PowerPage Podcast Episode 132

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Date: Thursday, April 22nd, 2010, 19:27
Category: Podcast

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Episode 132 of the PowerPage Podcast is now available. You can either download it from the iTunes Store or directly (16.4 MB, AAC). This week we’re staying with AAC encoding format in order to keep the file size under the 20GB cap for OTA downloading on the iPad/iPod/iPhone.

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

Topics: This week we review the leak of the century, an Apple engineer’s loss of an iPhone 4 prototype in a northern California bar. We discuss everything we’ve learned from this epic leak and play “What’s on your Mac?”

Here’s what’s on our Macs this week:

Jason (some of my favorite iPad DJ mixing apps)

  • Baby Decks ($25, App Store) – A fully portable two-deck DJ rig for iPadwith cross fader, pitch adjust, transformer button and track upload. (Demo video).
  • Tremor ($20, App Store) – This iPad mixer has up to four DJ turntables for mixing your MP3’s. Its best feature is that you can use an Internet stream as an input. (Demo video).
  • Sonorasaurus Rex for iPad ($13, App Store) – Mix two tracks with dedicated effects modules with reverb, flange, distortion, tremelo, echo and high pass. The iPad version adds beat-highlighted waveforms and BPM tapper for easy BPM calculation. (Demo video).
  • Looptastic HD ($10, App Store) – This remixing app comes with a huge selection of loops that you can mix with your own beats also comes with powerful sound manipulation tools. (Demo video).
  • Groovemaker (Free and $10, App Store) – 8-Track iPad mixer app with large slider controls for volume, pan and master level. Each track has adjustable tempo, solo, mute, etc. Available in house, hip-hop drum n bass.

Rob

  • Vector Magic ($7.95/month) – Online service that converts bitmap graphics to vector images.

Tom

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Hacker brings Android to iPhone

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Date: Thursday, April 22nd, 2010, 04:05
Category: Hack, iPhone, News

Amidst stolen iPhone prototypes and very influential companies arguing, it’s cool to see that there are people just out there working on cool hacks for other people’s enjoyment.

Per CNET, David Wang managed to boot Google’s Android operating system on an iPhone 3G handset. Wang, the “planetbeing” member of the iPhone Dev Team posted a video demonstrating Android on an iPhone Wednesday.

The demo shows the boot process and Wang using Android for browsing, receiving a text message, answering a phone call, and playing music. The phone is set up with a dual-boot configuration and indeed the video begins with it running iPhone OS.

“It’s not really production quality yet,” Wang said on the video. “I’d say it’s alpha quality. But pretty much everything works.”

The Android-on-iPhone hack is a notable technical accomplishment and does indicate what’s possible. Wang has been working since at least 2008 to boot Linux on the iPhone, according to his blog. The demonstration uses a first-generation iPhone, but newer models should be supported at some point.

“It should be pretty simple to port forward to the iPhone 3G. The 3GS will take more work,” Wang said on the blog. “Hopefully with all this groundwork laid out, we can make Android a real alternative or supplement for iPhone users. Maybe we can finally get Flash. ;)”

Still, there’s work to be done. “It’s slightly buggy because I didn’t bother to implement all the Android-specific driver extensions,” he said in the video demonstration. And it’s slow, since Wang can be seen using a debug version of Android.

Since a picture’s worth a thousand words, take a gander:



Apple replies to Adobe’s plans to stop iPhone Flash development

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Date: Thursday, April 22nd, 2010, 04:04
Category: News

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Sometimes you just wish that the incredibly successful, multi-billion dollar companies you rely on would just say they’re sorry and make up.

Per Macworld UK, Apple has responded to Adobe’s announcement the company has no plans to continue developing iPhone application building technology after Adobe Creative Suite 5.

The decision is blamed on a change in Apple’s iPhone Developer Program License Agreement wherein section 3.3.1 that bans “applications that link to Documented APIs through an intermediary translation or compatibility layer or tool are prohibited,” including those tools offered by Adobe.

Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller responded in a statement yesterday: “Someone has it backwards – it is HTML5, CSS, JavaScript, and H.264 (all supported by the iPhone and iPad) that are open and standard, while Adobe’s Flash is closed and proprietary.”

Mike Chambers, Principal Product Manager for developer relations for the Flash Platform at Adobe, earlier said the Apple 3.3.1 clause had: “Has the effect of restricting applications built with a number of technologies, including Unity, Titanium, MonoTouch, and Flash CS5.”

“While it appears that Apple may selectively enforce the terms, it is our belief that Apple will enforce those terms as they apply to content created with Flash CS5. Developers should be prepared for Apple to remove existing content and applications (100+ on the store today) created with Flash CS5 from the iTunes store.”

Chambers added that Google’s Android OS was the platform of choice for future development, having become frustrated with Apple’s iPhone restrictions. “Personally, I am going to shift all of my mobile focus from iPhone to Android based devices (I am particularly interested in the Android based tablets coming out this year) and not focus on the iPhone stuff as much anymore.”

Adobe announced Adobe Creative Suite 5 earlier this month, with major updates for a range of creative tools including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver and Flash.