• Reading on the iPad

    A great article by Shawn on the (still) miserable state of magazine apps on the iPad. I subscribe to a bunch of them, but my favorite app to read in is Instapaper — every time. It’s more than the design, it’s the function and the content. I know that what’s in Instapaper is something that […]

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  • Patina and Wear

    A Twitter follower sent me a link to this excellent post and does a better job describing what I meant about patina on your gadgets. Tom Armitage: >Wear is, of course, both a noun and a verb. It’s the verb that inevitably happens through use, and it’s the noun that the verb leaves behind. Patina […]

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  • Patina

    At the end of last week Marco Arment [posted a follow-up review on the Smart Cover](http://www.marco.org/2011/07/15/ipad-2-smart-cover-review) for the iPad 2. In it he states: >I can’t think of many situations in which a Smart Cover provides enough protection to be worth carrying and using for people who care about the aesthetic condition of their iPad. […]

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  • Fixing Soccer

    Paul Kafasis: >It seems like every time we start to care about soccer, it spits directly into our collective face, while handing us another devastating loss. One of his ways for fixing soccer: >Baseball doesn’t switch to a home run derby after the 12th inning. Basketball doesn’t switch to a game of H-O-R-S-E after the […]

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  • [SPONSOR] Palimpsest for iPad

    Palimpsest for iPad presents a personalized stream of long-form magazine articles. These articles come from the archives of top magazines, including The Atlantic, The New Yorker, and many others. Your votes on previous articles influence which articles are presented to you in the future. Palimpsest is like a radio-station of fascinating articles; with no index […]

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  • Google Chrome Speeds up Slow Computers

    This is just a link to the Google Chrome web browser, which I link to because of something that happened this weekend. My Mom has one of those fancy Dell Inspiron Mini notebooks and she was showing it to me asking if I could make it faster. The machine was unbearably slow which was partially […]

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  • Marketcircle

    My thanks to Marketcircle for sponsoring the RSS feed this week, promoting their excellent Billings Pro software. I don’t know any reason why a Mac user needing to bill hourly, or just freelancing, wouldn’t use Billings Pro. This software is so cool that I almost wish I was a freelancer just so that I could […]

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  • Mind Your MeTweets

    Apparently I am not the only one who is annoyed when people retweet positive things others say about them.

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  • Quote of the Day: Adam Lisagor

    “Worth noting: people who work at Apple think a Teva makes a suitable skateboarding shoe because they see the world just a little bit different from me and you.” — Adam Lisagor

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  • Hotmail Bans Common Passwords

    Tom Warren: >Microsoft will also roll out a feature to prevent users from choosing a common password. Common passwords include password, 123456, ilovecats and gogiants. “This new feature will be rolling out soon, and will prevent you from choosing a very common password when you sign up for an account or when you change your […]

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  • Amazon’s Tablet Is No Threat to Apple, It’s a Huge Threat to Google

    MG Siegler: >Thanks to the “openness” of Android, Google has handed Amazon the keys to the Android kingdom. Amazon is going to launch a tablet that runs Android, but it will be fully Amazon’d. It will use Amazon’s Appstore, it will use Amazon movies, it will use Amazon books, it will use Amazon music, etc. […]

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  • Is the Tablet Computer a New PC or Post-PC?

    Horace Dediu: >In Q2 2011 one million more Windows PCs were sold than in Q2 2010. In same time, 903k more OS X PCs and 5.5 million more iPads. I read this and the first thought that popped into my head: I wonder if Microsoft knows that they are an ‘underdog’ now? They are so […]

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  • xScope on the Mac App Store

    I use this almost daily and it is now on the Mac App Store. A phenomenally useful app.

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  • Spotify Has Landed in the U.S.

    I am not a big ‘streaming music’ kind of guy, but a reader (at least I assume) sent me an invite and I have to admit: I am liking it so far. Before you ask, no I don’t have any invites.

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  • Inside RIM

    Jonathan S. Geller reporting: >He continued, “The fact that people are spending their own money to buy the iPhone, when their company is giving them a ‘free BlackBerry’ sends quite a message to RIM,” says one of our sources.” I think that says all you need to know about RIM’s future. Add to that the […]

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  • Google’s Patent Problems

    Marco Arment: >Google is also run by geeks, and geeks generally find software patents extremely offensive. Which is [backed up](http://techcrunch.com/2011/07/13/scott-you-just-dont-get-it-do-ya/) by MG Siegler: >Prior to the Nortel deal, Microsoft had something like 17,000 patents, while Google had something like 700. Marco is right that if Google gets severely hindered in patent litigation they are likely […]

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  • Google Employee No. 59 on Google+, Privacy and Why He Left

    Former Google employee Douglas Edwards: >So, it’s not like your privacy’s being invaded – in fact I talk in the book about this moment I had with Sergey, where I was handling customer service and I said, we need to talk about the privacy issue around Gmail and he just stood right in front of […]

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  • Basecamp versus Google+?

    Yesterday [I complained](http://brooksreview.net/2011/07/goog-pluser/) that I couldn’t see what Google+ is good for, that is why I should use it. Then a follower on Twitter [sent me](https://twitter.com/huuuze/status/90705437258817536) [this link](https://plus.google.com/u/0/103097764320602190090/posts/BThQZaMDvEY) talking about Gmail and Google+ integration, this of course was [first reported by MG Siegler](http://techcrunch.com/2011/07/11/gmail-plus/). I was looking at all of this again and a thought occurred: […]

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  • Marked: MultiMarkdown Preview, Everywhere

    I haven’t had a ton of time to really dive into this app, but it is pretty nifty. Basically you get a live rendering of any text file that you are working on in Markdown, from any program. This is very cool and the fact that I can dump the TBR CSS into it makes […]

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  • Google+ To Pass 10,000,000 Users Tomorrow

    That’s impressive growth, but not surprising given the widespread initial interest. That’s 5% of the user base Twitter has and 1.4% of Facebook’s — what’ll be more interesting is how long until, and if, they can pass 100 million users. That’s the point when they become a serious ‘player’. (Side note: This is not official […]

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