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Saturday, May 04, 2013

Amazon Kindle Fire to go 10-inch | Mobile - CNET News

Amazon is expected to bring out a bigger version of the Kindle Fire, as it gradually grows the size of its tablets.
Amazon arguably started the small tablet fad when it launched the 7-inch Kindle Fire in November of 2011. And it followed that with 8.9-inch model, announced in September 2012.
Now it's moving up to the 10-inch class, Richard Shim, an analyst at NPD DisplaySearch, told CNET.
The biggest Kindle Fire yet will sport a stunning 2,560x1,600-pixel density 10.1-inch display, according to Shim. That's about 300 pixels per inch (PPI), considerably denser than Apple's Retina iPad 4 with 264 PPI.
And that matches the 2,560x1,600 10-inch screen on Google's Nexus 10, touted as the highest-resolution tablet yet.

Amazon Kindle Fire to go 10-inch | Mobile - CNET News

Creating complex smart playlists in iTunes | Macworld

Creating playlists in iTunes can be as simple as dragging a few songs, or as complex as creating smart playlists that refer to other playlists and use nested conditions to pick songs that meet specific criteria. In this week’s column, I answer three questions to show just how complex smart playlists can be. While perhaps not the same as the smart playlists you want to make, they are good examples of the complexity that is available with smart playlists in iTunes.

Q: I have a collection of jazz music that is bigger than a single 160GB iPod classic can hold. In total, I have over 6800 albums on four iPods, so I will soon face this problem for other genres too. How can I easily set up two 160GB iPods to hold only jazz music, such as having artists with names from A to L on one and M to Z on another?

The easiest way to do this is set up each iPod to sync a single playlist, and to create two standard (not smart) playlists by dragging all the music from the first group of artists to one playlist, and all the music of the second group to the other.

However, you probably want to be able to sync future additions to your library as well—and that’s where things get more complicated. You can’t create a smart playlist in which the beginning of artists' names are from A to L, for example.

Creating complex smart playlists in iTunes | Macworld

Apple's U.S. Smartphone Usage Share Approaches 40%

comScore today released the results of its monthly rolling survey of U.S. mobile phone users for the January-March period, showing that Apple's smartphone market share rose 2.7 points from December to March, from 36.3% of total U.S. smartphone platform and hardware sales to 39%, marking a record high share for the company.
Samsung was the hardware manufacturer with the second largest share of the market at 21.7% in March, up from 21% in December. HTC, Motorola, and LG again experienced slight drops in market share, with HTC suffering the heaviest loss going from 10.2% to 9%.

Apple's U.S. Smartphone Usage Share Approaches 40%

Friday, May 03, 2013

CBS joins Fox in considering subscription-only model

Another television network has joined the broadcaster backlash following last week's court decision upholding Internet TV company Aereo's right to stream broadcast TV without paying retransmission fees.

Like rival Fox TV, CBS, the parent company of CNET, is considering alternative ways to monetize its television content in the face of Aereo's service, including cutting off broadcast signals in favor of a subscription-only model, The New York Times reported today. The revelation comes a day after Chase Carey, chief operations officer of News Corp., indicated that Fox would change its business model to ensure it gets paid for TV content it produces.

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Ballmer’s Mac gibes make Apple lovers livid | IT Business

Steve Ballmer, Microsoft’s oft-ridiculed head honcho is pretty good at trash talk. Lately, he’s been kicking Apple as their Mac sales slip.rnBut the accuracy of his quips has been challenged by various bloggers.

MacSparky Capturing Text Message Based Tasks

May 2, 2013 When you are sending someone a communication requesting that they do something for you, spend a moment thinking about how convenient (or inconvenient) you are making things for your recipient.

Star Trek Into Darkness is an enjoyable space romp, but avoid the 3D | CNET UK

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Apple’s Jony Ive seen risking iOS 7 delay on sweeping software overhaul; Mac team enlisted to help – MacDailyNews - Welcome Home

“Jonathan Ive, six months into an expanded role as Apple Inc.’s top product visionary, has embarked on a sweeping software overhaul that leaves the company at risk of falling behind on a new version of the operating system that runs iPhones and iPads, people with knowledge of the matter said,” Adam Satariano reports for Bloomberg News. “Already in charge of product design, Ive assumed oversight of the look and feel of software running all Apple electronics in a shakeup by Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook last year that included the departure of software chief Scott Forstall.”

Apple’s Jony Ive seen risking iOS 7 delay on sweeping software overhaul; Mac team enlisted to help – MacDailyNews - Welcome Home

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Twenty Years Ago Today the World Wide Web Went Public

Twenty years ago today, something happened that changed the digital world forever: CERN published a statement that made the technology behind the World Wide Web available to use, by anybody, on a royalty free basis.

That decision, pushed forward by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, transformed the internet, making it a place where we can all freely share anything and everything—from social media updates, through streamed music, to YouTube videos of cats. It has fundamentally shaped the way we communicate.

Twenty Years Ago Today the World Wide Web Went Public

Does it make sense to buy a PC with a touch screen?

Smartphones with touch screens? Great! Tablets with touch screens? Duh. But PCs with touch screens? Meh.
Recently I purchased a Lenovo IdeaPad U310 ultrabook, my first-ever touch-screen-equipped computer. I didn't necessarily want the feature, but figured I might as well give Windows 8 the benefit of the doubt. It was, after all, designed to be touched -- which explains why using it with a mere mouse and keyboard is such a dreadful experience. Plus, it was priced only about 50 bucks higher than its non-touch-screen sibling.

Does it make sense to buy a PC with a touch screen?

Twitter warns of additional hacks, threats | Security & Privacy - CNET News

Twitter knows that many high-profile accounts have suffered at the hands of hackers in recent days, but is putting much of the onus of responsibility on the account holders themselves.

On Monday, Twitter sent a memo to major media and news outlets about the threat -- if they hadn't known already or at least reported on some of them -- and noted that it believed these "attacks will continue." (Buzzfeed posted the memo in full.)

Monday, April 29, 2013

Android's two killer innovations since the iPhone 5 launch | ZDNet

It's been 229 days since Apple announced the iPhone 5 and iOS 6. In Silicon Valley time, that's roughly a millennium.
And we're unlikely to see major updates to the iPhone, iOS or any other major Apple products until this fall, based on CEO Tim Cook's comments during the company's latest earnings call.
Meanwhile, Android has lengthened its stride. 
I'm not talking about the Samsung Galaxy S4 with its flurry of software features, or the HTC One with its amazing hardware design. I'm talking about the killer feature in Android 4.1 Jelly Bean as well as the latest version of the one killer app on Android that you can't get on iOS. 

Android's two killer innovations since the iPhone 5 launch | ZDNet

Sunday, April 28, 2013

PDFpen for Mac v6 David Sparks

PDFpen for Mac v6 --.mp4 from David Sparks on Vimeo.


PDFpen for Mac v6 


How Google Ruined This Woman's Life

For six days in March, Tienlon Ho was locked out of her Google account.

"I couldn’t finish my work or my taxes, because my notes and expenses were stored in Google Drive," the San Francisco-based writer detailed in a blog post explaining the labyrinth she had to navigate to regain access. "And I didn’t know what else I should work on because my Google Calendar had disappeared. I couldn’t publicly gripe about what I was going through, because my Blogger no longer existed. My Picasa albums were gone."

She was, in her words, "dumped by Google." She had unknowingly violated Drive's terms of service because she had uploaded a spreadsheet -- per a client's request -- that included passwords for the company's point-of-sale and Twitter accounts

Eric Schmidt Thinks There's Something Weird About Google Glass

By Aaron Pressman

CAMBRIDGE, MASS (Reuters) - Google Inc Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt has been playing with his company's new combination glasses and mobile computer and said he finds the experience a little weird.

Talking out loud to control the Google Glasses via voice recognition is "the weirdest thing," Schmidt said in a talk on Thursday at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.

People will have to develop new etiquette to deal with such products that can record video surreptitiously and bring up information that only the wearer can see, Schmidt said.

Official Blog: Transparency Report: More government removal requests than ever before

Three years ago when we launched the Transparency Report, we said we hoped it would shine some light on the scale and scope of government requests for censorship and data around the globe. Today, for the seventh time, we’re releasing new numbers showing requests from governments to remove content from our services. From July to December 2012, we received 2,285 government requests to remove 24,179 pieces of content—an increase from the 1,811 requests to remove 18,070 pieces of content that we received during the first half of 2012.