Washington Park Community House Project Could Gain More Support This Week

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Weekly Market Review: February 3, 2020

first_imgA growth rate for the U.S. economy of +3% per year has been the expected standard for our country for years, in spite of the fact that we have not hit that benchmark since 2005. Our +2.3% growth rate in 2019, i.e., year-over-year increase from 2018 to 2019, pushed the size of the U.S. economy to a record $21.7 trillion, up +$869 billion in the last year. The economy of the United States, the largest in the world, is +53% bigger than second place China’s $14.2 trillion economy (source: Commerce Department).The American homeowner has made a significant comeback in the last three years. From 12/31/16 to 12/31/19, the number of U.S. homeowners has increased +5.1 million to end last year at 80.7 million. Over the same three years, the number of U.S. renter households has increased just +237,000 to 43.3 million (source: Census Bureau).The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reported last week that our nation’s “debt held by the public” is projected to rise from $17.2 trillion today to $31.4 trillion by 2030. The $31.4 trillion of debt is equal to 98% of the U.S.A.’s projected 2030 gross domestic product (GDP), resulting in a higher percentage of “debt-to-GDP” than at any time since the end of WWII. Purists believe the nation’s debt problem is even worse – the $17.2 trillion of “debt held by the public” does not include $6.1 trillion of “intergovernmental debt,” i.e., Treasury bonds held by government trust funds such as Social Security (source: Congressional Budget Office).Notable Numbers for the Week:MOST IN A FEW – 10% of American households own 84% of all stocks in the country, including direct ownership of general securities and indirect ownership through mutual funds and other pooled accounts that are held both in pre-tax and post-tax accounts (source: Survey of Consumer Finances).THE IMPACT? – 9.3% of the world’s population is at least age 65 in 2020. 12.0% of China’s population is at least age 65 in 2020. 16.6% of the U.S.A.’s population is at least age 65 in 2020 (source: U.N. Population Division).THE NEXT CENTURY – If you are having a daughter or granddaughter born in 2020, and that newborn girl lives an average female life expectancy of 81.2 years, she will live to the year 2101. Updated life expectancy numbers for American babies were released on 1/30/2020 (source: Center for Disease Control).FEWER TOOLS AVAILABLE – The Fed cut short-term interest rates by 5 percentage points during the nation’s last recession (a downturn that ran from 12/2007 to 6/2009), an action that could not be replicated today since the Fed’s key short-term rate is 1.75% (source: Federal Reserve).last_img read more

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Trail Mix: The Nashville Cats – How Session Players Built A City

first_imgChet Atkins and Jerry Reed, two Nashville Cats, doing a little session work in the mid-1960s.You know their work — signature guitar licks, drum rolls, or bass lines on countless platinum selling records — but you might not know their names.Known collectively as The Nashville Cats, a cohort of session players — musical hired guns, if you will — appeared on virtually every great record to come out of Nashville as, by the mid-1960s, the Music City established itself as the center of the country music world. These pickers might have toiled in anonymity, their efforts and names lost to history, if Bob Dylan hadn’t come to town.Dylan, arguably the greatest folk rock musician in history, came to Nashville to record his seminal Blonde on Blonde in 1966. Why Nashville? Well, because of The Nashville Cats, of course. Dylan, to everyone’s benefit, employed these phenomenal players during the recording session for Blonde on Blonde (and, later, two more recordings) and achieved what many believe is his best work.And the rest of the music world paid attention.Soon after, other iconic musicians from outside the country music sphere came calling. Joan Baez, Paul McCartney, Leonard Cohen, and Neil Young, among others, all made trips to Nashville and the Nashville Cats made appearances on their recordings as well.At the same time, Johnny Cash began bringing these same folk rock stars onto his burgeoning television show, shot at the Ryman Auditorium, at the time the home of the Grand Ole Opry and country music’s most hallowed stage.As these musical worlds mingled, the sounds of Nashville changed and paved the way for the musical melting pot Nashville is today.Opening next week at the Country Music Hall of Fame Museum in Nashville is Dylan, Cash, and The Nashville Cats, an exhibit showcasing this cadre of unsung heroes who were instrumental in creating a sound, and a scene, in Nashville through the middle of the 20th century.Featuring the artwork of artist Jon Langford and countless period artifacts, the exhibit highlights the sights and sounds of a musical era that turned Music City – and, by extension, the rest of the American music scene – on its head.Michael Gray, exhibit curator at the Country Music Hall of Fame Museum, and Pete Finney, guest curator, were gracious enough to spend some time discussing the new exhibit.BRO – Would Nashville be Nashville without the Nashville Cats?CMHOF – It would certainly be a very different Nashville. The city has long been defined for many but is music. The “Nashville Cats” – a catch phrase used for the city’s pool of talented sessions musicians – are most responsible for creating the sounds that define Music City. Country music is a big part of that mix, of course, but pop, rock, folk, and even jazz have long been featured in music that comes from the city.BRO – In the history of modern music, how seismic an event was Bob Dylan coming to town to record Blonde on Blonde?CMHOF – Aside from the fact that Blonde on Blonde is widely considered to be among thebest albums by one of the most important figures in the rock era, it was the “big bang” for the massive influx of Dylan’s rock and folk peers that this exhibit explores. It was the musical brilliance of the Nashville players on that album that made Dylan return to the city to record, and it was Dylan’s massive influence on his peers that made so many important artists come here in the years to follow. In turn, the music made here during that period has influenced countless other artists, up to the present day. These are all themes explored in depth in the exhibit.BRO – Other than the items on display in the exhibit, what else might museum visitors expect to see?CMHOF – The late 1960s and early 1970s are known for being a very colorful time, with an adventurousness in art and design that frequently mirrored the often uninhibited music of the era. The art work, photographs, and vintage advertisements in the exhibit capture much about the cultural elements and fashions of the decade, as well as the music. The exhibit also includes an overlay of wonderful film clips, many of which are very rare.BRO – How did you get Jon Langford involved?CMHOF – Jon Langford was one of several artists considered to do the main art work for the exhibit. He has an extremely bold and distinctive style and a long immersion in the music of Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash. Langford is known for his powerful portraits of country and rock icons, including Dylan, Cash, Hank Williams, and Elvis Presley. Also a founding member of the influential punk band The Melons and hard-country rockers The Waco Brothers, Jon brings a punk rock instinct and singular artistic eye to a painting style that demands engagement. Langford’s attraction to country music stems from a love of story telling, from the music’s simple roots, and from country’s parallels to the punk aesthetic – often simple in form, with content focused no working men and women living in the real world.BRO – If you opened this exhibit again in 2064, who are some of the contemporary Nashville Cats that might be showcased?CMHOF – There are so many great musicians here, and the recording scene has become more diverse than ever, so it’s hard to pick just a few. But certainly Michael Rhodes, Paul Franklin, Stuart Duncan, and John Hobbs are among those who have earned a spot, with many years of playing with a wide range of artists and an incredible diversity in styles.BRO – Is there any one particular item in the exhibit that gets your heart pumping?CMHOF – Norbert Putnam’s Fender Precision Bass has such an incredible history, and with its classic design and weathered look, it wears that history like a badge of honor. It was used on thousands of recording sessions, with everyone from Elvis Presley, The Monkees, Linda Ronstadt, Chet Atkins, and Jerry Reed.Dylan, Cash, and The Nashville Cats opens at the Country Music Hall of Fame Museum in Nashville on Friday, March 27th. The exhibit, along with its accompanying activities, will run for two years. For more information about the exhibit, hours of operation, and other cool things going on at the museum, please check out the Country Music Hall of Fame Museum’s website.last_img read more

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Gold Coast agent takes quirky approach to sell four-bedroom brick home

first_img25 Merrimac Blvd, Broadbeach Waters: “I am a mature home built in the 1960s”.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North9 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoThe first-person approach continues through to the house’s location.“It’s great living so close to Pacific Fair, Jupiters Casino, schools and the beach,” it states.“I also have the convenience of access to the G link and bus transport.“I am waiting for you.”Mr Tager said she wanted to inject some of own personality into the listing.“It’s my first listing and I am a new agent but I do have a different approach to property,” Ms Tager said.“Houses do have stories and I thought why do we always speak for the house.“I wanted this to stand out and hopefully someone will appreciate the house for its position and views.”The property at 25 Merrimac Blvd is on the market at offers over $850,000. 25 Merrimac Blvd, Broadbeach Waters. 25 Merrimac Blvd, Broadbeach Waters. 25 Merrimac Blvd, Broadbeach Waters: “I am waiting for you”. HOW does a four-bedroom brick home on the Gold Coast stand out in the property market?With a personal approach of course.And perhaps a littler humour.That’s the method @realty agents Roni and Saul Tager have taken with one of their listings at Broadbeach Waters.“Hi, I am a mature home built in the 1960s,” their listing reads.“I was built for dual living and enjoy having people that live here for many years each in their own accommodation each consisting of two bedrooms, a bathroom, kitchen, laundry and living area.“Am I going to be remodelled, tenanted or get a complete make over?“I know I have all the potential to become a beauty or remain a solid investment.” 25 Merrimac Blvd, Broadbeach Waters.last_img read more

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Only 7 New Cases Of COVID-19 In Our Area

first_imgHancock471 Area Total7907 Cerro Gordo991 The latest updates on COVID 19 in our listening area for Tuesday, June 30th:There were only seven newly reported cases of COVID-19 in our immediate listening area in the 24 hour period ending at 11:00 am on Tuesday, June 30th. One case each reported in Cerro Gordo, Franklin, Hancock, Mitchell, Worth, Winnebago and Wright counties. That brings our area total to 790 cases. Worth91 Confirmed CasesNew Cases Floyd650 State numbers Worth131 Franklin741 For newly recovered cases, we saw a big jump in Wright County where there were 73 cases reported as newly recovered. There were 10 people reported to have recovered from COVID-19 in Cerro Gordo county, 7 in Floyd, 4 in Franklin, 2 in Kossuth and 1 each in Butler and Worth counties. Wright3701 Winnebago231 Mitchell80 RecoveredNew Recovered Butler450 Butler321 Cerro Gordo4310 Deaths7077135 Hancock360 Kossuth162 Mitchell221 Winnebago120 Wright18373 Franklin434 Area Total41798 There were no new deaths or hospitalizations in our area. Statewide, the case count is up to 28,942 with five new deaths reported and 86 newly recoverd. Floyd357 Cases2894228728214 Kossuth320 Recovered230102309686last_img read more

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Distance Crew Turns In Strong Showing At Husker Invitational

first_imgLINCOLN, Neb. – The Drake University track and field teams’ distance runners turned in some of the top performances in school history on Saturday at the University of Nebraska’s Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational.The Bulldogs competed against a strong field comprised of 36 teams including track and field heavyweights such as Arizona State, Auburn, UCLA, Texas, Missouri and Kansas.”This meet is literally a pre-NCAA Championship preview,” said Drake head coach Natasha Kaiser-Brown.The Bulldogs responded to that challenge in fine fashion, especially in the women’s mile and men’s 3,000 meters.Emma Huston (Des Moines, Iowa) continued her stellar senior season by finishing second in the ‘special’ section of the mile in 4:50.70. That personal-best time ranks as the fourth fastest in Drake history and was the fastest collegiate time of the day. Professional Laura Thweatt won the race while Huston bested collegiate competitors from Texas, Kansas, Kansas State and Auburn.In the ‘special’ section of the men’s 3,000 meters, Reed Fischer (Minnetonka, Minn.) finished fourth overall with a personal best of 8:13.83. That time puts Fischer fourth all-time in Drake history and he was the third collegian across the finish line behind a pair of UCLA Bruins. The remainder of the field was comprised of runners from Texas, Illinois, Kansas and Missouri. Fischer’s teammate, Rob McCann (Mississauga, Ontario) was 11th in the talented field with a 8:23.05 finish.”It was a great day for our distance runners,” Kaiser-Brown said. “Reed and Emma have traditionally run very strong at this meet and this year was no different.”In the men’s 800 meters, James Saxton (La Crosse, Wis.) posted an indoor personal best of 1:53.72 to finish ninth while Bailee Cofer (Overland Park, Kan.) was sixth in the women’s regular section of the 3,000 meters in 10:18.96.”We competed well, but just didn’t have the extra ‘umph’ we needed against competition as strong as this weekend’s,” Kaiser-Brown said. “Many of our athletes hovered near their personal bests.”The Bulldogs return to action next week at the Iowa State Classic in Ames, Iowa, Feb. 12-13. Frank Sevigne Husker InvitationalLincoln, Neb. – Feb. 5-6 Drake Individual Women’s Results400 Meters15. Rai Ahmed-Green, 56.4524. Virginia Hill, 57.0442. Kaylen Rettig, 59.91 600 Meters5. Danielle Griesbaum, 1:36.97 800 Meters15. Laura Gann, 2:18.5416. Meghan Kearney, 2:18.66 Mile – Special2. Emma Huston, 4:50.70 Mile6. Taylor Scholl, 5:02.5911. Cassie Aerts, 5:07.67 3,000 Meters6. Bailee Cofer, 10:18.96 60-Meter Hurdles (Prelims)17. Mary Young, 8.6726. Destani Welch, 9.05 High Jump13. Taylor Patton, 5-2.25 Long Jump11. Kayla Bell, 18-7.25 Triple Jump12. Taryn Rolle, 38-4.25  Frank Sevigne Husker InvitationalLincoln, Neb. – Feb. 5-6 Drake Individual Men’s Results60 Meters20. Pierce Vincent, 6.91 200 Meters10. Pierce Vincent, 22.2115. Aaron Chier, 22.57 400 Meters20. Bas Van Leersum, 48.62 800 Meters9. James Saxton, 1:53.72 3,000 Meters  – Special4. Reed Fischer, 8:13.8311. Rob McCann, 8:23.05 High Jump16. Ryan Cook, 6-6.75 Triple Jump13. Johnathan Osifuye, 46-0  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Finn Harps denied first League win by late Coughlan penalty

first_imgRonan Coughlan’s last-minute penalty denied Finn Harps a first League win of the season tonight.Sligo Rovers 1 Finn Harps 1Sean Boyd’s first-half header had Harps in front and, seemingly, on their way to a rare win, only for them to be dashed at the death. The draw does, at least, end a losing sequence that had reached a club record tenth game on Monday, but there was no doubt that Coughlan’s goal came as a dagger to Harps’ hearts.Daniel O’Reilly was adjudged by referee Ben Connolly to have fouled Coughlan. O’Reilly was given his marching orders, via a second yellow card, and Coughlan fired the penalty beyond Harps ‘keeper Peter Burke to earn a point.Harps had led from the 42nd minute when Boyd – on loan from Shamrock Rovers – got on the end of a John Kavanagh cross to head past Mitchell Beeney.Earlier, O’Reilly headed at Beeney from a cross by Mark Russell, while Tony McNamee and Caolan McAleer had chances for the visitors. Harps belied their standing as the Premier Division’s bottom side in the first half and the goal was a deserved one for Ollie Horgan’s side.They didn’t have it all their own way and Ronan Murray fired wide for the hosts.Harps included Mark Anthony McGinley as their substitute goalkeeper tonight.Sligo thought they had levelled when Romeo Parkes had the ball in the net, but the celebrations were cut short by an offside flag.Soon after, Ballybofey man Johnny Dunleavy was thwarted by Burke and, at the other end, Beeney saved from McAleer. Burke denied Parkes and Harps looked to have done enough – but they were undone in the final moments.Sligo Rovers: Mitchell Beeney, Johnny Dunleavy, Dante Leverock, John Mahon, Lewis Banks, Sam Warde (Kris Twardek, 76), David Cawley, Niall Morahan (Daryl Fordyce, 55), Ronan Murray (Regan Donelon, 46), Ronan Coughlan, Romeo Parkes.Finn Harps: Peter Burke, John Kavanagh, Sam Todd, Niall Logue, Daniel O’Reilly, Mark Russell (Keith Cowan, 67), Mark Coyle, Raffaele Cretaro (Nathan Boyle, 71), Tony McNamee (Jacob Borg, 83), Caolan McAleer, Sean Boyd.Referee: Ben Connolly. Finn Harps denied first League win by late Coughlan penalty was last modified: April 29th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:2019 League of Ireland Premier DivisionDaniel O’Reillyfinn harpsJohn KavanaghMark Anthony McGinleyPeter BurkeSean BoydSligo Roverslast_img read more

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Rain delayed harvest Between the Rows

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ben Klick, Stark CountyWe are finally getting some long overdue rain. We got two inches yesterday. We got just shy of 300 acres of beans off. We parked the combine at the end of last week and switched over to spread fertilizer, work ground and we got all of the wheat and barley planted just in time for that nice rain shower. It was a million dollar rain two months too late. Now it looks like we’ll get a little heat this week.We started harvest Sept. 28 cutting beans. We cut for a while then quit to grind feed. We got a good start on the first early beans. The beans were very dry — 8% or 8.5% across the board. Even with the draper head we were still getting some shatter. Yield wise, we have beans that should have been 70 bushels and they were 50. The top pods were not there. They weren’t filled out.In talking to others around here, I don’t feel too bad about our bean averages compared to everyone else. We planted beans late because it was wet and we didn’t get the late moisture for them. We’ve been seeing a range but mostly around 50 bushels.Before this last rain, the last substantial rain we had was the middle of August. We had the wettest July and the driest September on record here. I heard they dug a grave in town and had to go three or four feet down until he hit moisture in the ground.There are some around here who are ahead of us with harvest, but most everyone around here has been getting after it. A couple of guys have switched over to corn. I have heard some better yields with corn. We may start shelling corn here in the middle of the week when things dry out. We need some corn for feed. As dry as it was, the ground is a little tacky after two inches of rain. It is not even sticking to my shoes.For the rest of this week’s reports, click here.last_img read more

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Motorola Xoom Ad Reveals Pricey iPad Competitor

first_imgAn advertisement from Best Buy appears to show the highly anticipated Google Android 3.0-based tablet, the Motorola Xoom, with a starting price of $799.99 – or $300 more than the least expensive iPad on the market today. What’s worse, the ad also says that it requires the purchase of a data plan through Verizon Wireless, even for those who want to just use the Wi-Fi connection on the Xoom.Does this decidedly uncompetitive price point spell doom for one of the most popular gadgets from this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2011)? Did the Xoom just go from great Android tablet hope to also-ran?Xoom Was to Be Android 3.0’s Flagship DeviceThe news comes by way of the blog Engadget, which uncovered evidence of a Feb. 24 launch for the Motorola Xoom at Best Buy by way of a leaked advertisement. To be fair, there’s no way to verify the ad is legit at this point, but Engadget says that the price agrees with some of the earlier leaks about the tablet, supposedly from Verizon’s own internal systems.The reason this pricing leak is such a big deal is not only because of Xoom’s pre-launch popularity, but also the fact that it is the first tablet to run Google Android 3.0, the tablet-optimized version of the Android mobile operating system, which already powers a number of popular smartphones like the Motorola Droid, the Samsung Galaxy S, HTC Evo and dozens of others.With Android 3.0, code-named “Honeycomb,” Google introduced several user interface changes to the OS, transforming it into an exciting and interesting alternative to Apple’s iPad and iPhone operating system called iOS. In Honeycomb, there are 3D homescreen widgets, a revamped multitasking interface involving a launchable panel of recent apps, built-in video chat from Google’s GTalk, improvements to notifications and much more.After January’s CES 2011 event, the Xoom had even won accolades from several high-profile tech outlets including CNET, PCMag, Engadget, Gizmodo, BGR, LaptopMag, PopSci, Popular Mechanics and others – it was the tablet that “won” CES. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … sarah perez Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts Tags:#Apple#Google#mobile#news#NYT#web iPad Competition? Not at This Price PointBut at $800, Xoom’s launch may not go as well as some had hoped. In addition to the hefty price tag, those who just want to use the tablet as a Wi-Fi device still have to pay for a one-month data subscription with Verizon before they can even activate the Wi-Fi feature.  In comparison, Apple sells the Wi-Fi only iPad for $499, no subscription required. And Apple may be about to launch the iPad 2, according to the Internet rumor mill. Who knows what new price points Apple will reveal at that time?On the flip side, there’s a bit of hope left for Xoom zealots: the ad, as of yet, has not been verified, and there’s still the possibility that this is just some sort of Best Buy/Verizon promotion. A less expensive Wi-Fi only Xoom could be sold elsewhere…maybe.Motorola’s Xoom website went live last night, coinciding with the airing of its Super Bowl commercial. The commercial touts the tablet as a breath of fresh air in world where pod-people wearing white earbuds are the norm. Unfortunately, at $800 the tablet could end up as representative of the exclusive, expensive and elitist toys collected by tech’s early adopters – ironically, thesameimage Apple has fought off for years. Meanwhile, the iPad becomes the tablet computer of the everyday man, woman or child.last_img read more

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What Tim Cook Really Meant About Apple’s ‘Very Grand Vision’ for TV, Wearable Tech & Much More

first_imgOn Tuesday evening, Apple CEO Tim Cook likened the wait for next month’s iOS 7 unveiling to being a kid on Christmas Eve, teased Apple’s interest in wearable tech and claimed the company has a “very grand vision” for the future of television. Cook touched on several topics during an on-stage interview kicking off AllThingsD’s D:11 conference, including what’s in the company’s product pipeline, the smartphone wars and even tax policy. But of course he didn’t give up the goods on anything specific the tech giant is working on. Just as important, he often spoke in a kind of code, so ReadWrite has helpfully supplied a “translation” where appropriate.Apple’s Product Pipeline SurprisesIf Cook is in a hurry to reveal Apple’s next big thing, he didn’t let on Tuesday night. “We release products when they’re ready,” Cook said. “We believe very much in the element of surprise. We think customers love surprises.”Basically, Cook was saying, “Look, we know we haven’t released a game changer in awhile. And we know our stock has dropped. But we’re building cool stuff. Trust me. When it’s ready, we’ll show it to you. And then you’ll buy it and it’ll make your life better. Because that’s what Apple does.”Whether you believe Cook’s implicit message, you’re probably not going to find out for sure until Fall at the earliest. (See also Expectations Lowered For Apple’s Big Developers Conference (WWDC).)Interactive Television As the iPhone has lost its lead in smartphone sales to models running Google’s Android operating system, observers are wondering how Apple is dealing with the loss of its dominant position. Here’s Cook’s take on the matter: “We make the best phone, we don’t make the most phones.”Translation: We make one phone. The three generations of that phone currently on sale generate billions of dollars in profit for our carrier partners, supply chain partners and us. The apps available for that phone in turn generate billions more for our developer partners and us – far more than Android phones generate. We make products that we think are the best on the market, and plenty of consumers agree, even at prices that support our above-average margins. Most of our competitors – Samsung excepted – aren’t making any money on smartphones. I don’t see what the fuss is all about.That’s all true. (See also Samsung vs. Apple: Samsung Is Winning Every Way But One [Infographic].)Taxing IssuesApple has been taking flack on Capitol Hill lately for sheltering its profits overseas. Cook had a very simple response: “We think we should bring all offshore profits back to the U.S.”There’s a lot more to it than that. But Cook’s basic position is this: The U.S. tax code is messed up. Fix it and we’ll do all the business, accounting and paying of taxes that we can in the U.S. of A. Until then, we’re a corporation that abides by the law, and we’re doing the best we can to abide by that law.(Google) Glass And Wearable TechTim Cook said Nike “did a great job” on the Fuelband he sometimes wears on his wrist, but he’s not about to put a computer in his spectacles. “I think wearables is incredibly interesting. It could be a profound area.” But he added that “The likelihood that [Google Glass] has broad appeal is hard to see.”Cook said plenty more on the topic, but it boils down to this: Apple is definitely working on wearable tech and Cook is excited by the emergence of embeddable sensors of all sorts. But he isn’t going to throw Google even a tiny bone.What else?“To convince people that they have to wear something, it has to be incredible,” Cook said. “If we asked a room of 20-year olds to stand up if they’re wearing a watch, I don’t think anyone would stand up.” Would a curved glass smartwatch built by a team of 100 engineers to run iOS be incredible enough to capture the coveted 20-year old demographic? Reports from a few months ago say “yes,” for what that’s worth.(See also Why Google Glass Is More Important Than Any Smartwatch.)Tim Cook takes to his own company’s stage Monday June 10 for the WWDC keynote address. The rumors and hype will only pick up steam in the meantime.(Note: All quotes via transcripts culled from AllThingsD and The Verge.)Image of Tim Cook courtesy of Reuters. Product images courtesy of their respective manufacturers. Apple tattoo image from Microsoft Windows Phone commercial. IT + Project Management: A Love Affair noah kravitz Tags:#Apple Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…center_img Related Posts Apple has sold 13 million Apple TV units to date, Cook said. “About half” of those – roughly 6.5 million – were sold within the last twelve months alone. Not bad for a hobby that Apple has done very little to market. But, as has long been rumored, apparently there’s much more in the works. “There is a very grand vision,” Cook said in regards to bringing the world’s television experience up to date. “It’s an area of incredible interest.”Still, Cook declined to reveal when Apple might launch a new TV-oriented product. We’re pretty much limited to Steve Jobs’ infamous, “I finally cracked it,” line about a new TV experience integrated with iCloud and iDevices. But, hey, at least we know that Apple sold a whole lot more Apple TVs last year than it ever did before. (See also 5 Ways TV Will Evolve In 2013.)What Does iOS 7 Hold In Store?All Things D editors Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher asked Cook about what’s new in iOS 7, the next version of Apple’s mobile operating system expected to be announced at the company’s World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June. Swisher: “So talk to us about the new iOS.”Cook: “Remember what it was like on Christmas Eve?”Swisher: “No, we opened our presents on Christmas Eve.”Mossberg: “And I’m Jewish.”Funny, but once again Cook wasn’t taking the bait. Cook did mention that Apple may loosen up a bit when it comes to opening iOS up to third-party customizations. “On the general topic of opening up APIs, I think you’ll see us open up more in the future,” he said, “but not to the degree that we put the customer at risk of having a bad experience.” So don’t look for Facebook Home on iOS any time soon. (See also iOS Rumor Watch: Black, White And Flat All Over and What Apple’s Jony Ive Can Learn From Facebook Home.)The Smartphone Wars Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowlast_img read more

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