Tuesday, March 31, 2015

MC2 Post 2007 Alcatel OneTouch’s Cross-Platform Smartwatch Opens Pre-Orders For $150





And I thought Alcatel was Canadian company, 

nope it's European and it just announced a Smart Watch.




 


The Alcatel OneTouch Watch, which got its debut at CES this year, is officially going on sale today with pre-orders starting at $149.99 directly from the company’s U.S. website. The smartwatch is unique among those from larger OEMs in that it works with both iOS and Android smartphones, packing in support for health monitoring features, phone notifications and music controls on both kinds of devices.





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Amazon's Stick-on-Button to help you reorder the Basics


Amazon May Have Just Transformed 
How Consumers Order Products

Amazon on Tuesday announced a new device called the dash button, which will let you simply press a physical button in your home to immediately order products such as detergent, toilet paper and coffee pods. Customers can get individual buttons for different brands such as Tide or Huggies and place the buttons in logical places like next to the washing machine or the changing station. That way the second you realize you're running low on diapers you can immediately place a new order.



Link:  http://www.thestreet.com/story/13097037/1/amazon-may-have-just-transformed-how-consumers-order-products.html



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Say hello to the Surface 3



With the ability to run desktop software, a USB port, 
and an integrated Kickstand,

Surface 3 is the perfect productivity device for 


school, home, and on the go.



$499.00




Link:   The 366 characters Link was just too ridiculous for words...

Wingman.  So just use the 26 characters below instead...



 
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Saturday, March 28, 2015

MC2 Post 2006 This One is pretty much All About Hardware








Why am I so Stoked about  Intel and Micron's  

3D NAND technology 

over Samsung and Toshiba's route to the

10 Terabyte storage capacity race?

This recent announcement:


Intel / Micron Announce 3D NAND Production 
with Industry's Highest Density:
of 10TB storage on a standard 2.5" SSD



Intel and Micron are jointly announcing new 3D NAND technology that will radically increase solid-storage capacity going forward. The companies have indicated that moving to this technology will allow for the type of rapid increases in capacity that are consistent with Moore’s Law.


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Streaming PC Games to the Raspberry Pi 2!


On  Possibly Unsafe  the You Tube podcast, 

with Patrick Norton and Michael Hand.


You will need a Nvidia 600 or higher video card.









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Using the Raspberry Pi 2 as a Full Desktop PC 

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The Madness Continues:  Watch the Games LIVE!


See the NCAA Games on Your PC Too!




And Don't Forget the BOSS Button!







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Monday, March 23, 2015

MC2 Post 2005 Back to the NCAA and the Sweet 16



Ranking the Sweet 16 Teams of the 2015 NCAA Tournament




While deep NCAA tournament runs are often driven off great guard play, this year's Sweet 16 will feature big men as difference-makers. 

 USA TODAY Sports




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At the Box Office, It’s No Longer a Man’s World


Cate Blanchett, left, and Lily James in “Cinderella.”




In its first two weeks, ticket sales in North America 

were $122 million. 



Women made up 66 percent of the opening-weekend audience.


LOS ANGELES — Heading into the all-important summer moviegoing season, two converging box-office trends are startling studios: Women are driving ticket sales to a degree rarely, if ever, seen before, while young men — long Hollywood’s most coveted audience — are relatively AWOL.

With the release of “The Divergent Series: Insurgent” over the weekend, women have delivered the three biggest live-action openings of the year. The audience for “Insurgent,” which took in an estimated $54 million from Friday to Sunday, was 60 percent female. The opening-weekend crowd for “Fifty Shades of Grey” was 67 percent female, and women made up 66 percent of the audience for “Cinderella.”


 


Link:   http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/23/business/media/at-the-box-office-its-no-longer-a-mans-world.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&smid=nytimesarts




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Sunday, March 22, 2015

MC2 Post 2005 The Best Basketball Story Today was on CBS of course









But it had nothing to do with the Men's NCAA Tournament going on...





On the Sunday Morning Show,  was Featured 
the Lady Knights of  Minnesota.






From:  http://www.cbsnews.com




CLIMAX, Minn. -- Since 2011, the Climax-Fisher High School Lady Knights have been booting and bobbling their way into the record books. This team from western Minnesota somehow strung together 84 straight losses - that's four straight years of ridicule.

"People always make fun of you," said Michaela Burstad.

"It's honestly embarrassing to lose that many games," added Emily Love.

But the team's coach, Jonathan Vonesh, told me he's 

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Every Once in a while the CBS Sunday Morning Hits 
with all cylinders firing.

This morning was one of those days.

If you missed it, as I sometimes do,  you can watch rebroadcasts on the
Smithsonian Channel, Sundays at 2 p.m. ET and Mondays at 2 a.m. ET.

Wingman.


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Another Great Story was Grammy Award winning principal condoctor of the Met Opera. 

He dabbles in perfume making...




And then there's the Monarch Butterfly story.  
You just have to see it
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Saturday, March 21, 2015

MC2 Post 2004 A New Page in Sports has been Turnered -- NCAA Live app








Sports Fans will get a Taste of  What a  Clever  App can do to Transform How we watch 'sports'  and TV in general.


How to Watch March Madness Online, With or Without a Cable Login




From:  http://www.slate.com











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The Sling TV Legal Option:

This year, however, cord-cutters have at least one other legal option. Sling TV, the new online-TV service aimed at cord-cutters, happens to include both TNT and TBS in its basic package, which costs $20 a month. And TruTV is now available as part of Sling TV’s “Lifestyle Extra” add-on pack, which goes for an additional $5 a month. It doesn’t include CBS, but you can still watch CBS games without a cable login on the March Madness site. I’ve written more about Sling TV here.


 
What’s convenient about Sling TV is that, unlike cable, you can sign up at a moment’s notice and cancel anytime. In fact, as Gigaom (R.I.P.) pointed out, the service offers a free seven-day trial that could be mighty convenient for NCAA tournament watching if deployed strategically.



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Last year, March Madness online viewership reached a new record, with 69.7 million live streams across all platforms, Turner Sports told me. That was up 42 percent from 2013.
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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

MC2 Post 2003 So What Is Wrong with Android Lollipop Anyway ???









After 3 months, and a fresh update released 
just 2 days ago, apparently nobody knows...



From:  http://www.greenbot.com




Android 5.1 fixed a lot of issues, but apparently a persistent memory leak was not one of them.




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This is not the way you compete in a world dominated by Apple...And having a broken sucker as the logo of it's latest release does not help things in the least.

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A rather lengthy issue tracker on the Android Open Source Project indicates that many Nexus 5 owners are still seeing significant memory resources draining, an issue that first popped up with Android 5.0 and has persisted since.

There is some hope, as a post from someone on the Android development team says the problem has “been fixed internally,” though there isn’t a timeline for when it will be released to the public.
















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Google posts Android 5.1 factory images for Nexus devices, 
leading this week's update roundup

















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Microsoft's Patch Tuesday updates block 
a pair of high-profile exploits



From:   http://www.zdnet.com




Link:   http://www.zdnet.com/article/march-2015-patch-tuesday/

 


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Monday, March 16, 2015

MC2 Post 2002 the Week Meerkat overshadows Twitter And even SXSW





Your app went viral at SXSW. Good luck with that



That brings us to this this week, where I’m entrenched in the mecca of viral hits and social media noise: South by Southwest. For the first time in three years,there’s actually a breakout hit. Meerkat, a livestreaming social media app, has exploded thanks to a heavy reliance on integration with Twitter (and a striking similarity, in functionality and logo, to Snapchat). Since launching in late February, the Meerkat has climbed into the top 100 social networking apps in the U.S. The app is perfectly suited to a festival like SXSW: it’s social, it’s live, it’s fun, and it’s frivolous. It is the topic of conversation at parties. The stakes could not be higher.







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Thursday, March 12, 2015

MC2 Post 2001 It's Apple Catch-Up Time Again when will they stop



PUSHING The BOUNDARIES ???







Condiment - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia



Wikipedia

A condiment is a spice, sauce or other food preparation that is added to foods to impart a particular flavor, enhance its flavor, or in some cultures, to complement ...


Or in Biblical terms:  We Be the Salt of the Earth...Wingman





See the Cheap Apple Watch Knockoffs on China’s Black Market



From:    http://time.com




Fake Apple Watch:




D-WATCH ($472) sold by Gemini TB Creative Design has a stainless steel case and a sapphire display. Two versions are provided: the Sport and the Edition, with a watchcase 
made of 18-karat gold.



The real deal won’t go on sale until late April, but Apple Watch knockoffs are already popping up in China’s gadget black market.

The fake devices, ranging from $30 and up, were spotted Wednesday on 

Taobao.com, a Chinese website for online shopping. 

The real Apple Watch sells for $350-$17,000.










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 In Real Estate


Apple Gets Sweet Deals From Mall Operators





As a traffic magnet, iPhone maker is able to negotiate lower terms for rent

 


 
Apple Inc.’s huge gravitational pull on mall traffic is distorting the market for mall rents, winning the iPhone maker sweetheart deals and putting upward pressure on other tenants’ leases.

Apple draws so many shoppers that its stores single-handedly lift sales by 10% at the malls in which they operate, according to Green Street Advisors, a real-estate research firm. That gives Apple the clout to negotiate extremely low rents for itself relative to its sales, while creating upward pressure on prices paid by mall neighbors who might not benefit from the traffic.






Link:  
http://www.wsj.com/articles/apple-gets-sweet-deals-from-mall-operators-1426007804


 


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What About That Funny New  Connector on the new MacBook?

USB-C is our new connection overlord. Get used to it.

 



Google's Chrome Pixel Has TWO.
 


Google unveils a more powerful 


Chromebook Pixel for $999

 

From:   http://thenextweb.com


Google is launching a quicker, cheaper Chromebook for $999. It features a similar all-metal design to the previous iteration, but this time comes with a Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and a (still tiny) 32GB SSD.


There’s also a more advanced “LS” (for – wait for it – ‘ludicrous speed’) model available with a Core i7 chip, 16GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. That model comes in at $1300.

The screen, meanwhile, remains largely unchanged from last year. Not that that’s a bad thing: it’s a 2560 x 1700 display with 

a rare 3:2 aspect ratio, and is still touch-sensitive.


The laptop features USB-C connectivity, which like on the new MacBook, takes care of charging, data and video functions (more on what USB-C can do here). Google does the unthinkable, however, and includes two ports.




 



Link:   http://thenextweb.com/insider/2015/03/11/google-unveils-a-more-powerful-chromebook-pixel-for-999/

 
 


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Monday, March 9, 2015

MC2 Post 2000 From the unreal Reality of Cardboard to the Substance of Apple








 





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And all the air gets sucked out of the room


as the the Apple Event Holds Court.




13 inch MacBook Pro with Retina display


ResearchKit Gets Health Research a Boost


 



Apple Watch in Aluminium Steel and  Gold


The Watch Everyone Knew was Coming

Apple TV and HBO Now exclusive.  A New Kingdom emerges...

 




Link:  http://www.theverge.com/2015/3/9/8176233/new-game-of-thrones-trailer-from-apple-watch-event
 









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Friday, March 6, 2015

MC2 Post 1999 Has Samsung Really Gone Over the EDGE







Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge hands-on





From:  http://www.phonearena.com








Edgy is a spot-on word that can describe Samsung’s intentions at the moment. Quite literally, the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge showed to us that the Korean company can be quite unconventional – going outside the norm to spur attention and interest. Well, they’re doing exactly the same thing during Mobile World Congress 2015, as the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is an alternative option to Sammy's flagship model in the traditional Galaxy S6.










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New Video Demos Ubuntu Convergence on Tablet,

and Later Phones






Today, ahead of Mobile World Congress next month, Ubuntu Desktop Manager Will Cooke has posted a three-minute video that shows how Canonical’s engineering team is progressing.

‘We’re now seeing the company’s plans for a seamless experience — in real working code’

Although short, we’re now seeing the company’s plans for a seamless experience across devices in real, working, usable code.

For enthusiasts, early adopters and users Cooke cautions that the code shown here – i.e., to enable the convergence features – will only land in the Mir and Unity codebase once the quality is considered up to par.

Buggy or not it is impressive. In one instance Cooke takes an Intel-based tablet running the Unity 8 version of Ubuntu in tablet mode and pairs a mouse. The UI then ‘transforms’ into a more traditional pointer-led windowed mode.




Link:   http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2015/02/new-video-shows-off-ubuntu-convergence-demoed-on-tablet-phone




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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

MC2 Post 1998 Everyone Needs a Little Shield, these days






Shield: NVIDIA's $200 gaming-focused Android TV set-top box



Another year, another new Shield device from NVIDIA. What's Shield? It's the hardware line from NVIDIA that spans a bizarre handheld game console, a powerful gaming tablet, and now a $200, Android TV-powered set-top box. NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang unveiled the Android TV-powered set-top box this evening during a GDC 2015 press conference, which the company referred to as a combination "revolutionary TV", "gaming console" and "supercomputer." Head below for all the specs as we learn them live from NVIDIA.

NVIDIA's calling Shield the "world's first 4K Android TV" -- it's able to both stream and locally run 4K content to your fawncy 4K television. How does it do that? It uses a bleeding edge X1 chip -- the most powerful mobile processor NVIDIA's made to date.


















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Alibaba Moves Into the Valley




Alibaba Is Expanding Its Cloud Services To The U.S. To Give

 Amazon New Competition




Alibaba is bringing its cloud computing services to the U.S. after announcing a data center in Silicon Valley.

 

The base — the location of which Alibaba isn’t revealing for security reasons — is the first for its Aliyun division outside of China, where it claims 1.4 million cloud services customers. The company has four data centers in China and one in Hong Kong, and it plans to expand that reach into Europe and Southeast Asia before the end of the year.









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Apple, Google Prep Fixes for Newly Uncovered 

‘Freak’ Security Bug





From:   http://recode.net




Apple and Google said on Tuesday that they have developed fixes to mitigate the newly uncovered “Freak” security flaw affecting mobile devices and Mac computers.

The vulnerability in Web encryption technology could enable attackers to spy on communications of users of Apple’s Safari browser and Google’s Android browser, according to researchers who uncovered the flaw.





 






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