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**** Mobee Magic Charger Makes Batteries Disappear <http://db.tidbits.com/article/11960?rss>
Michael E. Cohen, TidBITS

Naturally, your mileage may vary, but the cost of the charger is certainly comparable to the cost of batteries à la carte, and the convenience of never having to swap batteries again is definitely attractive.

**** Imagining A Mac OS X/iOS Mash-up <http://www.macworld.com/article/157824/2011/02/apple_ix.html?lsrc=rss_main>
Andy Ihnatko, Macworld

If Apple were to crossbreed their two most important products of the past ten years, the offspring couldn’t help but be interesting. Go to your local zoo and check out the long, long lines to see the Tigraffe if you doubt it.

**** Ask Ars: What Are Those Symbols On The Back Of The iPhone? <http://arstechnica.com/apple/guides/2011/02/ask-ars-what-do-the-symbols-on-the-back-of-iphones-mean.ars?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=rss>
Casey Johnston, Ars Technica

Most of these symbols indicate only that the iPhone has received approval to use the various frequency spectrums reserved for mobile and wireless communications and that it has passed various safety checks. We dove into hundreds of pages of regulations to see what the iPhone's various tramp stamps mean.

**** Verizon iPhone Can’t Swap Calls, Do More Than A Three Person Conference Call <http://www.9to5mac.com/51768/verizon-iphone-cant-swap-calls-do-more-than-a-three-person-conference-call?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+9To5Mac-MacAllDay+%289+to+5+Mac+-+Apple+Intelligence%29>
Mark Gurman, 9 To 5 Mac

**** Beginners Guide To OS X <http://www.techradar.com/news/computing/apple/beginners-guide-to-os-x-927039>
Ben Harvell, TechRadar

**** iOS Developers Making Leap To The Mac, Thanks To Mac App Store <http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2011/02/ios-developers-making-leap-to-the-mac-thanks-to-mac-app-store.ars?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=rss>
Chris Foresman, Ars Technica

The Tomorrow Weblog

**** Inside Microsoft's Science Fair <http://news.cnet.com/8301-10805_3-20031626-75.html?tag=topTechContentWrap;editorPicks>
Josh Lowensohn, CNET

Most may never see the light of day, but some could go on to become real products, or at least features in products of the future. This is all a part of what Microsoft calls its "science fair," a event that takes place every six months or so, and looks a lot like, well, a science fair.

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**** To Accept What Cannot Be Helped <http://www.theamericanscholar.org/to-accept-what-cannot-be-helped/>
Ann Hulbert, The American Scholar

My mother, who died six months after she was diagnosed, was acutely grateful to be supported at almost every turn in her quest to end life on her own terms—which is not to say that “letting go” came at all naturally to her. Even for someone thoroughly out of step with our more-care-is-better medical ethos, it proved anything but easy to relinquish control. For her, resisting the doctors’ edicts was not so hard; that was her way of taking charge. Yet then what? To embrace ordinary, loving care, knowing the burden it put on others, was a struggle. But her odyssey—our odyssey—allowed us to feel our way toward those feats together, with few regrets and many rewards alongside the inevitable fear and pain. In a culture of Promethean aspirations, and in busy hospital corridors, it is rare to get that chance.

**** Well Worth Not Reading <http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/ideas/articles/2011/02/13/well_worth_not_reading/?rss_id=Boston+Globe+--+Ideas+section>
Kirsty Logan, Boston Globe

As much as I enjoy the books, I often find that the book I have read is somehow not as exciting as the book I had imagined reading.

**** Don’t Say It <http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/ideas/articles/2011/02/13/dont_say_it/?rss_id=Boston+Globe+--+Ideas+section>
Jan Freeman, Boston Globe

We may not be quite so delicate today, but euphemism — from the Greek for “auspicious speech” — is with us still.

**** In Defence Of Snacks <http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2011/feb/13/snacks-food-britain-america>
Ariel Leve, The Guardian

The British are elitist about eating snacks. They seem to think that it's as American as Sarah Palin.

**** The Volcano Lover By Susan Sontag – Review <http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/feb/13/volcano-lover-susan-sontag-review?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+theguardian%2Fbooks%2Frss+%28Books%29>
Lettie Ransley, The Guardianr

Despite achieving fame and notoriety as an avant-garde essayist and critic, Susan Sontag, towards the end of her 40-year writing career, achieved popular success with this 1992 novel. The Volcano Lover is as big, rich and complex as one might expect – using the story of Nelson's affair with Emma Hamilton as a prism through which to view the baroque drama of the Enlightenment.

**** Animal Magic: A Brother's Story By Andrew Barrow – Review <http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/feb/13/animal-magic-andrew-barrow-review?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+theguardian%2Fbooks%2Frss+%28Books%29>
Elizabeth Day, The Guardian

Barrow's reminiscences of his brother's life – from a Wiltshire childhood surrounded by eccentric relatives and a menagerie of animals (including a much-loved family dachshund) to a miserable time at Harrow and then on to a hand-to-mouth existence in late- 60s Chelsea – are touching and heartfelt. But in other places the book is overwhelmed by the anarchic, surrealist tone of Jonathan's own writing.

**** The Lover's Dictionary: A Novel By David Levithan – Review <http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/feb/13/lovers-dictionary-david-levithan-review?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+theguardian%2Fbooks%2Frss+%28Books%29>
Nicola Barr, The Guardian

So far, so normal. Boy meets girl and they negotiate pitfalls of union. But in reimagining the age-old story, Levithan has dispensed with chronology and written it in dictionary entries, moving step by step through the alphabet. The broken up time scheme works. Just as you are enjoying the intoxicating dance of their descent into love, you are met face to face with infidelity and the pain of the fallout.


**** Conviction Versus Consensus Politicians <http://catherinelim.sg/2011/02/12/conviction-versus-consensus-politicians/>
Catherine Lim

What does the present situation bode for a post-Lee Kuan Yew era? It is clear that once such a massive force is gone, the situation will be radically changed. MM Lee will probably be Singapore’s last Conviction Politician for three reasons.

**** Government Not Doing Enough Say Attendees Of Malay Issues Forum <http://theonlinecitizen.com/2011/02/government-not-doing-enough-say-attendees-of-malay-issues-forum/>
Joshua Chiang, The Online Citizen

One of the key issues raised was that despite the existences of institutions to help disadvantaged Malay/Muslims, they were not doing enough. A member of the audience gave an account of how his application for funds to attain a diploma from a private polytechnic was denied on the grounds that his parents were working and thus should be capable of paying for his studies. According to him, the officers did not even ask for his parents’ combined income. As a result, he discontinued his studies.

**** India Down, Singapore Next? <http://news.change.org/stories/india-down-singapore-next>
Michael Jones, Change.org

With India now in the process of ending its ban on homosexuality, the international community will be looking at other countries, including and perhaps especially Singapore, to see if they follow suit. As Human Rights Watch has documented, these British Colonial-era laws are decrepid relics, and they deserve to be overturned, not only out of respect for civil rights, but basic human rights as well.

**** 新加坡,知识分子的声音在哪里? <http://news.gd.sina.com.cn/news/2011/02/13/1101424.html>
宁二, 南方网


**** ST Mobile Aerospace Featured In Investigative Documentary <http://theonlinecitizen.com/2011/02/st-mobile-aerospace-featured-in-investigative-documentary/>
The Online Citizen

Through interviews with company mechanics and an examination of both government and company records, the investigation raises serious questions about the quality and experience of the workforce; the use of foreign workers with limited English proficiency; and the alleged use of unauthorized airline parts.

**** Why Do You Want To Remove Race From Your IC? <http://kentridgecommon.com/?p=9979>
Koh Choon Hwee, Kent Ridge Common

Racial discrimination does exist in Singapore, but removing racial identification from our ICs is not a way of combatting it, just a way of avoiding the problem. Let’s look elsewhere for more constructive solutions.

**** Papers Put The Spin On Sick Going To Malaysia.... <http://singaporemind.blogspot.com/2011/02/papers-put-spin-on-sick-going-to.html>
Diary Of A Singaporean Mind

If your healthcare system is not universal and becomes so expensive that citizens have to go to developing country for treatment, it is a tragedy not an achievement.

**** MM Lee And His Urgings… <http://visaisahero.wordpress.com/2011/02/12/mm-lee-and-his-urgings/>

**** 许连碹议员乐意 转战单选区 <http://realtime.zaobao.com.sg/2011/02/110213_36.shtml>

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