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Entries for week beginning March 6, 2011

March 11, 2011


Lovely “Here’s what I’m listening to” social sharing/discovery app for iPhone. Like Instagram, but for what you’re hearing instead of what you’re seeing.

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Hooray for Hobnobs

Hooray for Hobnobs

March 9, 2011

Just Fancy That

We believe it is not in the best interest of the consumers, merchants and overall payment industry to publish the details of product designs describing potential attacks however remote those might be. Even if these attacks are difficult to be accomplished it gives the bad guys a leg up on research they would not have to do and encourages bad behavior.

Verifone in 2007 in response to security research showing their UK “Chip & PIN” credit card readers were insecure.

In less than an hour, any reasonably skilled programmer can write an application that will “skim” – or steal – a consumer’s financial and personal information right off the card utilizing an easily obtained Square card reader. How do we know? We did it. Tested on sample Square card readers with our own personal credit cards, we wrote an application in less than an hour that did exactly this.


Don’t take our word for it. See for yourself by downloading the sample skimming application and viewing a video of this type of fraud in action.

Verifone in 2011, after Square reduced their fees for credit card processing to well below Verifone’s rates.

Enjoy Spring Training games and regular season games on Apple TV | MLB.com: Subscriptions

Holy shitting crikey. I was hoping this would happen and it has. MLB’s all-games streaming service will work on your Apple TV (along with your iPad and iPhone) for a price that’s $100 cheaper than buying the equivalent package on cable or satellite (basically covering your purchase of an Apple TV if you don’t already own one!)

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March 7, 2011

Rdio for Mac

Rdio have launched their (mostly-)native Mac client, and it’s grand. Not as nice as Spotify (playlist building is still clunky), but it does 99% of everything you want. I’ve been using it for a few weeks, and it was the sole reason I resubscribed.

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Rock-Paper-Scissors: You vs. the Computer

Love this! Great example of the strategy needed to be a RPS player.

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This is an archive of groovmother.com, the old blog run by Rod Begbie — A Scottish geek who lives in San Francisco, CA.

I'm the co-founder of Sōsh, your handy-dandy guide for things to do in San Francisco this weekend.