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**** iPad At Work On Dirty Jobs: Five Lessons Learned <http://rss.macworld.com/click.phdo?i=9d27b517d2e1343c1c970ade7ce78279>
Tom Kaneshige, CIO
Earlier this summer, D7 Consulting employees tore the wrappings from the shiny iPads, signaling the beginning of a two-phase rollout. D7 Consulting is now in the middle of the process, with half of the 20 iPads in the field today and the other half set to go there soon.
Hereâs what D7 Consulting has learned so far.
**** Want To Choose Your Own Adventure? There's A Books App For That <http://feeds.guardian.co.uk/~r/theguardian/books/rss/~3/1Mr95Qm8vdw/choose-your-own-adventure-iphone-app>
Alison Flood, The Guardian
Childhood days of cheating on the Choose Your Own Adventure books by jumping back 10 pages after being eaten by a monster or falling down a chasm may be over, after the series was launched as an iTunes app last week.
**** MarsEdit 3 Review <http://www.mactalk.com.au/2010/08/01/marsedit-3-review-2/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+mactalknews+%28MacTalk+Australia+-+News%29>
Matt Blake, MacTalk Australia
In short, MarsEdit is a mature and trusted app used by many a blogger, including MacTalk favourite John Gruber. And thereâs good reason for its popularity. It has a few clear opportunities for future enhancement in terms of rich text formatting, but it already puts the power back in the hands of the blogger and alleviates the worries and risks of working in a browser. It has a lean, fast and intuitive interface and shows an accurate live preview as you go. And it has a really nice dock icon.
**** Macbook Laptop Great For College <http://blog.syracuse.com/cny/2010/08/macbook_laptop_great_for_college.html>
Al Fasoldt, Syracuse.com
**** As iPad Gains, Others Will Lose <http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/02/business/02views.html?_r=1>
Robert Cyran, New York Times
While Apple and its suppliers are celebrating, many other companies will suffer. Breakingviews has compiled a list of the potential losers, from the obvious to the indirect.
**** Appleâs Golden Opportunity <http://www.macuser.co.uk/1636-apples-golden-opportunity>
Nik Rawlinson, Mac User
How many more of those 18 million people who have bought an iPod or iPhone in the past three months could the company encourage to do the same with a little careful marketing, and introducing some truly compelling Mac-only features to each product?
**** Microsoft Sets Pricing, October Release For Office 2011 <http://www.macworld.com/article/153084/2010/08/office2011_prices.html?lsrc=rss_main>
Philip Michaels, Macworld
Microsoft Office 2011 will come in two editionsâa Mac Home and Student version and a Mac Home and Business offeringâwhen it ships at the end of October. Microsoft Office for Mac Home and Student 2011 includes the Word word-processing, PowerPoint presentation, Excel spreadsheet, and Messenger IM applications. It will cost $119 for a single license and $149 for a family pack that allows for installs on three Macs.
**** The Train Of Their Departure <http://www.newyorker.com/fiction/features/2010/08/09/100809fi_fiction_bezmozgis>
David Bezmozgis, New Yorker
**** Winter In The Summer House <http://www.newyorker.com/fiction/poetry/2010/08/09/100809po_poem_watson>
Robert N. Watson, New Yorker
**** Dormant <http://www.newyorker.com/fiction/poetry/2010/08/09/100809po_poem_goodyear>
Dana Goodyear, New Yorker
**** Russian Girl On PaÅÃÅ¾skÃ¡ <http://www.newyorker.com/fiction/poetry/2010/08/09/100809po_poem_quinn>
Justin Quinn, New Yorker
**** Bishop In Louisiana <http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2010/aug/02/frances-leviston-poem-bishop-louisiana?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+theguardian%2Fbooks%2Frss+%28Books%29>
Frances Leviston, The Guardian
**** Just-So Stories: Reading About Infinity <http://www.bookslut.com/features/2010_08_016403.php~>
Elizabeth Bachner, Bookslut
Itâs hard to remember, sometimes, that there are other worlds everywhere that coexist with ours. There are people in distant countries reading alphabets that are strange to us. There are tiny ecosystems in cesspools and near railroad tracks and even crawling around on human skin. There are cities and villages weâve never visited, where the people tell each other histories and stories weâve never heard.
**** Having Our Activist Government Walk The Economic Talk <http://guanyinmiao.wordpress.com/2010/08/02/having-our-activist-government-walk-the-economic-talk/>
Unfortunately, a lot of what the Finance Minister has been discussing in terms of âensuring that incomes for the bottom 20 per cent keep growing in real termsâ has been rather intangible and fluffy,
**** Give Vui Kong A Second Chance <http://rachelzeng.wordpress.com/2010/08/02/give-vui-kong-a-second-chance>
**** There Must Be Room For Mercy <http://theonlinecitizen.com/2010/08/there-must-be-room-for-mercy/>
The Online Citizen
Sundayâs event at Hong Lim Park was a marked improvement over the last event in 2009 â also in support of clemency for Yong â which saw some 40 people turn up.
**** It's Time To Relook Our Anti-smoking Strategy <http://www.todayonline.com/Voices/EDC100802-0000013/Its-time-to-relook-our-anti-smoking-strategy>
Tang Li, Today
**** More 'political Participation' <http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/Singapore/Story/STIStory_560758.html>
Melissa Kok, Straits Times
A new study has found that more Singaporeans want a greater say when it comes to political participation and policy-making, compared to 12 years ago.
Yet, when it comes to actually making their views known on public policy issues to the Government, only a minority will actually step up to the plate.
**** Petition Against Death Penalty <http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/Singapore/Story/STIStory_560648.html>
Zakir Hussain, Straits Times
About 140 people gathered at Speakers' Corner in Hong Lim Park on Sunday to sign a petition to spare convicted Malaysian drug trafficker Yong Vui Kong from the gallows.
**** More Intellectual Class Or Deadwood? <http://singaporedesk.blogspot.com/2010/08/more-intellectual-class-or-deadwood.html>
The reality is that more deadwood past their expiry dates will be clogging the drainage systems, drowning the country with a barrage of sycophants. Mini-Lee Kuan Yews they may be, but definitely not the mini-Goh Keng Swees the nation needs.
**** Housing For PRs â Nobody In Charge <http://yawningbread.wordpress.com/2010/08/02/housing-for-prs-nobody-in-charge/>
There seems to be a policy hole with regard to resale flats. Nobody in government is in charge of matching supply and demand on a macro level. The HDB needs only to consider citizen population in its forward planning, since new flats that it builds can only be sold to citizens. It is not in the business of building flats for PRs.
Yet, most PRs find prices of private condominiums out of reach, so they can only look to resale HDB flats for housing, but if the total stock of HDB flats hardly increases, one could assume that the resale units available would hardly budge too. And all this while, more and more PRs make Singapore their home.
**** Gazetting Of National Day Parade 2010 As Special Event, 30 July 2010 <http://www.spf.gov.sg/announcements/2010/100730_NDP2010_gazetting.htm>
Singapore Police Force, Singapore Government
**** Gazetting Of Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games Events As Special Events <http://www.spf.gov.sg/announcements/2010/100730_syog_gazetting.htm>
Singapore Police Force, Singapore Government
Security checks on persons and belongings may be conducted by Police officers within the Special Event Areas. Police seek the cooperation of the public to comply with all orders issued by Police officers. Persons engaging in activities which compromise security within the special event areas may be removed and dealt with under the law.
**** Temasek's Next Boss: Insider Or Outsider? <http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703787904575403273841137664.html?mod=googlenews_wsj>
Costas Paris And Peter Stein, Wall Street Journal
Many institutions in the middle of a leadership change struggle with the same question, but it is especially sensitive with a state-owned investment fund controlling so much national wealth, where a limited local talent pool means outsiders are often foreignersâand when a past effort to recruit abroad ended badly. CEO-designate Charles "Chip" W. Goodyear, an American and former chief executive of mining giant BHP Billiton Ltd., quit in July 2009, three months before he was scheduled to become Temasek's first foreign boss.
While the two sides cited only "strategic differences" for the split, people familiar with the situation said Mr. Goodyear was unhappy with Temasek's approach to investing and what he saw as a lack of accountability within the organization.
**** The Animal Police Of Singapore <http://www.cnngo.com/singapore/life/acres-â-animals-best-friends-479700>
Harris Ang, CNNGo
**** Incompetence With YOG Planning <http://yoursdp.org/index.php/news/singapore/3925-incompetence-with-yog-planning>
Singapore Democrat Party
Over-spending by three times the original budget (an amount, by the way, that is equivalent to what it puts aside to help the needy in a year) signals massive incompetence.
In a nutshell, we're spending $400,000,000 to stage an event that no one really cares about. Contrast this to the $110 million that this Government puts aside for social programmes for our needy. Such profligacy can only happen it a autocratic state. No government in a democracy knowing that it will be account for the dollars it spends would be so bold with public money.
**** Overnight Parking At HDB And URA Lots To Cost More <http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/1072795/1/.html>
Charges under the Night Parking Scheme (NPS) offered at HDB and URA carparks will be doubled with effect from 1 Nov 2010. With the parking charge revision, it's hoped that the interests of Season Parking Ticket holders will be better served, while managing the parking demands.
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**** How Loyal Are S'poreans? <http://www.todayonline.com/Singapore/EDC100802-0000043/How-loyal-are-Sporeans?>
Leong Wee Keat, Today
The survey found national loyalty and pride held relatively steady between 2005 and 2009, even as Singapore's economy and population were more exposed to global trends and migration.
But Singaporeans' chest-thumping attitudes took a slight dip when they were asked about their willingness to sacrifice for their country.
**** Singapore's Predictable Reaction To Alan Shadrake <http://singaporeanskeptic.blogspot.com/2010/08/singapores-predictable-reaction-to-alan.html>
Either way, whether you are telling the truth or not, you are screwed.
**** I Want To Speak Up But I Do Not (Dare To) Do So...? <http://searchingforenlightenment.blogspot.com/2010/08/i-want-to-speak-but-i-do-not-dare-to-do.html>
Random Thoughts Of A Free Thinker
**** One Of 6 Deer Which Escaped Night Safari Put To Sleep <http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/1072898/1/.html>
Lim Kwok Wai, Alvina Soh, Channel NewsAsia
One of the six deer which escaped from the Night Safari last Wednesday has been put to sleep. It had succumbed to heat stroke on Friday. Meanwhile, the search continues for the last of the missing deer.
**** British Author's Uphill Battle In A Singapore Court <http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2617&Itemid=195>
Paul Karl Lukacs, Asia Sentinel
British death penalty opponent and author Alan Shadrake faces a heavy legal burden in seeking acquittal over charges of contempt of court in Singapore. Jousting during Shadrake's July 30 court hearing on various procedural matters revealed some of the flash points in the case.
**** Singapore Mobile Revenue Per User Falls <http://www.asiaone.com/Business/Tech%2BSense/Story/A1Story20100802-229977.html>
Amit Roy Choudhury, Business Times
While the number of new mobile connections in Singapore is growing despite a high penetration rate, the average revenue per user (Arpu) is falling and last year it stood at US$31.90 (S$43.40), according to research by Frost & Sullivan.
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