• Bamboo Paper

    The icon is terrible and the market is saturated. Even with those caveats I think Bamboo Paper may have one of the best “ink” engines that I have seen. I actually think the replication of writing with a felt tip pen is done better in Bamboo Paper than it is in my old stand-by Penultimate. […]

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  • Skype Fires Executives, Avoiding Payouts After Microsoft Buyout

    Joseph Galante: >Skype Technologies SA, the Internet- calling service being bought by Microsoft Corp., is firing senior executives before the deal closes, a move that reduces the value of their payout, according to three people familiar with the matter. Clearly Microsoft has shown that they have the management chops to run online services successfully. [Clearly](http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-of-the-day-microsoft-online-operating-income-2011-1).

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  • NY Post Blocks Access To Its Website On iPads To Drive App Purchases

    Casey Johnston reporting on this stupid decision: >Trying to access the paper via the Safari browser on the iPad results in a redirect page that points them to the app, as well as a few other basic services. and: >As a Murdoch publication, the NY Post appears to be getting pushed in the direction of […]

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  • Facebook’s Upcoming… Issue

    MG Siegler: >With some 700 million users, Facebook is one of the biggest forces in the tech world today. But their glaring weakness is that they do not ultimately control their own destiny. They have flourished on the desktop-based web, which is mainly open, but mobile is the key to the future. Facebook has been […]

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  • The B&B Podcast – Episode 15: Dub Dub Goers

    Shawn and I talk about my hatred of Comcast, beta software and he makes me feel bad for not being at WWDC. Big thanks to [Tweetbot](http://tapbots.com/software/tweetbot/) for sponsoring the episode.

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  • Switching To iPad Pilot Charts Could Save American Airlines $1.2MM A Year

    This story itself isn’t very interesting to me, but last night, reading about this switch, I found it funny what wasn’t talked about. What isn’t mentioned is what happens if the device crashes, or the battery dies. Think about that for a moment. A major airline is switching to a computer for mapping and routes, […]

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  • Doxie

    I want to thank Doxie for sponsoring this weeks RSS feed, they make a slick little USB scanner for your Mac/PC. What is really trick is the integration that the scanner has to many of the best apps and services out there. This scanner also does photos — something that my ScanSnap has never been […]

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  • RIM: Six Downgrades

    Tiernan Ray reporting on a comment from Caris & Co.’s Robert Cihra: >But, “it appears RIMM has now sunk into eroding mismanagement, having delayed even just its evolutionary bold 9900 refresh multiple times.” It is amazing to me how fast RIM fell flat on its face, not even Microsoft could have handled things this badly.

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  • Why the $100 Gift Card Is Better Than an iPod

    Cody Fink commenting on why the $100 Back to School gift card promotion is better than the free iPod touch promotion: >Apple is leveraging this year’s Back to School promotion to make the Mac App Store popular. It makes way more sense for Apple to give out App Store/ iTune gift cards than it does […]

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  • The Perils of Sitting

    Emily Singer uses a FitBit to track her calorie burning and it results are dismal during the work week. Standing, it would seem, is *the* way to go.

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  • Apple’s MacBook Air A $3 Billion Revenue Opportunity

    John Paczkowski: >Add to this the fact that Apple shipped 432,000 MacBook Airs during that period, up 412.9 percent year over year at a time when the broader PC market was down 10.1 percent, and it’s not hard to see that the machine is building up quite a bit of traction in the market. If […]

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  • Tech Leaders Don’t Win By Saying They’ll Crush Somebody

    Louis Gray on CEOs/Leaders rambling on about destroying the competition: >So when you read about company X targeting company Y or setting up to take them down, you can almost guarantee they either won’t make it, or company Y is going to change the game again. Great read.

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  • iA Writer: On Prices and Features

    Oliver Reichenstein wrote a fantastic post about how iA came up with and decided on the pricing and features for their Writer app ([my review here](http://brooksreview.net/2011/05/ia-writer/)), this point really stuck out to me: >Even though iA Writer for iPad is a professional’s tool, it is sold in an amateur environment at amateur prices. So very […]

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  • Quote of the Day: Tim Worstall

    “But to value every company as if they are the next Google, rather than valuing them all as if one of them might be, is pretty much the definition of a bubble.” — Tim Worstall

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  • Keyboard versus Mouse, 1980 Style

    Originally published in the AppleDirect, August, 1989. Republished as Chapter 6, in Tog on Interface: >While the keyboard users in this case feels as though they have gained two seconds over the mouse users, the opposite is really the case. Because while the keyboard users have been engaged in a process so fascinating that they […]

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  • The Good, the Bad, the Ugly: iOS App Icons

    This is a look at the apps that I have currently installed on my iOS devices — it is in no way a look at every app in the App Store. This also means that I use and like every app on this list, just because the icon is bad doesn’t mean I don’t like […]

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  • Help Shape Steve Ballmer’s WPC 2011 Keynote Speech

    Microsoft is reaching out and asking for people to submit questions that they would like to hear Ballmer speak about: >WPC 2011 is your event, and we would love to get your comments on topics you want to hear from Steve Ballmer, Microsoft’s CEO. Help us shape his 2011 WPC Keynote speech by leaving your […]

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  • Samsung, Apple to End Nokia’s Smartphone Reign

    It’s not just that Samsung will sell more phones than Nokia, it’s that Samsung and Apple will both, individually, sell more phones than Nokia. Nokia isn’t moving from the number one spot to number two, they are dropping to third — for the first time since 1996. Credit where credit is due, nice work to […]

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  • Commoditize your Complements

    Neven Mrgan on app pricing and iA Writer: >In conclusion: pay $20 if you think you’ll get $20 of use out of the app. That is the only meaningful criterion to use. Spot on.

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  • Apple’s Ron Johnson Going to J.C. Penney

    This is great for Johnson and in all honesty it shouldn’t change a thing for Apple. Johnson did a great job for Apple, but Apple’s retail strategy is not only very mature it is also very sound at this point. My guess is that Johnson felt there wasn’t much left for him to do at […]

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