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Posted on Dec 11, 2011

The Big Payback

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Boing Boing: Congressional staffers behind SOPA get shiny new jobs as entertainment industry lobbyists http://goo.gl/mag/bVxEH

Posted on Jun 30, 2011

Posted on Jun 28, 2011

In These Times: Apple Store Workers Share Why They Want to ‘Work Different’

Spec work:

A Bay Area employee described what happened last year when he and about a dozen co-workers realized employees with years of service were being paid less than new hires doing the same work. Agitated about the situation but concerned about retaliation, the workers committed to a plan: during the approaching round of annual one-on-one meetings between workers and managers, they would each ask about pay disparities. Those workers who did ask received a consistent response: “Money shouldn’t be an issue when you’re employed at Apple.” Instead, managers said, the chance to work at Apple “should be looked at as an experience.” “You can’t live off of experience,” said the worker interviewed.

Posted on Feb 24, 2011

ReadWriteWeb – Apps Outside the App Store: 5 Developments to Watch

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ReadWriteWeb takes a look at App Store alternatives.

There’s no doubt that the iTunes App Store is the market 1 leader when it comes to being the best place for developers to earn money from their mobile applications. In fact, according to a recent study from IHS Screen Digest, Apple was found to have generated 82.7% of the total global application store revenue in 2010, increasing its revenue from $768.7 million in 2009 to $1.8 billion in 2010. But that doesn’t mean companies with alternative ideas about app distribution have thrown in the towel just yet. Over the past couple of weeks, a number of new programs have crossed our desk here at ReadWriteMobile. Five noteworthy (or at least interesting) developments are listed.

Posted on Feb 24, 2011

456 Berea St – DanKam for iPhone and Android corrects colour blindness

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From 456 Berea St:

Apple’s iOS, which is what iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad run, has many accessibility features built-in, but it does not correct colour blindness (which should perhaps be called colour vision deficiency instead). But now there is an iPhone app (also available for Android) that does just that. Dan Kaminsky’s DanKam is an augmented reality app that uses the phone’s camera to filter images in real time, changing their colours to make them easier to see for colourblind people.

Posted on Feb 24, 2011

Survey Finds High Rate of Tablet Adoption Among U.S. Immigrants

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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/readwriteweb/~3/iT-7bcZrbQM/survey_finds_high_rate_of_tablet_adoption_among_us.php

Mobile VOIP company Rebtel has released results from its latest study on U.S. immigrant consumer mobile usage and behavior. According to its findings, 13% of those who responded said they currently own a tablet device, representing approximately five million Americans. According to the survey, the iPad remains the tablet of choice for immigrants, with two-thirds of current tablet owners indicating they own iPads. According to the survey, French Americans are the highest percentage of tablet owners (17%), followed by Mexican-Americans (15%).

Posted on Feb 20, 2011

Ixonos shows off windowed UI for Android

http://www.engadget.com/2011/02/20/ixonos-shows-off-windowed-ui-for-android/

An interesting experiment, but I think I have to agree with Engadget. This might be a step backwards.

Posted on Jan 4, 2011

Lifehacker: Go Launcher Brings Gestures, Screens, and Shortcuts Galore to your Android Home Screen

Nice. Personally, I like the Sense UI on my Incredible, and I use Zeam on my hacked Nook. This looks like a feature-rich up-and-coming alternative though.

If you still can’t decide between ADWLauncher and LauncherPro for Android, you might want to check out Go, which brings the best features of each (like gestures, extra screens, and customizable docks) to your phone in one Launcher.

Posted on Jan 4, 2011

Use Spritebox to Make CSS Sprite Creation Easier

Well, this looks interesting.

Spritebox is a WYSIWYG tool to help web designers quickly and easily create CSS classes and IDs from a single sprite image. It is based on the principle of using the background-position property to align areas of a sprite image into block elements of a web page. It was made using a combination of JQuery, CSS3 and HTML5, and is totally free to use!

Via @smashingmag

Posted on Oct 1, 2010

Lifehacker – ShareKeyboard Links Your Computer Keyboard to Your Android Phone

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Now, this is pretty damned interesting:

Android: ShareKeyboard links your computer keyboard and your Android phone via Wi-Fi for easy cross-device typing and text sharing using nothing more than the Android app and the host computer’s web browser.