Amazon Takes a Bite Out of Apple’s MP3 Business

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One of the little irritations of the iOS ecosystem is the inability to purchase digital media from anyone but Apple. With Amazon’s Cloud Player now stuffed full of MP3s ripped directly from your CDs, it would be nice to be able to also purchase from Amazon’s MP3 store directly from an iPhone or iPad. Apple, thus far, [Read More...]

The Perils of Texting, Circa 1906

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Buzzfeed dug up this Punch cartoon from 1906, on the perils of telegraphy and tickers. “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.” [Read more...]

Data Mining by … The President?

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I almost let this story pass without comment, figuring in my infinite pettiness that, if you’re the kind of person who would download an app celebrating the reelection of a tyrant, you deserve to be spammed until you can’t tell a real email from a Nigerian erectile dysfunction cure. (I said was a Christian. I didn’t say I was [Read More...]

A Novena to End Abortion, Via Texting

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Good for the USCCB: they’re making savvy use of technology to help end abortion. As part of their “Nine Days of Prayer, Penance and Pilgrimage” (January 19-27, 2013)to coincide with Roe v. Wade and the March for Life, they are sending out daily texts for a novena to end abortion. Just text “9days” to 99000 and the [Read More...]

Avocado: An App For Couples

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I’m always fiddling with my reminder/calender/task manager utilities. Right now I’m entering all my tasks into three different apps–Astrid, Wunderlist, and Toodledo–in a kind of task throwdown to see which will replace Pocket Informant, an app that’s more of a chore to use than the chores it was meant to track. One thing I’ve never [Read More...]

Sexting is Stupid, But Is It Criminal?

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So here’s the story, far as I can make out. A 13 year old Pennsylvania girl texts a topless photo of herself to her 14 year old boyfriend. The boyfriend (in what must have been a titanic exhibition of self-control for a teenage boy) deletes the photo, but the girl’s mother finds the original on the girl’s [Read More...]

Game Review: The Room

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The Room Developer/Publisher: Fireproof Games Platforms: iPad 2 or later: $2 (free demo level for iPhone 4S or later, with $2 in-game unlock of other levels) Rated: 9+ for “infrequent/mild horror/fear themes” Content descriptors: Occult symbols and references in both text and gameplay, persistent mood of unease. There are no characters per se, and therefore [Read More...]

Hairy Tales [Game Review]

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Hairy Tales Developer: Arges Systems Platforms: iOS: $1, Mac: $3, PC: coming soon Rated: n/r Content: Nothing objectionable, unless brainless hairy fairies occasionally falling to their doom off a flat world somehow offends you. As further proof that the most interesting game mechanics are now being developed for mobile systems, I offer Hairy Tales, a weird [Read More...]


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