The WiPower charging method and Mirasol display look cool, but watch the video and you’ll understand my disdain for the smartwatch concept.
The beauty of the mobile phone and even Google Glass is in how they only require one hand to operate.
The watch will always require two-handed use - one hand to turn downward and display the watch face and one to actually interact with the display. It’s a flawed form factor that’s supposed to make things easier for the user, but how easy will it be to juggle a cup of coffee in one hand while trying to check text messages in the other?
PS: voice dictation is not the answer.
I’ve been having major problems with the battery life indicator on my iPhone 5. My battery drains to nothing in 3-4 hours and once it reaches about 20%, the phone just turns off.
I ran Lawrence Finch’s fix near the top of this Apple support page and so far it’s been working well. I’ve had my phone off the charger for eight hours and I’m only at 40%.
If you’re struggling with a buggy iPhone 5 battery, give this a try.
I couldn’t stop laughing. Also, this service seems crazy dangerous for both the driver and the passenger(s), but apparently it’s working.
I’ve been unsubscribing from numerous email lists over the last few months to help eliminate the clutter from my inbox. While it’s nice to get the occasional coupon, I don’t need blasts from the stores where I shop only once or twice a year. I also don’t need daily emails from stores I only shop at a few times a month. Many don’t have coupons in them, just announcements of new sales or promotions I’m not interested in.
For 99% of these stores, unsubscribing is easy and painless. A simple click at the bottom of the email takes me to a page where I’m either automatically unsubscribed, or where I must confirm my decision. No harm, no foul. However, there’s one store/set of stores that refuses to play by the rules: Kmart 1.
Kmart’s email has a funny little clause at the bottom that discourages customers from unsubscribing:
By accepting Shop Your Way member benefits and offers, you agree to the Shop Your Way terms and conditions, available at www.shopyourway.com/terms. Members earn points on qualifying purchases, excluding sales taxes and other fees. Subject to full program terms available at shopyourway.com. Must remain opted-in to receiving promotional emails from Shop Your Way to earn bonus points. Bonus points are inclusive of, and not in addition to, any base points earned on qualifying purchases. When bonus point offers are combined, total points earned will be less than the combined point totals for each individual offer. See shopyourway.com for details.
No other store has given me this ultimatum before, though I suspect Sears and other companies under its umbrella have the same extortion policy. And since Kmart was open on Thanksgiving all day starting at 6:00 am, none of these shady tactics surprise me anymore.
At other stores, I can opt out of their emails and still earn all types of points on my rewards cards without penalty, but Kmart, which sends me an email at least every other day, has forced its spam upon me if I want to continue earning bonus points on my purchases. Mind you, this is limited to bonus points, not regular, every-day points, but that shouldn’t matter. If I don’t want your spam, I shouldn’t be coerced into receiving it.
So, I’m unsubscribing and opting out and avoiding Kmart altogether. I can’t say I’ll never shop there again, but I’ll go elsewhere whenever possible. I deserve better than to be spammed into loyalty.
I’m sure someone will ask, “Why would anyone shop at Kmart anyway?” The answer: because I shop where I’m going to save money. ↩
Over the course of eight years I’ve written eleven manuscripts. Of those eleven, I brought five of them to what I at the time considered submission-ready. To be fair, one of them I only just finished a couple weeks ago and thus isn’t ready for editing, so if I remove that from my statistics, that brings me to an even 50% immediate-trunk rate. Or polish rate, if you’re half-glass full.
So now you may be wondering what happened to those five manuscripts I immediately trunked and/or thinking they were a waste of time, but I assure you they were not.
An unedited manuscript that never sees the light of day is never a waste of time. You’d be surprised what you learn in the process.