United StatesAmericas NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say News to go further RSF_en United StatesAmericas Organisation WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists November 28, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 New York Times forced to hand over phone records in blow to confidentiality of sources Reporters Without Borders voiced deep regret today at yesterday’s refusal by the US supreme court to stay implementation of a federal court ruling requiring the New York Times to surrender the phone records of two of its journalists. The organisation reiterated its appeal to congress to pass a federal shield law that would protect journalists’ sources.“The supreme court’s decision is another setback for the confidentiality of sources,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The courts and the federal government can always use national security as an argument to force journalists to hand over their phone records, although it is hard to see how respect for professional secrecy would threaten US internal security in this case.”The press freedom organisation added: “This decision is unfair and dangerous, and we have no illusions about the outcome of the appeal the New York Times plans to address to the supreme court on the substance of this case. It is therefore vital that the congress that was elected on 7 November should make room on its agenda for a vote on a law giving federal protection for the confidentiality of sources.”Yesterday’s ruling concerns information obtained by New York Times reporters Judith Miller and Philip Shenon shortly after 9/11 about Islamic charities suspected by the FBI of links with terrorism. After Miller and Shenon learned that the government planned to freeze the charities’ assets and contacted them for a comment, the justice department began an investigation to determine the source of the leak.Citing New York state legislation and the US constitution’s first amendment, New York judge Robert W. Sweet ruled in favour of the two journalists on 24 February 2005. Federal prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald referred the case to a federal court a year later.The Manhattan federal appeal court ruled on 1 August of this year that the first amendment does not protect the confidentiality of journalists’ sources and ordered the New York Times to hand over the phone records to the grand jury that is investigating the leaks. The newspaper thereupon asked the supreme court to stay implementation of this order, finally receiving a rebuff yesterday.Miller spent 12 weeks in prison, from 6 July to 29 September 2005, for refusing to name her sources in a separate case. She has since left the New York Times. Receive email alerts Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says June 3, 2021 Find out more Yesterday’s refusal by the US supreme court to stay implementation of a federal court ruling requiring the New York Times to surrender the phone records of two of its reporters is blow to the confidentiality of journalists’ sources, Reporters Without Borders says. Help by sharing this information News Follow the news on United States News News April 28, 2021 Find out more June 7, 2021 Find out more
Top of the News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Visual Arts Hollywood in Havana: Five Decades of Cuban Posters Promoting U.S. Films On view August 20, 2017–January 7, 2018 From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 | 11:28 am Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website 9 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Subscribe Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Lisandro Trepeu, Singin’ in the Rain, 2009. Silkscreen, 29 15/16 x 20 1/16 inches. Instituto Cubano del Arte e Industria Cinematográficos (ICAIC). Courtesy of the Center for the Study of Political GraphicsHollywood in Havana: Five Decades of Cuban Posters Promoting U.S. Films, on view at the Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA) August 20, 2017–January 7, 2018, assembles approximately 40 Cuban posters publicizing Hollywood films from the 1960s to 2009. Astonishing in their design, stylistic diversity, and artistic skill, these bold and vibrant posters helped create visual literacy among the Cuban population in the decades following the Cuban Revolution. The screenprints go beyond the glossy and celebrity-filled film posters that are ubiquitous in Los Angeles today and reawaken viewers to the nuanced visual signs that inform and shape their worldviews.Produced by the Instituto Cubano del Arte e Industria Cinematográficos (ICAIC) or the Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Art and Industry, the posters were part of an initiative of the revolutionary government to develop cultural awareness and consciousness after Fidel Castro and the guerrilla forces overthrew the dictatorship of Fulgenico Batista in 1959. Today, the posters stand independent of the films they represent. Their magnetism and innovative use of design elements continue to spark conversation and understanding about the role of film, culture, art, and politics in Cuba as well as California.Poster designers working during the early years of the Revolution had few material resources and operated in an almost artisanal manner, using the silkscreen technique. While the limited resources imposed by the U.S. embargo inspired many of the design decisions, revolutionary ideals can also be cited as source material. Screenprints created for Cuban audiences to promote iconic American films, such as Modern Times, Singin’ in the Rain, Cabaret, Schindler’s List, and Silence of the Lambs, are in striking contrast to the vast majority of Hollywood posters for the same films, which formulaically feature faces of the movies’ stars. Instead, the imagery depicted often relates to an iconic element or moment in the film, such the umbrella in Singin’ in the Rain. ICAIC posters employ creativity and free expression as well as a variety of art styles, including Art Nouveau, abstraction, Pop, and Op, many of which mirror the American counter-culture of the times.Selected from the collection of the Center for the Study of Political Graphics (CSPG), the exhibited posters showcase the range and ingenuity of Cuban screenprinters and provide audiences an opportunity to understand a complex culture from a new perspective. “Based on a shared love of films, Hollywood in Havana identifies commonalities between Cubans and Californians,” says Carol A. Wells, curator of the exhibition and Founder and Executive Director of the CSPG. “The exhibition creates a dialogue not only about these visually stunning and easily approachable posters, but also regarding longstanding stereotypes about Cuba and its government.”During a time when momentous changes are underway for Cuban-American relations, Hollywood in Havana adds to the discourse between the two countries. Presenting Cuban film art in the film capital of the world encourages viewers to consider the power of these posters as well as the printed media and graphic designs that permeate their daily lives. The exhibition demonstrates how art, entertainment, and politics intersect and integrate to influence and reflect cross-cultural communication.Hollywood in Havana: Five Decades of Cuban Posters Promoting U.S. Films is co-organized by the Pasadena Museum of California (PMCA) art in partnership with the Center for the Study of Political Graphics (CSPG), curated by CSPG Founder and Executive Director Carol A. Wells, and accompanied by a brochure. The exhibition is supported by the PMCA Board of Directors, PMCA Ambassador Circle, and the California Visionary Fund.The exhibition is part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles, taking place from September 2017 through January 2018 at more than 70 cultural institutions across Southern California. Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty. The presenting sponsor is Bank of America. Your email address will not be published. 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Sanctuary CoveEstablished in 1986, Sanctuary Cove is a $2 billion master-planned community which continues to grow with age.Located in the suburb of Hope Island, residents enjoy a resort lifestyle with access to two championship golf courses, a 313-berth marina, a trendy retail precinct, the InterContinental Sanctuary Cove resort hotel and 24-hour security.The 474-hectare gated enclave is designed around four harbours on the Coomera River. Luxury at every turn.Their latest purchase features a floorplan that opens out to the pool.“It’s a luxury finished house with a fantastic outlook across the golf course, plus it’s single storey which was our preference,” Mr Baird said. “We were attracted by the elegance and location of the property.” The Bairds recently sold their home on the Isle of Capri for $8.8 million.The first development of its kind in Australia, Sanctuary Cove is an iconic community with an excellent international reputation. Relax in the lounge.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa18 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“The Bairds bought the house on their first inspection just before it hit the market,” Mr Gates said.“It was a prerelease inspection for the Bairds and they bought it on the spot for a premium price.” The previous golf-fronted record stood at $4.275 million when Mr Gates sold 2218 Arnold Palmer Drive, Sanctuary Cove last year. No stranger to Sanctuary Cove, the Bairds have owned property there since it was developed. 2230 Arnold Palmer Drive, Sanctuary Cove sold for a record price.RETIRED corporate executive David Baird and his wife Marion have smashed the Australian sales record for a house fronting a golf course, splashing $6.5 million on a property at Sanctuary Cove. The four-bedroom home at 2230 Arnold Palmer Drive, was sold off-market by Ray White Sanctuary Cove’s Matt Gates. A seamless indoor-outdoor flow.Sellers Michael and Michelle Cowling built their home 18 months ago using the best fittings possible. “We’ve put a lot of love and thought into this home and we hope David and Marion will enjoy it for many years to come,” Mr Cowling said. “We are moving on to a new project within Sanctuary Cove, so not moving too far away.”Mr Gates said Sanctuary Cove was popular with high-net-worth individuals for its quality lifestyle.
Liam Porter from Raphoe is owner of Liam Porter Media, a PR business that works with a range of clients to offer a full suite of PR services. In his spare time he coaches youngsters mostly at Raphoe Town FC and Finn Harps Academy, but he’s also been known to lend a hand with St. Mary’s GAA Club in Convoy. Or indeed, you could find him asking questions at the local community table quiz or popping in to take a picture for the Raphoe boxing or running club – basically helping out whenever he can with his local community.(1) What is your favourite place in Donegal and why?There are so many to choose from and so many I love: Killydonnell Friary in Ramelton, Glenveagh, Ards Forest Park, Sliabh Liag, the list could go on. But if I had to be pressed into choosing one overall favourite, it’s closer to home for me and Beltany Stone Circle just outside Raphoe. I love the history of my home town and it always amazes me that this massive stone circle could have been built where it is, considering how long it has been standing. (2) If you could change one thing about Donegal what would it be?Honestly, I’d love to see somebody sit down and work out a traffic management plan for Letterkenny that gets traffic moving in and out of the town a lot better than it does.(3) Who is the one person that you look up to and why?I really couldn’t name just one because there are just so many! I find myself constantly in awe of all the brilliant volunteers we have in this county in sports clubs and community groups and charities. The work they do is immense and totally undervalued and I’d say every single week I’m inspired to try to follow the example they set. (4) What’s your happiest Christmas memory in Donegal?I’ve been blessed to have many amazing Christmas memories from my own childhood up to the present day. I think the ones that give me most joy when I think back, are in more recent times with my own daughters when we used to take Christmas photos every year. We had lots of fun doing that.(5) What has been Donegal’s proudest moment in recent years?It has to be the Donegal team winning the All-Ireland in 2012. That gave everyone in the county such a lift and Donegal was a brilliant place to be that entire summer – and then after that famous day in September, for the rest of the year too. (Followed closely by BJ’s goal against Limerick and the Harps promotion that it led to!)(6) If you found a magic wand that allowed you to grant one wish, whatwould it be? I’d wish that all my family and friends could live for the rest of their days without worry, stress or pain. Happily ever after I suppose.(7) What is your favourite Donegal-made product?I have to say that I don’t think people actually realise the extent of the talent we have in the county or the range of outstanding products that are actually made right here in Donegal. Asked to pick a favourite from among all of them I simply couldn’t, so instead I’ll pick my own book ‘Dance In The Rain’ – written, designed and printed right here in Donegal – because I am still truly very proud of it.(8) Who is Donegal’s greatest ambassador around the world and why? I don’t think I’ve been around enough of the world to know who people abroad really know from the county.I think Daniel O’Donnell has always been a fantastic amabassador for Donegal, but then again I also think that Seamus Coleman, Michael Murphy, Shay Given and Packie Bonner have all been terrific as well.(9) What has been the biggest compliment you’ve ever received?I took a punt and asked the love of my life if she’d marry me – and she said yes! Still can hardly believe it.(10) Who is your favourite Donegal sportsperson of all time?Well I have to say that coming from a small place, to have a three-time Olympian from the same wee town is amazing, so Chloe Magee is right up there for me in terms of what she has achieved.My favourite though has to be Shay Given. I watched him play for Lifford teams as a youngster. I was at home the day my late father got the call to say Shay was called into the Irish U16 squad and later I was in the old Landsdowne Road, for his debut for the Irish senior team. To see him go all the way to the World Cup, to play week in and week out in the Premier League and so many times for Ireland was just amazing. Best of all, he remained always so down to earth and approachable and he never forgot his roots here in Donegal. An absolute gentleman and a sporting hero for sure.(11) What is your favourite Donegal restaurant?I don’t really get out often enough to eat to really have a favourite. Maybe that will be the New Year’s resolution for 2018!(12) What is your favourite Donegal saying or expression?Up the Harps.(13) What is the biggest challenge facing the people of Donegal today?I don’t think there is any one challenge that affects everybody. It’s more a case that everybody faces different challenges every day, some bigger than others. I suppose the biggest challenge is the test of resilience those tests bring. Whatever they are, those tests, they will pass. Nothing lasts forever. It’s temporary. Be patient.(14) What is your favourite food that you associate with Donegal?The spuds!(15) Is there anything that really annoys you about Donegal or its people?Some of the stuff you hear from the sidelines when young people are playing sport.(16) Do you have a favourite local band?The musical talent we have in this county is outstanding. I love the stuff I’ve heard from Little Hours – but also check out the brilliant Without Willow and my old neighbour and current quiz adversary Dean Maywood has a top notch sound that kinda reminds me of Josh Ritter!(17) If you had a million euro to improve something in Donegal what would it be?I don’t know where I’d even start. I think I’d see first if I could try to distribute it a bit wider, give some to all the sporting and community clubs in Raphoe and some to Finn Harps and maybe some charities like the Childhood Cancer Foundation.(18) Where’s the most unusual place you’ve logged on to Donegal Daily?Standing on top of The Rocky Steps in Philadelphia.(19) Is there anything about Donegal that you are very proud of?I think the people of Donegal are brilliant. They are friendly and generous and in my experience they are just downright really good.(20) What is the most rewarding thing about what you do?I get to meet so many interesting, resilient, talented, determined people who all have amazing stories and who are working so hard to make Donegal a brilliant place to be. They are the small businesses who are the lifeblood of the economy of this county and it is real a joy to work with them and to try to help them.My Donegal – with PR man (and football coach) Liam Porter was last modified: December 30th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Liam PorterMY DONEGAL
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Farm Science Review will induct Clayton W. Rose III and Jerry Ardrey into the 29th class of honorees for the Review’s Hall of Fame, an honor held by 76 others for their contribution to the event. Jerry ArdreyArdrey is a native of London who has been in the automotive sales industry his entire life. He worked for his family business as a vehicle dealer and continued with the industry for his career selling truck bodies and other accessories. Ardrey also served in the Air National Guard. His generosity toward Farm Science Review is evident as he continues to offer wisdom and business knowledge as well as donations, said Nick Zachrich, manager of Farm Science Review.Ardrey initially connected with Farm Science Review some 50 years ago by providing trucks for exhibitors that were selling dump beds for grain trucks. After just a few years, Ardrey began working for one of the exhibiting companies and continued selling various dump beds for the next 46 years, attending the Review as an exhibitor. He worked for three different companies in the industry, making sure each company participated as an exhibitor at the Review.“Jerry was a model exhibitor for decades at Farm Science Review,” Zachrich said.“He has always been willing to give honest feedback in a professional manner, both when something is great or needs improvement.”Zachrich credits Ardrey’s industry knowledge with helping Farm Science Review managers market the event.“He saw that the products appealed to not just farmers but also to the implement dealers and commercial agricultural suppliers at Farm Science Review,” Zachrich said.In many cases, the sales Ardrey made while exhibiting at the event were to local governments, including townships, counties and even cities.“Ardrey knew that many of the public officials buying trucks were also farmers,” Zachrich said. “His insights have helped management understand how to market Farm Science Review to a wider audience.” Clayton W. Rose IIIRose, a CPA, has been active with the Farm Science Review since 1969 when he started as a student employee while in high school and continued through his graduation from Ohio State in December 1974.While working in public accounting, he remained active at the Review, managing the gate ticket sales.Starting in 1981, he has overseen the gate sales making sure that the money from tickets sold was accounted for and secure.“He is continually evaluating the ticket sales process and recommending practices and procedures to help make the admissions process run more efficiently,” Zachrich said.Rose was a founding member of the Farm Science Review/Farm Operations Alumni Society and served as its chief financial officer since its inception. He also served as its president. With Clay’s leadership, the society and its members have helped endow six different funds through the Ohio State University Foundation.“Clay’s efforts to consistently improve the admissions process at Farm Science Review are a real blessing,” Zachrich said. “Tickets sales are an aspect of Farm Science Review that will most certainly run smoothly during a busy three days because of Clay’s expertise and leadership in this area.”Rose recently retired from Rea & Associates after almost 44 years in public accounting. He has also served in the Dublin community as a member of the Dublin Convention and Visitors Bureau board of directors for 30 years, the Kiwanis Club of Dublin for 37 years and the Dublin Irish Festival steering committee.
In the forest near Baden- Wϋrttemberg, Germany lies a doorway that supposedly leads to vast hidden treasures. But to get the find for this treasure, you’re going to have to put in some work. Das Vergessene Portal (The Forgotten Portal) (GC3HWBE) will test your puzzle-solving skills as well as your patience.Das Vergessene PortalThe geocache owner die wilden crossies had this to say about creating this difficulty 2.5 terrain 3 geocache, “You start with a not-too-difficult puzzle, have an idea for a good history, some craft talent and some mechanic operations for the ‘wow-effect.’”He then drew inspiration from exciting, treasure-hunting movies like “The Goonies” and “Indiana Jones” to create an entire history for this geocache. The description tells the story of a castle that once existed near the portal. During a ferocious battle, residents of the castle secured a large treasure within the portal and locked it with two locks. Now, the treasure can only be recovered by deciphering the code and using the correct keys to open the portal.Frau Potter, from Geocaching HQ, had the opportunity to find this geocache during a trip to Germany. In her log, she writes, “This geocache is very inventive and exciting. We had some trouble, but thankfully some local experts were there to help us along.” Another geocacher to log find the geocache was dieroes, who wrote in their log (translated from German), “From the first log it was clear, this was something special. We had high expectations on the way and were not disappointed…Many, many thanks to the owner for this great work!”Geocaching staffer Tiffany and one of our amazing volunteer reviewers, Don Rocbeer, try to find the correct keys.While geocachers may not find gold and gems hidden by ancient castle-dwellers, the real treasure is the satisfaction of solving the puzzle and adding another smiley to your Geocaching profile. “I wanted to give pleasure to all the geocachers who will discover the forgotten portal,”die wilden crossies said. With a creative backstory, an inventive geocache container and an intriguing puzzle—we think he succeeded. Have you come across a geocache with an amazing story? Tell us about it in the comments.Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog or view the Bookmark List on Geocaching.com.If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, send an email with your name, comments, the name of the geocache, and the GC code to [email protected] with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedAuburn Sea (GC3QGYZ) — Geocache of the WeekSeptember 3, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”Arrrrrrr you fan of Pirates? — Nashuan’s First Cache (GC1D56C) — Geocache of the WeekAugust 28, 2013In “Community”Top Five Tips for Creating a World-Class GeocacheJuly 11, 2013In “Geocaching.com Videos”
One of the great ironies in construction (I bet you didn’t even know that construction could be ironic) is that Cape Cod style houses perform pretty poorly on Cape Cod. The year-round sea breezes wash right through a Cape building frame, making them chilly and uncomfortable in the winter months.How did Cape Cod style houses (which perform not-so-great in the winter) become popular in New England? Maybe the name was a marketing scheme? And how can we address the air leakage and heat loss issues to make Capes more comfortable? GBA Encyclopedia: Vented or Unvented Attic?Fine Homebuilding: Two ways to insulate attic kneewalls Many rooms in a small footprintThe second floor framing in Cape Cod style houses packs a lot of living into a compact space. In as little as a 600-square-foot footprint, one can fit a 4-bedroom, 2-bath, 1100-square-foot home. For the price and availability, Capes can be quite a deal. Getting heat upstairsHeat distribution is the first area of concern. Most heating system and insulation issues with Capes stem from their having been built in the cheap-oil era. In 1950, insulation was an afterthought and heating was dirt cheap. It’s the rare Cape which has had these shortcomings fully addressed since its construction.Sometimes the second floor isn’t piped for heat at all. On other occasions, the hot water pipes are run through the walls. When the baseboard units are on the opposite side of the house, hot water pipes are often run through the kneewall space outside the attic insulation. All of these are exciting ways to lose heat (or, in the case of the unheated second floor, not gain enough).Each problem has its own solution. If the second floor isn’t heated, it might make sense to have heating baseboard or ducting installed. No amount of fans or wishful thinking will move enough heat from the first floor of a Cape to make it comfortable.If the hot water pipes for the second floor baseboards run through the exterior walls, well, you have a more challenging problem. If the exterior walls are uninsulated, dense-pack them with cellulose; this will also insulate the pipes.If the walls are insulated, try to determine whether the pipes run inside the insulation. (I know… that’s not easy. I use a fiber-optic boroscope and infrared camera to look inside the wall cavity). If not, you’ll need to reinsulate that cavity and put some thermal resistance between the pipe and outside sheathing. However, that same framing, which makes great use of space, also leaks conditioned air like crazy. If some half-assed attempt to ventilate has been made, odds are very good the second floor will be frigid come January. BLOGS BY ERIC NORTH How to Insulate and Air-Seal Pull-Down Attic StairsHow to Insulate and Air Seal an Attic HatchCan Switching to a Dual-Flush Toilet Save Heat?Essential Energy-Audit EquipmentThe Journal of Poor HomebuildingFiberglass versus Cellulose Where will you locate your air barrier?Insulation and air sealing can be problematic in a Cape. The kneewall framing usually has built-in bookshelves, drawers and closets. The kneewall sits on top of the first floor joists, meaning that interior air is usually flowing under the kneewall. Finally, the tops of the kneewalls usually aren’t sealed. Much more conditioned air than you’d like flows up the wall slopes and out the attic cap.There are three possible approaches to insulating and air sealing a Cape.One can adopt an unvented approach and seal the whole thing. (If you choose this approach, you’d better have moisture under control).You can insulate the roof deck and vent the attic. This vented approach is challenging in a Cape, as the ventilation needs a clear path from soffit to peak. The eaves need to be sealed to prevent unwanted unconditioned air from wind washing the insulation (I’m looking at you, ocean winds), and the tops of the kneewalls need to be sealed around the vents.Finally, they can be insulated at the horizontal and vertical flats. In this case, the tops and bottoms of the kneewalls need to be air sealed with blocking.Cape Cod style homes date back a couple of hundred years. They’ve been optimized for space, but were not developed with energy efficiency in mind. But as long as you seal the air leaks and insulate well, a Cape can be warm and efficient. RELATED ARTICLES The illustration shows an attic kneewall in a Cape Cod style house. Capes are often insulated at the vertical wall and joist flats in the kneewalls. If the hot water pipes for the second floor heating are run through the kneewalls, they’ll be outside the thermal envelope. Erik North, the owner of Free Energy Maine, is an energy auditor and home performance specialist in Westbrook, Maine. He is also the author of the Energy Auditing Blog.
Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#Apple#iWatch The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … nick statt Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces We’ve known for some time that Apple’s rumored “iWatch” appears to be a real concept, with patent filings that suggest a device completely distinct from the already watch-like 6th-gen iPod Nano. A report from Bloomberg this morning adds a few details — namely that the product is being headed up by Apple design guru Jony Ive, who’s reportedly long been obsessed with smart watches since at least the mid-2000s, when he supposedly ordered boxes of Nike sports watches for his design team to play around with.The Verge’s Nilay Patel chimed in with a report that the iWatch will run a modified version of iOS, not a beefed up version of the Nano’s touch OS. That certainly sounds likely, given that Apple designed iOS from the ground up for the initial iPhone instead of simply updating the iPod OS. (See also: Who’s Manipulating Apple Stock With This iWatch Story?)Whether or not all that really tells us much about Apple’s vision for the iWatch is another question entirely. Apple could be aiming for a device that performs a wide array of phone functions, with a smartphone in the pocket as the backup. Alternatively, it might still be taking a stripped-down Bluetooth approach, in which the smartwatch will only work in tandem with an iPhone and perform simple functions, like receiving notifications and checking emails and texts.A more capable smartwatch, however, must also clear the hurdle of battery life. The Pebble smartwatch promises a week between charges, though it’s a fairly simple device compared to the claims being made for the iWatch. And Apple may be having difficulty making an iWatch with even a 4-5 day battery life, as The Verge’s Patel reports that the current prototype lasts only “a couple [of] days max.”Crippling battery drain would present a huge problem should Apple be hoping to dominate the much-talked-about segment of wearable devices. That’s a market Google is already clearly targeting with its projected release of its augmented-reality Glass device.
If you missed this week’s newsletter, you missed two questions that have caused a lot of people to email me with their thoughts. The two questions were:What is it that you perceive to be missing? (Meaning, what do you need to produce the result that you want).If someone were to pick up right where you are now, what would they do different to produce that better result?Brett asked himself these follow up questions, “If my boss were to replace me, what different results would he want?” and “In what results have I been lacking, and what can I do about it?” Brett is a smart cat who is willing to ask himself the tough questions.So what about you? Are you willing to ask yourself the two questions that Brett asked?Thinking It ThroughIf your boss were to replace you right now, what would your boss tell herself she would want in the way of new and better results? What would she consider an upgrade? This kind of gap analysis can help you see through your blind spots. And there aren’t too many things that can provide you with a solid future than holding yourself to a higher standard than anyone else could ever hold you to.Now think about your replacement. When they walk in and try to pick up where you left off, what are they going to stop doing that you do now? What are they going to start doing immediately to establish themselves and make their presence known? What are you doing now that is going to cause them to wonder, “What was he thinking?”Change ItEvery day you get to make the choice as to who you are going to be. No matter what happened in the past, you get a chance to start over, to begin again, and change your game.The newsletter I wrote was called, “The one thing you need to change right now.” The truth is, I don’t know what that thing is. But once you recognize you already have everything you need inside you right now, you can ask yourself that question. And you can answer it.