Damn Good Series - Season 1

Damn Good Series - Season 1

DCI John Luther one of the best protagonists on television (BBC) with stories that are essentially and immediately better than most procedural dramas coming on television today (obviously many will argue against this). But the stories, the characters, the antagonist who seemingly becomes an ally in many ways (Alice) somewhat of an equal to Luther himself. The first season was something that had me hooked and become to adapt to the format of most BBC shows film like runtimes with 4-5 episodes a season it's unorthodox but intriguing. 

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Complacency & Paranoia

Complacency & Paranoia

There's a level of complacency and paranoia in well established firms that are slow to technological advancements and change, this overall harms consumers but it also highlights the idiocy of these organizations.

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Using Pay

In short, it's simple, convenient, and secure (no glitches no double charges by the bank). I used the service at Panera Bread since launch and I can see myself using this regularly as it expands to more retailers though I don't shop heavily when I do need groceries or other items I find this to be the preferable method even increasingly moreso upon the release of the Watch.

Jan Dawson of Tech.Pinions has an excellent write-up on the long-term vision of where the service will go that can be read here, and I mostly agree. The video below highlights the simplicity of Pay.

Live-Action Static Shock Digital Series

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WB has announced through its Blue Ribbon Content digital production unit that Static Shock is under development along with a two other series orders. This is great for many reasons though what has me more intrigued is is this in a way developing a test bed for an eventual television series to be part of the Arrow/Flash world or will this go in another direction testing the waters for exclusive digital shorts in a sense?

To be honest I'm glad to see what WB is doing though it would be interesting if in the next 2 years Static Shock follows The Flash with a significant cross over...though he has an affiliation with the Justice League he has an affiliation with the Teen Titans as well and with rumors of a show based on the Titans being in development at TNT could he be bound to be part of that overall team? Who knows at this point as I'm listing off hopefully probabilities, all in all this announcement is good news. 

21st Century Retail...& More

21st Century Retail...& More

Slowly but surely we're finally entering a time where technology is showing how it'll replace our regular habits of swiping, scanning, and shopping. There's an inevitability of many things escaping the "niche" area and becoming the new "norm".

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Well Said...

A well written editorial by Daniel Eran Dilger regarding the new "open" Apple with the clearest understanding of what exactly Apple is:

"Some new competitor may eventually introduce a new disruptive product that changes this reality, but for now Apple has a global presence larger and more powerful than Microsoft—or any other tech company—ever did. 

Unlike Microsoft, Apple not only makes an OS, but also designs most of its own CPUs, builds all of its own hardware, develops many of its own apps, operates its own cloud services and controls an App Store ecosystem that regulates and taxes third party development to avoid the problems of malware, junkware and spyware that have plagued Windows and Android. 

Apple is now like Microsoft, Intel, HP and Google put together. And last year it earned more net income than all of them put together.

With Apple's current position, it now has options to do things it hasn't been able to do before. Like reserve incredible manufacturing capacity at the world's largest chip fab for its new A8 and A8X. Or introduce the first product from a tech company that can be sold as a fashion product to people beyond tech bloggers. 

Or introduce a new payment system and immediately forge partnerships with virtually every major bank to support it. Or partner with one of the largest professional services companies to develop 100 new enterprise mobile apps tailored to drive adoption of iPad. 

Or develop the world's leading 64-bit Application Processor and then drive massive volume sales of it. Or line up gaming industry heavyweights behind a new API to unlock console graphics power from that same mobile Application Processor."

-Daniel Eran Dilger of AppleInsider

Read the whole piece at the hyperlink above or simply click here.

Apple Pay & Apple SIM

On October 16, 2014 Apple announced a few new products a new iPad Air 2 (pre-ordering a Black/Slate 128GB), an updated Mac Mini, the new iPad Mini 3 (announced as short hand which has me intrigued), OS X Yosemite (I like), a Retina iMac (must have), and details of iOS 8.1 with Apple Pay and the WatchKit framework available for developers in November. These announcements were cool but what was moreso intriguing is Apple Pay that we know more about and Apple SIM that has to be searched for to understand. 

First things first Apple announced they signed up 500 additional banks for use with Apple Pay and additional merchants to use the system as well, I'd say this was inevitable but has to be understood how impactful this truly is. Signing up 500 additional banks and working with more merchants increases the usability and likelihood of customers opting for the Apple Pay service. It also helps point out those that aren't using it and if the desire for the service grows as I believe it will said merchants who refuse will feel the effects in some way and they won't easily be able to dismiss it. In all likelihood upon the success of Apple Pay international talks will reach a point of concrete agreements where paying with a mobile device will conceivably become the norm across the globe. 

There's a sense from many who write and pray to the "Apple is Doomed" headlines that this payment service won't take off because Google has had Google Wallet for years and it's barely moved anywhere. However their ignorance keeps them blinded that these banks are signing up with Apple for a reason, iCloud hacks aside Apple is still more trusted than Google by consumers and the enterprise. People will grow comfortable with using this service regularly.

Now about this Apple SIM...The Verge and QZ have great articles that describe the impending impact of what this new sim can do and based on what Apple has planned it's very possible that by 2017 the next iPhone someone purchases will allow you to select your carrier as you're signing up by looking at what services and costs are being offered. It essentially gives the consumer more power while taking some away from the carriers, and that's a good thing. These things shouldn't be brushed off so easily, there's no other smartphone or tablet maker that's willing to start a fight with carriers, they're more willing to lay down with them.

How this all shapes the wireless and payment industry over the next few years will be very interesting.

Check-In, NFC, & Touch ID

Check-In, NFC, & Touch ID

With Apple implementing NFC and combining the functionality of Touch ID the future services that are certain to arrive will astoundingly replace functions that have been in operation for more than 30 years. This is a good thing, I've grown tired of carrying around a hotel key that I'm afraid I may lose.

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Thoughts, Apple, and Android OEMs

Thoughts, Apple, and Android OEMs

Initially I was curious about the impact the iPhone 6 and 6+ will have, and it's clear I was looking at the wrong product, the product I should've been looking it is not the product rather the company, Apple will without a doubt provide a significant embarrassment to Samsung and other Android OEMs this holiday. And that will be proven when Apple has their January earnings call.Oh and the Apple watch looks nice.

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