• The Mac App Store: Falling in Love Again

    Andy Ihnatko: But damn, yes, the Store makes life so much easier for every user. I can’t tell you how many hours I have spent trying to dig through old emails and guess at old passwords to get registration credentials for old software. That used to be the sole reason that I never deleted software […]

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  • ‘Buying Adobe Photoshop CS6’

    Pat Dryburgh on his experience trying to upgrade to Adobe’s cloud program so that he can finish important client work (like mine, geez): I asked the support person when I should expect my serial number. Expecting an answer somewhere in the neighbourhood of 5-10 minutes, you can imagine my surprise when I was told “in […]

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  • Become vs. Stay

    Nick Bilton reporting on the long rumored Facebook phone: “Mark is worried that if he doesn’t create a mobile phone in the near future that Facebook will simply become an app on other mobile platforms,” a Facebook employee said. News flash: Facebook is already just an app on other mobile platforms. Facebook’s real challenge is […]

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  • ‘Please Refer to the Matrix’

    John Moltz talking about the difference between Metro Windows 8 apps and desktop apps: This is the pig of Windows 8 that resists any attempts at applying all forms of lipstick. There’s simply no getting around the fact that this is a confusing dichotomy. Great post that outlines why Windows 8 is a step forward, […]

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  • ‘Force YouTube Links to Open in Mobile Website on iOS’

    Mac OS X Hints: This will make all YouTube links open the mobile website and will also hide the native YouTube app on the device. If you decide you want to revert these changes, simply go to the Restrictions settings and toggle YouTube back on. So, wait, not only do I get to watch the […]

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  • Warren Buffett’s Letter to Publishers and Editors

    Warren Buffett: We must rethink the industry’s initial response to the Internet. The original instinct of newspapers then was to offer free in digital form what they were charging for in print. This is an unsustainable model and certain of our papers are already making progress in moving to something that makes more sense. Nailed […]

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  • The Dark Sky Company

    A big thanks to this week’s sponsor: Dark Sky. They really do make a different kind of weather app, one that I find not only useful, but supremely beautiful. I use Dark Sky just about everyday, multiple times, it’s on my iPhone home screen and in my iPad’s dock. Quite literally the only problem that […]

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  • Apple Responds to the DoJ

    Jacqui Cheng: “Without Apple’s entry, eBook distribution would essentially be ceded to a single distributor (Amazon), who would then possess virtually unlimited power in the eBook business,” Apple wrote. “Apple provided all publishers, large or small, similar opportunities to utilize Apple as an agent to sell eBooks directly to consumers through the iBookstore on non-discriminatory […]

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  • Degreees

    A very nice weather website that shows the current temp (weather status by background color), your location, the high for today and tomorrow. It’s dead simple and nice looking. Bonus tip: open it in iOS and save it to your home screen for a fullscreen view and a nice looking icon. [via Max Masnick]

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  • Where I Get an Arc90 Employee to Call me Dumb and Fox News in One Tweet

    I am now, officially, opted-out of Readlists1 and after rejoicing on Twitter, Arc90 employee and Readability lead developer, Philip Forget, responded with a series of tweets. Since so many tweets were wrapped up in the conversation let me show you the series between just me and Forget: Here’s my first tweet: Finally Opted-out. To which […]

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  • An Important Update About Readlists

    Jonathan Poritsky got a small interview with Richard Ziade (the CEO of Readability/Arc90/Readlists) and asked about whether the service crosses a line. Ziade didn’t answer, so Poritsky (and this made me happy) pressed the question again and this time Ziade tried to frame it against the web in general — which has been the response […]

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  • Facebook Releases a Photocentric App for Apple Devices

    It seems to me that Facebook finally realized the same thing that I did years ago: people like Facebook because they like to stalk 1) former “lovers” and 2) former high school rivals.1 So a photo app seems like the perfect tool to do just that, makes sense. Often I refer to this as my: […]

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  • ‘Google Subsidiary Motorola’

    This is the opening statement by Florian Mueller on his latest report of a Microsoft victory over Motorola in a German lawsuit: The Munich I Regional Court today ordered a German patent injunction against wholly-owned Google subsidiary Motorola Mobility because the Android operating system infringes EP1304891 on “communicating multi-part messages between cellular devices using a […]

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  • ‘Kickstarter Hides Failure’

    Dan Misener scraped the Kickstarter website, only to find out that there are in fact no readily visible failed projects. Misener brings up the interesting point that it is hard for new project creators to learn from the failure of others if they can’t see those failures. I understand why Kickstarter hides failures, I would […]

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  • Diet Coda

    Hot on the heels of Coda 2 is Diet Coda, which just became the best code editor with built in FTP by a large margin on the iPad. Seems like a bargain at, the soon to change price of, $9.99.

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  • Coda 2

    Amazing update. I have always been a TextMate user for code, but Coda 2 converted me last night with its AirPreview feature to the iPad alone. AirPreview is a bit magical.

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  • The B&B Podcast #62: iSniper

    Shawn and I talk about smoking meat, those damned bigger screened iPhone rumors and, of course, Readlist. Brought to you by the fine folks at Hover.

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  • 1136 x 640

    John Gruber explaining how Apple could keep a 4″ iPhone under wraps while still getting developers ready for the larger screen before hand: If Apple introduced something like this in iOS 6, they could encourage iOS developers to adopt the recommended APIs to be responsive to changes in available vertical screen space. For now, they […]

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  • Business Speak

    HP Press Release: HP (HPQ) today outlined plans for a multi-year productivity initiative designed to simplify business processes, advance innovation and deliver better results for customers, employees and shareholders. That’s business speak for: “We are firing 27,000 employees.”

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  • ‘Over-Promise and Under-Deliver’

    Paul Kafasis tried to reenact the Samuel L. Jackson Siri commercial and it sounds like Apple needs a “results may vary” disclaimer. There’s no doubt in my mind that I am better off with Siri than without, but she can be a very frustrating woman. What makes Siri even more frustrating (at least to me) […]

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