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**** How Much Money Can You Make On The App Store? <http://blog.riverofnewsapp.com/2010/10/how-much-money-can-you-make-on-app.html>
River of News Blog
It's not a bad income for a month and factoring in the lack of benefits and extra taxes it's around the median for a US household. But I can earn twice as much in the corporate world. (Software engineers are paid well.)
**** Apple's Tim Cook Hints At Cheaper iPhone, Prepaid Possibilities To Come? <http://www.engadget.com/2011/02/28/apples-tim-cook-hints-at-cheaper-iphone-prepaid-possibilities/>
Sean Hollister, Engadget
Apple COO Tim Cook got all buddy-buddy with Bernstein Research analyst Toni Sacconaghi this week, talking about Apple's business strategy -- nothing out of the ordinary there -- but this morning, that analyst decided to publicly paraphrase an intriguing part of the interview. Guess what? It sounds like a cheaper iPhone may indeed be in the cards.
**** Alfred For Mac Enhances Apple's Finder <http://www.tuaw.com/2011/02/28/alfred-for-mac-enhances-apples-finder/>
Dave Caolo, TUAW
Alfred is a utility for Mac OS X that's part app launcher, part navigation tool and part web service. In short, it's a productivity tool that sits quietly in the background until you need something -- fast.
**** Apple's Strategic Advantage <http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2380962,00.asp?kc=PCRSS03069TX1K0001121>
Tim Bajarin, PC Magazine
**** Hands On With GoToMyPC For iPad App <http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/220884/hands_on_with_gotomypc_for_iPad_app.html>
Tony Bradley, PC World
The iPad is an awesome mobile computing tool, and it can take the place of a PC for most tasks, but when push comes to shove, it's still not a PC. Citrix is bridging that gap, though, by enabling users to remotely connect to and work with their PC on the go from an iPad using the GoToMyPC for iPad app.
**** In Depth With Apple's FaceTime HD Webcam <http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2381136,00.asp>
PJ Jacobowitz, Cisco Cheng, PC Magazine
**** Mac OS X Lion Hands-on Preview <http://www.engadget.com/2011/02/28/mac-os-x-lion-hands-on-preview/>
Nilay Patel, Engadget
We installed the dev build on one of our MacBook Pros and used it over the weekend, and while we won't be able to see any huge changes in day-to-day workflow until our favorite apps are updated to take advantage of Lion, we did see plenty of interesting system-level features and additions -- and yes, iOS's influence is all over the place.
**** Inside Mac OS X 10.7 Lion: File Vault Full Disk Encryption And Cloud Key Storage <http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/11/02/28/inside_mac_os_x_10_7_lion_file_vault_full_disk_encryption_and_cloud_key_storage.html>
In Mac OS X Lion, Apple has completely revamped FileVault, removing it as a simple encryption of users' Home folders and reinstating it as full disk encryption solution, with an apparent option to save disk encryption keys with Apple, likely via MobileMe.
**** Inside Mac OS X 10.7 Lion Server: Remote Lock, Disk Wipe And Administration <http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/11/02/28/inside_mac_os_x_10_7_lion_server_remote_lock_disk_wipe_and_administration.html>
In Mac OS X Lion Server, Apple brings iOS-like remote management features to the Mac, including "Find My Mac," remote wipe, and remote software and profile settings via push notifications.
**** Free Up Your Hard Drive Space With DaisyDisk 2 <http://www.macworld.com/article/158219/2011/03/daisydisk2.html#lsrc.rss_main>
David Dahlquist, Macworld
If youâve found yourself wondering where all your once-plentiful hard drive space has seemingly vanished to, a utility like DaisyDisk Teamâs DaisyDisk could prove invaluable in helping you free up long-lost disk space. Recently upgraded to version 2.0, DaisyDisk scans your disks and presents their content as interactive maps that make it easy to spot unusually large files and remove them to free up more space.
The Tomorrow Weblog
**** Investors Are Drawn Anew To Digital Music <http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/01/business/media/01music.html?ref=technology>
Ben Sisario, New York Times
**** 'The Last Brother' By Appanah <http://www.latimes.com/features/books/la-et-0301-book-appanah-20110301,0,2466116.story?track=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+features%2Fbooks+%28Los+Angeles+Times+-+Books%29>
Susan Salter Reynolds, Los Angeles Times
This deeply affecting work, first published in French in 2007, is the fourth novel by Nathacha Appanah, a journalist who grew up in Mauritius. All of her novels deal with injustice â the injustice of poverty, class, indentured Indian workers in Mauritius and, in "The Last Brother," the terrible suffering of two young boys.
**** With A Few Tweaks, Shaking Up History <http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/01/books/01book.html?ref=arts>
Michiko Kakutani, New York Times
In his shrewdly written, often riveting new book, âThen Everything Changed,â the veteran political journalist Jeff Greenfield ponders some smaller-scale and more plausible what-ifs: three events, he says, âthat came within a whisker of actually happening.â What if an actual attempt on John F. Kennedyâs life, shortly after his election to the White House, had succeeded? What if Sirhan Sirhan had been thwarted in assassinating Robert F. Kennedy in 1968? What if President Gerald R. Ford had corrected a misstep in the 1976 presidential debates and defeated Jimmy Carter?
**** Itâs (Gasp!) Alive, Not To Mention Peeved <http://theater.nytimes.com/2011/02/26/theater/reviews/26franken.html>
Ben Brantley, New York Times
Bet youâve never seen baby pictures like these. In the thrilling first moments of the National Theater production of âFrankenstein,â directed with rough magic by Danny Boyle, a newborn tumbles hard from the womb and straight into the struggle that is life. Oh, the muscle-clenching pain of it, as this still inchoate being tries out its lungs, its limbs, its voice. When it takes its first wobbling steps, itâs an act of exultation, and we want to roar with it.
**** Poem About Heaven <http://www.slate.com/id/2286541/?from=rss>
David Blair, Slate
**** To A Mountain In Tibet By Colin Thubron â Review <http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/feb/20/mountain-in-tibet-colin-thubron?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+theguardian%2Fbooks%2Frss+%28Books%29>
Joanna Kavenna, The Guardian
Travel writing â or any writing that seeks to express something beyond the bare bones of a journey, to dramatise as well the mind of the traveller â must struggle with certain dilemmas. The traveller is untethered from their quotidian assumptions, buffeted from one encounter to the next. How, then, to evoke the so-called real, as it gets destabilised by solitary travel, even at times merged with the imaginary? How to write about such indeterminacies without becoming unreadably indeterminate yourself?
**** 1 Million Workers. 90 Million iPhones. 17 Suicides. Whoâs To Blame? <http://www.wired.com/magazine/2011/02/ff_joelinchina/all/1>
Joel Johnson, Wired
Itâs hard not to look at the nets. Every building is skirted in them. They drape every precipice, steel poles jutting out 20 feet above the sidewalk, loosely tangled like volleyball nets in winter.
**** No Monopoly On âQualityâ Candidates <http://yawningbread.wordpress.com/2011/03/01/no-monopoly-on-quality-candidates/>
Yet many Singaporeans are afraid to put these opposition representatives into parliament. They buy into the propaganda that only the PAP has âqualityâ candidates, propaganda that can only be sustained if the media blackout is kept up. Because once you see them up close and hear them talk you will know youâve been lied to all these years. Interestingly though, now that Channel NewsAsia has hardly any viewers left, they can relax a bit and let three of them (but not Chee Soon Juan) appear on the telly, secure in the knowledge that nobody would notice and thus have their minds changed.
**** Elections Department And Election Commissions <http://www.pressrun.net/weblog/2011/02/elections-department-and-election-commissions.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+rana+%28Pressrun.net+%28originally+Blowin%27+in+the+Wind%29%29>
The Elections Department of Singapore, according to its website, âis a department under the Prime Ministerâs Officeâ. That makes it different from the election commissions in America, Britain and India. All of them are independent bodies not under the prime minister or the president.
**** No Rabbits From Hats In Singapore? <http://prbblog.org/index.php/2011/02/28/singapore-fertility-rate-drop/>
Carl Haub, Population Reference Bureau
**** Bread-and-butter Issues In The Spotlight <http://www.todayonline.com/Singapore/EDC110301-0000233/Bread-and-butter-issues-in-the-spotlight>
Leong Wee Keat, Today
Hot button election issues such as housing, foreign workers and the widening income gap were given an early airing in Parliament yesterday during the first day of the Budget debate.
**** Up Chances By ... <http://www.todayonline.com/Voices/EDC110301-0000226/Up-chances-by-,,,>
Tay Koon Quie, Housing & Development Board, Today
We regret that we are unable to build more flats in mature estates due to shortage of land. Hence, those who are selective in their flat applications, preferring only popular flats in choice locations, would have less chance of selection and would have to wait longer, as these flats are in short supply.
**** 'Foreign' Doesn't Always Mean 'Talent' <http://www.straitstimes.com/STForum/Story/STIStory_639924.html>
James Ang, Straits Times
**** Shark's Fin: Marine Group Rebuts Trader's Claim <http://www.straitstimes.com/STForum/Story/STIStory_639922.html>
Jennifer Lee, Project: FIN, Straits Times
The issue of shark's fin does not merely pivot on the cruelty of live finning, but on marine sustainability as well, especially when we remove a slow-breeding species from the wild which is also a prime predator, acting as the pillar of support for our marine ecosystem.
**** Inflation Prompts Subsidy Spree <http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703749504576172200331597110.html>
Patrick Barta, Wall Street Journal
As prices for food and energy climb, a growing number of governmentsâmost recently in Asiaâare expanding subsidies, imposing price controls or embracing other short-term fixes to protect consumers that many economists fear will prove counterproductive and lead to higher inflation in the end.
Subsidies and handouts let governments avoid more painful moves, such as big interest-rate increases, which many governments fear will slow growth and attract more speculative capital that could destabilize their economies. But over the long haul, economists warn, the programs may help drive prices higher by encouraging consumers to spend. Price controls, meanwhile, discourage farmers and manufacturers from producing more food and other goodsâwhich is needed to help bring prices downâand can create other distortions.
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**** Same Budget. Different Outcome? <http://yoursdp.org/index.php/news/singapore/4618-same-budget-different-outcome>
Singapore Democratic Party
Given that the PAP prides itself in having a 'helicopter vision' for the country, it is amazing that its ministers cannot see this bigger picture and allocate our financial resouces in a manner that would reduce the wealth divide, boost productivity, and increase our fertility rate.
**** Election Fever <http://modernburrow.lah.cc/2011/02/28/election-fever/>
For Want Of A Better Title
The one thing I have learnt from studying US Foreign Policy is that âall politics is local.â
**** Making Babies: Statistically Flawed Thinking? <http://theonlinecitizen.com/2011/03/making-babies-statistically-flawed-thinking/>
Leong Sze Hian, The Online Citizen
If the âpopulation czarâ in charge of improving our procreation keeps citing arguably âstatisticallyâ Ã¯ndefensible conclusions, is it any wonder our procreation policies keep failing?
**** PSD: âCivil Servants May Volunteer To Serve In Grassroots Organisationsâ <http://theonlinecitizen.com/2011/03/psd-civil-servants-may-volunteer-to-serve-in-grassroots-organisations/>
Andy Ong, Prime Ministerâs Office, The Online Citizen
Civil servants may volunteer to serve in grassroots organisations as these provide opportunities to contribute to the community as well as understand ground issues. The Public Service Division is not in a position to comment on media speculation about potential political involvement.
**** Is Raising Foreign Worker Levy The Answer? â Conrad Raj <http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/breakingviews/article/is-raising-foreign-worker-levy-the-answer-conrad-raj/>
Conrad Raj, The Malaysian Insider
Increasing the levy is not going to solve the foreign labour problem, nor is it going to force most firms to upgrade. Levies have been in force for decades but most industries appear to have found it cheaper to just pay up rather than spend the money to upgrade. This, despite various incentives and encouragements to upgrade. So I have little faith that the new incentives will work too.
**** Chiam See Tong: Budget 2011 Does Not Address Countryâs Major Problems <http://theonlinecitizen.com/2011/03/chiam-see-tong-budget-2011-does-not-address-countrys-major-problems/>
Chiam See Tong
**** GE: Opposition Parties Plan To Discuss Constituency Allocation <http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/1113647/1/.html>
S Ramesh, Channel NewsAsia
Some of Singapore's opposition parties are planning to meet on Wednesday evening to decide on the allocation of constituencies for the coming General Election.
A council member of the Singapore Democratic Alliance said the key opposition parties plan to meet once again on Saturday if no decision is reached on Wednesday.
**** Budget 2011: Improving Productivity "Is Like Brisk Walking" <http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/1113671/1/.html>
S Ramesh, Channel NewsAsia
Nearly S$500m of the S$1 billion in the National Productivity Fund has been used on productivity initiatives in the past year. Deputy prime minister Teo Chee Hean, who is also the chairman of the National Productivity and Continuing Education Council, said this during the Budget debate in Parliament on Tuesday.
**** Health Minister Replies 3M And Drug Subsidies Queries <http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/Singapore/Story/STIStory_640135.html>
Singapore's basic healthcare model of Medisave, MediShield and Medifund paid for almost one-quarter of the total cost of hospital stay in 2009, according to latest figures.
The government picked up 51 per cent of it in the form of subsidies, while employers and patients paid the remaining 27 per cent, health minister Khaw Boon Wan said in a written reply to a parliamentary question from Non-Constituency MP Sylvia Lim.
**** Wong Kan Seng The Population Czar & Goh Chok Tong The Crabman <http://singapore-lighthouse.blogspot.com/2011/03/wong-kan-seng-population-czar-goh-chok.html>
Singapore Social And Political Thoughts
**** GE: Opposition Parties Welcome To Contest In All GRCs, Says Education Minister <http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/1113695/1/.html>
Dr Ng said: "We are looking forward to the contest, we are looking forward to one or two or even three parties coming into our GRCs. I think it is good for the people, it is good for us as MPs and the branch activists, as well as good for the opposition, so we are looking forward to the competition."
**** They Have Crossed The Line <http://singaporedesk.blogspot.com/2011/03/they-have-crossed-line.html>
Man, 30 odd years and they are still asking for more time.
**** Budget 2011: Some Singaporeans Left Out Of Budget, Say MPs <http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/1113711/1/.html>
Hoe Yeen Nie, Channel NewsAsia
Day two of debates over the Budget statement saw MPs voicing concern that some groups of Singaporeans had been left out. MPs also appealed for more flexibility when implementing the measures.
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