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Re-discovering the iPhone magic in real life (TUAW.com)

May 12th 2011 4:48PM I use Key Ring, but yea, same. As a side note, buying something at a self-checkout register, using Key Ring to scan my card and my PayPass credit card to tap-and-pay all still feels especially cool and futuristic when I stop to think about it.

White iPhone 4 available in April? (TUAW.com)

Mar 9th 2011 4:03PM It's only $11.99 on ThinkGeek. Just buy some, ya cheapskate! =P


Buy individual iWork, iLife apps from the Mac App Store (TUAW.com)

Jan 6th 2011 10:38AM I assum the 5 computer limit assumption comes from the limit on the number of computers you can authorize for iTunes purchases? Either way I'd be curious to know whether this limitation is in place, or whether it is, in fact, unlimited as you say.

Bodega 1.3 available, a fun alternative to the Mac App Store (TUAW.com)

Dec 30th 2010 3:12PM I remember trying this a while back and thinking it was promising. I'm trying it again now that you've posted about it as a competitor for Apple's store and, ironically enough, it doesn't load at all. Just get a "sorry we're closed ... connecting" screen which never goes away. If this was a real competitor for the Mac App Store, it'd be able to handle a little blog traffic.

Google launches Hotpot for social place recommendations (Download Squad)

Nov 16th 2010 11:05AM Don't know if anyone else is having this problem, but not only does it not appear to yet have a mobile site (understandable given that it's new), but it actually crashes Mobile Safari on my iPhone, consistently, every time.

I do like it on the desktop, though, but it runs my fans up every time I load more results. Possibly one of the most processor-heavy Google services I've used in a while.

MacTech 2010: Wil Shipley on Noogle Noggles, a new Delicious Library and the Mac App Store (TUAW.com)

Nov 9th 2010 2:43PM This was my first reaction when I read that part too. I don't need any shiny 3D crap in my glorified inventory management app. Just give me, oh, I don't know, a way to manage my inventory.

On a side note, do you or anybody else know of a good comic book database app for Mac? I've looked, and it seems like there are a few okay ones for Windows, but nothing really spectactular for my platform of choice. :(

Amazon announces Kindle book lending feature (Download Squad)

Nov 3rd 2010 4:40PM Cool. 14 days isn't a lot of time, but it's better than nothing. Now, if they could implement something wherein you could "sell" your digital copy to another Kindle user (at a discounted rate, of course), they would eliminate another hurdle many people have in making the jump to an eBook platform.

Facebook Friendship Pages to make your interactions with friends more visible (Download Squad)

Nov 2nd 2010 2:33PM I'm going to put aside the privacy issues on this one. As a general rule, if Facebook (or any social networking site) introduces a new feature, it's probably one that will make sharing or accessing information easier. If that's the case, it will obviously have privacy implications. However, as it's been said many times before (including in this post by the first commenter, Aemony), Facebook is only as good as the information you give them. If you give them more information, they will use that information. Generally, it's for their good, sometimes it's for yours. If you're that concerned about privacy, you shouldn't be using Facebook.

On topic: this feature is actually pretty interesting, and I was pleasantly surprised when I stumbled across it yesterday. It basically feels like an expanded form of "wall-to-wall," and far more useful. It's not displaying anything to anyone that couldn't already read it, and it's no more or less dangerous, in my opinion, then when they introduced the wall (and I recall there being much outrage about that at the time).

Extra! Extra! app may be scraping news museum's feed of front pages (TUAW.com)

Oct 28th 2010 10:08AM He certainly put the work into designing an interface for Newseum's feeds, but Newseum has policies with regard to the use of them which he appears to have violated. Furthermore, it appears that he gives Newseum no credit, and indeed makes misleading statements that imply that all of the content in the app comes from "freely available URLs." Freely available does not been free. He does not have express permission to utilize this content. In the US, that's a copyright violation. Newseum made the effort to create a specialized partnership with newspapers for their front pages, so really, aside from the code of the app itself, Newseum is the one who did all the work.

Extra! Extra! app may be scraping news museum's feed of front pages (TUAW.com)

Oct 28th 2010 10:03AM The app is charging money for someone else's work without their permission. Do you plan on pulling these URLs up on your browser, than charging someone for the right to view them after you've done so?