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Text message your order to Amazon

Amazon launched a new service yesterday called TextBuyIt in which you can look up and compare product info via SMS and purchase with your pre-existing account. I tried it out this morning by texting “Purple cow” to short code 262966 (“Amazon” on the keypad). A moment later I got a response that read: Reply w/1 [Keep Reading...]

WordPress 2.5 is released

Two days ago WordPress released a sneak peek of their latest version, 2.5. Redesigned from the ground up by the team at Happy Cog Studios, the WordPress Admin area now has improved navigation, organization and integration. The visual design looks pretty sleek, too. The folks at WordPress included a lot of screenshots in their post [Keep Reading...]

My BlackBerry Wishlist

RIM, Mike Lazaridis, if you’re out there, listen up. Here are my recommendations for improving the BlackBerry user experience: 1- Provide the ability to “Add To Existing Contact.” I don’t want to have to copy a new phone number or e-mail address from a message and paste it into the entry in my address book. [Keep Reading...]

(In)Consistency in keyboard shortcuts

More and more I’ve been using web apps in lieu of the traditional desktop applications I used for years. Primarily it’s because, like many of you, I have a home computer and a work computer; storing information online makes it far easier to access from both locations, particularly when one’s a Mac and one’s a [Keep Reading...]

Firefox 3 Beta 3 vs. Firefox 2.0

On February 12, Mozilla made Firefox 3 Beta 3 available for download. They call this a developer release for testing purposes only, but with all the cool features I’ve been hearing about I just couldn’t resist. For those of you who aren’t as willing to ignore small bugs and usability flaws — I work on [Keep Reading...]

Bloglines vs. Google Reader: A Usability Evaluation

Howard Rheingold recently asked his Twitter followers if he should switch from Bloglines to Google Reader — both web-based RSS readers. Joshua Porter responded that he should. I piped in to say that I’ve been using the new Bloglines Beta and I love it. They both asked about the benefits of Bloglines over Google Reader, [Keep Reading...]

Send e-mails verbally with Jott

I’ve been trying out this new service called Jott that converts your voice into e-mails and text messages. Once you sign up for a free account — a pain-free process — you can call a toll-free number to create a message. You’re asked who you want to Jott to and you can say “me” or [Keep Reading...]