Give, Today: A Poem about Helping Others

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Originally posted on Poetic Parfait:

Give with your heart

Helping others. Share the love. Photo Source: Louise Docker from sydney, Australia, CC-BY-2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Hello, my friends! I hope you have had a nice weekend and that your week ahead is a good one. I was reading posts this morning here at WordPress and came across a great prompt at Jeremy’s Daily Challenge. I wrote this poem, based on the prompt to use the following quotation:

  • Giving opens the way for receiving – Florence Scovel Shinn

Here is the poem I wrote, based on this great quote from Florence Scovel Shinn. I hope it starts the week off on a positive foot as we help one another and share smiles!

~christyb

Give, Today

Give, gamble and
Stop adding up the sums of what is lost –
It’s the earnings that are to be the focus,
Ripe in layers of smiles, with a
Dash of hugs.

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Apple Sells 4M iPhone 6 And 6 Plus Pre-Orders In Opening 24 Hours

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Apple Sells 4M iPhone 6 And 6 Plus Pre-Orders In Opening 24 Hours

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Apple has sold a record number of iPhones during its initial pre-order weekend sales, topping the charts with 4 million units moved between when it kicked off pre-sales early Friday morning and the end of the same day. The store experienced some technical problems owing to volume, but that didn’t stop the 6 Plus from selling out quickly, followed by the iPhone 6 later in the morning. Apple claimed a “record” number of preorders on September 12, before announcing the official total today.

That’s twice the number of pre-orders achieved in 24 hours by the iPhone 5 back in 2012, which managed two million pre-orders in its initial day of pre-sales. Apple didn’t publicly release pre-order numbers for the initial day of iPhone 5s and 5c sales last year, but estimates pegged them at somewhere around 2.2 million according to some analyst projections.

IMG_4208Apple starts selling the iPhone 6 and 6…

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Apple event overshadows unflattering news at Snapchat, Tinder

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Apple event overshadows unflattering news at Snapchat, Tinder

Originally posted on Fortune:

With all eyes on Apple’s product launches on Tuesday, a number of tech companies took the opportunity to get news out that wasn’t so positive. A cynical person might think that they were trying to slip it out while few people were paying attention. Well, here’s a run down of a couple of them. No doubt their choice of days was completely a coincidence.

Snapchat snatched the opportunity almost immediately, issuing a press release at 1 p.m. Eastern Time (exactly when the Apple event began) to alert the media that it has opted to settle an embarrassing legal battle with an ousted cofounder. The ephemeral messaging service said in a press release today that it has settled its dispute with Reggie Brown, who had claimed he was pushed out of the company and stripped of his rightful share of ownership.

The terms of the settlement were not disclosed, but the…

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The hidden structure of the Apple keynote

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The hidden structure of the Apple keynote

Originally posted on Quartz:

One of Apple’s most successful products—which rarely gets recognized as such—is made not of aluminum and glass, but of words and pictures. The Apple keynote is the tool the company uses a few times a year to unveil its other products to millions of people.

To understand their hidden structure, Quartz reviewed more than a dozen Apple keynotes, logging and analyzing key elements. Here’s what we found.

By the numbers

The Apple Keynotes podcast on the iTunes Store lists 27 events since Steve Jobs unveiled the first iPhone on Jan. 9, 2007. (A few are missing.)

They are an average 88 minutes long, with a similar look and feel—a minimalist slide presentation with live demos from Apple executives and industry leaders, punctuated by videos explaining Apple’s design and manufacturing processes. These videos—a genre in themselves—have been frequently parodied.

Who’s on stage?

When Steve Jobs was running Apple and healthy, he dominated the stage. During Jobs’ finest…

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“Plebgate” report shows why the UK’s data retention laws are such a terrible idea

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“Plebgate” report shows why the UK’s data retention laws are such a terrible idea

Originally posted on Gigaom:

Remember the U.K.’s fast-tracked Data Retention and Investigatory Powers (DRIP) Act, which I and others were recently railing against? Well, here’s a good example of why it’s such a dangerous thing.

DRIP, as you may recall, expands the kind of communications information that the police can requisition without a warrant, through an earlier piece of legislation known as the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act, or RIPA.

Whereas RIPA originally just allowed the cops to access call, SMS and ISP email records, it now means they can access metadata around webmail, chat rooms and anything that “consists in or includes facilitating the creation, management or storage of communications” – as I have noted, everything is communications these days just by virtue of being online, so the potential scope granted to the authorities by DRIP is vast.

So what shall we learn from a Monday report by London’s Metropolitan Police…

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5 Things a Poet Doesn’t Tell You

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Originally posted on Poetic Parfait:

A poet doesn't tell all

Poets don’t ink everything. Photo Source: Hilary Dotson, CC BY-ND 4.0, via Flickr

What, you mean that a poet might be hiding details from you, the dear reader? Perhaps. Grins. Here are five of the things a poet doesn’t tell you – until now!

Poets and Visions, or Lack of

It’s not always the case that the poet has a vision of what to write about when picking up a pen or putting fingers to keyboard. Instead, some writers go with the flow and get swept up within the moment as one line leads to the next one. This smooth flow often leads to beautiful poems because of its fairly effortless creation.

On Poetry Being ‘Dead’

Despite the familiar cries of readers that “poetry is a dying art form,” poets remain calm. A passionate poet knows that this style of writing remains alive in his or her heart. Even if there were…

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A just-granted Apple patent looks like the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 radial menu

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A just-granted Apple patent looks like the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 radial menu

Originally posted on Gigaom:

The unique circular menu found on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 could find its way to Apple’s Mac OS X and iOS in the future. Apple was granted a second patent on the radial menu interface on Tuesday; Patently Apple found and reported on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office grant. It also noted the first such patent for a radial menu  granted to Apple back in 2012, a full year prior to Samsung’s implementation on the Note 3.

Samsung calls the circular menu “Air Command” on the Galaxy Note 3. When you tap a button on the included stylus while hovering close to the phone’s display, the Air Command menu displays, showing various contextual options for using the pen such as taking a memo or capturing a screenshot that can be annotated with digital ink.

Galaxy Note 3 Action Memo

Apple’s patents on this menu style show a design that looks very similar to Samsung’s implementation, with…

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