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You're 2 minutes away from this delicious and healthy chocolate banana nut smoothie. It's a great way for the whole family to start their day! #smoothies   #delicious   #yum  
This chocolate banana nut smoothie recipe is delicious and healthy! It’s a great way recipe for a quick breakfast and one that the kids will love! Try it today!
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(Not) sharing your home network with guests Could I ask what your solution is to this concern illustrated by +Troy Hunt​​​​​​​​​​​? So far I've been… - François Simond (supercurio) - Google+
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Glad that a CEO wrote this. The U.S is behind as always

Big salute to Motorola. Wish you much success. BTW his post is direct to consumer

We like to think we have the best of everything here in the US, but it’s not always the case. One of the fringe benefits of my job is that I get to see how smartphones are sold in countries all around the world. Compared to many places, consumers here in the US get a raw deal. Buying a smartphone here just hasn’t been an awesome experience.
Why not? Well, for a starter, we’ve been a subsidy-driven market, in which carriers cover some of the initial purchase price of phones. On the surface, this looks like a great deal. A $600 or $700 phone for $200. A $400 phone for free! But it’s not free. We’ve simply ended up paying in other ways. We’ve paid with higher wireless bills, rigid contracts — which consumers don’t like  — and locked phones that destroy our ability to choose the best service. We’ve paid with bloatware and pre-installed apps that we can’t remove, and UI changes that slow the upgrade process, and often the phone itself. We’ve paid with a distorted market that artificially supports smartphones much more expensive than they need to be.

In much of the world it doesn’t work this way. Subsidies are rare. Phones are unlocked. Prices are transparent. Consumers have the power to choose. That’s the way it should be. And the good news is we’re beginning to see change here at home, as major carriers rethink contracts and subsidies and people begin to recognize the value of affordable, unsubsidized devices and more choice.
We’re really proud to be doing our part to improve the smartphone buying experience. If you watched the livestream of our launch earlier this summer, you may have noticed that here in the US, we’re selling the latest version of our flagship Moto X Style as the Moto X Pure Edition, and we’re selling it only online. This enables us to do some really cool things. First, because we sell it directly, we can offer Moto X Pure Edition as an unlocked, universally-banded phone that will work with any US carrier. Drop the SIM card of your choice in, and you’re good to go. Traveling overseas? No problem. You can also drop an overseas SIM into it and use an inexpensive local service rather than an expensive roaming plan.

Second, offering it online means that you’re not paying to cover the channel markup. So, while you don’t get a subsidy, you do get an awesome, flagship phone for $399, contract free so you can use it on the carrier of your choice and switch any time you feel like it. And it’s simply a better purchasing experience, especially if you use our Moto Maker design studio to customize your phone.


https://medium.com/@rosterloh/the-best-way-to-buy-the-best-android-smartphone-ever-eab3f51b53fe
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Watch the amazing moment when two school friends, a judge and a man suspected of burglary, were 'reunited' briefly during a court hearing in Miami, US.  

Judge Glazer set Mr Booth's bond at $43,000 (£27,500).
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A water bottling company is issuing a voluntary recall due to a possible E. coli contamination and urging people to boil their bottled water first or avoid drinking it altogether.
A water bottling company is issuing a voluntary recall due to a possible E. coli contamination and urging people to boil their bottled water first or avoid drinking it.
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Apple and Privacy, Just like Google

One thing that really annoys me about Apple is how it is using its reality distortion field to twist the message about privacy. Only a week ago, Tim Cook said this:

”I’m speaking to you from Silicon Valley where some of the most prominent and successful companies have built their businesses by lulling their customers into complacency about their personal information. They’re gobbling up everything they can learn about you and trying to monetize it. We think that’s wrong. And it’s not the kind of company that Apple wants to be. So we don’t want your data. “

“We don’t think they’re worth have your email or your search history or now even your family photos data-mined and sold-off for God-knows-what advertising purpose.”

And then, at the WWDC Keynote, they announced the new Apple News app. What does this app do? Well… I quote from their product page:

”The stories you really care about. The more you read, the more personalized the News app becomes, refining the selection of stories delivered to your screen so they are relevant to you. Easily share articles with others and save them to read offline. News stays on top of the stories you’re interested in. So you can, too.”

So… how can Apple learn what it is that you are interested in, and deliver that information to you without tracking people?

Granted, at the keynote, Craig Federighi also displayed a slide pointing out the privacy features for Apple News. These included:

Anonymous
Not associated with Apple ID
Random identifier
Not linked to other Apple services
Not shared with third parties
You’re in control

Clearly pointing their fingers at Google.

First of all, this is a weird way of doing things. Not having the news targeting data linked to your Apple ID means that it can’t be used across devices. Your iPhone and your iPad won’t know which is which. And if you buy a new iPhone, you will have to teach your news app all over again from scratch.

What’s the point of that? That’s not a privacy issue. That’s just terrible UX. 

It’s also not linked to other Apple services, meaning that Apple won’t be able to show you news from where you are in Apple Maps, compared to your personal interests. That seems like a weird limitation, and again, poor UX.

Finally, we have the “Not shared with third parties”.

It’s so annoying. Why, because neither is Google
It’s the same thing. Google isn’t sharing anything. No advertiser sees any user data, ever.

It’s like when you advertise in a newspaper. You pay the newspaper to display the ad in the right section. But as an advertiser, you have no clue as to who it reaches. You just know it has been targeted right.

That’s how Google Adwords work.

More to the point, tools like Google Analytics work almost exactly like Apple News. It too is anonymous, not associated with people’s Google IDs, uses randomized identifiers, not linked to other Google services, nor is it shared with third parties. 

Granted, you can add aggregated demographic data to this as well, in which case it does link to Google Adwords, but it’s still anonymous, and you have no way to track that on an individual level.

I get so annoyed by this. Apple is promoting itself as the savior of privacy online, bashing Google and others with vaguely misleading statements along the way.

That said, there are genuine concerns about privacy as well.

For instance, there is a real problem around the whole industry of data brokers. These are companies who are buying and selling user data to the highest bidder, from anywhere. For instance, when you go into Target to buy a t-shirt, they will end up knowing your age, income, social status, your food preferences, and sometimes even your medical history. 

Similarly, when I then go into another store a week later, then they suddenly also know that I bought a T-shirt.

That’s not right. That’s terrible! It should be illegal for companies to buy/sell/share their data. (and indeed it is in my country).

If I go into a store, whatever I do and whatever I buy in this store should be kept between the store and me. It is a massive violation of trust when that store sells this information to others. 

That is a real privacy problem.

This also extends to websites. If I visit a newspaper, what I read should not be bought and sold by other companies. That is an interaction purely between me and the newspaper. 

The newspaper can target me all it wants based on the interaction that has taken place between us. But when I then visit another newspaper, they shouldn’t be allowed to know what topics of articles I read elsewhere. 

This is the whole concept of privacy. 

Apple is doing this right because what it tracks is kept within Apple. Which is good. And that is also how Google works. Whatever you do on Google, stays with Google.

But the rest of Apple PR bashing about privacy is just that, PR.

Look at Apple Music, which will be available on iPhone, iPad, Mac, Windows and Android. Here you can create your own playlists, follow artists, like, comment and share things.

The only way they can do that is by linking your actions to your Apple ID. How else would it be able to show you the playlist on your phone that you just created on your Mac? How else would it be able to keep track and notify you across devices when there is an update to something you engage with?

So, Apple is using your data, just like everyone else. As Apple says on their site (about Apple Music)

“Enjoy recommendations handpicked just for you or explore everything they find that’s new and noteworthy in the world of music. It’s all yours.”

“Even with a library this massive, finding the music you’re looking for is easy. The intelligent search engine remembers whether you’re looking in your local library or the Apple Music library, so you get results from the place you expect. You can also browse music you’ve looked for previously, and see what searches are trending.”

”Tell us what you like. Discover something you’ll love. When you tell us the genres and bands you’re into, we’ll bring you more suggestions from our experts who know and love music. They’re out at the big shows and the small gigs, combing scenes to bring you emerging artists and deep cuts, and creating playlists that feel like they’re coming from a friend who knows exactly what you want to hear.”

”The more you listen, the better we hear you. When we make recommendations, we consider what you tell us you like. Whether you love a song or not, your feedback helps our suggestions get better and better. But we also pay attention to what you actually play. So if you’re an EDM fan with a secret affinity for big band music, we’ll find you more stuff that swings. And drops the beat.”

How is this not exactly the same as what Google is doing with their services?

Oh, you say. But Apple isn’t using this to sell advertising. Really? 

Here is the description of ad targeting for the Apple News app:

”Monetization of Apple News Format content is simple with iAd, Apple’s advertising platform. When monetizing with iAd, you’ll have access to iAd’s segmentation capabilities, so your advertisers can reach just the right audience within your content. iAd targeting is accurate and scalable, and based on registration data from hundreds of millions of validated Apple users.”

So, when Apple said that Apple news was anonymous, not associated with Apple ID, uses a random identifier, nor linked to other Apple services, that apparently only applies to all the things that aren’t iAds. Because with iAds, they can accurately target your content to millions of Apple users.

Again, just like Google.

Add that Apple recently announced they will support ad blockers in Safari on the iPhone, thus blocking newspapers from earning money that way. While iAds does work in their own news app... well...

This is why I get so annoyed when I hear Apple’s PR machine talk about privacy. First, we have Tim Cook saying: “They’re gobbling up everything they can learn about you and trying to monetize it. We think that’s wrong. And it’s not the kind of company that Apple wants to be. So we don’t want your data.“

Then they launch two new services; Apple Music and Apple News, both featuring individual targeting, tracking and tailoring. Including integration to iAds.

I call shenanigans. 

Both Apple and Google track what you do. Both companies use that information. And both companies that keep information within themselves, thus ensuring your privacy stays intact. 

There is nothing wrong with that. In fact, as they both show, doing this creates much better products for you and me.

Let’s instead focus on the much more important issue of data brokers, and how data from one site is sold or given to others, thus causing one company to know what you did in another store. 

That is the real issue we should be dealing with. Not how data is used between us and the individual companies that we have chosen to be a part of.
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Nice "How To" for Chromebook newbies!

The following article shows you how to find out detailed info about your Chrome OS device without the need for any additional apps or extensions.

http://www.howtogeek.com/234454/how-to-view-your-chromebooks-hardware-specifications-and-system-information/



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There is a bunch, I mean a TON, of free music right now on +Google Play. Go grab it with your super smart phones or computers... 
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The Very Best Movie Music Of Elvis Presley  http://goo.gl/HDKsq2
The Very Best Gospel Of Elvis Presley  http://goo.gl/EaCjww
Simon and Garfunkel's Greatest Hits  http://goo.gl/YHtPkB
The Very Best Of Destiny's Child  http://goo.gl/bIquqW
The Very Best Of Britney Spears  http://goo.gl/Jrgivq
The Very Best Johnny Cash Duets  http://goo.gl/URtiBX
The Very Best Gospel Of Johnny Cash  http://goo.gl/G0V7u6
The Very Best Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash  http://goo.gl/8hh0zG
The Very Best Of Frank Sinatra http://goo.gl/VyoGJG
The Very Best Of Bill Withers  http://goo.gl/Xb7kb0
The Very Best Of Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson  http://goo.gl/104toI
The Very Best Gospel of Willie Nelson  http://goo.gl/fDX1ku
The Very Best Of Sam Cooke  http://goo.gl/CDbJK4
The Very Best Of Roy Orbison  http://goo.gl/Cnbw4Z
The Very Best Of Tony Bennett  http://goo.gl/g7yIfN
The Very Best Of Incubus  https://goo.gl/sr3b0r
The Very Best Of Nas  http://goo.gl/GH1oOC
The Very Best Of 311  http://goo.gl/UCbx6i
The Very Best Of Sly & The Family Stone  http://goo.gl/gbLiZJ
The Very Best Of Three 6 Mafia  http://goo.gl/t2VdI3
#googlemusic   #free   #freemusic   #deal   #freebiefriday   #freebies  
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Google Play Music now has free radio for whatever you need music for — from working, to working out, to working it on the dance floor. We craft each station song by song so you don’t have to (US only) http://goo.gl/K7FjIU
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