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Secure Your Mail


Sending email securely used to be hard. So hard, that only large corporations and paranoid techies would even bother. It also used to be expensive. The iPhone has helped to change all that.

People loved their iPhones from when they were first released back in 2007. Although (some) IT departments preferred the ‘control’ afforded to them with Blackberry’s Enterprise Server or manilla interdepartmental envelopes – when the CEOs and the head of Sales demanded corporate email on their iPhones even Mordac (the Preventer of Information Services) had to respond.

Apple licensed software from Microsoft in 2008 to make it easy to connect to Exchange powered email systems which was great for businesses, but in 2011 with the release of iOS 5.0 Apple added secure email support for regular folks, through the use of Secure/Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (S/MIME).

Read on to learn how to communicate securely on your iPhone with your kith and kin.

Posted in Bits, News

A bookstore that does not want to sell you books


Barnes & Noble does not want you to buy books from their brick-and-mortar bookstores. They especially don’t want you to buy anything if you are a Barnes & Noble Member. If you must buy a book, then they’d prefer it was a new title or a bestseller. If you want to buy an older title that they have in stock, they would rather you didn’t. If it’s not in stock and they have to specially order it, they may suggest you do that from home.

Posted in Atoms, Bits, News

iPad Killed the HP Star

They took the credit for your second symphony
Rewritten by machine on new technology
And now I understand the problems you could see.

Apple helped introduce desktop publishing to the world and now the iPad is helping remove our need for printers and a large part of HP’s business.

Posted in Atoms, News

Publish eBooks with any links you like!

Seth godin apple

Seth Godin, the author of numerous best-selling books, is a self-described writer, speaker and “agent of change“. He recently submitted his latest manifesto (Stop Stealing Dreams) for sale from Apple’s iBookstore and was genuinely surprised when it was rejected.

He argues in a post on that bookstores, and especially the three large U.S. online stores (Amazon, Apple and Barnes and Noble) are expected to provide “Universal availability” of any title that you order. He further explains that Apple rejected his eBook because it contained links, or URLs, in the bibliography that linked to another online bookstore (Amazon).

Leaving aside whether merchants should have to sell products they don’t want to, or if Apple’s preference was not to include any links at all, Seth would have preferred that the choice to include any links was left up to him.

Luckily, there is an easy solution to this problem.

Posted in Bits, News

BusinessOptix architects business success

Business Optix LogoBusiness Optix has launched a new website to extoll the features of their core WorkPad Desktop product and to clearly explain how it enables a Collective Knowledge Platform to support the needs of any business.

Posted in Communications, News

EPUB3 Finalized Format Announced at Frankfurt Book Fair

EPUB3At the Frankfurt Book Fair the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) announced the final version of of a major revision to EPUB, the global standard interchange and delivery format for eBooks and other digital publications. The IDPF membership elevated EPUB 3.0 to a final IDPF Recommended Specification.

Posted in Bits, News

Habit forming

Some of the tributes to the late Steve Jobs mentioned an interview he did when he was turning 30 years old. He referred to an old Hindu saying:

“For the first 30 years of your life, you make your habits. For the last 30 years of your life, your habits make you.”

Apple designs hardware blended with software that addresses this belief.

Posted in Atoms, Bits, News

Apple WWDC 2011 iBook Session

iBooksRegistered Apple Developers (registration is free) can now view (and download slides) from the iBook presentation (Session 507) recently given at the developers conference.

Posted in Bits, News

EPUB Media Overlays 3.0

EPUB3In May 2011 the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) released the latest verison of the EPUB specification, EPUB3. As befits the latest moniker there are three key areas addressed in this version: language support, accessibility and improved multimedia support.

Posted in Bits, News

Still Got The Blues. Gary Moore RIP.

via Osfoora for iPhone

Posted in News, Posterous

Making It

The Design of Everyday Things
Envisioning Information
Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies
The Man Who Loved Only Numbers: The Story of  Paul Erdös and the Search for Mathematical Truth
Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability
Linked: How Everything Is Connected to Everything Else and What It Means for Business, Science, and Everyday Life
The Wisdom of Crowds
The Art of the Start: The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything
Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything
The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business is Selling Less of More
Designing Interactions [With CDROM]
Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery
Microtrends: The Small Forces Behind Tomorrow's Big Changes
The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable
Super Crunchers: Why Thinking-by-Numbers Is the New Way to Be Smart
The Back of the Napkin: Solving Problems and Selling Ideas with Pictures
Outliers: The Story of Success
JavaScript: The Good Parts
slide:ology: The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations

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