Square monitor from EIZO with 1920×1920 resolution

The basic specification list gives the IPS-based EV2730Q as a 16.8 million color display with 178 degree viewing angles, a 300 nit brightness, a 1000:1 contrast ratio and 5ms gray-to-gray response time. Video inputs are via DisplayPort and a dual-link DVI-D, with a maximum refresh rate of 60 Hz. Two 1W speakers are built in, along with a 2-port USB 2.0 hub. 100mm VESA is supported with 344º of swivel and 35º/5º of tilt. Height is also adjustable.

Size looks to be 27″. This could be an interesting monitor size for CAD and programming work.

Flashlight extends Spotlight

Dan Moren has a good write-up on the new Flashlight utility by Nate Parrott over at Six Colors:

Flashlight extends Spotlight with a number of additional plugins, letting you quickly bring up a weather forecast, quickly perform a Google search, query Wolfram Alpha, and more. All of these results show up in Spotlight’s preview pane, which is essentially treated as a webview. (It also seems to use the mobile version of some of the sites, such as IMDB, which is a little peculiar, but probably fits better.) You can also write your own plugins, presuming you’re conversant with Python.

I’ve been playing around with it myself and have already found it quite handy. The only complaint I have so far is that sometimes the search results/data take awhile to load.

Enable Continuity on some older Macs

via MacRumors:

The Continuity Activation Tool will enable Continuity on the mid-2011 MacBook Air and the mid-2011 Mac mini with no additional hardware required, as both of those devices include Bluetooth 4.0. That means installing the tool should get Continuity up and running on those machines in just a few minutes.

Works like a charm on my mid-2011 MacBook Air. Although, I did have to sign out and sign back in to my iCloud account before it started to work.

You can download it from Github here.

GhostTunes unveiled by Garth Brooks

Yet another musician trying to break into the technology business. Maybe Garth Brooks and Neil Young should have gotten together on the store thing?

Brooks’ beef with iTunes is that it is grounded in selling singles, while Brooks says he wants his music sold as complete albums to protect the songwriters and music publishers who depend on income from tracks included on those recordings.

The problem with his “beef” is that the market has shifted to singles away from albums. Kids these days…

Security only as strong as the weakest link

And in this case, it’s the users and their passwords.

After more than 40 hours of investigation, we have discovered that certain celebrity accounts were compromised by a very targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions, a practice that has become all too common on the Internet. None of the cases we have investigated has resulted from any breach in any of Apple’s systems including iCloud® or Find my iPhone.

Semil Shah on iOS First

The fragmentation in the Android development sphere should really keep most developers off that platform until long after they’ve reached that successful stage.

Let me state up front that I have no problem with Android and see its own benefits. But in this context, startups should follow the lead of Instagram and only start dabbling with Android if and when there’s a solid base of millions on iOS and/or if it becomes a strategic chip for the startup.