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1. Apple Maps Kill. Australian authorities this week stated that anybody looking for the city of Mildura in southeastern Australia should not use the iPhone’s map app to find it. The reason being, Apple’s directions for Midura take you out into the middle of Murray Sunset National Park, a desert with no active water sources and an average daily temperature of 114 degrees Fahrenheit. Australia already has enough ways to kill a guy, they don’t need the help. On the more positive side, Google has rereleased their map application for iOS 6 devices.
Dan: I installed and used the new Google Maps App for my iPhone4 today. It worked great! It has turn-by-turn and vector based maps. No reason to have a separate GPS unit in the car if you have an iPhone, if you ask me.
2. Facebook to Turn Policy Voting Off…Wait, What? Facebook announced this week that if voting on their public policy features did not reach 30% of active users (around 300 million people) then they would turn off the voting for these changes in the future. Here’s the problem with that, I’m pretty sure nobody knows about this feature. They got .2% voter turnout, but I’m sure it would’ve been much higher had it been as in your face as all the adds for terrible apps.
3. Download All Your Tweets for No Reason! Twitter has released an archival feature on its social networking service that will allow you to download every tweet you’ve ever tweeted. Apparently, this is something people were asking for. It’s currently buried as a Beta setting in your profile settings, and gives you an HTML file with all the metadata attached stored for eternity, so you can forever remember the time you wasted an hour replying to Snooki, trying to get her to retweet you.
4. No, THIS Is the Matrix. Scientists at Oxford University and the University of Washington have been working on a testing process that will determine whether or not the universe is one giant computer simulation, and whether or not that will help us contact other universes working on the same platform. Unfortunately, Earth-2 is running on a Mac. They’re totally serious about all of our experiences being a computer program, though, and I just have to say, I want a patch.
Dan: For the last couple years I have been thinking about this hypothesis. There are a lot of bright-sides to this notion. For one, if we are a simulation then the possibility of an afterlife is VERY real. The unexplainable might be very explainable. In the movie The Matrix they talked about glitches in the Matrix, but how about real glitches like the Universe expansion speeding up, Bermuda Triangle, hell just missing people! So I have been thinking about this a lot lately, then I play video games were the computer generated opponents are programmed to try and survive and I wonder, how is this any different than us? We are all here for a bit, but once we are gone, that is it. We are gone and reality for us is deleted, isnt that the exact same for computer opponents? Arn’t they “thinking” (processing) pretty much they same thing? Stay alive, run away do anything so I don’t end. Just silly deep thoughts, in the end nothing we do will change the facts about the reality of reality. Minecraft gets really creepy if you think about it too hard.
5. More from the Wasteland Around THQ. Just when you think it couldn’t get better for erstwhile publishing giant THQ, it just…does. Always. In an attempt to advertise their next (and possibly last) big game project, Metro: Last Light, THQ is giving away Steam copies of 2010’s Metro 2033 for free to anyone who “Likes” the game’s Facebook page. Another endearing attempt by the former industry leader to make its fans happy on the way out.
DAN: Final note. Playboy this month had an article about the Miami Zombie and “Bath Salts” synthetic drug. They are saying that the “OMG! BATH SALTS ARE GOing to KILL EVERYONE” crazy was a scapegoat for the Miami PD they had a posible race riot brewing. The author actually did Bath Salts and he said it was basically the same as low grade Ecstasy. He re counted all the other Bath Salts supposed cases and there is very little if no proof that any of the crazy naked violent criminals this summer had anything to do with Bath Salt usage. It was used by the media, medicine and cops nation wide as an easy explaination for real mental health issues. As a county we need to stop jumping to the easiest the fix conclusion and move on. Bath Salts are now illegal, but it will do nothing to stop crazy people from going crazy and doing crazy things like eating people faces. The same goes for the school shootings. This isnt a gun control issue, this is a mental health issue. In the 80’s we (society) decided that it would be cool to save money by shutting down most all mental health hospitals. We are really paying for that decision now. We need doctors and frankly rubber rooms to put cray people in to protect the rest of us. You can’t make being nuts illegal, and laws don’t protect people from going nuts and harming others. This is a hard problem with a very hard and costly series of solutions. Everyone pull your head out of your ass and realize these people are nuts, they are not just simply law breakers that will stop if you theaten to give them some jail times. I never seen a ring that could block a hole and I never seen a prison that makes freaks normal… and that is the truth, Ruth!
Laura: Top Movies
Matt: Top Games
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Laura: Top Books
Matt: Top Songs (iTunes)
Laura: iTunes Apps
Matt: Android Apps