• The Flying with Electronics Survey Says…

    Yesterday I asked you to fill out a quick survey about how you use electronics when you fly. Given all the hubbub out there I wanted to know how my very tech centric audience dealt with the rules. For take off and landing I asked what you did with your electronics in multiple choice. After […]

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  • How to Comment

    Matt Gemmell turned off comments on his blog yesterday (well done) and offers three ways to comment on his site instead. His first way is: Write a response on your own blog. Considered, long-form follow-ups by an identifiable, accountable person are the ultimate form of feedback and discussion. I’d love to read what you have […]

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  • RIM Offers Device Management for iOS and Android

    You know what would make your iPad really great? RIM putting its greasy hands all over it.

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  • iA Writer with iCloud

    My favorite writing app, iA Writer, just came out with an update to both the Mac and iPad apps that adds in iCloud support and folder support for Dropbox. In the few minutes I have had to play with it, the iCloud support looks fantastic — along with a bunch of other nice touches.

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  • Malls Cancel Plans to Track Shoppers’ Movements via Cellphone

    Well that was short lived. Interesting quote Maggie Shader has from Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY): Personal cell phones are just that—personal—and should not be used as tracking devices by private companies. I wonder what implications that has for the Apple Store system that locates a person in the store…

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  • Facebook’s “Entire” Business Model Is Under Fire in the EU

    This is an interesting position that the European Commission is putting Facebook in. If I read this correctly they are essentially telling Facebook that Facebook can only use the information they collect for advertising and such “in the manner that its users expect” if the user gives consent. Even though you basically give consent when […]

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  • Evangelist

    Mike Swanson: I created a “novelty” app primarily because I didn’t have time to maintain servers or other back-end infrastructure, and I wanted a fun app that nobody would depend on. I also needed an app that the press wouldn’t find very interesting. After all, my day job was still as a Technical Evangelist at […]

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  • Malls Track Shoppers’ Cellphone Signals to Gather Marketing Data

    Sean Gallagher: The technology, from Portsmouth, England-based Path Intelligence, is called Footpath. It uses monitoring units distributed throughout a mall or retail environment to sense the movement of customers by triangulation, using the strength of their cellphone signals. That data is collected and run through analytics by Path, and provided back to retailers through a […]

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  • How I Roll When I Fly

    If you have a minute I would love to know what you do when you are told to turn off electronics while flying. (There’s a bonus question about the lame things you have been told for the reasons behind having to turn off electronics. I’ll post the best answers later this week.)

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  • Apple Store Employees Use App to Locate Shoppers Picking Up Online Purchases

    Nathan Ingraham: It shows the customer on a map of the store so employees can find them and deliver their purchase, ideally without the customer ever having to ask for help. Now that is cool. Relatedly: a bit freaky. More importantly I want to know how they get the location inside the store that accurate. […]

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  • The Degrading State of Common Sense

    Kristina Grifantini: Researchers at Dartmouth College and the University of Bologna in Italy have developed an Android app that uses the camera on a smart phone to detect oncoming traffic. It isn’t amazing that this possible, it is amazing that we see a need for such a thing.

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  • Red Glow

    Well here’s a reason for shutting off electronics in flight, from Anna Leach: An iPhone caused a small emergency in an Australian airplane after it inexplicably started to glow red and emit “significant amounts of dense smoke” as the craft touched down in Sydney airport. Check out the picture in this pdf. [via James Wilson]

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  • The Why

    This statement from Marco Arment rings so true: His father has many good reasons not to switch, and I don’t understand any of them. Marco’s talking about the feeling of banging your head into a wall that you get when you try to “help” people with their technology problems. I too stopped long ago trying […]

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  • How Many iOS Devices Will Be Sold in 2012?

    A great look at what iOS device sales could be in 2012 by Horace Dediu. The interesting thing here is that he is expecting the sales in 2012 to be close to the same amount of devices that are already in the market. Read that again. You know that app you have been trying to […]

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  • The Computer-less Scanner: Doxie Go

    A while back a long time sponsor reached out to me and asked if they could book a couple of weeks for the planned launch of their new product. That new product is Doxie Go: a fully mobile scanner. I have always been intrigued by the products that Doxie makes because they always look great […]

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  • Shawn Blanc on Stamped

    Mr. Blanc has a great sentence on how one should think of Stamped: What Twitter is to status updates, Stamped is to our favorite things in life. He also has two great criticisms of the app, things that I fully agree with. I didn’t realize they were using Affiliate links for things that can link […]

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  • [SPONSOR] Doxie Go — Now Shipping

    Doxie Go is the tiny, cordless scanner that scans anywhere — no computer required. Doxie’s elegant Mac software makes it easy to go paperless. Doxie creates create searchable PDFs you can save and share — save scans to your desktop, add them to your iPhone or iPad’s photo roll (and therefore to iCloud), send to […]

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  • Fliers Still Must Turn Off Devices, but It’s Not Clear Why

    Nick Bilton on the antiquated rules for fliers: Surely if electronic gadgets could bring down an airplane, you can be sure that the Department of Homeland Securityand the Transportation Security Administration, which has a consuming fear of 3.5 ounces of hand lotion and gel shoe inserts, wouldn’t allow passengers to board a plane with aniPad […]

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  • Dave Winer: Why I Use the Kindle Fire

    Winer has liked the Fire since the day he got it. Taking a look through his points I get the sense that there are two main things that he likes: The smaller size. That’s a real plus of the device because it is easier to have at the ready and to use when trying to […]

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  • Reading Magazines on the iPad

    Justin Williams: I’m convinced that the people who actually write for magazines, edit them and publish them have never actually tried using their iPad versions for more than a few moments. If they actually did try to use their publication’s app as the actual means to read each issue, things would have to improve. Right? […]

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