Ustream Flashmob at Apple iPhone 5 Launch

Where can you get free publicity with a Flashmob? Right at an Apple launch event. So with the launch of the iPhone 5 this morning, here in San Francisco, Ustream organized a flashmog. I saw the group early on making preparations, so I kept my camera ready to film. Here are two video's of the Flashmob, where the news anchor mand did a really good job keeping his face straight!


Apple iPhone5 Launch Event San Francisco

Earlier this week, I posted some pictures of a classy Apple logo with a colorful background. It reminded me to the old Apple Logo, which I still love. Don'te get me wrong, I like the white style as well. Here are some more pictures of this morning...

Robert ScobleJoshua Topolsky meet each other and exchange some laughs. Robert even interviews Joshua in the line waiting to get in.

Robert Scoble & Joshua Topolsky greet each other outside in the press line for Apple event iPhone 5 San Francisco

Apple fans from around the world making pictures in front of the colorful Apple logo

Apple fans from around the world pose for pictures in from of the colorful Apple logo

Apple employees in green shorts right before the iPhone 5 launch event kicks off.

Apple employees in green shirts at iPhone 5 launch event

Full news studio's on the sidewalk for the press to broadcast live

NEws studio on the side walk at Apple launch event for the iPhone 5

iPads being used to make pictures. How convenient..

iPads being used for making pictures iPhone 5 launch event

Ustream Flashmob in front of the Yerba Buena hall

UStream Flashmob at iPhone 5 Apple event

Channel 2 Anchor watches the Flashmob, while he is waiting for his cue

Channel 2 anchor watches Ustream Flashmob at the Apple iPhone 5 launch event

News anchor man ready to go live, is actually be able to keep a straight face

News Anchor ready to go live, keeps a straight face during Ustream iPhone 5 Flashmob

Sunday Smoothie 7: Apple, Orange, Strawberry and Mint

Back to the berries today. As strawberries are still being sold in large amounts on the farmers market, we bought 3 boxes again today.

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Going with the strawberries, I used oranges, apples, mint and yogurt for this Sunday Smoothie.

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  • Apple; fresh apples help cleanse the system, lower blood cholesterol levels, keep blood sugar level up and aid digestion. Apples help to eliminate toxins in the system. Apples contain vitamins A and some vitamins B and C. Apples also are high in two important phytochemicals: pectin and boron.
  • Orange; all citrus fruits are high in vitamin C and limonene, which is thought to inhibit breast cancer. Oranges in particular can be good for improving mental functions, as they are a good source of choline.
  • Strawberry; strawberry can be effective against kidney stones, rheumatism and arthritis. Next to this, strawberries are also used in cleansing juices and as a mild tonic for the liver. This fruit is high in cancer fighting ellagic acid and vitamin C. Strawberries not only contain vitamin C, but also vitamin A and potassium and some iron.
  • Mint; although mint is now days used a lot in tea, you can perfectly give your smoothie an extra bite by using a couple of leaves of mint in it. Mint can help to treat stomach ache or chest pain. Mint also helps digestion in a way that it breaks down the fats. Because if this, mint is sometimes recommended for treatment of obesity. Fresh mint leaves need to be used immediately, or stored in a plastic bag for just a couple of days in the refrigerator.
  • Yogurt; yogurt can restore and maintain the normal microbial balance in the intestinal tract. For smoothies you can use it to give the drink a somewhat different taste than just mixed fruit. A thick and creamy yogurt can give your thin smoothie more body.

For the Yogurt I always use the organic low fat yogurt from the Trader Joe’s.

Trader-Joes-Yogurt

Another healthy Sunday Smoothie.

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Sunday Smoothie 6: Apple, Banana, Pear and Peach

With the summer almost at an end, the fruity fruit are delicious and sweet. So, Sunday morning, the first trip out is to  the farmers market to pick up some fresh fruit for the Sunday Smoothie.

Today we picked up Apples, Pears and Peaches and a lot of Bananas. To give the smoothie some extra bite, I added Mint and a lot of Basil.

peach apple pear smoothie

  • Apples; fresh apples help cleanse the system, lower blood cholesterol levels, keep blood sugar level up and aid digestion. Apples help to eliminate toxins in the system. Apples contain vitamins A and some vitamins B and C. Apples also are high in two important phytochemicals: pectin and boron.
  • Banana; use bananas for fruity smoothies. Bananas are antiulcer, antibacterial, they boost immunity and lower the blood cholesterol levels. Due to their ability to strengthen the surface cells of the stomach lining and protect them against acids, bananas are recommended when you have an ulcer. Bananas thicken the mixture and add a fresh fruit flavor to the smoothie
  • Peach; peaches are full with antioxidants, rich in vitamin A and potassium. Peaches also contain Boron, niacin, some iron and Vitamin C. Peaches can help against cancer or heart disease. Although they contain low sugar, peaches taste very sweet. They can make the smoothie a little thick, so combined with bananas, you might need a spoon.
  • Pear; pears are a good source of vitamin C. They can add a sweet taste to the smoothie. Just make sure the pears you use are not hard, but ripe enough so they can add to the liquidity of the smoothie. Pears protect the colon too.
  • Mint; although mint is now days used a lot in tea, you can perfectly give your smoothie an extra bite by using a couple of leaves of mint in it. Mint can help to treat stomach ache or chest pain. Mint also helps digestion in a way that it breaks down the fats. Because if this, mint is sometimes recommended for treatment of obesity. Fresh mint leaves need to be used immediately, or stored in a plastic bag for just a couple of days in the refrigerator.
  • Basil; can help you with your indigestion nervous tension, stress and tension headaches. Just use 1-3 leaves in your smoothie per each cup.

Peeling the fruit is the most work. After this, it’s easy, just blend!

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The smoothie’s viscosity is pretty high because of the banana’s and the peaches. The strawberries were floating on top of the thick smoothie.

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Are You Being Held Hostage by the iPhone and AT&T?

What do you do when your iPhone breaks down with some month to go in the contract? Do you upgrade to the new iPhone 3G s? Or would you rather go with another provider? AT&T has some serious connectivity and network problems, so think before you lock yourself in for another 2 years.

Buying the iPhone, what a joy

A little less than 2 years I gave my wife an iPhone as a present. It was not really her birthday, but she was interested in getting an iPhone. Since I was to, but I have a Blackberry from my work, I bought the iPhone for her so I could play with it as well. With the iPhone came a 2 year contract, with data plan and SMS bundle.

Apple iPhone 3G s

My wife is not the type who is installing all kinds of applications on her phone. She is just using the iPhone to make calls, send SMS and receive, send emails and the camera has been used almost everyday. Never dropped, and always a solid case around the iPhone.

The iPhone has been a joy in our lives. It’s a great piece of technology, with which you can make pictures while you are on the road and send quite easily to everybody in your address book quite easily. Until a couple of days ago…

The iPhone breaks down

A couple of days ago suddenly the phone started to act strange. The real problem seems to be the battery, which won’t charge anymore. This could be a real problem if you use the iPhone everyday.

iPhone breaks down after too many battery charges Just recently, a couple of weeks ago, my wife needed to get a new battery for her Macbook. The same problem as the iPhone, the battery was not loading anymore. When taking the Macbook to the Genius bar, they told me she needed a new battery. Apparently you can only recharge the battery 300 times. This battery was already charged 512 times. We got a new battery and the Macbook is working like before.

Now that the iPhone is showing the same kind of behavior as the Macbook, I suggested we would have to take the phone to the Genius bar, and see if we could have it fixed.  Swapping the battery in the iPhone should not take that long, and it would mean she could use it again. Think again…

In the Apple store, the folks told us it would not even be worth it to make an appointment with the Genius bar. They simply told us the apple folks would not even take the effort fixing the 1.5 year old iPhone.

Now what…? With a little more than 4 months on a 2 year iPhone contract, my wife cannot even make a single phone call. The only advise the Apple store managers could give us, is to buy a new iPhone.

Buy a new iPhone with 2 year contract?

Buying a new iPhone was a short consideration for both my wife and myself. The new iPhone 3G s is supposed to be an even better piece of technology. Faster, slimmer and with more capabilities when it comes to applications. However, buying a new iPhone would also mean we would have to extend the contract for an additional 2 years. Locked up for another 2 years to the poor service of AT&T.

2 year new AT&T contract with the Apple iPhone

The 2 years is not the only thing which would change. The amount we would have to pay in the new contract would rise with $15,- per month. Ten dollars for the data plan, and if you would like to have a SMS bundle, another five dollars. But wait a minute, I used to have a SMS bundle, why would we pay more for another SMS bundle? Right, you already get it, we were getting framed… Because why do I suddenly have to pay $10 more for the data plan? And why are there $18 one time AT&T upgrade fees applied?

We cancelled to buy the new iPhone, and wanted to think about it before we commit to another two years of dropped calls or bad reception by AT&T. However, now two weeks later, we still don’t know what to do. I guess we will go back voluntarily as a hostage to the Apple iPhone and AT&T.

I seriously thought about a law suit to both Apple and AT&T. How can they require you to close a contract for two years, while the hardware does not even last for the contract period of the two years. But then again, what is the likelihood of winning this? I don’t want to spend my time and energy in all this negativity.

Probably we will buy a new iPhone and upgrade to the new contract for another two years. As long as my corporate line is on AT&T, my wife and I actually call each other for free.

Apple Images; sizes or colors

Image search on Live is pretty cool. The AJAX functionality gives you the opportunity to scroll through massive amounts of images without clicking to the next page.

image On the right side of the images window, you can select different attributes like size, color, aspect ratio, style and Face.

These refinements gives you the opportunity to find what you are looking for faster. Imagine you are only looking at black & white pictures of cars, this can be done pretty fast like this.

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But what if you are looking for the keyword Apples like I was doing, and you had never seen this functionality before. I seriously was thinking that I could choose between green or red apples.  I thought: "Live has cracked the image search like nobody can ever crack it..."

Apples