“UserLand has decided to close the Radio UserLand and Salon Radio services as of December 31, 2009.”
This will mean almost nothing to anyone else, but Radio was the second blogging platform I used (after Blogger), and it had some fantastic features. So goodbye to what was a good product in its day.
Amazon appears to be applying for a patent on inserting adverts into ebooks, and predictably some people aren’t particularly keen on the idea. But it seems to me that Amazon wants to do is explore different ways to get people to buy books.
Imagine this: when buying an ebook at Amazon, you get two options. First, you can buy it at the usual price. Or, optionally, you can get it for free – with ads distributed all the way through it. These ads could change over time, so you would get fresh ads on re-reading the book.
That sounds like an interesting model to me. Not one that I’d go for, but it certainly might appeal to some.
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“Just enter a search query as you always have, and see new results instantly stream in at the top of your screen in real-time. No need to constantly click refresh. It’s an extremely useful (not to mention mesmerizing) way to immediately see what people are saying about a particular topic. You can search across just your friends or all of FriendFeed, including imported services like blogs and Twitter accounts.”
Real-time search is a really useful feature for news junkies and anyone who has to monitor a specific topic for work or play. And FriendFeed searches are powerful, too, with a level of granularity that makes them incredibly useful.
Make fun of Apple’s Newton MessagePad all you want, but the proto-PDA introduced by Apple in the early 90s managed to gather some rather tenacious followers. Current users of the then-revolutionary, now-exceedingly-bulky personal digital assistants were afraid that a date handling bug would render the devices useless beginning early next year. However, fear no more: a developer has come to the rescue with a patch for the Newton’s OS that lets the device handle dates in 2010 and beyond.
I loved my Newton. The MessagePad 2000 was an awesome little machine, capable of replacing a laptop much more effectively than the much-smaller iPhone will ever do. And the handwriting recognition and “assistant” feature are still state of the art.
“The iPhone clearly has some issues, but for such a mature platform, the BlackBerry is surprisingly mediocre when it comes to e-mail. The iPhone makes it easier to read, send, and organize e-mails and contacts, but it falls short when it comes to zipped attachments. Both disappoint for calendar management.”