Friday, August 29, 2014

MC2 Post 1900 As the dog days draw to a close in August ....








Get Ready for the Big Tech Names to Pop BIG In September:






Samsung and Apple Ready to Up the Ante in the Smart Watch Race.

Apple iPhone 6 could grow in size to match the bigger competition.

And there's talk of a New Tablet too.





iPhone 6
Apple's 2014 iPhone, debuting September 9




From:   http://www.macrumors.com



At a GlanceApple's 2014 iPhone is expected to debut on September 9. It will include a larger, redesigned form factor with 4.7" and 5.5" diagonal screens. The 4.7" model will be launch first around September, with the 5.5" model following later.



rumored Specs

  
    Larger screen: 4.7" 

(perhaps 1704x960 pixels)

and a 5.5"

    Sapphire crystal screen


    Faster and more efficient A8 chip





 





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So Amazon is working on  delivery Drones.



Google been working on delivery Drones for Two Years...



and Testing in Australia



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Link:    http://www.theverge.com/2014/8/28/6080369/googles-project-wing-is-a-secret-drone-based-delivery-system

 
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Wingman was Playing with Blender 3D Today...







Wingman is Still Learning


Blender 3D Tricks






After Learning from this Blender 3D Tutorial

 



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Working in Blender 3D





working with 3D modeling, texture wrapping
basic lighting.
worked with particle emitters
using the node editor and even 
a little compositing editor too.

I was able

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Ogg format rendered Video.






Cool Huh?

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

MC2 Post 1897 Why DID Breaking Bad Do SO Good at the Emmys ???















66th Annual Primetime Emmy Winners










Breaking Bad Wins Big for its Final Season.

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Could It BE that Network  Television has gotten SO "reality focused" that quality has gotten lower than an flooded east coast  basement?

That sadly, is a Good Part of  it.

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From:   http://www.ign.com



It was a huge night for Breaking Bad at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards Monday. The final season of Vince Gilligan's acclaimed series was nearly unstoppable in the drama categories, winning for best series, plus wins for Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul and Anna Gunn - and for Moira Walley-Beckett for her script to the phenomenal "Ozymandias."



 




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Back in February, Salon had this to say about the Movie Business:

 Friday, Feb 28, 2014 04:00 PM PDT

How “Breaking Bad” and “House of Cards” killed the Oscars


 
It's not that Hollywood can't make great movies -- but all the talent and energy is migrating to HBO and Netflix


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As AMC’s TV drama Breaking Bad took over the water-cooler conversation in 2013, and television critics dominated Twitter in a way that no movie debaters did, it served to reinforce the fact that film’s glory days are over.


 





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What personal fitness trackers like Jawbone tell us about earthquakes, public health — and just about anything else...
 


On its face, Jawbone’s newly released chart on sleep patterns during Sunday’s California earthquake is an interesting glimpse into the aftermath of a natural disaster.

On another level, it’s evidence of a far more fascinating phenomena: As so-called personal fitness trackers like Jawbone’s UP become more ubiquitous, they can be used to track public events on an unprecedented scale.


 




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Sunday, August 24, 2014

MC2 Post 1896 From Google-plus weather man -- James Spann









Shared publicly  -  4:32 AM

AlabamaQuake originally shared:

NEW earthquake, NORTHERN CALIFORNIA, magnitude 6.0
5:20 am  CDT, focal depth 6.7 mi ... the USGS report is at http://goo.gl/k78TMD ... the AlabamaQuake seismogram is below - see more real-time heliplot detiails at 



 

http://alabamaquake.com/seismicity.html 



... a complete report on this quake will be published later today ...



Northern California rocked by magnitude 6.0 earthquake



From:   http://www.foxnews.com




 


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Thursday, August 21, 2014

MC2 Post 1895 Dancing Deals Around the FAMILY --- GENERAL Dollar Tree





Dealpolitik: Dollar General Bid Puts Family Dollar in a Bind 


Dollar General said it’s “confident it can quickly and effectively address any potential antitrust issues” and that that it is prepared to divest up to 700 stores for that purpose. And the all-important definition of the companies’ market arguably could extend far beyond the dollar store segment, since most of its merchandise also is sold in grocery stores, 
big box stores and online.
 
But that makes it all the more surprising that the protections offered to Family Dollar in the antitrust area aren’t strong.

A strong antitrust package by a bidder trying to break up another pending deal usually contains one of two provisions.



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The Deeper Pocket View of the Dollar Situation:


Dollar General Corp.DG +0.02%’s $78.50 per share bid will get the attention of the Family Dollar Stores Inc.FDO -0.15% board. With a cash price of roughly 5% more than Dollar Tree Inc.DLTR -1.69%’s pending cash and stock merger with Family Dollar, Dollar General’s bid seems to be ahead of 
Dollar Tree’s offer in terms of value.

Dollar General’s bid, however, offers Family Dollar few protections if antitrust regulators try to block it, leaving Family Dollar 

vulnerable to being left with no deal at all.
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USD Rallies after FOMC Minutes, ahead of Jackson Hole





From:   http://www.forexcrunch.com





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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

MC2 Post 1894 FUHU Has a Better Idea --- A Bigger Tablet







Fuhu unveils Giant Big Tab tablets for kids, family game playing



Fuhu, an El Segundo company, is aiming to sell as many as

 500,000 of its Big Tab HD tablets, whose screens 

measure 20 and 24 inches. (Fuhu).




From:  http://www.latimes.com





In a scene that’s grown too familiar in many households, parents and children sit together but with all of them buried in their own screens, whether on smartphones, tablets or TV sets.

Hoping to bring everyone back together in front of a single screen, Fuhu unveiled giant 20-inch and 24-inch tablets on Tuesday that the company said will extend its line of educational apps and tablets to group settings.

“The technology right now, it’s isolating,” said Fuhu founder and president Robb Fujioka. “We’re trying to find a product that enhances collaboration and socialization.”









Fuhu sold 1.5 million of the Android-powered devices last year, generating $200 million in sales. The goal is to sell 300,000 to 500,000 of the larger tablets in the coming months. Fujioka said there’s a market for the Big Tab because about 20% to 25% of the nearly 200 million tablets sold worldwide in 2013 were purchased by parents who wanted a “family tablet” but ended up with something that didn’t live up to its billing.







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IS Samsung Is Going Ultra Sonic ???







Exclusive: Samsung developing Ultrasonic Cover for the Galaxy Note 4





From:   http://www.sammobile.com






It has come to our attention that Samsung is developing an Ultrasonic Cover, which is targeted towards people with vision-related disabilities, for the Galaxy Note 4.

According to our sources, the cover consists of an ultrasonic sensor which detects nearby objects in front of the person and provides feedback, appropriately. Users will also be able to change the range of ultrasonic signals and choose between three levels: short, middle and long. However, as the user increases the range of ultrasonic signals, the width of the area covered by the ultrasonic sensor will get narrower.

We were able to obtain exact description of the accessory, thanks to our insider, from a Note 4 prototype.

    “The Product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
    

This Product is a non-medical device.




 





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We think that this is one of the most useful accessory Samsung has ever created,

as this Ultrasonic Cover can really help disabled people and drastically improve

their lives. The cover should get unveiled at   


Samsung’s UNPACKED 2014 Episode 2 event in Berlin 

 on September 3, alongside the Galaxy Note 4


as long as the development goes on smoothly.

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Now You See Me,  Now You Don't.

 
A  New camouflage sheet inspired by octopus skin





The octopus has 3 Skin Layers that do the  'Trick'.

 

A Layer that handles Warm Colors.  

A Layer that deals with the Cool Colors.
 

And a Layer that Bends Light.



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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

MC2 Post 1893 The HTC One M8 is the New Windows Phone?







Switching from the  NOKIA Window 8.1 Phone that Did Not Do 


Well in the Market, Microsoft tries the 


Flagship HTC One M8, was Real Hardware Hit as 

an Android Phone...




From:   http://www.htc.com









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Monday, August 18, 2014

MC2 Post 1892 Learning About Fire and Smoke Particle Systems in Blender 3D



 

Blender 2.69 - Coloured Smoke Tutorial (Blender Internal)






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Friday, August 15, 2014

MC2 Post 1891 Coke Buys 16 point 7 percent of Monster







And Leaves it Open to Acquire up to 25%.



From:    http://dealbook.nytimes.com





For years now, analysts have suggested that the Coca-Cola Company acquire Monster Beverage, the energy drink company.

Access to the fast-growing market for the highly caffeinated beverages would help Coca-Cola offset the slowing growth of soda sales and connect with a younger generation of consumers, they said. Two years ago, the companies almost struck a deal, but could not agree on terms.

Now, Coca-Cola has finally made its move. On Thursday, it announced that it had acquired a 16.7 percent stake in Monster for $2.15 billion.

The deal unites the biggest soda maker in the world with the largest energy drink brand in the United States.“It’s a positive and smart move by both companies,” said John Sicher, editor of Beverage Digest. “It will strengthen Coke and the Coke system, and the Coke system will strengthen Monster.”



Link:   http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2014/08/14/coke-to-buy-stake-in-monster-beverage-for-2-15-billion/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0




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Chipotle Raises Prices, America Orders More Burritos






From:   http://www.businessweek.com





Chipotle (CMG) has been dishing up millions of burritos, with same-store sales soaring 17.3 percent in the second quarter. Such results are an impressive feat in the restaurant business, and the chain says only a small share—2.5 percentage points—came from the much-loathed price hike that started rolling out in late April. (Menu prices went up by 6.5 percent, on average.)


The remaining 14.8 percentage points? Chipotle executives say the spread of pure burrito love increased the chain’s number of transactions.











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State of   JC Penney's  Turnaround



Discussing renewed optimism in JC Penney and the state of the retailer's turnaround, with Michael Binetti, UBS retail analyst.



 
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Ted Gaines CA Senator with big push to bring Tesla's
Giga-Factory to California.
State Senator Presents Tesla's CEO With 'Golden' Shovel ...
sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/.../state-senator-presents-teslas-ceo-...
KPIX‑TV

7 days ago - State Sen. Ted Gaines (R-Roseville) visited Tesla Motors' Palo Alto headquarters Friday to ... highly- coveted $5 billion, gigabyte factory will be built in California.

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The Woodstock of Collector Cars for the Super Rich is at
the Pebble Beach and Monterey Car Week

Most expensive cars ever sold at auction






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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

MC2 Post 1890 After A Very Sad Day in Hollywood






From:   http://www.usatoday.com




LOOKING BACK: When Robin Williams went on 'The Tonight Show,' 


it was comedy magic





The news of his death sent shock waves through Hollywood and the nation, and prompted an outpouring of grieving tweets and statements from everyone from the president of the United States to the Sesame Street gang.

"Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan, and everything in between," President Obama said in a statement. "But he was one of a kind. He arrived in our lives as an alien – but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit. He made us laugh. He made us cry. He gave his immeasurable talent freely and generously to those who needed it most – from our troops stationed abroad to the marginalized on our own streets.

The Obama family offers our condolences to Robin's family, his friends, and everyone who found their voice and their verse thanks to Robin Williams."











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His first time on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson

Williams first appeared on Carson’s show in 1981, at the height of his Mork & Mindy popularity.


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