Day One review

Day One is a journaling app for OS X that allows you to write entries, add photos, tag locations, and categorize your entries.


Beautiful, streamlined design: Day One is extremely intuitive from the start, with an interface that is crisp and modern. Writing an entry is similar to posting on Web services like Tumblr and WordPress. The sidebar icons are clear and scale well for Retina displays, and aside from a couple action items, Day One makes most writing options color-neutral to keep you focused on writing.

Cross-platform support: iPhone and iPad owners can also buy and use Day … Read more

EasyNoter Pro review

EasyNoter Pro is closer to an actual handheld diary or daybook than any full-featured personal information manager we've seen, but now you can use it for free, too. An attractive widget opens like an eBook to reveal a Diary, Notes, Address book, and Reminders. The unique and highly functional 3D layout also combines cyber and paper concepts in unexpectedly productive ways. EasyNoter Pro is free with a registration key that requires your name and e-mail address, or you can buy a permanent license for less than $10.


Cool covers: The supplied skin, Tribute to Cosmos, is one of … Read more

The 404 1,449: Where we run for the border (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Cloak app helps you dodge awkward run-ins with frenemies.

- Taco Bell taps techies with burner phones to market new breakfast menu.

- Robots are creeping their way into newsrooms.

- A new gadget designed to sanitize your public transportation trip.… Read more

Newspeg puts journalistic spin on Pinterest-style bookmarking

Pinterest can be a great way to bookmark and organize all your favorite celebrity photos, recipes, DIY inspirations, home-decorating tips, and videos of famous Internet cats. But for those who want to save and organize more serious articles, Newspeg may be for you. Created by journalists, for journalists, Newspeg skips the fluff pieces and goes straight to hard-hitting headlines.

Formerly a journalist at major newspapers including The Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, and the San Francisco Examiner, Newspeg CEO and founder Mark Potts has a long history with digital news and is currently very active in the business of digital media. His latest endeavor is designed to be a way of sharing and saving news in a way that's useful to readers as well as publishers and journalists.… Read more

Police: Man sent up drone to view fatal crash scene

There's no clear indication of who might have been responsible.

However, police in Hartford, Conn., insist that someone sent a drone up to hover over a crash scene in which a person died last Saturday.

Police at the scene say they saw the drone flying overhead and believe it had a camera attached.

As Fox Connecticut reports, officers say they questioned the man who was operating the drone, but didn't arrest him. … Read more

Review: viJournal for Mac captures your thoughts and posts them on LiveJournal or Blogger

With its well-built tagging system, viJournal for Mac can store your day-to-day thoughts and experiences just like a paper journal would. Features such as passcode protection, multiple journal support, and integration with blogging services like Blogger and LiveJournal, coupled with an interface supporting drag-and-drop functionality, make this premium app a well-rounded choice to consider.

At startup, viJournal for Mac throws a number of useful tips at you that can help you understand how to use this application. The creation of new entries, which in the trial version is limited to 30, is a single-click process that automatically inserts the current … Read more

'Hobbit' villains suffer vitamin D deficiency, researcher says

"The Hobbit" dragon Smaug may be suffering from more than a bad attitude as he sulks around in his subterranean cave dwelling. He may have a vitamin D deficiency that's turning his toothy grin into a frown. Nicholas Hopkinson, a lecturer at Imperial College London, culled through "The Hobbit" for clues to the lifestyle and diets of the Middle-earth denizens.

Hopkinson, in conjunction with his 15-year-old son Joseph, published his findings under the title "The hobbit--an unexpected deficiency" in the December issue of the Medical Journal of Australia.… Read more

Bokeh, a new tool for quietly logging your memories

Facebook is great for extroverted folks who want to broadcast their thoughts and photos to a lot of people. A new service called Bokeh, though, is geared for those who want something closer to a private journal -- though not too close.

Michael Zhang and Mike Zupan just launched Bokeh on Tuesday, offering the inevitable iOS app with an online site where people can store photos and thoughts. It's a spinoff from PetaPixel, the photography blog Zhang founded and of which he's now editor in chief.

There are plenty of journaling services available, but Zhang generally thinks they'… Read more

'Republican' version of British news site nixes royal baby news

For a nation that prides itself on its stoic nature, the Brits do love a royal frenzy.

Whether it's a pantless prince in Vegas or a jodhpur-clad princess at the Olympics, the royal family are a soap opera wrapped in a history book wrapped in a fairy tale.

Monday, the news was that Princess Kate Middleton -- or the Duchess of Cambridge, as her soap opera character is called -- had gone into labor. This made the national blood pressure rise beyond safe limits.

Not every Brit is, however, committed to the royal show. Some regard it as trivial, … Read more

The 404 1,283: Where we whirlybird this picture disc (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Weird Al Yankovic says next album will be his last.

- Australian scientists uncover "God's bathtub."

- These Blu-ray discs will last 1,000 years.

- You guys, Xanga is about to shut down unless we give them $60k.

- This teenager would rather go to jail than play his Xbox 360.… Read more