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Location aware BART Fares

BART Fares didn’t have much functionality before yesterday. It would just retrieve the current fare using the BART API. I was thinking about features that bay area travelers would find useful. One feature that BART Fares was missing was the ability to locate a nearby station.

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What deleted my SDKs?

When the iOS 4.2 Gold Master SDK was released yesterday, all devs eagerly swarmed around the Apple servers to download a copy. I let my copy download overnight and installed it today. I decided to open up on of my iPhone projects to ensure compatibility. I was poking around the build info when I noticed that the previous SDKs were AWOL.

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"Built-in capability", eh?

Last month, I received an email from the Apple review team regarding an update to Geometry Stash. Remember the post about fixing the video out bug? Well, that update is still being withheld by Apple. The review team’s email included:

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Waste and Tech — Blog Action Day 2010

A few days ago, a relative of mine bought a new smartphone from a carrier. The carrier supplied free accessories, such as a charger made in china. The charger consequently stopped working after a few uses and is sitting in a drawer somewhere. My relative will most likely turn in the charger during a free electronics event. We would imagine that the turned in electronics would be transferred to a facility where experts would carefully take apart these doodads and extract their innards to be used towards new product, right?
Wrong. While these waste disposal programs are organized with samaritanian intentions in mind, they often get shipped to shoddy recyclers and transported overseas. Once over seas, these electronics can be distributed by a “recycling” company to adults and children with little income of disassemble. As documented on WebEcoist and other news sites, these electronics are picked apart in hazardous work conditions — you can’t even call these places working spaces!

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