• Apple, App Makers Sued Over User Tracking

    A couple of things stuck out at me in the article. Don’t you have to agree to allow an app to access your location? How is Apple profiting from this? Here let’s look at this closer, Ryan Singel: If an app passes along that number to an advertisers, the advertising company can use it to […]

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  • Ulysses Holiday Sale

    Ulysses is my favorite writing software and I just found out that it is on sale right now for 50% off. That is a steal. Right now you can grab a copy for EUR 22.49.

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  • 300 Million Dollars

    How much did it cost AOL in the 90s to spam us all with AOL install CDs? More than $300 million it would seem. Wow.

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  • The Best Source for Mac/iPad/iPhone/Windows Backgrounds

    I have been a long time fan of John Carey — his writing is excellent is his photography is superb. Add to that him giving away some of his images for you to use as backgrounds on your devices and you have to love the guy. They are beautiful.

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  • PDFs and Notational Velocity

    Adam King on Twitter: Select multiple PDF attachments in Mail, drag to Notational Velocity” icon, and presto! 1 note per PDF w/ full, stripped plaintext. Handy. Handy indeed.

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  • A Thinner iPad Does Not Make a Better iPad

    I love reading rumors — the wishing/hoping/dreaming of what will be included in future gadgets fascinates me. Rumors give you a very clear idea of how far from reality certain people are and how in the “know” others are. The iPad and the iPhone are probably the two most rumored devices on the web, but […]

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  • The worsening journalistic disgrace at Wired

    Glenn Greenwald on Wired’s Senior Editor Kevin Poulsen and his relationship with Adrian Lamo and the WikiLeaks scandal: This has long ago left the realm of mere journalistic failure and stands as one of the most egregious examples of active truth-hiding by a “journalist” I’ve ever seen. Can’t wait to see how Wired responds.

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  • Facebook and The Washington Post

    It is a bit much.

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  • Your Smartphone’s Battery Gauge is Lying to You (and it’s not such a bad thing)

    A fascinating post by “Byron G” on how modern cellphones actually charge. Unlike old cellphones they charge to 100% then cut power and only try to maintain something above 90% for the period they are plugged in. Battery gauges on phones are programmed to be inaccurate and report 100% charges. Now his data is only […]

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  • “2011: The Year Android Explodes! Killing Innocent Women, Children, And iPhone Users”

    MG Siegler: Say what you will about the iPhone/AT&T deal, it’s clear that Apple is in control there. And say what you will about Apple — at least they’re not the carriers. With Android, it’s a different story. That’s why the “open” argument is such a bullshit red herring. Android is so open that it […]

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  • TSA status

    Your Airport may have those Backscatter machines, but do they use them? [via Life Hacker]

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  • The Mighty Eagle Soars

    Last week Angry Birds for iOS got a huge update — I mean huge. They introduced “The Mighty Eagle” — a new bird in the game that can be purchased, in-app, for $0.99 and can only used once an hour. What makes this new bird such a big update has nothing to do with what […]

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  • Quote of the Day: Seth Godin

    “You can spend your entire day consuming media and never encounter a thought you don’t agree with, don’t like or don’t want to see.” — Seth Godin Please don’t do that — my favorite reader emails are ones that challenge what I think. People who think differently than me don’t scare me — they intrigue […]

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  • “The Special Relationship”

    Andy Ihnatko on Apple: I recently read something about Walt Disney that seemed very familiar. A man who worked with him said (I’m paraphrasing) Walt wanted to make sure that if you came to Disney World, you would have a fantastic time. And he succeeded. But he also wanted to make sure that you wouldn’t […]

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  • 20% Off Keyboard Maestro

    Want to go get yourself a copy of the excellent Keyboard Maestro, but you don’t have the $36.00 needed to purchase it? Well if you have $28.80 then you are in luck — use the link to get the 20% off. Sweet.

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  • Banks and WikiLeaks

    A New York Times Editorial: What would happen if a clutch of big banks decided that a particularly irksome blogger or other organization was “too risky”? What if they decided — one by one — to shut down financial access to a newspaper that was about to reveal irksome truths about their operations? This decision […]

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  • MacBook Air Is Om’s Gadget Of The Year

    Om Malik picks the MacBook Air 13″ model as his gadget of the year for 2010. I can’t say that it is a bad choice, but I would be hard pressed to pick it over the iPad. I think long term that laptops will become more MacBook Air like — at the same time though […]

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  • Coding Robots

    My thanks to Coding Robots for sponsoring the RSS feed this week to promote their iPhone app NoteTask. NoteTask is a great little app that uses the excellent Simplenote syncing service to create task lists using plain text. A great simple system. Be sure to check out the other great apps by Coding Robots — […]

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  • An iPhone Lover’s Take On Windows Phone

    MG Siegler on Windows Phone 7: That said, the web browser on Windows Phone is an abomination. It’s hard to describe how bad it is. It’s sort of like IE6, but worse. Nearly every page I’ve visited over the past several weeks has been broken in the browser in some way. It’s usually just small […]

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  • Support versus Workarounds

    You can either support a Mac or you can offer a workaround for Mac users. These are incredibly different concepts that seem to be utterly lost on my bank: Umpqua Bank (the self described “World’s Greatest Bank”). I have been inquiring with Umpqua about getting a remote checking deposit system in place for my Property […]

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