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Background updates and dynamic font sizing on the NewsBlur iOS app

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This week brings us a minor, but major, update for the NewsBlur iOS app. Several new features, some due to new APIs in iOS 7, have made it into the app.

Here’s what’s new:

  • Background updates so NewsBlur can download stories while you sleep
  • Custom text sizes for feeds and stories
  • Dynamic text sizes based on your system preferences
  • The story title is now linked to the original story
  • New preference to use either the in-app browser, Safari, or Chrome
  • Major iPad fixes include better transitions, bugs squashed, and improved performance

Coming up I have a big ticket feature that is just about ready to launch. Stay tuned for saved story tagging, which will also make its way into the Android and iOS app soon.

Download the latest and free NewsBlur iOS app.

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schultzor
3076 days ago
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hooray!
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taglia
3076 days ago
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Great update!
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→ LinkedIn Intro’s security nightmare

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Bishop Fox:

Intro reconfigures your iOS device (e.g. iPhone, iPad) so that all of your emails go through LinkedIn’s servers. You read that right. Once you install the Intro app, all of your emails, both sent and received, are transmitted via LinkedIn’s servers. LinkedIn is forcing all your IMAP and SMTP data through their own servers and then analyzing and scraping your emails for data pertaining to…whatever they feel like.

LinkedIn is offering to take control of iOS devices via MDM security profile to set themselves as a rewriting-proxy email server under the guise of a cool new feature that millions of people will probably install. Technically, you could argue that this is opt-in, but it has massive security ramifications beyond what users should be expected to predict or understand.

Apple better already be paying attention to this. While it’s within the technical capability of iOS MDM profiles, it’s almost certainly violating the spirit of any common-sense rules or standards. Apple probably has enough of a relationship with LinkedIn, and enough power with the App Store, to wield a big stick and eliminate Intro without any technical changes to the profile system.

But what happens when using profiles for non-security, non-enterprise features becomes widespread? Won’t Google, Facebook, Twitter, and just about every social or ad-supported service want the same access to make it easier to mine your private data, spam your contacts, and evade App Store restrictions? It won’t be hard for the big services to come up with compelling features and friendly messaging to get millions of people to install their profiles, too.

And isn’t this a huge malware risk?

Apple needs a generalized solution to this problem quickly. The big question is whether they can do anything substantial about the profile system without causing issues for legitimate enterprise use1 — I don’t know enough about it to say.


  1. TestFlight uses an MDM profile to automatically gather UDIDs and force-install that stupid web-clip icon on your home screen. I don’t believe this is worth the security risk of having so much access to my phone — I don’t trust them to always use this power responsibly, no matter how many free T-shirts and burritos they give out at WWDC — so I’ve deleted it.

    If that means I can’t beta-test apps using TestFlight anymore, that’s fine — that’s not really my problem. I’ve tested lots of apps distributed via Hockey that didn’t require me to install a security profile.

    You can delete any unnecessary profiles from your iOS device in Settings, General, Profiles. 

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Reverse Identity Theft

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I asked a few friends whether they'd had this happen, then looked up the popularity of their initials/names over time.  Based on those numbers, it looks like there must be at least 750,000 people in the US alone who think 'Sure, that's probably my email address' on a regular basis.
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opheliasdaisies
3132 days ago
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Happens all the time. It's interesting what you can piece together of peoples' lives from mistaken emails.
NYC
Skotte
3135 days ago
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My email address has "Cheeze" with a Z instead of an S. I imagine the owner of the "Cheese" address gets a lot of my mail fFrom fFamily who don't notice the Z.
Rochester, Earth
therealedwin
3135 days ago
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This happens to me all the time with my gmail.
Seattle, Washington
cbenard
3135 days ago
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Happens all the damn time to me.
Plano, Texas
ksteimle
3135 days ago
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Looking at you, Ken and Katie...
Atlanta
MEVincent
3135 days ago
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I've even got a number in mine and have still collected a guy in FL and a guy outside London.
Manassas, Virginia
hansolosays
3135 days ago
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I got an excellent pancake recipe this way...
Norfolk, Virginia
jeffjacobs
3135 days ago
Apparently someone who doesn't know their email address is getting their house remodeled. Lots of appointments for new bath fixtures and curtains
sleepwalker
3117 days ago
I received mystery college acceptance letters. Eventually Samuel caught on and sent me a message himself asking about it. Also. er,would you be willing to share the recipe?
hansolosays
3116 days ago
here ya go.... Okay, Chuck. Here it is. Prepare to become a legend. The trick is to blend the dry ingredients thoroughly and beat the wet ingrediients together separately.. Then CARESS the wet ingredients into the dry. Don't overmix them because it will make them tough. Preheat griddle to 375. Mix together. 2 Cups Flour 1 tsp soda 1 tsp salt 4 Tbsp sugar In another bowl beat together 2 cups Buttermilk 2 Tbsp oil 2 eggs 1 tsp vanilla Gently mix wet and dry ingredients together. Grease griddle -- Make smaller pancakes 1\4 to 1/2 cup batter. Turn when bubbles pop and do not close. (Hint: You may want to slightly increase the amount of sugar and vanilla according to your taste.) Once you master this recipe, people will beg you to make your pancakes at family get togethers. It really spoils them. Thanks again for a great time. It was so good to see you again.
zippy72
3136 days ago
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My namesake is the British ambassador to Iraq. If this happens, it could be interesting...
FourSquare, qv
pberry
3137 days ago
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This is my inbox.
Chico, CA
ravenel
3138 days ago
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Oh my God yes.
ÜT: 40.673477,-73.975108
ktgeek
3138 days ago
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I have this happen constantly. Makes me sad that I got in on gmail so damn early. Just means a lot of "spam" gets bit bucketed.
Bartlett, IL
librarinerd
3138 days ago
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I actually keep a file with all the people whose e-mail I get and their actual e-mails. I know which e-mails to forward to Pennsylvania and which to Texas...
Nilbog
wmorrell
3138 days ago
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ALL. THE. TIME. There are at least four distinct individuals who at one point or another believed they owned my email address.
tedder
3138 days ago
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this is why I have my own domain name. Never happens.
Uranus
WebWrangler
3138 days ago
Yep. Had my own domain for 14 years now. Never happens to me either
vincemulhollon
3138 days ago
Yeah, whatever, said John Smith. For me not so much of a problem.
superiphi
3135 days ago
you are never safe! I have iphi.ne/com/org -get tons of emails meant for Lphi.
jakesutton
3139 days ago
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My problem is younger people with my name.
United States
wyeager
3139 days ago
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My favorite are the photos of bass that some guy caught and tried to send to his brother. I may not have any brothers but I do know a nice looking bass when I see one.
Blur Area
zwol
3139 days ago
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This T-shirt will only get more common as time goes on.
Pittsburgh, PA
jonathanpeterson
3139 days ago
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firstname.lastname here. That limits how much I get. The good news is that the Wharton School is convinced that I'm an MBA alumni. I'm sorely tempted to order a "replacement" MBA diploma.
rjstegbauer
3138 days ago
I can still get first.last@anywhere.com for probably forever. I have an uncommon lastname and now uncommon first name.
toxotes
3139 days ago
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Somebody with my last name and a *different* first initial signed up for phone service with my email address last week.
dianaschnuth
3139 days ago
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Or if your email is [last name] + @gmail.com...
Toledo OH
schnuth
3138 days ago
Kia still sends me emails for Uncle Charles. Ugh,
leilers
3139 days ago
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This happens to me All. The. Time. So far I've collected a professor in Arkansas and someone who works at the CDC in Atlanta and a Tea Partier. It's BIZARRE.
Northern Virginia
sleepwalker
3117 days ago
Your inbox sounds like a very strange place. Not sure I'd want to visit, much less live there.
NielsRak
3139 days ago
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Don't know what you're talking about... :)
oliverzip
3139 days ago
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The worst being this who sign up to xbox live and can use unvalidated email addresses and then are reduced to begging you to have their account back.
Sydney, Balmain, Hornsby.
jrdn
3139 days ago
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I have actually gotten job offers (plural), presumably intended for whatever evil doppelganger of mine doesn't know his email address.
nderksen
3138 days ago
Same here. I politely emailed them back advising them to phone the candidate instead. Also had an issue with someone setting their alternate email for their Yahoo account to mine, then they guy kept on emailing support asking why they weren't getting a response. Tried to get Yahoo support to understand but because I didn't have the responses to their security questions they ignored me. So annoying.
jtgrimes
3139 days ago
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Alt text: I asked a few friends whether they'd had this happen, then looked up the popularity of their initials/names over time. Based on those numbers, it looks like there must be at least 750,000 people in the US alone who think "Sure, that's probably my email address" on a regular basis.
Oakland, CA
jscartergilson
3139 days ago
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Seem familiar?
MaryEllenCG
3138 days ago
GAH. YES. And mine's not even (first initial)(last name).
rascalking
3139 days ago
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THIS. ALL THE TIME THIS.
Wakefield, MA
Lythimus
3139 days ago
I still can't believe it's good that I was too young and stupid to get my name for a gmail address when it was in invitation-only mode.
ScottInPDX
3139 days ago
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Or just the last name. I get tons of mail not for me.
Portland, Oregon, USA, Earth
kipthegreat
3139 days ago
or [firstname].[lastname]. i have a very uncommon first name (Kip) but i get mail for a mormon firefighter in california and a boy scout leader in arkansas and a heating&air guy in arizona. but surprisingly i've never gotten mail intended for my dad, who has the same name as me
lrwrp
3139 days ago
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Experience dis all the time.
??, NC

Age-ism, Transhumanism, and Silicon Valley's Cognitive Dissonance

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"They don't get too old to be relevant. They get too old to be cheap."

Silicon Valley is a place where ideas like cryogenic suspension, genetic engineering to switch off aging, or even uploading your brain into an emulator are taken seriously by a surprisingly large number of very bright, very "in" folks.

See it yet? It's big, folks, one of the biggest voids of cognitive dissonance I've personally ever spotted. For the real boots-on-the-ground culture of the Valley seems like it's all about youth and only youth and accelerating obsolescence. [...]

But if they are interested in quality-of-life extension, they're operating within a culture that seems like it has the opposite philosophy. If people become fossils when they turn thirty, why not just cut off healthcare at 40? Hell, why not reenact one of those dystopian sci-fi stories where people have "age clocks" and get euthanized when their value to society no longer outweighs their cost?

Why doesn't Mark Zuckerberg just live it up for a few more years and then opt for a nice humane form of euthanasia, perhaps leaving his billions to an angel investment fund to help younger entrants into the tech economy? According to the values he's perpetuating, he is no longer relevant.

Big nasty contradictions usually point to some deeper misalignment. Based on what I know of the Valley, the culture it exports, and the nature of the winner-take-all New Economy it's building, the only thing I can come up with is this:

All the Valley's talk about transhumanism, human potential, life extension, and generally "changing the world" is a bunch of hooey. It's a myth  --  in the pejorative sense of that term. It's a fluffy religion meant to snooker young professionals into giving their employers everything they have and working their brains down to the myelin until they become too old to be relevant anymore.

No, it's worse than that.

They don't get too old to be relevant. They get too old to be cheap.

Previously, previously, previously, previously.

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smadin
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This is hella sharp.
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“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of...

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“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!”

Hunter S. Thompson

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Romanikque
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Well you could never accuse him of not practicing what he preaches...
Baltimore, MD
DGA51
3226 days ago
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I remember when I borrowed a copy of the newly published "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" from a friend and literally could not put it down. I skipped 2 classes and might as well not have been in a third -- I was totally rapt. The Johnny Depp film does the book no justice because it concentrates on the outrageous descriptions of events and misses the message which was so clearly stated -- too long to copy here but I found a link to the part I'm thinking of:
"So now, less than five years later, you can go up on a steep hill in Las Vegas and look West, and with the right kind of eyes you can almost see the high-water mark—that place where the wave finally broke and rolled back."
http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/1074-strange-memories-on-this-nervous-night-in-las-vegas-five
Central Pennsyltucky
MotherHydra
3226 days ago
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Another bit of witticism from one of my favorite thinkers.
Space City, USA
cinebot
3229 days ago
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^
toronto.
tedder
3229 days ago
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HST is teh man: http://infinitewandering.blogspot.com/2013/06/good-day-for-hst-quote.html
Uranus
samuel
3229 days ago
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Hunter S. Thompson is a hero of mine, and this quote is one reason why.
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Pig Ate My Pizza in Robbinsdale

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Pig Ate My Pizza, the new restaurant from the madcap crew behind the extremely popular (and soon to return) Travail in Robbinsdale, is indubitably fun. Paintings of pigs (including swine-themed interpretations of a famous image from Pulp Fiction and the cover to Nirvana’s Nevermind)? Fun. Pink cloth napkins? Fun. Chefs singing along with cheesy ‘80s tunes (“Take on me, take me on”)? Fun. Kids dancing in a fur-bedecked booth? Fun. Complimentary pre-dessert “Bacon Cracker Jacks” and “Flintstone Push-Up Shake?” Fun. Everything in this place is fun.

Brenda Johnson / Heavy Table

Brenda Johnson / Heavy Table

That includes the food — as playful, enjoyable, and comforting as the atmosphere. Along with their signature pizzas, Pig offers a selection of both cold and hot appetizers and first courses (including a pasta of the day). While we were tempted to try the “Chi Chi’s & Guac” ($5), “Hog Tots” ($6), or “Salt & Pepper Nugs” ($5), we saved our appetite for pizza… and dessert, always dessert.

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Brenda Johnson / Heavy Table

Some chefs who mess around with molecular gastronomy and novel flavor combinations, trying to come off as whimsical, end up outsmarting themselves. They disappoint their customers with cute, generally expensive food that just doesn’t taste very good. But others, such as the Pig / Travail crew (Doug Flicker at Piccolo also springs to mind), skillfully blend creativity, restraint, and technique to produce truly innovative, delicious cuisine.

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Brenda Johnson / Heavy Table

The “Mussels from Brussels” pizza ($12) is a great example. Rather than a traditional sauce, a deep red mix of diced piquillo peppers, olive oil, and sour raisins is spread over a hand-tossed, beautifully simple, chewy Neapolitan crust. Along with the titular shellfish and Brussels sprouts, the base is topped with crumbles of chorizo and puffs of finely grated manchego. If that wasn’t enough, the dish comes with a side of mussels broth for crust dipping. Each of the carefully prepared elements comes together to produce a multi-layered, balanced, and surprising flavor extravaganza. It’s an alluring, artistic, and damn tasty pizza pie.

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Brenda Johnson / Heavy Table

Two other pizzas were less inventive, but only slightly less delicious. The “Piggy” ($14) is just what the name suggests: pork, pork, and more pork, piled high on a golden brown brioche crust and topped with melted cheese. Salty pepperoni, bacon, prosciutto, and cubes of ham are heaped onto buttery, sweet brioche. Although tasty, the “Piggy” was just a little too rich and heavy, and because the crust sucked up the sauce, it got a tad dry. We’d love to try this pizza on the thin Neapolitan crust.

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Brenda Johnson / Heavy Table

The “Margarita” ($11) is classic simplicity: marinara, fresh mozzarella made in house, and basil on a Neapolitan crust. To put its own spin on this traditional nosh, Pig infuses the crust with garlic oil and tops the pie with fresh, tender micro-basil and a drizzle of basil oil (a bright distillation of the usual limp leaves). Our only complaint about this dish — and it’s a minor one — is that the sauce is too subtle. It’d be great if it really stood up to the other flavors.

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Brenda Johnson / Heavy Table

Pig’s hijinks reach new heights with dessert. Composed tableside, the dish we ordered featured artfully scattered hunks of angel food cake and compressed strawberries, and as the pastry chef started his work, a whole cast of supporting characters joined in. Here and there, we saw a moist rectangle of pressed graham cracker, white chocolate powder, dollops of white chocolate mousse, soaked cherries, shards of dark chocolate, mint oil, lime sorbet, cheesecake mousse, and… we lost track! Some elements might have been superfluous, but the dish looked and tasted dynamite. While showy, it wasn’t fussy and precious like many “deconstructed” desserts served around town these days. The chef clearly had a great time concocting this composition, and we had a better time eating it.

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Brenda Johnson / Heavy Table

Pig Ate My Pizza is a fantastic addition to the area’s thriving pizza scene. It’s in the same league as Black Sheep and Pizzeria Lola (and Lola’s awesome new offshoot, Hello Pizza), even if it plays by its own rules. If you’re looking for a rowdy good time and a great meal, we highly recommend you call the Pig.

Pig Ate My Pizza
4154 W Broadway Ave
Robbinsdale, MN 55422
763.535.1131

HOURS: Tues-Sun 12-2pm and 5-10pm
OWNER: Travail LLC
RESERVATIONS: No
BAR: Beer and Wine
VEGETARIAN / VEGAN: Yes / Limited
ENTREE RANGE: $9-18 (Tasting menu, $60 for 2 people, $110 for 4 people)

 

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another mpls pizza joint to try
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