I am currently hooked on Google Sightseeing, a Web site that takes you to the best tourist spots in the world via Google Maps’ satellite imagery. Their moto is “Why bother seeing the world for real?” Interesting locations include: Crater Lake (the deepest in the U.S.), the 32-story Memphis Pyramid Arena, Cape Canaveral and several Nuclear power plants. Kind of like looking at Sim City but real.
Think Secret is reporting that iTunes Mobile 1.0 is slated for June “iTunes 4.8 Mac/Win expected soon
Apple is currently on track to finish up the first version of its iTunes software for mobile phones, dubbed iTunes Mobile 1.0 by June. Meanwhile, iTunes 4.8 is expected for Mac and Windows within the next two weeks.” More at Think Secret.
A Wired article by Tom McNichol in the May 2005 issue talks about the New Apple ™ and the company’s plan to subvert free speech.
Steve Jobs will do anything to protect his precious secrets. So he’s suing Apple’s biggest fans. Inside the Mac daddy’s battle with the rumor blogs.
Nick Ciarelli is the kind of guy Apple is supposed to love. At age 6 he bagan using his parents’ Mac Classic and quickly became a zealot. At age 13 he launched a Web site devote to all things Apple, especially upcoming product releases, Now 19, Ciarelli has turned his site, Think Secret, into a must read for true Apple fans.
So why is the company trying to squash him?
To find out why, you’ll have to pick up the May 2005 issue of Wired at the newstand. It’s the one with Darth Vader on the the cover.
The reincarnated Napster has worked hard to shed its old image. Working with MP3 players that use Janus digital rights protection, this model of renting an unlimited number of songs has several drawbacks and one huge flaw. The major drawback for legitimate users is that after the initial benefit of unlimited numbers passes, that monthly fee keeps eating into your bank account. Worse, when you stop paying, you loose access to everything. So what is the big deal-breaker? There are already fairly simple ways to strip the DRM protection from the files. They picked Microsoft to handle the security of these songs. Big mistake, considering how vulnerable Microsoft tends to be on security. Try as they might to change the Napster image, one likely outcome of the distribution scheme is that pirating teens will buy one or two months of service and download like crazy. They will then strip the DRM from thousands of songs and cancel the subscription. The scheme is so back loaded it almost encourages this slash and burn mentality. It reminds me of the record clubs of the 1970′s that would send you a dozen free albums if you agreed to buy many more in the future. The recording industry will not be amused by this almost predictable outcome
Panic has just released Transmit 3 with many new features:
*iDisk/Web Dav Support
*Sidebar (with per-favorite folder)
*Totally redesigned Favorites
*Preview Drawer with Zooming
*FTP with TSL/SSL Support
*Server to Server Transfer
Transmit 3 is the PowerPage’s preferred FTP client and costs US$29.99, upgrades are available for US$17.95.
The iTune Music store from Apple is celebrating their 70% worldwide market share of legal downloads by having a contest to count down to the 100 millionth song with some great prizes like iPods, PowerBooks, 10,000 free songs, etc. Read More…