iTunes 10.1.1 Released

Apple has just issued a maintenance update for iTunes which fixes a few annoying bugs. Other than that, nothing too exciting has changed.

What’s new in iTunes 10.1.1

This release provides a number of important bug fixes, including:

• Addresses an issue where some music videos may not play on Macs equipped with NVIDIA GeForce 9400 or 9600 graphics.
• Resolves an issue where iTunes may unexpectedly quit when deleting a playlist that has the iTunes Sidebar showing.
• Fixes a problem where iTunes may unexpectedly quit when connecting an iPod to a Mac equipped with a PowerPC processor.
• Addresses an issue where some music videos may not sync to an iPod, iPhone, or iPad.

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NFL Sunday Ticket Coming to Apple TV?

A market research survey sent out by Direct TV suggests that their popular NFL Sunday Ticket service will be making its way to internet-connected devices such as the iPad, iPhone, Apple TV, Roku, and Boxee. This would be an important step forward for users looking to completely sever satellite or cable subscriptions.

The various pricing plans outlined are:

$19.99 per each weekend you choose to subscribe, no contract.

$49.99 per month for the entire 5 month NFL season, or free if you already subscribe to the regular satellite plan. (This option is $150 cheaper than the $19.99 plan if you watch every weekend.)

$39.99 per month for the entire 5 month NFL season, or $9.99 if you already subscribe the to regular satellite plan. (This plan offloads the price to existing subscribers, and favors customers who don’t have an existing satellite subscription.)

It’s unknown when Direct TV will be officially announcing this service, or which plans will be offered.

[Engadget]

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mSpot Now Available for iOS Devices

mSpot is a cloud streaming music service and app that allows users to upload their music to a cloud locker and then stream it to their desktop or iOS device.  It was first released for Android devices in June.  The service is free for up to 2GB, roughly 1,600 songs.  Upgrading is fairly cheap with 40GB costing $4/month compared to Dropbox’s charge of $9.99/month for 50 GB.  Or be lucky enough to be rewarded 25GB storage free from Dropbox for providing a detailed bug report as one reader reported to Lifehacker.

Users can stream directly from the cloud without downloading the content to their device, provided there is Wifi or 3G coverage available.  Uploading requires installing mSpot’s program on your desktop and from there the procedure is very easy.  Register for a free account and then merely provide the path for your iTunes library, as well as any additional music directories you might have, and you’re done.  Lastly, install the free app from the App Store and you’re ready to stream.

The App Store lists compatible devices as iPhone and iPod Touch 3G, 3GS and 4 running iOS 3.0 or later, however mSpot’s FAQ’s state the device must be running 4.0 or higher.

Here are some screenshots.  You can watch a video demo here.

[Gizmodo]

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We are now iFans

Over the years (yes, it’s hard to believe, but it has been more than three years), our community has evolved to cover more than just the iPod touch. We now have healthy numbers of discussions about the other iOS devices, even including the Apple TV. What’s more, we are seeing our Android section starting to take off, and the number of new entrants to the tablet and smartphone markets means our discussions will grow broader. Changing the name to Multi-touch Fans was an attempt to adapt to this evolution, but it didn’t exactly roll off the tongue. At the same time, many began resorting to using acronyms like IPTF to refer to the site, since iPod touch Fans wasn’t too short either.

Changing the name to iFans solves this practical problem while also giving us room to grow as more devices and topics grab our attention. Because many of you are long-time loyal fans of the site, I know the change will come as a bit of a shock at first, but I’m confident that once the shock wears off, most will agree that this change is a great investment in our future growth as a community. For technical reasons, we are not yet moving all of the content to the ifans.com domain, but typing in ifans.com or ifans.com/forums will bring you to the right place, and it’s a heck of a lot shorter than what we have right now. Once the switch is made, all of your old links and bookmarks will continue to work, so we’ve got it covered.

Overall, I’m very excited by the growth the site has seen over the years, and I think this is a good way to start our fourth year of operation.

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Epic Games Releasing Unreal Development Kit Update on Thursday

Epic Games, developers of some decidedly epic games on such as Infinity Blade for iDevices, and even Gears of War 2 and 3.

Unreal Dev Kit

The development kit makes it easier for developers to produce games with high-end animations and graphics on iOS. If Infinity Blade and Epic Citadel are any way to judge future games developed on this engine, then it looks as if iOS has a very bright future in gaming ahead of it (as well as a perpetually low battery).

While the Unreal Development Kit (UDK) is free to download and use, developers seeking to sell paid games running on the engine must pay a $99.00 licensing fee, as well in 25% royalties after the first $5,000 in sales.

With Infinity Blade being able to boast $1.6 million in 5 days, there’s definitely a market for games with powerful graphics and storylines, along with the Doodle Jumps and Angry Birds of the App Store. So, developers: who’s up to the challenge of making another stunning game to go toe-to-toe with the likes of the graphics juggernaut, Infinity Blade?

[TUAW]

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Greenwich Apple Store Burgled

The Apple store at 356 Greenwich Avenue in Connecticut was burglarized today by five men. The value of the stolen goods is estimated to be in the tens of thousands of dollars. On the off chance that you know anything, please turn yourself in report it to the authorities.

The perps have not yet been apprehended, so keep on the lookout for anyone wearing a black hoodie and jeans.

[CT Now]

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The World According to Facebook

An intern at Facebook has plotted real relationships to create a map of the world.  Paul Butler started with the data of 10 million pairs of friends, then began weighting and filtering their locations. He played around with the color scheme and tried arcs instead of points and straight lines.   Here are the results compared to NASA’s image of the world:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As expected, the most heavily populated areas of the world, with the exclusion of China, are prevalent while less technologically advanced areas such as Antartica, the Amazon and large portions of Africa are substantailly unrepresented.  Russia is surprisingly sparse, as is India for its population density.

[Huffington Post]

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Apple TV 4.1.1 Released

Apple TV 2 owners should be receiving a small software update, 4.1.1, which resolves just two bugs:

There is some confusion as to the exact firmware number, Apple seems to be reporting both 4.2.1 and 4.1.1, but both versions are identified by the build number 8C154. Get it together, Jobs!

[Apple]

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Antid0te Presentation at POC 2011

Stefan Esser, the man behind the upcoming Antid0te tool, has released the slides from his “Adding ASLR to jailbroken iPhones” presentation. If you understand the nitty gritty of computer security and exploitations, it should be an interesting read. If not, just know that Antid0te is designed to make your device more secure against malicious software by randomizing the memory addresses of program resources. It is not a jailbreak in itself, but rather a tool to be used in conjunction with various jailbreaks.

The Antid0te site has been updated with a FAQ which covers the basics, and explain the implications.

Will Antid0te destroy the possibility of future jailbreaks?

Well first of all antid0te by itself will be installed AFTER you jailbreak your device, so that it does not affect the jailbreaking process at all. However in the long run the existence of antid0te might trigger Apple to finally add ASLR to factory iPhones. However Apple’s current iOS 3/4 design decisions make adding ASLR a not so simple task. Therefore it will take them some time to achieve that. I strongly suspect 2011 to become the year of wide spread mobile phone malware/worms. So Apple will have to add it at some point. However only time will tell. So yes, if antid0te causes a faster ASLR release for factory iPhones it will make jailbreaking harder in the future. However I strongly believe that a more secure factory iPhone is more important than a somewhat easier jailbreaking process.

Antid0te is set to be released on December 24th, and work with all 4.2.1 devices.

[Antid0te] Slides (PDF direct link)

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AirPlayer iPhone to Mac Streaming App Now Available

An alpha build of AirPlayer, the iOS to Mac AirPlay application, is now available for testing.

The OS X application spoofs your Mac to look like an Apple TV using Bonjour, so jailbreaking—or downloading any additional Cydia application—is not necessary (though, installing AirVideoEnabler is recommended if you want to stream from 3rd party apps).

What AirPlayer does is create and advertise a custom Bonjour AirPlay service that pretends to be an Apple TV. Bonjour is Apple’s zero configuration networking solution for allowing devices and applications to communicate with each other over local area networks. When Apple created AirPlay, it basically set up a new way for Apple TV to interact with iOS using Bonjour communications.

Sadun notes that since Bonjour has been ported to Windows and Linux, it is technically possible for this method to work with other operating systems, but another developer will have to implement it.

Remember, AirPlayer is currently in the alpha stages, so don’t expect it to work flawlessly.

[TUAW]

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