Report: iTunes 9 to support DVD ripping, Facebook

A report filed by a tipster claiming access to iTunes 9 says that it is “possible” the next version of Apple’s media player will sport both DVD import and playback as well as Facebook integration, allowing users to advertise songs and playlists with their friends.

Canon launches touchscreen PowerShot, more

Wrapping up Canon’s camera launches today are two high-end PowerShots that include its first touchscreen camera. The SD980 IS puts most of the control on a 3-inch touch display that both simplifies changing settings as well as more precise shooting: like some newer touch cameras and cameraphones, photographers can tap to autofocus on a particular point rather than trust the camera. In playback mo…

Can’t upload pix to MobileMe? Apple has a fix for that

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If you’ve been trying to upload a picture from your iPhone to a MobileMe gallery, and are getting the message “Unable to connect to MobileMe” message you’re not alone.

The problem appears to be related to a bug in user name recognition. Apple has published a KB article dealing with the issue. The problem seems to be triggered if your member name is in mixed case, or if it is in all caps. MobileMe requires the user name be in all lower case letters, although the same rule does not apply to passwords.

Apple suggests you go to your iPhone settings, and under account info make sure your name is all lowercase. If not, a visit to the KB article would be advised. The fix is simple: just delete and re-enter your account details, getting your member name in a form Apple will like. When the bug is fixed, this workaround won’t be needed.

Apple needs to continue to pay close attention to MobileMe. My perception is it has become generally more reliable since the ugly launch in 2008, but the support page still reports a few new glitches per week. Lately I’ve noticed a few mail outages/slowness and difficulty getting to my iDisk.

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Ford’s plug-in hybrids will talk to electrical grid

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Several automobile companies have been taking steps towards the implementation of hybrid technologies, and Ford is not about to be left behind. On Tuesday, it announced the development of a control system that would allow its electric cars to communicate with electric grids to adjust the timing of its charging schedule. The technology is designed for use in Ford’s plug-in hybrid cars that will reach the market by 2012.

The new technology, which is conceptually similar to smart grids, allows customers to program when the car recharges, for how long, and at what utility rate. When plugged in, the battery system of the car can talk directly to the grid through a wireless network with smart meters provided by utility companies. The settings are chosen by the car’s operator through a touchscreen in the car’s dashboard, and works with other Ford technologies like SYNC, SmartGauge with EcoGuide, and Ford Work Solutions.

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OligoChecker X 2.40 – Organize oligos, quickly find the ones suitable for PCR on a given template.

Do you have a print-out of your sequence with the position of the primers penciled in?

Are you using Excel to maintain a list of your oligos?

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Do you subclone and rearrange sequences and somewhere along the line lost track on which primer to use where?

Have you started in a new lab, inherited a box of oligos and a folder full of printouts that came with them but no information on what they were ordered for?

Have you ordered and waited for primers because you don’t know which of the ones available you can use with your sequence?

If any of these sound familiar then OligoChecker might be for you.

JumpBox for Joomla! Content Management System v… 1.1.13 – Deploy the Joomla CMS in minutes with no complicated setup scripts.

Joomla! (TM) is an award-winning Content Management System (CMS) that will help you build websites and other powerful online applications. It’s one of the most popular Open Source applications around and the JumpBox for Joomla is a huge time saver.

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This JumpBox is free so there’s no risk in trying it out. Download it today and experience for yourself a whole new way of working with server software.

BlackBerry getting Flash, Silverlight in 2010?

A rumor from a purportedly certain source suggests RIM will have full, near desktop-grade Adobe Flash and Microsoft Silverlight on the BlackBerry’s web browser next year. Full details aren’t given, but BGR understands that the update is primarily waiting on hardware. As either web plug-in demands both a strong processor and a fast Internet connection, RIM is said to only be launching the more ad…

Leaked iTunes 9 Screenshots: Fake or For Real?

Boy Genius Report published Wednesday what the blog reports as screenshots of iTunes 9 sent in by a “tipster”. The screenshots, whose “authenticity cannot be confirmed”, purport to show Facebook integration as well as sync capability extended to a Samsumg mp3 player.
For what it’s worth, a source intimately knowledgeable with the production of Apple help […]

SneakPeek Pro supports Adobe Swatch Exchange

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imageSneakPeek Pro (SPP), the Quick Look plug-in for graphics files, has been updated to support Adobe Swatch Exchange (.ase) files. Instead of having to import swatch files to view their contents, users can now just use Quick Look to preview their swatch libraries.

Blackberry browser to support Flash and Silverlight

We’re not sure what kind of processors are going into the new Blackberries, but they are going to have to be pretty burly to handle the new technologies being thrown at it.  BGR this morning has the news that future versions of the Blackberry browser (based on the same Webkit framework as Mobile Safari, and Android’s Chrome browser) will have FULL Flash support and Full Silverlight capabilities.

Full Flash support, not Flash lite.  You know when the word “planning” is used in the same sentence as RIM, however, that it probably means it’s a while away. And it is. We’ve been told this won’t happen until next summer or right before it as RIM needs their devices to be more beefed up as well as have access to higher data speeds for this to work effectively (HSPA and LTE). RIM has already achieved over 10Mbps downloads on next generation BlackBerrys in the test labs with test LTE equipment so it’s looking good, folks.

Strangely, we don’t realy miss Flash on our iPhones, but have to wonder if this could be used as a differentiating factor vs. the iPhone in the future.


Sony intros two 32GB Memory Stick cards

Sony today announced the upcoming release of the largest capacity flash-based media storage cards in its recordable media range, with the 32GB PRO-HG Duo HX card and a 32GB PRO Duo card, both of which double the capacity of the current products. The former is made to work with Sony’s Handycam camcorders, Alpha DSLRs and Cyber-shot compact cameras. The card has a 20MBps peak read speed and 15MBps p…

iPhone apps: PocketMeter, Simplify Photo, Aneruysm

PocketMeter ($2) can be used to measure distances by bouncing sounds off of objects. Distances can be measured by pointing an iPhone’s microphone at an object and tapping on the screen. PocketMeter then emits sounds and measures the time it takes for the echo to return. The developers claim the software is capable of calculating distances between 8 inches and 13 feet within 0.4 inches of the actua…

Internet slowly wakes up to PayPal’s quiet fee hike

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PayPal has generated its fair share of controversies over the years, but it has begun to stir up another one by adding new transaction fees that affect all customers—without telling anyone about them. The company slipped the fees in with a more general update to its “send money” service in June, but because the changes were so well hidden, the Internet has been slow to wake up to what amounts to a huge increase in PayPal’s income.

Under the previous system, fees were charged based on the type of account the receiver was using as well as where the money was coming from. If the receiver was a premium or business account owner, he or she was charged 30ยข plus 2.9 percent of the transaction—the same applied to all accounts if the money was coming from a credit or debit card instead of a PayPal balance or directly from a bank account. People using personal accounts could make all these payments to anyone else for free.

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Fix for Apple Bug Affecting Truphone and Other Apps in iPhone 3.0

iphone_bugSince updating to iPhone OS 3.0 on my iPod touch, the icons of some apps periodically get replaced with a faded version of another app’s icon, or with a strange combination of multiple images. Others don’t have an icon at all. I’ve grouped together a number of affected icons on my springboard in the screen cap to the right so you can see what I mean.

Apparently this is only affecting a small portion of users running iPhone OS 3.0. It affects my iPod touch, but my iPhone isn’t showing symptoms of it, nor is my girlfriend’s. Apple hasn’t yet commented on or released an update to resolve the issues. For those who are having problems, here’s a simple fix, courtesy of the good folks at Truphone, whose app appears to be one of those affected by the bug.

Step 1 – Go to the Applications section of iTunes on your iPhone/iPod touch and uncheck the affected application.

Step 2 – Sync your iPhone iPod touch.

Step 3 – Go back into the Applications section of iTunes on your iPhone/iPod touch and recheck the relevant application.

Step 4 – Sync your iPhone/iPod touch again.

My own quick and non-scientific testing indicates that this is indeed an effective way of resolving these bizarre glitches, although I haven’t had a chance yet to do any kind of long-term test, so whether or not this is a permanent fix remains to be seen. Likely an official fix is coming in iPhone OS 3.1 anyway, and the apps affected continue to work (at least in my experience), so for now the Truphone solution is plenty good enough for me.

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Will the Beatles library finally arrive in iTunes September 9th?

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As intrepid TUAW reporter Mike Schramm told you a few days ago, Apple has an event planned for September 9, 2009. Pundits are expecting the event to be the usual Apple fall event where the new line of iPods will be announced, but there’s something else happening on September 9th that could herald the long-awaited arrival of The Beatles in the iTunes Store.

The Official Beatles Shop website is showing 9/9/09 as the release date for new, digitally remastered versions of the entire Beatles library. That’s also the day that The Beatles: Rock Band is released. What better way for Apple to finally bring Apple Corps into the digital age than to give the Fab Four a home in iTunes?

Of course, the Beatles and Apple, Inc. have had a tumultuous legal history, and recently George Harrison’s son Dhani Harrison was quoted in Blender as saying he didn’t feel that the iTunes Store’s per-song charge was a fair price for Beatles songs. He also mentioned that the remaining members of The Beatles were looking into creating their own website for digital downloads. Given the shaky history of most Beatles business ventures, I wouldn’t give that comment a second thought.

Just last month, Sir Paul McCartney told the Guardian that in terms of the Beatles library appearing in iTunes, “The last word I got back was it’s stalled at the whole moment, the whole process… I really hope it will happen because I think it should.”

Frankly, I think the music world and Apple both need a little magic right now, so I’m hoping to see Steve Jobs, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Dhani Harrison, and Julian Lennon on stage together on September 9th. That would be even better than an announcement of a Mac tablet.

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