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My ears can't tell much difference between vinyl and digital formats in terms of sound quality. I do have a friend who can. He prefers vinyl.
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+skooter Martin Yeah. It's more like he doesn't like lossy, digital formats like MP3.

I did have a CD and LP of the same album. I played both for him and he says he likes the LP more. I couldn't tell the difference.

I know the LP format is processed before it is put on vinyl and is processed again in reverse when played back. This adds distortion twice.
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If done quite a bit if travelling in the past 15 years. It took me a few long trips across several time zones to figure out how to adjust to jet lag. Here is an all that helps people who are not seasoned travellers to adjust to time zone differences.
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Using a different password for each site is tough and severely impacts the convenience factor. A decade ago, I calculated how many different independent systems I access at work and the total came to around 50. That's just for work. Add to that all of the personal sites and systems I use and it becomes even that much more difficult to manage.
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I use 1Password with generated passwords up to 30 characters and an integrated browser.

For banking an additional hardware component is needed to access accounts. You cannot do it solely with a smartphone, computer or tablet.

I think the future of secured communication will be to use biometric identifiers.

Thanks for your interesting share.
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I think the one case in the article is very extreme. I generally see more food porn than selfie. I wonder if scientists will eventually link that to mental illness, too.
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This is an impressive feat, but I'm calling it rigged.  I managed to rig my phone and keyboard, and practiced to be able to also type this sentence in 18 seconds.  I'm sure this guy knew the sentence ahead of time, did some prep work and practiced.
See just how fast text entry can be possible on the upcoming Microsoft Word Flow keyboard for Windows Phone 8.1.
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I generally listen to my music while driving in the car where there is quite a bit of background noise. For me, MP3 quality is good enough for me. I do know someone who does complain about the quality of MP3 and even CD music. PonoMusic is for those people. I think there are many people who really care about the quality of music and the current digital formats are not good enough for them. Perhaps there are enough people that can make PonoMusic successful.
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This is going to fall apart, big time.

In order to fully make use of this, all of the studios would have to go back and remaster their entire collections and release them in higher-quality recording. Given the miniscule market that these devices are targetted at this is unlikely to happen, and without higher-quality recording these devices are pointless.

You can't simply take an MP3 and convert it into a higher-quality signal - you have to go back to the original analogue to achieve the higher quality.
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Since Telus is shutting down its CDMA network in my area, I'm upgrading from my 4-year old BlackBerry Tour 9630 to an iPhone 5S.
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Just activated it this afternoon and it took like 20 minutes for it to really annoy me.  I'm used to Android home screens where I can place icons anywhere I want.  I got my icons on the right side where I want.  Then I decided to move an icon to the top and the whole thing shifted.  It was at that moment that I realised the iPhone home screen is one-dimensional.  You insert or remove an icon in the top row and everything shifts.  How annoying.

The next thing that really bugged me is how so many parts of iOS does not have a landscape mode.  I like typing in landscape and found in many places, I cannot type in landscape.  I hate typing in portrait.  At least with Android, I have a gesture typing keyboard that makes portrait typing more tolerable.
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I managed to rig my Swype keyboard to type some obscure sentence very quickly. I think I'll switch to Swype again. The last time I used Swype, I got annoyed at the lag I experienced with it. So far, the at isn't all that annoying, yet. I am still experiencing some lag. It only happens when I do a double space after a sentence. I didn't have this problem when using Kii.
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I was using Kii for the past year because it has the landscape layout I liked. Swype has a similar one, but had some major lag. I did get an OS update some time ago. I think that OS update fixed much of the lag I was experiencing. The lag was the reason I used Kii for the past year. 
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