• ‘Privacy Happens at the Endpoints’

    Fantastic post from Watts Martin: > The problem here isn’t how Google (or Facebook or anyone else) handles our privacy; the problem is that Google shouldn’t be managing our privacy.

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  • ‘NSA’s Vast Surveillance Powers Extend Far Beyond Counterterrorism, Despite Misleading Government Claims’

    Trevor Timm: > So let’s get one thing straight: when the NSA vacuums up millions of innocent people’s communications and metadata, the agency is not limiting itself to counter-terrorism uses. Pretending there is a narrower scope is not an honest way to have a debate.

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  • ‘Apple Maps: How Google Lost When Everyone Thought It Had Won’

    [Charles Arthur][1]: > That means that Google has gone from having at least 31m users on the iPhone in April 2012 – and perhaps as many as 35m in September 2012, based on a model using a sliding scale of maps ownership – to around 6.3m who are using it monthly on iOS 6 and […]

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  • How To Size iOS 7 Wallpaper

    I linked to [John Carey’s excellent iOS wallpapers](http://fiftyfootshadows.net/2013/11/06/ios-7-parallax-wallpaper-pack/) the other day, but Carey just posted details on how he came up with an ideal size for the parallax effect to work. Noting: > I tested this by cropping images to Apples default wallpaper resolution then drawing a red box on top the pixel size of […]

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  • Quote of the Day: David Heinemeier Hansson

    “What it comes down to is that Google has made an appliance. A boring, no-thrills appliance. This is not a work of art. But it doesn’t pretend to be a work of art. “ — David Heinemeier Hansson

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  • Stuxnet, America’s Nuclear Plant-Attacking Virus, Has Infected the International Space Station

    *No* way to have predicted the speed like this. Ugh.

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  • BitTorrent Sync 1.2 Now Available

    This is a really great update to my favorite syncing service. It adds two major features: 1. An iPad version. 2. The ability to use “open in” for images, and save images to camera roll. Now the only major shortcoming of the iOS app is a passcode to open it.

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  • Scheming for Privacy and Security

    Have you ever clicked a phone number in Safari to get the phone app to call that store you were searching for? Maybe you’ve clicked a link to a YouTube video and it opened in the awful YouTube application instead of Safari. In iOS, this interaction between apps happens via URL schemes, which are available […]

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  • RAW Image Editing on the iPad

    Since finding out that Filterstorm Neue can handle RAW images, I also found out that the photos app could too. I promptly went out to buy the Lightning SD card reader and imported half a dozen RAW images from my GX1 onto the iPad Air. Here’s a few things I found out that may be […]

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  • Patent Trolls and Scam Artists

    Joe Mullin reporting: > “The issue here is not about the right to assert one’s patent,” said McCaskill. “It’s not even really about the patent system. It’s about the deceptive and unfair practice of threatening consumers. It’s about scam artists preying on the vulnerable.” Senator Claire McCaskill, my new favorite senator.

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  • Subsidized by Google

    [John McDermott on a new NSA, wait no, Google “tool”](http://digiday.com/platforms/google-tracking/): > Google is beta-testing a program that uses smartphone location data to determine when consumers visit stores, according to agency executives briefed on the program by Google employees. Google then connects these store visits to Google searches conducted on smartphones in an attempt to prove […]

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  • iPad Air Speed

    Fraser Speirs: > I’ll leave you with this: my iPad Air is faster than that 11″ MacBook Air and it has the same amount of storage. My iPad gets at least twice the battery life of that laptop and tips the scales at less than half the weight. It cost 65% of the price of […]

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  • The Fastest Way to Train iOS Autocorrect

    I have no clue why, but amazingly this works.

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  • A Googler’s Thoughts on the Nexus 7

    A good post from Richard Gaywood, and I think it is largely accurate. I am, however, a stickler about the fact that Gaywood (as stated in the article) is (might be?) going to work for Google, so he very much has a reason to *want* to like the device and I don’t think that fact […]

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  • iOS 7 Keyboard Shortcuts

    Good to know.

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  • ‘How the NSA Exposed the Media’s Biggest Bias’

    [David Sirota][1]: > To spotlight this bias, CJR looked at NSA-related reporting by America’s four largest newspapers. Aggregating all of the coverage, the journalism watchdog organization found that there has been a clear slant in favor of the government’s defense of mass spying. That’s to be expected as large press organizations try not to piss […]

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  • Filterstorm Neue

    [Yesterday](http://brooksreview.net/2013/11/no-one-was-waiting-to-read-this/) I mentioned that one of the things I thought I still couldn’t do on my iPad was to edit RAW photo files. Turns out I was wrong — I hadn’t looked in a while. This morning I came across Filterstorm Neue that has a plethora of photo editing abilities, but importantly can import and […]

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  • ‘How to Build an Audience in 743 Difficult Steps’

    Really [great post from Rian van der Merwe][1] about growing a blog audience: > This is a story about deciding to take a route that avoids most of these traditional content marketing methods. It’s a story of how a struggling blog with an insignificant number of readers has become not only a source of great […]

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  • Hard Graft Flat Pack For Sale Now

    I just updated the sale page, and posted my Hard Graft Flat Pack. It’s a good deal for a really great bag.

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  • ‘Does Microsoft need a turnaround expert?’

    Watts Martin: > Microsoft needs someone who can come in and get rid of things that aren’t working, which appears to be the main appeal of Ford’s Mulally. But Elop has certainly demonstrated a willingness—some would say an unseemly eagerness—to shitcan things that don’t align with his chosen direction. In other words, Microsoft needs someone […]

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