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Apple seeds Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard build 10A335 to developers

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, PC / Laptop, Software

Snow Leopard

has just seeded out the latest developer build of the forthcoming Mac OS X 10.6 operating system, also known as . The latest build is 10A355, and early reports are that stability improvements are continuing as a trend across the board, while Apple has listed nine known issues in the seed notes for devs to take heed of, including the fact that Quicktime Player X may crash when playing DRM-protected content in 64-bit mode. All recent Apple hardware is now capable of running Snow Leopard in 64-bit mode, and when installed on either the Early 2008 or Early 2009 Xserve machines, 64-bit is the default.

We don’t yet have a firm date for the launch of Snow Leopard, but we are fairly certain that we will hear a lot more about that at 2009 in June.


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Apple App Store passes one billion downloads

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: App Store News, Apple

App Store Billion Downloads

If you had any doubt of the success of ‘s App Store, the fact that one billion apps have been downloaded in nine months should be enough to change your opinion. At 1:52 pm today, the App Store officially sold its 1,000,000,000th app for the and platforms. As exciting as that is, we have the iPhone 3.0 SDK currently in beta, which will allow apps with new capabilities that aren’t yet available. Exciting times.

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AT&T selling refurbished 16GB iPhone 3G for $149

AT&T iPhone 3G refurbished

Well, lookie here. If you’ve been jonesing for an , but thought it was a big too expensive, you’ve gotta see what AT&T is selling refurbished iPhone for. You ready for this? You can grab a refurbished 16GB iPhone 3G for $149.99. You are saving $150 off the regular price of $299.99 - that’s 50% off. It really doesn’t get much better than this.

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iPhone OS 3.0 beta 3 now available

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Cell Phones, Handhelds, Software

iPhone OS 3.0

Look at that, continues their two week update schedule with iPhone OS 3.0 beta 3 (build 7A280f), which is now available for download to iPhone developers. Of course, iPhone SDK 3.0 beta 3 (build 9M2728) is also available. As you’ll remember, introduces a bunch of new functionality for consumers, and over 1,000 new API for developers.


iTunes Prices Raised

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Apple, Corporate News, Music

iTunes logoYou may have noticed by now the change of pricing on iTunes. As of Tuesday, Apple has begun to sell some of its most popular titles for $1.29 each. Others will be lowered to $.69 while some will remain at $.99. Recording companies decide the prices and Apple has also dropped DRM, so that others sans iPods can enjoy the downloads, as long as they support the company’s AAC encoding. It might pay to shop around though, as Amazon offers many of them for 79 and 89 cents.

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Apple: Use of iTunes to produce nuclear weapons not allowed

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Music, Software

iTunes License Agreement

Just a quick public service announcement to all our peeps out there, because we care. I know many people don’t read license agreements, but in case you are both:

  1. An user
  2. A terrorist

We need to make sure you know that you are not allowed to use iTunes, the digital music and video jukebox software, to aid in the “development, design, manufacture or production of missiles, or nuclear, chemical or biological weapons.”

We clear on that?

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NPD Survey Places Amazon Second to iTunes

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Apple, Internet, Music

MP3The NPD Group has a new report that states that in 2008, 87% of all digital music buyers in the U.S. used iTunes while 16% were purchased through Amazon MP3. Analyst Russ Crupnick says that being in second place is encouraging considering that it has only been around for 18 months.

“It used to be that iTunes was first, and second was practically nobody,” Crupnick said. The survey also reported that many of the consumers are older and still purchase CDs.

Read More | cnet

Video recording coming with next iPhone

iPhone Video Recording

We’ve been hearing that video recording would be coming to the for a while, but now we’ve got the evidence to back it up. Our friends over at MacRumors got ahold of a leaked screenshot showing a toggle within the Camera app that lets you choose between snapping a photo and recording a video. In order to enable the feature, plist config files in the current firmware need to be edited so as to make it appear that a video camera is present. Other hidden features include a compass, camera auto-focus, and voice control, which we assume is for voice dialing.

One would imagine that new features like these would require some sort of newly updated iPhone to take advantage of them. Coincidentally, the iPhone 3.0 software will be made available in June—just in time for the next iPhone to launch. We are officially excited.

Read More | MacRumors

Apple releases iPhone OS 3.0 beta 2

iPhone OS 3.0

Hey, looks like has just released iPhone OS 3.0 beta 2 to developers as of a few minutes ago, alongside beta 2 of the iPhone SDK 3.0. As you recall, introduces a bunch of new functionality for consumers, and over 1,000 new API for developers. Many who upgraded to firmware 3.0 when it was made available have complained of much sluggishness taking over their iPhone or iPhone 3G, so let’s hope that upgrading to beta 2 cleans up some of that, for those people who didn’t downgrade back to 2.2.1. Developers, you can grab iPhone OS 3.0 beta 2 right now.


iPhone 3.0: Some apps currently incompatible [UPDATED]

Fandango iPhone 3.0

We know, there was a lot of excitement surrounding the beta release yesterday, and tons of people rushed to upgrade. However, now we are seeing some of the negatives that are starting to creep up. Sure, the keyboard can be a bit sluggish in some apps, and MMS isn’t working at the moment, whatev on those. What really sucks, though, is the fact that there are some apps that will just flat out refuse to

run

install. Case in point, the new Fandango app. If you try to install it on your 3.0-enabled iPhone, you’ll get a message telling you that the application isn’t compatible, and that it requires the iPhone 2.2.1 software update. We aren’t feeling that, because we wanna get our Fandango on!

Let us know if you find any other apps that choke on iPhone 3.0.

Update: Looks like the problem here is with installing from the App Store directly on the iPhone. We just tried downloading and installing Fandango using iTunes, and it works swimmingly. Keep that in mind.

[Thanks, Tyler!]


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