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Friday, April 20th, 2012

SA Daily News

Today’s News

To read all articles, go to http://paper.li/SADailyNews (which updates at 11:00a.m.), or read them here:

 

Want Better Twitter Results? Try These Effective Types of Tweets

[via entrepreneur.com]

 Relevance: A team of researchers conclude certain strategies for tweeting including the most engaging types of tweets and the worst types of tweets.

Build Blog Products That Sell 3: Develop Your Product

[via problogger.net]

Relevance: The author looks at developing the product you’ve spent time conceiving through your blog.

 

5 Ways to Create Stunning iPad Applications

By: UX Magazine

Relevance – Tech News:  The iPad has been on the market for two years now. With a second milestone of 200,000 iPad applications on the App Store nearing, there’s no better time than now to reassess how to approach the UX of iPad applications.

Some of the ideas in this article are relevant to all tablets, not just the iPad. But in consideration of the tremendous success of the iPad (73% of all tablet sales last year), it does warrant specific attention and focus. So, without further ado, here are five interface guidelines to (re)consider when approaching the UX and design of iPad applications.

Pixlr Aims to Fill the Hole Between Photoshop and Instagram

By Peter Pachal

Relevance – Tech: Ever taken a shot with Instagram and wanted to put the lo-fi border on the Earlybird filter? A photo app called Pixlr-o-matic can do it, and the service behind it, Pixlr, offers photographers and photo editors a lot more.

There’s no shortage of online photo editors that are looking to fill the vacuum now that Picnik has gone dark, but few have anything that approaches the powerful feature set of Photoshop. At the same time, once you get into full-on editing, the mainstream user — who probably just wants to apply an Instagram-esque filter — gets lost.

 

Raid of EBT card cheats just ‘beginning’ of fight

By: Dave Wedge

Relevance: Boston Business  The raids on suspected EBT-scamming businesses and arrests of accused welfare cheats in Boston and across the state yesterday were just the beginning of a law enforcement crackdown that was launched even as Gov. Deval Patrick has defended the scandal-plagued program and lawmakers bicker about reforms.

Expert: Globe dragging down Times, but Sulzberger won’t sell

By Jerry Kronenberg

Relevance: Print Media The New York Times Co. reported today that ad sales at the Boston Globe, the Worcester Telegram and their websites plunged 12.2 percent during the first quarter, dragging down the overall company’s results.

The Times Co. said advertising at its New England Media Group — which consists of the Globe, the Telegram and their online operations — fell to $41.9 million during the quarter.

 

Rumors swirl of smaller iPad, which Jobs detested

By Peter Svensson, Associated Press

Relevance – Technology: There are constant rumors about the development of new Apple products, lately there have been rumors about a smaller iPad or “iPad mini.”

 Starbucks de-bugs its menu offerings

By Bruce Horowitz, USA TODAY

Relevance – Food/Retail: Just weeks after the world’s largest coffee chain took serious PR heat for switching to commonly-used cochineal beetles to color its Strawberry Frappuccinos, Starbucks has made a rapid reversal in how it colors its drinks and some of its other foods.

 Gulf residents to get extra $64M for 2010 oil spill claims

Relevance – Economy/National News: Roughly 7,300 residents and businesses harmed by the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico will get more than $64 million in additional payments because their claims with BP’s $20 billion compensation fund were shortchanged or wrongfully denied, the Justice Department announced Thursday.

 

 

Rising Fears that Recovery May Once More Be Faltering

By Annie Lowrey

Relevance – Economy: Some of the same spoilers that interrupted the recovery in 2010 and 2011 have emerged again, raising fears that the winter’s economic strength might dissipate in the spring.

 Microsoft Beats Estimates as Windows Makes a Stand

By Nick Wingfield

Relevance – Technology: Microsoft is facing some of the biggest challenges in its history with the rise of smartphones and the iPad, but one of its stalwarts of the personal computer era showed there is still life left in its main business.

 

 MIT seeks to invest $450m at Hanscom

By: Bryan Bender

 Relevance:  Local Boston MIT news WASHINGTON – The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is proposing to build a $450 million research facility at Hanscom Air Force Base in Bedford in a long-term venture that would reinforce the base’s high-tech mission without requiring new federal spending, according to government officials

 BU student is city’s 4th homicide this week

By Travis Andersen and Matt Rocheleau

 Relevance: Local Boston News: A violent week in the city of Boston continued Thursday morning when a Boston University graduate student was fatally shot in a part of the Allston section that is usually safe, police and neighbors said.

 Fenway Park an indelible part of Boston history

By: John Powers

 Relevance: Red Sox Nation This article is excerpted from “Fenway Park: A Salute to the Coolest, Cruelest, Longest-Running Major League Baseball Stadium in America,” produced by The Boston Globe and published by Running Press.

The storied home of the Red Sox for a century, “America’s Most Beloved Ballpark’’ also is the oldest in the major leagues, and the most famous. From the classic brick entrance on Yawkey Way to the unique left-field wall with its manual scoreboard to Pesky’s Pole in right field, its timeless features are recognized from the Bronx to the Dominican Republic to Japan.

 

McDonald’s Profit Rises 4.8%

BY MELODIE WARNER

 Relevance: Stocks McDonald’s Corp.’s first-quarter earnings rose 4.8% on strong sales gains and improved profit margins.

The world’s largest fast-food chain has been able to boost guest traffic and sales faster than most of its competitors with its increasingly diverse menu—ranging from value-price offerings to higher-margin products like blended-ice drinks—and its growing global operations.

 Poll Frames Rivals’ Strengths

BY NEIL KING JR.

 Relevance: Politics President Barack Obama’s efforts to project himself as a protector of the middle class have strengthened him for the general election, while Mitt Romney has gained traction with his argument that he can improve the economy, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds.

Some seven months before the election, the survey showed that both men are starting the head-to-head contest with core strengths and myriad challenges. As he has since January, Mr. Obama tops Mr. Romney, the presumptive Republican nominee, by six percentage points in the survey, 49% to 43%, a lead just within the poll’s margin of error.

 Norway Killer Studied Oklahoma Bomber

By CHARLES DUXBURY

 Relevance: Global News  The Norwegian right-wing extremist who killed 77 people in shooting and bombing attacks last year said Friday he studied the Oklahoma bomber in planning his attacks and spent years dehumanizing his victims in preparation for what he calls a war against Muslim immigration in Europe.

 

 

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