Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Review: Far More To Offer Than Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus |

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has been my phone of choice for the last year. I’ve used a lot of others, like the LG G3, which I’ve also loved. But I’ve ended up back on the Note 3 every time. That, to me, is the best indication that the Note range is perfectly designed for my needs.

So who should consider a Note 4? Well, my first advice would be that if you have a Note 3, the upgrade is going to be small for you. You’ll get a better screen, nicer design and some nice health and fitness tools, but it’s not a revolution – more an evolution. So those on two-year contracts shouldn’t fret if they’re going to have to stick with the Note 3 for another year.

But for those looking to go down a new route, switch from an iPhone or smaller Android, is the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 worth it?Spoiler: yes, without doubt.

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How the World’s Top Health Body Allowed Ebola to Spiral Out of Control | Bloomberg

Poor communication, a lack of leadership and underfunding plagued the World Health Organization’s initial response to the Ebola outbreak, allowing the disease to spiral out of control.

The agency’s reaction was hobbled by a paucity of notes from experts in the field; $500,000 in support for the response that was delayed by bureaucratic hurdles; medics who weren’t deployed because they weren’t issued visas; and contact-tracers who refused to work on concern they wouldn’t get paid.

Director-General Margaret Chan described by telephone how she was “very unhappy” when in late June, three months after the outbreak was detected, she saw the scope of the health crisis in a memo outlining her local team’s deficiencies. The account of the WHO’s missteps, based on interviews with five people familiar with the agency who asked not to be identified, lifts the veil on the workings of an agency designed as the world’s health warden yet burdened by politics and bureaucracy.

“It needs to be a wakeup call,” said Lawrence Gostin, a professor of global health law at Georgetown University in Washington. The WHO is suffering from “a culture of stagnation, failure to think boldly about problems, and looking at itself as a technical agency rather than a global leader.”

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e-Edge Newsletter |


v.18 n. 40 – Released October 16, 2014

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Songs of Innocence – The Real Reason Apple Users Should Be Upset | Peter Mehit


As part of the roll out of the iPhone 6 and the Apple Watch, Apple announced that it was adding U2’s ‘Songs of Innocence’ to every Apple iTunes library automatically as a ‘gift’.  There was an immediate uproar from Appleland that became so raucous that eventually Apple created a page to tell people how to remove the album from their accounts (yes, there’s an app for that), culminating in Bono himself apologizing for the entire fiasco.

The main complaint of the Apple community was that, a) they didn’t want Apple deciding what takes up space on their iTunes account and, b) they hate U2.  There was a lot of counterpoint from Apple / U2 loyalists that thought Apple had done a good thing.  ‘If some gives you a gift, you say thank you.’  The response from the aggrieved was ‘If someone gives me something I don’t want, it’s not a gift.’

To be sure, the bundle fest that was the iPhone 6 launch was intended to be a slick cross marketing event.  A ‘free’ gift, it was not.  U2 were well compensated for the release rights of the album.  In addition, everyone that isn’t an Apple customer will pay for it.  Apple gave it away for marketing purposes.  The question is why would Apple want to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to do this.

bono1I believe what makes Bono (and, hence, U2) relevant is his continuous presence on the world stage as a humanitarian.  At this point, nobody can seriously call U2 ground breaking.  But Bono is omnipresent.  You can find pictures of him with Nelson Mandela, Bill Clinton, Pope John Paul II, George W. Bush and other luminaries.  He, for some reason that escapes me, is at the World Economic Summit.  His efforts on behalf of Amnesty International and many causes in sub-Saharan African are legendary.  He is a one-man force that is identified with human rights, liberty and environmentalism.  Whether or not you like his music, he has, on the surface, attempted to be a force for good.

foxconn1Then there’s Apple, whose products are produced, in part, at the Taiwanese company, Foxconn.  Its expensive phones and gadgets are made by workers who toil in walled campuses for ten or more hours a day.  Off work, hours are spent in crowded common areas or sleeping in a room with eight to ten other workers.  Workers are rarely allowed to leave the plant for fear that they will not return.  They endure this for $0.35 per hour, and they have to pay for their food and lodging.  Suicides occur with regularity.

Apple has faced criticism for this practice.  Their justification is that their expensive phones would cost even more if they made them in labor fair countries.  Any sentient being would see the lie in this as their net income is $37BN in 2013.  This 18% bottom line is produced not by the pirate raider, Goldman Sachs, but by the cool, trendy, we want everyone to be happy and love each other, Apple, Inc.  Being socially responsible would cost them money.

bono2Instead of doing what, based on their image, would be the right thing by paying fair wages, they engage in a piece of truly cynical marketing.  Pay one of the world’s most famous humanitarians millions of dollars so you can give his work away on the hope that resulting aroma will cover the stink of your own business practices.  There are no innocents in this situation, just Apple and Bono in the perfect embrace of hypocrisy.

foxconn2Think differently, Apple.

Branding Made Simple | Businessweek

Why did Google GOOG whip Yahoo! YHOO so decisively? How did Apple AAPL become the world’s most valuable company? Why have we all heard of Intel INTC? The answer is simple. Or, to be more precise, simplicity.

The ability to distill highly complex business concepts into simple consumer propositions is one reason why Google, Apple, and Intel are three of the most valuable brands in the world. Google’s breakthrough insight was to make everything about its brand and user experience clean and simple, unlike Yahoo and other search engine companies that thought a busier page somehow communicated more value. Apple rejected complexity in everything from its operating system to product design to advertising. And Intel created a five-note musical signature and two-word catchphrase to make us all believe that a computer was better if it had “Intel Inside.”

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The Great TV Unbundling Has Begun. But Be Careful What You Wish For | WIRED

The distant dream of a la carte television has never seemed closer to reality. On Thursday, just a day after HBO said it would launch a new online streaming service that doesn’t require a cable TV subscription, CBS announced the launch of CBS All Access, a service will let users watch unlimited CBS content, including some live television, on multiple devices for just $5.99 a month.

It’s still too early to proclaim the death of the traditional cable TV bundle. And yet, the two announcements signal a drastic shift in the way both cable companies and networks—so often adversaries of internet TV services like Netflix and Aereo—now view the changing television landscape. Tech savvy consumers and cord cutters have been urging these companies to unhinge themselves from the traditional cable package for years. But now that they are, the question is: are consumers really ready for it?

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Going Green for a Professional Clean |

By now most people know how to “green up” their household cleaning supplies. They know, for example, that adding some baking soda, dish soap and vinegar to a spray bottle filled with water makes a pretty great all-purpose cleanser. They know that the easiest way to clean a bathtub is with a grapefruit and kosher salt.

When it comes to industrial cleaning, though, most people get a little bit lost. It’s easy to search for environmentally friendly cleaning companies but hard to figure out who actually knows what they are doing. After all, these companies probably aren’t employing people to stand around and create gallons of cleansers out of water, vinegar, baking soda and dish soap! Plus, these companies often use different terminologies for the same idea.

There are, luckily, a few common things that separate the good green industrial cleaners from those who are just hoping to make a quick buck off of the trend. They are also, if you are in the industrial and professional cleaning business, things that you can do to ensure your customers that your company truly is green.

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