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Say Hello to Detroit! Thanks #Googlemaps  
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Patent this! 
'Forced to stand for 24 hours, suicide nets, toxin exposure and explosions': Inside the Chinese factories making iPads for Apple
'Working excessive overtime without a single day off during the week'
'Living together in crowded dorms and exposure to dangerous chemicals'
Two explosions in 2011 in China 'due to aluminum dust' killed four workers
Almost 140 injured after using toxin in factory, reports New York Times

Working excessive overtime without a single day off during the week, living together in crowded dormitories and standing so long that their legs swell and they can hardly walk after a 24-hour shift.
These are the lives some employees claim they live at Apple’s manufacturing centres in China, where the firm’s suppliers allegedly wrongly dispose of hazardous waste and produce improper records.
Almost 140 workers at a supplier in China were injured two years ago using a poisonous chemical to clean iPhone screens - and two explosions last year killed four people while injuring more than 75.
The California tech giant had allegedly been alerted to hazardous conditions inside the Chengdu plant in southwest China before the explosions at those plants, reported the New York Times.
‘If Apple was warned and didn’t act, that’s reprehensible,’ Massachusetts Institute of Technology work safety expert Nicholas Ashford told the New York Times. 

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Apple's WWDC Keynote

Below is my take on the keynote that Apple had at WWDC yesterday.

TL;DR - Apple is copying from everything from everyone (but mostly webOS and +Android)!

* OSX - Better support for multiple monitors

   I'm pretty sure +Linux has supported the announced features for a long time (dock bar placement, maximize window to current monitor, etc.)  As a matter of fact, you can place a dock on each monitor, and only display the running tasks from that monitor.  Plus, add on multiple desktops to multiple monitors, and it's even better.

* iOS7 - Flat/Minimalist Interface

   This has pretty much been done by everyone.  Palm (via +Matias Duarte) did this with webOS.  webOS was beautiful, intuitive and functional.  Microsoft followed suit with their Modern (then Metro) UI.  +Google (via +Matias Duarte again) has done this with all of its latest products (+Gmail, +Google Play, and moreso in +Android).  Even the calendar in iOS7 and OSX scream of the webOS Calendar (right down to the pastel colors)

* iOS7 - Quick Settings

   This has been done by +Android manufacturers for a long time (+Samsung Mobile and +HTC), but was added natively to +Android in 4.2 Jelly Bean.  Custom ROMs like +CyanogenMod have even made it configurable.  The only true difference is the always there media controls.  This would be a nice addition, but it's not totally necessary due to the notification controls when media is playing, and the ability for widgets on the home screen.

* iOS7 - Multitasking

   Obviously, this was sorely needed in iOS.  Hopefully, +Google will be able to utilize this to make +Google Now useful on iOS.  Right now it is pretty bastardized. Also, they took a lot of the multitasking UI cues from webOS.

* iOS7 - Color palettes

   I'm not sure where I saw this, but there were some screenshots where the UI was "pearlized" (meaning there were random rainbow shadings added).  I hope they either dull this down, or remove it completely.  It was pretty awful.  Also, in their flat design, they forgot about delineation.  Again, I don't have any specific examples, but there were instances where it was difficult to determine where one section ended and the next began.  +Google did this extremely well with cards (also taken from webOS).  It's a great way to display one piece of data while differentiating it from another.  Plus, they are easily stackable to hide irrelevant data until you ask for it.

* iTunes Radio

   This was a big letdown for me.  This does not directly compete with +Google Play Music All Access, but instead will, in essence, kill +Pandora, +Spotify, +Slacker and +Rdio on Apple devices due to the much lower cost for Ad Free ($25/year which includes iTunes Match).  Like these other services, the user can only skip, pause and favorite tracks.  There is no rewind, or play a specific song like there is in All Access (or +Pandora One and +Slacker Pro, both subscriptions are ~$10/month).  Also, the user is only prompted to buy songs from their history, not just play them.  Another advantage of All Access is that you can "pin" the songs/albums to your device for offline listening.  If/when +Google Play Music is available as a native app on iOS devices, people will most likely switch.

* Summary

   I do not think this was the major step Apple needed to persuade +Android  users to switch to iOS (maybe from Windows Phone or +BlackBerry).  All it did was keep iOS users from switching to +Android.  The picture below shows in pictures everything they copied.  Granted these were sorely needed features, but nothing groundbreaking.

There was also a slide where they discussed the latest +Android  numbers, highlighting that 1/3 of all +Android devices were running 2.3 Gingerbread.  Granted, this sucks, but the 2.3 upgrade to 4.0+ was a major upgrade, and the lower-end hardware could not take it.  That being said, +Google has taken measures to fix the OS fragmentation distribution issue.  They have started to release the +Google provided +Android apps directly in +Google Play.   Plus, they are adding features to the +Google Play Services app, so even Gingerbread devices can get most of the latest features without having to wait until an update is pushed.  Now, that, is innovation!

#ios7   #apple   #applewwdc2013   #wwdc   #google   #android   #allaccess   #itunesradio   

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Oh boy, I'm getting old.
I remember owning all of these electronics!

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I hear IOS 7 Is Pretty Revolutionary...

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The Ultimate Guide to Google Plus - Click Read More Below!
This guide intends to be a full, hands on, guide to using Google Plus. My primary goal in this article was to have a guide that others can use to get the most out of Google Plus and its features. After answering a few hundred people's questions about the network, I felt it was probably a good idea to write up a guide that I can simply link to that answers the question. That way, everyone can enjoy it.

This guide is broken into sections that can be directly linked to.

What Are Google Plus Circles
I explain how to use circles to help you manage a large amount of contacts as you grow within the network.

How to resolve the Google Plus Ghost Town Effect
When you first join Google Plus, it is a vast wasteland with nothing going on. You have to manually search and find content and the whole process can be perceived to be clunky. I show you how to resolve the issue by adding people to your circles.

Rich Text in Google Plus Posts
This one has been done a thousand times over, however, it still needs to be in the guide so that people who haven't seen how to format rich text in posts can do so.

What Are Hashtags
Learn how to use hashtags in Google Plus. See how hashtags work along with working examples of how I'm currently using them.

What Are Communities
Communities explained. How to create, manage, and use communities to keep you engaged within Google Plus. If you've ever noticed a slow period in Google, especially during weekends or late nights, going to communities to reply to people is one thing I do to kill the time.

How To Get More People to Circle You
This isn't an exact science, but I can tell you this section should help you gain new circlers following you. I've gone from 50 circles to over 4,000 in less than two months (at the time of this post).  I share my methods in this section along with additional tips and advice.

Google Plus Hangouts
Learn about hangouts within Google Plus.

Taming the Beast - Calming Down the Noise
Once you follow my tips and advice, you'll notice the "ghost town" is now flipped into a noisy feed that is tough to follow. I share with you how to tame the beast to reign in the content that means the most to you.

Google Plus Pages
Want to create a separate "entity" for your company, website, blog, or hobby? Learn how to create and manage your Google Plus pages.

A quick thanks to +Mark Traphagen (he's linked in the guide) and +martin shervington for their awesome guides that helped me understand Google Plus when I got started in early April, 2013. #googleplustips #gplustips #tipsfornewbies
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