Google News & Weather app gets major overhaul | Android Central. Google News was the forgotten Android app. Now, however, the best news aggregator on the planet for mobile devices has been recreated with a modern feel, and it is a great way to skim through the headlines. If you want a composite of world views on a news topic of the day, you can't do better. Combined with Google Now, your device can be your sole connection to the world. When you look up, of course.
Begrudgingly, Google Offers a Form for People Who Want to Be Forgotten | Re/code. If the post title sounds familiar to you, you may continue reading. If not, before you continue, Google it, and get some historical context and perspective. Okay. You back? Google wants to be the repository of all human knowledge. They are getting there. However, it appears that some people and courts don't want to be part of the parade. Like the Sixties generation in which I grew up, they want no part of whatever this world is becoming. So, Google has had to offer a form and a method to delete yourself from Google's search engines. If you want to reprise Timothy Leary of the Sixties, file the form. Then, we promise to forget you ever existed. Actually, before he died in the Nineties, Leary was involved in computers and video games. Go figure.
I don't know when I realized I was different from the other kids. Perhaps it was in first grade, when the nuns rapped me on the knuckles for writing left handed. When I got home, my enraged mom marched me back to school, and I got my first lesson in how to talk to authority figures. Not. After my mom was through, I was permitted to let my natural left handedness take over, and I never looked back. It is a good thing I wasn't born in the time in which "sinister" became the definition of left handedness. Anyway, our day was August 13th. I don't know how I missed it. But, being left handed means being a little off, right?
Execupundit.com: Random Thoughts. When Michael Wade muses about random thoughts, my first inclination is the realization that there is nothing random about them. Decision making in compressed time is only fostered by contemplation without time restraints. The ironies of life become apparent upon reflection; but, reflection becomes a way of postponing the need to act with urgency and purpose. I disagree that technology may be taking us into a cave; I believe it is enabling us to expand our connections and our horizons. No assumptions here. But, every little thing counts. There really is a grand scheme of things. Think about it.
Reddit, Privacy Groups Call On Obama To Reject Cybersecurity Bill | TechCrunch. The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) is being pushed through Congress as an answer to security breaches in big data. The problem, according to many privacy organizations is that it encourages hacked companies to share the information broadly with the Government without adequate safeguards for personal information. Information that has been hacked by the bad guys; let's give it to the Government. Sounds like a good idea? Not. After the Snowden fiasco, it would appear that the Government is the last place we want our data stored and looked at. The groups that are opposed want the President to veto the act when, and if, it reaches his desk. Just another day in the wild and wooly world of big data.
Sometimes it is easy to forget, when the world is a cauldron of war and evil, what we are about. We can only control ourselves and our own choices. Cry for the children; but always remember:
"To live, man must hold three things as the supreme and ruling values of his life: Reason—Purpose—Self-esteem. Reason, as his only tool of knowledge—Purpose, as his choice of the happiness which that tool must proceed to achieve—Self-esteem, as his inviolate certainty that his mind is competent to think and his person is worthy of happiness, which means: is worthy of living." | Atlas Shrugged
"The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more."
Declaration of Independence. One of my favorite bloggers, Michael Wade, does a little repeat post every Fourth of July that begins with: "Would you have signed?" Every American should watch this little 4 minute video about the best writing ever done by an American. As we celebrate the holiday, we should remember what it took to sign the Declaration of Independence.