Utilities and Resources
- Flipping Book Reader – a PDF Reader with an interactive interface where you can flip pages like in a real book. It provides a number of stylish and unique features such as the option to switch to a two page view, book shelf for all accessed documents, a thumbnail view of the table of contents, a customizable interface and the utility to scroll page up/down using the mouse pointer.
- NotiPage – a freeware app that alerts you when selected webpages are updated. Very useful for following forum threads and fix sites that don’t offer RSS.
- ShareMyPlaylists – a web service that makes it easy to share your Spotify playlists on Facebook and Twitter as well as with the ShareMyPlaylists community. It gives you access to a large library of user created playlists that you can browse in your browser but play in Spotify.
- ZenOK – a new cloud storage service that is offering 21GB of storage. It supports file compression, automatic versioning, and file encryption
- iPhoneGate 2! It’s being reported that Apple lost another iPhone prototype in another bar. You may recall that last year, a prototype of the iPhone 4 was lost by an employee of the company, found by a bar patron and sold to a tech blog – the suspected phone sellers in that case have pleaded not guilty.
- US spent $125,000 to educate Ukraine’s cops on Internet piracy. Whether the investment will pay off is doubtful though, as some cops have no Internet connection at their workplace.
- Google Launches Offline Versions of Gmail, Calendar & Docs
Research and Science
- Google has changed the way students research – and not for the better
- OnLive Founder Claims “Impossible” Wireless Breakthrough
- Weight-gain. LOL! “Teens love text messages–and those texts may help them lose weight, if they’re done right. A study tested out various types of weight management-themed text messages on overweight teens to see what they liked, finding that they favored positive messages but disliked thoughtful questions.”
- The Awl dissects the editing process of one Wikipedia entry: Lolita. The over 2,000 edits give us a glimpse into the strange collaboration of Wikipedia editors.
- Facebook Improves Picture Interface: Images now load bigger and faster – which is especially good news for people who use their Facebook accounts as portfolios to show off their art and photography.
- Flickr Announces GeoFences: Flickr has rolled out a new feature called “GeoFences,” which basically allows you to define areas on a map where your geotagging of photos will not show up. You can set it up from the Geo Preferences page in your account.Note though, this feature isn’t perfect yet, Thomas Hawk notes that it has a huge security flaw in that anyone can download the original image and view the geolocation data from the EXIF data.
- Google Reports “Considerable Progress” In Fight Against Piracy
- The Pirate Bay Founders Launch File-Hosting Site
- Tumblr is sending bloggers to New York Fashion Week (again) in an attempt to reach out to the fashion industry, but some in the industry are not impressed.
Gadgets / Hardware
- Apple is working on a television for 2012, sources say.
- Haberdashery for technology swaps fabric and thread for chips and solder.
- Raspberry Pi $25 PC intended to get kids back into programming
- The Shrine of Apple is an archive of photos and specs for all Apple’s products.
- Toshiba Introduces World’s First Super High Def, Glasses-Free 3D Television
- The typewriter lives on in India. ‘India’s typewriter culture survives the age of computers in offices where bureaucracy demands typed forms and in rural areas where many homes don’t have electricity.’
Discussion / OpEd
- 12 Things A Programmer Really Needs To Know
- Five ways Apple will never be the same without Jobs as CEO
- If Software Is Eating The World, Why Don’t Coders Get Any Respect?
- Marc Andreessen on Why Software Is Eating The World
- Some thoughts on the supposed lack of developers that points out multiple factors for the impression – and the fact it’s probably not true.
- Why keeping up with RSS is poisonous to productivity, sanity
- Without Steve Jobs, Is Apple Still Cool?
- Amazon Offers To Hire 7,000 If California Waits On Sales Tax
- Facebook’s Plan to Beat Google: Sweet Offices, More Startups
- The real reason Google bought Motorola: Patents are nice, but those lovely tax losses are worth more – $700m a year in tax deductions through 2019.
- Steve Jobs’s Law: Why Founders Make the Best Leaders