Wednesday, February 23, 2011

iPod Nano Update Lets You Turn It Off

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Apple has released an update to the sixth generation iPod nano that lets you turn it off

With iPod software update version 1.1 for iPod nano (6th generation), you will be able to:
● Completely turn off the iPod, rather than just put the device to sleep.
● Control music or radio playback using the Sleep/Wake button without having to look at the device.

Turning iPod nano off completely and turning it on again
● Hold down the Sleep/Wake button for several seconds to turn iPod nano off completely.

Controlling audio playback with the Sleep/Wake button
You can double-click the Sleep/Wake button to play the next audio track, or change the setting so that double-clicking pauses or plays the current track. To set the Sleep/Wake button for audio playback:
● On the Home screen, tap Settings.
● Tap Music, and then tap the Sleep/Wake Button.
● Tap the On/Off switch.
● Tap either Next Track or Play/Pause.




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Mac OS X Lion to Surprise With UI Overhaul?

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Apple still has a few surprises up its sleeve for Mac OS X Lion, one of which is a much anticipated UI overhaul, according to a TechCrunch report.

Well, first of all, from what we’re hearing, Apple is now using it internally. That they’re testing it shouldn’t be surprising, but it’s apparently being widely used internally. Recent statistics seem to confirm this. Looking over the TechCrunch logs, it seems that OS X 10.7 (Lion) has been seeing a surge of usage in recent weeks. After peaking in late August/early September, stats fell off a bit. But now they’re soaring again, indicating that full-scale internal testing is underway.

TechCrunch notes that because of the UI overhaul they expect Apple to begin seeding developers with beta builds of Mac OS X Lion in order to get their applications ready.

Apple has said that Mac OS X Lion will ship this summer.





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Apple Sends Invites to March 2nd Special Event [iPad 2]

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Apple has sent invites to members of the press inviting them to a special event on March 2nd in San Francisco where the company will likely announce the iPad 2, according to the The Loop.

The event will be held at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts at 10:00 am. This is the same venue Apple has used to introduce a number of products in recent years.

Speculation of an Apple event first broke yesterday in a day that was filled with rumors that the iPad 2 would be delayed until June.

The iPad 2 is rumored to be thinner, lighter, feature two cameras, an improved speaker, an anti-glare display, and the new Thunderbolt port.




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Apple Reduces Production Volume Targets to Keep iPad 2 on Schedule?

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Apple has reportedly reduced their iPad 2 production targets to keep the launch of the new tablet on schedule.

A recent report claimed Apple shipments of the iPad 2 may have been delayed from April until June due to production bottlenecks at Hon Hai. This report was widely discredited by several sources.

DigiTimes now reports that its sources say Apple has chosen to drop production volume targets to keep the tablet on schedule.

The sources pointed out that Apple still maintains its plans to mass produce the iPad 2 by the end of February; however, affected by low touch panel yields and an adjustment in specifications, Apple's production volume forecast for the first quarter is expected to drop from 400,000-600,000 units originally to only 300,000-400,000 units.

The sources pointed out that most upstream component makers still have not yet received notification from Apple to delay shipments; therefore they believe the mass production schedule is still as originally planned.




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Apple Cuts Minimum iAd Buy Requirement in Half

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Apple has reduced the minimum iAd buy requirement from one million to five hundred thousand dollars, according to AllThingsD.

Apple confirms that the new entry point is $500,000, a significantly smaller commitment, particularly for smaller brands and agencies that are creating and producing their own iAds.

"This new minimum buy is a great step forward and a necessary one, I think," Mark Read, CEO of WPP Digital, the digital arm of global ad giant WPP, told Digital Daily. "Lowering the minimum buy to $500,000 from $1 million will certainly make the platform more appealing."

Recently some developers have complained about lower fill rates with iAds. This lower entry point for advertisers should allow Apple to get significant amount of new campaigns.



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MacBook Pro Box Photo Leaks Specs, New Thunderbolt Port!

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The specifications for the new MacBook Pro have been leaked via a photo of the 13-inch model box and a photo of ports on the new notebook.

Here are the specifications of the 13" MacBook Pro:
● Core i5 processor dual core 2,3 GHz with 3 Mo of cache
● 4 Go of DDR3 1333 MHz
● Hard Drive 320 GB 5400 rpm
● Glossy 13,33" display 1280x800
● Intel HD Graphics 3000 with 384 Mo of RAM shared with the main memory
● FaceTime HD video camera
● Superdrive 8x
● Thunderbolt port compatible with I/O peripherals and high speed Mini Displayport
● SDXC card reader, one Firewire 800 and two USB 2.0
● Numeric audio out
● Integrated Ethernet
● Backlit keyboard
● Dimensions and weight: 32,5x22,7x2,41 cm; 2,04 kg




The new Thunderbolt port is one with the Mini Displayport. You can see the new logo for thunderbolt and the thunderbolt markings next to the port in the images below.





Remember these are specifications for the low end MacBook Pro. The 15-inch and 17-inch models could have more surprises in store.

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A 'Spectacular' Update to Final Cut Pro is Coming

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A real and spectacular update to Final Cut Pro is coming this spring, according to video editors who previewed the new software.

TechCrunch reports that a small group of video editors were invited to Apple's campus in order to preview the new version. Apparently it's the "biggest overhaul to Final Cut Pro since the original version was created over 10 years ago" and they wanted "pro" feedback.

One source described the new release as encompassing everything from low level architectural changes to a complete redesign of the user interface. It’s safe to say the newest version will be 64 bit as that's what users have clamored the most for. Early reports from people who have demo’d the new Final Cut Pro (FCP 8?) say that the changes are "dramatic and ambitious" and should alleviate concerns that Apple has shifted its video editing focus from the professional to the consumer space, shutting down work on FCP.

TechCrunch theorizes that Apple could look to launch the software around the time of the National Association of Broadcaster conference (April 9 – 14).




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FTC to Investigate Apple In-App Purchases

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The FTC has said it will investigate Apple In-App Purchases after U.S. legislator Rep. Ed Markey sent a letter expressing his concern over unintentional purchases made by children, according to the Washington Post.

FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz wrote in a letter to Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) that the practice of "in-app purchases" for certain applications on Apple iPhones, iPads and iPods raised concerns that consumers may not fully understand the ramifications of those charges. The Washington Post wrote about hefty charges amassed by children using Apple device games that public interest groups said should not be included in software geared for children. Some parents said their children didn't understand the difference between real and pretend purchases for items such as $99 barrels of Smurfberries on the Capcom Interactive game Smurfs Village.

"We fully share your concern that consumers, particularly children, are unlikely to understand the ramifications of these types of purchases," Leibowitz wrote. "Let me assure you we will look closely at the current industry practice with respect to the marketing and delivery of these types of applications."

U.S. antitrust enforcers have also begun looking at Apple's policy which forces content providers to use in-app purchases to sell their subscriptions.




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New MacBook Pro Specs Leaked Again?

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Specifications on the new MacBook Pros expected Thursday have been leaked again this time from MacGeneration.

MacRumors summarizes the rumors:
● no more white MacBook (Apple goes back to two lines of 13" inchers)
● 16 GB SSD mSATA drives on all models to store the system
● Core i3 and third USB port on the 13" model
● Matte screen option on the higher-end 13"
● Option to replace the SuperDrive with a SSD on the 15 and 17" models
● HD screens on all models : 1440x900 on the 13", 1680x1050 on the 15"
● 200 to 300 grams lighter : 1.8 kg for the 13", 2.3 kg for the 15", 2.65 kg for the 17"
● Better battery life : 12 hours on the 13", 10 hours on the 15"
● 8 GB of RAM on the 17"

MacGeneration again mentions a new technology that may very well be Light Peak.

Finally, we spoke of "new technology" that would make his first steps in these new MacBook Pro: Integrating Light Peak in the third USB port? New battery technology? New materials explaining the drop weight? Impossible to know for now, but the wait will last only until Thursday.




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Apple Hires CEO of pSiFlow Technology

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Apple has hired Terry Gilton, Founder & CEO at pSiFlow Technology, as its Senior Director of Sensor Technology, according to 9to5Mac.

His company, which makes apps for iOS is still listed as being active, so it isn’t clear if Apple purchased the company or just hired off its Founder/CEO. pSiFlow Technologies describes itself as an integrator of analytical data (for example water quality) aquired on mobile devices with realtime trending, treatment reccomendation and messaging.




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Apple to Launch New 'Joint Venture' Retail Service?

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Apple's secretive meeting this Sunday for retail store employees may be about a new Joint Venture service, according to BGR.

Apple employees were asked to sign a non-disclosure agreement for the meeting sparking interest in what would be discussed.

BGR has learned that the topic in question is a new, retail-based service being called Joint Venture. First rumored back in March of last year, Joint Venture is an extension of Apple’s current Genius Bar services aimed at small businesses and prosumers. Subscribers of the new service will be able to speak with a store-based Apple technician — lovingly referred to as Geniuses — over the phone for one-on-one consultation and troubleshooting, or they can request an on-site visit.

Currently, Apple Geniuses are only allowed to provide in-person support at Apple retail locations.




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Online.Radio 1.2 Released

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Information Security Center has released Online.Radio 1.2 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Owners of such mobile devices now can access more than 48,000 internet radio stations (over 75,000 URLs of the radio stations' streams) from 184 countries, grouped into 320 genres. All this plethora of radio stations is just one click away, the developer of the application called Online.Radio. The only thing users need to do is to download an application (either free version - Online.Radio.Free - or a commercial one called Online.Radio).

The set of functions is optimal for the users' convenience, developers of the software assure. Simple and easy-to-use interface, plenty of stations to every taste, high quality of sound, automated checking of audio streams' availability (so, only accessible audio streams are provided to users), free automatic updates of the interface and radio stations database (which is huge and constantly growing) - all this makes this product an excellent choice for all who like listening to their favorite radio stations whenever they are.

A handy search function allows searching by keyword(s), by station name, by country, by genre; moreover, a neat A-Z Index of stations is also available. By adding radio stations to 'Favorites', users create lists of online radio stations they like best.

Pricing and Availability:
Online.Radio 1.2 is $3.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Music category. The commercial version of the application can work in the background; the second difference between free and commercial versions is that interface of the latter contains no banners and ads. In all other respects both versions are absolutely the same.




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Freshcode Releases Bodega 1.4

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Popular Macintosh publisher and developer Freshcode has announced the release of Bodega 1.4, an update to its renowned Mac software discovery and download application. Bodega 1.4 provides a dramatically enhanced app updater feature, along with across-the-board feature and performance enhancements. The Bodega 1.4 update also addresses various bugs and other reported issues.

A long-time favored feature among Bodega users, the Bodega app updater actually looks for and provides updates for all apps installed on the user's hard drive. It doesn't matter whether applications were downloaded from, or purchased through, Bodega; so long as the applications on the user's hard drive are Sparkle-enhanced, Bodega will keep on eye out for updates issued by the developer. When found, Bodega lets the user know an update exists, and will even download and install it for them.

And now the new Bodega 1.4 app updater feature takes all the work out of ensuring users have the latest versions of their apps installed on their Macs. No longer must users even have Bodega running in order to use its app updater feature. Rather, once per week, in the background, Bodega's app updater automatically queries all Sparkle-enhanced apps installed on the user's hard drive to ensure they are the latest versions ... all without requiring the user to do anything, including launching Bodega.

When Bodega finds apps with available updates, it presents the user with a convenient dialog box asking if they'd like to view the pending updates. The user can chose to update the apps at that time, or ignore the pending updates until Bodega checks again the following week. In all cases, the enhanced Bodega app updater feature provides constant, seamless, and non-intrusive app updating capabilities over which the user has complete control.

Compatibility and Availability:
Bodega requires Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) or greater. The Bodega 1.4 update is free to all Bodega users and available via Bodega's "Check for Updates" feature. For complete information on Bodega and to download the full version free of charge, visit the below link. Bodega is currently available in English only.




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