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**** 1Password 3 Review <http://www.macworld.co.uk/macsoftware/reviews/index.cfm?reviewid=3236018&olo=rss>
Karl Hodge, Macworld UK
**** 3 Ways Yum Is Your Macâs Best Cookbook App <http://mac360.com/index.php/mac360/comments/3-ways-yum-is-your-macs-best-cookbook-app/>
Bambi Brannan, Mac 360
Simply put, Yum is a kitchen companion for Mac users intent on putting some digital discipline into your cooking routine. Yum manages recipes and shopping lists using two very familiar screen metaphors.
**** So Much For Stagnating Mac Growth <http://www.technightowl.com/2010/08/so-much-for-stagnating-mac-growth/>
Gene Steinberg, TechNightOwl
**** Windows 95: It Sucks Less <http://blogs.msdn.com/b/oldnewthing/archive/2010/08/24/10053386.aspx>
The Old New Thing
**** EFF Slams Apple Patent As Traitorware: Jobs Is Spying On You? <http://blogs.computerworld.com/16822/eff_slams_apple_patent_as_traitorware_jobs_is_spying_on_you>
Darlene Storm, Computerworld
When you personally buy a new technological toy, then it's yours to do with as you please. Right? Wrong! What if your new device were activated on the sly and used against you? That's a step beyond spyware. In fact, the EFF coined a new term, "traitorware."
Unless you've been cut off from technology, then you have probably heard about Apple's patent, "Systems and Methods for Identifying Unauthorized Users of an Electronic Device." It appears that Apple is taking steps to enable locking out unauthorized iOS users. What's new is that privacy watchdog EFF has posted their reaction to this Apple patent application. I love the EFF, so I listen when they talk.
**** Privacy Watch: Privacy And Location In Apple's IOS 4 <http://www.pcworld.com/article/204012/privacy_watch_privacy_and_location_in_apples_ios_4.html?tk=hp_new>
Erik Larkin, PC World
Apple's new iOS 4 operating system for iPhone 3G and above pays close attention to your location, in good and maybe not-so-good ways.
**** Should You Ditch Your Books For An E-Reader? <http://feeds.slate.com/click.phdo?i=05ab9679a4a9c848ec98b4efe0aa76d9>
Brian Palmer, Slate Magazine
The environmental credentials of the iPad and Kindle.
**** NTI Shadow 5 Creates Better Volume And Folder Backups <http://rss.macworld.com/click.phdo?i=b40dd864b4eb15961a98cba425587778>
David Chartier, Macworld
The new NTI Shadow 5 introduces Volume Cloning, encroaching on turf occupied by competitors like ChronoSync and Carbon Copy Cloner. You can now schedule periodic backups of your entire system drive and all personal data, creating a bootable backup thatâs ready to go in case your Macâs internal hard drive ever gets a case of the Mondays.
**** Mac Gems: MacKeeper Provides Robust Maintenance Tools And Support <http://rss.macworld.com/click.phdo?i=674b779bdc31da09411d62a619d4f316>
Jeffery Battersby, Macworld
If youâre fanatical about Mac maintenance MacKeeper offers tools to clean out errant files, backup your data, and even find your Mac if itâs lost or stolen. MacKeeperâs developer, Zeobit, also provides 24/7 tech support.
**** Simplenote For iPhone And iPad Gets Tags, Sharing, More <http://rss.macworld.com/click.phdo?i=08dd64e03247b36af8cf0a837f7d69de>
David Chartier, Macworld
Codality has updated Simplenote, its note-taking and -sharing service for iPhone, iPad, and desktop computers, with nearly two dozen new features and fixes spread between its mobile app and its Web version.
**** Apple Releases Security Update 2010-005 <http://rss.macworld.com/click.phdo?i=d09d99dcee1563aaa5d93c863a69066f>
David Chartier, Macworld
Detailed in Appleâs support document, this update contains a variety of fixes for both the client and server versions of Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard and 10.6 Snow Leopard. Among the vulnerabilities squashed in the patch include one where maliciously crafted fonts that could be embedded in documents, a potential man-in-the-middle data interception attack, possible code execution due to maliciously crafted PDF documents, vulnerabilities in the ClamAV antivirus program, a weakness in the Samba system that could allow denial of service attacks, and a number of security holes in Mac OS Xâs pre-installed version of PHP.
**** IDC Pours Water On Reports Of Stellar Apple Growth <http://www.zdnet.co.uk/blogs/mapping-babel-10017967/idc-pours-water-on-reports-of-stellar-apple-growth-10018369/>
Jack Clark, ZDNet UK
IDC has played down reports of Apple's growth within the government and enterprise sectors, following articles trumpeting a major growth in shipments.
**** Author Claims Kindle Outsells iBooks By 60 To 1 <http://www.itproportal.com/portal/news/article/2010/8/24/author-claims-kindle-outsells-ibooks-60-1/>
Desire Athow, IT Pro Portal
Fiction writer J.A Konrath revealed how poor sales of his novels were doing on the Apple iBooks platform compared to Amazon's Kindle Store in a post on his personal website.
The Tomorrow Weblog
**** Stipple Hopes To Tag The Web's Images <http://feeds.nytimes.com/click.phdo?i=6ae213c8d424d413196c4c48347dd80e>
Nick Bilton, New York Times
Stipple, a San Francisco-based start-up, is introducing a new service on Wednesday that allows online publishers to add tags to particular parts of an image with information about its contents and related links.
**** A School Fight Over Chocolate Milk <http://feeds.nytimes.com/click.phdo?i=6d7843dc731b08b7434e1fec97c611b7>
Kim Severson, New York Times
Most recently, chocolate milk has emerged as both villain and victim in a cafeteria drama that pits the milk industry, administrators and parents against one another.
**** The 72-Hour Expert <http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/72-hour-expert?nopager=0>
P. J. O'Rourke, Weekly Standard
If you spend 72 hours in a place youâve never been, talking to people whose language you donât speak about social, political, and economic complexities you donât understand, and you come back as the worldâs biggest know-it-all, youâre a reporter. Either that or youâre President Obama. I called my wife. She said, no, she certainly is not vacationing at government expense in some jet-set hot spot with scads of her BFFs. Looks like Iâm not President Obama. But I am a reporter, fresh from Kabul. What do you want to know about Afghanistan, past, present, or future? Ask me anything.
**** âYou May Leave Nowâ <http://theonlinecitizen.com/2010/08/you-may-leave-now/>
Kirsten Han, The Online Citizen
Watching as the family knelt on the hot asphalt before the Istana, I could only feel ashamed of my country, and those who represent it. In fairness, Corporal Chong had not been rude, or abusive. He probably thought he was just trying to do his job. But it was the way he did it that betrayed the utter coldness of Singapore â by-the-book, inflexible and mechanical. All he was concerned about was getting everyone to go away. He had not even allowed the family a moment to grieve, or even wanted listen to what the family had to say.
Is this what we have become? Ruthlessly efficient yet heartless automatons? Are we now so preoccupied with doing our jobs that we have forgotten what it is to show even a little bit of compassion to a hurting family? A family whose 22-year-old child we want to send to the gallows?
**** A Note About A Boy <http://dlzj.wordpress.com/2010/08/24/a-note-about-a-boy>
Icarus Flew Too High
**** Yong's Family Petitions For Clemency <http://www.todayonline.com/Singapore/EDC100825-0000046/Yongs-family-petitions-for-clemency>
Ng Jing Yng, Today
The six Malaysian siblings were split up when their parents divorced two decades ago but they reunited yesterday in Singapore. They wanted to petition for their brother's life.
**** This Is Why The Democrats Advocate Retrenchment Benefits <http://yoursdp.org/index.php/news/singapore/4056-this-is-why-the-democrats-advocate-retrenchment-benefits>
Singapore Democrat Party
The idea of a retrenchment benefits programme will be increasingly urgent as jobs will be harder and harder to come by because many of the multinational companies, especially the ones in the US and Europe, are not expanding their investments here because of the politico-economic situations back home.
A retrenchment-benefits programme is needed now. It makes good economic sense. The PAP ministers cannot continue to twiddle their thumbs while Singaporeans suffer.
**** Lesson From A Commuter <http://singaporedesk.blogspot.com/2010/08/lesson-from-commuter.html>
**** France's Carrefour Retreats From Malaysia: Govt <http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5gFzUyFHLHBH5Jkc7xSoW3LI4xvmA>
French retail giant Carrefour plans to sell its business in Malaysia, a minister said, amid speculation the firm will also offload its Singapore and Thai stores and exit Southeast Asia altogether.
**** More Long Weekends Ahead <http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/Singapore/Story/STIStory_570623.html>
Eisen Teo, Straits Times
Primary school teachers and pupils can look forward to two more long weekends from next year, with a decision by the Ministry of Education (MOE) to mark both Teachers' Day and Children's Day on Fridays.
So instead of celebrating the two days with holidays on Sept 1 and Oct 1 respectively, the two occasions will now be observed on the first Friday of those months, which gives teachers and pupils long weekends.
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**** Is Meritocracy Racist? <http://chedet.co.cc/chedetblog/2010/08/is-meritocracy-racist.html>
Being the astute politician that he is, Lee came up with a slogan which did not sound chauvinistic but which played up Chinese sentiments to the core. The slogan was "Malaysian Malaysia".
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**** FIDH Calls For Presidential Pardon For Yong Vui Kong, Sentenced To Death By Hanging <http://www.fidh.org/SINGAPORE-FIDH-calls-for-presidential-pardon-for>
International Federation for Human Rights
FIDH opposes the death penalty in all circumstances as a cruel, inhuman punishment that violates one of the most fundamental human rights: the right to life. In addition, our organisation wishes to underline that execution of drug traffickers both in Singapore as well as in other parts of the world has had no apparent or proven deterrent effect on drug trafficking. Despite law minister Shanmugamâs words to the contrary, there is no empirical data supporting the deterrence effect of the death penalty for drug crimes, especially among indigent and vulnerable sectors of society.
**** National Service: View From A Foreign Mum <http://kementah.blogspot.com/2010/08/national-service-view-from-foreign-mum.html>
**** Minister Told To Save Those In Malaysia Death Row <http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2010/08/24/minister-told-save-those-malaysia-death-row.html>
Hans David Tampubolon, The Jakarta Post
**** Have Independent Board For Clemency Petitions: SFD <http://theonlinecitizen.com/2010/08/have-independent-board-for-clemency-petitions-sfd/>
Singaporeans For Democracy
Singaporeans For Democracy (SFD) calls on the Singapore government to set up an independent board to introduce transparency for deliberating clemency petitions in death penalty cases.
**** Save Vui Kong <http://hungerhunger.blogspot.com/2010/08/save-vui-kong.html>
Death penalty as a deterrant is cruel, especially if the offender is young and has a strong case for reform. The case should be judged on its own.
**** Model City Singapore Shows Symptoms Of Urban Stress <http://www.mysinchew.com/node/43894>
Philip Lim, AFP
Flash floods along posh Orchard Road. Packed subway trains. Traffic gridlock in the morning and evening rush hours. Intensifying competition for public flats.
What happened to squeaky-clean, smooth-flowing Singapore?
**** 1.4 Handsets Per Person In Singapore <http://4g-wirelessevolution.tmcnet.com/news/2010/08/24/4973297.htm>
Singapore has a total population of nearly 5 million, while the number of mobile phones in use here has reached 7.02 million as of June this year, local media reported on Wednesday.
This means an average of 1.4 handsets per person here. Of these, 40 percent of the mobile phones are smart phones. This has put smartphone ownership rates here at one of the highest globally, local daily The Straits Times said.
**** Police Arrests Singaporean Netizen Over YOG Remarks: Time For Chilling Effect To Take Its Course <http://thinkingbetterthinkingmeta.blogspot.com/2010/08/police-arrests-singaporean-netizen-over.html>
Sam Ho, Sam's Thoughts
**** Myrna Thomas To Leave Temasek At End Of Year <http://business.asiaone.com/Business/News/Story/A1Story20100825-233810.html>
Michelle Quah, Business Times
More high- level changes are afoot at Temasek Holdings: its managing director of corporate affairs, Myrna Thomas, has signalled her intention to leave the Singapore investment firm, after more than four years on the job.
**** How To Get More Locals To Fill Cleaning Positions <http://www.asiaone.com/News/Mailbox/Story/A1Story20100825-233708.html>
Gilbert Goh Keow Wah, My Paper
Cleaning companies should try to optimise their operations using technology, so that there is higher productivity and less dependence on labour. The labour savings can then be passed on to the workers by way of higher wages.
**** Singaporean Arrested After Facebook Attack On Government <http://gulfnews.com/news/world/other-world/singaporean-arrested-after-facebook-attack-on-government-1.672959>
A Singaporean man who attacked the ruling party on Facebook and urge people to "burn" a cabinet minister has been arrested on charges of inciting violence, police said Wednesday.
**** Vui Kong Gets Extension For Clemency Appeal <http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/fmt-english/news/general/9632-vui-kong-gets-extension-for-clemency-appeal>
Patrick Lee, Free Malaysia Today
The clemency appeal for convicted Malaysian drug mule Yong Vui Kong, who is slated to be hanged in Singapore, has been extended.
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