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The view from our Barcelona balcony.
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No skyscrapers. I like it.
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How NFC plus location is changing business.

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 An innovative Norwegian company you probably never heard of will demonstrate at next week's Mobile World Congress the smartest bottle of whiskey ever.

The company is Thinfilm. And the whiskey is a $200 bottle of Johnnie Walker Blue Label whisky.

Thinfilm will demonstrate a label it created using its new OpenSense near-field communication (NFC) technology, which it developed for use in an extremely wide range of products, including pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, health and beauty care, and automotive.

Before we discuss the details of that bottle, let's talk first about NFC and why it's so powerful and useful:

http://www.eweek.com/mobile/how-nfc-plus-location-is-changing-product-distribution-retailing.html

#nfc   #location  
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Euro-coffee

Hey, it's coffee!
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+Peter Monterubio I had the same concerns. I bought an all stainless steel unit from Ikea. Reasonably priced and works really well.
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Mobile World Congress weirdness!

This is SK Telecom demonstrating low-latency 5G wireless data. 
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it so wonderful
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The press always has a lesser entrance at Mobile World Congress.

At all the events, including the main event, members of the media are required to go in through a back or side door. At the main lobby, there are doors that serve as the main entrance that lead to an escalator. The press is not allowed to use the escalator, and are re-directed to use the stairs. Weird. 
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it is only to keep you fit and healthy, +Mike Elgan ;)

at least you've got dedicated "quiet rooms" for you to work, sit and relax, contrary to regular visitors
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Amira checking out bakeries (a continuing series)

These are all in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona.
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Confessions of a technobiophiliac.

(Read my column: http://goo.gl/RddxMp )

Smartphone makers like Apple, Samsung and others have flirted with different materials to make their smartphones -- metal, plastic, even glass front and back with the iPhone 4 line.

So which of these is best? Wood!

The use of natural materials in tech is a sure way to excite a fan base, as we've seen with the Moto X and OnePlus One phones. It brings a level of warmth, humanity and beauty to consumer electronics, as well as an element of exclusivity and individuality.

The consumer electronics industry would be wise to revisit its habit of making everything out of plastic, metal and glass. There's a strong pent-up demand for natural materials like wood because the appeal of such materials is innate and universal.

Here are some amazing examples: 

http://www.computerworld.com/article/2890135/confessions-of-a-technobiophiliac.html

Are you a technobiophiliac? 

#technobiophilia  
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Mobile World Congress Monday miles: 6.2

Mostly indoors. 
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Miles biotch....Merica
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I have yo say this place certainly is not a "ladies favorite". It's small, usually crowded and with few to none seats ~iirc. 
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So Mobile World Congress surfboards exist. Question is: Where can I get one?

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Samsung unpacked event!!

Watch live: live.twit.tv
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It's time to get serious about mobile fingerprint apps.

(Read my column: http://goo.gl/SXw1sg )

Fingerprint readers built into smartphones are filled with promise and potential, as well as peril. By themselves, they're worthless. The true value in biometric ID is always in the applications, and smartphones are uniquely suited to achieving this value.

Until recently, however, this was a moot point. Fingerprint readers weren't common enough on phones to bother.

And that's why I'm writing this column: Mobile World Congress is here, and the event will represent a tipping point in the existence of fingerprint readers in phones.

Blame Apple. And praise it, too. 

Here's what's going on: 

http://www.cioinsight.com/it-strategy/mobile-wireless/getting-serious-about-mobile-fingerprint-apps.html

#fingerprint   #biometrics   #apps  
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+Darko Vršič Maybe.  I'm still processing what that announcement means and its implications.  Whatever the case, I think it's undeniable that the SmartLock approach is ultimately better since it removes the need to enter any authentication at all in the vast majority of situations.  Furthermore, since they will always have to allow alternative means of authentication (e.g. if your fingerprint gets damaged somehow), I think it is also undeniable that it will never be any more secure than a password/pin/pattern.
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Who the $#@! is Mike Elgan? 

I write and talk and interview on the subjects technology and innovation. I anchor TWiT's daily Tech News Today netcast (http://twit.tv/show/tech-news-today). 

My opinion columns appear all over the place, most frequently Computerworld, PC World, InfoWorld, MacWorld, CIO Magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle, eWeek, Baseline and elsewhere. 

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After 10 years of blogging with conventional blogging sites and services, I abandoned that approach a year ago and started blogging on Google+. Why? Because Google+ is by far the best blogging platform. As Tim O'Reily said, it's like Tumblr 2.0, but more social. 

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Luma Fitness cost us $232 per class. Here's why. My wife and I signed up for a year at Luma fitness at the beginning of last year. Luma Fitness limits the number of students per class. You have to sign up. If the class is full, you can't take that class. And the classes are usually full. You can see this for yourself. For example, when I wrote this review on Saturday morning, you can see from my screenshot that every Sunday class that takes place at the gym is already full. (The only available classes are a trail running class -- we already trail run every day and don't need to pay a gym for that -- and a second class that's way above our fitness level.) We work during the day, and want to work out after work. Those classes are the most unavailable, especially the ones at our fitness level. We're very busy, and often had a hard time making time for the gym. But when we did find the time, we found that Luma Fitness classes were already full. Because of that, we were able to attend only 10 classes for the year. We paid them $2,148 and used their gym 10 times. The nightmare continued. Our membership ended at the end of January. You have to give 30 days notice in writing to terminate the membership, which we did on January 6. Yet they're charging us for the full month of February. We called and argued with them about it, but they were horrible and nasty and insisted that we pay the full month, rather than honor their own contract of 30 days notice. They KNOW we won't be using their gym for the month of February. They KNOW we paid them thousands of dollars without using their service much. But they are just taking our $179 for the month anyway. I guess the $2,148 we paid for 10 classes wasn't enough, so they took more. So now our grand total is $2,327 for 10 classes. Instead of going to Luma Fitness, just flush $20 bills down the toilet twice a week. You'll save money, and you'll get more exercise.
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Shirley rules!
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Everything we tried at this restaurant was incredible. What a gem.
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Awesome location and great coffee completely ruined by freezing room temperature and mind-bogglingly slow Internet connect (it took me three minutes to load this page before I could write a review).
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This is a really good restaurant. The food is very flavorful without being fatty and heavy. Great service.
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Awesome. Simply awesome.
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OK, I'm going to say something VERY controversial here. But it's my opinion that Pizzateca has the world's best pizza. As the author of the book _American Pie_ says, the world's best pizza is usually the one you grew up with. However, I have eaten at Bianco's Pizzeria in Phoenix, all the highest rated pizza places in New York, Los Angeles and elsewhere, and this is the best I've had. Most of the best places in America nail the toppings but fail on crust. They tend to use yeast-based leavening, which can only get you so far. Pizzateca, on the other hand, is doing something magical with the crust that involves 3 days of fermentation, according to the owner. Specifically, Pizzateca's muchroom and garlic pizza is truly mind-blowing. Please, do NOT fail to eat at this tiny joint if you're anywhere near Madrid, Spain.
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