Friday, April 30, 2010

Things for iPad

<img align='left' src='http://photos.macnn.com/reviews/culturedcode/complogo_story-gen.jpg' border='0' width='176' height='120' />The flexible task management list application, Things from Cultured Code, first appeared for the Mac and iPhone. Things for iPad launched at the same time as the iPad, and it is worth a look at what Cultured Code has done to make it a first-class iPad experience. How do you make an application that is oriented around touch, may be less comprehensive than a Mac app, and isn't just ......

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Jobs returns to Time 100 list for 2010

<img align='left' src='http://photos.macnn.com/news/1002/briefly1802.jpg' border='0' width='176' height='120' />Apple's Steve Jobs has once again made the Time 100, the magazine's list of the world's most influential people. The CEO is categorized by Time as a "thinker," with a company mission to make the experience of computing "as accessible and pleasurable as possible." He is moreover called a man aiming to be "the Beatles of computing," while delivering products that fit without hassle into a person's life....

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Web-based iTunes in works, but not soon after Lala

<img align='left' src='http://photos.macnn.com/news/1004/ipad-music2.jpg' border='0' width='176' height='120' />Apple is reading a web version of iTunes but isn't close enough to switch it on after it shuts down Lala next month, leaks from the music industry hinted today. The company is now believed to be in talks with labels but that the progress is "preliminary at best." Such timing makes it unlikely to go live in time for WWDC on June 7th....

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Apple jumps past Motorola to become biggest US phone maker

Motorola announced sales of 8.5 million phones in its spring quarter, dropping it below Apple's record sales of 8.8 million iPhones and vaulting the Mac maker into position as America's top phone manufacturer.

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Lawyer confirms identity of 'lost' iPhone seller

A 21-year-old California man was identified by his lawyer Thursday as the person who sold a prototype iPhone to the Gizmodo technology site.

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Practical Finance for iPhone Released

Balance Forecasting accurately forecasts the outcome of any imaginable scenario, helping the user make wise financial choices. [ Full story from iClarified - Apple News ]

Apple is Shutting Down Lala on May 31st

Apple has posted a message on the Lala homepage indicating that the service will be shut down on May 31st, 2010. [ Full story from iClarified - Apple News ]

Apple Launches Movie Downloads for iTunes France, Ireland

Apple today announced the launch of movie downloads for its iTunes Stores in France and Ireland. [ Full story from iClarified - Apple News ]

iPad 3G Speed Tests vs. iPad WiFi vs iPad MiFi

A comparison of speed between the iPad 3G, the iPad WiFi, the iPad with MiFi, and the iPhone 3GS. [ Full story from iClarified - Apple News ]

What Are You Playing This Weekend? [Lazy Sundays]

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Chaos Rings Review: Ring Around The iPhone [Review]

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Telltale Reveals Puzzle Agent, Pilot Program

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Toktumi's Line2 Answers Your AT&T iPhone Hang-Ups

Even if you love your iPhone, you may not love AT&T. Cell reception can be crummy in some areas, non-existent in others.

Toktumi hopes to fill the gap. The San Francisco start-up sells a 99-cent iPhone app called Line2 that turns the iPhone into a dual-mode handset. In plain English, that means you can make and receive calls over the Internet through Wi-Fi or cellular, using your Line2-issued phone number. Result: You're no longer hung up if AT&T's coverage is spotty or simply unavailable, as it often is indoors, so long as there's a wireless hot spot.

Using Wi-Fi, Line2 voice quality is generally excellent, especially so if you're gabbing with another Line2 customer. On cellular, the quality is as good or bad as any AT&T cellphone call. You can also make a VoIP (or Internet call) using AT&T's 3G data network, but the quality is so-so.

You can usually detect a decline in quality when slipping from Wi-Fi onto AT&T's airwaves. Line2 is supposed to make the "handoff" from one network to another seamless, though it didn't always work out that way in my test.

While getting calls through when your cellular reception is lousy is Line2's main reason to crow, there are others. You might actually save money. Toktumi's service costs $14.95 a month for unlimited calling in the USA and Canada, which you have to pay on top of regular AT&T monthly rates. But the assumption is you'll make a lot of calls when you're near a Wi-Fi hot spot -- and those calls don't count against your regular AT&T voice allotment.

So you may be able to downgrade to the cheapest $39.99, 450-minute AT&T monthly voice plan vs. the unlimited $69.99 monthly plan.

Even after piling on Toktumi's fees, you come out ahead. VoIP calls made over AT&T's data (not voice) network... [ Full story from CRM Daily ]

Rhapsody's iPhone App an Improvement

A monthly subscription to Rhapsody Premier is $10, and you can store your playlists to use anywhere, even if you have no Wi-Fi or cell connection at all.

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iPhonegate: Q.&A. With Mark D. Rasch, Computer Security Expert

A conversation with Mark D. Rasch, the former head of the United States Department of Justice computer crime unit, discussing the legal technicalities of the case of the missing iPhone 4G.

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'Spirit' jailbreak to follow launch of iPad 3G

<img align='left' src='http://photos.macnn.com/news/1004/ipad-jailbreak.jpg' border='0' width='176' height='120' />A public jailbreak for the iPad, codenamed Spirit, should be available sometime after today's launch of the iPad 3G, says the unofficial iPhone Dev Team. The hack is noted to be the same one demonstrated after the launch of the Wi-Fi iPad, which in turn was based on the original Spirit used to jailbreak iPhone 3.1.3 devices. iPads currently rely on unique firmware, iPhone 3.2....

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News: iTunes Movies Debut in France, Ireland

Apple announced on Friday that it has begun offering iTunes Store movie downloads in France and Ireland. Movies from Hollywood studios such as Universal, Disney and Warner Bros., as well as offerings from European studios will be available, and will include both movie purchases and rentals.

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News: Microsoft Throws its Weight Behind HTML5

Microsoft’s General Manager of Internet Explorer, Dean Hachamovitch, weighed in on the Flash versus HTML5 debate on Friday to side with Apple. According to Mr. Hachamovitch, Internet Explorer 9 will only support H.264 video playback.

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Quick Look Review: NovoThink Surge Solar Charger/Case for iPhone 3G & 3GS

Nancy Carroll Gravley reviews a new iPhone all-in-one charger and case from NovoThink with two unique features:  It is solar powered and it automatically kicks in when needed. 

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Mac Geek Gab Premium Podcast: MGG 258: Keyboards, Domain Blocking, Dead Mac, and More

Wrapping up the month of April, John and Dave bring this Friday-afternoon Premium edition show straight to you (and for you…). Today your two favorite geeks talk through keyboard management, why you can run more than 4GB of RAM with a 32-bit kernel, a non-booting iMac, parental domain blocking, Mac CPU temperatures… and more! Subscribe today, support your geeks, and join the fun!

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Apple's New Ally: Microsoft

The software giant agrees with Steve Jobs' criticisms of Adobe Flash. [ Full story from Forbes.com Personal Tech News ]

Apple Launches iTunes Store Movie Downloads in France and Ireland


Apple today announced the launch of movie downloads for its iTunes Stores in France and Ireland. The offerings include both purchases and rentals and come from major studios such as 20th Century Fox, MGM, Paramount, Sony, Universal, Disney, ... [ Full story from MacRumors : Mac News and Rumors ]

iPad Wi-Fi + 3G Pre-Orders Arriving, Unboxing Galleries Posted


Comparison of Wi-Fi + 3G (left) and Wi-Fi (right) iPad models (Source: BGR)
Pre-orders of Apple's iPad Wi-Fi + 3G models have been arriving around the United States this morning, and a number of users have been putting together unboxin... [ Full story from MacRumors : Mac News and Rumors ]

iPhone Apps Update : Voodo - Todo Magic, iCurling, CoPilot Live HD



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French, Irish iTunes Stores open up movie sales

<img align='left' src='http://photos.macnn.com/news/1004/centurion.jpg' border='0' width='176' height='120' />Apple has expanded the French and Irish iTunes storefronts, adding movie sales to them for the first time. Visitors to either can buy and rent movies from major American studios, including Fox, MGM, Paramount, Sony, Universal, Disney and Warner Brothers. Of special interest though may be the regional studios, as Irish shoppers will have access to movies from E1, Optimum and Lionsgate UK, while French shoppers will have access to Pathé, SND and StudioCanal....

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Calls made for Nokia CEO to resign over lack of iPhone rival

<img align='left' src='http://photos.macnn.com/news/1004/nokian8-2.jpg' border='0' width='176' height='120' />Nokia could oust its CEO if the company doesn't turn its performance around, multiple analysts said today. Investors are upset that Nokia hasn't been able to produce a true iPhone rival or take other steps to improve its financial health and are thought to be blaming company leader Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo for much of the trouble. Both Alan B. Lancz & Associates and MKM Partners believe Nokia's board could be under extreme pressure if there aren't signs of improvement by the summer, when the N8 ships....

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Jobs: Ogg Theora may violate patents

<img align='left' src='http://photos.macnn.com/news/1004/ipad-video.jpg' border='0' width='176' height='120' />Apple chief Steve Jobs has warned in a reply to an open latter that Ogg Theora wouldn't necessarily be the best choice for HTML5 video. Addressing a call by Free Software Foundation Europe to use the open-source codec for plugin-free video, Jobs warned that it may infringe on patents and could face a lawsuit, though not necessarily from Apple. He suggested that H.264 fit the definition of an open standard and admitted it wasn't necessarily what open-source advocates would expect....

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Valve sets public Mac Steam release for May 12, 2010

Valve Software has announced the public release of its new Mac version of the Steam gaming platform will happen May 12, slightly later than its initial goal of April.

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Apple to shutter acquired streaming music service Lala on May 31

Lala announced this week its website will no longer be operative as of May 31, and users who bought songs through the site will be credited with songs from Apple's iTunes.

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Apple Stores will close from 4-5 p.m. to prepare for iPad 3G launch

All of Apple's U.S. retail stores will close for an hour today, between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. local time, in order to prepare for the official launch of the iPad 3G.

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iPhone OS 4 improvements good for developers

There may be lots of hype around the new release, but here’s what third party developers really like about the functionality [ Full story from IT World Canada: Daily IT NewsWire ]

Apple iPad no longer available to Brits through BundleBox

Brits are no longer able to get their hands on an iPad via US purchasing and redirect service BundleBox.

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Review: Star Wars Cantina for iPhone, iPad

The Mos Eisley cantina in Star Wars certainly had a motley bunch of alien patrons, so what would it be like to have to wait on them? In Star Wars Cantina, by THQ, you’ll have to think quickly to have a chance at keeping your demanding customers happy.

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