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Google Now Is The Killer App For Android Wear

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Google Now Is The Killer App For Android Wear

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Google’s I/O keynote may have been a bit of a jumble of different product announcements — many of which won’t be available until later this year — but Android Wear was what most people in the audience wanted to hear about. While there is plenty of Android in Google’s smartwatch operating system and while developers will be able to develop apps specifically for it, Wear in its current form is fundamentally about bringing Google Now notifications to your wrist.

While I’ve had Google Now on my phone for a long time now, the more I use Wear, the more I feel like it was custom-made for Google Now. Indeed, this is the first time I really feel Now is living up to its promise. It’s also the first time I find myself paying full attention to Now, despite its prominence on Android before.

CaptureAndroid Wear, of course, also shows you all of…

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I am Made: A Poem for Canada Day

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Originally posted on Poetic Parfait:

Canada Day with lovely flowers

Canada Day is a good time for poetry! Photo source: Kyle Pearce, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Flickr

Aha, July 1st is Canada Day and I proudly welcome it! Here is a new poem, “I am Made,” to celebrate the occasion. I’m wishing my Canadian friends a lovely holiday! For all of you wonderful Parfait peeps, I hope you have a nice week ahead full of kindness ((and hugs))!

Oh and remember to take time to smell the flowers, as the saying goes. There’s some Canadian-shaped blooms in the photo above that I want to share with you! I know there are readers here from around the world (I love that) so it’s nice to be able to share a bit of Canada with you all right now. ~Christy

I am Made

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The Story Of Slenderman, The Internet’s Own Monster

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The Story Of Slenderman, The Internet’s Own Monster

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Every generation creates its own monsters. Folk tales tell of witches and wyrms in the woods, my TV-infused generation feared Jaws in lakes and Bloody Mary in the mirror. This generation gets its monsters from the Internet.

Slenderman is a pure product of electronic media. He appears in places we rarely frequent, these days – abandoned, crumbling halls, deep woods, a playground with a rickety steel jungle gyms. He is a suburban ghoul with his own history and his own methodology and, of late, he has become the object of controversy due to an attack in Wisconsin during which two girls stabbed another in order to appease Slenderman’s dark needs. It was a horrible story and it underlies how little we understand about the psychology of a generation weaned on the Internet and how images can morph from fiction to fact in the course of half a decade.

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Samsung’s bizarre, byzantine ownership structure in one incredibly convoluted chart

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Originally posted on Quartz:

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Thanks to its ubiquitous mobile products, Samsung may now be the best-known of the chaebols, the sprawling family-run conglomerates—including Hyundai and LG—that have dominated South Korea’s economy for decades. Founded as a simple trading firm under the Japanese occupation by Lee Byung-Chull in 1938, the Samsung corporate family, which is still controlled by his heirs, now includes:

  • Samsung Life Insurance
  • Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance (Corporate insurance)
  • Samsung Securities (Financial services)
  • Samsung Card (Credit card)
  • Samsung Electro-Mechanics (Electronic components)
  • Samsung Everland (Amusement parks)
  • Samsung SDS (Information and consulting)
  • Samsung Asset Management
  • Samsung C&T (Engineering and construction)
  • Samsung SDI  (Lithium batteries)

And that is just a partial list. It goes on.

Still, news this month that Samsung Everland was planning for an IPO raised eyebrows. While the amusement park unit isn’t the best-known part of the Samsung empire, it does play a crucial role in the elaborate system of circular ownership that the Lee…

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