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Google Photos and the Data Economy

The following article, while a bit cynical in tone, nonetheless makes a valuable point about the greatest economic shift in human history: data as currency.

While knowledge has always been power, it has never been so possible or profitable to try to "know everything about everything" as it is in the internet era. It is no exaggeration to suggest that even ordinary internet users enjoy, over their career as web users, content and services that in the pre internet era could have added up to millions of dollars or more. Google Search alone would cost more than the combined costs of every encyclopedia and dictionary in history

Instead, we pay (whether we know it or not) in the currency of our data. This can be personal data, the most valuable type, such as what products we buy, our marital status, which political parties we vote for, etc... Less dramatically, it can be the data we contribute to any system just by using it: every click or click back from or to a Google Search page trains the system to deliver better results.

Google has built an especially profitable business model by building great products that make us want to use them more and share more data. They then use this data to improve services, and to build advertising platforms where advertisers can target aggregate and anonymous audiences based on the data Google possesses. The advertiser never knows who they are targeting, as this way Google can resell access to their platform over and over again.

There are less honest data brokers who flat out sell you personally, selling a profile in your name on demand to advertisers. Because they can only sell each name against each targeting factor a single time, they are worth far less as businesses than the Googles or Facebooks who keep your profile a close guarded secret for their own benefit.

Understanding this Data Economy of the web, if anything, might further incline one to trust a few larger players, who while aggressively profiling users nonetheless keep those profiles well guarded, as opposed to the many smaller players who openly put a price on your name and information.

Google Photos, thus, may indeed and probably will be used in some indirect capacity to improve ad targeting and make Google more money, but one can hardly expect unlimited cloud storage and free cloud services like Google Photos Assistant without paying in some form of currency. There may be better options... but not many.
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I've gotten so tired of seeing "isn’t yet available for Google Apps customers" every time a new Google feature rolls out.

I've gone back and forth from Google services over the years, but if there's one thing that definitely keeps me from fully embracing the platform, it's this.
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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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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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Google Photos: The new iOS Photos?

This is nothing short of brilliant -- Google has managed to build an app that can effectively replace the primary iOS Photos app...

"Google Photos actually solves this problem by essentially working with the Camera Roll directly, presumably taking full advantage of all of the photo management APIs that Apple introduced in iOS 8. Delete a photo in Google Photos that's also in your camera roll, and that photo will be removed in both places; edit a picture in Google Photos that's also in your camera roll, and those edits will be applied -- non-destructively -- to the photo that's in your Camera Roll as well as the one stored in Google Photos. If you're also still using iCloud Photo Library1, those non-destructive edits will sync to your other libraries as well. Google Photos will need to ask for permission when you do this, which is good news in that it lowers the risk inadvertently doing things with your "original" photos in your camera roll, but it's a simple additional tap to apply those changes back."
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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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Also known as "Facebook Home"
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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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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    Senior Consultant, 1998 - 2000
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    Senior Consultant, 2000 - 2005
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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.
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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.
Public - 7 months ago
reviewed 7 months 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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