The financial divide is ever increasing and those "Dot-Commers" are also not known to be a particular sympathetic kind of bunch, too. Very much au contraire, these are people who seemed to have lost any manners believing they could do anything just because they have the financial powers to do so.
Of course, gadgets like the Google Glass do stand out and clearly identify these people in public. They need not to be astonished of the harsh reactions of the rest of the City's population who simply doesn't or can't work at Google, Apple, Zynga... you name them. The entire anger simply vents on those Glass wearers because they are so clearly identifiable.
I have been using my Sony Xperia Z1 for a little over a week now and i most say that while i always liked my iPhone and have been an Apple fanboy since 1992, I now absolutely love my Xperia and I am completely amazed at Android.
The first thing I changed on the new phone was the keyboard. While still on iOS, I had read a lot about SwiftKey. I never really liked the iOS keyboard. I always had a hard time using it and the stupid and often highly prudish autocorrections turned me nuts and I envied Android users for being able to just change their keyboard. I was also amazed watching videos on SwiftKey's swipe typing. And after having used it for about a week now I honestly question weather Apple seriously believes their keyboard to be even "okay"... Swiping versus typing clearly makes a huge difference. First of it is much more ergonomic and much easier on your hand and thumb. It is also much more precise, autocorrection and intend detection are much more precise and SwiftKey learns from your typing as well as - if you grant access - from your mails and Google+ post amongst other sources. So it starts out knowing your writing style and learns on the more you use it. A great bonus for myself who is typing mostly in English, Dutch and German: no more language switching. SwiftKey can be configured with up to 3 languages at the time. Just start out typing and it will extremely quickly know which language you currently are using. I always hated language switching on iOS, so this feature is a great plus. The real killer feature however is: typing (or rather swiping) is f***ing damn fast. Your thoughts literally fly into the phone and the intend prediction is so good it nearly appears SwiftKey could read your mind. It is a bit scary at first but only compared to how much more worse the typing experience was on iOS.
The second thing I changed on the Xperia was the launcher. For those still on iOS: the launcher is a bit like you springboard on iOS, the screens where you start your apps from. With one huge difference: you only put those apps on the launcher you want to see there, the full list of your apps always is nearly hidden away in the app drawer. That's really nice and many on iOS would wish something similar to taken into consideration on how many times I was asked by friends or followers on how to "hide" apps in iOS because they didn't use them but could also not unimstall them because they were standard Apple apps... The Xperia comes with a decent launcher. But nothing spectacular. I had seen the MotoX and really liked its standard launcher, the Google Now Launcher. After googling a bit I found a simple way installing it on my Xperia and absolutely love it. I love the Google Now page which really gives me a quick view on what's relevant for me now and where I am right now. The Google Now Launcher is continously listening to you saying "okay google" as long as it is visible in the screen. And Google's voice recognition is much better then Siri. Google now understands me perfectly, something I truly cannot say from Siri. I always liked the idea of spoken commands on a smartphone but Siri quite frankly sucks. And if she understands you she most likely cannot answer your question or does not understand your command correctly. Google Now is completely different and I use it a lot without frustration. Whether it's setting an alarm, a reminder or asking questions on almost anything, Google Now always does what I want and answers with a satisfying answer. I realised the only reason I did not use Siri so much was its unreliability.
The other thing that truely amazes me is battery life. I had the iPhone 5 and the battery usually died sometime during the afternoon if I did not plug the phone in. This was in part due to a rather week wifi signal at my workplace. The Xperia Z1 sure has a slightly more powerful battery but Android's power consumption is much smarter than iOS'. And apps who are real battery drainers on iOS seem to be much more well behaved on Android. A fact I find rather alarming really taken into consideration that the typical Apple user seems to believe their iPhones are technically more advanced. I work in marketing and yes I was always aware that a big part of Apples success was marketing but even I did not suspect Apple so clearly betrays its customers in plainly lying about so many things they - in reality - are much worse in compared to Android. It puts Steve Job's note into a totally new light when he spoke of leading a holy war on Android (as recently became public through the Apple vs. Samsung trials). I strongly suspect he knew about iOS' shortcomings but could not change them (fast enough). And what did he do: make his believers believe even more while trying to kill the much better opponent. I for one feel strongly betrayed by Apple and anyone who is hesitant in what I write here: just rent out a quality Android phone for a week or so and you won't want to touch your iPhone ever again... Also reminds me of Steve Wozniak who recently said a Apple should honestly consider an iPhone running Android! I now understand the man a lot better.
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Armistead Maupin's latest book from the "Tales of the City" series (that spreads the time from 1976 until today) marks the final end of the story. There is a nice review on the book in the NY Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/31/books/the-days-of-anna-madrigal-concluding-tales-of-the-city.html?_r=0
If you have read the previous Tales of the City books by Maupin, this truly is a must read. The first 3 books have definitively influenced my twen years a lot and judging from the first chapters, this last book in the series will influence me once again.
One of my favorite quotes:
"Some people drink to forget. I smoke to remember" - Anna Madrigal
THE DAYS OF ANNA MADRIGAL
By Armistead Maupin
270 pages. Harper. $26.99.
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Hack Attack: Make your Mac's Speech Recognition work for you
by Adam Pash Since the dawn of computers, who among us hasn't dreamed of verbally telling our computer what to do? The problem is, most comp