VoiceOver Kit 1.01 for Shuffle released

For those of you who jumped on the new Shuffle, you might want to hook yourself up with a Software Update.  Apple has released a 17MB VoiceOver update which fixes pronunciation and stability issues with your new Shuffle. 

Apple’s description of VoiceOver:

Musically speaking, the new iPod shuffle is brilliant, thanks to an exciting new feature called VoiceOver. Say you’re listening to a song and want to know the title or the artist. With the press of a button, VoiceOver tells you as the music dips down. It even announces the names of your playlists. And when your battery needs charging, VoiceOver tells you that, too. Learn more about VoiceOver

Via Macworld


When will Apple hit a billion apps?

What are y’all doing on April 20th at 4:57am Eastern Standard Time?  Don’t say celebrating 4/20 because we know you guys don’t wake up that early. 

Us?  We’re going to be downloading a bunch of apps from the App Store.  Apple’s computers are going to decide who the winner is and if their algorithm stays the same, that will be the early hours of April 20th.  Some of our slightly OCD commenters told us so.  So we checked it out by moving our clock forward and getting a screen grab.  It seems legit.

…and daddy needs a new MacBook Pro.

Rules are here.

Timing.  The Promotion shall run from 12:01 a.m. EDT on April 10, 2009 and ends with the downloading of the 1 billionth app (“Promotion Period”). For purposes of the Promotion, the downloading of the 1 billionth app is considered to be either the downloading of the 1 billionth app from iTunes or the receipt of the non-purchase entry after the download of the 999,999,999th app, whichever comes first. Only entries submitted in this time period will be accepted. Sponsor’s computer is the official time keeping device for this promotion.

5. Sweepstakes. …The prize will be awarded for the entry (either through an app download or through the non-purchase online entry) sent immediately following the download of the 999,999,999th app.

Chrysler Peapod to use iPhone as auto Navigation/Entertainment system

Engadget interviewed Peter E. Arnell about the new Peapod electric car in lower Manhattan yesterday.  While it is a nice sub-30 MPH concept at a kind of steep $12,000 price tag, what caught our attention was that the iPhone or iPod touch was the center of the car’s navigation, carbon footprint info and entertainment system (See 2:15 min in).  It wouldn’t really be a stretch to see other car manufacturers following suit here.  In fact, with the 1000 new APIs that include external device control as well as allowing external devices to control the iPhone/iPod, there have to be some exciting app development opportunities in the automotive area.  Developers?  Are you listening?


 Oh and a "disclaimer" here: I was the IT guy who replaced the IT guy who had bits of broken CD shot into his eyes by Arnell.  That was a fun few months :P

3rd PC Hunters ad…

Actually, the 11 year old kid in this one is so far the smartest of the three shoppers we’ve seen. Gamer? BluRay? Yep, PC.

Have fun carrying that thing around kid.   Oh, and homework doesn’t seem to be a huge priority.