But the truth is Google’s use of the data will in the end be more dangerous than the government’s, if we allow it to own the videos of our lives. That’s because its mission is commercial. History has taught us the drive for profit respects no social mores, ethical customs, or rule of law.
Glass opens a Pandora’s box for society that will forever change it unless the public gets the right to hit delete and turn on its “Do Not Track Me” option. If the video of our lives is allowed to live in Google’s cloud, life itself will forever be diminished by the commercial takeover of our vision. Who will program what our children see in their Glasses? Will the price of finding a map be the programming of mindless consumption? Will we see what Google doesn’t want us to see?
Not a fan of heavy perfumes and other artificial scents. As a naturalist, I like my home and other spaces to just smell…clean. I’m loving this new discovery from Kohl’s: a scented candle called, Good Air! It’s quite lovely. Light and odor neutralizing. In a nutshell, Good Air makes for some really great air.
So, IKEA is teaming up with Marriott for a new line of tech-friendly hotels. Set to launch across Europe in 2014, Moxy is a joint venture between Inter IKEA Group (IKEA’s parent company) and Marriott hotels. The new chain is pitched as an economy hotel for “the rapidly emerging millennial traveler.” Moxy takes aim at a more youthful and frugal clientele by combining IKEA’s budget-savvy assembly and methods with a few modern touches.
USB ports will adorn each wall socket, check-in will be accessible via your cell phone, free hotel-wide Wi-Fi network, and state-of-the-art computer terminals all available in each lobby.
Details are emerging about Apple’s much rumored iWatch, which is targeted for release this year, according to a Bloomberg report. Bloomberg says the watch project is the brain-child of Apple design chief Jony Ive, who reportedly was sent “boxes” of Nike sports watches for his team to study, a few years ago, from then Nike creative director, Scott Wilson.
According to Business Insider, Wilson revealed that he sent Ivy the Nike Presto Digital Bracelets and the Oregon Series Alti-Compass watches, which were manufactured in 2002–2004.
Also, as we imagined in our iWatch wish-list last month, Bloomberg confirms our theory that Apple is reworking the full iOS to run on the watch and giving it full functionality and some additional health-related features.
Features under consideration include letting users make calls, see the identity of incoming callers and check map coordinates. It would also house a pedometer for counting steps and sensors for monitoring health-related data, such as heart rates.
According to the report, Apple will introduce the device as soon as this year and has filed at least 79 patent applications that include the word “wrist,” including one for a device with a flexible screen, powered by kinetic energy.
So, we predicted last month that the iPhone 5S would launch later this year in September, approximately a year after the iPhone 5 was released, September 21, 2012. The latest buzz, however, suggests we could see the new iPhone one to two months earlier, depending on who you believe.
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, after issuing a report in mid-January, claiming that Apple will release not one, but two new iPhones this year in June, stays firm in a new research report released earlier today. According to Kuo, Apple will unveil an iPhone 5S and lower-cost iPhone alongside iOS 7 this June, with the devices becoming available in July.
So, my niece has been trying to get me to watch this “documentary” (Mermaids: The Body Found) from Discovery’s Animal Planet, for over a week now, so convinced she is that the film proves the existence of a mythical creature her young heart yearns to believe in. The two-hour flick purports that an unknown species of marine life, bearing human-like attributes had been found in the stomach of a shark, and in another instance on a beach by two teenagers, who later recanted their story after being pressed to do so by the US Navy.
This morning, I finally watched it. And I must admit, it was quite compelling. Perhaps too compelling. And that’s what initially piqued my doubt within the first 10 minutes of watching. The four main scientists “coming forward for the first time” to be interviewed were just too polished, too deliberate in their speech and look. And yet, the words ‘reenactment’ or ‘portrayed’, were nowhere to be found. Add to this some obvious CGIs on footage said to be real, and Mermaids seemed quite…(wait for it)…fishy.
After a little cursory research into the film, I found my suspicions confirmed. The film is listed as “docu-fiction” or scientific entertainment; a category that truly should not exist. And ultimately this is what rankles me most. That, and the fact that a channel (Discovery) known for it’s scientific programs, would stoop so low in it’s programming. This speaks volumes to where television has found itself in this era of “reality tv”, when we can no longer count on television venues designed to give us the real to actually give us reality. It’s quite careless on Discovery’s part. And the mix of real events and footage, mixed in with the clearly fictional information makes it especially difficult for an untrained eye to determine what’s true and what’s not.
I have well over a decade of film and television experience to assist me in seeing the holes and gaps in this film. My niece does not. She is a child. And in her mind, it’s on the Discovery channel, so it must be true. It has to be real. Now, I’m left to explain to her (and break her heart in the process) that the film she thought proves the existence of her mermaids, was in fact a fake; an egregious and unnecessary attempt for Discovery to join the ranks of cheaply produced sensationalism.
She’ll never trust them again. And I don’t blame her.
Apple has announced a new milestone for iTunes U: One billion downloads. iTunes U features the world’s largest online catalog of free educational content from top schools, prominent libraries, museums and organizations across the globe. Everything from lectures, assignments, books, quizzes and more for iOS users can be found at IU.
According to Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, there is now more than 250,000 students enrolled in iTunes U courses. More than 1,200 universities and colleges, and 1,200 K-12 schools and districts host over 2,500 public and thousands of private courses encompassing the arts, sciences, health/medicine, education, business and more. Leading universities include Duke, Yale, Cambridge, MIT, Oxford, Stanford University and The Open University, to name a few.
Despite the doom and gloom predictions in recent weeks, by the so-called tech cognescenti, Apple is still breaking records and eating up market share. In a report today, mobile/digital trends aggregator, comScore, noted a big jump in January smartphone adoption, driven largely by Apple’s iPhones.
So, the girls decided to flat iron last week, using the Herstyler Classic Forever Ceramic Flat Iron (we heart it for it’s temperature gauge, ceramic construction, and great price), Silk ‘N Sleek Straighten Polisher, Diamond Luster Polisher, and of course our staple coconut oil.
Here are a few tips to ensure beautiful results and no hair damage:
Always start with clean and well-conditioned hair.
If you choose to blow dry (as opposed to air drying) your hair, use the cool setting. Sure your hair will take longer to dry, but you definitely don’t want to risk heat damage. Make certain your hair is completely dry before you flat iron.
Pre-treat your hair with a little coconut oil for moisture (or another very light moisturizer of your choosing). Don’t over-saturate the hair, just work in enough oil to create a light sheen.
Section your hair (4-6 sections will work) and apply a heat protectant to each section of hair.
If this is your first time flat ironing and you’re unsure of what temperature works for your hair, start with the lowest setting on a small section of hair and increase the heat until you notice your strands straightening. This will be the temperature you should use. Keep in mind, hair burns at about 450 degrees Fahrenheit, so you don’t want to be anywhere near that number. I recommend 200-330 degrees, depending on your hair’s texture (level of curliness).
Method: begin as close to the roots as you can — with a fine tooth comb just beneath the flat iron — pull the iron down in one smooth motion. Your movements should be slow and controlled, but don’t let the iron sit in one place for any length of time. Try to stick to one or two passes of the iron at best.