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Taking iTunes U Beyond Campus

“iTunes U, the education portal within Apple’s iTunes,” reports Campus Technology, “has expanded its content to include educational materials from sources beyond colleges and universities,” Called “Beyond Campus,” the area provides programming from Smithsonian Global Sound, KQED, Little Kids Rock, the Museum of Modern Art, and, most recently, “American Public Media, which is making its radio programming available free for educational purposes.” [Oct 19, 2007]

Les Paul: Invented Here

Wikipedia recognizes him as “one of the most important figures in the development of modern electric musical instruments and recording techniques.” Indeed, Les Paul, invented reverb, sound-on-sound and multi-track recording. On a mission to create “a radical new sound,” the multi-talented guitarist developed not only new ways of—and new equipment for—recording music but also new instruments. Most notably: the solid-body electric guitar that would bear his name and that legions of jazz, blues, country, and rock musicians would zealously adopt. Now Paul and his technical team have tapped the Mac, Final Cut Pro, and Soundtrack to help tell the story about how he brought his radical new sound to life. [Oct 19, 2007]

Most customers very satisfied with iPhone

Citing research from ChangeWave Research, Jonny Evans (Macworld) reports that “the iPhone now leads the pack in terms of customer satisfaction among its US customer base. An unprecedented 82 per cent of iPhone owners reported being Very Satisfied with their purchase, up five points since the previous survey in July and by far the highest rating of any mobile manufacturer.” Evans notes that “the research found 16 per cent of respondents who plan to purchase a phone in the next six months saying they’ll buy an iPhone - placing Apple up at the top among all manufacturers.” [Oct 19, 2007]

iPhone top seller for AT&T

As reported by DigiTimes, ” ‘the iPhone has become AT&T’s top selling device, commanding some 13% of AT&T’s overall handset sales, and the fourth top selling handset in the US market,’ according to Barry Gilbert, VP of the Strategy Analytics BuyerTRAX programs.” What’s more, DigiTimes also quotes Gilbert as indicating that “ ‘ the sales trajectory we are observing with the iPhone could make it the top selling device in the US over the next 1-2 quarters.’ “ [Oct 19, 2007]

Publish for Approval released for Aperture

At the PhotoPlus Expo in New York, the developers at released “Publish for Approval.” Designed for photographers who’d like to offer their customers the opportunity to review and approve photographs over the Internet, the system offers one-button publishing of selected images from an Aperture library. Tightly integrated with Aperture, Publish for Approval even displays client choices automatically upon approval, collecting them in a newly created Smart Folder in the Aperture library. [Oct 19, 2007]

New Aperture plug-in available for download

At PhotoPlus Expo in New York, Industrial Color, the leader in digital photo capture and online workflow software, announced the GLOBALedit Export Plug-in for Aperture. The plug-in, available as a free download, lets photographers “securely upload image collections from Aperture version 1.5 into GLOBALedit, Industrial Color’s online digital workflow solution. Once uploaded to GLOBALedit, image collections are globally available for editing, talent approval, image distribution, contact sheet creation, image markups and retouching notes, FPO and layout creation, metadata services, fulfillment services, and long-term archiving.” GLOBALedit joins a growing list of export plug-ins available for Aperture. [Oct 18, 2007]

Apple goes north to Alaska

“When we started to look at how to provide a quality education for our students, what became very clear was that the future is digital,” says Carl Rose, executive director of the Association of Alaska School Boards (AASB). “We needed to ensure that our kids not only had the skill-sets required by the state, but also had the digital literacy capability to use those skills. That’s when the concept of 1 to 1 learning began to make sense.” And today, the MacBook, iLife, iWork, and Apple Professional Development are helping the AASB bring its 1 to 1 learning initiative to fruition. [Oct 18, 2007]

At E! Online, Apple offers a new reason to buy

Music, that is. Thanks to the new iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store, the editors at E! Online find it all but irresistible to indulge in the guilty pleasure of impulse music buying. “As long as you’re at a hot spot, you can click on the new Wi-Fi widget for your iPhone or iPod touch and get access to Apple’s music library at the usual 99 cents per song.” [Oct 18, 2007]

Third Party Applications on the iPhone

Let me just say it: We want native third party applications on the iPhone, and we plan to have an SDK in developers’ hands in February. We are excited about creating a vibrant third party developer community around the iPhone and enabling hundreds of new applications for our users. With our revolutionary multi-touch interface, powerful hardware and advanced software architecture, we believe we have created the best mobile platform ever for developers.

It will take until February to release an SDK because we’re trying to do two diametrically opposed things at once—provide an advanced and open platform to developers while at the same time protect iPhone users from viruses, malware, privacy attacks, etc. This is no easy task. Some claim that viruses and malware are not a problem on mobile phones—this is simply not true. There have been serious viruses on other mobile phones already, including some that silently spread from phone to phone over the cell network. As our phones become more powerful, these malicious programs will become more dangerous. And since the iPhone is the most advanced phone ever, it will be a highly visible target.

Some companies are already taking action. Nokia, for example, is not allowing any applications to be loaded onto some of their newest phones unless they have a digital signature that can be traced back to a known developer. While this makes such a phone less than “totally open,” we believe it is a step in the right direction. We are working on an advanced system which will offer developers broad access to natively program the iPhone’s amazing software platform while at the same time protecting users from malicious programs.

We think a few months of patience now will be rewarded by many years of great third party applications running on safe and reliable iPhones.


P.S.: The SDK will also allow developers to create applications for iPod touch.

[Oct 17, 2007]

iTunes Plus now offers over two million DRM-free tracks at just 99 cents

Offering customers the largest catalog of DRM-free music in the world, Apple today expanded iTunes Plus to more than two million tracks while at the same time lowering the price of those tracks to just 99 cents. In addition to artists from EMI’s digital catalog, iTunes Plus now includes artists from Sub Pop, Nettwerk, Beggars Group, IODA, The Orchard and many others. All iTunes Plus tracks feature DRM-free music with high-quality 256 kbps AAC encoding, offering audio quality virtually indistinguishable from the original recordings. [Oct 17, 2007]

Making your design move with Motion

Motion 3 lets you easily import layered Photoshop graphics with blend modes and transparency intact. Following their import, you can modify each layer separately. Or, as you’ll see in this animated Motion tutorial, turn a 2D graphic into a compelling 3D element with the click of a button. [Oct 16, 2007]

iPhone to debut in France with Orange as exclusive carrier

Orange, the leading wireless carrier in France, will be the exclusive French carrier partner for iPhone when it debuts in France on Thursday, November 29, Apple today announced. “The iPhone is a marvelous product and will change how people think about mobile. I’m delighted that it is launching in France through Orange, and I’m sure that our customers share my excitement.” said Didier Lombard, CEO, France Telecom. [Oct 16, 2007]

Mac OS X Leopard to ship on October 26

Packed with more than 300 new features, Mac OS X Leopard goes on sale Friday, October 26, at 6:00 p.m. at Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers, Apple announced today. And, beginning today, customers can place pre-orders on Apple’s online store. “Leopard, the sixth major release of Mac OS X, is the best upgrade we’ve ever released,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “And everyone gets the ‘Ultimate’ version, packed with all the new innovative features, for just $129.” [Oct 16, 2007]

Apple Announces Mac OS X Server version 10.5 Leopard

On Friday, October 26, Mac OS X Server version 10.5 Leopard will go on sale at the same time as Mac OS X Leopard, Apple today announced. Leopard Server extends Apple’s legendary ease of use, making it even easier to take advantage of the benefits of a server. Leopard Server packs more than 250 new features including Podcast Producer, Wiki Server, and iCal Server. [Oct 16, 2007]

Quick Tip of the Week: Zooming in with ease

Did you know that you can zoom in or out on Microsoft Word or Excel documents using the scroll button on Mighty Mouse or the trackpad on your MacBook or MacBook Pro? It takes just a few seconds to set up, and we show you how in the latest Quick Tip of the Week. [Oct 15, 2007]

iPhone one of “the Top 10 Most Brilliant Gadgets of 2007”

For 2007, iPhone appears among the very short list of products Popular Mechanics honors in its annual Breakthrough Awards. “The best way to understand why Apple’s iPhone ($400) has sent shockwaves through the cellphone industry is simply to check your voice mail with it.” iPhone “displays a visual list of voice mails,” explain the editors. “Using the bright and responsive touchscreen, you scroll through the list and tap a message. When you’re done with a message, simply slide your finger over it and a delete button pops up.“ “All phones,” they conclude, “should work so smoothly. Because of the iPhone, they’ll eventually have to.“ [Oct 15, 2007]

Gore and U.N. Panel Win Peace Prize

Praising “their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change,” the Nobel Committee awarded the Nobel Peace Prize to Al Gore and the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, reports Walter Gibbs and Sarah Lyall (New York Times). [Oct 12, 2007]

Gore and U.N. Panel Win Peace Prize for Climate Work

Citing Al Gore as “ ‘probably the single individual who has done most to create greater worldwide understanding of the measures that need to be adopted’ ” to combat global warming, the Nobel committee awarded the former Vice President the Nobel Peace Prize alongwith the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. As reported by Alan Zarembo and Maggie Farley (Los Angeles Times), the committee noted how Gore’s ” ’strong commitment, reflected in political activity, lectures, films and books, has strengthened the struggle against climate change.’ “ [Oct 12, 2007]

Al Gore wins the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize

“Former Vice President Al Gore and the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for their work to raise awareness about global warming,” CNN reported this morning. Gore, who won an Oscar for “Inconvenient Truth,” also sits on the Board of Directors for Apple, Inc. [Oct 12, 2007]

Al Gore “honored” as recipient of Nobel Peace Prize

The BBC News indicates that Al Gore feels “honored” at being awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, seeing it as a “chance ‘to elevate global consciousness’ about the threat posed by climate change.” The BBC reports that “the former vice-president has emerged as a leading climate campaigner. His 2006 documentary film, ‘An Inconvenient Truth,’ was an unlikely box-office hit and won two Oscars.” [Oct 12, 2007]

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