This Smart Lounge Chair Is an Oasis for Road Warriors | Wired Design | Wired.com.
As office furniture goes, these are very cool. The canopies have wireless Internet and places for cables. You can hook a tablet computer up inside, and have privacy. The ottoman converts into a desk, and has storage for papers and other stuff. The armrests serve as computer mounts. All in all, one of these would make a great accessory for the office, or to use in an airport lounge. The only problem is that when a furniture manufacturer advertises something as part of a "collection" you know you are in trouble. As an example, a stool in this manufacturer's catalog costs over a thousand dollars. So, if you are super rich, buy one of these and compute away. Just don't brag to me about it. I will continue to use the sample room desk I got for $5 in 1970. It is an amazing piece of technology. I can fit a scanner, large monitor, printer, and charging station on it, and plug my computer in with a couple of cables. I then can sit in my comfortable chair and compute away. I think I will use the thousands of dollars I save on mortgage payments.
Just a gentle reminder that Father's Day is coming up. Family, I do not want a tie, or socks, or a shirt. I want gadgets, or gift cards to buy gadgets. It is about time that the money I spend on new gadgets comes out of somebody else's pocket. The new Verizon commercial makes clear that Dads are problem solvers, and that we need gadgets to help.
iOS 7 vs Android.
What's new in iOS7? Why, nothing, of course. That is, if you have had an Android phone for several YEARS. Apple's version of innovation is to copy features that Android has had for a long time, and rebrand them as their own. Lame. Minimal user interface? Check. Simple and colorful? Check. Multitasking? Check. "Notification Center"? Check. Still no customizable home screen. Still no widgets. Control Center with quick toggles for system functions? Check. Some of these features have been in stock Android for 3 years or more. I predict that, next, Apple will adopt a cute little robot looking character that looks like a walking apple. Then, they will start naming their "new" versions after fruit.
No redesigned iPhone expected this year, report says | Apple - CNET News.
Coming in the Fall of 2013, the next iPhone will be the poster child for Apple innovation. Dubbed the iPhone 5S, the phone will have, it is rumored, similar specs to the current version; but, will come in new colors, including green and gold. Users who have been clamoring for a sixth row of icons, or even, gasp, seven rows, will likely be disappointed. Some pundits speculate that the lines in front of the Apple stores will start forming in August; but, that won't happen in the hotter climates. It is certainly not true that Apple will be changing its advertising campaigns to highlight it as the "anti-innovation" company.
Verizon and NFL extend deal to offer streaming games to customers | Android Central.
How nice of Verizon and the NFL to extend the contract for NFL Mobile on Verizon phones. For $5 a month you get a brain dead interface, and no Sunday games. As a former NFL Sunday Ticket customer, when it was $150 a season, I refuse to fund NFL player salaries that are 50 times the average fan's. It is actually cheaper to buy seats to the local team's games than to get NFL Sunday Ticket. Adding $5 a month for news and streaming videos is an outrage. Now, NFL and Verizon tell us they will provide Sunday games in 2014. So, call me then, and we will see what that costs. Maybe I am just getting old and cranky; but, it is about time somebody cut off the tap of cash. I think I can live without televised football for a while. Am I alone in this? Let me save the Government and Verizon some time and effort in mining the call data on my smartphone while I am at it. I called Verizon for support for my office DSL line about 30 times n the past two weeks. My cable modem is being installed today, so you will see a couple of calls to Brighthouse as well.
NSA taps in to systems of Google, Facebook, Apple and others, secret files reveal | World news | The Guardian.
What a surprise. What a shock. Our Government, it is alleged, has access to the data of most Internet publishers through a "Top Secret" program, code named PRISM. And, another big surprise, nobody will talk about it. Duh. Of course, Governments have secrets. The biggest surprise is that mainstream media is so shocked by the revelation. The companies involved have "disavowed any knowledge" of the existence of such systems. Now, where have I heard that before?