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The Commonwealth Games are underway! Hosted in Glasgow this year, this international sporting event was first held in 1930 and takes place every four years. In addition to many typical Olympic sports, the games also include sports popular in the British Commonwealth like netball.
This morning, we welcomed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to our Mountain View HQ for a chat about her new book, her travels and her thoughts on how technology affects foreign affairs. Watch her full Q+A with Eric Schmidt: http://youtu.be/cWFMqUDy1gw
“Come, fellow Singaporeans, let us progress towards happiness together” is how composer Zubir Said began Majulah Singapura, Singapore’s national anthem. Our doodle honors the great artist for his 107th birthday.
Apple places orders for up to 80 million iPhone 6s. Are they nuts?
Apple is committing to building dozens of millions more iPhones than they did during the second half of last year. Is their optimism warranted?
Join me, as well as co-host , co-anchor and interview guests (AppleInsider), (Forbes) and (Slate) as we hash out today's big tech stories!
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#iPhone #TechNewsToday #TNT #TWiT
Googler leaves to join Bing at Microsoft. Here's the cake his co-workers gave him.
According to Reddit:
"Sunrise Over Mono Lake"
Mono Lake, California
While Yosemite National Park and the surrounding Sierra Nevada Mountains get most of the attention in California, the Eastern side of the Sierra's is certainly pretty amazing as well. One of the more popular locations (located just east of HW 120 and Yosemite is Mono Lake, which is known for its impressive tufa salt formations that have formed over millions of years from the heavily salted lake. Because of the direction that many of the tufas face, it is a great sunrise location for landscape photographers.
This photo was taken with a a7r. I recently wrapped up my full in-depth review of this lightweight, full frame mirror-less camera. If you want to know my thoughts on the camera, give my review (linked below) a read over!
Thanks again to everyone who made it out to #StuckInDenver ! And thanks to for normalizing our social database and turning our community into a many-to-many relation model.
Feel free to post your inter web trails on the site so we all can find you for the next Colorado style photo jamboree! Heck, maybe we can even get Trey to join us again?
Yeah, Xiaomi doesn't copy Apple at all....
Former Google exec Hugo Barra, who now works for China's Xiaomi, says he spends much of his time trying to convince people that Xiaomi doesn't copy Apple.
151 people have been placed under quarantine
Dubai, shot of Ibrahim Albeshari
One man's quest to make the Good Book better
*CAR JUMP OVER BUSSES FAIL
The Goblin Shark, Disturbing One of a Kind Footage
The Goblin Shark, Disturbing One of a Kind Footage
^^ please see the you tube video of this amazing shark in Tokyo Bay where he tried to bite through a diver's sleeve and got his weird teeth caught.
#shark #attack #noonehurt #allsafe #animal #gif
"It was painful to listen to this call."
Audi took back the A3 today. I'm officially bummed.
37 balloons. One hose. Game over.
Wales on a sunny day.
I took this one when walking Benj to my favourite spot, about a minute away. Ain't too shabby ;)
Have a good one folks :D
Epic Level LEGO Map of Middle-Earth - http://bit.ly/1nyzk7x
Really incredible work here from Christoph Bartneck.
He has painstakingly re-created the map of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-Earth in topographical style from LEGO. And he’s done it on a grand scale. The resulting map is apparently 2 meters by 2 meters (thats roughly 6.5 x 6.5 feet) in size and contains 30,000 bricks. It’s built up in 7 levels and took him 4 months to complete.
He’s even put the breadcrumb trail of the Fellowship’s path across Middle-Earth in there. Oh and all the major characters from the book are represented in the appropriate geographical locations via their LEGO mini-figures.
I’m just trying to figure out where I could mount this thing.
#LEGO #LordOfTheRings #MiddleEarth
They say decriminalization could help stop the spread of HIV
A digital tattoo for the Moto X? Yeah, I'm pretty sure I need one.
Motorola and VivaLnk plan to launch the Digital Tattoo, an NFC-based skin tag that unlocks your Moto X.
Once you stick it on, the sticker stays for up to five days.
The cost is $10 for a pack of 10.
Some gifs are just screaming out to have music made for them. Maybe one day soon there will be sound!
Since the creation of GIFs back in 1987, they have become incredibly popular and are now common on sites like Tumblr, Reddit and Google+. The internet is full of these quirky animations. Now a new software program by Colin Burger called Loop Findr wants to help people create GIFs more easily. The application scans through a user’s video library and identifies the perfect frames to turn into endlessly repeating GIF loops.
http://dashburst.com/loop-findr-gifs/ #gifoftheday #animallovers
Michael Q Todd
The OnePlus team have announced another batch of invites (5,000 in total) will be handed out for the flagship killer that is the OnePlus One. The Android smartphone has had an unconventional launch with invites being sent out to those who wish to purchase a unit. If you're still waiting for your...
The Darth Knight
(a new custom crafted for me)
Changes in the Home Stream post drop-down
"Remove from Circles" is new?
"Report Spam or abuse" used to be "report post"?
Have you seen this already?
The "Mute" has been missing for many users and perhaps here's the reason, Google has been twitching things behind the scenes. Often when glitches occur there's activity in the wings, I have noticed.
Do you maintain lists??
I have so many ideas and thoughts that pop into my head at the most inopportune times, and I just need way where I can jot them down in list form, somewhere, quickly. You can work with Workflowy in your browser, or with a mobile app. You can make lists, expand them, shrink them, add notes, check them off, delete them, copy them... whatever needs to be written down, I can write down there. I have many different lists, travel lists, book lists, to-do lists... you name it.
I seriously don't know who I managed before without Workflowy. I know I talked about it here before, but I surprised myself today realizing that I still love the app and use it almost every single day. I think I tried everything else before finally finding one list program that works for my needs. It adapts to my way of organizing, not the other way around. Btw, it's free. You can upgrade to pro, but so far, I didn't have to. Check it out: https://workflowy.com/invite/22814c7e.lnx
Microsoft's Threshold, aka Windows 9, is purportedly on view in two leaked screenshots.
Tracking Online Commentary with nod3x.com
There's so much focus on #ContentMarketing that it's easy to overlook where the golden nuggets can actually be found - in the comments on the originators posts. This is why today we've added Comments to your NOD3x Projects.
Comments, which can be found on your Dashboards in the latest Posts window, will track all comments made on posts contained in your NOD3x Projects an will help you identify individuals that don't necessarily post content themselves but prove themselves as thought leaders purely by the added value they bring to a post.
Comments can also be used with NOD3x Projects that are purely collecting posts relating to your brand, product or service either to:
▶ Bring all of the ensuing engagements into one place e.g. you don't have to monitor multiple social platforms
▶ Customer service discussions
▶ Additional key engager identification
In addition to the above, you may simply want to find posts where on-going discussions/threads are taking place and by reviewing the Comments window will now mean that you can quickly find people with an opinion on a post that appeals to you.
As always, we welcome any feedback
#datavisualisations #socialmedialistening #data #socialnetworkanalysis
The rollout of Android 4.4.4 KitKat around the world continues as we have confirmed reports from tipsters that some owners of the Motorola Moto G smartphone are getting the firmware update today in the UK.
Apparently this (freakishly awesome) video mocking Kim Jong Un is going viral in China
The Red River is a tributary of the Kechika River in the far north of British Columbia, Canada, flowing east to meet the Kechika from headwaters in the Cassiar Mountains.
If you're one of the 310 million people who count Hindi as your primary language, you'll be glad to know that Google Maps is now available in Hindi. Google India announced the rollout of the feature today, which is available for the web and on Android devices running Android 4.3 and above.
Ambitious plans to transform one of the world's busiest airports
License-on-transfer (LOT) is a creative idea to reduce the patent troll problem. The idea is a bunch of companies like Newegg, DropBox, Google, Canon, Asana, and SAP have agreed that if they sell a patent, the other companies in the group get a license to that patent. Any company can join the network. Why not ask if your company wants to join?
Amazon delivered this in less than 24 hours after I ordered it on a Sunday night. Hachette can't do this.
"You can't trust any of these systems 100 percent."
Strictly for wealthy home theater enthusiasts
A foggy sunrise over Pico Island in the Azores by Bruno Ãzera
Drawing tab for Mac?
My dear Circleverse, I'm sure there are experts on this area amongst you!
My son (17 years) is interested in getting something like this: Can you give advice, please?
He's never used such a thing before, that's why I'd like to stay in the cheaper versions...
One can get an even cheaper one from Amazon but looks like it's an older version of the Wacom-Intuos-Small-Tablet-CTL480 without the S.
#Drawing #Drawingtablet #iMac
TWiT CEO has her own brand of time management.
Reading this article, I got one of those strange sensations that I had a window into a very strange future, a future vision of contracts, commerce and organizations where software plays a much more critical role than anything we might imagine today.
This article is not going to be for everyone. Some of the ideas are a bit out there. That said, I think they are fascinating. What is outlining here is a "smart contract" software framework for automating business processes. What he's talking about here builds on some of the same kinds of heavily distributed validation processes that Bitcoin uses.
Much of the magic here centers on using software to figure out whether the terms of a contract have or have not been met. When they have, the software authorizes payment. Now there are some cases where that validation is relatively straight forward, but in many cases validating that the agreement has been fulfilled, even when the processes are run in software, well, it can be tricky.
But that's nothing compared to being able to assess whether or not the contract has been fulfilled when it comes to activities that happen offline. And so one of the interesting aspects of this framework is the use of real-world, human judges to make these determinations and notify the system via text message or other means.
I'm starting to dig much more deeply into where corporations are headed, particularly with respect to the kinds of artificial intelligence and automation that we're seeing in giants like Amazon, Google, Facebook, GE and others. But this vision is something very different and very grassroots. And that's what makes it so interesting.
Much to learn still in this strange new world, but I will share some of my explorations along the way here as I go.
Special thanks to for turning me on to the whole idea of "Decentralized Autonomous Organizations."
#ai #DAO #automation
Hypothetical Question Suppose you were President of the United States or some other big country. Your intelligence agency has just informed you that terrorists have taken over an airliner and have indicated their intention to fly it into a skyscraper in one of your larger cities and that they will not negotiate.
That plane is now over farmland, but will soon reach the outskirts of this densely populated city. The military has informed you that you have 10 minutes to decide whether or not to give the order to your air force to shoot down that airplane. Once it enters the city, many times more people will be killed even if never makes it into the skyscraper.
If you do nothing thousands or more people will die, and the terrorists will have accomplished their objectives. If you order the airliner shot down, more than 300 people will die less than a minute.
What would you do?
Due to reports of Palestinian militant rocket fire
J-Bay wasn't the only spot with waves this past weekend... A few of the local chargers descended on the local headland to practice their tow-ins on Sunday morning.
The bank on the inside was throwing out a sandy barrel or two, and the surfer on the wave before this one could be heard from way up here hooting the barrel he scored. I'd already written him off and then he popped out the end - reckon that would've made his day!
Gotta love #autoawesome !
How can search engines implement "right to be forgotten" EU policies?
provides some thoughtful suggestions about how search engine providers like Google should go about implementing the European Union's latest "right to be forgotten" court ruling. Thoughtful, but, unfortunately, ultimately quite impractical. I think that The Guardian got it most right when they say in the article:
The risk is that, in order to manage the interests recognised in the ruling at scale, powerful but blunt tools may be deployed. Such tools, it is feared, may serve the interests of disinformation, rather than better information and more social cohesion.
Where The Guardian seems to get it most wrong is with ill-placed idealism in spelling out how a private enterprise might or should cooperate with government authorities in implementing what amounts to personally tailored editing of the Web that can be second-guessed both by EU regulators and EU courts. Example:
Google could work with these authorities, other data controllers, academics, and practitioners to aggregate past cases, guidelines, and experience, in order to chart the contours of individual interests that data protection law must respect, and to integrate that knowledge with the growing volume of new requests. This will allow the refinement of tools and policies that can be applied consistently and respectfully, by private or public data controllers alike, in a way that is transparent to the public.
So in other words, for each of the hundreds of thousands - or possibly millions - of requests that come to a search engine for editing Web links, these companies should act with the wisdom of Solomon, the patience of Job and consult far and wide for each and every request - and then be ready to be second-guessed by the EU anyway. Well, if you're a tenured professor or a media pundit, perhaps that's a business plan. For a service designed to provide uncensored access to public information, not so much.
I have engaged in some heated discussions about this ruling lately, and while I regret some of the passion that I have applied to those debates I would hope that cool heads would come to realize that this is a wholly impractical ruling that expects a public communications service to act as a private editing service based on EU guidelines as fuzzy as a furball.
Existing libel and slander laws are perfectly adequate for most abuses of public publishing, and for other issues of privacy such as exposing faces in Google Street View photos reasonably sensible and implementable guidelines enable efficient respect of privacy in public information sources. This isn't a matter of the EU being wrong about everything. But it does seem to need to correct a wholly impractical and controversial ruling that fails to create clear boundaries for public information.
How playing an instrument benefits your brain
I have tried ... :)
Antelopes in the Mist by Lee Bothma
Antelopes in the Mist by Lee Bothma
Question of the Day
What is one daily chore you look forward to?
Writing the Question of the Day. It’s not really a chore, but it forces me to think of something to say, even on days when my brain refuses to co-operate :P
This F-22 is pulling so many G-forces that the wave of low pressure behind it causes water to condense - Imgur
Apple performed better than expected
If you're the type that foregoes passcodes on your phone in favor of the convenience of quickly turning on the device and getting to what you need to do, then the digital tattoo created for the Moto X will help to combine convenience and security. This way, you can still lock your phone, but...
The British General speaking in the UN Human Rights Council about the Israeli army actions in the last war with Gaza.
Colonel Richard Kemp is man who repeatedly put his life on the line to defend the democratic world from the murderous Saddam Hussein, Al Qaeda, and the Taleban.
Here is his testament:
Thank you, Mr. President.
I am the former commander of the British forces in Afghanistan. I served with NATO and the United Nations; commanded troops in Northern Ireland, Bosnia and Macedonia; and participated in the Gulf War. I spent considerable time in Iraq since the 2003 invasion, and worked on international terrorism for the UK Government’s Joint Intelligence Committee.
Mr. President, based on my knowledge and experience, I can say this: During Operation Cast Lead, the Israeli Defence Forces did more to safeguard the rights of civilians in a combat zone than any other army in the history of warfare.
Israel did so while facing an enemy that deliberately positioned its military capability behind the human shield of the civilian population.
Hamas, like Hizballah, are expert at driving the media agenda. Both will always have people ready to give interviews condemning Israeli forces for war crimes. They are adept at staging and distorting incidents.
The IDF faces a challenge that we British do not have to face to the same extent. It is the automatic, Pavlovian presumption by many in the international media, and international human rights groups, that the IDF are in the wrong, that they are abusing human rights.
The truth is that the IDF took extraordinary measures to give Gaza civilians notice of targeted areas, dropping over 2 million leaflets, and making over 100,000 phone calls. Many missions that could have taken out Hamas military capability were aborted to prevent civilian casualties. During the conflict, the IDF allowed huge amounts of humanitarian aid into Gaza. To deliver aid virtually into your enemy's hands is, to the military tactician, normally quite unthinkable. But the IDF took on those risks.
Despite all of this, of course innocent civilians were killed. War is chaos and full of mistakes. There have been mistakes by the British, American and other forces in Afghanistan and in Iraq, many of which can be put down to human error. But mistakes are not war crimes.
More than anything, the civilian casualties were a consequence of Hamas’ way of fighting. Hamas deliberately tried to sacrifice their own civilians.
Mr. President, Israel had no choice apart from defending its people, to stop Hamas from attacking them with rockets.
And I say this again: the IDF did more to safeguard the rights of civilians in a combat zone than any other army in the history of warfare.
Thank you, Mr. President.
UN Watch Oral Statement
Delivered by Colonel Richard Kemp
UN Human Rights Council
12th Special Session, 16 October 2009
Debate on Goldstone Report
#israel #humanrights #unitednations
Google Plus Strategies for Building Brand Authority
Thanks very much to for this very thorough summary of my presentation at MozCon last week, as well as en embed and time-stamped index of the 30 minute "Live from MozCon" interview did with and me from the conference.
Nevis Arc - World's largest swing?
Nevis Swing, World's Biggest Swing, Queenstown, New Zealand - Old Promo Video
Worth trying :D
Verizon has posted its second quarter earnings, which saw the carrier accruing a double-digit percentage increase in operating income and earnings per share. Over the course of the quarter, Verizon has managed to add 1.4 million new postpaid wireless subscribers, up from 941,000 over the same...
A $13 fitness band! New from Xiaomi.
The Next Web
Federal and state legislators are pushing hard for so-called smartphone kill-switch laws that'll let consumers remotely wipe their devices when they're lost or stolen. It's something the smartphone industry is already implementing on their own. What impact will these laws have? Josh Lowensohn explains.
Ridiculous. I use 1 end of one Q-Tip to dry each ear when I am done washing them, which happens in the shower. I'm not jamming it in there, just twirling it around gently on the outside of the ear and just inside where the water collects.
Bobbi Jo Woods
Windblown rocket contrails at dusk, Ventura, California USA by Russ Bishop
Unlock your Motorola phone with a digital #tattoo
So it begins :D
Good Morning Dear Googleverse Netizens
Today I'm going to be hard at work writing. :)
Remember that Comcast customer service call that went viral last week? Turns out their strategy of making it as frustrating as possible to cancel their services is working - for Comcast.
This is how to change the streaming quality of YouTube videos on your Android device There are several reasons you may want to change the streaming quality of YouTube videos. You may want to downgrade the video quality because you want to cut down on the amount of data watching the video...
Now, if I just put this shrivelled artichoke on my scanner...
All the LG G3 you love, with plenty of AT&T piled on for flavor All of us here at the AC office are pretty much in love with the LG G3. We're not even going to try and deny it, nor should we. This is a damn good phone. It was good when Alex first reviewed it (and that is a must-read) and I was...
This decision won't stand -- you've got a pair of moronic judges there -- but the fact that GOP monsters are so happy to see a court rule that people can't have affordable health insurance shows why I wish there were a hell for these slimeballs to burn in for eternity.
Beware of these scams if you're planning some travel this summer.
Ray Kurzweil talk at Google. (60 mins)
Watching this, whilst eating a curry...
h/t for prompting me on this one.
Administrivia Thought for the Day - I will not suffer the presence of idiots on my G+ threads. That is all.
Rob's Dinner. Refried black beans with leftover chicken shreadded on top, topped with chopped onions lettuce, a glop of sour cream (I know, I know) and taco bell hot sauce (I was out of salsa but found some packets). Frozen white corn topped with blue cheese dressing and a glass of milk (not shown).
HUMAN LIVES ARE NOT TRIVIAL: Last night, more than 200 protestors - including Moms Demand Action members from Connecticut, New York and New Jersey - rallied outside a Greenwich fundraiser for Gov. Chris Christie just days after he refused to meet with the parents of Sandy Hook victims. The Newtown parents wanted to weigh in on a New Jersey bill that would have restricted the sale of high-capacity magazines of more than 10 rounds. Christie vetoed the bill, calling it a “trivial approach” to gun violence prevention: http://nyti.ms/1p7AjqO.
Lawmakers should act to protect the best interests of their constituents; not the gun lobby's profits. LIKE, SHARE and PLEDGE to support political candidates who will fight for common-sense laws to reduce gun violence: http://bit.ly/1p7AjH2
Like other parts of HTC Sense 6, the HTC Sense Input keyboard has made its way to Google Play. That means that HTC can now push updates to the keyboard with ease and not have to lean on a full system update just to tweak the keyboard — and that updated can go out to all supporting devices instead...
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