Google Glass Is Going To Be Huge, And Most People Have No Idea Why

Google Glass Is Going To Be Huge, And Most People Have No Idea Why

Google Glass may not be as “Huge” as this article makes it out to be for the simple reason that it costs $2000 to buy and only $150 to make.  If the average consumer is anything like me then they like to get  their moneys worth!  To me, this seems like the Pokemon scheme of selling a three cent product for $70 (I did not collect “[do not] gotta catch em’ all)

The article makes a good point that this product is meant for business not consumer use, citing the importance of Glass for security purposes.  A second valid consideration is that anyone wearing Glass in public looks ridiculous and is easily scorned if seen.

 

Google Glass Is Going To Be Huge, And Most People Have No Idea Why

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It is fashionable to laugh at Google Glass, the clumsy wearable computer that sits on your face like a pair of spectacles and uses one of the lenses as a screen.But this scorn is misplaced. Google Glass is going to be a huge multibillion-dollar business for Google — eventually. Here’s how that will happen, and why the critics are wrong.There has been a line of high-profile tech writers forming in front of Glass’s putative coffin, each with their own stake for its heart. Robert Scoble captured objections to Google Glass best:

What is going on here in a world where I am carrying around a camera and EVERYONE uses their phones or a GoPro but Glass feels freaky and weird?

Google has launched this product poorly, is what.

Jeff Bercovici of Forbes said the same thing. “Whatever the faults of Glass as a device, the backlash it has encountered during its prolonged beta test period is the result of misjudgments made in the campaign around it.”

So did Gene Marks. “It’s designed poorly. I bet if Steve Jobs were around now he’d chuckle every time someone wearing Google Glass walks by. Don’t worry Steve — the rest of us have got your back. Google Glass looks ridiculous. And too obvious.”

Some prominent early adopters have gone so far as to send the device back to Google, they dislike it so much. Matt Lake of Computerworld had a long list of complaints about it, including the way it disrupts eye contact between people when you talk to them. “It’s called glassing out. Your eyes roll over to the right to look at the screen, and the rest of the world goes out of focus. People can’t make eye contact with you, and if they’re versed in popular psychology, they read things into your lack of eye contact.“

And Washington Post tech reporter Hayley Tsukayama absolutely hated it. “It made me miserable. For wallflowers like me, wearing something that draws constant attention is more or less my personal idea of hell. I’ve heard just about every privacy concern raised about Glass, but, as the one wearing the device, I wasn’t expecting that the privacy most invaded would be my own.”

Glass makes you look ridiculous, and everyone hates you for wearing it.

It seems so obvious: Glass makes people look ridiculous, and everyone who sees you wearing it hates it.

One of Business Insider’s reporters was attacked for wearing a pair in the “wrong” part of San Francisco.

So was this woman, who wanted to wear them while eating at a restaurant. Another restaurant claimed Glass users ruined its online reputation when staff there asked them to stop wearing their glasses.

Clearly, this is a misbegotten device that will ultimately fail, right?

Wrong.

First take a look at the list of apps that can be used on Google Glass.

Sure, there are a lot of generic games and Instagram-like photo apps on that list. But there is also a huge number of apps that are obviously useful purposes for business: NavCook, so you can follow a recipe without using your food-covered hands. Glass Feed, an app that allows you to inject content created in Glass to an RSS feed for Facebook, Evernote or Twitter. Evernote, for, well — Evernote. YourShow, a sort of personal teleprompter for people who give a lot of presentations. And Crystal Shopper, which scans barcodes and prices and helps you check Amazon for cheaper prices.

Google Glass is a security device.

It is business, not consumers, that will save Google Glass from itself.

One of the problems with the way critics view Glass is that they have tried wearing it in the wrong place — in public, in restaurants, with their friends — and have been shocked when it hasn’t shown any benefits.

They should try wearing it for work purposes.

Anyone in the security industry will benefit instantly from Google Glass: Every police department, every private security firm, every military unit, every nightclub bouncer crew, every mall cop could use Google Glass and an always-on cloud video recording function. It would take almost all the guesswork — and the lying — out of eyewitness accounts from law enforcement personnel.

Some police departments are already doing this:

Police in the tiny Middle Eastern state of Dubai are using the face computer to help identify stolen cars, according to a report this week in the Gulf News.

Two apps have been created for the Dubai Police’s Smart Services. “One,” Colonel Khalid Nasser El Razooqui told Gulf News, “will allow them to take photos of traffic violations from the Glass,” and the other app IDs wanted cars by cross-referencing license plates.

Google Glass is also being explored by such major police departments as those in New York City and Los Angeles as well as smaller ones like Byron, Georgia.

Most people think that Glass will thus usher in a surveillance state. (We’re already living in one, according Edward Snowden’s NSA leaks, but let’s push on for the sake of argument.)

Google Glass could deter racial profiling.

I worked for the New Jersey Law Journal in the early 2000s and wrote about the period when the N.J. state police were required to use dashboard cameras on their patrol cars as part of a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice over racial profiling on the Garden State’s turnpike system. At first the state troopers hated the cameras because they thought it was an invasion of their privacy. Some suspected they hated the cameras because they would record instances of police brutality at road stops. (And no doubt the cameras improved the behavior of some officers.) But months after they were installed, the cops came to love them: It turns out that motorists who are stopped file a large number of unfounded allegations against state troopers, and most of the time the dashcams proved that the motorists were lying, not the police.

You could easily see the same thing happening with Google Glass for police. A constant video record, stored in the cloud, of every law enforcement encounter would deter cops from racial profiling or other bad behavior. And the testimony of either the suspect or the cop in any encounter would be irrelevant — let’s just go to the Glass video!

Surveillance is merely the most obvious use. But there is a larger use in private business at the enterprise level, too.

Pretty much every company on the planet has a reason to use Glass.

Put simply, try to imagine the number of businesses that could use the ability to see something far away from a remote location, but would rather not fly their personnel there. If you’ve ever taken part in a conference call, using video or not, you’ll know that businesses have an ever-growing need for remote services.

With Glass, there is no need to send anyone, anywhere. Just hire someone local who owns a pair of Glass. The oil-exploration industry has discovered this (apparently visual site inspections are a costly part of finding oil). Doctors are already distance-learning new surgical techniques via Glass. And deaf people can get sign language services on Glass when once they could not.

Some of Google’s critics have vaguely come to realize that Glass will be huge, but not as a consumer product for everyday life. It will be huge as a specialist enterprise product for business. As The Washington Post’s Tsukayama eventually figured out:

After a few earnest days of trying to make the thing work, I stopped trying to force the issue and used it as I would in real life – in situations when I needed to watch something hands-free, or when I wasn’t required to actively engage with other people. In those cases, Glass worked as promised. It delivered updates to keep me informed without overwhelming me and acted as a useful second screen to my smartphone.

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This Is The Most Exciting Time At Apple Since 2007

This Is The Most Exciting Time At Apple Since 2007

The title might be a  bit of a stretch.  Basically, they are releasing a larger iPhone with the option of a 4.7” or 5.5” screen, compared to the current 4” screen (sign me up!).  How big is too big though?  It still need to fit in your pocket, right?  I guess the iWatch will be perfect for those who find the new iPhone cumbersome.
Besides these new products and iPhone enlargements, Apple is modifying their marketing significantly, moving more advertising in-house, hiring new PR, and giving their retail stores a big makeover.  Oh, and they have been on an acquisitions spree, buying 24 companies in the past 18 months, but then again, what big tech firm in Silicon Valley hasn’t been doing that (cough* ‘Facebook’ cough*).

Jun. 11, 2014, 9:01 AM

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Apple senior vice president of software engineering Craig Federighi.

 

Apple is suddenly, somewhat unexpectedly, in the middle of its most exciting period of activity since it launched the iPhone seven years ago.

 

Tim Cook has taken over the company and is changing it in ways both small and big that will alter how the world thinks of Apple. For the most part, we think the changes are pretty good.

Here’s a quick rundown of what’s happening:

  • Apple opened up iOS, the software that powers iPhones and iPads, giving developers a few more hooks into the system. As Matt Drance put it, “Apple knocked nearly every item off the community’s list of wishes and complaints” about iOS. Apple was also a little more relaxed about NDAs for developers, allowing them to talk about things they learned at WWDC, the big developer conference.
  • Apple is going to release two bigger iPhones. For years now, people have wanted a big screen iPhone from Apple. This year it’s going to deliver a 4.7-inch phone and a 5.5-inch phone. The current phone is 4 inches, which is tiny compared to most Android phones. 
  • Apple is looking for a new, more friendly, more approachable PR person to lead communications. This is one of those things that people in the media are more interested in since they deal with PR. However, PR does more than deal with annoying reporters; it guides the story around Apple for the public. It will be fascinating to see how the story of Apple evolves. Since Steve Jobs’ death, Apple has lost its grip on the story, and people started to think Apple was less innovative than Google, which is a bit silly really. 
  • Apple is shaking up its marketing department, bringing more people in-house to run advertising. Apple has been trashed over the years as nothing more than a “marketing company” that sold cool to customers. This, too, is silly because the products are great. But there’s no denying that its advertising and marketing was excellent. That advertising inspired a generation of companies who are all doing excellent work. Apple’s work by comparison started to go sideways. Can Apple regain its marketing mojo by bringing its ad team in-house?
  • Apple retail is going to get a big make over. Angela Ahrendts was brought in from Burberry to shake things up. 
  • Apple has been on an acquisitions spree. On earnings, Cook said the company bought 24 companies in the past 18 months. And it feels like every other day we’re hearing about a new little pick-up. It’s an un-Apple-like move, but it can’t hurt to bring in fresh new talent with good ideas.
  • It bought Beats for $3 billion. The cool kids in Silicon Valley snort at the deal. (A typical response we saw on Twitter on Tuesday: Google buys a satellite company, Facebook buys Oculus, the leading virtual-reality company, and Apple buys a bad headphones company?) But, whatever, this is something completely different. It’s a low-cost, low-risk deal, and Apple can easily expand the distribution and quality of Beats headphones. Not to mention that it infuses the company with some creative “think different”-types of people who don’t live in the insular world of tech. 
  • Apple is going to release the iWatch, its first post-Steve Jobs product in October. Whether it’s a smash hit or a flop, this is exciting. We’re getting the first new hardware product from Apple in four years. 
  • “Later this year, we’ve got the best product pipeline that I’ve seen in my 25 years at Apple.” That’s a quote from Eddy Cue, who runs Apple’s internet services. Personally, I think it’s crazy to do hype like that, but Cue and the rest of Apple’s executive team seem confident in what they’re doing. 

We are firmly in the post-Steve Jobs era, and Apple is doing a lot of stuff that Jobs would not have liked. Whether that’s for the best won’t be known for a few years, but as of right now these changes look good and necessary.

Because Jobs was such a powerful, brilliant executive, his flaws tend to be swept over. But he had flaws. For instance, he was opposed to putting iTunes on Windows-based computers. However, that was the right call as it led to widespread adoption of the iPod, which kick-started Apple’s comeback. Jobs was opposed to an App Store because he wanted total control over the iPhone’s software. The App Store was the right call.

After Jobs died, I spoke with a former Apple executive, and one thing he said has stuck with me. Basically, Jobs created bottlenecks at Apple because every major decision flowed through him. With Jobs gone, and power more diffuse, it seems as if Apple can do more within its product categories.

Cook has taken over the company, and it looks like he’s managed to balance Jobs’ obsession with secrecy and control with just enough openness to make the iPhone and iPad better products. 

Things are changing at Apple, and it’s going to be exciting to see what happens. 

Edward Snowden’s interview: 10 things we learned

Edward Snowden’s interview: 10 things we learned

It sounds like Edward Snowden regrets his decisions to leak valuable government intelligence; an action that has forced him into exile in Russia.  Is he looking for a plea bargain here or is he just delusional?  Making claims that “he is a patriot” seem a bit ironic. 
 
 
By Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN
updated 8:26 AM EDT, Thu May 29, 2014
Source: CNN

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden speaks to NBC’s Brian Williams
  • He says he considers himself a patriot, and that he was trained as a spy
  • Snowden says he’s surprised he ended up in Russia
  • He says he has no ties with the Russian government and doesn’t like some of its policies
 

(CNN) — Traitor or patriot? Low-level systems analyst or highly trained spy?

Slammed by top U.S. government officials and facing espionage charges in the United States, former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden described how he sees himself during an interview with NBC “Nightly News” broadcast Wednesday. And he defended his decision to leak documents about classified U.S. government surveillance programs.

We’ve heard from Snowden a few times before, but the NBC interview with anchor Brian Williams inside a Moscow hotel was his first on an American television network.

Photos: NSA leaker Edward Snowden Photos: NSA leaker Edward Snowden

Here are 10 key points from the interview with the 30-year-old former NSA contractor:

1.Snowden thinks he’s a patriot.

“I think patriot is a word that’s thrown around so much that it can be devalued nowadays,” he said. “Being a patriot doesn’t mean prioritizing service to government above all else. Being a patriot means knowing when to protect your country, knowing when to protect your Constitution, knowing when to protect your countrymen, from the violations of and encroachments of adversaries. And those adversaries don’t have to be foreign countries.”

That assessment drew a sharp response from U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who spoke with NBC earlier Wednesday.

“Patriots don’t go to Russia. They don’t seek asylum in Cuba. They don’t seek asylum in Venezuela. They fight their cause here,” Kerry said. “Edward Snowden is a coward. He is a traitor. And he has betrayed his country. And if he wants to come home tomorrow to face the music, he can do so.”

2. Snowdensays he was trained as a spy.

U.S. President Barack Obama famously referred to Snowden as a hacker last year, and other officials have described him as a low-ranking analyst. That’s misleading, Snowden said.

“I was trained as a spy in sort of the traditional sense of the word — in that I lived and worked undercover, overseas, pretending to work in a job that I’m not — and even being assigned a name that was not mine,” Snowden said.

“Now, the government might deny these things. They might frame it in certain ways, and say, oh, well, you know, he’s a low-level analyst. But what they’re trying to do is they’re trying to use one position that I’ve had in a career, here or there, to distract from the totality of my experience.”

3. Russia isn’t where he expected to end up, but he’s managing.

“I personally am surprised that I ended up here,” Snowden said. “The reality is I never intended to end up in Russia. I had a flight booked to Cuba onwards to Latin America, and I was stopped because the United States government decided to revoke my passport and trap me in the Moscow airport.”

There’s a culture gap, and it’s been an adjustment.

“But even though I didn’t choose to be here, even though circumstances really trapped me here, I can adapt. I can live life as an American more or less. That’s the beauty of the Internet is that we’re no longer tied to our communities by physical connections,” he said.

4. Like a lot of us, he’s been spending his free time watching old episodes of “The Wire.”

“I’m really enjoying it,” he said, though he added that the second season is “not so great.”

5. He’s not happy about some things the Russian government is doing.

Snowden says he has no ties with the Russian government, and he isn’t happy with some of its policies.

“It’s really frustrating for someone who’s working so hard to expand the domain of our rights and our privacy to end up stuck in a place where those rights are being challenged in ways that I would consider deeply unfair,” he said.

There’s no good reason, for example, for a recent law requiring bloggers to register in Russia, he said.

“I can’t think of any basis for a law like that, not just in Russia, but any country,” he said. “The government shouldn’t regulate the operations of a free press.”

So why doesn’t he do something about it. “There’s so much that needs to be defended here in Russia, but I’m limited by my inability to speak Russian, and so on. It’s an isolating and frustrating thing.”

6. It only takes a cell phone for spy agencies in the United States and other countries to find out a lot about you if they want to.

And that’s even if you’re just Googling something simple, Snowden said, like a sports score (Williams told Snowden he’d recently searched for the score of a New York Rangers game).

“The NSA, the Russian intelligence service, the Chinese intelligence service, any intelligence service in the world that has significant funding and a real technological research team can own that phone the minute it connects to their network,” Snowden said.

They can turn on a phone remotely if it’s off, he said. And even a detail like a Google search for a sports score can reveal a lot about you.

“You probably speak English. You are probably an American. You are interested in this sport. They might know what your habits are,” Snowden said. ‘Where were you in the world when you checked the score? Do you check it when you travel? Do you check it when you’re at home? They could tell your pattern of life. Where are you doing these activities? When do you wake up? When do you go to sleep? What other phones are around you? Are you with someone who’s not your wife? Are you someplace that you shouldn’t be?”

7. He wants to return to the United States someday.

“If I could go anywhere in the world, that place would be home,” he said.

But he responded with a series of questions rather than specifics when asked what he missed about home.

“What don’t I miss? What would you miss? What wouldn’t you miss?” he said. “I miss my family. I miss my home. I miss my colleagues. I miss the work.”

8. So why doesn’t he come back to the United States to face charges? Snowden says that’s a fair question, but an ignorant one.

Because he was charged under the Espionage Act, Snowden says he has no chance to make a public defense of his case.

“You are not allowed to argue based on all the evidence in your favor because that evidence may be classified,” he said.

“When people say, ‘Why don’t you face the music?’ I say, ‘You have to understand the music is not an open court and a fair trial.'”

9. Why did Snowden leak classified documents? He says he had no choice.

“The reality is, the situation determined that this needed to be told to the public. The Constitution of the United States had been violated on a massive scale,” Snowden told Williams. “Now, had that not happened, had the government not gone too far and overreached, we wouldn’t be in a situation where whistleblowers were necessary.”

The U.S. government, Snowden said, is using the threat of terrorism “to justify programs that have never been shown to keep us safe but cost us liberties and freedoms that we don’t need to give up and our Constitution says we shouldn’t give up.”

10. He says he tried to go through official channels before leaking information but met dead ends.

Among the people he contacted, Snowden siad, was the NSA’s general counsel office.

“I reported that there were real problems with the way the NSA was interpreting its legal authorities,” Snowden said. “And the response, more or less, in bureaucratic language was, ‘you should stop asking questions.'”

London Sets New Record With $237 Million Apartment Sale

London Sets New Record With $237 Million Apartment Sale

 
 

 

Pedestrians pass new development One Hyde Park in London January 19, 2011. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

 

LONDON (Reuters) – London’s red-hot property market has struck a new record with the sale of a 140 million pound ($237 million) unfurnished apartment, but even the developer of the opulent building warned that some asking prices in Britain were unsustainable.

Buoyed by the wealth of Russian oligarchs, Chinese tycoons and Arab sheikhs, London has become one of the most expensive markets on earth, raising concerns ahead of parliamentary elections in 2015 that locals are being squeezed out of the market.

“We’re in boom-time prices, more expensive than we’ve ever been in the history of mankind,” Nick Candy, one of the developers of London’s One Hyde Park luxury apartments, at the pinnacle of the capital’s super-prime residential sector, told Reuters.

“There is a concern over the market overheating … Everyone thinks the main central London is doing so well, (so) the ripple effect is going throughout the UK, and some of the prices being achieved are probably unrealistic and not sustainable.”

But money is still pouring in.

A source familiar with the matter said an Eastern European buyer bought a penthouse at the One Hyde Park apartment block for a record 140 million pounds.

Candy confirmed that a 16,000 square foot penthouse had been sold but declined to comment on the price or name the buyer. Developer CPC Group, which is run by his brother Christian, said the flat could be worth 160-175 million pounds when furnished.

Britain’s previous record for an apartment was set three years ago by Ukrainian billionaire Rinat Akhemtov, who paid 136 million pounds for a penthouse and apartment at One Hyde Park to knock together into one property.

There have been more than $2 billion in sales at the block, whose developer is a joint venture between CPC Group and Waterknights, the private company of Qatar’s Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabor Al Thani.

Candy & Candy, run by Nick Candy, were the interior designers and development managers for the project.

POLITICAL THREATS

The wall of money chasing a finite amount of property has sent luxury London prices soaring almost 80 percent since 2009, and while plutocrats’ ostentatious purchases grab the limelight, prices have rocketed even in poorer areas.

Prime central London house prices have risen 79.4 percent since March 2009, against a 40.6 percent increase in Greater London house prices over the same period, according to data from Savills.

Candy, who with brother Christian started out in 1995 with a 6,000 pound loan from their grandmother, said the main risks to the market were changes in government policy, a rise in interest rates or oversupply at the top end.

“If the political climate changes in either (London or New York), so in London next year the government wants to charge mansion tax and other taxes, the market might change. They might have a correction, a significant correction,” he said.

“I don’t see a massive correction unless a number of things happen, firstly a change of government, second of all, interest rates start going up high and inflation starts going.”

The British government has in recent months imposed new taxes on overseas purchasers, while the opposition Labour Party, which is leading in opinion polls for the national election, has proposed a tax on houses worth over 2 million pounds.

Rising prices have prompted a rush of luxury developments.

More than 20,000 residential units – worth over 1,250 pounds per square foot – are scheduled to be built in London over the next 10 years, building consultancy EC Harris said in December, adding that this was more than double the 2011 pipeline.

Grosvenor Group, the landlord for much of London’s upmarket Mayfair and Belgravia districts, said on Tuesday it had sold off 240 million pounds in luxury residential properties in 2013 and aimed to reinvest in cheaper districts, as it was concerned that prices at the top end of the market were vulnerable.

Such is London’s wealth that Property consultant Savills calculates 10 London boroughs now have an aggregate property value equivalent to the total value of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland combined.

($1 = 0.5919 British Pounds)

(Writing by Guy Faulconbridge; Editing by Will Waterman)

Here Are All The People Who Supposedly Want To Buy The Clippers

Here Are All The People Who Supposedly Want To Buy The Clippers

 

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Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

 

People are lining up to buy the Los Angeles Clippers after NBA commissioner Adam Silver moved to force Donald Sterling to sell.

 

The bidding war is expected to exceed $1 billion according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo.

Here are the people who want to buy the team, according to published reports/rumors in the 24 hours since Silver announced Sterling’s punishment (in order of plausibility):

That’s quite the assortment of people!

The takeaway here is that these are very early days. Sterling could try to drag the NBA into court, delaying the sale for an indefinite period of time.

But for now it’s fun to speculate.

15 Outrageous Ways Ex-NBA Star Gilbert Arenas Spends His $22 Million Salary

15 Outrageous Ways Ex-NBA Star Gilbert Arenas Spends His $22 Million Salary

15 Outrageous Ways Ex-NBA Star Gilbert Arenas Spends His $22 Million Salary

 

Gilbert Arenas

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Former NBA player Gilbert Arenas is living a lavish lifestyle as he continues to get paid even though he hasn’t played an NBA game since 2012.

 

He made $22.3 million this season, making him the 30th-highest-paid athlete in the world.

The Orlando Magic used the “amnesty” rule to cut Gilbert and remove him from their salary cap in 2011.

Under the rule, he still gets paid.

So even though he’s out of work, he can afford to spend money like crazy.


He spent $100,000 to landscape his $3.5 million mansion.

He spent $100,000 to landscape his $3.5 million mansion.

Long and Foster Real Estate

Source: Washington Post

He takes his car to a $675 car wash.

He takes his car to a $675 car wash.

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Source: Washington Post

He spends $5,000 a month for housekeeping of his seven-bedroom, 10-bathroom home.

He spends $5,000 a month for housekeeping of his seven-bedroom, 10-bathroom home.

Long and Foster Real Estate

Source: Washington Post

He has a fancy grotto next to his backyard pool complete with a bar, hot tub, and of course a water slide.

He has a fancy grotto next to his backyard pool complete with a bar, hot tub, and of course a water slide.

Long and Foster Real Estate

Source: Washington Post 

He paid $8,000 for a Mercedes-Benz electric toy car.

He paid $8,000 for a Mercedes-Benz electric toy car.

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Source: Washington Post 

He has his own personal shark tank. It costs $5,000 each month to feed his sharks and an additional $1,500 for someone to take care of them.

He has his own personal shark tank. It costs $5,000 each month to feed his sharks and an additional $1,500 for someone to take care of them.

Long and Foster Real Estate

Source: Washington Post

He spends $600 on groceries every week.

He spends $600 on groceries every week.

Youtube Screen Grab

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He went on a $40,000 dollar shopping spree for his kids at FAO Schwartz.

He went on a $40,000 dollar shopping spree for his kids at FAO Schwartz.

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Source: Washington Post

He also bought a $60,000 train set for his kids and hired someone from FAO Schwarz to set it up.

He also bought a $60,000 train set for his kids and hired someone from FAO Schwarz to set it up.

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Source: Washington Post

He’s always ready for a night of gambling, carrying wads of $20,000 in $5 bills to make things easier at the casino.

He's always ready for a night of gambling, carrying wads of $20,000 in $5 bills to make things easier at the casino.

Which in turn has led to wads of $100 bills on a typical night of gambling.

Which in turn has led to wads of $100 bills on a typical night of gambling.

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He takes great pride in his personal shoe collection of over 2,000 pairs of shoes in his closet.

He takes great pride in his personal shoe collection of over 2,000 pairs of shoes in his closet.

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Source: Nice Kicks

Which doesn’t include the shoes he wore in the 2010 season worth $7,730, which he gave away in a contest.

Which doesn't include the shoes he wore in the 2010 season worth $7,730, which he gave away in a contest.

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He’s known for showering his friends in cash too. The lucky recipient here is former teammate Nick Young.

He's known for showering his friends in cash too. The lucky recipient here is former teammate Nick Young.

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He bought a hyperbaric chamber to absorb the oxygen in his home so it would be the same altitude as the Rocky Mountains because he thought it would improve his conditioning.

He bought a hyperbaric chamber to absorb the oxygen in his home so it would be the same altitude as the Rocky Mountains because he thought it would improve his conditioning.

Long and Foster Real Estate

Source: Washington Post