Sep 28

Remote v2.0

Apple’s Remote app – iOS software that gives users remote control over iTunes software running on a PC or a Mac via Wi-Fi – has been updated to v2.0.

In addition to being updated for the Retina display on the iPhone 4 and 4th Gen iPod touch, Remote v2.0 also adds an iPad version which takes advantage of the tablet’s larger screen for easier control.  New Apple TV support has also been added with gesture-based controls.

Remote is a free app in the iTunes App Store [iTunes Link] and is available for download now. 

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Sep 28

Google Voice

TechCrunch is reporting that the kinder, gentler Apple app guardians have already approved an official Google Voice app for the iPhone and that the software will be available as soon as it has been tweaked for iOS4. 

The story is short on details – other than to say that the author was informed by “a source close to Google” – so take it for what it’s worth.  But such a development isn’t difficult to accept given that GV Mobile + [iTunes Link], a third-party Google Voice app, was approved several days ago and is already available for purchase in the App Store.  The original GV Mobile was pulled from the App Store in July 2009 following Apple’s refusal to permit the original Google Voice app entry into their software store.

Google Voice users who wish to access the service from their iPhone can do so without the official Google app or third-party alternatives; just point Safari to google.com/voice.

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Sep 20

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In order to watch a video file you’ve transferred to an iPad, that file must be encoded in a format the tablet’s iOS can understand.  And there aren’t many

This requirement has been the source of frustration for many users, even considering the advantages to this setup (primarily playback optimization). But there are also setbacks. For example, if you want to transfer video files to the iPad that aren’t in Apple-friendly formats, you must first re-encode them using third-party software tools.  This is time consuming and often difficult for casual users.

Which is why the following news is so potentially important for casual users who transfer a lot of video to their iPads.  Developers of VLC Media Player for PCs and Macs, have ported their popular player to the iPad.  VLC is known, mostly, for its click-it and forget-it compatibility with a wide range of video file types.  VLC for the iPad, while not as robust as its desktop version, does offer users the ability to transfer many kinds of video to the iPad for playback within the app.

You can use iTune’s built-in file transfer system to move files

VLC is available now as a free download in the iTunes App Store [iTunes Link].

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Sep 15

Night Stand HD lets you wake to music on your iPhone, iPod touch

Although I’m a morning person, being able to consistently enjoy the early hours is a challenge for me.  See, I’m also an insomniac, so popping out of bed at the crack of dawn takes work.  Always has.

I learned as a teenager that music was the best way to begin the day.  It engages my mind, and even gets me moving – often to the beat while still a prisoner of the sheets.

So Apple’s years-long refusal to allow iPod music to be one of the built-in alarm sound options has been one of my few perennial iPhone complaints.  Why omit this obvious option in the built-in alarm?  Apple includes it on iPods – or at least some of them – so it’s not like it’s never crossed their minds.  Still, year after year, model after model, there’s no built-in way to set a music alarm on the iPhone.  Maybe there never will be.

But lovers of sleep-ending tunes have options.  And I think I’ve found one that works for me.  I hope it will for you, too.

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Sep 08

iTunes 10 Logo

iOS 4.1 is now available for download in iTunes.  The update adds several new features and is supposed to address the proximity issue on the iPhone 4.

All iPhones and iPod touch models (excluding the 1st generation of each) are compatible with the upgrade, though older devices may not be compatible with every feature of iOS 4.1.

iOS 4.2 is due out in November, which will add multitasking and other iOS 4.1 features to the iPad.

To upgrade your device to iOS 4.1, simply sync with iTunes.  Be sure you have the latest version of iTunes 10 before upgrading.

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