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Ordered My iPhone X

iPhone X availability slips into December

Phone X availability is constrained but not as bad as it could have been after months of rumors that stock would be severely limited. Apple stores in the US, UK, China, Japan and elsewhere show five to six weeks for delivery, while the Apple Store in Hong Kong simply says “no supply available.” If you want it faster, the only other option is to join a line at an Apple retail store or buy off eBay for a markup. Otherwise, the only people getting an iPhone X on November 3rd were shopping online at 3AM in their underpants.

i probably should’ve gotten up at 3am like i originally planned on doing to pre-order the new iPhone X… but i stopped at a local AT&T store the other day to double-check on whether i was eligible, and how much the payoff would be etc… went ahead and paid off the $150 owed on my iphone, and setup an appointment for 10am this morning… got up, drove over, and met with the same guy i talked to the other day… but when it was all done, he said i probably wouldn’t be getting it until sometime between december 4-18th… ummm… fuck… seriously?!?!

oh well, i’m not all that surprised or upset though… feel like this kinda stuff happens all the time with new iphones.

anybody else getting the new iPhone X?


Kindle’s 10th Anniversary

Amazon discounts Kindles by $30 to celebrate the device’s 10th anniversary

Amazon’s first Kindle e-reader was released 10 years ago this year, and while the actual anniversary isn’t for another month (the first device was released on November 19th) Amazon is marking the occasion by discounting several of its current Kindle devices by $30.

holy shit, has it really been 10 years since the kindle was first released?? wow… time really flies by, doesn’t it?

16 Years Ago Today, Apple Unveiled the Original iPod

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Online/Web Web Development

Google Wants To Help Web Devs

Google wants to help developers make better websites

Developers already have access to a number of tools that let them see how real-world users experience their websites, but until now they weren’t able to see how their website user experience compared to others. Enter the Chrome User Experience Report, a public dataset of key user experience metrics gleaned from Chrome users who have opted in to usage statistic reporting.

The report offers up data from 10,000 origins and lets developers see how Chrome users experience the web from a wide variety of hardware, software and networks. Google hopes the report will help developers see where they’re doing well, identify areas for improvement and identify trends and advancements over time. At the moment the dataset focuses on loading metrics, but in a blog post on the release, Google says it hopes to expand coverage in future iterations.

well that’s pretty cool, and certainly welcome… always good to have some tools in your back pocket, especially if it helps and makes life a little easier.

#hellyeah  #thumbsup

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Where Can NK Reach?

Where can North Korea’s missiles reach?

just thought this page had some cool interactions as you scroll on down…

good stuff, mang.

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Random Sexiness

just a few random pics to help brighten up an otherwise crappy and rainy day here in virginia… actually i can’t complain, since all this rain just means i don’t have to go out and water my damn yard in the morning like i’ve been doing every day for the past week or more after all that yard work — not to mention that $150 i dropped in grass seed… so yeah, shit better grow!

sexy bitches ;)

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Johnnie Walker, The Bladerunner Edition

Johnnie Walker Black Label, Bladerunner Director’s Cut

i’m not really all that into whiskey, but for whatever reason i noticed this bottle in the new Bladerunner movie and just out of curiosity i googled it… only to find that they actually do have a special edition available, in a sweet ass bottle that they had in the movie — sweet! only problem is i have no idea where to find it… if not for me, would make a great christmas gift.


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Random Sexiness

just a few random pics on a nice, layed back kinda thursday…

sexy bitches ;)

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The Life of a Japanese Sex Doll

A day in the life of a silicon Japanese sex doll

Meet Saori and Mayu, the sex dolls owned by Senji Nakajima and Masayuki Ozaki.

They both live in the Japan – in the Yamanashi and Chiba prefectures – and they spend their time picnicking under cherry blossoms, learning to surf and, of course, being bedded by their owners.

Physiotherapist Masayuki told AFP that after his wife gave birth, they stopped having sex and he felt a ‘deep sense of loneliness’.

i know that sex dolls have been becoming a big thing over the past couple years, especially in japan… but damn… yeah, that’s not creepy at all.

How sex robots could help with the nuts and bolts of relationships


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The Tribes of Harajuku

The outrageous street-style tribes of Harajuku

“The fresh, colourful harvest of Japanese fashion,” is how pioneering photographer Shoichi Aoki describes his subject – the wild and quirky street style of Tokyo.

man, that’s some crazy wacky street-styles going on there…

gotta luv it ;)

A Year in 22 Japanese Festivals

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Movies Online/Web TV

Blade Runner 2049 Prequel Anime

You Can Now Watch the Blade Runner 2049 Prequel Anime From the Director of Cowboy Bebop

Shinichirō Watanabe is one of the most iconic anime directors in the business, thanks to his work on the beloved Samurai Champloo and Cowboy Bebop. But his latest work is an intriguing sidestep: a 15-minute short film set in the world of Blade Runner.

The third and final prequel movie set between the events of Blade Runner and the upcoming sequel, 2049, Watanabe’s Blade Runner Black Out 2022 covers a period hinted at in the previous two shorts. It’s the year when a gigantic EMP blast knocks out power to the cities across the world, leading to a rise in anti-Replicant sentiment and eventually a complete prohibition of Replicant creation—one lifted in the years before Blade Runner 2049 through the actions of the movie’s new villain, Niander Wallace (Jared Leto).

too bad it’s only a 15-minute short anime film, especially since it’s from the guy behind Cowboy Bebop (one of my favorite anime shows)… but i’ll happily take it… will have to logon to cruchyroll and check it out later tonight.

speaking of the new Blade Runner movie…

Blade Runner 2049 first reactions: critics call film a ‘sci-fi masterpiece’ and ‘better than the original’


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Optimal Safari 11 Settings

Change these Safari 11 settings right now…

Safari 11 blocks autoplay videos, stops ad trackers, and puts an end to sites asking if it’s OK to send you push notifications.

Along with MacOS High Sierra comes Safari 11. The latest update to Apple’s web browser addresses two of the bigger Internet annoyances: autoplay videos and ad trackers. Unless you like being greeted by mysterious sounds when you visit a site, which you then must track down to stop or silence, then you’ll want to use Safari’s new tool to restrict videos from autoplaying. And if you don’t like ads following you around the Internet that show you the pair of shoes you briefly glanced at on Zappos or the coffee maker you checked out on Amazon, then you are sure to appreciate Safari’s new Intelligent Tracking Prevention tool.

But, wait, there’s more! Safari 11 also includes a zoom-level setting for sites and ability to default to Reader view. You are also given controls to allow or prevent sites from accessing your computer’s camera, microphone and location. And you can stop sites from asking if it’s OK to send you push notifications.

i haven’t upgraded to High Sierra just yet, but have found myself using safari more and more of late… not sure why, but it just seems a little quicker or responsive… could be just my imagination though, of course.

after reading this, i’ll probably use it even more.

Mozilla’s Firefox Quantum browser is ridiculously fast


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macOS High Sierra, Today

macOS High Sierra is well worth the upgrade

A few other points worth noting:

  • Apple made a big deal about its upgraded Apple File System when it first announced High Sierra, but I didn’t notice much of a difference as I was testing the OS. Surprisingly, the company also dropped support for APFS on hybrid Fusion drives — at this point it only works on SSDs.
  • Siri brings over its improved voice and DJ abilities that we first saw in iOS 11.
  • You can now check on your airline flight status right from the Spotlight search bar.

We always knew High Sierra was going to be an iterative update for Apple, but I’m surprised by how few visible changes there are. It’s tough to tell you’ve even upgraded from Sierra unless you peek at your system’s settings. Together with a similarly humdrum iOS 11 update (unless you’re on an iPad), it seems like Apple was more focused on its new hardware this year than its software.

PS. totally forgot it was coming out today… anybody download / upgrade yet? i’m always a little nervous about it, even though i really want to… hmmm.


iOS 11 Sucks

here’s another one i just stumbled across on flipboard, and when you see a headline like that… how can you not click on it? iOS 11 Sucks

I’m using iOS 11 right now, and it makes me want to stab my eyes with a steel wire brush until I get face jam. I’m not talking about how Apple has adopted Apple Music’s jumbo-sized interface for the rest of its apps. No–that just makes me want to pop out my eyes with a rusty spoon. I’m talking about the lack of attention to detail that permeates every single corner of this operating system—a manifestation of all that is wrong both at Apple and with the people who keep lining up to pay $1,000 a pop for Cupertino’s Samsung S8 knock-off.

feel like i’ve seen quite of few similar articles online over the past week… some of the designers at work sure have posted quite a few links in slack, that’s for sure.

most of this stuff doesn’t really bug me as much as i initially thought it might… as is always the case whenever there’s a new iOS update, there’s things i like and things i don’t really dig all that much — that’s just the way of it, mang.

#shrugs  #whatevs


How to Hide iMessage Apps in iOS 11

Here’s how to hide iMessage apps in iOS 11

With Apple’s big iOS 11 update now rolling out, many users are discovering one of the update’s more pesky features: a persistent app bar in the Messages app that seemingly doesn’t go away.

While iMessage apps have been a thing since last year with iOS 10, iOS 11 for some reason tweaked the interface slightly so that these app shortcuts always appear underneath your chats by default. It looks like this, though the apps you see change based on what apps you have installed.

Though some of these apps can be fun additions to you conversations, having to look at them constantly is distracting. It becomes even more annoying if you accidentally tap one of them when you’re trying to do something else.

The good news, though, is that there is a way to hide the pesky app list. As pointed out by a few Redditors, all you have to do is swipe down on the gray App Store icon to make all those app bubbles go away.

omg… i had no idea it was so easy to remove / hide that g’damn “app bar” in imessages!

thank gawd, that shit was sooooooo annoying.

#ugh  #cooltips

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Ctrl+Alt+Del Regret

Yes, Bill Gates regrets Ctrl+Alt+Delete

At the Bloomberg Global Business Forum today, Carlyle Group co-founder and CEO David Rubenstein asked Microsoft founder Bill Gates to account for one of the most baffling questions of the digital era: Why does it take three fingers to lock or log in to a PC, and why did Gates ever think that was a good idea?

Grimacing slightly, Gates deflected responsibility for the ctrl+alt+delete key command, saying, “clearly, the people involved should have put another key on to make that work.” Rubenstein pressed him: Does he regret the decision?

“You can’t go back and change the small things in your life without putting the other things at risk,” Gates said.

But: “Sure. If I could make one small edit I would make that a single key operation.”

only took twenty years… but hey, personally i’m happy he did it because it’s always been fun to run that geeky “joke” on computer noobs that are pissing you off or annoying ya…. am i right, or am i right?


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Skimmer Scanner App

Someone finally made an app to detect credit card skimmers at the gas pump

In less than 30 seconds a hacker can install a $10 piece of pre-built hardware – easily purchased online – into a gas pump. This device is called a skimmer and it’s designed to get your credit card number when you use it at the pump.

A clever developer came up with a somewhat simple approach to protecting yourself at the gas station. The CEO and Founder of SparkFun, Nate Seidle, along with programmer Nick Poole, built a free, open-source Android app to detect popular skimmers.

The app detects a specific Bluetooth signal and, if found, it tries to establish a connection and send a command that will verify the existence of a skimmer in your general area. The app is looking for Bluetooth networks with an ID of HC-05, which turned out to be the default on devices Seidle tested; if it finds one you’ll be alerted.

SparkFun’s Bluetooth device-detecting app is called Skimmer Scanner and it’s a bare-bones tool that appears to work as intended. It’s free and open-source and the developer says it doesn’t keep or record any information.

this is great, and yeah… it’s about damn time there’s an “app for that!”

i recently had to get a new check card from my bank and reset all my online accounts — which is a pain in the ass — because of a fraud alert from some asshole up in new york buying $330 of crap at walmart… ugh… and i wondered how it all happened, since i have that security chip on my card, and after some thought and talking to people it seemed like the gas pump was the likely culprit… no idea for sure, but still has had me wondering about it.

anywho, they need to bring this over to iOS pronto.

#mutters  #sigh

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Design Online/Web

iOS 11 vs. Design Nerds

iOS 11 will annoy the hell out of design nerds

Apple is usually lauded for raising the bar for product and interface design, since way before it launched the first iPhone. But designer Ryan Lau has noticed a number of design issues in iOS 11 which lead him to believe that the company’s software development division is no longer paying as much attention to detail as it once used to.

And he’s right.

i went ahead and downloaded / updated my iphone to iOS 11 last night when i got home, and have to say that i’m not really noticing all these big design issues or mismatches… maybe i just haven’t dug into it and spent enough time with it yet, i dunno.

first thing i noticed was some of the icons being updated, and some of the fonts were more bold than before… digging some of the app updates… not really digging this little “app bar” at the bottom of the messaging app though — i guess it’s cool, but seriously… wtf?

i dunno mang.

Online/Web TV

More Punisher, Please

The First Trailer for Netflix’s Punisher Is Filled with Rage and Bullet Holes

oh yeah, definitely gonna be adding this to my binge list… loved seeing him in Daredevil and can’t wait to see what they do with it… even though i’ve been a little disappointed in the past couple “marvel” shows by netflix.


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iOS11 Out Today

iOS 11 review: 10 things to try

iOS 11 is available, officially, today. It’s coming to every iPhone and iPad made in the past few years, and chances are, you’re going to upgrade. When you install it on your iPhone, you’ll find that some things are very different than what you’re used to, but the core of how you get around and experience the OS will be the same. For example: the Control Center is wildly different and notifications have changed slightly, but you still have that comfortable (and comforting) grid of apps on the home screen. A lot is new, but not so much that you can’t recognize it.

for some reason i thought that iOS 11 was coming out this coming friday, but i guess i’m getting all these damn dates confused or mixed up… hard to keep track of it all sometimes, y’know?

anywho, haven’t downloaded / installed it yet… figure i’ll just wait until i get home and update it later tonight… but if you’ve already gone to iOS11, how ya liking it so far?


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Movies Online/Web

Petition To Fire JJ Abrams

Fans petition Lucasfilm to fire J.J. Abrams from Star Wars: Episode IX

Fans are petitioning Lucasfilm to discharge J.J. Abrams from his post as director of Star Wars: Episode IX, just one week after his appointment to the role.

Last week, following the news that Colin Trevorrow was no longer directing the film, it was announced that the Star Wars: The Force Awakens director would step in to replace him.

Under Abrams’ direction, the seventh film in Star Wars‘ Skywalker saga became the third highest grossing film ever made. Despite its success and positive reviews, one unhappy fan has created a petition for Lucasfilm to “Remove J.J. Abrams as director of Star Wars Episode IX”. It currently has 1,811 signatures.

The petitioner, Matt Vela, argues Abrams’ direction of The Force Awakens resulted in a film that was too similar to Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. “There was virtually no creativity,” he writes, “and no risks taken.”

damn man, what’s with all the nerdrage over JJ Abrams?!

sure, i get it and even agree to a point… but setting up a petition to fire him from a movie you haven’t seen, and won’t even be out for a few more years? ummm…. yeah.

c’mon man.

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