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Why there's no such thing as 'Bring Your Own Smartwatch.'

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April 24 is as good a date as any to peg as the day wearable computing goes mainstream.

The Apple Watch ships that day. Within a few days of its release—possibly within a few hours (thanks to preorders), Apple could ship more smartwatches than all the smartwatches that had previously shipped from all other companies.

Everybody is focused on whether the Apple Watch is the best or right watch compared with others, or whether the public will or will not re-acquire the habit of wearing a watch.

These are irrelevant considerations for IT managers who will have to cope with the parade of wearable devices that will pass through the corporate office doors.

The fact is that Apple's special combination of design, manufacturing prowess, fan-base, marketing and retail mojo, among other factors, is mainstreaming smartwatches next month and, with it by extension, the wearable computing category.

The rising tide of Apple Watch interest and sales will lift all wearables boats. The wearable revolution is finally upon us, and it's time to accept the idea that by the end of the year, wearable devices (mostly smartwatches, for now) will be very common in companies across the country and around the world.

It's time now for us to understand what a wearable computing device really is and why it's so different from all previous devices:

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Great context +Mike Elgan interesting split between white and blue. We will be pushing bit of both I suppose, intrinsic in product offering and value adding to service. 

I like many do not see a watch, I se the beginning of new ways to enhance the health sector amongst many other enhancement methodologies rather then telling the time.
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Why Facebook Messenger will fail as a platform: Because nobody wants more spam and noise in their messaging.

Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook Messenger is being opened as a developer platform.

Here's why Messenger as a platform will join the long list of failed Facebook ideas for extracting more money from users.

Facebook introduced this week at its F8 developer conference a new API for one of its messaging apps. It's a terrible idea.
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Trying out Periscope.

Twitter's Meerkat killer. Watch here:

If you want to follow my experimental stream, download the app below and find me on the app.
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+John Maguire Hard to tell, but I think Meerkat's best option is to be acquired. 
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Free augmented reality app lets you try on the Apple Watch

A Belgian IT company called Underside will let you try on the Apple Watch using augmented reality. They provide you with a special wristband to print, which you attach to your wrist like a watch. Then, you point your phone at the paper watch, and through the magic of augmented reality, becomes an Apple Watch. Taping on the screen lets you cycle through different watch and band combinations. You can get the app on the Underside web site.

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Twitter gets into the VC racket. But why are they investing in Cyanogen?

Twitter has quietly entered the venture capital world by investing in Cyanogen. Twitter Ventures, which doesn't even have a web site yet, has been headed by former Twitter finance chief Mike Gupta for nine months.

Is Cyanogen worth backing?

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+Anthony Fawcett I'm not trying Twitter new effort is good or bad.
Just noticing that they're trying to go in this direction, which has more chance to succeed where Google's presence is less strong like south america, which is where +Cyanogen has more chance to compete with Google's offering.
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How Google plans to make TV commercials more like Internet ads.

Google is quietly trying to reinvent TV advertising and make it look more like Internet advertising. And they're doing it in the original Google Fiber location, which is Kansas City.

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Cheetos qualify as a 'smart snack' under federal school nutritional rules.
Guess What Makes The Cut As A 'Smart Snack' In Schools? Hot Cheetos : The Salt : NPR
Frito-Lay has reformulated Flamin' Hot Cheetos to meet new federal nutrition standards for school snacks. That's been a big hit with school kids, but the rules' creators say the snack is still junk.
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Pizza is a vegetable.
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I guess Periscope is OK.

Sign of the times...
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+Tom Hansen Ephemerality is an option. After you record, there's an option at bottom to "Delete replay." 
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Now Twitter is becoming even more like Facebook!

Twitter is quietly rolling out to verified iOS users a feature called the quality filter, which ads algorithmic filtering to all notification options on Twitter. Twitter is also reportedly testing auto-playing videos, a feature that would mirror the one on Facebook, and which has send video views through the roof.

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Will Vessel make money from YouTube videos?

A new video service called Vessel launched today. The site is designed to help YouTube stars and video creators make money. But is this worth $3 a month ?

#YouTube   #Vessel  
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Well, Im not a YouTuber, but I want to be one (Gamer and Vlog Channels), but I think services like this can help you get a good start to it
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Here come the net neutrality lawsuits!

When the FCC approved net neutrality on February 26, everyone knew the rules would be challenged by lawsuits. But not this soon. The FCC is already facing two suits. 

Are these just shameless attempts for Internet providers to legally gouge customers, or do they have merit?

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I write and talk and interview on the subjects technology and innovation. I anchor TWiT's daily Tech News Today netcast ( 

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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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