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    Published on 26th January 2011 by

    <a href="http://www.mactalk.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/iChat-Image912592654.png"><img class="alignright size-medium wp-image-12348" src="http://www.mactalk.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/iChat-Image912592654-247x300.png" alt="" width="247" height="300" /></a>Wait, you're reading the news and not putting shrimps on the barbie or whatever the equivalent Australian tradition is these days? Alright, but don't say I didn't warn you... on with the news!

    Is it a statement about today's society, or a reflection on just how easy to use the iPhone actually is? Ars Technica sneakily discuss two things simultaneously by telling us that <a href="http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/news/2011/01/preschoolers-better-at-navigating-iphone-than-tying-their-shoes.ars" target="_blank">pre-schoolers are better at navigating iPhones than they are at tying their own shoelaces</a>.

    Dead Space 2 has only just been released on some other popular gaming consoles you might have heard of, but that doesn't mean that iPhone gamers are left in the dark — the original Dead Space was just released for the iOS platform, and <a href="http://toucharcade.com/2011/01/24/dead-space-review/" target="_blank">Touch Arcade have the review to prove it</a>.

    Well, I guess that's that, then. If Mac Rumors says that Apple are targeting the <a href="http://www.macrumors.com/2011/01/24/apple-targeting-third-generation-ipad-for-doubled-display-resolution/" target="_blank">third generation iPad to have a display of epic proportions</a>, then it must be true.

    Published on 25th January 2011 by

    <a href="http://www.mactalk.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/HC-GK232_Jobs_20070627110844.gif"><img class="alignright size-full wp-image-12344" src="http://www.mactalk.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/HC-GK232_Jobs_20070627110844.gif" alt="" width="136" height="226" /></a>In terms of doubling the amount of pixels on the iPad, there are a lot of reason for and against doing so. 9 to 5 Mac, however, tell us <a href="http://www.9to5mac.com/48328/why-the-ipad-doesnt-need-to-double-the-pixels" target="_blank">why the iPad doesn't actually need double the pixels</a> in order to be considered "retina" — which, for all intents and puproses, is just like asking how Telstra NextG is different to 3G. Hint: it's not.

    XBMC is hugely popular home theater software that can run on a number of different devices, and <a href="http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2011/01/xbmc-on-appletv-ios-jailbreak.ars" target="_blank">that list now includes the new AppleTV</a>. Ars Technica deem it necessary to say such a piece of software won't be appearing in the App Store anytime soon.

    If you need to use a Bluetooth headset, by all means, go ahead — we're not here to judge you, and we'd definitely recommend you use something similar if you're going to be driving. The one thing I would recommend, however is taking a look at the Aliph Jawbone Era, <a href="http://www.macworld.com/reviews/product/794713/review/jawbone_era.html?expand=true" target="_blank">the gold standard of iPhone headsets</a>.

    Published on 24th January 2011 by

    Convenient product name printed on the back so you'll never need to bother pulling them out of your ears to answer the question "Hey, those earphones are awesome! What brand are they?"

    There are two great injustices when it comes to listening to music on your iPhone. Firstly, the extremely poor quality of the included earphones (they’re really only good enough for calls and podcasts) and the lack of quality affordable alternatives on the market. Sure, there are a huge range of good headphones and earphones out there, but very few give you the same functionality of the included Apple earphones; that is, being able to make and receive calls as well as control your music - and at a price that doesn’t dwarf your monthly iPhone bill. ...
    Published on 24th January 2011 by

    <a href="http://www.mactalk.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/HC-GG913_Jobs_20060311120024.gif"><img class="alignright size-full wp-image-12273" src="http://www.mactalk.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/HC-GG913_Jobs_20060311120024.gif" alt="" width="136" height="231" /></a>Straight to the top of the rumour list this morning comes news that Apple may be <a href="http://www.macrumors.com/2011/01/20/apple-investigating-multi-touch-display-for-magic-mouse-haptic-feedback-for-virtual-keyboards/" target="_blank">investigating multi-touch displays for the magic mouse and haptic feedback for virtual keyboards</a>. You know, little vibrations whenever you press a key like what happens in Android.

    Speaking of Android, there's something going on about Oracle, Java, and how Android has stepped on someone's toes — or patent infringements, to be more exact. Being the former attorney that he was, <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2011/01/21/android-source-code-java-and-copyright-infringement-whats-go/" target="_blank">Niley Patel over at Engadget</a> has the most complete version of the story.

    If you've used the iPhone app Trapster and had registered an account, I'd look at changing your passwords because <a href="http://www.macworld.com/article/157291/2011/01/trapster.html" target="_blank">they got compromised</a>.

    Published on 23rd January 2011 by

    Welcome back to Weekend News!

    This is your first Weekend News for 2011, so let's kick off with something nice: a huge congratulations to Gail Davis of Orpington, Kent in the United Kingdom! Gail downloaded the ten billionth app yesterday evening, earning a $10,000 iTunes card in the process (Apple reaches 10 billion apps downloaded – The Loop).

    We know who the lucky winner is, but what about the lucky app? Our friend Gail downloaded a game called Paper Glider to get that awesome prize, a free app that “lets you throw virtual paper planes”. Something tells me their downloads are going to skyrocket thanks to Apple's promotion (Paper Glider is the 10 billionth app downloaded – 9 to 5 Mac).

    Verizon iPhone tidbits continue to dominate tech news over in the States, none of which apply to us here in Australia. Everyone loves an iPhone ad though, right? This one's all over US television, and with good reason: it's probably the best ad Verizon's ever made. Even though this particular commercial sits on Verizon's YouTube page, there are a few distinctly Apple elements to it, from the plain white background to the subtle Verizon slogan at the end. Worth thirty seconds of your time (Verizon iPhone – YouTube).

    Published on 22nd January 2011 by

    Courier uploads photos and videos to many of the most popular media sites with no more than a wooden shelf, an envelope and a map.

    Uploading big files to the internet has become less and less of a nuisance in the last couple of years thanks to faster internet connections and more efficient web servers – but the web interface for uploading our photos and videos varies greatly site-to-site, sometimes making it difficult to send multiple files together with ease. Courier, an app from Realmac software (creators of RapidWeaver and LittleSnapper and previous owners of the Socialite app) aims to solve this by introducing a one size fits all approach to file uploading: open it up and chances are your service of choice will be supported, so uploading your file is as easy as drag and drop.

    Published on 21st January 2011 by

    In Part 2 of this series on Photoshop, we looked at several ways to make a good selection, but how can you apply those selections in the best way? For starters, you can gain control over light and tone that would make Ansel Adams weep with joy. Great images aren't simply shot; they're processed. In the darkroom, this meant dodging and burning, but you can do better today. You can utterly transform an ordinary image into a magazine cover with attention and patience. Read on.

    Published on 21st January 2011 by

    Cheers to RamCity for sponsoring the MacTalk Podcast - check them out if you need RAM!


    This episode has Peter Wells, Zac Davies, James Croft and Justin James Clayden talking and stuff:
    Published on 21st January 2011 by

    <a href="http://www.mactalk.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/dsc_0243.jpg"><img class="alignright size-medium wp-image-12201" src="http://www.mactalk.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/dsc_0243-300x199.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="199" /></a>Hey internet, we get it. It was pretty much inevitable that the next-generation iPad would include dual cameras ever since Steve Jobs introduced FaceTime with the iPhone 4. You don't have to keep telling us that <a href="http://www.macrumors.com/2011/01/20/facetime-camera-and-photobooth-icons-confirm-camera-in-ipad-2/" target="_blank">the iPad will get dual cameras</a>, alright?

    You can, however, continue to bring us anything you learn about those sweet gestures on iPad and iPhone. Yes, it's a bit of disappointment that the <a href="http://www.tipb.com/2011/01/19/ios-43-multitasking-gestures-ipad-enabled-customers/" target="_blank">iPad won't get gestures in iOS 4.3</a>, <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2011/01/19/iphone-rumor-two-pack-multitasking-gestures-and-mobileme-photo/" target="_blank">but gestures on the iPhone</a>? Sign me up!

    Read It Later is to Marco Arment's Instapaper as apples are to oranges, and Read It Later have the blog to back that up. Their recent article entitled "<a href="http://readitlaterlist.com/blog/2011/01/is-mobile-affecting-when-we-read/" target="_blank">is mobile affecting when we read</a>" provides interesting insight into how the digital (and portable) aspects of our iPhones and iPads has affected our reading habits, both online and off.

    Published on 20th January 2011 by

    We have had over half a year to get use to the amazingly sharp retina display and the improved optics that the iPhone 4 have to offer, don’t you think it is time to grunge it up a bit. The Hipstamatic revolution was great. We were finally able to take photos with some character, but it did not shoot video. FInally 8mm Vintage Camera has come to the fore and allowed you to grunge up your videos, with a few limitations.

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