Month: May 2011



  • Twitter’s Photo Service Rushed for iOS 5?

    MG Siegler has some interesting news on the new Twitter picture offering, including thoughts on iOS 5 integration.

  • Lodsys’ Response

    Lodsys: > While it is true that Apple and Lodsys have an obvious dispute about the scope of Apple’s license to the Lodsys Patents, we are willing to put our money where our mouth is and pay you something if we are wrong. Therefore, Lodsys offers to pay $1,000 to each entity to whom we […]

  • The Second Best Mac To-Do App

    The Hit List just launched version 1.0 and announced over-the-air syncing for $20/year ((Why would you pay monthly?)) . Thus it is immediately better than Things, yet still can’t touch OmniFocus. Though as [Shawn Blanc level-headedly points out]( >In fact, for those that love the simplicity of Things but wish for the syncing of OmniFocus, […]

  • Twitter + AdGrok

    At least this one makes sense…

  • This Guy Has My MacBook

    Joshua Kaufman had his MacBook stolen and knows where it is and photos of who has it, thanks to Hidden ((Recommended.)) . Since the cops seem ambivalent towards helping him ((Read his description on the site.)), he started a Tumblr — awesomeness ensues.

  • Lukas Mathis on Windows Phone 7

    Lukas Mathis >Now that I’ve used a WP7 phone for a few weeks, I’m asking myself the same question: should I go back to my iPhone? After looking at the clean, ascetic visual language of WP7 for such a long time, iOS suddenly seems garish, overdone, and kind of ugly. Looking at iOS 4 feels […]

  • Apple Launches iWork Office Suite for iPhone and iPod Touch

    Can we all just agree that there are some things that just “don’t work”: [Inspiration from Sean Sperte]

  • Review: iA Writer for Mac

    The latest app from Information Architects, [iA Writer for Mac](, has been highly anticipated since iA launched their incredibly popular iA Writer app on the iPad. Writer is in every way, shape and form, an exercise in minimalism and focus. I have long been a fan of their iPad version and was really excited to […]

  • iCloud, Lion and iOS 5

    It’s official now, Apple will “unveil” Lion, iOS 5 and iCloud on Monday. Interesting that they announced this in a press release so early, meaning that there is potential for a “one more thing” that will be great. Not sure what to make of this move — other than to say that even if we […]

  • Review: Worthwhile for iPad

    Shortly after I posted about [Tweed](, I was contacted by the developer of [Worthwhile](, an app in a similar vein of Tweed — but one that the developer of the product felt I might actually like. I was put on the developer beta list and took a look at Worthwhile and I think it *is* […]

  • Quote of the Day: Marco Arment

    “Microsoft loves losing money with online services, so this should stay free forever… unless they get a new CEO who isn’t crazy about pouring billions into a hole.” — Marco Arment

  • Twitter Is Launching Its Own Photosharing Service

    From the department of: what the hell took you so long. Also, bye bye Twitpic, Yfrog and others. ((I’m assuming they will be “encouraging” people to stay away from such services.))

  • How Many Cores Does the Human Brain Have?

    Biophilia: >On the other hand, the brain has about 1e15 synapses, making it analogous to five million contemporary 200 million transistor chip "cores". Amazing.

  • Writing Kit for iPad

    I had the opportunity to beta test this app and have been doing so for a while now. It has been in the App Store for a bit at $4.99. There is a lot to like about the app, including its export of Markdown text to HTML text with Smartypants formatting. The preview is also […]

  • Urban Outfitters Responds to False Allegations by Necklace Designer

    Perhaps you haven’t heard, but Stephanie Koerner accused Urban Outfitters of stealing and outright plagiarizing her Etsy shop. It has long been known in the Etsy community that Urban Outfitters copies anyone and hides it under a cloak of occasionally wholesaling with some Etsy sellers. Here is part of their response to the latest accusation, […]

  • Twitter Unmasks Anonymous British User in Landmark Legal Battle

    This is certainly not what you would like to see happen. California courts ordered Twitter to hand over a users private details (email and phone number) as part of a libel suit. Whether or not Twitter did the right thing by law — they mot certainly did the wrong thing by their users. It would […]

  • The U.S. Postal Service Nears Collapse

    Devin Leonard: >The USPS is a wondrous American creation. Six days a week it delivers an average of 563 million pieces of mail—40 percent of the entire world’s volume. For the price of a 44¢ stamp, you can mail a letter anywhere within the nation’s borders. The service will carry it by pack mule to […]

  • Jumping on the Bandwagon v. Adding Value

    Casey Johnston: >If a company can’t create an app with added value, the authors said, they’re better off just making their website more finger-friendly.

  • Twitter Extends DM Switch Date

    In a post in the “Twitter Development Talk” Google group, Matt Harris posts: >We understand this means you might not be able to fully test your updated flow so we are going to extend the deadline until the end of June. >This makes the new enforcement date Thursday, June 30th, 2011. Nice to see the […]

  • iA Writer for Mac

    Exactly what you would expect from using the iPad version. Well done — high price (though to be fair still a real value).