“Yes, NetNewsWire is still around, and now points to Google Reader, but it’s pretty much a legacy app at this point. (In my opinion, of course)
I humbly disagree. In fact, I’ve just gone down the opposite route – from using Google Reader as a web app to using NetNewsWire synced with Google Reader. The web app is now my “lowest common denominator” application, for when I don’t have access to my Mac.
Why? Because NNW integrates with other great services which aren’t from Google. Google Reader shared items is a mess – NNW lets me post direct to Delicious (or even better, via Pukka). I’m one click away from adding any item to Instapaper, which I can then sync to my iPhone.
In other words, I don’t have to live and breathe the Google ecosystem – I can pick the best applications to suit me, not the ones which Google wants me to use.
Now this one is fun. According to ZDNet, it’s possible to hack the firmware of some Apple keyboards in order to install malware on it. Yes, on the keyboard – not the Mac. In fact, even if you wipe the computer entirely, the malware can persist.
“Apple’s sleek $49 Mac keyboards can be hacked and infected with keystroke loggers and impossible-to-detect rootkits, according to a security researcher presenting at this year’s Black Hat/DEFCON conferences.
The researcher, known only as “K. Chen,” found a way to reverse engineer and tamper with the keyboard’s firmware upgrade. With the firmware under control, an attacker can subvert the keyboard by embedding malicious code that allows a rootkit to survive a clean re-installation of the host operating system.”
Now this isn’t exactly a usable exploit – it’s a lot of fuss to get something that can installed on a machine much more easily using a bit of social engineering. But it highlights the potential issues we have as peripherals get smarter and smarter. I didn’t even know that the keyboard had firmware, let alone that it was hackable.
If you want to read the technical paper with all the details, it can be downloaded in PDF form here. Video demo below.
“If there’s one thing more fun than ordering software it must be pre-ordering software. We may not have a hard release date for Snow Leopard—during the WWDC keynote, Apple said it would be available some time in September—but that’s not about to stop the likes of Amazon, which this weekend began offering pre-orders of the forthcoming Mac OS X release.”
“Thoughtful criticism. I agree with Anil that Apple has an institutional problem, but I disagree over what it is. I believe that it truly is beneficial for Apple to maintain secrecy regarding future products. The problem is that Apple is secretive about everything — not only does Apple not talk about what they’re going to do, they don’t talk about what they’ve already done. The relationship between the App Store and iPhone developers is emblematic of the problem.”
I couldn’t agree with John more. The big problem isn’t that Apple keeps secrets: it’s that it isn’t transparent about anything.
Being totally transparent is easy. Being totally secretive is easy. The real skill is in understanding when to be transparent, and when to be secretive.
(Picture of John Gruber used under Creative Commons license, by Presta – and a really good pic it is too.)
“T-Mobile UK has started supplying iPhone 3G handsets to selected customers, while O2 UK continues to believe it has a UK exclusive on Apples last-generation handset.Apples 3G handset wont be available to just any T-Mobile customer – only high spenders who threaten to leave need apply, and only 150 of those a week will be lucky enough to get their hands on an officially-supported T-Mobile iPhone, though even that risks annoying Apple and will certainly have O2 up in arms.
So T-Mobile has imported an unknown number of iPhone 3G handsets from a European distributor, which it will be supplying to customers paying more than £75 a month if they threaten to leave – the latter clause enforced by allocating the handsets through 50 agents in the retentions department, and limiting those agents to three a week each.”
Ironically, I left T-Mobile and was one of those high-spending customers. It’s a sign that T-Mobile is desperate, if they’re prepared to buy an undiscounted, unsupported phone.
Plus, it rather lessens the chances that T-Mobile will be getting the iPhone officially. I’m sure Apple takes a dim view of what amounts to the old practice of “grey” importing.
Trader Media Group and EMAP are basically keeping the rest of the Guardian afloat. Notably, TMG made a stunning 85% of its profits from digital, up from 70% last year. In other words, Auto Trader has made a hugely-successful switch from print to online.
I think that one of the trends of the next few years will be more and more investigative journalism (real, proper journalism) done away from the newspapers. The economics of doing a deep story don't fit with the kind of "audience-first" model that most papers seem to be chasing.
I'd add "solution" to the list. Products and services aren't solutions until you've shown me what they're a solution to. So don't call every damn thing you do "a solution". And if I read "market-leading solution" from anyone again, I'll eat their face.