Recently by James Turner

A week ago last Friday, Apple unleashed Snow Leopard (aka OS X 10.6) on the world. So far, there haven't been many rumblings either way, although the trade press has been generally kind. We thought it might be a good idea to check in with Chris Seibold, author of the upcoming Mac OS X Snow Leopard Pocket Guide, to get his take on how things have been going.
With the release of the 3.1 iPhone OS, application developers will finally be able to develop augmented reality (AR) apps. In other words, Terminator Vision is right around the corner. I recently talked to Chetan Damani, one of the founders of Acrossair, about their new AR applications, Nearest Tube, and what's involved in developing AR applications for the iPhone.
Ubuntu has enjoyed fantastic success over the past few years, becoming one of the dominant Linux distributions, and the distribution of choice for netbooks. Jono Bacon's job is to make sure that that success continues, by keeping the huge Ubuntu developer community happy and productive. We caught up with Jono in advance of his appearance at OSCON, the O'Reilly Open Source Convention, and he was more than happy to talk about the efforts underway to not only improve the Ubuntu community, but also bring together other communities, such as Gnome and KDE, to help them work better together. Jono officially works for Canonical, a company founded by South African entrepreneur Mark Shuttleworth for the promotion of Ubuntu and other free software projects.
Dear Apple and AT&T, By this point, we of the early adopter/loyal customer community have come to expect, nay to cherish, the abuse that you rain down upon our heads. What other alliance of companies would take the bold step...
This week, we have a chat with John Viega, co-editor of Beautiful Security, the latest book in O'Reilly's "Beautiful" series, about what makes security beautiful, as well as what steps consumers and enterprises need to take to be secure these days. When asked how to make security beautiful, Viega explains, "Security is not beautiful in the same way code is, it's often a lot of grunt work... the idea behind beautiful security is more that it's beautiful when you can actually provide someone an experience that's both secure and easy to use."
This week, we talk to Damien Stolarz, author of iPhone Hacks, about how hackable the iPhone really is. According to Damien, it's a great platform for developing your own personal applications, even if you never want to sell them in the iTunes store. We also chat with Andrew Stellman and Jennifer Greene about Beautiful Teams, and why personality can be more important than what processes you adopt.
This week, we talk to Tim O'Reilly about how Twitter has dealt with the Swine Flu panic, Make publisher Dale Dougherty about the new interest in the Maker culture, and our usual podcast quiz question....
It hasn't been a good year for Apple's iPhone App Store. Child welfare advocates threw a fit over the notorious Baby Shaker application. App Store developers started to complain about slow payment of royalties from Apple. The ubiquity of iPhone flatulence applications became a running joke. And now comes word that popular industial rockers Nine Inch Nails have had their iPhone app turned down, because of naughty language. Which all leads to the question: Why is Apple in the business of selling iPhone applications anyway? One possible answer is that Apple needs to gate-keep iPhone applications because otherwise they could screw up their deal with AT&T.
Occasionally, I get asked to do interesting projects for various publications. Recently, I've been doing some DIY endeavors for IEEE Spectrum, the monthly magazine of (yes, you guessed it) the IEEE. My most recent project (where recent means I finished...
This week, we have an extended conversation with Googler Andy Hertzfeld about his latest Google Labs creation, the News Timeline. And, as usual, the O'Reilly Podquiz, that can win you a free O'Reilly Book....

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