• Top Secret USB stick uses wax seal for verification

    Way back when, before email, RSA keys, and 128-bit AES encryption, people had a pretty clever way of making sure that their mail was delivered unread. As you’ve seen in hundreds of movies, wax was poured onto a piece of parchment (or vellum, or whatever people were writing on) and while still hot the wax […]

    Top Secret USB stick uses wax seal for verification

     
  • Saddleback Leather Co’s Thin Briefcase for iPad

    If Indiana Jones, John Wayne, and the Dos Equis’ Most Interesting Man in the World teamed up- Saddleback would be the company born from their combined manlinesses. Saddleback Leather Co makes what can honestly be called the best quality and most rugged leather bags on the planet. They make the kind of leather bags that […]
    Saddleback Leather Co’s Thin Briefcase for iPad

     
  • Skitch releases Windows 8 Metro app

    There’s no Skitch app for Windows Phone yet, though you might think there would be. Evernote has been available in the Marketplace for quite some time, after all. But here’s some good news for those of you who have been waiting patiently for the popular annotation app to arrive: the fact that there’s now a […]

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  • Scan This: SalesVu Joins Square, Intuit In Offering Mobile Payment Service

    Scan This: SalesVu Joins Square, Intuit In Offering Mobile Payment Service

    Beginning today, SalesVu is offering mobile payment customers new tools. SalesVu Version 2.0 for the iPhone and iPad is now live in the App Store.

    First launched in November, SalesVu includes many of the tools that have made Square, and to a lesser extent, GoPayment, popular with mobile users. In this case, however, SalesVu is targeting business customers.

    New retail features include the ability to print receipts, cash drawer management, and barcode scanning. For restaurants, SalesVu Version 2.0 includes tip adjusting, split checks, kitchen/bar printing, and online ordering. Finally, for the service industry, the app now includes invoicing, recurring billing, and online scheduling.

    SalesVu Point of Sale and Mobile Payments for iPad

    SalesVu Point of Sale and Mobile Payments for iPad

    According to TechCrunch, SalesVu hopes to compete with others in terms of pricing.

    To combat Square’s low 2.75%, SalesVu negotiated with its partner Mercury Payment Systems to take the risk and go even lower to a flat 2.7% in the U.S. In Canada, rates vary from 1.73% to 3.26% depending on card type, which means it’s (sometimes) lower than Intuit’s GoPayment. The company has a profit-sharing arrangement with Mercury, which allows it to generate revenue from those fees.

    SalesVu Point of Sale and Mobile Payments for iPad and for iPhone are available now in the App Store.


    Scan This: SalesVu Joins Square, Intuit In Offering Mobile Payment Service

     
  • iOS 5.1 jailbreak update: two big vulnerabilities found

    We’ve just received a major update on the status of the iOS 5.1 jailbreak. Pod2g just tweeted that he had “a productive weekend,” reportedly finding “2 big vulnerabilities. 1 kernel land and 1 root land.” The news comes just 5 days after the hacker posted a poll on his personal website, asking jailbreakers if hackers […]
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  • Apple Taking On New Talent To Help Improve iAd Mobile Advertising Program

    Apple Taking On New Talent To Help Improve iAd Mobile Advertising Program

    Apple is apparently taking on new talent to help right its lagging iAd mobile advertising program.

    AllThingsD is reporting that Yahoo executive Jessica Jensen has left the faltering company to take on a position with Apple. Jensen will be working with another former Yahoo employee, Todd Teresi, who is heading the iAd division.

    While at Yahoo, Jensen led women’s initiatives, including the popular Shine website.

    Launched two years ago to much fanfare, iAd has struggled to take hold in the mobile advertising segment. When launched, advertisers had to spend $1 million minimum on the service, but now that required number is down to only $100,000.

    Earlier this month, Apple also increased the share of revenue given to developers from 60 to 70 percent in hopes of driving more interest into the program.

    I’m glad to see that Apple is still be aggressively interested in making the iAd program a success. Mobile advertising is growing exponentially, and Apple wants to continue to use its popular ecosystem to profit from that growth. Increasing the amount given to developers is definitely a step in the right direction to help fend off third-party services. And hiring knowledgeable media executives like Jensen should help breathe new life and energy into the program that is in need of a lot of help.

    (Via AppleInsider)


    Apple Taking On New Talent To Help Improve iAd Mobile Advertising Program

     
  • LG steps back from Windows Phone, blames the OS for poor sales

    After suffering through  half a year of net losses, LG finally managed to scrape together some encouraging financial news last quarter. Thanks to strong sales of their LTE smartphones, the company returned to profitability. Despite this success, LG is tempering expectations for the future, saying that they don’t expect rapid growth when it comes to […]

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  • Apple Launches iTunes Match Service In More Countries

    Apple Launches iTunes Match Service In More Countries

    Apple today is apparently launching iTunes Match in several new countries. The company’s song matching service is now available to users in Austria, Greece, and Italy, according to MacRumors.

    First launched in November initially to U.S. customers only, iTunes Match pairs all your iTunes songs with iCloud, whether those songs were digital downloads or ripped from CDs. Once in iCloud, music can be streamed to any iDevice and stored at 256-Kpps AAC DRM-quality, even if the original song was of lower quality.

    Although Apple hasn’t yet announced the release of iTunes Match in the previously mentioned countries, there are also signs of “activity in various international iTunes Stores.” This suggests the launch also could include customers in Bulgaria, Portugal, and Slovenia. For more information, we suggest checking Apple’s iTunes Match support document.

    When we hear more about this latest launch, we’ll let you know.


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  • Turn Your iPad Into Your One Stop Font Shop With FontBook

    Turn Your iPad Into Your One Stop Font Shop With FontBook

    FontBook™ – The Original Typeface Compendium, est. 1989 by FSI FontShop International GmbH icon

    FontBook™ – The Original Typeface Compendium, est. 1989 ($5.99) by FSI FontShop International GmbH is a must-have app for any typography nerd.

    I may not need to deal with fonts for my work — I just need to get the right words out — but I have come to develop an appreciation for fine typography over the past few years. Combine that with impeccable taste for good design, and you’ll end up with this app — FontBook.

    The main screen of the app will be the “home screen,” if you will. It consists of tiles for navigating each section of the app. From this screen, you will have: Class, Font Name, Usage, Year, Foundry, and Designer. There are also other sections you can access, such as News + Trends about FontBook, Compare [fonts], and even your Favorites. FontBook even has a few settings that you can access, including toggling online content, checking for new content, and how much the app should save in its content cache. There is even the option to look for a specific font by searching for it, and you can even share the current screen via Facebook, Twitter, email, or save to your Camera Roll.

    FontBook™ – The Original Typeface Compendium, est. 1989 by FSI FontShop International GmbH screenshot

    Once you start navigating through the various sections, you’ll basically be drilling down to the fonts. Selecting a tile will basically zoom in on it and take you to the next level, which will also be composed of tiles. The app has a database of over 700,000 typeface samples through 118 type foundries, 1650 type designers, and 8050 font families for a total of 35,000 fonts — there’s definitely no shortage of amazing typography in this app.

    One of my favorite views in FontBook is by the Class. This view displays the seven classes: Sans Serif, Serif, Slab Serif, Script, Display, Blackletter, and Pi & Symbols. There is also a number count for how many typefaces are contained in each class, as well as each subsequent subclass.

    When you get down to the fonts in each view, they are shown as small tiles displaying a sample of how the font looks (with the word “Rag”), and are arranged alphabetically. The name of the typeface appears underneath, so you can quickly see what it is.

    As you select a font, you are able to view samples of that font, see the various styles of that particular font, and the app will also recommend some similar fonts. Swiping from right-to-left will bring up another sample view, this time with different font sizes and styles so you can inspect it carefully. You can even view how the individual characters look, and get more information about the font at the very end.

    Any font can be added for future comparison (represented by the circle icon) or your favorites, which are both accessed from the app’s main screen. If you find a font that you would like to own, the Buy Font option will open up mobile Safari with a link to buy it.

    FontBook™ – The Original Typeface Compendium, est. 1989 by FSI FontShop International GmbH screenshot

    If you’re in the mood to compare fonts to each other, the Compare feature is quite handy. You will be able to choose the core font, view the different styles, and then drag them (up to three) into the comparison panel. Each compared font will have three sizes — large, medium, and small — to compare to each other, and you can change the background and text color by swiping left and right on a selected font. There’s quite a few choices of colors, and you can also customize the headline text to your liking if needed.

    My only small gripe with the app is the fact that it can be difficult to look for certain fonts with the current tile view. Even though they are in alphabetical order, it is still a bit hard to find certain fonts, since the boxes can also vary in size. It would be nice to see a list view — it may not be as good aesthetically, but it would make things easier to navigate.

    If you are a typography nerd or need a guide to the latest fonts that are out there for your personal projects (a website perhaps), then FontBook is definitely a must-have app. It’s beautifully designed with Retina-ready graphics and is packed with lots of useful information.

    Check it out in the App Store.


    Turn Your iPad Into Your One Stop Font Shop With FontBook

     
  • The New Yorker profiles infamous hacker George “GeoHot” Hotz

    George “GeoHot” Hotz has been described as one of the most famous hackers of our generation. Most of us know him for his work in the jailbreak community, and his original iPhone unlock that launched him into the public eye. But Hotz is much more than that. He’s a a former Facebook and Google alum, […]
    The New Yorker profiles infamous hacker George “GeoHot” Hotz