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Austin Nichols
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Apple is positioned to put PayPal in the ground
I stumbled upon this great WIRED article that points out something we should have realized long ago: Apple has all of our credit card information. Through the release of their recent earnings call and the slew of data that came with, it was suddenly apparen...

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FiLIP: solving parent paranoia in the digital age
It just makes you shake your head in disappointment. You see a family of four out to eat. The children - a daughter, looks to be about nine, a son, seven - both clutching cellphones. And they're iPhones no less. Look across the restaurant and see another tw...

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project ara: will I ever give up my iPhone?
We're taking a break from the music reviews this week, but I did listen to the free single (and didn't like it very much). Instead we're talking about smartphones. The iPhone continues to dominate the smartphone market. Though phones playing host to the And...

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"Cheap Sunglasses" by RAC feat. Matthew Koma
I once had a pair of RayBan sunglasses. They were an awesome graduation gift from my dad: gunmetal aviators, fit perfectly to my face, with just enough tint. They were tucked away in my backpack when it was stolen a couple years ago. Damn, I miss those glas...

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"I'm Only Joking" by KONGOS
Contrary to the title of this song, I seriously like iTunes' efforts this week. Not one, nor two, but three free singles available for download before tomorrow. Now, they're not all winners - I think I can rule out Latin heavy rock as a genre of interest - ...

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"Me and My Broken Heart" by Rixton
In less than 12 hours I'll be on the road to Gulf Shores, Alabama for Spring Break. Not relevant to this post, but I'm pretty excited about it, so I thought I'd share. Now, this week's free single isn't something I'm likely to play from a boombox on the bea...

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FiveThirtyEight, a data-driven journalism organization: making data journalism cool
Nate Silver is a name that I learned and then forgot. He earned a lot of repute after predicting the results of the 2012 election with near perfection. Many praised it as miraculous, an accomplishment against all odds, but Silver says it was all just data. ...

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"Lift Your Spirit" by Aloe Blacc
Another week, another free single, another bout of mixed feelings and mild disappointment. This week's single was written by rising pop artist Egberts Nathaniel Dawkins III. Sorry, you probably know him better by his stage name,  Aloe Blacc . If that doesn'...

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"Believer" by American Authors
This week we have another band from the east coast delivering our free music. You may recognize American Authors from their recent radio hit, "Best Day of My Life", which rose to platinum status after being featured in a handful of commercials and a summer ...

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"Nothing But Trouble" by Phantogram
I tell you what, it has been a hot minute (read: a long time) since I last posted, and it's a real shame that I return to the blogging scene to review this song. We're basically two months into 2014 and iTunes has yet to really impress me. I could crack a j...
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