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Starbucks Mobile Order & Pay FTW

I've finally decided to give this a try, and I definitely picked the right time. After I dropped by daughter off at her ballet lessons I placed a mobile order for the Starbucks about a block up the street. When I got there, the line was out the door. It was nice to be able to bypass that and just go up to the counter and get my stuff.

There was still a bit of the usual cluster at the pickup counter but it was definitely faster than waiting in line, even with politely waiting my turn at the counter. 
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Good point. I had thought about redeeming a reward after I placed my order, but kind of shrugged it off. Comments would be nice too - hadn't even thought of that as I rarely customize anything when I'm on the go (but I obviously might if they offered that 😏)
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"Sound Blaster" .... Now, that's a name I've not heard in a long time. A long time.

Quite fascinated to see that the brand is still alive in some form. My first sound card for one of my early PCs was a Sound Blaster, back in the late eighties, and I remember looking forward to the better capabilities as each new one came out. Ah, the nostalgia
 
Creative's Sound Blaster Roar 2 ($170) is a sequel to its original Sound Blaster Roar (which we never reviewed). This speaker is smaller than the original, with Creative claiming the audio has also been improved.…
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More Passcode Options in iOS 9

While it's somewhat common knowledge by now that iOS 9 tries to push you toward a six-digit passcode for increased security, you may not know that you can go back to a four-digit passcode, or you can even go for a longer numeric passcode, which gives you the benefit of a variable length code while using the numeric keypad to enter it. 

HT to +christopher rizzo for inspiring this one :) 
 
One of the smaller security features touted by Apple in the iOS 9 update was the move to requiring six-digit passcodes, rather than the default four-digit option that’s been around since the iPhone first debuted.…
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Table service at McDonald's?

Wow, what's the world coming to?
 
McDonald’s rolls out table service, customized burgers in upscale shift: McDonald’s Canada is introducing digital kiosks at its restaurants to allow customers to order premium hamburgers as part of an array of new initiatives
McDonald’s Canada is introducing digital kiosks at its restaurants to allow customers to order premium hamburgers as part of an array of new initiatives
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That's cool +Greg Kerr. Didn't know that. 
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The ACLU has sent a letter to US Congress urging them to implement #encryption‬ technology across Congressional communications to protect the security of texts, calls, and emails. This is particularly timely given yesterday's news that hackers breached federal systems and gained access to personal data of millions of US government employees, including fingerprints (see http://goo.gl/wnIZBf).
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Design by committee or simply the normal evolution of technology? An interesting read either way (and makes me nostalgic for the days of X11 😏)
Inspiration runs the gamut for colors like “lemon chiffon" and "rebecca purple."
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Cool "Remember This" tricks with Reminders, Siri and iOS 9

There's more to the new "Remember this" feature in iOS 9 than just saving web links and emails. Any third-party app that supports Handoff is also supported, and if you have the equivalent app on your Mac, in most cases you can even open the links on the other side.

Cool tricks include saving a calculation from PCalc (not just the result: the calculation is saved, including the tape history), setting a reminder that links to a Pixelmator document, or setting a reminder for a specific item in Pocket or Quora. 
 
With iOS 9 you can now create reminders that are linked to content in other applications, such as a web page, email, contact, conversation in messages, or location in maps. Even better, many third-party apps also provide support for the same feature, allowing you to set reminders directly from those apps and then link back into where you were in the app, such as editing an image in Pixelmator, being reminded about a reading item in Pocket, or sav...
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This is definitely a better way to do it...

I made my girlfriend some chalkboard painted mugs for Christmas last year, with some limited success (I'm far from the most artistic guy on the planet, and this was really my first ever attempt at ceramic painting). Making my own chalkboard paint, however, seems like an even cooler way to go about it, however, as the possibilities are suddenly much more limitless than the small bottles you can get at art stores....

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How to Make Your Own Chalkboard Paint

http://kids.ideas2live4.com/2015/03/25/make-your-own-chalkboard-paint/

Chalkboards are great around the home. Kids love them. They’re also handy for leaving family messages. Or to-do lists, calendars, wall murals or shopping lists.

But why stop there? Chalkboard paint can be used for handy labeling of spice and herb jars, or the pots the herbs and spices grow in, wine glasses, or anything else where you want a non-permanent but durable label.

Why not make your own!
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I can see where they're going with this, but 1:√2 as an aspect ratio sounds like such a typically Google, geek-engineer driven move 😏

That said, the iPad's 4:3 seemed weird when it first arrived, and I remember discussing that at length, and 16:9 was never great for a device that also needed to be used in a portrait orientation.
 
“But what makes the Pixel C an innovative device isn’t its crosswise measurement. It’s the unusual ratio between its width and its height. No one’s going to mistake this thing for an iPad—and that’s exactly what Google wants.”
The aspect ratio on Google's new tablet is the square root of two. Why?
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"In fact, it’s far too early to say much at all about Apple or Microsoft or Google’s vision for what the ideal tablet, or tablet/laptop hybrid, should look like". Nope the iPad has prove already what the tablet future will be.

Hybrids are still a compromise.
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The addition of Apple Watch support caught all the attention in yesterday's Google Maps update for iOS, but there were other features present, and this is definitely one of the more useful ones as far as I'm concerned.
 
The fastest mode of transportation is now clearer than ever with #GoogleMaps for iOS. goo.gl/26ftpX
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Heh, true enough, but as somebody who rarely drives, it's nice to see what the tradeoffs are between other methods of transportation. 
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Stand up for the safety of your digital life! Sign this petition to tell President Obama to support encryption: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov//petition/publicly-affirm-your-support-strong-encryption
Last week, the media reported that the White House has been examining proposals that weaken encryption and give the government a 'backdoor' to access your data.The President's support would go a long way in preventing policies that would make the Internet less safe. 
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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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Best fish and chips I've had outside of Halifax.
Public - 8 months ago
reviewed 8 months ago
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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reviewed a year ago
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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