• Dark Sky – Weather Prediction, Reinvented

    Adam Grossman and Jack Turner: We’ve made the best fucking weather animation you’ve ever seen. It’s on Kickstarter and it’s not just another weather app — that’s good. Backed.

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  • Airlines Are Trying to Cut Boarding Times on Planes

    Jad Mouawad: One airline did figure out a way to sharply cut boarding time. Spirit Airlines found that passengers got to their seats much more rapidly once it started charging $20 to $40 per carry-on bag. More passengers checked their bags. Celebrating one year of “stress-free boarding” this summer, Spirit said its policy cut boarding […]

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  • Free and Integrated

    Federico Viticci commenting on the WhatsApp numbers: Free, native and integrated beats “free and third-party” any time for the majority of users when it comes to iOS-to-iOS communication. And it’s not like iOS-to-iOS messaging is a rare scenario nowadays, with over 250 million iOS devices out there and quite possibly a large percentage of them […]

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  • Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet Wins 2011 Tablet World Series

    Avram Piltch, LAPTOP Online Editorial Director, on the winner of the “Tablet World Series”: With strong features like a scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass display, support for enterprise-level security software / encryption, and an optional active stylus, the ThinkPad Tablet simply dominated the game this weekend. Users were undoubtedly also attracted by the ThinkPad Tablet’s productivity-centric software, […]

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  • WhatsApp Users Now Send Over One Billion Messages a Day

    Drew Olanoff: According to a blog post from Messaging app WhatsApp, the company is now getting over one billion messages sent using its platform a day. That’s a lot. My wife uses this app to communicate with her cousin while she is studying abroad and said that she likes it for the purpose it serves. […]

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  • Kinect for Windows Coming in Early 2012

    Paul Thorrott responding to Microsoft’s concept video of what Kinect for Windows could be: This is cute and everything, but unrealistic: People will not being playing “air violin” or performing “air surgery” with Kinect, sorry. Agreed, most of the things that are shown in the video are pretty uninspiring. They would have been far better […]

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  • Met Police Using Surveillance System to Monitor Mobile Phones

    Ryan Gallagher and Rajeev Syal reporting on a covert cell phone surveillance system in use in England and (reportedly) by the U.S. Secret Service : The surveillance system has been procured by the Metropolitan police from Leeds-based company Datong plc, which counts the US Secret Service, the Ministry of Defence and regimes in the Middle […]

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  • Siri, Reminders and OmniFocus

    I am a huge fan of having a “Trusted System” where you store anything and everything that is actionable. For quite a long time that has been OmniFocus for me. To the point where I don’t even bother to look at other reminder apps when they come out — I have no interest. Then Apple […]

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  • [SPONSOR] Billings Pro

    Billings Pro is a multi-user time tracking and invoicing solution for the Mac and iPhone, that includes a Web app for timekeepers. With Marketcircle Cloud you get the Mac and iPhone experience with the convenience of the Web. Let us worry about all the setup, hosting, and backup of your data, while you focus on […]

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  • How to Build a Site That Looks Great on Every Screen

    The linked post isn’t particularly mind blowing in any sense. What is interesting to me is all the frameworks and tools that are popping up to re-flow websites based on the screen size of the device being used. For the most part I think they all suck, because it is just a set of rules […]

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  • Easter Island Heads Have Bodies

    File this one under: that’s even more creepy.

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  • A Sister’s Eulogy for Steve Jobs

    Mona Simpson on her brother, Steve Jobs: His philosophy of aesthetics reminds me of a quote that went something like this: “Fashion is what seems beautiful now but looks ugly later; art can be ugly at first but it becomes beautiful later.”

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  • Some Responses to the Magazine Counterarguments

    Marco Arment responding to criticism on his Double-dipping post: I don’t need to know why $4.99 is insufficient to pay for 15 articles on my iPad. I just know that it feels like a premium price for such a relatively small amount of content, and I don’t feel right paying premium prices for ad-subsidized products. […]

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  • Facebook Says 600,000 Accounts Compromised Every Day

    Bob Sullivan reporting, and doing the math: That might sound like an impressive record, but doing the math, that means 600,000 accounts are hacked or otherwise compromised every day.  Facebook’s 0.06 percent figure seems intentionally precise, so it’s probably fair to surmise that potentially 18 million accounts per month are impacted. A clear example of […]

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  • ‘Apps Are the New Channels’

    John Gruber makes a great case for how an Apple “TV” experience could be. As I talked about with Shawn today on our Podcast it is evident to me that the experience on such a device needs integration between each of the apps. That is, if I search for a movie on the current Apple […]

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  • Edovia – Insanely Great Software for Mac and iOS

    A big thanks to Edovia for sponsoring the RSS feed this week. I use their Screens apps on all of my devices on a daily basis — they are simply great. I am also a big user of the TouchPad app that they make and Screens on my Mac is a far better solution than […]

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  • MacBook Air Screen Colors

    The writer behind Recenseo noticed that the screen on his MacBook Air didn’t have great color because: The one made by Samsung has the perfect settings from the very beginning, but for some reason the LG doesn’t. To make the LG version look similarly as good as the Samsung screen, you’ll have to follow a […]

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  • Reminders.app Versus OmniFocus

    Don Southard has a nice breakdown of the Reminders app and OmniFocus on the iPhone — importantly how there is a use for both. I too like the Reminders app for adding small tasks while on the go, that would all change (of course) if Siri could add things to OmniFocus.

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  • The B&B Podcast – Episode 32: Displays and Televisions

    Shawn and Ben discuss the dying Cinema display that Shawn owns and his options for future upgrades, with speculation about what Apple may do to those displays down the road. The Apple TV set is also discussed and how such a content model would work. They talk about funding projects on Kickstarter and making chili.

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  • Why I’m Kissing Spotify Goodbye

    Brett Kelly lays out some good reasons why Spotify isn’t for everyone. For me the moment they decided that you needed a Facebook account to use the service was the same moment I knew it wasn’t right for me.

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