Apple charges Psystar with destroying evidence

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Mac cloner Psystar is guilty of destroying important evidence needed to proceed in an ongoing lawsuit, Apple alleges in recent court documents. The case revolves around the end-user license for Mac OS X Leopard, which expressly forbids installing the software on systems not branded by Apple. Psystar sells PCs with Leopard pre-installed, which Apple suggests is a violation of the Digital Millenni…

TomTom is available for the iPod touch with the car kit

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 As I pointed out last month, the TomTom kit has a GPS unit on it and therefore could turn a garden variety iPod touch into a TomTom.  Today we learn it has.

You’ll, of course, need the kit for it to be worth a hill of beans…unless that new camera toting iPod coming next month has a GPS unit inside – you know, to tag those photos with GPS coordinates?  Yep.

Google Machine translated:

We wanted to learn more and offer a small interview with Yann Lafargue, public relations manager at Tomtom, answering our questions. And good news, support GPS expected soon, which loads its own good chip will work with the iPod Touch and even with the Tomtom software competitors. 

TomTom, now for iPod touch (App store link)

More credible Chrome OS shots leak

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A new set of shots that have surfaced this weekend claim to show a more accurate early version of Google’s Chrome OS. Unlike a set of since-debunked first images, the new images of the supposed 0.1.15 beta appear more substantive than before. They show a Mac-like dock at the top but with a built-in search bar and Google apps as default….

Akvis Sketch 9.0 adds improved photo-to-sketch conversion, new edge definition, parameter, more

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imageAkvis has released Akvis Sketch 9.0, an update of the software that converts photos to pencil and watercolor drawings. The new version has a new improved algorithm for photo-to-sketch conversion, adds a new parameter field for edge definition, adds the possibility to manipulate the saturation of  color pencil  drawings and…

Small Tree provides driver support for Intel’s latest 10 Gigabit Ethernet adapter architecture

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imageSmall Tree, maker of Mac-based networking and shared storage products, has finished developing its network driver software for the next generation of Intel’s Ethernet 10 Gigabit PCI Express Adapter, based on the Intel 82599 10 Gigabit Ethernet Controller.

Pool Pro Office v2009 – Pool construction management.

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Pool Pro Office (, a complete pool construction and service/warranty management solution that runs on both Mac and Windows has been released by Pool Pro Office, Inc. Pool Pro Office makes the management of pool construction easy by tracking and storing a wide variety of data all in one place.

Pool Pro Office allows the pool professional to:

  • create/track permitting,
  • create draw schedule,
  • receive draw payments,
  • create change order,
  • receive change order payment,
  • archive pool drawings,
  • schedule construction events and
  • log electronic communications (email, fax, notes, etc).

With these great features all in one easy to use software solution no pool professional will need to look for the pesky job folder that never has the needed information ever again.

Pool Pro Office is a cross platform (Mac OS X and Windows) networked solution that runs on FileMaker Pro 10.

FCC enforcing imaginary laws in P2P ruling, says Comcast

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Almost a year ago, Comcast pledged that it would sue the Federal Communications Commission over its Order sanctioning the cable ISP for peer-to-peer throttling. Now, the company has filed its case with the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Although Comcast’s legal arguments are complex, the crux is simple: there were and still are no statutes or credible regulations that support the Commission’s authority to act on this matter, the company says.

“For the FCC to conclude that an entity has acted in violation of federal law and to take enforcement action for such a violation, there must have been ‘law’ to violate,” Comcast’s Opening Brief to the court contends. “Here, no such law existed.”

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iPhone and i.TV means a TV remote you can actually use…

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I hate mine, I bet you hate yours, too – I’m talking about my TV remote control. It’s rubbish, complex and clunky and takes an age to navigate to what I want it to do. Plus each TV has a different remote – not to mention the stereo and DVD player. If only life were that little bit simpler. If only I had a simple remote control that worked…well, now that integrated vision’s taken a step forward with i.TV’s introduction of the i.TV Remote Control Framework.

This is one of those small but big deals. I’ve been hoping someone would begin to get this together for a very long time. What i.TV’s framework does is  make it possible for you to turn your iPhone or iPod touch into a universal remote control for televisions, DVRs, AV receivers and other home entertainment devices – and TiVO is the first company to introduce an integrated remote control for their subscribers who use i.TV.

A quick feature list:

Remote Control: i.TV now combines the TV guide and the remote control on an iPhone or iPod touch. Remote controls are powered by the i.TV Remote Control Framework, which allows third parties to develop remote controls for use on the i.TV platform.

TiVo remote: TiVo is the first to introduce a soft remote on i.TV. You can now change the channel, fast forward, record and most importantly play your favorite shows and movies, with just a tap on your iPhone or iPod touch.

New look: i.TV now has a simplified and streamlined user interface.

iTunes: From within i.TV, discover related TV and movie content and then tap to download from iTunes.

Push notifications: Set alerts for when your favorite TV shows air. Never miss a show again.

While the i.TV 2.0 software isn’t quite available yet, it has been submitted to the App Store.

We’re hoping electronics manufacturers will see the light and share their remote control codes with i.TV, as we’d very much like a remote control for our devices that was so integrated and easy to use…

MySpace to buy iLike?

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MySpace may be close to upending the music market with an acquisition of iLike, a rumor this morning suggests. More than one TechCrunch source has the social network giant buying the music recommendation and playback app for about $20 million in a deal that could be made public later this week. The purported agreement would be separate from the MySpace Music download and streaming service availa…

Ninjawords Dictionary: Lean, Mean, Defining Machine

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Much has been said about the Ninjawords Dictionary app, and the case of the censored swear words. Whether or not Apple is wrong in censoring the dictionary (yes they are!) is a matter already discussed at length, so there’s no point in me poking my nose in the issue. I mean, who am I to go up against Phil Schiller himself? I’m here to talk about the application itself and whether it’s actually worthy of all the fuss.

I’ve been using the dictionary since the day it was released, and have since deleted all other dictionaries from my iPhone. It’s good. It’s really good. Ninjawords uses the Wiktionary database for definitions instead of the WordNet database that others have been using. WordNet is more vast in the sheer number of words, but quality of definitions wise in my experience Wiktionary wins the battle. They are easier to understand, and explained in natural language rather than the sort of formal approach that WordNet has. But that’s enough about Wiktionary vs WordNet.

ninjawords-app-reviewA lot of thought has been put into designing Ninjawords. Instead of the tabs at the bottom for switching between the various features and word games that the others come with, Ninjawords features one screen for doing what it does best—quickly show you the meanings of the words that puzzle you. Even within this one screen, Ninjawords adds in subtle features 1 that don’t take up any real estate and make perfect sense. On startup, the bottom of the reading area will show you the word of the day. At the left, is the history button which will take you through your past searches. And on the right, is a favourites view, as you can ‘star’ definitions that you might want to refer to later.

When it comes to displaying definitions, instead of showing you a single view per definition, the definitions flow as a list on your screen. There’s no back and forth between words, and you can search for a [possibly] unlimited number of definitions in a single list. This is great if you come across a word, and it’s derived from something else. Tap the underlined word and it loads up as a separate definition right above the first one. It’s like Twitterrific of the dictionary apps. My one complaint is that it starts fresh every time you launch the app. I’d have preferred it to have had some memory to make it easier to switch back and forth between Read it Later, Instapaper, a podcast, and Ninjawords.

Overall Ninjawords is fast, easy to use, and has a great interface. Considering that you probably know the meaning of the few words that were removed from the app, it shouldn’t get in the way of you having an excellent way to access a dictionary. At $1.99, it’s a no brainer. Note that I’m not saying your existing dictionary isn’t good enough and that you need to switch. I’ve only used Wordbook and the app (free), which is what I’m basing this opinion on.

  1. There’s even a Ninja hiding in the app. He pops up every now and then as seen in the screenshot

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Ninjawords Dictionary: Lean, Mean, Defining Machine

TomTom GPS Now Available in the App Store

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tomtom_screenWell, it’s not the first turn-by-turn GPS navigation application in the App Store, but industry heavyweight TomTom has finally pushed out its entry. It became available late Sunday night, with versions for Australia, New Zealand, Western Europe and North America.

In my opinion, TomTom is a little over the top in its app description write-up, proclaiming, “Turn-by-turn car navigation for the iPhone is here.” Well, in fact, it’s also here, and here and here (all iTunes links). It might not have beat everyone out of the gate, but I suppose this is TomTom we’re talking about, and none of its rivals have quite as much brand power.

A couple caveats before you go rushing out to buy the new app. First, it’s a bit on the expensive side. $99.99 for the U.S. and Canada edition (iTunes link), for example, and $149.99 for Western Europe (iTunes link). Also, New Zealand (iTunes link) costs $94.99 while Australia (iTunes link) is only $79.99? Maybe I’m just being naive, but isn’t New Zealand a whole lot smaller and less difficult to navigate? Maybe you pay extra for live sheep traffic updates.

In addition, the accompanying iPhone GPS mount is nowhere to be seen, at least not yet. The device, which is meant to augment the iPhone’s own GPS abilities, as well as provide a line out for car stereo use and take advantage of iPhone OS 3.0 hardware access features, won’t be released until later this year. The good news is that when it does arrive, there will also be an iPod touch-specific model, so you won’t need an iPhone to use the app.

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Apple tries to muffle Times profile of Steve Jobs

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Apple tried twice to interfere with the publication of a profile of Steve Jobs in the UK’s Sunday Times newspaper, says the article’s author, Bryan Appleyard. One PR representative from the company is said to have spoken with Appleyard directly, insisting that Apple wants to “discourage profiles.” The company then contacted the editor of the Times, asking to have the article withheld entirely….

SheerVideo Reader – Real-time lossless QuickTime video decoders.

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SheerVideo Reader is a decoder-only version of SheerVideo Pro, a powerful faster-than-real-time perfectly lossless software video codec for production, postproduction, and archival. Compared to uncompressed formats, Sheer will

  • double your disk speed
  • double your disk size
  • double your transmission bandwidth
  • maintain absolutely perfect fidelity, bit-for-bit identical to the original

SheerVideo supports all standard uncompressed formats, including:

  • RGB[A] and Y’CbCr[A]
  • 4:4:4[:4] and 4:2:2[:4]
  • with and without alpha
  • 8-bit and 10-bit
  • progressive and interlaced
  • SD, HD, and any-D
  • NTSC, PAL, and SECAM
  • 4:3, 16:9, and any:any
  • at any frame rate

And now, with Synchromy, SheerVideo can interconvert between all standard pixel formats with unrivalled accuracy.

TomTom’s Highly-Anticipated Car Nav App Finally Available on iTunes

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TomTom’s much-anticipated car navigation software for the iPhone is finally available on the App store for $99.99.
The software wowed at Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference in June by proving the iPhone could be a platform for industrial-strength software like a turn-by-turn navigation system.
TomTom’s app offers the usual GPS features: route planning, turn-by-turn voice instructions, […]

Launching radio streams in iTunes via iPhone’s Remote

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I run iTunes from a server tucked away at the back of a closet, streaming to Airtunes speakers, and I use iPhone’s Remote software to control everything. I love it, except: There’s no obvious way to control iTunes radio streams from Remote. So when I want to listen to the radio (say, every single morning to hear NPR news), I have to climb into the closet and launch it from iTunes there.

My solution: Create a playlist in iTunes for the radio stream(s) I listen to regularly. Then they show up as playlists in Remote on the iPhone.

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