Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Middle East Indie JukeBox June 21, 2017

Another great show and this is our summer mixtape edition.

Adam has pulled together a great collection of tunes.

Click for the JukeBox podcast.

The Playlist.

Etyen feat. Tala - Homosapiens 3:36 Muhaisnah Four ft Veblen Good_SUMMER 4:18 Shaun Warner & Maysa Daw- We are One 3:44 Gurumiran - 'Hingala' copy 4:11 We Speak In Colors_Nobody's No One 3:24 Yasmine Hamdan_Douss 3:58 Empty Yard Experiment - The Passage 6:05 Coffee & Cigarettes_AlcoB 3 :12

In Conversation with Monks on the Moon June 21, 2017

This week we sat down and had a conversation with 2 very talented communication professionals in Dubai who are also the band Monks on the Moon.

Lorne Riley, Director, Corporate Communications at Dubai Airports and Alex Blake-Milton Partner at Brunswick Group join me for a conversation about work life balance and the creative process of their album.

This conversation was even more interesting because both Lorne and Alex are super busy yet they have time to write and record this interesting project.

TechTalk with NEXA June 20, 2017

We love tech and there is so much happening every day that it is hard to keep up with what is hot and what is not. For an hour we give you our take on what you want to be thinking about this week in the world of tech.

Dream Team.

The Show Notes.

Huwawei Watch2 1079aed
-Nice was wearing the sport model
-water resistant not water proof
-google assist
-Android wear
-screen is a bit small
-2 day battery life
-this is a good a good device would I buy one? No waiting for the waterproof model and a bit bigger screen

Looks like it might be an amazon show!

-ok this is very cool

And this is a cool link up also the online smart fridge!

Amazon just bought 341 prime locations in the US

Smart move again amazon
Amazon has announced something of a curveball acquisition today, as the internet giant revealed plans to snap up healthy supermarket chain Whole Foods Market in an all-cash deal worth nearly $14 billion.
Founded out of Austin, Texas in 1980, Whole Foods Market specializes in natural food that doesn’t have artificial preservatives, colors, flavors, or sweeteners.
“Millions of people love Whole Foods Market because they offer the best natural and organic foods, and they make it fun to eat healthy,” said Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, in a press release. “Whole Foods Market has been satisfying, delighting, and nourishing customers for nearly four decades — they’re doing an amazing job and we want that to continue.”
Whole Foods Market has been a public company since 1992, and its shares hit an all-time high of around $65 in 2013. Its stock has been hovering around the $33 mark for the past few years, however, with the shares closing at $33.06 yesterday. Amazon is offering $42 per share for the company, a premium of around 27 percent on yesterday’s closing price, for a total value of $13.7 billion.
“This partnership presents an opportunity to maximize value for Whole Foods Market’s shareholders, while at the same time extending our mission and bringing the highest quality, experience, convenience, and innovation to our customers,” added Whole Foods Market’s cofounder and CEO, John Mackey.
The deal still has to attain shareholder approval, of course, as well as passing the usual regulatory and closing conditions, which the duo expect will happen in the second half of 2017. Assuming the acquisition is seen through to completion, Whole Foods Market will continue as is under its own brand, with Mackey remaining CEO.

Online books to brick-and-mortar groceries

Amazon has long transcended its roots as an online bookstore and today offers everything from video-streaming services to on-demand restaurant deliveries. While its decision to effectively merge with Whole Foods Market may seem like an oddity on the surface, it’s not entirely out of line with Amazon’s recent initiatives in the grocery realm.
In fact, Amazon has offered a grocery delivery service for a decade already. First launched in beta back in 2007 in Mercer Island, Washington, AmazonFresh later expanded across the U.S. into Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, New York, and Philadelphia, among many other U.S. cities. Last year, it also launched in London, which represented its first international market. Whole Foods Market, as it happens, also operates seven stores in the U.K. capital.
AmazonFresh delivers a range of domestic goods and produce — including fruit, vegetables, and meat — on the same day or the next day, depending when they’re ordered. The service is available to $99/year Prime members, who must pay an additional $15 per month to access the grocery delivery service.
Amazon has also been pursuing own-brand brick-and-mortar stores, including bookstores, the most recent of which opened in New York City. And late last year Amazon debuted its own grocery store in Seattle, as the company sought to shine a light on a futuristic new “checkout free” shopping experience.
So Amazon has made no secret of its aspirations in the grocery realm.  But why buy Whole Foods Market? Well, the internet behemoth is every bit as much a delivery and logistics company as it is an online marketplace for buying USB memory sticks, books, and cheap mobile phones. And as a result of this acquisition, Amazon is entering the grocery fray in a major way. As things stand, Whole Foods Market offers one-hour deliveries via Instacart, but once this acquisition is complete, you can bet your bootlaces that Amazon will be placing groceries front and center within its online ordering and delivery network.
This acquisition also helps highlight the growing convergence between the offline and online worlds.  Last August, Walmart revealed it was buying fledgling online retailer for $3 billion in cash in what many viewed as a direct swipe at Amazon. Now, Amazon is hitting back by buying Whole Foods Market outright, grabbing a direct conduit into more than 400 stores across North America and the U.K., which should lead to some interesting offline/online cross-pollination.
Finally, this acquisition shows that to compete effectively in the grocery market, you need a strong, local on-the-ground presence — and that’s what Amazon now has with Whole Foods Market.

A new patent appears to hold the key to help brick and mortar stores fight what has been dubbed as the 'retail apocalypse.' There's only one caveat, it is owned by Amazon.

The world's largest online retailer has just been granted a patent for a system that stops brick-and-mortar customers from comparing in-store prices to competitors' online offerings--a move that's been largely viewed as head-scratching at best. After all, the retailer has constructed a vast empire by putting many a brick-and-mortar retail shop out of business with its lower prices.
The patent, which was first reported by The Verge, is called 'Physical store online shopping control.' It describes how a retailer can monitor customers' Internet use--while on the store's WiFi--and deter them from checking competitors' prices. A practice that occurs so frequently, people have given it a name: 'showrooming.'

This is good!

Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 19th June, 2017: Huawei Consumer Business Group has announced plans to open its first 'Experience Store' in the UAE fully equipped and dedicated to offer customers a complete hands-on product experience. The store will be strategically located at The Dubai Mall and is slated to cement Huawei’s position as one of the leaders in the smartphone market. In line with Huawei's global consumer centric strategy, the new store will offer its loyal customers an immersive experience where they will be able to engage with a range of Huawei products. The sleek and modern store layout will allow customers to test devices, resolve issues, and even shoot cover shots with the latest flagship devices - such as the P10 and P10 Plus. The date for the opening of the outlet is yet to be revealed, but expected over the course of the upcoming months.

CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group, Richard Yu commented, “The United Arab Emirates is a key market for Huawei globally and the company sees Dubai as a city that is strategically located to reach consumers in and around the region. With the store’s strategic location, we aim to provide our consumers a compelling space to connect with the Huawei brand, our latest technologies and products at a more personal level."

Currently, Huawei has 47 service centers in the region with two dedicated service centers in the UAE – one in Dubai and one in Abu Dhabi – where customers receive VIP assistance and shorter service cycles for their devices. The experience store is set to compliment Huawei’s existing service centers offering customers a full retail experience.

Over the coming months, Huawei is expected to reveal further details of the store. It is expected to carry all of Huawei’s latest flagship products and technologies. For more information, stay tuned to all Huawei’s social media pages.

Stop Motion Animator is a free Chrome app for creating stop motion videos. The app is free and easy to use. It does not even require students to create accounts in order to use it.

To create a stop motion video with Stop Motion Animator launch the app and grant it access to your Chromebook's webcam. Then you capture a series of pictures with your webcam and play them back at various speeds in a stop motion style. You can add audio to your video in Stop Motion Animator. Your completed video must be downloaded to your Chromebook as a .webm file which you will have to upload to either YouTube or Google Drive to playback outside of Stop Motion Animator.

Love of social media as a news source may be falling!

Cool use of mobile phone to id things

Google released MobileNets as open source software on Wednesday, opening up a neural network of computational imaging for other programmers to incorporate into their apps. The programming is designed specifically to run on the smaller hardware of mobile devices, overcoming some of the biggest obstacles in bringing computer imaging to smartphones through a design that maximizes the power of mobile processors. The program does not create new capabilities but brings computational imaging into a package small enough to run off a mobile device without storing data on a cloud, which means apps using the programming would not need an internet connection.
The programming gives smartphones and tablets the ability to recognize objects and people, along with even recognition popular landmarks. Google even lists fine-grain classification — like determining what breed a particular dog is — among the possible uses for the program.

Good to see Google cracking down on content, even though this can eat into its advertising bottom  line

Interesting to see the FB data on E3 conversations and what this tells us!

Have you used a site that your passwords may have been breached?

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Privacy Mythbusting #2: My password keeps me safe. (Not necessarily!)
If you've ever used the same password on more than one website, then your accounts may be compromised due to data leaks. Once a hacker gets your login information from a single site, they can try it on other sites. Many hackers use automated tools to cycle through leaked password lists, trying them on many popular websites.
You may have heard of a few of the high profile data leaks in the past few years, such as:
  • LinkedIn
  • Adobe
  • Dropbox
  • Tumblr
  • SnapChat
  • Neopets
  • Minecraft
Believe it or not, there have been over 200 major websites that have had their data leaked over the past few years, enabling your passwords to be used by hackers. Detective emoji
In 2013, Microsoft security research Troy Hunt built the site Have I Been Pwned? that allows you to check if your password has ever been leaked. (Fun fact: "Pwned," derived from owned, is video game slang for when someone is utterly defeated!)
Car getting pwned by Mother Nature
How can you stay safe in a world of data leaks?
  • Use a different password on each website.
  • Use a password manager like LastPass that generates secure passwords and stores them for you safely.
  • Use two-factor authentication (2FA) wherever possible. You can check if major sites have 2FA available at
Proudly Private,

the CarClinic with June 20, 2017

It is one thing to like cars it is another to keep your rolling art running.  Well, Glenn joins the show from and that is all that he has on his mind, keeping your car running!
Out of the shadows we come.

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Some of the questions.

Q. I have been quoted a crazy price for replacing the windscreen of an e500 aren’t these things standard now?
Q. integrated bumpers, what is the deal I have had 2 replaced in 2 years due to silly bumps and they are rather expensive do you prefer the old bumper system as a mechanic
Q. door rubbers are they a simple thing to replace my garage wants to charge me an arm and a leg! GTI 2016
Q. window on the driver side makes a real whining sound as it goes up is this a sign it is about to go?
Q. son got sick and it went down the window jam, don’t ask, easy to open the door to clean? Malibu 2016

Q. While driving a message pop up where my mileage had been saying Hi with oil can. I just got my oil changed 4 days ago.

CarTalk with June 19, 2017

We love cars and once again the team was pulled together and we got down to the bottom of all issues automotive.

This is a real rag tag team of automotive pros.

The Show Notes.

I wasn’t driving anything.


-F Pace, hmmmm nice drive but looks stale already

-New Polo, looks like a gem!

-Subaru updating self drive features! Who would have thought!

-New ford expedition!
The 2018 Ford Expedition FX4 is not an SUV analogue to the mad-dog Ford F-150 Raptor, but it is the most off-road-ready variant of Ford’s all-new, aluminum-bodied full-size SUV. Available on both the standard Expedition and longer Expedition Max, the four-wheel-drive-only model is enhanced for pavementless environs.
Starting with the XLT trim level, the FX4 is powered by Ford’s twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 engine with 375 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque, mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. Giving the FX4 extra off-road credibility are more stiffly tuned shocks, trim-specific 18-inch wheels wrapped in chunky rubber, and more than half a dozen skid plates to protect vital areas such as the engine, transmission, transfer case, and fuel tank. The FX4 also comes equipped with the tow package’s more capable electronic limited-slip rear differential. That should help the full-size SUV,  with 9.1 inches of ground clearance, better tackle dirt, mud, and sand.

Q. Looking for a sub 50000$ city car what is your suggestion?

Q Geely seeing more and more , any good?

Q. MG not sure what to make of them.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

GetFitRadio with Innerfight Gym June 19, 2017

Every week I sit down with Marcus Smith from Innerfight Gym and we we talk fitness. There seems to be an endless supply of content and an endless number of questions.

What I love about sitting down with Marcus is there are no dumb questions.  Even the simple questions are important and get the same degree of respect and diligence from team Innerfight.

Click to listen to GetFitRadio.

Our notes and links.

This is the last show until August!

  1. It is all about survival of the summer, we all talk a good game but BBQ, picnics, potato salad… and the summer of excess is on its way, what should we be doing now?

Q. Marcus, what do you recommend I take with me in my bag for essential summer exercise while traveling?

Q. Marcus did you once talk about gym shoes and running shoes being different or am I imagining things because I saw a new pair of neons that would blow people away in my step class?

Q. Marcus I hurt my wrist about a month ago and I am still working out but the wrist is not getting any better, time to take a short break to let it heal or am I maybe looking for an excuse to beat the workout heat?

Q. James is a big camel back advocate but he is James, Marcus how important is hydration in a 60 minute workout can’t we load at the start and end and be ok?

Q. good calories, bad calories, Marcus HELP I am drowning in a sea of information and I am not sure if the calories form a cantaloupe are better than a burger at ShakeSHack!

Q. are there really snacks we should be eating pre and post workout? Or is this a load of marketing to get me to spend

Q. your favourite Smith Street meal this week and why?

Love this on how to ditch the all or nothing mentality

How to Ditch the All-or-Nothing Mentality

1. Find your why … your real why. We talk about this one a lot, and it’s with good reason: it might just be the one thing that will make the difference between you actually making change and just hoping you’ll make a change. When you get down to the root of why you want to be healthier/lose weight/etc. (and, believe me, it has nothing to do with a swimsuit or size), it resonates. (And it might actually lead you to not care about a silly number and help you to realize your true worth and value … )
2. Get mindful and trust your body. When I was in the yo-yo weight cycle, I ate and worked out because of all kinds of reasons — it was time, I “had” to, I felt fat — but none of them had a damn thing to do with what my body was telling me I actually needed. Once I slowed down, honored what my body needed (rest … a hug … peanut butter) and started paying attention to my hunger and fullness cues and honoring them above all else, it was hard for the all-or-nothing approach to survive. Our bodies are amazingly wise and intuitive. We just have to listen and trust them.
3. Replace instead of cutting out. What’s the first thought you have when you’re told you can’t have something? You want it, right? So instead of trying to take a bunch of unhealthy foods or habits out of your life, try replacing them with something healthier — ideally, something you genuinely like. And …
4. Remove good and bad labels. French fries aren’t bad. Eating fries doesn’t make you bad! But eating too many of them gives you a stomachache. Likewise, carrots aren’t intrinsically good, and snacking on celery because you think it’s a “good” food won’t make you a better person. Take the guilt — and the halo — off of foods. Instead, try to choose the healthful ones that make you feel good the majority of the time. (And then, when you do have French fries, enjoy them!)
5. See what else is going on. Having “problems” with food and exercise can actually be a blessing in disguise. In a lot of ways, it’s your unconscious self trying to tell you something — receiving that message allows you to go deeper into what that “something” is. Admittedly, that isn’t always fun — this process requires some self reflection and time getting real with yourself. But, it can lead to some huge breakthroughs in areas of your life that are lived off the scale (and, girl, a lot of your life is off the scale). Are you self sabotaging? Dealing with perfectionism? Do you not believe you deserve to be healthy and feel good? Are you avoiding something? What do you really need? (And — spoiler — it could be that you’re totally fine as you are and need to just love and embrace the amazing person you are RIGHT NOW.)
6. Remind yourself that you have the power to change. You know that day 1 feeling? You can have that every day if you focus on one itty bitty thing that you want to improve. Don’t try to change it all at once. Focus on one very doable thing, like, say, drinking more water or taking the stairs when you have the opportunity. Then do that thing until it no longer takes any willpower to do it. Then, do another one. And then another … and another … and another.
7. Practice self love every day. Forget the scale; put your focus on feeling good. What can you do today to show yourself unconditional self love? Do that. Starting today.
The all-or-nothing mentality hold can be so strong — especially if you’ve been in the pattern of thinking that way for years. But you can trust me — and our 10 in 4 Challenge grads — when we tell you life is SO much better on the other side!

Love this FitBit idea of creating a lunch club at work!

If you’re looking for a creative way to connect with your co-workers, a lunch club might be just what you’re looking for. The concept is simple—a group of colleagues who meet on a regular basis (once a week, month, etc.) and eat a homemade meal together. Plus, it’s a smart way to save money and stay healthy. Brown-bagging it with your colleagues can help save you nearly $3,000 every year, and avoid about 200 extra calories per meal, compared to restaurant fare.
On top of that, eating with your co-workers could even result in better team performance. In fact, one study found that firefighters who prepared and ate their meals together at the firehouse were significantly more likely to have higher group performance than those who didn’t eat together.

5 non scale victories from FitBit

When you’re trying to lose weight, it’s easy to fixate on the numbers on the scale. You’re eating all the right things! You’re staying active and crushing your step goal! But there are many factors at play on your weight loss journey, and your weight can fluctuate on a daily basis. While you wait for the pounds to melt off, there are plenty of non-scale victories you could be celebrating. To keep you motivated, here are the best ones Fitbit users just like you are tracking.

5 Non-Scale Victories Worth Celebrating!

Reaching a Fitness Goal
Whether you’re nailing Downward-dog or running a mile without stopping, that feeling you get when you accomplish a “fitness first” is worth celebrating. “One of my biggest rewards was running a 5K!” says Fitbit user Anna B.
Having More Energy
One of the many benefits of getting healthy is having more energy to do the things you love—chasing after your kids, keeping up in workout classes and just feeling better all around. Fitbit user Rachel H.’s non-scale victory came when she was waiting for her little ones to get out of school and found herself climbing stairs. “I climbed 53 flights of stairs—seriously!” she says. “I was so proud of myself.”
Buying Smaller Clothes
While the number on the scale may not be changing, your clothes could be sending you a different message. Buying fresh threads to accommodate a slimmer shape can be hugely satisfying. Fitbit user Annie B. donated more than three dozen items of clothing to charity and revamped her wardrobe. “I had to replace all of my old pants and tops,” she says. “I even bought skinny jeans!”
Getting Stronger
Flexing stronger muscles is a major non-scale victory that feels good on the outside and inside. Fitbit user Stephanie M.’s latest non-scale victory: being able to deadlift more than she weighs. “Getting stronger has also improved my yoga practice,” she says. “I can now hold poses that I used to struggle with.”
Snapping More Photos
It’s a very subtle shift, but some Fitbit users have noticed they feel more confident about appearing in photographs as their weight loss journey progresses. And comparing your “before” and “after” pics can give you hard proof that you’re crushing your goals. “I can see quite plainly in my photos that my body is changing, no matter what the scale shows!” says Fitbit user Carol R.

Find a way not an excuse!
Love this!