Nike + for iPod touch, iPhone

 Like thousands of developers worldwide, Nike is retooling its Nike + software for use with the iPhone and the iPod touch, embracing the wireless connectivity of both devices.

While Nike has recently extended its system with the introduction of the Nike + Sportsband, which doesn’t require an iPod, this doesn’t mean its relationship with Apple has changed.

The new iPhone/iPod touch solution will embrace these devices WiFi and (eventual) 3G support to allow users to update training logs "on the fly", meaning training data can be uploaded wirelessly.

The company is also developing a new version of its Nike + Coach software to support Apple’s devices. This software offers new running distances, which users can select in order to be given a training routine designed to help them achieve these distances.

Apple and Nike last month announced they are working with major gym equipment manufacturers including Life Fitness, Precor, Star Trac and Technogym to make their equipment Nike + iPod compatible. Participating gyms will include 24 Hour Fitness and Virgin Active Health Clubs.

In July 2007 Nike revealed that 22 million running miles had been logged on its Nike+ website at that point. Trevor Edwards, Nike’s vice president of global brand and category management, said: "Nike+ started as a simple idea and has quickly become the world’s largest networking place for runners."


Lederhosen grow the iPod habit

 Germany, home of the (2nd -ed) best beers, Jagermeister and fine sausages – and now also home to the world’s first iPod-integrating Lederhosen.

That’s right. The iPod ecosystem just grew that little bit larger with Lodenfrey’s introduction of leather Lederhosen integrating a secret iPod pocket and built-in controls for the music player, situated down the wearer’s left leg.

The new garment was introduced at IFA 2007, alongside a Bavarian hunting jacket that’s also equipped with iPod controls. 



3G iPhone in Australia – last week in June – carrier agnostic? is reporting some startling information on the iPhone in Australia.  Their Source?  Apple resellers who were apparantly told this ahead of schedule (perhaps slightly unlikely).  But anyway here’s their take:

  • Last week of June release
  • More than 1 carrier
  • No contract lock in
  • Current resellers will be able to sell iPhones

The June release isn’t a shocker.  However, they are saying that it will be sold like iPods – from resellers and at the new Apple Stores – with out carrier lock-in.  Since Telstra is the only carrier with EDGE, this either means that they don’t need to lock the iPhone in – because it will only run on Telstra – or that it will be of the 3G variety so it works on all of the networks. 

Was this what Tim Cook meant by saying "Apple isn’t married to the current carrier lock in model"?

MacTalk also expects the release to coincide with the opening of the Sydney and Melbourne Apple Stores. 

This adds to the information about a iPhone programmer job description from Telsta.

Infineon to make 3G iPhone chips, 3G code in iPhone 2 software

Another piece of the 3G iPhone puzzle most likely got revealed today as Zibri of ZiPhone fame found a little bit of code in the newest iPhone SDK.  The code in question references a "SGOLD3" Chipset.  The "old" iPhone uses "SGOLD2".   Other fun stuff in the SGOLD3 chip include SDCard access and support for 5 megapixel cameras.  The processor speed remains the same as its predecessor.

German Infineon would likely work with King of Prussia’s  InterDigital corporation (which has already stated that it licensed 3G software to Apple) on the baseband implementation.

Is the evidence conclusive?  Hardly.  However it could represent yet another piece of evidence that the 3G iPhone is, of course on its way…any…minute…now…

Zibri via Engadget

Bush describes his iPod experience

We don’t usually catch Fox News*…but they got a few extra "innings" with the US leader…and what do we learn? 

Prez Bush knowz iPods.  He says he has the Beatles on that iPod.  BTW, the Beatles aren’t available on iTunes or any other download service.

We forget.  Is it legal to rip CDs and put them on your iPod?

According to the RIAA, Bush is breaking the law:

The industry’s lawyer in the case, Ira Schwartz, argues in a brief filed earlier this month that the MP3 files Howell made on his computer from legally bought CDs are "unauthorized copies" of copyrighted recordings.

"I couldn’t believe it when I read that," says Ray Beckerman, a New York lawyer who represents six clients who have been sued by the RIAA. "The basic principle in the law is that you have to distribute actual physical copies to be guilty of violating copyright. But recently, the industry has been going around saying that even a personal copy on your computer is a violation."

RIAA’s hard-line position seems clear. Its Web site says: "If you make unauthorized copies of copyrighted music recordings, you’re stealing. You’re breaking the law and you could be held legally liable for thousands of dollars in damages."

They’re not kidding. In October, after a trial in Minnesota — the first time the industry has made its case before a federal jury — Jammie Thomas was ordered to pay $220,000 to the big record companies. That’s $9,250 for each of 24 songs she was accused of sharing online.

Whether customers may copy their CDs onto their computers — an act at the very heart of the digital revolution — has a murky legal foundation, the RIAA argues. The industry’s own Web site says that making a personal copy of a CD that you bought legitimately may not be a legal right, but it "won’t usually raise concerns," as long as you don’t give away the music or lend it to anyone.

Of course, that’s exactly what millions of people do every day. In a Los Angeles Times poll, 69 percent of teenagers surveyed said they thought it was legal to copy a CD they own and give it to a friend. The RIAA cites a study that found that more than half of current college students download music and movies illegally.

The Howell case was not the first time the industry has argued that making a personal copy from a legally purchased CD is illegal. At the Thomas trial in Minnesota, Sony BMG’s chief of litigation, Jennifer Pariser, testified that "when an individual makes a copy of a song for himself, I suppose we can say he stole a song." Copying a song you bought is "a nice way of saying ‘steals just one copy,’ " she said.

But lawyers for consumers point to a series of court rulings over the last few decades that found no violation of copyright law in the use of VCRs and other devices to time-shift TV programs; that is, to make personal copies for the purpose of making portable a legally obtained recording.

Walt Mossberg loves AppleTV…and 3G iPhone in 2 months!

Walt Mossberg talks about how the US cable companies and DSL providers are screwing the US over with tricks and slow speeds….  (Yah, you know you can get 100Mb Fiber in France for €50/month?)

…AppleTV is nice but currently has limited appeal because of bandwidth….. 

Oh and a little bombshell….Says iPhone will be 3G in 60 days (at about 6:53 in)!  As someone who regularly gets to test Apple products way ahead of the public, he would know!  Update: He now says that is just n ducated guess.  Uh huh.

Go Walt!

iPhone-crazy iTalians in 36-hour iPhone-dev Marathon

Here’s the story: four Italian students this weekend will take the iPhone SDK and begin a 36-hour marathon to develop an iPhone application. The four intrepid developers begin their experiment on Saturday, April 5 at 9am CET. The plan for this iTalian Job is that after 36 hours they will stop working and the software should be finished. 

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These iPhone-crazy developers want to give it up: the website will let you watch them working their socks off across the 36-hours, with a blog to let you know how it’s going. The story’s not quite finished yet. As far as we can tell from one of those comedic Google translations, the developers don’t even know what the application is they’ll be working on.  But that’s not the whole point, really, is it?  The point has to be – iPhone has become a meme.

We know the folks in Cupertino are enjoying a Karaoke session today. Why not? We hope they enjoy it. But when they wake up tomorrow, we’d like to think some of the Apple-staffers will take a moment to point their copy of Safari at what we, at 9 to 5 Mac are christining, the iTalian Job.

VoIP, printing and Bluetooth streaming for iPhone

Apple’s in development firmware iPhone Software 2.0 potentially supports a range of features that have been hoped for by users, including the capacity to stream music to Bluetooth speaker systems, printing and more.

Meanwhile, third-party developer Jajah has confirmed it intends producing a solution that will legitimately enable voice over IP calling using the Apple device, though only when using a WiFi connection.

Apple confirmed it would allow the development of VoIP applications in early March, when it announced the new software and the iPhone SDK. Jajah will ship its VoIP solution shortly after the iPhone Software 2.0 ships in June.

Developers have been exploring the new version of the iPhone Firmware since it debuted, and interesting nuggets suggesting the addition of a new set of features for the device continue to emerge. 

Such new features include more general support for YouTube in Safari – where users navigating to a YouTube video using the browser have so far been transported to the built-in YouTube application, it appears users can now expect to enjoy their video within a browser session.

Bluetooth support has also reportedly been improved in the new software. Apple has clearly understood that the limited form of Bluetooth currently supported by the device is inadequate for many users, who want to, for example, stream music from their iTunes collection held on their device to external speaker systems. Now it appears Apple will deploy Bluetooth GPS and A2DP (required for media streaming) on the phone.

It also appears possible users will be able to print directly from their device – a useful feature for backing up important email correspondence. The evidence for this is a new Printers folder which has appeared in the Library of the OS, though this doesn’t mean such support is a definite for the release.


iPhone helps Miami cops track killer

An iPhone was an essential witness in the apprehension of the man responsible for a grisly murder, with location information tracked using cellphone towers leading police to the killer.

Attorney Melissa Lewis was strangled inside her garage. At first, police in South Florida thought it was a random attack, but later determined that the victim’s iPhone was missing. Working with AT&T, they tracked data relayed from the missing phone to cellphone towers in the area – and that data led them to the killer, Tony Villegas.

Villegas was the estranged husband of the victim’s best friend, Debra Villegas. The couple separated because the husband was jealous of the success of his wife and had threatened her with violence, leading to the split. The victim had been helping Debra draft a will designed to protect her children in the event her estranged husband committed an act of violence against her.

The murderer has been indicted for first-degree murder, and faces the death penalty.