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Watch the Microsoft WIndows Phone 7 press conference

Yesterday held a joint press conference with AT&T to launch . We’re sure you’ve probably read all about the news, but that’s never as good as taking in the information first-hand, is it? Well, now you can watch the press conference in its entirety, and we’ve embedded it above. It’s an hour long, so you may wanna grab a snack, but it’s definitely full of good info about what Microsoft plans on doing to try and win back their place in the mobile wars.


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How to watch the live stream of Apple’s music event today

Apple Music Event Live Stream

In just a few minutes, will be live-streaming one of their own events for the first time, and we wanted to make sure you had the details on how to tune in. All you need to do is head to the Apple website at 10:00AM PDT today, and it should come right up—provided you’ve got the right hardware. According to Apple:

Viewing requires either a Mac running Safari on Mac OS X version 10.6 Snow Leopard, an or running iOS 3.0 or higher, or an . The live broadcast will begin at 10:00 a.m. PDT on September 1, 2010 at www.apple.com.

The is expected to bring news of an updated iPod touch with Retina Display and dual cameras with FaceTime functionality, a super-small touchscreen iPod nano, and a new take on the Apple TV. We’re guessing that this whole live streaming this is because Apple wants to show off their streaming technology, since it will likely be a big part of their Apple TV and iTunes initiative this morning. We’re also hoping to hear about that and iOS 4 on the iPad.

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iWork for iPad 1.1 update details

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Productivity, App Updates, Apple, $9.99

iWork iPad Pages Numbers Keynote 1.1

has just updated their iWork suite to version 1.1. All three apps (Pages, Numbers, and Keynote) see feature additions and bug fixes. Here’s the rundown:

Pages 1.1

  • Support for French, German, Japanese, Dutch, Italian, Russian, Simplified Chinese, and Spanish
  • Toolbar and ruler are now available in wide-screen landscape view
  • Documents automatically fit to page width in landscape view
  • Enhanced Back/Front slider in the Arrange panel
  • Improves reliability when exporting Microsoft Word documents
  • Addresses issues with exporting documents previously imported from Microsoft Word
  • Fixes an issue with text wrapping in Microsoft Word after exporting a document with a frame around an image
  • Addresses a chart font size issue when exporting documents previously imported from Microsoft Word
  • Resolves an issue with scrolling after inserting and playing a movie

Numbers 1.1

  • Support for French, German, Japanese, Dutch, Italian, Russian, - Simplified Chinese, and Spanish
  • Enhanced Back/Front slider in the Arrange panel
  • Improves reliability when importing Numbers ’09 spreadsheets
  • Addresses a chart font size issue when exporting spreadsheets previously imported from Microsoft Excel
  • Fixes an issue when formatting a table pasted from Keynote or Pages
  • Addresses an issue where formulas did not properly update when dragging and dropping cells
  • Fixes an issue with applying a new style to a table in a template after an Undo

Keynote 1.1

  • Support for French, German, Japanese, Dutch, Italian, Russian, Simplified Chinese, and Spanish
  • Enhanced Back/Front slider in the Arrange panel
  • Added the option to show additional alignment guides at smaller intervals
  • Improves reliability when importing Keynote ’09 presentations
  • Improves reliability when importing Microsoft PowerPoint presentations
  • Addresses a chart font size issue when exporting presentations previously imported from Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Fixes an issue preventing access to some table cell color fills in landscape mode with an external keyboard

Unboxing Live 054: BlackBerry Presenter

During , we were able to catch up with Ryan Biden of , and he was able to give us a live unboxing of the new BlackBerry Presenter device. For those unfamiliar, the BlackBerry Presenter hooks up to a monitor, projector, or display, and allows you to wirelessly give a PowerPoint presentation using a file stored directly on your BlackBerry, with no need for a PC. It’s a great idea, and you can check out the device in this episode. We will also have a demo of the device in our next episode of Bleeding Edge TV.


PAX 2009 Keynote Speaker Revealed

Posted by Drea Avellan Categories: Culture, PAX

PAX 2009

Fans of the Monkey Island Adventure series are about to go bananas! Organizers of Penny Arcade Expo () have just annouced Ron Gilbert as the keynote speaker at this year’s sixth annual event to be held Sept. 4-6 in Seattle, Washington. The 20-year veteran game designer, programmer and producer, Ron Gilbert’s resume includes Maniac Mansion and the first two installments in the Monkey Island adventure series. In addition, his famous SCUMM scripting language granted him a spot in the Computer Game Hall of Fame. He is currently creative director at independent development studio Hothead Games in Vancouver, Canada.


GDC 2009: Hideo Kojima: Solid Game Design: Making the Impossible Possible

Posted by Alex Lifschitz Categories: Culture, Features

GDC 2009 Hideo Kojima

If you at any point in your life have enjoyed a stealth game, you might know Hideo Kojima as the man to whom you owe your firstborn. He’s the father of the beloved Metal Gear game/interactive movie series, and he delivered the final keynote of the today. And, as expected, it was worthy of a man who had just received a lifetime achievement award the night before. I took some pictures of the presentation, and tried to elucidate as best I can, but I seriously cannot stress how much you should try and find the video of the presentation as filmed by the GDC – Kojima is a genuinely funny guy with a lot to say, and if you like the cut of his jib (which is a very good cut, I hear), you deserve to see and hear the whole thing. In the meantime, have some on the house.


Windows 7 beta goes public January 9th

Windows 7 beta

During the kickoff keynote that marks the start , Steve Ballmer announced that beta is available starting today for TechNet and MSDN subscribers. Nothing too exciting there for the average Joe, we know, which is why we were excited when he also mentioned that the beta would also be publicly available beginning this Friday, January 9th. You’ll be able to grab either the 32-bit version, or the 64-bit version of the Windows 7 beta software if you are one of the first 2.5 million people to hit the download button. You just need to head to the Windows 7 product page to do so. Just be aware that the beta software will expire on August 1, 2009.

As part of the release, Microsoft was also happy to note that Windows Live Essentials, “a free suite of communications and sharing applications that make it easy for people to communicate, share and keep their online lives in sync and in one place with one login,” is now also available on a worldwide scale.


Keynote Remote app introduced by Apple

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Productivity, Apple, $0.99

Keynote Remote App

just announced their latest contribution to the App Store this morning in their keynote. Keynote Remote is the official method of controlling your Keynote presentations from your iPhone or iPod touch. In order to advance slides, you swipe across the screen. You are also able to see your presenter notes beneath your current slide, and you can preview your next slide by turning the device to landscape mode. You can pair your iPhone or iPod touch to any Mac with Keynote ‘09 installed. In fact, that is an important point to bring up - Keynote Remote only works with the newly announced Keynote ‘09, part of the iWork ‘09 productivity suite. You can download it now for $0.99.

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iWork ‘09 announced at MacWorld 2009

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Software

iWork 09Aside from the new iLife ‘09 suite that was announced this morning, is also showing off the new version of iWork, iWork ‘09. Here is a look at some of the highlights:

Keynote: New to Keynote, you can now identify objects within slides, and Keynote will take care of moving them around between slides. There is a Magic Move feature, which will do everything automatically, including resizing and rotating an object. There are new animations as well, featuring fly-ins on charts and graphs, rotating and grow on bars, zooming in on charts, etc. New deck themes have also been added.

As a side note, there is also a new Keynote remote control app available in the App Store that will allow you to use your iPhone or iPod touch to control your Keynote presentations. It will cost $0.99.

Pages: Pages ‘09 gets a few new features. First up is a fullscreen view that makes everything else on your screen disappear. Basically, you get the document you are typing on, and everything else fades to black, to help you focus. There are also new dynamic outlines, which let you outline what you are going to write before you actually start writing, and you can switch back and forth to reorganize your thoughts. Pages also gets a new mail merge feature, which works with Numbers, connecting to tables, and it also works with MathTpye and EndNote. Oh, and you get 40 new themes.

Numbers: Numbers 09 picks up easy formula writing, advanced chart options (like mixed chart types, error bars, trend lines) and new table categories. If you have a Pages document that is linked to data from a Numbers document, if you update it in Numbers, it is automatically updated in Pages. Nice. Lastly, Numbers also gets theme templates, which is rare for a spreadsheet application.

iWork ‘09 ships today, and sells for $79, or $99 for a family pack that is good on up to five Macs. If you purchase it with a new Mac, it costs just $49.


iLife ‘09 announced at MacWorld 2009

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

iLife 09During his first (and only) keynote speech, Phil Schiller announced the latest update to the suite of software, iLife ‘09. Let’s take each app, one by one, and look at the changes and additions:

iPhoto ‘09: New to iPhoto is Faces. Faces uses facial recognition to organize and tag photos of people. iPhoto will find a face in a photo, and you tell it who it is. It will then find other photos that it thinks are of the same person. Easy way to grab snapshots that feature the same person. Another new organization feature is called Places. This uses the geotagging feature available on a lot of modern cameraa, and puts pins on a map showing the different places that the images were taken. If you have photos that aren’t geotagged, you simply tell iPhoto where the image (or event images) was taken, and it fills in the rest. The map feature is based on Google Maps, so you can zoom in on a location, look at satellite or street view, etc.

Apple has also added in built-in support for Facebook and Flickr to iPhoto - that means no more fumbling around with clunky plugins to get your pictures out of iPhoto and onto those services. A very welcome addition. Facebook users can add the names of people in their images, and iPhoto will retain that info as well (presumedly for the Faces feature.)

iPhoto also gets new slideshow themes. You choose a theme and photos, and iPhoto puts it all together. It uses the Faces to find the faces in images so that those are centered and zoomed. You can save slideshows to iTunes, and they can be synced to an iPhone or iPod touch. Something new for the Books too, you can now automatically get maps included, with pins that show your location. Great for making travel books.

iMovie ‘09: Apple has admitted that, since it was new, iMovie ‘08 didn’t have all the features that older customer wanted. This year, they aim to change that. iMovie ‘09 gets a new Precision Editor, Advanced drag & drop (that give you context-sensitive menus,) dynamic themes, and even animated travel maps. So, again, you can use your location data to insert 2D and 3D maps of those locations into your movies.

GarageBand ‘09: GarageBand ‘09 is being updated with a new feature called “Learn to Play,” which brings up an instructor which plays video lessons. If that’s not enough to get you excited, there are even Artist Lessons. You get people like John Fogerty, Colbie Caillat, Sting, Sarah McLachlan, Norah Jones, and Patrick Stump, who will teach you how to play instruments like the guitar or piano.

iLife ‘09 also includes updated versions of iWeb and iDVD, and ships free on new Macs. You can purchase an upgrade for $79, or buy a family pack (good on up to five Macs) for $99, and it will be available in “late January.”

For those wondering, Apple has also released a new version of iWork - iWork ‘09.


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