Best Dumb Videos Of 2014

Great list from Andres Jauregui:

Here are some massively viral videos and Vines from 2014 that also happen to satisfy some of our basest needs. Frolic with a stampede of bunnies. Marvel at a model with a unique appreciation for the classics. But watch out for that exploding glow stick!

My favorite.

I don’t have the tats or the volume, but I’d love to be able to do that.

Making The Case For An iPhone mini

First, there are times when Apple does what it does because what it does is so freaking obvious to customers, but not to competitors. The iPhone and iPad are perfect examples where Apple’s initial products were vastly superior to whatever the competition had offered up to that time.

Second, there are times when Apple does what it does, not because it’s the best thing to do, but because Apple can get away with it. That explains why some Apple iPhone have less RAM or lower screen resolution than a few competitors (there might also be an issue where Apple requires product components on a much larger scale, but that’s a separate discussion).

Another example of getting away with it is Apple’s ability to continue to sell last year’s iPhone and iPad models; even selling two year old products as new. That needs to stop. One way to help ease customers into upgrading models is to offer a more diverse product line with obvious migration built in. With the iPhone 6 at 4.7-inchs and iPhone 6 Plus at 5.5-inches, Apple is almost there.

I propose an iPhone 6 mini with the 4-inch display, which is merely an iPhone 5s with new case. Why?

That would make an excellent entry-level phone, and a clear cut starting point to migrate customers to the larger iPhone 6 models. Plus, not every smartphone user wants a giant screen. Size matters. For many, the new larger iPhone models are just that– they’re nice, but they’re just too large.

Technically, it would be trivial for Apple to add an iPhone 6 mini to the line. The screen resolution is already set so app developers don’t have to do any additional work. As to price, Apple could easily price the iPhone 6 mini $100 less than the iPhone 6 (which should be called iPhone 6 Air; just to keep things straight for next year when the iPad Air Plus arrives) with or without the latest A8 CPU.

Three different sized smartphones, each with multiple colors, and different storage would also ease Apple’s supply chain problem which in the past has required massive numbers of screens and multiple storage options.

Apple could also avoid the confusion of selling last year’s models at the same time as the newest models. Look at the iPad line. It’s a mess. iPad Air 2 with 2GB RAM, Touch ID, multiple colors. iPad Air is ancient by comparison but still available. The iPad mini 3 is not just a smaller version of the Air, it’s also a lesser version. But Apple still sells the iPad mini 2 with Retina display, and the iPad mini (without Retina display).

Apple doesn’t do customers a favor, either, by still selling iPhone and iPad models with 16GB of storage, but I can see the logic. Once customers fill up their iDevices they’ll blame themselves for the gaffe, then upgrade to a newer model with more storage, so Apple makes yet another sale.

Microsoft’s New Web Browser

I’ll believe it when I see it but word on the street is that Microsoft has something different planned for Windows 10, which should launch later in 2015. Mary Jo Foley:

There’s been talk for a while that Microsoft was going to make some big changes to Internet Explorer in the Windows 10 time frame, making IE “Spartan” look and feel more like Chrome and Firefox… However, if my sources are right, Spartan is not IE 12. Instead, Spartan is a new, light-weight browser Microsoft is building.

Windows 10 (at least the desktop version) will ship with both Spartan and IE 11, my sources say. IE 11 will be there for backward-compatibility’s sake. Spartan will be available for both desktop and mobile (phone/tablet) versions of Windows 10

Five years too late.

Way To Go, Kyle

Buffalo Bills’ quarterback Kyle Orton retired at age 32. Tony Manfred tells how he did it.

He spent most of his 10 season as a backup quarterback in Chicago, Denver, Kansas City, Dallas, and Buffalo. When he did get on the field he was completely competent. He started 82 games and went 42-40.

He made $30 million in his career, and somewhere along the way became one the league’s great cult heroes.

On Monday he announced that he’s retiring at age 32.

It was a surprise to everyone, including his Bills teammates… Orton didn’t tell the team before he announced his retirement.

He simply came into the locker room on Monday morning, told everyone that he was headed to a meeting, and then never came back.

Way to go, Kyle.

Michael Jackson Lives

Add this one to my list of reasons to love Cracked (my Faux News website runner-up for 2014). All you need to know about dead celebrities who are not really dead (maybe). Michael Jackson, for example.

Whatever else he may have been, the late Michael Jackson always struck me as a confused and unhappy individual who was thrown into a very extraordinary life at a young age, and never quite figured out what to do with it. That’s why it was no surprise to me that there are plenty of theories about him faking his death and moving on to live what in his head probably passed for a normal life.

Others on the list include Bill Hicks, D.B. Cooper, Andy Kaufman, John F. Kennedy.

What about Marilyn Monroe? Or, Keith Richards?

Apple And Samsung: Here’s What Happens When The Money Begins To Run Out

You knew this had to happen. While Samsung and other Android smartphone vendors bask in the glory of marketshare vs. Apple’s iPhone and iPad, it’s Apple that walks away with most of the profits. Without profits, tech companies have to tighten their belts, cut back on R&D (research and development), close stores, and reduce the product line.

Guess which high profile tech company is doing all that?

If you guessed Apple, you’d be so far off the mark that you’re probably in need of public assistance for watching too much Faux News and reading Business Insider. It’s not Apple. It’s Samsung.

The Korean giant’s profits have been on the wane for a year, matched in dropping velocity only by the mostly flatlined stock price. Samsung has cut back on the number of smartphone and tablet models, reduced spending, laid off employees, and now it’s in the process of shuttering a flagship store.

The Samsung Experience Store in London, once a flagship operation, is now a shuttered failure. Why? Budget cuts. The Galaxy maker just doesn’t have the money to keep losing propositions afloat. Why? Because Apple, for the past five years, has sucked out most of the profits in the smartphone, tablet, and PC industry.

Samsung recently stopped selling notebooks in Europe and plans to roll out new retail stores across the continent have been mostly shelved.

What’s going on?

This is what happens when the money well runs dry. Apple has taken so much profit from the industries where it competes that competitors are having a rough time just breaking even, let alone coming up with additional profits or investment money to push into new products.

Here’s the thing to understand about the smartphone and tablet market. Samsung, for the most part, is the only player other than Apple to make substantial profits, and those profits are dropping faster than a Super Bowl wardrobe malfunction. What does that say about the rest of the industry?

Even Chinese smartphone darling Xiaomi, which took in another $1-billion investment (about what Apple takes in as profit every couple of weeks) hasn’t been able to expand beyond China and India (and was recently banned in India) because intellectual property laws are tougher in other countries, and the MiPhone and MiPad maker is long on copying, short on originality, and shorter on the money it needs to compete with the likes of Apple.

What happens when the money runs out? Samsung’s recent cutbacks give us an idea of what’s to come.

Good For Microsoft

Sometimes right is the right thing to do, even when it’s Microsoft.

Microsoft’s fight against the US position that it may search its overseas servers with a valid US warrant is getting nasty.

Microsoft, which is fighting a US warrant that it hand over e-mail to the US from its Ireland servers, wants the Obama administration to ponder a scenario where the “shoe is on the other foot.”

“Imagine this scenario. Officers of the local Stadtpolizei investigating a suspected leak to the press descend on Deutsche Bank headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany,” Microsoft said. “They serve a warrant to seize a bundle of private letters that a New York Times reporter is storing in a safe deposit box at a Deutsche Bank USA branch in Manhattan. The bank complies by ordering the New York branch manager to open the reporter’s box with a master key, rummage through it, and fax the private letters to the Stadtpolizei.”

Good for Microsoft.

The Failure Of Microsoft’s ‘MacBook Switch’ Campaign

You gotta give Microsoft some credit for not doing the ‘cut and run‘ as often as it could or should. Cut and run? That’s what a company does when it experiences massive losses on a product that fails to generate any notable success in the marketplace.

Yes, I have a few examples. Think Bing, Microsoft’s failed search engine. Bing has marketshare, yes, but no profits to show for the effort to compete against Google.

Here’s another. Microsoft Surface Pro. The company is on version 3 of the powerful notebook tablet hybrid. Earlier versions caused the company to write off nearly a billion dollars and dump hundreds of thousands of Surface Pro models on the market.

For Surface Pro 3 Microsoft decided to spend a fortune on television ads comparing the failed device to Apple’s MacBook and iPad. Losers compare products that are not comparable, but Microsoft is desperate to make a dent in the mobile device industry, so it will say anything and do anything and lose any amount necessary to gain some traction, even if only a little.

The latest is the so-called ‘MacBook Switch‘ ad campaign, a website which walks viewers through the steps needed to switch from a MacBook to a Surface Pro 3. The television commercials and website promo present a compelling comparison of Apple and Microsoft devices.

A compelling message does not success make, and in a few weeks Apple will announce a record quarter for Mac sales, while Microsoft will announce… nothing. The company would be totally embarrassed to announce surface sales numbers because the switch campaign has been yet another failure.

Customers looking for a high end notebook already know the advantages of Apple’s MacBook line of Air and Pro models. Microsoft’s Surface Pro is a decent notebook with high-end features, but fails miserably as a tablet. Worse, it costs about the same as a Mac, which has a sterling reputation, intense media visibility, and simply owns the premium end of the market where Microsoft has shoved the Surface Pro 3.

The argument that a Surface Pro is a better notebook than a Mac because it’s also a tablet falls flat because the targeted market segment is more savvy than those who buy $200 Windows PC notebooks that struggle to compete against $200 Google Chromebooks. They know that what Microsoft offers is more of the same. Windows, Office, an operating system associated with cheap and work, additional maintenance to avoid the plague of malware that plague’s Windows, and will be worth less than a comparable MacBook Air or Pro within a year.

Getting people to switch to a new product require differentiation and delivery of a better experience for less money. Microsoft’s Surface Pro is well differentiated from Apple’s MacBook line, but fails to deliver a better experience. The ad campaign doesn’t even compare apples to Apples. One is a premium notebook. The other is a hybrid device that doesn’t work well as a tablet. Apparently enough customers have figured that out to send the Mac to record sales, while Microsoft remains shy about how many Surface Pro 3 models have been dumped onto the market.

Good Grief, Henry

It’s not enough that Henry Blodget runs one of the worst of the internet’s link bait farms, but he attached his own byline to a ridiculous story and premise.

The BBC traced Apple’s supply chain back to its roots and found that, among other things, tin used in iPhones comes from dangerous mud mines in Indonesia that employ and kill children and that Chinese people who assemble iPhones work such long hours that they occasionally fall asleep on the job.

Wow. Workers that fall asleep on the job. What’s next? Members of congress falling asleep on the job. Wait. What?

But as you go around wagging your finger at Apple today, be honest about your own contribution to this problem. Today’s economy is global. Some of the people who make the products you use every day have jobs and lives that you would consider appalling. You know this. You just fortunately don’t have to think about it very often. You are also choosing to continue buying these products, even though you know what goes into them.

So, let’s stop eating fruit, vegetables, fish, poultry, beef because the working conditions of workers in those industries is appalling. Stop driving cars because they contain metals from third world countries.

What’s next? Friendly relations with communist Cuba to match the friendly relations with oil producing and repressive Saudi Arabia?

What Apple TV Is Waiting For

This could be the biggest news of the year if it happened this year. If not, and it happens in 2015, still the biggest news. Jacob Kastrenakes on an FCC proposed rule change that could turn the cable TV and broadcast TV upside down.

Internet TV may have just gotten the break it needed. The Federal Communications Commission officially proposed a rule change today that would give any company that wants to carry television shows the ability to license them from cable and broadcast networks. That’s a big deal, because networks aren’t required to negotiate with most companies in the same way that they negotiate with cable and satellite providers. If this proposal goes into effect, any company that wants to offer TV shows over the internet will have the same negotiating powers to do so as a traditional TV provider would, meaning that internet TV providers could finally get off the ground.

Sweet.

End Of The Browser Wars?

Articles like this are a sorry form of journalism. Ed Bott:

The modern browser wars began in earnest in 2004, when Mozilla Firefox challenged Internet Explorer’s complete and utter market dominance, successfully growing from zero to several hundred million users in less than five years.

Let’s see. Safari has several hundred million users. Firefox has several hundred million users. Internet Explorer has hundreds of millions of users. Even Opera counts a few hundred million users.

End of the browser wars?

Mobile devices now outnumber traditional PCs, and the desktop browser has become much less important than mobile web clients and apps. Apple’s mobile Safari and Google’s Chrome are now major players, Mozilla is in a time of major transition, and Microsoft is still paying for its past sins with Internet Explorer.

The conclusion?

And in 2014, all those players seem to have dug in to well-entrenched positions.

So, the war is still going on, each play has a substantial position with huge number of users. Where’s the end of the browser wars?

Top 5 Laptops of 2014

I thought the term laptop was more of a 1999 thing. Apple sells notebooks. Brooke Crothers has the list of the best. Can you guess which one is on top?

Laptops are facing a lot of competition from tablets and even large smartphones, but they’re still the mainstay device for getting work done. Here are the best of 2014.

Spoiler Alert (because Brooke calls them laptops)!

  • HP Stream 11 ($199)
  • Dell XPS 15 (looks familiar)
  • Toshiba Chromebook 2 ($399 and under)
  • Microsoft Surface Pro 3 (nice, for a PC notebook)
  • MacBook Air (13-inch)

How Android Is To iPhone As Windows Is To The Mac

Perhaps you have a friend or co-worker who devoted a nano second to studying the smartphone market and declared, “It’s just like Windows vs. the Mac. Android wins, iPhone loses.”

The sentiment says, “Don’t go there, Kate” but in reality, the declaration is only half true. Android is to the iPhone exactly as Windows is to the Mac.

Exactly. Almost.

It should be clear by now that the Mac never lost anything to Windows except marketshare, which most thinking adults realize is merely one measurement of a product’s performance in the market, and not always a good one at that. Marketshare does not always equate to profits. Profits are always profits.

In fact, even comparing Windows to the Mac or Android to the iPhone is based upon an erroneous, misconstrued perspective. Windows is an operating system that runs on many different PC devices. The Mac is Apple’s personal computer line. Android is an operating system that runs on many different smartphone and tablet devices. The iPhone is Apple’s personal computer line.

How is it that Android is to the iPhone as Windows is to the Mac?

It’s not an equivalent comparison, but its close. Windows marketshare at one time topped 95-percent before falling on hard times as the mobile industry eclipsed the PC industry in units sold. Microsoft made untold billions on Windows and Office with that monopoly.

What of Apple’s Mac?

The Mac also prospered, but not marketshare. The Mac owns about half the PC industry’s profitshare on roughly 15-percent of marketshare. Clearly, Microsoft and Apple prospered with Windows and the Mac.

Android device marketshare is pushing toward 85-percent while the iPhone makes up most of the remaining share. Unlike Microsoft, very few companies make a profit on Android. Google’s revenue and profits are nominal, Samsung’s have fallen on hard times, and every other maker of an Android-based device struggles to break even.

Meanwhile, most estimates put Apple’s share of the smartphone and tablet industry’s profits at around 80-percent, which makes it even better than the Mac’s performance in the PC industry. Microsoft made a killing with Windows and Office, but has almost no presence in the rapidly growing mobile device business. Google and Samsung make some profits in the smartphone and tablet industry, but, as with the PC industry, Apple owns the vastly more important profitshare.

In a way, Android is to iPhone as Windows is to Mac, except that Apple is the only company to win on both fronts.

Oh, one more thing.

I should have mentioned something about malware. 99-percent of the world’s PC malware resides on Windows PCs, not the Mac. Likewise, 99-percent of the world’s smartphone malware resides on Android devices, not the iPhone.

iPad Air 2: ‘Silicon Perfection’

An IT Enquirer article that praises an Apple product? No wonder the byline is by ‘IT Enquirer Staff:’

So far, and after almost two weeks of iPad bliss, I have nothing but good things to say about the new beauty. It looks gorgeous, it’s so thin and smooth that I feel it would slip out of my hands if I wouldn’t be the careful man that I am. The screen is brilliant both literally and figuratively, although with my oily skin I spend most of the evenings cleaning the glass — and the shiny Apple logo on the back — from fatty swipes and oily blotches. Yes, I’m silly enough not to tolerate anything standing between silicon perfection and myself.

That explains why the iPad is the single most used tablet on planet earth.

On A Roll

Apple is on a momentous roll. From Bloomberg:

Apple Inc. quickly dispensed with a $1 billion lawsuit by iPod users claiming software updates for the device were meant to block competitors, as a jury ruled for the company after only three hours of deliberations.

3 hours? That was quick. But who cares? It’s the iPod, right.

While iPod sales have fallen dramatically after the 2007 debut of the iPhone, iTunes, software and services accounted for one-tenth of the company’s revenue in the 2014 fiscal year.

Which means the iPod, a product of diminishing value and attention at Apple, makes more money that all of Apple’s smartphone and tablet competitors, save Samsung.

Apple Not Guilty

Apple’s long legal nightmare with a potential billion-dollar loss is over. Julia Love:

A federal jury handed Apple a win in a hard-fought antitrust case on Tuesday, rejecting plaintiffs’ claims that the company sidelined competitors and hiked up prices during the iPod’s heyday.

The eight-member jury decided the decade-old case after less than three hours of deliberations. They sided with Apple that iTunes 7.0, released in 2006, was a meaningful improvement over previous versions of the software, rather than a plot to hobble rivals.

Yes, the plaintiffs will appeal. Apple’s pockets are that deep. What’s too bad here is that the loser isn’t required to pay legal fees and other costs.

The iPhone Competitor That Works Like Amazon

For the past few years we Apple watchers have been treated to a daily beating from the technorati elite, market prognosticators, and media gurus of how Apple is doomed because every smartphone and tablet maker sells cheaper products.

Last year’s darling of the industry was Samsung. This year Samsung’s profits have collapsed at the hands of yet another, newer darling of the industry, Xiaomi, a four-year-old company from China which blatantly steals designs from Apple, and sells the cheapest of cheap smartphones and tablets, mostly in India and China.

Xiaomi is a private company that is growing quickly, valued by some at $10-billion (vs. Apple at about $640-billion), but has yet to provide a return on investment or a profit of substance. In fact, last year Xiaomi recorded a meager $56-million profit. That’s about one-third of what Apple earned in a single day.

Doesn’t that make Xiaomi much like Amazon? A rapid growth company that’s intent on spending investor money to push market share, but doesn’t have a plan in the works for profits or long term sustainability. The Apple critic conglomerate puts up Xiaomi as the example of a company that, David and Goliath style, will fell the Cupertino giant. In a year or two. Soon. Someday. When the company leaves China for the rest of the world. Any day now. Just wait. You’ll see.

That sounds much like the excuses we’ve all heard about Amazon through the years.

Meanwhile, Xiaomi now is banned in India for theft of intellectual property, so that’s likely to put a dent in the company’s world domination plans, which, oddly enough, don’t seem to include countries with tougher intellectual property laws.

Here’s the problem when the technorati elite, market prognosticators, and media gurus push cheap knockoff manufacturers to a higher-than-earned profile in the smartphone and tablet industry. They never really make it to the top. Just like Amazon never became anything more than a big online bully, a huge retailer that sells everything, but nothing at a profit. Just like Amazon, Xiaomi’s business model is only sustainable as long as there are investors willing to prop it up. The business model of cheap at any expense is not sustainable under its own weight.

In the U.S. it’s been Wall Street that both pushed and propped up Amazon. For Xiaomi, a single investor owns nearly over 75-percent of the company, an owner obviously hoping that marketshare growth will result in a sweet buyout offer from a major industry competitor a few years down the road.

Meanwhile, whether it’s personal computers, smartphones, tablets, applications, or retail outlets, Apple retains the marketshare lead in the only category that matters. Profit.

Microsoft Update Blunders Out Of Control

Larry Seltzer tracks a list of recent update blunders from Microsoft.

This isn’t the first time I’ve brought this up. In Summer of last year Microsoft had buggy Patch Tuesday updates three months in a row. There had been others that year, some of which crippled systems.

Some of the most recent issues struck our office in Manhattan, including updates to Microsoft Word, and problems with Exchange and Outlook. But Apple doesn’t rise above issues with updates, either as this recent piece by Gordon Kelly points out.

iOS 8.1.2 isn’t the major fix users still plagued by ongoing iOS 8 problems have been hoping for. iOS 8.1.1 released in November fixed bugs for many users, but swathes of users remain affected by issues ranging from crippled WiFi (a main support thread for this is now over 93 pages long), Bluetooth bugs stopping connection to headsets and car kits and chronic battery drain. In this context Apple’s decision to address a ringtones bug first will no doubt cause anger, regardless of whether it is low hanging fruit.

Android updates are notorious for bricking phones, so it appears that updates are a problem everywhere.

Beers American’s Don’t Drink Anymore

I love a good, cold beer, but haven’t seen a few of these in years. Alexander E.M. Hess:

While the last few years have been difficult for many large brewers, they, too, have been introducing new products that combine well-known brand names with new concepts that appeal to consumers. In recent years, Anheuser-Busch has introduced Bud Light Platinum, a higher alcohol content beer with a sweeter flavor; Bud Light Ritas, a margarita-inspired malt beverage; and Shock Top, its own take on craft beer. As of last year, these three brands had captured 2% of the overall beer market.

The list does not match the title of the article because all of those on the list commonly are available for purchase, but sales are going down.

  • Miller High Life
  • Miller Light
  • Budweiser
  • Milwaukee’s Best Light
  • Milwaukee’s Best
  • Miller Genuine Draft
  • Budweiser Select

My favorite is Michelob Ultra chilled to the point just below ice slivers.

Why Apple Doesn’t Care

A close friend pointed out that Apple TV is lame, neglected, and as close to abandonware as a tech company product can get. At least, when Apple TV in its current incarnation is compared to the likes of Google Chromecast, Roku, and Amazon Fire TV Stick. He was right, of course, but I had two simple replies.

The first was ‘One word– AirPlay.’

The second was, ‘Apple doesn’t care.’

AirPlay is typical Apple, and, frankly, at least for me and many others, worthy of the price of admission all by itself. AirPlay works so much better than the clumsy, cumbersome, and somewhat similar options from other add-on TV boxes, but it’s almost as if Apple uses AirPlay as a filler feature, tacked on to mask the minimal channel selection, and the fact that Apple TV, though a hobby, isn’t exactly catching the television industry by surprise and hasn’t caught the fancy of the great unwashed TV viewing masses.

Why not?

Apple doesn’t care.

Why not?

The first thing to understand about Apple TV is where it fits in Apple’s scheme of things. It’s a hobby. A profitable hobby, but total sales numbers and profits don’t amount to much more than a rounding error on some spreadsheet in the Cupertino HQ.

The second thing to understand about Apple TV is how the TV industry works, vs. the music industry, and why Apple was able to dominate on one, but barely scratch the surface of the other. There’s no money in selling TVs, so don’t expect Apple to go there. The money is in content production, distribution, and advertising, and Apple TV can distribute but not much more than that.

The third thing to understand about Apple regarding Apple TV is the company’s patience. Apple has the wherewithal and discipline to wait until market conditions and technology mature appropriately so the company can leverage current products and new technology to its advantage.

What some may view as Apple’s inattention or neglect of Apple TV; as more proof the company isn’t innovating as much, can also be viewed as extreme discipline as the company gears up to make a splash in an industry that’s long overdue for some kick-butt changes.

So, does Apple care about Apple TV? Yes. And no. Apple probably makes more money with Apple TV than competitors, but none of the products in that industry segment are catching anyone’s hair on fire, so maybe we should give Apple the benefit of the doubt, and simply suspect they might be working on something that is far better than what we can buy for $99 or less.

The iMac is a mature product line, but who was expecting a 5k Retina display with that price tag? Apple tends to surprise us with something new and different every year or so. I’m waiting.

Who Says iPad Air 2 Is The Best Tablet?

Android Police:

The Air 2 is reliable, predictable, and very fast. iOS still has some tablet experience apps lacking Android equivalents, too, and while Android tablets do have some advantages (like a better Gmail app BY FAR), the iPad remains a no-brainer for me. If it’s my money being spent on a tablet, I’m going to buy the one I know is going to live up to a standard of quality – the iPad has been the gold standard in tablets since it was unveiled, and that hasn’t changed. I don’t see it changing any time soon, either.

Ouch. Or, rather, bravo!

What ‘Back to the Future: Part II’ Got Wrong

Jordan Zakarin tracked down what we have in the 21st century vs. what ‘Back to the Future’ predicted would be here.

A company called Arx Pax launched a Kickstarter to finance development of a new magnetic technology that, among other things, would make possible a semi-functioning version of the hover-boards featured in Back to the Future Part II.

So, no overboard at Target, yet. What else?

  • No Mr. Fusion
  • No Flying Cars
  • No Self Adjusting, Drying Jacket
  • No Holographic Movies
  • No Cubs Winning the World Series

No one predicted Apple’s resurrection, either.

15 Best Burgers

Everyone has a list of something. Here’s a new one for best burgers from Liz Childers. Only one New York burger joint on the list, the Bowery Meat Company in the East Village.

Walking To The Apple Store

I work in Manhattan, just a few blocks from Apple’s flagship retail store. I live in Brooklyn, not far from Williamsburg which gets an Apple Store next spring. NYPost:

The tech-products powerhouse has signed a long-term lease for a 20,000-square-foot store at 247 Bedford Ave. at the corner of North 3rd Street, brokerage community sources definitively revealed. It will be Apple’s long-awaited first Brooklyn location… The two-story brick structure, a few blocks from the Bedford Avenue L station, is getting a whole new look, featuring dramatic, arched windows, to be completed in April 2015.

Sweet.