Perian 1.0 Released

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Date: Monday, July 2nd, 2007, 08:13
Category: Software

Late Friday, the Perian team released version 1.0 of Perian, the open-source QuickTime components effort that allows QuickTime to support and play a variety of additional formats beyond what it would normally be able to handle.
The new version makes the following fixes and changes:
-Added support for Matroska/mkv.
-Integrated a52codec.
-Added subtitle support.
-Added support for .gvi (avi wrapper from Google Video).
-Changed distribution to a Preference Pane in order to make installation simpler and configuration possible in the long term.
-Changed installation directory from /Library/QuickTime to ~/Library/QuickTime.
-Fixed avi/flv over http.
-Added support for Windows Media Audio in AVI.
-Added support for MPEG-1 layer 2 audio.
-Added support for the ADPCM audio codec in FLV.
-Added Vorbis decoder.
-Added support for Fraps FPS1.
-Added support for VP3.
-Added support for i263.
-Added support for HuffYUV.
-Added support for MPEG-1/2 video in AVI/MKV.
-Fix opening AVIs with VBR audio for which there is no available decoder.
-Fix crash with DVI ADPCM.
-Fix multichannel audio descriptions in AVI.
-Faster opening of AVI files.
-High profile H.264 support.
-Full MPEG-4 video support in .mp4.
-Altivec & SSE2 colorspace conversion.
-Fix DV in type 1 AVIs.
Perian is a 2.2 megabyte download and requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run.
If you’ve tried the new version and have either positive or negative feedback about it, let us know.


First iPhone Drop and Scratch Test Results Emerge

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Date: Monday, July 2nd, 2007, 08:40
Category: iPhone

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You’ve had your iPhone for three days now and things are looking up. The device is still shiny and life is good.
You may have even been spotted skipping.
Of course, that good feeling tends to come to an end when your cool new item meets gravity, which then introduces it to the ground at 9.8 meters per second squared, either scratching the cool new item or rendering it non-functional.
The guys over at PC World recently put together a short video simulating several tests the iPhone can go through, such as rubbing up against change and keys in your pocket, short drops onto carpet and linoleum and longer drops onto a concrete surface.
Click the link to find out how the iPhone did and if you have any iPhone drop stories of your own to share, please let us know.


PowerPage Podcast Episode 50

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Date: Sunday, July 1st, 2007, 13:27
Category: Podcast

PowerPage Podcast LogoEpisode 50 of the PowerPage Podcast is now available. You can either download it from the iTunes Store or directly (20’44, 7.4MB, AAC).
Your panel: Jason O’Grady, Rob Parker and Youngmoo Kim.
Topics include: Today’s podcast was recorded entirely from three iPhones recorded via SkypeOut and Audio Hijack. On it we discuss the iPhone purchase experience and first impressions.
Subscribe to the PowerPage Podcast directly in iTunes or add the Podcast RSS feed to the newsreader of your choice.
Thank you to The Tragically Hip for allowing us use their music in the podcast. Check out their new album World Container in stores now.