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Amazon Buys ComiXology

Amazon Buys ComiXology

Oh man, I just can’t wait for this week to be over. First the entire Internet turns out to have been broken for the last two years. Then Dropbox hires Condoleezza “Cruella De Vil” Rice to help out with security. And now Amazon has bought out ComiXology, the digital comic book store/platform.

I’m ready for the weekend.

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XKPasswd Generates Secure Pass-Phrases

Password Strength

Apart from “correct horse battery staple,” the most secure passwords aren’t words, they’re phrases. You don’t even need crazy symbols or hard-to-determine numerals (is that an l or a 1, a 0 or an O?) – just a good, longish phrase made out of words.

And now you don’t even have to make one up. Using the XKPasswd generator, based on but not associated with Randall Munroe’s amazing comic strip XKCD, you can generate secure pass phrases easily.

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PhotoFlip Is An Almost-Excellent Picture Note-Taking App

PhotoFlip Is An Almost-Excellent Picture Note-Taking App

PhotoFlip has the beginnings of a great idea, let down by poor implementation. Here’s the idea: The app lets you add notes to the photos you have in your iPhone camera roll, without copying those images. That is, the pictures stay in your regular photo library, and the app just displays them with your text note added underneath.

It’s a great idea right? It uses almost no storage, and doesn’t double up on picture libraries. You can even snap photos from within the app and they’re saved ion the regular camera roll, and everything is synced via iCloud (if you want anyway).

So what’s wrong?

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Forget PowerPoint: Deckset Is A Markdown-Powered Presentation Powerhouse

Forget PowerPoint: Deckset Is A Markdown-Powered Presentation Powerhouse

Ever been on a plane and seen some suit squished into his chair, browning his ThinkPad’s screen with his office breath and lining up some pictures and text on a PowerPoint slide? “Jeez,” you think. “Not only is this dork-o inflicting yet more PowerPain on the world, but he thinks it’s important enough to do on a plane.”

Next time you see one of these sad specimens, you might point them in the direction of Deckset, a slideshow maker that works using Markdown.

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Lightroom For The iPad Is Straight Up Amazing

Lightroom For The iPad Is Straight Up Amazing

Lightroom for the iPad is here. It’s called Lightroom Mobile, and it runs smoothly on anything down to an iPad 2 (or first-gen mini). You can use the app to edit and organize any photos in your Lightroom collections, and it syncs automatically (and near instantly) with Lightroom on your desktop (you’ll need to upgrade to v5.4).

And the price? It’s free, but only if you already subscribe to Adobe’s $10-per-month Photoshop Photography Program, which also gets you the desktop versions of Photoshop and Lightroom. There’s also a 30-day free trial to check it out.

So how does it work? Lets take a nice long look.

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Growthy Tracks Your Kids’ Height, Weight, Milestones

Growthy Tracks Your Kids’ Height, Weight, Milestones

Growthy is an app that finally – finally! – replaces the biro-etched notches on your kitchen door frame with a series of in-app purchases, codifying your precious memories as stars on your iPhone screen. Welcome to the future.

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myNoise, An Awesome Ambient Sound Generator For iPhone

myNoise, An Awesome Ambient Sound Generator For iPhone

Of all the ambient noise apps I’ve tried, myNoise is the best. Based on the well-regarded website of the same name, myNoise for iPhone is a “noise generator,” not just an app that plays recordings of rain and coffee shops.

And it also looks as good as it sounds.

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Bookmarklet Clips To Evernote Using Drafts And Readability

Bookmarklet Clips To Evernote Using Drafts And Readability

Evernote’s web clipper extension for OS X Safari is a thing of beauty. The Evernote bookmarklet clipper (on iOS and OS X) is a slow piece of crap.

Phillip Gruneich’s bookmarklet, however, is a thing of beauty, a concerto features some of your favorite players: Drafts, Markdown, Readability, and some plain old clever thinking.

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Get Lost In QuizUp’s New Google Maps Topic

Get Lost In QuizUp’s New Google Maps Topic

As the old song goes, “Google Maps and QuizUp, sitting in a tree, now both visible from low-Earth orbit.” It’s not catchy, but it is true – now the super-addictive trivia game has a Google Maps channel.

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Spotify Adds Browsable Albums Collections, Dark Theme

Spotify Adds Browsable Albums Collections, Dark Theme

Spotify seems to have solved one major problem with its apps. Until now, the music streaming service has been focussed on playlists, forcing you to organize your music in order to “save” it for later.

Compare this to Rdio, which concentrates on albums and songs, letting your save them to an iTunes-like collection.

Spotify now offers “Your Music,” which is pretty much a copy of Rdio’s collections, and is a very welcome addition.

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