Angry Robot

Kindle Voyage Touch Screen E-Reader with Light

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Oooo, new Kindle e-ink model with a higher-res display. Looks pretty boss.

Doctor prepares to give update on Rob Ford’s health

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Rumour has it that the news is bad. And then there are the conspiracy theories.

TekSavvy could be looking into launching a cable service in Canada

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Daring Fireball: Apple Watch: Initial Thoughts and Observations

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Astute:

[I don’t think] Apple Watch in particular is what Apple thinks was “historic” about last week’s event. Rather, I think Apple Watch is the first product from an Apple that has outgrown the computer industry. Rather than settle for making computing devices, they are now using computing technology to make anything and everything where computing technology — particularly miniature technology — can revolutionize existing industries… Apple Watch isn’t merely Apple’s foray into the watch industry — it’s their foray outside the computer/consumer electronics industry. I think they’re just getting started.

I really do hope the steel one doesn’t cost a grand though. It better be Valyrian steel at those prices.

Destiny

I am a huge Bungie fan, having loved their games since Marathon in the 90s. And I was a big Halo player – I’m not in a frat and I don’t like cursing at complete strangers over the internet, but I did like playing it with my pals, for a time. So it’s almost inconceivable that I’m not planning on buying Bungie’s latest game, Destiny.

The reviews are not good. Back when I was really into console games, it bothered me that almost every heavily-marketed AAA game title got review scores in the 90s. And here we are with one of the most expensive games ever made and the reviews are floundering in the 70s. Here’s one bad review from Giant Bomb, here’s one from Polygon. Surprising!

But more than that really, I’m just not playing console games at the moment and am reluctant to spend $70+ on something I’m not sure I’ll play. I have a small child and that means I only get a couple of hours of contiguous leisure time per day. Plus I DEFINITELY don’t like paying that kinda scratch, because my media consumption is spread thinly across a lot of different things: a bunch of shows, movies, iPad games, and books. Paying $70 on one thing feels like I want it to monopolize my attention, which I don’t want. Besides that, neither shooter nor MMO lies close to my games-taste wheelhouse these days (if it was a turn-based pixel-art WWII space conquest 4X, I’d be out-innovating 8-bit Space Hitler right now, not writing this crap).

Still, it seems slightly sad to not be playing it.

Remove iTunes gift album “Songs of Innocence” from your iTunes music library and purchases

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“my various document libraries, and especially my iTunes library, are sacred. You DO NOT touch them. If I entrust them to your cloud service, you double-triple especially DO NOT touch them.”

Maybe mail the gift to people instead of breaking into people’s houses and hiding it there.

The CRTC's Future of Television Hearing Turns Into The Netflix Show

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Michael Geist:

How did a company that scarcely garnered a mention only five years ago come to be the industry’s chief concern? Recent data released by the CRTC indicates that 30 per cent of English-speaking Canadians subscribed to the service in 2013, a remarkable success story for a company that started with no subscribers and an untested streaming video model in the fall of 2010.

A disappointing end to the operatic tale of Mayor Rob Ford

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“ it’s the equivalent of Luke Skywalker’s final confrontation with Darth Vader never happening because he got taken out by a lucky shot from a random Storm Trooper.”

I'm leaving Mojang

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Notch’s comments on the heels of the $2.5-billion sale to Microsoft.

Mayor Rob Ford’s rehab clinic also does cancer detection

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The rumour I heard was that they discovered a benign tumour in May.

Rob Ford dropping out of Toronto mayoral race

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And Doug apparently running instead.

Love, Grampa and Grandmaster Flash

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Facebook autocomplete comedy.

Apple Watch: Asking Why and Saying No

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Apple Watch - Features

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Inside the Fast-Food Labor Protests

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So frustrating. More than half of US fast food workers get public assistance:

American fast-food workers receive almost seven billion dollars a year in public assistance. That’s a direct taxpayer subsidy, the activists argue, for the fast-food industry. Taxpayers are also, by that logic, grossly overpaying the industry’s top management. According to the progressive think tank Demos, fast-food executives’ compensation packages quadrupled, in constant dollars, between 2000 and 2013. They now take home, on average, nearly twenty-four million dollars a year. Their front-line workers’ wages have barely risen in that time, and remain among the worst in U.S. industry. The differential between C.E.O. and worker pay in fast food is higher than in any other domestic economic sector—twelve hundred to one. In construction, by comparison, the differential is ninety-three to one.

RER, UP(X), (D)RL, SmartTrack, W(W/E)LRT: The Frustration of Competing Plans

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Definitive Steve Munro post on the nature of various transit schemes and on which lines should actually be built.

Tech, Meet Fashion

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On the perhaps-unnecessary new frontier of wearable technology. In which Jony Ive says, “Switzerland is fucked”.

The class war in American politics is over. The rich won.

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The Cinematic History of 007: 52 Years of James Bond

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My fave: Jerry Orbach as Bond in “Murder, He Killed”

Notes on the Celebrity Data Theft

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