iPhone Software 2.1 has revealed exciting bits o' information like, turn-by-turn directions in Google Maps, the coveted, copy and paste, and now a new bit information. The possibility of a new iPod touch.
Careful checking of the new software's file structure reveals a string with "iPod2,1" in it. The current iPod touch is "1,1."
Will the newest iPod touch have a camera? Maybe it'll have GPS? Or maybe, just maybe, it'll bring 1000 years of peace to the Earth.
The Mac|Life staff chat about Defective by Design's protest plans and wonder what's the appropriate course of action by the group. App Store apps have allegedly been hacked and another clone maker teases Apple lawyers with their new OS X compatible machines.
The group is recruiting readers to book slots at their local Apple Store's Genius Bar to question the employees about Apple's policies concerning the iPhone development, DRM and Apple's use of proprietary standards.
We love open-source and DRM-free software and music as much as the next guy. It just seems that asking the Genius Bar employee about larger company policies is like asking the guy who pumps your gas why the price the oil is so high.
Aurora Feint is a fantasy-themed puzzle game that boasts gorgeous artwork, elaborate visual effects, and a rich, dramatic soundtrack. It’s easily one of the most polished games we’ve seen from the App Store yet - give or take some hiccups.
Think you’ve got better ears than the sound engineer who mastered your favorite CD? Maybe you’d just like to get the most from the tinny speakers on your $2,000 laptop. The folks at JoeSoft are here to help. For a lot less than the cost of pro audio hardware, you can try your hand at soundscaping on your Mac with Hear.
This smart playlist will collect every one-star song in your library.
Why didn’t Apple give me a way to delete songs that I don’t like while listening to them on my iPod, and then have those songs automatically delete from my iTunes library next time I sync? By the time I get back to my computer, I’ve totally forgotten which songs I wanted to get rid of.
There’s no automatic way to do this, but you can try this trick (it works with any iPod except the shuffle) to help make deleting songs easier in the future. But first let’s make sure everyone understands the syncing process between your iPod and iTunes: If you use automatic syncing (i.e., you don’t have Manually Manage Music checked in the iPod Summary screen), it’s a one-way sync from your iTunes Library to your iPod. However, there are a few important pieces of info that iTunes pulls from your iPod into your iTunes Library when you sync: purchased songs that don’t already exist in your Library, newly updated play counts, and star ratings. If you manually manage your music, this trick won’t work.
First, use star ratings on your iPod to flag the songs that you don’t like by giving them one star. On the iPod touch and iPhone, click the Track List button to display all the tracks on an album, then click the track you don’t like and drag your finger across the ratings bar to assign one star to the track. On the iPod nano and classic, press the center button twice while the song is playing, which makes the five rating bullets appear, and use the clickwheel to select a rating.
After you sync your iPod to your Mac, you can quickly find all of your one-star songs by sorting your Library by the Rating column. (If you don’t have a Rating column, choose View > View Options and check the Rating box.) Delete a song by selecting it and hitting Delete on your keyboard.
You can also create a smart playlist containing all of your one-star songs. Choose File > New Smart Playlist and create the rule “Rating is 1 star.” Normally when you delete a song from a playlist, iTunes removes the song from the playlist but keeps it in your library. But if you select a track and hold down Option while you press the Delete key, iTunes will delete the song from your library.
If the idea of paying for apps for your iPhone/iPod touch just gets your goat, not only are you cheap, but you'll be happy to learn that the Fairplay DRM has been allegedly hacked. The hack strips the DRM from App Store purchases and allow apps to be played on unauthorized iPhones.
As with most hacks, you'll need a jailbroken iPhone, XCode, and some command line experience.
The Mac|Life Posse wants to remind everyone that developers are people too. They put their pants on just like the rest of us - one leg at a time. Except once their pants are on, they make sweet apps.
Last week, we reported that another Mac clone, manufactured by Open Tech, had surfaced. Today, ComputerWorld is reporting that the company won’t be pre-installing Mac OS X and that the liability should fall on the consumer rather than the manufacturer.
Open Tech argues that Apple’s end-user license agreement (EULA) states that buyers can purchase a legitimate copy of Mac OS X and install it on non-Apple hardware. Therefore, Apple’s still making profit off of the operating system rather than the hardware. Apple’s EULA clearly states otherwise.
The company also announced the price of its machines. Open Tech Home and Open Tech XT will sell for $620 and $1,200 respectively. The machines are pretty legit (perhaps too legit?...to quit?) and include some pretty beefy specs. But, Open Tech’s “free-for-all” computer philosophy will undoubtedly infuriate Apple.
We should also note that Open Tech completely revamped their homepage and it sucks. It’s good to be open! is their new slogan. Where is an eye rolling emoticon when you need one?
For every useful, functional tool in the App Store lies a piece of software that serves no other purpose than to kill time. From games and sight gags, to visual teasers and flashlights, the App Store is filled with free and low-cost ways to make your commute—or morning meeting—that much bearable.
He’s a lone hero on a mission to rescue his city from the forces of darkness. No, not Batman - we’re talking about De Blob for your iPhone or iPod touch. The I.N.K.T. Corporation has drained all the color from Chroma City, and it’s up to you to undo their monochromatic mischief.
If you’ve visited iTunes recently, you may have noticed something different about the “Top TV Episodes” section. Currently, the three best-selling shows aren't episodes at all, but an independently produced series, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, written and directed by Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly).
Thanks to iTunes, this may be the beginning of a paradigm shift, where television shows will be freed from network control and put into the hands of their creators.
The trains might run on time, but for those Germans who pre-ordered iPhone 3G’s, scheduled arrivals are way off. Gizmodo translated a post on German website iphone-ticker.de which noted that after weeks of waiting for their precious new toys, these customers received a paper “build-it-yourself” iPhone template with the phrase (roughly translated) “As a small pastime/tinkering project” at the top.
Funny, ja? Nein!
No further details were given as far as when those customers would be receiving more sturdy iPhones that wouldn’t require bits of tape.