One Man A Capella and Instrument Performances

This is pretty impressive. One guy doing it all, no instruments.

Alaa Wardis A Capella Performances Of Arabic Hits Go Viral In Middle East VIDEO.

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Making the Rich Look Poor

Interesting. All about the presentation.

As a public service, I’ve redrawn the chart for the Journal. On the left is the original. On the right is the chart that shows the actual amount of money earned by the tiny handful of people making over $200,000. It’s a lot.

via Fun With Charts: Making the Rich Look Poor | Mother Jones.

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Halo Developer Bungie Registers Mobile Software Patent | Mac|Life

Myth is still my favorite game of all time.

Some intriguing news has leaked today from the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Bungie, the studio behind the Halo, Myth, and Marathon series has reportedly filed for a trademark for “Crimson.” What exactly “Crimson” is, we don’t know, but it was filed under “computer game software for use on mobile and cellular phones.”

via Halo Developer Bungie Registers Mobile Software Patent | Mac|Life.

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Apple Doesn’t Do Social, Macworld Looks At Game Center

One of Apple’s largest weakness is social/internet platforms. See Ping, Game Center, Favorites between AppleTV and iTunes, etc.  I don’t think it’s an issue of engineering talent but rather that social/internet platforms runs counter to Apple’s culture of secrecy and penchant for grand roll-outs.   The interaction required between all these different groups to make a killer social/internet platform isn’t possible given how tightly controlled new products are within Apple.  In fact, I’ve been told stories by Apple acquaintances of mine that the first time all the different product groups working on the same project will actually see the completed project is when it’s actually being announcement to the public at something like a Macworld.

In iOS 4, the company tried to capitalize on that popularity by launching Game Center, a social networking service for iOS games—but, like the company’s Ping social service, it’s largely been met with a collective shrug of indifference by users.Macworld Apple needs to press play on Game Center | Games | iOS Central.

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Maybe It Is Like Windows vs Mac Again

I doubt people are thinking about this when they say the iOS vs Android battle will be like the Mac vs Windows battle.

Applications loaded with malicious software are infiltrating the Google operating system at a faster rate than hackers did with personal computers at the same stage in development, said Nikolay Grebennikov, chief technology officer for Kaspersky. The company identified 70 different types of malware in March, up from two categories in September.Google’s Android phones face more attacks via apps.

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Reassessing The Cost Of The Post-9/11 Era

I’m not interested in revisiting what happened to get us to this point but I think it’s an important time to look where we are headed.

There’s the human toll. More than twice as many Americans — over 6,000 — have now died in the two wars that followed 9/11 than did in the original attacks, along with more than 100,000 Iraqis and Afghans.

And there’s the extraordinary financial toll… The actual 9/11 attacks produced insured losses of about $40 billion and delivered a temporary blow to the economy… Harvard scholar Linda Bilmes and Nobel-Prize winning Columbia University economist Joseph Stiglitz now estimate that the two post-9/11 wars will end up costing taxpayers somewhere between $4 trillion and $6 trillion. That includes not only money already appropriated for the military campaigns $1.3 trillion at last count, but also the immense cost of long-term health care for returning soldiers, and such things as interest payments on all the extra borrowed money and the increased volatility of oil prices since the invasion of Iraq.

via Reassessing The Cost Of The Post-9/11 Era, Post Bin Laden.

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Google to build its own (expensive) office space

There’s an investment theory out there that says one of the signs that a company has reached its height is when it starts building expensive new offices.

The company will spend top-dollar to accommodate all those “Nooglers,” as the company calls its new recruits. Google GOOG is planning a cutting-edge environmentally friendly design and has agreed to pay the city of Mountain View $30 million to lease 9.4 acres near Shoreline Boulevard, one of the highest prices ever for land in that section of the city.

via Google to build its own office space – San Jose Mercury News.

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Car Pool Party Website

The website for Car Pool Party iPhone app.

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AppleTV won’t remain a hobby forever, hires man behind THX

AppleTV won’t remain a hobby forever.

Apple has reportedly hired Tomlinson Holman as its new audio chief, according to a tweet by Leo Laporte Wednesday morning. Laporte said he had it “on good authority” that Holman “is joining Apple to run audio.” Holman is the brain behind Lucasfilm’s THX sound, and the world’s first 10.2 surround sound system. Apple had yet to respond to a request for confirmation as of this writing.

via Apple Said to Have Hired the Audio Genius Behind THX: Apple News, Tips and Reviews «.

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Car Pool Party Goes Live – My First App

I’m very happy to announce that today my first app for the iPhone has gone live on the iTunes app store.

From the description:

Car Pool Party was created for my fiancée to help her arrange and keep track of her daily car pools. With four inconsistent members, keeping track of whose turn it was to drive just got too messy. Heck, even with only two members they’d sometimes forget whose turn it was!

This app keeps track of all the subgroups possible within a carpool, making it super easy and fair to everyone. The features include:
- Driver and passenger history for all possible subgroups
- Automatic driver selection based on driver and passenger history
- Manual pick of driver for those times when you need to mix up the order
- Simple, user-friendly interface

With Pool Party, never again will you have to play rock-paper-scissors to choose a carpool driver!

Get it here: Car Pool Party

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