14 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do With Your iPad

Business Insider:

The iPad has some tricks  up its sleeve that you might not know about.

While many complain about the software  being “stale” (well, until iOS 7 comes sometime this fall), there are many  features on the iPad that you can take advantage of if you know the right  settings, gestures, or apps.

These are our favorite of the less well-known features and capabilities  (whether native or app-assisted) in our iPads.

Check them out here.



Twitter Gags ‘Aggressive’ Tutu Account

IOL News is reporting:

The official Twitter account of the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation has been suspended for “aggressive following” behaviour,  the foundation said on Thursday.

The account was suspended just hours after it was opened on Thursday, spokesman Roger Friedman said.

“The (at)TutuLegacy is the only real Twitter account that speaks for the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation, through the voices  of Desmond Tutu and the reverend Mpho Tutu, who runs the foundation,” Friedman said in a statement.

The foundation was perplexed as to the reasons for the shutdown.  Twitter had not explained how 30 people could be construed as “aggressive following”, or whether the number of people who followed (at)TutuLegacy in a short space of time was to blame, he said.

“I hope the powers that be at Twitter find it in their hearts to  fix the problem and let us communicate again. We need to reassure all those people who started following us today that this is the real deal,” Friedman said.

As Tutu planned to cut down on his travel, the foundation saw Twitter and Facebook as a means for the Nobel Peace Prize laureate to communicate with people.



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Bible Archaeology

Mystery of Byzantine Garbage Pit

Discovery News:

Archaeologists digging at a site north of Tel Aviv have uncovered ancient coins and jewelry in a mysterious garbage dump, the Israel Antiquities Authority said in a statement.

Located near the ancient city of Apollonia-Arsuf, the Byzantine refuse pit is one of many unearthed in the area. But unlike the other garbage dumps, the pit measures more than 100 feet in diameter.

As they dug into it, the archaeologists found a hoard of 400 Byzantine coins, 200 intact Samaritan lamps and gold jewelry amid animal bones, pottery and glass fragments.

Most objects date to the 5th-7th centuries A.D.

What was a 1,500-year-old treasure doing in a garbage pit remains a mystery, said archaeologists Oren Tal of Tel Aviv University and Moshe Ajami of the Israel Antiquities Authority.

“The large amount of usable artifacts in the pit raises questions. Noteworthy among the jewelry is an octagonal ring with parts of verses from the Samaritan Pentateuch engraved in Samaritan script,” Tal and Ajami said.

One side reads: “Adonai is his name,” the other side: “One God…”

Approximately a dozen discovered Samaritan rings have been recorded so far in scientific literature.

“This ring constitutes an important addition given the assemblage in which it was discovered,” the archaeologists said.

The site once served as the agricultural hinterland of Apollonia-Arsuf, which is located west of the excavation area and what is today the Apollonia National Park.

Excavations conducted there from the 1950s until the present indicate that the site was inhabited continuously for more than 1,500 years — from the Persian period in late 6th century B.C. until the end of the Crusader period in the 13th century.

Populated by both Christians and Samaritans during the Byzantine period, Arsuf featured industrial quarters with wine presses, olive presses, plastered pools and kilns for the productin of raw glass.

The site was conquered by the Crusaders in 1101 and by the middle of the 12th century was turned over to the one of the aristocratic Crusader families, becoming the center of a feudal manor. In 1241 a fortress was built, and in 1261 control of the fortified city was handed over to a Christian military order called the Kinghts Hospitaller.

By the end of the Mamluk siege in 1265, Arsuf was destroyed.

“Since its defeat, the site has never been reoccupied,” the archaeologists said.

In addition to the mysterious pit, Tal and Ajami unearthed the remains of wine and olive presses, as well as ruined walls that were apparently part of buildings meant to serve local farmers.