s
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And off the back of my previous post...

It's interesting that they are referring to Google's Photos and Streams products instead of Google+. Thinking a rebranding is in progress in addition to a product split.
 
Just wanted to confirm that the rumors are true -- I’m excited to be running Google’s Photos and Streams products!  It’s important to me that these changes are properly understood to be positive improvements to both our products and how they reach users.
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Sadly the Google+ name was tainted from the start, the original product name, Google Me, always made more sense to me.

I don't think they can just do a rebranding though, and even splitting up photos from the the stream product may not be enough. 
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Why the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is the real S5 successor

Samsung announced two versions of the Galaxy smartphone this morning: the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge. If you watched the announcement however, you'd be forgiven in thinking that the Edge was the only phone they released. 

All the product demos seemed to feature only the Edge, with the standard S6 regulated to a mention in the wrap ups after each demo. 

With that in mind, it's pretty clear to me that Samsung would be having issues making enough S6 Edge phones as this article suggests. I'm sure if they could make enough to satisfy their worldwide shipments for their flagship phone, Samsung would only have the Edge for sale and wouldn't bother with the standard S6 offering.  

Other thoughts about the new S6 phones:
- Battery life will likely be an issue
The move to include wireless charging and rapid charge technology is a clear indication to me that Samsung are worried about the reaction to the now non-removable battery and the battery drain of the Quad HD display.

You don't focus on making charging quicker and/or more convenient to do throughout the day unless you're not convinced it will last a normal day's usage.

- The camera looks really impressive
Will wait to see the reviews but I expect it to be noticeably better than the iPhones. Given the Note 4 was pretty much on par to the iPhone 6 Plus and this improves on that, the only thing that would make this suffer would be bad post-processing by Samsung. 

It will be interesting to see how the camera copes with highlights given the extra light coming in from the faster lens. The iPhone 5s struggled at times when it moved to a brighter f2.2 lens (much improved on the 6/6+), hopefully Samsung can control this without making everything look too over processed.

- It's still TouchWiz
If you were hoping for a toned down TouchWiz experience, forget it. While they have improved some apps such as the dialler and contacts to be flatter and be more in line with Lollipop; if like me you're not a fan of TouchWiz, this won't be the version to change your mind. 
One of Samsung's carrier partners gives Ars Technica the skinny.
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A fantastic video by +ColdfusTion about the use of technology to encourage safe driving

I wrote a brief post a couple of years ago about how technology could be used to reduce distractions in the car. However this takes it a step further by using rewards to encourage people to drive safer.

This is what CarPlay and Android Auto should be focusing on, not about simple car friendly versions of smartphone apps and features.
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On days like today I just wish I was walking around the city with a camera instead of staring at my work screen.

That being said, I won't complain about the view at work :)
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Amen to that.
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Wet weather always encourages me to photograph in Black & White. Love using the Lenka camera app for iOS as it only allows you to shoot in B&W, the controls are nice and intuitive and the results are fantastic. 
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Frosted sunset #Perth #Sunsets #Fuji #X100s
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The power of simplicity. Absolutely beautiful. Thank you very much.
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With all due respect to Dave Besbris, I feel more at ease in the future of Google+ with Bradley at the helm. That's probably a bit unfair but Bradley, in addition to Vic Gundotra, were the public faces of Google+ from the start.

I was surprised he wasn't made the head of Google+ when Vic left.
 
Some great comments from +Sundar Pichai about future product direction for Google+, Photos, Hangouts.  We've been working hard on these changes and I'm really excited about what these will mean for our users.  As +Radiohead says, "Everything in its right place..."

http://www.forbes.com/sites/miguelhelft/2015/02/26/exclusive-sundar-pichais-plan-to-keep-google-almighty/2/
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Leaked photo of the iPhone 6s

TouchID is now more oval shaped, but still works the same as the TouchID sensor that the previous two generations of iPhone have had.
No removable battery.
No MicroSD.
Still looks like a 6 from the bottom.
Still metal, not plastic.


Oh wait... It's the Galaxy S6. I love the direction they went with this phone, but it's hilarious to know that so many things the Samsung fanboys loved are gone, and in turn it's more similar to an iPhone than ever. I hope Samsung sells a ton of these devices as it's certainly sexy enough to have caught my attention.

More info here: http://www.androidcentral.com/samsung-galaxy-s6-and-s6-edge-everything-we-know
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