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Long(er) Wait For The New iPhone 8

Apple might make you wait unusually long to get the new iPhone

All signs seem to suggest Apple might be about to break tradition and make you wait unusually long for the next-generation iPhone.

Esteemed Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities has predicted the Cupertino heavyweight could begin mass production for the upcoming OLED iPhone with a slight delay, 9to5Mac reports.

The analyst claims production will likely be pushed back to October/November as opposed to the standard August/September timeframe. However, he still expects the iterative 7S models to land on time.

Kuo cites supply chain difficulties with several new components – including custom OLED panels, new 3D Touch modules and 3D sensing cameras – as the main cause for the delay.

oh man, i know it’s still super early to be making these kinds of forecasts, and you never really know with Apple — even though this wouldn’t surprise me in the least — but i’m already pretty eager since i’m up for a new iphone this year and really just looking forward to these new iPHone 8’s to land.

PS. dig’n the concept pic above by the way.

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Pic of the Day

Miss Universe pageant, 50s

my word, the times have changed huh? on the flipside, would be kinda awesome to see these same girls, in this exact same photograph, but in 2017… nahmean?

#hmmmmmmm

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Humor/Funny

I ♥ Sushi

speaking of being hungry…

…i got a chuckle when i saw this tshirt.

you’d have to have some balls to wear that one around.

#chuckle  #gdamn

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Food Porn

Buffalo Chicken Fries

holy shit that looks good.

PS. or maybe i’m just really hungry? lol

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Babe vs. Babe

Babe vs. Babe

well gang, it’s friday afternoon and people are starting to bounce out a little early, so i’m thinking it’s a perfect time to dip out and maybe hit up a local happy hour… speaking of getting happy, here’s a quickie to get the weekend started off right.

Top or Bottom?

have a great weekend, mang!

** don’t be a dbag, make a choice.

#TGIF

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Movies Music

Hasselhoff’s Guardian Rap

Once You Hear David Hasselhoff Rap About Guardians of the Galaxy Your Life Will Never Be the Same

You kind of need to see the lyrics in black and white to fully appreciate them:

Getting down and dirty with a procyon lotor

Got no people skills but he’s good with motors

That weird thing by his side an infantilized sequoia

The two of them walk by, people say “Oh Boy-a”

They ask me why I’m bringin’

A baby into battle

“Thats really irresponsible”

And getting them rattled

I say “Give me a break

Get off my back dammit”

I didn’t learn parenting

My daddy was a planet

In these times of hardship

Just remember:

We are Groot

holy shit man, i feel like i’m the twilight zone right now after listening to that… it’s so bad and yet, totally awesome… right?

#BlankStare  #ListensAgain

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Quote of the Day

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Tiny Ear Tattoos

Stunning, Tiny Ear Tattoos For The Unconventional Minimalist

Tattoos above the neck are often disparaged as unprofessional, particularly in the slightly less liberal corporate world, but these beautiful minimalist ear tattoos prove that not all of them deserve to be treated the same way.

i didn’t even know that ear tattoo’s were a thing… but apparently they are — dunno why, after all the tats and piercings i see, that this would surprise me.

#blink  #chuckle

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Apple’s New Danish Data Center Is Awesome

Apple’s new Danish data center will supply heat to nearby homes, fertilizer to farmers

Apple’s commitment to environmental sustainability is well established, but the company is going one step further in its new Danish data center. In addition to powering the center entirely from renewable energy, the company is capturing the waste heat generated and feeding it into a district heating system, to warm local homes…

As MacWorld spotted, that’s not the only example of Apple’s desire to combine environmentalism with being a good neighbour.

The data center in the Jutland region will be partly powered by recycling waste products from farms. Apple is working with Aarhus University on a system that passes agricultural waste through a digester to generate methane, which is then used to help power the data center. The digester reaction turns some of the waste into nutrient-rich fertilizer, which Apple returns to local farmers to use on their fields.

The center should also be making a worthwhile contribution to the Danish economy. The government said last year that the $950M project represented the largest foreign capital investment in the country’s history. Coupled to the Irish data center – which has had something of a rough ride – the two add up to Apple’s biggest ever investment in Europe.

oh wow, that’s actually pretty damn cool..! i love the fact that Apple and other big tech companies are looking more and more into being not only environmentally friendly, but on the whole just more efficient… gives me hope for the future.

#ThumbsUp

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Google Ad Blocker?

Google is reportedly building an ad blocker for Chrome, and it’s not the dumbest idea ever

Google is working on a built-in ad blocker for its Chrome browser and could release it in a few weeks, reports The Wall Street Journal. While that seems counter-intuitive for a company that makes most of its money through advertising, it’s actually not the worst idea ever.

The feature will block certain types of ads that ruin users’ browsing experience, such as pop-ups, auto-playing videos with sound, sticky ads that take up a lot of screen real estate and prestitials that count down before you can get to the content you meant to see.

These are defined as unacceptable by an industry group called the Coalition for Better Ads, which includes members like Google and Facebook.

Google might alternatively choose to block every ad on sites that include any offending ads at all – making site owners responsible for ensuring that the ads they host are up to code.

saw this yesterday on twitter and was like “huh?”, since ads is really the core driver of most of google’s income the last time i checked… but still sounds cool, and i’m all for it.

i absolutely hate hitting websites on my phone, mostly because of the disruptive ads that completely fuck up the whole experience and make it pretty much unusable.

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In Defense of Robots

In Defense of Robots

There was a time in America, not too long ago, when most people, including journalists, business leaders, politicians, and scholars, were full-throated advocates of technologically powered productivity growth. They understood that through mechanization, automation, and other forms of innovation, we can produce more, better, and cheaper goods and services, and have higher incomes. It was understood that some workers might lose their jobs after we figured out how to do them more efficiently, but most Americans believed, to quote Star Trek’s Mr. Spock, that “the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.”

Those days are gone, though. Current opinion now routinely echoes the mythical 19th-century machine destroyer Ned Ludd, warning in a growing avalanche of books, academic theses, market forecasts, and op-eds that technology is leading us to a world of mass unemployment, that it is creating a newly idle lumpenproletariat, and that we had better put in place a universal basic income (UBI), under which the state cuts a check to everyone, regardless of their income or work status, if we are to have any hope of avoiding mass unrest.

This kind of worry, verging on “robophobia,” represents a remarkable reversal from a long period in American history — stretching from the 1890s to the early 1970s — when most Americans sang the praises of technology as an engine of progress that not only raised our living standards but also made America great. Exultantly titled books such as Triumphs and Wonders of the 19th Century, The Marvels of Modern Mechanism, Our Wonderful Progress, and Modern Wonder Workers were common. When Henry Adams viewed the huge dynamo for producing electricity at the 1900 Great Exhibition in Paris, he wrote (in the third person) of his reaction:

As he grew accustomed to the great gallery of machines, he began to feel the forty-foot dynamos as a moral force, much as the early Christians felt the Cross. The planet itself seemed less impressive, in its old-fashioned, deliberate, annual or daily revolution, than this huge wheel, revolving within arm’s length at some vertiginous speed, and barely murmuring.

Harvard economist Benjamin Anderson spoke for many when he wrote 40 years later that “on no account, must we retard or interfere with the most rapid utilization of new inventions.” And it wasn’t just defenders of capitalism who saw technology as a progressive force. Socialists did too, as when Jack London praised automation, proclaiming, “Let us not destroy these wonderful machines that produce efficiently and cheaply. Let us control them. Let us profit by their efficiency and cheapness. Let us run them by ourselves. That, gentlemen, is socialism.”

These days, Harvard economists are as likely as not to worry that automation is hurting too many people. Larry Summers wrote in the Financial Times that “it is widely feared that half the jobs in the economy might be eliminated by innovations such as self-driving vehicles, automatic checkout machines and expert systems that trade securities more effectively than humans can.” Summers, a macroeconomist who has in the past expressed faith in the Fed’s ability to achieve near-full employment, now believes that one-third of men between the ages of 25 and 54 could be unemployed because of technology by midcentury.

Such voices have been growing louder in recent decades. Artificial-intelligence scientist Nils Nilsson was in the advance guard when he warned in 1984 that “we must convince our leaders that they should give up the notion of ‘full employment.’ . . . The pace of technological change is accelerating.” But what’s different today is that such thinking has become a common, widely repeated narrative, greatly amplified by a supercharged media landscape and a packed calendar of “thought leader” events. You cannot attend Davos, a G20 summit, or a TED talk without being told that the pace of technological change is accelerating and the days of “work” as we know it are numbered. Continue…

there’s been sooooo much stuff posted lately about AI, autonomous driving cars, and robotics in general of late that it’s like an invisible drum beating away somewhere in the background… not to mention all the stuff from F8 this past week… anywho good read, especially over some delicious coffee on this fine friday morning.

emmmm, coffee….

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TV

The Expanse, Season Finale

The Expanse’s EP on the Stellar Second Season and Last Night’s Explosive Finale

So much happened in last night’s season two finale of The Expanse—not all of it clear—we had no choice but to get some answers. We talked to executive producer Naren Shankar about how the second season of the acclaimed scifi series was planned, how it was made, and where it’s going in season three. Oh, and also, why humanity might not be quite as horrible as Naomi’s big speech implies.

If you missed the season finale, “Caliban’s War”—named for the second book in James S.A. Corey’s book series—here’s what you need to know: Avasarala, Cotyar, and Bobbie are pinned down by Mao’s forces. Meanwhile, a Protomolecule hybrid, in classic zombie fashion, has invaded the Roci and is trying to get to the ship’s power source.

While Bobbie manages to escape in an attempt to get her power armor and come back for Avasarala and Cotyar, the Roci crew fails to repel the hybrid, leaving Holden trapped in the hold with it. Prax figures out that they can use a nuke—and its radiation—to lure the hybrid off the ship and into the Roci’s engines to be burned up. Prax hesitates for a bit before throwing the nuke, but he does and they’re saved.

Avasarala decides to give herself up, and just as Mao’s men prepare to execute her, Bobbie arrives in her suit to save them. Meanwhile, back on the Roci, Naomi tells Holden that no matter how technology changes, humans don’t. They took tribalism to the stars and found new ways to hate and fight each other. So instead of destroying the Protomolecule sample like Holden told her to, she gave it to Fred Johnson. At the same time, the Arboghast moves towards the Eros crater, when it is surrounded by the Protomolecule and torn apart.

Ready? Let’s begin.

i totally didn’t realize that last night’s episode of ‘The Expanse’ was the season finale… damnit… now what the hell am i gonna watch, much less look forward to, wednesday nights?!? at least they’ve confirmed a season 3 in 2018.

#SadPanda  #Sniff

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Random Sexiness

thursdays tend to be a pretty heavy meeting day, and today’s no different… been in-and-out of meetings since around 9:30am, and my last one is around 4:30… whew… i don’t mind though, as long as there’s a nice break around lunch i’m usually pretty good… only downside is it doesn’t leave much time to actually get any work or design/coding done — anywho, here’s a few random pics that caught my eye at one point or another.

sexy bitches ;)

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Humpday

Happy Hump Day

oh yeahhhhh… the glorious mid-week humpday, which means we all have a couple things to be happy for — namely, a good excuse to enjoy some beautifoo booty, and because it means that the weekend is only a couple days away… and that m’friends is good enough for me.

happy hump day!

PS. can’t remember the last time i was so happy for some rain… this past week has been miserable with all the pollen/allergies.

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Awesome Mix, Vol. 2

Here Are the Songs in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’s ‘Awesome Mix’

awesome, might have to google/youtube around and see if there’s already a playlist with all the songs… can’t wait to go see the movie, and might as well chill out and listen to some guardians “awesome mix” while working.

PS. David Hasselhoff…. David Hassel… hoff?!

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More Expanse, Please

not only is it the mid-week hump, but it also means that today is Expanse Day — and by that, i mean i’ll be looking forward to watching a new episode of The Expanse later tonight.

there’s not much that i actually watch on a weekly basis, but this show is one of the few of ’em… this clip was from a couple episodes back, but thought it really was one of the best space battles i’ve seen in a regular tv show.

good stuff, mang.

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Web Development

F8: React Fiber, Baby

Facebook announces React Fiber, a rewrite of its React framework

Facebook has completely rewritten React, its popular JavaScript library for building user interfaces. The company hasn’t previously talked much about React Fiber, as the project is called, but it has actually been working on it for a while. It’s now ready to talk about this project publicly in more detail (after word about it started spreading last year) and the plan is to put this rewrite into the hands of developers once React 16.0 launches later this year. It’s already in use on Facebook.com today, which clearly indicates that Facebook itself thinks it’s ready for prime time.

In addition, it is also launching a rewrite of Relay, its framework for building data-heavy applications.

oh man, the boys at work are gonna love this… we switched from AngularJS over to React on addthis.com about a year or more ago… so will be curious to read more about this new flavor of React.

Facebook open sources Caffe2, its flexible deep learning framework of choice

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Snapchat for Nudes

Pornhub launches ‘Snapchat for nudes’ so you can put filters on your genitalia

Pornhub wants to help you step your sexting game up and turn your dirty NSFW selfies into totally SFW nude pics – which is why the adult entertainment giant is launching its very own ‘Snapchat for nudes.’

Available for free on the App Store and Google Play, Trickpics is a simple image manipulation tool that lets you cover up your genitalia with various Snapchat-esque stickers and graphic animations. The app currently offers over 15 filters to choose from, but Pornhub promises more are coming very soon.

somehow, i’m totally not surprised… if anything, i’m more surprised that it took them this long to come out with something like this.

Finally a robot that can turn you on…

#chuckle

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Movies

Recent Worst Movies?

read a comment earlier this morning about “Interstellar” being one of the worst movies (ever?), and it’s had me thinking / wondering about what the worst movie i’ve seen this past year or so… sure seems like there’s been quite a few, but right off the top of my head i’d have to go with these two — the only question for me is:

Which is worse?

damn man, tough one!

i honestly don’t know which one i was more disappointed in… “Superman v. Batman” or “Suicide Squad”? hmmm… shit.

okay, i’ll go with suicide squad.

#FuckMe

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Titty Tuesday

Titty Tuesday

at work cranking away, so can’t really devote the enormous amount of time and effort i typically would into a proper titty tuesday post (ahem)… but here’s a little gem i stumbled across.

…and that, my friends, is really all you need on such a beautifoo day like this.

#MILF  #Funbags

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