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‘Thank you, Steve Jobs.’

God, I never thought I would say those words.

For decades, I have been bothinfuriated and seduced by the man;alternating between curious and angry, enamored and resentful. I idolized and villainized him. His products have both helped and hijacked my career and personal life – devouring my time, my attention and my bank account. For all of his grand invention, he was at the core just a ‘dealer’, feeding society’s ‘more, please, now’addiction. By blurringtechnologies withtoys, he hooked billionswith a ‘shiny new, faster, more colorful’ lure.

Ironically, he consideredhimself Buddhist but mastermindedproducts that disconnect us from our minds instead of settling us deeper into them.

Like many, I grew tired of his rhetoric and bravado, his secrets and sweatshops. But when I watched the now famous 60 minutes interviewwhere he rejected his birth father as a mere sperm bank – and vowed to never meet the…

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TechCrunch

Wearables is a word that can make one weary in the sphere of online tech journalism. It’s been a buzzword for at least a year now, and many are predicting 2014 could be its breakout year. Tech you wear isn’t new, but many more people are throwing their hats in the ring with new products, many of which will be on display at CES. The problem: None of those playing in this space have yet demonstrated that they’ve got something most people are willing to add to their existing wardrobe.

At CES, wearables will be featured prominently. Pebble, Kiwi Wearables, MYO, Lumo, Fitbit, Qualcomm, MetaWatch and more will all have booths at the show and likely product news, too. There’s an entire zone dedicated to wrist-borne gadgets, and we’ll no doubt see a slew of face-based devices in the vein of Google Glass, too.

But what I’m looking for…

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Gigaom

Over the past several months, we’ve seen billionaire tech-company founders invest substantial sums of money in journalism: first Amazon (s amzn) CEO Jeff Bezos acquired the Washington Post for $250 million, then eBay (s ebay) founder Pierre Omidyar promised to spend a similar amount on a brand-new media entity called First Look Media. According to a couple of the business writers at Breaking Views, however, the ones who should really be investing in journalism are Google (s goog) co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin.

Why? Because the Google guys have apparently sucked the lifeblood out of the media business by siphoning off billions in advertising revenue over the past decade or so. As the authors of the post put it:

“Few have made their money at the expense of the old-school pillars of the fourth estate quite as obviously as the Google guys… if any tech moguls have reason to…

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TechCrunch

Apple has today released its environmental report for its new Mac Pro machine, which details some fairly large savings on power and raw materials. The new device also earns a gold rating from the EPEAT, but that isn’t too surprising as Apple has ‘helped’ the organization rethink how it evaluates products.

Despite that retooling, however, the new Mac Pro still puts up some impressive gains in efficiency. For one, it uses 68% less power than the previous generation Mac Pro when at idle. We looked up last year’s model and the idle consumption rates were up around 133.7w on 100v, with the new unit coming in at just 43w.

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It also uses less materials over all, which isn’t too surprising given that it’s a ton smaller. The new Mac Pro uses 74% less aluminum than the previous version and the packaging consumes 82% less volume and weighs 84%…

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TechCrunch

Ottawa-based ecommerce player Shopify introduced a totally redesigned version of its iOS mobile app today, with a new core concept that focuses on helping merchants do more to manage and run their stores from their devices. And in keeping with their new strategy post-gigantic raise, the company is looking to help both online and offline retailers in one package with the new app.

The new app comes with payment powers, so that you can use Shopify’s free, Square-like reader to collect funds from customers and complete sales in person. It’s restricted to U.S. merchants only for now, but the company says more regions will gain access to the device later on. Along with that, there’s also total store management for online Shopify clients, and management of Shopify POS, too, for customers who are also using their brick-and-mortar sales solution.

credit-card-readerNew for online merchants are notifications of each new order…

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