MacCast 10.16.2007 - Show #203
V Opening
V Opening Music
* Music is Say Anything by Manda and the Marbles
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V News
V Apple launches iPhone Web Apps directory
* Apple added an official iPhone web app directory to it's site last week.
iPhone WebApps
* Similar to the widget directory for Dashboard.
* Currently has 216 apps listed in categories like Entertainment, Games, News and Social Networking.
* Oddly not an iPhone formatted site.
* The site also includes helpful links for developers.
* Rumors that Apple may support Dashboard widget on the iPhone?
V Apple recognizes Al Gore Peace Prize win
V Friday Apple paid Tribute to Gore with a post on it's homepage
* "Al has put his heart and soul, and much of his life during the past several years, into alerting and educating us all on the climate crisis. We are bursting with pride for Al and this historic recognition of his global contributions."
* Al Gore joined the Apple Board of Directors in 2003
* The Peace Prize was shared with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
* If you saw "An Inconvenient Truth," a lot of the film featured Apple technology an Gore used Keynote for the visuals seen in his presentation in the film.
V Meanwhile, the Center for Environmental Health's lawsuit against Apple based on a Greenpeace report
* The Greenpeace report alleges that PVCs and brominated flame retardants (BFRs) are present in the iPhone.
* The CEH suit claims that iPhones headphone cables contain DEHP (Di-ethylhexyl Phthalate) and DBP (Di-n-butyl Phthalate).
* Phthalates are a key ingredient in polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and have been potentially linked to adverse effects on reproduction.
* Under California law products that contain phthalates must carry a warning label.
V Leopard nearing gold master?
* Ars Technica and Mac Rumors are both reporting that Apple has internal gold master candidate builds of Leopard.
V Despite a UK hoax October 20th special event launch, most feel the 26th is the likely drop date for Leopard.
* ifoAppleStore claims to have confirmed the 26th date, but cites no source for the info. They are generally a good source for Apple Store info.
* They say stores will close and then re-open at 6;00 PM with some stores open until midnight.
* Reports from AppleInsider and others that Apple has begun Leopard training for AppleCare technical support staff.
* It's now less then 2 weeks away from the 26th and still no official GM? Can Apple make it in October?
V OS 10.4.11 is also nearing completion and expected to be out around the time of the Leopard release
* Approx. 20 bug fixes. Including fixes for CoreAudio, the BSD kernel, Apple Software Restore, CoreText Layout, ImageCapture, iPhone photo importing, WebCore, VPN networking, and more.
V iPod Touch Breaks Free
V Earlier in the week a team hackers hacker Niacin and Dre released a BETA process for jailbreaking the iPod Touch (and iPhone)
* As expected it relied on the Safari TIFF exploit for initial code execution
* It's a pretty nasty hack and not for the faint at heart.
* The iPhone Dev Team also released a procedure for Jailbraking 1.1.1 iPhones, but not ones with modded basebands.
* Allows 3rd party apps via Nullriver's
V Following the crack there are now a couple of installers to make the process easier
V iJailbreak Applescript for Intel Macs (PPC is not tested)
* iJailbreak works on 1.1.1 iPod Touch firmware, written by 2 13-year olds, AriX and Ben Feldman. Open Source donationware on Google Code.
* TouchFree, for Windows. Details on Mac Rumors forum
* iPhone SIM Free also announced an update to it's commercial Jailbreak and unlocking app.
* Since there is no baseband wireless stuff going on the risks of bricking your iPod are less, but there is always a chance.
V iTunes Plus price drop
* Ars Technica is reporting a rumor that Apple plans to drop the price of iTunes Plus DRM free tracks to $0.99 this week
* Possibly a response to Amazon MP3?
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V RSS Readers for Mac
* Listener Andrew was looking for some recommendations
* NetNewsWire
V NewsFire
* David Watanabe who also does XTorrent
* Great UI
* Vienna, Free and OpenSource
* GoogleReader
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* Safari
V Remove iTunes DRM with iMovie
V Listener Seth reminded me of this tip
* Using iMovie HD, create a new iMovie project.
* Drag the song into the timeline from the Media tab.
* Drag a photo to the timeline. (It doesn't mater what photo it is because you will never see it in the final product.)
* In the Share menu, click Share and select QuickTime. In the popup menu, choose Expert Settings. Then click Share. In the resulting dialog, pick Sound to AIFF for the popup menu titled Export. Next, pick Default Settings for the popup menu titled Use. Change the title and save location to your choice. Then click Save.
* Can also use iMove 7 ('08), but in there you will need to add multiple images and set their duration to total the entire length of the track you want to export.
* Not sure this saves much time over the burn CD analog hole.
V Subtitles in Quicktime Movies
* Anders who is Swedish told me about .srt or .sub files
* You can find them online, just google subtitles+download. need to match up "release"
* Common for Divix files.
* Place the .srt or .sub file in a folder with your movie. If the movie file and the subtitle file have the same name then the movie will display the subtitle track
V I couldn't get it to work in Quicktime, but it did work for me using VLC
* Apparently this works if you have Perian loaded
* Appear to be simple TXT files and you could likely edit text and timecode.
V Sharing iTunes Between Accounts
* Play question from Felicia
V Sharing the iTunes Library from Macworld's Chris Breen
Sharing iTunes
* 1) Move the iTunes Music folder from ~/Music/iTunes/ and place it in the Shared user folder.
* 2) Launch iTunes and in the Advanced tab of the Preferences, click the Change button point to the shared iTunes Music folder (again, /Users/Shared).
V 3) Enable the Copy Files To iTunes Music Folder When Adding To Library option. Close the preferences.
* If iTunes asks if you want to move and rename files in the new library, click on No. Quit iTunes.
* 4) Move the iTunes Music Library file from your iTunes folder to Users/Shared
* 5) Make an alias of the file, and copy it to your user folder/Music/iTunes.
* 6) Launch iTunes and you Music should appear as normal.
* 7) Repeat these steps for other accounts so they all point to the same files in the shared folder.
* 8) If iTunes complains about permissions, log in as yourself, select the shared library, press Command-I, and change Ownership & Permissions for Others to Read & Write.
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