• Quote of the Day: Thomas Brand

    “Do you honestly think Apple ran its enterprise on Xserves?” — Thomas Brand

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  • ‘Our Commitment to Protecting Your Information’

    Marissa Mayer: > There is nothing more important to us than protecting our users’ privacy. To that end, we recently announced that we will make Yahoo Mail even more secure by introducing https (SSL – Secure Sockets Layer) encryption with a 2048-bit key across our network by January 8, 2014. Today we are announcing that […]

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  • Making Money From Copyrighted Work You Don’t Own

    [Jeff John Roberts on one of the more interesting decisions in the Google book scanning case](http://gigaom.com/2013/11/14/google-wins-book-scanning-case-judge-finds-fair-use-cites-many-benefits/): > The latter idea — that Google is profiting off the books at the expense of authors — has been a rallying cry for opponents of the book scanning. Chin’s ruling, however, takes care to reject the notion in […]

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  • Reversals and Arrogance

    [Danny Sullivan on Google’s broken promises](http://marketingland.com/google-broken-promises-65121): > For two years in a row now, Google has gone back on major promises it made about search. The about-faces are easy fodder for anyone who wants to poke fun at Google for not keeping to its word. However, the bigger picture is that as Google has entered […]

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  • Seattle’s Surveillance Network

    Good post giving an overview of Seattle’s mesh network of surveillance cameras. Cameras that SPD officers have access to in their cars, and that other federal agencies have access to as well. Even mentioning the hotly debated issue of port cameras, installed for maritime security, facing inward to the city. Sounds like SPD has committed […]

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  • Hackett on iPad Air

    Solid iPad Air review from Stephen Hackett. I’m in agreement, but have yet to have any issues with the Smart Cover on my Air.

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  • Daring Fireball: The Retina iPad Mini

    John Gruber: > Hence, I think, the name change for the 9.7-inch model, from last year’s “iPad” to “iPad Air”. There no longer is a main or regular or standard iPad. Last year Apple billed the Mini as “every inch an iPad”, and that was true, but it was every inch an iPad 2. This, […]

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  • Endless Alphabet on the App Store on iTunes

    Simply fantastic kids game. Our daughter loves playing it and figured it out really quickly.

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  • ‘Use One Coin for All of Your Cards’

    You’ve likely heard about [Coin][1] (that’s an affiliate link), a new credit card / iPhone pairing that seeks to eliminate you having to carry multiple cards. It even has its own Sandwich video. The product itself looks fantastic, and easy to use too. And, as surprising as this might be, I pre-ordered one. If you […]

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  • Digital Detectives

    Two things: 1. This is awesome of Microsoft. 2. This webpage design is really well done, and it is a Microsoft webpage. Wow.

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  • ‘Americans’ Personal Data Shared With CIA, IRS, Others in Security Probe’

    [Marisa Taylor][1]: > Federal officials gathered the information from the customer records of two men who were under criminal investigation for purportedly teaching people how to pass lie detector tests. The officials then distributed a list of 4,904 people – along with many of their Social Security numbers, addresses and professions – to nearly 30 […]

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  • WiFi Off

    [Verne Kopytoff on new indoor tracking technology for marketers and retailers](http://www.technologyreview.com/news/520811/stores-sniff-out-smartphones-to-follow-shoppers/): > Forest City Enterprises uses Wi-Fi to monitor foot traffic in most of the nearly 20 shopping centers it owns or manages. It says the data helped it decide where to move an escalator that was interfering with an entrance. The company also measures […]

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  • How Strange

    Lia Pas: > How strange that technology that is only three years old feels cludgy in our hands now. How strange what high expectations we have for responsiveness from a thin board of glass and metal. How easily these things have become “necessities” and ubiquitous in our presence. How will we play with light three […]

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  • ‘Create a private “Dropbox” file host using BitTorrent Sync’

    Great guide if you are new to web servers. I run a very similar setup personally, but I use a remote Mac mini server instead of a Ubuntu server. Either way it works exceedingly well. There is one caveat that wasn’t mentioned: latency. When you pop open Dropbox on iOS it’s effectively ready to go, […]

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  • Quote of the Day: Andrew Kim

    “Apple’s hardware design is now so far ahead of its competition that they’re just making fun of them at this point.” — Andrew Kim

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  • ‘Desk or Garage Design?’

    Michael Lopp on the simplification of Keynote: > There’s the simplification where you clean your desk. The clutter on your desk is bugging you, so you decide to clean it up. This small act of simplification gives you the pleasant illusion that world contains less chaos and you can suddenly magically focus on the task […]

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  • ‘Why I’ve all but given up on Windows’

    Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, a long time Windows user, on preferring OS X, iOS, and Android over Windows now: > My primary work system is a MacBook Pro, and in the ten months I’ve had it it’s flawlessly done everything I’ve asked of it, from run Microsoft Word to render 4K video. I’ve lost count of the […]

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  • A7 Speeds and Heat

    The iPad mini (retina) A7 appears to run slower than the iPad Air’s A7 does, this likely is a heat saving and power saving maneuver, [as Matthew Panzarino notes][1]: > The reduction may be due to thermal profiles which prevent the device from getting uncomfortably warm to the touch, a complaint with some previous models […]

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  • Amazon Item of the Week: Spyderco Tri-Angle Sharpmaker

    I previously [talked about the Japanese waterstones](http://brooksreview.net/2012/04/wet-stone-amazon/) that are my preferred knife sharpening method — but it is hard to overlook the Spyrderco Sharpmaker as it is universally loved. What sets the Sharpmaker apart from all other sharpening systems is two things: – It is almost foolproof. – It works extremely well and extremely fast. […]

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  • Sapphire Displays

    Great post detailing how Apple may use sapphire displays. Think of the sapphire more as a protective layer on top — Zagg is probably praying this is all rumors.

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