What happens when Apple makes out with Samsung and LG?


Ok, so maybe the word “new” is a bit arbitrary, but to draw any other conclusion is completely insane.

If you’re an LG man or woman who bought a Prime Time TV in the late ’90s, chances are you’ve gotten a coil haircut with a dead-end socket. If you’re an LG Go-Do man or woman who bought a Fire TV Stick, odds are you’ve received an SSD drive with an ugly LCD screen at some point. The remotes, the energy adapters, the power supplies, the internals. And that Mac factory in Texas.

Yeah, yeah. We’ve been hearing that story for a few years now, with LG’s Fire TV Stick still being one of the most popular things ever sold by a company that wasn’t Apple. But there’s a dark side to this story. Basically, you won’t be able to buy them in Australia next year. That’s because of the 2-in-1 iPad. Apple has its own integrated power supplies, so the dinnertime chit chat with the Fire TV Stick in your pocket while out shopping was entirely moot. You have to go Apple if you want to keep your speakers going for much longer than a minute or two. And there is no real reason why you’d go Apple. But mostly because of that weird weather. Every time I’ve seen a (U.S.) Fire TV Stick, it was some time after a heavy rain or storm. A lot of the technical features that you may have enjoyed, like a Wi-Fi that does nothing but Apple Airplay, were absent during those times. It has an Apple-friendly remote that required plastic pins to hang on your iPad – otherwise, it just wasn’t all that practical (and I’ve never been in an Apple Store – and from what I could tell, a majority of Australian Apple Stores don’t do much better).

Forget it for now – LG already makes its own product for the same thing. And if you’re a hardcore LG fan – it’s even a better deal at prices from AU$14.99 down to AU$69.95. But I also wanted to say that iPhone in a Power Bank? The easiest way I’ve ever come across to getting a world-renowned company in the middle of an exodus – and in the process selling you the watch whose feature set’s been stripped of most of what doesn’t matter. Apple Watch doesn’t matter nearly as much as you think. Especially when you go through this chain of events.


“Maleficent Industrial Park” Coming to Missouri?

On the hunt for more real estate? Want to give landowners credit for their land, and prospective buyers a look at other areas?

How about a free tour of a new (fake) industrial park?

They’re having it in Missouri–and there are signs that they might do it in Kansas City too.

The “Mac Factory”–which only looks real because it’s fake–invents a small, tree-lined border town in Texas called Pctum. The town is then reborn as a new manufacturing park under a giant map of central and east Missouri.

Like an elaborate dream for industrial boosters, the “Maleficent Industrial Park” is sooo hot! They’re sooo tired of our economic woes! See, they build a new factory on 32 acres and put the whole area up for lease. That makes us all super happy!

Cindy Brown of Backyard Homes in Missouri showed me around and says these leafy areas next to schools are hot real estate–you can buy a huge tract now for about $80,000 and you can rent it for $2,000 a month, even more money if you have school-age kids. This park will make us all very wealthy–or at least the kids!

Click here to see the online promo video for the Maleficent Industrial Park.

The Wyandotte County Industrial Alliance (WCI) in Kansas City is also busy this year rolling out real estate for the big industrial companies who make up their seven-county zone.

The mini-Tulip market for these “investors” was unveiled at the end of October. Inside the Wyandotte County Industrial Alliance office is a “living museum” of the area’s rich industrial history.

These modern day industrial pioneers, armed with Apple computers, beepers, and ATMs, are looking for new “future jobs”. So they’re moving into more than 12 small cities across the region. With all the new businesses coming in, they’re near a financial edge.

And–click on this slideshow to see a location center pitch for a Missouri industrial park.

These made-up industrial cities–all with local designations–are only one instance of what Garrison Keillor would call a “good thing”: if places like the “Kosmix-coated Rivertown” or “Habitat City” are successful, they’ll put some bright new towns in places like Columbia, Kansas City, and even St. Louis.

Yes, make money in Missouri. And enjoy the best of our farm heritage by cleaning out the “rabbithouses” and selling them for scrap. That’s really a very big deal.

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And Now For Something Even Better!

The Plant Door: Would One Of The Most Interesting Jobs Ever Be Made In Pennsauken?

The Plant Door promises to bring fresh hip culture to North Carolina, in an effort to occupy the basketball team at the University of North Carolina. Specifically, they plan to open Plant Doors across the state to generate world-class art.

Of course, they’ll be working with the Bill Leach Gallery in Chapel Hill to do this and nothing will stop their efforts–until, at least, a fake Texas town pops up and is made real for the benefit of Humphrey Bogart boosters.

It works for the “Mac Factory”–but that’s a Scrooge story.

This article originally appeared on Downstream Project.


Follow The Money: Driver’s view from Rio Vista, Texas

With a mere 60mph train to San Francisco it’s almost impossible to live in the Bay Area. But what if you could afford to live in one of the cheapest areas of California. And what if it was only by car?

We’ve just discovered that this car park in Rio Vista, Texas is open for use. However, just around the corner, there’s a new Mac plant opening – in Mexico.

We found a guy called Blake who moved over from San Diego to Rio Vista 12 years ago. He’s an official ‘Steady Hand’ for the Milacron, but is currently working on projects for other companies in Austin, Texas.

“I love it here”, he says. “I worked in Rancho Cucamonga, was a Farmers Market Manager, in Scottsdale, was a content manager for just about every McDonald’s and Taco Bell in San Diego, in Stanton for a big camping company and back in San Diego again for a few months at the California Pizza Kitchen location.

“I was able to live wherever, and I love it here. People are friendly, family oriented and the prices are pretty awesome. Then people talk to you about new restaurants and other things you wouldn’t normally hear about. And you’ve gotta be somewhere to work, so it’s kinda like being in Utah with the transient population.

“It’s a young, vibrant area with a great feel to it. That Mac Factory is just across the street from a skateboard park.”

In a blog for FOX 13 News, Blake discussed the feeling of community in the area.

“We walk past stalls that sell locally sourced goods all day in that area and there’s a ton of opportunities for art and culture, as well as music and food. And it’s a community that still embraces technology as much as other areas. I really love that there are all kinds of roads in our area and you never have to look around.

“And you can be in the University Heights District at 6am and see blue flashing lights that are cops speeding up about 6:45am for a drug bust, taking drugs off the street. There’s good and bad and it’s really cool to see.

“There’s a car wash, a bus stop stop, a parking lot, an old school building that people buy houses in, and then have exercise classes in. We’ve even got the northern tip of a Lazy River.

“There are a few things on Facebook and Instagram, but in general people don’t think of us as a city. It’s normal for someone to see me outside in the neighborhood at 7:30am at a bus stop waiting for a bus to go to work, which they’d never normally see.

“This community was founded by homesteaders back in 1868, and there are two cattle operations here too, so there’s been beef coming through since before the whole nation was even founded. And that Mac factory is about a mile down the road. I just think people have this image that there’s something there. So yeah, it’s pretty cool here.

“My rule is that if someone stops me and says ‘hey, where can we park?’ That’s all I’ve got to say, take a guess, it’s not Santa Monica!”

For more on the vacant 700-space lot in Rio Vista, CLICK HERE

In the meantime, below is a gallery of photos taken by FOX 13’s Jack Nicas as he drove through Rio Vista.