PowerPage Podcast Episode 108

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Date: Wednesday, March 11th, 2009, 23:04
Category: Podcast

PowerPage Podcast Logo 2008Episode 108 of the PowerPage Podcast is now available. You can either download it from the iTunes Store or directly (56:23, 22.43 MB, MP3).
Your panel: Jason O’Grady, Rob Parker, Youngmoo Kim, and Tom Hesser.
Topics include: This week we discuss iTunes 8.1, the new iPod shuffle and the recent raft of next-gen iPhone specs and we play “What’s on your Mac?”
What’s on your Mac?:

  • Youngmoo:

    • EasyWiFi AT&T ($3) – Simple connection app to access WiFi hotspots.
  • Tom:

    • Iconic – Creates custom embossed Leopard folders (free)
    • Distant Shore game for iPhone ($0.99)

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Apple Releases Third-Generation iPod Shuffle

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Date: Wednesday, March 11th, 2009, 09:32
Category: iPod shuffle

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Apple on Wednesday introduced the third generation of its iPod shuffle music player, the smallest of its iPod line and now nearly half the size of the previous generation.
According to Macworld, the new Shuffle boasts a feature called VoiceOver, which enables the uniot to speak your song titles, artists and playlist names. The shuffle can speak 14 languages including English, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish.
The new unit’s controls are now located entirely on the earphone cord and allow users to play, pause, adjust volume, switch playlists and hear the name of the song and artist. The iPod can also provide information regarding battery life on the fly.
According to Apple, the third generation iPod shuffle is significantly smaller than a AA battery and holds up to 1,000 songs.
The new iPod shuffle is available in silver or black and features a built-in stainless steel clip. The unit is available immediately and retails for US$79.
If you happen to grab one today, let us know what you think about it by dropping an e-mail to chris @ powerpage.org.

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iPhone Dev Team Releases Full Jailbreak for iPod Touch 2G

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Date: Wednesday, March 11th, 2009, 08:39
Category: iPod Touch

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The pretty spiffy guys at the iPhone Dev Team have released the first full jailbreak for Apple’s iPod touch 2G handset. According to iPhone Alley, the team was able to exploit a “fatal flaw in [the] bootrom that means you will always be able to pwn these devices no matter what firmware updates come along.”
Could be interesting and the patch for transforming the tethered jailbreak into an untethered one is available on ipodtouchfans.com. The jailbreak has not yet been built into the Dev Team’s QuickPwn or the Pwnage Tool utilities.
If you’ve gotten around to trying the jailbreak, please let us know how it went in the comments or forums.

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Adobe Reader Updated to 9.1

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Date: Wednesday, March 11th, 2009, 08:15
Category: Software

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On Tuesday, Adobe released version 8.1 of its free Reader program. The program, which has long been a staple for viewing and printing Portable Document Format (PDF) files, includes the following changes:
Addresses a number of customer workflow issues and a critical security vulnerability while providing more stability.
Adobe Reader 9.1 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run and its download file size varies depending on version chosen.
If you’ve tried the new version and have any feedback to offer, please let us know in the comments or forums.

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