iPod Update!

iPod version 3.1.3 is now out. As expected this new version does not have many improvements.
The few bug fixes include :-

• Improves accuracy of reported battery level on
iPhone 3GS
• Resolves issue where third-party apps would not
launch in some instances
• Fixes bug that may cause an app to crash when
using the Japanese Kana keyboard

iTunes Update!

Apple recently updated iTunes to v.9.0.3 for Mac and PC. iTunes 9.0.3 provides a number of important bug fixes, including:

• iTunes no longer ignores your “Remember password for purchases” setting.
• Addresses problems with syncing some Smart Playlists and Podcasts with iPod.
• Resolves a problem recognizing when iPod is connected.
• Addresses issues that affect stability and performance.

iTunes 9 comes with many new features and improvements, including:

• An improved look and feel, including a new Column Browser for easily browsing your artists or albums, movies, TV shows, and more.

• iTunes Store has a brand new look, with improved navigation for quick and easy exploration.

• iTunes LP and iTunes Extras create unique experiences that feature exclusive interviews, videos, photos, and more — available with select album and movie purchases on the iTunes Store.

• Home Sharing helps you manage your family’s iTunes collection between computers in your home. iTunes can automatically transfer new purchases, or you can choose just the items you want.

• Genius Mixes are created for you by iTunes and play songs from your library that go great together.

• iPod and iPhone syncing now allows you to organize your iPhone and iPod touch home screens directly in iTunes. Syncing is now also more flexible, allowing you to sync individual artists, genres, or TV show and Podcast episodes.

• iTunes U items are now organized into their own section in your iTunes library.

• Sync with iPod nano (5th generation), iPod classic (Fall 2009), and iPod touch (Fall 2009).

• iTunes 9 also includes many other improvements, such as HE-AAC encoding and playback, more flexibility with Smart Playlists rules, simpler organization of your media files inside an iTunes Media folder, and more.

An update to 9.0.3 is highly recommended !

Youtube HTML 5 – Beta (UPDATED)

YouTube recently updated its page on HTML 5 , now offering users to testdrive HTML 5. HTML 5 is the next version of HTML ( HyperText Markup Language).

The HTML5 editors are Ian Hickson of Google, Inc. and David Hyatt of Apple, Inc.

HTML 5 is an alternative to Flash or Silverlight and is believed to be much more secure and stable than them.

HTML 5 is right now in BETA version and you could opt for it by heading your browser in this direction. You could now opt in for HTML 5 and try out the videos . The only drawback being that yet watching YouTube videos in full screen mode in not supported. Though that can be obtained on Firefox by using an addon.

HTML 5 evolves HTML and its related APIs to ease the authoring of Web-based applications.

Steve Jobs:- Google’s Dont Be Evil is Bull****

During that Apple town hall meeting we mentioned earlier this week CEO Steve Jobs reportedly had some choice words regarding Google that left little doubt about how the outspoken executive sees the competition.

Don’t be evil? “Bullshit” Jobs said, after which he was reportedly rewarded with a big round of applause from the gathered throng of Apple employees.

Also about Google, Jobs said that company “entered the phone business. Make no mistake they want to kill the iPhone. We won’t let them.”

Jobs also singled out Adobe, calling the company “lazy” because, in his opinion, “they have all this potential to do interesting things but they just refuse to do it.” Jobs also criticized Flash for being buggy. When a Mac crashes, it’s usually because of Flash, he reportedly told the crowd. “The world is moving to HTML5,” he said.

Reports that the town hall meeting was adjourned with a gavel that made a loud Bing sound were completely fabricated and made up by me just now.

Source : Gizmodo

iPad vs Rest

Many people seem to have developed a hatred towards the iPad due to it’s lack of expected features such as multitasking and a camera!

A comparsion chart compares the iPad with the rest of the e-readers available in the market. The iPad stands out! There are a few mistakes in the chart such as the base model of the iPad has been compared which only sports wifi.

Google’s attempt to kill IE6

The kill IE6 mission was a bit of a success . But now it seems that Google has taken the responsibility of completely killing Internet Explorer 6.0.
A mail was sent by Google to many users and here’s what it said:

In order to continue to improve our products and deliver more sophisticated features and performance, we are harnessing some of the latest improvements in web browser technology. This includes faster JavaScript processing and new standards like HTML5. As a result, over the course of 2010, we will be phasing out support for Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 as well as other older browsers that are not supported by their own manufacturers.

We plan to begin phasing out support of these older browsers on the Google Docs suite and the Google Sites editor on March 1, 2010. After that point, certain functionality within these applications may have higher latency and may not work correctly in these older browsers. Later in 2010, we will start to phase out support for these browsers for Google Mail and Google Calendar.

Google Apps will continue to support Internet Explorer 7.0 and above, Firefox 3.0 and above, Google Chrome 4.0 and above, and Safari 3.0 and above.

App of the Week : MobRSS

Reading feeds is the best way to get content from the site without going through the jargon of pictures,ads and content. Feeds are successful due to the speed and simplicity they tend to offer.

This week’s app is all about reading feeds on your iPhone/iPod Touch. We were in the hunt for a feed reader which would just sync and download feeds at a time and the feeds would be available for future reading. We tested dozens of RSS Readers such as Feeds, RSS etc but the most catchy of all was Mobile RSS.

Mobile RSS is in our opinion the best Feed Reading application out on the App Store! When the app starts it asks the user for the username and password to the google account. After validating your email, the app gets all the latest feeds and stores it for future offline usage. Just a pull down of the page would let you refresh the content. You could even share a feed via email, facebook, readitlater, Twitter etc.
The only negative part was that we weren’t able to figure out the way to add a new subscription. Mobile RSS is hosted on Google Code.The app also works well with the accelerometer.

Features:- 9/10
Performance :- 10/10
Price :- $3.99
Website:- http://www.mobilerss.net
Platforms :- iPhone/iPod touch