[MyAppleMenu] Jan 21, 2011

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**** iMovie 9.0.2 Update Available <http://www.tuaw.com/2011/01/20/imovie-9-0-2-update-available/>
Megan Lavey, TUAW

**** Washing Machine 2 Review <http://www.macworld.co.uk/macsoftware/reviews/index.cfm?reviewid=3257118&olo=rss>
Karl Hodge, Macworld UK

Washing Machine is a fast, convenient way to target and regularly clean up downloaded data on your Mac. The Secure Clean feature is definitely worth a few quid. The clear interface and seamless integration are impressive too.

**** Quark Launches App Studio For iPad Publishing <http://www.macworld.com/article/157287/2011/01/quarkapp.html?lsrc=rss_main>
Jackie Dove, Macworld

Publishers who use Quark Publishing System—an editorial workflow system for medium-to-large businesses—can now use App Studio to create and publish custom iPad apps. Quark Publishing System automatically assembles and publishes each digital issue.

**** Universal iPhone Bumper From Apple Sneaks Into Apple Store <http://www.tuaw.com/2011/01/20/universal-iphone-bumper-from-apple-sneaks-into-apple-store/>
Victor Agreda, Jr., TUAW

**** Appletell Reviews Art Text 2 <http://www.appletell.com/apple/comment/appletell-reviews-art-text-2/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+appletell+Appletell>
Erica Marceau, Appletell

**** Apple Says It Monitors Work Conditions In China Amid Outcry <http://www.macworld.co.uk/business/news/index.cfm?newsid=3257595&pagtype=allchandate>
Michael Kan, Macworld UK

Apple restated its pledge to provide safe working conditions for workers assembling of its products after environmental groups in China released a report criticizing the tech company for failing to be transparent about its suppliers.

**** How The iPad Wants To Be Used <http://speirs.org/blog/2011/1/21/how-the-ipad-wants-to-be-used.html>
Fraser Speirs

The iPad is an intensely personal device. In its design intent it is, truly, much more like a "big iPhone" than a "small laptop". The iPad isn't something you pass around. It's not really designed to be a "resource" that many people take advantage of. It's designed to be owned, configured to your taste, invested in and curated.

The Tomorrow Weblog

**** Gestures That Your TV Will Understand <http://www.technologyreview.com/computing/27120/?ref=rss&a=f>
Tom Simonite, Technology Review

Thanks to Microsoft's Kinect, millions are casting aside their controllers and using their bodies to play games. Now the company that created the motion-tracking hardware for the Kinect wants to make waving your arms an accepted way to control everything from your TV to your desktop computer.

MyAppleMenu Reader

**** The Trouble With Dictators <http://www.nybooks.com/blogs/nyrblog/2011/jan/20/trouble-dictators/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+nybooks+%28The+New+York+Review+of+Books%29>
William Pfaff, New York Review Of Books

Dictators do not usually die in bed. Successful retirement is always a problem for them, and not all solve it. It is a problem for everybody else when they leave.

**** The Meal That Ended My Career As A Restaurant Critic <http://blogs.plos.org/neurotribes/2011/01/19/the-meal-that-ended-my-career-as-a-restaurant-critic/>
Steve Silberman, NeuroTribes

It’s easy to imagine that being a restaurant critic would be one of the best jobs on Earth — particularly when millions of people are eager to churn out lengthy reviews for free on sites like Yelp and Chowhound.

As someone who was the food critic for a glossy magazine in San Francisco in the 1980s and quit, however, I can tell you that being a roving palate-for-hire is a mixed blessing. While dining out is one of life’s most enduring pleasures (and is certainly a rare privilege on a planet where one in six people are starving), having to eat in restaurants several nights a week, while manufacturing an opinion about every bite, can get to be a drag.


**** Tan Kah Kee Topped Public Poll For Station's Name <http://www.straitstimes.com/STForum/Story/STIStory_626528.html>
Helen Lim, Land Transport Authority, Straits Times

Besides being suggested by the public as a possible station name at that time, there is also a road named after Tan Kah Kee in the vicinity of Hwa Chong Institution. It was then put through public polling and secured the highest number of votes before being approved by the board.

**** Book Publisher's Reply Raises More Questions <http://www.straitstimes.com/STForum/Story/STIStory_626521.html>
Lim Chin Joo, Straits Times

Was it appropriate for a national institution such as the National Library Board (NLB) to agree to lend credibility to a privately undertaken publication by having itself acknowledged as a partner and co-publisher when, as EDM now says, it was not?

Does a national institution, by allowing itself to be identified as a co-publisher of a privately undertaken publication, associate itself with the accuracy of the contents?

See previously: Chin Siong story in book was admitted to be false in 1966 [http://www.straitstimes.com/STForum/Story/STIStory_619154.html], NLB didn't perpetuate any falsehood, says publisher [http://www.straitstimes.com/STForum/Story/STIStory_624884.html].

**** Plastic Bags Incinerated, Not Buried <http://www.straitstimes.com/STForum/OnlineStory/STIStory_626450.html>
Low Fong Hon, National Environment Agency, Straits Times

We would encourage more organisations to step forward to adopt more environmentally friendly practices rather than making it mandatory to charge a fee for plastic bags.

**** The Road To The Istana <http://www.todayonline.com/Singapore/EDC110121-0000166/The-road-to-the-Istana>
Eugene K B Tan, Today

**** SDP Chief, Supporter's Appeals Turned Down <http://www.todayonline.com/Singapore/EDC110121-0000202/SDP-chief,-supporters-appeals-turned-down>
Teo Xuanwei, Today

Yap, 49, who is often seen at the Singapore Democratic Party's (SDP) activities, dropped a hint yesterday when the High Court upheld his conviction and sentence for making public addresses without licences on four occasions in 2006.

He told Justice Steven Chong he intended to appeal to the President to reduce the $2,000 fine imposed on him for each of the four charges to $1,999 so that he would still be eligible to "take part" in the elections.

**** Frequency Glitches Could Be Cause Of Ez-link Woes <http://www.todayonline.com/Singapore/EDC110121-0000169/Frequency-glitches-could-be-cause-of-ez-link-woes>
Neo Chai Chin, Today

Radio frequency glitches could be the cause of some failed transit card top-ups experienced by commuters here, Transitlink has disclosed.

Transitlink had told MediaCorp last month that commuters could have removed their transit cards from the machines before top-up values were properly encoded, in reply to queries on a commuter's three failed top-up attempts at Simei and Raffles Place stations.

**** Eric Low Not Keen To Contest Next Election <http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/Singapore/Story/STIStory_626694.html>
Kor Kian Beng, Straits Times

**** PAP's Sitoh Still Keen On Standing In Potong Pasir <http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/Singapore/Story/STIStory_626695.html>
Teo Wan Gek, Straits Times

'If I can decide my political destiny, I want to stay and fight for a third time, even though I know it's very challenging and difficult,' he told The Straits Times when contacted on Thursday.

**** Will PAP Last? <http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/Singapore/Story/STIStory_626687.html>
Elgin Toh, Straits Times

Mr Lee Kuan Yew said in a new book to be launched today that the day would come when voters 'get tired of a stable government and say let's try the opposition'.

'There will come a time when eventually the public will say, look, let's try the other side, either because the PAP has declined in quality or the opposition has put up a team which is equal to the PAP and they say, let's try the other side. That day will come.'

**** Can We Compare Local, Foreign Worker Output? <http://www.todayonline.com/Singapore/EDC110121-0000167/Can-we-compare-local,-foreign-worker-output>
Cheow Xin Yi, Today

**** Singapore MAS: Banks Shouldn't Assume Low Interest Rates Will Last Indefinitely <http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704754304576095232085187252.html>
P.R. Venkat, Dow Jones

**** “组屋办画展”属破例 建屋局:禁组屋招徕生意政策不变 <http://www.zaobao.com.sg/sp/sp110121_023.shtml>
黄慧敏, 联合早报



**** 女佣介绍所操纵价格? 竞争局:未调查无法断定 <http://www.zaobao.com.sg/sp/sp110121_007.shtml>
林慧慧, 联合早报



**** MM Lee On PAP Losing Power: That Day Will Come <http://sg.yfittopostblog.com/2011/01/21/mm-lee-predicts-fall-of-pap-sometime/>
Angela Lim, Yahoo!

But despite his concerns, he was confident Singapore would survive a handover to another party because of the safeguards in its political system. These include the elected presidency, free and regular elections and a bureaucracy separated from the political leadership.

“If we are voted out, the system is still working,” he said. “The new government cannot frivolously change the top men with its own sycophants nor spend the country’s past reserves without the President’s consent. They need to govern within these rules.”

Mr Lee also singled out the growing wage gap as a potential source of trouble for the PAP, explaining that it could spark class interests.

**** YPAP Leader Regrets Behaviour In 'Vulgarity War' <http://news.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne+News/Singapore/Story/A1Story20110121-259507.html>

A Young People's Action Party (YPAP) leader has spoken up and apologised over a cyber-argument that occurred on Monday, said Shin Min Daily News.

The Chinese evening daily also reported that YPAP will not be issuing an official statement and that although it encourages its leaders to participate in social media platforms, they have been told to do so responsibly.

**** Bury This <http://hardhitting-nobs.blogspot.com/2011/01/bury-this.html>
Musings From the Lion City

**** General Election Likely In Q2 This Year: George Yeo <http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/1106172/1/.html>
Hoe Yeen Nie, Channel NewsAsia

The next general election is not due till February 2012, but foreign affairs minister George Yeo said it could be in the second quarter of this year. He said he has been advising party members to be prepared after the Budget debate in March.

**** The Uproar Over Thaipusam <http://theonlinecitizen.com/2011/01/the-uproar-over-thaipusam/>
The Online Citizen

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