Look At These Big-Screen iPhone 6 Concept Photos

The Second and Third Act crowd need a larger, brighter screen but without added weight or cost.

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In 2012, after five generations of iPhone, Apple switched up the size of their flagship smartphone. Rather than sporting a 3.5-inch display, as it had for five years, the iPhone 5 had a 4-inch display making it longer, thinner and lighter than any generation before it.

This year, it’s entirely possible that the same shift will occur, with reports suggesting that Apple is working on two separate models, a 4.7-inch version and an XL 5.5-inch version.

Wondering what that might look like?

So is designer Federico Ciccarese, who has put together these concept designs for larger screened iPhones with metal frames.

Take a look:

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Of course, there’s no guarantee that Apple’s iPhones will look anything like this. They may very well keep the flat back design language of current models, rather than Ciccarese’s curve (which is likely in homage to the much-beloved iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS).

Plus, the…

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Four Handy Tools To Workaround – Or Ditch! – Apple’s iPhoto

I prefer any native Apple app to almost any other developer. Have I been Apple-washed?

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iPhoto and iCloud, despite being the default photo application and accompanying syncing service that much of the Apple universe uses regularly, are actually kind of awful. iPhoto is slow and bulky. iCloud is limited, and more expensive than many competitors’ cloud storage services when you need to upgrade. And yet, we’re stuck with them…or are we?

Fortunately, there are few applications from independent developers that can either improve Apple’s out-of-the-box experience by filling in the gaps its software overlooks, or lets you bypass using Apple’s products altogether.

You may think that having so many one-off solutions for iPhoto highlights the problems with Apple’s own software. Or you can instead believe that these kinds of augmentations and improvements are the benefits of the wide-reaching app ecosystem Apple has enabled. It depends on if you’re a “glass half empty/glass half full” person, I suppose.

This is not a comprehensive list, to be clear…

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Here’s What Would Make Google’s Smartwatch Awesome

Needs full voice integration. And a bigger screen for the Second Act folks like me!

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Google is reportedly putting considerable brain power into a smartwatch and we couldn’t help wondering just what they’d add to the burgeoning technology. More than any other company, Google is positioned to solve the single biggest shortcoming in wearable technology: pattern recognition. What is it about our daily activities makes us fatter, more alert? What helps us get better sleep and be more productive?

Buried within the big data of our everyday decisions are gems of truth about how we can become the best versions of ourselves. Last Summer, Google’s new head of engineering and artificial intelligence pioneer, Ray Kurzweil, let me know his plans to build everyone a “cybernetic friend”.

So, we know Google wants build the perfect lifestyle recommendation engine; a watch that tracks our vital signs and movement could do just that. Here are two things it would need:

Connecting Devices – If I walk an…

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Google Search App For Android Adds New Voice Commands, “Time To Leave,” And Olympics Google Now Cards

This is good for people with mobility challenges.

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Google is rolling out an update to its Google Search for Android app today, and with this, it is introducing a number of new features for Google Now as well.

Google Now already tells you to leave for work so you can arrive on time, and it will now do the same thing for your trips to the airport, event and dinner reservations. Basically, any Google Now card that used to only remind you when you needed to be somewhere (flights, calendar events with locations and times, restaurant reservations, movie and concert tickets) can now also tell you when you should leave to get there on time. You’ll be able to specify whether you’re taking public transport or driving, and how early you would like to arrive (which comes in pretty handy when you’re driving to the airport).

Time To LeaveIn addition to this, Google’s voice recognition feature now lets you make calls…

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Klout Adds Content Sharing Recommendations To Help Improve Your Score

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Think your Klout score’s too low? Well, the social influence measurement startup is launching a revamped version of its website today that includes tools for improving your score.

The main addition is a “create” section that shows a stream of content based on the topics that you’re interested in and that the people who follow your social media accounts are interested in. The main way to increase your Klout score is to post content that people engage with, so with the stream is essentially recommendations for content to share. Klout can also handle scheduling each post and will provide analytics so you can see what is and isn’t working.

And the site flags different types of content in the stream. There’s On the Rise, which means the content is “on the verge of trending.” Crowd Pleaser signals content that your followers would be interested in. Hot off the Press means…

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Keen On… The Second Machine Age: Will Humans Still Have A Role In Our Economy Of Brilliant Technologies?

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The hot new book about the digital economy is Andrew McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson‘s The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress and Prosperity In a Time of Brilliant Technologies. It’s amongst the first books to seriously address the fundamental question of our digital economy: what will be the economic role of human-beings in an age of artificial intelligence, 3D printers and an Internet of things?

While McAfee and Brynjolfsson acknowledge that we live in a time of “astonishing progress”, they also admit that our digital economy is increasingly made up of “winner take all economics” which is hollowing out the middle class and leaving many people behind.

So what is to be done?

Perhaps it’s no surprise that both McAfee and Brynjolfsson are economics professors at MIT. They say we have to go back to our Economics 101 textbooks to learn how to retool for this second…

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Joseph Pellerito Jr.

Dr. Joseph Pellerito Jr. received his Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Medical Sociology from Wayne State University (WSU) in Detroit, Michigan; a Masters of Science (MS) degree in Technology in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM & R) from The Johns Hopkins University (JHU) in Baltimore, Maryland; and a Baccalaureate of Science (BS) degree in Occupational Therapy (OT) and a Minor in Medical Sociology from Western Michigan University Lee Honors College in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Dr. Pellerito has held leadership and administrative positions in the private, academic, and public sectors including the following:

1) Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan (RIM) in The Detroit Medical Center (DMC) where he supervised more than 250 professionals providing physical medicine and rehabilitation services in 28 sites throughout Michigan;

2) Associate Professor, Department Chair, & Program Director at Wayne State University (WSU);

3) Vice President of Research and Consumer Technology for iCan!, the first online community in the world for people with disabilities and their caregivers;

4) Chief Operating Officer (CEO) for Abilities Group LLC and its more than 500 therapy personnel providing assistive technology and independent living services to veterans with disabilities residing in 28 states; and

5) Founder & Chief Consultant for HEROES NATION LC, a new and dynamic company that provides assistive and adaptive technology services to people of all ages with disabilities and their caregivers.

Dr. Pellerito recently co-founded The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy (OJOT), the first-ever open-access occupational therapy refereed journal accessed by professionals living in more than 100 countries worldwide.

He was recently nominated and elected to serve a three year term on the Catholic Charities Diocese of Kalamazoo’s Board of Directors under the leadership of Bishop Bradley and Mrs. Fran Denny, Executive Director.

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