Step a board this $600,000 per week superyacht Solemates and be prepared to control your entire trip with an iPad. An iPad lets you control the entertainment systems, climate systems, blinds and lights among other things. Our favorite feature would have to be the button to summon a crew member for another drink. The best part is that if you don’t have an iPad (yet you’re boarding a $600,000 per week boat) the captain will hand you one when you board.
As reported by MacStories, developer James Whelton apparently was able to break through the sixth generation iPod nano’s “cache comparison” system to make unofficially supported modifications. The developer proved the concept in the video above by demonstrating the ability to remove apps off the device. Although this does not seem ground breaking, the possibility of apps, video, calendars, and games on the latest iPod nano could soon become a reality.
The developer claims that he found files pertaining to games, apps, video, and calendars within the iPod nano’s file system leading to the conclusion that the nano’s operating system is definitely a hybrid between the old iPod nano operating system and iOS. The core is the old system while the layer on top resembles iOS. The developer says he will be posting more information about the nano “jailbreak” in the next few days so stay tuned.
A Wichita Falls, Texas Find my iPhone user shares his Christmas miracle:
Pretty amazing Christmas Story! Early this morning my 2005 Land Rover was stolen from the Marriott in Wichita Falls TX. The local police put me on hold, transferred me around and did nothing. My iPhone was in the car in between the seats and turned on. I tracked it using MobileMe Find My Phone to HWY 287 on the way to Decatur. When they exited the highway and headed on a Farm road for Justin TX a few miles away, I contacted the Justin Police and with the help of a very savvy operator we pinpointed the car at a Sonic. While I was on the phone with her, she said the officer sees your car and is going to make the arrest. A few minutes later she frantically calls me to start tracking the car again. The officer had handcuffed the suspects, sat one down on the curb while putting the other in the back seat. When he got back, the guy had Houdini’d the cuffs from behind his back to the front, fought with the officer and jumped in my car, dragged him and ran over him. I followed the car on the iPhone and directed the Highway Patrol to where he was – high speed chase ending with him flipping the Land Rover several times. The policeman is going to be fine – he is at the hospital with multiple bruises etc. The screenshot is where the car thieves ran over the policeman and escaped. I am just so thankful the policeman was not seriously hurt – I could care less about the car or the crook.
His story not only shows how helpful Find my iPhone is for finding your lost iOS device but also shows how helpful it can be for retrieving items like cars. If you read the account you will notice that a helping police officer was badly injured in the ordeal but he is now in stable condition. A double miracle. Here’s a video of the accompanying news report. (Clarification: The news report incorrectly cites OnStar as the tracking service although it was really MobileMe according the user. Also, in case it isn’t painfully obvious, that screenshot isn’t of this incident)
Update: another report of the incident.
Sleipnir is a great new browser for the iPhone and it brings some unique features to the table. It’s not native like iOS Safari and it doesn’t bring flash video to the iPhone like SkyFire but it does bring a very unique and intuitive tabbed browsing experience. The tabs feature (video above) lets you flick through your different tabs (similar to Opera Mobile) without having to leave the page you are currently browsing.
Sleipnir also has a very smooth full screen mode that users may find helpful on pages with a lot of text. The browser is also very smooth and “snappy” overall with quick pinching and zooming. Additioanlly, the browser has an enhanced search bar that lets you quickly search Google, Amazon, eBay, Wikipedia, Google Images, Google Realtime, Yahoo, and Bing. It’s available for free on the App Store. (via TUAW)
We just got our hands on some information about the upcoming Mac App Store. First here’s a screenshot of the login page you will need to pass through in order to download apps. What’s interesting based on the description is that you will be able to use your Apple Account, iTunes account, or MobileMe account to download apps.
Next, the Mac App Store will have parental control preferences as well as age ratings that are similar to those found on the iTunes App Store for iOS devices:
The Mac App Store won’t only be a new application in Mac OS X 10.6.6 but will be integrated deeply into the operating system. A MacGeneration forum poster found that when he attempted to open an unsupported file on Mac OS X 10.6.6 build 10J537 his Mac asked him if he would like to search the App Store for an application to open the unsupported file type. This new feature can be compared to a feature on Windows that allows you to search the web for applications to open unsupported files. The Mac way is more native and secure though due to Apple’s Mac App Store review process. Above is our screenshot in English.
Everyone’s favorite iOS game, Angry Birds just got updated with 15 new levels, a new theme and more…
Angry Birds is back with a brand new update!
New Features in version 1.5.0:
– A NEW THEME IN THE FRONTIER BADLANDS
– 15 NEW LEVELS – NO BELLYACHIN’
– A NEW GOLDEN EGG FOR Y’ALL CITY SLICKERS
– COWBOY UP WITH THE MIGHTY EAGLE
We’d like to take this opportunity to extend our infinite gratitude to friends of our fierce birds everywhere. We thank you sincerely from the bottoms of our fluffy hearts for making Angry Birds the highest rated and best selling game ever on iTunes!
Good news from billionaire Richard Branson’s iPad publishing venture — Project: you can download Project 1 for free for the holidays. And, as this video shows, the winner of the title’s competition to design the front cover of issue two has been announced. Read more
SkyFire for iPad has just hit the App Store and it brings flash video content to the iPad as well as a slew as other bonuses not found on the native Safari web browser. SkyFire for iPad costs $4.99 and an iPhone version is available as well for $2.99. SkyFire for iPad’s feature list is after the break.
We just love surprises here at 9to5Mac, from the news that the MacBook Pro is the biggest-selling laptop on Amazon at time of writing (second-best in the UK) to the peachy-keen deals on Apple Protection there, but that’s not what this story is about — this surprise comes from the developers at Occipital who have uncovered secret augmented reality capabilities within Mobile Safari for iOS 4.2, woot!! Read more
Henry Ford may famously be thought to have said, “Any customer can have a car painted any colour that he wants so long as it is black,” as he invented mass production, but now it looks like the veteran auto company has an iPhone fixation, revealing support for the Apple device in future generations of its vehicles running the Ford Sync AppLink platform.
A “leaked” picture of Flipboard for Mac made the rounds this morning and many had their doubts about its legitimacy. Flipboard contacted 9to5mac to let us know the “screenshot” is fake and “is not from Flipboard.” Flipboard also told us:
We definitely believe the desktop is part of our future, but it’s still on the whiteboard and not something we are launching soon. The desktop requires a lot of attention to design and UI and we’d like to take the time to get it right.