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RunKeeper announces regional localization, and more product news


You know how hard it is to believe that some people are speaking the same language -- allegedly English -- that you are? Bostonians are probably the worst manglers of the Queen's English, although some of the New York/New Jersey dialects can be horrible. And let's not even talk about the Southern US, where I don't think the root language spoken is English. At least those of us in the West speak clearly and enunciate properly...

Well, enough of that. RunKeeper has announced regional localizations of the verbal prompts in their fitness tracking app, starting with RunKeepah, the Boston/New England version of the app. The company promises versions of the app in midwest, New York and Southern dialects over the course of the next year. You can read all about RunKeepah heah ... I mean "here" and listen to the Bostonian version as well. -- You know those classy business cards you can get from Moo? The company today announced their new delivery option in Boston, Providence, and London. Pug Post will "add a little warmth to our delivery service and give people a reason to smile." Who needs delivery drones when you can have something much cuter delivering your biz cards? Beginning tomorrow, the Canine Courier Pug Post option will be available as a delivery option for any orders including Luxe products.

Pad and Quill's Field Bag has been a huge hit with those who love the high-quality handmade luxury of P&Q's product line. Now the company has announced the Micro Field Bag for iPhone, bringing the same leather details, waxed canvas body, and even a cherry wood "ampersand" logo. It's on Kickstarter, and for as little as $50 you can own one of these cute little bags. I'm planning on backing at the $70 level so I can get one that will match my Navy Blue Field Bag...

As the company says, "Again we think it's amazingly practical way of carrying your iPhone, multiple credit cards, ID and cash. You can even stuff your charger cube and your other pocket."

One day after iFixit CEO Kyle Wiens griped about how Apple is doing its best to put repair shops out of business, the company announced that it is being acquired by Apple. Said Wiens, "Everyone has a number. I didn't think there was a reasonable number that would make me say, 'You know I was going to change the world with repair documentation but here's a number.' In the end, Apple gave us a number that we couldn't refuse."

Our very own Erica Sadun is working on an iOS 8 book for an October release -- iOS 8 Development for the Really Impatient is available for pre-order on

And right here in the State of Colorado, case manufacturer OtterBox has licensed the rights to the official colors and flag of its home state. To quote Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, "By adopting the OtterBox brand image, Colorado strengthens its creative, playful and outdoorsy reputation on a global scale," said Gov. Hickenlooper. "Plus, now I get to ride the slide at OtterBox headquarters whenever I want. Who doesn't love a slide?"

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