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This. I am continually amazed at how few people use Audible. It is an amazing and rich source for books recorded in very high quality (read by voice talents, no stops during audio). I finish a book every 2-3 weeks just by listening on my way to and from class.

Grooveshark is another service I use my phone almost daily for. Play virtually any song on your phone.

Myfitnesspal is yet another. Record daily caloric intake and exercise easily (since you always have a phone around and since you don't know all the calories in the food you eat, but a search-enabled website does).

I also play backgammon while waiting for the bus.

I never take maps to unknown destinations any more. I still remember the times we printed maps before going to tourist destinations in nyc.

I check my email.

I check my calendar.

I talk on skype (via skype mobile). I do international calls without being charged international rates.

I check the weather (mostly the temperature) to know how heavy to wear.

I occasionally take photos when I need to record something (on a blackboard, for example) but don't want to write it down.

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I got some free credit on audible, downloaded a book, discovered it's drm'd and none of my: laptop, mobile, tablet can play it. They just wasted my time - worse than useless.

I definitely take photos of whiteboards though and call via my sip provider.

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the tech is great & the product is very cool, no arguments.

as a a photographer myself, i'm wondering why people actually buy this though? how many photos do people take that they wish they could refocus later?

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Focus on the entire picture, no. Zoom in on (and then inevitably have to focus), yes. So I guess it depends on the density of capture for me, at least.

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I think I can see a big market in that old technology early adopter, the porn market.

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People with toddlers? A lot! :)

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I think it's only going to be useful after the technology fits into a mobile phone camera.

There's a big disadvantage in having to carry an extra device.

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it depends on what you're planning to do with the picture. For example, if you're a designer working with a stock photo, the ability to refocus based on the context where you plan to use the picture could be huge.

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The problem with this approach is that I would not want to auto-reply to every message, particularly not group lists or important people who expect their stuff to be read on time. I think smokesignal is a lot more subtle.

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May I say I jumped at the excitement of seeing vanityfair.com as the source of one of the top 20 articles on HN?

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Have you tried fizy.com? You can make playlists of songs from grooveshark, youtube (and possibly more, I haven't tried other sites). I'm not involved in any way with fizy.com, just love the site.

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anybody know why spotify is mentioned so much more than grooveshark?

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Spotify is 100% licensed. AFAIK, Grooveshark is more like Napster in that it's a free-for-all with user uploaded content, though they have worked out deals with some of the record companies.

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I personally like grooveshark, because it literally has everyone song I want.

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That's a pretty good sign that it's not really legal.

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Sad that that's a good indicator, still, no?

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Spotify also started out with a lot of unlicensed content before they came clean in early 2009: http://www.spotify.com/uk/blog/archives/2009/01/28/some-impo...

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Right but they solved that problem in 2009. It's 2011 and Grooveshark is still mostly pirated content.

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As far as I know, barely anyone use Grooveshark in Sweden while practically all my (University) friends use Spotify. Doesn't Grooveshark have some quite dodgy habits when it comes to paying the artists/using legit music files? Or was that some other music streaming service?

If nothing else Spotify has received a lot of good press in Sweden simply because it is Swedish. Patriotism :) And this was a Swedish study after all.

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I actually think it's politer and more agreeable to use the asterisk. It's akin to presenting a photo of a bare-chest woman with the nipples striked-out with a black line. Everybody knows what is there, but it makes the picture a lot more agreeable and less obscene.

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If you know what the word is, an asterisk doesn't hide anything. If you don't (what are you, 3?), there's nothing to hide.

I don't think nudity is obscene either, but I can see why people might want to remain private. Just because I know what a nipple looks like doesn't mean I know what YOUR nipple looks like.

And of course, to a large segment of the population striking out bare breasts makes the picture a lot less agreeable.

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Personally, I find the nipple thing pretty inane as well. I have no idea how anyone benefits from covering them up, especially when it gets to a point where the nipple is the only part of the breast covered.

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I don't really see how its particularly less "obscene", nor how someone who would normally find the picture disagreeable would suddenly find acceptance because of a token gesture censoring a small portion of the photo.

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Heh, I honestly can't tell whether you're serious or not...

I will agree that it is exactly the same situation.

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Are you middle eastern by any chance? :D

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I am a photographer and I know I'd hate this feature. It makes street photography a lot more difficult.

I assume by sexual misconduct you mean someone taking pictures in the bedroom (as opposed to photographing women at the beach, which is public space - unless specifically prohibited). I feel that is too specific a protection to make the lives of legit photographers difficult. Instead, more severe punishments could be implemented to protect men and women whose sex videos are filmed without consent.

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In Japan, groping women and taking pictures up their skirts is a very very common practice among men. That's why they have women only passenger cars on trains[1]. The camera sounds are there to deter this behavior.

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women-only_passenger_car

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I assume by sexual misconduct you mean someone taking pictures in the bedroom

More likely taking photos of someone in a semi-public place, e.g. changing rooms, on a train, in a café, etc.

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That's a really inviting email, I love it! Feels much more welcoming than info@ etc.

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