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There were an astonishing number of home automation accessories at CES this year, and the one thing most of them all had in common was what they didn't have in common....cross-platform compatibility between different vendor platforms.

Apple's HomeKit looks like it will change that, at least for those in the iOS ecosystem. 
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MENLO PARK, CA—In an effort to ensure constant engagement with the social media site, Facebook announced Monday that users would now receive notifications anytime they are not currently looking at Facebook.
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Haha, yeah, I can imagine +Eileen O'Duffy.... Although don't you know, that's Facebook's way of getting you up in the morning :P 
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This is definitely worth a look... It's hilarious if nothing else, but also a bit sobering for those of us who actually remember the Cold War.

This is also why most conspiracy theories fail the sniff test IMHO. We have these illusions of the government being this secret cabal that is super-organized and can foresee and plan things. In reality, they're about as with it as the guys on Office Space.
 
The Human Connection

In my mind I used to have this picture of the men and women running a nuclear tasked force as being formidable fighting machines. They are people who have internalized their responsibility and personally hold themselves accountable to a standard of conduct that makes them only marginally human. I posted this, just two days ago (http://goo.gl/N3oSCh) and it had quite a collection of replies. 

John Oliver's look at the nuclear response readiness of the mightiest country on the planet does not quite live up to my mental picture which makes me wonder whether the picture I have held of those who might hold nuclear weapons and are not in the readiness list (like rogue nations, and relatively small states) is any truer. Are they indeed hellbent on potentially ending the planet or are they, themselves, so painfully aware of what they have because it's so new to them that they pray they never ever have to use them and work like hell to be fit of using them? 

We have, for far too long, used institutionalized symbolism and its whitewashed terminology to project a dehumanised, unempathic imagery of the most dehumanising act of all: potentially ending the planet. In the process we have forgotten that as people we are all fallible, that alone (in our offices, cubicles, stations, minds) we fall. 

This you need to watch, it's about 18 minutes long and then think about what it says about us at a human level. 
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Insanity. Love the line about the Carolinas.
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iLounge has chosen its Best of Show award winners for this year’s International CES. A total of 13 products made the cut this year — seven Best of Show winners, and six Best of Show finalists. The total count is a bit lower than most years, but we really stressed top-notch quality this time around.…
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This is pretty cool but also kind of just nuts... Apparently an entire modern-day ghost town is still standing in B.C. -- even with the power still on.

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So apparently I'm in the top 5% of readers on +Pocket. Not sure if that says more about me or about Pocket :) 

Then again, I wonder what the stats would look like if they showed the ratio of what I've saved as opposed to what I've actually read...
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That's true enough +James Cridland. I've waffled back and forth on it myself, but once the premium services came out, it seemed like a good place to archive stuff longer-term... I'm still more of an +Evernote user in terms of my important data and reference material, but +Pocket is a nice way to avoid cluttering Evernote with more random content that I may like keeping around for interest's sake but don't really "need."

That said, I probably save far more to Pocket than I actually read. It's really just the ultimate procrastinator's tool when it comes right down to it :) 
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The Dambusters fly again

The last two airworthy Lancasters in the world take a heritage flight through Derwent Valley for the first time in 50 years. 

It was especially great to see the Canadian Warplane Heritage Lancaster across the pond again!

More details on the event here: http://forces.tv/86329589
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Google Chrome for iOS adds Handoff Support

Nice update to Chrome for iOS. Also gets the material design refresh.

Interestingly, you could already Handoff from iOS Safari to Chrome on OS X, since I'm guessing Handoff simply makes a URL call to the default OS X browser. This nicely closes the loop and let's you use Chrome on both ends (or even Chrome on iOS and something else on the Mac, if one was so inclined... )
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Actually, yes, it's a bit of a pain that the G+ app is so close-ended in that regard.... I generally have to open things in Safari/Chrome and then take it from there. Then again, Facebook isn't much better either.... I really wish they'd both add support for things like Pocket as well.
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Better Readability on Gmail Mobile 

Looks like Google finally made some much-needed improvements to the +Gmail mobile web app.... E-mails that used to be virtually unreadable on an iPhone screen are now rendered in a "mobile-friendly" version... It can't be understated how much of a difference this makes in usability in the Gmail app on iOS.
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Off once again on my annual pilgrimage to CES
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Thanks +Kristian Ward. BTW, Dennis (who is sitting beside me) says "WTF is that guy anyway? I miss our late-night breakfasts." ☺️
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I don't care how popular technology becomes. There should always be a place for actual, physical books in our society and in the upbringing of our children.
The Library Board, appointed during former Mayor Rob Ford’s term, has voted to undermine our public library again. Send a message to urge Mayor John Tory to reject the Board’s plan and instead support the TPL’s proposed budget for 2015 that will maintain services at our public library.
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WestJet does it again. This is heartwarming and really cute! 
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I worked in information technology consulting and project management for 15 years primarily with enterprise and government organizations. Morphed my consulting skills, combined with a fascination with Apple technology, into a writing career about five years ago so I could stay at home and spend more time raising a family. 

I currently write for iLounge.com, covering tutorials, the weekly Ask iLounge column, and feature technical articles along with the occasional product or app review and handling of social media.  I have also written three editions of iPod & iTunes Portable Genius.  

In whatever spare time I have left, I'm a stay-at-home dad / house-husband and still do a bit of work with the Royal Canadian Air Cadets as a reserve officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force, which I have been involved with for 25 years.
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Its a Starbucks. Not much else to say. It used to be a nicer spot to hang out before it shrunk in size -- the former expansive seating area with local artwork on display is no more, having been overtaken by another business. This is now just an average small and cozy Starbucks.
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Most of the reviews here seem based on the auto service department, which I can't comment on as I've never had my car serviced there. The rest of the store seems reasonably good to me, however. This is the Canadian Tire I regularly visit and it's well laid out, the customer service counter in the centre island is much more accessible than most other Canadian Tire stores I've been to, and the staff I've dealt with in the store are friendly and reasonably knowledgable.
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