Friday, January 28, 2011

Great product -

Dolly Drive syncs Time Machine to the cloud, creates bootable backup 

By Dave Caolo posted Jan 28, 2011 7:00PM 

We're finding many useful solutions here at Macworld Expo, and among them isDolly Drive. This new solution (they just launched this week) offers encrypted Time Machine sync to the cloud and even create a bootable version of the local drive you've been using for Time Machine thus far. I spoke with Anthony about the product, how it works and what the future holds.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

3 Free Donut Games -

You owe it to yourself to go get your free copies of these Donut Games. I'm not sure how long they are free, so go now.


Pad alphabet apps 

We look at three iOS App Store offerings that take very different approaches to using the iPad to help kids master their ABCs.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

IE Performance Tip: avoid repeating tags

So, using the CSS to style an entry with an appropriate image, instead of using an image tag gives us a 67% speed increase in IE's rendering time on the initial download, and a 77% increase in rendering time on refresh.

Reduced time to render from 16.77 seconds to 5.6 seconds
and reduced time to reload from 24.5 seconds to 5.6 seconds 

Pretty impressive and it costs zippy...

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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Simple. Cheap. Brilliant.

Why rubber-banding my power brick is, like, the smartest thing I've ever done [Hacks] 

#hacks There were 15 of us clustered around a not-large-enough table at CES, almost all plugged into identical power adapters. I put a rubber band around mine to keep from mixing it up with somebody else's. Turns out, I'm a genius. More » ...

Cool idea. - Beta Test iPhone Apps

Test Flight is all an iOS developer could ever need to ensure he is releasing an app that people will find practical (and be willing to pay good money for, too). You see, Test Flight offers an over-the-air platform for letting users try applications out. In just a couple of minutes, a developer can have his app instantly accessible for all to try, and even create different versions of the same app, making each accessible to separate groups of ...


Open sourcerers port media centre to iOS 

XBMC on Apple TV 2, iPad, iPhone

Open source media centre front end XBMC will now run on the iOS-based second-generation Apple TV. And the iPad. And the iPhone 4.…

Friday, January 21, 2011

Ten Billion Apps Yet?

 The ten billionth app will be downloaded from the App Store in about

And “It Begins” –

The First Verizon iPhone 4 Commercial Hits the Web [Video] 

In case you are still skeptic about it, the Verizon iPhone is very real, and it is coming on 10th February 2011. Video after the break.

To our millions of customers, who never stopped believing this day would come… ...

Every web developer should try this. - Test iPhone Sites & Apps 

As its name suggests, this is a new testing platform that will let you figure out how successfully (or not) any site that you have built is rendered on iPhones. You will get to know about any conflictive element, and fix it before it causes any damage to your ...

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Sweet! Photobooth on iPad!

Icons in iOS 4.3 Beta 'Confirm' Dual-Camera iPad 2

A screenshot inside the latest iOS 4.3 beta from Apple gives further evidence that there will be both front and rear-facing cameras in the iPad 2.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Nope. Not creepy at all...

An anonymous reader writes "Do you really want third-party app developers on Facebook to be able to access your mobile phone number and home address? Facebook has announced that developers of Facebook apps can now gather the personal contact information from their users. Security firm Sophos describes it as 'a move that could herald a new level of danger for Facebook users' and advises users to remove their home address and phone numbers from the network ...

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Google Commits to

 Google has announced that it has made some changes to its service level agreement (SLA) for Google Apps, to reduce the possibility that users will experience any downtime. The company says it has eliminated maintenance windows from the SLA, so Google will never plan for users to be down when they're upgrading services or maintaining their systems.  

"People expect email to be as reliable as their phone's dial tone, and our goal is to deliver that kind of always-on availability with our applications," says Matthew Glotzbach, Google's Enterprise Product Management Director. "Going forward, all downtime will be counted and applied towards the customer's SLA." 

Google has also made changes to the SLA so that any intermittent downtime is counted. "Previously, a period of less than ten minutes was not included," explains Glotzbach. "We believe any instance that causes our users to experience downtime should be avoided -- period." 

Friday, January 14, 2011

SBInet gets killed. At only $18 Million per mile, it seemed like such a bargain.

The Department of Homeland Security is ending the Secure Border Initiative-Net (SBInet) Program, the project to build an electronic fence along the nation's southwest border.

DHS will instead implement a new strategy tailored to each region's border terrain and population, said DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano in a statement Friday.

These are available at my grocer. Need to try them - How to Cut and Prepare Prickly Pears

 I have had prickly pear juice, but I haven't tried the fruit whole. I need to remedy this.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Promising for Verizon fans?

AT&T halves price of iPhone 3GS, adds fuel to fire

AT&T has dropped the price of an iPhone 3GS to just $49, adding to the speculation that the carrier may soon lose its exclusive deal for Apple's phone.

Gotta read this one...

Gartner's "Creative" Cloud Magic Quadrant – On Analysts, Cogitation and Vested Interests

Earlier this week Dennis Howlett posted on ZDNet a fairly scathing attack on poor analysis and its creators – be  they traditional firms or people with a different approach. In his post (in which I came in for a lambasting myself) Howlett makes a call for a change in the trenches of business IT analysis, he asks those in the know to...

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Bioserie bioplastic iPhone 4 cases:

Review and giveaway

Is there a better way to start a new year than to get an innovative new case for your iPhone 4?

Bioserie recently sent TUAW two of their iPhone 4 cases to review and give away to our readers. As you know, we get a lot of different iPhone and iPad cases to test, so what makes these different? It's that they're not made out of petroleum-based plastics like most of the other cases we receive. Instead, the Bioserie cases are made of bioplastics derived from ...

This could be huge.

Eye-Fi update will share photos from camera to phone

An Eye-Fi SD card lets your digital camera upload photos to social networking sites while on-the-go. Soon, a free update will offer the option of first sending those photos to your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad for backing up or editing before you share them ...

Monday, January 3, 2011

AMAZING - The Wilkinson Tree House Residence By Robert Harvey Oshatz

Located on a flag lot, a steep sloping grade provided the opportunity to bring the main level of the house into the tree canopy to evoke the feeling of being in a tree house. A lover of music, the client wanted a house that not only became part of the natural landscape but also addressed the flow of music. This house evades the mechanics of the camera; it is difficult to capture the way the interior space flows seamlessly through to the exterior. One must actually stroll through the house to grasp its complexities and its connection to the exterior. One example is a natural wood ceiling, floating on curved laminated wood beams, passing through a generous glass wall which wraps around the main living room.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Whoa. Big problems possible...

Android still has horrible text messaging bugs that'll get you fired, busted, or otherwise embarrassed

Pardon us if the headline is a little sensational, but this is one that we've personally experienced -- and it's not pretty. For at least the last couple versions, Android has been plagued with a couple extremely serious bugs in its text messaging subsystem that can ultimately end up causing you to text the wrong contact -- even contacts that you've never texted before. There appear to be a few failure modes; the one we definitely experience on the Gingerbread-powered Nexus S involves being routed to the wrong thread when you tap it either in the Notifications list or the master thread list in the Messaging application, so if you don't notice, you'll end up firing a message to the wrong ...

Time to dig in to these...

Top 10 Gmail Labs You Should Enable [Lifehacker Top 10]

As if Gmail wasn't powerful enough, you can find all sorts of goodies and extra features in Gmail Labs. The list is pretty massive, so we've narrowed down our 10 favorite labs to help increase your email productivity. ...

Apple has to play catch up...

Skype offers iPhone video calls over 3G

FaceTime shame-faced

Skype has today updated its iPhone app to offer video calling over both 3G and Wi-Fi, trumping Apple's own FaceTime software.…