Forbes: Are Apps The Future of Book Publishing?
Probably. But they will be ephemeral, which will pose a problem for archivists - if not our wallets.
Instagram is now available for Android.
Anil Dash: Readability, Instapaper, the Network and the Price we Pay.
As usual, a great read from Anil. These apps are exactly why I stopped fooling around with ‘artsy’ sized fonts, and changed everything over to ‘Readability’ style text at least a year ago.
Jim Roepcke’s weblog: What is PhoneGap?
CofMac: This Creepy App Isn’t Just Stalking Women, It’s A Wake-Up Call about Privacy.
“These are all girls with publicly visible Facebook profiles who have checked into these locations recently using Foursquare. Girls Around Me then shows you a map where all the girls in your area trackable by Foursquare area.” Oh. My. God. Just read it.
Four Corner Store: Gizmon iCA Military Edition.
Another vintage-camera-look case for iPhone.
vowe dot net: Do you need a new iPad now?
“Just. Don’t. Look. At. The. Screen.” Very well written.
CNet: T-Mobile will cut 1,900 jobs by closing 7 call centers.
Alas, they’re all English-as-first-language call centers. When we recently switched our landline to mobile and upgraded our phones and plan, dealing with the overseas call centers was a terrible penance. Days, we spent clearing things up. Things only moved properly when we got a native English speaker on the line. I’m not being racist or prejudiced - it’s just a plain fact of what I experienced.
kahunaburger: iPad for the older generation.
I haven’t laughed this hard in ages. Thanks, Tobias!
ReadWriteWeb: Are We On The Brink Of The Great Social Media Bubble?
“Every company out there is saying ‘Like us on Facebook.’ But why? Why would I like a gasket company?” Signal to noise ratio on the social media is reaching saturation point for me. I’m fast losing interest, when I can’t control the flow efficiently. I want to block certain things, rout others into readable layouts. A new paradigm-busting interface needs to be developed.
EurekAlert: Cell phone use in pregnancy may cause behavioral disorders in offspring.
lifehacker: Get 3GB of Free Space on Dropbox By Using Camera Upload.
CNet: Caution - Streaming video will chew through your 4G iPad data.
“Verizon’s online tool calculates that one hour of 4G HD video streaming use — and nothing else — will cost you 2GB; so, 2.5 hours of streaming HD video will use up 5GB of 4G data.” Don’t do a streaming LOTR marathon when you’re roaming, then.
PaidContent: Amazon Has Sold Over Two Million Kindle Singles.
“In that way, Kindle Singles allows Amazon to draw in authors who deem the program low-risk because it’s not in conflict with other publisher relationships they may have. Those authors may then stick around, especially if they believe that doing a full-length project with Amazon has the potential to be as lucrative as Kindle Singles have been for many of them.” I suspect Kindle Singles are poised to explode with additional and ancillary works from leading modern authors.
CR4: Porting Your Landline Number to Google Voice.
Handy tip, if your landline is landlocked.
CNet: SXSW - Hot spot honeypot hacker’s heaven.
Nothing teaches security awareness better than having your smartphone or laptop get hijacked, live.
WTF QR Codes: Look! In the sky! It’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever seen in my life!
Takes the cake, it does.
Macworld: Six ways to give an old iPad new life.
Hmmph. My iPad 1 is still perfectly suitable. The only thing I want that I’m locked out of is playing with Adobe’s new app. If more apps go iPad-2-or-newer, then I’ll think about retiring it.
DP Review: Pixel-binning 41MP Nokia smartphone hints at a future for small sensor cameras.
Noisy, but cleaner than ISO 400 film was.
Youtube: Stuff Instagramers Say [Official].
Try not to smile at least once. I got some out-loud laughs.
Android Market: Onavo Extend.
Saves bandwidth. For those who might be interested.
Salon: There is no ethical smartphone.
“There’s no getting around the hard truth: right now, there is no such thing as an ‘ethical smartphone.’ Or, for that matter, an ethical flat-screen TV, digital camera or any kind of personal computer.”
InstaMatch for iPhone and iPad.
Turn your Instagram photos into a game.
Mishes: Against the Lobster font abuse.
The curse of free fonts. Comic Sans is bad, but Lobster is turning up *everywhere.*
IMPORTANT: Some Windows users are getting Trojan warnings on this link. I’ve not seen any on Mac. Many thanks to those readers who flagged this as a problem.