Because You Always Wanted to be a Unicorn

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Date: Monday, December 21st, 2009, 06:39
Category: Fun, iPhone

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There is no good way to explain this, except for the fact that software developer mono has recently written and released Youngicorn, an iPhone application that can turn any image into a unicorn.

Based on the principle that everyone looks better as a unicorn, users can import a photo, then add sparkles, rainbows, and an array of space-themed scenes. Once complete, simply add a glowing horn and you’re done.

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The application retails for 99 cents and requires iPhone OS 3.1 or later to install and run.

And since a picture’s worth a thousand words, here are the developers enacting a real life version of their app:



Probable WWDC, iPhone Announcement Rumored for July

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Date: Monday, December 21st, 2009, 06:21
Category: iPhone, Rumor

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Rumors make life interesting and a calendar listing for San Francisco’s Moscone Center has led to speculation that Apple’s annual Worldwide Developer’s Conference will coincide with the three-year anniversary of the original iPhone’s launch. Per AppleInsider, San Francisco’s Moscone Center Calendar lists a “Corporate Event” from June 28, 2010 through July 2, 2010 in the Moscone West hall. Previous Apple events have been reserved with the same title.

This year, WWDC 2009 ran June 8 through June 12. In previous years, the event has marked the introduction of new iPhone models. This June, Apple introduced the iPhone 3GS.

If WWDC 2010 does take place on June 28, 2010, it could be booked to coincide with the expiration of the current contract with wireless carrier AT&T. Recent reports have suggested that Verizon, the largest wireless carrier in the U.S., could offer a CDMA compatible iPhone next year.

For their part, Verizon officials said last week that their network would be capable of handling the added bandwidth from the addition of the iPhone. They did not, however, imply that the handset was coming to their network.

Another option could be T-Mobile. While the fourth-largest carrier in the U.S. does not have the size or stature of AT&T or Verizon, it is a GSM-based network, meaning compatibility with T-Mobile would be simple to accomplish with the existing iPhone hardware. Given the simplicity of such a move, some have predicted it to happen in 2010.

Onyx 2.1.2 Released

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Date: Monday, December 21st, 2009, 06:47
Category: Software

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Onyx, Titanium Software’s popular freeware multifunction utility for Mac OS X, has been updated to version 2.1.2. The new version, a 16.3 megabyte download (courtesy of VersionTracker), adds the following fixes and changes:

- Bug corrected while deleting System Caches.
- Deleting the internet cache improved.
- Searching update improved.
- Log panel improved.
- New alternative icon.
- Help improved.

OnyX requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later to install and run.

Roxio Toast Titanium 10.0.5 Update Released

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Date: Friday, December 18th, 2009, 05:27
Category: Software

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Late Wednesday night, Roxio released version 10.0.5 of its Toast Titanium authoring software. The new version, available here, adds the following fixes and changes:

- Resolves issue importing some FLV (Video for Adobe Flash) which is incorrectly authored or contains non-standard metadata.
- Resolves issue where some AVCHD source video experienced AV sync issues after conversion or authoring.
- Improved interoperability with Turbo.264 hardware H.264 encoder.
- Resolves issue burning Sparse Images.
- Use of mouse scroll wheel no longer opens additional dialogs.
- Resolves issue that may cause Disc Utility (Mac OS X v10.6 only) to show burned discs as damaged.

Toast 10 Titanium requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to install and run and retails for US$99.99.

Google Chrome 4.0.249.43 Released for Mac

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Date: Friday, December 18th, 2009, 05:50
Category: News

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Google Chrome, Google’s new web browser, just reached version 4.0.249.43 for the Mac. The new version, a 17.7 megabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes in the beta:

- Fixed several common crashes.
- Added a notification says “xxx is synched.” if you are already synced and click that button.
- Known issue: You’ll get an error when checking for updates using the About Google Chrome dialog. ‘Update server not available’ (error : 12). Regardless of the error message, the update is successful.

Google Chrome requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later and an Intel-based Mac to install and run.

If you’ve played with it and have an opinion, let us know what you think in the comments.

Perian 1.2 Released

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Date: Friday, December 18th, 2009, 05:04
Category: Software

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Late Monday, the Perian team released version 1.2 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:
- Matroska cover art is now imported as iTunes cover art [r1149].
- Video tracks now have their colorspace set based on the size of the video [r1170].

Mac OS X 10.6/Snow Leopard compatibility fixes:
- QuickTime Player 10 refused to open some files due to missing type identifiers [r1126].
- Worked around 96khz HE-AAC audio tracks not playing or playing noise [r1128].
- Extended Front Row subtitle hack to cover 10.6 and reduced its ugliness [r1130, r1186].
- Worked around re-encoding files with subtitles not working [r1177].
- Worked around some MKV embedded fonts being incompatible with 10.6 [r1193].
- Fixed RGB HuffYUV video displaying black bars over the video on 10.6 [r1198].
- Now compiles under Xcode 3.2

Fixes:
- Using a debugger on a process with Perian loaded printed warnings about missing files [r1122].
- Fixed decoding of WMA audio tracks [r1131].
- Fixed a crash in LoadExternalSubtitlesFromFileDataRef [r1153].
- Fixed some VobSub video tracks displaying with wrong colors [r1171].
- Better support for tracks with delayed start times [r1181].
- Fixed MPEG1/2 in Matroska playing out of order [r1188].
- Fixed a crash opening files while they were being downloaded [r1227].

SSA:
- Fixed some top-aligned subtitles being too low [r1163].
- Vertical text is re-enabled and works somewhat better [r1208].

Perian is a 3.3 megabyte download and requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to install and run.

PowerPage Podcast Episode 121

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Date: Thursday, December 17th, 2009, 10:09
Category: Podcast

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Episode 121 of the PowerPage Podcast is now available. You can either download it from the iTunes Store or directly (30.5 MB, MP3).

Panel: Jason O’Grady, Rob Parker and Tom Hesser

Topics: The resurgence of Web apps, Psystar is toast, Operation Chokehold and AT&T data caps, how Facebook sold you out, Smartphones to outsell notebooks in 2010 and we play “What’s on your Mac?”

Here’s what’s on our Macs this week:

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  • Spirited Away (free) – OS X menu bar item that hides background applications automatically
  • Isolator (free) – a small menu bar application for OS X that blacks out everything but the foreground application
  • Podium by Pivotal ($29) – the ultimate desktop iPhone stand
  • Labyrinth 2 ($4.99) – successor to the popular iPhone game

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Tom

  • Pastebot ($1.99) – iPhone clipboard management app

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Elgato Releases EyeTV 3.3 Update

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Date: Thursday, December 17th, 2009, 06:47
Category: Software

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On Wednesday, Elgato Systems released version 3.3 of its EyeTV software application, which finds and tracks all television programming you want to see and allows users to pause live television and save content to file.

The new version, which can be found here (and can also be found through EyeTV 3.0′s update feature), adds the following fixes and features:

- Improved general performance and stability.
- Improved scrolling in the Overlay menus.
- Fixed an issue where multiple tuners could not be accessed in the Overlay menu.
- Improved channel name detection and EPG for some Clear QAM cable systems. NOTE: To take advantage of this feature, EyeTV needs to do another Auto-Tune.
- Improved Digital Audio sound output for better compatibility with certain brands of home theater receivers.
- Improved support for EyeTV when running under Standard Accounts.
- Improved EyeTV’s automatic update process.
- Resolved issues with H.264 broadcasts in Denmark.
- Fixed issues with the new Silver Apple Remote under Mac OS 10.6.2.
- Improved Support for Rogue Amoeba Airfoil and Apple Airport Express: EyeTV and Airfoil now work together to keep the video picture in sync with the sound at all times. Find out more about Airfoil here: http://www.rogueamoeba.com/airfoil/mac/
- Editing recordings now works when archive is on volume with FAT 32 file system.
- Improved user interface for CAM modules.
- Resolved issues reindexing recordings.
- Improved support for case sensitive file systems.
- Miscellaneous Improvements to XMLTV.
- EPG updates when Parental Controls enabled now fail with an explanation in the guide preferences.
- Resolved a hang on single processor Macs when doing a digital auto-tune with certain hardware.
- Improved CAM support for EyeTV Sat.
- Fixed support for newer Cinergy T XXS hardware revisions.
- Updated firmware for DTT Deluxe 2009 to improve reliability.
- Added PAL 60 Hz support for the 2008 EyeTV DVB-T/C Hybrid.
- Fixed support for SECAM D/K in Russia for the 2008 EyeTV DVB-T/C Hybrid.

EyeTV 3.3 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to install and run. The program retails for US$79.95.

Apple Releases Digital Camera Raw Compatibility Update 2.7

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Date: Thursday, December 17th, 2009, 06:13
Category: Software

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Late Wednesday, Apple posted its Digital Camera Raw Compatibility Update 2.7, an update designed to extend RAW image compatibility for the Aperture 2, iPhoto ’08 and iPhoto ’09 applications.

The update adds support for the following cameras:
- Canon EOS-1D Mark IV
- Canon EOS 7D
- Canon PowerShot G11
- Nikon D3S
- Nikon D300S
- Nikon D3000.

At the time this story was posted, the update was accessible via the Software Update in Mac OS X, but was not listed on Apple’s Support Downloads page.

The update requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later to install and run.

Mozilla Releases Firefox 3.5.6 Update

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Date: Wednesday, December 16th, 2009, 07:13
Category: Software

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On Wednesday, Mozilla.org released version 3.5.6 of its Firefox web browser.
The new version, a 17.6 megabyte download, sports the following fixes and changes:

- Fixed several security issues.
- Fixed several stability issues.

Firefox 3.5.6 is available in more than 70 different languages and requires a G3, G4, G5 or Intel-based Mac, Mac OS X 10.4 or later and 128MB of RAM to install and run.

If you’ve snagged the new version and have any feedback to offer about it, let us know in the comments.