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    Published on 24th March 2010 by

    242056260_cd89046194A large independent book publisher I never head of until now, Perseus - has signed a deal with Apple to have their range of titles on the iBook store. More books available the better!

    StarCraft 2 is getting closer - Blizzard has announced that there will be a Mac beta for StarCraft 2 starting in late April.

    Apple gear was quite popular as the recent SXSW festival/conference this year. By that logic, once could deduce that "smart" or creative people are better at recognising superior technology.

    Steve has been replying back to random strangers with his usual terse emails lately. Apparently, we don't need to worry about upcoming MacBooks, the iPhone will get a universal inbox, there will be a way to get documents on to the iPad via iDisk and iWork.com and that the iPad will be sold at Best Buy and Apple retail stores initially. ...
    Published on 23rd March 2010 by

    This week we look at Articles, a brand new Wikipedia client with an emphasis on style and ThinkDigits, another advanced calculator app developed here in Australia.


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    Just like previously reviewed Wikipanion, Articles is nothing more than a dead simple native Wikipedia client. Both take the enormous wealth of content that's constantly being revised and added to on Wikipedia, and put it in an app for the iPhone with an interface that's more suited to the touch screen device. Since the release of Wikipanion, however, Wikipedia developed its own mobile web app and native application for the iPhone & iPod touch, which begs the question - are any of these apps worth downloading with an official client already released?

    Having used both apps, I think the only appropriate answer is yes. While Wikipedia's mobile interface is fantastic when following links in Safari, Wikipedia is as much a reference tool as anything else, and I often look up articles without having followed a link first. Using a native client is essential for this, since Wikipedia's offering on the iPhone still has a lot of kinks that need to be worked out, and it's honestly not that great looking either. Up until now, my solution has been to use Wikipanion. Now, with the release of Articles for the iPhone, it has replaced the aforementioned app as my browser of choice.

    Published on 23rd March 2010 by

    statue-of-libertyThis post is 3rd in the MacTalk in New York series, where Pete and I blog about going to New York to obtain iPads on the 3rd of April. If you haven't been keeping up, check out the other posts in the series.

    There's been a lot of talk about me going to NY, but I have a travelling companion! Mr. Peter Wells (aka fulltimecasual) will be there scoring iPads with me. He had this to say:

    I can wait a couple of weeks for an iPad - so ...
    Published on 23rd March 2010 by

    Cheers to Ram City for sponsoring the MacTalk Podcast & Can Touch This - check them out if you need RAM!


    Talking about apps this episode is Dan (zillatron), Gavin (mrbrut) and†Anthony (decryption). These are the apps & news we talked about:

    $20 iTunes gift cards giveaways are back! Recommend us an app in this thread and each episode, we will pick one of those apps and PM you a $20 code for the iTunes store. ...
    Published on 23rd March 2010 by

    Apple have started an App Store fan page on Facebook. "Hello Hell, yes, I'd like to check if you guys have frozen over? You have? I thought so. Ballmer? Yeah, he's still alive - you can take him soon." Via the fan page, Apple will put up links to apps they recommend. It has over 28,000 fans already, so if you're a developer, this is a good thing.

    Amazon are planning to release a Kindle iPad app. Hopefully Apple allow it on to the App Store - competition is a good thing. Plus then all that content I purchased for my Kindle won't be thrown down the toilet when I sell my Kindle once the iPad comes out.

    Jean-Louis Gassťe, former Apple executive, co-founder of of Be (who were supposed to be purchased by Apple, but Apple nabbed NeXT instead), is writing about how Palm stuffed it all up and should just go away and die as they're not even worth buying. ...
    Published on 22nd March 2010 by

    bpm-questions-you-should-ask-your-bpms-vendor1Welcome to another segment of Ask MacTalk. This is your chance to email me and ask a question regarding anything to do with Apple. You might have a technical issue you want solved, you might be seeking advice with a new computer, or just want to settle a bet with a friend. Either way, as long as it's Apple related, I will take a stab at answering one question, every Monday. If I pick your question to be answered, you win a $20 iTunes voucher!

    If you have a question you'd like to ask, just email ask@mactalk.com.au - just note, not every email will be answered or published, so if it's something urgent, your best bet is to post on the forums.

    The question this week comes from Judy Frazer. She wants some info about the iBook store and the iPad. ...
    Published on 22nd March 2010 by

    MediaCen01_DevicesJealous of your friendsí fancy media centres? You probably already have one!

    Iím a total cheapskate. If thereís one thing I love, itís getting stuff for free, and when it comes to my home media setup, Iím all about using what I have.

    Although Iíd love to buy an Apple TV with ATVFlash and run XBMC in my lounge room, the fact is that if you already have a current-gen HD console and youíre happy to work with their few constraints, you can kill two birds with one stone and can have a great, seamless media setup in multiple rooms without forking out any extra cash.

    You may not get the face-meltingly pretty interface of some dedicated systems, but in the end itís all about getting access to your digital content and playing it back with high fidelity, right? On this front, the Xbox 360 and PS3 have you covered. Weíll talk about using the Apple TV and Mac Mini as home media centres in future articles, which both do a stellar job of taking the home media interface to another level for those who have the time and money to invest. This guide goes out to those whose monthly spending invariably vanishes on video games and the machines that play them, and have not a penny to spare on dedicated hardware. ...
    Published on 22nd March 2010 by

    <img class="alignright size-full wp-image-5843" src="http://www.mactalk.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/HC-GG913_Jobs_20060311120024.gif" alt="HC-GG913_Jobs_20060311120024" width="136" height="231" />"<a href="http://www.boygeniusreport.com/2010/03/18/windows-phone-7-to-get-copy-paste-post-launch/">Windows Phone 7 Series will get copy and paste support post-launch</a>", says Boy Genius. According to well known blogger Long Zheng, copy and paste is an integral part of Windows Phone 7 Series, just not at the expense of a timely launch.

    Parents with kids, prepare to surrender your iPhones to your children - <a href="http://www.ilounge.com/index.php/news/comments/fisher-price-releases-iphone-apps/">Fisher Price released some iPhone and iPod Touch apps</a> not too long ago. I'm no child (I voted and everything, okay?), but these apps look like standard Fisher Price fare - fun for kids, but you'll wish you never showed your three-year old exactly how much fun poking things on a screen can be!

    "Developers must sequester the tablet computer in rooms with blacked-out windows", say BusinessWeek. They are, of course, referring to <a href="http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/mar2010/tc20100318_833402.htm">those select iPad developers given special early access to the device</a> for testing purposes. Presumably they're also under NDA, but we'll just ignore that so you can read all the juicy details, okay?

    <a href="http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2010/03/app-store-payola">Wired bust a move on some dodgy iPhone review sites</a> which are demanding iPhone developers pay them money for reviews on their websites. That's not to say that the sites have some serious Google-juice flowing, though - both unscrupulous websites appear in the top four search results for "iPhone app review".

    Published on 21st March 2010 by

    This week saw the Google-Apple feud reach new heights with a four page report from The New York Times detailing the increasing rivalry between Steve Jobs and Eric Schmidt. An anonymous source inside Silicon Valley said in the article "Itís World War III. Amazing animosity is motivating two of the most powerful people in the industry ... This is the biggest ego battle in history. Itís incendiary." (Apple's Spat With Google Is Getting Personal - The New York Times). All of this while rumours were also brought up of a Google TV, directly competing with Apple's "hobby" device (Google and Partners Seek TV Foothold - The New York Times).

    Despite the threat Android poses to the iPhone, many other smartphone users still want in on Apple's 170,000 app wonder. First we heard that 10% of all Microsoft employees are secret iPhone devotees (Forbidden Fruit: Microsoft Workers Hide Their iPhones - The Wall Street Journal)†and now reports are also surfacing that 40% of Blackberry owners would happily swap in their little plastic keyboards for the big old touch screen that the iPhone boasts (40% of Blackberry users willing to trade in for an iPhone - Ars Technica).

    "Mac OS X is like living in a farmhouse in the country with no locks, and Windows is living in a house with bars on the windows in the bad part of town", according to security expert Charlie Miller, who is just about to reveal a whole bunch of security holes found in our favourite OS (Mac OS X: "safer, but less secure" - The H Security). ...
    Published on 21st March 2010 by

    <p style="text-align: center;"><img class="size-full wp-image-5825 aligncenter" title="ibooks_habits_20100225" src="http://www.mactalk.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/ibooks_habits_20100225.png" alt="ibooks_habits_20100225" width="575" height="432" /></p>

    <em>This opinion piece was written by Nicholas Pyers, editor of the </em><a href="http://www.appleusers.org" target="_blank"><em>AppleUsers Spotlight</em></a><em> magazine.</em>

    Despite the hype about how Apple's iPad is going to kill the traditional paper based book and other e-book readers like Amazon's Kindle, it is interesting to note that the much publicized iBooks application for the iPad is NOT actually installed on the iPad by default. Like the iTunes Remote App, it is a free, yet optional, download from the iTunes App Store.†Users must make a conscious decision to hunt the iBook app down from amongst the myriad of 150,000+ other apps available from the Store and install it on their iPads - How many people will actually do this? I believe that had Apple included the iBook app as standard, everyone would try at least one book and then perhaps go on to purchase more? Hence, I must ask "Why haven't have Apple installed iBooks as a default application?" ...

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