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    July 1, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: TV Chair

    Via Mental Floss and 1st Dibs.

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    June 30, 2015
    Siri Is Getting Sassy

    What is 0 divided by 0?  Simple question, right?  Well, yes and no.  If you’re an iPhone user, and you ask Siri to do a little math for you, you’re probably used to getting good answers, but Siri can be pretty sassy sometimes, and a recent Apple update has made Siri even sassier.  People asking Siri to divide 0 by 0 are getting some shockingly sassy answers.

    In particular, the zero divided by zero answer is getting some serious traction for being a sick burn.  If you don’t have an iPhone, allow me to tell you what Siri’s currently shredding curious Apple fans with:  ”Imagine that you have zero cookies and you split them evenly among zero friends. How many cookies does each person get?  See?  It doesn’t make sense.  And Cookie Monster is sad that there are no cookies, and you are sad that you have no friends.”

    That’s pretty hilarious, and when you hear Siri deliver it with her robot voice, it’s even funnier.  Who even knows what other crazy answers she has up her digital sleeves, aside from the engineers at Apple?  I guess we’ll just have to bombard Siri with dumb questions and find out!

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    June 26, 2015
    The Apple Watch Battery Band

    The Apple Watch is kind of a big deal, but there’s one big problem with it.  While it’s apparently a fun product that people enjoy, the one complaint that pops up over and over is a complaint about the battery life.  The Apple Watch is good for an 8-hour day, but much longer than that and you’re at risk of a dead battery, but fortunately there’s a company out there who have the perfect solution to that problem.  Reserve Strap is a company that has produced an Apple Watch band with a hidden battery.

    That’s right, for $250, you can add an estimated 30 hours of battery life to your Apple Watch, without adding any bulk.  The Reserve Strap is only 25 mm wide and roughly between 3 and 9 mm thick, which means that it fits the Apple Watch’s band design guidelines while still being a great power source for the product in question.  You can keep track of the power supply using an LED indicator, choose to charge your watch as needed or keep it powering by hitting the power button, and you don’t even have to remove the Apple Watch from the band to charge it thanks to a hidden connector pin and a microUSB port.

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    June 25, 2015
    T-Mobile iPhones Hit With Blue Screen Of Death

    When you buy a new phone, you don’t expect there to be any problem with it.  After all, I’m not sure I’ve turned my phone off more than a dozen times since I bought it, and I’ve had few if any problems.  Unfortunately, lots of T-Mobile users are running into serious problems with their phones, with the cause yet to be determined.  T-Mobile’s iPhones have been hit with the blue screen of death.

    The issue seems localized to just T-Mobile iPhones, but it runs across the spectrum of iPhones from the 6 Plus to the 5.  It also hits multiple versions of iOS 8, even the new 8.3.  The issue seems to hit users from anywhere between 10 and 30 minute intervals, meaning there’s a lot of rebooting happening.  Some users have had success shutting off WiFi calling, while others report only a hard reboot will solve the problem.

    Either way, that’s not the best news in the world.  Hopefully it’s something relatively inoffensive, like a malfunctioning app not playing nice with T-Mobile’s network, and not something more troublesome.

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    June 24, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: MBTA After The Bomb

    Via Reddit Gaming

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    June 23, 2015
    Google Adds “Undo Send” Feature

    One of the things I hate about sending email is the fact that once I send something, it’s gone.  All the time, particularly at work, I leave things out and have to send multiple emails on one subject, because I click enter too quickly, accidentally do the command to send, or just forget.  It’s tiring.  Fortunately, it’s also something Google is actively working on changing.  Google has added an ‘undo send’ feature to Gmail, for those that want an extra few seconds to think about what they’re sending before it goes out.

    It doesn’t actually recall a sent email, but it gives a delay.  Users who activate the feature can choose how long to wait, up to 30 seconds, before the email actually goes through and disappears from your control.  Of course, it doesn’t work for mobile users yet, but for folks using the browser version of Gmail, the feature is pretty easy to turn on.  Just look under the General tab in Gmail setting and configure to your inbox’s content.

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    June 22, 2015
    The Apple Watch 2

    The Apple Watch has been out 2 months.  Apple watches have only been in Apple Stores for a day.  However, just because you’re doing well in the present that doesn’t mean you can’t start planning for your future, and Apple is already hard at work planning for 2016.  What’s coming then, you might ask?  Well, the next-gen Apple Watch is rumored to be coming in 2016.

    Apple is looking to make the second generation of the product more powerful and more independent of the iPhone.  Currently, you have to have an iPhone nearby to do pretty much anything, but Apple is looking to make the Watch more robust and more independent, only needing the iPhone for heavy data transfers.  Interestingly, they’re happy with battery life, but they’re looking to add a FaceTime camera into the Apple Watch itself, thereby turning it into the Dick Tracy two-way wrist communicator we’ve all been waiting for.

    Of course, they’re also going to make some cosmetic changes, and they’re going to try to beef up their offerings between the $1000 and $10000 ranges by offering other bands, finishes, and even materials (platinum anyone?), but it looks like the key changes will be made under the hood, where it counts.

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    June 20, 2015
    Twitter Wants To Be Your Shopping List

    Sometimes you see something very cool and you want to get it for yourself.  For example, someone’s reading a book and raving about it on Twitter.  Sure, you can go hunt it down and look it up on a retailer website, or you can click a link and boom, book on its way.  Twitter is launching product pages and collections that allow companies to organize their products and consumers to buy them.  In addition to the dedicated product pages being set up for companies, trend-makers and celebrities are also being invited to set up collection pages featuring their favorite things for their customers to purchase.

    Pinterest and Facebook already have simliar features, so it makes sense that Twitter adds it, too.  There have been hashtags that have been used to place products into shopping carts on Amazon, and now it’s going to be even easier to make that purchase when the time comes.  Since Twitter doesn’t do a lot of ads, it only makes sense that they look for ways to help brands engage with customers on a way other than simply through conversations.

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    June 18, 2015
    YouTube’s New News Channel

    The future of news is online.  There’s just something about immediacy that even cable news can’t match, in spite of millions of dollars to spend and 24 hours of coverage to fill.  When you get something cool on video, it goes straight to YouTube, and now, that cool video just might make up the future of news.  YouTube is launching YouTube Newswire, a new news service focused on eye-witness video.

    Of course, YouTube isn’t just plucking videos at random.  Newswire will be sourced and organized by Storyful, who promise to find the best news, weather, and political videos and bring them to the world’s attention in a way that the average “man getting hit by football” video can’t.  All the videos will be able to be embedded, provided credit to the original uploader and YouTube is provided.  They’ll even license the videos for the local news, which should make finding great videos and using them that much easier for the local morning show that needs a few minutes of time killed.

    If you’re curious, head over to YouTube Newswire to find out more.

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    June 17, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Forever Unclean

    Via Reddit

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