Remains of the Day: Welcome changes

iPads and e-readers may soon be persona grata during all portions of flights, the new Apple TV contains minor improvements over its predecessor, and Foxconn says it won’t sue over an inaccurate story. It’s good to see the remainders for Monday, March 19, 2012.

Disruptions: Time to Review F.A.A. Policy on Gadgets (New York Times)

Hallelujah! The FAA told the Times that it’s taking “a fresh look” at the use of certain electronic devices during takeoff, taxi, and landing, meaning that you may soon be able to use your iPad or your e-reader—but probably not your iPhone—throughout your entire flight. Until then, just make sure that you load up all your ebooks on that electric razor.

Apple TV 3rd Generation Teardown (iFixit)

If you’ve been waiting to see how the new Apple TV would fare under one of iFixit’s teardowns, wait no longer. The firm has disassembled the latest version of Apple’s set-top box, revealing an improved wireless chip, a single-core A5 processor, and 512MB of RAM. Shockingly, the much rumored “true” Apple TV was not found inside.

New iPad vs. iPad 2 Drop test (SquareTrade)

As if taking devices apart isn’t bad enough, the folks at SquareTrade have recorded themselves dropping an iPad 2 and a new iPad onto a sidewalk. The results may not surprise you: They all shatter completely. Because they’re made of glass.

Foxconn’s Woo Says Truth Prevails After Retraction (BloombergBusinessweek)

Foxconn spokesman Louis Woo welcomed last week’s retraction by This American Life of Mike Daisey’s segment on factories in China. Elsewhere the company said it had “no plans to take legal action.”

Product News

Apple Software Installer Update 1.0 - Apple released an update to Apple Software Installer for Snow Leopard which addresses an issue that may prevent certain Apple software from installing. Free.

Fantastical 1.2.2 - Flexibits has updated its calendar utility to version 1.2.2, adding a vertically resizable event list, support for searching event notes, Australian time zone support, improved URL parsing, and a number of bug fixes and minor enhancements. Free update; $20 for a new license.

Skitch 1.0.8 for Mac - The latest updated to Evernote’s image editing and annotation software adds the ability to quickly share your pictures directly to Evernote. Free.

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