Habemus Appam: The Pope’s Own App

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I may have to take back all the bad things I’ve been saying about Vatican communications. (Okay, some of them.) First, the Pope starts Tweeting, and now they roll out an app. And … it’s actually a pretty good one! Given how crummy the Vatican’s own website is, this is nothing short of amazing. The [Read More...]

News From Verbum: Android App, Ignatius Study Bible, & More

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Verbum (formerly Logos Catholic Bible Study Software) has some news: First off, the software is finally available for Android devices, with a free app that provides access to your Verbum library. Check it out at either Google Play or Amazon.  The Ignatius Catholic Study Bible is coming to the system and is now on pre-order. This [Read More...]

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?

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...]


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