Mike Elgan2014-06-28 05:02:34
On Apple CEO Tim Cook's alleged homosexuality.

Reports are circulating that Apple CEO Time Cook was "outed" as gay by a CNBC co-anchor: http://dlvr.it/686dn3 

I've heard this rumor before and I have to make the following points: 

1. People's private lives should be private. Tim Cook and every other business leader should be judged on the performance of their companies and not on what happens in their minds or bedrooms, and therefore: 

2. Whether Tim Cook is straight or gay shouldn't matter to the press or the public, and we should respect his and everyone's right to choose whether to talk about their sexual identity, gender identification and so on, and: 

3. The bottom line is that we shouldn't care about or discuss any aspect of Tim Cook's or Larry Page's or Larry Ellison's or Jeff Bezos' or Marissa Mayer's sex lives. It doesn't and shouldn't matter. And exploiting the prurient whispers about business leaders to get viewers and readers is shameful and tawdry and that's what needs to be outed. 
 
Just my $0.02.
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  • Mike Elgan2014-06-06 03:20:04
    Apple executives had a lot of kind words for the products they announced this week.

    And here they are, cobbled together by a +TWiT editor.
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  • Mike Elgan2013-01-31 21:43:06
    Microsoft's Surface tablet is failing hard - report.

    Way back in October, when everyone was giddy about the Microsoft Surface RT tablet, I predicted that the iPad Mini would sell at least ten times as many units as the Microsoft Surface RT. 

    http://www.datamation.com/mobile-wireless/why-the-ipad-mini-will-sell-10x-more-than-surface-1.html

    It looks like that was accurate, but an understatement. A new report from IDC says Apple shipped about 22.9 million iPads of both Mini and Maxi varieties. Various reports say that the Mini outsold the Maxi. 

    Meanwhile, Microsoft sold fewer than 1 million Surface tablets, according to IDC. 

    http://www.theverge.com/2013/1/31/3936080/idc-tablet-report-apple-samsung-lead-the-market
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  • Mike Elgan2013-01-23 15:14:29
    Why you'll be wearing a wristwatch again by this time next year.

    People don't wear wristwatches like they used to. And the reason is clear: Since everybody's got a mobile phone, and the phone tells the time, a watch is unnecessary.

    But the mobile phone has always been an insatiably greedy platform -- it needs more features, more power, more convenience and, above all, more pixels.

    Get used to the idea of the big platform companies selling or supporting wristwatches that serve as additional screens for and controllers of the phones in our pockets. I believe that Apple and Google will do so, and a large number of small companies -- including Pebble (which shipped it's long-awaited smart watch today).

    Five strong trends are all converging to make smartphone wristwatches a near certainty. Here are those trends:

    http://www.datamation.com/mobile-wireless/5-tech-trends-that-will-bring-back-the-wristwatch-1.html
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  • Mike Elgan2013-05-07 19:03:34
    US gun deaths way down. Most think it's gone up. Thanks, alarmist media!

    A new Pew study found US gun homicide rates have dropped by half since 1993, yet a majority of Americans think gun deaths have gone up. 

    I think that's generally true of many things -- life keeps getting safer, better and generally more awesome, yet everyone thinks it's getting worse. 

    ("Everything is amazing and nobody is happy." - Louis C.K.)

    Maybe the solution is to shoot our TVs.

    http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2013/05/07/gun-homicide-rate-down-49-since-1993-peak-public-unaware/
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  • Mike Elgan2012-06-12 04:25:16
    Facebook resorting to ever more dirty tricks against Google+.

    Facebook has taken its cheating to a new low. 

    As you know, I auto-post Google+ posts to Facebook. The link brings my Facebook followers back to Google+ for the pictures and comments and for the complete post. 

    But now, when they click on the link, my followers get a scary "Security Alert: This Link May Not Be Safe" warning.  

    As far as I can tell, Facebook is lying. Flat-out lying as a dirty trick to reduce traffic to Google+. I can't think of any other explanation. 

    And they're apparently paying Symantec to take the blame for the lie. 

    Both companies know that a link to Google+ is perfectly safe. There are no banner ads and no way for malicious code to be downloaded from Google+. There has never, to the best of my knowledge, been a malware event originating from a Google+ link. 

    Even after you click "Ignore this warning," every single link is flagged in the same way, with no "learning" or option to accept all links from the site. 

    I wonder what +Robert Scoble thinks of this.

    Props to +Roberto Acevedo III for pointing this out to me. 
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  • Mike Elgan2013-02-15 20:44:30
    +Gizmodo's +Leslie Horn says YOU are nobody. Show her you are somebody!

    Every once in a while, a tech writer who doesn't use Google+ confuses their own lack of use with non-activity on G+ generally, then embarrasses themselves by suggesting that Google+ is a "ghost town" or something like that. 

    Today, some Gizmodo blogger named +Leslie Horn, who hasn't posted on G+ since July of 2011 -- before it even launched publicly and who has completely missed the boat -- joked today on Gizmodo that maybe the site's outage today was due to "neglect." 

    She wrote: "If a social network falls on the internet and nobody's on it, has it actually fallen at all?"

    You hear that? She says nobody is on Google+. Are YOU nobody? Let's all go to the Gizmodo site by clicking the link below and leave a comment for Leslie. Let her know how crazy active Google+ is!!

    (Also please share and plus-one this message!)

    http://gizmodo.com/5984519/google%252B-is-down-due-to-neglect-probably
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  • Mike Elgan2013-01-08 15:55:02
    Worst USB thumb drive ever (but perfect for shovelware!)

    These images have started flying around on Chinese and Russian social networks.

    This is easily the worst idea for a USB thumb drive ever.

    http://micgadget.com/32602/this-is-the-most-domineering-usb-thumb-drive-we-have-ever-seen/
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  • Mike Elgan2012-12-31 10:11:23
    Watch the New Year unfold on Google+.

    It's 2013 already on Christmas Island -- the new year has begun! Use this search stream to watch the New Year happen around the planet: 

    1. Click here: https://plus.google.com/s/%22new%20year%22

    2. Keep this running for the next 24 hours!

    3. Click "Are you still there?" when it pops up. 
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  • Mike Elgan2012-12-22 18:51:27
    Why Apple needs a really expensive iPhone.

    Some pundits are predicting, and others are advocating, that Apple launch an iPhone that's much cheaper than the current iPhone in order to keep up with Android phone sales.

    This is crazy talk.

    Apple doesn't need a cheaper iPhone. They need a more expensive one -- much more expensive. Here's why. 

    http://www.cultofmac.com/207383/why-apple-needs-a-really-expensive-iphone/
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  • Mike Elgan2013-05-02 14:31:13
    US meat supply massively contaminated with superbugs.

    Consumer Reports says 90% of US supermarket ground turkey is contaminated with superbugs -- antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

    Earlier this month, a government monitoring group found more than half of samples of ground turkey, pork chops and ground beef bought in US supermarkets contained antibiotic-resistant superbugs. 

    The contamination of the food supply with superbugs is caused by the widespread use of antibiotics in livestock to make them bigger and also enable them to survive in cramped, unhealthy conditions without dying of the diseases that spread in such an environment. 

    Bottom line: Antibiotics makes meat cheaper. But is it worth the lower price? 

    http://spartandiet.org/blog/2013/5/2/antibiotics-makes-90-of-supermarket-ground-turkey-have-superbugs
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  • Mike Elgan2013-02-16 19:59:48
    Why an Apple iCar is actually a great idea.

    The New York Times’ Nick Bilton reminded everyone recently what we previously learned from longtime Apple board member Mickey Drexler: Steve Jobs wanted to build an Apple iCar.

    People tend to dismiss the idea as a goofy pipe dream. In fact, not only is an Apple iCar a great idea, it’s perfectly aligned with Apple’s history and mission.

    Here’s how they should do it.

    http://www.cultofmac.com/216287/why-an-apple-icar-is-actually-a-great-idea/
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  • Mike Elgan2012-11-27 14:03:46
    Wait, so you're saying Kim Jong Un isn't the 'Sexiest Man Alive'?

    The online version of China's official commie rag, the People's Daily fell for an Onion story that said North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is the "Sexiest Man Alive." 

    The People's Daily web site today ran a -- wait for it! -- 55-page photo spread as part of its coverage of Un being named "The Onion's Sexiest Man Alive for 2012."

    They even quoted +The Onion: "With his devastatingly handsome, round face, his boyish charm, and his strong, sturdy frame, this Pyongyang-bred heartthrob is every woman's dream come true."

    http://www.theatlanticwire.com/entertainment/2012/11/onion-convinces-actual-chinese-communists-kim-jong-un-actually-sexiest-man-alive/59339/
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  • Mike Elgan2012-08-25 15:28:26
    Why Apple Sues

    Apple’s critics generously assign a variety of motives to Apple for filing lawsuits.

    Apple sues because it wants to control the market, overcharge for its products, exclude competitors from the market or punish competitors for daring to not think different. It’s all part of Apple’s quest for global tech domination.

    But these aren’t actual motives. These are appeals to emotion. They’re legitimate perspectives, but expressed to negatively encapsulate spectacularly complex technical, legal and ethical issues into sound bites that make you want to agree with the author that Apple is bad and wrong. 

    Apple has only one motive for patent lawsuits, and I’m going to tell you what that motive is: 

    http://www.cultofmac.com/187014/why-apple-sues/
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  • Mike Elgan2013-03-16 19:20:31
    Other phones are getting all the attention, so Apple launched a page to tell you 'Why iPhone.'

    http://www.apple.com/iphone/why-iphone/
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  • Mike Elgan2012-12-13 12:54:19
    Jackie Chan calls America the most corrupt country in the world. 

    Action star Jackie Chan reportedly said on a Hong Kong TV talk show that the United States is the most corrupt country in the world, far more corrupt than China. He also called on Chinese people to stop criticizing China. 

    Interestingly, Chinese Internet users pounced on Chan for acting as an apologist for Chinese corruption. One wrote: "Please, if you want to tell a good lie, tell an educated one. Go learn some knowledge before you contribute to Chinese Communist Party's corruption."

    Other commenters supported Chan's views. 

    http://www.ministryoftofu.com/2012/12/the-most-corrupt-country-is-america-jackie-chans-comments-widely-panned-in-china/
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  • Mike Elgan2012-07-19 18:19:56
    71-year-old man shoots Internet cafe robbers. Is that good or bad?

    A surveillance video was posted on YouTube this week, showing two armed crooks (one had a bat, the other a gun) holding up an Internet cafe in Marion, Florida. A few seconds into their robbery, 71-year-old Samuel Williams pulls out a legally registered and legally carried handgun, and starts popping caps into their asses. 

    Everyone survived. The robbers were later arrested, and Williams was not charged. 

    Does this event support the idea that conceal-carry permits are a good idea, and thwart crime? 

    http://abcnews.go.com/US/florida-man-71-shoots-alleged-robbers-internet-cafe/story?id=16800859
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  • Mike Elgan2013-01-26 14:38:50
    Will Apple, Google and Samsung lose the smartphone market?

    Four Linux-based mobile OS platforms are gunning for iOS and Android. And 100 Chinese companies want to price the iPhone and the Galaxy S line out of the market.

    Is the smartphone world about to be turned upside down?

    http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9236221/Will_Apple_Google_and_Samsung_lose_the_smartphone_market_
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  • Mike Elgan2012-06-20 04:02:10
    Join the effort to beam +George Takei from Facebook to Google+!

    Unless you're new to the planet, you've heard about actor +George Takei's vocal complaints against Facebook's idea to actually deliver your posts only if you pay. (Right now, Facebook secretly deletes most of the status updates you post without telling you or the people who will never see them.) 

    http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2012/06/14/george-takei-fires-his-phaser-at-facebook/

    A growing red-shirt army of Google+ pleeps, including +Robert Partridge, +Stephanie Van Pelt, +Danial Hallock, +Sarah Rios, +Simon Skiles and others are banding together to beam the one and only +George Takei from the inhospitable Planet Facebook to the Starship Google+!

    (Too much?) 

    Here's what you can do to join the effort: 

    1. Circle +George Takei

    2. Plus-one and share this message to grow the movement. 

    3. Write a comment below in support of +George Takei dumping Facebook and moving to Google+!

    https://plus.google.com/u/0/102004895957308863792/posts/9LhGPmKywft
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  • Mike Elgan2012-08-05 13:30:35
    Shotgun Wedding? Uh, Not Exactly.....

    I don't know the story behind this photo, but I'll bet the groom got to the church on time.

    Pic props: http://www.americancowboychronicles.com/2012/06/random-shots-judge-revokes-zimmerman.html

    Posted first on Google+ by +Tim Jones
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  • Mike Elgan2013-01-10 11:40:45
    Yeah, it's called the 'iPotty.'

    A special iPad-holding toilet (complete with a "splash guard" for the iPad) is designed to help toilet-train toddlers. Parents are invited to choose from the variety of toilet-training apps already available in the iOS app store. 

    In other news, there is a variety of toilet-training apps already available in the iOS app store. 

    http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-57563056-1/ipotty-for-ipad-aims-for-high-tech-toilet-training/
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  • Mike Elgan2013-01-15 19:12:24
    This is the last picture a photographer took before telling them to 'stand just a little bit closer' to the rhino.

    They did stand closer. Then the rhino attacked, penetrating the woman's chest with its horn, breaking ribs and collapsing one of her lungs. 

    My advice: No matter what the photographer says, this is already about 100 feet too close. You don't want to $#@! with rhinos. 

    http://bigstory.ap.org/article/stand-closer-rhino-results-grave-wound
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  • Mike Elgan2012-11-15 08:40:24
    Are people getting dumber?

    A new paper by Stanford University researcher Gerald Crabtree finds that now that humans no longer have the selective pressures of a hunter-gatherer existence, we no longer need intelligence to survive and, as a result, we're getting dumber. 

    Separate from that study, I also wonder whether a similar process is happening culturally. Are dumber people about to "survive" culturally, and remain famous and influential no matter how unintelligent they are? 

    http://newsfeed.time.com/2012/11/15/research-suggests-humans-are-evolving-to-be-dumber
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  • Mike Elgan2012-11-25 15:51:06
    How to store your phone and tablet like a boss cop.

    The $70 TechSling holster lets you stash your tablet on one side and your phone on the other, with some extra room for your wallet and papers.

    Too much?

    http://www.techslinger.com/
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  • Mike Elgan2012-04-25 02:50:23
    Craziest bathroom ever: It has a glass floor looking down an elevator shaft.

    Someone posted this picture to advertise the bathroom vanity. But forget the vanity -- look at that floor!

    Could you, uh, "relax" in a bathroom like this?

    http://www.thefancy.com/things/279802901/Bathroom-Vanity-by-Neris
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  • Mike Elgan2012-07-01 01:15:31
    Steve Jobs was right about Flash.

    +TechCrunch just posted a really good piece on the death of Adobe Flash on mobile, and Apple's role in killing it -- or, at least, foreseeing its death when others didn't. 

    When Steve Jobs' "epic missive" explained in devastating detail why Apple didn't support Flash on either iPhone or iPad, he divided opinion. Rivals pounced on the opportunity to differentiate by supporting Flash. 

    Five years after the iPhone shipped (Thursday), Adobe announced that its Flash Player would not support devices running Jelly Bean, essentially announcing the phase-out of Flash for mobile devices. 

    It turns out that everything Steve Jobs said about Flash was exactly right. It was just no good for mobile. 

    http://techcrunch.com/2012/06/30/steve-jobs-war-against-flash/
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  • Mike Elgan2012-11-07 08:24:32
    Donald Trump calls on Twitter for a revolution to overthrow the government.

    He quickly deleted the tweet; but not before +Wil Wheaton saved it. 

    http://wilwheaton.tumblr.com/post/35185641646/if-you-read-this-from-the-bottom-up-you-can-watch
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  • Mike Elgan2012-08-17 12:00:05
    Why Progressive Insurance Is About to be Crushed by the Internet

    Long story short: The sister of a blogger named Matt Fisher was tragically killed in a car accident. She had Progressive insurance "protecting her" against accident by an underinsured driver, which happened to be the case in this accident.

    http://mattfisher.tumblr.com/post/29338478278/my-sister-paid-progressive-insurance-to-defend-her#notes

    The family said that because the other insurance company paid only $25k, Progressive owed $75k to make up the difference, as they were contractually obligated to do. But instead of paying, they instead worked closely with opposing lawyers to help them prove the accident was her fault, so they could get out of paying. 

    Now famous bloggers like Seth Godin are jumping in to publicly shame Progressive.

    http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2012/08/corporations-are-not-people.html

    More context: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/18/your-money/progressives-side-of-the-insurance-case-that-blew-up-on-the-internet.html
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  • Mike Elgan2012-08-07 10:22:41
    Dad Mods Kid's Electric Car Into Speed Demon

    A kid named Evan may be the luckiest boy in the world. His Dad modded his old pokey Lightning McQueen Powerwheel, getting rid of the plastic wheels and installing metal rims and rubber off-road tires, as well as "dual sealed gel batteries with an output of 24 volts, a 500 watt .66 horsepower electric motor, disk brake, throttle modulated variable speed control with reverse and sparco battery cut off switch," according to the YouTube blurb.

    http://thenextweb.com/shareables/2012/08/07/watch-this-kid-tear-up-the-racetrack-in-a-modified-500-watt-66-hp-pixar-powerwheel-video

    Posted first on Google+ by +Paul Huckabee 
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  • Mike Elgan2012-04-12 16:45:13
    MYSTERY PIC: What is it?

    Mystery revealed!: http://j.mp/HEuwpB

    Props to +Ben Schorr for being first with the right answer!
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  • Mike Elgan2012-08-22 11:33:05
    Worst Design Ever for a Power Screwdriver? Or Best?

    The $40 Drill Gun Power Screwdriver is shaped like a snub-nosed revolver handgun. Is that cool? Or dumb?

     http://www.gadgetsandgear.com/drill-gun-power-screwdriver.html
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  • Mike Elgan2012-07-09 03:07:24
    Brazil to release genetically modified mosquitos into the wild. What could go wrong?

    Brazil plans to release specially engineered genetically modified mosquitos to reduce dengue. The GMO bugs are injected with viruses that kill mosquito larvae before they're born. 

    A Brazilian lab plans to breed 4 million mosquitos a year. 

    What could go wrong? (Or, is this a great idea?)

    http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2012/07/08/brazil-to-breed-genetically-modified-mosquitoes-to-fight-dengue
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  • Mike Elgan2012-12-17 20:37:47
    Why I'm looking forward to the end of the world Friday.

    The world ends Friday, according to idiots. 

    I love it when this happens. The first doomsday I remember was when I was a kid -- probably in the 4th grade or so -- and some Nostradamus-inspired hysteria gripped the nation. Two or three families left the street where I lived to head to higher ground (that end of the world involved flooding of some kind). 

    Since then, every few years or so, certain kinds of people get all worked up about some historical misinformation and convince each other that the world is going to end. 

    The most recent and the best apocalypse of my lifetime was last year. Radio preacher Harold Camping said he was absolutely certain that the Bible says the world was to end May 21. After realizing that the world didn't get the memo, he retreated into prayer and reflection and came back convinced he was wrong. In fact, he said, the world would end October 11. Again, the world stubbornly refused to end.

    Camping's cult headquarters were in the Bay Area, and there were dozens of billboards all over the place promising the end of the world. It was really funny to watch them take the billboards down after October 11th. 

    That doomsday was the best because the hysteria was spread by a single man, who genuinely seem to believe his own biblical numerology. Some of his followers quit school or gave away all their money, and were left undereducated and broke after their faith-based catastrophe failed to materialize. 

    I had stumbled across Brother Camping's program many times over the years while driving around, and sometimes gave it a listen out of morbid fascination. Pretty much everything I ever heard him say was wrong or at least misguided, though he gained millions of followers all over the world. How wonderful for him to be actually proved wrong so publicly. 

    And now another end of the world is upon us. According to believers, the Mayans predicted that the world would end on December 21, 2012. 

    In reality, their calendar ended. It had to end. There isn't enough stone in the whole of Guatemala to chisel a calendar that never ends. 

    Nevertheless, the ignoramuses are coming out in force. 

    The Chinese government has arrested nearly 100 people for spreading rumors about the Mayan apocalypse. (That nutjob who knifed 23 school-children in China last week was reportedly "influenced" by the doomsday.) 

    Russians are buying up all the candles, matches, salt and torches to ward off the end somehow. 

    People all over the world are buying or building bunkers or survival pods. 

    And, of course, Twitter won't shut up about it: http://goo.gl/pw7gB

    The reason I love the end of the world so much is this: People preach stupid, ignorant, emotional, ill-informed nonsense all the time, and you can never convince them otherwise. You can argue, persuade, use logic -- nothing works. 

    But in this one case, the small-minded, superstitious, anti-science, demon-haunted world believers actually get proved totally and utterly wrong, and even they have to accept it. 

    So point and laugh at the believers. Make the most of it. The end of the world only happens every few years, on average. 

    I always look forward to the next apocalypse, and I've been looking forward to the Mayan end of the world for a long time. 

    Thank God it's Friday. 

    http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2012-12/17/c_132046518.htm

    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_CHINA_SCHOOL_STABBING

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/dec/17/mayan-apocalypse-mania-grips-russia

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2249502/Mayan-Doomsday-Bomb-proof-50-000-bunkers-leather-sofas-plasma-TVs.html

    (Pic props to the Mayans for this irrefutable proof that the world will end Friday.)
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  • Mike Elgan2012-06-04 19:18:14
    The Chinese government celebrates the Tiananmen Massacre by censoring all mention of it.

    In the days leading up to the anniversary, the Chinese government is stepping up the censorship of social media, banning words like "tank" and "never forget." They've even forced the Chinese Twitter (Sina Weibo) and other sites from allowing users to change their profile pictures, lest they upload a picture of a candle or something.

    I'd love to hear from my Chinese friends: What do Chinese people really talk about when discussing Tiananmen?

    http://news.yahoo.com/tiananmen-square-quietly-remembered-23-years-later-115856137--abc-news-topstories.html

    (Pic props: http://onlyhdwallpapers.com/world/lego-china-riot-tanks-protest-tiananmen-square-photos-photo-reconstruction-desktop-1400x990-wallpaper-290989 )
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  • Mike Elgan2012-04-27 04:15:23
    'Brantrepreneurs' need your support!

    A few woman have invented this concept for a bra that can hold a mobile phone, as well as credit cards and other necessary items.

    It's a Kickstarter project to raise money to sell the concept as a product called the JoeyBra.

    Give them a hand!

    http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1094440554/joeybra-the-first-sexy-and-fashionable-pocketed-br
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  • Mike Elgan2012-06-25 22:33:51
    Why your coffee table will become the most important (and most expensive) piece of furniture in your house.

    Today, coffee tables are almost an afterthought in the home design decision-making process. But soon, they'll become multi-touch supercomputers that control everything else in the house.

    http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/2858588/list/Get-Ready-for-the-Smart-Coffee-Table

    Follow me on Houzz: http://www.houzz.com/user/mikelgan
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  • Mike Elgan2013-02-10 20:37:42
    Report: Apple is working on a wristwatch.

    I've been talking about my expectation that Apple would release a wristwatch for a long time (see the links below). Now, a new report in The New York Times says the company is doing exactly that. The report said, in part: 

    "In its headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., Apple is experimenting with wristwatch-like devices made of curved glass, according to people familiar with the company’s explorations."

    (The picture on this post is not the watch -- it's a concept dreamed up by a user.) 

    http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/10/disruptions-apple-is-said-to-be-developing-a-curved-glass-smart-watch/

    http://www.cultofmac.com/189414/will-apple-save-the-wristwatch/

    http://www.datamation.com/mobile-wireless/5-tech-trends-that-will-bring-back-the-wristwatch-1.html

    http://www.cultofmac.com/136960/i-was-wrong-about-apples-iwatch/

    http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9184738/Mike_Elgan_The_wristwatch_will_rise_again

    (Props: http://www.cultofmac.com/215198/apple-working-on-iwatch-with-curved-glass-display-report/ )

    _(Pic props to Yrving Torrealba: http://www.kontain.com/irv1ng/entries/64830/iphone-wrist/)_
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  • Mike Elgan2013-01-07 18:18:04
    If you had to choose, would you choose Twitter, Facebook or Google+?

    Social Media Insider is running an online poll asking: If you could use only one, would you choose Twitter, Facebook, or Google+?

    http://gopollgo.com/if-you-could-use-only-one-would-you-choose-twitter-facebook-or-google-plus

    (Also please share this post with your circles!)
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  • Mike Elgan2012-12-24 11:29:44
    The bacon people must be stopped.
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  • Mike Elgan2012-06-09 22:25:32
    Why does Apple inspire so much hate?

    The lovefest known as the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference starts Monday. As with any such event that involves Apple announcing new products, the global outpouring of love will be matched by a rising outburst of hate.

    Some people hate Apple. Other people hate people who hate Apple. Many of these haters have turned pro, leading to a lucrative “hater industrial complex.”

    I know, because I’ve been the target of hate from both sides. I’m on the hate list of both the most extreme anti-Apple haters and pro-Apple haters.

    Passion in technology, flame-wars, fanboyism and its discontents are nothing new. But in the past couple of years, something new has happened: The loudest, most insistent hate is now coming from the anti-Apple crowd, rather than the pro-Apple people.

    Here's why Apple inspires so much hate: 

    http://www.cultofmac.com/172428/why-does-apple-inspire-so-much-hate/
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  • Mike Elgan2012-11-28 20:56:04
    Is this iPhone 5 case worth $200?

    It's tactical! And it has an anti-glare privacy screen overlay, and other features. But is it worth the money?

    http://www.cultofmac.com/203244/is-this-the-most-bad-ass-iphone-5-case-yet/
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  • Mike Elgan2012-08-16 11:28:20
    Should Facebook be Nationalized?

    Facebook has become a "public good" and an "important social resource" for research and other things, according to Philip N. Howard writing in +Slate

    Meanwhile, the company is "behaving badly" towards users and its future existence is uncertain. 

    So maybe it should be nationalized, according to Howard -- taken over by the government and run as a government service like the US Postal Service is. 

    http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/future_tense/2012/08/facebook_should_be_nationalized_to_protect_user_rights_.single.html

    (Pic props: http://jakemiller.me/the-facebook-id/ )
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  • Mike Elgan2012-06-14 07:14:56
    Jesus: Nokia to cut 10,000 jobs.

    Long story short: Apple and Google are killing Nokia. The company is bleeding cash and can't compete. Now they're axing employees by the thousands. 

    In hindsight, maybe Microsoft Windows Phone wasn't the solution...

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-06-14/nokia-to-cut-10-000-jobs-as-elop-tries-to-stanch-losses.html
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  • Mike Elgan2013-01-04 13:47:53
    Facebook still owns your personal photos and information even after you delete your account.

    The truth is that nearly all users have no idea what they're legally agreeing to when they sign up for social networks. 

    The UK's Telegraph has a nice, super simple summary of some aspects of each network's terms of service. 

    For example, Facebook's 14,000-word terms of service gives Facebook the legal right to "use your content in any way it sees fit... Facebook can transfer or sub-license its rights over a user’s content to another company or organisation if needed. Facebook’s license does not end upon the deactivation or deletion of a user’s account."

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/social-media/9780565/Facebook-terms-and-conditions-why-you-dont-own-your-online-life.html
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  • Mike Elgan2012-07-12 14:01:55
    Stun gun iPhone case adds 20 hours of battery life!

    A new iPhone case called the Yellow Jacket delivers 650k volts of stun gun juice -- and 20 hours of juice to your iPhone. 

    Just don't zap yourself in the head while you're talking on the phone. 

    http://www.cultofmac.com/178658/new-iphone-case-doubles-as-a-650-volt-stun-gun/
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  • Mike Elgan2012-05-01 16:13:23
    MYSTERY PIC: What is it?
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  • Mike Elgan2012-04-12 17:52:12
    Life discovered on Mars... 36 years ago!

    An international team of mathematicians and scientists have re-evaluated data from NASA's Viking mission to Mars over three decades ago, and have come to the conclusion that the data prove life exists on Mars.

    University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine Neuropharmacologist and biologist Joseph Miller said that "On the basis of what we've done so far, I'd say I'm 99 percent sure there's life there."

    That conclusion is the result of a mathematical analysis of the data, which found that the order and complexity of the soil data is far higher than what would be possible with purely geological materials and processes.

    The research is being published in the International Journal of Aeronautical and Space Sciences.

    http://news.discovery.com/space/mars-life-viking-landers-discovery-120412.html
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  • Mike Elgan2012-07-09 21:32:46
    Is Google+ becoming a hostile place for Apple customers? Should it be?

    I'm worried about Google+. 

    The hostility on Google+ toward Apple and users of Apple products is growing dangerously shrill. I fear the quantity and intensity of anti-Apple sentiment may silence and ultimately drive away Apple users, who represent hundreds of millions of people.

    Apple users are routinely and overwhelmingly referred to on Google+ as "sheep" and "idiots." The choice of which phone to buy is increasingly presented as a moral issue, taking on puritanical religious overtones. 

    Should Google+ be a mainstream social network where everyone feels welcome? Or should it be just a narrow-interest social network only for the most hardcore Apple-hating Android fans? 

    Should Google+ be the superior alternative to Facebook -- the best social network for everybody? Or should it become the Google alternative to Ping -- the narrow, company-specific and irrelevant network only for the most die-hard fanboys? 
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  • Mike Elgan2013-01-20 17:14:25
    Is Apple really failing?

    Apple has “stumbled lately.” That’s the overwhelming consensus coming from the press, blogosphere and Wall Street recently.

    Demand for the iPad and iPhone is dropping, we’re told, and Apple isn’t doing interesting or exciting things anymore.

    Here’s my column on what’s going on:

    http://www.cultofmac.com/211221/is-apple-really-failing/
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  • Mike Elgan2012-07-25 13:56:15
    Greek triple jumper cut from Olympic team over tweets.

    Greek triple jumper Voula Papachristau has been removed from the Greek Olympic team for alleged anti-foreigner tweets. 

    As far as I can tell, the action was taken based on the following joke: 

    "With so many Africans in Greece .. At least the mosquitoes of West Nile .. will eat homemade food!"

    And also with the re-tweeting of the following tweet by someone else: 

    "Samaras (Greece's new conservative prime minister) will drive out the foreigners, will be declared EEZ, will capture the hooded and then wake up..."

    Papachristau has since apologized repeatedly, and issued the following statement: http://www.twitlonger.com/show/ih3mcp

    Her Twitter feed is still up: https://twitter.com/papaxristoutj

    What do you think? Should she have been kicked off the team? 

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/greece-expels-olympic-athlete-over-social-media-comments-seen-as-racist/2012/07/25/gJQA3rip8W_story.html
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  • Mike Elgan2012-07-03 05:14:30
    German police won't let man drive his Flintstones car.

    German police have decided that Sebastian Trager's Flintstone mobile is too unsafe for public roads.

    Too bad. He could have had a gay old time in this car. 

    http://www.metro.co.uk/weird/903939-motorist-banned-from-driving-flintstones-car-on-german-roads

    http://www.lyricsondemand.com/tvthemes/theflintstoneslyrics.html
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  • Mike Elgan2012-04-24 16:32:12
    Teens drink hand sanitizer to get high.

    L.A.-area teens are showing up in the emergency room suffering from alcohol poisoning after drinking hand sanitizer for the alcohol.

    Apparently teens are using salt to separate out concentrated alcohol -- a 120-proof hard liquor -- then taking shots of it.

    Should people need to show ID to buy hand sanitizer?

    http://cdn.blisstree.com/files/2012/04/germx.jpg

    ( Pic props: http://blisstree.com/live/teens-drinking-hand-sanitizer-351/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+b5media%2FUnpluggedLiving+%28Unplugged+Living%29&utm_content=Google+Reader )

    Posted first on Google+ by: +CHAD SOLER
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  • Mike Elgan2012-03-25 02:30:39
    Which animals are OK to kill?

    Killing animals is an extremely controversial practice. By controversial, I mean it's an emotionally charged subject with disagreement about what the ethical "rules" are.

    For example, many people who eat beef without concern are horrified about the killing of horses for food. So the "rule" is apparently "food" animals are OK to kill, but "sport" animals aren't? Or is it that cows are ugly and horses are "majestic"?

    California Fish and Game Commission president Dan Richards is in trouble for killing a mountain lion on a hunting trip. It's legal in Idaho, where he killed, it, but illegal in California, where there's a huge public outcry, with many calling for him to be fired. Most of the people who are upset about this wouldn't have cared at all if he had killed, say, a wild boar. So the "rule" for these people is that "pretty" or "cute" animals shouldn't be killed, but killing ugly ones is OK?

    Many people who are OK with the killing of tuna are horrified by the killing of dolphins. Is there an unwritten "rule" that "intelligent" animals are to be spared, but "stupid" ones are OK to kill?

    What should the "rules" be for the killing of animals?

    Is the visual appeal of animals to humans the right criterion -- we can kill fugly animals but not cute or majestic ones? Is intelligence the right criterion?

    What are YOUR "rules" for which animals should never be killed?
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  • Mike Elgan2012-06-21 05:38:58
    Don't blame the kids for the Karen Huff Klein incident.

    Everyone is outraged about a video that surfaced showing a busload of kids viciously abusing a bus monitor. (Note, this is a truly upsetting video, so please view with caution.) 

    Everyone is piling on the kids, and soon, the parents of those kids. And, yes, the kids are rotten and should face some kind of reckoning. 

    Scenes like this are, in fact, very common. It's only when someone happens to record video that everyone gets upset. 

    The core problem, in my opinion, is that we have industrialized education. As a result, we're placing children in cultural situations for which they have not been designed. 

    Humans are designed to live in small groups or villages with close-nit community members and family members of all ages. In nearly every human society since the beginning of time, say, a 12-year-old would rarely find himself or herself in a situation with a lot of other 12-year olds. Humans are designed to exist in groups of multiple ages. A young person would always be within the reach of grandparents, friends of the family, neighbors. 

    But in modern society, we've industrialized education. Public schools are factories for mass-producing workers. 

    By the time they are adults, children have spent the majority of their socializing time with groups of people primarily consisting of others their own age. The 12-year-olds in this video exist in a cultural context similar to Lord of the Flies -- devoid of non-12-year-olds. 

    As a result, a kind of social insanity has become normal. Like monkeys in a zoo (an unnatural environment), public school children live in a social context that their brains are not wired to understand or comprehend. 

    We understand that grown adults sent to govern our nation require "checks and balances" -- with each group watching the others. Why don't we think middle school students need them? 

    Many people will recall that decades ago, schools were similarly industrialized and routinized, but scenes like the one in the video below were unheard of. 

    The reason kids were "better behaved" in the past is that they lived always under the threat of the larger society of parents, older kids, grand parents, younger kids. What's changed is the amount of time that kids spend in their artificial peer group.

    With social media and cell phones, kids are still psychologically "with" peers of their own age, even when in real life they're physically in the same room with people of other ages. 

    I don't know what the solution is. But it's not more punishment for the kids. Our educational system is fundamentally broken, and we're churning out more pathological douchebags than we are Rhodes Scholars and functional citizens. 

    That's what I think. What do you think? 

    http://j.mp/NREjO6
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  • Mike Elgan2012-12-06 19:00:14
    Now there's a TV show about bacon.

    A TV show called "The United States of Bacon" premiers December 30 on the Destination America channel. 

    It's about a guy who travels around the country to try different kinds of bacon.

    Does this sound like salty, greasy good fun to you, or yet another descent into the portrayal of consumerist gluttony as a harmless pursuit in the midst of an obesity-driven health crisis? 

    http://foodbeast.com/content/2012/12/06/united-states-of-bacon-tv-show-because-this-is-america/
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  • Mike Elgan2012-04-24 16:46:51
    Girl falls into sidewalk sinkhole in China.

    A surveillance camera captured an incredible accident: A girl walking down the sidewalk in Northern China while talking on a cell phone was suddenly swallowed up by a hole in the sidewalk 20 feet deep!

    Water had eroded the ground underneath the sidewalk, so the concrete had become unsupported.

    A crowd gathered to rescue her. A heroic taxi driver jumped in the hole and climbed to the bottom of the pit to rescue her. Firefighters arrived, and lowered a ladder down into the pit and the two climbed out.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/9222594/Girl-rescued-after-falling-through-pavement.html
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  • Mike Elgan2012-07-03 14:55:14
    Genetic engineers tell why GMO foods are unsafe.

    It should bother everyone that nearly all the science conducted on GMO foods is done by companies that sell it.

    Recently, two genetic engineers who oppose GMO foods issued a report called GMO Myths and Truths in which they refute claims that GMO foods are safe.

    Here's a summary: http://earthopensource.org/index.php/news/60-why-genetically-engineered-food-is-dangerous-new-report-by-genetic-engineers

    Here's the full report: http://earthopensource.org/files/pdfs/GMO_Myths_and_Truths/GMO_Myths_and_Truths_1.3.pdf

    California is getting ready to vote this year on a proposition to require the labeling of GMO foods. The industry doesn't want you to know which foods are GMO, and they're going to spend a fortune to prevent you from knowing. 

    http://organicconsumersfund.org/label/
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  • Mike Elgan2012-04-27 16:10:30
    How the junk food industry won the war against children.

    Wow! Reuters has published a scathing account on how the junk food industry bought the US government and defeated just about every initiative proposed to save children from the life-wrecking effects of their disease-causing products.

    This is a must-read column for anyone curious about how our corrupt government fails America's children.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/27/us-usa-foodlobby-idUSBRE83Q0ED20120427?
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  • Mike Elgan2012-12-29 17:57:02
    What If the Next iPad, iMac, Business PC and Apple TV Are All One Device?

    How would you radically improve the iPad? You’d give it more powerful processing, enabling more powerful apps.

    How would you improve the 27-inch iMac? You’d make it 37 inches.

    How would you create an Apple desktop computer for business? You’d make it work like an iPad, but double as a boardroom device for presentations and video conferencing.

    And how would you improve TV and make it Applish? You’d build in a computer, Apple TV-like functions and give it a remote.

    If you think about it, these obvious improvements are not moving these four product lines away from each other, but toward each other — resulting in a single super product that does it all.

    What if Apple’s next iPad, iMac, business PC and TV set are all one iDevice?

    http://www.cultofmac.com/207810/what-if-the-next-ipad-imac-business-pc-and-apple-tv-are-all-one-device/
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  • Mike Elgan2012-04-10 16:42:18
    Twitter users shocked to learn that the Titanic disaster actually happened.

    You can feel the dumb.

    http://laughingsquid.com/twitter-learns-the-titanic-was-not-just-a-movie/
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  • Mike Elgan2012-11-07 20:56:24
    What the next four years is going to do to the president.

    Bloomberg BusinessWeek has done some unhelpful Photoshop aging of President Obama, predicting what the ravages of presidential stress will do to the First Face over the next four years. 

    http://observer.com/2012/11/businessweek-cover-gives-a-glimpse-of-the-future-for-president-elect-barack-obama/

    http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-11-07/cover-of-bloomberg-businessweek-marks-reelection-of-president-obama
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  • Mike Elgan2013-10-27 22:50:38
    What if Google made WiFi routers?

    One of the great things about Google is that their goal is to get people to use the Internet more. http://goo.gl/8kV0kJ

    A better Internet that I use more is my goal, too — and yours. So there’s an alignment of interests with Google that makes them a user-friendly company, generally speaking.

    Google wants people to use the Internet so badly that they are actually digging trenches and laying fiber citywide in multiple cities. They pay the wireless bills for some users in the third world (as long as they’re using Google services). And that’s ultimately why they sell Chromebooks and give away Android.

    It’s all about getting people to exchange more bits with the Internet.

    However, there’s another project Google could do that would literally enable hundreds of millions of people to “use the Internet more.”

    http://www.cultofandroid.com/43817/what-if-google-made-wifi-routers/

    (Photo courtesy of Ruckus Wireless)
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  • Mike Elgan2013-04-20 22:09:11
    It’s time to kill the ‘Apple doesn’t innovate’ argument.

    There’s an argument in the platform wars, and also on Wall Street, that goes something like this: “Apple doesn’t innovate anymore. It moves too slowly, and is being taken over by more nimble, more innovative rivals.”

    Any success Apple has is the result of slick marketing, rather than the newest technology. But now, Apple is a laggard and is being overtaken by more nimble companies.

    For Apple haters, this argument feels good to make. Unfortunately, it fails the test of fact and reason. Here’s why.

    http://www.cultofmac.com/224293/its-time-to-kill-the-apple-doesnt-innovate-argument/
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  • Mike Elgan2012-12-15 11:35:39
    Who's ready for a smartphone-controlled toilet?

    A Japanese company called INAX is working on a $4,500 Bluetooth-enabled INAX Satis model toilet you control with your smartphone.

    Their MySatis Android app (and in the future, an iOS app) gives you the power to rise or lower the toilet set or turn on the bidet feature. It even has built-in speakers that play music streamed from your phone.

    The toilet is expected to make a big splash when it drops in February, 2013.

    Who wants one? 

    http://www.homechunk.com/6669/2012/12/15/bluetooth-enabled-inax-satis-toilet-with-built-in-speakers-coming-next-february/
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  • Mike Elgan2012-07-18 20:32:25
    Is Facebook toast?

    It’s been an "septimana horribilis" (horrible week) for social networking giant Facebook.

    First, Facebook got its keister handed to it by Google+in a customer satisfaction survey. Then another report showed that Facebook is bleeding users.

    This isn’t the end of the world for Facebook. There’s still hope for the company. But a radical shift is needed now to stop Facebook from declining into irrelevancy.

    http://www.datamation.com/feature/is-facebook-toast-1.html
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  • Mike Elgan2012-08-26 18:33:08
    McDonald's Selling Lamb Burgers In Australia

    What's next? Kangaroo nuggets?
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  • Mike Elgan2012-06-24 21:10:51
    Something for the bucket list: to land an airplane at India's Agatti Aerodrome!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agatti_Aerodrome
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  • Mike Elgan2012-06-04 17:53:24
    Don't look now, but here comes 'Captain China'!

    The first "Captain China" comic book has now become available as a Kindle book.

    The Amazon site says "Captain China" is "a propaganda-styled comic series aimed at capturing the main-stream consciousness of China. The stories will reflect and give insight to China’s current political stance, social environment, and cultural differences by blending complex characters, historical information, geographic locations, comic satire, and over-the-top explosive action!"

    In the comic, "Captain China" is last surviving member of a band of communist superheroes created by Mao during the Great Leap Forward (the catastrophic communist experiment that killed tens of millions of Chinese people), but has been in a cryogenic sleep (like Austin Powers) for 50 years.

    In the first edition, "Captain China" wakes up from a 50 years' sleep and saves US President Barack Obama's life during a visit to China.

    http://offbeatchina.com/the-worlds-new-superhero-captain-china
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  • Mike Elgan2012-04-28 19:37:56
    Hey, Look, Everybody! Free Money! (Just Sue Apple!)

    Everybody and their mother is trying to cash in on Apple’s success, or dictate the evolution of media and technology through the courts.

    Shameless gold diggers, grand-standing government attorneys, vindictive rivals, patent trolls and, well, good old-fashioned morons are dragging the world’s most valuable company into court to try and get their piece of Apple’s $110 billion pile of cash.

    You won’t believe some of the crazy lawsuits Apple is currently defending itself against.

    Read my column: http://www.cultofmac.com/163797/hey-look-everybody-free-money-just-sue-apple/

    (Pic props: https://edocs.uis.edu/Departments/LIS/Course_Pages/LIS/photos/SSWR/SSWR_2009_page_2.html )
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  • Mike Elgan2012-04-21 02:24:05
    Are edible spoons the future of cutlery?

    A design studio called Triangle Tree wants to replace plastic disposable spoons with edible spoons. You use them to eat your dinner, then you eat the spoon.

    You could also imagine carving out a bowl out of a loaf of bread and putting your soup in that like they do at Boudin's in San Francisco ( http://j.mp/JlCtDk ).

    If you did that, you'd have no dishes at all!

    http://triangletree.com/index.php/industrial_design/edible-spoon/
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  • Mike Elgan2013-02-15 23:23:01
    Facebook not only paid zero taxes for 2012 -- they were actually paid money by the government -- i.e., your tax dollars!

    According to this article on AllFacebook.com, Facebook not only paid zero taxes for the 2012 tax year, they were given $429 million in net tax refunds. 

    That's right: You paid more taxes than Facebook did, and some of your taxes went to Facebook!

    http://allfacebook.com/facebook-no-taxes-2012_b110944
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  • Mike Elgan2012-08-03 22:41:11
    +AllThingsD shows Apple's case against Samsung in three pictures.

    In a nutshell, Apple is showing the court that after Apple shipped the iPhone and iPad, Samsung's phones and tablets went from looking nothing like the Apple products to looking very much like them. 

    http://allthingsd.com/20120803/apples-case-against-samsung-in-three-pictures/?mod=atdtweet
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  • Mike Elgan2012-07-07 19:04:47
    Why the ‘Boycott Apple’ movement is dumb.

    The #BoycottApple hashtag was trending hard on Google+ last week. The call to boycott is based on Apple’s attempts to ban both the Samsung Galaxy Nexus phone and the Galaxy 10.1 tablet. 

    Here’s why the call for a boycott is misguided and futile: 

    http://www.cultofmac.com/177786/why-the-boycott-apple-movement-is-dumb/

    (Pic props to +Phlash Tha)
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  • Mike Elgan2012-04-05 18:41:32
    If you're still eating chicken, you're not reading the news.

    Factory farming is nasty business, I tell you. A sudden rash of reports is beginning to reveal the horrible reality of industrial chicken farming.

    A piece in The New York Times by +Nicholas Kristof points out that "poultry on factory farms are routinely fed caffeine, active ingredients of Tylenol and Benadryl, banned antibiotics and even arsenic." Scientists at Johns Hopkins University who studied the industry says "It’s unbelievable what we found."

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/05/opinion/kristof-arsenic-in-our-chicken.html

    Why caffeine? It turns out that chickens are fed coffee pulp to keep them awake all night so they keep eating and become fatter.

    A previous study found that 90% of chickens raised for meat were fed arsenic.

    Most chicken farmers don't even know what they're feeding the chickens, as the pre-packaged feed ingredients are a trade secret.

    Obama's USDA, meanwhile, is springing into action. The department wants to stop inspecting poultry plants and allow employees of the plant do the inspections. That would enable factory food assembly lines to process 200 chickens per minute, rather than the 140 per minute currently possible.

    A pilot program for the plant employee inspections found that they "were missing defective poultry at high rates."

    From another Times article: "The inspectors, whose names were redacted, said they had observed numerous instances of poultry plant employees allowing birds contaminated with fecal matter or other substances to pass. And even when the employees try to remove diseased birds, they face reprimands, the inspectors said."

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/05/us/usda-poultry-inspection-plan-sets-off-dispute.html
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  • Mike Elgan2013-02-10 13:56:05
    The Supreme Court to decide if it's legal for a farmer to buy seeds and plant them.

    A farmer named Hugh Bowman bought soybean seeds not from the seed store but from the feed store -- soybeans being sold for feeding to livestock. He planted them.

    Most of those feed soybeans were GMOs created by Monsanto. So Monsanto sued Bowman, saying they own the DNA in those soybeans, and therefore can tell farmers like Bowman what to do with the soybeans they buy.

    To over-simplify, farmer Bowman's argument is that when he buys something, he should have the right to do whatever he wants with it.

    Monsanto's argument is that when Bowman plants seeds developed by Monsanto, he is making an illegal copy of their invention.

    The case is headed for the Supreme Court later this month.

    What's YOUR opinion?

     http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/farmers-use-of-genetically-modified-soybeans-grows-into-supreme-court-case/2013/02/09/8729f05a-717c-11e2-ac36-3d8d9dcaa2e2_story.html

    UPDATE #1: Supreme court rules in favor of Monsanto. (May 14, 2013)

    The Supreme court ruled in the case this week in favor of Monsanto. They agreed with Monsanto's position that their patented GMO seeds are an "invention" and when a farmer plants them they are copying Monsanto's intellectual property and therefor may only do so according Monsanto's contract (which requires that new seeds be purchased for each planting). 

    They ruled that their decision affects only this case and not other "self-replicating products." 

    http://m.washingtonpost.com/politics/supreme-court-rules-for-monsanto-in-genetically-modified-soybean-case/2013/05/13/c84d7710-bbdb-11e2-97d4-a479289a31f9_story.html
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  • Mike Elgan2012-07-30 20:24:11
    Advertiser leaving Facebook after discovering that 80% of the clicks they're paying for are from 'bots.'

    A company called Limited Run publicly announced on Facebook that they're leaving Facebook, and for two reasons:

    First, they did their own analytics and found that 80% of the clicks Facebook was charging them for were from automated "bots."

    Second, the company changed their name. They requested that Facebook change the company name on the business page. But Facebook told them (allegedly) that in order to change their name on Facebook, they would have to spend $2,000 more per month on advertising.

    If these allegations are true, how widespread is this abuse?

    https://www.facebook.com/limitedpressing/posts/209534972507958
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  • Mike Elgan2012-06-08 15:12:59
    Now Samsung is suing Australian patent commissioner over Apple patent!

    Who says Samsung isn't innovative? The company has come up with a novel approach to its patent war with Apple in Australia: They're suing Australia.

    Specifically, they're suing the Australian Patent Commissioner, saying that four Apple patents should never have been granted, as they duplicate earlier patents, according to Samsung.

    http://www.itnews.com.au/News/304068,samsung-sues-aussie-patent-office-in-apple-suit.aspx
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  • Mike Elgan2013-01-28 17:46:22
    Here's the sad monkey Iran shot into space.

    Why would they publish this photo? This photo does not advance the cause of Iranian prestige in space.

    gawker.com/5979496/one-small-step-for-a-sad-monkey-the-iranians-say-they-shot-this-monkey-into-space-today
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  • Mike Elgan2012-04-23 17:31:31
    Every dog has his day.

    Mexicans lined up to see the Pope drive by. But this dog apparently thinks the crowd is for him.

    http://ircimages.tumblr.com/post/21443465000/the-people-of-mexico-were-lined-up-along-the
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  • Mike Elgan2012-07-13 16:45:53
    Worst iPhone case ever: the Hana Silicon iPhone case!

    A new $13 iPhone case has a nose with nostrils you can put your fingers into. Why? Just why. 

    http://www.pgdesign.us/HANA.aspx

    Posted first on Google+ by +Ralph Peralta
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  • Mike Elgan2012-11-04 23:09:35
    I'm sure the irony of an ice cream sandwich case for the iPhone 5 isn't lost on this crowd.

    $18.99 on Etsy.

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/110007353/iphone-5-ice-cream-sandwich
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  • Mike Elgan2012-08-15 18:15:11
    Hand-Painted Xbox 360 Controller Bra HIts

    Sadly, it's non functional. But imagine if it actually worked as an Xbox controller!

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/103474626/handpainted-xbox-360-controller-bra

    
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  • Mike Elgan2012-08-11 22:33:02
    Saudi Arabia to Build City for Women Only

    The Saudi Arabian government has finally figured out a way to allow women to move around freely and have careers without violating their unique interpretation of Sharia law -- ban all men.

    The plan is to build a city where men are not allowed.

    Construction begins next year. The city is reportedly expected to create 5,000 jobs in various industries, where all the employees will be women.

    http://www.rt.com/news/women-city-saudi-sharia-339/

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-08-07/saudis-to-build-new-industrial-city-for-women-eqtisadiah-says.html

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2187072/No-mans-land-Women-city-planned-Saudi-Arabia-allow-more-females-pursue-career.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

    http://www.albawaba.com/business/saudi-arabia-industrial-women-437309

    (Pic props: http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/267161/20111214/saudi-woman-beheaded-witchcraft-sorcery.htm )
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  • Mike Elgan2013-04-10 13:35:35
    Google+ dominates poll despite stacked deck!

    Lifehacker is running a poll, asking "What’s Your Social Network of Choice?"

    But they give Facebook and Twitter an unfair advantage: At the bottom are "Like" buttons for Facebook and Twitter. They're giving a tool to virally promote the poll on two of the social networks, but not the others. As a result, Facebook and Twitter have WAY more votes than Linkedin, Pinterest, MySpace and Instagram.

    But Google+ is dominating the poll anyway, with (at the time I write this) twice as many votes as Facebook.

    That's not enough.

    Since Lifehacker decided to favor Facebook and Twitter, let's send them some Google+ love in the form of MASSIVE votes for Google+:

    1. Share this post with all your circles.

    2. Go here and vote for your social network of choice:

    http://lifehacker.com/5994062/whats-your-social-network-of-choice

    (Props to +Jeff Schultz)
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  • Mike Elgan2013-07-19 21:44:25
    Microsoft's stock lost $32 billion in value today.

    Microsoft's stock dropped 11 percent today in the wake of a disastrous earnings report yesterday. 

    The drop puts Microsoft's market value at $261 billion, down from a record high of $616.3 billion in December of 1999 (one month before current CEO Steve Ballmer took over). 

    http://news.cnet.com/8301-10805_3-57594612-75/funky-friday-more-than-$32-billion-in-microsoft-stock-value-wiped-out/
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  • Mike Elgan2012-08-14 19:40:28
    Interactive Panorama of Mars Built Out of Curiosity Pictures

    A Google+ user named +Andrew Bodrov skillfully stitched together a large number of pictures taken by the Curiosity rover on Mars. The result is this interactive panorama, which lets you look around the red planet, and even zoom in on details. 

    How cool is this? 

    http://www.360cities.net/image/curiosity-rover-martian-solar-day-2#-316.24,17.20,48.5
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  • Mike Elgan2013-06-09 18:14:04
    Why I suspect China of leaking Prism.

    Did the Prism presentation leak at exactly the perfect moment for maximum benefit for the Chinese government, or was that just an amazing coincidence?

    Momentum and moral outrage about Chinese government hacking has been building up for years. Finally, this weekend, President Obama was scheduled to call China's new President President Xi Jinping (shee jihn-peeng) out on the carpet, take him to the woodshed and do other cliches to him about China's intense hacking.

    But after years of being kept secret, facts about the Prism program leaked just days before Obama was going to lecture Xi on hacking, which resulted in domestic US outrage over Prismgate reaching a crescendo just as the leaders met.

    Whenever China is accused of hacking, they always deny it, and follow the denial up with the charge that the US is the world's biggest hacker.

    Everybody assumes that China knew about Prism (one benefit of all that hacking). If they didn't leak it in order to undermine Obama's moral authority and political juice, why didn't they? It all turned out beautifully for China.

    The error on Obama's part was to emphasize hacking, rather than IP theft. On the accusation of government hacking to steal trade secrets, the US does have the moral high ground. But on the area of "hacking"? Forget it. The US government probably IS the world's biggest hacker.

    UPDATE #1: The "whistleblower" who uncovered all this fled to China, and says he expects to never return.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/09/nsa-whistleblower-edward-snowden-why

    (Pic props to _ _ _ +Dan Gillmor _ _ _ and Nerdcore: _http://www.crackajack.de/2013/06/08/i-fixed-shepard-faires-obama-poster-to-fit-prism-also-happy-64th-george-orwells-1984/__ )_
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  • Mike Elgan2012-05-10 22:56:02
    Man implants magnets into his wrist to hold his iPod nano.

    A guy named Dave Huban drilled holes into his wrist and installed magnets to hold his iPod nano. He calls it the iDermal, rather than the iDumb, for some reason.

    Here comes the video: http://www.cultofmac.com/166352/this-guy-got-4-magnets-implanted-in-his-wrist-to-hold-his-ipod-nano-video/

    Posted first on Google+ by +David Zappala
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  • Mike Elgan2013-01-11 16:27:07
    Facebook charges you $100 to send a message on Facebook to a famous person.

    If you're sending a message to a random person on Facebook, they'll charge you $1 to skip the spam filter and actually have the email delivered into the inbox.

    But if the recipient has a lot of followers, Facebook will charge you $100.

    Facebook says they're just testing the service to see if they can get away with it.

    No, the recipient doesn't get a penny. The recipient gets the spam and Facebook gets the money.
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  • Mike Elgan2012-08-26 14:43:15
    Samsung Copied Apple and That's Why It Succeeded - Pundits

    Apple fans say Samsung copied Apple and that's why Samsung is a loser.

    Android fans say Samsung didn't copy Apple any more than Apple copied Samsung, and that Samsung is a winner.

    But at least two pundits, +Farhad Manjoo  and +Robert Scoble, have an alternative opinion. Namely, that Samsung did in fact copy Apple and that's why Samsung is a winner.

    These guys point out that the companies that didn't copy Apple (Nokia, RIM, Palm, Microsoft and so on) have become smartphone market also-rans.

    Samsung, they argued, copied Apple. And while it cost them a billion dollars in "damages," that's lunch money compared to how much they're making quarter over quarter with their smart phones. 

    (Manjoo points out that Samsung started out copying, but has evolved away from that and now innovates.)

    What do you think? Is this the right view? Was copying Apple the winning strategy?

    https://plus.google.com/111091089527727420853/posts/g9GqgoWSXxR

    http://pandodaily.com/2012/08/25/copying-works-how-samsungs-decision-to-mimic-apple-paid-off-in-spades/

    (Scoble pic props to +Guy Kawasaki: http://www.guykawasaki.com/enchantment/pictures/ )

    (Manjoo pic props to +New America Foundation:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/newamerica/6198178475/ )
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  • Mike Elgan2012-08-24 20:03:30
    Another New Bridge Collapses In China

    A 330-foot section of the Yangmingtan Bridge ramp in the city of Harbin, China, collapsed today, killing three people.

    The bridge was part of China's economic stimulus program, and involved "heavy debt" and rapid construction. It was completed less than a year ago. 

    The Xinhua news agency reported that the Yangmingtan Bridge was the sixth major bridge in China to collapse in the past year.

    Chinese officials blame overloaded trucks for all the bridge collapses. 

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/25/world/asia/collapse-of-new-bridge-underscores-chinas-infrastructure-concerns.html
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  • Mike Elgan2013-03-10 19:39:59
    Saudi Arabia may stop beheading because it's barbaric and medieval because of a swordsmen shortage.

    A report on Ahram Online, which of course may be (Ahram!) misleading, a Saudi Arabian government committee may recommend switching from beheading criminals (who rape, kill or think for themselves) to instead killing them by firing squad. 

    In a statement, the committee reportedly said: "This solution seems practical, especially in light of shortages in official swordsmen or their belated arrival to execution yards in some incidents; the aim is to avoid interruption of the regularly-taken security arrangements." 

    http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/66531/World/Region/Saudi-Arabia-may-stop-beheading-due-to-swordsmen-s.aspx
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  • Mike Elgan2013-02-08 20:42:06
    Why China may not be the world's factory for much longer.

    Because robots can do this. (And, no, the video is not sped up.)

    http://www.staubli.com/en/robotics/robot-solution-application/high-speed-machining-robots/
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  • Mike Elgan2012-12-07 16:59:31
    Why are US media ignoring GMO mosquitos in Florida?

    Officials in Florida intend to release hundreds of thousands of genetically modified mosquitoes as soon as they get permission from the federal government. The mosquitoes are (literally) designed to reduce dengue fever in Key West. 

    The mosquitos have been engineered by the British company Oxitec to pass along a birth defect that kills their offspring before they can reproduce, thus reducing mosquito populations.

    The initiative carries all the normal controversy over GMO anything -- some fearing ignorant meddling with nature and the unintended consequences that could result, and others believing that genetic modification is better than, in this case, the horrible consequences of dengue fever. 

    What's interesting to me is that the story is being covered heavily by media in Canada, India, Russia, the UK and elsewhere, but coverage is practically non-existant in the US press, except for the New York Times, a couple of Florida papers and a smattering of natural-foods hippy blogs and rags. 

    WTF is the matter with the media in the US?

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/story/2012/12/06/gm-mosquitoes-florida.html
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  • Mike Elgan2013-03-22 22:53:08
    How does this picture make you feel?

    Is this what has become of mealtime "conversation"?
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  • Mike Elgan2012-11-28 11:54:08
    Worst keyboard concept ever? Or best?

    Do you eat at your desk? (Oh, shut up -- you know you do!) If so, maybe you need Dutch designer Hella Jongerius' keyboard concept, which has a plate right in the middle where your face is as you hunch over your keyboard and eat junk food.

    http://technabob.com/blog/2012/11/27/keyboard-plate/
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  • Mike Elgan2012-05-24 16:50:47
    Laptop stickers are stupid.

    I'm setting up a Samsung Windows laptop for my son, and, as I have done dozens of times before, I'm spending 10 or 15 minutes removing the stickers that Microsoft and Intel require their OEM partners to blight their hardware with.

    These stickers are stupid.

    Samsung and other companies actually design and build some really good-looking hardware. But then these garish, ugly, sloppily applied, visually annoying stickers are right there destroying the aesthetic of the hardware, and killing the out-of-box experience.

    I know, it's a small thing. But it's also a symbolic thing.

    As a consumer, the stickers tell me that the coalition of companies that contributed to the product are incapable of working together even on small details to improve my user experience. It tells me they have no respect for their own product. It tells me they don't appreciate aesthetics. It tells me they're stupid.

    The strangest thing about it is that the stupidity exists solely to tell me exactly who is so stupid.

    OK, so Intel: You're stupid. And Microsoft: You're stupid. It says so, right there on my laptop.

    Apple is trying to take over the market in large measure through aesthetically pleasing hardware and great out-of-box experience, and you're too stupid to even do the simplest and cheapest thing imaginable to compete in these areas.

    Stupid.

    (Pic props: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pchow98/5895034009/ )
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  • Mike Elgan2013-02-03 23:53:09
    Here's the Internet-only version of that Go Daddy ad.
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  • Mike Elgan2012-06-15 05:07:41
    Wow! Microsoft to make its own tablets!

    +AllThingsD's +Ina Fried reports that Microsoft will announce Monday that it's making its own Windows 8 tablet hardware! 

    http://allthingsd.com/20120614/microsoft-taking-direct-aim-at-the-ipad-but-questions-loom-large/
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