Rumor: Apple May Opt for Bing as iPhone Search Engine

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Date: Friday, February 12th, 2010, 08:16
Category: iPhone, Rumor

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With relations between Apple and Google growing strained, a new set of rumors places Apple as having gone into discussions with Microsoft towards making Microsoft’s Bing search engine the default for the iPhone.

According to Businessweek, a source close to the story offered the following: “Though Microsoft did not confirm or deny any chatters on the likelihood of Microsoft wining Apple search deal for iPhone, [Microsoft executive] Mr. Apter told us that for right economics Microsoft would like to win the Apple search deal.”

In a recent note, Collins Stewart analyst Sandeep Aggarwal, also commented: “In our view, Apple search deal can be strategically very significant win for Microsoft not only because of Google and Apple’s history of working together but also because Microsoft has been lagging behind in terms of making in roads on fast growing mobile Internet market.”

As mentioned yesterday, Apple’s inclusion of the Google search engine on the iPhone platform nets the company about US$100 million a year from Google as part of a revenue-sharing deal, making it less likely Apple would want to develop its own search engine.

MWSF: DriveSavers Offering iPhone App to Simulate Solid State Drive Crashes

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Date: Friday, February 12th, 2010, 08:00
Category: iPhone, Macworld Expo, News

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If you’ve ever worried about your iPhone or iPod touch’s hard drive crashing, DriveSavers has once again proven useful.

Over at Macworld Expo, the company has announced that it will update its free DriveSaver app for the iPhone and iPod touch that can simulate solid-state drive failures.

Per Macworld, the Crash a Hard Drive feature educates users about how hard drives can crash and what you can do to ensure safe data storage. The new addition will now add a solid-state drive to the mobile app’s simulations of real-world drive failures.

To illustrate this feature, the data-recovery company posted a Flash-based version of the feature on its web site.

If you’re at Macworld Expo, you can see demonstrations of the app first-hand at both the Mobile Applications Showcase (Booth #1366) and DriveSavers’ booth (#1448).

Trading4u Web Site Offering Cash for MacBooks, Other Goods

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Date: Friday, February 12th, 2010, 05:33
Category: MacBook, News

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If you want to get rid of your old MacBook in a hurry, this may be for you.

According to Macworld UK, Trading4u has announced plans to offer cash for any old and unwanted MacBooks. Potential customers can receive a free estimate online, then arrange for pick up, if happy with the price quoted.

The company promises a quick turnaround from collection to payment, on average paying customers in just five days from receiving the goods. The site claims to buy and sell just about everything.

“We have a huge success rate of more than 90% – That’s 9 out of 10 items achieve a completed sale.
If you don’t set a reserve and your item doesn’t sell – You don’t pay a penny,” the company insists.

If you’ve tried this site and have any feedback about it, let us know.

Square Opens Public Trial for iPhone Payment System

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Date: Friday, February 12th, 2010, 05:00
Category: iPhone, iPod Touch

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If you want your iPhone or iPod touch to be able to do everything, including spackle the den this weekend, you might be one step closer.

Per Daring Fireball, Square has opened up a beta version of a payment system wherein users can create an account on the Square web site, receive a hardware dongle and swipe debit and credit cards through the device as a means of payment.

The video says it all:



MWSF: Day One Gallery

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Date: Friday, February 12th, 2010, 04:41
Category: Macworld Expo, Pictures

Macworld Expo is underway and with we’ve sent ace photo hound Michael Johnston of iPhone Alley to go grab shots for us.

Take a gander, let us know what you think and remember: you can probably outrun the giant anthropomorphic Microsoft Office icons:

IMG_5759Yep, we’re in the right place.

IMG_5776Even without Apple there, you’ve got a crowd. Not too shabby.

IMG_5784Behold, more crowds. And escalators.

IMG_5788Attendees walk to the next exhibit or section in what appears to be a full capacity Expo.

IMG_5791The latest Microsoft marketing campaign: a combination of annoyance and primal terror.

IMG_5794To be fair, the giant Microsoft Office icons CAN be killed with silver bullets and holy water.

IMG_5804Attendees sit in on a panel featuring John Braun and Dave Hamilton of the Mac Observer.

IMG_5802Attendees listen to a panel on the Main Stage before hopping off to the next vendor or exhibit.

South Korean Users Resort to Frozen Sausages as Makeshift iPhone Styluses

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Date: Friday, February 12th, 2010, 04:06
Category: Fun, iPhone

Even with Apple and HTC working to patent their own capacitive stylus, the South Koreans might have come up with a better solution: frozen sausages.

Per Gearfuse, snack sausages from the CJ Corporation have proven to be electrostatically compatible with the iPhone’s capacitive touchscreen, leading many to use them as a “meat stylus” in the cold weather, rather than remove a glove.

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As a result, South Korean snack sausage sales are apparently soaring.

We’re not sure what other deli items constitute an adequate iPhone stylus, but if you play around with this and find something new, please let us know.

Google Chrome 5.0.307.7 Beta Released for Mac

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Date: Friday, February 12th, 2010, 04:29
Category: Software

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Google Chrome, Google’s new web browser, just reached version 5.0.307.7 beta for the Mac. The new version, an 18.9 megabyte download, offers the following the following changes:

– Extensions (finally!).
– Bookmark sync.
– Bookmark manager.
– Cookie manager.
– Task manager.
– Support pinch to zoom on the Mac.
– Cmd-three finger swipe opens prev/next page in new tab.

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.

PowerPage Podcast Episode 125

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Date: Friday, February 12th, 2010, 00:42
Category: conference, Macworld Expo, Podcast

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Episode 125 of the PowerPage Podcast is now available. You can either download it from the iTunes Store or directly (21 MB, MP3).

Panel: Jason O’Grady, Tom Hesser, Adam Christianson and Victor Cajiao.

Topics: Macworld Expo 2010 opens in San Francisco and our panel reviews the first day of the show including the featured presentations by David Pogue and Kevin Smith and the Best of Show awards.

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MWSF: MacSpeech Offers Scribe, Upcoming Dictate iPhone App at Expo

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Date: Thursday, February 11th, 2010, 16:47
Category: Macworld Expo, News, Software

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Longtime Mac software developer MacSpeech presented the first of its Macworld Expo goodies via the release of MacSpeech Scribe (which also arrives in both Legal and Medical editions) as well as introducing its Dictate iPhone extension app. According to the cool cats at the Mac Observer, Scribe produces a transcript from a spoken-word audio file in the .wav, .aif, .aiff, .m4v, mp4, or .m4a formats.

Like MacSpeech Dictate, Scribe requires the user to create an individual speech profile by training the software to recognize their voice. Scribe recognizes 13 different English dialects and supports up to six speech profiles. If the user wants to ensure punctuation is included in the final transcript, they’ll need to speak it while creating their spoken-word audio file.

The Legal and Medical versions of Scribe are like their MacSpeech Dictate cousins in that they support over 30,000 legal words and terms and more than 54 medical and dental disciplines and specialties, respectively. Scribe Legal and Scribe Medical are available for US$99 to registered users of the respective MacSpeech Dictate versions and are only available as digital downloads from the MacSpeech web site.

In addition to Scribe, MacSpeech is showing a sneak peek of its upcoming via Dictate iPhone extension app, which functions as a remote extension of MacSpeech Dictate. The app will be free when it’s released. A date was not made available.

Scribe is available now to Macworld attendees and MacSpeech Dictate 1.5 users for US$99. The application generally retails for US$149 and requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later to install and run.

MWSF: SHAPE Introduces Mobiola Headset App, Allows for iPhone/iPod Touch to Become Wireless Headset

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Date: Thursday, February 11th, 2010, 16:34
Category: iPhone, Macworld Expo, Software

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This could be nifty.

Over at Macworld Expo, developer SHAPE Services introduced Headset, an application that allows iPhone and iPod touch owners to use their device as a wireless headset for a PC.

According to iLounge, the application connects with the free Mobiola Headset Desktop PC application over Wi-Fi to provide two-way audio communications between the device and PC applications such as Skype and MSN Messenger. Users can also record, pause and playback audio sent and received by the headset application.

The desktop application requires Windows XP (SP2) or later to function.

Mobiola Headset is available from the App Store for US$2 and requires an iPhone or iPod touch running iPhone OS 3.0 or later to install and run.