Hands-on video: The Xbox One as a media device

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Microsoft’s (S MSFT) new Xbox One comes with big ambitions for the living room, integrating live TV with game play and entertainment apps. Check out this video for a first look at the Xbox One as a media device.

Show notes for this episode:

  • The Xbox One goes on sale on 11/22 for $499. You’ll find more about the game console on Microsoft’s official website.
  • At launch, the Xbox will offer access to entertainment apps like Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon…

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iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s reviews: Pretty, powerful and still leading the pack

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Apple’s(s aapl) new iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s aren’t available until Friday, however, in typical fashion, Apple has provided review units to a few outlets. On Tuesday night, the reviews went public and the overall sentiment is that Apple has a pair of winning hits on its hands.

After reading multiple reviews, I saw little in the way of negatives and plenty of positives, ranging from performance, battery life, camera use and the general consistency of the new Touch ID fingerprint security system.

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Here are a few key excerpts and observations worth noting, but I recommend reading the full reviews if you’re interested in the new phones.

Engadget thinks most iOS users will be happy with the iPhone 5s, but there’s not enough there for those content with Android:

“For anyone who needs copious amounts of screen space, a 4-inch display likely won’t cut it, but to be fair, the 5s…

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In launch of new shop, Food52 sees cooking as the perfect mix of content and commerce

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Food52, the community for experienced home cooks founded by former New York Times food columnist Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, on Tuesday launched a shop, Provisions, that sells cooking supplies, ingredients and home goods.

Retail is a natural fit for cooking, Hesser said. “There’s a natural link between what you’re cooking and what you need to cook.” A dinner party, for example, might require not just meal ideas and recipes but also “new table linen or some beer glasses or a casserole dish. It’s crazy that you’ve never been able to get all of these things” — the recipes, cooking advice and supplies — “in one place.”

Provisions launches with about 80 products — vintage jam serving spoons for $15, a Pillivuyt patisserie footed cake platter for $99, Oaktown Spice Shop ancho chile powder for $7. Food52 is working directly with all of its merchants and about a quarter…

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Intelligence and insanity: Kerouac had it right

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Dharma Goddess: The Journey to Me

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What is normal? Is it better to be intelligent than not? How does high intelligence affect mental health and/or perceptions of mental health? Are we more comfortable, as a society, when average and/or mediocre are what we deem to be the “norm”? Why do we look to hire those with whom we have a defined comfort level that embodies “the other” as a perceived non-threat to our position (i.e., “they are like us”)? Does any of this really matter? After all, we’ve debated and rationalized these things for ages.

As usual, I default to the question of “What does the research say?” [There’s a whole ‘nother lecture about being a good consumer of research – one of my favorites actually – but that’s another blog for another day.] I’ll go light on the citations because I can happily get carried away.

The point is this: the concept of normal has…

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Pretty soon we’ll all be watching tablets instead of televisions

Smart Devices vs. Television

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Remember the good old days spent gathered around the TV for some major cultural event, like the Olympics, the Super Bowl or the last episode of Seinfeld? According to a new report, those days are officially over.

The report from eMarketer says that this year for the first time, people in the U.S. will spend more time with digital media per day than with TV. According to eMarketer’s estimates, the average adult will spend over 5 hours a day online, compared to 4 hours and 31 minutes watching television. That would be a slight decrease from last year for daily TV time,  and about a 16% rise for digital media consumption.

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What’s with the shift? Mobile, mostly. This is the first time eMarketer has included time spent with smartphones and tablets in its overall digital time figure. But either way, there has been more than a 30-minute increase in time spent…

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Dear Libra,

All ME.

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Dear Libra,

Hey hey!! I hope all has been well with you.  I tried to call you the other night, but to no avail.  I’m not really worried, though. I know you’ll call me back. You’ve always been a friend that I can count on and you’re accommodating to a fault sometimes. That’s really part of the reason that I’m writing you. I’m sitting here thinking about how we haven’t talked in a while and I miss you. I miss your sweet, warm nature and your willingness to listen and give everyone a fair shake. Justice was always so important to you. Not only are you interest-ing, but you’re also interest-ed in others, which explains why everyone is so drawn to you.

I understand that we probably haven’t conversed in a while because of your new relationship and I hope it’s going well. I know it’s your first priority, but…

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