Google Voice App Updated!

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Good news everyone!

The Google Voice app was updated. I have been playing with it over the weekend and it no longer crashes with every launch, button click, scroll, sideways glance.

Yay!


Tosa – Gute Laune

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Picked this up in a mix in World Market (!). But, a great song!


Orbital – Halcyon (live) – YouTube

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A guilty pleasure: mixing Bon Jovi’s “You give love a bad name” and Belinda Carlisle’s “Heaven is a Place on Earth.”

Orbital – Halcyon (live) – YouTube.


Niall Ferguson: 6 killer apps of prosperity

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Excellent TED on the macro cultural qualities which promote growth and prosperity, stability and security:

Niall Ferguson: The 6 killer apps of prosperity | Video on TED.com.


How to use Google for Voicemail on iPhone

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Red Public Phone Boxes -  Covent Garden, London, England - Thursday September Thirteenth 2007Instructions on setting up the iPhone to use Google Voice’s voicemail for iPhone messages were all over the web a few years back. However, when I tried to find them so I could set up my iPhone 4S, a lot of the original sites were gone. So, let’s review how to make this happen.

I am using the instructions originally found on Lan Bui.

To forward missed calls, rejected calls, and calls when the phone is off or in airplane mode to Google Voice, dial the following into the phone application keypad: Read the rest of this entry »


Lemony Snicket on Occupy Wall Street

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The search for meaning in Occupy Wall Street and related movements continues. Unlike prior movements looking for: the right to use the same facilities and accommodations as others; the right to worship as one wishes, the right to collectively bargain.

This movement is all over the place. Getting pissed off that the economy sucks but not everyone is hurting is, well, positively French. And, “yes” I am writing that with tongue firmly planted in cheek. However, the anger that the economic pain is not being equally shared is approaching something more akin to the French Revolution.

Instead, I see complaints more akin, “you’re rich and I’m not, hence you’re hurting me.” I am not saying this is the entirety of the protest. However, there is a growing undercurrent of this. The latest example is author Lemony Snicket’s poetic, moving and occasionally bone-headed “Thirteen Observations made by Lemony Snicket while watching Occupy Wall Street from a Discreet Distance.” Read the rest of this entry »


Where did tethering go on the iPhone 4S?

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If you just got a new iPhone 4S and had tethering through AT&T, you may be wondering:

Where is the option to turn tethering back on?

I have gone through the setting several times trying to find this myself without much luck.

It seems that tethering is available through Settings > Network > Personal Hotspot.

I could swear I had checked there. Several others on the web confirm that the setting magically appears after the phone is reset, or they have a “one moment it just appears there” experience.

Since the setting has “appeared” in that menu, I cannot recreate the event. Has anyone else noticed the Personal Hotspot setting magically appearing in the Network menu?

Thanks to AT&T forums.

 


Hey Facebook, Screw You Too!

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IN YOUR FACE PRYSTEN!

I have realized that I just don’t like Facebook anymore. With its recent update, I no longer get the full stream of my friends posts (even if I individually click on them and select everything), and they don’t see all of my posts either.

And it finally struck me what is so annoying about this: Facebook is like a moderator at a party constantly turning off conversations it deems not interesting enough.

Excuse me, but was I talking to you? No. I’m talking to my friends and family. I didn’t “friend” you, Facebook.

It’s bad enough that you are listening in on our conversations, without you also editing them by promoting and demoting threads! And your practice of demoting threads to the point they don’t even appear on my friends’ radar? Bite me!

Congratulations, Facebook. You have become MySpace: your annoyance factor has outstripped your utility (and you did it without even adding flashing backgrounds).

Creative Commons License photo credit: thomasrdotorg


iPhone 4S – Should Lawyers Upgrade?

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Apple Store, 5th Ave., NYC, 7/12/08 - 13 of 19

Well, I’ve writing about the iPhone 4s for about a week now; from my disappointment that Apple did not release a 5, to the anticipation about Siri.

This isn’t going to be a review of the iPhone 4S. There are plenty of them around the web. Check out Gizmodo or Ars Technica if you are looking for an overview. Now, if you are a real geek, you got one already.

However, if you are on the ledge, deciding if there is enough there to justify toprice, here is what you need to know:

  1. The camera rocks! Colors are more natural and images are more lifelike. It is hard to quantify, but photographs taken on the iPhone 4S are noticeably better than on the iPhone 4. Low light photos are clearer with less grain. Just don’t expect to be able to take shots in near darkness.
  2. Video makes every other portable video camera obsolete. The killer feature is video stabilization. Videos have much less jitter. While the iPhone 4S won’t give you steadicam, the screen movement is smooth and less distracting.
  3. Speed. Apps feel snappier, load, and switch faster. In Facebook moving between posts and comments feels quite a bit faster. Starting up the camera app from the homescreen is several second faster. However, when I last left the camera in video mode, I was still able to count 10 seconds before the camera was functional.
  4. Siri.Two words: it works. I have no doubt that in short order people will be complaining about Siri’s limitations: no turn by turn directions, recognition errors, lack of an API, reduced functionality from the original Siri app. However, straight out of the box, Siri is a game changer. Read the rest of this entry »


Cazzette vs Adele – Set Fire to the Rain

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CAZZETTE vs Adele – Set Fire to the Rain (A Stupid Hole Bootleg) by Cazzette