Archive for November 2, 2011

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Google Kills Its Other Plus

Andy Baio (via John Gruber):

On Wednesday, Google retired a longer-standing “plus”: the + operator, a standard bit of syntax used to force words and phrases to appear in search results. The operator was part of Google since its launch in 1997 and built into every search engine since.

The replacement is to put the individual terms in double quotes.

Apple’s Planned Obsolescence Schedule

Adam C. Engst:

It’s not so much that iCloud is itself uninterested in the past, since Lion works on all Macs sold in the last 4 years or so. The problem is iOS, and the way Apple is keeping obsolete products for sale at lower price points. The iPhone 3G can’t run iOS 5 and thus can’t participate in iCloud, but you could have bought an iPhone 3G as recently as 15 months ago. Thus, you may be able to connect a 4-year-old Mac to iCloud, but not an iPhone that’s less than 2 years old. Since the entire point of iCloud is to route data among your many devices, this discrepancy is troubling lots of people.