Apple released iTunes version 9.1 yesterday which brings in iPad compatibility and support for iBooks. This update enhances iTunes, provides new features and fixes some issues.
Now iTunes is compatible with your forthcoming iPad and supports iBooks.The applications bar which was earlier termed as “Applications” was renamed to “Apps”. It even gives users the ability to rearrange, remove or rename Genius mixes. Seven vulnerabilities in iTunes were patched by this update.
Major features include:
• Sync with iPad to enjoy your favorite music, movies, TV shows, books and more on the go
• Organize and sync books you’ve downloaded from iBooks on iPad or added to your iTunes library
• Rename, rearrange, or remove Genius Mixes.
Though the update makes iTunes better but it still feels as the same old bloated music management software.
1. A new “Books” bar has been added which could be viewed while navigating your iPod touch/iPhone.It could be used to sync audiobooks.
2. An option of converting higher bit rate songs to 128 kbps AAC is now available.
Apple released a new update for Mac OS X Snow Leopard which brings it to version 10.6.3. Though there aren’t any great features but there are a lot of fixes and an update is recommended. It addresses various security issues and includes a lot of patches and fixes.
Some of the important fixes are:
a color issue in iMovie with HD content.
the reliability of certain third-party USB devices.
an issue in which the microphone level in iChat may not increase the volume after reducing it to prevent a feedback event.
an issue that could cause Mail to delete mailboxes on a Microsoft Exchange server that is hosted behind an Internet load balancer.
The file is 784MB in size and a list of all the fixes can be found here.
Gadgets are like drugs – you can’t resist them. When a new one comes to the market which is going to blow you sky high, you gonna be ready for it. The unparalleled intoxicant like never before , the iPad is coming in for gadget-pushers. Get your itching fingertips ready and allow large volumes of drool over the new iPad.
Encore to Steve Jobs and a grand welcome to the iPad into this world on its birthday.
Well, get ready put on your best clothes, get a cake and some candles and welcome the iPad to your home on April 3. Celebrate that day because on that day you will get your new iPad. Just in case you forgot, Apple is now reminding all those who have pre-ordered their iPads by email that the tablet PC has been shipped and will arrive at your doorstep on April 3.
Get the best tuxedo in town to put your iPad in and show it off to all your friends and brag about it a bit. In-case you need a big pocket, don’t forget to take a look at the iGotaBigAssPocket Concept. Tune your PC/Mac and order them to behave in a nice manner with your iPad. Sync all your content including music, videos, HD movies and browse the web like never before. Also don’t forget to drive thru TheAppleGoogle with your new iPad. Do tell us how it feels like.
For those who haven’t pre-ordered the much anticipated device, they can buy it from an Apple Store or from any Best Buy starting from 9.00AM on Saturday.
1. Google Docs gadget – It previews Google Docs below the chat box. It shows the top five last edited docs.You could click on a doc and it will pop it up in a new window . Built right into your inbox it keeps you up to date with Google Docs. In-case you have created a form and are asking people to fill it but on a single day you forget to check docs, the inbuilt preview would remind you of it.
2.Back to Beta – Adds the super popular BETA tag back to Gmail. We all know how famous Google is for it’s BETA tags. If you loved to be greeted by the familiar BETA text in silver, then just enable this. According to the author, it soothes your soul.Yes it does!
3.Green Robot – It shows how many of your friends are chatting with their android phones and how many are up from their computers. If they are using their Android phone for chatting then their status icon would be the android green robot . This could help you chat more precisely . For example, if you see that your friend is up from his android phone, you could send him shorter messages so that he could cope up with you. This does a pretty good job but sadly their isn’t one for the iPhone. When launched this lab feature was not helpful because hardly people owned an Android phone. But with the Nexus One hitting the roads, this must be enabled.
4.Undo Send – One of the most advanced labs feature yet. If you wanted to send an email to your friend named John but instead sent it to your boss also named John, then only this could help you. You could undo your sent emails. After hitting the send box this lab feature waits for 5-10 secs and if you want you could undo the sent message. I experimented with it a bit and sent obscure messages to my alternate email addresses, before five seconds I hit the undo button and none of my other emails had those mails.
5. Picasa previews in Mail – Preview your Picasa pictures in your mail. You could preview the photos in your mail whenever you receive an email with a Picasa link.
Jobbs – Hey Erik, Apple is planning to remove Google and make bing as the default search engine for Safari.
Erik – Really?
Jobbs – We even plan to have iAd. You took admob from us and this time we aren’t going to give up. Apple is slowly going to enter your market and dominate it.
Erik – Well, you could never get ahead of us in search.
Jobbs – Yeah, but our products would eliminate Google which would have a huge impact on you.
Erik – Do you think that you are gonna keep throwing things at us and we are just gonna accept it? Well, guess what we even put multitouch on the Nexus One and we have already entered your market. What are you gonna do? Sue us? Cmon do that… Why did u sue HTC? Are u scared of getting into a real fight? At the end of the day we made the Nexus One!
And did u call our Motto as BS ? U know what you don’t even think differently.
Jobbs – Screw you, your coffee was poisoned.
Erik – Really? Even yours was.
What do you think really happened? Post your comments !
Apple and Google are two of world’s greatest and the most innovative organizations. They have set a benchmark for others to emulate. Their leaders are icons and demigods of the world today. They inspire other organizations and also individuals who would like to shape their destiny on the lines of these role models.
However, success brings appreciation and a host of critics too. We have a pulse on what people are thinking and we would like to allow you a peep into the minds of those who applaud and critique as well. The reflections for the leaders of both the organizations are as follows:-
Steve Jobs of Apple
Steve is a founder and will have to struggle with his emotions in taking the right decisions.
For the launch of all its products, Steve Jobs hogs the limelight and projects a larger than life figure by making the presentation himself.
Steve is now at a two forked crossing of humility and arrogance. By allowing Walter Issacson to write a biography on him, he seems to be using yet making one more route of projecting himself, which is perhaps indicative of his taking a path which will lead him away from humility.
Steve is an innovator and a great designer and Apple has benefitted from his capabilities. However, he needs to allow the diversity of ideas to flow to see if Apple needs to move into different areas of its core competence.
Apple has affected a huge payout to Tim Cook for doing a job which he in any case was supposed to do.
Steve is the founder himself and all that he has to do is to keep the Board happy.
All said and done, Steve has shown resilience to regain his organization which had ousted him out earlier and now has taken it to the position of glory by creating unparalleled world class products.
Eric Schmidt of Google
Eric is a professional and he is required to take decisions on professional grounds.
When Nexus One was released, it was his employees who made the presentation at the Android Press Event. By doing so, the CEO is allowing the credit to flow where it is due.
Eric has maintained a low profile, putting his company before himself.
Eric runs his organization and has challenged Apple in its core area of strength by launching the Nexus One. It has moved beyond search to telephony.
The founders of Google and Eric have relinquished their salaries in making their organization stronger and have accepted only $1 as their payment at a particular point of time. Investors would repose a higher level of confidence in them.
Eric has a difficult job of not only maintaining good relations with the Board but also in keeping the founders of Google happy. He may thus loose the focus.