Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from your friends at Smartphone Fanatics!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Apple Resumes iTunes App Approvals

9To5Mac.com has posted a note today to let us know that Apple's iTunes Connect department is back from their week long holiday shutdown.

That means that we will start seeing new apps and updates to exiting apps showing up in iTunes and on our iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches in the next day or so.  It also means that the pricing freeze is over, and we should expect to see applications and games that were heavily discounted during the Christmas holiday returning to normal.

If you have been putting off getting that game or app while it has been on sale, better get it soon!

[Via 9To5Mac.com...]

Monday, December 27, 2010

Year End Deals on iPods, iPads, iPhones, Smartphones

Didn't get the cool new phone or iDevice for Christmas that you were hoping for?  Are you sitting on a pile of cash or gift cards?  Don't worry!  There are still deals to be had on new and refurbished hardware between now and the end of the year.

Apple (Refurbished Hardware)
  • iPod Classic (Silver or Black) - $209
  • iPod touch 32GB (third generation) - $229
  • iPod touch 64GB (third generation) - $299
  • iPad Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 3G - $50-100 off refurbished units
AT&T Wireless (Refurbished Hardware)
  • Apple iPhone 4 16GB - $99, $36 activation fee
  • Apple iPhone 4 32GB - $199, $36 activation fee
  • Apple iPhone 3GS 8/16/32GB - $29/$49/79, $36 activation fee
  • BlackBerry Torch - $9.99, activation fee waived
  • HP Palm Pre Plus - $0.00, activation fee waived
  • HTC Aria - $0.01, activation fee waived
Keep reading for Verizon Wireless and Sprint phones.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas from Smartphone Fanatics!

Merry Christmas and Season's Greetings from your friends at Smartphone Fanatics!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Angry Birds for iPhone/iPod Touch Updated to 1.5.0

Angry Birds for the iPhone and iPod touch has been upgraded to version 1.5.0 following Monday's update to Angry Birds HD for the iPad.

The Angry Birds 1.5.0 update includes:
  • A new theme in the Frontier Badlands
  • 15 new levels and one new golden egg
  • Game Center support
  • Introduces the Mighty Eagle
[Notes] The Mighty Eagle feature is a $0.99 in app purchase.

Head over to the iTunes Store or hit the App Store on your iPhone/iPod touch to get in on all the new bird flinging action!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

SPF360 Podcast Show 2

For the second SPF360 podcast, I discuss:
  • Google Nexus S smartphone
  • "Price Wars" in the iTunes App Store
  • Apple sells 1 million second generation Apple TVs
  • Angry Birds HD 1.5.0 for iPad
  • In-App purchases and how to protect yourself from unexpected charges
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    Tuesday, December 21, 2010

    Briefly Noted: 1 Million Apple TVs Sold

    By way of a brief Apple press release, we have learned that sales of Apple's second generation Apple TV have crossed the 1 million mark.

    Long considered a "hobby" by Apple CEO Steve Jobs, the Apple TV has not been met by the same commercial success as iTunes and the iPod.
    "Apple® today announced that it expects sales of its new Apple TV® to top one million units later this week. The new Apple TV offers the simplest way to watch your favorite HD movies and TV shows, stream content from Netflix, YouTube, Flickr and MobileMe℠, all on your HD TV for the breakthrough price of just $99. iTunes® users are now renting and purchasing over 400,000 TV episodes and over 150,000 movies per day.
    Now with AirPlay®, recently available in iOS 4.2, users can wirelessly stream their music, video and photos from iPad™, iPhone® and iPod touch® to their new Apple TV, making it the perfect iOS accessory. Users can also control Apple TV with their iPad, iPhone or iPod touch using the Remote app, available as a free app on the App Store℠."
    The second generation Apple TV is available now from Apple's online store, Apple retail stores, and authorized resellers for $99.

    Monday, December 20, 2010

    Angry Birds HD 1.5.0 Update Released [UPDATED]

    Rovio Mobile, the makers of the insanely popular bird launching game, Angry Birds, has released Angry Birds HD 1.5.0 for the Apple iPad last night.

    This update includes:
    • A new theme in the Frontier Badlands
    • 15 new levels and one new golden egg
    • Game Center support
    • Introduces the Mighty Eagle
    [Update] The Mighty Eagle feature is a $0.99 in app purchase.

    My kids have been watching the trailer for the Mighty Eagle for weeks now and can't wait for this update.

    For current owners, this is a free update.  If you haven't yet gotten in to an avian flinging addiction yet, you can purchase Angry Birds HD from the iTunes Store (link) for $4.99.

    Sunday, December 19, 2010

    Facebook for iOS Updated to Version 3.3.3

    Today, Facebook for iPhone and iPod touch has been updated to version 3.3.3.

    Included in this maintenance release of Facebook for iOS are the following enhancements:
    • Improved reliability in chat and messages
    • Improved notifications interface
    • Fixed a memory usage bug
    • Fixed some conditions which cause the application to crash
    • Removed the text field for walls you can not post to
    • Restored the ability to post on a Page where you are an admin
    • Fixed a group photos bug
    • Improvements to the Places feature
    You can download the update directly to your iPhone or iPod touch by using the App Store icon, or you can dowload the application to our Mac or Windows PC (link) and iTunes sync it to your iDevice.

    You can use the Facebook application on your iPad, however, this it is not a "Plus" application which means the app will not take advantage of the large display and the text and photos will look a little bit fuzzy when you use the 2x zoom feature of iOS on the iPad.

    Briefly Noted: Apple iPod Models


    I had a need to look up the various versions of the Apple iPod today.  I'm not talking about the Nano, or the Shuffle, but the "classic" iPod line.  You know, the 5GB white iPod that started it all.

    If you are interested in taking a brisk walk down iPod Memory Lane, check out the iPod Classic Wikipedia article.

    Saturday, December 18, 2010

    Rage HD Updated to 1.11

    id Software has updated their first person shooter (FPS), Rage HD for the iPad, iPhone 4 and 3GS, and iPod touch 4G and 3G.

    This update adds some new features to the game that will enhance the game for players that enjoy fragging muties in this rails based shooter.

    Rage HD 1.11 adds the following new features:

    • Game Center support fro Leaderboards and Achievements
    • Gyroscope support for the iPhone 4 and iPod touch 4G
    • Explore all 3 levels in "Museum Mode" before the shooting starts
    • Mirror Mode allows you to play the original three levels backwards
    • Second display support so you can play Rage HD on your TV with Apple's video out solutions
    • Control Rage HD from your iPhone or iPod touch
    • Language localization for French, Italian, German, and Spanish
    Rage HD is a universal binary game that works on both the iPad and current model iPhones and iPod touch models.  You can buy Rage HD for $1.99 and version 1.11 is a free upgrade to current game owners.

    For more details, check out Rage HD in the App Store (link).

    Wednesday, December 15, 2010

    iBooks 1.2 Released

    Today, Apple released a new version of their iBooks application for iPad and iPhone.

    The iBooks 1.2 update brings the following features:
    • Experience fully illustrated books, from children's picture books to beautifully designed art books, available for download in the iBookstore.
    • Organize your books and PDFs into personal Collections. Swipe left or right to jump between Collections.
    • Print PDF documents and notes you've written in iBooks using AirPrint.
    • iBooks now fits more words per page by automatically hyphenating text, available only on iOS 4.2 or later.
    iBooks is a free application and is available now from the iTunes Store (Link).  iBooks requires iOS 3.2 or later on the iPad or 4.0 or later on current model iPhone and iPod touch devices.

    Saturday, December 11, 2010

    SPF360 Podcast Show 1

    I return to a regular podcast this week with the release of the Smartphone Fanatics SPF360 Podcast Show 1.

    On this week's SPF360 podcast, I discuss:
    • The Verizon rumor for semi-exclusive iPhone 4
    • The incredible disappearing HP webOS smartphones
    • BlackBerry Storm2 boot up speed #fail
    • BlackBerry Playbook -BGR.com hands on
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    Monday, December 6, 2010

    Samsung Nexus S Unveiled

    The new Nexus smartphone is being launched by Samsung and is headed for T-Mobile here in the United States.

    Samsung and Google deliver Nexus S, the world’s first handset to feature the latest version of Google’s Android™ platform. Powered by Android 2.3, Gingerbread, this smartphone is packed with powerful technology and the latest in hardware features.

    Form Meets Functionality

    Featuring both superior functionality and a stunning user-experience, the Nexus S has a brilliant Super AMOLED touch screen that provides a premium viewing experience. The 4-inch Contour Display has a curved design for a more ergonomic style and feel when held to the user’s face.

    Powered by a 1 GHz Hummingbird processor, Nexus S produces rich 3D graphics, faster upload and download times and supports HD-like multimedia content. In addition, Nexus S features a gyroscope sensor to provide a smooth, fluid gaming experience when the user is tilting the device up or down or panning the phone to the left or right. It also comes with 16 GB of internal memory.

    Saturday, December 4, 2010

    Rumor: White iPhone 4 On Track for Spring 2011

    Apple has missed the target date for the white iPhone 4 twice now, so you'll forgive me it I'm a bit skeptical of the newest target date of "spring 2011."  This information isn't new.  An Apple spokesperson also reported that the white iPhone 4 launch was rescheduled to spring 2011.

    The unofficial reasons that I've seen around the Internet range from the white parts of the phone not staying white and yellowing to there being problems to the cameras to an antenna redesign.  Whatever the reason, the end result is the same - customers still can't buy a legit white iPhone 4.

    [Via 9To5Mac.com...]

    Friday, December 3, 2010

    Briefly Noted: eWeek T-Mobile G2 Review

    I recently came across eWeek.com's review of the new T-Mobile G2 smartphone running Google Android.
    "Overall, the T-Mobile G2 by HTC, which is priced at $199 with a two-year contract, is quite a good Android phone. It doesn't have every feature that can be found with the competition, but it has a few features the others don't have, most notably the very fast 3G access. If you want an Android choice, this is right at the top of the list."
    You can read the full review on the eWeek website.

    Thursday, December 2, 2010

    Rovio Releases Angry Birds Seasons


    Rovio has followed up their successful Angry Birds: Halloween app with Angry Birds Seasons.  "Seasons" is a separate game for iPhone and iPad that includes the Halloween levels, and a new set of Christmas themed levels.

    The twist for the Christmas themed levels is that you play one a day until December 25th.  That is kind of annoying while we're waiting for Christmas to get here, but the Seasons levels are harder for me to get 2 or three stars so I'll end up spending a day trying to get to three starts so it won't be a big problem for me anyway.

    One thing that I really like about Angry Birds: Seasons is that is supports iOS 4's Game Center feature so I can compare how I'm fairing against my friends and family in the leaderboards.


    Like the original Angry Birds, Angry Birds: Seasons comes in two flavors: iPhone/iPod touch ($.99) and HD for iPad ($1.99).  If you purchased Angry Birds: Halloween, Angry Birds: Seasons will be a free upgrade.

    Tuesday, November 30, 2010

    BlackBerry Tip: Erasing the Calendar

    I stumbled across a great tip today while testing out a new Exchange 2007/BlackBerry Enterprise server sync solution.

    I needed to clear out the calendar on my BlackBerry Storm2, but I didn't want to have to hard reset the device.

    Turns out that there is a secret command of sorts that will allow you to clear out the BlackBerry calendar database without having to wipe the phone.

    Note: The BlackBerry smartphone must be running BlackBerry Device Software 4.5 to 5.0 to perform this task.
    1. Open the calendar application on the BlackBerry smartphone.
    2. Press the Menu key and highlight Options.
    3. Select the calendar to be reloaded, e.g. "Desktop" for a BlackBerry Enterprise Server enabled BlackBerry Device.
    4. With the calendar highlighted type rset on a QWERTY keyboard or ER,ER,AS,AS,ER,TY on SureType.
    5. Click Yes when asked to reload the specific calendar to continue.

    You can read the full Resarch In Motion article on the BlackBerry support website.

    Oh No! I Have A "Dead" iPad!

    I got home from work last night and grabbed my iPad to catch up on what has been happening while I was toiling way at work.

    I started checking email, Twitter, and a few websites.  Everything was fine.  Then disaster struck!  I pressed the Power button to turn off the screen and take care of a few things.  I came back about 5 minutes later to check the weather and I couldn't wake up iPad!

    I was finally able to wake the iPad up from it's deep sleep by pressing and holding the Power button and the Home button simultaneously for about 10-15 seconds.  I was greeted by the white Apple logo and then a few seconds later the password screen appeared and I was able to start using my iPad.

    Thursday, November 25, 2010

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Happy Thanksgiving Everyone from your favorite turkeys at Smartphone Fanatics!

    Tuesday, November 23, 2010

    Rumor: iOS 4.3, Periodical Subscriptions Coming in December

    It seems like just yesterday Apple rolled out iOS 4.2.1 to bring a number of new features to the iPad and refinements to the iPhone 4, both models of iPhone 3, and recent model iPod touch handsets.  Oh!  Wait!  It was just yesterday!

    But today is a new day, and with it came new rumors that Apple is already at work on iOS 4.3 which is rumored to have enhancements for AirPlay will feature a new set of application program interfaces, or APIs, that will support a new type of for pay subscription system for digital periodicals, like New Corp's "The Daily" digital only "newspaper."

    It is also rumored that Apple will make some noise with this update and will hold a media event.  This is where things can get a little bit sketchy.  According to an article that appeared on MacStories.net today, a source indicated that Apple had planned to have iOS 4.2 out within the first two weeks of November, with a public announcement and release of iOS 4.3 about a month later in the first half of December.  It is not clear what impact the discovery of a Wi-Fi bug in iOS 4.2 will have on the iPad maker's plans for iOS 4.3 within the first fifteen dates of December.

    What will happen between now and when we close the book on 2010 is anyone's guess right now.  Be on the look out for an Apple media event on or about December 9 and for iOS to start hitting iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches on or about December 13.

    Personally, I'm looking forward to a digital daily news paper, and will try out News Corp's "The Daily" for about $4.25/month.  I'm also still looking for digital subscriptions to the paper magazines that I already subscribe to.

    [Via MacStories.net...]

    Monday, November 22, 2010

    Apple Releases iWork iOS Apps Update for iPad


    Apple must have released an iOS software update today because their iWork apps for iOS have been upgraded to version 1.3.

    Hit the App Store icon on your iPad or in iTunes 10.1 to download the iWork updates that add support for multitasking, AirPrint, and more.

    How To: Upgrade to iOS 4.2.1

    Apple's iOS 4.2.1 software update that was rolled out today is a nice tweak for iPhone and iPod touch users already running iOS 4.0 and a huge leap forward for iPad owners.  This guide is intended to help you make the jump to the latest iOS release for current model iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

    Step 1: Install iTunes 10.1 on your Mac or Windows PC if you haven't already done so.  (Use the Apple Software control panel to check for the iTunes software update.)

    Step 2: Connect your iDevice to your computer to sync your data and back it up.

    Step 3: Select your iDevice from the iTunes "Source" list.
    iTunes 10.1 Devices Source List

    Step 4: Click the Check for Update button.
    Click the Check for Update Button

    Step 5: Click the Next button to begin the upgrade process.  Follow the on screen directions.
    Click Next to Begin the Install Process

    Apple Releases Updated iOS 4.2 User Guide Manuals


    As part of today's release of iOS 4.2.1 for iPad, Apple has also updated their online documentation.


    Find My iPhone MobileMe Service Become Free

    As an early Christmas present along side the iOS 4.2.1 update, Apple has made the Find My iPhone feature of the $99/year MobileMe service free.

    Apple descrbes Find My iPhone (or iPad or iPod touch) on their website as the following:

    Find My iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch — the MobileMe feature that helps you locate your missing device and protect its data — is now free on any iPhone 4, iPad, or fourth-generation iPod touch running iOS 4.2.3 Once you set it up, you can find your lost device on a map, display a message on its screen, remotely set a passcode lock, and initiate a remote wipe to delete your data. And if you eventually find your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you can restore everything from your last backup.

    You can download the MobileMe Find My iPhone client for iPhone/iPod touch/iPad from the iTunes App Store (iTunes link).

    Once you have the Find My iPhone client installed, check out Apple's easy to follow setup directions for iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad.

    Apple Releases iOS 4.2.1 for iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Makes Find My iPhone Free

    Looks like Apple will make good on their September promise that iOS 4.2, now 4.2.1 after a few Golden Master resets, will be available in November.  In addition to bringing iOS 4 to the iPad, Apple has also chosen to give iOS users free access to the Find My iPhone feature that is part of the $99/year MobileMe subscription service.

    You can read my first impressions of iOS 4.2.1 for iPad; which were posted over the weekend.

    CUPERTINO, California—November 22, 2010—Apple® today announced that iOS 4.2, the latest version of the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, is available today for download for iPad™, iPhone® and iPod touch®. iOS 4.2 brings over 100 new features from iOS 4.0, 4.1 and 4.2 to iPad including Multitasking, Folders, Unified Inbox, Game Center, AirPlay® and AirPrint.

    “iOS 4.2 makes the iPad a completely new product, just in time for the holiday season,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “Once again, the iPad with iOS 4.2 will define the target that other tablets will aspire to, but very few, if any, will ever be able to hit.”

    iPad users can now run their favorite apps and switch between them instantly, while preserving iPad’s legendary battery life. Users can organize their apps with drag-and-drop simplicity using Folders, and Mail now features a Unified Inbox, fast inbox switching and a threaded message view.

    The Find My iPhone (or iPad or iPod touch) feature is now free to use without a MobileMe℠ subscription and helps you locate your missing device.* The Find My iPhone app is a free download on the App Store℠ and lets users easily locate a missing device on a map and have it display a message or play a sound. Users can even remotely lock or wipe data from a lost device to protect privacy.

    Other new features that iOS 4.2 brings to the iPad include: the ability to rent TV episodes directly to iPad using the iTunes® App with a 30 day viewing window and a 48 hour session window once playback is started; the ability to easily find and highlight specific words and phrases on web pages in Safari®; enhanced enterprise support so businesses can take advantage of stronger security features, new device management capabilities and improved enterprise integration; industry-leading accessibility enhancements; and support for 25 additional languages, including Korean, Portuguese and Traditional Chinese

    Availability

    The iOS 4.2 update is available today to download to iPad, iPhone and iPod touch by syncing the device with iTunes 10.1. iOS 4.2 is compatible with iPad, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, second and third generation iPod touch (late 2009 models with 32GB or 64GB) and new iPod touch. Some features may not be available on all products. For example, Multitasking requires iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, third generation iPod touch (late 2009 models with 32GB or 64GB) or later.

    *The free Find My iPhone feature is available for iPhone 4, iPad or new iPod touch (4th generation).

    To install the update on your current model iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, connect your iDevice to your computer, launch iTunes 10.  Once your device has completed it's sync, select it in the left section of the iTunes window, and then click the Check for Update button.

    You can read the full Apple iOS 4.2 press release on the Apple website.

    Palm Updates (Beta) Facebook Client


    The other day I posted that new mobile Facebook clients for iOS, BlackBerry OS, and Google Android had popped up in their respective app stores.  On Friday evening, Palm posted their v1.4.5 update to the beta Facebook client which now includes support for the Facebook Paces feature.

    To learn more about how to install Palm beta applications on your webOS phone, hit the "Read more" link for some helpful information on how to get started.

    Sunday, November 21, 2010

    Setting Up Your iOS Device with Exchange Push for Email, Calendar, and Contacts

    Yesterday I wrote a blog post about the upcoming iOS 4.2.1 software upgrade for the Apple iPad.  (iOS 4.0 is already available for current model iPhone and iPod touch units.)

    In the article, I talked about support for multiple Microsoft Exchange Active Sync (EAS) accounts.  EAS is a protocol that you can license and use from Microsoft to sync email, contacts, and calendar data from the email server down to a client, like an iPhone or iPad.

    If you use a Google account with your iOS 4.0 or later iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you can keep your email, contacts, and calendar in sync all the time and across multiple devices, such as an iPad, and a MacBook Pro, for example.

    If you want to learn how to set EAS up on your iOS device, just follow Google's directions found in their article: Mail, Calendar, & Contacts: Set Up Your Apple Device for Google Sync.

    Saturday, November 20, 2010

    First Impressions of iOS 4.2.1 for iPad

    If the rumors are true, Apple is just about ready to release iOS 4.2.1 for current models of the iPhone and iPod touch, and more importantly, the iPad.

    The iPad is the last of Apple's mobile devices to get the iOS 4 software upgrade.  It will be the first time that iPad owners will be able to use multitasking, Game Center, folders, and the enhanced Mail application with support for multiple Microsoft Exchange Active Sync accounts.  (I can probably go on for a full blog post, or two, about Mail, but I'll save that for another time.)

    My quick list of things that I like and dislike about the iOS 4.2.1 software upgrade for the iPad are up after the break.

    Rumor: Free, Limited MobileMe Subscriptions On the Horizon?

    Back in June I read a rumor on the gadget blog Electronista.com that stated that Apple was considering launching a free version of their $99 a year MobileMe service.  At the time, I was really excited by the prospect, because, I have a number of Apple devices (three Macs, and three iOS devices) and this would be a great way to keep the address book and calendars in sync across all six devices.

    On June 4, Electronista.com wrote;
    "Apple has lately faced growing criticism for continuing to charge for MobileMe at a time when Google can promise free e-mail, calendars and contacts synchronized online for Android phones where the iPhone is still at least partly reliant on a physical sync without paying $99 per year. The company has recently been working on a North Carolina data center that could help scale such plans in the future."
    And so, I stated to wait patiently.  In the mean time, Google's Android platform began to grow in popularity until today, Google's Android is breathing down Apple's neck.  Does Apple think that they could continue to sell a $99 a year service when Google's free web apps could deliver a similar service and experience?

    Fast forward to this weekend when Mac-centric website MacRumors.com released more evidence that Apple is still considering providing at least some of the MobileMe services for free to iOS users.

    In the latest iOS 4.2 and 4.2.1 builds of iOS, MacRumors has discovered error messages in the operating system that read "MOBILEME_CREATE_UNAVAILABLE_IPAD" = "The maximum number of free accounts have been activated on this iPad."

    Well, well, well...looks like the iPad maker is still very much considering a free MobileMe offering of some sort.

    Naturally, Apple has not confirmed their plans to launch an new MobileMe services.  Many believe that an new MobileMe service would go into effect once Apple's new $1 billion North Carolina data center is fully ramped up and is online.

    [Via Electronista.com, MacRumors.com...]

    Wednesday, November 17, 2010

    Astraware Mahjong Released for iOS

    Today, Astraware has released Mahjong for Apple's iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.


    Mahjong is described by Wikipedia as a Chinese game based on 152 tiles; which is a game of skill, strategy and  calculation with a little bit of chance thrown in for good measure.

    Astraware Mahjong for iOS includes the following gaming features:
    • AutoZoom - optional feature which zooms in or out from the play area
    • Mahjong of the Day daily challenge
    • Truly solvable puzzles at Easy, Medium and Hard difficulty levels, as well as Classic
    • Full tutorial with photos to help you learn how to play
    • More than 30 different puzzle layouts
    • Supports Game Center achievements. Earn all the achievements to unlock the Golden Tile Set
    • Optional tile highlighting – removable tiles appear lighter in colour. This can be adjusted in Settings)
    • Helpful assistance features including the ability to shuffle the tiles or undo moves
    • A choice of decorative tile sets and traditional backgrounds
    • Ability to play in landscape or portrait modes
    • Universal binary is optimized for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Retina display devices
    • Automatically saves when you exit and allows you to play your own music in the background.
     Astraware Mahjong is available now exclusively from the Apple iTunes store for $0.99. (iTunes link)

    Tuesday, November 16, 2010

    iTunes: The Beatles Are Offically Here

    Apple has updated their website splash page announcing the arrival of all 13 of the The Beatles' original studio albums are now available in the iTunes Store.



    For more details, visit the Apple iTunes website.

    Confirmed: The Beatles Are Coming to iTunes

    MacDailyNews.com is reporting, and I have confirmed with my own tests, that The Beatles are finally coming to Apple's iTunes Store.  (To test: Open the iTunes Store and search for the term "the beatles".)

    While that is probably great news for many people, I'm not a big fan of The Beatles.  I'm still holding out for the iTunes.com steaming service.

    [Via MacDailyNews.com...]

    Monday, November 15, 2010

    Palm Pre Reaches EOL Status at Sprint

    According to a PreCentral.net article posted today, the Palm Pre, the original HP webOS device, has reached End of Life (EOL) status on the Now Network.
    "Today we’ve received word from a trusted Sprint source that the end is here for the original Palm Pre, with Sprint marking the device as EOL (End of Life). It's not a surprise after it already disappeared from their site, but it's still a blow: we still find that the largest and most loyal webOS contingent lives on Sprint.
    Quantities of new Palm Pre phones in Sprint warehouses are very low (we’re talking hundreds of units here), so it shouldn’t be too much longer before the phone is completely sold out."
    With the Palm Pre gone, Sprint customers will only have the option of the original Palm Pixi should they want to use a Palm phone and stay with Sprint.  There has been no word as to whether or not Sprint will pick up the new HP Palm Pre 2 that has already gone on sale in O2's network in France, and will be headed to Verizon and AT&T in the near future.

    Personally, without a new high-end HP Palm or Apple iPhone on Sprint's Now Network, I'm not sure how long I'll be sticking with Sprint past the end of my 2-year contact that I signed when I purchased my Pre.  Sprint, you have until April, 2011 to pick up either the HP Palm Pre 2 or newer device or an Apple iPhone.  If not, I'm heading for Verizon or AT&T.

    [Via PreCentral.net...]

    Facebook Mobile Clients Updated

    I noticed today that Facebook updates started rolling out for iOS, BlackBerry, and Android.  Here's a breakdown of the version bumps.

    iPhone/iPod touch/iPad version 3.3.2
    - Access account settings, privacy settings and Help Center
    - Fixed a bug that prevented users from uploading photos to specific albums


    BlackBerry 1.9.0.20
    - No specifics details as being included in this update


    Android 1.4.1
    - Fixed a bug to improved Places usage in non-English locales
    - Added higher resolution uploads
    - Various bug fixes

    Apple Schedules an iTunes Media Event Tomorrow, 11/16/10, 10:00 EST

    Well, well, well...what do we have here?  Anyone visiting the Apple website today was greeted by the above splash page.

    Apple's legendary secrecy is clearly alive and well as we heard all sorts of rumors around the release of Mac OS X 10.6.5, iTunes 10.1 for Mac OS X and Windows PC, and we even had gotten word of not one, but two possible release dates for the iOS 4.2 update.

    But this, my dear readers, was completely off the radar.  If I had to guess what might be going on tomorrow morning at 10:00am, I will only speculate that whatever it is, will likely have to do with Apple's new massive data center in North Carolina.

    Back on October 25, AppleInsider.com reported that "According to a Data Center Knowledge report published Sunday, the data center is "fully operational," with Apple beginning to "ramp up production" at the server farm. The Cupertino, Calif., company could be planning to build a second facility on the site, the report notes."

    Below is an aerial photo of Apple's new data center.