Apple has released updates for the applications in their new iWork suite. Keynote has been updated to version 2.0.1 and Pages is up to 1.0.1. According to Software Update:
Keynote 2.0.1 addresses isolated issues that may have affected reliability for some customers.
Pages 1.0.1 addresses isolated issues that may have affected reliability for some customers and resolves an issue related to deleting complete pages.
Without question my new favorite phone is the BlackBerry 7100t, I can’t go anywhere without it and am totally hooked on having my email available to me at all times. And unlike other phones where the novelty kind of wears off after a couple of weeks, I still use most of the data functions all of the time – even after having it for more than 60 days. They call it a Crackberry for a reason! Read more…
Cepstral offers 18 voices in six languages. David, the newest voice, is optimized for reading news and browser content. The voices integrate 100 percent with Apple’s Speech Manager. Free to try, US$30 to purchase.
iScroll2 is a modified trackpad driver that adds two-finger scrolling capabilities to supported pre-2005 PowerBooks and iBooks on OS X 10.3. Supported models include aluminum PowerBooks introduced from 2003 to 2004 as well as all G4 iBooks. Read More…
Richard Ackerman revisits the rumor of an iTunes Video Store
Why is The Incredibles movie trailer inside of iTunes?
I wondered why Apple put trailers inside of iTunes.
But I have figured it out.
Apple is building the platform for selling video downloads the same way they sell music downloads.
Why do they host trailers on their site at all?
Hmm, sort of a daily infrastructure test…
Why video inside iTunes? iTunes is crossplatform… sales platform…
Steve has said that portable video (the “iPod Video”) doesn’t make sense. (There is already portable Mac video, it’s called an iBook or PowerBook.) But downloading video to your desktop… or say the Mac Mini… Send the video over wireless to your TV like they do with the AirPort Express audio thing…
Notice how every time Steve does a talk he goes on and on about some new video thing the Mac can do? I thought he was wearing his Pixar hat, but he’s actually building the Mac video infrastructure.
If you are interested in running the Mac OS on a PC, check out www.CherryOS.com (US$49). It looks like they have updated their Web site and a “trial download” is now available. Read more about the not-so-cheery parts of Cherry…
After a few more minutes, we had the tilt sensor controlling Timo’s music. You rock the machine backwards for the next track, and rock it forwards for the previous track. Then we realised that you rarely need “previous”–you just listen to music, and when a track comes on your don’t want to hear, you jog your laptop and it bumps on to the next song (and you don’t need to be in iTunes). Wicked. Tasty microembodiment.
Here’s the script: bumptunes.py. Download amstracker, put both files in the same directory, go to that directory in the Terminal and type:
./amstracker -u 0.1 -s | python bumptunes.py
That amstracker tool is absolutely fantastic, I can think of a thousand things I want to do with it: Bumps that are application-specific, that take into account context, length of bump, slower tilts. You could extract some very nuanced input, and do some very detailed things with the computer. Drawing, rapid-fire email filing (tilt right to delete, left to keep, like you’re driving through time through your mail inbox).
Bubblegym is a tilt-controlled computer game for the 2005 Apple PowerBook G4.
As far as I know the very first computer game that reacts to how the machine is tilted. The 2005 Powerbooks have a chip on the logic board that is there to signal if the computer is dropped. Thanks to Amit Singh (kernelthread.com) this chip’s values can be read and utilized for your amuzement. The gameplay is simple but challenging, control the balls by leaning the computer and get to the clouds before they disappear. The program is donationshareware. Donate what you think it is worth and you get the full version.