Matias Sponsoring TidBITS -- We're pleased to announce our latest long-term sponsor, Matias Corporation, makers of the Tactile Pro Keyboard, and the Laptop Armor and iPod Armor hardshell cases. Matias first caught our attention back in 2001 with their Half Keyboard, an unusual halved QWERTY keyboard that used the spacebar as a modifier key to access the missing keys. Although neat enough to warrant mention in consecutive Macworld Superlatives articles, the Half Keyboard was attractive primarily in very specific situations (such as when portable data entry to a Palm OS handheld was necessary), and it's great to see Matias devoting their design sensibility to more mainstream products like the Tactile Pro Keyboard and the two hardshell cases. We've been impressed both with Matias's products and the company itself, so we couldn't be happier to include Matias among our select group of sponsors. [ACE]
Beware Country-Specific iTunes Stores
If you buy an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, and you happen to be a user of the iTunes Store in more than one country, take note which country's store you're viewing in iTunes when you plug in the device for the first time. This will be the country the device will register with, and you will be forever barred from purchasing or even updating free apps from anywhere else. The only way out is to delete everything on the device and do a full restore.
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