MacCraic Podcast
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MacCraic Series 1, Episode 5 MacCraic S01E05 Intro This weeks show News EU to dictate to Apple regarding Battery replacement? You Tube adding Click to Buy feature in US Woz points out the obvious in the iPod's limited future Podcaster returns under jailbreak "The spotlight turns to notebooks" Price point for new laptops New photos of alleged new macbook and macbook pro shells My Podcast Alley feed! {pca-c04648032246f8c5a6974444357c7a00} News EU to dictate to Apple Source Apple Insider This week Apple Insider reported that "The European Union is preparing new directives that could have an impact on Apple's future products, including 'the New Batteries Directive,' which proposes to mandate that batteries in electronic appliances be 'readily removed' for replacement or disposal," "While the Battery Directive now in force states that it must be easy for consumers to remove batteries from electronic products, the 'New Batteries Directive' now being drafted over the next year goes even further to state that electrical equipment must be designed to allow that batteries be 'readily removed' for replacement or removal at the end of product's life," "Gary Nevison, writing for New Electronics, said 'the requirement is clearly intended to ensure that users can remove batteries by opening a cover by hand or after removal of one or two screws. The producer will also have to provide the user with details on how to remove the battery safely.'" Apple insider reports that "Such a regulation would seem to impact Apple's integrated battery design of its iPods and the iPhone, which are somewhat unique in that their batteries are not designed to be user replaceable and typically require special tools or professional assistance to remove them. At the same time however, the directives are not yet completed or ratified, and subject to both modification and exception." Dave any thoughts about what the EU are trying to do here? You Tube adding click to buy links Accourding to Macworld the popular vidoe site YouTube has announded that ouTube is now embedding “click-to-buy” links in videos to make it easier for people watching YouTube content to buy products that interest them. YouTube is starting out by embedding links to iTunes Store music and products referenced by YouTube videos. The report goes on to state taht “This is just the beginning of building a broad, viable eCommerce platform for users and partners on YouTube,” YouTube hopes to eventually offer relevant product links to targeted audiences with music, film, print and TV. The click-to-buy links are retail links placed on the “watch page” beneath the video, with other community features. YouTube’s hope is that its partners will use their content identification and management system to enable links. The retail links are being added gradually to YouTube’s library of music videos, and is currently only available to users in the United States. YouTube plans to expand the program to other content and product partners and make it available to international users as well. Sounds like Google are taking adsense to the next level here with their YouTube platform Dave? Woz points out the obvious in the iPod's limited future Also in the news this week were comments that Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak made in an interview about the limited lifespan of the iPod and it was not related to the EU battery directive but to how long the iPod, as a product, can succeed in today's market. "The iPod has sort of lived a long life at number one," Woz told the Telegraph. "Things like, that if you look back to transistor radios and Walkmans, they kind of die out after a while." This is something that you and I have been discussing for a while Dave the fact that the classic iPod may be coming to the end of it's product life cycle as iPod Touch and iPhone show the next evolution of the popular music player. Discussion point on that Justin: Woz's didn't stop at the iPod. and went on to offer some criticisms of Apple's newest baby (the iPhone 3G). "Consumers aren't getting all they want when companies are very proprietary and lock their products down," Woz stated. "I would like to write some more powerful apps than what you're allowed." I wonder if he will get an invitation to the laptop event on Tuesday from his old buddy Steve Jobs after those comments? Podcaster returns under jailbreak Macworld reported this week that Podcaster, the application rejected from the App Store that allows you to stream and download podcasts directly to an iPhone or iPod touch, is now being distributed via Cydia, the open-source installer used to place applications on jailbroken iPhones and iPod touches. This follows the developer’s distribution of Podcaster using an ad-hoc certificate—a method that allows you to install applications to a specific device but that is not supported by Apple for commercial sale of applications. Apple were not best pleased by that and revoked its certificate halting additional sales. In order to continue distribution, the developer has now turned to the jailbreak community. For the uninitiated out there jailbreak is the method for gaining access to the iPhone and first-generation iPod touch so that you can access its operating system and copy data to and from it. You currently cannot do this on the second generation devices but it is only a matter of time In order to jailbreak your device you need a tool such as the iPhone Dev Team’s QuickPwn and PwnageTool. During the jailbreak process, the Cydia installer is placed on the device. For anyone who has already obtained a copy of Podcaster by paying the $10 necessary to get the application and ad-hoc certificate, you can now download the update from the developer’s site by entering the e-mail address you used when originally purchasing podcaster. You’ll be taken to a page that includes a download link that delivers the current 1.1.2 version of the program plus a new ad-hoc certificate. Drag both Podcaster and the certificate to the Library entry in iTunes’ Source list and your old copies of the application and certificate will be replaced. Then sync your iPhone or iPod touch to update the application. If you’re new to Podcaster you can get it through Cydia. To do this however you will need to jailbreak your device. Once launched you’re allowed to use Podcaster as a free trial for 14-days. If you wish to continue using it after that, you must pay $5 for the application, which you can purchase via the Next Day Off site. Your registration code allows you to use Podcaster on up to three devices. The latest version of Podcaster brings bug fixes as well as a workaround for podcasts that won’t play. You now have the option to choose between the iPhone or iPod touch’s QuickTime Media Player or the Podcaster Player. If one can’t handle a podcast, the other should be able to. You’ll also find a Play in Safari option within a podcast’s Now Playing screen. Tap it and Safari opens, displaying the podcast episode on the site (the original web app version of Podcaster). Not all podcasts from will play on the iPhone or iPod touch, however, as not all are compatible with the device’s QuickTime components. Dave you have some strong thoughts on what apple are doing regarding approval for devices on the app store. The Spotlight turns to notebooks So finally in the news this week we look at apple's long awaited October 14 event. On Thursday of this week the invitations went out to the media for the upcoming event to be held in Cupertino, CA, on Apple's main corporate campus, and it will start at 10:00 AM pacific time. From the invite it is cleare where the focus will be with the event titled the spotlight turns to notebooks. I guess we will finally see what the mysterious "brick" is and also find out about the pricepoint. Price point for the new line of laptops Source 9-5 mac Looking at recent rumours about the price point 9-5 mac reported this week that Apple plans to drive a price-driven stake through competing PC brands in the ailing market, boosting sales with the introduction of its first $799 MacBook, a report claims (via MacRumors). The news follows hot on the heels of the recently leaked image of the new Apple notebook, and the information is decribed as coming from a reliable source, says "According to the source, Apple retail stores have been given price sheets that list 12 price points for the new range, with prices between $800-$3100." This indicates some diversification of the existing range: MacBook, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air, with 12 standard configurations rather than 8 claimed by the source, presumably an Apple retailer. That puts the price differentiation at about 4 price points per model, unless *gasp* Apple is to release a new model or have more color options. The new Macs are expected to be made using an advanced new manufacturing process (dubbed 'Brick') and to field advanced Nvidia graphics, at least on some models. No event invitations have gone out yet but given all of the recent activity in this area, it is hard to imagine we'll have to wait too much longer for an introduction. Most recently, there have been rumors about a supposed manufacturing process called "Brick" that uses lasers and water jet cutting technologies to carve laptop cases from solid blocks of aluminum. That rumor was followed today with an unconfirmed report of an expansion of Apple's laptop line that would include a model priced starting at US$800. New photos of alleged new macbook and macbook pro shells All over the net this week we have seen new photographs of alleged new macbook and macbook pro shells appearing. Apple are hosting an event on Tuesday with a laptop focus so we will see then whether these photographs are the genuine atricle. from what we can see in the pictures it looks like all lines will be going with the alluminium casing (or that is alluminum for our US listners). this conforms to apples greener apple policy. the macbook pro will take some guides from the macbook and the alluminium keyboard for the imac with the cut out calculator style. from what i can see it looks like they will move the slot loading dvd drive to the side on the macbook pro as is the case with the macbooks. this will be nice if like me you use a stand for your laptop which blocks entry to the dvd bay. nor really much else to see from that and i'm sure we'll all be pleased with what ever apple announce on tuesday. Dave do you have any thoughts on that? Diary This week i blogged about our attempts to record a conversation type podcast and the fun and frustrations i had with that. well if you are listening to this you will know that i have gotten them sorted out. I have been using skype and wiretap studio from to record the two way podcast and finally gotten things working right. thanks to Allison Sheridan over at the NosillaCast Podcast for fantastic shownotes and screensteps to assist with this process. Dave you did a review of the ipod touch game shaky summit recently on the blog. How are you getting on with that?
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