Did Apple Just Open the Door for Flash? (via TheAppleBlog)

Although this news item is more than one week old, and as such would be considered by Steve Jobs to be “Obsolete”, I decided to reblog this for those who missed it and have an interest in iOS development.

Essentially Apple has decided to relax a few harsh restrictions it previously placed into its developers agreement. For example – a restriction on the usage of 3rd party developer tools & languages has been lifted, making it possible to develop an iOS app with monotouch using c#, and perhaps even with Adobe Flash tools.

The second announcement, which perhaps is even more important is that Apple has finally decided to shed some light on their app review process and published the “App Store Review Guidelines“. There are a lot of interesting points, and some are written with very blunt language, making the document more interesting and at times even funny. The document is pretty short, so I recommend reading it through.

UPDATED: Did Apple Just Open the Door for Flash? This came a quite a shock to me, since it seems so impervious to the wailing of developers and consumers alike, but Apple announced today via an official press release that it would be relaxing some of its iOS development restrictions. In a move toward greater transparency, it’ll also publish its App Store Review Guidelines for the first time. To quote Apple: We are continually trying to make the App Store even better. We have listened t … Read More

via TheAppleBlog

How to clean a macbook pro keyboard after spilling your coffee on it, aghh!!

Today I started my morning with my usual cup of coffee, but unlike most days I decided that instead of enjoying my morning coffee, it might be better to spill it all over my desk and Macbook pro, aghh !

The one good thing to come out of this, was writing this ‘how-to’ article for my readers, so they know what to do in the event this happens to them too.

The following applies to the aluminum unibody Macbook/pro line, but most of it applies to any laptop.

Phase 1 – First-Aid:

  1. Lift Macbook in the air and flip it upside down so the liquid doesn’t seep inside as much.
  2. Press & hold the power button until it completely shuts down. Forget about doing a ‘safe shutdown’, it’s better to deal with software failures or some data loss, than hardware damage.
  3. Disconnect any cables attached to Macbook.
  4. Safely set down the Macbook on a clean surface.
  5. Get some absorbent paper.
  6. Gently use the paper to soak the spill from your Macbook keyboard. Don’t press hard or the spill will seep into the keys. You can either do this with the Macbook still upside down or flip it back so it’s easier to clean.

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iPad supply catching up to demand (via Fortune Tech)

A couple of months ago when I bought my iPad with the help of my brother-in-law who lives in Texas I had to buy it through craigslist because they were out of stock in all the apple stores and various retail chains. Because Apple weren’t able to meet the high demand for iPads, they delayed their international launch, and for us in Israel it seemed like it was never going to happen. Now that demands are being met and shipping time dropped significantly I’m much more hopeful that soon we’ll be able to buy iPads here through apple’s official Israeli distributer.

iPad supply catching up to demand Shipping delays have quietly shrunk from 5-to-7 business days to 3-to-5 days The iPad shortages that delayed the launch of the iPad 3G and pushed back the international roll-out by a month have finally started to ease. In a note to clients issued Wednesday, Susquehanna Financial’s Jeff Fidacaro notes that iPad shipping delays, wh … Read More

via Fortune Tech: Technology blogs, news and analysis from Fortune Magazine

Facebook Places launched.. Foursquare the big loser ?

Facebook launched its much anticipated location-based features yesterday, called Facebook PlacesFacebook Places lets you check-in to places and share your location with your friends, much like Foursquare (currently places is available only in the US).

Back in April, rumors surfaced that Facebook (among others, including Yahoo & Microsoft) tried to acquire Foursquare for more than $100 million, but Foursquare resisted in favor of a $20 million cash investment from a venture capital fund.
Even though foursquare check-ins will also push updates to Facebook Places, I believe users will prefer to use Facebook Places rather than go to yet another service – and considering the huge users base and popularity of Facebook – it seems like Facebook Places will eventually crush Foursquare and that Foursquare will be very sorry they didn’t accept the offer.

Mashable posted an interesting article about Facebook Places, that includes a useful how-to section:

How to Use Places

First of all, you or a Facebook friend in your group will need a smartphone. If you don’t have an iPhone, you’ll have to use the Facebook touch mobile site on a browser that supports both HTML 5 and geolocation.The company does plan to roll out Android and BlackBerry versions of Places, but they haven’t released any specific dates for those releases yet.To use Places, go to the Places tab on the iPhone application or touch.facebook.com. You’ll first be asked if Facebook is allowed to know your location. Once you click “allow,” you’ll enter the Places interface. From there, you can share your location with friends, find out where your friends are (if they’re using Places), and discover new places near you.You can add places, check in to places that already exist, and tag people who are with you. If you’re checking in for a group, make sure you tag your friends before you checkin, yourself. For example, I added my house and checked in there. I then opened the Places page for a nearby sushi restaurant, tagged my boyfriend, and checked us both in there.

A Field Guide to Using Facebook Places [Mashable]

How to protect your online identity using ‘LastPass’ password manager

Recently, I’ve decided to take upon myself a daring new mission – to help those reading my blog to achieve relaxation and peace of mind. You might think I’m planning to instruct you in Yoga or meditation, or perhaps help you obtain prescription medicine or drugs of some kind, but I’m actually talking about the peace-of-mind that you’ll find, when your online identity is protected and your data is securely backed-up.

This mission will be broken into a series of posts starting with this one, which will focus on protecting your online identity. First, let’s begin by understanding the subject.

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