[MyAppleMenu] May 15, 2012
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**** Sparrow For Mac 1.6 Adds POP Support, Unified Starred And Sent Folders ****
Ellis Hamburger, The Verge
**** Permanently Unhide Library ****
Daniel Jalkut, Red Sweater Blog
**** Latest OS X Update 'Breaks' Some Macs ****
Karen Haslam, Macworld UK
> The latest update to OS X Lion - OS X 10.7.4 - is causing some issues for users including lost network connections, problems with RAID storage devices, frustration at lost resolution options, and more. But amongst the grumbles, many are glad that Apple has decided to stop defaulting to open all windows at start up.
**** How To Surf Safely With A VPN-for-hire ****
Glenn Fleishman, Macworld
> If you donât have access to a corporate VPN, you do have an alternative: VPNs-for-hire that anyone can use, which provide many of the same protections as those company VPNs. These services rent VPN access by the month or by the year. Their servers live in data centers around the world, and you use the client software built into OS X or iOS to protect connections between your machines and those servers.
**** Apple Dominates Other Smartphone Vendors In Consumer Satisfaction ****
Brad Reed, Network World
**** Hereâs Why The Facebook iOS App Is So Bad (UIWebViews And No Nitro) ****
**** As 17 More States Join Class Action Against Book Publishers And Apple, New Details Revealed ****
Laura Hazard Owen, PaidContent
> Jobs predicts that in the absence of credible competitors, Amazon would begin offering publishers less favorable terms.
**** Fact-Checking Digitimes, The Taiwanese Apple Rumor Source That Keeps Crying âWolf!â ****
Harry McCracken, Time
**** iPad Gives Voice To Kids With Autism ****
Supraja Seshadri, CNN
> "What the iPad has done has given her a sense of control that she never had before," Siddiqui said. "She knows when you touch it, something is supposed to happen. She knows she doesn't need to cry, she needs to point."
> At first, Sharia enjoyed watching movies and playing games. However, through therapy and at home, she was introduced to apps such as Proloquo2Go, First Words, ABCs and Me and Puzzle Me, to name a handful. She soon learned to put together short sentences like "I want Dora" to express what she wanted.
**** A Potential Fix for iMessage Woes ****
Brian X. Chen, New York Times
> While itâs expected that beta software is unfinished and you use it at your own risk, itâs abnormal for a beta version of one product (Messages Beta for Mac) to affect a finished app on a different product (iMessage for iPhone).
**** Leopard Users Get Flashback Removal, Flash Disabler Tools, Too ****
Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica
> Apple has now brought OS X 10.5 (Leopard) up to speed with Lion, at least when it comes to security. The company issued updates to Leopard users on Monday with Leopard-friendly copies of the Flashback removal tool that was released to Lion users last month, as well as the ability given to Lion users last week to disable out-of-date versions of Flash in Safari.
**** iCloud Is The Difference Between Great And Excellent ****
Ben Brooks, The Brooks Review
> I would be surprised if iCloud wasnât a very large part of WWDC this year.
**** Apple Plans iCloud Upgrade ****
Jessica E. Vascellaro, Wall Street Journal
> The new features, which could be announced at Apple's world-wide developer conference beginning June 11, will allow iCloud users to share sets of photos with other iCloud users and to comment on them, [people familiar with the matter] said.
> The Cupertino, Calif., company is also working on a new feature that will allow iCloud users to sync their personal videos via iCloud, these people said, adding that Apple also plans to allow users to access "Notes" and "Reminders"âtwo of its apps for jotting down quick thoughtsâthrough iCloud.com. Currently, those items have to be accessed via apps for those features.
**** Nootes Is A Great Upgrade From Your Macâs Built-in Sticky Notes App ****
Adam Dachis, Lifehacker
The Tomorrow Weblog
**** Wearing A Computer Is Good For You ****
Courtney Humphries, Technology Review
> Fitness trends and health-care problems are creating demand for tiny computers we won't even notice we're carrying.
**** 5 Transformative Uses For Disney's Touch-Sensitive Technology ****
Christopher Mims, Technology Review
**** A TV Schedule In The Hands Of Whoever Holds The Remote ****
David Carr, New York Times
> When it comes to the traditional screen that families gather around, live television is competing against a growing array of self-selected content.
**** Rise Of The Single Dish Restaurant ****
Alex English, The Guardian
> It's often said that less is more, and the restaurant industry has taken this literally with a flurry of single and dual dish restaurants opening lately. Like the trend for shorter wine lists, menus are becoming pared down with just a handful of options. But are simple menus here to stay? Or are these restaurants just one, or two, hit wonders?
**** Logic And Neutrality ****
Timothy WIlliamson, New York Times
> Perhaps the methodological privilege of logic is not that its principles are so weak, but that they are so strong. They are formulated at such a high level of generality that, typically, if they crash, they crash so badly that we easily notice, because the counterexamples to them are simple. If we want to identify what is genuinely distinctive of logic, we should stop overlooking its close similarities to the rest of science.
**** Happy Birthday, A Clockwork Orange ****
Ben Myers, The Guardian
> Fifty years ago today, Anthony Burgess published his ninth novel, A Clockwork Orange. Reviewing it in the Observer, Kingsley Amis called the book "the curiosity of the day". Five decades later and there is still nothing quite like it.
**** Singaporeâs Stressed Singles ****
> As we celebrate the International Day of Families on May 15, it is time to recognise the increasingly important role singles in Singapore play when it comes to caring for a rapidly greying population.
**** Clementi Residents To Get Community Farm In Their Backyard ****
Lip Kwok Wai, Karen Ng, Channel NewsAsia
> The Singapore Land Authority said it's processing an application from the Bukit Timah Citizens Consultative Committee for a three-year Temporary Occupation Licence for a plot of State land at Clementi Avenue 4 for the farm.
> Users of the community farm will pay an annual maintenance fee of S$60 to defray costs.
**** Does Singaporeâs Food Culture Help To Unite Us? ****
> Many of the food here can be found in the homes of our ancestors in China, India and Malaysia, but they have been modified and now have a uniquely Singapore taste, even if they have been tweaked just slightly.
**** Bananas May Be Allowed To Grow On State Land After All ****
The Long And Winding Road
> Based on news that has filtered through this afternoon, it does seem that a somewhat positive outcome has emerged out of the discussion. While it does not seem to be entirely what the occupants had hoped for, it appears that a certain level of farming activities will be tolerated in the area on a 50 by 25 metre plot of land that will be divided into 30 parcels each measuring 8 by 4 metres for which a nominal annual fee for usage will be charged.
**** Welfarism Is Bad But Good ****
Singaore Democratic Party
> In Singapore, the PAP has made taxes for the rich a thing of the past. In 2008, for example, it abruptly and inexplicably abolished the estate duty. It has ensured that there is no capital gains tax and inheritance tax. Corporate tax is one of the lowest in the world.
> The party sees no inequity when the wealthy investor is exempt from paying 7 percent GST when he buys investment-grade gold while the struggling mother pays the tax to buy a loaf of bread.
> The truth is that the much of the wealth of the richest one percent did not come just by hard work. It came also from the rewriting and abolishing of laws, policies and regulations.
> It is time that Singaporeans call out the hypocrisy.
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**** Changes In Foreign Worker Law: Who Benefits? Part 1 ****
Alex Au, Yawning Bread
> The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) is groaning under the weight of foreign manpower-related cases. There are all sorts of job scams going on, and thousands of short-payment and work injury claims. In its latest attempt to address the problem, the ministry has proposed, in a consultation paper, to amend the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act (EFMA), but the changes seem to me to be more concerned with punishing those who flout the ministryâs rules than those who abuse workers.
> It doesnât take much exaggeration for me to reduce this to one pithy statement: You can abuse your workers as much as you like, just donât disrespect the government.
**** Empowered Ignorance? From SMRT To Hougang ****
> No wonder the PAP only wants to talk about local issues at the by-election. They have already reached consensus and group think about low income workers, public transport, housing, education and other national issues.
**** 4 Political Donation Certificates Issued For Hougang By-election ****
Joanne Chan, Channel NewsAsia
> The Elections Department said on Tuesday that certificates were issued to Mr Desmond Choo, Mr Png Eng Huat, Mr Poh Lee Guan and Mr Zeng Guoyuan.
> Dr Poh, an adjunct lecturer, stood in last year's General Election, as part of a five-man Workers' Party team in Nee Soon GRC.
> Mr Zeng, a former Workers' Party member, tried unsuccessfully to contest the General Election last year as an independent candidate in Mountbatten.
**** Medical Tourism In Singapore Needs A Careful Rethink ****
Leo Khaw, The Online Citizen
**** A Singaporean Singapore ****
Leo Khaw, The Online Citizen
> As a government body working for Singaporeans, LTA is accountable to discuss their construction methods and clearly demarcate the truly affected area as a result of this construction rather than the âbeautifiedâ image of a bridge over the landscape. History will repeat itself and the cumulative history of all the 3,746 tombs affected will be replaced by several minutes of highway efficiency.
**** So Eduardo Saverin Wants To Be A Singapore Citizen? ****
Kirsten Han, Huffington Post
> You know what would be interesting? If he started championing human rights causes in Singapore. Joined local civil society groups and became an activist or something. Why not? Once a citizen, he'd be allowed to comment on Singapore's "internal affairs" and participate in local "cause-related activities." And famous and rich as he is, he probably wouldn't have to worry about the possibility of being detained without trial under the Internal Security Act or getting threatened with defamation suits.
> But I doubt this is going to happen. That's too bad.
**** Why Identities Of Accused Cannot Be Kept Secret ****
Tham Yuen-C, Straits Times
> Public justice is needed to show that justice is not just done, but seen to be done, said law minister K. Shanmugam on Monday, when he explained why the identities of accused persons in most cases cannot be kept a secret.
**** A More Robust NS Safety System Needed ****
Helen Kang, Straits Times
> The safety time-out does nothing to reassure parents whose sons are serving national service that safety is the No. 1 priority.
To be fair to Mindef, the time-out is not the only thing that will be done.
**** Why Weren't Crash Victims Taken To Nearest Hospital? ****
Shirley Woon, Straits Times
> Last Saturday's three-way collision occurred almost at the doorstep of Raffles Hospital.
> Considering the seriousness of the injuries, why were the casualties not taken to the nearest hospital, even if it was a private one like Raffles, rather than to the Singapore General Hospital and Tan Tock Seng Hospital farther away?
**** Free Legal Clinic Not Linked To By-election ****
Subhas Anandan, Association of Criminal Lawyers of Singapore, Straits Times
> The ACLS clinic will be held notwithstanding the by-election announcement as it has no connection whatsoever with the by-election.
> The ACLS is not a political organisation and will not participate in any political activities.
**** Taxi Drivers Raise Funds For Family Of Dead Colleague ****
Cherie THio, Straits Times
**** 'One Ward, Two MP' Idea Flawed, Says WP Candidate ****
Andrea Ong, Straits Times
**** Benchmark For Cleaners' Pay To Be Considered ****
Toh Yong Chuan, Straits Times
> The MP for Moulmein-Kallang GRC has called on the government to study the job scope of cleaners and set a benchmark for their pay.
> The benchmark can then be used to calculate how much low-wage workers should receive under Workfare to supplement their incomes, she said on Monday.
**** MDA Probing mioTV Disruptions During EPL Finale ****
Terrence Voon & Alvin Chia, Straits Times
**** Majority Of S'poreans 'Will Not Be Directly Affected By Inflation' ****
Cheow Xin Yi, Today
> This is because inflation is largely driven by imputed rentals from owner-occupied accommodation and car prices, and most Singaporean households own their own homes while new car buyers are in the minority, said Mr Lim Hng Kiang.
> However, analysts Today spoke to disagreed, citing spillover effects from these two components into other costs households and businesses face.
**** PAP's Desmond Choo Focuses On Issues That Require Local Solutions ****
Woo Sian Boon, Today
> When asked whether senior party members approved or agreed with his opinion that Hougang should not be absorbed into a Group Representation Constituency, Mr Choo said "this was not new".
> "I've stated my personal opinion on why it should remain as an SMC," he said. "I've stated the reasons on what the residents have conveyed to me. It's out there and, so far, my bosses have not disagreed with that."
Now, the question is: are there any constituency that deserves to be in a GRC?
**** WP: Racism Allegations 'Baseless And Absurd' ****
> In response to media queries, WP chairman Sylvia Lim said: "The allegations that I or the WP are racist are baseless and absurd. The WP is a multi-racial party."
**** MPs: Are Bus Services Adequate? ****
Sumita Sreedharan, Today
**** It's About The Size, Not Comfort Level ****
Arthur Lim, Today
> The issue is not about how comfortable a unit is, the issue is about the pricing, when floor area is concerned.
**** Not Your Typical Case Of NIMB ****
> The good folks at Jalan Batu are just cheesed off why the elected MP for Mountbatten didn't even know about the development at the void deck, and that there are more viable sites within the same vicinity.
Open space is important to our health. We should spend more money to preserve open spaces.
**** Bukit Panjang LRT Disruptions Result Of Signalling, Train Faults ****
> The three service disruptions last month on the Bukit Panjang LRT, which lasted more than 10 minutes, resulted from signalling and train faults.
> Transport minister Lui Tuck Yew said this in a written parliamentary reply to MP for Holland-Bukit Timah GRC Liang Eng Hwa.
**** Not Many Foreign Domestic Workers Have Diseases Or Pregnancies ****
> In his written reply to parliament, Mr Tharman said it only averaged about 0.28 per cent of the FDW population each year, over the last 2 years.
**** Haze May Return Between June And October: Dr Balakrishnan ****
> Dr Balakrishnan said in a written reply to Nominated MP Nicholas Fang that weather conditions may be generally drier compared to the same period last year.
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