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Pretty cool app that lets you store a basic URL as an item on your Google Drive.
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I swear I saw a future  +Doctor Who in there...
 
The many faces of Johnny Depp.

Cool.
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After reading this I feel like the world has been flipped upside down.  Kind of like a headphone jack being placed on the bottom of the phone mind blown

.... exert...
ROKR (2005)
Apple's collaboration with Motorola on a phone that stored and played 100 iTunes failed, alright – and not just for Apple. Jonathan Rubinstein, then head of Apple's iPod division, expressed his deep commitment to the ROKR he'd helped bring into existence when he mused days after the release, "Is there a toaster that also knows how to brew coffee? There is no such combined device, because it would not make anything better than an individual toaster or coffee machine. It works the same way with the iPod, the digital camera or mobile phone: it is important to have specialized devices."

His eerily unprescient remarks came on the heels of Motorola CEO Ed Zander's meltdown once he discovered Apple had simultaneously released both the ROKR and its nemesis. "Screw the nano,” Zander said during a 2005 Silicon Valley press conference. “What the hell does the nano do? Who listens to 1,000 songs? People are going to want devices that do more than just play music.” True, but not true enough to save the ROKR.

Read more: http://www.minyanville.com/special-features/articles/apple-products-failed-products-apple-computers/3/2/2011/id/33109#ixzz27hLDsW00
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http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/story/2012/09/24/apple-shares.html

This has many angles of interest.

Is supply short because of a bottleneck in the supply chain?
Is supply short because Apple cut a major supplier?
Is supply short on purpose to create more hype (i.e. Wii marketing)?

#iphone5   #apple  
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http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/tech/2012/09/133_120538.html

This really has me thinking.  If first chose Samsung as a supplier it must have been due to their respect for the quality of their parts.  After all, quality is what Apple preaches.  However, if they keep cutting Samsung out of the equation would that not impact the quality their product?
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Need an ingress code to make a choice - choose wisely I will.

#ingressinvite   #ingress  +Joe Philley +Brandon Badger +Brian Rose +Anne Beuttenmüller 
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For all of those frustrated about hearing how so and so has cracked the new android keyboard without seeing any link that says download, here's what you've really been wanting to hear...

http://files.androidspin.com/downloads.php?dir=androidspin/APKs/&file=LatinImeGoogle_signed.apk
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Don't buy a +Boxee Box by +D-Link 

I purchased a #boxeebox  about 1 1/2 years ago on sale (#chuckles) for $190.  It changed things for our household and paid for itself within 6 months, as it organized all of our content and online video into one fairly well organized view without having to pay a cent for the content (cut the cable).  

What #boxee  does very well is that is grabs media from a multiple sources and organizes it for you, allowing you to loko at the line-up of all of your favourite shows.  In addition the latest LiveTV addition really enhances the content available.

Unfortuantely, that's about all it does well.  The box itself freezes periodically (weekly), and there are numerous bugs and issues which +Boxee has failed to resolve for over a year.  Some online content no longer works on #boxee  (Global TV, CityTV), perhaps not their fault because the latest version Flash is not licenced for this processer however, that's a far cry for an excuse for not using HTML5.  I can't watch Internet content through these two major Canadian networks because of it, nor can I watch Youtube movies #fail .  This is just a drop in the bucket.  Browse the Boxee Forums and you'll see a long history of disatisfaction and plain anger from the community.  Some people feel betrayed, others overcome with frustration.  Yes, there are moderators on their claiming to be looking after these issues but nothing seems to be getting done.  As someone from the outside looking in, it feels like you are talking to a wall which echos back nothing you really want to hear.

What puts things over the top is the pure #ignorance  which this company demonstrates by releasing an entirely new product geared towards cloud storage and access for Boxee users.  Why on earth would you spend time on providing this option when the device you want them to access it on doesn't itself work smoothly?!

I've been patient for a long while now but I simply feel like a sucker.  So please, whomever may be listening, don't be a sucker like I have been.  Save yourself the frustration and find a product which will let you simply sit back and enjoy.  I feel like its 1995 again and my Windows PC froze so I have to go through the reboot process over and over.  After getting past the initial hype, it was good but its simply not good enough.

Luckily there are options out there, I'm currently considering the +Roku  and +Google TV  (please comment with recommendations).  It seems that neither offers the integration of organizing your favourite shows.  I don't quite understand why, perhaps Boxee owns US patent XYZ as a method for organizing television programs through a Linux kernal and displaying them on a television?  Regardless, the +Roku seems much more polished and the Google product being a Google product will (hopefully) apply the #kaizan principle as other Google products have done.

Long live the cable cutting revolution!
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Things that make you go hmm...

Almost everything he says then applies today with Google, Samsung, etc...
Aside from the obvious regarding history and repetition, my favourite part is:
"...we believe in choice" -Steve Jobs, 1997

Macworld Boston 1997-The Microsoft Deal

#applevssamsung   #Apple   #applefail   #macworld  
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Amazing food best eaten fresh in the restaurant. The decor isn't quite there and the service is ok, often understaffed. But the food is spectacular!
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OK food, OK service, nice atmosphere, good beer with wide selection
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