• ‘Why Google Makes the Perfect ISP’

    Interesting post from Ryan Whitwam, arguing that Google as an ISP is actually a very good thing. I’m still skeptical, but Whitwam makes an excellent point with this: >For Google’s business to remain strong, it needs us to use the services and feed in more data. However, Google knows full well that if it loses […]

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  • LaunchBar 5.3, with Mountain Lion Support

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  • Note About the Weekly Review, a Change

    I have changed the weekly review from a post on the site, to an email newsletter. First one goes out later today, so hit this link and subscribe. Or subscribe [anytime here](http://brooksreview.net/category/weekly-review/).

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  • WriteUp Version 3.2

    Remember that video a while back, the one where you could swipe along the keyboard on an iPad to select text — everyone drooled over it, and it was made for jailbroken devices? Yeah, remember that? [Version 3.2 of WriteUp now has that](http://writeup.prasannag.com/2012/07/26/writeup-supports-swipe-selection/). Pretty neat stuff. I don’t use WriteUp regularly, but I just checked […]

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  • ‘Sorry, But I Like the Mac App Store’

    Joe Macirowski: >When you think about it, the apps that don’t get along with sandboxing are doing things I now realize I don’t want my apps doing. TextExpander for example works by being a system-wide keylogger. Apps that can use stuff from your iPhoto library do so by just reading it, with or without permission. […]

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  • Following Up On: ‘The Mac App Store’s Future of Irrelevance’

    [Marco Arment follows up on his post](http://www.marco.org/2012/07/26/not-just-geeks) [from earlier](http://brooksreview.net/2012/07/mas-marco/) about the Mac App Store, clarifying ((I don’t think this is a direct response to my post.)) : >Geeks aren’t the only people who have the problems that these apps solve, and we’re not the only people who can figure out how to find, buy, and […]

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  • Watch What Apple’s OS Update Did to One Network’s Traffic

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  • Hacking Experts Find New Ways to Attack Android Phones

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  • ‘The Mac App Store’s Future of Irrelevance’

    [Marco Arment is done with the Mac App Store, and worries](http://www.marco.org/2012/07/26/mac-app-store-future): >The Mac App Store is in significant danger of becoming an irrelevant, low-traffic flea market where buyers rarely venture for serious purchases. His arguments are not new and he certainly is not alone, but I think he is wrong. Arment feels burned by the […]

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  • Skeuomorphism in the Real World

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  • The B&B Podcast #71: Edges of the Fiberhood

    Posted: July 26, 2012 >Shawn and Ben talk about the Kansas City rollout of Google Fiber, the just-announced Google Fiber TV, internet speeds and privacy policies, Mountain Lion, the Mac App Store, Notification Center, Sparrow’s acquisition and email clients in general, and speculations about the future of Apple TV and how that could relate to […]

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  • Google Fiber and Free

    John Eligon for the New York Times reports on Google’s new fiber network: >The company also has offered people in wired areas the option of obtaining a free 5-megabit-per-second broadband connection, but they will have to pay a $300 construction fee. The overall pricing on Google Fiber seems cheap to me for the speed they […]

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  • Hiss

    From the developer: >Hiss is an OSX app that forwards notifications from Growl enabled apps to Notification Center in Mountain Lion. It’s still abet app, so you can try it for free. The app replaces Growl (looks like you still need Growl installed, just not running) on your Mac and shows the notifications in ML’s […]

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  • ‘Mountain Lion and the Simplification of OS X’

    Shawn Blanc, writing about iOS and Mountain Lion, and where and why OS X is headed where it is: >To build iOS, Apple needed its years of experience making OS X. And now, to refine OS X, Apple needs its newfound expertise from iOS to bring power and simplicity back to the Mac. You should […]

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  • About John Siracusa’s Mountain Lion Review

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  • Apple Claims Google Warned Samsung Against Copying iPhone, iPad

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  • ‘Is Twitter a Media or Technology Company?’

    Me thinks the latter is the case, as Nick Bilton reports: >Mr. Costolo said he wanted to migrate away from developers building more external Twitter apps, to a world where developers and companies are building products inside the Twitter platform — a move, he argued, that would create a better experience for users. That sounds […]

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  • Quote of the Day: Oliver Reichenstein

    “Thinking about how to deal with files prevents me from working. And this annoys me.” — Oliver Reichenstein

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  • The iCache Geode

    Garrett Murray on the [iCache Geode](http://www.icache.com) that he backed on Kickstarter: >Frankly, I’m surprised the iCache Geode is legal to sell in the United States. It could effectively be used as a skimming and cloning system. The price point of the iCache Geode is low enough that nearly anyone could afford to buy it and […]

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  • Mountain Lion Miscellany

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