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**** Muziic Brings Free On-demand Music To iPhone <http://news.cnet.com/8301-13526_3-10469980-27.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-20>
Matt Rosoff, CNET News
It's the first free app that lets users search for and play songs on demand on their iPhones. Like the desktop app, Muziic for iPhone gets around content owners' licensing restrictions by taking content from YouTube, which already has a deal with Apple to power online video on the iPhone.
**** iPhone Provides Vital Link To Medical Records <http://www.apple.com/iphone/business/profiles/mt-sinai/?sr=hotnews.rss>
Saving lives means making fast, informed decisions. And at Torontoâs Mount Sinai Hospital, iPhone instantly delivers the information that physicians need to make critical treatment decisions. The hospital recently developed VitalHub, an in-house built iPhone app that gives physicians secure, remote access to patient records, test results, vital statistics, and medical literature from its vast internal data network. Using VitalHub on iPhone allows Mount Sinaiâs clinicians to respond more rapidly to patient needs wherever and whenever they arise.
**** Securant. Banking On Accessibility. <http://www.apple.com/iphone/business/profiles/securant-bank-trust/?sr=hotnews.rss>
"Time kills in banking, and we want to be responsive to our clients. We use iPhone as a way to give our clients access. They can talk to a decision-maker right away."
**** Old-School Architect Creates An iOpener <http://www.philly.com/philly/home/20100322_Old-school_architect_creates_an_iOpener.html>
Inga Saffron, Philly.com
Barely four years after Apple opened the store in the basement of the General Motors tower, Bohlin's ethereal one-story structure - a glorified vestibule, really - has become a must-see attraction as well as Apple's highest-grossing location.
**** Talking About A Resolution <http://www.macworld.com/article/147258/2010/03/talking_resolution.html?lsrc=rss_main>
Christopher Breen, Macworld
Have a large-screened Mac is a blessing and curse--lots of real estate, but tiny text and objects. Some suggestions for making things more visible.
**** Apple Adds 'Gift This App' Option To App Store <http://www.macworld.com/article/147261/2010/03/appstore_gifts.html?lsrc=rss_main>
Dan Moren, Macworld
On Monday, Apple added the ability for App Store customers to gift specific apps to others.
**** Perseus Signs An eBooks Deal For The iPad <http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/03/22/perseus-signs-an-ebooks-deal-for-the-ipad/>
Motoko Rich and Brad Stone, Macworld
Appleâs iBookstore on the forthcoming iPad is set to get larger. The company has just signed a deal with the largest distributor of independent publishers to sell electronic versions of it books on the new device.
Perseus Books Group, a large independent publisher that also distributes works from 330 other smaller presses including Grove Atlantic, Harvard Business School Press, Zagat and City Lights Books, signed a deal last week with Apple, following five of the six biggest publishers that have already signed agreements with Apple.
**** Apple To Sell Locked Contract-Free iPhones In The US Again <http://appadvice.com/appnn/2010/03/apple-sell-locked-contractfree-iphones/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+AppAdvice+%28AppAdvice%29>
Alexander Vaughn, App Advice
What started as a rumor just a few moments ago is now official, Apple is about to reverse its policy regarding contract requirements for new iPhone purchases in the US.
**** The Rise Of iPhone App Making For Dummies <http://news.cnet.com/8301-27076_3-20000899-248.html>
Josh Lowensohn, CNET News
Appwhirl and Appvoyage--a pair of new companies launching here at the DemoSpring conference, are trying to make the process of creating an iPhone app and submitting it to the App Store take less than five minutes and something that requires no programming prowess whatsoever. In fact, building them takes place right in your Web browser.
**** UDID Not <http://furbo.org/2010/03/22/udid-not/>
Craig Hockenberry, furbo.org
As developers, we want to maintain a pool of testers, not devices that they test on. Devices are ephemeral: they change as new hardware is introduced and replaced. The thing that remains constant are the people who test our products.
**** Apple: Can iPhone Conquer China? <http://blogs.barrons.com/techtraderdaily/2010/03/22/apple-can-iphone-conquer-china/>
Eric Savitz, Barron's
**** The Future Of Apple TV <http://www.applematters.com/article/the-future-of-apple-tv/>
Albert Wan, Apple Matters
I'm hoping Google's recently unveiled answer to the Apple TV will eventually develop this untapped industry.
**** The Magic Of 285 Apple Stores <http://brainstormtech.blogs.fortune.cnn.com/2010/03/22/the-magic-of-285-apple-stores/>
Philip Elmer-DeWitt, Fortune
**** Proof That Apple Is Invading The Game Market <http://gizmodo.com/5499467/apples-game-market-invasion>
Jesus Diaz, Gizmodo
One year andâbarelyânine months. That's what it has taken Apple to invade 19 percent of the total US portable game market, while the PSP sunk from 20% to 11%, and the Nintendo dropped 5%. And that's only revenue.
**** Apples By The Bushel At SXSW <http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/business/6925586.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+houstonchronicle%2Ftechdrmac+%28HoustonChronicle.com+--+Dr.+Mac%29>
Bob LeVitus, Houston Chronicle
I know my survey wasn't scientific, but it was sure fun. My totally nonobjective conclusion is that creative professionals recognize superior technology at a much higher-than-average rate.
**** Singapore Leans Toward Slight April Tightening <http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704896104575138971412222494.html?mod=googlenews_wsj>
The Monetary Authority of Singapore is leaning toward tightening policy a bit in April to curb inflation but hasn't decided yet, a person familiar with the central bank's thinking said Tuesday.
The MAS is leaning toward tightening because with Singapore's recovery from the global downturn "firmly in place, inflation fears are emerging," the person said. But he added that "some voices" are urging caution, given uncertainties about the durability of the global recovery, so the possibility of no action "cannot be written off."
**** Apple Falls Behind In Laptop Race <http://www.fudzilla.com/content/view/18184/1/>
Nick Farrell, Fudzilla
Apple fanboys must be starting to wonder if Jobs' Mob has decided abandon its laptop range. With the tame Apple press pushing press releases that are full of yarns about the iPad, iPhone and dull applications that can run on the gizmos, the notebooks have been languishing undeveloped. While we can understand that Apple finds it difficult to be that much of a control freakish company and get more than one product out at a time the MacBook Pro is being flogged with an outdated Intel Core 2 Duo processor under the bonnet.
**** Demo's Cool Software: There's No iPhone App For That <http://www.infoworld.com/d/mobilize/demos-cool-software-theres-no-iphone-app-456?source=rss_infoworld_news>
Bill Snyder, InfoWorld
By keeping the platform closed, Apple deprives iPhone and iPad users of some of the best new mobile apps.
**** Andy Warhol And The Can That Sold The World By Gary Indiana <http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2010/mar/21/warhol-can-sold-world-review?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+theguardian%2Fbooks%2Frss+%28Books%29>
Peter Conrad, The Guardian
Americans, who expect to live in paradise, are always asking why they have been expelled from the happy garden. Lately the inquest has become urgent. David Thomson's new book on Psycho surveys the country's current moral squalor and blames its venality and violence on Hitchcock's sadistic film; now Gary Indiana returns to the same problem of disillusionment and despair, bemoans his image-crazed, commercially obsessed society, and fingers Andy Warhol as the joking demon who was responsible for its corruption.
**** 'The Girl In Alfred Hitchcock's Shower,' By Robert Graysmith <http://www.latimes.com/features/books/la-et-book23-2010mar23,0,1810849.story?track=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+features%2Fbooks+%28Los+Angeles+Times+-+Books%29>
Susan Kandel, Los Angeles Times
Exploring the real-life fate of Marli Renfro, Janet Leigh's body double in the famous shower scene in 'Psycho.'
**** The Witch And MacDuff Exit My Neighbor's House <http://www.slate.com/id/2248617/?from=rss>
Kathryn Maris, Slate Magazine
**** Taxi Drivers Ride On Economic Upturn, Steady Stream Of IR Visitors <http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/1045226/1/.html>
Ting Kheng Siong and Lynda Hong, Channel NewsAsia
Comfort Delgro, one of Singapore's biggest taxi companies, has seen a 20 per cent increase in calls for taxis compared with two months ago.
**** General Election: Ban Walkovers <http://www.straitstimes.com/STForum/Story/STIStory_505280.html>
Tan Hong Ngan, Straits Times
Although we boast a high voter turnout in every election, the underlying picture tells only half the story. It is not very surprising if a citizen does not get to vote in his lifetime in democratic Singapore. This basic human right to choose one's leaders is denied to some because of the GRC system.
**** Bite Bullet, Raise Them <http://www.straitstimes.com/STForum/Story/STIStory_505268.html>
Thomas Tan, Straits Times
On its part, the Ministry of National Development should nudge the town councils to raise their fees so the ministry need not bail them out should they run into financial difficulties.
The other monies is for investing, you know, not for emergencies even.
**** Snarls in 'The Land of Smiles' <http://www.washingtontimes.com//news/2010/mar/22/sanders-snarls-in-the-land-of-smiles/>
Sol Sanders, Washington Times
Several decades in the making, it reached a crescendo in 2006 with the fall of Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Ironically, the billionaire politician was brought down by his neighbors, the Singaporeans. Singaporean "Mentor Minister" Lee Kuan Yew â who styles himself as leader of a squeaky-clean regime â does not follow the adage admonishing Caesars wife to be above suspicion. For it was his daughter-in-laws Singaporean sovereign fund, Temasek, that blew up Mr. Thaksin.
**** When Discretion Could Have Saved A Life: The Case Of Rozman Bin Jusoh <http://theonlinecitizen.com/2010/03/when-discretion-could-have-saved-a-life-the-case-of-rozman-bin-jusoh/>
Mohan Gopalan, The Online Citizen
Rozmanâs case provides an illustration of the problematic nature of the mandatory death penalty. While the judges were sensitive to the mitigating factors in Rozmanâs case, they could not properly take them into account, and were left with no choice but to sentence Rozman to death. If the death penalty had not been mandatory, the judges would have been able to take into account Rozmanâs subnormal intellect, as well as the conduct of the CNB officer. They could then have decided whether to award Rozman a long prison sentence, instead of the death penalty.
Without the benefit of this discretion, Rozman bin Jusoh was hanged till death on 12 April 1996.
**** Overcrowded Singapore Seeks To Grow With Its Enormous Appetite For Sand <http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article7071811.ece>
Richard Lloyd Parry, The Times
Since its foundation as an independent state in 1965 Singapore has had bad-tempered relations with its neighbours â and none is larger or more contrasting than Indonesia.
While Indonesia has oil, gas, minerals and forests, Singapore sits on a swampy, malarial island without even enough water to supply its own needs.
**** Paperless Government Not Yet A S'pore Reality <http://www.zdnetasia.com/paperless-government-not-yet-a-s-pore-reality-62058942.htm>
Vivian Yeo, ZDNet Asia
The public sector has made strides toward nurturing a paper-free culture, but its interaction with a myriad of stakeholders means it will take years before a true paperless government becomes a reality, observes an analyst.
**** Casinos And Coasters: A Singapore Life <http://blogs.reuters.com/photo/2010/03/22/casinos-and-coasters-a-singapore-life/>
Vivek Prakash, Reuters
**** Comfy Seats And More Leg Room = Happier Customers? <http://www.todayonline.com/Singapore/EDC100323-0000328/Comfy-seats-and-more-leg-room-=-happier-customers?>
Neo Chai Chin, Today
Could creating a "comfort class" in Singapore's public buses and trains help improve customer satisfaction The idea - adapted from airlines that offer seats slightly more spacious than economy class at a small premium - would entail charging passengers slightly higher fares for the comfort and space.
It was one of the suggestions mooted by American organisational consultant Joseph Michelli (picture) on improving customer satisfaction ratings for public transport here.
There is currently a huge gap in terms of public transport between trains/buses and taxi. (And no, the over-regulated premium bus scheme is not it.) Hong Kong's red and green mini-buses will be a good model to look into.
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**** Singapore Consumer Prices Rise A Second Month As Economy Grows <http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-03-23/singapore-consumer-prices-rise-a-second-month-as-economy-grows.html>
Stephanie Phang, Bloomberg
Singaporeâs consumer prices increased for a second month in February as food and transport costs rose amid a regional economic rebound that has spurred some Asian central banks to raise interest rates.
**** HDB: Myths And Truth I <http://singaporealternatives.blogspot.com/2010/03/hdb-myths-and-truth-i.html>
Goh Meng Seng, Singapore Alternatives
There is nothing much which can be done to help the victims of the current boom-bust housing cycle caused by Mr Mahâs BTO system. The best that can be done is to change the system to protect future generations.
**** Temasek Bullish On Mining In Mongolia, Africa <http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSSGE62M03O20100323>
Saeed Azhar and Harry Suhartono, Reuters
Singapore sovereign wealth fund Temasek Holdings wants to increase its exposure to mining in Mongolia and is also looking for opportunities to invest in the mining sector in Africa.
**** Is Fiber A Vanity Project For Singapore? <http://asia.cnet.com/blogs/rehashplus/post.htm?id=63017920&scid=rvhm_ms>
Michael Tan, CNET Asia
**** Sexual Harassment And Sanctity Of The Workspace <http://theonlinecitizen.com/2010/03/sexual-harassment-and-sanctity-of-the-workspace/>
Ravi Philemon, The Online Citizen
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