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Michael Steele Tells Chris Matthews He Has Moments When He’s ‘Slightly Objective’

Friday, November 30th, 2012

"There were moments where you were slightly objective."

So marvelously said former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele to MSNBC's Chris Matthews concerning his reporting of the just concluded presidential campaign (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary):

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Google Drive adds site publishing, won’t quite replace your Geocities page

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Google Drive adds site publishing, won't quite replace your Geocities page

The hit parade of Google Drive updates continues. As of today, account holders can publish web content to their Drive storage in a public folder accessible from any browser; it can even host JavaScript for those who want to run web apps from their personal space. Lest we rush to toss out our existing web hosts, however, Google has some inherent ground rules. Content has to be static, and any links to other pages or files in the folder need a special approach to show web addresses that make sense to mere humans. As such, Google Drive won’t quite relive the glory days of 1998 and simple web tools; at least we can still add a permanent “under construction” GIF.

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Google apps package updated today, just in time for the new AOSP ROMs

Friday, November 30th, 2012

AOSP

The folks who do this sort of thing have updated the Google Apps package today, handing you a shiny new flashable to go with that 4.2.1 AOSP ROM you're about to download.

Technically a grey area, Google doesn't release their closed source applications for redistribution. Instead, they get sucked out of a phone running the current version, and blood, sweat, and scripts are used to create a package that gives you all the Googley services you would expect from an Android phone.

Yesterday's 4.2.1 updates didn't bring about any new versions of the Gapps, so we imagine this update is more along the lines of streamlining and enhancing the installation process — the biggest step in the whole process. Grab em from the source link below so you have them the next time you need them.

Download gapps-jb-20121128-signed.zip from Goo.im



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Hollywood Actors Want In On New ‘Star Wars’ Movies

Friday, November 30th, 2012

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Samsung Galaxy Note 2 now available on Verizon Wireless

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

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Hey, how about that — it's Nov. 29, and that means Verizon Wireless' Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is now available to buy online and in stores. Verizon's Note 2 sells for $299 with a two-year service plan, and comes with a rather ridiculous home button bearing the carrier's logo.

Besides the cosmetic differences, this is the same Galaxy Note 2 we've been seeing since its debut at IFA — it rocks a massive 5.5-inch non-PenTile HD SuperAMOLED screen, a Wacom-powered S Pen, 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos CPU and 2GB of RAM. And it's running on Verizon's 4G LTE network, of course.

If you're buying today, you may want to think about a sticker to cover up that unsightly home button. If you're still on the fence, check out our review of the international Galaxy Note 2.

Anyone picking up a Note 2 on Big Red today? Shout out in the comments!



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AT&T Is the Worst Carrier Again, Says Consumer Reports

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

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For as long as we can remember, AT&T has been rated the worst carrier of all carriers by Consumer Reports. This annual report placing AT&T last is as consistent as Christmas being on December 25th every year. So yes, for this year, it’s the same story. AT&T is the worst again. And Christmas is on the 25th of December. More »


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Charlie Sheen Redeemed

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

If you thought Charlie Sheen’s cocaine-induced antics were out of this world, wait until you meet Sheen’s other “half.”

Since 2003 Angus Jones has been better known as Jake Harper, his character in the hit television sitcom Two and a Half Men. The role has made Jones a multi-millionaire, but his newfound faith has led Jones to reconsider his riches.

Earlier this week a video surfaced of Jones in a testimonial denouncing the show that made him millions. “Jake from Two and a Half Men means nothing,” he says as he pleads with viewers to stop watching “filth.” Cue the media circus.

Once the video went viral, Christianity Today published an interview where Jones admits to struggling with the show’s “very inappropriate themes” and even says he’s a “paid hypocrite.” Jones also tells the interviewer that he’d rather be an organic farmer for the homeless. Bless his bleeding heart!

In another testimonial, this time for The Adventist Channel, a Stepford-like interviewer takes Jones through his faith journey as if it were an infomercial. Jones stammers his way through some church-shopping in what he calls his “valley of decision.” Jones was “looking for a church with a lot of fire.”

He settled on the “friendliest church in San Fernando Valley,” Valley Crossroads Seventh-day Adventist Church. The pastor’s messages, Jones says, are “tailor-made” for him. The Adventist Bible studies make “so much more sense” than anything else he’s studied. The people of Valley Crossroads are “so loving, so accepting.”

Perhaps Angus Jones should have stayed in his “valley of decision” a little longer.

The first Seventh-day Adventists were known as Millerites because they followed William Miller, a 19th century Baptist obsessed with Biblical prophecies. Miller was especially convinced that the end of the world was to be on October 22, 1844. Needless to say, a “Great Disappointment” arrived and the Millerites split up. Ellen and James White led the group that Angus Jones would later join.

Ellen White developed an eschatology frankly too complex and bizarre to go into here, but just know that the Adventists are still rather gripped by the Book of Revelation, insist on Saturday as the Sabbath, and believe the Apocalypse is “imminent.” No wonder Jones told The Adventist Channel that he regularly trains with a group called End Times Like These Ministries. How Branch Davidian of him.

While this all may not seem like mainstream Christianity, it is “far from a cult,” Christopher Hudson told The Daily. Hudson is the man behind Jones’s Forerunner Chronicles testimony and has some YouTube videos of his own. Hudson’s ministry is dedicated to the “three fold message of Revelation 14:6-12″ which, according to Hudson, encourages “mankind to shun the worship system of the first beast of Revelation 13:1-9, which is a prophetic symbol of the Roman Catholic Church.”

Whoops. Maybe Jones’s Adventist journey hasn’t gotten to that part yet. Or maybe it has. In Jones’s testimony, he admits to watching other Forerunner videos and exclaims, “All the information is so great!” Jones says to Hudson. “Your videos have no doubt been a blessing to me.”

The Huffington Post‘s Cavan Sieczkowski began tortuous work of actually watching the rest of these videos. Sieczkowski found some real gems: Jay-Z is a Freemason and his albums are a part of some Satanic plot. Obamacare “embodies” Adolf Hitler’s healthcare plan. New Yorkers devastated by Hurricane Sandy may soon be forced to cannibalize their babies.

What about the Roman Catholic Church? Unholy. The Pope? Whore. The Vatican? A Red Light District for politicians. Little old Jesuits? Savages.

All this because the Pope celebrates Mass on Sunday?

Not exactly the language all Seventh-day Adventists would use, but even the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists states it “cannot erase or ignore the historical record of serious intolerance and even persecution on the part of the Roman Catholic Church.” Ultimately, Adventists are “convinced of the validity of [their] prophetic views” where Catholics will “align themselves with the forces in opposition to God and to the Sabbath.”

Maybe Jones’s friends at Valley Crossroads are “so loving, so accepting” — at least until they learn you sleep in on Saturdays.


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How to view, create, and update notes using Siri

Thursday, November 29th, 2012


Complete guide to Siri commands for notes and memo taking

Being a virtual personal assistant, of course Siri can take a note! In fact, Siri can not only take a note, but update them as well. If you need something that’s more permanent than a reminder, something more like an idea you don’t want to forget, or a draft you want to get down while you’re driving, Siri and the Notes app are the perfect combination.

How to view a note with Siri

You can use to find notes store in the Notes app. Siri can either list all your notes, or you can ask Siri to search based on date or keywords in the contents of the note.

  • Press and hold down the Home button to activate Siri.
  • Tell Siri to show you your notes. For example: “Show all my notes”, “Show my notes from today”, or “Show notes about iPad”.
  • Tap the note you want from the list Siri provides, and Siri will open the note for you in the Notes app.

How to take a note with Siri

If all you want to do is quickly jot down an idea, memo, draft, or just a long string of text, Siri can do that for you.

  • Press and hold down the Home button to activate Siri.
  • Tell Siri to take a note: Literally: “Take a note”.
  • Dictate the the text you want added. For example: “I’m staying in room 342″ or “In the final scene, I should make sure Batman is treated like the world’s greatest detective, and not some moron who falls for every idiot plan in the movie.”

If you want to keep adding to the same note, and you haven’t done anything else with Siri since creating the note, just say “Add” followed by what you want to add.

How to update a note with Siri

Siri can also update older notes. This comes in handy if you have separate notes for separate types of material, or if an idea occurs to you long after you dictated the original note.

  • Press and hold down the Home button to activate Siri.
  • Tell Siri you want to update a note. For example: “Update last note” or “update note”.
  • Choose the note you want to update from the list Siri provides.
  • Dictate the text you want added to the note.

How to get more help with Siri

If you still need help with setting up or using Siri with your iPhone Calendar, or any other Siri feature, head on over to our Siri Forum and ask away!



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Juan Williams: Conservatism Making Republicans Irrelevant

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

In an op-ed in Monday’s Wall Street Journal, liberal political analyst Juan Williams observed that Republicans have lost more power in the Senate and decides that the GOP has only itself to blame for its defeat because, as in 2010, the party allowed conservatives and the Tea Party to prevail.

Williams writes:

The curious reality is that party activists who cry out for more conservative voices in Washington are pushing Republicans in the Senate into political irrelevance. Under pressure from the right, the GOP has nominated candidates with little or no appeal to moderate voters.

Williams apparently believes that, with less pressure from conservatives, there would have been more Republican negotiation “with the White House on health care,” fewer “blocked budget deals,” and “immigration reform” would have gotten off the ground. The fact that Democrats kept Republicans out of any discussions on health care, that there were no “budget deals” because Senate Democrats rejected any budgets passed by either the House or President Obama, and that Obama never even attempted to lead on immigration reform all seem to escape Williams’ attention.

It is this same type of “logic” that assumes that with less conservative and more moderate Republicans, more “compromise” could be happening in order to get the “fiscal cliff” catastrophe resolved. Like many liberal thinkers, however, Williams focuses on conservatives’ pressure on Republicans not to raise taxes, while he fails to note that Democrats have yet to produce any spending cuts as part of the grand “compromise.”

And, like many of his colleagues, unable to get his arms around how clear, common-sense conservative principles could possibly be what Americans might want over the vagueness of moderation, Williams resorts to imagery of conservatives and the Tea Party as “scary” and even “dangerous:”

Scaring incumbent Republicans from the right wing of the political spectrum is proving to be effective at keeping them in line. GOP senators know the danger of moderating their views—there is a political penalty attached to any political compromise with Democrats.

Though the recent election has been disappointing for conservatives, conservatism as a philosophy is powerful, but not because it is “scary” and “dangerous.” Rather, its power emanates from the fact that it is a philosophy that most Americans embrace, even if they don’t call it “conservatism.” Conservative philosophy—limited government and the power of the individual—could not be so powerful if it were not so prevalent.

So, Williams seems to be straining when he concludes, after admitting to the power of conservatism, that this philosophy is causing Senate Republicans to become “irrelevant.”

Obviously, not every conservative Republican candidate has been successful, and some have not been successful because they have not been able to effectively articulate the nature of conservative thinking. However, it is also true that, between both the 2010 and 2012 elections, eight solidly conservative U.S. Senators have been elected, nearly 20 percent of the total number of Republicans in the Senate. Clearly, enough Americans thought having solidly conservative Senators was very relevant.

Similarly, in the House, the recent election found moderate Republicans at a loss. Only about five percent of “Tea Party” candidates were defeated, while fifteen percent of the moderate Republican Main Street Partnership lost their positions, including Rep. Robert Dold (IL), who vehemently opposed Tea Party conservatives and even openly supported Planned Parenthood funding.

In addition, with now thirty Republican governors and 26 state houses under Republican control, even with all those “scary” conservatives around, it hardly seems like Republicans are becoming “irrelevant.”

Right now, it’s unclear how conservatives will win the Senate or the White House. To be sure, however, they intend to keep trying.

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Hamas Won?

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

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