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May 11, 2008

iPodweek – iTunes Gift Card Giveaway

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iPodweek newsletter. Lot of useful links for iPod fans.

   
May 9, 2008This Week at iLounge

A slew of iPhone developments, international and otherwise, dominated the news this week as the Apple ecosystem of developers, accessory makers, and carrier partners prepare for the arrival of the next iPhone. The flow of new iPod and iPhone accessories also picked up dramatically for the first time in months. Here’s a look at what’s new.

Reviews & First Looks

In our articles section, we continued our iDesign series with an interview on JBL’s radical, whimsical speakers, including tons of early product sketches. We also summarized everything we know (and don’t know) about the next iPhone, and as always, we answered another batch of reader questions in our latest edition of Ask iLounge. Backstage, we offered a look at Mirror’s Edge, an upcoming console game from EA and Dice that has quickly become one of our most anticipated releases of the year.

Need help with an iPod, iPhone or iTunes problem? Ask iLounge »

In the News
It was a somewhat quiet week for iPod and iTunes news, with iPhone developments getting the lion’s share of media attention. TV shows from NBC Universal were added to the UK iTunes Store this week, despite their continued absence on the US store, and NBC unexpectedly also began streaming whole episodes of select shows to the iPod touch and iPhone, direct from nbc.com.

As part of a class-action settlement, Apple began offering $45 credits to early Canadian iPod owners, and a report from the New York Times, which was later refuted by an official Microsoft blogger, had NBC and the software giant working on video piracy filters to be built directly into the Zune software.

Apple TV & iPhone Update

What We Know About The Next-Generation iPhone. »

Where to begin? There was a veritable explosion of international iPhone news this week, as Vodafone announced it would offer the handset in ten countries later this year. One of those countries, Italy, will also see iPhone sales from Telecom Italia Mobile, making it the first non-exclusive country carrier.

America Movil, the largest network operator in Latin America, said it will also begin selling the iPhone across the region later this year, while France Telecom revealed it was in talks to offer the phone in Spain and Poland, and a new report pegged Swisscom as the iPhone’s carrier in Switzerland.

Meanwhile, Apple began sending out acceptance letters to international developers this week, informing them of their acceptance into the iPhone developer program. The fifth beta version of the iPhone SDK was released, containing mostly bug fixes, while a new handwriting recognition interface for the Chinese language was discovered in the latest beta version of iPhone software 2.0.

Finally, AT&T listed, then removed, Wi-Fi hotspot access as part of their iPhone service plans, and a new Apple patent filing revealed that the company is working on a Wii remote-like 3D media controller, which could possibly be used as a control for a future Apple TV’s games.

That about wraps things up for this week. If you haven’t yet entered our Design the Next iPhone, Win the Next iPhone Contest, there’s still plenty of time to work on your entry and get it submitted for your chance to win the next-generation iPhone. Until next time, have a great weekend!


 

 

 


 

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March 17, 2008

Apple’s patent application for dual-sided track pad

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Title: DUAL-SIDED TRACK PAD


 

Abstract:

A system including a capacitive array element capable of sensing touch from either side is described. A connected processor unit, either in the device or the host system, may be adapted to interpret signals from the capacitive array element as a cursor or view movement with six degrees of freedom. The track pad device may include a display element and the capacitive array element may be translucent. The display element and the array element may be configured with respect to each other, where different configurations can be associated with different operating modes. For example, when the array element lies over the display screen so that the display screen is viewable through the array element, the array element can function as a touch screen. In another configuration, the array element may generate signals indicating a user’s touch from one or the other or both sides of the array element.

 

Complete application is here:


Hat tip: Unwired






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March 8, 2008

How to export movies to iTunes

Filed under: iphone,ipod,iTunes,movies — admin @ 5:33 pm

Download this utility and install it as a Finder Plugin (copy to ~/Library/Workflows/Applications/Finder/ )

Select some movie files, right click on one of them, and select the workflow from the Automator menu. Quicktime Player will each movie, export it to an iPod-friendly video format, import it into your iTunes Library (and Videos playlist), and play it for you. Next time you sync your video-capable iPod, your movies will be viewable on the iPod!

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