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iPads on the flight decks of Alaska Airlines aircraft (

May 31st 2011 5:34AM As TUAW relayed as far back as February this year, the FAA has approved the iPad as a certified EFB:

One disruptive but beneficial feature it would bring, especially to small operators, is the ease of updating charts and new notifications for airmen (NOTAMs); as a jet co-pilot in a small charter company many years ago I alone was saddled with the tedious responsibility of receiving all the charts and procedure updates periodically by snail mail, and manually replacing all the out-of date pages in the Jeppesen airway manual.

It would help to have a backup iPad in case of failures, and also backup and restore procedures for the software on the devices for redundancy.

Dear Aunt TUAW: Help me customize my ringtone (

May 30th 2011 7:08AM I've got this theory that it is the craving of simple, no-brainer solutions that causes Alzheimer's Disease in later life.

People want to delegate everything that requires even minimal effort to some other person to do their thinking and even light lifting for them. Like drug dependence, eventually the body (or brain in this instance) stops performing the natural function, sensing that assistance is available externally.

Malware, Macs, and crying wolf: Doing the math (

May 14th 2011 1:53PM Consider that they probably downloaded it in response to the scare-mongering about security on the Mac in blogs and in the blurb for the MacDefender software itself .

Curiously, if they'd disregarded the wise advice, they'd have been malware-free.

Now that's irony for you!

Malware, Macs, and crying wolf: Doing the math (

May 14th 2011 1:49PM There are lots of legitimate targets for a criminal hacker in iOS, Android and other smartphone devices, like eBay, iTunes and Online Banking passwords and PINs, just for starters.

To claim there isn't much money to be made sounds quite naive, inattentive and slack

Grooveshark gets kicked out of the Android Market (Download Squad)

Apr 22nd 2011 4:40AM The GrooveShark issue must be one of the sticking points holding up Google's music-in-the cloud negotiations with the major labels, that's a certainty...

With Amazon's head start (sans copyright negotiations, mind you) and Apple's rumoured imminent entry into this market, it's become a matter of urgency to "clear the way" to service roll-out...

iPhone apps that beat Apple's default apps (

Apr 21st 2011 2:01PM Siri's in-house now, having been acquired by Apple.

Watch out for Cupertino's implementation in the future though; it's been a while coming, so expect it to be a** kicking...

Does Thunderbolt fortell the end of the line for the Mac Pro as we know it? (

Apr 20th 2011 1:25PM Considering the massive upgrade the MacBook Pros have just been given, one can only ignore the doomsayers and wait with bated breath for the equivalent evolutions on the Mac Pro front.

(Trembles with anticipation)

A Look Back at Black...Walking Out on Whitney (BV Newswire)

Dec 28th 2010 11:35AM Her accomplishments are on record and cannot be erased. Superbowl XXV and "The Star-Spangled Banner" with the Florida Orchestra remains one of the most jaw-dropping expositions of power, control and emotion ever performed live.

Who knows, one day, that soaring, searing voice which has hardly ever been equalled in the entire history of popular singing may yet return to her. I for one will be glad of it and am forever rooting for "Nippy" from a front-row seat...

Prince Brings Out The Big Names For Madison Square Garden Concert (BV Newswire)

Dec 20th 2010 7:46PM Sounds like bags of fun!

Wish I were there....

'Congo' Actor Ezra Mabengeza Channels Freedom Fighter Patrice Lumumba (BV Newswire)

Oct 7th 2010 5:12AM Lumumba's story is one that's been waiting to be told for so long now.

Familiar names of nation-states and their government agencies will arise during this telling, shedding light on the terrible on-going bloodshed, heartless horse-trading and asset-stripping in this most ancient and fertile region of sub-Saharan Africa.