Jon Favreau ponders why the Republicans are still obsessed with Obamacare:
“But today, the anti-government zealots who have taken over the once-proud Republican Party feel they must burn our village to save it. They are actively trying to prevent Americans who have been too poor or sick to get health insurance from knowing that all three branches of their democratically elected government have passed and upheld a law that will finally allow them to see a doctor without going broke.”
The Republican Party: once-great, now batshit-insane.
IFTTT launches on the iPhone:
“IFTTT, if you’re unfamiliar, is a utility that you can use to hook multiple web services together to perform automated actions for you. Want a text message every time you get an email from a friend? Care to have your photos automatically shipped off to SkyDrive or Dropbox or Flickr as they’re shot? There’s a ton more stuff that you can do with the hundreds of channels that support popular apps, services and actions.“
IFTTT is one of my favourite web services of the past year, capable of creating dozens of useful tools, and a great illustration of why open APIs are important and powerful.
Chromebooks have in just the past eight months snagged 20 percent to 25 percent of the U.S. market for laptops that cost less than $300, according to NPD Group Inc. The devices, which have a full keyboard and get regular software updates from Google, are the fastest-growing part of the PC industry based on price, NPD said.
I’m not surprised at the news that Chromebooks have grabbed up to a quarter of the US market for laptops under $300. If you’re spending that little, a Chromebook will give you a lot more performance for your money than something running Windows or even Linux .
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes is really quite impressed by the Nexus 7, going as far as to say that:
If Apple doesn’t raise its game with respect to the iPad, my next full-size tablet could be a Nexus.
I’m going to leave to one side a lot of what Adrian says in support of the Nexus 7, because it boils down to things which are either personal preference or equally applicable to the iPad mini. However, I’m not sure why he makes the statement above: After all, there’s already a nice, big Nexus device which – from the perspective of hardware – matches the larger iPad.
Personally, I haven’t used my Nexus 7 since I bought the iPad mini. There’s nothing in the N7 that’s superior to the mini, apart from the price. If you want a tablet and are on a really tight budget, the N7 will serve you well. But really, if you can afford the extra money for the mini, spend it: you won’t regret it for a moment.
Even if you’re wedded to Google services, the mini is probably the better option. With Gmail, Google Maps, YouTube, Google Drive and pretty-much everything else well supported by apps on the iPad, you’re missing out on almost nothing, and you have a wider variety of apps to choose from (and generally better quality ones too).