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I'm living-blabbing the Sony press conference!


Join me, +Cherlynn Low, +Russell Holly, +Daniel Bader as we provide real-time analysis of whatever it is Sony is going to announce. (Hint: They'll probably announce the world's first-ever 4k-screen smartphone.)

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According to Sony the Z5P will still get 2 days of battery. Will have to wait and see how much on screen time it will get though.
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Twitter strikes another blow against online equality, launches special photo tools that only important people are allowed to use.
How Facebook, Apple and Twitter are ending online equality.

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The latest trend in social networking is the rise of elitism.

It's not an elitism that's emerging spontaneously from the everyday social interaction of users. Facebook, Apple and Twitter are intentionally devising a new online world of inequality. This new social media elitism is being trotted out as a "feature."

It's sad, too. Egalitarianism used to be the signature attribute of new media.

While old media was a one-to-many affair (whoever was rich or famous had access to the TV cameras or the newspaper headlines while the rest of us were forced to sit in silence and passively receive their communications), new media was participatory and engendered equality. Even the most self-aggrandizing actor or preening musical diva had to set up a Myspace or Twitter or Facebook account and use the same tools and features as everybody else.

Of course, we all haven't enjoyed complete equality in our reach or influence on social networks. Famous people have generally had larger audiences, and therefore more influence. But when the rich and/or famous have talked to us, we've been able to talk back. New media was different from old media in that it was a level playing field, where all of us -- rich and poor, famous and obscure -- used the same set of social media features, tools and interaction spaces.

Now Facebook, Apple and Twitter are intentionally undoing all of that.

Here's what's going on:

#Facebook   #Apple   #Twitter  
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This one seems more like a marketing decision than a preferential treatment decision.  I'm positive these tools will be made available to the public in fairly short order.  Though I'm not really sure why Twitter would restrict access to only celebs and -- presumably -- some other smattering of private beta testers.  There's a few possible reasons, ranging from:

"Twitter's just being stuffy and preferential to their bread-and-butter users, eg. famous people"


"Twitter has legitimate engineering challenges in delivering this product to the general public, but still felt compelled to get media exposure and generate 'buzz' at the music awards."

Being personally familiar with the sort of engineering challenges this type of feature presents, and also with the process of prepping for media announcements such as E3 and GamesCon, I would put my money on the latter.  Put another way: the problem isn't Twitter giving preference to famous people.  The problem is Twitter needs to market themselves in front of an audience, and the particular audience that has consistently driven Twitter popularity is "tuned in" during the Music Awards.  Add in an unfinished product and a bit of corporate desperation (twitter's not doing so well in social media growth graphs), and you get a cobbled-together marketing demonstration of a soon-to-be-feature with famous faces attached to it.
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Why your message is the medium.

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Marketers, business bloggers and others who want to influence public opinion in the direction of their products or services spend way too much time and energy worrying about the wrong things.

Here's what everyone should focus on:

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Mike Elgan Radio 1

An experimental personal podcast. Discuss!
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A computer's place is in the kitchen.

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A Wall Street Journal exclusive last week revealed that "dozens" of Amazon engineers who worked on the failed Fire Phone at the company's Silicon Valley-based Lab126 were (true to the branding) fired.

It was a great scoop but the Journal buried the lead. The 20th paragraph dropped this incredible fact:

"Still in the works is a high-end computer for the kitchen — code-named Kabinet — designed to serve as a hub for an Internet-connected home and capable of taking voice commands for tasks like ordering merchandise from"

Amazon's "Kabinet" system sounds like an Echo with a screen and faster processing, as well as the ability to run apps and function as a home-automation hub.

If that's true, then Amazon may beat the rest of the industry to the computing platform of the future.

Here's why the kitchen is the best place for a family computer that's also the home-automation hub.

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What I want to know is if I can dictate articles while cooking.😉
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Here's Google+'s new favicon.
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It looks off center, don't like it. :/ 
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Read this. It will make you a better worker. ;)
So good: "Overwork is not defined by the amount of our day work occupies but by the amount of our selves tied up to it. We “over” work not when we work too hard but when working becomes less of a means and more of an end. When meditation, exercise, sleep, holidays, and even parenting, are cast as tools to make us better workers."
While organizations wage wars for talent, it seems talent is at war with itself.
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Mike Elgan Radio 2: Cramming it all in
Coffee, work-life imbalance, pigs.

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I just listened to both episodes +Mike Elgan - I like the format - it may be rough but I think a lot of podcasts these days feel over produced. 
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Great piece about OnHub by +Ron Amadeo.
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This is more of an investigation than a review. So much of it doesn't work yet, but it's still interesting.
Today it's a $200 Wi-Fi router. Tomorrow? We have no idea. (Ok, maybe some idea.)
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Can it brew coffee?  If not, I'm not interested.
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How the latest Microsoft technology is out-Googling Google.

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The conventional wisdom is that Microsoft is a stodgy "has-been" company with an obsolete business that renders it incapable of overcoming its own internal politics to leverage innovations from the lab and transform them into actual shipping products.

In this column, I'm going to bring attention to a broad set of products and services that have been developed by Microsoft recently—products with names like Snapshots, MobileFusion, Xiaoice, Send, Bridge and NewsCast.

You may be shocked to find out how Googly some of Microsoft's latest products are. Or maybe you'll be even more shocked to hear how the new generation of Microsoft initiatives is actually vintage Microsoft.

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Well they both got rid of their phone hardware divisions.
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Coffee flan!

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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 ( 

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. 

I don't do "access journalism." I am not in the industry, I'm not an investor or entrepreneur, but instead an independent, disinterested observer with strong opinions. (I have nothing against access journalism, it's just not what I do.)

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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. 

I also cancelled my account with a leading photo-sharing and management site, and now use Google+ for that exclusively. 

I've replaced more than half my email communication with Google+ communication.

I use Google+ to write first drafts of my stories, to crowdsource, to take polls, to get feedback and to drive traffic to the articles I write. It has dramatically improved my work as a writer. 

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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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