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Fine Tip–Tip Calculator

Buy in the iTunes App Store – $0.99 I’m delighted to announce that the Apple App Store accepted my first iPhone app, Fine Tip – Tip Calculator, on my first try. You can use Fine Tip to quickly calculate your next restaurant bill’s tip and grand total. It’s fast and easy to use. Take a

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Apple’s New ‘Podcasts’ App a Disappointment

Years have passed with no significant changes made to the podcast functionality built into the iTunes (now Music) app.  As a daily consumer of podcasts, I had high hopes for Apple’s newly released (June 26, 2012) ‘Podcasts’ app. While some improvements were made – namely the ability to directly subscribe to podcasts from within the

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I Was Eligible for the Free 25GB SkyDrive Upgrade

Yay, I was eligible for the free 25GB Skydrive upgrade (vs 7GB for new users). To see if you are eligible for the free Skydrive upgrade click here. Because I used Windows Live Mesh in the past (or maybe because I tested out Skydrive in the past, I don’t know), I was eligible for the

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Bought a Doxie Scanner -  Really Like It

As part of my ongoing move to a ‘ paperless’ office, I purchased a Doxie scanner. It’s small, easy to use and does exactly what I need – scan to an app or the cloud. The key benefit of this scanner is that I can scan into any app that accepts images or documents. Most

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Canadian Streaming TV Guide

Because there is no Hulu in Canada,  in the past I have written about various, albeit limited, online TV streaming resources available to Canadians (see, for example here and here).  Today I received an email from Seppo Sahrakorpi of Pilvi Computing announcing his new ‘Streaming Guide’ which links to all the disparate TV streaming offerings

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Netflix Launches in Canada–With the Cupboards Bare

This week, Netflix launched its long awaited and much coveted Netflix Canada service. Unfortunately, the content selection cupboard is mostly bare. The limited offerings (and lack of DVD service) explains the $7.99 Cdn per month price. The minimum monthly fee that Americans pay for their Netflix service is $9.95 U.S.. For that they get a

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Hotspot Shield Works in Canada Again–With Some Annoyances

Back in May, 2009 I reported that Hulu had managed to defeat Hotspot Shield. As of September 9, 2010 the latest Hotspot Shield seems to be effective at defeating Hulu’s anti-circumvention measures. At this moment I can access each of: Hulu: I can access full episodes of shows on Hulu now. Below, for example, is

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iOS 4.0.1 Fixes iPhone 3G Performance Problems Somewhat

Since upgrading to iOS 4 a couple months back my iPhone 3G has ran as slow as molasses. So frustratingly slow that I have been considering replacing it with an Android (though Android handset choices in Canada are few). Today iOS 4.0.1 was released. As you can see below it purports to include iPhone 3G

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Flipboard’s Twitter Integration Makes it a Game Changer

I’ve been waiting patiently for my Flipboard invite since its launch last week. I received my invite earlier today and have been playing with it ever since. The generic Flipboard interface is nice, but, for me, its killer feature is its Twitter integration. I feel almost as excited about Flipboard as Robert Scoble . At

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How to Avoid The Adobe Download Manager Firefox Extension

Having recently updated my Adobe Flash Player software for the umpteenth time on two different PCs, I discovered that if you download and install it in the normal way, you end up with a new and unwanted Adobe Download Manager Firefox extension that cannot be removed. Here’s how to avoid this: On the Adobe Flash

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Contrary to what I read and heard on Twitter and multiple podcasts over the last week, I believe that Zuckerberg did not: self implode have a panic attack, or evade questions. at last week’s D8 Conference. I think he acquitted himself well. Yes it was hot in there and he sweated a lot. Yes, he’s

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Registered User Comments Only – for now.

Due to a recent rash of spam commenting, for the time being I have changed The Daleisphere’s comment settings to permit comments only from registered users. When leaving a comment you’ll be asked to identify yourself through any of the accounts shown in the graphic above – ie: by using any of your Disqus, Facebook,

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I Now Have 200 Twitter Followers

Since I marked my first 100 Twitter followers with this post back on July 4, 2009, I thought I’d mark my second hundred followers with this post. It took 13 months to reach 100 Twitter followers and just over five months to pass the 200 mark on December 7, 2009. As was the case in

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Bell’s Internet Usage Meter is Off by Up-to 60 Hours

Last March, I switched ISPs from Rogers to Bell’s fiber-to-the-building Internet Max 16 service. I made the switch at the same time I ‘cut the chord’ – dumping Rogers cable in favor of HD, over-the-air only, TV recorded on my Series 3 TiVo. Bell offered me a one year promotional deal for their Internet Max