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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Senior Correspondent Arnold Woodworth's Weekend Roundup

Here's A Giant Presentation That Tells You Everything You Need To Know About Apple Right Now

15 Apps For Your iPhone That Are Better Than The Ones Apple Made

11 Tiny Design Features That Show Apple's Insane Attention To Detail

Apple And IBM Announce Huge Partnership For Large Business Customers

the partnership will play on the strengths of both companies. IBM will use its sales force to sell iPhones and iPads to its network of business customers. IBM will also develop cloud services optimized for iOS, the operating system for iPhones and iPads. 

Apple will provide hardware support for devices through a special AppleCare program designed for big businesses buying Apple gadgets in bulk.

While the IBM-Apple partnership may not seem shocking today, it's pretty crazy considering the two companies were mortal enemies some 30 years ago.

The IBM Partnership Makes Apple A Real Enterprise Player In Retail

The author of this article says that the new partnership with IBM will help Apple avoid mistakes that would be very costly to corporate "information tech" departments.

Apple And IBM: Meh

Amusing how this is considered "news."

Look, let's get to the bottom line right up front: IBM has no mobile strategy of any sort.  Period.

So this isn't a "partnership" at all; it's essentially a sales agreement with Apple's products.

In retrospect, the historical partnerships between Apple and IBM didn't have a very good track record. Taligent and Kaleida were total failures, while PowerPC failed to keep up with the pace of the greater market. IBM Lotus Notes and Symphony did not exactly transform the industry on any platform.

But today's Apple and IBM share little in common with their previous incarnations in the 1990s.

the two described "exclusive" plans to work together to "transform enterprise mobility through a new class of business apps."

The language both companies use in describing their partnership indicates that it is not merely an effort to sell a few companies an extra thousand iPads. Apple and IBM have big goals in mind.

Apple Starts Encrypting All iCloud Email,news-19184.html

I Ditched My iPhone For A Samsung Galaxy S5 And Was Blown Away By What I Was Missing With Apple

Construction of Apple's Future Headquarters Progresses:
Photos of Apple Campus 2 construction site show 'underground tunnels,' continued progress

What Apple has in common with Britain’s top spy agency
Headquarters shaped like doughnuts (or flying saucers).  As soon as Apple completes construction.

I'm 22 Years Old, And I Grew Up Without The Internet

The Science Behind Why Tinder Is So Addictive

By taking all the pesky guesswork out of the flirting game, Tinder has made it so gauging romantic or even just sexual interest is as simple as a split-second thumb swipe. Whether or not that’s a good or bad thing is up for debate.

The 12 Most Popular Free Online Courses For Professionals

Beethoven Used This Strategy To Keep Creative Ideas Flowing

1)  Stop before you are empty (i.e., leave a little bit undone at the end of each day)
2)  Define your goals the night before
3)  Step away from problems midday with a contemplative walk

It might not turn you into a famous writer, but see if it doesn’t help with your creative process.

The Internet is in many ways a blessing and a curse for investors. Arguably one of the biggest benefits is the speed with which information flows, and the sheer amount of it which is accessible with the click of a button. Too much of something, however, can be a very detrimental thing.

Consider that the more information and data we are inundated with, the less we focus on what matters.

What matters is not the here and now when it comes to wealth generation, but probabilities over longer samples in history.

What matters is not looking at every single bit of information that people present when it comes to stocks and bonds, but the few variables that explain the bulk of asset class movement.

China’s bevy of supercomputers goes unused

China has built the second largest collection of supercomputers after the U.S., including the world’s fastest supercomputer, the Tianhe-2.

But it seems a lot of these massive machines, usually made with large government investment, lie idle ...... due to fundamental defects in China’s traditional bureaucratic management system.

China’s supercomputers have a very low utilization rate

Ireland Central Bank Official Admits Bitcoin’s Disruptive Potential

"Virtual and digital currencies can challenge the sovereignty of states,” says Gareth Murphy, senior Central Bank of Ireland official.

Bitcoin undermines a central bank's ability on matters such as economic analysis, data collection, supervision, policy formation, enforcement and resolution, so these sort of implications can't be overlooked.

How Bitcoin Can and Will Disrupt the Financial System

The recent emergence of crypto-currencies has the potential to change the way people buy and sell throughout the world.

It is not until today that people have a new method to bypass financial intermediaries and transact directly with one another.

Crypto-currencies remove the middleman and make the transaction more efficient.

This disruptive technology can and will transform our economy.

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