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A look at the Facebook Profile through the years

For those who are unaware yet, Facebook has recently launched their vision of a new Facebook at their f8 conference, and while the Internet is buzzing with thoughts on the keynote, Web.Appstorm’s article on how the Facebook Profile evolved over the years offer a great reprieve and appreciation of just how far we have come.

Link to Web.Appstorm’s article in header. If you are interested in the keynote, check out Facebook’s own f8 page on (no surprises) Facebook.

Neutrinos faster than light? OMG! Anyone wanna bet?

XKCD has always been one of my favorite webcomic, and their take on the latest news about how Neutrinos might be faster than light puts everything in perspective.

Brilliant read if you ask me; link in header. For those who are interested in the Science bit, check out Reuter’s article about the Neutrino faster than light experiment by CERN.

Shawn Blanc’s guide on how to spell tech names properly with correct capitalizations

I’ve always wondered if it was Facebook, facebook, or FaceBook, and their logo doesn’t help. Hence imagine my joy when Shawn Blanc published a simple guide on common miscapitalized tech names.

But that’s not all. Both he and I (and many other Mac users) use TextExpander, which is well, a text expander app, and he has included for download the snippet group to make typing these pesky names easier.

Link to his article in header. Meanwhile, do check out TextExpander and how it can save you time typing.

YouTube launches video resource for teachers

Just a while back I posted on TOOZE roundups that YouTube rolled out editing features for uploaded videos. Soon after, the good people over at YouTube rolled out a specific site which promotes the usage of YouTube as an education tool. I quote from their profile page:

This site is a resource for educators everywhere to learn how to use YouTube as an educational tool. There are lesson plan suggestions, highlights of great educational content on YouTube, and training on how to film your own educational videos.

This site was written by teachers for teachers, and we want to continue that spirit of community-involvement. We’re creating a new YouTube newsletter for teachers (sign up above!) and are asking teachers to submit their favorite YouTube playlists for us to highlight on YouTube EDU.

Link in header. Do check it out sometime to add those spice in your teaching and learning.

Using OmniFocus as a note-taking app

J. Eddie Smith, IV wrote an article about using OmniFocus as his primary note-taking app on his iPhone. Personally, I use Simplenote a lot more and only on occasion OmniFocus as a note-taking app. However, one thing about Smith’s argument stands out to me:

This is really a message about the power of inbox unification. I’ve always been a believer in minimizing the number of inboxes I have to juggle. The inbox in OmniFocus is one of the best all-purpose inboxes I’ve ever had the pleasure of juggling.

And that’s really key, because I have notes in Simplenote and yet another inbox in OmniFocus. Streamlining down to one helps me to not lose materials or juggle between two.

Do check out his article for more arguments and examples of how he use OmniFocus in this aspect. It’s a great read. Link in header.

Even if you don’t use OmniFocus (yes I know it’s pricy but I love it), it’s still a great read because it’d prompt you to think about how you can minimize the number of entry points. In Smith’s words:

It’s become an efficient single point of entry for nearly everything in my electronic information ecosystem that doesn’t come from email. Even if you don’t use OmniFocus, you might want to think about how you can create a common funnel for the mixed bag of information you invite into your ecosystem.

Sony Vaio Z review

Gizmodo posted their review of the laptop, and it looks to be pretty good except for the tiny trackpad and price. I quote:

The Vaio Z is proof that Sony can still do some things very right. But for everything this computer does well (which is a lot!), I just can’t get over the damn trackpad. Maybe if you have hobbit hands it’ll suit you, but I just wanted to cut my fingers off at the end of the day. That said, if you have a couple of money stacks to throw around and want a PC that combines size, speed and utility in a generally well-conceived way, the Vaio Z is a fine machine.

Link in header.

Adults playing online games

Oatmeal published a cartoon about how it’s like to play online games as a grown-up, and man did it resonate with me!

Link in header.

 

Once a while we’d do a roundup here at TOOZE for technology news which potentially affect you our readers, but not exactly suitable for a full length post. Here’s the first of it and I hope you find them as useful as they are to us.
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Splashtop Hits a Top Spot For Business Apps (PCWorld)

SplashTop is an iPad app that allows you to control your PC (yes, both Win and Mac platforms) from your iPad. Personally, I’ve tried it and it didn’t grow on me much but it’s darn cheap compared to the alternatives. I might be doing a review sometime later so look out for it. Nonetheless, check out the full report here.

Garmin looks to purchase Navigon (Phandroid)

Garmin, the giant in-car navigation tool/app maker looks set to buy Navigon, another navigation app maker. According to the Phandroid, this might signify Garmin’s re-entry into the Android market. We’d keep you guys posted not when it happens, but when we have news of the fruits of the acquisition. Full report here.

Cartoons about purchasing of apps and on using smartphones (The Oatmeal)

Oatmeal published the first cartoon a while back but it has never failed to tickle me. WIth my recent post about iOS 5, this cartoon becomes even more relevant. The second cartoon is on his (or maybe your) experience using smartphones; our love and hate relationship with them. First cartoon is here, and the second here.