• The iPad Air vs. iPad mini Retina

    The iPad air: is the iPad that you should get, but allow me to explain. I’ve been mulling over which iPad to get, as I suspect many are. Before the event I figured on getting the retina iPad mini, but the Air really changes that. Right now, and I suspect with the faster chip and […]

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  • ‘NSA Monitored Calls of 35 World Leaders After US Official Handed Over Contacts’

    James Ball: The National Security Agency monitored the phone conversations of 35 world leaders after being given the numbers by an official in another US government department, according to a classified document provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden. Sorry, where’s the problem here? Is this not the NSA’s job? I assume the story is that President […]

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  • ‘Off’

    Marco Arment on Apple’s iPad event: The lines were so tightly scripted that the presenters often stumbled off-script slightly, and rather than rolling with it naturally, they’d just jump back and awkwardly retry the line. I made that note too. Cook seemed to be struggling and it felt awkward to watch. The products Apple launched […]

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  • Styles in Ulysses III

    Full documentation on creating styles in Ulysses III for exporting — this is an incredibly powerful tool.

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  • Define Hypocrite For Me

    Charles Arthur for The Guardian: Yet writing in December 2005, the then head of search and user experience Marissa Mayer insisted that following a tieup to provide search for AOL, that besides never providing “biased” results, “There will be no banner ads on the Google homepage or web search results pages. There will not be crazy, […]

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  • ‘iPad mini or iPad Air?’

    David Sparks on which iPad he is getting: The only difference at this point is that one is nearly 10 inches and one is nearly 8 inches. With this as the only deciding factor, for a lot of people this will make the decision really easy. They will know immediately whether they want a large […]

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  • ‘Mail in Mavericks Changes the Gmail Equation’

    Joe Kissell on changes to Mail that hate on Gmail: Mail and Gmail were never a fantastic combination out of the box, because Gmail has a wacky, highly nonstandard way of using IMAP, and Mail always wanted to treat Gmail as though it were a conventional IMAP server. Pairing a Gmail email with Mail.app is […]

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  • GPGTools

    GPGTools is now compatible with Mavericks. For those of you that don’t know what GPGTools is, it is the easiest way to setup encrypted email on your Mac. It installs two things: 1. A Mail.app plugin that allows you to toggle signing and encryption on a per-email basis with a couple of nice and easy […]

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  • Ulysses III v1.1

    I started using Ulysses back with version 2. I used it off and on, and I generally liked it, but didn’t love it. When Ulysses III came out, it was a brand new app and it only took me a day to fall in love with the app. If I am writing on my Mac, […]

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  • ‘Liebeck V. McDonald’s: The Big Burn’

    In 1992, Stella Liebeck spilled scalding McDonald’s coffee in her lap and later sued the company, attracting a flood of negative attention. It turns out, there’s more to the story.

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  • ‘Scroll Hijacking’

    Trent Walton: Sites like Milwaukee Police News and Apple’s recent string of product 1-pagers are beautiful, but hijacking a user’s scroll rate for marketing purposes has to be one of my least favorite things in web design these days. This drives me crazy too. I thought my trackpad died when I visited the iPad Air […]

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  • ‘Edward Snowden is No Traitor’

    Richard Cohen: I am sure that police powers granted the government will be abused over time and that Snowden is an authentic whistleblower, appalled at what he saw on his computer screen and wishing, like Longfellow’s Paul Revere, to tell “every Middlesex village and farm” what our intelligence agencies were doing. Who do they think […]

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  • Leaf on Car

    Yesterday I was working on a side project for a buddy, and was out and about shooting some pictures with my old Canon 5D in my yard. As I was walking back inside I noticed that one leaf had fallen on our car. I thought it might make a neat shot to post on Favd, […]

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  • Amazon Item of the Week: PYLE-PRO PLPTS25 Laptop Computer Stand for DJ

    I ran into a problem a few weeks ago: my laptop wasn’t sitting high enough on my desk to get the monitor up to where I needed it. It was annoying and tiring. I have tried almost every well marketed Mac laptop stand and they universally suffer from one or both of these issues: They […]

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  • ‘Apple Crosses Its Hardware Rubicon’

    Matthew Panzarino: Now, Apple has reset the expectation of millions of users with regards to paying for core operating system and productivity software. Both Google and Apple are now offering a holistic product with “everything you need to get started.” Meanwhile, Microsoft still makes the majority of its income on Office and Windows licensing.

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  • ‘NSA Surveillance Creeps Onto Tech’S Lobbying Agenda’

    Tony Romm: Apple shelled out $970,000 for D.C. lobbying in the third quarter, the most the company has spent in any three-month period here. To date this year, the company has spent $2.38 million in Washington, compared with about $1.4 million by this time last year. As it launched its first-ever lobbying push on government […]

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  • Quote of the Day: Jim Dalrymple

    “Everything you need to operate a Mac or iOS device is free. Spreadsheet, photo, music, presentation, word processing, and movie-making software, all free.” — Jim Dalrymple

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  • ‘A Huge Regression’

    Clark Goble on the new iWork: I could go on about how almost none of the problems I’ve been griping about for four years in Numbers have been fixed. But what’s the point. Apple has spoken. It wants the OSX iWork to basically be the same as the iOS version and designed purely for casual use. […]

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  • Software as a Feature

    Yesterday Apple made an announcement that we will not likely know the ramifications of (fully) for some time. That announcement centered around their software: iWork, iLife, and OS X are now free (as is iOS iWork and iOS itself). For many this will be seen as a nice little gift from Apple. iLife is solid, […]

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  • Transporter 2.0 is Here

    Sweet update: 2.0 works just like Dropbox using a regular folder on your computer and adding right-click support for quickly sharing files and folders. You no longer need to create top level folders using the web management software as everything can now be done using Finder on Mac or Explorer on Windows. When you drag-and-drop […]

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