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Actually I am pretty tired of all these FAKE smartphones and smartwatches and whatever gadget all over the place really. I mean nice that people are able to operate a 3D application and even nicer they are really creative with it. But things like these are not "pre-announcements" - they are simply just nice arte projects and need to go to deviantART with a clear statement: "this is how I WISH the gadget looks". 
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Diese iMockups hängen mir schon lange zum Arsch raus! Kann den Spinnerkram nicht mehr sehen!! 
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What most people who write about those attacks of Google Glass Wearers don't mention or if they do, just put in a by-clause: the Google Glass really is not the focus of the hatred. It is those "Dot-Commers" who invaded the Bay Area and turned formerly cheap rent areas into Hipster Hot Spots thereby forcing out the original inhabitants of the City who simply cannot keep up with the high wages payed in the silicone industries. Your everyday gardener, shop girl, taxi driver... 

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.  
Another Google Glass wearer in San Francisco has been attacked while wearing the device.
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Her name is Jessica!
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Yeah. Und dafür Unmengen an Styropor verbraucht....
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In the second part of my series on switching from an iPhone to Android I like to go a bit more into depth on some things I have installed and some first verdicts on iOS vs. Android.

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.

For the first or future part(s) of this series of posts simply click on this hashtag: #stephanswitches
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Vie Gehts...You MUST listen. There are RULES. Without rules, there would be chaos. Dass is Guht, Yavoll?
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While readwrite goes into length explaining why nobody trusts Facebook to power the future, I can summon it all up in just one sentence: Nobody likes douchebags like Marc Zuckerberg. 
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They just don't write tunes like this any more... and what the hell happened to all those huge symphonic orchestras? Nowadays all that's left is soulless, computerized music and a huge electric bill.
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Currently reading: The Days of Anna Madrigal

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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Unglaublich wie arrogant manche Menschen sein können. Was er im Laden hat mag ja alles sehr schön und wertvoll sein. Wir sind deshalb auch mit einem Urlaubsmitbringsel ohne hohen Materialwert, dafür mit um so höherem emotionalen Wert hingegangen. Baten darum mit einen Silberdraht ganz schlicht das Objekt zu umwickeln und damit eine Öse zu bilden, um es um den Hals tragen zu können. OHNE jede Rückfrage und ohne Rücksicht jedoch sägte er das Objekt DURCH (sic!) und war dann angepisst weil ich es gar WAGTE ihm zu sagen, dass er es damit mutwillig und unwiederbringlich ZERSTÖRT hat. Zudem wollte er nun fast das 4-Fache des eigentlich vereinbarten Preises, hat aber letztendlich nur gemacht, wozu er Lust hatte, und nicht, worum man ihn bat. Und was noch schlimmer als das wiegt: darauf angesprochen scheint dieser Herr überhaupt nur mit Arroganz antworten zu können und wirft mir auch noch vor die Füße, dass es sich um ein sehr minderwertiges Objekt handle. Ich denke, es ist bei Mitbringseln und Objekten mit persönlich-emotionalen Wert irrelevant ob es sich um ein Rollsplittsteinchen von direkt vor seiner Ladentüre oder aber einem Diamanten im Wert von 10.000 Euro handelt: wer in dieser hochpreisigen Liga Goldschmied/Juwelier mitspielen möchte, der muss einfach alles, was ihm ein Kunde unter die Nase hält mit der gleichen Wertschätzung achten, als wäre es das kostbarste, was es gibt - denn insbesondere bei einfachen Dingen, die ganz offensichtlich keinen hohen Warenwert haben können, sollte ein Juwelier oder Goldschmied so feinfühlig sein und begreifen, dass ein solches Stück im Zweifel einen extrem hohen emotionalen Wert hat. Ich kann daher nur vor diesem Herren warnen. Mehr kann ich todtraurig über den Verlust eines wirklich wertlosen, jedoch emotional unbezahlbarem Gegenstands wirklich nicht sagen. Nach dem Gespräch mit ihm würde ich mich nicht wundern, wenn der gute Mann - sollte er dies wirklich eines Tages sogar mal selber lesen - meint, er müsse nun gegen mich juristisch vor gehen. Nun, ich will an dieser Stelle höchst vorsorglich gleich dazu sagen: er soll sehr froh sein, dass ich ihn nicht angezeigt habe. Denn leider scheint es immer mehr in diesem Lande so zu sein, dass jeder meint er könne tun und lassen was er wolle und wenn das einem anderen mal sehr gerechtfertigt nicht schmeckt, alle Kritik mit Arroganz von sich weisein. So läuft das Spiel nicht mehr länger...
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Absolutely nice hotel - looks much better than on their web site and in many holiday catalogues as there old pictures before the renovation usually are shown. The pictures here in Google+ are up to date. The staff were fantastic at Accra Beach, really nice and helpful - from porter to waitress to security guy. But the best of Accra Beach is the beach itself! You guys gonna love it as much as we did!
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Boa das geht ja mal überhaupt gar nicht. Der Typ schneidet überhaupt nicht so wie man es ihm sagt. Haare jetzt komplett verschnitten. Als er zur Rede gestellt wird, führte er sich auf, dass ja schließlich 50 Leute täglich rein kämen und sie alle die Haare so geschnitten haben wollen, wie er es machen würde. Dabei wurde ihm extra gesagt, was, wie und wie lange. Aber das hat ihn nicht interessiert. Dann war alles zackig geschnitten, die eine Kotlette deutlich länger als die andere. Kein Wunder. Der Typ sieht ja auch beim Schneiden jedem Kerl hinterher, der draußen vorbei geht als auf die Haare seiner Kundschaft.
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