Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Reclaim Control of Your Digital Social Life

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RippleSend has released rrripple 1.3, an update for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users. The application is perfect for all seasons. Users can share their photos, videos, directions, links and documents for family summer vacations and reunions, as well as use the app as a safe and secure place for kids to work in the fall, once school restarts. rrripple is working with schools, providing a kid-friendly environment where teachers will collaborate with colleagues, students and parents for sharing media or homework assignments.

rrripple is perfect for year round socializing and communicating, as the app can be put to practical use, as well as just being enjoyed for the fun app that it is. Sharing vacation photos, videos, driving directions, links and documents is perfect for summer and helps groups of people organize plans for get-togethers, cottage visits and reunions. Users have full control over what and who they share with. They can join or create groups or keep everything private for sharing only with trusted friends and family.

Once the school year is back in swing, rrripple will be a teacher's aid, providing a safe and secure group environment where teachers, students and parents can congregate, view media, communicate and pick up homework assignments. RippleSend developers are collaborating with teachers on the venture, which begins with the opening of classes. Learn more about how much fun rrripple is or how it can help a child with their school year by visiting the rrripple.com website.

rrripple features:
* Activitystream keeps users up-to-date with all of the different groups
* Easily create or join a group
* Share photos, videos, notes, files, and links with groups
* Check what family and friends are posting
* Users can view their lifestream on a timeline
* View 100% relevant content of all your groups and their timelines
* Directly capture and share photos
* Users can keep each group private or safely share their digital life
* New timeline view on the iPad while in landscape orientation
* rrripple can be used with the rrripple.com website
* iOS4 compatibility

Pricing and Availability
rrripple 1.3 is Free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Social Networking category. Promo codes are available for qualified reviewers. Please specify the website or blog you represent when making your request.




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New Rules for Documentary Filmmakers

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This week the Digital Production BuZZ, the world's only interactive talk radio show for digital production, post-production and distribution, airs a live interview with Eddie Schmidt, President of the Board of IDA (International Documentary Association) and an Academy Award-nominated documentary filmmaker. Schmidt comes to the BuZZ to share his perspective on the recent copyright ruling favoring documentary filmmakers by the U.S. Copyright Office. The show airs Thursday, August 12th, 6:00pm (PDT) on the show website or can be downloaded later via iTunes or Zune Player.

"This ruling is a significant victory for filmmakers," said Cirina Catania, Documentary Filmmaker and Producer of the Digital Production BuZZ. "Immediate and reasonable access to content on DVD's that was previously held hostage, allows us to make better films in a timely fashion and without incurring exorbitant fees. It's a new frontier and will certainly boost creativity and profitability for all sectors of our business. We are very grateful to everyone on the team who made this possible."

At the end of July a team of USC Law students under the supervision of Jack Lerner, professor at USC and Director of the Intellectual Property and Technology Clinic, who appeared on last week's Digital Production BuZZ, helped secure an exemption to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) of 1998. The exemption eases restrictions on copyright that allows documentary filmmakers Fair Use to material contained on copy-protected DVDs and other sources that were previously off limits. The immediate and direct consequence of this court ruling impacts everyone producing videos today.

"Fair Use is an incredibly murky area," said Larry Jordan, executive producer and host of the Digital Production Buzz. "It is now essentially legal to excerpt materials from copy-protected DVDs, but illegal to create software that does so. It is legal to use a five-second clip without paying royalties or copyright fees, but, probably, illegal to use an entire show."

"The Digital Production Buzz is actively concerned with issues that affect independent filmmakers," Jordan continued. "We are delighted to provide a continuing forum for everyone involved in our industry to learn more about these issues and discover solutions to common problems. We have been covering the media industry since 2005 with in-depth reports and interviews. These new rulings allow us to continue doing what we do best - explain a highly technical world in terms that make sense to all of us."



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Apple Releases iOS 4.0.2 [Don't Update] [3x]

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Apple has released iOS 4.0.2 for the iPhone. Do not update your device until more details about the firmware are discovered.

It is VERY important that you have your SHSH blobs for 4.0 or 4.0.1 saved. Apple will stop signing 4.0.1 in just a few minutes/hours.


It's thought that the 4.0.2 update will patch the PDF vulnerability that comex used to perform his jailbreak.

Update:
Planetbeing tweets that Apple hasn't bothered to patch the exploit for the first generation iPhone. Are you serious, Apple's not going to patch the Safari remote execution on the first gen iPhone???!

Update 2:
Apple has posted a support document outlining the security issue that has been fixed.

A stack buffer overflow exists in FreeType's handling of CFF opcodes. Viewing a PDF document with maliciously crafted embedded fonts may allow arbitrary code execution. This issue is addressed through improved bounds checking.

Update 3:
MuscleNerd notes that the baseband hasn't been updated in 4.0.2. iPhone 4 baseband isn't updated in 4.0.2, but ultrasn0w requires JB. 4.0.1 SHSH blobs will protect you from "oops" update


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Apple to Release iOS Update in a Few Hours?

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Cpich, a member of the iPhone Dev-Team, has heard that Apple is planning to update the iPhone firmware today which will prevent JailbreakMe.com from working.

A little birdie told me ios update due in a few hours (better to believe than ignore) so go ahead and save your SHSH before it's too late!

Saving your SHSH blobs will let you restore to a firmware version that can be jailbroken and unlocked.

You can save your SHSH blobs by jailbreaking your device, opening Cydia, and pressing the "make my life easier button". However, we recommend using one of the firmware umbrella tutorials below to be absolutely sure you have them saved.


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e-Nag Reminders for iPhone

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SubaTuba has released the latest version of e-Nag Reminders for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users. e-Nag is not a texting service, rather it is a no-reply reminder system that consumers can use to organize their busy lives and keep on top of important tasks. The application is fast, efficient and up to 75 e-Nags can be preset to be sent anytime, up to one year in advance. Repeat reminder scheduling offers many options. Developers have included a ready made library, where users can simple choose a common reminder to send out, entirely eliminating the need to type.

The e-Nag app is a 'set and forget' system. Users merely choose a ready made reminder or type their own, then send it right away or tell the app when they want it sent. e-Nag takes care of the delivery and can even handle daily, weekly, monthly, yearly, or custom repeat reminders when this option is chosen.

e-Nag currently works with thirteen wireless carriers, which is how the reminders are delivered. Users need an active mobile number from any of the thirteen companies, in order to use the app. Of course, delivery is as good as the carrier.

Efficient organization is what e-Nag brings to the table with these features:
* Choose up to 15 people from a device's contact list to send reminders to
* Organize contacts into groups, i.e. "Kids", "Co-workers"
* Quick e-Nag library provides ready made reminders or users can create new ones and add them to the library
* Optionally, users can type their own reminder message
* Schedule up to 75 message deliveries ahead of time
* Set up e-Nag to be delivered on a daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly repeat schedule
* Customize settings, including name and number to display and the time zone being sent to
* e-Nag works for people with activated mobile phone numbers to use
* There are currently 13 wireless carriers that e-Nag works with
* This app costs less than one cup of gourmet coffee

Examples of e-Nag in use:
* Set a daily reminder to take your vitamins each day at 10am.
* Set a weekly reminder for your husband to put the garbage out on Tuesday evenings.
* Set a yearly reminder to renew your auto registration.
* Set a custom weekday reminder for your children to do their homework at 6pm.
* Set a reminder to schedule an appointment at the Dentist in 6 months for a cleaning.
* Set an hourly reminder for your husband to mow the lawn, until he finally finishes the chore.

The e-Nag app has been a big hit, winning the number ten spot for Creative and Practical and placing forty-eighth overall in Babble's Top 50 Apps for Moms.

Pricing and Availability:
e-Nag Reminders 1.0.5 is only $2.99 (USD) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Utilities category. Promo codes are available for qualified reviewers. Please specify the website or blog you represent when making your request.




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