Now that we've had some time to shake off Steve Jobs' RDF, we discuss the latest wares announced last week at the Apple event. We also bust out the score card and see which staff member had the highest numbers of correct predictions about the event.
Then Nic gets all teary eyed for the iPod classic.
Plus, we answer your hard-hitting Facebook and Twitter questions.
Sometimes after a long weekend or extended vacation, it can be next to impossible to get back into a productive state of mind without a bit of prodding. As we slowly push our brains uphill on this post-Labor Day Tuesday, it's comforting to know that at least one person out there is willing to do a bit of thinking for us. Let's give a collective "thank you" to software engineer and former Apple employee Matt Drance for providing us some substantial food for thought. In turning your direction to Drance's blog, AppleOutsider, you'll find a well stated argument for why Ping--already a hot button topic in the Apple community--could very well end up being one of Apple's most popular and influential products.
If you've been using iTunes' new social networking service, Ping, you may or may not have noticed the volumes of spam infiltrating its walls. It's much of the same stuff you see on Facebook--links to free iPads, iPods, and iPhones, fake accounts, and even people posing as Steve Jobs.
Well, according to iPodNN, Apple has managed to expunge the service of most of this unwanted material. And, to top it off, they've added back and forward buttons to make navigating the service a little easier. Users no longer have to use the iTunes Store's menu to navigate Ping.
Steve may want us to stop thinking about CDs when we think about music, and while that makes sense, the new iTunes icon isn't to everyone's liking.
Swapping out icons is nothing new. Mac users have been doing it for years. We're going to give some of you a quick refresher and for the new Mac users out there, this is a fun way to customize your Mac.
The new iTunes is out. While it's, let's just say different looking, we took a good hard look at the latest update to the hardest working app on our Macs and came up with some tips, tricks and features you might find helpful. From Ping to Album Art List View, we check out the good, the bad and the gray.
It appears the mystery as to why Facebook Connect was available, and then not available, has a little something to do with blocked API access. According to sources at All Things D, Facebook denied Apple's Ping access to the application programming interface that would allow users to search for their friends, which left them with only a few friends willing to respond to their emailed Ping requests. Normally, this kind of API access is open and doesn't require any kind of permission, but when it's being accessed numerous times at a very rapid rate (like, say, 160 million at a time), it's natural for Facebook to put a screeching halt to the requests and focus on protecting their users data.
Kara Swisher of All Things D managed to ask Steve Jobs why Facebook Connect was omitted from Ping as he was making his rounds through the media demo room after the Apple Music Event. The answer was that Apple had held talks with Facebook about "a variety of unspecified partnerships related to Ping, but the discussions went nowhere," according to Swisher's blog.