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Cameras everywhere make the world a better place!

(Read my column: http://goo.gl/cVzsl9 )

Smile! Cameras are everywhere now.

Thanks to smartphones, just about everybody carries a high-quality camera and an instantaneous way to share photos and videos with the world. Our laptops have cameras. Our drones have cameras. ATMs, intersections, police cars and street corners have cameras. Businesses have security cameras. Even a new generation of smart doorbells has cameras.

The debate over ubiquitous cameras normally centers on a trade-off between privacy and security. The idea is that cameras enhance our security, so the more, the better. But they violate our privacy, so the fewer the better. How do we achieve a balance?

That's an interesting debate. But I'm not going to rehash it in this column. Instead, I'd like to focus on the under-appreciated dichotomy between despair and justice.

Because all these cameras make us believe the world is worse than it actually is, while simultaneously making it actually better.

http://www.eweek.com/cloud/how-cameras-everywhere-can-make-the-world-a-better-place.html

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Since when do Jelly cards appear on Google Search results?

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hello mike i am william from el salvador.
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The sky over Santa Barbara right now

The Rey Fire over yonder hills is burning everything. Now the smoke is looming over the city of Santa Barbara.


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Oh my god it is so amazing place it seems like Africa
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Google Glass strikes back!

(Read my column: http://goo.gl/FU4sRd )

The single most innovative wearable of all time has to be Google Glass.

Yeah, I said it. And it's true.

If you read the tech blogs, you'd be forgiven for believing that Google Glass is a failed product, dead and gone. But in fact, the opposite is true.

The Google Glass Explorer program succeeded wildly. Google is feverishly working on new kinds of Google Glass products, and the innovation around Google Glass never stopped.

Forget the tech press's false narrative around Google Glass. Here's what's happening with one of the most revolutionary products ever.

http://www.computerworld.com/article/3109502/wearables/google-glass-strikes-back.html

#GoogleGlass   #ThroughGlass
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Great article!
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Google Photos is amazing

I took a bad picture with my iPhone of a broken-framed photo of me as a kid at my mom's house. The photo is black-and-white. The frame is broken. There's glare. And I'm like 5 or something.

Google Photos recognized me.

Incredible. 
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And.... We're in Italy!

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Did you order 3 coffee? This is "caffè molto lungo"
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Only four of the first 20 posts in my Google+ notifications feed are in English

Why can't they fix this?
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Gosh if all the deprecation of G+ stories are factual, maybe this is how google is allowing their social network to die on the vine? Not outright saying, ' sorry but we are killing this g+ thing ', but move all product support to the next social experiment at google, if any, to another moonshot project? A little snarky but what are we to think regarding support for a google product? I still like g+ but it's future?
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To celebrate the new Android, we brought out this slab of delicious nougat from France

Delicious!
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I can see smoke from the Rey Fire in Santa Barbara

California is always on fire, but it's still strange to look up and see gnarly smoke like this pouring over the mountains. 
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In defense of social networking elitism

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

The social web is the most egalitarian medium in history. It's also overrun by trolls, haters, misogynists, racists and bullies.

Coincidence? I think not.

In his 1994 book, "In Defense of Elitism," author William A. Henry III made the shocking claim that our longstanding myth of egalitarianism is dumbing down America.

Egalitarianism is great in theory, but ill-advised in practice. (That's why we don't actually practice it, except for on social networking sites.)

I think it's time for Henry's defense of elitism to be applied to social networking.

Here's why:
http://www.eweek.com/cloud/a-little-elitism-will-help-rein-in-social-network-trolls-haters.html

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The fragmentation of the media has forced journalists to research, write and promote their work on twitter. They are on the frontlines with the public.
People only use twitter to argue with journalists. This creates a culture where friction and trolling are the norm.

I sincerely hope that the verified profiles solves the trolling issue.

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What it's like to experience the internet

(Read my column: http://goo.gl/98l3ye )

What do Snapchat stories, Pokémon Go, Facebook live video and virtual reality all have in common?

Two words: virtual experience.

In his book, The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future (Amazon), author Kevin Kelly talks about the "internet of experiences," where the internet will increasingly become more about virtual and augmented reality and artificial intelligence-as-a-service, rather than the old "internet of information" that it's been since the beginning.

Kelly is right. His "internet of experiences" is inevitable. But why?

Here's what you need to know about the public's growing obsession with experience:

http://www.computerworld.com/article/3107183/virtual-reality/what-its-like-to-experience-the-internet.html

#VirtualExperience

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Close your eyes! You will know!
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I'm on a road trip from Marseille to Venice!

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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 (https://twit.tv/shows/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. 

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.)



My Thoughts on Google+: 

http://google.me/+MikeElgan

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. 

I even use Google+ for social networking!

Although I'm most active on Google+, you can also follow me here: 


And you can download my top 200 most popular posts as an eBook by clicking here.

I'm ranked #1 on the Google Plus Score list, which is based on user engagement.

I'm the #7 Most Recommended Person to Follow on Google+ (as voted by users). 

I'm one of Mashable's top nine Google+ Power Users.

I'm also a "Curator" on the Google Currents app!! (Please install the free app and "Add" me!)

I've also created and moderate these Google+ communities.

Here's how I do Google+: 
 

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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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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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This is a really good restaurant. The food is very flavorful without being fatty and heavy. Great service.
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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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Best place for breakfast in the State of California. I'm not kidding. This place rocks. It's mostly a French cafe, but with Moroccan and Mexican influences. The food is as good as food gets, and the owner is an awesome guy, too. Do NOT leave L.A. without eating here. You're welcome.
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