Wednesday, August 31, 2011

IPad. Cheap. Really.

A couple of swindlers in South Carolina put a lot of effort into scamming a woman who thought she was buying an iPad- cheap.

 According to a sheriff's report posted on the Smoking Gun website, the woman, 22, was outside of a McDonald's Monday when she was approached by two men, one of whom had a gold tooth.

 She says they showed her an iPad, said they bought a bunch of them in bulk and offered her a tablet for $300. The woman said she only had $180 so they took it.

The report says when the woman got home, she opened the FedEx box and found a piece of wood painted black with an Apple logo.

The "screen"-- was framed with black tape and had some fake iPad icons on the bottom.

Originally posted by Karla Marquez

Justice Department Seeks To Block AT&T, T-Mobile Merger

The Justice Department filed suit Wednesday to block AT&T's $39 billion deal to buy T-Mobile USA on grounds that it would raise prices for consumers.
The government contends that the acquisition of the No. 4 wireless carrier in the country by No. 2 AT&T would reduce competition and thus lead to price increases.
At a news conference, Deputy Attorney General James Cole said the combination would result in "tens of millions of consumers all across the United States facing higher prices, fewer choices and lower quality products for mobile wireless services."
The lawsuit seeks to ensure that everyone can continue to receive the benefits of competition, said Cole.
Four nationwide providers account for more than 90 percent of mobile wireless connections - AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon.
T-Mobile has been an important source of competition, including through innovation and quality enhancements such as the roll-out of the first nationwide high-speed data network, Sharis Pozen, acting chief of Justice's antitrust division, said at the news conference.

By JOELLE TESSLER and PETE YOST, Associated Press

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Tell her that the only way her heart will mend is when she learns to love again

Call your girlfriend It's time you had the talk Give your reasons Say it's not her fault But you just found somebody new


Thursday, August 25, 2011

Steve Jobs: The End of an Era, Not the End of Apple

As Apple CEO Steve Jobs steps down, he leaves behind an unmatched legacy of innovation in personal computers and consumer electronics. In his first stint at Apple, the he created the Apple II with co-founder Steve Wozniak and then shepherded the Macintosh to market. Since his return to the company 15 years ago, Jobs has revolutionized the industry in many ways: he changed portable digital music players from a niche product into a lifestyle with the iPod; reinvented the phone business and indeed our entire expectations of connected mobile devices with the iPhone; and introduced tablet computing to the masses and a new way of consuming media and entertainment with the iPad. He did this all while reinvigorating the Mac line, adding design touches to the iMac, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air that have cued the entire PC industry.
More than anyone else, Jobs incited the major changes in consumer technology over the past decade. But he would be among the first to say that the products weren't the work of a single individual, rather a strong team and processes that will continue at Apple.
Apple is in a far different place today than it was when Jobs was forced out of the company in 1985. Then it was struggling to find a role for the Mac in an industry completely dominated by the IBM PC and compatible computers. In many ways, the vision of the graphical user interface and connected workstations embodied by the Mac, and later by Jobs' NeXT computer, was ahead of its time. It required equipment that was just too expensive for the mass market.
But now, Apple sits in a position of strength. The iPod and iPad rule their markets and the iPhone grasps a strong lead in the smartphone category (despite increased competition from Android phones). And while Mac sales continue to lag behind those of Windows based PCs, the far more profitable Mac has been gaining market share steadily.
In the short term, Apple's position and plans in those markets will likely persist as Jobs departs. The company's products for the next year are presumably already set, and I'm sure it has a roadmap for the next few years. During Jobs' medical leaves, new Apple CEO Tim Cook demonstrated his ability to lead the company and roll out new products. The company retains the same executives heading design, marketing, engineering, and the like. Although no one else at Apple has Jobs' stage presence for product introductions, no one at any of his competitors' companies does either.
In the medium term, the biggest question may be the little things. Jobs has famously been known for monitoring and modifying tiny product details, the kind that separate a nice product from a "magical" one. His particular style and sense has earned him  the respect within the company to send back products repeatedly until they are refined to his standard. Even Bill Gates, in their joint interview at D5 a few years back, said, "I'd give a lot to have Steve's taste."
Long term effects are always much harder to predict. Jobs has envisioned the future of technology second to none. It will be years before we know whether his successors will be able to see likewise where the industry is headed and move the company there. Innovation at successful companies often trails that at startups, and Apple now commands its markets. But Pixar has continued to make quality movies since Jobs left as CEO and the company was sold to Disney. There's no reason Apple shouldn't be able to follow suit.
Jobs intends to stay active at Apple for as long as he can. Assuming the role of chairman, he won't be making the day-to-day decisions, but he will certainly remain involved in major product decisions.
Whether you use Mac or Windows, iPhone or Android, Steve Jobs deserves credit for driving the industry forward over the past 35 years, and especially the past 15. As he said in his Stanford University commencement speech a few years back, "The only way to do great work is to love what you do." He certainly made his passion for Apple and its products clear. He'll be missed as Apple's CEO; I hope he has a long tenure as its chairman and can contribute to innovative products for years to come.
By Michael J. Miller

Remembering Aaliyah - Back and Forth #Aaliyah

Ten years have passed since the music industry and legions of fans reluctantly bid farewell to Aaliyah Dana Haughton, an R&B powerhouse who showed tremendous growth and lyrical grace during her drastically shortened career. On August 25, 2001, when she died in a tragic plane crash over the Bahamas, at the age of 22, it was apparent the sonic landscape lost a singing angel. With three albums to her name -- 'Age Ain't Nothing But a Number,' 'One in a Million' and 'Aaliyah' -- she proved to be the quintessential guideline for female artists to follow. The BoomBox highlights 10 of Baby Girl's famed tracks that have lived on well after her passing.
'Age Ain't Nothing But a Number'
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Fifteen years old at the time of its release, this song, which shares the same title as her debut album, is perhaps the most controversial ofAaliyah's career. Written by R. Kelly, the soulful ballad had the teen R&B singer crooning of longing for an older lover. Shortly after it's release, a marriage certificate emerged and reportedly listed Kells, who was then 27, and the Detroit native as married in 1994.
'The One I Give My Heart To'
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Listen to Aaliyah's catalog and her records are heavily dipped in R&B, with a hint of hip-hop flavor sprinkled in between. 'The One I Give My Heart To' is a departure from that, leaning heavily on the side of pop power ballad. Esteemed songwriter Diane Warren penned the distraught lyrics, which the Brooklyn-born chanteuse owned completely, allowing her vulnerability to be exposed: "How could the one I was so true to just tell me lies?/ How could the one I gave my heart to break this heart of mine?"
'4 Page Letter'
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As if often the case, sometimes the spoken word is better left to be expressed in the form of a letter. The R&B siren chose to highlight the rarely used form of communication in an effort to express her affection for a dude who caught her eye. Now it may seem unfathomable for a woman of Aaliyah's beauty and finesse to be too shy to approach a member of the opposite sex, but pretty girls are only human.
'If Your Girl Only Knew'
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This track welcomed Aaliyah fans into what was to be expected from her sophomore album, 'One in a Million.' Where her debut LP had her warming up, racy material like this proved she was on fire. Timbalandcrafted the beat, Missy Elliott wrote the lyrics and the woman who showed Beyonce a thing or two in her career demonstrated the art of seductive vocals. Ladies everywhere could relate to the storyline: a man who sneaks behind his woman's back.
'Back & Forth'
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A "funky mellow groove" is all this rising songstress needed to detail a good time with her girls. Moving away from the R&B that speaks of heartbreak and betrayal, Aaliyah's vocals shined on the lead single from her debut LP, 'Age Ain't Nothing But a Number,' as she sang of hitting the dancefloor and getting lost in the DJ's tunes. Kelly, who penned the track, showed up to assist with a rap verse.
'Rock the Boat'
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Off her eponymous self-titled third LP, which was often dubbed "The Red Album" for its cover depicting the singer posing in front of a red backdrop, 'Rock the Boat' centered on Aaliyah embracing her sexuality. Apparently the song was written two years prior to its actual release due to the soulfully gifted artist's record label fearing the song's material was too explicit with lyrics like "stroke it for me," "change positions" and "explore my body."
'More Than a Woman'
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At 22, Aaliyah let her listeners know that she was leaving teen angst behind and embracing her womanhood. On the track, written byStatic Major and produced by Timbaland, the songstress wasn't afraid to express her corporal desires for her man. From grinding underneath the covers to morning massages, the slim and trim bombshell with the jet-black tresses was all about pleasing him, even if he wasn't quite prepared for the surprises she had in store.
'One in a Million'
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Written by Missy Elliott and Timbaland, and produced by the latter, 'One in a Million' was yet another example of the trio's work as a tour de force. The instrumental itself dripped with sex appeal and Aaliyah's musical stylings only enhanced the vibe. The then 17-year-old struck lyrical gold with, "Won't let no one come and take your place/ 'Cause the love you give can't be replaced/ See no one else love me like you do/ That's why I don't mind to spend my life with you."
'Are You That Somebody?'
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Flirtations run deep on this record, which was created for the 'Dr. Doolittle' soundtrack in the late '90s. Baby Girl, as Aaliyah was so often called, sang of a late-night rendezvous with a special someone that needed to be kept on the hush. Perhaps what was so intriguing about this song, besides the sound of Aaliyah's tender voice, were the coos of a baby littered throughout the Timbo-crafted beat.
'Try Again'
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With a No. 1 placement on the Billboard Hot 100 and a Grammy nomination, the lead single from the 'Romeo Must Die' soundtrack garnered Aaliyah critical acclaim. Though it was written specifically for the film she starred in alongside Jet Li and DMX, the singer-turned-actress executed her talents on the track as if it was featured on her own album. Again, Timbaland's signature beats supported A's ginger vocals, which spoke of being tenacious in the face of defeat.

Posted by Georgette Cline The Boombox

States Scrambling For Irene's Arrival

Thousands were fleeing an exposed strip of coastal villages and beaches off North Carolina on Thursday as Irene approached, threatening to become the first major hurricane to hit the East Coast in seven years.
About 180,000 tourists and residents in coastal Dare County have been told to leave, and forecasters issued a hurricane watch for much of the state's coast. To the north in Virginia, dozens of Navy ships began leaving their port to ride out the storm at sea. And emergency officials all the way to New England were urging residents in low-lying areas to gather supplies and learn the way to a safe location.
Irene could hit North Carolina's Outer Banks on Saturday afternoon with winds around 115 mph (185 kph). It's predicted to chug up the East Coast, dumping rain from Virginia to New York City before a much-weakened form reaches land in Connecticut.

As the sun rose over the barrier islands, tourists packed suitcases in their cars, while locals stocked up on food, water and gas. Traffic was moving briskly Thursday morning on the two-lane highway that cuts through many of the coastal communities, but many feared that would change.
"It's going to be a mess," said 66-year-old Buxton resident Leon Reasor as he stood inside a local bait shop. "Anyone who tells you they're not worried is a liar."
An evacuation order for an estimated 150,000 visitors took effect Thursday in Dare County, while its 35,000 permanent residents were told to begin leaving the next day.
"It wouldn't behoove anyone to stay in these circumstances," Dare County emergency management spokeswoman Sharon Sullivan said. "Businesses are boarding up. Nobody can guarantee their safety."
Craig Fugate, the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, urged people to find out if they are in an area that could need to evacuate, figure out which local official would give the order and pay attention to local broadcasters for that information. Among the most important tasks, he said, was figuring out a safe place to go before hitting the road.
"When you evacuate, you want to know where you're going and make sure you have somewhere to go, not just get on the road with everybody else and hope you find some place," Fugate said Thursday on CBS's "The Early Show."

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Employers Consider Ending Health Benefits After Overhaul

A new survey from a large benefits consultant says nearly one of every 10 mid-sized or big employers expects to stop offering health coverage to workers once federal insurance exchanges start in 2014.
Towers Watson says an additional 20 percent of the companies it surveyed last month are unsure about what they will do. The remaining 71 percent expect to continue offering benefits.
Exchanges were devised under the health care overhaul and aim to provide a marketplace for people to buy insurance that can be subsidized by the government based on income levels.
Benefits experts say retailers and companies that pay low wages are most likely to drop coverage for their workers. But they also caution that companies are far from making a final decision on this.