Leap Motion: Minority Report and Iron Man in a small package

So yesterday, i received my long desired Leap Motion.  First of all, it is very impressive and game changing for how we are going to interact with our devices.  I was able to scroll through pages and move things with my hands in mid air.  The only issue with the device is learning it.  The ability to shoot a gun or cut the rope without touching anything is very intriguing.  However, due to the lack of time it has been out, alot of the applications do not have a clear standardized way of navigating content.  Also the applications do not have an easy way to show how to interact with them.  Google Earth is the big disappointment.  Their demo is incredible, however once you open in on Airspace, (Leap’s Appstore), you have no clue how to use it with the motion controller.  If anyone has insight on this let me know now because i am clueless.  The shinning lights are applications such as New York Times which is a new 3d feel to the news.  The Leap is an incredible device.  I want to use it more but i am waiting for their tech support to figure out why my real address wont accept in their billing system.  Maybe they need an update?

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A Good Kid Who Just Wanted to Be First

Fam w Joe

So today we see WFMY News 2’s Facebook post about Joseph Bell from Gibsonville, NC who was featured as being the first in line for a new Krispy Kreme restaurant in Burlington, NC.  He wanted nothing more from the experience than to win a year of free donuts for being first there.  He was camped out there since Saturday, was approached by police because some people called in that he was homeless.  What surprises us about this post is the response from people posting on WFMY’s Facebook page.  There were a bunch of extremely hateful comments about his weight and other nonsense.  I weighed in on a few comments myself saying guess what anyone who posts here is a permanent record that could potentially hurt your job future.  (There have been no bad comments since then)  I must have scared a few of them half to death because some were immediately removed.  But one would wonder why didn’t the News site limit or moderate the comment feed?   How could they allow such harassment of this kid?  He is pictured helping others as a camp counselor at Camp Greenleaves which is Burlington’s Summer Camp for those with special needs, where is he is a model counselor.  The world needs more mature young adults like this and less of those sharing their hurtful opinions.  Thank you Joseph for setting a model example for all kids in your area.  Let WFMY know that they should moderate and leave Joseph a positive comment https://www.facebook.com/WFMYNews2

Krispy Kreme logo

Krispy Kreme logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The plan ahead

So this week we are looking into Dubai in images, over the next few months, each week will will look at different cities, regions, or even countries and some of the images that can allow us to take a trip around the world each day.  I hope you all enjoy and leave me a message to suggest areas. 

Big Commodities Taking Hits in Future

So today we see a lead analyst at Gulf calling oil price per barrel to hit $50 by year end.  That is over 50% in a reduction of cost from its current price standing.  Now some analysts of the gold commodity are saying that history has led us to the assumption that gold price will be dropping by as much as $500 in the next quarter or two.  In the case of gold, we already know that the market price has fallen over 20% this year and shows a steady decline.   While this price reduction for these commodities is occurring we are seeing dollar growth on the currency exchange markets, which on (digital) paper looks great for the US.

 

These are among the two most valuable commodities in the world.  Well depending your morning priorities, some might feel that coffee as a commodity is far more valuable.  Never the less, is now a time to get out?  What is this price change going to do to the valuation of currencies around the globe?

Thousands of Dollars…for a Rock

Ask any man who has ever had to buy an engagement ring for his fiance, or any man who has had to buy diamonds in general.  The piece of rock that is extremely tiny probably made them think once or twice about buying anything else for the next few months after.  It is amazing the price of diamonds these days.  Having taken a resource conflicts class while in college, i was made well aware of where the diamond industry found it origins.  I also understand the human element and cost.

However, from a marketing standpoint diamonds are increasingly becoming more and more valuable so much that it has become almost a huge scam.  Over inflation year over year while there is no need for the price increase.  There seems to be no shortness of supply, and the ways that they mine and make the diamonds is becoming incrementally cheaper for the big brands of diamonds.  Diamonds are really not forever, when you sit down and think about how often that loved one is going to want additions to it to make it look more glamorous.  We must always remember as either men or women that the diamond is still at its foundation, a rock.  A clear rock.  Furthermore, what we as MEN must remember, is the true value of providing happiness to the woman that we each care for. 

Is Apple TV Really Coming?

The question has been hitting the street for the last few weeks since Apple has been talking to Time Warner Cable.  So do we see a revamped Apple TV Box? Or Rather a full Giant Apple TV or iTV?  Being an avid user of the Apple TV system i can say that it is quite useful.  I currently possess two boxes one in bedroom and one in the living room.  The cloud streaming is very useful for TV, Movies and Music and allows me to turn the whole place into a media playground.  Its perfect for those parties that you may have.

So the device itself is working extremely well.  What can be expect from a physical screen Apple TV?:

1.  Retina Display: Apple has developed a phenomenal screen for all of its devices that it has not really tested to its full potential yet.  This is the chance and we know and understand that Retina will be key upon release.

2.  iOS Integration: the core of Apple products is quickly adapting to a full iOS platform.  We even seeing Mac OS starting to adapt more and more.

3.  Siri: with the release of smart Tv’s from Samsung and LG, we can expect that the Apple console will have full Siri integration and voice command options to make it do basically anything you want it to.

4.  Airplay: iOS7 is really pushing airplay, we will now see apps that we play on our TV screens while we twist and turn the device.

5.  App Store:  We will most likely get full access to the App Store for Apple TV

These are just a few examples of what we could see in a full Apple TV device.

Everyone wants a piece of the Apple Pie

I feel like everyone wants to get a piece of the Apple pie these days.  Today we found out that Scott Weiselberg a Lawyer from Florida is going with a class action lawsuit saying that users were wrongfully tricked into buying HD videos that wouldn’t work on their devices.  Now lets think about something here, sure Apple should have noted that but are people really going to sue the company over a dollar difference here? It says right on there that we can download in SD or HD depending on our device.

Common sense says that we should maybe think before we purchase that copy of Big Daddy, knowing that an iPhone 3gs was one of the first iPhones and may not support HD playback without retina display.  Maybe he could have done a tad bit of research on his smartphone and found out that it couldn’t handle HD.  Finally, who really watches movies on an iPhone anyways, guess what we have iPads, iTunes, Apple TV (ALL HD).  This is a lawsuit that truly makes zero sense because it is still the users fault for not reading the instruction manual.  They did not operate the device in the proper way.  Believe it or not these devices are not supposed to teach you everything.  Here is my daily rant on the stupidity of people suing large companies for issues that they themselves caused.

English: The new, second-generation Apple TV. ...

English: The new, second-generation Apple TV. This is now released, shipping product which is in customers’ hands. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)