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Michael Gorman is a licensed attorney and Virginia Tech grad who would welcome the chance to exchange any of his worldly possessions for one VT BCS National Championship. Despite his compulsive need to witness the Hokies' gridiron exploits, he once went an entire year without cable television in protest of his apartment's lack of HD access. In a prior stage of his life (2nd grade), Michael wrote, produced, and filmed his own episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. His subsequent accomplishments, few and far between, pale in comparison.
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Also got to chat with +Emily Chang from Bloomberg West about the new iOS. Always a pleasure. In related news, am loving iOS 7. Dig the look, and the Control Center is on point. Really useful.
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I'm not yet sure if Cognitive Networks' technology is a power for good or for evil, but the possibilities are pretty interesting.
There's a problem with Smart TVs -- they really aren't all that smart. While having WiFi-equipped sets that can run apps and stream content from the web
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So, I spend the weekend with Chromecast, and came away impressed. As a Roku 3 owner, I wanted to see how Google's SDK implemented in apps/browser mirroring approach compared to the Roku's native apps approach.

Chromecast's app integration with YouTube, Play Movies and Netflix is simple and elegant, and preferable, in my opinion, to the Roku UI because it uses the native app interface instead of a device-specific one. Chrome browser mirroring isn't nearly as good a UX, but that's fine. It still gives you the ability to consume pretty much whatever web video (or audio) you want on your TV -- and it's not an end solution anyway, it's just a workaround to give people HBOGo, Showtime, Hulu, Amazon, et al. until those respective apps implement Google Cast.

The bottom line? At $35 Chromecast is a great value for money, and that value's only gonna get better as more apps jump on the Google cast bandwagon.

My full review can be read on +Engadget: http://www.engadget.com/2013/07/29/google-chromecast-review/
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Oh goody! Samsung's got a new Exynos 5 Octa coming. Hopefully it shows up in more phones than the first version has: http://www.engadget.com/2013/07/18/samsung-new-exynos-5-octa-soc-coming-next-week/
Samsung's current ARM superchip, the Exynos 5 Octa, was revealed at CES and has just started making its way into handsets, but the company claims it's
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My s4 has the octa....The performance issues are quite apparent, hopefully they sort out the stability issues. 
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Atheer Labs may be onto something. I've thought that a big problem for smart glasses is coming up with a UI that makes sense and isn't awkward. This natural human interface is promising. Am really looking forward to seeing how it gets refined.
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Got to do a little local news yesterday talkin' bout iOS 7. Always enjoy getting to work with Johnathan Bloom and ABC 7 News.
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Had some D/L problems initially...but got both iPhones and both iPads updated eventually...reminded me of the iOS 5 debacle (don't remember issues with iOS 6).

Very snazzy interface...love the updates to Safari, Calendar, and the camera.

My one gripe, and it's a small one, is the removal of the ability to share to Facebook & Twitter via the notification center. It's not a huge deal but it was nice to be able to quickly and easily post a status update without having to open 2 different apps.

Oh yeah, the addition of the control center is great...found it funny that Apple added a flashlight function...that probably just put a bunch of 3rd party flashlight devs right outta business. Ouch.

By the way, +Michael Gorman I did that suit, son! #FreshTaDef 
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A little recommended reading for the weekend. Meta is doing some very interesting things with AR and smart glasses.
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So, I've been playing around with the Leap Motion controller for a little while now, and found it largely a positive experience, albeit a limited one. I can see the potential for it, as the thing is super accurate and can sense very small finger movements. However, it's really still a novelty at this point. Am looking forward to seeing what the dev world can do with it now that it's publicly available. You can check out my full review here (hat tip to +Sharif Sakr for helping me with it)
http://www.engadget.com/2013/07/22/leap-motion-controller-review/
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Thanks, Nicole! I agree, it's not meant to replace a mouse as a primary input -- even though folks seem to want it to -- barring an OS designed from the ground up to utilize it. I really want to see it employed as a way to interact with 3D models, and have someone combine it with Oculus Rift. Strikes me as an ideal fit with VR to make it even more immersive.

And, regarding the Heineken demo: hah! A perfect use for Leap... enabling the inebriated to test their fine motor skills!
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An excellent, if basic primer on some bedrock tech terminology. Love reading Benjy's stuff.
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A recounting of my brief chat with Sir Richard yesterday. Yes he's as gracious (and awesome) in person as you want him to be.
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Nice work, G-Unit. Doin' big thangs! 
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