The Midnight Rider – The World’s Grandest Limousine


The Midnight Rider – The World’s Grandest Limousine
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The Midnight Rider is the World’s Largest and Grandest Limousine boasting 460 square feet of pure luxury and is reserved by those who expect the very best. In fact, she is a traveling celebrity vehicle in her own right, based in Southern California and licensed to trav
el anywhere in the United States. She is one of the most photographed vehicles and has appeared on FOX, Japanese Television, Discovery Channel’s HD Theatre World’s Most Expensive Rides, featured in Extreme Bars, and several publications around the world, is a New World Record Holder in the 2011 edition of “Guinness Book Of World Records” as the World’s Heaviest Limousine, has surpassed past records such as tallest and largest ever built, and is the Largest Limousine “For Hire” in existence.

Why Revenge is oh so sweet


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re·venge / riˈvenj

Noun: The action of inflicting hurt or harm on someone for a wrong suffered at their hands.

Revenge… is sweet.

Not just the TV show (which is deliciously evil), but the concept of ‘revenge’. The idea of striking back at other peoples wrong-doings by taking action and making them feel just as shitty as you felt when they screwed you around or affected your life negatively.

You know the kind of people I’m talking about. They’re the ‘close friends’ who have sexual relations with your partner behind your back. They’re the co-worker who consistently seems to prevent you from any sort of career advancement because they bad-mouth you to your boss. They’re the people who stand on the wrong side of the escalators during peak hour at the train station. You know, serious stuff.

Warning: Potential spoilers ahead for those who haven’t watched Season 1 of…

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switching Hotmail to Outlook


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Hotmail is horrible. Replacement — Outlook.com — is easily one of the top 2 online email clients.

Switching is EASY. It takes only seconds.

TechRadar rating = 4 ★★★★ /5

FOR
Cleaner interface
Active view works well
Can open and edit docs in mail page
Keyboard shortcuts

AGAINST
Skype not integrated
Most new features lifted from Gmail

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• Five Ways Outlook.com Beats Gmail — and One Way it Doesn’t

How to move from Hotmail to Outlook.com

• Upgrade from Hotmail to Outlook.com

All your data and settings are moved over.

You can keep your StupidlyStillWith@hotmail.com address. Or switch to FINALLYquitHOTMAIL@outlook.com

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How Technology Is Empowering Teachers, Minting Millionaires, And Improving Education


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Thanks to the rise of in-classroom technology, the focus in education tends to be on student engagement and how to improve learning. It becomes easy to forget the importance of great teachers. Startups, entrepreneurs, businesses (and the rest) need to remember that technology doesn’t have to put teachers in jeopardy; it can help them lead the education evolution, even if their traditional role in the classroom becomes obsolete.

Today, in spite of the significance and potential long-term value of the job they do every day, teachers (especially in K-12 and public education) tend to be underpaid. In May, we wrote about a few platforms that are looking to change that — to empower the world’s under-salaried educators. TeachersPayTeachers, a platform that enables teachers to buy, sell, and share their original content and lesson plans, hit a big milestone this week which is sure to catch the attention of educators…

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Apple iOS 6 vs. Google Android: Smart-phone navigation showdown


 

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On the smart-phone battleground, much attention has been paid recently to the quality of the free navigation app–Apple Maps–that comes with the new iPhone 5 (also part of the iOS 6 upgrade available for some other Apple devices). But there has been little focus on how well the app actually helps you get from Point A to Point B. Sure, there are lots of images of melted bridges circulating online, but how well does the app navigate?

We decided to find out by putting the iPhone 5 through our complete navigation tests, along with one of the latest Android phones with Google Maps navigation for comparison. (See our cell phone buying advice and Ratings.)

Last week we wrote that based on our first impressions of Apple Maps, we were disappointed. While it does offer Apple users built-in navigation with true turn-by-turn directions for the first time, it lacks some of the features and integration found in dedicated portable navigators and other navigation apps from Garmin, Navigon, and TomTom, such as reality view, lane assistance, exit guide, and multi-destination routing. Frankly, we expected the app to match the state of the art, and perhaps even advance it. But, it didn’t.

Having put it through the paces we subject each portable navigator to in our test program, our original criticisms remain. But having more thoroughly tested Apple Maps alongside a Samsung Galaxy S3 running Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) with Google Maps, we have a more favorable opinion–certainly more favorable than comments and articles that we’ve been reading online.

Our evaluations were performed in the greater New York City area using two phones per platform, each on a different carrier. We found that both Apple Maps and Google Maps route effectively, providing clear guidance and great points-of-interest integration.

Overall, Apple impressed our staff with the graphic presentation for the interface, results, signage, and points of interest info. However, there is less customization throughout than Google–a mixed blessing when driving, where distractions can be dangerous. Google comes across as more business like and less fun.

Apple Maps is relatively streamlined, providing basic navigation guidance and limited travel information. The large display for next-turn information (which looks like a familiar green-and-white highway-sign) is easy to read at a glance, and it compensates for a map design that is harder to interpret than that on Android. We like the estimated time of arrival, remaining distance, and travel time countdown, although the text is so small, it is a greater aid for a passenger than the driver.

In terms of traffic reporting, Google gets the nod. The iPhone doesn’t highlight roads where traffic is flowing well, and the red dashes and yellow overlays of roads meant to indicate stopped or slow traffic aren’t nearly as vivid and readily interpreted as those in the Google app. Because Google shows freely-flowing traffic with bold green lines, it gives the impression that Google has more information, although in reality, it may often be a presentation choice rather than a data difference. That said, in the greater NYC area, Google seems to have more coverage, or at least provide more information.

Voice-recognition seemed comparable between the platforms, with each occasionally tripping over spoken commands. For both, the voiced instructions are clear and easily understood.

Both phones will accept calls while navigating, and they each require interaction with the screen while on call to return to full-screen navigation–a dangerous distraction. Both return to navigation automatically when a call ends. As with many facets, Google offers more customization here, for instance providing the ability for voice directions at varying volume levels while talking on the phone.

Addressing complaints
There has been much online grumbling about the iPhone app focused on weird 3D images, misplaced points of interest, and an absence of a Google-type “street view.” As shown on our previous post, we certainly have found instances of melting images in 3D mode, but more often than not, we found rather intriguing 3D representations that bring a map to life. The reality is, this is a novelty feature, not a component of navigation.

As for points of interest (POI), we programmed and traveled to numerous destinations. Almost all were found and successfully routed. Both platforms provided comparable information about restaurants and other attractions, with Apple using Yelp and Google partnering with Zagat. Each app provides contact information, reviews, and even user-submitted photos.

Where we did run into trouble on the iPhone was searching for a nearby train station. The system couldn’t identify the location by “train,” instead requiring a search for “Metro North”–a name that a visitor to the region may not be familiar with. This seems to be an issue with the search algorithm, rather than a map inaccuracy.

Apple uses maps from TomTom, a leading navigation company. We suspect many criticisms pointing to the map quality are misguided, as we have found TomTom to provide quality maps and guidance across multiple platforms. Instead, the fault may be Apple’s software applied to the TomTom data. (Apple agrees. Read: “Tim Cook Apologizes for Apple’s Maps.”)

Either way, in our experience thus far, this is a minor concern.

Bottom line:
Both the free Apple and Google navigation apps provide clear routing directions. Apple feels like a less-mature product. But as seen with the initial competing applications for the iPhone, we would expect updates to this new app over time–and Apple has promised as much. When getting down to the nitty gritty, Google provides a better overall package, but we feel that both provide a good solution for standard software. We expect the competition between the companies will benefit customers with ongoing improvements.

 

Courtney Stodden Debuts Dramatic New Look, Mom Slams Plastic Surgery Rumors


 

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Courtney Stodden has been 18 for less than a month, but has the teen bride already made a very adult decision? (And no, we’re not referring to that kind of adult decision!)

When the wife of 52-year-old actor Doug Hutchison was spotted shopping with her hubby at The Grove in Los Angeles on Wednesday, folks couldn’t help but notice that she sported a decidedly different look.

Sure enough, speculation quickly began to surface as to whether or not Stodden has had some work done.

Fortunately, Krista Keller, Stodden’s mom/manager, is setting the record straight.

“It’s ridiculous! She’s doing her makeup differently—that’s all it is!” Keller told E! News exclusively. “Courtney decided she wanted to change her makeup. She went for a lighter, more natural look, old Hollywood kind of look.”

Keller added, “All she did was lighten her hair, used a lighter shade of makeup and tanner, and not use as much eyeliner. She told me, ‘I want to do it differently’ and all of a sudden they say she’s had plastic surgery!”

Of course, such rumors are nothing new.

“People always think a knife is touching her face, but she’s like a chameleon. She can change her look so easily,” Keller said. “People just don’t get it.