Thursday, October 14, 2010

Wi-Fi Sync 2.0 Beta Signups Now Open, December Release

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Wi-Fi Sync, a popular iOS application that lets you sync your iDevice with iTunes wirelessly, has announced beta signups for its upcoming 2.0 release.

The 2.0 update will be free for existing users; however, the 3G sync feature will be a $5 in-app purchase (it needs server capacity).

Only one purchase of Wi-Fi Sync is needed for all of your devices. Your data is encrypted (with SSL) by iTunes and your iPhone; Wi-Fi Sync can't read it.

Coming in December
● Sync your iPhone over Wi-Fi, 3G, EDGE and/or VPN
● Major stability and speed improvements
● Native support for iPad & iPod touch 4G
● Direct integration with iTunes

You can purchase Wi-Fi Sync now from the Cydia Store for $9.99. Click this link to signup for the 2.0 beta.





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Driverless Taxi is controlled with iPad App

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Will the near future really be filled with cars that drive themselves? First Google shocked the world with news that they were working on a car that drives itself. Now a team from Germany's Freie University is making the rounds with a taxi that drives itself with just a click of a button.

It all sounds super cool and all, but how does it work? All the magic comes from an iPad app — simply put in the coordinates you want the car to drive to and then that's it. You can even watch the car drive itself along a map.

Using a variety of laser scanners, cameras, GPS and radars, the modified Volkswagen Passat does looks like it works relatively well — but we still have our doubts.

How does the car deal with jaywalkers or what happens when there is another car backing out of the parking lot, obscuring its path? Or what if some vandal decides to smash the car's obtrusive scanner on the car's roof? Obviously these are all things that will need to be sorted out before the dream of owning a car like Knight Rider's KITT becomes a reality.







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The iPad is coming to Verizon on October 28th, sort of

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Verizon is getting the iPad! Could the iPhone be next? Eh, maybe, but you've gotta understand that the iPad is only sort of coming to Verizon.

With the 3G iPad on AT&T, the iPad has a built-in wireless connection that lets you surf on AT&Ts network. That's nice! But with this Verizon deal, you're getting a Wi-Fi iPad and a Verizon Mi-Fi, which turns their 3G network into a hotspot so your iPad can get on board.

So what's the difference between buying an iPad now and using it to connect to a 3G hotspot now and doing it on October 28th? Nothing, other than buying your iPad through Verizon. Apple would have had to have designed a new iPad with a different wireless chip inside to have it work on Verizon's network, so this is just a gimpy way of getting the iPad on board over there. No reason to get too excited.




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Intel Praises iPad, Vows to Win Tablet Segment

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Intel CEO Paul Otellini praised the iPad for its successes but vowed to ultimately win the tablet category, according to CNET.

"I know the big question on everyone's mind is how Intel will respond to new computing categories where Intel currently has no presence, specifically tablets...We think tablets are exciting and fully welcome their arrival. Apple has done a wonderful job reinventing the category," he said during Tuesday's conference call. "Will they impact PC sales? Sure, at the margin they probably will," he said.

Then Otellini got down to business. "We will use all of the assets at our disposal to win this segment," he said, adding that a number of tablet products will come to market "in the coming months and quarters" based on Windows, Android, and Meego operating systems "across a variety of form factors and price points."

Intel hopes to do this via their "Oak Trail" Intel Atom chip targeted at tablets. Intel will soon be integrating 3G and 4G capabilities via their new acquisition of Infineon.




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How Much Does It Cost to Develop an iPhone Application?

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Craig Hockenberry, one of the developers for Twitterrific, has written a post on Stack Overflow estimating what it costs to develop a similar iPhone application.

We worked some pretty long hours. Let's be conservative and say it's 10 hours per day for 6 days a week. That 60 hours for 9 weeks gives us 540 hours. With two developers, that's pretty close to 1,100 hours. Our rate for clients is $150 per hour giving $165,000 just for new code. Remember also that we were reusing a bunch existing code: I'm going to lowball the value of that code at $35,000 giving a total development cost of $200,000.

Anyone who's done serious iPhone development can tell you there's a lot of design work involved with any project. We had two designers working on that aspect of the product. They worked their asses off dealing with completely new interaction mechanics. Don't forget they didn't have any hardware to touch, either (LOTS of printouts!) Combined they spent at least 25 hours per week on the project. So 225 hours at $150/hr is about $34,000.

There are also other costs that many developer neglect to take into account: project management, testing, equipment. Again, if we lowball that figure at $16,000 we're at $250,000.

You can read the entire post at this link...





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Umm, ok can I see a list of clients? Or let me guess you don't have any?? That's a crazy estimate, the most we have aver been quoted was 25k and that was a bit much IMO, we don't want to down play anyones work but be more realistic, for a quarter million you can buy a pretty big house in some areas..

Btw: we have some ideas for iPhone apps if any developers are interested please contact us( best way would be through our forum link here pm user ip3) or leave a comment below...


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Control Every Applications Network Activity

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ProteMac has announced ProteMac NetMine 2.0, new version of network firewall for Mac OS X. ProteMac NetMine intercepts all network activity traveling from and to your Mac and from every an application of your Mac. NetMine firewall can prevent all unwanted outside and inside traffic from reaching protected machines.

Firewall can restrict or prevent outright the spread of networked computer worms, trojans, viruses and malware. NetMine firewall is a new breed of information security technology designed to protect Mac OS X computers from attack from outside network and from software on your computer.

The two-way firewall stops inappropriate or malicious access to your computer from both internal and external network sources. As a frontline defense, it prevents malware from spreading, providing protection against hackers, loss of personal data, unknown malware, and unauthorized program activity.

ProteMac NetMine provides the first line of defense against malicious software by proactively controlling how programs behave and interact on a Mac and preventing security breaches. Proactively monitors for and blocks sophisticated hacking techniques used to compromise or steal data. By analyzing threats and displaying actionable alerts, Host Protection blocks zero-day attacks and other unauthorized activities, providing advanced protection against botnets, rootkits and inadvertent data disclosure.

Auto-learning and Automatic configuration modes allows users ti setup typical rules for program activity and firewall monitored connectons. Rules for most known programs that access the Internet are applied automatically, relieving you of the need to enter rules manually every time a new application accesses the Internet or interacts with another program.

New in Version 2.0:
* New interface
* New firewall rules editor
* Realtime connection request

Feature highlights include:
* Protects against viruses, spyware, Trojan horses, worms, bots, and rootkits
* Stops threats at point of entry with a quiet two-way firewall
* Blocks browser, OS, and application threats; protects against infected Web sites
* Helps secure and monitor your home network
* Intercept unwanted network connection attempts
* Detailed information of all incoming and outgoing network traffic
* Two-way firewall
* Network Monitor for visualizing network activity in real-time
* Internet Worm Protection
* Controls incoming and outgoing TCP/IP traffic and data
* Intrusion Prevention
* Protects against spyware and Trojan horses
* Protects against all kinds of intrusions
* Protects against network attacks
* Protects against ping floods, port scans, and more
* Simple and advanced firewall modes

Pricing and Availability:
ProteMac NetMine 2.0 is available for only $29.95 (USD) for a Single License, and may be downloaded directly from the ProteMac website.




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BatchOutput Server 4.6 Released for InDesign

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Zevrix Solutions has announced the release of BatchOutput Server 4.6, a feature update to its powerful output workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign. BatchOutput Server completely automates InDesign output workflow by processing files from hotfolders. The software offloads printing and exporting to PDF and PostScript to a central system leaving operator workstations free from the output process.

The new version can automatically write error logs to a text file which is saved in hotfolders along with the processed InDesign documents. It helps users access the error info directly from their workstations.

"BatchOutput Server is an extremely useful utility for a busy production facility or advertising agency", writes David Creamer in Layers magazine, "It can save lots of time - which equates to money."

BatchOutput Server runs on a standalone Macintosh system that has InDesign installed. It allows to sets up workflows for various output needs (including multiple print, PostScript and PDF output options), which are linked to their own hotfolders on the network. Production artists and prepress operators simply submit InDesign files to the hotfolders. BatchOutput Server automatically outputs the files from its dedicated station, and will auto-activate document fonts as well. The workflow also ensures that correct output settings will be always used.

BatchOutput Server offers the following major features and benefits:
* Process InDesign files and books from hotfolders
* Export files as single pages
* Update modified links automatically
* Variable output file names
* Auto* activate document fonts
* Automatic e* mail notifications of process stages and errors
* Automatic error handling
* Detailed processing logs and visual file tracking
* Easy to install and set up

BatchOutput is also available in a single user version to automate printing and exporting from InDesign on individual stations.

Pricing and Availability:
BatchOutput Server 4.6 can be purchased from the Zevrix Solutions web site for $699.95 (USD), as well as from authorized resellers. Trial is also available for download. The update is free for licensed users. BatchOutput Server is a Universal Binary, runs on Mac OS X 10.4.2-10.6 and works with Adobe InDesign CS2-CS5.




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Microsoft Confirms Windows Phone 7 Will Sync With Macs

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Microsoft has officially confirmed that they will be releasing a tool for Windows Phone 7 users to sync with Mac.

Later in 2010 Microsoft will make a public beta available of a tool that allows Windows Phone 7 to sync select content with Mac computers.

This is good news for Mac users who are interested in trying out the Windows Phone 7 platform.





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Grooveshark Updates App for iOS 4, Releases on Cydia

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Grooveshark has updated its iPhone application with a revamped UI, multitasking, and Retina Display support.

The app was originally rejected by Apple then released on Cydia. Eventually, Apple approved it but then subsequently removed it after a complaint. Now the app is back on Cydia.

It requires a Grooveshark VIP subscription ($3/month) which you can sign-up for easily from inside the app.

Grooveshark Mobile connects you to the world's music library. Search and play millions of songs, and access your favorites and saved playlists with your Grooveshark account. For unlimited access beyond the trial period, go to vip.grooveshark.com and sign up for $3 a month. It's your music, everywhere

What's New in Version 2.0.0:
● Revamped UI
● Multitasking support
● Retina display support












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PlayAwake Lets You Set a Song as Your iPhone's Alarm Sound

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PlayAwake is a tweak that modifies your iPhone's Clock app to let you set a song as your wake up sound.

Use iPod music as alarm clock sound! Just pick a track from your device's Music Library from inside the default alarm clock app and you will wake up listening to your favorite song! This tweak fully integrates in the default Clock app!

What's New in 1.0-9
● New preferences page for vibration, raise volume, etc.
● New option: enable/disable volume raise on alarm
● New option: enable/disable use of headphone jack
● Snooze music alarm if lock or volume button is pressed (original alarm behaviour)
● Fixed MediaPicker crash that randomly occured right after selecting a song

You can purchase PlayAwake from the Cydia Store for $1.99.













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Apple 'Back to the Mac' Event on October 20th

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Apple has invited the media to a 'Back to the Mac' event on October 20th, according to Engadget.

Oh boy. New Air? Verizon iPhone? Jobs grows a huge beard? Probably not. Apple wants to talk about "what's new for the Mac," which could mean some hardware -- but the company definitely wants to talk software too. See that lion sneaking around behind the logo? Apple is bringing the media out to Cupertino to discuss (amongst other things) the next version of OS X.




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Some of our predictions, new MacBook air, New OSX (looks like it will be OSX Lion), hopefully a touch screen Mac and or MacBook pro, and possibly what we have been waiting for all along a OSX iPad??
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