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Using the Original iPhone... in 2017

Funny video. By the way I still have a working original iPhone 📱

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Living With the Original iPhone... in 2017

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Back in 2007, the iPhone was revolutionary. But what about using that same phone in 2017? Wall Street Journal's Joanna Stern locked up her iPhone 7 and attempted to make it through the day.

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Perfect Ten

Ten years ago today the original iPhone went on sale.

John Gruber nails the excitement and anticipation we all felt back then. Simply monumental.

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Perfect Ten

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Apple had amazing product introductions before the iPhone, and it’s had a few good ones after. But the iPhone was the only product introduction that felt *impossible*.


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How New Yorkers gave rise to salsa

A New York thing that grew into a sensation.

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How New Yorkers’ obsession with Cuba gave rise to salsa

Salsa music remains a dance staple
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The Cheetah Club on Broadway and 53rd Street was the “granddaddy of the big commercial disco,” wrote cultural historian Steven Watson in his 2003 book, “Factory Made: Warhol and the Sixties.” Warho…
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Opinion | "Trump Poisons the World"

Strong Op-Ed column from David Brooks of the NY Times

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Opinion | Donald Trump Poisons the World

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This White House is an axis of selfishness, which explains its suspicion of cooperative global arrangements, like NATO and the Paris climate accord.
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Rest In Peace Frank Deford

Sorry to hear of the passing of Frank Deford, the great Sport Illustrated writer. Colorful prose and wonderful stories that many of us grew up reading in SI.

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NPR

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Frank Deford died Sunday, just weeks after hanging up his cleats as commentator for NPR's Morning Edition.
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About Memorial Day

"I hope you're having a meaningful day."

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Don't Say 'Thank You For Your Service' This Monday

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Memorial Day is specifically to honor those who died in military service. One vet says he'd prefer people say, "I hope you're having a meaningful day." The holiday's history dates to the Civil War.
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Beatles' First Take Of 'Lucy In The Sky'

If you are a Beatles fan (who isn't?) this first take version will blow you away.

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The Beatles' First Take Of 'Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds'

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On the cusp of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band's 50th birthday, hear is the first take of The Beatles recording of a legendary song.

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50 years later, 1st woman runs Boston Marathon again

Awesome Story!

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50 years later, 1st woman runs Boston Marathon again

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Kathrine Switzer ran the Boston Marathon in the same bib number that a race official tried to rip off her in an iconic photo from the 1967 race.

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Jimmy Breslin Dies at 88

Breslin was an amazing writer and story-teller. Enjoyed his straight-forward prose in the local newspapers for many, many years when I lived in NYC. He grew up in the Richmond Hill section of Queens, where my family and I also lived for many years. Rest in peace.

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Jimmy Breslin, Legendary New York City Newspaper Columnist, Dies at 88

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With prose that was savagely funny, deceptively simple and poorly imitated, Mr. Breslin created his own distinct rhythm in the hurly-burly music of newspapers.

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New DNC Chairman

It's on, baby. 👍🏽

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Occupy Democrats

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Our new DNC Chairman just put Trump in his place with this blistering tweet.
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NYTimes: Muslim Ban Is Cowardly and Dangerous

Well said.

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Donald Trump’s Muslim Ban Is Cowardly and Dangerous

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History has its eyes on Trump officials and members of Congress who know better, but are staying silent.

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Women’s Marches Around the Nation

Inspiring

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Where Women’s Marches Are Happening Around the World

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The Women’s March on Washington is expected to be the largest inauguration-related demonstration in United States history.

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‘On the Waterfront’ Endures

My late father worked as a longshoreman on the New York waterfronts and piers for many years from the 1950s through the 1970s. He had a strong back as it was all done by hand with hooks and brawn. Now it's all mechanized with cranes and fork lifts.

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Along New York Harbor, ‘On the Waterfront’ Endures

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Much has changed since the days when mobsters controlled the waterfront, but investigators say organized crime still has a presence there.


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Obama Reckons with a Trump Presidency

Very insightful article. Worth a read.

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Obama Reckons with a Trump Presidency

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Inside a stunned White House, the President considers his legacy and America’s future.
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The Hamilton Cast and Trump-Pence

This is what the actor said, "We are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us. We truly hope this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and work on behalf of all of us." ...and Trump is demanding that the cast apologize?

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The Hamilton Cast and Trump-Pence

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Donald J. Trump has called for the cast to apologize to the VP-elect.
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America Elects a Bigot

All that needs to be said.

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America Elects a Bigot

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I do not respect this president-elect. Count me among the resistance.
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Why I'm With Her

I imagine it’s not much of a surprise to learn that I plan on voting for Hillary Clinton next week. I haven’t necessarily been a fan, but I have been consistently anti-Trump for as long as he’s been a viable candidate.

I do not believe — as many extremely intelligent and thoughtful and progressive people I genuinely respect happen to believe — that Hillary represents the lesser of two evils. I believe she’s flawed, hawkish, and can be ruthless. And I’m very well aware she’s done her fair share of bad things.

I also believe she’s very competent. In both good and bad ways. I believe she's insanely qualified for this position. I believe she has grown. Whether that growth is politically motivated or not doesn’t matter much to me. I just care that it exists. And I believe she’s the only adult left standing after an insanely long campaign.

But this isn’t why I’m voting for her.

I’m voting for her because I do not want to live in an America where the type of people who fervently and unconditionally support Trump — who exist so motivated by and permeated with hate and fear and loathing — have a reason to be optimistic about their beliefs.

I don't want these people to feel good or inspired. I don't want them to experience any measure of positive reinforcement. No encouragement. No energy. No invigoration. No revitalization. Instead I want them to feel confusion and shame for coming out into the light.

I also want to somehow convince them to not hate me and people who look like me. Because the America I know and grew up believing in simply shouldn't allow hateful beliefs to flourish. We are better than that.

I still can't believe the ugly, hateful and ignorant things he has said.

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Kershaw in Cubs' way

Good game tonight, will be watching on TV. Can the Cubs get to the World Series?

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Kershaw stands in Cubs' way in Game 6

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If you're going to end a World Series drought, you might as well do it against a distinguished opponent. That's the chance that the Cubs have given themselves. They'll face Clayton Kershaw on Saturday night, with the Dodgers backed against the wall.
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Inside 9/11

15 years later the memories are still so tragically vivid.

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Inside 9/11: The day that never ends

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Video — raw, chaotic and nearly inconceivable — offers a rare look into a day that continues to haunt the nation 15 years later.
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Star Trek 50th Anniversary

Happy 50th Anniversary to Star Trek, live long and prosper!

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Happy 50th Anniversary, Star Trek!

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News - Star Trek actors wish the iconic franchise a Happy Birthday...


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Haitian-Dominican Wins Olympics Medal

Poetic to say the least

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Haitian-Dominican Wins Dominican Republic's Only Olympics Medal

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Luisito Pie, a Dominican of Haitian descent, has won the country’s only 2016 Olympics medal, a bronze in Taekwondo. If the surprise is still not apparent, consider that the Dominican government stripped all Dominicans of foreign descent of their citizenship just in 2013. The people disproportionately affected were Dominicans of Haitian descent, and the cities all over the U.S. rallied for the government to cease its “ethnic cleansing.
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"Unfettered Anti-Intellectualism"

"If your political priorities are the total defeat of a single politician – not the advancement of your own policies – it fans the flames of extremism"

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By Trying To Destroy President Obama Through Unfettered Anti-Intellectualism, The GOP Destroyed Itself

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The Guardian: It may seem too early to call, but we already have a winner in the 2016 election. He’s someone the pundits wrote off long ago. An improbable outsider who rode an insurgent wave to snatch the nomination from the establishment.
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Bernie

Bernie will do the right thing. He fought the good fight, but must now join with Clinton to keep the GOP madness from continuing.

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Bernie Signals the End

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After meeting with President Obama, Sanders confirmed he would compete in Washington, D.C.’s Democratic primary next week. But he signaled a willingness to work with Hillary Clinton to ensure that Democrats win the White House. (via The Atlantic)
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VHS HD Demo - NY in 1993

Wow, what a time capsule. High Definition Video of New York in 1993. Folks would carry around a camera that weighed a ton to be able to capture high definition video onto special "Digital" VHS tape.

You say not much has changed in 23 years? The clothes are different, no Twin Towers, nobody looking down at their phones. Now everybody carries around a smart phone that can do the same as that huge camera in 1993. :-)

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DTheater DVHS HD Demo - New York in 1993

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Captured from a D-Theater HD DVHS Demo Tape.

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Obama to speak at Rutgers

Nice, I plan on possibly being there.

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President Obama to speak at Rutgers commencement

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Rutgers University is celebrating its 250th anniversary in 2016 and had invited the president to speak 2 years ago. There is no record of a sitting president speaking at a Rutgers graduation.
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Tesla Model 3

Awesome concept is realized. Sign me up!

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Tesla Model 3 Announced

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Judging from the $200 million in deposits Tesla has already raked in, the Model 3 has quickly found its fans in the last 24 hours.
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MLK I Have a Dream Speech

How many of you have actually read the I Have A Dream speech? It's remarkably powerful and moving.

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Martin Luther King's I Have A Dream speech text and audio
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Gun Control: Australia's Example

Makes sense, get rid of the guns, reduce the incidences of violence.

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In Debate Over Gun Control, Australia Presents Stark Example

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Australia has had no mass killings of five or more since a 1996 rampage spurred a tightening of laws, but critics say gun violence had been falling anyway.
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Bluetooth Star Trek communicator

Beam me up, Scotty

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Enterprising company makes Bluetooth Star Trek communicator

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This Bluetooth handset looks like an original Star Trek communicator and will boldly go with any mobile device.


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We can't believe in A-Rod

Despite all of the baseball accomplishments, it's a sad and tarnished story.

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We can't believe in A-Rod, because he couldn't believe in himself - Yankees Blog - ESPN

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The tragedy of Alex Rodriguez, newest member of the 3,000-hit club, has less to do with a failing of character than a failing of confidence.
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Patek Philippe 5270G

Think I like this device a whole lot more than the Apple Watch:

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Apple iPhone Will Fail...

Now this was an interesting prediction. :-)

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Apple iPhone Will Fail in a Late, Defensive Move: Matthew Lynn - Bloomberg

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Few products have been launched with such a blizzard of publicity as Apple Inc.'s iPhone.
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Final home game is Jeter's last at shortstop

Delivering the winning hit in his last game at shortstop, what a fairy tale ending. Farewell Captain.

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Description: NEW YORK -- Derek Jeter wanted to leave something special about his final game at Yankee Stadium, so even though he decided he will play at some point in Boston this weekend, Thursday was his final game at shortstop.

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Gabriel García Márquez, Literary Pioneer, Dies at 87

Double sad day, Gabriel García Márquez, the great Colombian novelist of “One Hundred Years of Solitude” died at 87.

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Gabriel García Márquez, Literary Pioneer, Dies at 87

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Mr. García Márquez, who received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982, wrote fiction rooted in a mythical Latin American landscape of his own creation, but his appeal was universal.
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Salsa Legend Cheo Feliciano Dies

So sad. One of the greatest soneros of all time. Such a great voice.

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Salsa legend Cheo Feliciano dies in car wreck

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Jose Luis "Cheo" Feliciano, a giant of salsa music and Puerto Rican legend, died in a car crash early Thursday morning in San Juan, police said. He was 78.
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The 30-Year-Old Macintosh and a Lost Conversation With Steve Jobs

Insanely Great Indeed

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The 30-Year-Old Macintosh and a Lost Conversation With Steve Jobs

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To celebrate the 30 year anniversary or the Mac, Steven Levy, the author of a book on the computer, is releasing an unseen and raw interview with Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple.
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Top Products in Two Decades of Tech Reviews

Excellent list. I agree with 10 out of the twelve products listed. I was an early adopter of almost all of these products over the years. I believe Facebook and Twitter have been influential, but don't really belong on this list. They weren't game changers like the others were.

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Top Products in Two Decades of Tech Reviews

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Walt Mossberg on the dozen personal-technology products that were the most influential over two decades of reviews.
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Nelson Mandela's Life and Times

Amazing life, sad to hear of his passing.

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Nelson Mandela's Life and Times

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Former South African President Nelson Mandela has become a symbol of the anti-apartheid movement. As one of the world's greatest and most admired political leaders, he has been honored with numerous...
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Video: 4 World Trade Center Opens

Amazing piece of architecture and its opening is quite timely. It's now been more than a decade years since 9/11 and we've come full circle.

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Video: 4 World Trade Center Opens

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It is the first tower completed on the original World Trade Center site.
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Scott Carpenter, Mercury Astronaut Who Orbited Earth, Dies at 88

He definitely had "The Right Stuff"

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Scott Carpenter, Mercury Astronaut Who Orbited Earth, Dies at 88

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Mr. Carpenter’s flight into space was in May 1962. Before the first mission to orbit the Earth, in February that same year, he famously told another astronaut, “Godspeed, John Glenn.”
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