Monday Rundown: Prays for the Northeast

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––Awesome Leadoff Video:

Are we praying for everyone about to be affected by Hurricane Sandy? Yes. Are we laughing with people having fun with the situation? Yes.


On a serious note: Join us in prayer as we pray for the safety of EVERYONE who has been affected or will be affected by the storm. Prayer is a powerful thing.


––From Florida: We Have Fall

If you remember correctly, I begged on here for colder weather. Today our Palm Beach weather is in the 60’s and it’s gorgeous. Tomorrow morning, the low is supposed to be 53.

That is all.



––Future Roads? Sure.

Our roads need to progress with technology, right? Well, it looks they are. Say hello to glow-in-the-dark, lighting and lane markers:

Road trips in the not-too-distant future will take on a psychedelic hue with glow-in-dark lane markers that eliminate the need for overhead lighting and dynamic paint that brightens when the temperature drops below freezing and icy conditions prevail.

The glow-in-the-dark roads are treated with a special “foto-luminising powder” that is charged up during the day and illuminates the contours of the road and lane markers at night for up to 10 hours, according to Dutch designer and innovator Daan Roosegaarde and Heijmans Infrastructure.


––We Leave You With This:

This is how I feel about every Apple release. This is the banned iPad Mini promo:

Brilliant, right?


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Monday Rundown: Encourages Fall Weather

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––Awesome Leadoff Video:

Did you miss last week’s Presidential Debate? Here’s a synopsis:


––From Florida: Give Us Fall

From what I hear, everybody’s freezing… except, you know, in Florida. Recently, we’ve had record highs in the 90’s with average temperatures hovering near 85–––needless to say, it’s been brutal. Besides spending last weekend in Atlanta and some cold weather luck on #RoadTrip12 in August, we’ve had to grin and bear the high temperatures since March.

Hasn’t it been long enough?

I’m ready for a change, so to all of you northerners: pray for some cooler Florida weather. We will gladly trade you a few degrees in order to break out our sweaters again.


––Do You Understand Social Security?

Many twenty-somethings and college aged people don’t “get” social security, and for the most part, it’s because the service does not affect them. Sure, they pay it out of their income, but outside of that, it’s just something that is “guaranteed for retirement.”

Well, maybe not.

Take a look at this video and form your own conclusions:

 [Ed. note: Go here and look at the video. Fox doesn’t like to make it easy to embed.]


––The iPad Mini is coming (finally)

From Mashable.

[box_light]The Wall Street Journal cites unnamed Chinese suppliers for the report about the 7.85-inch tablets. Apple hasn’t confirmed the launch or existence of such a tablet, but the company is rumored to be planning an Oct. 17 launch event for the product, which has been called the “iPad Mini” by the press.[/box_light]


––We Leave You With This:

Babies eating lemons. Yes!


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Apple Announces iPhone 5; Retails for $199

The technology world focused its’ eyes on Apple today during its’ 1:00pm EST announcement of the iPhone 5. The phone, with LTE technology, will retail starting at $199 and is available for preorder on Friday (ships the following Friday, 9/21).

Apple has also announced iOS6 (drops on Wednesday, 9/19), new iPods (touch and nano), and a revamped iTunes.

Stay tuned below for more updates and information. We will be updating this page regularly throughout the day.


Last updated: 2:55pm

Also intro-ing other things, like the new iTunes as well…

And now the Foo Fighters are playing on stage…




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Apple Unveils New Macbooks, OS X Mountain Lion, iOS 6

Photo: Apple

Today, Apple CEO Tim Cook delivered the keynote address of the company’s 2012 Worldwide Developers Conference. During the event, Apple announced updated Macbooks across the board (including a slimmer, “flagship” Macbook Pro), OS X Mountain Lion, and iOS 6.


Updated Macbooks

The most noteworthy is a new lineup of Macintosh laptops, including a revamped MacBook Air, the lightest of the computers, and a thinner, more powerful MacBook Pro.

“Today we’ve updated the entire MacBook line with faster processors, graphics, memory, flash storage and USB 3 connectivity,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing.

“We’ve made the world’s best portable family even better and we think users are going to love the performance advances in both the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro.”

The high-performance MacBook Pro will include the so-called retina display used on the new iPads, giving an extra high resolution screen.

“It is simply the best computer Apple has ever made,” Schiller said.

The New 15" Macbook Pro
Photo: Wired

Source: AFP


OS X Mountain Lion

The new Mac operating system, which will release in July for $19.99, is packed with a slew of features. The update brings apps and popular features from the iPad and iPhone to the Mac, with 100 new capabilities from iChat functionality to updates in the Safari browser.

For example, Mountain Lion incorporates Notes, Reminders, and Game Center to the Mac, as well as Notification Center, Share Sheets, Twitter integration, AirPlay Mirroring and Dictation.

iCloud Tabs, a new feature in Safari, will show all tabs open in Safari on all other iOS devices and Macs logged in to the same iCloud account. Safari also gains a unified search/address bar into its’ interface (finally).

Power Nap is another new feature, and it will carry out functions while a Mac is charging and sleeping. New emails will be downloaded, Time Machine will automatically run, app updates will be applied and other actions will be carried out with Power Nap. This will be available on the new ultra-thin MacBook Pro (announced today) and second-generation and later MacBook Airs.

Source: MacRumors


iOS 6

Siri can now launch apps and tweet. Siri is smart about sports. It can pull in scores, game summaries and player stats. Siri integrates with Yelp and OpenTable for restaurant reviews and reservations. Siri in iOS 6 will also integrate with Rotten Tomatoes for movie times and reviews. Siri is also available in a slew of new languages and will get hands-free integration in lots of in-car systems. Also (wait for it)… Siri is coming to the new iPad.

There is also deep Facebook integration in iOS 6. Users can login to their Facebook account in iOS 6 and have instant access to Facebook in apps, the web browser and Siri. Developers can also easily add access within their apps. Facebook contacts, events, and birthdays will all sync into your iPhone.

iOS 6
Photo: Wired

Other features:


  • VIP mail: will highlight mail from people you really want to hear from.
  • Passbook: Imagine a location-enabled Google Wallet. It collects all of your loyalty cards, ticket information and other info into one neat place for easy access. What’s more, it will prompt your apps (like the Starbucks app) to open with a swipe when you actually enter Starbucks. Passbook looks gorgeous and will certainly make life easier.
  • Apple Maps: Out with the old (Google) and in with the new. Apple’s own mapping app features new maps (of course), flyover, and turn-by-turn navigation. From what we could see, Apple’s done this very, very well.


Developers will get the beta version tomorrow. Customers will see iOS 6 in the fall (with the new iPhone!!!!!).

Source: Mashable


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Monday Rundown: Wants an iPhone 5


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––Today Begins Apple’s WWDC

Don’t worry if you’re unfamiliar; today is the beginning of Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference. This is the week when Apple makes boys out of men and announces product updates and the like. Per the Apple website: ‘It’s the week we’ve all been waiting for.’

Here are some things to expect and things we’re hoping for:


  • iOS 6: As usual, an update of the Apple mobile operating system is to be expected. You will probably (and I hope) see enhancements to Siri, the voice-activated “personal assistant” that arrived with the iPhone 4S last fall. There’s also desperate hope for iPad integration.
  • OS X Mountain Lion: What we know it offers… iOS-like Messages, Reminders, Notifications and Game Center, AirPlay Mirroring, and a new security effort called Gatekeeper.
  • New Macbooks: Featuring the slim profile of the Macbook Air. I should’ve waited another year…
  • A NEW IPHONEEEEEE: Come on, baby. For the love of Tim Cook, please give us a new iPhone this fall. There was a fairly convincing video of some supposedly leaked parts that lends credence to the fact that a new iPhone is coming. Here’s a (smart) prediction from ComputerWorld:


[box_light]Will Cook really unveil a new iPhone now? If recent history is any indicator, the next iPhone will be unveiled at an event this fall, along with a new iPod and iPod touch. A new iPhone hasn’t been announced at WWDC since theiPhone 4 arrived two years ago, but there’s no better place to give your developers a head start on updating their apps to support a new resolution then to announce it at WWDC.

The catch? Announcing a new iPhone would extinguish current iPhone 4S demand overnight. Unless Apple plans to ship the iPhone within the next few weeks I’m dubious of any announcement. Anything different would kill iPhone sales as everyone waits for the new one, hitting Apple’s bottom line for the quarter.[/box_light]

I don’t care about Apple’s profits. Just give me that darn iPhone 5. #FirstWorldProbz


––From the pages of ‘things we kinda need’

…I give you the Milkmaid. Check it:

If you’re too lazy to watch the video, you need to realign your priorities. Totally kidding. Maybe? Anyway. This thing tells you how much milk you’ve got left… heck, it even texts you when the milk’s gone bad. How cool is that?

I’m not sure how much I would pay for this… but considering my notorious and laborious milk-drinking habits, this might be needed.

(Courtesy of Future of Technology, via TechCrunch and Gizmodo.)


––Getting Serious For A Second

[box_light]Don’t believe me that this is coming? The photos that the drones will take may be retained and used or even distributed to others in the government so long as the “recipient is reasonably perceived to have a specific, lawful governmental function” in requiring them. And for the first time since the Civil War, the federal government will deploy military personnel inside the United States and publicly acknowledge that it is deploying them “to collect information about U.S. persons.”

It gets worse. If the military personnel see something of interest from a drone, they may apply to a military judge or “military commander” for permission to conduct a physical search of the private property that intrigues them. Any “incidentally acquired information” can be retained or turned over to local law enforcement. What’s next? Prosecutions before military tribunals in the United States?[/box_light]

That’s an excerpt from an article by Andrew P. Napolitano, a former judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey and the senior judicial analyst at Fox News Channel, regarding the U.S. government’s use of drones to spy on private citizens. Although I don’t know the whole story: how plausible drones are, how soon we could see them, and just who’s privacy would be infringed, I think we can all agree on one thing: spying on Americans is un-American.

Also: After using those Street View snoopers, Google and Apple use planes that can film you sunbathing in your back garden.



––Mister Rogers, Autotuned

This is Mister Rogers remixed by Symphony of Science’s John D. Boswell for PBS Digital Studios. It’s called “Garden of Your Mind” and it’s brilliant:

(**If you like this video, please support your local PBS station.**



A Hamburg street artist creatively added the Photoshop toolbar to some H&M swim ads in Europe. Genius.



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Monday Rundown: Is Proud To Be An American


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––The future is here.

Check out Leap:

#SoCool. In two days, that video garnered nearly two million views, and one week later, the video sits at over four million views. If you were too lazy to watch the video, Leap essentially uses your natural hand movements to interact with your computer through a small, USB-sized peripheral. Goodbye mouse/trackpad. Goodbye keyboard. It’s all unnecessary.

It’s only $70, too. Order one here and own the future.


––Learnist: Pinterest for Learning


Take a proven success (Pinterest) and add a proven market (81.5 million students in the United States alone). Adapt the concept. Create Learnist.

Learnist is organizing all of the wisdom of mankind in text, images, video and audio, curated by fellow humans for your learning convenience.

The website is currently invite only, but you can request an invite on the Learnist homepage. Read more about Learnist here, too.


––The Great Gatsby

One of the greatest books of all-time will be in theaters this Christmas:


––Smartphone Battle:

This is like a cold war for smartphones. According to Mashable, LG’s 5-Inch 1080p display could send Apple’s retina display home crying. This is all, of course, while rumors for the new iPhone have it’s resolution increasing to 640 x 1136 pixels.

Can’t make any sense of it? Neither can we. Then again, you can add to the nonsense with the news that Facebook may launch a smartphone by next year [REPORT].

Maybe it’s time for the Quarterlife Man smartphone?

At least an app?

We’ll see.

(But there’s big news coming.)


––Proud to be an AMUURRICAN. 

Lee Greenwood, live in 1985. Happy Memorial Day, folks:


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Monday Rundown: Meets Harvey and Eddie

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––Back in the A.M.

After spending some time launching in primetime, we’re back in the A.M. and we’re the first thing you’re reading.


––Old Men Are the Best.

Quarterlifers, meet Harvey and Eddie:


––Things to do: Own an Island

From the pages of, we wish we could do this: own an island. Brendon Grimshaw, an 86-year-old man, does. It’s in the Seychelles, and he’s fighting to keep it un-developed following his death. He paid just $20,000 for it back in the 1960’s and turned down a $45 million offer for the island a few years ago (making him a better man than most of us). Check out more information on him (and watch videos) here. Go here to watch the documentary supporting his cause.


––Things we’re deathly afraid of…

Flesh eating bacteria. Aimee Copeland, a 24-year-old West Georgia student, fell off a homemade zipline and is battling the bacteria now. Here’s her story:

[box_light]Yet Aimee Copeland — who has lost a leg and part of her abdomen to the virulent bacteria and may lose more, including her fingers — is keeping her spirits strong, her father said.

“We really don’t see the suffering side of it. We see the miraculous survival,” Andy Copeland said. “I think that’s the story that’s inspired us, that’s the story that’s inspired, I think, the nation at this point.”[/box_light]

Pray for this girl.


––Rumor: Macbook Pro with Retina Display?

Oh for crying out loud. The new MBP’s will have the retina display and an also the ultra-thin profile debuted by the Macbook Air. Sourced from 9-to-5 Mac by way of the Apple supply chain, the new MBP’s are also rumored to drop the optical drive (so say goodbye to your CDs). Also say goodbye to anybody who purchase the Air last year… as they’ll probably jump from a cliff (just think of all the extra hard drive space!).


––We Leave You With This.

Rust Belt chic: Declining Midwest cities make a comeback. A great article, courtesy of Salon dream city, talking about rust belt cities like Cleveland and Detroit that are on the upswing thanks to young creatives that are priced out of other located (like New York City).

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Monday Rundown: Loves the Lamborghini SUV

Monday Rundown

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––Feast Your Eyes, Quarterlifers:

This is the new Lamborghini SUV concept, the Urus:

Lamborghini Urus
Lamborghini Urus

Images courtesy of AutoBlog. This beauty will share the platform with the next-gen Porsche Cayenne, Audi Q7, and the (not great looking) new Bentley SUV. Under the hood, expect a 5.2-liter V10 that produces around 584 horsepower. It will debut at the Bejing Motor Show.


––Monday Rundown: Also Thanks You For The Break

Just a quick thank you from the staff of writers at QM… we took the last week off and used it as a great time to get caught up in other areas, prepare for the future, and enjoy time with family and friends.

It doesn’t happen often (this is the first time we took a week’s break), but thanks for understanding.


––Hello, Creative Cloud

Welcome the Adobe Creative Cloud. Along with the latest version (CS6) of Adobe’s popular Creative Suite, the software-making giant will also roll out a cloud-based version, starting at $30/month (for those who have already bought the software at one time). For a month-to-month contract, you can expect to pay $75 per month. You also receive 20 gigabytes in cloud storage.

For those who have limited space (like a Macbook Air, for example), this is genius. And it’s also the future. [Note: revisit this post in five years]


––The First YouTube Video

YouTube is seven years old! That’s kind of crazy… can you imagine a world without YouTube? Here is the first video:

Although nothing special, it certainly paved the way for an incredible future. Here are some recent stats from the company, now a unit of Google:

  • 60 hours of video are upladed every minute; one hour of video is uploaded every second.
  • More than 4 billion videos are viewed every day.
  • More than 3 billion hours of video are watched each month on YouTube.
  • More video is uploaded to YouTube in one month than the three major U.S. networks created in 60 years.
  • In 2011, YouTube had more than 1 trillion views or almost 140 views for every person on earth.


––Goodbye, 17″ MacBook Pro

Is the 17″ Macbook Pro going the way of the dinosaur? Possibly.

According to Mashable, sales just aren’t cutting it. The 13-inch and 15-inch MBPs sell 40x more units than the 17-inch models. KGI Securities research analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts Apple is cutting the largest laptop it sells because of weak sales.

“While adding new products, Apple is likely to stop making the 17-in. MacBook Pro this year due to falling shipments, in order to maintain a lean product line strategy,” Kuo wrote in a report.

Will you miss the 17″ MBP?


––We Leave You With This.

Ever wonder why old books smell the way they do? So did we. Check it out.

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Quick Review: The New iPad

Photo Cred: Apple

It has arrived! The new iPad is now available, and it is as amazing as expected.  Although I am no computer genius, I can appreciate the changes they promised, and how it actually holds up when you use it.

Here’s a rundown of some of the new features:


Retina Display

The display is truly amazing.  My eyes actually had to adjust to just how clear the picture really is.  Photos look more stunning than if they were actually printed out, and I mean photos taken myself, not just the ones they preload to show how great it is.  I can’t possibly stress how beautiful the display is.


4G LTE Data Connection

4G AT LAST!!!!! The 4G connection (I got AT&T) is actually faster than my Wi-Fi connection at home.  YouTube videos load faster than you can watch them, so there is no waiting for the video to preload, and I checked it using videos that I couldn’t even get to load before (Bernhoft’s “C’mon Talk” music video, for example).


Apple A5X Chip

Again, I don’t claim to know the details of how all the inner workings of the chip work, but I can easily see how quickly apps open and load.  There seems to be almost no start up time for an app, and lag seems nonexistent as you jump from app, to game, to document, to video, etc.


In my opinion, “The new iPad” lives up to the expectation.  It is another example of Apple taking things one step further.  Though they may not be the first to do something (multi-tasking, 4G, etc), they always seem to do it the best (just ask all the “other” smartphone users, whose battery doesn’t even begin to compare to that of the iPhone. I’m not naming names… …cough, Android, cough).  Though there are no changes to the appearance, The new iPad is a totally new tablet.

Now, for the gripe… …”The new iPad”?… …really?

I can’t see Steve Jobs having allowed that to fly.  They should have stuck with the “iPad 3”.  Also, this launch seemed to be lacking the hype of previous ones.  I have stood in lines for endless hours before, but this time I was able to simply walk in at 10am, and purchase it.  There have been a few “chinks in the armor”, since the passing of Steve Jobs (the crashing servers during the iPhone 4s preorders, and during the iPhone 4s activations, the crashing servers with Siri, the cheesy names…).

It will be interesting to see how long Apple holds its place as leader (which I believe it is) in the technological world, without Steve Jobs.  He was known for running an extremely tight ship, and having the last say on all products before launch. Though he succeeded in pushing them ahead, I hope he also succeeded in training others to continue the vision.

Monday Rundown: The Day After Christmas

Christmas Nutcracker

What’s up Monday Rundown lovers? We have a DELUXE version of the Rundown today because last week we were moving servers. Therefore, in honor of the blandness known as the rest of winter that begins today, let’s go:

(Let it be known that the Monday Rundown feels horrible for anybody in a cold-weather climate today. Ouch.)

––Sending The Christmas Love: Inspired by similar stories from around the country, two families from South Florida donated $15,000 to a K-Mart in Lantana, Florida to pay off layaway gifts. Seeing generosity like this is incredible. In addition, these families are a part of the Christ Fellowship family and it’s very heartening to see the manifestation of what we’re learning in everyday life.

 ––How About This: A 59-year-old woman–––who had never previously held a hockey stick–––won a truck at a hockey game with this amazing shot. The incredible shot was from 114 feet away into a tiny opening at the other end of the ice, no bigger than a regulation-size hockey puck. Please watch this video.

––Jell-O, For Adults?: Kraft, the maker of Jell-O desserts, is launching a dessert made just for adults. What’s cool about this is that they’ve created a vending machine that doles out the treats, but only to those of a certain age. The machine for the dessert, called Temptations (oooh, steamy), uses facial recognition technology. Kraft collaborated with Intel on the project. #shockingtech

––Bad Fedex Employee: I don’t want this guy handling my stuff. Video here. (He throws––and breaks––a man’s computer monitor by launching it over a wall… on camera).

––YouTube Video of the Week: I really don’t use the word “adorable” very much, but here’s an opportunity: PUPPY. CHRISTMAS.

––Nothing Says “School Pride” Like Low Ticket Sales: News from Dr. Saturday (a college football blog) says that the University of Nevada had sold just ten tickets for their Christmas Eve bowl game, the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl. Really? That’s the best you can do? For a bowl game, in December, in Hawaii. Nevada, you’re a Division I FBS football program and you have fans… I don’t get it.

––Speaking of Football: What a crazy year for the NFL. The Detroit Lions are 10-5 and in the playoffs for the first time since 1999. Tim Tebow is 7-3 as a starter. The Buffalo Bills were mildly relevant before dropping seven games in-a-row. Houston won the AFC South, while Indianapolis has just two victories (including a win over Houston). Let’s also mention that San Francisco has 12 wins. Has hell frozen over yet?

––Follow The Leader?: Always look to the leader for inspiration: i.e. Facebook’s new headquarters. Maybe the future Quarterlife Man headquarters will embody some of the same characteristics? I love the chalkboard walls.

––Starting From The Garage: Check out this visual tour of where mammoth companies like Apple, Google, and Craigslist began. Featuring garages, warehouses, and living rooms, it’s a great look into how these multi-billion dollar companies got their start. It’s also very inspiring as we launch this new venture at QM.

 ––ONE WEEK UNTIL PASSION 2012: Just one week. That’s all. Can’t expect any sleep at all… not a wink.