Friday, December 26, 2008

12 Free Christmassy Downloads on iTunes


iTunes is giving away twelve free downloads this Christmas - must be something to do with Amazon giving away a free £3 voucher code for Christmas Day. The first free download is the video for That's Not My Name by The Ting Tings. get 'em while they're hot!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Pre-Chrimbo Rumour Cracker



Has an iPod case manufacturer called XSKN given us a peek into the future of the iPhone? Designs for a silicon case were leaked last week and now everyone's talking about the imminent arrival of an iPhone nano. Read all about it on Mac Rumors.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Get your MacHeist Xmas Gifts


Good old MacHeist, they've only gone and given away some splendid apps, including the water droplet/lazer beam game Enigmo 2. Also, it's the gift that keeps on giving because the more friends you refer the more goodies you get! Get to the Mac Giving Tree here.

Friday, December 19, 2008

BBC iPlayer downloads now available on Mac


Using Adobe Air, the new version of BBC's iPlayer should, at long last, enable us Mac users to download programmes. Annoyingly, this feature has been available to Winodws XP users for over a year.
The BBC News website says: 'The cross-platform nature of Adobe AIR means the iPlayer will work with Open Source and Apple Mac computers "out of the box" on 18 December, said Mr Rose. It fulfilled the Trust's demand that the iPlayer be "platform neutral", he said.'
The full version will be available in February but you can test out the beta here by becoming a BBC Lab rat.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Mac OS X 10.5.6 Update out now

The OS X 10.5.6 Update is out and has loads of bug fixes.

Address Book

Improves reliability of Address Book syncing with iPhone and other devices and applications.
AirPort

Improves the reliability of AirPort connections, including improvements when roaming in large wireless networks with an Intel-based Mac.
Client management

Improves reliability of synchronizing files on a portable home directory.
Fixes an issue in Mac OS X 10.5.4 and 10.5.5 in which managed users may not see printers that use the Generic PPD.
Client computers that use UUID-based ByHost preferences now respect managed Screen Saver settings.
iChat

Addresses an issue that could cause an encryption alert to appear in the chat window.
Setting your iChat status to "invisible" via AppleScript no longer logs you out of iChat.
Resolves an issue in which pasting text from a Microsoft Office document could insert an image rather than text.
Graphics

Includes general improvements to gaming performance.
Includes graphics improvements for iChat, Cover Flow, Aperture, and iTunes.
Includes fixes for possible graphics distortion issues with certain ATI graphics cards.
Mail

Includes overall performance and reliability fixes.
Improves Connection Doctor accuracy.
Fixes an issue that could cause messages identified as junk to remain in the inbox.
Fixes an issue that could cause Mail to append a character to the file extension of an attachment.
Addresses an issue that could prevent Mail from quitting.
Improves reliability when printing PDF attachments.
MobileMe

Contacts, calendars, and bookmarks on a Mac automatically sync within a minute of the change being made on the computer, another device, or the web at me.com.
Networking

Improves Apple File Service performance, especially when using a home directory hosted on an AFP server. Important: If you are using Mac OS X 10.5.6 (client) to connect to a Mac OS X Server 10.4-based server, it is strongly recommended that you update the server to Mac OS X Server version 10.4.11.
Improves the performance and reliability of TCP connections.
Improves reliability and performance for AT&T 3G cards.
Updates the ssh Terminal command for compatibility with more ssh servers.
Printing

Improves printing for the Adobe CS3 application suite.
Improves printing for USB-based Brother and Canon printers.
Parental Controls

Addresses an issue in which a parentally-controlled account could be unable to access the iTunes Store.
Includes general fixes for time limits.
Resolves an issue that prevented adding allowed websites from Safari via drag and drop.
Time Machine

Fixes issues that could cause Time Machine to state the backup volume could not be found.
Improves Time Machine reliability with Time Capsule.
Safari

Improves compatibility with web proxy servers.

General

Includes Mac OS X security improvements. See this website for more information.
Addresses inaccuracies with Calculator when the Mac OS X language is set to German or Swiss German.
Improves the performance and reliability of Chess.
Improves DVD Player performance and reliability.
Performance improvements for iCal are included.
Fixes an issue when running the New iCal Events Automator action as an applet.
Adds a Trackpad System Preference pane for portable Macs.
Improves compatibility with smart cards such as the U.S. Department of Defense Common Access Card.
Updates time zone data and Daylight Saving Time rules for several countries.

Monday, December 08, 2008

Apple In-Ear Headphones Compatibility with iPhone 3G

The bods at mediabistro.com have worked out the compatability of these new headphones with the iPhone 3G:

- YES: Audio plays
- NO: Volume control
- YES: Microphone
- YES: Play/pause control
- YES: Answer/end call
- YES: Change tracks

Note that the headset just plays audio on the first generation iPhone. None of the features listed above works with that device.

You'll have to make do with that until Apple release a patch to update the iPhone 3G. I do hope they can make them work with my 1st-gen touch. It's not safe to get my whole iPod out on the number 18 bus, just to change tracks.

Sunday, December 07, 2008

New Apple In-Ear Headphones now available to buy


These nice headphones with remote are now out for you to buy. They're user-serviceable which means they come with replacement mesh caps and three sets of silicone ear buds. They were the only new item I have considered buying from the last big Apple event, but now what's this? They don't work with the first-gen iPod touch?! Oh bugger. They cost £54.00 from the Apple Store.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

(M)apple? Who could they mean?

I found this on t'internet today. I won't type much about it as the trawler bots will surely find it and demand I delete it. Just watch and enjoy.

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