I knew how I was going to purchase a new iPhone on launch day. I was going to do it online, not stand in line at an Apple Store. I had heard the best way to purchase online would be through the Apple Store iPhone app. Something about using APIs versus the store front would be faster. I don't recall where I heard this from, but I assumed it couldn't be worse than watching a browser try to load.

Since the iPhone 5c was already available to order before Friday, I went through a few test runs on the app to see how the purchasing process would be. I noticed that the app is phone specific when purchasing the iPhone, meaning you are choosing to replace the iPhone you are using the app on with a new iPhone. I then asked Farrah to load the Apple Store app on her iPhone, since I was upgrading her phone as well. I would be doing simultaneous purchases using both phones.

I watched as midnight rolled around on our phones. I launched the Apple Store app. I chose the colors and GB size of the iPhones. I confirmed our current voice plan. I also reconfirmed our Unlimited Data plan (sneaking AT&T trying to make me choose otherwise). I then chose AppleCare for each phone. I clicked submit. Within 30 seconds I was done! It wasn't even one minute pass midnight and I was successful in ordering both iPhones!

Now comes the hard part, waiting for the phone to ship.

Check Those Expiration Dates

Eggs, for example, can be consumed three to five weeks after purchase, even though the "use by" date is much earlier. A box of mac-and-cheese stamped with a "use by" date of March 2013 can still be enjoyed on March 2014, most likely with no noticeable changes in quality.

My confusion is with the flash pasteurized milk.  The expiration date is so far ahead in the future. But once you open it you only have about 7 days to use it - according to the side of the box. 


Battling Wardrobing

Wardrobing is the purchasing clothing, using it, and then returning it to the store for a refund. I was aware of the practice but did not know it had a name. (This practice also applies to tools, electronics, etc.)  Looks like Bloomingdale's is trying to do something about this problem. 

Google releases a new version of Google Wallet dumps NFC requirement

When the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s were announced, people in the office I worked on commented, "And it doesn't have NFC?!?!?" Looks like Google is slowly moving away from NFC, or at least hedging their bet in case adoption stalls.

Overall, I've only heard negative comments from my Android friends about the new iPhone presentation. A funny thing I've always noticed, and just realized, regarding my Android using friends: they always want to talk about how much better Android is than an iPhone (not iOS, but the iPhone). It's as if they need to justify the choice they've made on the phone they are using. All I can say to their criticism is if it works for you then great. An iOS device just happens to fit my needs.

Racist Rants About Miss America Winner

But within minutes of winning the title, Davuluri, whose talent routine was a Bollywood fusion dance, was the target of racist social media comments.

If you're #Miss America you should have to be American," said one on Twitter.


Davuluri, however, brushed aside the negative comments.

"I have to rise above that," she said. "I always viewed myself as first and foremost American."

Social media often shows the ugly side of people. I suppose the only thing to do is take the good with the bad. 

Dining Out with Kids Etiquette Tips for San Francisco

Of course, families should eat out—especially in a city such as San Francisco where young palates can be exposed to a wide array of flavors. What’s more, mothers and fathers deserve a break from cooking and kids need to learn how to dine in an environment where they’re expected to behave.

This is in response to a blog post relaying an experience of being kicked out of a restaurant for having a stroller. 

Dining out with kids can be difficult, especially if one of them is fussy. We've been on our way to a restaurant when one of the girls was throwing a big tantrum. Our solution was to avoid going out at that time and just getting takeaway food. We tend to stay with the more family friendly places, where any stray outburst from kids is expected.


What Does It Taste Like?

The London Underground map has inspired a range of spin-offs over the years, with everything from musical icons to popular restaurants plotted along its interweaving lines.
But now a 54-year-old systems analyst from Blackpool has created the most bizarre version to date – a map that shows what each station tastes like.