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Sons of Anarchy - Season 4, Episode 3 Song

Season 4 Episode 3 (S04E03) of Sons of Anarchy is a killer episode. Lots of conflict being setup for the rest of this season and beyond.

One of the highlights is the closing of the episode, which plays out against the song All of This Could Have Been Yours by Shooter Jennings & Hierophant (iTunes).

Great song, great ending.

What's missing from Final Cut Pro X?

What'd Apple leave out of the much-anticipated update to the Final Cut Studio suite of applications? There's a nice list over at Premium Beat (http://stvn.so/kZKbQI) that sums it up quite nicely. The biggies include the lack of batch capture and no support for those of us with more than one display connected to their editing computer.

Could the new Square Register and Square Card Case usher in the paperless receipt?

If you haven't already heard of Square (http://www.squareup.com) then you probably will soon. Created by Jack Dorsey, the same mind behind Twitter, the service has put small, free credit card readers into the hands of hundreds of thousands of people and made the ability to accept credit cards a reality for small business owners and infrequent Craigslist-sellers alike.

But now Dorsey and his innovative gang have something even more expensive and archaic than credit card processing in their sights: the traditional point-of-sale cash register may be the next to fall.

Apple tweaks in-app purchase management for developers

About a month ago I submitted the May 2011 issue of the magazine I work for to Apple for approval. As is their prerogative, anything that is going to be sold via the App Store or in-app purchases has to be given a once-over by Apple first. Fair enough.

The only downside was that I'd plugged in the wrong name. I entered April 2011 where I should've typed May 2011. Mind you, this was on a private string that'd only be seen behind the scenes, but it meant that all of my graphs and reports would be all the more difficult to read.

Why I Wish Walmart Was Swedish

IKEA, the Swedish-founded furniture and home decor store that has been synonymous with saving the customer a few dollars by turning their products into do-it-yourself weekend projects is not only a model of iconic style and design, but also of how a company hellbent on providing the lowest possible price should operate in order to realize their goal.

TinyUmbrella throws "Cannot Start TSS Service" error

If you're an iPhone jailbreaker, you're probably already familiar with TinyUmbrella, the versatile desktop application that can save your SHSH blogs, put your iOS device into and out of recovery mode, and run it's own TSS Server to convinces downgrades and restores that they're talking to Apple's servers instead of your own. It's a great tool and can easily be considered the iOS hackers swiss army knife.

That is, when it works.

iPad Screenshot Orientation Bug

My iPad 3G is still relatively new. Though the "ohmagod...soshiny" honeymoon phase has ended, I still absolutely love the thing. I picked one up on opening day and was out of the store by 5:05 with the device in hand.

I've had good intentions of writing down my first impressions on Apple's so-called magical new device, but the time has not made itself apparent yet. That said, I wanted to take a few moments to jot down some thoughts on a bug I discovered within the first 24 hours of owning an iPad.

Michael Buble: Missing the 140 Character Boat

While I hate to return from such a long blogging hiatus with what is something of a negative post, this has struck me as something that needs to be talked about. And since it just now irked me once again, I'm going to talk about it right now.

Twitter is an excellent opportunity for real celebrities (and those that we as humans have given celebrity status to for no apparent reason) to strike a bond with their fans. It allows multi-million-dollar corporations to appear accessible and real to their customers. Twitter is a great thing.

CityCenter: A First Look

Apologies for the low quality of the photos seen below. All I had with me that night was an iPhone.

CityCenter, the multiple-hotel, condo, casino, and shopping center, is far from finished. Large walls adorned with "Coming February 2010" are the landmark of the newly-revealed Crystals shopping district, construction cones line the large driveways that lead in and out of the mini-city, and there is no self-parking available to non-hotel guests at this time. But, seeing as the much-anticipated opening had occurred just a few nights prior, I decided to stop in for a visit.

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