Category Archives: Pop Culture

Breaking News: Assasination in Dallas

Nov. 22, 1963: At 1:48 p.m., CBS News interrupted the soap opera “As The World Turns” for Walter Cronkite to announce that President John F. Kennedy was seriously injured in a shooting in Dallas, Texas. To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the event CBS will be sharing live steams of the events that occurred those […]

What’s in a hero?

One of the things I often wonder about my children is who their hero’s are.  Hero’s today are so different that we we might have thought of them 20, 30, 50 years ago.  Each generation had a hero they could look to, a figure, an ideal someone that held the vlaues of a generation for our children […]

‘A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving’ served up for Android devices

Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

Back at the Samsung Developers Conference in late October we had a chat with Loud Crow Interactive and got a sneak peek at its latest title. And now, “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” is available for Android — and it’s more immersive than ever. 

You’ve got the dialog, music and sound effects from the original 1973 special. (Yes, that was before most of us here were born, too.) The book animation has been revamped and should entertain your young ones even more. And the book itself is narrated by Stephen Shea — otherwise known as Linus.

Check out our preview after the break. It might well be the best $5 you spend this Thanksgiving.

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Google Play Music for iPhone reviewed

Google Play Music

Google’s music streaming service arrives on iOS looking familiar, but missing a couple of features

Google Play Music finally arrived on the iOS App Store late last week, giving iPhone owners the opportunity to access Google’s library of streaming music on their devices. Over at our sister site iMore they’ve been putting Google Play Music for iPhone through its paces, and they’ve found it closely matches the Android version in terms of playback and basic functionality, as well as looks. From iMore’s Richard Devine:

“If you’re a user of any of Google’s other iOS applications then you’ll feel immediately at home with this. It’s attractive to look at, and very distinctively Google. The white cards on light gray background is clean and crisp with the Google Play Music signature orange highlights adding just the right splash of color. It’s basically a carbon copy of Google’s own Android app, and it’s so incredibly silky smooth to navigate around. The sliding motion of the menu coming out from the side, the player view minimising, general scrolling up-and-down and side-to-side is all without flaw. I actually think it performs slightly better than the Android version. But it isn’t the only Google app that could be said of.”

However it isn’t all smooth sailing — there’s no in-app purchase support, which means you can’t buy content or subscribe to All Access from within the app. That’s likely due to Google not wanting to share a cut of profits with Apple. So listening to your existing stuff is easy to do, but if you want to buy more you’ll need to fire up the web interface.

Check out iMore’s full review for the lowdown on Google Play Music for iPhone.

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Happy 75th Birthday Man of Steel

We all love birthdays, but this guy looks great for 75, doesn’t he?  You got it the Man of Steel, the Red and Blue Boy Scout, the quintessential hero that stand for “Truth, Justice, and the American Way,” has been inspiring us since 1933. Superman was created by writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster, high school students living […]

Way Back Wednesday, Those Crazy 80′s

Do you remember Parachute Pants?  If you were a child or 80′s teen you do, and even if you keep it a secret today you probabbly had a pair.  It’s OK, I promise not to tell.  If you are any age past your mid thirties, then you have to remember the age of the shoulder pads, the […]

Exploring Some of the Albats Roots

Sometimes part of the genealogy challenge can be staying on task.  Recently it has been a lot of focus on my Kobler roots, but I have a whole side of my family on my mother side, the Albats, family that I don’t know as much about as I wish I did. On that side I am proud […]

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In Memorium (1914-2013)

It’s been a long while since I last posted, and today it’s a bit of a different post.  My last post was towards the end of February, and righ about that time things changed in my life, in a way that I knew was coming, but was probably unprepared for.  Today’s post is dedicated to … [Read More...]

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