The PlugBug Charger →

TwelveSouth’s innovative solution for owners of Mac laptops and iDevices. If I traveled more often than I do I’d be all over this.

TwelveSouth’s innovative solution for owners of Mac laptops and iDevices. If I traveled more often than I do I’d be all over this.

The broken, sputtering launch of Battlefield 3 →

Ben Gilbert, writing about the Battlefield 3 launch: That’s because, for three Battlefield games in a row, the same scenario has played out at launch: gamers purchase said Battlefield iteration in...

Ben Gilbert, writing about the Battlefield 3 launch:

That’s because, for three Battlefield games in a row, the same scenario has played out at launch: gamers purchase said Battlefield iteration in great numbers, resulting in no one being able to play the game due to overloaded servers.

This is pathetic. EA likes to say their game is better than Activision’s Call of Duty, but at least Call of Duty games WORK for the first few weeks after release.

Android Orphans: Visualizing a Sad History of Support →

A very interesting and thorough bit of work by Michael Degusta, showing the trends for releases of iOS and Android devices, as well as OS support after release. The real shocker to me...

A very interesting and thorough bit of work by Michael Degusta, showing the trends for releases of iOS and Android devices, as well as OS support after release. The real shocker to me was how many Android phones were released at least 1 major OS release behind what was available. Very strange, and crappy for Android users.

Nexus One not getting Android 4.0 →

Marco Arment discusses the end of the line for Google’s original flagship phone, as far as getting iOS updates. Even though the Nexus One was released 7 months after the iPhone...

Marco Arment discusses the end of the line for Google’s original flagship phone, as far as getting iOS updates. Even though the Nexus One was released 7 months after the iPhone 3GS (Which did get the latest iOS update, with little to no issues), it seems it won’t be getting Ice Cream Sandwich.

iPhone 4S sells 4 million in first weekend →

What a failure. Linked item is a thoughtful analysis by Frederico Viticci, citing the opening weekends for all iPhone launches. Scroll to the bottom for the money shot.

What a failure.

Linked item is a thoughtful analysis by Frederico Viticci, citing the opening weekends for all iPhone launches. Scroll to the bottom for the money shot.

Tweet Using Siri →

Great tip by Thomas Brand for using Siri to send tweets.

Great tip by Thomas Brand for using Siri to send tweets.

Instapaper 4.0 →

Huge update to Marco Arment’s Instapaper application for iOS devices. Instapaper is one of my “must have” applications/services, and if you’ve ever heard me gab about it you know how passionate...

Huge update to Marco Arment’s Instapaper application for iOS devices. Instapaper is one of my “must have” applications/services, and if you’ve ever heard me gab about it you know how passionate I am about it. The new update brings better inbound social integration, some welcome changes to the reading/listing experience on iPad, and (thanks to iOS 5) hardware brightness controls. And that’s just the top 3 things I can think of. Well worth a download and purchase.

iOS 5: Tips, Tricks & Hidden Features →

Great list of lesser known tips from MacStories. My favorite? Using the iPhone headphones as a remote shutter for the camera.

Great list of lesser known tips from MacStories. My favorite? Using the iPhone headphones as a remote shutter for the camera.

Missed it by that much… →

Andy Baio, remarking on Apple’s 1987 “Knowledge Navigator” concept: So, 24 years ago, Apple predicted a complex natural-language voice assistant built into a touchscreen Apple device, and was less than a...

Andy Baio, remarking on Apple’s 1987 “Knowledge Navigator” concept:

So, 24 years ago, Apple predicted a complex natural-language voice assistant built into a touchscreen Apple device, and was less than a month off.

Knowledge Navigator was one of Sculley’s concepts at Apple for a tablet-like computer with video chat and voice control. Like most things in Sculley-era Apple, it was never anywhere near fruition. Still an incredibly prescient concept video with an incredible coincidence hidden within. Worth the click for the Navigator concept video alone.

Users find bugs in Facebook app for iPad →

The BBC: Just hours after Facebook’s release of its long-awaited iPad app, users have started reporting minor bugs. Some said it should have been tested better to ensure it worked properly...

The BBC:

Just hours after Facebook’s release of its long-awaited iPad app, users have started reporting minor bugs.

Some said it should have been tested better to ensure it worked properly with peripherals developed for the iPad, such as the iPad dock.

Facebook has really done quite a feat with it’s latest app; it’s based on a sophisticated HTML5 platform, allows for interaction with native iOS apps, and even allows for a platform for new applications that would work on Android/iOS/PC devices. TechCrunch has a good overview here.

For the most part, it’s in very good shape for such a major revamp. Yes, there are some interesting display issues, but nothing that would completely break the experience for users. But the tone of entitlement from users who had nothing the day before on their iPads is a bit nauseating.

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