PowerPage Podcast Episode 120

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Date: Thursday, December 10th, 2009, 13:15
Category: Podcast

PowerPage Podcast LogoEpisode 120 of the PowerPage Podcast is now available. You can either download it from the iTunes Store or directly (30.1 MB, MP3).

Panel: Jason O’Grady and Rob Parker.

Topics: Fraudulent App Store reviews, Chrome for Mac officially released, more Apple tablet conjecture, first of their kind broadcasting and dictation apps come to the App Store and we play “What’s on your Mac?”

Here’s what’s on our Macs this week:

Jason

  • DJay v3 ($50) – Sexiest and best DJ software out there for Mac OS X
  • Midomi SoundHound ($5) – This killer music recognition app beats Shazam
  • Flare Scratch ($8) – Top notch vinyl scratching app for the iPhone

Rob

  • WireTap Studio ($69) – Record the audio from any application, system audio, or audio input

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First Builds of Mac OS X 10.6.3 Update Due This Week

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Date: Thursday, December 10th, 2009, 07:42
Category: Software

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The first external builds of Mac OS X 10.6.3, the next incremental update to Apple’s Snow Leopard operating system, should be seeded to developers this week. Per AppleInsider, sources close to the story say the forthcoming builds are likely to be released to some developers in the next 48 hours, and carry the expected prefix of 10Dxx. It is not yet known what issues Apple hopes to address with the latest update.

A month ago, Apple released Mac OS X 10.6.2, which corrected a guest account bug that could potentially delete a user’s account data, triggered by logging in and out of a guest account on a Snow Leopard machine. The update also included native support for the Mac maker’s new multi-touch Magic Mouse.

That update was in beta for just over a month, before its release to the public on Nov. 9. A timeframe for the potential Mac OS X 10.6.3 release is not yet known.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Apple Tablet Rumors Point to March/April Launch Date, 10.1″ Screen

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Date: Thursday, December 10th, 2009, 06:51
Category: Rumor

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Checks within Apple’s supply chain have led to a new round of tablet-related rumors from Yair Reiner, an analyst with Oppenheimer, who believes the device will launch in March or April of 2010 with a 10.1″ LCD screen. Per AppleInsider, Reiner also said that Apple has been reaching out to book publishers with a “very attractive proposal” for offering content on a forthcoming ebook platform.

Reiner believes the tablet could provide an additional 50 cents to 75 cents in earnings per share for AAPL stock.

“Our checks into Apple’s supply chain indicate the manufacturing cogs for the tablet are creaking into action and should begin to hit a mass market stride in February,” the note said. “At this stage Apple appears to be sizing its supply chain to support production of as many as 1M units per month.”

Reiner said Apple would likely need at least five or six weeks of inventory built up before it can release the product, positioning a likely launch in March or April. Such a launch would assume there are no production issues, like the one believed to have led to the last-minute removal of a camera from the latest iPod touch.

He also said that the device will have a 10.1″ multi-touch display using LTPS LCD technology, the same as on the iPhone. He specifically disputed an earlier report that a high-end model would sport an OLED display.

Apple is also said to be offering publishers a deal that will allow them to release their content on other online stores, such as for Amazon’s Kindle, or for new, forthcoming digital storefronts from major publishers. But Apple could sweeten the pot by offering a better deal than some companies, like Amazon, currently offer.

“Contacts in the U.S. tell us Apple is approaching book publishers with a very attractive proposal for distributing their content,” Reiner said. “Apple will split revenue 30/70 (Apple/publisher); give the same deal to all comers; and not request exclusivity. We believe the typical Kindle split is 50/50, rising to 30/70 if Kindle is given ebook exclusivity.”

Reiner went on to say that the Kindle has “disgruntled the publishing industry” by strong-arming companies into exclusivity through a “wolfish cut of revenue” taken if they sell their content elsewhere. The Kindle also does not allow advertising in content it sells for its device.

“The tablet is set to change that,” Reiner said. “It should also make ebooks more relevant for education by simplifying functions such as scribbling marginalia.”

iSync Plugins 7.1.2.6 Released

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Date: Thursday, December 10th, 2009, 06:31
Category: Software

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iSync plugins, nova media’s shareware iSync extension package for Mac OS X and all-around useful utility that provides access to dozens of cell phones and handsets, received a small update over the weekend. Version 7.1.2.6, a 5.4 megabyte download, adds support for the following cell phone models:

- Nokia 5530 XpressMusic
- Nokia 5730 XpressMusic
- Nokia 6720 classic
- Nokia 6730 classic
- Nokia E55
- Nokia E72
- Samsung B2100
- Sony Ericsson Aino U10i
- Sony Ericsson F100i
- Sony Ericsson J105i
- Sony Ericsson Satio U1
- Sony Ericsson T715
- Sony Ericsson TM717
- Sony Ericsson Yari U100

iSync 7.1.2.6 retails for US$9.95 and requires Mac OS X 10.4.11 (under Mac OS X 10.4), Mac OS X 10.5.8 (under Mac OS X 10.5) and Mac OS X 10.6.2 (under Mac OS X 10.6) to install and run.